Apocalyptically Imminent

Daniel 7.1.

As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal—it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed. – Daniel 7:13-14

There are two apocalyptic books in Scripture. We’re studying one as a church right now; we’re in the midst of a sermon series on Revelation. The other apocalyptic book is Daniel.

What does “apocalyptic” mean? The Holman Bible Dictionary defines it as, “writings from God that employ symbolic language to tell of a divine intervention soon to take place.”

Revelation has a lot of symbolic language. It speaks of God’s final and divine intervention. And my Bible uses imminent – can happen anytime – as a synonym for “soon,” “soon to take place.”

And Daniel has that same emphasis. Roughly five hundred years before Jesus the Messiah was even born, Daniel prophesied …

  • that one day the “son of man [would be] coming with clouds of heaven” (Jesus told us this too in Matthew 24);
  • that the “son of man [would be the one who could] approach[] the Ancient of days”;
  • that the “son of man [would be] given [eternal] authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world”;
  • that “people of every race and nation and language would [worship, honor, and] obey him;
  • that “His rule is eternal”;
  • that “His kingdom [would] never be destroyed.”

There are many prophecies of Jesus that came true with his first coming. Re-read those passages. These can only come true with his second coming!

And this is Good News! This world doesn’t have the final say. The Messiah does. And when we look forward to a time when there will be no more mourning or crying or pain and death will be no more (see Rev 21:4), we should be thankful that the Kingdom of the Son of Man will never be destroyed.

In Christ’s Love,

a guy who is looking up

 

 

 

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