Ancient of Days


I love hymns. I remember belting out this chorus as a youngster: ”Our shield and defender, the ancient of days, pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.”

So what does this name of God “ancient of days” mean? I found an answer From “The title ‘Ancient of Days’ first appears in Daniel 7:9, where Daniel is describing his vision of heaven. There an ancient, or venerable, Person sits on a flaming throne with wheels of fire, His hair and clothing white as snow. The flaming throne is symbolic of judgment, while the white hair and title ‘Ancient’ indicate that God existed before time began. In Isaiah 43:13, we find that God refers to Himself existing from ancient of days (literally, ‘before days were’). That means God existed before days were even created. We read in Genesis 1 that God created time, days and nights, so God existed from before the beginning of time. God is often represented as ancient, as He that is ‘from everlasting to everlasting’ (Psalm 90:2) and as ‘the first and the last’ in Isaiah 44:6.”

The title “Ancient of Days” is found only three times in Scripture, all three in prophetic passages in Daniel 7:9, 13, and 22. Verse 22 refers specifically to Jesus whose judgment will be part of the end-times events. In Daniel 7:13, the term “ancient of days” refers to God the Father, and we see Him on His throne as Jesus, the “Son of Man,” approaching the throne on clouds. God is a triune God, meaning three Persons in One, and at different times “Ancient of Days” refers to Jesus Christ and, at other times, to God the Father. But in the prophetic sense, it clearly refers to Jesus, the Ancient of Days returning to pronounce judgment on the world (Daniel 7:22).

So what does the term “ancient of days” mean to us today? Authority, supreme authority, belongs only to God the Father both in heaven and earth. God the Father will judge all mankind through His son, Jesus Christ. We will each have to appear before the judgement seat of Christ (Romans 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:10), and the judgment we receive will determine our eternal destiny.

Do you know Him? The Ancient of Days, Father God, loves you and has a plan for your life. God’s love is unconditional; God’s love is perfect. How do we know God loves us? Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God created us in His own image, for a relationship with Him, but He gave us freedom of choice, to partake in the love relationship with Him or not. The problem is, we are separated from a Holy God because of our sin. In Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  And in Romans 6:23, “For the wages (payment) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

There is only one solution for the problem of separation from God. Some have tried to earn their way to heaven by working harder or being religious. But Hebrews 9:6 says, “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission (forgiveness) sins.” 

Jesus Christ is the only answer to the problem. He died on the Cross and rose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sin. He provided a way for us to have a relationship with God. 

Recite John 3:16, and at the pause say your name aloud and fill in the blank. John 3:16  “For God so loved _______ (and put your name in it) that He gave His only begotten son, that if  ________ believes in Him, ________ should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  What AMAZING love! 

Because He sent His Son, His only Son, Jesus, to die for us. Which one of us would give OUR children—even our only child—for the lives of someone? God did, for you. Imagine God, making a way for you to be restored into a relationship with Him by giving His only Son as a sacrifice.

You must make the choice; are you separated from God? I want you to be totally honest before God. Can I ask you a personal question? Is there any reason why you cannot receive Jesus right now?

God has loved you since before the beginning of time. He gave you a gift: His son, Jesus Christ, died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave. Jesus cares for you and He calls you to make a decision for Him today. He has a plan for your life; don’t miss out on the life God has for you!

We can’t clean up our act ourselves. I know, I’ve tried. God has allowed Jesus’ blood to cover our sins, so we can have fellowship with Him.

I John 1:9 says, “If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

God is asking you to give yourself totally and completely to Him. I will lead you in a prayer in a moment, and I would like you to pray silently, in your hearts, this prayer to invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. 

(If you have already received Christ at one time in your life but feel you would like to recommit your life and your family to Christ, you can pray this prayer, too!)

Would you pray this prayer with me?

Dear Lord Jesus,

I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness.

I believe that You died for my sins.

I want to turn from my sins.

I now invite You to come into my heart and life.

I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior.

In Jesus’ name, AMEN

I am so glad you decided to receive Jesus as your savior. It is the best decision you’ve ever made. I look forward to spending eternity with you and the Ancient of Days!

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