9 "As I looked,
"thrones were set in place,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat.
His clothing was as white as snow;
the hair of his head was white like wool.
His throne was flaming with fire,
and its wheels were all ablaze.
10 A river of fire was flowing,
coming out from before him.
Thousands upon thousands attended him;
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
The court was seated,
and the books were opened.
Daniel 7:9 & 10
River of Fire
How many times have you heard the expression, "The end justifies the means."? I was thinking of that as I read over the passage above. Carried to its final end, people should be careful how they use that expression, because, you see, the final end is given in the verses shown above.
As Christians, we should really think about that. Why do we do what we do? Are we considering the immediate consequences, or are we really thinking of the final end when a river of fire will flow out from the throne of the Ancient of Days?
What is happening in this future scene vividly displayed before us by Daniel? The Ancient of Days is seated upon his throne with thousands upon thousands attending Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand standing before Him. The court was then seated and the books were opened.
These are the final books; there is no gray area, but only black and white. Your name is in the books or your name is not in the books, and that makes all the difference in the world.
When the book of life is opened, will your name be included in the list? We worry and stew about many things--bills, health, politics, etc. But how often are we concerned about our status before the Ancient of Days?
The river of fire is a purifying river burning away all of the remnants of sin left in the believers as they are ushered into heaven pure and spotless before God.
I may never personally see or shake hands with a president or ruler of a country, but oh how I look forward to bowing before the Ancient of Days who has taken me through the fire and brought me into His eternal kingdom which has no end.
God Bless You,