“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:13-14)
Yesterday we studied about a mysterious dream Daniel had concerning various world empires. In his dream Daniel saw the kingdoms of Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. Each of these kingdoms was ruthless in power and obsessed with controlling the world. Added to this list of human kingdoms is the kingdom of one known as the Antichrist. Scripture teaches us about the coming of a ‘man of sin’ who will bring great destruction. (see 2 Thessalonians 2:3) The time in which he will rule will be called the Tribulation and according to Christ, except those days be shortened, no one will survive. (see Matthew 24:22)
But according to scripture, the Tribulation Period will be brought to an end with the return of Jesus Christ. According to Daniel’s dream, Jesus will receive from His Father ‘authority and power’ by which He will set up His eternal kingdom. At the beginning of the book of Revelation we read –
Revelation 5:6 I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders… 7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.”
Many believe that this scroll is the title deed to earth and by breaking its seven seals, Jesus will regain God’s rightful authority over creation. Near the close of the book of Revelation we also read –
Revelation 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.
Many years ago, Tammy and I had a pastor who use to begin each service by walking up to the pulpit with raised hands and loudly declaring – ‘Hail King Jesus!’ ‘King Jesus’ is not a title that we often use, but perhaps we should. Say that title a few times and you will be filled with wonder and excitement!