"Dream of Nebuchadnezzar"
This Bible Study
is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription is provided
with written permission by http://www.theseason.org
This chapter starts out with the word "And" thus linking chapter two to chapter one. the Dream that Nebuchadnezzar had covered the entire gentile dominion. The second year of Nebuchadnezzar's rule was Daniel's 18th year, and therefore it was King Jehoiakim of Judah's fifth year. That was the year of the "Burning of the Roll" read Jeremiah 36:20-26, which marked the official rejection of the King and the "House of Judah: (Nation) of Jehovah".
When Nebuchadnezzar had his dream, Daniel was in Babylon, studying. All Israel (House of Judah) had not fallen and the dream was in prophecy of things yet to come. The dream also points out as stated in Daniel 1:2, that Nebuchadnezzar was used by God (Jehovah) to fulfill his wrath against the "House of Judah" for it's defiance.
Though the dream came in Daniel's 18th year, or at that time, God wasn't ready to use Daniel yet. His preparation wasn't completed for the task that Nebuchadnezzar would put upon his shoulders for his lifetime. This is a lesson for us today, those who think they can fill a pulpit, or teach anything in life unprepared is mistaken. There is a time of learning and understanding, for preparation and for wisdom.
Daniel 2:1 "And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him."
When this dream came, it was of such magnitude, it was all he could think about. His "Spirit" mind was so dominated by this dream that he just couldn't sleep.
Daniel 2:2 "Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king."
During the "Desert War" our President Bush sent for Billy Graham to discuss the coming battle in the light of the Word of God. Dr. Graham was the leadership and respected Authority of the Religious system prominent in America at that time.
When King Nebuchadnezzar called in his "Magicians and Astrologers and sorcerers", He was doing just what President Bush did; seeking help from the religious leaders of Babylon. When the king called they came.
This seeking of help from the religious community is a type of what will happen in the end times, Jesus warned us in Matthew 24:11 that these false prophets (religious leaders) would deceive many.
The (Magicians) were connected with the "Kharuta" or (Scepter) of office to drive away evil spirits, incantations of demons.
The "Astrologers" in Babylon looked to the heavens (stars and planets) to predict the future. They were far apart from the magicians.
Inscriptions from Old Babylon speak of "Bab Assaput" or "the gate (house) of the oracle", "Sorcerers" were the wizards, as spoken of in Exodus 7:11, Deut 18:10. Like the magician's of today with the "rabbit in the hat"; they were the tricksters.
The Chaldeans were the scholars and educated of their day, similar to the "Think-Tanks" of today, hired to research any topic or problem, then give their opinion. Not much has changed from old Babylon to the approaching New Babylon. For we saw president Reagan's wife ran to her Astrologers, on a daily basis, before telling her husband Ronald Reagan what to do.
Our present leader is as sound as Jell-O pudding as he changes his mind and direction, with every misguided thought coming from his den of perverted think-tanks. From California to Washington D.C. President Clinton was asked, "Which direction he would take the nation? "He answered "All directions". Friend, "All", means no direction.
Daniel 2:3 "And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream."
This is his fleshly spirit that wants to know what the dream was. If it causes him so much trouble, it must be important, Nebuchadnezzar felt. He wanted these religious and educated bunch, not only tell him the dream, but interpret it also.
Daniel 2:4 "Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation."
When these learned Chaldeans spoke back to Nebuchadnezzar (king) they had to get pompous on him, and respond in "Syriack", which is a western Aramaic. It is sort of like watching one of those politician's asked a question by the press. The answer is so full of Alibis and misleading statements they never do answer the question.
The important thing that happens here, is that the language changes from Hebrew to the Aramaic, it starts with, "O King", it continues to the end of the seventh Chapter of Daniel where they are speaking (writing) in the language of those holding Judah captive. This happened also in Ezra 4:18, and 7:12-26.
Daniel 2:5 "The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill."
"the thing" is the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, and the king just forgot it. This made the king more upset. What better way to make a person produce at it's best, than force the punishment not just on him, but his whole family (loved ones) and his property.
Remember this is a type of Antichrist kingdom (Babylon) in the end times. Jesus warns us that following him, may and could possibly cost to you, your family, and all your possessions. This is a type of punishment started in the Medo-Persian Community. Daniel 6:7-9
Daniel 2:6 "But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof."
This is the same method that the Antichrist (satan) will use on the Elect and Christians in the end times; the gifts, reward's and honor to do his will, and follow him. Have you given thought to the value of your body, or your soul? Is their a point where you would sell out to the Antichrist?
