Faith

In the Book of Daniel (written between 160 – 200 BC), dated by the Dead Sea Scrolls, which included part of the Book,  the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar dreams a dream that none of his Chaldean magi can discern.  Daniel is called forth and gives the dream and the interpretation.

The dream was of a giant statue, which represented all the major Earthly kingdoms to come.  This would include the final kingdom, the Anti-Christ union of worldly nations (the iron mixed with miry clay).

In verses 34-35, a prophecy of the Messiah is made:

Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote
the image upon his feet [that were] of iron and clay, and brake them to
pieces.

Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

And who is this stone “cut out without hands” but Jesus Christ, the “Word” that was before all time:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” — John 1:1

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” — John 1:14

That Jesus was the “stone”:

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?” — Matthew 21:42

And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” — Matthew 21:44

Again, in Daniel verse 44 we read of the Messianic kingdom which will be established after the destruction of the rebellious kingdoms in the Book of Revelation:

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 for ever.

The fulfillment of this prophecy occurs when Gabriel tells Mary about her son Jesus:

He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: {1:33} And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

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“…I reached out for the one I tried to destroy;
You…you said you’d wait ’til the end of the world

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