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Nebuchadnezzar's Dream: The King Nebuchadnezzar's Statue; The Book of Daniel, Chapter II

Atualizado: 7 de out. de 2021

The Book of Daniel

The Book of Daniel with its great prophecies, both fulfilled and unfulfilled, is one of the most interesting portions of God's Holy Word. Before we follow this blessed book in a series of studies a few general remarks on Prophecy and its importance may be in order. Prophecy is history prewritten. The center of all Prophecy and the goal as well is the Lord Jesus Christ. His sufferings and His Glory, His two Comings, as Man of Sorrows to suffer and to die, as King of Glory to reign were beheld and written in advance by the holy men of God through the power of God's Spirit. The entire history of the chosen people Israel is written in the prophetic Word. All their sufferings and wanderings, what has befallen them in the past; their present lot, scattered among all the nations of the earth; what is yet to come upon them in tribulation and judgment, as well as blessing and peace, are found prewritten in the Bible. The history of nations, the times of the Gentiles, the present age in which we live, its course and end, the coming glories in a future age, all this and much more God has been pleased to reveal to us in His Word. By far the greater part of the Bible is Prophecy.

In view of such a marvellous Book with divine and infallible predictions concerning this earth and its future, the destiny of nations, one can hardly understand why the professing church of to-day should almost completely ignore and neglect the study of Prophecy. Yet such is the case. The study of a Book like Daniel, or the great New Testament prophetic book, the Revelation, is frowned upon by many. The great majority of professing Christians have little desire to know what God has said concerning the future. They rather listen to the theories or dreams of the human mind than to God's plan, how He is going to bring this earth to a knowledge of Himself. This rejection of what God says about the future appears strange and inconsistent, when one thinks of the natural eagerness and curiosity of the human heart to know the future. Thousands of fortune tellers, astrologers, demon possessed mediums, who ask the dead, make a fine living throughout Christendom and profit greatly by the desire of thousands to know a little about the future.

And here in the Bible God has uncovered the future, but a few of His people pay any attention to it. We say it is strange indeed. But behind this fact looms up the dark shadow of the enemy of the Truth, Satan.

And this almost absolute neglect of the study of Prophecy has avenged itself. On account of it Christendom has sunk into the deplorable condition in which it is to-day. The denial of the inspiration of the Bible has become widespread. If Prophecy were intelligently studied such a denial could not flourish as it does, for Prophecy gives the clearest and most conclusive evidence, that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God. Because the study of Prophecy has been set aside scepticism has come in. One of the most powerful answers to infidelity is Prophecy.

The Book of Daniel, Chapter II: Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

The second chapter introduces us to the first great prophetic unfolding. It may well be called one of the great pivotal chapters of the Bible. It is the foundation of all the other visions which follow in this Book. The same revelation we find here is given in another form in the seventh chapter, only more fully. Let us remind ourselves that with the 4th verse of this chapter Daniel used the Aramaic — Babylonian language. It is used by the Prophet to the end of the Seventh Chapter. After that he writes in Hebrew. This in itself is a strong argument for the genuineness of the Book for after the Babylonian captivity Aramaic became the language of the Jewish people. If an impostor had written the book he would have written it exclusively in Aramaic. But as already stated the chapters written by Daniel in Aramaic concern the great empires which used this language and the other chapters concern the Jewish people. Now, if we divide these prophecies with this fact in mind we have at the beginning of the Aramaic portion the great dream of Nebuchadnezzar and at the close the vision of Daniel, so that the heathen King and the Prophet of God received both communications concerning the great world monarchies, the one by a dream and the other in dream visions.

These are the words of Jehovah concerning Nebuchadnezzar:

I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me. And now have I given all these lands into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him. And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him. And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the Lord, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand (Jeremiah xxvii. 5-9).

Jerusalem had been supreme because the throne and the glory of Jehovah was there. Though Assyria, Egypt and Babylon had tried repeatedly to overthrow Jerusalem, they were held in check by the power of God and Divine intervention, but when the measure of the wickedness of Jerusalem was full, Nebuchadnezzar was chosen to become the first great monarch of the times of the Gentiles. The dominion was then taken away from Jerusalem and transferred to the Gentiles.

For the sake of clearness we mention briefly another phrase which occurs likewise only once in the New Testament " the fullness of the Gentiles." The times of the Gentiles and "the fullness of the Gentiles" do not mean the same thing. The fullness of the Gentiles mentioned in Romans xi., that great chapter touching the status of Israel, is to come in first before that blindness which has happened to Israel in part is removed. " Blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in" (Rom. xi. 25). This is one of the mysteries Paul makes known. The fullness of the Gentiles means the full number of that people taken out from among the Gentiles (the church). The fullness of the Gentiles coming in, means the removal of the church from the earth. With that event Jewish history will be resumed and God in His Grace will call the remnant for their work during the " time of the end."

The Forgotten Dream of Nebuchadnezzar.

We divide this chapter into five parts. 1. The forgotten Dream of the king. 2. The Prayer meeting and the Divine answer. 3. Daniel before the King. 4. The Revelation and Interpretation of the dream. 5. The effect upon Nebuchadnezzar and the promotion of Daniel and his companions.

Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. The Prophet Daniel: A Key to the Visions and Prophecies of the Book of Daniel . Kindle Edition.

The Revelation and Interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

The King Nebuchadnezzar's Statue (Photo: Free Interpretation) Daniel 2

"What astonishment must have come over Nebuchadnezzar as he heard his dream from the lips of the young captive. The whole dream came back to his memory. But greater astonishment must have been his when Daniel interpreted the dream.

The great image, the form of a man, is the prophetic image of the times of the Gentiles. That an image of a man was chosen, an image of great dimensions, is significant: In the New Testament the Apostle Paul speaks of " Man's Day; " 1 Cor. iv. 3, see margin.) Man's Day describes the times of the Gentiles and it is still Man's Day and Man's Day will continue till the Lord's Day begins.

The great image was composed of four different kinds of metal, gold, silver, brass and iron and the two feet with their ten toes were iron and clay. These four metallic parts of the great man-image, according to divine interpretation, represent four great world empires, which were to appear on earth successively.

Here, indeed, we have history written in advance, one of the great evidences of the supernatural origin of the Bible. Four great kingdoms, world powers, should appear, beginning with Nebuchadnezzar down to the end when the dominion is to be taken from the Gentiles and the rule of the Most High to be established on the earth. These four great world empires have appeared in exactly the way as it was shown to Nebuchadnezzar in the dream and revealed to Daniel."

Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. The Prophet Daniel: A Key to the Visions and Prophecies of the Book of Daniel . Kindle Edition.

King Nebuchadnezzar's Statue (Free Interpretation)
King Nebuchadnezzar's Statue (Free Interpretation)

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