Daniel Chapter 2

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Daniel 2

 

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.

2:2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to show the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.

2:3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.

2:4 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.

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.

2:6 But if ye show the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore show me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.

 

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2:7 They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation of it.

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.

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 show me the interpretation thereof.

2:10 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 at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.

2:11 And [it is] a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can show it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.

2:12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise [men] of Babylon.

2:13 And the decree went forth that the wise [men] should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

2:14 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:

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.

2:16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would show the king the interpretation.

2:17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:

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.

2:19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth

 

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kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

2:22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what [is] in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

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.

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 show unto the king the interpretation.

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.

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?

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, show unto the king;

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;

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.

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.

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.

2:32 This image’s head [was] of fine gold, his breast and his

 

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arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,

2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.

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.

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 threshingfloors; 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.

2:36 This [is] the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

 

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

D aniel chapter 2 contains a story that is also a prophecy that spans the whole history of the world from the days of Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, into the future, yet to be experienced. The story is one of faith and prayer in the face of a death sentence as well as wisdom in impromptu speech and speed of action. These elements result in salvation with praise and glory going to God. There is a parallel story in the first three chapters in the book of Revelation that record the lone experience of John seeing Jesus—who He is. John then receives the letters to the seven churches, which contain warnings and admonitions for the corporate church that also extend to the end of time. In this way, the books of Daniel and Revelation are similar and have the same pattern. They both start out with telling a story that contains a prophecy that reaches to the end of the world.

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was a prophecy of the future political history of the world. Since we live at the end of the world, we can look back at history and see how the prophecy was fulfilled to the letter. It gives us great confidence in God who could so accurately outline the history of the world before it happened. This gives great confidence that the future portion of the prophecy

 

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will also happen as seen in prophecy. Babylon was followed by Medo-Persia. Medo-Persia was followed by Greece. Greece was conquered by Rome. Then, the pattern of one-world government being followed by another was abruptly stopped. Rome split into ten kingdoms. This division of the Roman empire was represented by the ten toes of the image. Political world history ends with the future setting up of the Kingdom of God on earth.

The Stone that was cut out without hands from the mountain represents Jesus who will be seen in the final generation of His believers. God is yet going to use His corporate church to demonstrate His love and His character to the world and to the universe. This corporate demonstration of the character of God will prove that the everlasting gospel works—that God can change rebels into loyalists while living on earth! This gives God the evidence He needs in His trial that He is good and able to save to the uttermost all that come unto Him by Jesus. This full and final demonstration of the character of God, allows Him to end sin and suffering and to destroy all the kingdoms of the world arrayed against Him without a single ripple of fear being felt in the universe. It is not the final generation of believers that fight the whole world physically. The believers fight an internal spiritual battle against self, the world, and the devil. Believers fight by God’s grace and by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. That Stone is Jesus in the final believing generation. Jesus is represented and seen on earth in the persons of His final generation of believers. They are the kingdom of God on earth surrounded by a world in rebellion against God! When a statistically significant number of believers accept Jesus, and let Him reproduce His character in them, then the great controversy ends!

If the final generation of believers can let Jesus live in them and fully reproduce His character in them, then anyone else can make this same choice as well. Their victory in Jesus shows that anyone can choose to have the same victory in Jesus also. This is what condemns the world. We will see in Revelation 20, the results of rebellion against God and His Kingdom. The fruits of Satan’s rule on earth will be visible on earth for 1,000 years during

 

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the 7th millennium of the terrible experience of sin and rebellion on this planet. The righteous will temporarily be in heaven for this thousand years while the earth lies waste and the wicked are dead, unburied on the earth during this time. The wicked are all destroyed by the brightness of the second coming of Jesus when He comes to save His loyal and faithful saints from destruction by the wicked. All these events are illustrated by the Stone that strikes the image on its feet. The Stone then becomes a great mountain that fills the whole earth. "The meek will inherit the earth" (Ps. 37:11; Matt. 5:5) is future and takes place after the last millennium of desolation. Thus there are two parallel demonstrations at the end of the world that last for one thousand years: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. Then the kingdom of God destroys the kingdom of Satan and fills the whole earth and lasts forever (the full and final fulfillment of the Stone filling the whole earth). The details of this are seen in the last chapters of the books of Daniel and Revelation.

The popular belief that the next thousand years are going to be a thousand years of peace and prosperity on earth is not Biblical. It is true that there will be a thousand years of peace on the earth while Satan is bound. However, the description of the earth during this time is given to us in Jeremiah 4:23–29. This is in harmony with Revelation 20:5, "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished."