Daniel 7

Dan 7:1  In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it.


1.       Daniel’s dream was a prophetic dream



Dan 7:9-10  "I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire.  (10)  "A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court sat, And the books were opened.


2.       Imagine – how majestic


3.       Now verses 13-14


Dan 7:13-14  "I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him.  (14)  "And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.


4.       “Son of Man” = Christ


5.       “Ancient of Days”=Father


6.       DOMINION was given to the “Son of Man” when he came to the      “Ancient of Days” in the clouds


7.       Note how God has exalted Christ

8.       Compare with the parable of Jesus concerning the kingdom (church)


Luke 19:11-12  While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately.  (12)  So He said, "A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.


          A.      Rom. 16:16 – “churches of Christ greet you”


          B.      Acts 20:28 – “feed the church of God (Christ) which He                               purchased with His own blood


          C.      It is Christ’s church


          D.      When did He go to the Father in the clouds to receive it?

                   (Dan. 7:13-14)


Act 1:4-9  Gathering them together, He (JESUS) commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which," He said, "you heard of from Me;  (5)  for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."  (6)  So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?"  (7)  He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;  (8)  but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."  (9)  And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.


9.       He received dominion, or a kingdom, after He ascended to the Father          in the clouds – (Dan. 7:13-14)


10.     Isaiah prophesied of Jesus – Isaiah 9:6-7


Isa 9:6-7  For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.  (7)  There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.


11.     Jesus was given ALL AUTHORITY


          A.      Matt. 28:18


Mat 28:18  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.


          B.      1 Cor. 15:24-28


1 Cor. 15:24-28  then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.  (25)  For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.  (26)  The last enemy that will be abolished is death.  (27)  For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.  (28)  When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.


          C.      Notice what Peter says – 1 Pet. 3:21-22


1 Pet. 3:21-22   Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you--not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience--through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,  (22)  who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.


D.      Paul told the Ephesian brethren (Eph. 1:20-23)


Eph 1:20-23  which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,  (21)  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  (22)  And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,  (23)  which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.


          E.      Look at what Paul said in Philippians 2:5-11


Phi 2:5-11  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,  (6)  who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,  (7)  but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  (8)  Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  (9)  For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,  (10)  so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  (11)  and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


12.     The Father is gloried in this age through the Son…(v. 11)


          A.      Eph. 3:20-21


Eph 3:20-21  Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,  (21)  to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.


          B.      Jesus has ALL AUTHORITY during this time

                   (Matt. 28:18; 1 Cor. 15:27)  The Father is glorified through                            Him


13.     But it was only for a prescribed period of time…..UNTIL


          A.      His exaltation came after His death, burial, and resurrection


          B.      Only until the end – when Jesus comes in judgment –

                   and  turns it all back to the Father – (1 Cor. 15:24-28)


1 Cor. 15:24-28  then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.  (25)  For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.  (26)  The last enemy that will be abolished is death.  (27)  For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.  (28)  When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.


14.     Yet, we sometimes deny Christ His proper place of glory, honor,         dominion, rule, and headship in the church which He purchased with     His own blood….THE POSITION OF AUTHORITY THAT GOD      GAVE HIM.


          A.      We speak ABOUT HIM – rarely TO HIM


          B.      See Him more as a FALLEN HERO rather than a LIVING                            SAVIOR


                   1.       The “Jesus only” movement ---- Pentecostalism ----

                             caused us to “back off”


                   2.       Some feel they would DIS-HONOR the Father


                   3.       Tradition – YOUNG LISTEN TO THE PRAYERS OF                                OLDER


          C.      We need to praise Jesus to the glory of the Father


          D.      Jesus is to be King of kings and Lord of lords in our                                     PERSONAL LIVES  and in our PUBLIC WORSHIP


                   1)       In our personal lives:

                             Don’t speak of Him as we should

                             Don’t give credit to Him

                             Don’t talk TO Him


                   2)       I have found NO ONE who will not agree with my                               teaching that Jesus should be exalted ----King of kings;                                     Lord of lords


          E.      Remember….


                   1)       Eph. 1:21-22 – head over ALL THINGS to the church


                   2)       Matt. 28:18 – ALL authority given to Him


                   3)       1 Cor. 15:27 – The Father put ALL THINGS IN                                         SUBJECTION TO HIM (JESUS)    


          F.      In practice we by-pass Jesus in our thinking….. still consider                         the Father to have retained all authority….reflected in our                         prayers


                   1)       We even by-pass Him in our prayers around the Lord’s                                 Table. 


                             If He gets any glory & praise it is only if He overhears                                  our prayers to the Father


                   2)       When do you hear prayers taking our troubles to Him?


          G.      We sing songs of prayer to Jesus – and songs that admonish us                              to pray to Jesus


                   1)       #77 – I Must Tell Jesus:


“I must tell Jesus all of my trials; I cannot beat these burden alone; Jesus can help me, Jesus alone”


                   2)       #69 – What a Friend We Have in Jesus


“What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear;

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.”


“Have we trials and temptation?  Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer”


“Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows bear?

Jesus knows our every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer.”


                   3)       #512 – “Looking to Thee” is a prayer TO Jesus


                   4)       many, many more – Jim Green made a list of songs from                               our songbook that are prayers to – or about praying to                              Jesus – Pages of numbers & titles


15.     These songs are not authority – are they?


          A.      Must appeal to the scriptures…


          B.      Command or direct statement, approved apostolic example,                          necessary inference


                   1)       How many times? – 1 would be enough


                   2)       What do we demand others do when we show them the                                 many places baptism is taught? – Allow them to whisk it                                away with (so called) contradicting passages?


