This prophecy by Daniel uses a phrase in verse 40 to describe a time period, he says: ‘at the time of the end.’ We believe the Bible consistently uses this phrase to describe the time we now live in. There is no reason for alarm at these words though because it is not the end of the earth physically. In fact, it is good news because it will be the start of a new and much better world, the way God originally created it in the beginning - ‘very good’.
The phrase ‘time of the end’ refers to the end of the ‘imperfect political systems’ of human government. We can see problems in our own country and even more when we look around the world. God has given the human race thousands of years to make its own choices, to do its own thing, but the Bible tells us this will come to an end. This end is also a new beginning, the beginning of the ‘Kingdom of God' and beyond. It will be a time when God’s presence will be widely recognised and valued throughout the whole world. The last book of the Bible, gives us a glimpse of this:
"Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." (Revelation 21:3-5).
To many people, the Kingdom of God is just a vague hope that one day there will be a state of happiness on earth. To others, the Kingdom is a dream of heavenly bliss in the skies. But the Bible clearly teaches the Kingdom of God has to do with a real, tangible world empire which will be set up on the earth when the Lord Jesus Christ returns from heaven in the near future.
The Kingdom of God will overshadow all those periods in history labelled with names like 'the age of enlightenment', 'the classical age', 'the renaissance' and so on. The Kingdom of God will provide a superb environment on this amazing restored planet for all who will acknowledge God as their supreme Creator and Jesus Christ as king of the world.
Use your imagination for a moment! Think of a world at peace, all its inhabitants healthy and well-fed and doing rewarding work. Imagine a world in which there is employment for all, where people are not exploited, no upper and lower class and where we can all live a long and prosperous life. A world in which starvation and disease no longer kills millions and where the full resources of the land and the seas are harvested with no pollution problems. You are imagining what it will be like in the Kingdom of God.
Now just think about the absence of religious bigotry or factional strife; imagine the benefits of internationally accepted laws, with justice administered by fair-minded yet uncompromising judges. Conjure up a mental picture of life without war, terrorism and child-abuse; where governments establish good standards of behaviour, and implement impartial forms of justice. That will be the Kingdom of God on earth. In fact, the prophet Isaiah explains this in detail in Isaiah chapters eleven and thirty five.
Jesus Christ taught his disciples to pray in a special way which teaches us a lot about this kingdom, where it will be and our attitude towards it. The prayer he gave began and finished with references to this kingdom:
"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven . . . For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever" (Matthew 6:9-13).
This is the Bible's message, it is our hope that we will all be there! We look forward to this time and pray that it will be soon. We can only encourage you to open your Bible and learn more about it. Please feel free to contact us, we are always willing to read it with you and talk about this wonderful future we all can enjoy.
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