Scriptures and Footnotes...

Daniel 7:13,14

"I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man[1] was coming, and He came up to[2] the Ancient of Days[3] and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion[4], glory and a kingdom[5], that all the peoples, nations, and men of every language might serve Him[6]. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed[7]."


[1] The one who "came up to" the Ancient of Days is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

[2] This passage is a prophesy of the ascension, glorification, and coronation of the Lord Jesus. (cf. Acts 1:9-11)

[3] The "Ancient of Days" is God the Father.

[4] Jesus was exalted to God's right hand (Eph. 1:20) and made the "King of kings and Lord of lords," which gives Him all power (or authority) in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18) -- a preeminence over all (Col. 1:15-18; Eph. 2:20-23).

[5] The kingdom is synonymous with the church. It arrived on the day of Pentecost, as seen in Acts 2. Though many are still waiting for God's kingdom to come, the Bible shows that it already has, for that is where Christians have been transferred (Col. 1:13), where they dwell (Rev. 1:9), and what they make up (Rev. 1:6).

[6] Here's another good point: if God's kingdom has not yet come, then we, who are Gentiles, cannot yet serve the Lord until it does come; for this is one of the reasons for its necessary arrival: "that all...might serve Him."

[7] cf. Dan. 2:44, "And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever."