How do we know what God is like? This is a question we all should ask. But is there really an answer? How can you know a God we cannot see? Today let’s look at God in an awe-inspiring way! Why is He called The Ancient Of Days?

One of my favorite names for God is “Ancient of Days”.

Here’s where we meet the term Ancient Of Days in the Bible.

It’s a very timeworn name, which first appears in the Book of Daniel, Chapter7.

The date is 553 BC. Daniel has a dream and a vision given by God about the Gentile nations of the world and God’s dealing with them. It is a dream of prophecy. 

Part of Daniel’s dream gives him a look into heaven. And what a sight he sees! Let’s set the heavenly scene and discover this beautiful name for God, Ancient Of Days…

In heaven, thrones are set up and the court sat! 

Daniel is describing a courtroom scene in a time of future judgment.

It is the judgment of the Gentile nations of the world!

These nations have turned their back on God, were cruel and had little care for human life, treated Israel with contempt, and conquered in the most despotic ways!  

Daniel says in Chapter 7:9-10 

I kept looking until the thrones were set up. And the ANCIENT OF DAYS took His seat; His vesture was like white snow, And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were burning fire. A river of fire was flowing, And coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court sat,  And the books were opened.    

In Daniel’s dream and vision, he saw a court scene.

God, the Great Judge on His throne with innumerable heavenly beings who were ready, upon command, to carry out God’s just sentence!  

God’s vesture, or clothing, and His hair were described in such a way that one can only imagine He shone so brightly that it was blinding! This is a beautiful way to portray God’s holiness and righteousness and purity!  

Daniel described a scene that there are no human words for so he used the everyday things he knew to create a picture of what is too magnificent to describe.  

God’s throne was ablaze with fire! Fire describes the glory of God.


His glory overwhelms the scene!  The river of fire flowing out from God’s throne is the presence of God!

In this case, it is His presence to administer justice. Now that the scene has been set, let’s talk about the name  


It carries the meaning that God has lived through the entire course of human history.

He and He alone is the Ancient Of Days! He knows all the deeds of all human beings and of all kingdoms of the earth!  

The words “Ancient Of Days” is a way of describing that God is a firsthand eyewitness to all events and does not need to rely on a secondhand witness to tell him the deeds of anyone or anything at any time in all of history.

Just think of that! This wraps up God’s natural attributes. He is omnipresent (present everywhere), omniscient (knows everything) and eternal (no beginning and no end).

God is then a Judge that can administer a true and just judgment because he has lived through it all and has seen all firsthand!  

This thought makes me want to weep! Not weep about the judgments for they are just. But for the wonder of the God, I call my Father!  

He, The Ancient Of Days, is too big for me to wrap my mind around and that is okay.

Another one of God’s natural attributes is that He is incomprehensible.

He is beyond understanding because His ways, character, and acts are so much higher than men.   

But by learning a little about the title ANCIENT OF DAYS, I hope God reveals a little more about Himself to you and me and that we are blessed greatly by it!   Have a blessed week my friends!          

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  1. You remind me of Beth Moore, when you share Gods word you keep me at the edge if my seat, just the way she does. Kelly

    1. Treasure Emma Kamara says:

      This meaning of Ancient of Days keeps me wounded about God greatness I can’t hold back my tears thank a lot for this

      1. HI Emma, The name Ancient Of Days brings me to tears too. It makes me feel like I understand God just a tiny bit more and the awesomeness is amazing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good Morning Yvonne, the renewal of Spring and with it comes Easter. I hear the joy and love in your voice when you talk about God. I always check your blog on Sunday mornings. Hoping your knees are on the mend for all what Spring brings. Have a nice day, Kathleen. In Az

  3. What a great passage. I love your blog and am so thankful the Holy Spirit is guiding you down this path. Blessings!

  4. Have been singing since seeing the video – haven’t sung this in a while! Thank you for using your blog to bring glory to our Father!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Your blog is a blessing!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love everything about your blog but your Sunday Scripture is my favorite. Yes your blog is a blessing!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I needed it today!! Ancient of Days is also my favorite name for God and I always love when we sing that song in church.

  8. Mary Alice Otterbein says:

    Thank you so much for your Biblical insight. Your awesome faith shows through your postings and is wonderful to read! Thank you!

  9. You do a wonderful job bringing beauty to the day, Yvonne! Whether it’s decorating our homes or sharing these posts to point our eyes to the ultimate beauty, our heavenly Father, your blog is appreciated!

  10. Elaine Inghram says:

    Thank you for an uplifting Sunday message. God bless you!

  11. Thank you, I look forward to reading your blog everyday, but especially on Sundays.

  12. What a blessing to read this scripture and your comments this morning.
    –Sent me to the throne in worship!
    Thank you.

