What does Ancient Of Days mean in the Bible?

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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ancient of Days
ANCIENT OF DAYS occurs 3 times in Daniel ( Daniel 7:9 ; Daniel 7:13 ; Daniel 7:22 ) as a title of God in His capacity as Judge of the world. In the Vision of the Great Assizes He is depicted as a very old and majestic figure, with white hair and white raimeot, seated on a fiery throne, and having the books of the records of man opened before Him. The picture is no doubt suggested by the contrast between the Eternal God ( Psalms 55:19 ) and the new-fangled deities which were from time to time introduced ( Judges 5:8 , Deuteronomy 32:17 ), rather than, as Hippolytus (quoted by Behrmann, Das Buch Daniel , p. 46) suggests, by the idea of God as making the ages old without turning old Himself. In the troublous times which are represented by the Book of Daniel, it was at once a comfort and a warning to remember that above the fleeting phases of life there sat One who remained eternally the same ( Psalms 90:1-3 ; Psalms 102:24-27 ). At the same time it is worth remembering that the phrase in itself has no mystical significance, but, by an idiom common in Hebrew as in other languages, is merely a paraphrase for ‘an old man.’
H. C. O. Lanchester.
Easton's Bible Dictionary - Ancient of Days
An expression applied to Jehovah three times in the vision of (Daniel 7:9,13,22 ) in the sense of eternal. In contrast with all earthly kings, his days are past reckoning.
Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Ancient of Days
Daniel 7:9; Daniel 7:13; Daniel 7:22. The everlasting Jehovah, as contrasted with the ephemeral transitoriness of the four successive world powers, stable as they seemed for a time.
1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Ancient of Days
Expression applied by the Prophet Daniel to God, contrasting His eternal power with the frail existence of worldly empires.
Holman Bible Dictionary - Ancient of Days
is a phrase used in Daniel 7:1 to describe the everlasting God. Ancient of days literally means “one advanced in (of) days” and may possibly mean “one who forwards time or rules over it.”
Several biblical passages are related in terms and ideas with Daniel 7:1 ( Genesis 24:1 ; Job 36:26 ; Psalm 50:1-6 ; Psalm 55:19 ; 1 Kings 22:19-20 ; Isaiah 26:1-27:1 ; Isaiah 44:6 ; Ezekiel 1:1 ; Joel 3:2 ). It is impossible to determine the origin or original meaning of this term. However, in ancient Ugaritic literature, the god El is designated as “the father of years.”
Coupled with the figures of speech in the context of Daniel 7:1 , Ancient of days suggests age, antiquity, dignity, endurance, judgment, and wisdom. It clearly describes Yahweh, the God of Israel.
Disliking the anthropomorphic picture of God in Daniel 7:1 , Jephet, an 11th century Qaraite Jew, identified the Ancient of days as an angel like other angels in the Book of Daniel. In fact, Ibn Ezra singled out the archangel Michael as the Ancient of days. But these interpretations do not take into account the fluidity with which the Hebrew mind shifts figures from one context to another. Only Yahweh, the God of Israel, could fulfill the figures which are combined within this passage.
J. J. Owens
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ancient of Days
A title of God used by Daniel, alluding to His eternity. It cannot be separated from Christ; for in Daniel 7 : the Lord is called both the Ancient of Days and the Son of man, yet the Son of man came to the Ancient of Days to receive dominion, glory, and a kingdom. Daniel 7:9,13,22 . He is both God and man: cf. Revelation 1 and 5.
The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Ancient of Days
Three times, in the Prophecy of Daniel, and in the same chapter, we find the Lord distinguished by this name, and in no other part of Scripture. (Daniel 7:9; Dan 7:13; Dan 7:22) Some have thought that the person of God the Father is meant, and it should seem to be so, because it is also said, that One like the Son of man, (a well known character of the Lord Jesus Christ) came to him. See Daniel 7:13. But others, considering the thrones spoken of in this chapter as the thrones of the house of David, and all judgment being committed to the Son, for the Father judgeth no man, (see John 5:22) they have concluded, that it must be the Lord Jesus Christ which is spoken of under this glorious name. One thing however is certain, that this distinguishing name, and every other which marks the GODHEAD, may be and must be equally applied to each, and to all. The holy sacred Three, who bear record in heaven are One. (1 John 5:7)

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Ancient of Days - It cannot be separated from Christ; for in Daniel 7 : the Lord is called both the Ancient of Days and the Son of man, yet the Son of man came to the Ancient of Days to receive dominion, glory, and a kingdom
Ancient of Days - Ancient of Days literally means “one advanced in (of) days” and may possibly mean “one who forwards time or rules over it. ”...
Coupled with the figures of speech in the context of Daniel 7:1 , Ancient of Days suggests age, antiquity, dignity, endurance, judgment, and wisdom. ...
