The Ancient Of Days
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Daniel, chapter 7. We begin our reading with the paragraph which begins with verse 9:

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.
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Then if you will glance down at verse 18:

Daniel 7:

18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

And if you will glance down at verse 21:

Daniel 7:

21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

And still further in verse 26:

Daniel 7:

26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Shall we bow our heads for prayer: Our Father, we have read Thy Word and we would ask for Thy blessing upon us as we try to understand it. We would ask, our Father, for that anointing of the Holy Spirit which will make possible our teaching of the Word and for that enlightenment of heart that will make possible the assimilation of the Word into our lives. For we pray in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.

Review Of Preceding Lessons

You will remember that in our study of the book of Daniel, we have noticed the march of the nations across the stage of the world during that period of time which we showed you is designated in the Scriptures as the times of the Gentiles.

Four great worldwide empires marched across the stage of the world. We have now looked at the fourth, and the last, humanly speaking, of those great worldwide empires, the empire of Rome. But as we looked at that empire, we noticed that Daniel was presenting some prophecies about it which have not been fulfilled in history, and we suggested to you that they will be fulfilled in the future as the governments of this world in ten separate divisions will eventually culminate in the dictatorship of the Antichrist, described in many passages of Scripture.

The Celestial Vision

The things at which we have been looking up to this point are related to the terrestrial visions which Daniel had and which he recorded in chapter 7 of the book which bears his name. When we refer to these terrestrial visions, we are referring to those things which Daniel saw in a vision as occurring upon the earth. But we said also that in Daniel, chapter 7, there is a celestial vision, and we have now come to that. We want to notice it in detail because it is the vision which paints a rainbow of hope across the very dark picture presented to us in chapter 7.

World Conditions Improve Only When Jesus Returns

If you have been thinking with me in these discussions, you know that this world is not going to get better and better; this world is going to get worse and worse. This world is not going to progress; it is in a state of declension, and will so continue until it will be in a miserable state as it rests under the judgment of God.

But we do not stop with our vision there. We look toward the vision which tells us that when man has come to the end of himself, the Lord Jesus Christ will take over. This world which has been marked by judgment will blossom, as the desert will someday blossom as the rose (Isaiah 35:1), and the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ.

How that is going to be brought about is presented to us in the paragraph which we have just read. It is important for us to understand it because there are some deluded souls, sincere though they may be, who believe that the world is going to be saved by the preaching of the gospel, and that as the gospel permeates the farthest corner of the world, as leaven permeates dough, the world will eventually become good and God will move His throne from Heaven to earth. Nothing could be further from the truth as it is taught in the Word of God than that, and I think you will be able to see that as we look at the passage of Scripture before us now.

Truths In Chronological Order

Will you notice that in verse 9, Daniel said:

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.
10 [Will you notice that in verse 10 he said:]A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
11 [Notice]I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.

Did you notice that in these verses we find the phrase repeated, “I beheld till; I beheld even till.” Daniel kept looking at this scene until it was completed; we are reminded that there is an orderly progress of Scriptural truth presented in the passage of Scripture which we have been noticing in Daniel, chapter 7.

I make mention of that because some Bible scholars in interpreting the Word of God place this passage of Scripture in the distant past, even before the world was created. But we would like to remind you that it is yet future.

Other Bible scholars place this passage of Scripture immediately after Calvary, when the Lord Jesus Christ ascended back to Heaven; we are told that the kingdoms of the world became His kingdoms, and He is ruling over the earth today in the hearts of men.

As far as accepting that is concerned, even from the standpoint of practicality, we have to reject it on the basis of the chronology of this Scripture because the scene that is recorded here does not occur until after the Antichrist has ascended into power and has held the world under his sway.

The Thrones Were Cast Down

With that thought in mind, let us notice the details which are presented in the chapter before us. Notice the phrase, “I beheld till the thrones were cast down.” We want to pause and consider that phrase because there are two suggestions brought to our minds about it, and I suppose either of them could be correct. There is an element of truth in both of them.

You will remember that this chapter is written in Aramaic. Because it is written in Aramaic, there are some Bible scholars who suggest that the phrase, “I beheld till the thrones were cast down,” is a reference to the Aramaic custom of casting down cushions or pillows for the potentates to sit upon as they held trial, as they held various courts and councils of judgment. That certainly could be true because there is a day coming when the thrones will be set and those to occupy them will take their places. So I say that if this means that the thrones are set in Heaven, then we do no violence to the Scripture to accept that interpretation.

