Daniel 2:44 – 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.
The single most important subject in the New Testament is the coming of Jesus Christ and His everlasting kingdom. From the first chapters of the Gospels through the various epistles to the final Revelation of John, Jesus predominates. He is preeminent in all things, and His message is almost exclusively about His kingdom.
The first preacher of the Kingdom of Heaven is John the Baptist. The forerunner of Jesus Christ, John preached repentance for the Kingdom was / is at hand. When you know the master of the house is coming, you are supposed to get his house in order. This was John’s message, and it was carried forward by Jesus and eventually His disciples. All of the parables of Jesus point to this kingdom. In fact the entire Gospel message is inundated with this message. So, what is the Kingdom of Heaven or rather the Kingdom of God?
In Daniel’s lifetime, he served multiple foreign kings, from Nebuchadnezzar to Cyrus, Daniel provided counsel and wisdom according to God’s word and revelation. Nebuchadnezzar was a proud ruler with an enormous domain, but in a vision, he was shown how his kingdom would fall followed by other even more powerful kingdoms until finally God came and established a kingdom that would break in pieces these other earthly kingdoms and then stand forever. This last is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Despite wars and changes of leadership among earthly rulers, God’s Kingdom cannot be destroyed. Even though it has no territory or earthly weapons, it cannot be defeated. Why? Because it is a spiritual kingdom. It is founded upon the Person and work of Jesus Christ. It is a Kingdom of Truth and not simply ideas. Jesus understood something that too often evades us, truth is true no matter whatever else may happen.
Since this kingdom is not tied down to a place or culture, it lives within its citizens, the Children of God. These children form the army of God. We are its ambassadors and servants. We are its champions and advocates. Still we have one message of importance, “Repent, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”