Daniel 2:44 Index
"'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.'"
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"...in the days of these kings..."

  • God told Nebuchadnezzar in his dream what was to happen in the latter days. As we have seen from Scripture the feet and toes were made up of iron and clay, showing that the fragments of the Roman Empire would be present in the "...days of these kings." Developments in Western Europe to bring about unification of these kings that divided the Roman Empire, is indication of the nearness of Christ's return. Daniel has made it clear that just as sure as there was a Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and divided kingdom, the God of heaven will set up His kingdom that will last forever. The stone cut without human hands represents the literal Second Coming of Christ when all earthly power in opposition to Him will be demolished. As we see the events unfolding, we need to make sure we are citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom. (KC 43)
  • We have seen that in Daniel's interpretation of the image he uses the words "king" and "kingdom" interchangeably, the former denoting the same as the latter. In Daniel 2:44 he says that "in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom." This shows that at the time the kingdom of God is set up, there will exist a plurality of kings. It cannot refer to the four preceding kingdoms; for it would be absurd to use such language in reference to a line of successive kings, since it would be in the days of the last king only, not in the days of any of the preceding, that the kingdom of God would be set up. (US 57)

"...the God of heaven set up a kingdom..."

  • Many commentators have attempted to make this detail of the prophecy a prediction of the first advent of Christ and the subsequent conquest of the world by the gospel. But this "kingdom" was not to exist contemporaneously with any of those four kingdoms; it was to succeed the iron-and-clay phase, which had not yet come when Christ was here on earth. The kingdom of God was still future at the time, as He clearly stated to His disciples at the Last supper (Matthew 26:29). It is to be set up when Christ comes at the last day to judge the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1; cf. Matthew 25:31-34). (4BC 776)
  • Among the Jews there were yet steadfast souls, descendants of that holy line through whom a knowledge of God had been preserved. These still looked for the hope of the promise made unto the fathers. They strengthened their faith by dwelling upon the assurance given through Moses, “A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you.” (Acts 3:22). Again, they read how the Lord would anoint One “to preach good tidings unto the meek,” “to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,” and to declare the “acceptable year of the Lord.” (Isaiah 61:1, 2). They read how He would “set judgment in the earth,” how the isles should “wait for His law,” how the Gentiles should come to His light, and kings to the brightness of His rising. (Isaiah 42:4; 60:3)... The dying words of Jacob filled them with hope: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come.” (Genesis 49:10). The waning power of Israel testified that the Messiah's coming was at hand. The prophecy of Daniel pictured the glory of His reign over an empire which should succeed all earthly kingdoms; and, said the prophet, “It shall stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44). While few understood the nature of Christ's mission, there was a widespread expectation of a mighty prince who should establish his kingdom in Israel, and who should come as a deliverer to the nations. (EGW 34)
  • We here reach the climax of this stupendous prophecy. When time in (its) onward flight shall bring us to the sublime scene... predicted, we shall have reached the end of human history. The kingdom of God! Grand provision for a new and glorious dispensation, in which His people shall find a happy terminus of this world.... Transporting change for all the righteous: from gloom to glory, from strife to peace, from sin to (holiness), from death to life, from (slavery) to freedom, from oppression to (joy in the) heavenly kingdom! Glorious transition: from weakness to strength, from the changing (world) to (a steady world), from a decaying world to a eternal world! But when is this kingdom to be established? May we hope for an answer to an inquiry of such momentous concern to out race? These are the very questions on which the word of God does not leave us in ignorance, and herein is seen the surpassing value of this heavenly boon. (US 64)
  • The Bible plainly declares that the kingdom of God was still future at the time of our Lord's last Passover. (Matthew 26:29). Christ did not set up the kingdom before His ascension. (Acts 1:6). It states further that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 15:50). It is a matter of promise to the apostles, and to all those who love God. (James 2:5). It is promised in the future to the little flock. (Luke 12:32). Through much tribulation the saints are to enter the coming kingdom. (Acts 14:22). It is to be set up when Christ shall judge the living and the dead. (2 Timothy 4:1). This is to be when He shall come in His glory with all His angels. (Matthew 25:31-34). (US 64-65)
  • We do not say that the exact time is revealed (we emphasize the fact that it is not) in this prophecy of Daniel 2 or in any other prophecy; but so near an approximation is given that the generation which is to see the establishment of this kingdom may mark its approach unerringly, and make that preparation which will entitle the children of God to share in all its glories.... Time has fully developed this great image in all its parts. Most accurately does it represent the important political events it was designed to symbolize. It has stood complete for more than fourteen centuries. It waits to be smitten upon the feet by the stone cut out of the mountain without hand, that is the kingdom of Christ. This is to be accomplished when the Lord shall be revealed in flaming fire, "taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Thessalonians 1:8 and Psalm 2:8, 9). In the days of these kings the God of heaven is to set up a kingdom. We have been in the days of these kings for many centuries, and we are still in their days. So far as this prophecy is concerned, the very next event is the setting up of God's everlasting kingdom. Other prophecies are innumerable signs show unmistakably that the coming of Christ is near at hand.... The early Christian Church interpreted the prophecies of Daniel 2, Daniel 7, and Daniel 8 as we do now. Hippolytus, who lived A.D. 16-236, and is thought to have been a disciple of Irenaeus, one of the four greatest theologians of his age, says in his exposition of Daniel 2 and Daniel 7: (US 65)
  • "The golden head of the image and the lioness denoted the Babylonians; the shoulders and arms of silver, and the bear, represented the Persians and Medes; the belly and thighs of brass, and the leopard, meant the Greeks, who held the sovereignty from Alexander's time; the legs of iron, and the beast dreadful and terrible, expressed the Romans, who hold the sovereignty at present; the toes of the feet which were part clay and part iron, and the ten horns, were emblems of the kingdoms that are yet to rise; the other little horn that grows up among them meant the Antichrist in their midst; the stone that smites the earth and brings judgment upon the world was Christ." (Hippolytus, "Treatise on Christ and Antichrist," Anti-Nicene Fathers, Vol.V, p.210) (US 65-67)
  • The part of the prophecy that had been fulfilled at that time was clear to the early Christians. They saw also that there wold develop ten kingdoms out of the Roman Empire, and that the Antichrist would appear among them. They looked forward with hope to the grand consummation, when the second coming of Christ would bring an end to all earthly kingdoms, and the kingdom of righteousness would be set up. (US 67)
  • The coming kingdom! This ought to be the all-absorbing topic with the present generation. Reader, are you ready for the issue? He who enters this kingdom shall dwell in it not merely for such a lifetime as men line in this present state. He shall not see it degenerated, or be overthrown by a succeeding and more powerful kingdom. No, he enters it to participate in all its privileges and blessings, and to share its glories forever, for this kingdom is not to "be left to other people." (US 68)

