"I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." (Daniel 7:13-14)
Having seen the certain demise of man's kingdoms, Daniel's attention was then turned upon the Lord Jesus Christ. He is this Son of man. This title is that which is most used to describe Him in the gospel of Luke. When the high priest questioned Jesus concerning His deity, he said, "I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God (Matthew 26:63)." In reference to this very passage here in Daniel, Jesus answered and said to him, "Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven (Matthew 26:64)."
The time has come for the King of kings to receive the title deed to earth; therefore, He is seen approaching unto the Father. The very thought of His ability to approach the Father deserves comment. The text has already described the fearful holiness of God's throne. All about Him are seen the consuming fires of His holiness, and yet the Lamb of God is able to approach. What a comforting aspect! Christ is completely holy; therefore, He is able to stand where no one else can. Outside of belief in Christ, sinful man is destined to be removed from the presence of such a holy God, but clothed with the righteousness of Jesus through simple faith, he is able to approach his holy Creator. In Christ there is no fear of rejection or condemnation because the believer has been made a king and a priest (Revelation 5:10) through the pure blood of the Holy One of Israel.
After the Son is brought near He is given the title deed to this tired old earth. Misappropriated and abused by the wickedness of mankind, the earth will rejoice to see the righteous reign of its Creator and "all the trees of the field shall clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12)." Revelation 11:15 pictures this glorious event when it declares, "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
The totality of His kingdom is first seen. All people shall serve Christ. Though rejected, blasphemed and scorned by most of humanity, Christ will someday be Ruler over all, and His kingdom will not tolerate wickedness.
Lastly, the eternality of His kingdom is seen. It is that which shall never be destroyed. The lion, the bear, the leopard and the beast all met their end. The coming antichrist will meet his end, but the kingdom of Christ will never end.
As the believer ponders these things, he should be reminded of the vanity of this life. Apart from the pursuit of God, all is vanity. The book of Ecclesiastes declares such to be the case. Every Christian should guard his soul against fleshly pursuits. He should separate from the world and its ways. He should shun foolishness and the misuse of time, and he should pursue the things which have eternal value. These passages are more focused on God's kingdom than they are on man's temporal reign; the Christian's life should bear this same quality.