Ancient of Days: Judgment
A Look back at Dan7:8
A Look back at Dan7:8
(Slide) A little horn came from the 10 horns, but who is this little horn that uprooted three of the 10 horns?
(Slide) Personal belief it is Domitian who uprooted three of the Caesars (Galba, Otho and Vitellius) and there was one (Vespasian) and one to come (TItus)
(Slide) That is not what we are here to look at tonight but at the Ancient of Days judgment against the 4th beast
I. (Slide) The Vision/Prophesy of Daniel (vv. 9-12)
(Slide) Daniel was riveted by the vision, keep looking to understand. (We are not given the interpretation until we get to vv. 15-28)
So we can see thrones are set up, who is on them? We are not told, What we can tell is that the Ancient of Days took His seat. When the king sits, it is to sit in judgment. We have a description of the ancient of days too.
(Slide) Thrones set up (placed)
(Slide) Ancient of Days takes His seat
(Slide) Ancient of Days described
(Slide) Ancient of Days throne described
(Slide) River of fire was flowing
(Slide) Thousands upon thousands; myriads up myriads attended to him and stood before Him
(Slide) The court sat
(Slide) Books opened
(Slide) may be wondering is this similar to what you read in ?
Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
We are seeing a prophetic picture of the final judgment against Rome, the 4th beast
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.
(Slide) Similarities of and
(Slide) And fire, fire is symbolic of utter defeat and destruction.
(Slide) Though we may not fully understand the prophetic picture here we can picture that the deeds of man and written and accounted for when the books are opened. (Not on slide, but emphasize) For those who are in Christ the judgment was placed on Christ.
(Slide) So now, how do we deal with (v.12)?
(Slide) Ever heard the term “when in Rome do as the Romans do?” -Rome incorporated the others, Babylon, Persians/Mead's, Greece all into their wicked ways - Our world has done that too, hasn’t it?
In you see the beast there (Rome) and it is described as leopard, bear and lion.
And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.
(Slide) In Daniel it is Prophesy looking forward and it is a lion, bear, and a leopard; in Revelation it looking back and says leopard, bear and lion.
(Slide) This world today looks too much like Rome and not enough like heaven. - To the Christian we have the hope, the Rock in which we stand, we have our Messiah, our Savior, our Deliverer. Well in there is a messiah, representing the saints too.
II.(Slide) A son of man presented (vv. 13-14)
(slide) Important to note (v.13) says “a son of man” it does not say “The Son of Man”
(Slide) So we have a son of man - one created in the image of God and the beast.
(Slide) One comes from God, divine, the other from the earth
(Slide) One to fulfill the will of God the other from the fighting, brawling, wars of nations
You have heard the 1000 year reign theory before right?
Here we see a debunk to that theory -
“I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him.
You may be familiar with the “1000 year reign” - this passage is one of the passages debunking that theory.
(Slide) Look closely and you will not see the Son of Man coming to set up kingdom on earth, to present himself to man here
(Slide) What you will see is a man presenting himself before the Ancient of Days.
More to follow on this when we get to the interpretation section.
(Slide) So what is our take away today?
(Slide) So what can we learn From this passage tonight?
There is vision here of what is history in Revelation
This is a picture of a judgment scene of God.
Judgment is coming, your judgment if you belong to Christ is on Him. He took it for you!
(Slide) This is a judgment scene of God against the 4th beast
(Slide) What is prophesy here in is History in (this is the same judgment)
(Slide) Judgment for actions will happen, if in Christ it is placed on Christ, if not it is placed on you.
(Slide) Be sure where you stand, in Christ or outside for there is no middle ground.