Almost everyone thinks they are going to heaven. When you ask them what it will be like, they will quote the familiar things like pearly gates and streets of Gold. These appeal to our material senses. Very few people have a picture of God in heaven. It is of an old man with a white beard, lounging in a white toga if they do. In reality, God is so much more. Daniel gives us a vision of heaven in today’s verse.
“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.”
God in His Glory
Daniel is receiving a vision of the future. What he sees is God the Father, in all of His glory, sitting on the throne. Some say it is Jesus, but most believe it is God the Father because of the white clothes and hair. The main point is that Daniel gets a vision of what heaven is going to look like and how majestic it will be. God is in white clothes because that represents His holiness and purity, and his throne is ablaze with flames because of his majesty and power. What an incredible picture.
Are you looking forward to being in eternity with Jesus? After reading today’s verse, you may be a little hesitant, and that is okay. We are told in Scripture to approach God with fear and trembling because He is holy and powerful. In this vision, Daniel explains to us why. Our sinful lives would not be permitted in his presence without the blood of Jesus covering us. We need to possess a reverence for the presence of God.
A Vision of Heaven
As Christians, we are to live with reverence and respect for God. He loves us and wants a personal relationship, but we still need to remember who He is. When we get to heaven, we will be worshipping in His presence, and it won’t be because we’ve been ordered to, but because we are in awe of His glory. Our life on earth is in preparation for eternity.