King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, is for me, the most beautiful Church building ever. To construct a beauty like that requires a design plan, skillful people, and a time plan to get it done. While some buildings take days and months to construct, others like King’s College Chapel have taken hundreds of years.
The Bible tells us that Yahweh is building a Kingdom in the world; while Biblical prophets like Isaiah spoke about how beautiful this Kingdom will be, others like Daniel provide time specific details about the Kingdom. Daniel’s prophecies makes it clear that this is a very long term plan with many stages of construction.
In Daniel Chapter 2, the prophet explains to King Nebuchadnezzar, that though Babylon is the first great world empire, there will be three more; and during the rule of the fourth empire, Yahweh, God of heaven, will intervene in a spectacular way. Daniel 2:44 (NIV) says: “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.”
Since Daniel spoke, we have had the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek, and Roman empires. During Roman rule, Jesus was born, and went on to declare that the Kingdom of God has arrived. Jesus taught his followers that though the Kingdom starts out like a small mustard seed, it will eventually be the greatest ever.
Daniel’s visions in Chapters 7 to 12 provide more details of the animal brutal nature of the four empires; their wicked efforts to destroy Israel; and how during the Roman period, God will plant the seed of his kingdom, which will continue to grow larger and stronger, even after these four empires are no more around.
According to Daniel, in this era, God has set up and is growing his kingdom. There are great nations today like the US, Britain, Russia, China, but they don’t have the same unquestioned brutal power over the world like the empires of the past.
Lord, give us Bible teachers, and an interest that will not fade away, so that we can have clear understanding of Daniel’s prophecies, Amen!