Attiiyq Youm – The Ancient of Days (Daniel 7: 9, 13-14, 22; Isaiah 46: 9-10). The Ancient of Days signifies the God who alone is God-the One Who Is before all time; the only one who is all-knowing, all-powerful; the One like whom there is none other.
We see this name of God in the book of Daniel, who in his vision says:
“As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand time ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. ”
“Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time). In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed”.
The word translated “ancient” is “attiyq”, and it means just that: ancient or old. But it also carries the meaning of “venerable” or worthy of respect.
Notice the article Daniel uses – “the”. God is not simply “an” ancient of days but “the” Ancient of Days. He is the one who alone is worthy of our worship. He stands alone.
As (Isaiah 46: 9-10) says, “Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand..”