At this time in history, we all need some good news. So here it is. The Kingdom of Heaven is coming to this earth–literally. Not “floating around heaven all day.” Not apple pie in the sky bye and bye. No, Christ is literally coming back to this earth to bring in a new government to earth.
The new government coming is a kingdom, which is a form of government whereby one of royal lineage rules completely and with full authority. A kingdom then whose roots have a celestial origin would be considered a “kingdom of heaven,” or a kingdom from heaven.
Now the sovereign ruler of the Kingdom of Heaven is the King and Creator of this universe. His name has come down to English speakers as Jesus. But His name since before the beginning of time, His name in the original spoken language of heaven, is Yahshua.
The meaning of His name proclaims our very ticket into citizenship in His kingdom. Yah (Yahweh, the self-existent One) Shua (Is the Savior). His is a kingdom/government which, according to the scriptures of truth, will break and smash into pieces all the other governments of this world.
The prophet Daniel spoke about this very event. He was interpreting a forgotten dream that greatly troubled the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel told him his dream and interpreted it, giving glory to God as the One who reveals secrets.
Daniel told him, You saw a great image whose “head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron and part of clay.” Then you saw “a stone…cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces…and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2: 28-37).
He went on to interpret his dream. The different parts of the image were different world empires. The head of gold was Nebuchadnezzar. “And after thee, shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass…and a fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron “and shall break in pieces and subdue all things” (2: 38-40).
Here we see that Nebchadnezzar’s image in his dream was a vision of world empires, destined to rule the earth. Scholars have universally said these four to be Babylonian, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome.
Daniel continues the interpretation: “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed.” It will be an everlasting government. “It shall not be left to other people.” All of man’s kingdoms have an end when other people take their lands, riches, and buildings for their own–but not this heavenly kingdom. This is the one kingdom that will never be vanquished. “It shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms.” This is the stone kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven, that wipes out man’s kingdoms once and for all. And “it shall stand forever” (2: 44). The Kingdom of Heaven is an everlasting government that shall be ruled and reigned over by the King Himself, Jesus (Yahshua) of Nazareth. This is the gospel, the good news for us the inhabitants of the earth!
And what was the Babylonian king’s reaction to this seemingly negative and rash interpretation by this foreigner Daniel in the court of the king? Instead of killing Daniel, the king “fell upon his face, and worshiped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him,” and praised Daniel’s God. He then made Daniel a “great man” and “ruler over the whole province of Babylon.” He made him a viceroy, the chief governor of the kingdom. So let us not be afraid what the enemy shall do unto us when we stand for the Kingdom of Heaven.
A Glimpse into the Future
Nebuchadnezzar was allowed to look down through 26 centuries to the time of the end, when a terrible world system with the mind of that “head of gold” still would be guiding the beastly image of world governance.
The image is one–one world governmental system. The old Babylonian religion came to Rome on down to this very day. Couple that with the political fascist fist of Rome which has now permeated the thoughts of the world’s ruling elite. The last revival of the old Roman Empire is the European Union, which is a precursor to a One World Union, presided over by the offspring of the old world kings and princes. (But because Christ’s kingdom “is not of this world,” His servants will not fight with man made weapons. They will fight with the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph 6: 17).
And it is in the days of this last revival that the stone kingdom will come crashing down on the present world system, paving the way for the King and his heavenly kingdom to permeate the earth forever. We are living in the time frame when He will come back. That is the gospel, the good news.