“Then the sovereignty, power, and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be given to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will last forever, and all rulers will serve and obey him.” In the book of Daniel the focus shifts from from a historical narrative to a prophetic narrative in Chapter 7, which records the first vision of Daniel. The vision used animal symbolism to tell the same story that was told in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Chapter 2 about the future rise and fall of nations. Daniel makes it clear that world history culminates in the establishment of God’s Kingdom: “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” (vs. 13-14). Not only does Daniel describe the establishment of God’s Kingdom at the end of the world, but he reinforces the fact that God’s people are co-rulers along with Jesus over God’s new world–and he states it multiple times in this chapter (vs. 18, 22, and 27). To prepare you for eternity, God wants to hone your leadership skills in this life so you can help Him rule the world of the future!
God sent a prophet from Judah to King Jeroboam of Israel to rebuke him for building altars for sacrifice other than at the temple in Jerusalem. The prophet pronounced that the altar at Bethel would be torn down because it was an improper altar. Jeroboam attempted to curry favor with the prophet possibly to get the curse on the altar reversed by inviting the prophet to dine with him. The prophet delivered his message and was commanded by God to return immediately to Judah using a different road than the one he came on, perhaps to prevent the possibility of others corrupting the prophet. However, the prophet stops over at another so-called prophet’s house and dines with him before returning to Judah. The first prophet then was killed by a lion along the road as he returned to Judah and was buried in a tomb in Israel rather than with his own family in Judah. True prophecy will bring forth the judgment it promises. When God speaks to you, don’t revise His plans to suit your own needs or pride and don’t let others persuade you otherwise, because even God’s own prophets, if they are disobedient, cannot escape God’s judgment.