As I watched,
thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne,
his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire.
A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence.
A thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him.
The court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.
As I watched in the night visions,
I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him.
To him was given dominion and glory and kingship,
that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away,
and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.
This is an optional Old Testament selection from the Episcopal Lectionary for the Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Year B 2018, which is the Last Sunday after Pentecost. In the numbering system that lists each Sunday in an ordinal fashion, this Sunday would be referred to as Proper 29, but it is called “Christ the King Sunday.” If chosen, it will next be read aloud in an Episcopal church by a reader on Sunday November 25, 2018. It is important because Daniel was shown a vision of God as the King, whose throne is within all who serve Him, as kingdoms where the Lord has dominion within those dominions. All who allow God [the Ancient One] to rule are then Sons of Man, through the Christ Mind.
A repeated theme here [including in the unread verse eleven] is “I watched.” As a seer of visions and a dream interpreter, Daniel was given the Mind of Christ by God. As this reading is set up in halves [at the point of omitted verses], each half is begun by the statement “As I watched.” When the second half adds, “in the night” (from “wa·’ă·rū lê·lə·yā” – “behold night”), this aspect of night is symbolic of vision on the earthly plane, where mankind is mortal and born of death. Therefore, the absent of “night” implies heaven, where the light always shines.
The worldly realm is a wheel that turns to the light and then away from the light.
As such, the thrones [plural number] Daniel witnessed are those set for all who have served God on earth, and received the promise of eternal life. As heaven is always lit by the light of God, there is no time there [as humans sense time]. All prophets and priests of YHWH, from all worldly times and eras, have a throne [“The power, dignity, or rank of one who occupies a throne.” – American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.], including Jesus. All thrones are at the right hand of God, because God’s right hand extends to the earthly domain.
When we are told by Daniel, “The Ancient One took his throne,” this segment of words literally translates as, “The Ancient of Days was seated.” This is the seat of the King, to whom all in Heaven submit.
The white robe symbolizes the purity of God, which means none of God’s servants can be less pure. All who are enthroned also wear white robes. The hair of pure wool is a mistranslation that skips over a period mark.
The statement literally says, “his garment of snow” [an implication of “white,” without needing to state the word]. Following a comma mark, the next segment of words say, “white and the hair on his head like wool.” There is no mention of “pure wool,” but the hair is “white” and like that of “wool.” The reference to “white” is again stating “purity,” while “wool” is then an allusion to God being the owner of a flock of sheep. One can assume those sheep also have white hair. Following that is the word “pure,” which is referencing “his throne,” a seat of “flame.” The “flame” is then “pure,” which means there is no ash or particles transformed from matter changing states. In the production of God’s flames, which encircle His throne like a “fiery wheel,” all fire is Spiritual light shining brightly.
We look for evidence of a human King Arthur, but not a human Ancient of Days?
This also becomes an indication of the other thrones that have been set in place, where all thrones are like “burning wheels.” Nothing of this fire is less than pure flames of the light of truth. There is no smoke of lies or deception or past histories of worldly failure. The “wheels” are like the angels Jacob saw going up and down the ladder to heaven. Those are who Daniel said were “A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence.”
This number is then said to be “A thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him.” These are the countless numbers of souls who have been sent to the earth by God to guide other souls back to the light of God. All have been listed in the Holy “archives” that were written from the time Adam was sent into the world as the first priest to God. This is the “book” known of as the Akashic Record, of which Daniel was shown.
Following two omitted verses, Daniel then watched as those pure souls entered the realm of darkness, called “night.” This is where the Holy Spirit was shown to descend, “with clouds of heaven.” This means the heavenly is unseen, thus obscured from human eyes, as if a cloud of mist surrounded them. Those angels and spirits will each transform a human being into a “son” of God, born into a “man” [or woman, as a Son of God]. This means all who have this Holy Spirit descend upon them will be like Jesus Christ, even if it happened prior to Jesus of Nazareth being born on earth, of a woman. Jesus Christ is timeless – who was in the beginning, in now, and will always be.