  13. Bobbi A Look says:

    Thank you Yvonne for your Sunday posts. I ready them weekly. They are always encouraging and provide good for thought! I too live the name Ancient of Days but this is the first time Ive heard that name!! I also truly enjoyed you writhing about stop using OMG. This has been a recent topic of discussion in my family. Thank you again!! Blessings, Bobbi

    1. In my area, OMG means “oh my goodness”. I never thought it meant anything different. When Yvonne wrote the acronym, I was shocked and surprised. Because everyone I know understands “our” meaning, I still use it.

  14. I’ve heard that expression so many times and it never dawned on me that I didn’t know what it meant. Thank you for your clear explanation

  15. T Adele LeChien says:

    Thank you Yvonne for another wonderful post to increase our understanding and relationship with our Father. I just love reading your stuff!
    Will earnestly pray for you as you so graciously share with us all you have gleaned from studying His Word and how you live to glorify Him. You make my days, no matter how seemingly non-productive, still feel like they are perfectly planned and in line with the will of our Father.
    I love decorating, but I love decorating my soul with your beautiful insights into knowing the Father even more.

  16. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    I feel so strong after reading this. I appreciate your wonderful Sunday inspirationals.

  17. Kathleen Oedzes says:

    I love your Sunday posts. I hope you are doing well. I think of you often. From reading a few things on your posts I understand you are going through some serious health issues and sooooo many surgeries. I pray for your recovery.

  18. You have such a great understanding of the Bible. I thank you for wonderful blog and your vast knowledge of the Bible, decorating, cooking and more.

  19. Oh how I love this.
    Thank you.

  20. Great Post Yvonne,
    I love the book of Daniel, and what you described in the paragraph 3 sounds a bit to familiar to some of what is going on in our country today unfortunately. Encouraged that the tide might be
    turning more tho…..
    Thanks for your inciteful post, and I love this name of God as well, “The ancient of Days”, so majestic , which describes HIM so perfectly.

    Blessings, Nellie

  21. I am so happy to be back on your mailing list. I had troubles with my old email address, this is my new one. like so many other books of the bible, I love the love, bravery, and the compassion Daniel always showed. The king was smart enough to listen and put his trust in the right man words, which was from God. We today, need to do likewise. Put our faith, trust and devotion in God… Thank you for these beautiful words for today.

  22. Julie Briones says:

    Wonderful post about a WONDERFUL GOD! Thanks, Yvonne!

  23. Suzanne Campbell says:

    Yvonne, I so enjoy your blog. I love your spin on decorating and life in general. I always look forward to your posts. My mantra has always been, “It doesn’t have to be the best, but it has to be pretty!” This applies to both my personal and interior design style. Thank you for sharing yourself and your expertise. As my granddaughters would say, “You rock”!!!!

  24. Stella Napier says:

    Very well described! I’m so happy to say the Ancient of Days is my Father. I always enjoy your Sunday post. May God bless you!

    1. I’m so glad too. The name for God Ancient Of Days just hits me in my heart!

  25. Janie Foltz says:

    Yvonne, our Sunday morning live stream church service was cancelled today due to technical circumstances. Reading your post has blessed me. Thanks so much. It is wonderful to have ‘friends’ such as you to share with during these times of little social contact. Blessings!

  26. Teresa Snipes says:


    Thank you for the reminder of how much we cannot know or perceive about our great Lord Almighty!

    Blessings to you,

  27. I know GODis real because I have faith in him, and my reward is that I can see him and I can feel him in my heart. GOD is real and I know that… because he has told me this is so and he cannot lie.The ancient of days… yes he is indeed my GOD ….The one and only true GOD in heaven…. Maranatha!

  28. Kathy Mertens says:

    I just want to say thank you! Whatever encouraged you to write this is truly a gift to you and as a result of what you were able to articulate, a gift to anyone who reads this. Thank you!

    1. I’m thrilled the Holy Spirit has worked through me to bless you! Praise Him!

  29. God Bless You! On a worldly message; OMG I love the kitchen; entire home! If we had the fortitude to make major house changes; yours is perfect. These days on Earth are crazy and tiring but I guess we were not guaranteed easy days. Thanks for your scripture and delicious recipes & meal plans!

    1. I’m so glad you like the kitchen. I want StoneGable to be a bright spot in your day!

  30. Debbie Atchley says:

    Yvonne, Your Sunday Scripture post are always wonderful. They are always spot on. Which makes me wonder if you are a Precept student.

    1. Debbie Atchley says:

      BTW Ancient of Days is also my favorite name of God.

    2. Hi Debbie, I am a Precept teacher for 20 years. Once I started to study inductively I never looked back. The Bible is real and deep and has so many treasures in it for anyone who is willing to spend the time.

  31. Debbie Atchley says:

    I am also a Precept leader. Guess it takes one to know one. LOL. I, like you, never looked back once I learned to study inductively. The Word is an endless source of treasure that will never pas away. Carry on my dear sister in Christ!

  32. Matha Telca Ouellette says:

    Thanks for so explicitly defining our God who is the Ancient of Days.