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The Ultimate Kingdom


"In the same time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will endure forever" (Dan.2:44)

In today's passage, Daniel has interpreted a dream for the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar. The dream was about a large statue made of layers of gold, silver, bronze and iron. These different metals of which the statue were made represented the physical kingdoms that would exist from Babylon to Rome... The last kingdom, (Rome) of which the feet were made, would be mixed with clay. The clay would make the last kingdom fragile. Daniel recognizes that an eternal kingdom would supercede all of the earthly kingdoms... Its authority, built on the sinful empires of the world, would extend over the whole earth... "But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth" (V 35). That's a very powerful kingdom. That kingdom is the church, founded by Jesus Christ. Jesus and the apostles embraced a concept that the world has never truly accepted, especially as we look at the turmoil in the Middle East today... The concept, even among Christians today, is unfortunately in short supply. This is the concept: The way of power and the way of peace work hand in hand. Victory and weakness are not mutually exclusive. The New Testament defines the stone that God carved from the mountain as the kingdom that began at the crucifixion... It is the church, built by Jesus Christ... Here's what the leader of the kingdom said to world-weary people everywhere and for all time: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest... for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.... (Matt.11:28-29). He welcomes us to the ultimate kingdom....

Have a great day... Make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11

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