Saturday, March 21, 2020

THE ANCIENT OF DAYS

Today’s Reading: Daniel 7-8

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Today’s reading mentions “a ram” and a “male goat.” Here’s one of God’s creatures from Haiti. Reynold has been there several times to initiate Crosssroads missions projects, particularly after the great natural disasters. The painted horns indicate to all the villagers that this goat is owned by a particular person.

 

Key Verses: Daniel 7:13-14

I was watching in the night visions,

And behold, One like the Son of Man,

Coming with the clouds of heaven!

He came to the Ancient of Days,

And they brought Him near before Him.

Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,

That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion,

Which shall not pass away,

And His kingdom the one

Which shall not be destroyed.

 

Daniel 7 picks up Daniel’s life where chapter 4 leaves us. Nebuchadnezzar is dead and this time it is Daniel who has a dream, which he interprets as a further amplification of the four kingdoms of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream: (1) Babylon (2) Persia (3) Greece (4) Rome. Daniel’s greatest concern is “the fourth beast” (7:19 & 7:23). Daniel saw 10 horns on its head and then a little horn that comes to dominate the others. Scholars who have written on prophecy are almost unanimous in identifying this horn that rises with the Antichrist.

In Daniel 8 the ram and the male goat meet in fierce battle, and the male goat is the victor (Rome defeats Greece about 300 years after Daniel writes this prophecy). The experience was so powerful that this strong man, Daniel, fainted and had to take several days off work.

Jesus took Daniel’s prophecy so seriously that when He stood before the Jewish High Priest and Ruling Council, He quoted Daniel 7:13. Read Matthew 26:62-68! It was obvious to all the rulers that condemned Jesus for blasphemy that Jesus claimed to be the One Daniel called, “The Ancient of Days!” (Daniel 7:9 and 7:13). Daniel prophesied in these chapters of the coming of the One whose “dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away!” This could not possibly be anyone other that the Eternal Almighty God showing Himself in human flesh as the Son of Man and Son of God!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, Ancient of Days, Most High, Ruler over the Everlasting Kingdom, I bow before You as one whom You created from the dust of the earth. I’m humbled and, like Daniel, astonished at the greatness of Your Person. I can ask for only one thing in my prayer, “Have Dominion over my life!” I make You my Lord in my surrender to Your dominion. I worship You Father, Son and Holy Spirit! I do this in the Name of Jesus, the One whom we will see “coming in the clouds of Heaven!” Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’m aware from the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus of the unspeakable evil of the Greeks, particularly under Antiochus Epiphanes IV, who desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem with what the prophets call “The Abomination of Desolation” (sacrificing a pig on the altar in the Holy of Holies – 175 years before Christ). We are much more aware of the Roman brutalities because of the record of the Gospels. But these horrors will be surpassed by the coming one whom the Scriptures call “the man of sin” or “the Beast” who sets up an image of himself in the Holy of Holies of a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, gives it the power to speak (perhaps a hologram image), and anyone who does not worship the image is put to death (Revelation 13:1-9).

Yours to help us understand the one-third of the Bible which is broadly called “Prophecy,”

David

17 thoughts on “Saturday, March 21, 2020

  1. We give thanks for the prophetic scripture of Daniel. Eternal Almighty God and Heavenly Father, You are Jesus Christ, our Messiah, Ancient of Days, who has saved us from the bondage of sin and freed us to eternal glory in heaven with You. Oh Elohim, we worship You and You, alone. We thank You for Your everlasting love for us. Blessings of safety and wellness to fellow saints. Oh, how He loves us, so!

    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…Ephesians 2:8 ESV

    Ancient Words
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vmTkXNpwzs

  2. Prayed David’s prayer; yes, Daniel’s life is truly an inspiration. Liked your song Beverlee as well as your and all of the posts each day and David’s. He still speaks to us. Have been blessed each day with neighbours’ kindness in snowblowing my driveway and picking up things at the store. Yesterday I had to deal with some flooding in my shed and outside. Was very exhausting! Take care my friends.

  3. Dear Lord God,
    Thank You for Your mercies new every morning. Have Your way in our lives, our families, friends, coworkers, students, customers, and neighbours. We ask for Your good rule to be established throughout this world. Please help us to do what is right, good, and helpful. Comfort people everywhere, and pour our a spirit of repentance on all people as You shake this world. Open the doors for Your Word to go out in the power of God. May every person hear Your voice calling them to You. Help people to open their hearts that the King of Glory will enter in. Thank You, Father, in Jesus’s name, amen

  4. Needing prayer for Long Term Care home where my sister is. A man with symptoms of the virus is being tested & everyone is confined to their bed, or room. My sister cannot feed herself & it’s a heavy floor with many similar. No volunteers can go & there isn’t enough staff to feed from room to room adequately. (I haven’t seen Donna Lea for 7 days now), Lord Jesus take over & minister. Thank You Lord. Amen

    • Lord God, we pray for Your loving hands of healing upon Donna Lea and the other residents in the nursing home. We pray for extra staff to come in and help take care of all the needs for the residents. May they be well looked after and have no sense of anything being wrong. May You bring comfort and peace and take away the worry from the relatives outside the nursing home, which includes Doreen, Lord. Bring a stillness to everyone during these difficult times of testing. We place our faith and trust in You and You alone, Lord God, and know that all will be well. In Jesus precious Name, we pray. Amen, amen and amen.

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