One of God’s names is “Ancient of Days”.*
I compiled a list of His names and attributes many years ago. It proved quite the undertaking. After all, God is EVERYTHING that is good, righteous, and holy. While my list is probably not all-inclusive, it is quite extensive (I would be happy to send it to you. Just send an email with your request).
These pages will highlight many of those names and attributes and can be a springboard for your personal devotions or Bible study. Come back often and see what I’ve added. May God bless you as you discover more about Him and grow in grace!
ANCIENT OF DAYS (By Janine Mick Wills)
Daniel 7:9, 13, 22
It’s funny how young people want to be older, and older people want to be younger (It’s the straight hair/curly hair-thing). My sweet little Mommy, who passed away over two years ago at the age of 96, told everyone she was 82. Dementia had caused her thought processes to fade.
I’d say, “Mommy, you’re not 82, you’re 94” (or whatever age she was at the time). She just couldn’t believe how old she’d gotten.
After her stroke, she couldn’t walk. I would push her up and down the halls of her nursing home in a wheelchair. Each time we passed the large mirror hanging on the wall outside her room, she made me stop. In great surprise, she’d run a hand through her gray hair and wonder what happened to the blue-black hair of her youth.
Before Mommy lost her mobility, she was a firecracker. Always on the go (I come by that genetically!). As time stiffened her joints and shrunk her frame, she’d say, “Janine, getting old is for the birds.” It really bothered her that she was going “downhill”.
Mommy had accepted Christ as her Savior in her 60s. From that point on she led a different life than the one I remembered as a child. Toward the end of her life, she was a joy to be around. She took everything in stride and laughed often, even at herself.
Several years before she died, she started saying, “I’m ready to go home.” I knew she meant heaven. And praise the Lord’s holy name. I will see her again one day (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
As much as my mommy didn’t like getting older and I still her mourn her death, I know Someone Who is happy and even proud of His “age” and will never die. Our God!
God is called “the Ancient of Days” only in the book of Daniel. It’s interesting that God inspired the writer of Daniel to call Him that. For God has no beginning nor an end. He created time (day and night) for man’s sake in Genesis 1:5. Since man could have no real concept of a world without time, God graciously gave him a point of reference, which also gauges how everlasting He is. He’s “ancient”!
God has no beginning nor an end.
In each reference to “the Ancient of Days”, God is a judge. He is not portrayed as the loving God we’re getting to know. He’s a God full of vengeance and judgment to all kingdoms against Him during the Tribulation period (Daniel 7:9 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).
If you enjoy scary movies (I personally don’t. I’m a big chicken!), read Daniel 7:10-12 to see how God will deal with the Beast (the Government that gives the Anti-Christ his power). It makes me shudder! This will be serious business with no hope of escape!
Daniel 7:13, 14 shows what will happen after the Great Tribulation. Christ will come down from heaven to the Ancient of days, His heavenly Father, and set up His millennial kingdom. This kingdom will extend to eternity (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. 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).
Here Christ will finally be given the glory and power on earth that His disciples thought He was going to display at His first coming (Acts 1:6).
I don’t consider myself a ruler/leader. I would rather work furiously in the background and not tell others what to do. But my husband teases me that I “rule the roost” (At least I think he’s teasing!). His comment is more apropos considering we own twelve hens (I’m glad he doesn’t call me an “Old Bitty”!).
But one day you and I will be leaders. We will rule and reign with Christ (Daniel 7:22 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). I don’t have to worry about ruling then. I will have a perfect Potentate to follow as an example!
As children, we were taught to respect our elders. That admonition is biblically-based (Leviticus 19:32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honouor the face of the old man). So, how much more love, honor, and respect should we give to the “oldest person” we know? And that “person” is God!