BOOK OF DANIEL-The Stone is Revealed

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The Stone Revealed

I don’t know if you caught it but it is only revealed now in our next Scripture where the stone that crushes all other kingdoms came from. Daniel 2:35 only mentions the stone but does not reveal its source. Now Daniel 2:45 tells us, “Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.” (NASB)

Some commentators suggest the location of the mountain is Mount Zion. That seems unlikely as there is, in fact, no such mountain. Mount Zion is actually a hill in Jerusalem just outside the walls of the Old City. Three locations have been suggested. One is the lower eastern hill, which is considered to be a part of the city of David. Another is the upper eastern hill on the Temple Mount and the third and preferred location is the western hill of Jerusalem which, today, is called Mount Zion. This would be of interest if, in fact, the stone that is cut out of the mountain is both literal and human but, in this case, it is not.

Clearly, the stone that is mentioned is a metaphor for none other than Jesus Christ Himself. There are a plethora of Scriptures that confirm this but perhaps one of the best Scriptures that identifies Jesus directly as this stone is Matthew 21:42-45 where we read, “Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, This became the chief corner stone; This came about from the Lord, And it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it. And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.” (NASB) The Lord spoke these words toward the end of the parable of the landowner. Here, He identifies Himself as the stone that the builders rejected. This was, of course, the Jews. The stone wasn’t just any stone but was the chief cornerstone. In a damning indictment to the chief priests and Pharisees whom He was addressing, He was, of course, directly quoting Psalm 118:22. You can imagine His sarcastic tone when He asks if they had ever read the Scriptures. I’m sure that would have ruffled a few feathers! As a result of their rejection of Him, He told them that the kingdom of God would be taken away from them and given to a people that were producing fruit of that kingdom. The people ironically were the Gentiles, those who had come out of the very nations during the Time of the Gentiles [which remember is still running] and had and still are, accepting Jesus as their Savior.

Matthew 21:44 speaks of those who fall on the stone and are broken to pieces. Some think this refers to a person falling on Jesus, so to speak, and is broken due to their sin. But such a thought is foreign to the context. Jesus is speaking of a person being broken to pieces due to their rejection of Him. This refers to those who will never accept Him as their Savior. The ultimate result is that all those who reject Him now are broken and these, together with all others who still reject Him, will be pulverized into nothing but dust by the stone [Jesus] falling on them when He returns to exact judgment upon the wicked. The fact that the stone is cut without hands means it is not of human origin but from God.

Daniel excellently brings the whole interpretation to a close by once again giving full credit to God by saying that it is God who has made known to Nebuchadnezzar what is going to take place in the future. Daniel did not fully understand how far that future would extend to and, interestingly, we do not either. But one thing Daniel and we agree on is that because the source of the dream and interpretation was from God, it is trustworthy.

For more Scriptures identifying Jesus as the stone see the following:

Isaiah 8:14

Isaiah 28:16

Zechariah 3:9

Mark 12:10

Luke 20:17-18

Acts 4:10-12

Romans 9:33

1 Corinthians 10:4

Ephesians 2:19-21

1 Peter 2:4

1 Peter 2:6-8