Ancient of Days

Daniel's dream continues, but on a higher plane.

Daniel 7 (2)

Introduction
Daniel’s dream turns from earthly portents to heavenly realities. He is given a glimpse into the unseen realm, where, in majestic images, God makes it clear, as He did to the apostle John, where ultimate power resides.

Read Psalm 33.8-19.

Read Daniel 7.9, 10.

Think it Through
1.  Daniel saw “thrones” set up. Why “thrones” rather than just one throne? We note that the throne of the Ancient of Days has “wheels” – as in the vision Ezekiel saw in Ezekiel 1. Why would the throne have wheels? What does this suggest about the rule or dominion of the Ancient of Days? What is the meaning of “Ancient of Days”? How does this King compare with those suggested in the vision of verses 1-8?

2.  Why does the Ancient of Days reveal Himself in whiteness? What does this suggest? How is fire used in this image? What does the presence and use of fire suggest about the Ancient of Days? Describe the assembly of those who stood and ministered before Him. How do you suppose they were “ministering”? For what purpose was this heavenly court convened? Look at the description of Jesus in Revelation 1.12-15. How does it compare with what Daniel saw? What are we to conclude from that comparison?

Meditate
“And so the many thrones that Daniel saw seem to me to be what John called the twenty-four thrones. And the Ancient of Days is the one who, according to John, sits alone on his throne.” Jerome (347-420 AD)

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and Onesat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there wasa rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Revelation 4.2, 3

Lord, You have appointed me as part of Your royal priesthood, an ambassador of Your Kingdom, that I should follow Your commandments and seek the progress of Your Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Today, this will mean that I…

Pray Psalm 107.33-43.
The psalmist expresses the power and rule of God according to its reach and impact. Give thanks to God for each of the ways His sovereignty is described in these verses.

Psalm 107.33-43 (Faithfulness: Great is Thy Faithfulness)
You make the desert a river o’erflowing;
You make a wasted life fruitful and strong!
You bless the hungry with fields for the sowing;
Bless and increase us who to You belong!
Refrain vv. 1-3
  Lord, for Your wondrous works, and for Your steadfast love,
  We give You thanks, we exalt Your great Name!
  We who from east and west, north and south gather,
  Boldly redemption in Christ we proclaim!

When we are low, are oppressed and in sorrow,
You pour contempt on our fierce, angry foes.
We will rejoice at the hope of tomorrow:
He shall be wise who Your steadfast love knows!
Refrain

T. M. Moore

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All psalms for singing adapted from The Ailbe Psalter. All quotations from Church Fathers from Ancient Christian Commentary Series, General Editor Thomas C. Oden (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT. 

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