Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ancient of Days

Daniel's vision of the throne helps us understand God's plan for us.... His people.  One of the most important verses in prophecy is Daniel 7:9 "Until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom".  The key question is, when did this happen or is it something that yet has to happen in the future.  Let's look at the context of this verse.  It happened when Jesus sat down on His throne with the Father.  It also happens in the future as, in it's finality, the complete transference of the kingdom.  Just like we have a present kingdom "now" and also in the "future" in it's fullness. It happens when the power of Satan has been broken.  I suggest that this happened at the ascension of Christ as well as continuing into it's fullness at the end of the tribulation period.  Through His death and resurrection, the power of His blood destroyed Satan's power over us.  At that time Jesus released His authority on earth that He had promised the disciples right before He left this earth. "All power is given unto me in heaven and earth...". Matthew 28:18.  Then He told them to go and wait in an upper room until this power was given unto them.  "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you..." Acts 1:8  It was at this time the kingdom power was given and the kingdom of was established in their hearts.  Paul preached it all through his ministry until his death.  Acts 28:31 talks about Paul "Preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concerned the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him."  Daniel further explains this amazing event later in Daniel 7:26-27 "But the court shall be seated, and they (the saints from verse 25) shall take away his (Satan's) dominion, to consume and destroy it forever.  Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High."  Here is the "Action Plan" of Jesus at the end of this age for for US His bride, the church.
1. First Jesus fulfills all righteousness on earth and says, "It is finished"
2. Jesus ascends and is seated in the court of heaven at the right hand of the Father.
3. He destroyed the power of Satan through the cross and resurrection.
4. Declares that the saints have now possessed His kingdom power on earth in Acts 1:8!
5. Commissions the saints to take possession of the kingdoms of this earth.

As we come to the end of this age, we will receive more revelation as to how to pray, how to declare over the earth and release His kingdom authority.  The great tribulation will be the greatest transition of power and governments as the saints rise and release the judgments "on earth" against the anti-christ, false prophet and Babylonian system. This is what Daniel was referring to "..they (the saints) shall take away his (Satan's) dominion."  It will be a time of magnificent harvest and completing the great commission as well as a time of intense wickedness and evil.  But Jesus clearly wins.  Then at the end of the great tribulation the full transition of all kingdoms shall be given to the saints.