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Notes on Daniel: What parts of Daniel occur after AD 70?

By Jay Rogers
Published April 27, 2008

Is there any part of Daniel that is yet to be fulfilled?

At least most of 2:35 and 2:44.

2:35 — “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.”

It is undeniably true that the kingdom of God is growing and will grow until the end of the world. What is being spoken of here is when the kingdom of God will break up the kingdoms of the world. That occurred in AD 30 when Jesus was crucified, buried and risen from the dead. Those who are looking for a future destruction of a fourth kingdom should see that this already occurred when Christ ascended to heaven. Christ is even now seated on the throne and rules the nations with a rod of iron.

2:44 — “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 ever.”

And in the days of these kings — This means simply in the days of the Roman Empire. At that time, Jesus Christ brought the kingdom of God to earth. It shall never be destroyed but the saints shall war against the kingdoms of this world and they shall become part of the kingdom of God and of His Christ (Revelation 11:15).

Christians are still engaged in warfare with the kingdoms of this world. But we are at war with a foe that has already been defeated. The question of this passage is: When did God set up a kingdom on earth?

And the answer: He set up His kingdom “in the days of these kings.”

This is the reason why Luke begins his Gospel with an account of Jesus birth: “And it came to pass that in those days … [of] Caesar Augustus…”

And the beginning of Christ’s ministry: “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar” (Luke 2:1; 3:1).

When did Christ and the kingdom of God come?

“In the days of these kings.”

Those who try to make “these kings” refer to the Caesars, the Roman popes of the Middle Ages, or a future world dictator are ignoring the context of the prophecy.


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