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Kingdom in Daniel

written by Asher Intrater
September 25, 2011

Daniel’s prophecies of the “kingdom” lay a foundation for the teachings of Yeshua and the Apostles in the New Covenant. We can summarize Daniel’s teachings in three general points:

  1. God’s Sovereignty over the Nations
  2. Transfer of Authority to Messiah
  3. Transfer of Authority from Messiah to the “Saints”

God used Nebuchadnezzar repeatedly to demonstrate His own sovereignty over the nations. Daniel 4:17 – “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.” He reaffirms this principle in Daniel 4:25, 4:32, and 5:21.

This exhortation can be taken in two directions: first, a rebuke against those who have government authority, yet do not submit to God’s will; secondly, against those who do believe in God but do not have faith to influence and take dominion in world society.

In Daniel’s prophecies, God would one day appoint a Man to become the head of all authority on earth. That Man is the Messiah. The transfer of eternal authority to Him is depicted in Daniel 7:13-14 – “Behold, one like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He was brought before the Ancient of Days… To Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, so that all peoples, nations, and languages, should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom will not be destroyed.”

This prophetic moment describes temporal earthly government being transformed and transferred to an eternal divine kingdom, under a Man who is both human and divine. This is one of the essential prophecies of the Messiah; and it is fulfilled in Yeshua.

After the Messiah receives all authority, He shares it with His disciples, the “saints.” Daniel 7:18, 22, 27 – “The saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever… Judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom… Kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.” (Of course the victory of the “saints” comes at the end of a painful period of trials and tribulations – Daniel 7:21.)

There it is: 1) God to 2) Messiah to 3) the Saints. This three-fold transfer of authority is central to the gospel message (“All authority is given to Me in heaven and earth. Go therefore and make disciples…” – Matthew 28:18-19.) It is fulfilled in the end times at the sounding of the 7th Trumpet. Revelation 11:15 – “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He shall reign forever.”

Not only does Messiah become King over all the government and authority in this world, but He invites us to rule and reign with Him. Revelation 5:10 – “You have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” The gospel commands us to receive Yeshua’s authority as Lord. It invites us to become His disciples. In discipleship, we are trained to share government authority on this earth forever and ever with Him.

The fact that this kingdom message is fulfilled at the 7th Trumpet connects us to the Feast of Trumpets, on the first day of the 7th month. The Rabbis have taught that one of the central meanings of blowing the shofar is “Malchuyot,” proclaiming the “kingdoms.” It also connects us to the 7 shofars at the battle of Jericho. During the Feast of Trumpets, let us remember the prophetic meaning of transferring kingdom authority through Messiah Yeshua.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.


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