Daniel 7:22 Index
"Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom."
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"Until the Ancient of days came..."

  • Daniel is relating events as they appeared to him in vision. By the coming of the Ancient of days he means the appearing of this Being on the prophetic screen. (Daniel 7:9-14). (4BC 830)
  • In Daniel 8:22 three consecutive events seem to be brought to view. Looking onward from the time when the little horn was in the height of its power to the full end of the long contest between the saints and Satan with all his agents, Daniel notes three prominent events that stand as mileposts along the way:
    • 1) The coming of the Ancient of days, that is, the position which Jehovah takes in the opening of the judgment scene described in Daniel 7:9 and Daniel 7:10. (US 117)

"...judgment was given..."

  • The Little Horn persecuted the followers of Christ until the judgment began. In Daniel 7:21, it looks as if the Little Horn will win. Then the "Son of Man" (Daniel 7:13) appears in the presence of the Ancient of Days and judgment is turned over to Him. "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father, he who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him" (John 5:22, 23). Christ met the demands of the law. He paid the penalty of death and lived a perfect life in accordance with the law. Because of His intercession, judgment is made in favor of the saints. (KC 84-85)
  • Not only would judgment be given in favor of the saints, but according to Paul (1 Corinthians 6:2, 3) and John (Revelation 20:4) the saints will assist in the work of judgment during the 1000 years (GC 661). (4BC 830)
  • The judgment that is given to the saints, that is, the time when the saints sit with Christ in judgment a thousand years, following the first resurrection (Revelation 20:1-4), apportioning to the wicked the punishment due for their sins. The martyrs will then sit in judgment upon the great persecuting power, which, in the days of their trial, hunted them like the beasts of the desert, and poured out their blood like water. (US 117-119)

"...the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom."

  • The time that the saints possess the kingdom, that is, the time of their entrance upon the possession of the new earth. Then the last vestige of the curse of sin, and of sinners, root and branch, will have been wiped away, and the territory so long misruled by the wicked powers of earth, the enemies of God's people, will be given to the righteous, to be possessed by them forever and ever. (1Corinthinas 6:2, 3; Matthew 25:34). (US 119)