1. And so as many of you all who reverently draw near to God, observe the person3 who long ago was shown to the people by Moses and was manifested on the mountain and was proclaimed by the prophets and was seen as a man by the blessed Daniel, concerning whom he says, “I was looking into the vision of the night, and behold, one was coming like a son of man with the clouds of heaven, and he reached the
Ancient of Days and was brought near to him and to him was given power and honor and the kingdom and all peoples, tribes, and tongues served him. His authority is an eternal authority, which shall not pass away and his kingdom shall not be destroyed.”4
2. And so he does not speak of another Ancient of Days, but indeed the Lord and God and Master of all, the Father of even Christ himself, who is the Ancient of Days5, he who does not grow old under time or days, concerning whom was spoken above, “Thrones were set and the Ancient of Days sat and his clothes were white as snow and the hair of his head was as pure wool. His throne was a flame of fire, its1
wheels blazing fire. A river of fire gushed2 from before it. A thousand thousands attended him and myriad myriads stood before him.”3
3. The Son of Man was brought to him, being borne by a cloud and being carried by archangels, so that he may receive from him every rule and authority and power and kingdom, so that all peoples, tribes, and tongues may serve him.
4. And so that one may not understand that his kingdom, which was given to him by the Father, was
temporary or earthly, the prophet says, “His authority is an eternal authority, which shall not pass away and his kingdom shall not be destroyed.”4
5. And so the Father, having subjected all things to his own Son, the things in the heavens and the things of the earth and the things under the earth, through all of them he exhibited him as being firstborn in all things, firstborn from God so that the Son of God, being second after the Father5, may be displayed, firstborn before angels, so that also he may be shown as Lord of angels, firstborn from a virgin, so that he may be shown as reforming first-formed Adam in himself, firstborn also from the dead so that he himself may be the first fruits of our resurrection.