Daily Encouragement

November 30 – The Son of Man Receives the Kingdom from the Ancient of Days!

Daniel 7:1-28
1 John 1:1-10
Psalm 119:153-176
Proverbs 28:23-24

Daniel 7:1 — Nebuchadnezzar had dreams, and now Daniel has his own dream. Notice that this chapter is not in chronological order. According to Jimmy DeYoung:

The way to read through Daniel, chapter by chapter, is in the following order: 1-2-3-4-7-8-5-6-9-10-11-12. This is the chronological order for the book of Daniel.


Daniel 7:4-8 — From Jimmy DeYoung:

The “lion with eagles wings” is the Babylonian Empire, verse 4. The “bear with three ribs in its mouth,” verse 5, is the Medo-Persian Empire. In verse 6, the “leopard with four wings and four heads” is the Grecian Empire.

The “dreadful beast” in verse 7 is the “Roman Empire” (see my audio series, “The Daniel Papers”). Notice the “ten horns” of the “dreadful beast” in verse 7 and in verse 8, the “little horn” that comes out of the “ten horns”. The “ten horns” represent the “Revived Roman Empire” and the “little horn” is one of twenty-seven names for the “Antichrist”.


Daniel 7:13-14 — Notice the “Son of Man” and the “Ancient of Days.” John MacArthur states that Daniel 7:14 is when the Son “receives the kingdom.” MacArthur lists five features of the Kingdom: authority, honor, monarchy, universal, eternal. Jesus identified himself as the Son of Man (Matthew 25:31-32), but in doing so identified Himself as the Lord GOD (Ezekiel 34:17).

Notice the themes throughout Scripture. Compare Daniel 7:14 (“dominion, glory, kingdom”) to 1 Peter 5:11 (“glory and dominion”) and Jude 1:25 (“glory and majesty, dominion and power”) to Revelation 1:6 (“glory and dominion”).

Daniel 7:24-25 — Meet the Antichrist:

  • rebuking the Most High
  • repressing the saints
  • redefining the times and laws

Daniel 7:28 — Scared by the Antichrist? So was Daniel!

1 John 1:1 — Notice the testimony of John: I heard it with my ears, saw it with my eyes, handled it with my hands, and I’m showing it to you so that your joy may be full (1 John 1:4).

1 John 1:5 — Follow John’s logical argument (a modus tollens, to be technical).

  • If God, then no darkness (1 John 1:5)
  • If darkness, no God (1 John 1:6)
  • God and “no God” = law of non-contradiction = lie

1 John 1:9 — The greatest promise of the Epistles: forgiveness of sins if we confess!

Psalm 119:160 — Notice the similarity between 1 John 1:1 (“from the beginning”) and Genesis 1:1 (“in the beginning”).

Psalm 119:165 — Rest in this verse today!

Proverbs 28:23 — Just another way of sharing Proverbs 27:6.

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