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In the 2nd chapter of the book of Daniel, we read that the prophet Daniel, who was in captivity in Babylon along with most of the nation of Judah, was brought into a meeting with the king of Babylon. The King had had a particularly disturbing dream that he wanted someone to interpret for him, and that was something that Daniel was known for.
You can read the details of the dream which is recorded in Daniel chapter 2 if you’d like. In summary, the king’s dream was about how the kingdoms of this world would rise and fall, and ‘world-powers’ would come and go. Obviously something that the king of a world power like Babylon might have dreams about.
As Daniel comes to the end of his interpretation of the dream, he says this in verse 44, “And in the days of those kings, (those kings and kingdoms that rise and fall,) the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people.” (Dan. 2:44).
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Daniel sees a kingdom that is established by the “God of heaven, that shall never be destroyed.” Nor will it ever be overcome by another kingdom and “left to another people.”
600 years later, another prophet by the name of John, under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit, “came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” “AT HAND” means that ‘the time has fully come.’ The Kingdom that Daniel foretold was about to happen. “The God of heaven,” was about to establish a His Kingdom, the “kingdom of heaven.” Continue reading