Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ancient of Days

September 16: Daniel 7-9

9 “As I looked,

thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
its wheels were burning fire.
10 A stream of fire issued
and came out from before him;
a thousand thousands served him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him;
the court sat in judgment,
and the books were opened.

13 “I saw in the night visions,

and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.
Daniel 7:9-10 & 13-14

Ancient of Days

Daniel experienced many visions whose meanings scholars still struggle to completely understand, but the two visions shown above are quite clear. First we see a depiction of God, the Ancient of Days, upon His throne ready to pronounce judgment on the ten thousands of ten thousands standing before Him. A few verses later we see the Son of Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, coming before God and receiving dominion over His kingdom.

Look at Daniel 7:9-10; what an amazing scene. Can you picture it?

Thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
its wheels were burning fire
.


Who are those standing before Him, and who were those serving Him?

How often do we flippantly talk about the Judgment Day, but here in this scene it is no joking matter. God the Father, the Ancient of Days, is sitting upon his fiery throne, with the books opened, ready to judge those before Him. Everything ever done, both good and bad, has been written down in these books. Among these books will also be the Lamb's Book of Life with the names of those who have been purchased by the blood of the Lamb.

In the next scene, the Lord Jesus Christ is presented before the Ancient of Days.

And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed
.


Who will be in the kingdom of Christ? Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life will be allowed into this everlasting kingdom that shall not be destroyed.

In our rush to busy ourselves which the many duties of each day, we can easily set this picture aside; somehow it does not seem all that important--it is just sometime in the future. "Reality TV" has become quite popular in the last few years, but this is true reality! Judgment Day will come, God will sit upon His throne with the books opened. The question we each must ask ourselves is, Where will my name appear? Will I be among those serving the Ancient of Days, or one of those who will be awaiting the final judgment and eternal death in Hell.

It is a sobering thought, is it not?

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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