“But then the court will pass judgment, and all his power will be taken away and completely destroyed. Then the sovereignty, power, and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be given to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will last forever, and all rulers will serve and obey him.” That was the end of the vision. I, Daniel, was terrified by my thoughts and my face was pale with fear, but I kept these things to myself.” Daniel 7:26-28
The interpreter confirmed the vision as describing judgment upon the fourth beast and its ruler, the taking away of his power to rule, and how he is destroyed, either at the end or destroyed eternally. At the destruction of the fourth empire, the kingdom then becomes the possession of God’s saints. This does not mean that God will not rule, as verse 14 plainly states that dominion is given to the Son of Man. But it does indicate that the kingdom will be for the benefit and welfare of the saints in contrast to their previous experience of persecution. Contrary to the preceding kingdoms, which are terminated abruptly by God’s judgment, the final kingdom will be everlasting, and in it all powers and peoples will serve and obey God. Daniel then penned a postscript to the interpretation of the vision. He described again how his thoughts troubled him, but he kept the matter in his heart, that is, did not reveal it to others. Thus ends one of the great chapters of the Bible that conservative scholars recognize as a panoramic view of future events revealed to Daniel in the sixth century B.C.
The saints of God will sit on the great throne and they will also be the judge. “Jesus replied, “I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Matthew 19:28)
I wrote at the beginning of this project that I was fearful and that I did not feel that I was smart enough to write on Biblical Prophecy. I still feel the same way because it is not me that is writing this, it is all about God’s leading. I have been humbled in how God has helped me in this project. I am looking forward to learning more about the book of Daniel as we move forward.