Daniel 2:7 "They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it."
They tried to buy time.
Daniel 2:8 "The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me."
Daniel 2:9 "But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye 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 ye can shew me the interpretation thereof."
The king is saying that they are trying to take advantage of him.
Daniel 2:10 "The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean."
In other words the king is saying, if your religious system is true and you can tell me what the dream meant, surely you can also tell me what I dreamed. If it is of God, the wisdom of both the dream, and it's interpretation indeed can be revealed. Yet the Chaldeans were unable to reveal it.
Within this lies the truth, that no one can tell someone what they dreamed, or what is in their mind. Even satan can not know your mind, till you reveal it yourself. Jesus said in Matthew 15:18, that "it is what cometh out of thine mouth (spoken) that defileth you".
Jehovah God can reveal the dream, and also can interpret it. As we know God revealed both the dream and the interpretation to Daniel because it is concerning the last days. This is the exact form of government that Nebuchadnezzar had in his day. This is what it will be like in the new Babylon (Antichrist) when we will be required to answer when we are delivered up.
Mark 13:11 "But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost."
No man will know what to say, just as those Chaldeans of Daniel 2:10, however the elect will be so prepared, as Daniel was, that the Holy Spirit of God will use our mind and body, and speak through us.
Daniel 2:11 "And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh."
Though these Babylonians knew their are powers outside the flesh world, they did not know the One True God. Jehovah. All other "gods" are idols, and idols won't help them in their needs.
Daniel 2:12 "For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
This took in all the wise men, including Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
Verse 13 "And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain." Verse 14 "Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:"
They went looking for Daniel and Daniel answered with prudence, and discretion, to Arioch. Arioch was the captain of the guard select to be the executioner. Daniel asked why?
Daniel 2:15 "He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel."
Arioch explained to Daniel what had happened. Remember, that Daniel was at the end of his time of learning, and had shown much wisdom and knowledge, ten times more than the others. Daniel 1:20. Daniel had not been asked yet.
Daniel 2:16 "Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation."
Why? Because Daniel trusted God to give him the answers to what the dream was, it's interpretation. Daniel asked for an appointment with Nebuchadnezzar. Though the Daniel's life would be spared. Just like in Mark 13:11, Daniel trusted the Lord to give him the words that needed to be said.
Daniel 2:17 "Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:"
Daniel 2:18 " 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."
Daniel 2:19 "Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven."
God gave it, and by faith Daniel received it, and knew God had given this gift. Through the "Mercies of God", the secret would be revealed, and Daniel and his friend's lives would be saved. That night God opened the windows of Heaven, and allowed Daniel to see the secret. Did Daniel boast in what was revealed? Far from it. Daniel gave God all the praise and glory. In the days yet to come, I pray we will give God a reason to bless us.
Daniel 2:20 "Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:"
Daniel 2:21 "And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:"
Daniel 2:22 "He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him."
When God gave Daniel the "Kings matter", He gave Daniel his life. Notice that Daniel knew where all wisdom and revelation comes from; and he gave God the praise and glory for it.
This is a definite type of what will occur, and written in Matthew 24:9 and in Mark 13:11. Where you (the elect) will be delivered up and will have to give answers for your faith in Christ. Luke 21: 12-15, says that, "it (the false system) shall turn to you for a testimony". In verse 13 when this happens, you are not to think ahead of time what to say. Verse 14 "For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all you adversaries shall not be able to gainsay or resist." It is the Holy Spirit giving you the wisdom.
Daniel 2:23 "I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter."
Daniel 2:24 "Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation."
Daniel did not want these unlearned men of Babylon to be killed, no doubt many were friends, and instructors during Daniel's schooling.
We have the stage set for the type of what the elect will go through in the end times. We have Daniel to be delivered up, and the mystery (secret) is being revealed by God, through Daniel (related to the elect).
Daniel 2:25 "Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation."
Daniel 2:26 "The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?"
The name "Belteshazzar", of Daniel 1:7, was given to Daniel by the "head master" (prince of the Eunuchs) of the school of Daniel studied for in those three years. "Belteshazzar" meant "Protect thou (O Bel) his life". Nebuchadnezzar asked Daniel, can you tell me this dream I had on my bed? Not only the the dream but the interpretation? The king knew that it was only through a true God that it could be obtained.
