“When the preaching of the Gospel commenced, no one would have thought its success could have been so great and prosperous…. In consequence of the intimate union between Christ and His Church, the peculiar attribute of Christ Himself is often transferred to His body [the Church]…. God’s royal sceptre went forth from Jerusalem, and shone far and wide — while the Lord was extending His Hand and His Authority….
“All nations shall come — all kings shall serve. At that [previous] time, no king existed who was not professedly an enemy of true piety, and who did not desire the abolition of the very name of His Law. [Yet] the prophets enlarge thus, magnificently, on the future restoration of this Kingdom [Psalm 2:8-12; Isaiah 2:2f; Zechariah 9:9f; etc.]…. ‘All powers’ — says he [Daniel] — ‘shall serve and obey Him!’ That is, no power shall so boast in its loftiness — as not willingly to become subject to the Church.” True, wrote Calvin in 1561, “at present…they tread it most ignominiously under foot.” However, at that future time, he added: “Then, they shall be subject to it.” Emphases mine — F.N. Lee.