Book of Daniel Bible Study Commentary Chapter 7 Part 2
The Times of the Gentiles - The Heavenly Scene
by I Gordon
 ↩ You've probably all witnessed an earthly courtroom drama. You know the one... a man's on trial for murder but pleads repeatedly that he is innocent. The prosecution presents their case and you're yelling 'He's guilty! Lock him up! Throw away the key!' Then the defense brings forth their case and with tears streaming down your face you cry out 'He's innocent! You've got the wrong guy! This is a travesty of justice!' The fact is that human courts are flawed and manipulated by lawyers and others far too quick to exploit its frailties. (OJ Simpson was innocent right?) Well, this courtroom setting is before the ancient of days! This emphasizes that there never has been a time that He was not! There has never been a deed done that escaped His notice and no fast talking, slick manipulating lawyer can talk his way out of justice in this courtroom!
 ↩ We don't talk about this aspect of God very much anymore. I was reading a book recently called 'When God weeps' by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steven Estes. This caught my eye: 'What is it about lemonade that appeals on a hot August afternoon? Other drinks are just as cold, just as wet. Surely it's that winning combination of sweet and sour that we love. Imagine if someone handed you a frosty cold glass of sugar water. Sickening. Or envision sucking a raw lemon. Unbelievably tart. (We realise a few of you out there enjoy lemons like this, but we're talking about sane people.) Neither sugar-water or lemon juice tastes very good, but the mixture is a summer classic. For decades now many Christians have been sipping sugar water almost exclusively when it comes to thoughts about God. God's kindness, God's goodness, God's tenderness is all they know about. But there is rugged side of God, a masculine side, that's often avoided. - His holy, powerful, soverign, sin destroying nature. To come to grips with these will not make us hate Him; it will make us worship Him. It will have us on our faces in awe. It will make Christ's death for us a wonder beyond expressing.'
 ↩ H. A. Ironside once told the following:
"One of the first gospel illustrations that ever made a real impression upon my young heart was simple story that I heard a preacher tell when I was less than nine years old. It was of pioneers who were making their way across one of the central states to a distant place that had been opened up for homesteading. They traveled in covered wagons drawn by oxen, and progress was necessarily slow. One day they were horrified to note a long line of smoke in the west, stretching for miles across the prairie, and soon it was evident that the dried grass was burning fiercely, and was coming toward them rapidly. They had crossed a river the day before but it would be impossible to go back to that before the flames would be upon them. One man only seemed to have an understanding as to what should be done. He gave the command to set fire to the grass behind them. Then when a space was burned over, the whole company moved back upon it. As the flames roared on toward them from the west, a little girl cried out in terror. "Are you sure we shall not all be burned up?" The leader replied, "My child, the flames cannot reach us here, for we are standing where the fire has been!"
The fires of God's judgment burned themselves out on Him, and all who are in Christ are safe forever, for they are now standing where the fire has been!
 ↩ We need to remember that what makes sense to us now would have still puzzled those in the days of the Old Testament. For example, the truth that God would become and appear as a man is one that the prophets gave several clues about but it wasn't given complete light until Jesus appeared on this earth. Concerning the deity and humanity of the coming Messiah have a look at Prov 30;4, Micah 5:2, Isa 9:6, Zech 2:10, Psalm 110:1.
 ↩ Here is a tougher question for ya seeing my first was too easy... In what way did this verse (Dan 7:13) seal Jesus' fate and send Him to the cross? Any ideas? Read Matt 26:57-67 for a dramatic courtroom prosecution Jewish style. Jesus quotes a combination of Psalm 110:1 and Dan 7:13 concerning Himself before the High Priest... And for speaking the truth, they announce the death sentence! There is also a very interesting picture in this act from the High Priest. In recoil and disgust at what Jesus said (which was the truth) we read that the High Priest 'tore his robes'. You might think, 'ok, he tore his robes... so what?' You need to remember that this was the High Priest whose robes were specifically designed and instructed from God Himself. That is because each part of the robe spoke of Him who was coming who would be the true High Priest - Jesus Christ. That is why God gave the instruction in His word that the High Priest could NOT tear his robes (Lev 21:10). There is something very symbolic happening here. The High Priest (probably without knowing it) was invalidating himself from being High Priest. He was disqualifying himself from the role of High Priest. Why? Because there could only be one High Priest from God's perspective and that was Jesus! - the One who stood condemned before this false trial!
 ↩ One of my favourite movies is Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. I just really like when Sauron has been defeated and Gandalf puts the crown on Aragorn's head saying 'Now come the days of the king. May they be blessed.' Whenever I see it, with evil defeated the true king on the throne, I can't help think of the Lord's return and the Millennium when His throne and rule shall be set up on this planet. Well, this Heavenly scene in Daniel is the precursor to that.
 ↩ My personal belief is in a Pre-Tribulation rapture which I have written about briefly on the website. I do not believe that the church will experience Daniel's 70th week which has been set aside for God's wrath and the drawing again of the nation of Israel. But that aside, no-one should think that they are immune from persecution and while the western nations of the world have had a long period of freedom from persecution, the majority of God's saints throughout all the ages since the time of Christ have experienced times of tribulation. Those of us in the western nations shouldn't think we will necessarily be spared persecution.
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