Kingdoms vs. the Kingdom
And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Daniel 2:44
Besides his scientific expertise, Sir Isaac Newton (d. 1727) was an historian. He wrote a lengthy book—The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended—that outlined the chronology (rise and fall) of six ancient kingdoms: Greek, Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonians and Medes, Israelite, and Persian.
We could add more kingdoms to the ones Newton wrote about; the pages of history tell of many. There is something in the nature of man that wants to create a kingdom and rule over it—probably a vestige of man’s commission to rule over God’s kingdom on earth (Genesis 1:28). But all such human kingdoms have been temporary. Their failure should serve as a reminder that a permanent, eternal Kingdom is coming—first for a thousand years on earth (Revelation 20:1-4), then on the new earth for eternity (Revelation 21:1-3).
Do not be discouraged at man’s failed attempts to govern himself. Instead look for the coming of the One whose government will know no end (Isaiah 9:6-7).
History can be understood only in terms of God’s kingdom. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Nebuchadnezzar dream interpreted by Daniel chapters 2:34, 2:44 Last Days, return of Jesus Christ