The Ancient of Days
Daniel 7:9 -
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
The term Ancient of Days is used for God. Many people think it as a term used exclusive to the God the Father but we understand this when we compare this scripture with other scriptures.
The books of Daniel and the book of Revelation together help us understand the books of the Prophets and the Gospels very well.
In Matthew Jesus confirms that it is the Son of Man who sits on the Throne but not as man, but when He comes in His glory. In John Jesus prays to the Father that He gives the glory which was before the world was created. So we see Jesus Christ the man was God the Son who humbled Himself and became man and at the end receives His glory back again. In Daniel the glorious God the Son is referred to as Ancient of Days and the man Jesus who is also known as the Son of Man is identified uniquely even though they refers to the same Being.
Throne does not refer to a human seat or chair, something we usually picture with. In scriptures the Lord says the Heaven is His Throne and earth His footstool. God is not man but spirit.
If we see in Revelation the description of 'garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool' is given to the Son of Man. If we look at other scriptures we see even the garments of the Angels are described as white as snow. Even when Jesus transfigured the similar description is attributed to Him. If we look at the book of Revelation there is a special Angel who is given extraordinary description (Revelation 1:12-16, Revelation 10:1 -3, Revelation 17:1).
When we look at the book of Daniel there is an Angel who is given the aspects of a man (Daniel 12:5-10). In the tenth chapter (Daniel 10:20-21) there is the Arch Angel or Chief of Princes - Michael who battles Satan(s) (princes of Persia and of Greece). Revelation (Revelation 12:7-8) confirms this event. Then in chapter 12 (Daniel 12:1-3) we read and Arch Angel Michael shown as the saviour of the people and when He comes at the end days there is the Book of Life opened and those who are asleep resurrect and are judged, something that is attributed with Jesus Christ's coming the second time. Paul also states this event in his first letter to Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
When the Pharisees questioned Jesus about Him being greater than Abraham, Jesus answer something that angers them very much. He said Abraham saw Him and was pleased. The Lord came as man Jesus only after being born through Mary so whom did Abraham see?
John while ending the Gospel makes a statement saying all that Jesus did if were written the world could not hold those books. John was not using a superlative word, immaturely, out of context. What he said he meant.
It is only when we know our Lord Jesus Christ would we know the sacrifice He has done for us. We get moved by the exhibition of the suffering which we see on the crucifix when Jesus died, but we do not see all that He had done from the foundation of earth when He humbled Himself for us so as to save us. Neither His sacrifice nor His love can be ever measured by any human.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, man lacks faith because he walks by sight, what we see we believe. The teachings of the world have bound our minds that we do not hear what the Spirit speaks. Lord people do not know your sacrifice therefore do not have the smallest idea of your love. They are far from You because the worldly corrupt knowledge keeps them away. Lord, renew the minds of your people that they may know You and have power in You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Matthew 19:28 - So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;
15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;
16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
Revelation 10:1 -3
1 I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.
2 He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,
3 and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.
Revelation 17:1 - After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory.
5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.
6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
20 Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.
21 But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw, and was glad.
John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
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