The Kingdom of Christ
Daniel prophesied about 4 kingdoms that would precede God's kingdom
The prophet Daniel records several visions describing four beasts or kingdoms that would rise to power. The four kingdoms are Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and the Roman Empire with each successive kingdom conquering the previous one.

The purpose of this study is to show that the Kingdom of Christ was established in the days of the forth kingdom, the Roman Empire.

Prophecies from the book of Daniel about the 4 kingdoms

Nebuchadnezzar has a dream
Daniel 2:1
Daniel 2:1

Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him.

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The magicians, astrologers, sorcerers and the Chaldeans could not interpret the dream
Daniel 2:2-12
Daniel 2:2-12

2 Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
3 And the king said to them, “I have had a dream, and my spirit is anxious to know the dream.”
4 Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation.”
5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “My decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me, and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap.
6 However, if you tell the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts, rewards, and great honor. Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation.”
7 They answered again and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will give its interpretation.”
8 The king answered and said, “I know for certain that you would gain time, because you see that my decision is firm:
9 if you do not make known the dream to me, there is only one decree for you! For you have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the time has changed. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation.”
10 The Chaldeans answered the king, and said, “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter; therefore no king, lord, or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean.
11 It is a difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.”
12 For this reason the king was angry and very furious, and gave the command to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.

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Daniel asks God for the interpretation of the dream
Daniel 2:19
Daniel 2:19

Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

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Nebuchadnezzar calls Daniel to interpret the dream
Daniel 2:25-26
Daniel 2:25-26

25 Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel before the king, and said thus to him, “I have found a man of the captives of Judah, who will make known to the king the interpretation.”
26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen, and its interpretation?”

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Daniel reveals the dream
Daniel 2:31-33
Daniel 2:31-33

31 “You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome.
32 This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze,
33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.

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Daniel interprets the dream
Daniel 2:36-40
Daniel 2:36-40

36 “This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king.
37 You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory;
38 and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—you are this head of gold.
39 But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.

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Daniel has two visions which further identify the four beasts or kingdoms

Daniel has a vision of the four beasts
Daniel 7:1-8
Daniel 7:1-8

1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts.
2 Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea.
3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
5 “And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’
6 “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.
8 I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.

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Daniel’s Visions Interpreted
Daniel 7:15-18
Daniel 7:15-18

15 “I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
16 I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things:
17 ‘Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth.
18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’

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Daniel has a vision of a Ram and a Goat
Daniel 8:1-14
Daniel 8:1-14

1 In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me —to me, Daniel— after the one that appeared to me the first time.

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Gabriel Interprets the Vision
Daniel 8:15-27
Daniel 8:15-27 (Showing only verses 19 - 20 for the main point of this study)

19 And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be.
20 The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece.

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The First Kingdom is Babylon (605 – 539 BC)
Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, was the first king
Daniel 1:1
Daniel 1:1

... Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon ...

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     Daniel 2:37-38
Daniel 2:37-38

37 You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory;
38 and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—you are this head of gold.

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This kingdom was like a lion      Daniel 7:3-4
Daniel 7:3-4

3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings ...

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The Second Kingdom is Medo-Persia (539 – 332 BC)
This kingdom was like a bear      Daniel 7:3-5
Daniel 7:3-5

3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
4 ...
5 “And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear...

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This kingdom was also like a ram      Daniel 8:19-20
Daniel 8:19-20

19 And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be.
20 The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media and Persia.

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The Third Kingdom is Greece (332 – 146 BC)
This kingdom was like a leopard      Daniel 7:3-6
Daniel 7:3-6

3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
4 & 5 ...
6 “After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird.

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This kingdom was also like a male goat      Daniel 8:19-21
Daniel 8:19-21

19 And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation;
20 ...
21 And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece.