                   3)       How many times – L/S first day of the week?---Offering                                on 1st day of the week? ---


16.     If I can show scriptural principles – Approved apostolic examples –

          -- or necessary inferences… would THAT be enough to prove that it             is scriptural to pray to Jesus?


          A.      Scriptural principles:


                    1)       Already shown that Jesus has ALL authority; and He is                                 the head over ALL things to the church


                   2)       He is our Advocate with the Father


                   1 John 2:1  My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;


                             Who can we go to about our “case” (dealing with sin)                                  

                             Jesus is our Advocate (counselor) – He pleads our case                                before the Father


                             (not my description – John’s)


                             Can we talk to our Advocate about our sins? 


                   3)       We are to go to Him because He has personal experience                                        and expertise in our human predicament…   


(Context about Jesus being our SPIRITUAL High Priest –

          the Jewish Hig Priest was their ADVOCATE)


Heb 4:13-16  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.  (14)  Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  (15)  For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.  (16)  Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


          B.      Command or Direct Statement


Context – Son of God


1 John 5:11-15  And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  (12)  He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.  (13)  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.  (14)  This is the confidence which we have before Him, (BEFORE WHOM? – THE SON OF GOD) that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  (15)  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.






                   C.      Examples of prayer to Jesus


                             1)       Steven – (Not at same time as seeing Jesus                                                    standing)


Act 7:54-60  Now when they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.  (55)  But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,  (56)  and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.  (57)  But they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and rushed upon him with one accord;  (58)  and they cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.  (59)  And they stoned Stephen, calling upon the Lord, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.  (60)  And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.


                             NOTE:  WHEN Jesus appeared – some want to make this                             all a part of the same



(remember Heb. 4:14, We have a High Priest who can relate to being in the flesh)


                             2)       Paul thanked Jesus


1 Tim. 1:12-14  I thank him that enabled me, even Christ Jesus our Lord, for that he counted me faithful, appointing me to his service;  (13)  though I was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: howbeit I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief;  (14)  and the grace of our Lord abounded exceedingly with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.






                             3)       Paul carried his needs to Jesus


2 Cor. 12:7-10  Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me--to keep me from exalting myself!  (8)  Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.  (9)  And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness."  Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  (10)  Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.





17.     Why are we in the habit of addressing the Father only?


          A.      Jesus is Head over all things to the church –

                   But we pray to the Father


          B.      Some point to the Lord's prayer - (explain)


          C.      Consider:


                   1)       Lord's Supper - can't thank Him?


                   2)       He is King (1 Cor. 15:25) - now reigning - HOW?

                             can't talk to Him


                   3)       He is my High Priest - sacrificed for me -

                             I can't say, "thank you, Jesus"?


                   4)       He is my Advocate (lawyer - to plead for me)

                             but I can't talk to Him


                   5)       He is the head of all things to the church (Eph. 1:22)

                             But I can't talk to Him? How is He my head?


                   6)       He has all authority (Matt 28:18)...... for what??

                             Just lawmaking??? not to grant our prayers??


                   7)       He is our judge.... I can't talk to Him??


                   8)       He is our brother, friend, physician, minister, bishop,                                     shepherd, and Lord.


18.     What IS our relationship with Jesus today??


          Jesus wants a close, "personal" relationship with you


          A.      If I said, "Do you know Jesus as your Personal



                   "denominational" "liberal" "pentecostal"


          B.      Mat 11:28-30  "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  (29)  "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  (30)  "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."




          C.      Peter tells us to cast all your anxiety upon Him, because He                         cares for you. (1 Pet 5:7)




                   So many other passages-

                   He is the Good Shepherd - personal relationship


                   He Is our Advocate - personal relationship


                   He is our friend - Jesus said, John 15:13-15  "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.  (14)  "You are My friends if you do what I command you.  (15)  "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.



                   WITH JESUS??





Can we have a close personal relationship with Jesus? - We MUST!


A.      Christ is not being preached in this regard by many today!!


           1.   No PERSONAL relationship


           2.   Not wanting to be like PTL & denominations


                 a.         many just stress PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP no rules


                 b.         Some brethren, perhaps, stress a RULES to the exclusion                                       of a personal relationship


                             Some brethren today seem to teach impersonal

                             LAWKEEPING - l.e. told to obey "or else"


                   c.       We MUST OBEY (I am not de-emphesizing)


                             But we must obey FOR THE PROPER REASON


                   d.       Jesus said, "If you love Me, you will keep My

                             commandments." (John 14:15).......... 

                             PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP


                             NOT  If you FEAR ME, you will keep My                                                  commandments”


                   e.       "He who has My commandments and keeps them,

                             he it is who loves Me...." (John 14:21)                

                             PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP


                   f.       "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word"  (John 14:23)

                             PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP


                   g.   MANY OTHER SUCH PASSAGES





Jesus is a friend who cares about you – He wants to have a close, personal, relationship with you.


That relationship is only had by submitting to His will.  He has instructed us how to enter into that relationship with Him…. BELIEVE in Him, and His gospel…. CONFESS your belief in Him…. TURN away from the world and FOLLOW Him… Let His blood wash away your sins in BAPTISM.


Why put it off another minute…. Will you come to Him today?


Sometimes Christians forsake their friendship with Christ – If that is you… you can be reconciled… Jesus is anxious to forgive you if you will REPENT AND ASK HIM TO FORGIVE YOU….and make a new beginning…….Jesus wants you to come back to Him.


Jesus is waiting for you… won’t you come to Him right now as we stand and sing to encourage you…