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
The final part of the dream is a large rock that is carved out of the earth and destroys the statue. That is the kingdoms of men. So what or better who is the stone cut from the mountain by no human hand? I don’t think it is any surprise that it is Christ who is the rock that will crush the kingdoms of earth.
Now most think that these verses tell about the end times when Jesus will come back and establish His kingdom but I believe it also tell us about Jesus first appearance. While Jesus’ first coming was to provide a way for each of us to be reconciled with God the Father, He also changed to world in a radical way. A way that diminished the power of earthly kingdoms while increasing the worth of the individual.
Before Jesus slavery was the norm. The only ones with true power were the wealthy male land owners. Kings ruled with absolute authority and human life was inconsequential. Women and children were the property of men. Then after Jesus things began to change. Not quickly but gradually over time.
Jesus elevated the status of both women and children. He had women disciples and talked to women and allowed them to learn from Him, something that was unheard of for a Jewish rabbi to do. He told His followers that the Kingdom of God was for the little children and for adults to enter it they needed to come as children. And when He was resurrected it was not men to whose He first appeared but to the women.
Little by little as Christianity spread attitudes began to change. People began to see each other as brothers and sisters. They began to see that slaver was wrong that we should not keep our brother in chains. Women began to see their worth in society change and children were no longer treated as property. Yes we still have a long way to go but we are still in the flesh and the world still needs to see Jesus as who He really is, the Christ and the Son of God.
That is when we need turn to the end times and Jesus’ second coming. Then and only then will we see heaven on earth. After Jesus splits His sheep from the goats of the world and sends them to their self-selected place away from God’s presence will a new kingdom be established. That kingdom is the one that will never end.
Have a blessed day,