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The Fourth Kingdom is the Roman Empire (146 BC - 476 AD)

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This kingdom was terrible, exceedingly strong      Daniel 7:3-7
Daniel 7:3-7

3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
4 - 6 ...
7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns

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This kingdom was in the future      Daniel 8:23-26
Daniel 8:23-26

“And in the latter time of their kingdom, When the transgressors have reached their fullness, A king shall arise, Having fierce features, Who understands sinister schemes.
24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.
25 “Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; But he shall be broken without human means.
26 “And the vision of the evenings and mornings Which was told is true; Therefore seal up the vision, For it refers to many days in the future.”

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All references above pertain to the subject at that point
To study the text around these main points you can click on the following chapters
Daniel 2    Daniel 7    Daniel 8

Historical:
The first kingdom was Babylon under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar
The second was the Medo-Persian kingdom under Darius the Mede and Cyrus the Persian
The third was the Greek kingdom under Alexander the Great
The fourth was the Roman Empire under numerous emperors

Jesus appeared during the Roman Empire around 2 B.C
Daniel 9 also predicted the timing of Jesus’ appearance

The Kingdom comes into existence

The Kingdom of Christ prophesied to be established
Daniel 2:44
Daniel 2:44

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.

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The vision of The Ancient of Days being seated (God)
and the books were opened
Daniel 7:9-10
Daniel 7:9-10

9 “I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire;
10 A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.

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The vision of The Ancient of Days (God) giving authority to the Son of Man (Christ)
Daniel 7:13-14
Daniel 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions,And behold, One like the Son of Man,Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.
14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.

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His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom
Daniel 7:27
Daniel 7:27

Then the 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. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.

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For a complete understanding of the above scriptures,
study Daniel 7 from the bible

The following are the scriptural references showing that the Kingdom of Christ
was established in the days of the fourth kingdom, the Roman Empire.

A virgin shall conceive during the fourth kingdom
Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

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     Matthew 1:20-25
Matthew 1:20-25

20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife,
25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her[d] firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

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Jesus is prophesied to be, and is, born during the fourth kingdom
Isaiah 9:6-7
Isaiah 9:6-7

6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

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     Matthew 1:16
Matthew 1:16

And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.

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     Matthew 2:1
Matthew 2:1

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem

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     John 18:37
John 18:37

Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

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As He began His ministry, Jesus said he would establish His church
which He also called the kingdom
Matthew 16:18-19
Matthew 16:18-19

18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church ...
19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven ...

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The Church and the Kingdom are used interchangeably throughout the New Covenant

The healing power of Jesus during the fourth kingdom
Isaiah 35:5-6
Isaiah 35:5-6

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert.

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     Matthew 11:5
Matthew 11:5

The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

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It is prophesized the messiah is coming and Jesus says it is He
Daniel 9:25-27
Daniel 9:25-27

25 “Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times.
26 “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate

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     John 4:25-26
John 4:25-26

25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

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If demons are cast out by the Spirit of God, the kingdom has come
Matthew 12:22-29
Matthew 12:22-29

22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.
23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house

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Acts chapter 2 describes when the Church, Kingdom begins
Acts 2:1
Acts 2:1

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

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     Acts 2:42
Acts 2:42

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

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     Acts 2:47
Acts 2:47

praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

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Many people knew that the church was in existence
Matthew 18:17
Matthew 18:17

And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.

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     Acts 8:3
Acts 8:3

As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.

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     Acts 5:11
Acts 5:11

So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.

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     Acts 9:31
Acts 9:31

Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified.
And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

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     Acts 11:22
Acts 11:22

Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch.

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Romans 16:16
Romans 16:16

Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you.

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     Colossians 1:13
Colossians 1:13

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

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     Revelation 1:9
Revelation 1:9

I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

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The Kingdom of Jesus Christ
Matthew 18:3
Matthew 18:3

and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

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     Luke 22:30
Luke 22:30

that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

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     John 18:36
John 18:36

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

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Jesus is a king
John 18:37
John 18:37

Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

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     Revelation 3:21
Revelation 3:21

To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

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How long will Jesus reign?
1 Corinthians 15:24-28
1 Corinthians 15:24-28

24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

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From a class handout by Bill Defendorf

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