Here Comes the Judge
In his book, The Making of Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity, my oldest son explains how for centuries the Moroccan sultan used a mobile throne to exercise sovereignty throughout his dominion. He writes, “The Moroccan sultan had historically projected power by traveling through the countryside with his palace retinue and a large armed force to collect taxes (voluntary or forced), resolve disputes, and receive and give gifts to tribal chiefs (J. Wyrtzen, p. 80).
This palace on wheels goes back even farther in time than the reign of Hassan I (1873-1894), revered as the last great Moroccan sultan. In the closing years of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, Daniel had a vision of a throne on wheels, and when the judge on this throne shows up, it is a final day of reckoning.
“As I continued to look, thrones were set in place and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool. His throne was flames of fire, its wheels burning fire. A river of fire flowed out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment and the books were opened. “ Daniel 7:9-10
Daniel saw the Judge. He doesn’t need any FBI investigations to figure out who is telling the truth and who is lying. He doesn’t wait on any Senate or House of Representatives to vote, or any future election to determine whether or not he will stay in power. His gleaming white garments cry out holiness, purity, and total righteousness. His head of pure white symbolizes that this judge’s existence stretches back to infinity in the past and his mind is filled with omniscient wisdom. The fire surrounding his throne and the river of fire flowing from his presence proclaims that his justice burns away all pretense and the strutting of arrogant world leaders. The fiery wheels warn that he can show up at any place, any time. His throne and his heavenly court is mobile, and in Daniel’s night vision, he shows up while the little horn arising out of the fourth terrible beastly empire preaches how great he is and how no one can take him on.
LORD, I thank you that because of your Son’ death I will never have to face this fiery throne of judgment.
A Puzzle: Daniel sees thrones set up, not just one throne. Who will occupy these thrones when God deals with the final Antichrist? Share with us by making your comments on Facebook or Twitter, and don’t forget that these Daily Devos are made possible by the generosity of brothers and sisters like you. Consider making a gift to Truth Encounter today.
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