Those Who Occupy Thrones Of Judgment

If you do accept that interpretation, there is a question arising in your mind. It is, who is going to occupy these thrones? If we were to turn to Revelation, chapter 4, we would find that they are occupied by twenty-four elders who are related to the government of God. Revelation, chapter 4, presents a scene very similar to the one at which we are looking at the moment.

Also, if we were interested in knowing who else might occupy them and should turn to Matthew, chapter 19, we would find a discussion into which the disciples entered regarding who was going to be great in the kingdom of Heaven. We would find a discussion concerning riches and the Lord Jesus Christ saying that a rich man would find it difficult to enter into the kingdom of Heaven. The disciples, misinterpreting the question, immediately said, “Well, we ought to have an extra good place in Heaven because we have left all to follow Thee.”

The Lord Jesus Christ said, “No, you misinterpreted what I said. I do want you to know that no man will suffer for having followed Me. Anybody who gives up anything for Me will be richly repaid because I will not be in debt to any man at all.” “But,” He said, “as far as you disciples are concerned, in the regeneration when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth, you will sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” So if these cushions do refer to thrones, then we know that twenty-four elders will occupy them and the twelve disciples will occupy them.

I want to suggest to you another interpretation which I personally believe is the correct interpretation of the passage, though that which I have just suggested to you certainly is Scripturally correct, and perhaps this refers to both suggestions.

The Greatest Victory This World Will Ever See

When we read, “I beheld till the thrones were cast down,” I believe that it is an announcement of the greatest victory this world will ever see—the victory which the Lord Jesus Christ and His holy angels win over the forces of evil and the forces of darkness, for the Lord Jesus Christ cannot reign supreme until the forces of evil and the forces of darkness are conquered.

The Bible is very clear on that, but I want to show it to you in the Word of God. So will you turn with me to the New Testament, to the epistle to the Ephesians, and notice chapter 2. The apostle, in speaking about the manner of life which we lived before we were saved and the manner of life which we should live now that we are saved, says in Ephesians, chapter 2, verse 1:

Ephesians 2:

1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Satan And His Angels

Notice particularly the statement, “according to the prince of the power of the air.” That is all in which we are interested in this verse for the moment because that is another one of the titles of the Devil, another one of the titles of Satan. He is the prince of the power of the air; he is the prince of the power of the heavens that are above us. He is not alone; he is the leader of a very highly organized force.

Will you turn, please, to Ephesians 6, and notice verse 12:

Ephesians 6:

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

This is the battle in which we are all engaged. Will you notice what Paul has to say about it. Our battle is not against flesh and blood; it is not against human beings. Our battle is against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against—and notice this please—wicked spirits in the heavenlies. Principalities, powers, rulers present a graduated declension of the various organized officers in the army of the Devil.

So the heavens are peopled with evil forces which are bent on defeating the children of God. No, that is not superstition. That is the plain teaching of the Word of God.

Freed From The Condemnation Of The Law

Will you turn, please, to Paul's letter to the Colossians and notice another suggestion along this line. In Colossians, chapter 2, there is a description of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross of Calvary and his subsequent ascension into Heaven. Beginning with verse 14, it is recorded that “the Lord Jesus Christ blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His Cross.”

This is a simple statement that the Lord Jesus Christ took the law that condemned us and nailed it to the Cross in order that men everywhere might know that we are free from the condemnation of the law. In making this statement, Paul draws upon an illustration which was current in his day. When an individual had a debt and was unable to pay it and was sentenced to death for the debt, an individual who paid the debt took the paper that indicated the debt and nailed it on the wall of some public building so that everybody could see that the debt was paid.

Christ Spoils Satan's Power

Paul uses that as an illustration and says that the Lord Jesus Christ took the law and nailed it to the Cross. But as we have pointed out to you consistently, in service after service, the work of the Lord Jesus Christ was not finished with the Cross. He had to come down off the Cross and go to Heaven before the work was finished, and that was not an easy task at all. All of these evil forces that I am talking about did their best to keep the Lord Jesus Christ from going back to Heaven and presenting His blood in the Holy of Holies that sin might be forever forgiven. But the Lord Jesus Christ won the victory, and that victory is described in Colossians, chapter 2, verse 15, where we read:

Colossians 2:

15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

When the Lord Jesus Christ went back to Heaven, he spoiled these principalities and powers—that is, he conquered them. And He made a shew of it openly, triumphing over them in it.