"...and it shall stand for ever."

  • From the rise and fall of nations as made plain in the books of Daniel and the Revelation, we need to learn how worthless is mere outward and worldly glory. Babylon, with all its power and magnificence, the like of which our world has never since beheld,—power and magnificence which to the people of that day seemed so stable and enduring,—how completely has it passed away! As “the flower of the grass,” it has perished. (James 1:10). So perished the Medo-Persian kingdom, and the kingdoms of Grecia and Rome. And so perishes all that has not God for its foundation. Only that which is bound up with His purpose, and expresses His character, can endure. His principles are the only steadfast things our world knows. (PK 548)
  • The final overthrow of all earthly dominions is plainly foretold in the word of truth. In the prophecy uttered when sentence from God was pronounced upon the last king of Israel is given the message: Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: ... exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will give it Him.” (Ezekiel 21:26, 27).... The crown removed from Israel passed successively to the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. God says, “It shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will give it Him.” (Ed 179)
  • Centuries before the Saviour's advent Moses had pointed to the Rock of Israel's salvation. The psalmist had sung of “the Rock of my strength.” Isaiah had written, “Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation.” (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 62:7; Isaiah 28:16). Peter himself, writing by inspiration, applies this prophecy to Jesus. He says, “If ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious: unto whom coming, a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but with God elect, precious, ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house.” (1 Peter 2:3-5, R. V.)... “Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11). “Upon this rock,” said Jesus, “I will build My church.” (Matthew 16:18). In the presence of God, and all the heavenly intelligences, in the presence of the unseen army of hell, Christ founded His church upon the living Rock. That Rock is Himself,—His own body, for us broken and bruised. Against the church built upon this foundation, the gates of hell shall not prevail. (DA 413)