2006-10-09 - Daniel
Verses 44-45: Fifth kingdom, the kingdom of God. This kingdom is symbolized by the rock cut from the mountain, which destroys the Gentile powers and fills the entire Earth. This is the enduring kingdom of God. This is the Millennial kingdom. This is the kingdom of restored Israel. This is the kingdom of the Messiah, who will sit on the throne of His father David.
"This prophetic revelation makes clear that the kingdom from heaven is not a spiritual kingdom which by spiritual processes will gradually conquer the Earth, but rather a sudden catastrophic judgment from Heaven, destroying the political kingdoms of the Gentiles. This will pave the way for a political millennial kingdom which will begin with the second coming of Christ. The revelation gives no support to either the amillennial view that the kingdom is a spiritual kingdom now on earth, or to the postmilennial view that the kingdom will gradually gain control over the Earth spiritually in a thousand years or more. The destruction of the Gentile world powers is an event, not a process - and will be fulfilled by Christ in the Second Coming." 4
Obviously, from a New Testament perspective, we know the stone to be Christ. We find this imagery used all through Scripture.
"The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone" (Psalm 118:22).
What is interesting is that in the future Christ will be the one who brings an end to the time of the Gentiles, but for the last two thousand years, the stone has been a stumbling block for the Jews, in general. See Isaiah 8:13-15.
"He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed" (Matthew 21:44)
"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 3:11).
Fortunately, as we noted last time, this will change and one day the Jewish people as individuals and as a nation will realize the Messiah has already come, and He is Jesus of Nazareth.
"So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed'" (Isaiah 28:16).
We know that this coming kingdom is in an earthly and political form. It will be the final absolute kingdom. Dr. McGee expresses it this way:
"When the Lord Jesus comes, He is going to rule as an autocrat (sic) ruler, and He is going to put down all rebellion against Him" 5
"You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery" (Psalms 2:9).
4 Walvoord, John F., The Prophecy Knowledge Handbook,
Victor Books, Wheaton, IL, 1990, p. 218-219.
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