Are You Fearful For Our Nation? Don’t Forget This…

I have never seen so many people worked up about an election in my life.

So many fearing and fretting what may happen to the United States in the future. While it is right to be concerned for the welfare of our nation and work for its good, we need to remember that there is another kingdom far greater. Another kingdom that will last forever. And another King whose reign will never end. God revealed this eternal kingdom to the most powerful king on earth at the time, Nebuchadnezzar, through a dream. Daniel gave him the interpretation which included the following:

And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever,just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. Daniel 2.44-45

Sometime around 605 BC Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, began to reign. And in his second year God gave him a dream of a huge image with a head of gold, which was him, and descending parts of his body of silver, bronze, iron, then iron mixed with clay. All these represented kingdoms – Babylon, Persia/Media, Greece, Rome, then Rome mixed with barbarians. But God also said a kingdom was coming that would put an end to all kingdoms. That kingdom was the kingdom of God. And Jesus came during the Roman Empire to set up that kingdom.

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” MT 4.17

In John 18 when Pilate examined Jesus before he was crucified he asked “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered,

“My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” JN 18.36

Jesus has a kingdom. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. But his kingdom is not of this world. It is a spiritual kingdom. And Jesus’ kingdom will spread to all the earth and people from every tribe and tongue will come into this kingdom, and nothing will be able to destroy this kingdom.

And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. DA 2.44

And someday Jesus’ kingdom will become manifest when he returns and his kingdom will destroy all earthly kingdoms:

It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. DA 2.44-45

…And it shall stand forever…Jesus’ kingdom is the only kingdom that will last forever. Someday there will be no United States, no Germany, England, Japan or any other earthly kingdom. Jesus is the only king whose reign will never end. Let me ask a question: which kingdom are you most concerned about – the kingdom of God or the United States? Are you more concerned about who will be the next President or about the multitudes still outside God’s kingdom who are not saved? Do you pray for God’s kingdom to come, for Jesus to rescue millions and establish his reign in their lives? Do you pray the Lord of the harvest would raise up laborers for the kingdom as much as you fret about our nation’s future?

Where is Nebuchadnezzar today? Where is Babylon? Persia? Greece? Rome? Those kingdoms are gone. But the kingdom of God is growing and spreading and will last forever. So don’t forget about that kingdom, no matter what the outcome of the elections are.

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Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.