That is an interpretation novel to me; however, Meyer appears to lend weight to this view. The usual understanding of this prophecy of Dan 7 is that it clearly Messianic as interpreted by the NT. Let us examine the elements of Dan 7:13 & 14.
In my vision in the night I continued to watch, and I saw One like the
Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the
Ancient of Days and was led into His presence. And He was given
dominion, glory, and kingship, that the people of every nation and
language should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be
1. "Son of Man" is a title taken up by Jesus in the NT
Ellicott comments as follows:
(13) The Son of man.—Hence our Saviour adopts the title which
designates Him as Judge (Matthew 24:27, &c.). The title implies one
descended from man; but as this Person is spoken of as being “like”
one of human descent, it follows that He was not merely a man. The
early Jewish and Christian interpretations that this is the Messiah
are confirmed by our Saviour’s solemn appropriation of the title to
Himself (Matthew 24:30). In this verse the judgment is supposed to
have already taken place upon earth, and the Son of man comes in the
clouds to claim His kingdom.
Similarly, Bensos says this:
Daniel 7:13. I saw in the night visions, &c. — Here is described by
what means these changes were to be brought about; behold, one like
the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven — One in the shape and
likeness of a man, but clothed with such ensigns of majesty and
honour, (signified here by the clouds of heaven,) as showed him to be
an extraordinary person, (compare Revelation 1:13; Revelation 14:14,)
indeed no less than the Messiah, as the following description of him
The phrase "The Son of Man" - אנשׁ בר bar 'ĕnâsh - does not occur
elsewhere in the Old Testament in such a connection, and with such a
reference as it has here, though it is often found in the New, and is,
in fact, the favorite term by which the Saviour designates himself.
See also Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary, Matthew Poole, Gill, Geneva study Bible, etc.
In the NT "Son of man" is one of Jesus' favorite tiles for Himself.
2. "Coming in the Clouds"
Jesus takes this prophecy from Daniel and applies it to Himself in Matthew 24:30, Matthew 26:64, Mark 13:26, Mark 14:62, Luke 21:27, Revelation 1:13, and Revelation 14:14.
3. "given dominion, glory, and kingship, that the people of every nation and language should serve Him."
Again, this is the language of the NT and the eternal kingdom of Heaven whose king is none other than Messiah Himself. See Luke 1:33, John 1:49, Acts 13:23, Rev 11:15, Matt 3:2, 4:17, 23, 5:3, 10, 19, etc.
4. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
The eternal kingdom of Heaven ruled by Messiah as king is an eternal kingdom -
- Rev 11:15 - “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.”
- Acts 10:36 - Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
- Rev 17:14 - They will make war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will triumph over them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and He will be accompanied by His called and chosen and faithful ones.”
- Rev 19:16 - And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Thus, Dan 7:13, 14 is a prophecy about the inauguration of the Kingdom of heaven and Jesus, as Messiah, taking His throne as king to rule over the saints for ever and ever.