QA: Who is the ‘Ancient of Days’?
The 3 creatures of Ezek. 1 had animal-type shapes, though ‘with human forms’ (v.6), The vision was mingled with a glittering and moving 4 wheeled ‘vehicle’ type appearance.
Rather than being a ‘manifestation’ of YHVH, these creatures and wheels represent what some interpreters refer to as ‘the Chariot of YHVH’ (?).
Verse 26 describes the Appearance ‘above’ these creatures of a shining Image ‘that looked like a man.’ Now, the description of this Image refers clearly to a Manifestation of YHVH, and once again holds revealing confirmation of the Oneness of YAHU’SHUAH as YHVH Himself, when compared with other Scriptures – notably Dan. 7:9,10;1 0:6-19 and Rev. 1:4-19
|Ezek, 1:26-28||Dan. 7:9,10 & 10:6-19||Rev. 1:4-19|
|v.27- looked like a man||10:16 – look like a ‘Son of man’||v.13 – figure like ‘a Son of Man’|
|v.27 – Shines like bronze||10:6 – arms & legs like bronze||v.14 – Feet like bronze refined in furnace|
|v.27 – surrounded in fire||7:9 – Throne a blaze of flames
7:10 – A stream of fire issuing from His Presence
10:6 – eyes like fiery torches
10:6 – face shines like lightning
|v.14 – Eyes like a burning flame, face shining like the full sun|
|10:5 – Girdle of pure gold||v.13 – Girdle of gold|
|v.15-25 Surrounded by 4 glowing Wheels||7:9 – Throne wheels of burning fire|
|v.24 – noise like a storm||10:6 – Voice like the noise of a crowd|
|2:3-5 – YHVH, God of Israel||7:9 -Ancient of Days||1:18 – YAHU’SHUAH Who was dead and lives again|
|7:9,10 – One of great Age giving Judgment|
|7:9 – Robe white as snow||v.13 – dressed in a long Robe|
|7:9 – Hair as pure as wool||v.14 – Hair white as wool, snow|
From these 3 descriptions of the Appearances of God, it is clear that YHVH and YAHU’SHUAH have the same Appearance and description. Thus, either it describes the same God and Personage, or they look alike. This glaring Scriptural fact will however be twisted by those who deny the Oneness of YHVH / YAHU’SHUAH as “them merely looking alike”, However, both the Daniel and Revelations portions of Scripture above, read in context, hold damning evidence against these pagan interpretations of the One Only True God and infallibly confirm the Oneness of His Supreme Deity, as we shall now establish.
Who does Rev. ch. 1 (our 3rd column) refer to?
“It is He Who is coming on the clouds.” and “He Who was dead and lives again.”
From Math. 24:30 we know that this refers to the risen YAHU’SHUAH, “And then the Sign of the Son of Man will appear in Heaven … and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of Heaven with Power and great Glory.” Acts 1:9-11, at His Ascension, “He was lifted up, while they looked on, and a cloud took Him from their sight They were still staring into the sky, when suddenly two men dressed in white were standing near them and said: ‘YAHU’SHUAH Who was taken up from you into Heaven, this same YAHU’SHUAH will come back in the same way as you have seen Him go there.”
Zech 12:10 applies this event to YHVH. “They shall look upon Me (YHVH speaking) Whom they have pierced and they shall mourn for Him …”
The Testimony of Rev. ch. 1 – 4
Yochanan (John) in Rev.1:12 describes the One Who spoke to Him and gave Him the Message to write down. He gave the description as recorded in the table above and recorded His words identifying Himself as :
1:17 – The First and Last – a Title claimed by YHVH throughout the Tanach OT.
1:18 – The One Who was dead and came to life again (2:8) to now live for ever
2:10 – He gives Eternal Life and the hidden Mannah (v.17).
2:26 – He will give to the overcomers the authority over the nations (to rule over them with Him).
3:12 – He will inscribe His own Name on the overcomers (which is the Name of God).
3:21 – He will share His throne (which is the Father’s Throne) with the overcomers.
Those believers who wish to make Him subservient to a different ‘Father God’, and who thereby oppose the Revelation of His Oneness and Supreme Deity, will find enough ‘proof’ in Rev. 2 & 3 to support their understanding . The Risen Messiah, though He claims to be the First and the Last in His discourse with Yochanan, also refers in these Scriptures to “His God” – as if it is Someone else.
This Mystery of His Divinity though, is revealed in our 3rd portion referred to above – in the book of Daniel ch. 7:13 – 23.
“I gazed into the visions of the night, and I saw coming on the clouds of Heaven, one like a Son of Man (the obvious conclusion from this is that it refers to Messiah – but read on). He came to the One of Great Age (the normal conclusion here is that it refers to ‘God the Father’ – thus, Messiah approaching the Father – read on) and was led into His presence. On him (the son of man?) was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship and men of all nations and languages became his servants. His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty which shall never pass away nor will his empire be destroyed.”
