Daniel’s Vision of God’s Throne – Daniel 7:9-12

The scene changes from the terrestrial to the celestial, from earth to  heaven. This vision contains the most descriptive picture of the First Person of  the Trinity in the Bible.  To distinguish Him from the Son, God the Father is identified as “the Ancient  of Days.” He is the eternal, self-existent One, the Creator of all things  (Isaiah 43:10), and He has been viewing the activities of men and demons from  His throne in Heaven.

His clothing as white as snow symbolizes His righteousness, justice, purity  and holiness. Hair white as snow stands for wisdom. Fire symbolizes holiness,  wrath and judgment (Psalm 50:3; 97:3-5) as well as God’s presence (Exodus  13:21).

There is no escape from His judgment—a river of fire comes flowing out from  before Him. He is the Lord of Hosts as thousands upon thousands (an infinite  number of celestial beings, possibly included are the raptured saints) await His  command to execute judgment.

His throne is flaming fire and its wheels are all ablaze. The wheels, on  which the throne rests, are moving about and they are ringed with fire. Such  symbolism describes God’s omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience in Ezekiel  1:12-18.

God is enthroned as the Great King and He sits in judgment of the kingdoms of  the world. The first two to be judged in God’s court will be the boastful little  horn—the Antichrist and the False Prophet. Their eternal destiny is blazing  fire, the Lake of Fire, in which they are thrown alive, bypassing Sheol/Hades  (Revelation 19:20).

Daniel records that “the other beasts had been stripped of their authority,  but were allowed to live for a period of time.” This period falls between  Armageddon and the Great White Throne Judgment. Then Satan, his demons and all  his subjects will be judged (Revelation 20:1-15), when the books are opened.  What books? The Lamb’s Book of Life, the books of the deeds of men, and the  Scriptures, especially the Law. If one’s name is not recorded in the first, the  other books become the basis of God’s judgment as seen in Revelation 20:11-15.  It appears that Daniel and John beheld the same scene.

There is no judgment for the animal kingdom, but for unsaved man “it is a  dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). The  rebellion of angels and men will be judged. This scene is also similar to the  one in chapters 4-6 of Revelation, where the slain Lamb comes and takes the  scroll (the title deed to the earth) from the right hand of Him who sat on the  throne. After taking the scroll, He proceeds to break its seven seals, which  commences God’s judgment on the kingdom of the fourth beast.

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Taken from: http://www.decodingdaniel.com/daniel7/godsthrone.html

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