The Ancient of Days
Last Sunday, we sang the song 'Ancient of Days'. Pastor Oliver clarifies what the title 'Ancient of Days' mean.
I was discouraged this past week when I read in the newspaper of various world events happening. Brexit in the U.K. The unrest in Hong Kong. The Global Trade Wars. It made me wonder what is happening in the world. It seems so messy! Who's in charge? This past Sunday, we sang a song during our worship service, 'Ancient of Days'. The chorus went,
"None above Him, none before Him
All of time in His hands
For His throne it shall remain and ever stand
All the power, all the glory
I will trust in His name
For my God is, the Ancient of Days"
The title 'Ancient of Days' was mentioned 3 times in the Book of Daniel Chapter 7. This took place in the Prophet Daniel's vision of the end times where he foresaw the battle between the kings of the earth against God's kingdom. The first mention of "Ancient of Days" occurs in Daniel 7:9, speaking of "the Ancient of Days [taking] his seat" on a throne. These verses give a picture of God as a great, wise, aged king siting to provide judgement in court. The description of God's appearances tells of His wisdom (white hair), righteousness (white clothing), and His power in executing judgement (fire). Similar imagery is also used to describe Jesus in Revelation 1:14.
'Ancient of Days' is again talked about in Daniel 7:13-14 together with the 'son of man' reference.
"I saw in the night visions,
and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
And 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 one
that shall not be destroyed." (Daniel 7:13-14 ESV)
These verses speak of one like a son of man – someone who is human (Psalm 8:4), coming before God. However, this 'son of man' seems greater than any human being: He was given an everlasting dominion by God, and His kingdom will never be defeated. This conveys that this 'son of man' was someone divine. These verses point to the coming anointed one of God – ultimately leading to Jesus Christ. Jesus himself claims that He will fulfil this role in Mark 14:61-62. This title 'son of man' was used most often by Jesus to describe Himself in the Gospel of Mark.
The last mention of 'Ancient of Days' is in Daniel 7:22. Here it speaks of God coming to bring judgement and destroying the kingdom of the last king of the earth. God establishes His kingdom through Jesus Christ and gives possession of it to His saints. This kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom. Daniel, in these verses, was seeing the ultimate victory of the messianic kingdom that gives every believer hope in a world often dominated by evil. In this messy world, we can take heart, knowing that Jesus Christ – the divine 'son of man' is in charge, and His rule will be an everlasting dominion.
1. ORDINATION OF PASTOR EUGENE LOW |SAT 21 SEP | 2.30 PM
On 21 September (Saturday) at 2:30pm, we will have a special opportunity to celebrate God's gracious providence to us in His setting apart of our Pastor Eugene Low, to Gospel Ministry. The Ordination Service will begin at 2:30pm, with a buffet tea to follow. Please register your attendance with Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pauline at email@example.com.
2. EQUIP: LIFE TOGETHER IN THE WORD
Following Jesus amid life's struggles isn't always easy. How can we bear one another's burden and help others to press on towards Christlikeness? For the second half of the year, EQUIP will focus on equipping us with the biblical resources we need to help one another grow in Christ.
14 September (Saturday, 9.30-11.30am) – The Biblical Big Picture of Growth
12 October (Saturday, 9.30-11.30am) – Growing Through Suffering
9 November (Saturday, 9.30-11.30am) – Growing Through Sin and Conflict