READ : Daniel 7:1-10
In this chapter we go back to something that had happened earlier in Daniel’s life during the reign of the Babylonian king, Belshazzar. Daniel had a previous dream. It had been in response to one by Nebuchadnezzar. This dream is to Daniel himself. It is given so that God’s people may never become discouraged.
He sees four huge beasts arising from the sea, followed by one who is described as “The Ancient of Days” who is seated on a throne of fiery flames, before whom “the books are opened.”
Tons of paper and ink have been employed in attempts to interpret the strange symbols in this dream. Whatever the meaning of each might be, the purpose of the vision was for people like us. It was to assure our forefathers and mothers in the faith. Although powerful nations and empires rise, they will also fall. None of us can understand why, but we can rest assured that God, the Ancient of Days, is on the throne. All history is under his control.
Jesus Christ assures us that the church he is building will be more powerful than any political or military power which evil and hell can produce.
Thank you, Lord, for giving this vision of your kingdom. Keep us ever looking to Jesus, the strong One, who bound Satan and opened the gates of his prison to set us free. Amen.