Without much further research or confirmation, most readers assume that we have here a prophecy of the Messiah taking the Kingdom Rule which the Father appoints Him, because Messiah is also referred to in Scripture as “The Son of Man.” But is it truly to Him that this Scripture in the book of Daniel refers?
No! And when we discover what the implication of this prophetic vision truly is, then we will also understand the Key which YAHU’SHUAH Himself gives us in the above mentioned Scriptures, which seem to point to, and which so many believers interpret as, a duality of the “Father and the Son”, making “2 Gods” – which is totally an unscriptural and pagan concept, gravely insulting and dethroning the One True God!
Let us read directly from the Scriptures what this vision of Daniel entailed – of the “one like the son of man coming to the Ancient of Days”.
Dan. 7:15 “Daniel was deeply disturbed and the vision alarmed him. (Daniel is a Jew who believes in One True God only). So I approached one of those who were standing by and asked him to tell me the Truth about all this. And in reply he revealed to me what all these things meant. … Those (like a son of man, coming on the clouds) who are granted sovereignty, are the saints of the Most High and the Kingdom will be theirs for ever, for ever and ever!”
In inquiring after the little Horn in the vision, which persecuted these overcoming saints, it is confirmed once more in verse 21,22 that it will continue “… until the coming of the One of Great Age Who gave Judgment in favour of the saints of the Most High, when the time came for the saints to take over the Kingdom.”
A third confirmation follows in verse 27 “And the sovereignty and kingship, and the splendours of all the kingdoms under heaven, will be given to the people of the saints of the Most High. His sovereignty (the one like unto the son of man, coming on the clouds) is an eternal sovereignty, and every empire will serve and obey him.”
I know that there are those who will use this information now as a confirmation of their denial of “the Messiah” Whom Scripture refers to also as “coming on the clouds.”
However, YAHU’SHUAH Himself gives us the answer to this fatal denial, at the same time showing why He seems to acknowledge being subservient to “His Father and His God”. The answer comes clearly from the very Scriptures under review by us in this discussion, viz. Rev. 2:26 “… I will give the authority over the nations which I myself have been given by My Father, to rule them with an iron sceptre … if anyone has ears, let them listen to what the Spirit is saying.” regarding “the secret of the seven stars He is holding in His Right Hand” and to whom this Message is directed, i.e. His true followers, in the 7 congregations. (1:20).
Again in Rev 3:5 “Those who prove victorious … I shall acknowledge their names in the presence of My Father.” 3:12 “Those who prove victorious, I will make into pillars in the sanctuary of My God … I will inscribe on them the Name of My God … and (it is also) My own New Name as well.”
And finally, in Rev. 3:21 “To those who prove victorious, I will allow to share My Throne, just as I was victorious Myself and took My Place with My Father on His Throne. If anyone has ears to hear, let them listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Congregation (overcomers).”
There is One God only – YHVH, Creator God of Israel. YAHU’SHUAH was a Manifestation of YHVH Himself, showing us the Way, becoming ‘a Son of God’ as every believer is to become the ‘Son of God’.
As our 3 column table proves above, YAHU’SHUAH was/is YHVH as specified regarding His Appearance. He is the Ancient of Days, on the Throne which place He took ‘with the Father’ after having proved victorious. Similarly we shall “share His Throne with Him”.
Do you realise what the mind shattering implication of this ‘Secret’ is? I say it with great trepidation, fearing what some humans will do in accepting and applying this Revelation. We shall be like God. We shall become God! – if we truly prove victorious like He did.
Messiah Himself confirmed this in John 10:33 in addressing the Jews who stoned Him for “claiming to be God.” “Is it not written in your Torah ‘I said you are gods? So the Torah uses the word ‘gods’ of those to whom the Word of God was addressed and Scripture cannot be rejected!” (End of His statement).
When we search for this Scripture, we find it in Ps. 82:6
“I (God v.1) have said ‘You are Elohim’ (The title of YHVH) and all of you are ‘sons of God’ (the Most High).”
1 John 3:1,2 “Think of the Love that the Father has lavished on us by letting us be called ‘children of God’. And that is what we are! Because the world has refused to acknowledge Him, therefore it does not acknowledge us. My dear people, we are already the Children of God, but what we are to be in the future, has not yet been revealed. All we know is, that when it is revealed, we shall be like Him …”
What a Calling!!!! What a Great designation to miss out on!
Can God have ‘children’ who are not ‘God’ also?
This emphasises the great Purpose that we should really strive for. This certainly leaves no place in the individual for pride and boasting ‘to be God’ – for if anyone has even half a brain, he/she should realise how far our shortcomings truly are in the light of this great Calling!
May He grant us the determination to truly succeed!