How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 58 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #273)
TEXT: Daniel 7:13-14
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
Matt Spradlin said, “All of history, the world, and our lives are moving toward one event—the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus. When we know how everything ends and we know that Jesus wins, we have a hope that cannot be shaken and that changes everything.”
In our last three messages, we saw that despite seeing his people exiled and his homeland in ruins, Daniel had hope in the promises that God had made to His people Israel. We first saw how the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, will reign with the power of God. Second, we saw that the Son of Man will reign over all people.
Third, the Son of Man will reign for all time. Daniel says that “ his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Every kingdom that man has set up on this earth is temporary. Alexander the Great’s empire split into four parts right after his death. The breakup of the Western Roman Empire was so dramatic that many ancient Christians thought the Second Coming would be right then. The Mongols, the Han dynasty, the Aztecs, Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, all have fallen to time. Even the great United States of America, with military bases all over the world and the ability to strike literally any country on earth within hours, is in danger of collapse. World powers rise and fall, but God’s power lasts forever. Mark Waite said, “God gives the Son of Man, Jesus, dominion, glory, and a kingdom. “His dominion is an everlasting dominion.” His kingdom will never “pass away.” His kingdom will never “be destroyed.” The kingdoms and rulers of this world may not believe that their terms are limited, but we know the truth. The reigns of chaos, confusion, and the curse in this world will not have the final word. Even our own indwelling sin does not get the final word. Jesus’ kingdom will never end and will one day be visible for all to see … forever. Not only will Jesus’ kingdom endure forever, it will exist unrivaled forever. No one can destroy his kingdom. No one can strip him of his authority and kingship. God has established him as king, let all look to him and bow their knees to him. We have hope in the midst of the overwhelming, turbulent, chaotic world, with governments, people, and Satan oppressing God’s people. Our hope has a name, Jesus Christ. And one day soon, He will return in glory and will set all things right.” In these times of turmoil, do you long for something solid to stand on, something that will last permanently no matter how many waves and winds buffet it? Then you need to stop putting your hope in man’s scientific knowledge or military weaponry and put your hope in the almighty power of God and the knowledge that when Jesus comes to establish His kingdom, it will be unrivaled and stand forever in safety.
Someone once wrote:
Star of our hope! He’ll soon appear,
The last loud trumpet speaks Him near;
Hail Him, all saints, from pole to pole—
How welcome to the faithful soul!
From Heaven angelic voices sound:
Behold the Lord of glory crowned.
Arrayed in majesty divine,
And in His highest glories shine.
The grave yields up its precious trust,
Which long has slumbered in the dust,
Resplendent forms ascending, fair,
Now meet the Savior in the air.
Descending with His azure throne,
He claims the kingdom for His own;
The saints rejoice, they shout, they sing,
And hail Him their triumphant King.
Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.