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Lesson # Dan. 2:44-45
Study Material - Dan. 2:44-45
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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. 45 'Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is true, and its interpretation is trustworthy.'
In the days of 'those kings', the ten toes, the kings of the Tribulation, the kings from Babylon to Rome, God will set up a permanent kingdom. Bible doctrine believed, the gospel believed, and saved peoples throughout history will make up the citizens of that kingdom.
At the first advent Jesus Christ will come to earth as a man, born a man, his humanity born from woman, the unique person of the universe. He will go to the Cross and settle once and for all the question of sin and death. Conquering it forever for those who believe. Setting up a kingdom, winning the angelic conflict strategically at the Cross.
Christ will return at the second advent, destroying permanently these kingdoms, kingdoms of human wickedness. And in the Millennium establishing His Kingdom of God, which has throughout history been referred to as 'Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done. On earth as it is in Heaven'.
But there are several kingdoms. The first being the one established inside each one of us as believers in Jesus Christ. The Cross sealed this kingdom, insuring its permanence into eternity. The second kingdom which will be established here on earth by Christ immediately after his second advent. Where Christ will personally rule and prosperity will reign for 1000 years. Life spans will extend to the end of the Millennium. The fierceness of the lion will evaporate and the lion and lamb will lie down together. Swords will be turned into plows, commerce will propel the planet into an unequaled period of prosperity. War will be forgotten. This is the kingdom of God following the attempts of mankind to rule himself throughout history. The third kingdom of God is the permanent one in eternity, at the end of human history, at the end of the Millennium, when a new heaven and new earth will be created. The old will be gone and forgotten. The new will be totally different. It will be something that we cannot even fathom, beyond our imaginations, and this kingdom will last forever.
The kingdoms of man from Babylon forward will fade away as time consumes them one by one. Then they will be crushed, broken into pieces and consumed. Broken into pieces, 'deqaq', to crush, crumble, make powder or dust, stamp into small insignificant pieces unseen particles impossible to locate. Consume, 'cuwph', to end, fulfill, terminate never to recover. So the history of man, his kingdoms, his empires, his inventions of technology (the pottery invented and made), trinkets of convenience, his organization of human laws, rules of human conduct, will rise and fall like the tides. Each subsequent generation will take from the former and add to it or change it at their leisure. Very little in this world is consistent, and nothing is permanent. The clay, mankind, is a miring mixture of nothingness. The inventions and established order will crumble as a clay pot smashes to the ground into pieces to be thrown out onto the trash heap.
So what does this teach us? That Bible doctrine is worth our attention, worth our learning. That we should pay attention to God and what He has to teach us through the scriptures. That if we wish to self direct our lives, then we will end up on the trash heap like these empires, even in all their former glory, they are gone, and they will never come back. That if we wish to be on the winning team, if we wish to have a life of significance and permanence, then we need to get with a program of Bible study, and emphasize our spiritual self rather than concentrating on our carnal self.
So Nebuchadnezzar listened and nothing happened after the explanation. Everyone was standing around listening to Daniel. Lightening did not strike. Life went on as usual. Promotions were going to be made. Demotions would be made. Everyone would go to bed and get up the next day and continue their lives as usual.
Our Bible study is the same. We read, we listen, we learn, we grow. Day by day, year by year. The empires of the earth stored up gold and lost it. We store up Bible doctrine in our soul, doctrine which is better than gold, and we keep it forever. Our 'gold', Bible doctrine in our souls, pays us dividends and returns to us many times over blessings in time and especially in eternity. This country just completed one of the closest Presidential contests in nearly 200 years, since our third President was elected, and we survived it then and now. One year ago, we survived the end of the world drama with the end of a century and a millennium. History continues, but not by the will of man, but by the grace of God. Historical events will come and go, but Bible doctrine is forever. In that we place our trust and hope and confidence.
God revealed to Nebuchadnezzar through Daniel what lay before him in history. God lets us know in our current time that history is not yet completed, but it will certainly end. Our hope should not be placed in the politics or the technology of the day, but in our understanding of Bible doctrine and advancement to spiritual maturity. All scripture comes from God, not man. All security comes from God. And all blessing comes from God.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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