“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. 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. “I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. Daniel 7:9-12
As we move through this first vision of Daniel he sees the throne of God, the Ancient of Days. What strikes me is how similar Daniels description of the Ancient of Days is the John’s description of the Son of Man in Revelation 1:12-15. So who did they see, the Father or the Son? The simple answer is they saw God. But they saw God as He allows us to see Him. Throughout the Bible we are told that we cannot look on the face of God. I think that in our current state our minds just could not handle seeing God as He really is.
God however knows that at time He needs to be seen by humans or more true we need to be able to see Him. So God the Son is how humans can be in God’s presence. This was not a New Testament presence. Throughout the Old Testament when God appears to humans the Bible calls Him the Angel of the Lord and in this form He receives worship but also interacts physically with us. Some may think this is a fine point but the Angel of the Lord is different from an angel of the Lord.
Daniel in the presence of God sees the beast killed its body destroyed and he is cast into the fire. Once again similar to what is described in Revelations. As we read through the last chapters of Daniel we will again and again see parallels with the Book of revelation.
As Christians we need to pay heed to all of God’s word but when God chooses to tell us the same time more than once we need to pay particular attention. These things take on an even greater importance. They are things God want us to be ready for or things He wants us to do. One Gospel account would have been sufficient but God gave us four. Most of what Paul taught could have been covered in one or two letters but we have multiple letters form Paul as well as others.
Telling us about the end times could have been left to Daniel and the other prophets but God gave us the Book of Revelation and Jesus’ end times teachings as well as what Paul writes about the end. No matter how one believes what will happen in the end it is important that we know there will be and end time. God in His grace has let us see how the story ends. Believers can go through life knowing that good triumphs and evil is defeated.
Have a blessed day,