The Ancient Of Days Did Sit

Daniel's night vision continues on to scenes of the opening of the seals in revelation, with a vast mutitude of ten thousand time ten thousand and thousands of thousands.

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Dan ch7:v9-14
Dan 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
Dan 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
Dan 7:11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
Dan 7:12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
Dan 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
Dan 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. (KJV)

Daniel beholds the point where the thrones (kingdoms or beasts) were cast down, (ended) and then immediately the Lord sits in judgement; The "wheels" represent the 7 cycles of the lamps of fire before the throne, his own description of God matches John's of the Lord walking amidst the candlesticks with the seven stars in His right hand. The scene is immediately of judgement with the opening of the books - precluding the millennialist position of the 1000 year reign of Christ:

The beast and the woman, (the image) is slain and thrown into the lake of fire at the judgement, the other beasts follow in being dissolved, but are not dealt with "straight away"; The difference is that those with the mark of the beast or the number of its name are thrown into the lake of fire whereas the citizens that do not have part in the mark and beast's image are judged on the basis of their faith and works, whereas worshipping the beast and it's image is immediate grounds for damnation - they are thrown into the lake already.

Jesus is seen sitting in judgement over His people - giving each one of them according to their works, and Daniel recounts the words we later hear from Christ "That all judgement is given in to the hands of the Son". It is the kingdom of the lamb, (the lion of Judah) that will never be destroyed, for Jesus is revealed to be God.

Daniel continues;

Dan 7:15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
Dan 7:16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
Dan 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
Dan 7:18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. (KJV)

The four kingdoms are identified as "Death" (in revelation) and are constructed by four balances (as wormwood) over the sea in an attempt to wrest the inheritance of the saints in Christ (who is "life") The four kingdoms are an attempt to create a replacement for the kingdom of God. "Hell" finds its place within the system of the beast in the healing of it's deadly wound, but the intent is to destroy all religion and make the whole law "do as thou wilt"; The kingdom however is inherited by the saints. Is this the same kingdom? Surely what is at stake is freedom: will it be freedom of licence or freedom in virtue? The bible states the latter.

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