How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 55 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #270)

TEXT: Daniel 7:13-14

13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

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John Piper said, “The incentive and power to live a Christian life pleasing to God comes from two directions: it comes from looking back with gratitude to the grace of God that appeared in Jesus Christ at his first coming when he purchased our redemption; and it comes from looking forward with hope to the glory of God that will appear at the second coming when he completes our redemption.”

David Guzik said, “When Jesus sets up His kingdom, the empire of the Antichrist will be completely crushed, yet some nations will continue into the Millennium. The title Son of Man was a favorite self-designation of Jesus, used more than 80 times in the four Gospels. He receives all dominion previously held by the beasts and His reign will be permanent. The reign of Jesus does not last 1,000 years – it is permanent. However, Jesus will rule over this earth before it is remade, with Satan bound for 1,000 years.”

In our last message, we saw that despite seeing his people exiled and his homeland in ruins, Daniel had hope in the promises that God had made to His people Israel. Here are three things we can learn from Daniel’s vision.

First, the Son of Man will reign with power. Daniel tells us that “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven.” You probably recognize the name “Son of Man.” Jesus used it to refer to Himself many times. The name “Son of Man” reminds us that Jesus, while being God, is also a man. He shares our human nature, but without the curse of sin. This is how Jesus appeared at His first coming, as a baby in a manger, or as a wandering prophet in Judea. But Daniel’s vision does not show us Jesus in his meek and lowly state during His first coming, but in glory with the clouds of heaven. He stands before God the Father, the Ancient of Days, and receives dominion and power over the earth. James Huebner said, “His power was hidden for a time when he took on human form and was lying in a feedbox, dependent on his mother. His power was hidden for a time when traveling around Palestine as a poor preacher. His power was hidden for a time so he could feel our hurt and take on our burden of living up to God’s demand for a pristine, pure life. His power was hidden for a time so he could get spikes through his hands and feet and be abandoned by his heavenly Father so we wouldn’t be abandoned. In many ways his power still remains hidden. But in the end his power will be bursting out for all to see, and that will mean the end of our worst enemy, false doctrine and those who proclaim it, so that we will be safe and secure in God’s love without sadness or lost-ness or hopelessness.” We can have hope in the midst of these dark times because Jesus is the all-powerful God-man. As the Son of Man, he shared in our human nature. He was tempted in all points like us but was without sin. He experienced homelessness, hunger, and weariness. But He is also the all-powerful God with the authority to rule over earth. Take hope in the love and power of Jesus, knowing that He will come one day in glory to establish His kingdom.

Second, the Son of Man will reign over all people. Daniel tells us that “there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:” Jesus’ kingdom will be unrivaled in authority. God has established Christ as King, and all will bow before His throne. When we look at the chaos and turbulence on this earth, with plagues, protests, wars and rumors of wars, we can hope in knowing that even now, Jesus is on the throne of heaven, and that one day all people will serve Him. Matthew Henry said, “Christ is here represented as having a mighty influence upon this earth. When he went to be glorified with his Father he had a power given him over all flesh. With the prospect of this Daniel and his friends are here comforted, that not only the dominion of the church's enemies shall be taken away, but the church's head and best friend shall have the dominion given him; to him every knee shall bow and every tongue confess. To him are given glory and a kingdom, and they are given by him who has an unquestionable right to give them, which, some think with an eye to these words, our Savior teaches us to acknowledge in the close of the Lord's prayer, For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. It is here foretold that the kingdom of the exalted Redeemer shall be, a universal kingdom, the only universal monarchy, whatever others have pretended to, or aimed at: All people, nations, and languages, shall fear him, and be under his jurisdiction, either as his willing subjects or as his conquered captives, to be either ruled or overruled by him. One way or another, the kingdoms of the world shall all become his kingdoms.” When the Son of Man receives the kingdom from God, he will receive the service and worship of people from all races, nations, and languages. He is the King of Kings and Lord of lords, and all people are called to bow to Him. It is our job to work to further the kingdom of Christ on earth, spreading the Gospel to all people so that souls will be ready for the return of Christ.

Third, the Son of Man will reign for all time. Daniel says that “ his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Every kingdom that man has set up on this earth is temporary. Alexander the Great’s empire split into four parts right after his death. The breakup of the Western Roman Empire was so dramatic that many ancient Christians thought the Second Coming would be right then. The Mongols, the Han dynasty, the Aztecs, Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, all have fallen to time. Even the great United States of America, with military bases all over the world and the ability to strike literally any country on earth within hours, is in danger of collapse. World powers rise and fall, but God’s power lasts forever. Mark Waite said, “God gives the Son of Man, Jesus, dominion, glory, and a kingdom. “His dominion is an everlasting dominion.” His kingdom will never “pass away.” His kingdom will never “be destroyed.” The kingdoms and rulers of this world may not believe that their terms are limited, but we know the truth. The reigns of chaos, confusion, and the curse in this world will not have the final word. Even our own indwelling sin does not get the final word. Jesus’ kingdom will never end and will one day be visible for all to see … forever. Not only will Jesus’ kingdom endure forever, it will exist unrivaled forever. No one can destroy his kingdom. No one can strip him of his authority and kingship. God has established him as king, let all look to him and bow their knees to him. We have hope in the midst of the overwhelming, turbulent, chaotic world, with governments, people, and Satan oppressing God’s people. Our hope has a name, Jesus Christ. And one day soon, He will return in glory and will set all things right.” In these times of turmoil, do you long for something solid to stand on, something that will last permanently no matter how many waves and winds buffet it? Then you need to stop putting your hope in man’s scientific knowledge or military weaponry and put your hope in the almighty power of God and the knowledge that when Jesus comes to establish His kingdom, it will be unrivaled and stand forever in safety.

Someone once wrote:

Star of our hope! He’ll soon appear,
The last loud trumpet speaks Him near;
Hail Him, all saints, from pole to pole—
How welcome to the faithful soul!

From Heaven angelic voices sound:
Behold the Lord of glory crowned.
Arrayed in majesty divine,
And in His highest glories shine.

The grave yields up its precious trust,
Which long has slumbered in the dust,
Resplendent forms ascending, fair,
Now meet the Savior in the air.

Descending with His azure throne,
He claims the kingdom for His own;
The saints rejoice, they shout, they sing,
And hail Him their triumphant King.

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Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God's law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death…"

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

Now that is bad news, but here's the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read "What To Do After You Enter Through the Door." Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.