The scene changes from the terrestrial to the celestial,
from earth to heaven. This vision contains the most
descriptive picture of the First Person of the Trinity in the
To distinguish Him from the Son, God the Father is
identified as “the Ancient of Days.” He is the eternal,
self-existent One, the Creator of all things (Isaiah
43:10), and He has been viewing the activities of men and
demons from His throne in Heaven.
His clothing as white as snow symbolizes His
righteousness, justice, purity and holiness. Hair white as
snow stands for wisdom. Fire symbolizes holiness, wrath
and judgment (Psalm 50:3; 97:3-5) as well as God’s
presence (Exodus 13:21).
There is no escape from His judgment—a river of fire
comes flowing out from before Him. He is the Lord of Hosts
as thousands upon thousands (an infinite number of
celestial beings, possibly included are the raptured
saints) await His command to execute judgment.
His throne is flaming fire and its wheels are all
ablaze. The wheels, on which the throne rests, are moving
about and they are ringed with fire. Such symbolism
describes God’s omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience
in Ezekiel 1:12-18.
God is enthroned as the Great King and He sits in
judgment of the kingdoms of the world. The first two to be
judged in God’s court will be the boastful little horn—the
Antichrist and the False Prophet. Their eternal destiny is
blazing fire, the Lake of Fire, in which they are thrown
alive, bypassing Sheol/Hades (Revelation 19:20).
Daniel records that “the other beasts had been stripped
of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period
of time.” This period falls between Armageddon and the
Great White Throne Judgment. Then Satan, his demons and
all his subjects will be judged (Revelation 20:1-15), when
the books are opened. What books? The Lamb’s Book of Life,
the books of the deeds of men, and the Scriptures,
especially the Law. If one’s name is not recorded in the
first, the other books become the basis of God’s judgment
as seen in Revelation 20:11-15. It appears that Daniel and
John beheld the same scene.
There is no judgment for the animal kingdom, but for
unsaved man “it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands
of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). The rebellion of
angels and men will be judged. This scene is also similar
to the one in chapters 4-6 of Revelation, where the slain
Lamb comes and takes the scroll (the title deed to the
earth) from the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
After taking the scroll, He proceeds to break its seven
seals, which commences God’s judgment on the kingdom of
the fourth beast.