written by Shelly McGraw
Revelation 13:11-18; 14:1-5; 15; 16:17-21; 17:7-14; Daniel 7:13-14
Part of this week’s reading was Daniel 7:13-14. But to understand this section of Scripture, you have to understand Daniel, what was happening around him, and why God chose to use him.
Daniel the prophet
During this time, the Jews, including Daniel, had been taken to Babylon into captivity.
The Babylonians worshiped and practiced evil. The Jews faced slavery, imprisonment, and death.
As darkness and the events of the Babylonian society churned around them, many exiled Jews felt hopeless and lost. They feared God had forgotten them and was somehow no longer in control.
God heard the cries of those who loved Him and used Daniel to speak directly to them with a message of hope.
The Ancient of Days
In verse 13, Daniel speaks of a vision where he talks about the Ancient of Days:
13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. ~ Daniel 7:13-14
The Ancient of Days refers to God the Father and His eternal existence. Daniel goes on to describe God in abundant detail, saying His clothing was “as white as snow” and His throne was “flaming with fire.”
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 judgment court was seated, and the books were opened. ~ Daniel 7:10
Daniel, through his life and prophecies, was a witness to the Jews that God had not forgotten them, restoring their faith in His sovereignty.
God is still on the throne.
As a believer living in a fallen and often evil world, we’re spiritual exiles looking forward to Christ’s return. We long for the day He comes to rescue us from the current events of our day that seem to churn around us without hope.
Daniel’s words from around 530 B.C. remind us in 2017 that no matter how evil or dark our world seems, God is still on the throne and He is still-and always will be-in control.
He is the Ancient of Days and His kingdom will never be destroyed! We may be exiles but we still have an eternal purpose and destiny.
Dear Ancient of Days,
You are worthy to be praised. Thank You, Father, for caring enough about me that You would speak through Daniel so many years ago to give me hope in my life today. Please forgive me for not trusting You when the world seems to be crashing in around me.
Help me to see past my current trials and tribulations and focus on Your plans for my life and for all those who love You. Help me discover my purpose in Your Kingdom. I want to serve You all the days of my life.
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