READ : Daniel 7:19-28
What Daniel sees in this vision makes his face pale. First, there are going to be three kingdoms after the Babylonian kingdom in which he was living. The last of these kingdoms will be especially ferocious against “the saints of the Most High.” With ten horns springing from its head, and a particularly nasty one displacing three of them, he is looking at a long picture of conflict instead of a quick victory.
There is going to be an end to the wrenching injustice of human history. Although the aim of the fourth kingdom is to “wear out the saints of the Most High . . . his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed . . . And the kingdom . . . shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High” (vv. 25-27a).
There are many interpretations of this vision. They all agree on one thing, “the kingdom of the people of the saints of the Most High shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominion shall serve and obey them” (v. 27). Hallelujah, Amen! Jesus will win! We will live in peace with him forever.
Lord, we would love to see the conflict ended and every people acknowledge Jesus as King. Give us hope. Give us patience. Give us faith. Give us love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.