Main point summary
God will surely set up an indestructible, everlasting kingdom.
“You saw, O king, and behold, a great image.
This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you,
and its appearance was frightening.
i The head of this image was of fine gold,
j its chest and arms of silver,
its middle and j thighs of bronze,
k its legs of iron,
its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
As you looked,
a stone was cut out l by no human hand,
and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay,
and m broke them in pieces.
Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces,
and became n like the chaff of the summer threshing floors;
and the wind carried them away,
so that o not a trace of them could be found.
But the stone that struck the image became p a great mountain q and filled the whole earth.
“This was the dream.
Now we will tell the king its interpretation.
You, O king, r the king of kings,
to whom s the God of heaven t h as given the kingdom , the power, and the might, and the glory,
and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, u the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—
you are v the head of gold.
w Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you,
and yet a third kingdom v of bronze,
x which shall rule over all the earth.
And y there shall be a fourth kingdom , strong as iron,
because iron z breaks to pieces and shatters all things.
And like iron that crushes,
it shall z break and crush all these.
And as you saw a the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron,
it shall be a divided kingdom ,
but some of the y firmness of iron shall be in it,
just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay.
And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay,
so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle.
As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay,
so they will mix with one another in marriage, 1
but they will not hold together,
just as iron does not mix with clay.
And in the days of those kings
b the God of heaven will set up c a kingdom that shall never be destroyed,
nor shall the kingdom be left to another people.
d It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end,
and c it shall stand forever,
just as e you saw that f a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand ,
and that d it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold.
A g great God has made known to the king what shall be after this.
The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.”
20 Daniel answered and said: k “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, l to whom belong wisdom and might. 21 m He changes times and seasons; n he removes kings and sets up kings ; o he gives wisdom to the wise o and knowledge to those who have understanding; 22 p he reveals deep and hidden things; p he knows what is in the darkness, q and the light dwells with him.
Nebuchadnezzar Praises God 4 1 1 King Nebuchadnezzar to all m peoples, nations, and languages, n that dwell in all the earth: o Peace be multiplied to you! 2 It has seemed good to me to show the p signs and wonders that the q Most High God has done for me. 3 How great are p his signs, how mighty his p wonders! r His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, r and his dominion endures from generation to generation .
16 Let his mind be changed from a man’s, and let a beast’s mind be given to him; k and let seven periods of time l pass over him. 17 The sentence is by the decree of f the watchers, the decision by the word of g the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High m rules the kingdom of men n and gives it to whom he will and o sets over it the lowliest of men.’
Nebuchadnezzar’s Humiliation 28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 and the king answered and said, j “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by k my mighty power as a royal residence and for k the glory of my majesty?” 31 l While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, 32 m and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, m until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will .”
Nebuchadnezzar Restored 34 n At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and o my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored p him who lives forever, q for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and q his kingdom endures from generation to generation ; 35 r all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and s he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; t and none can stay his hand or u say to him, “What have you done?”
22 And you his son, 1 a Belshazzar, b have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, 23 but you have lifted up yourself against c the Lord of heaven . And d the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. e And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, f but the God in whose hand is your breath, and g whose are all your ways, h you have not honored. 24 “Then from his presence i the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. 25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene , Mene , Tekel , and Parsin . 26 This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene , God has numbered 1 the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 Tekel , j you have been weighed 1 in the balances and found wanting; 28 Peres , your kingdom is divided and given to k the Medes and l Persians .” 1 29 Then a Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel m was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. 30 n That very night a Belshazzar the o Chaldean king was killed. 31 1 And p Darius k the Mede received the kingdom , being about sixty-two years old.
25 Then King Darius wrote to all d the peoples, nations, and languages e that dwell in all the earth: f “Peace be multiplied to you. 26 g I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion h people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for i he is j the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, j and his dominion shall be k to the end . 27 He delivers and rescues; he works l signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has m saved Daniel from the power of the lions.” 28 So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and n the reign of o Cyrus the Persian.
The Ancient of Days Reigns 9 “As I looked, b thrones were placed, and the c Ancient of Days took his seat ; d his clothing was white as snow, and e the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; f its wheels were burning fire. 10 g A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; h a thousand thousands i served him, h and ten thousand times ten thousand j stood before him; the k court sat in judgment, and l the books were opened. 11 “I looked then because of the sound of a the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, m the beast was killed, and its body destroyed m and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, n their dominion was taken away , but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. The Son of Man Is Given Dominion 13 “I saw in the night visions, and o behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the c Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 p And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all q peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; r his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed .
17 x From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, z “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand .”
20 But if it is by f the finger of God that I cast out demons, then g the kingdom of God has come upon you .
11 I tell you, o many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven ,
29 I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you c in my Father’s kingdom .”
Acts and Revelation
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, d a man attested to you by God e with f mighty works and wonders and signs that g God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, 1 h delivered up according to i the definite plan and j foreknowledge of God, k you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 l God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because m it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him, n “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell o in hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to p Hades, q or let your r Holy One s see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about t the patriarch David u that he both died and v was buried, and w his tomb is with us to this day. 30 x Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that y God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne , 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that z he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus a God raised up, b and of that we all are witnesses. 33 c Being therefore d exalted at the right hand of God , and having received from e the Father f the promise of the Holy Spirit, g he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For h David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, i “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “ Sit at my right hand, 35 until I make your enemies your footstool .”’ 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that j God has made him k both Lord and Christ , this Jesus l whom you crucified.”
Greeting to the Seven Churches 4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from i him j who is and k who was and who is to come, and from l the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ m the faithful witness, n the firstborn of the dead, and o the ruler of kings on earth . To p him who loves us and q has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us r a kingdom , r priests to s his God and Father, to him be t glory and u dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, v he is coming with the clouds, and w every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail 1 on account of him. Even so. Amen. 8 x “ I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, y “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty .”
6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw n a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with o seven eyes, which are p the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders q fell down before the Lamb, r each holding a harp, and s golden bowls full of incense, t which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang u a new song, saying, “ Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for v you were slain, and by your blood w you ransomed people for God from x every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them y a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth .” 11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering z myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, a “ Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard b every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever !” 14 And the four living creatures c said, “Amen!” and the elders d fell down and worshiped.
1 Peter 1
1 Peter 1:10-12
10 Concerning this salvation, x the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring y what person or time z the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating a when he predicted b the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 c It was revealed to them that d they were serving not themselves but you , in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you e by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, f things into which angels long to look.
5 because of h the hope i laid up for you in heaven . Of this you have heard before in j the word of the truth, the gospel,
23 e if indeed you continue in the faith, f stable and steadfast, not shifting from g the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed h in all creation 1 under heaven, i and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
27 q To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are r the riches of the glory of p this mystery, which is Christ in you, s the hope of glory .
1 Thessalonians 1:3-10
3 remembering before f our God and Father g your work of faith and labor of h love and i steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, j brothers 1 loved by God, k that he has chosen you, 5 because l our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and m in the Holy Spirit and with full n conviction. You know o what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And p you became imitators of us q and of the Lord, for r you received the word in much affliction, s with the t joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For not only has the word of the Lord u sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth v everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of w reception we had among you, and how x you turned to God y from idols to serve the living and z true God, 10 and a to wait for his Son b from heaven , c whom he raised from the dead, Jesus d who delivers us from e the wrath to come.