As the king’s dream is being described by Daniel, the climax is reached when the great stone is detached from a mountain and begins to move toward the image with great speed. It strikes the image at the feet and crushes it to powder. The destruction of the image represented the coming of Jesus Christ—the Stone—who would judge His enemies and establish His universal kingdom. The world will be delivered from evil, not by a process, but by a crisis, the promised return of Jesus Christ. Whatever remains of the four Gentile kingdoms, passed from one kingdom to the next, will be destroyed and turned into chaff. Then Christ will establish His kingdom, which will fill all the earth. “And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped.” (Zechariah 14:9)
We know the identification of the stone. Over fourteen times in the Scriptures Jesus is referred to as the stone. “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.” (Isaiah 28:16) Jesus is the cornerstone, our foundation. “Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” (Matthew 21:42) God gave us the cornerstone so that mankind could be saved. “And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” (Matthew 21:44) We have a choice about the stone, we can be broken by this stone and spend eternity with Jesus or we can be grinded into powder. “Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.” (Daniel 3:35) This great mountain will fill the earth with the Glory of God. What a wonderful future we have to look forward to and all we have to do is give it all to Jesus Christ, the Stone.