GOD HAS SET UP A KINGDOM! 12-23-12

posted Dec 20, 2012, 12:41 PM by Dale Barnes
“While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands…the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.”  In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed…It will crush all kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.  This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of the mountain, but not by human hands…The great God has shown the king (Babylon) what will take place in the future.  The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy.” (Dan.2:33,35,44-45)

God gives the King of a great world empire an overview of the future.  He saw world empires represented  as an awesome, enormous statue.  It was dazzling to the eye.  Then he saw this rock “cut out of the mountain without human help”, and the rock destroys the huge statue and becomes a great mountain that covers the whole earth.  This “rock” spoke of a work of God without human initiative that would eventually become a great kingdom that would last forever.  

It is significant that Jesus Christ was born in the time of the Roman Empire that was represented in this statue.  He brought into reality the building of the kingdom of God.  It began with a “Babe in a manger” and that kingdom has continued to build and increase from that time.  Eventually, it will fill the whole earth.

The true God has shown us what he is doing.  Many things are being done in this world, but God is doing something that has eternal value.  The “good news” (gospel) is God calling men and women into this kingdom that will never be destroyed.  How sure can we be about this?  We are told in the Bible that God’s zeal (commitment and power) is making this happen. (Is.9:7)  

Jesus talks much about this kingdom in the gospels. (Matthew, Mark Luke and John) When asked if he was a king, he answered, “You are right in saying I am a king.  And again, “My kingdom is not of this world.  If it were, my servants would fight…” (Jn.18:37,36 NIV)  Then the king laid down his life so others could enter the kingdom of God.  This realm is open to all and many continue to enter today.     
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