Today you should read: Daniel 7
Daniel 7 is wild stuff. It is so wild that at the end of the chapter, Daniel is visibly freaked out. He says, “Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed, but I kept the matter in my heart.” (Daniel 7:28 ESV).
There’s so much Biblical foreshadowing and prophecy here that it’s hard to know where to start and where to end. Actually, the rest of the book is in that vein. Chapters 7 thru 12 take us on quite a journey as the book of Daniel turns toward dreams, visions, end times, the coming Messiah, and more. The NLT Study Bible encapsulates it well: The second half of the book features visions given to Daniel. These visions showed Daniel and his people, both those in exile and those who had returned to Judea, that the future is securely in God’s hands. All empires will ultimately fall before the Kingdom of Heaven. Daniel’s people will be rescued from all their troubles (12:1-3), and God will resurrect and judge all humankind (12:13). Daniel interpreted these visions with help from divine messengers (7:10; 8:15; 9:22; 10:14; 12:7).
There are references to Jesus in this chapter that I don’t want us to miss. The two unmistakable ones are ANCIENT OF DAYS and SON OF MAN. The name Ancient of Days points us to Genesis 1, John 1, and Hebrews 13:8. Son of Man is mentioned all over the Bible, namely the psalms and by referenced by Jesus Himself. Here’s a great article on Jesus and the messianic name Son of Man.
As you read this passage, be encouraged, even if you don’t quite comprehend a lot of this, by these things:
1) God clearly has a plan for the future.
2) We are a part of His plan for the future!
3) Even God’s servants who received these dreams and messages didn’t have it all figured out.
4) Jesus is the King of the Universe, and He will reign forever.
5) He’s coming back, y’all.
And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’ (Daniel 7:27 ESV)
Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4-6 ESV)
Posted by: Todd Thomas