- Daniel 7:1-28
- Daniel 8:1-27
“I saw in the night visions, 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.” –Daniel 7:13-14, ESV
This triumphal entry fits my bill perfectly. You see, I have no middle. On the dial that is my natural approach to life, there is no “medium” setting. In order for me to get the middle, I first need the big and I need the small, but the middle does not pop up unless I look for it. Prime example: I had no earthly idea what “The Nutcracker” was about. My big perspective was that it was a ballet with sometimes creepy music. My small perspective was to watch each individual dancer, taking them essentially out of the story and simply watching them as dancers. There was no middle. The creepy music did not inspire the desire to figure out the story, until my niece was cast in it. I wanted to watch her, but couldn’t get over the creepy-factor. So I read a synopsis of the actual story. Armed with said synopsis, I could then see where the creepy music fit in, where the individual dancers shined, and how the actual intended story unfolded.
I must admit I sometimes approach end-times prophecy in the same way. I can get wrapped up in the details of what does this horn mean and what does that horn mean. I can relax in the reality of “Jesus wins” and go about my day just fine. Having studied both the ends of that spectrum, I can now appreciate the middle. Following on the footsteps of a creepily-described monster, enter: Christ.
I imagine the triumphal music, the trembling waver waiting to see where He will step, where He will look. All eyes are focused on the great Redeemer. The breaths catch as He enters, for His magnificence cannot be described. The Redemption story, prophesied of old, played out in the A.D., and extending to eternity, makes its last marching steps before the great and final battle. The Redeemer has come. May the nations be glad.