Daniel 7:13 Index
"I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him."
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"...one like the Son of Man..."

  • God chose to present His Son in prophetic vision with special emphasis on His humanity (MB 14).... At the incarnation the son of God took upon Himself the form of humanity (John 1:1-4, 12, 14; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14) and became the Son of man (Mark 2:10), so uniting divinity with humanity by a tie never to be broken (DA 25). Thus, repentant sinners have as their representative before the Father "one like" themselves, One who was in all points tempted like as they are and who is touched with the feeling of their infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). Comforting thought! (4BC 829)

"...came to the Ancient of days..."

  • This passage cannot be referring to the Second Coming of Christ to this earth; instead, He is coming to the "...Ancient of Days...". Daniel was shown that at the end of the rule of the Little Horn, judgment would begin in heaven (Daniel 7:26-27). Jesus said, "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work." (Revelation 22:12). Since He brings His reward with Him, each case has to have been decided. The Scriptures says Christ intercedes for us. He is our Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5), High Priest (Hebrews 2:17), and Advocate (1 John 2:1). Daniel is shown a scene of Christ coming before His Father to intercede on our behalf during the judgment. At the close of the judgment the kingdom and all dominion will be given to Christ (Daniel 7:14). Then He will come a second time to claim His people. (KC 83)
  • This cannot represent the second coming of Christ to this earth, for Christ comes to "the Ancient of days." The coming of Christ to the most holy place for the cleansing of the sanctuary is here represented. (GC 426). (4BC 829-830)
  • The scene here described is not the second coming of Christ to this earth, for the Ancient of days is not on this earth, and the coming here spoken of is to the ancient of days. There, in the presence of the Father, dominion, and glory, and a kingdom are given to the Son of man. Christ receives His kingdom before His return to this earth. (Luke 19:10-12). Therefore, this is a scene which takes place in heaven, and is closely connected with that brought to view in Daniel 7:9-10. Christ receives His kingdom at the close of His priestly work in the sanctuary. The people and nations that shall serve Him are the redeemed (Revelation 21:24), not the wicked nations of the earth, for these are destroyed at the second advent of Christ by the brightness of His coming. (Psalm 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:8). Out of all nations, tribes, and kindreds of the earth will come those who serve God with joy and gladness. They shall inherit the kingdom of our Lord. (US 114-115)