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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Kingdom of God (03/12/09)

TITLE: KINGDOMS IN TIME
By vincent lyons
03/14/09


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Built by the strength of sword and gun
By stealthy words and battles won,
Great kingdoms of the world have come,
But everyone will be undone,
Smote by the Kingdom of The Son.

Great Babylon in ancient days
Enforced its will by whetted blades,
Turned hapless nations into slaves,
But now the desert marks its grave—
Its might and power all erased.

The Persians and the Medes allied,
The might of Babylon defied,
Reduced to dust its haughty pride
And cast their cruel yoke aside,
Then forced its lords to pay them tithe.

The Greeks attacked with lightening speed,
They smashed the Persian and the Mede
By Alexander’s crafty lead,
Who though in battle would succeed,
Would perish in his lustful greed.

The Romans came and conquered all
From Persia to Hadrian’s Wall
They vanquished nations big and small,
The Greek, the Saxon and the Gaul—
The Roman system was installed.

These mighty kingdoms paved the road,
Relentlessly to end times strode--
Now bombs and armaments are stowed—
A conflagration could explode—
Enter the kingdom long foretold.

The fiercest ruler ever known
By wiles and stealth ascends the throne—
Men now must worship him alone—
The “mark” is their allegiance sworn—
Man in rebellion’s now full blown.

The prophet Daniel knew these things
Before the advent of these kings;
He prophesied that God would send
His Son to pay the price for sins—
He’d die and He would rise again.

His Kingdom’s in the hearts of men
Who have repented of their sin,
By grace through faith have entered in,
Whose everlasting hope is Him—
He will return as Lord and King.

Then He will punish all of those
Who would the rule of God oppose;
This present evil age He’ll close
And righteous rule He will impose,
As the Word of God clearly shows.

On David’s throne The King will dwell—
Christ Jesus reigns from Israel—
He’s God with us—Immanuel,
The One Who conquered death and Hell—
“Praise You Lord, You do all things well.”


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Marlene Bonney 03/19/09
As a person who stumbled through history (whether Biblical or worldly)this was refreshing. To see time's evolution so logically displayed in excellent rhyme and meter was no mean feat! Thank you for educating a "historically-challenged" individual.
Rachel Rudd03/25/09
Wow! This is an excellently written poem! It was amazing to see how you covered the kingdoms of many centuries in such a short well-written poem. I enjoyed reading this! There was only the last line of the stanza that ended with king where the rhyme seemed to not work, but I was very impressed by what you wrote!
Linda Wright03/26/09
This poem is incredible! A mini snapshot of all the kingdoms of the world which lead to that final moment of history when Jesus returns to set up His earthly throne in Jerusalem!! This is an amazing poem in content and flow! Well done!! I love the last stanza especially.
Sheri Gordon03/26/09
Congratulations on your highly commended. I'm just studying the book of Daniel, and this is an excellent summary. Very good writing.