Daniel 2:27 "Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;"
Daniel called the king's attention to the fact that not one of the persons called, could give an answer to the king: the religious leaders had only their false god's for their answers. The cults and tricksters had no idea where to go, and the learned men with all their research and knowledge, fell short. The King know Daniel was the last resort. Daniel is pointing out "God is in Control", What God sets up he can take down; Kings, Nations, even one worldism; there is nothing that God cannot control. Romans 13 tells us "For there is no power but of God; The powers that be are ordained of God.
As the One worldism, sodomy, and all of the other perversions have increased today, know that it is foretold of God, and written in His Word. Your responsibility.
Daniel 2:28 "But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
Does Daniel take the credit? Absolutely not! Daniel gives God the praise, and pin points the time these dreams are for. "it ...shall be in the latter days". These dreams, given to king Nebuchadnezzar are for your and your children living in the 1990's; for our generation.
Daniel 2:29 "As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass."
The very first dream of Daniel is 2484 years old, and is fresh now as it was that night, because it is from God. The one world system (the United Nations), which controls political life, Economic, Educational, Health, Space, The Sea's, International Law, and the Military Activity of all forces (including ours) is part of this dream.
Daniel 2:30 "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 thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart."
Daniel is revealing Nebuchadnezzar's dream to him. What we are about to see in the dream, is an image in four (4) parts. Those four parts bare the number of the earth (4). This means, what will happen on the earth, in these end times (verse 28).
Daniel 2:31 "Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible."
Daniel 2:32 "This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,"
Daniel 2:33 "His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay."
Daniel describes the image of a man that represents a system that exists in the "Latter Days" (see verse 2:28) And it's set up in four (4) parts.
Though there are four segments, in as much as they do not co-exist; they are four stages of satan's rule. Those stages are from Daniel's current time, to the latter days, we are now living in.
The reason it begins at the head, is that Nebuchadnezzar was this head of Gold. He was the King of Babylon. Though there are four segments, it is still only one even in the end times. For satan always operates in the same fashion.
Because they exist not at the same time, we could call this image a representative of four (4) seasons of satans control. The final being the 10 toes, or the 10 kings of Revelation 13. This image represents a political system, and as we know, iron and clay will not mix. The element of iron will not adhere to clay.
When we build our foundation on Christ, it's built on a firm foundation.; upon a rock. However we see this 4 part system of satan (Antichrist) is on clay which simply will not hold up.
Daniel 2:34 "Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces."
When God requires an altar, it is one that is not built with man's hands, so we know that what happens to this image is a divide thing. That stone hit the image right in it's feet, the weakest place.
What are the 10 toes: you know as a bible student, it is the 10 king kingdom of the end times. It comprises of the one world political system. Today it's called the "New World Order".
What strikes the 10 kingdom system of the New World Order in the end times? It is Christ! This system is totally destroyed at Christ's return at the 7th and last trumpet. Though many prophecies of tradition by the "higher critics" say this image is all history. Keep in mind that the foundation of those higher critics is tradition, and the ability to pass on the errors of the past.
Daniel 2:35 "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 threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth."
When the stone (Christ) smote the image in the feet, during the end times (verse 1:28), the entire image broke. All the parts, theories, demonic and traditional teachings and theories will collapse at the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We see in Matthew 13:39 it's the angels of God that will gather the tares, the followers of satan, and prepare them for the fire.
Daniel 2:36 "This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king."
Daniel 2:37 "Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory."
Daniel 2:38 "And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold."
Daniel 2:39 "And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth."
Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that he was only the first King in a long line of Kingdoms. Whatever Kingdom, power, strength and glory he has, it came from our Heavenly Father, "The God of Heaven".
Remember that this prophecy of Old Babylon is still a type. Just as Daniel told where the power of Nebuchadnezzar's Kingdom came; (from God) So all power and glory, including the Kingdom of the "Antichrist" in the time of the tribulations will be given by God. Daniel 2:37
Daniel is now interpreting Nebuchadnezzar's dream, Daniel pointed out to the King that all his victories came through and were given by God. This is all part of God's over all plan, and when the "House of Judah" (Jews) burned the roll (God's commandments) and accepted other god's, Nebuchadnezzar became the tool God used to punish them, and keep his Word. Moses warned them this would happen if they kept not the commandments of God. Duet 28:15-68
Jesus uses the prophecies given to Daniel as a time marking the coming of His return; when He comes to set up His Kingdom on earth at the seventh trumpet.
Revelation 7th Chapter refers to a time when Old Babylon will be re-established, and ruled in the earth just as it was in Nebuchadnezzar's time. The problem will be that in this latter time Babylon will be ruled by the Antichrist, and all men will be drawn to this leader through a harlot or false religious leaders.