Christ Fought A Battle In Returning To Heaven

For further proof of this fact, will you turn, please, to the book of Hebrews and notice in chapter 4 a statement that is not evident in our translation as far as meaning is concerned, but is evident in the original text. There is a description of the rest that is provided for us because of the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in verse 14, we read:

Hebrews 4:

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Will you glance back at verse 14:

Hebrews 4:

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

In the original text, the suggestion is not that the Lord Jesus Christ merely went into Heaven. That He did. But the suggestion is that He went through the Heavens. The preposition used in describing this event suggests fighting a battle as you go through. So you see, He did spoil principalities and powers and enter into Heaven. There is a constant warfare going on in Heaven, I repeat, to obstruct the purpose of God in relation to the children of men.

Satan's Angels Interfere With Prayer

Will you go back to the book of Daniel, please, and let us anticipate ourselves for a moment and notice chapter 10. This chapter records the answer to the prayer which Daniel prayed in chapter 9. You will remember that as he prayed about this matter, he prayed for three weeks and finally the answer came to him. In verse 10, we read:

Daniel 10:

10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
13 [Notice this verse particularly: But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Or with the angels of Persia. If you get the thought of this passage of Scripture, the angel that came with Daniel's answer to his prayer said, “I would have been here twenty-one days sooner, but I was withstood by the evil angel of Persia; I never would have gotten here if Michael had not come to my rescue. I have left him up there fighting the battle and I've brought you the answer. When I start back, it's not going to be an easy battle because another angel is going to withstand me on my return journey.” The battle is constantly going on in Heaven. But one day this battle is going to come to an end.

Will you turn, please, to Revelation chapter 12, verse 7, and notice the record of the battle which I believe the Spirit of God had in mind when he said in Daniel, chapter 7, “I saw thrones cast down”:

Revelation 12:

7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

The Kingdoms Of This World Delivered To Christ

Had we been studying the book of Revelation, the dragon would already have been identified as the Devil. And so we read:

Revelation 12:

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.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Will you go back with me now to Daniel, chapter 7, and understand what we read when we read, “I beheld till the thrones were cast down.” Daniel watched the vision as preparations were being made for the transference of the kingdoms of this world from the hand of the Devil to the hand of the Son of God. The evil forces were cast down and the Ancient of Days did sit upon His throne.

Describing The Ancient Of Days

In verse 9 we have the Ancient of Days described for us. The Ancient of Days, we are told, sat upon the throne and His garment was white as snow and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him.” What does all of this mean?

We are not left to wonder. We are reminded in the Word of God of the significance of the fact that the hair of the Ancient of Days was like pure wool and His garment was white as snow. I have told you that the way to determine the significance of any symbol used in the Word of God is to notice the place in which it is mentioned first, and how it is used, and you will know the meaning from then on.

Two Whitest Things On Earth

Will you turn back, please, to Psalm 147. This Psalm is a declaration of the might and the power of our God. In the midst of it is a reference to the subject we are considering at the moment. Will you notice verse 12:

Psalm 147:

12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
15 [Notice this verse.]He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.

This is the first time that snow and wool are compared together in the Word of God. Snow, we know, is white. Wool is compared in its whiteness to snow.

Will you turn, please, to Isaiah, chapter 1, where you find these two things coupled together as an illustration of what will happen if we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. Seeing this in the first chapter of the book of Isaiah, we are able to understand what Daniel is talking about when he describes the Ancient of Days with garments like snow and hair like wool. In verse 18, you will notice the invitation that is presented to all people:

Isaiah 1:

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

He means there that they shall be as white as snow and as wool, the two whitest things on earth. Snow and wool are used by Daniel to describe the Ancient of Days as He sits upon the throne.

I wonder why he used these two figures of speech to describe the Godhead as It sat upon the throne. I think one reason can be found in the purity that is related to the Godhead. But I think another reason is found because we have an illustration of it in the Word.

The Light Of Deity

Will you turn, please, to Matthew, chapter 17, which you will recognize as a record of the transfiguration scene:

Matthew 17:

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.

That is the reason Daniel could see the Ancient of Days white as snow and white as wool: the light of deity was everywhere about the Godhead as It sat upon the throne.

