The enthronement of the Son of Man is reflected in this
chapter, as well as in Genesis 1:28, Psalms 2 and 8. He has
been given royal authority over creation. Therefore, we should
be living in anticipation of the one like a son of man coming
with the clouds of heaven.
In Daniel’s time, this chapter served as a polemic
against the annual re-enthronement of the king when he was
presented to Marduk in the New Year Festival. In contrast,
Christ’s power will never be taken away or destroyed like
the four beasts. His kingdom will be an everlasting
kingdom and re-enthronement will never occur.
The book of Daniel provides, to the exiles in Babylon
and to us, the prophetic answer to the question,” How
long, O God?” This chapter contains many clues to the
duration and depth of Israel’s subjugation when it is
compared with other Scriptures. The kingdom will not be
restored to Israel until the Son of Man comes with the
clouds of heaven.
The visions that passed through Daniel’s mind deeply
troubled his thoughts, and his face turned pale. How are
you affected when you ponder the awesomeness of the
Ancient of Days and God’s plans for the future? The
Scriptures that make known the wrathful nature of God and
His predictions of a turbulent future should deeply
frighten and alarm us. Undoubtedly, Daniel was deeply
troubled about what would happen to his own people in the
future—how about you?