I would like to understand the following vision from the viewpoint of the Dispensational system of prophecy. What is the stone kingdom, and when did it arrive? Does it begin at John the Baptist’s announcement (Matt. 3:1-2) and reach its ultimate expression at Christ’s second coming? Or, has it been deferred until the Millennial reign?

“You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.”

“This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation … 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.” (Daniel 2:31—36, 44)

  • Do you mean traditional dispensationalism or progressive dispensationalism, which is relatively new (probably less than 15 years old)?
    – Lesley
    Mar 2, 2019 at 18:15
  • I meant traditional, although the 'kingdom' in progressive dispensationalism's p.o.v. would be welcome too. In that case you would need to explain the difference. Mar 3, 2019 at 19:23

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The classical Dispensational understanding is that since each part of the image represents an actual political and tangible kingdom, the best understanding is that the rock that becomes a mountain must refer to a future tangible Messianic kingdom where Christ reigns visibly on the earth. If we examine the details of Zechariah 14 combined with Revelation 20 we see how this kingdom has economic, political, military and even meteorological factors and lasts 1000 years.

  • Thank you for explaining the dispensational view. I don’t agree with it, but you have provided the answer to my question. Oct 24, 2019 at 4:27

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