Similar Appearance Of Members of the Godhead

Will you notice that I have been referring to the Godhead. I have not referred to God the Father, or God the Son, or God the Holy Spirit. The reason is that I do not know which one of these characters is exclusively referred to in this description. I feel that it was probably all of them because of subsequent verses in the chapter. I think that becomes more evident when you turn with me to Revelation, chapter 1.

Chapter 1 of the book of Revelation presents a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ on this very same throne. Will you notice how He is described in verse 13:

Revelation 1:

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Did you notice that His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow. This was the Lord Jesus Christ. In Daniel 7 it was the Godhead. You will notice how the Lord Jesus Christ was clothed here in relation to the girdle. It was not around the waist; if it were around the waist, He would be interceding as our great High Priest. It was around the breast, which was a symbol that judgment was about to begin. The white hair of the judge is made evident because the Ancient of Days is the One Who is going to participate in the judgment.

I offer this as an aside for what it is worth; it helps to illustrate what we are talking about. We are told—I cannot vouch for this because I have only read it in numerous places and do not know where it began—we are told that the reason that judges in England don white wigs when they sit on the bench is because of this passage of Scripture. Any of you who have seen English courts portrayed on the screen know that judges always don white wigs before a trial begins. It is said that this can be traced back to this judgment scene recorded in Daniel 7.

Fire Related To God's Throne

As we go back to this chapter, we are reminded of something else in relation to the Ancient of Days. It is the emphasis that is placed upon fire in relation to His throne and in relation to His judgment. You will notice in the last part of verse 9, “his throne was like the fiery flame and his wheels as burning fire.”

Let us read the Word of God carefully. It does not say that His throne was a fiery flame, and it does not say that the wheels of His throne were burning fire. It simply says, “they were as fire.” What are we to understand by this? I do not think we need to wonder long. The Word of God will make it clear to us.

Will you turn, please, to Ezekiel 1. You will notice here a Scripture which describes the throne of God. It is described in relation to the cherubim. It is described in relation to the wheels which made it possible for the throne to move from one place to another. The throne itself is described in verse 26:

Ezekiel 1:

26 And above the firmament that was over their heads[that was over the heads of the cherubim] was the likeness of a throne, [Notice] as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness [Notice]of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

I would like to suggest to you that the fire which Daniel saw was not fire. He made that clear. He said it looked like fire. I would like to suggest to you that it was the Shekinah Glory of God. The reason the bush did not burn was that it was not on fire; it had the appearance of fire. It was enveloped in the Shekinah Glory of God. Just so, when Daniel saw the throne of chapter 7 and used the word fire in its description, he was describing the Shekinah Glory of God.

Thus the Scripture bears itself out in describing this aspect of God's throne. But if you will look at verse 10 of chapter 7, you will notice that a fiery flame issued and came forth from before him.

If you have time later to turn to Hebrews 12 and notice the very last verse, you will be able to recognize why this particular statement is made. It is a reference to the fact that our God is a consuming fire. Whenever God is presented as the God of Judgment, he is described as a consuming fire that burns everything up before Him.

Countless Numbers Of Angels

Going back to Daniel 7, looking at this scene a bit more in detail, we notice in verse 10 that “thousand thousands ministered unto him.” That needs no explanation, because the angels in heaven, though your King James Version describes them often-times as thousands of thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand, are described in the original text by a word which speaks of countless numbers. Back in the day when the King James Version was translated, ten thousand times ten thousand was a big figure, but that doesn't faze us anymore, the way our government is spending money. It would be better, I think, to talk about myriads and myriads, because that is the real word—countless numbers. You can't begin to count them.

You will notice also in verse 10, “ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.” That phrase could refer to the angelic beings who are active in the heavenly courts or it could refer to those who stand before him in judgment, because the very next statement is, “the judgment was set, and the books were opened.”

Some Different Judgments Mentioned In God's Word

I want us to pause long enough in our discussion to recognize this judgment and its place in the Word of God. Men have a bad habit, every time they read about judgment, of lumping all judgments into one. We talk and we sing about one judgment. Beloved, there are more than one. There is the Judgment Seat of Christ described in I Corinthians 3, and this one which we are reading about in Daniel 7 is not that one. There is the Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20, and this one which we are reading about is not that one. And then, there is the Judgment of the Nations described in Matthew 25, and this one which we are reading about is that judgment. For those ten thousand who stand before him could well represent the nations of the world who will stand before him in judgment because they dare to wear the mark of the Beast and to bow their knee to the Antichrist.

