Vision of the Great Image—Daniel 2
What next? Will there ever be a fifth world-dominating kingdom? Daniel’s answer from the God of heaven is a resounding “Yes!” Listen to his words: “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44).
How is this fifth kingdom represented in the dream of Nebuchadnezzar? By a rock cut out of the mountain “without hands” (vs. 34-35). This next kingdom will not depend on any human agents to bring it into being. God Himself is behind it, for this will be the kingdom of Jesus Christ. And just as Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream, it will result in the removal of the last vestige of human misgovernment, and will grow, and grow, and grow until it fills the whole earth (see Ps. 72:7-8; Isa. 52:10; Zech. 14:9; Psalm 2).
How sure is this prophecy? Notice that it has two seals on it: “certain” and “sure.” Daniel 2:45 reads: “…the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”
The Kingdom of God and of Jesus Christ “…shall stand forever”!!
Four Beasts—Daniel 7
Ancient of Days
The narrative in Daniel 7 reveals the presence of remnants of this Roman system still surviving when Jesus Crist returns as King. Daniel said, “I was watching; and the ssame horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days [Christ] came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom” (Daniel 7:21-22).
Jesus Christ is coming! The promise of the angel to Mary before Jesus’ birth will yet be fulfilled. “He will be great,…and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David…and of His kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:31-33). He will come as King of kings, and Lord of lords. He will come to set up a worldwide dominion of peace and righteousness (Isa. 32:17-18), and reign eternally.
Now is the time to get ready to live in that Kingdom, because it IS coming. The God of heaven has decreed it.
Whether anyone chooses to believe or disbelieve does not change God Almighty’s plans. Our Lord is coming just as He promised when He went away (Acts 1:10-11). He may not come this year. On the other hand*mdash;He may!