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"Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3).
Daniel had been shown a vision all of the great kingdoms of the earth. They took the form of a great statue and image with feet of clay and iron. Finally in the vision Daniel saw that in the last days a stone struck the statue and image and destroyed it, symbolizing the destruction of the spiritual world structure by the Kingdom of God.
"You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which 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 were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth." (Daniel 2:34,35).
"And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever" (Daniel 2:44).
Why are you blessed if you are poor in spirit? Why are you blessed if you are afflicted, oppressed, persecuted, perhaps even betrayed by fellow believers?
This is Gods design for the eternal defeat of the evil systems of this world. He takes people like us who are poor in spirit and through the overcoming process gives them authority in His Kingdom. That authority is a little piece of the "stone cut without hand" and it is used to crush the kingdoms of this world.
Isaiah said that a worm would become a sharp threshing instrument. "Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you, says the LORD And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth; You shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, And make the hills like chaff" (Isaiah 41:14,15).
Hang on "poor one," hang on "worm" you will become a kingdom crusher!
Larry Chkoreff September, 2001