But Daniel, you will remember, was particularly interested in the little horn which he saw on top of this beast, and he centered all of his attention and description on that little horn, which we referred to as the Antichrist . He centered all his words upon that last indescribable Beast that he could not quite understand.

So will you notice that in verse 11 of chapter 7, Daniel said, “I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake.” He tells us why it was that God visited the world with his final judgment of the nations—because of the words which the little horn spake. The little horn, we have already learned, is the Antichrist, and the words which he spoke were words of blasphemy as he shook his fist figuratively speaking, in the face of God and said, “I dare you to come down here and do anything about it.”

Destruction Of The Last World Empire

No sooner had that been done than the Lord Jesus Christ was on His way, a victorious conqueror. Daniel watched the scene as a moving picture, until we read in the last part of verse 11, “the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.” This, of course, is a picture of the destruction of the last world empire that this world is going to see.

You will notice that Daniel made a distinct difference between this and the other empires which he had mentioned in this chapter, for in verse 12, he said:

Daniel 7:

12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

We understand what that means. They had their dominion taken away. Babylonia had her dominion taken away and given to Greece, but the empire was not destroyed. Greece had her dominion taken away and given to Rome, but the empire was not destroyed. But the Roman empire, the last great empire this world will know, has its dominion taken away and is destroyed by the judgment of God in the process.

Will you notice the accuracy of the Scripture. Not one word is said here about the destruction of the little horn, because the little horn is not destroyed. In Revelation 20 we are told that the little horn is cast alive into the Lake of Fire that burns day and night forever and ever.

All World Dominions Given To Jesus

After the victory has been won, you will notice in verse 13 what happens. Daniel said, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man.” Our Lord Jesus Christ came with the clouds of heaven and came to the Ancient of Days, and the heralds there in the courtroom brought Him near before Him:

Daniel 7:

14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

This is the grand and glorious day about which all the Scriptures tell—the day when the Lord Jesus Christ will be handed the dominions of this world at the hand of God.

This is what the Devil offered to do back yonder in the gospel of Matthew, chapter 4. You remember how the Devil took the Lord Jesus Christ up on the high hill and said, “View the kingdoms of the world. I'll give you all of these if you will bow down and worship me. That's all I ask.” People say he couldn't have done it. Yes, he could. He's in charge of the kingdoms of the world right now. But the Lord Jesus Christ said, “No, I'm not going to take a short cut to glory. I'm waiting until I'm handed these kingdoms at the hand of My Father.” This that he spoke of in Matthew 4 is described here in Daniel 7.

Those Who Reign With Christ

But will you notice that He does not reign alone in His glory, because in verse 18 we read:

Daniel 7:

18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

And then will you notice in verse 22:

Daniel 7:

22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

And in verse 26:

Daniel 7:

26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

In an exclusive sense, the saints of the most High in this passage of Scripture refer to the Jewish nation, for the Jewish nation that has been set aside by God is going to be reinstated when the Lord Jesus Christ comes back to this earth to rule and to reign for a thousand years. The Jews are going to be a prominent people again.

But as we compare this Scripture with other Scripture, we must not let “the saints of the most High” refer exclusively to the Jews. We are told in the New Testament that we are going to share with our Savior in this worldwide dominion. We are told that if we suffer with Him on this earth, we shall also reign with Him when He returns to this earth. We are given in the book of Revelation, as those of you who have studied it well know, the wonderful assurance that we shall live and reign with Christ a thousand years.

Same Event Pictured Twice

When Daniel described for Nebuchadnezzar the dream of the great image and the interpretation thereof, he said that a stone was going to be quarried out of the mountains without hands, and that that stone was going to crash against the foot of the image and completely destroy it–grind it to powder—and the dust of it would blow away. That stone would grow until it would fill the whole earth.

In chapter 7 of the book of Daniel, as Daniel presented the same truth in the dream which he had, he said, “All these terrible beasts are going to come and go, and the last great beast is going to be destroyed; the glorious person of our Lord Jesus Christ will rule and reign as the kingdoms of this world become His.”

Beloved, things look bad, but they are not hopeless, for the Lord Jesus Christ will return in power and great glory to set things right.

Shall we bow our heads together for prayer: Our Father, we would ask that we may be able to see the point in rejoicing in this great truth at which we have looked. Grant, our Father, that we will be able to look forward in faith to the day when the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our God. For we pray in Jesus's name and for His sake. Amen.


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