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.
And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.
– Daniel 7:13-14 NASB
This is a prophecy of Messiah written by Daniel – the same Daniel who survived the lion’s den when he refused to give the Babylonian king the honor due only to God. Daniel wrote during the 6th century BC, and was roughly contemporaneous with the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel.
The passage above was one of the messianic prophecies considered more obscure by ancient Jews. They generally regarded Daniel to be speaking of Messiah, but weren’t quite sure how to make sense of it. The resurrection and ascension of Jesus into heaven in the 1st century AD made sense of it all.
Note that “the Son of Man…came up to the Ancient of Days.” This is Jesus being raised from the dead and ascending to the throne of God. Notice that a kingdom was being passed from “the Ancient of Days” to “the Son of Man.” This is when Jesus became King of the Universe, when the Son received His inheritance from the Father.
It’s clear from the opening chapters of the book of Genesis that all of creation was put under the authority of human beings. Therefore, when it says “that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him,” it’s clear that everything in creation is being transferred from Father to Son. When Daniel says of the Son of Man that “His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed,” we know it is above every earthly kingdom; and when Daniel says “His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away,” we know that this kingdom will have no end. It is the kingdom of God – the ultimate reality, which we are seeking to serve daily.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Jesus, I know that all authority proceeds from You, and that when I am submitting to lawful authority I am submitting to You. Help me also to know, as Daniel did, when it is necessary to yield to Your authority instead of human authority…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.