When it comes to prophecy, lots of people have lots of differing opinions and hobby-horses. I heard a prophecy expert dance around like a ‘whirling dervish’ making this point and then another totally outlining all the details of the end times. No mysteries anymore. Most seemed like abject conjecture.
Daniel chapter 2 tells of the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. So disturbing that the king’s wise men’s lives were on the line if they could not interpret. But godly Daniel steps forward, and the Lord reveals to him all he needs to know about that dream.
You remember–head of gold, arms of silver, mid-section of bronze and feet of iron and clay. Here is where Bible-believing commentators differ as to interpretation. Hardly any agree. I think I’m right! But who knows? So, I put my pet theory in my back pocket… and off we go!
What grabs me is the meaning of this chapter in Daniel. The truth is this: kingdoms come and kingdoms go, they rise and they fall, ascend and descend, make good decisions and dreadful ones as well. But one Kingdom has come, it is rising and will never fall. This is the Kingdom that Jesus urged His followers to pray for: ‘Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…'(Matthew 6: 10).
The order and identity of the 4 kingdoms in Daniel 2 are open to speculation. God’s Kingdom is not. It’s the sure thing and will outlast everything else. That’s exactly what God revealed to a godless human ruler named Nebuchadnezzar.
The Lord today is giving dreams to some of the most hardened people on earth. Knocking on the doors of their hearts and minds through disturbing dreams. Wanting to be the Lord of their lives. Wanting to give them His mercy and grace. Wanting them to repent.
What He looks for is an open and responsive heart of faith in His Son Jesus Christ. When He puts out His hand, we take it. For then, whatever kingdom we may live in, we’ll know that we are citizens of the Kingdom of God. ‘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, just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure'(Daniel 2: 44-45). Couldn’t have said it better myself! Sure of Him and sure of His Kingdom!
Prayer: Lord of All, of all kingdoms and governments, we are so grateful to be eternal residents of the Kingdom of God. Thank you. Amen.