Daniel 7:9 I kept looking till the thrones were set up, and the Ancient of days took His seat, whose garment was white like the snow, and the hair on his head was like pure wool: his throne looked like the fiery flame, with wheels like burning fire.
7:10 It looked like a river of fire was flowing out from before Him: thousand upon thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment court was set, and the books were opened.
7:13 As I kept watching this night visions, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, He came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
7:14 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 is one which shall not be destroyed.
Our attention is taken away from the fierce beasts, to view a scene taking place in heaven! There is the Ancient of Days, the Almighty God, the eternal sovereign of the universe in glorious majesty! A tribunal is being set up! Thousands upon thousand of heavenly beings are in attendance.
At this point, aware of the majestic scene, with it's burning glory, we know that no human being could enter that heavenly court room and live.
Indeed the very thought of standing before that court brings terror as the fire leaps from the throne. Those beasts of prey look puny in contrast. They are as the withering grass in the light of the flaming throne.
Is the dominion given to Adam, the head of the human race, in Genesis one, lost forever?
He sold out his dominion to the devil at the tree. (Gen.3)
Mankind has been trying to get it back by force and making an awful mess of it.
Fallen angels have been empowering men to fight for the dominion in defiance of God, and have shown how truly destructive of God's creation their whole agenda is. The dominion left in their hands would be a continuous reign of terror till it destroys everything.
What will this heavenly court decide? Will God simply wipe out the whole mess and end humanities existance forever?
Will the human race never have dominion over the earth again?
But we keep looking with Daniel as something else is happening in the heavenly courtroom.
A MAN is being brought in!
"One like the Son of Man". Who could it be?
If you read through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John you will find that Jesus referred to himself as "the Son of Man" on sixty-two occasions.
Jesus, the Son of Man, took upon Himself humanity to stand at the head of human race and reclaim the lost inheritance for mankind. He is the second Adam. The first Adam lost the dominion and brought death to all, the second Adam brings life and reclaims the lost dominion for mankind.
To understand let's look at the type in the earthly sanctuary.
No human being ever went into the Most Holy Place except once a year on Yom Kuppure, the Day of Atonement. This was the judgment day of the whole nation. But the whole nation did not go into the Most Holy Place to present their case. They had a substitute -- the High Priest, who went in on their behalf. He went in for all who had trusted in the provisions of the "daily" or tamid ministry for forgiveness of their sins.
The high priest having assumed the people's guilt, and having made the required sacrifice - with the blood of the atonement, went into the Most Holy Place to stand in their stead.
People have argued that Daniel's judgment is not about God's people but against the beasts. Now it's true the beasts and horn are punished, but no where do we see them being brought before the court. The only one brought in is the Son of Man.
We need to understand that this chapter is about dominion. Who is the true King of this world? IS THERE ANYONE from the human race who COULD stand before God and claim the dominion of the world?
The SON OF MAN, Christ, does not appear before the court as "God" even though He is verily God, He appears before the court as "the Son of Man" having taken upon Himself humanity, He comes as the representative of the human race, standing at the head of the human race before God.
The verdict of the court
"And there was given (to the Son of Man) 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"
Christ is given the kingdom and the dominion! The heavenly court has acknowledged that Christ won back the lost inheritance.
This judgment scene is also a victory for the human race, through Jesus.
The Son of Man, as high priest, is the stand in, or proxy for His people in the judgment. In the ancient sanctuary all who trusted in the provisions of the sanctuary for forgiveness and cleansing were approved in the judgment. But those who did not repent and confess their sins were "cut off" and cast out.
And so in the heavenly court, Christ, the "Lamb of God" as well as the "Son of Man", has a book -- it's called the "Lamb's book of life", in it are names of all Who have come to Christ to be covered by the blood of His atoning sacrifice.
These names Christ presents before the Father:
Rev. 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Matt. 10:32-32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
For all whose names are confessed before the Father and retained in the book of life, Christ's victory carries the wonderful verdict:
Daniel 7:26-27 "The court will sit for judgent, and the horn's dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him: