Daniel 7:9 Index
"I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire."
Research Material

"I beheld..."

  • This time of judgment will take place at the close of the Little Horn's power, according to Daniel 7:26. Daniel is being shown different scenes. This is why he repeats, "I beheld." He has been taken form the actions of the Little Horn to the Courtroom in Heaven. There are three books used in the judgment: 1) The Book of Life, (Revelation 20:12), listing the names of all who have accepted Christ; 2) The Book of Remembrance (Malachi 3:16), recording the good deeds of all; 3) The Book of Iniquity (Isaiah 65:6, 7), recording the sins of men. (KC 82)

"...till the thrones were cast down..."

  • A symbolic representation of the great final judgment, fixing the destinies of men and of nations, is here brought to view. (4BC 828)
  • Better translation "to set or place in order" or "thrones were placed." (US 111)

"...and the Ancient of days did sit..."

  • The "Ancient of Days," God the Father, presides at the judgment. Mark the description of His person.... He is here described as a personal being... The thousand thousands who minister unto Him, and the ten thousand times ten thousand who stand before Him, are not sinners arraigned before the judgment seat, but heavenly intelligences who wait before Him, attendant on His will. John saw the same heavenly attendants before the throne of God, and he describes the majestic scene in these words: "I behold, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands." (Revelation 5:11). (US 113)

"...whose garment was white as snow..."

  • Caution must be exercised when interpreting the [symbolic] representations [of God] [in] visions. "No man hath seen God at any time" (John 1:18). Daniel saw only a representation of [God]. To what extent the representation reflected the reality cannot be known. In vision [God] is presented in various forms, the form assumed generally having reference to the teaching objective of the vision. In a vision of the second advent, John saw Jesus as sitting upon a white horse, clothed in a garment dipped in blood, and having a sword proceeding out of His mouth (Revelation 19:11-15). Obviously we do not expect to see our Saviour thus clothed, equipped, or mounted when He returns. But each of these features has instructive value. In Daniel's vision we may see the white garment a symbol of purity and in the white hair a mark of antiquity, but to go beyond symbolization and to speculate on the appearance of Him who dwelleth "in the light which no man can approach unto" (1 Timothy 6:16) is to enter the realm of forbidden theorizing (8T 279). That God is a personal being cannot be doubted. "God is a spirit; yet He is a personal being, for man was made in His image" (8T 263). "Let none indulge in speculation regarding His nature. Here silence is eloquence" (8T 279). (4BC 828)