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The Names of God: Attiyg Youm

Friday, March 08, 2019 •

The Names of God:  Attiyg Youm

My guess is that most of you are not familiar with this name of God.  Attiyg Youm is only found three times in God's Word, and all of them are in Daniel chapter 7.

Daniel 7:9

I kept looking until throne were set up, and the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was white like snow and the hair of His head like pure wool.  His throne was ablaze with flames, its wheels were a burning fire.

Daniel 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.  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.

Daniel 7:21-22

I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.

 

Attiyg Youm in these three passages is translated as Ancient of Days.  Normally when we talk about a person being ancient, we are saying that they are really old!  Growing up, my Great-grandfather (Papu) lived with us off and on.  Papu was in his nineties when I was in elementary school, and to me, he was ancient.  However, last year when I turned 55 my youngest grandchild told me that I was ancient!

This title for God is so much more than simply attempting to state the chronological age of God, which by the way, I believe is an impossible task.  This title for God is telling us that our Heavenly Father is eternal.  God is without beginning; He always was.  God is without end; He always will be.  God is without age, at least how we understand the concept of age.  God's existence extends endlessly into past, and it extends endlessly into the future.  That is what it means to be eternal.

The first reference to Attiyg Youm in Daniel 7:9 speaks about God (the Ancient of Days) having great authority as He took His seat on His throne.  God is described as having clothing that was pure white like the snow.  This reflects His perfection in all things.  God is perfect in His righteousness.  God is perfect in His holiness.  God is perfect in His justice and judgment.  God is perfect and in His grace and mercy.  God is perfect in His discipline and in His wrath.  The hair of His head is said to be like pure wool.  In the Bible, pure wool again represents perfect purity.  When it is used to refer to hair, like here in Daniel 7:9, it is also a reflection of great wisdom.  Daniel is saying that Attiyg Youm has great (ultimate) authority and he also implies that God is about to execute judgment.  Notice what Daniel says about the throne of God.  The throne itself is ablaze with fire, and it has wheels, which are also a burning fire.

The second reference to Attiyg Youm in Daniel 7:13-14 speaks of God the Father (the Ancient of Days) giving dominion, glory, and a never-ending kingdom to One like the Son of Man.  The One like the Son of Man is Christ; Son of Man is the title that Christ Himself most used for Himself.  The dominion given to the Son is an everlasting dominion, because the Father's dominion is everlasting.  The Son's dominion will never end, because the Father's dominion will never end.  The Son's kingdom (the Kingdom of God) will never end.

The third reference to Attiyg Youm in Daniel 7:21-22 speaks of the Ancient of Days passing judgment on those waging war with the saints.  This will find its ultimate fulfillment at the Second Coming of Christ when the Ancient of Days brings about His righteous and wrathful judgment on a wicked, evil, and unrighteous people.  The saints taking possession of the kingdom, I believe, is a reference to the Millennial Kingdom.

Isaiah 46:9-10

Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, "My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure".

This passage in Isaiah 46 speaks to the eternality of our God.  In this passage God is reminding us that there has never been a time, nor will there ever be a time, when He is not.  This passage also makes it clear that God's purpose, His will, will be accomplished.  Only God can speak with clarity and insight to the things of eternity past.  Only God can speak with clarity and knowledge of the things in eternity future.  He alone is God; He is Attiyg Youm, He is the Ancient of Days.

I hope that you are enjoying learning more about God by looking at some of His names.    I hope that you will continue to join with me in this journey.  I also hope that you will take the time to let me know what you think.  You can comment below, or you can email me at moosecreekbaptist@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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