Scripture Reading: Daniel 2:30-49
“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44)
King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was about earthly kingdoms. He had a vision of a great statue whose head was made of gold, its chest and arms were made of silver, it middle and thighs were made of bronze, its legs were made of iron and its feet were made partly of iron and partly of clay. The various parts of the statue represented the earthly kingdoms that were to come. The head represented the Babylonian Empire. The other parts of the statue represented kingdoms that followed the Babylonians — the Persians, the Greeks and the Romans.
The king also saw a stone cut out by no human hand and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the stone became a great mountain that filled the whole earth. The stone represented the eternal kingdom of God. It was not made by human hands; it came from the God of heaven.
Nebuchadnezzar’s dream reminds us that earthly kingdoms will come and go. They are here only for a season. Unlike earthly kingdoms, God’s Kingdom will stand forever; it is eternal. When Jesus Christ came to earth, He began His ministry with these words — “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Jesus ushered in God’s eternal Kingdom. He is the King who rules in our hearts now.
But there is a day coming, when Jesus returns in glory and all earthly kingdoms will be destroyed. At that time the Kingdom of God will have its full expression in the new heavens and new earth. What a glorious day that will be!
Lord Jesus, my eternal King, I bow before You. I acknowledge Your rule over my life. I know that Your kingdom has come now and I also know that when You return again, all earthly kingdoms will cease to exist and Your eternal Kingdom will stand forever. Come quickly Lord Jesus!
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