The Ancient of Days

Scripture reading for September 1st: Daniel 7-9

Daniel saw a vision where the four winds of heaven stirred up a great sea and out of it came four beasts. The first was like a lion and the second looked like a bear.  The third beast was like a leopard and the fourth beast was something terrifying.  It had iron teeth and ten horns on it’s head and was devouring  it’s victims.  (Daniel 7:4-7)  These beasts correspond to the dream in Daniel 2 and represent the kingdoms that followed in history:  Babylon,  Persia, Greece and the Roman Empire of Jesus’ day. (Revelation 13:1-4)

Daniel saw another horn, a little horn that came up among the ten horns of the last beast.  This horn had eyes like a man and a boastful mouth.  (Daniel 7:8)  Many commentators think that this horn is the evil ruler of the last days that will be known as Antichrist. (Revelation 13:5-7)(2nd Thessalonians 2:8-10)

In the midst of this vision of world history, Daniel saw thrones that were set in place.  One took His seat whose name was the “Ancient of Days”.  This Ancient One had clothing that was brilliantly white and hair that was white like wool. His throne was ablaze with fire, and a river of fire was flowing out before Him.  There was a host attending Him that could not be numbered.  This Ancient One was the judge in a court and there were books that were opened. (Revelation 20:11-12)

As Daniel watched, the boastful horn was still speaking.  Then the beast that the horn had come from was slain and thrown into the blazing fire.  The other beasts had been stripped of their authority.  Then, suddenly, one like a ‘Son of Man’ came on the clouds of heaven. (Mark 13:26)  He approached the Ancient of Days and was given glory, authority, and power over all nations.  All worshiped Him in a kingdom that would never end! (Daniel 7:11-14)(Revelation 5:11-13)

Daniel’s visions are an amazing panorama of history from his day to the coming of Jesus Christ, the ‘Son of Man’.  The prophesy of the 70 weeks detailed how long until this one would come.  (Daniel 9:25-27)  Daniel also got a glimpse of history from Jesus’ first coming until his second coming soon after the rise of Antichrist, the little horn.  The vision ended with the Ancient of Day’s ruling in favor of the saints and destroying the beasts and the little horn!   We win!

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