Disliking the anthropomorphic picture of God in Daniel 7:1 , Jephet, an 11th century Qaraite Jew, identified the Ancient of Days as an angel like other angels in the Book of Daniel. In fact, Ibn Ezra singled out the archangel Michael as the Ancient of Days
Babe - To contemplate the Ancient of Days as the Babe of Bethlehem; and to behold the church in every individual member, as babes in Christ, the imagination finds large scope for the indulgence of the most solemn meditation, when the subject is opened to the believer by God the Holy Ghost
Ancient of Days - Ancient of Days occurs 3 times in Daniel ( Daniel 7:9 ; Daniel 7:13 ; Psalms 90:1-38 ) as a title of God in His capacity as Judge of the world
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Revelation 1:14 (c) The white hair of our blessed Lord indicates that He is the Ancient of Days, filled with wisdom, knowledge, understanding and experience
Hair - The color of the hair was generally black, Song of Solomon 5:11; but the gray hairs of age were regarded as especially venerable, Proverbs 16:31; on this account, perhaps, the hairs of the Ancient of Days are likened to "pure wool
Hair - Regarding the latter (a) it is used to signify the minutest detail, as that which illustrates the exceeding care and protection bestowed by God upon His children, Matthew 10:30 ; Luke 12:7 ; 21:18 ; Acts 27:34 ; (b) as the Jews swore by the "hair," the Lord used the natural inability to make one "hair" white or black, as one of the reasons for abstinence from oaths, Matthew 5:36 ; (c) while long "hair" is a glory to a woman (see B), and to wear it loose or dishevelled is a dishonor, yet the woman who wiped Christ's feet with her "hair" (in place of the towel which Simon the Pharisee omitted to provide), despised the shame in her penitent devotion to the Lord (slaves were accustomed to wipe their masters' feet), Luke 7:38,44 (RV, "hair"); see also John 11:2 ; 12:3 ; (d) the dazzling whiteness of the head and "hair" of the Son of Man in the vision of Revelation 1:14 is suggestive of the holiness and wisdom of "the Ancient of Days;" (e) the long "hair" of the spirit-beings described as locusts in Revelation 9:8 is perhaps indicative of their subjection of their satanic master (cp
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God is called the Ancient of Days from his eternal existence
Daniel, Theology of - The vision of chapter 7 portrays God as "the Ancient of Days"; another figure is called "the Son of Man, " a designation Jesus applied to himself (Matthew 16:27 ; 24:30 ; 26:64 ; Mark 8:38 ; 13:26 , ; etc. But the Ancient of Days prevails and establishes an eternal kingdom for his saints. But a new heavenly kingdom, led by the Ancient of Days and the Son of Man, replaces these proud earthly reigns. Ultimately, the eternal kingdom of the Ancient of Days will be ushered in by the Son of Man (7:14)
Hair - It indicates that the Lord JESUS is the Ancient of Days filled with wisdom, knowledge, understanding and discretion
Hair - In the Apocalyptic vision of Christ, His hair is said to be ‘while as white wool, as snow’ (Revelation 1:14), a detail of dignity borrowed from the OT picture of Jahweh, as ‘ancient of days’ (Daniel 7:9)
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Revelation 1:14 (a) This white hair indicates that the Lord JESUS is the Judge who is the Ancient of Days
Age, Old (the Aged) - A similar picture occurs in Daniel's vision of the Ancient of Days, whose hair was like pure lamb's wool (Daniel 7:9 )
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(d) In the vision of the Ancient of Days in Daniel 7:9-10 a fiery stream issues from the throne
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Ancient of Days ( Daniel 7:9 ,Daniel 7:9,7:13 ,Daniel 7:13,7:22 ) The picture presented is of an old man who lived for many years
King, Christ as - He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence
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Revelation 1:14 (a) By this we learn of the age of our Lord JESUS who was "from the beginning," and who is the "Ancient of days
Angel - Daniel 7:10 , says of the Ancient of Days, "A fiery stream came from before him; thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him
Daniel, Book of - Out of the last arises a little horn, a power which persecutes the saints for 3-1/2 years; but which is judged by the Ancient of Days, and the saints of the Most High, or rather of the high places, eventually take the kingdom
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The Ancient of Days, Daniel 7:22
Advent (2) - The writer in vision beholds an Ancient of Days, seated on his throne to judge the great world-kingdoms and their rulers
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A "son," yet "the everlasting Father"; a "child," yet "the mighty God"; "Prince of peace," sitting "upon the throne of David," yet coming as Shiloh (the peace-giver) when "the sceptre shall depart from Judah"; Son of David, yet Lord of David; a Prophet and Priest, yet also a King; "God's Servant," upon whom He "lays the iniquity of us all," Messiah cut off, yet given by the Ancient of Days "an everlasting dominion
Christ, Christology - Daniel foresees one like a Son of man who receives from the Ancient of Days authority, glory, and sovereign power and an everlasting dominion that will never pass away (Daniel 7:13-14 )
Judgment Damnation - ‘I beheld,’ we read, ‘till thrones were placed, and one that was Ancient of Days did sit
Jesus Christ - " Daniel terms him the "Ancient of Days," or "The Immortal;" and Micah declares, in a passage which the council of the Jews, assembled by Herod, applied to the Messiah, that he who was to be born in Bethlehem was "even he whose comings forth are from eternity, from the days of the everlasting period