305: Daniel 7:14b
The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 305
The dominion and kingdom of the Messiah will never end.
Old Testament Prediction:
Daniel 7:14b …Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Luke 1:31-33 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.
Hebrews 1:8 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever…”
Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
The importance of Daniel’s prophecy cannot be overstated. The Messiah’s kingdom will not be a transient or imperfect rule, as with all the kingdoms of this present world. The coming Kingdom of God on earth will restore our planet to its original creation as the Lord intended when He first brought forth life upon it.
Imagine a government of complete righteousness where love and peace cover the entire earth. No one will hurt or kill anyone ever again. Goodness will flow into the life of every person from the world’s first truly righteous King. This is the kingdom promised to the one True world—the Messiah.
Daniel speaks of this kingdom being given “to Him” in which all people and nations will serve Him. The idea here is that the nations of the world will obey the righteous law of God. No longer will men do what is right in their own eyes. Every citizen who is permitted to enter the one thousand-year reign of the Messiah on earth will be compelled to obey all the laws of God.
This kingdom will begin shortly after the conclusion of the seven-year Tribulation. Jesus as the Messiah, will return a second time to the earth to establish this kingdom prophesied by this 305th Old Testament prophecy of Daniel Chapter 7:13-14.
Those who are a part of Jesus’ present church, before the Rapture takes place, will return with the Lord to rule with Him. Depending on our faithfulness to Jesus during the course of our life, He will appoint us to a position of authority that is perfectly suited to the abilities He has created in us. Jesus said that our positions of rulership will be based on what we did with those gifts and resources that He gave to us during our lives here on earth.
See the chapter: Principles of Rulership
Luke 19:17 And he said to him, “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.”
During His first arrival, Jesus came in fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies that describe the Messiah making His life an offering for the sins of all people. See: The Crucifixion of Jesus. At His second coming, Jesus will fulfill the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah in subduing and removing all governments of this world. He will end the current unrighteous rulership of men and replace them with His own righteous administration of justice and fairness for all people.
The Book of 1 Samuel develops this principle of one King as ruler over all of God’s people. In Prophecy 48 from 1 Samuel 2:10, we see this principle demonstrated in its highest purpose.
1 Samuel 2:10 “The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken in pieces; From heaven He will thunder against them. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to His king, And exalt the horn of His anointed.”
It has been the eternal purpose of God that He would be our only King. The fundamental and underlying objective of the Lord for this world has been to bring us back to the perfection that He originally purposed for human life. Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of every Hebrew prophecy concerning the Messiah and the only one that we should look to for our salvation. His first purpose was to call out from this world, the nation of Israel, from where the Messiah would be born. He gave the prophets of the Old Testament who recorded His words in describing the coming of the one Savior who could remove the sins of the world and restore us to our rightful place with God.
When the Messiah came to Israel, He was rejected, condemned, and crucified—all in direct fulfillment of the promises of God to send us a Savior. Every event of Jesus life was written in advance, and fulfilled with such precision that the details of these events are absolutely stunning.
Upon His resurrection, the Messiah called a new group of people out of the world that Jesus described as “My Church.” This Church is not a building, institution of man, nor a religion—Jesus church is made up of people who call upon Him as their Lord and Savior.
It was to all of us who believe upon His name and the power of His death and resurrection to free us of all our sins, that He has called to tell every person on earth the good news. Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord in repentance for their sins, will be saved.
A time of Grace began after the resurrection of Jesus and the birth of the Church in Acts chapter 2—fifty days after He was raised from the dead. The Lord has offered the forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all those who would obey the Gospel and receive Jesus. This period of grace, when God would not account our sins against us, is nearly at an end. When the final person who will be saved—receives Jesus as their Savior, the Lord will return to remove His church from this earth. At that time He will turn again to the nation of Israel for seven years, and offer salvation through Jesus—the Messiah. This seven year period of time is known today as the “70th week of Daniel.” After the first 69 weeks of Daniel’s prophecy were complete—at Jesus first arrival on earth, a period of nearly 2,000 years has allowed millions of humble, repentant sinners to find salvation.
During the seven year Tribulation period, described by Jesus in Matthew chapter 24, all those who refuse to accept Jesus sacrifice for their sins, and instead worship the beast described in the Book of Revelation chapter 13, will be cast alive–with him, into the Lake of Fire.
The Rapture, then the coming of the antichrist
When the antichrist arrives on the earth just after the church is Raptured, the world will receive him as their champion, the Jews as their Messiah, and the Arab world as their Mahdi.
See the following prophecies for more information:
• Messiah to come from the Jews, Prophecy 5, Prophecy 11
• The Messiah would make His life an offering for sins, Prophecy 12, Prophecy 17, Prophecy 21, Prophecy 22, Prophecy 23, Prophecy 76, Prophecy 246, Prophecy 265
• The Messiah will call out His church, Prophecy 124, Prophecy 200, Prophecy 217, Prophecy 260, Prophecy 274, Prophecy 303, Prophecy 359.
• Removal of the Church before the Tribulation, called “The Rapture.”
Jesus promised His church that before this world leader would make his appearance, He would remove us from the earth. The appearance of this leader would cause a time of “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:31) in which two-thirds of the world would die under the terror of “the beast” (Revelation 13:2). Jesus promised all those who love Him that they were not appointed to experience this time of wrath, nor would they have to endure the horrors of the Tribulation period.
Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
Paul wrote that Jesus’ church is not appointed to wrath but to obtain salvation…
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
Notice that Paul said that “Whether we wake or sleep…”
At the rapture, according to 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4:13-18, Jesus will raise first—those who have died (sleep) to meet Him in the air; and then we, who are alive (awake) and remain, shall also be “caught up” (Harpazo in Greek or Rapturo in Latin) “to meet the Lord in the air.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Those who have loved the Lord while living on the earth, before the Tribulation begins, will receive their rewards for service in heaven, after the Rapture has taken place. There will be a wonderful time of reunion, as we are reunited with all those whom we love, who have gone to before us to heaven.
At the conclusion of the seven-year Tribulation, Jesus will make an announcement to His redeemed church that is already in heaven, that it is time to return to earth. Riding out of heaven on a white horses, the church will come with Jesus to fight the antichrist and his waiting armies at the Valley of Armageddon. There the Lord will destroy all of these gathered armies of the world with the words of His mouth.
Revelation 19:14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
Revelation 19:15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Finally, Jesus will set up the eternal kingdom that Daniel speaks of in this 305th prophecy. This kingdom of righteousness will continue on the earth for one thousand years. At the end of the kingdom age, Jesus will destroy the current heavens and the earth and create them anew. From this time and forevermore, Jesus will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords over an everlasting kingdom.
Revelation 21:1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.
2 Peter 3:12-13 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
This is the promise of our God, and the prophecy of Daniel 7:13-14.
The following 8 prophecies speak of the Messiah’s kingdom as lasting forever.
2 Samuel 7:16 The Messiah’s kingdom established under David will continue forever.
1 Chronicles 17:12 The kingdom of the Messiah will be established under David and will continue forever.
Psalms 89:36-37 The kingdom of the Messiah shall be from David’s line and will last forever.
Psalms 89:36-37 The Faithfulness of the Messiah to be forever.
Psalms 132:11 The promise to David that his descendant will be the Messiah and sit upon his throne forever.
Psalms 132:13-18 Jerusalem shall be the dwelling place of the Messiah, from where He shall reign upon David’s throne over the whole earth forever.
Isaiah 9:6-7 The Messiah will come to earth to establish a kingdom with righteous judgment and justice forever.
Daniel 2:44-45 The Messiah will establish a kingdom in the last days that will never end.