Posted by: SandreS | May 12, 2010

Israel’s Prophetic Program

And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for the ages (Daniel 2:44).

This verse is at the very heart and soul of all Jewish prophecy because it anticipates that day when “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord” (Revelation 11:15).

Daniel 2:44 is the goal of Israel’s prophetic program in a nutshell. It is the establishment of righteousness on earth through a literal, physical, earthly kingdom vested in the nation of Israel.

The nature of this prophecy is that it will be fulfilled suddenly, not progressively.

The stone was not to fill the earth by degrees and eventually “crowd out” the image. This is not a gradual process. Rather, it suddenly demolishes the kingdoms of this world with one blow.

The means of the prophecy being fulfilled is through the return of Israel’s Messiah, the Stone cut without hands.

You saw until that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth … Forasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God has made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure (Daniel 2:34-35, 45)

This prophecy will be fulfilled by the “Stone of Israel,” the Lord Jesus Christ. He is at the very heart of Hebrew prophecy.

Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation” (Isaiah 28:16).

The Stone which the builders refused is become the Head Stone of the corner (Psalms 118:22; c.f. Matthew 21:44).

But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel) (Genesis 49:24).

This “Stone of Israel” will become “a great mountain,” and fill “the whole earth.” Mountains in the Scriptures represent kingdoms. Israel’s Messiah will become her kingdom, and His knowledge will fill the entire earth.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9).

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14).

The timing of the prophecy is that it will be fulfilled after the formation of the ten toes (“In the days of these kings” the Stone (Christ) shall come. This is not Christ’s first coming; this is the Second Advent. The Stone smites the image, not the image the Stone!

The surety of the prophecy is that it will be fulfilled!

And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed, and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for the ages (Daniel 2:44).

Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice … The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this (Isaiah 9:7).

God is not done with Israel. One day, through their instrumentality, this earth will be filled with the knowledge of God. This is the goal of Israel’s prophecy: the establishment of the righteous kingdom of God on earth, through the Nation Israel. As members of God’s heavenly purpose, we find great comfort and expectation in the realization of the fulfillment of God’s earthly purpose.

For whatsoever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope [confident expectation!] (Romans 15:4).

Our celestial promises and destination are as sure as Israel’s terrestrial ones! God’s purposes are as definite and sure as He.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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