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No. 162
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

The Bible tells us about what will happen in the future! This is called “prophecy.” In the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, God lets us know about what will happen when Jesus Christ comes to rule the earth. In Daniel chapter 2 there is a huge image of a man. This image was shown to King Nebuchadnezzar in a dream. The image was a picture of all the kingdoms and empires that had been on the earth for a long time, ending with the very last kingdom - the inter-national rule of the Anti-Christ!
The huge image has a head of gold, shoulders of silver, a belly of bronze, legs of iron and toes made of a mixture of iron and clay.  It is standing up looking very strong, then a great Rock comes and hits it ! It is knocked down, and the Rock fills the whole earth! Wow! What a strange story this is!

The image shows us in picture form world empires.
The empires that the image is showing us in the pictures of the head, shoulders, belly, [shown in the image online] legs, feet and toes [these not in this image online] of the image are:
Chaldea;  Medio Persia;  Greece  and the Roman Empire.
The feet with ten toes are a picture of the last empire over all the world, a new Roman Empire. We haven’t had that yet, though it could be coming soon!

Let’s have a look at what God says Jesus Christ does to the evil ruler of the last empire, and his whole reign over the earth:
“Thou sawest till that a stone [a Rock] was cut out without hands, which smote [smashed into]  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 threshing floors; 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.” (Daniel 2:34,35).

What does it all mean?
The Bible is telling us that God will send His Son, our Lord Jesus, to end all the wicked history of the evil kings and rulers over the earth and their kingdoms! You have read about the soldiers, the warriors, the wars, the cruel leaders like Hitler and Stalin and Napoleon. You have seen films about awful fighting, no food for children, poor little  Asian kids being chased by men with guns.  BUT, Jesus Christ will one day be like a huge stone smashing up all this horrible rule of kings and presidents and evil cruelty forever - and He will fill the world with His own peace. Hurrah! What a day it will be. Maybe it won’t be long before Jesus is King over all the earth!

Hey, just a minute you might say, isn’t there something wrong with the world’s environment? Haven’t I heard about the “ozone layer” having a hole in it? What about that? Does God say anything about the ozone layer? Is the earth really going to get hotter and hotter and then everything on the planet will be ruined forever?
Well, the Bible tells us so much about the atmosphere of our earth, and what is going to happen to it. It is good news too, not bad. Next devotion I will tell you a lot about the new canopy of the earth, and how God is going to change the earth with its mountains, valleys, oceans and rivers. God is not going to let His lovely world be destroyed forever. He is planning wonderful things for this beautiful blue planet!
See you next time for this exciting devotion!

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away...” (Revelation 21:1).

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