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God reveals the future


Chapter 2 This was about 604BC

A disturbing dream

1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, with which his spirit was troubled, and his sleep broke from him. Note 1

Dreams come:

1. Through worry. Ecclesiastes 5:3.

2. From Satan. Deuteronomy 13:1-4.

3. From God. Joel 2:28. Note 2

2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, to show the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. This was about 604BC.

An evasive answer

3 And the king said to them,

"I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream".

4 Then spoke the Chaldeans to the king in Syriac, "O king, live for ever: tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation".

He doubted their ability

5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans,

"The thing is gone from me: if you will not make known to me the dream, with the interpretation of it, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill. 6 But if you show the dream, and the interpretation of it, you shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore show me the dream, and the interpretation of it". Read my mind!

7 They answered again and said,

"Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation of it". Note 3

8 The king answered and said,

"I know of certainty that you would gain [or buy] the time, because you see the thing is gone from me. 9 But if you will not make known to me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for you have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me the interpretation of it". Note 4

An impossible task for men

10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said,

"There is not a man upon the earth that can show the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things of any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean. 11 And it is a rare thing that the king requires, and there is none other that can show it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh". Note 5

An unjust law

12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain. They were all lumped together in the king’s mind.

A Christian response

14 Then Daniel answered [spoke] with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon: 15 He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain,

"Why is the decree so hasty from the king?" Note 6

Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel. 16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would show the king the interpretation.

Sharing the work

17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: 18 that they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then was the secret revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed [thanked] the God of heaven. Note 7

Daniel’s understanding

20 Daniel answered and said,

"Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: Note 8

for wisdom and might are His: 21 And He changes the times and the seasons: He removes kings, and sets up kings: Note 9

[Return to "Pharoah's Heart"]

He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: 22 He reveals the deep Man prayingand secret things: He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.

23 I thank You, and praise You, O You God of my fathers, Who has given me wisdom and might, and has made known to me now what we desired of You: for You have now made known to us the king's matter". Note 10

Daniel’s care for others

24 Therefore Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus to him;

"Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will show to the king the interpretation". Note 11

25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus to him,

"I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known to the king the interpretation". Note 12

The credit where it belongs

26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar [in Nebuchadnezzar’s mind],

"Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation of it?" "Are you a master magician?"

27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said,

"The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers cannot show to the king. 28 But there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets, and makes known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. "latter days" = future times. Note 13

"Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, are these;

29 "As for you, O king, your thoughts came into your mind upon your bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and He that reveals secrets made known to you what shall come to pass.

30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that you might know the thoughts of your heart. Note 14

 

The dream

31 "You, O king, saw, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before you; and the form of it was terrible [or awesome].

32 This image's head was of fine gold,Image mountain and a stone

his chest and his arms of silver,

his belly and his thighs of brass,

33 His legs of iron,

his feet part of iron and part of clay.

34 "You saw till a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces. Note 15

35 "Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away,
that no place was found for them:
but nothing is lost until the end of time.

and the stone that struck the image became

a great mountain [a second one],

and filled the whole earth.

A mountain filling the earth

 

The dream explained

36 "This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation of it before the king.

37 "You, O king, are a king of kings: for the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 38 And wherever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven has He given into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all. Head only

 

 

You [and your kingdom] are this head of gold. Note 16

 

 

One head of gold = The single nation of Babylon which then ruled the world

Arms only

39 And after you shall arise another kingdom

inferior to you [made of silver], Note 17

 

 

Two arms of silver = the two nations of Media and Persia

Belly and thighs

and another third kingdom of brass,

which shall bear rule over all the earth. Note 18

 

 

One belly and two thighs of brass = Greece and its split into two major areas - north and south (Syria & Egypt)

40 And the fourth kingdom

Legs onlyNote 19 shall be strong as iron:

and because iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things:

and as iron that breaks all these,

shall it break in pieces and bruise.

Two legs of iron = Pagan Rome followed by Papal Rome Note 20

 

Feet and toes41 "And as you saw the feet and toes,

part of potters' clay, and part of iron,

the kingdom shall be divided;

Two feet and ten toes of iron and clay with a new element (clay) introduced.

but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron,

because you saw the iron mixed with miry [dirty] clay.

Gold to iron - a decline in moral worth.

 

An uneasy alliance

42 "And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. Note 21

43 "And as you saw iron mixed with miry clay, they [the religions of the world] shall mingle themselves with the seed of men [the people of the world]: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. [Church and state cannot harmonize, but they will try.] Note 22

[Back to notes Daniel Eleven]

[Return to Notes for The Revelation chapter 12]

[Return to "The Image of the Beast"]

[Return to Notes for The Revelation chapter 17]

[Return to Notes for The Revelation chapter 14]

[Return to Notes for The Revelation chapter 19]

 

God's kingdom

44 "And in the days of these kings [the end time of the image] shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed:and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, Note 23

and it shall stand for ever,

The first mountain45 because you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold. The stone

 

"the mountain" = Hebrews 12:22.

The great God has made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter:

and the dream is certain, and the interpretation of it sure". Note 24

Misplaced worship

46 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours [incense] to him. Note 25

47 The king answered to Daniel, and said,

"Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing you could reveal this secret". Note 26

Sharing the reward

48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. Note 27. 49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king. Like Joseph in Egypt.

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