Though this Babylon shall rise, and exist in four segments, God will allow satan control over the entire series. When the last part of Daniel's prophecy is fulfilled, Matthew 24:15, and Mark 13:14 satan will stand in Jerusalem, and declare himself to be God. That is called the "Abomination of Desolation", which should read "Abomination of the Desolator". satan is the "Desolator". It is Christ (the stone) that shall bring down that Kingdom of the Antichrist, when that 10 toed government, One Worldism, is smote (see verse 2:34) and destroyed.
Daniel 2:40 "And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
The iron of the image represents the One worldism that will break down barriers world wide, to equalize all of mankind. By this force (iron) the blessing given to America will be distributed world wide. As Christian America sleeps the merchants of Tarshish are the International Bankers and Industrialists who will carry off America's wealth, jobs, pride, and power.
Daniel 2:41 "And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay."
The feet and toes of the latter day image are made up of a mixture of a brittle clay (potters clay) and strong iron. They just don't mix. The reason this divided Kingdom has 10 parts, is that it's political. It's the political system spoken of in Revelation 13.
Part of those Kingdoms will be strong, and part will be weak. That One World System, (The United Nations) is very fragile, as we saw in Bosnia, and Somalia. It's like a chain with links made of iron and clay. When trouble starts, the weaker nations want to run for home. All activity is under the protection of the United States or Britain.
Daniel 2:42 "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."
Daniel 2:43 "And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay."
As we sit and watch the news today this is what is happening right before our eyes. This "One worldism" is comprised of the "iron" strength of NATO, trying to mend into the "partly broken" pieces of the Warsaw Pack Nations. As the satanic mentality of these "One worldest" strive to sew it together, they "just don't get it". Communist ideas and Christianity just don't mix. That is why in the very near future their will be a break.
Many Christians in deep slumber shall wake up, and this "Circus on the Hudson" (United Nations) will fall apart, we have been hood winked by those "kenites", the same one's (offspring) that faced Jesus and the disciples: And Jesus said that we are not to be deceived by them. I'm talking about the "bad figs", not the Jew's of Judah, but are of Cain. Our Nation is falling from within through socialism in all the branches of our Government. Though we will grow weaker, God will not allow us to fall all the way. At some point the Giant will awake: those lazy Christians who sit and are fed with the lies of a Godless press, and believe it to be a fact.
In Daniel 2:43 "They" in this verse is the 10 toes (Ten Kingdoms) comprising, One worldism. Regardless how hard those satanic men and woman try to join nations, and try to degrade our Heavenly Father's standards, moral and social rules or order, so all mankind will be equal; it just won't happen. Every time I hear our president spout his Socialism, and then put on his heir of piety, it reminds me of just how much asleep we must have been, for all this to get so out of hand. Clinton is so set on a Socialistic One worldism, that whatever God fearing Americans do, the glory is total and given to those satanic minds at the United Nations.
Remember Daniel 1:28 pinpoints the dream of Nebuchadnezzar to be a political system, World wide, and in 10 parts. And that system was for the "latter days". We are in that final generation, and it is what is going on around us today. Daniel was interpreting for these "Kings" who will sit at one table, yet not mingle (have a meeting of the Minds).
Daniel 2:44 "And in the days of these kings 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, and it shall stand for ever."
Daniel 2:45 "Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure."
Daniel 2:46 "Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him."
Daniel 2:47 "The king answered unto 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 thou couldest reveal this secret."
Daniel 2:48 "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."
Nebuchadnezzar was impressed, and knew it must be of God. As we live in the 1990's we can look back and see history prove God's Word is true. The amazing thing is that we can sit with open eyes and watch as the "latter Day" prophecy is concluded.
With just a little knowledge it is impossible to understand both how, and why this Godless One worldism is forming, and why it just won't work. How much of our National and personal treasure are we in America and Canada going to waste, until we wake up. What is happening will happen. It is God "that changes times and season, He removeth Kings and sets them up, He giveth wisdom"...Daniel 2:21
My friend, we are warned by God in Nebuchadnezzar's vision, and Daniel's interpretation of the One Worldism Kingdom.
Daniel 2:49 "Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king."
*Notice: That Daniel was not in the same political level or place as his three friends. This is important as questions arise later whether Daniel bowed, when the others did not. Daniel was in the palace of Shushan in Persia, while the Golden Image was at Dura in Babylon, being worshipped.
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