Saturday, December 12, 2009

Obstacles to the Kingdom (9) - Daniels Vision

Daniel saw Jesus’ ascension into heaven.

One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom (Dan 7:13,14).
Jesus is the Son of Man, but this is not a description of the second coming. Daniel saw Jesus arriving in heaven, so this must be his ascension and enthronement, not his second coming. After ascending into heaven, Jesus came into the presence of the Father where he was given the power and authority that he had earned through this death and resurrection.

Jesus victory will be worked out in four steps.
  1. Human political powers will be swept away.
  2. Authority will be returned to families and local communities.
  3. The spiritual forces of evil will be disarmed.
  4. The Kingdom of God will reach a new level of fullness.
This seems impossible, but an angel explains these four steps.

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