When Daniel said, “And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him,” the literal states: “like a son of man came; coming even to Ancient of Days – he came and before him they brought him near.” This [because it is a vision “in the night” of the worldly plane] was not anyone being brought before God in Heaven. This was the model of the Christ [Jesus Christ] that is the Son of Man, the Son of the Father [the Ancient of Days], who appears “before him” all who serve the Father as a wife, then becoming the Son. They bring Jesus Christ [“him”] “near,” as one with their souls.
Another “fiery wheel” has turned.
When we then read Daniel saying, “To him was given dominion and glory and kingship,” the Hebrew word “ū·mal·ḵū” means “kingdom.” This is how Jesus told Pilate, “My kingdom is not from here.” A “kingdom” means the Ancient of Days [God] is the King of such a “kingdom.” By a soul within flesh and bones allowing God to have “dominion,” through the presence of the Holy Spirit joining with one’s soul [the purification process], then the “glory” comes, which is the “honor” of God’s Holy presence.
Rise My Son and serve well.
When Daniel saw “that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him,” this is from having seen the light of eternity in God’s holy realm. To write, “His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away,” this is the promise given to all who sacrifice of self-ego to become one with the Lord. By giving God “dominion” over one’s soul [and thus flesh], there is an “everlasting” covenant that redeems a soul, preventing it from being on the wheel of death [reincarnation].
The part of the verse that concludes: “and his [kingdom] is one that shall never be destroyed,” this is the power of God to keep one pure. This purity is what joins the presence of God in Heaven with the human who has submitted himself or herself to God’s dominion. That flesh will never be turned away from God by the forces of evil. The “kingdom” is the soul, so that after the flesh has released the soul it will find a throne set at the right hand of God, as one more in the countless number who have “stood attending him.”
As an optional reading selection from the Old Testament for the last Sunday after Pentecost, also known as Christ the King Sunday, when one’s own personal ministry for the LORD should be well underway – one has felt the cloud upon one’s soul and submitted one’s body, mind, and soul to the dominion of God – the message here is to receive the glory of serving God, so one can become a shining example of how “all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him.”
The world is headed in the wrong direction. It is breaking apart because of individual human beings dividing the world into an “us or them” place of conflict. No world leader can unify the peoples as one nation, where all are speaking the same language of faith. No man who proclaims self so loudly can ever do anything but lead that self and many other selves to ruin and damnation. This is evident by the number of world leaders who make no proclamations of religious beliefs, with those who do giving little evidence that supports those claims.
All hail the kings of the earth, until new kings replace them.
Christ the King Sunday is the last Sunday of a burning wheel that spins the Holy Spirit from Heaven to earth, as it renews when the wheel’s fiery burn returns to God’s throne. Advent should be a time when seasoned Apostles have their first rewards, from passing on the Holy Spirit into those ripe for self-sacrifice to God.
Alas, fewer and fewer are preaching to the throngs of people that are on their knees praying to a national leader for salvation. It is so much easier preaching to the choir. It is even easier still when the blind preach to the blind, breaking into songs of praise that no one understands, but the emotions feel better with song.
We are leaving the after Pentecost [Ordinary Time] season. Everyone is in the Black Friday spend-spend-spend mood. Christmas trees are going up and there is the jingle of cash in the air.
It seems to be the time to sell some stuff and give baby Jesus credit for all the giving we do [more and more to ourselves]. Not many people are accepting God’s gift sent to us – the opportunity to be His Son reborn. If we did, then we could give the gift that keeps on giving – the Holy Spirit – without needing a credit card. We strike God off our Christmas list because we think He is Santa Claus and nobody ever gives ole Santa more than a glass of milk and some cookies.
Again, no souls for me to collect this year.
It is easier to waste some food, than to make a commitment that would give one’s body, mind and soul to God, letting Him have dominion over a sinner.