- Feb 5, 2013
Since the kingdoms of this world are still here, we certainly know that this scripture has not yet been fulfilled.
A simple Bible study of the rest of Daniel proves these "kingdoms" (gold, silver, bronze, and the last iron/clay mixture) have indeed been crushed and are no longer:
Daniel 8:1, 21-23 In the third year of the kingdom of Belshazzar the king, a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after the one that appeared to me previously.
"The one that appeared to me previously" is his previous vision about the "kingdoms" of gold, silver, bronze and the iron/clay mixture from Chapter 2. Where he specifically says (because God told him so) that the gold kingdom is Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom (Babylon).
Daniel 2:37-38 You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power and the might and the glory, and also human beings wherever they dwell, the animals of the field and the birds of heaven—he has given into your hand and made you ruler over all of them—you are the head of gold.
Is Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom still around, on your view?
Daniel records the end of these kingdoms (the iron/clay) with the following:
And at the end of their kingdom, when the transgressions are completed, a king will arise, fierce in countenance and skilled in riddles.
Has Jesus (who was skilled in riddles when speaking to the Jewish rulers of His day that mingled with the Romans in Jerusalem (though they really didn't mix very well together) in order to put Him to death (on a Roman cross labeled "king of the Jews") RISEN, on your view?