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Daniel 7:18

ESV But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’
NIV But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever--yes, for ever and ever.'
NASB But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and take possession of the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.’
CSB But the holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess it forever, yes, forever and ever.'
NLT But in the end, the holy people of the Most High will be given the kingdom, and they will rule forever and ever.'
KJV But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

What does Daniel 7:18 mean?

Daniel's vision of strange creatures (Daniel 7:1–8) and their conflict with heaven (Daniel 7:9–14) led to anxiety and fear (Daniel 7:15). One of the angelic beings in Daniel's dream has explained that these are prophecies of human kingdoms that will arise in the Mediterranean region (Daniel 7:15–17). This might have seemed daunting to Daniel, so here the being offers reassurance. Dire news and frightening images are interrupted by the word "but," leaving room for hope.

The divine interpreter gives Daniel good news to go with the prior bad news. These earthly human kingdoms will not last forever. Yet true believers in God will be given an eternal kingdom. When the Messiah returns to earth to establish a literal thousand-year kingdom, some of His saints will have survived the tribulation (Revelation 7:13–17). Others will be resurrected when their Messiah returns to earth (Daniel 12:1–3). God has temporarily set aside Israel as a people "until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in" (Romans 11:25). However, God's covenant to David (2 Samuel 7:16; Psalm 89:1–4) has never been rescinded. The times of the Gentiles will end, and the fulfillment of God's covenant will come to fruition. God's saints will receive the everlasting kingdom.
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