Centuries before the Roman regime existed, through the prophet Daniel, God told us what would happen during the times of its Caesars (these kings):
“…in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44)
Jesus indeed set up that everlasting kingdom. His “Palm Sunday” triumphal entry was indeed triumphant, for He was about to triumph through His cross. So after He rose from the dead, He said “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18). Then He ascended, the everlasting gates were lifted up to receive the conquering Lord of glory (see Psalm 24:7-10), and He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
There He is RIGHT NOW, ruling and reigning over the Messianic kingdom He set up 2,000 years ago! That kingdom has been growing like the mustard seed in His parable (see Matthew 13:31ff) ever since.
Back then, the kingdom was handful of disciples at the geographic center of the inhabited world. That was the mustard seed. Now it exists in every nation, birds nesting in it…some clean birds, some unclean. Like an anvil, that kingdom has worn out many a hammer that has banged on it (hat tip to Reformer Theodore Beza for that analogy), but it endures and continues to grow to this day by the power of the Gospel…the power of God unto salvation.
The apostle Peter wrote that we should not only be looking for, but hastening the coming day of God (2 Peter 3:12). Are we the people of God doing that, or are we sitting on a metaphorical hilltop, AWOL from the King’s battles? Are we the church militant or the church milk toast?
With all this in mind, let’s get busy working with Him to advance His kingdom. Read and believe Acts 1:7, stop speculating about what Jesus Himself said is not for us to know, and take comfort in this:
“…Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:24-26)
Since death is the LAST enemy to go down, the clear implication is that many other enemies must precede it.
Billions on Earth today are under the darkness of false religious systems, philosophies, wicked regimes…all these are enemies yet to be destroyed, just like all the enemies the King and His faithful ones have already crushed. There’s a lot of work to be done, more battles to fight. We are not commanded to put on the whole armor of God in vain. We are the Lord’s army against His enemies. We are called to obey Ephesians 5:11.
Let’s keep doing so until, as Isaiah (11:9) and Habakkuk (2:14) foresaw “…the earth is filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”
Beloved, let’s stop trying to treat the Bible like a Ouija board or a crystal ball. Knowing what God says about “the occult,” what do you suppose He thinks about people trying to use His holy word in the way superstitious people use those vain and foolish things?