Verse of the Day Devotion Danial 2:44
“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.” – Danial 2:44
Up to Christmas day, I will be looking at the different prophesies which foresee the coming of the promised Messiah, Jesus the Christ. He came here in order to offer the means of salvation for all. An important idea to remember is that God knows everything and forgets nothing. “Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,” Isaiah 46:9-10.
Our focus verse today is found in the Book of Daniel. This verse comes from Daniel’s interpretation of a dream that God gave to King Nebuchadnezzar regarding the end of days. It is a rather long interpretation, but what we read here is the climax of God’s revelation of the meaning of this dream. Daniel begins by answering a question from the King where he asks, “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” Daniel 2:26. Daniel answers him with, “As for the mystery about which the king has inquired, neither wise men, conjurers, magicians, nor diviners are able to declare it to the king. However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days. This was your dream and the visions in your mind while on your bed.” Daniel 2:27-28. Daniel then starts by telling the king the dream that he had was a prophetic message. “As for you, O king, while on your bed your thoughts turned to what would take place in the future; and He who reveals mysteries has made known to you what will take place.” Daniel 2:29.
Many things were in the King’s dream, but the critical parts, associated with the coming Messiah, is found in our focus verse. “And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.” Daniel 2:44. This is the climax of the dream revelation, the coming kingdom of God. There are several things to look at here. First, it is revealed that this kingdom will be established “in the time of those kings.” It will happen during the times of human kingship. In other words, this new kingdom will overthrow all earthy kingdoms at that time. Second, this kingdom will be set up by God. Note the wording, “God of heaven will set up a kingdom”. Man will have nosay regarding this kingdom, and therefore it will be a good and perfect one. And then third, the kingdom will be eternal. Again, note these important words, “it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.”.
Our focus verse most naturally should be understood to speak of Christ’s second coming. This new kingdom will replace all kingdoms that exist at the time of His coming. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem in a manger, the world was introduced to our eternal King who will rule forever. He paid the penalty so that we can, if we choose, to be a part of this new kingdom. And when this kingdom is established, we will be able to live at peace forever, with a King that loves us and will rule with this love. “He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name.” Psalm 111:9.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.