Daniel 7 is primarily about the Son of Man. For Daniel and the people of the Old Testament, the coming of the Son of Man was greatly anticipated. In Daniel 7, the Son of Man is seen as having dominion and power. It says that “all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.” The main verse to focus on is verses 17-18:
“These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.”
If you look back over history, there have been nations described as having characteristics of the first three animals in our passage. The first beast like Nebuchadnezzar, which is seen in Jeremiah 49:19-22. The second beast like the Medo-Persian Empire. The third beast like the four kings of Greece that came after Alexander the Great. This is important to notice because all of these were mighty and strong empires that ultimately collapsed. They collapsed because God has all authority and control, not the empires. The Son of Man has more power and authority than any earthly power.
We know the Son of Man to be Jesus, and that is exactly who this passage is talking about. As I mentioned earlier, the Son of Man was much anticipated during this time and we should be grateful that we have the opportunity to know Jesus and have a relationship with Him. Also, we know and have hope that Jesus has all authority and one day He will conquer all nations! Praise God for the blessing of His Son and the fact we can have confidence for the judgement day.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor