Daniel 2:34-35 – Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
As the forerunner of Christ, John the Baptist went about preaching and calling people to repentance saying, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). John represented all the prophets of the Old Testament, and he came in the likeness of Elijah who lived during the time of the wicked King Ahab. Like Elijah before him, John called the people away from sin and idolatry back to God and His truth for the inception of the heavenly Kingdom of God.
Daniel, in the midst of captivity in Babylon, was blessed by God to interpret the king’s prophetic dream. Nebuchadnezzar dreamt of a statue made of different materials from head to foot and finally a stone smashing the feet made of a combination of iron and clay. The entire figure is then destroyed by a stone uncut by human hands. Finally this stone swells to become a vast mountain that covers the Earth.
As a forerunner of Christ himself, Daniel understands and interprets the dream to show the rise and fall of empires until the time of Christ, the One to whom God the Father would give dominion forever. Daniel says to Nebuchadnezzar, “And in the days of these kings 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 was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure” (Daniel 2:44-45).
We are blessed today to live in the time of that Kingdom. Jesus said to His disciples, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them ; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them” (Luke 10:23-24). A spiritual kingdom, not made with hands and anchored in the Rock of Salvation, it is given to those who believe and trust in the Anointed One, Jesus Christ. “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (1 Corinthians 4:20). This kingdom is real and full of power in the Holy Spirit, and Jesus is the King.
Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! Long live the King!!