The Messiah in Daniel

Jesus is the Messiah who is portrayed in Daniel 7:13-14.

13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

This is a profound description to the glorification of the Messiah as found in the Tanakh which clearly portrays His sense of likeness and identity to humanity while maintaining an exalted state of divinity.

Jesus refers to himself by definition on several occasions as being the  “son of man”. One particular scripture in Matthew 24:30-31 has a  striking resemblance based on similar verbiage as found here in Daniel.

30 “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Jesus as a messianic figure has been exalted and given dominion over all peoples and nations such as the prophecy in Daniel indicates. The in breaking of His kingdom has been vast in it’s worldwide application and influence and though it has not been fully consummated yet it still has not been diminished.

Christianity today is regarded as the largest religion to whom the world looks to regarding Jesus as their Jewish Messiah. This is one of the characteristics about the Messiah that makes Him standout among messianic hopefuls and that is His influence upon the goyim or gentiles to whom would offer their allegiance to Him likewise. Who else fits this description in human history?

Though Christianity from a world wide scope is still largely persecuted yet the kingdom of the Messiah has not been destroyed.

No matter how much the world system has determined to exterminate the rule, reign, and influence of the Messiah by  propagating its hatred and violence by means of false religions/cults and through the godless influences and philosophies of humanism  and atheism it has not succeeded according to it’s program of genocide. In their vain attempts they have been rendered useless and have not succeeded in extinguishing His glory. Every frontal assault represented from every worldly dominion and power such as kings, rulers, dictators and such have failed to remove Him from His throne even though they themselves have long been removed from their coveted position of rulership.

While Daniel depicts the obedience of the nations Psalms 2 is juxtaposed to His rule and reign as I have just explained. Today this is a living reality to the truthfulness regarding the fulfillment of the scriptures.

1Why do the nations conspirea

and the peoples plot in vain?

2The kings of the earth take their stand

and the rulers gather together

against the Lord

and against his Anointed One.b

3“Let us break their chains,” they say,

“and throw off their fetters.”

4The One enthroned in heaven laughs;

the Lord scoffs at them.

5Then he rebukes them in his anger

and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

6“I have installed my Kingc

on Zion, my holy hill.”

7I will proclaim the decree of the Lord:

He said to me, “You are my Sond;

today I have become your Father.e

8Ask of me,

and I will make the nations your inheritance,

the ends of the earth your possession.

9You will rule them with an iron scepterf;

you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

10Therefore, you kings, be wise;

be warned, you rulers of the earth.

11Serve the Lord with fear

and rejoice with trembling.

12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry

and you be destroyed in your way,

for his wrath can flare up in a moment.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Moving on to another important dimension of Daniel is that  His appearance is referred to as the “son of man” yet we see that He was given and allowed worship which was strictly forbidden based on the testimony of G-d’s word. G-d makes no allowances for the worship of any other figure whether beast or angel and He says not to make idols likewise which predominantly ranks number one among the ten words or commandments of the L-rd. This exalted realm was uniquely reserved for G-d himself and this is communicated in Exodus 34:14 and Deuteronomy 4:15-20.

14 Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

Deuteronomy 4:15-20

15 You saw no form of any kind the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, 16 so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, 17 or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, 18 or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. 19 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven. 20 But as for you, the Lord took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are.

Thisemphatically states that no other gods would be worshipped. So how does the “Ancient of Days” allow for this diversion of truth. He doesn’t, and therefore it is a defining moment in which the very nature of the one liken unto the “son of man”  would be conjoined with G-d  Himself in the mystery of God’s unity.

Lastly my challenge to you is that you do not find yourself like the participants in Psalms 2. If you think that you are loyal to God remember that as you study the Tanakh you will see time and time again how that G-d’s chosen people continually rejected God’s chosen representatives which include the likes of prophets, priests, kings, and even G-d Himself. G-d’s authority had being challenged from Sinai and before even to this present hour of rejecting the one to whom homage and obeisance is due.

The Messiah in Isaiah 53 was rejected and in the Gospel accounts it says that He came unto his own but His own received Him not which ultimately lead to Golgotha and death upon the human implement of torture namely the cross. It is from the cross that Jesus took His piercings as corroborated from in Zechariah 12:10-14.

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirita of grace and supplication. They will look onb me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. 11 On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, 13 the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, 14 and all the rest of the clans and their wives.

This is a wonderful depiction to the finality of redemption for the Jewish people for whom He was pierced. So ultimately while waiting for the indefinite period of his coming and return in pouring out this spirit of grace and supplication let us hearken to the voice of G-d as spoken of by the Psalmist in 95:7-8 that states “Today if you hear the voice of G-d do not harden your hearts” . Today let us embrace G-ds provision and let us kiss the “Son” lest He be angry with you and destroy you. I pray that you will be the beneficiary of his grace while avoiding his wrath and judgment.

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One Response to “The Messiah in Daniel”

  1. Derekp says:

    I think i’ve seen this somewhere before…but it’s not bad at all

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