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Lesson # Dan. 7:27-28
Study Material - Dan. 7:27-28
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27 'Then the sovereignty, the dominion, and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.' 28 'At this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were greatly alarming me and my face grew pale, but I kept the matter to myself.'
The fifth and final kingdom, will be that of God. Five being the representative number of grace and His eternal provision.
All other kingdoms were attained through the efforts of man. Man ultimately will fail and has failed in all previous kingdoms. No nation, no empire, no technology has solved the problems of mankind, the principle two being sin and death. All other problems we encounter pale when set against these two. They ultimately determine mans fate in eternity.
So God, by His grace, came up with a plan which man could not, to solve these two problems and God defeated them both. Now man has but to believe in God (Jesus Christ) and receive the benefits of Gods wisdom.
Man fought and struggled for his kingdoms throughout history. We still see politicians and terrorists and terrorist supporters struggling in each of their own human ways to gain or maintain what power they think they need or desire. In the previous verse we saw what the overall outcome of history will be. Man will degenerate and then be totally defeated.
Note that God (Christ), does not return at the Second advent to negotiate, or consider the view points of those in power on earth. He returns and there is no discussion. Annihilation will occur in a moments time and billions on earth will die. That will end the four phases (empires) of human history. The last, the fourth, being the most brutal of them all.
Then, and only after the total destruction of all evil on earth, will the Kingdom of God be established on earth (under heaven). This is the Millennium or the one thousand year rule of Jesus Christ, at which end will see the release of Satan from his prison, and a last and brief revolt on earth, but will be put down swiftly by Christ. Then the final judgment will occur, the Great White Throne of God where all unbelievers and fallen angels will receive their final judgment and then the sentence to the Lake of Fire will be executed.
Those saints, all believers in Christ, from all nations, from all of history, will receive rule throughout the Millennium and forever. This last and final kingdom will never end. There will be no other future human or angelic kingdoms rising up. They will all have had their day and will have been destroyed. Those who think that the Millennium will occur due to mans efforts and prior to Christ's return are mistaken. Man is incapable of bringing about a Millennium, and herein the Bible states that only God will bring it to Earth and man will 'receive' this kingdom from God, not earn or struggle for it themselves. All dominions will serve Christ, not their own legislative agendas.
Daniel had an overload of Gentile history through the end of history until Christ returns to bring in Gods Kingdom on earth. He pondered all he saw. He 'kept it in his heart.'
This si what we need to do when we study Gods Word. We need to learn it, think about it, ponder it, consider how it affects our personal lives and futures, and then apply it to our life daily. We need to forego pursuing whatever interests that might be consuming out lives at the expense of not growing up spiritually.
Certainly our daily routine is important. We need to go to work and bring home that paycheck, but we also need to incorporate into our daily routine our Bible study. Learning means more than just reading this study or whatever it is you read or listen to. It means memorizing verses, considering the implications of Gods Word on our lives. If we concentrate on Gods Word and the many principles we learn rather than concentrating on the many problems we have in our life, then out thinking will be better able to come up with solutions to those other human problems and out life will be far better off. We do not live only for the moment, or even until we get to retirement, we live to prepare ourselves for eternity and greater rewards. Todays life is merely a vehicle to help us grow up spiritually. All of your other life should be looked at as a vehicle of support for your primary life, which is your spiritual life. Not the reverse. If your priorities are straight, then your life (your complete life) will be great.
What is your greatest asset? Your spiritual life. Where should you invest? In your spiritual life. Everything else merely gets you rent, food, and clothes, entertainment, etc., for the physical life God gave you on this earth. What is the ultimate end of these earthly things? Dust. They will go no further than your life on earth and will terminate when you die or otherwise leave this earth. Certainly do what you can to have a comfortable life. Nothing wrong with that. But stick with your spiritual growth. And spread to others the information you learn in your Bible study. You have an obligation to others, because God gave you a chance and expects you to pass it on to others.
Nebuchadnezzar's dream gave the concepts of world history. Daniel's dream gave the chronology and certainty of it. In chapters 8-12 will reveal the history of Israel, in greater detail, through the crucifixion of Christ and then to the end of the age. That is the Age of Israel. Remember that the Church Age and its interruption function is not revealed. I think we will continue with Daniel and complete this book in our study now rather than moving on and coming back next year. Besides many have requested this and who am I to refuse your requests ... a ...to a point anyway!
End Of Lesson
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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