Daniel chapter 7 starts with a view from heaven on the rise and fall of empires in the world. We see human rulers and their empires as bestial at best, although the Babylonian empire finds a semblance of humanity. After looking froma heavenly vantage point we look to heaven itself. The base, beastly empires of earth are contrasted with the eternal authority and majesty of Jehovah. This is the reality behind our limited perspective. God does not wind up the world like clockwork and watch it unfold, he is close and he is involved. Ultimately he reigns and he works a plan that blesses those who live with heaven in mind and brings hell on earth and into eternity for those who are mindless of God.
Daniel 7: 9, 10
9“As I looked,
“thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. 10 A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.
- Who is seated?
- What is opened?
- Why does the vision reveal the court of heaven at this point?
- How do you see the spiritual reality behind the mundane?
- How would history be different if people saw the Ancient of Days more easily?