“But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.”
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After describing the return of Jesus Christ to set up the eternal Kingdom of God, Daniel shows that Christ is preparing helpers to assist Him in ruling the Kingdom. Saints means “holy ones,” which can mean “redeemed men and women (see Ps. 16:3; 30:4; 31:23; 37:28; Prov. 2:8; Rom. 1:7; 12:13; Rev. 5:8)” (The Nelson Study Bible note on Daniel 7:18).
Converted Christians can now practice living by the laws of that Kingdom and obeying the King and learning to be like Him. During this life, the saints learn by being “faithful over a few things” to become “ruler over many things” (Matthew 25:21; see also Luke 16:10).
True Christians are to learn to rule and serve following Jesus’ selfless example. As He told the disciples:
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them. … Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to be great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:25-28).
This kind of attitude will be part of a totally different government that will bring real peace and prosperity to this world at last.
For more about this promised Kingdom, see our articles about the Kingdom of God.