and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.
These words are a description of a vision that Daniel saw during his time in service of the king of Babylon. He saw one called the Ancient of Days who sat upon the throne of heaven and judged the world, and then he saw this Son of Man, to whom the Ancient of Days gave eternal authority.
Son of man simply means “man”. We are all sons of man. So, what Daniel saw was this Son of Man, this man, receive the authority of God. Only God has eternal authority over all things, yet He gave this Son of Man the same authority. He made Him King.
Who is this Son of Man?
Well, if you believe the whole Bible, you know who this Son of Man is. There’s no denying it. The Son of Man in Daniel 7 was Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus confirms this when the high priest asks Him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” in Mark 14:61. Jesus’ answer is simple, He says in verse 62:
I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.
Jesus was man, but He was God. And when He rose to life after the crucifixion, He was given eternal dominion over all things in heaven and on earth (Eph. 1:20-23). Jesus is the Man who is God. He is King over the universe and He is mighty to save. Daniel saw this dimly and was amazed. We see it clearly in the pages of Scripture, written hundreds of years after Daniel’s vision. Are we amazed? Does the majesty of Christ draw us to HIm? I pray that it does. I want to be among those who bow before the King in joyful submission now, so that I will receive every blessing of life with Him forever.
I can’t wait to see this vision realized fully. Come Lord Jesus!