A Study of Daniel 7 

This Study is on Daniel 7: Zooming in on Who is the Son of Man on Clouds of Heaven?

Although Jewish authority acknowledges that the book Daniel is a Sacred Text, they relegated it to “Writings” that this book is among the holy writings but not among the Prophets; it isn’t a prophecy, they claim; the reasons they give are based on sands as the Prophet Isaiah speaks of his own people, Israel, their shepherd sre blind, “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see,” Isaiah 42:18.

Bear in mind that the Book of Daniel is divided between the Hebrew of chapters 1 and 8–12 and the Aramaic of chapters 2–7 (Book of Daniel Wikipedia); so Daniel 7 was originally written in Aramaic, although the two languages are closely related.

The presentation here is the correct view. Alternate views, which offer plenty of commentaries but no substance, could be found in Rabbi Tovia Singer

Daniel 7

1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions in his head upon his bed. Then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.

2 Daniel spoke and said, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

5 And behold, another beast, a second, like unto a bear. And it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it; and they said thus unto it, ‘Arise, devour much flesh.’

6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl. The beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth. It devoured, and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it; and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

9 “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days sat down, 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.

10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. Thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgement was set, and the books were opened.

11 “I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke; I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed and given to the burning flame.

12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

13 “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. — like Ezekiel in vision (Ezekiel 1:1) when he saw a likeness of four living creatures, Daniel saw in the night visions and behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, riding upon them as on a celestial chariot and came to the Ancient of Days and they brought Him near before Him;

parallel Scripture when Nebuchadnezzar cast Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the midst of the burning fiery furnace, the king was astonished and said unto his counselors, “Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” Nebuchadnezzar answered his own question and said, “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God,” Daniel 3:23-25.

Israel today, as in the past, has many blind shepherd:

“Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see” Isaiah 42:18

“His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” Isaiah 56:10

Daniel 7:13 is testifying that it is the Son of God coming with the clouds of heaven towards the Ancient of Days, the blinded shepherd couldn’t figure out the second Being in the Godhead; he’s actually the Son in Psalm 2:7 and Proverbs 30:4.

“I will declare the decree: The LORD (יְהוָ֨ה) hath said unto Me, ‘Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee” Psalm 2:7

“Who hath ascended up into heaven or hath descended? Who hath gathered the wind in His fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if thou canst tell?” Proverbs 30:4

It is on the basis of this passage, which describes the formal inauguration of the Messiah as King of His eternal kingdom, that Yeshua frequently applied the name “Son of Man” to Himself in the gospels;

and in numerous places in the NT, the Son of Man is also the Son of God, (Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:10, Luke 9:22, John 3:13; Matthew 27:54, Mark 15:39, Luke 1:32. John 1:34)

The Son of Man

For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” Matthew 12:8

But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins—” He said to the one sick with the palsy, Mark 2:10

saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and scribes, and be slain and be raised the third day.” Luke 9:22

And no man hath ascended up to Heaven, but He that came down from Heaven, even the Son of Man who is in Heaven. John 3:13

The Son of God

Now when the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly, this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54

And when the centurion who stood opposite Him saw that He so cried out and gave up the ghost, he said, “Truly, this Man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:39

He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David, Luke 1:32

And I saw and bore record that this is the Son of God.” John 1:34

14 And there was given Him dominion and glory and a Kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. — and there was given unto the Messiah dominion and glory and a kingdom, divine authority over the domain of the earth during the Millenium, that all people, nations and languages should serve Him;

— His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. The description clearly shows that the Son of Man is a person distinct from the Father, and that the fact of His eternal dominion and power is a direct argument for His deity. Cf Revelation 11:15Revelation 19:16.

And these Scriptures tie in with Psalm 110:1-5The LORD (יְהוָ֨ה YHVH, Yehovah) said unto my lord (לַֽאדֹנִ֗י ladoni)”

~ by Joel Huan on June 15, 2022.

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