THE KINGDOM OF GOD: THE STONE THAT BECAME A MOUNTAIN
But Russia and her confederacy of nations will fail in her attack on Jerusalem and the Middle East because her ambitions run counter to God’s purpose. He has not arranged for the modem revival of Israel that Russia and her confederacy might take over; the Jewish return to the land is in preparation for the establishment of the Kingdom of God under Christ the King. Russia and her confederacy will only be permitted to involve the Middle East in war in order to humble the Jewish people, and force them to seek the help of God and of Christ whom they have ignored and opposed for so long (Jer. 30:4-9; Ezek. 37:21- 22).
Russia and her confederacy will fail because of what was revealed in the image-prophecy of Daniel 2. The king, in his dream, had seen a “stone cut out of the mountain without hands” (v.45) smite the image on the feet, and destroy it. The stone then became itself a mountain, and “filled the whole earth” (v. 35).
This stone represented the Kingdom of God, as Daniel told the king. It was “cut out of the mountain, without hands” or without human agency, because the nucleus of the Kingdom is through Divine instrumentality.
Its nucleus is Christ the king, and those who will reign with him. The latter are those who embrace Divine truth, and are obedient to the Divine will. Their destiny is to be raised from the dead to incorruptibility (1 Cor. 15:51-58), and to reign with Christ on earth (vv. 22-25).
They are pictured as saying:
“Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and WE SHALL REIGN ON THE EARTH” (Rev. 5:9-10).
“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years” (Rev. 20:4,6).
The stone is represented as crushing the image and growing into a mountain that fills the whole earth, because the Kingdom of God will only be established by the exercise of Divine power. Christ returns as the Lion of God (Rev. 5:5), to manifest Divine power in the subjugation of the nations. The Scriptures declare:
“In righteousness he doth judge and make war” (Rev. 19:11).
He shall “destroy them which (would) destroy the earth” (Rev. 11:18).
“The kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 11:15).
“The nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted” (Isa. 60:12).
“Yea all kings shall fall down before him; all nations shall serve him” (Psa. 72:11).
“The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:8).
“God hath appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained, whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).
“The Lord shall be king over all the earth” (Zechariah 14:9).
And now take heed of Daniel’s interpretation of the stone” smiting the image:
“In the days of these kings (divided Europe) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone …. brake in pieces the iron, brass, day, silver and gold; the great God hath made known what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure” (Dan. 2:44-45).
This is the clear, certain declaration of God’s purpose, forming a key to the interpretation of the Bible. It required the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus to the earth (Acts 1:11; 3:19-20; Rev. 1:7; 22:12), and the establishment thereon of a Divine kingdom that will bring man’s rule to a complete end.
This clear declaration of Scripture promises a most desirable, happy consummation to the present evil state. It provides a satisfactory solution to the deterioration in moral and other conditions evident in the earth today, whilst, at the same time, giving men and women of faith an incentive to obey Christ.
This is the hopeful future to which the world will ultimately come, and towards which a true Bible student can look with joy. An understanding of these things can enrich your life, and provide your children with a spiritual heritage that will enable all the family to look beyond the iron curtain of trouble that encloses most people today, to the glorious Divine purpose when Christ will reign from Jerusalem over a world at peace (Jer. 3:17). In another place, Daniel declared:
“And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him” (Dan. 7:27).
Here, again, is a clear declaration of the Divine purpose. And notice, that the kingdom embraces that which is “under the whole heaven,” or, in other words, on the earth. “Blessed are the meek,” declared Christ, “for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5). The meek are those who “receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save their souls” or lives (James 1:21). They “search the Scriptures” with “readiness of mind,” to see whether these things are so, and when they find them so, they “believe” and act (Acts 17:11).
Thus in truth, sincerity and understanding, they utter the Lord’s prayer: “Thy kingdom come, that Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”
The conditions that will then exist on earth are predicted in the words of Isaiah 2:2-4:
“It shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established (a Temple of worship in Jerusalem) …. and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
Consider the state of things thus pictured: one unifying religion; people heeding the Word of God and walking in righteousness; nations in subjection to Divine law; perfect peace replacing the antagonism and bloodshed of today!
A changed world; a new world order to the glory of God and wellbeing of man.
That is the destiny the world is coming to in the mercy of God! And you can be a participant in it if you seek God’s way.
Next time…. Final Part –WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO US?
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