Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar, after his kingdom there will be four beasts to have risen upon the earth, but the final kingdom and beast will be the last and the kingdom God through Jesus Christ will destroy. And after interpreting his dream, king Nebuchadnezzar bowed before Daniel and promoted him to a place of honor, and Daniel in return promoted his closest friends’ servants of the Lord to places of honor within the kingdom of Babylon.
This was a demonstration of God’s power over the nations, and the reward he has in store for those standing on his word. Therefore, writing to the seven churches and revealing these things to John, Jesus wanted to remind his Church that he was in control, and why they should endure until the end. Revelation, 3:21-22 “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
Daniel was made judge over all the nations Nebuchadnezzar conquered; he was made to sit at the gate to judge everyone that passed through the kingdom of Babylon. Daniel 2:46-49 “Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odors unto him.
The king answered unto Daniel, and said, of a truth, it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou could have revealed this secret. Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.”
King Nebuchadnezzar had conquered many nations, and he was made ruler over peoples of every language on earth. He was the head of gold, but after him, four kingdoms were to have appeared.
The coming four kingdoms plus Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar would make up five kingdoms and before Babylon we would have the Assyrian kingdom, making the kingdoms on earth six kingdoms in all, but God in every generation had conquered and rule, and in the day of his wrath will destroy the remnants of those kingdoms.
Therefore, John according to the testimony Jesus revealed there are six kingdoms, and there will a seventh, that shall also become the eighth and final kingdom. Revelation 17:10-12 “And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition. And the ten horns which thou saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.”
This was not good news for Nebuchadnezzar because it meant that his son will fall, and a new power will take control of his throne. God has answered the king’s secret thoughts, what he had perceived concerning his kingdom will not be because Christ will establish his kingdom and it shall rule over every tribe and people, overall all the earth and over every nation on earth, and the residue of the kingdoms before will be forgotten.
Daniel 2:43-44 “And whereas thou saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days of these kings, shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”
And because the reward of God is for his saints to take part in the victory and crowning of their king and savior Jesus Christ, Jesus sent his word to the seven churches, to the angels of the seven churches who are standing before God in service unto his people, the seven spirits standing before the throne of God that they are to repent and be sanctified because his reward is with him.
Isaiah 60:11-14 “Therefore, thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.”