Daniel was a man wholly devoted to God. His every thought and being was focused on obedience and righteousness. He was man beloved by God as well. Because he was beloved, God gave him many visions of the glorious future, a future where Jesus reigns supremely on this earth. In one of his visions, Daniel sees God the Father and God the Son together. In the middle of his vision of the great beasts, foretelling the nations of gentiles that would rule over Israel, Daniel saw this:
Daniel 7:9–10 (NKJV) —
9 “I watched till thrones were put in place,
And the Ancient of Days was seated;
His garment was white as snow,
And the hair of His head was like pure wool.
His throne was a fiery flame,
Its wheels a burning fire;
10 A fiery stream issued
And came forth from before Him.
A thousand thousands ministered to Him;
Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.
The court was seated,
And the books were opened.
What a glorious vision! Daniel sees God, the Ancient of Days, seated in absolute glory. His garments and hair were white signifying His righteousness. His throne was a fiery flame signifying His refining power to sift through all things. Millions worshipped before him. In this vision, God will judge the wicked. But even more importantly He will give all power and dominion to God the Son, Jesus Christ.
Daniel 7:13–14 (NKJV) —
13 “I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.
14 Then 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 the one
Which shall not be destroyed.
Jesus will receive all dominion of the earth. He will set up an everlasting kingdom that is made up of all people, nations, and languages. This kingdom will never pass away and cannot be destroyed. I look to this every day. It is the thing that I pray for and hope for and long for. I think Daniel did as well. After this and one more vision that was explained to him by Gabriel, Daniel had only one reaction…repentance. Daniel, at this time, also understood the book of Jeremiah and knew that the time of Israel’s exile from the land was coming to an end. So what does he do. He prays.
Daniel 9:4–19 (NKJV) —4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments…18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
What a prayer Daniel makes! I hope you will open your Bible and read the whole prayer for yourself. This is the heart of a true worshiper. This is the heart of a true believer. It is a heart of humility and repentance. It is a heart crying out for the mercy of a merciful God.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Obediah – Jonah 4
- Day 2 – Micha 1-7
- Day 3 – Nahum 1-3
- Day 4 – Habakkuk 1 – Zephaniah 3
- Day 5 – Haggai 1-2
- Day 6 – Zechariah 1-7
- Day 7 – Zechariah 8-14