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
THE ANCIENT OF DAYS
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!