Daniel 2: Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

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Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and he asked all the magicians and astrologers to make known to
him the meaning of the dream, but no one in the king’s court could interpret the dream. So the king
ordered that all the magicians and astrologers be killed. Daniel heard the drama unfolding and
asked what was happening. Then he asked the king to give him time to interpret the dream. Then
Daniel had the same dream himself and God gave Daniel the means to reveal the dream to
Nebuchadnezzar.
 
Daniel 2:19-23 “Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God
of heaven. Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom
and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up
kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals
deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. I thank You
and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, and have now made
known to me what we asked of You, for You have made known to us the king’s demand.””
 
After praying and thanking God for interpreting the dream Daniel then explains the dream to the
king.
 
Daniel 2:26-28 “The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able
to make known to me the dream which I have seen, and its interpretation?” Daniel answered in the
presence of the king, and said, “The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the
astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. But there is a God in
heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the
latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these:”
 
Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar that the God of heaven has revealed secrets to him and has made
him know what will happen in the last days of earth’s history. Daniel then proceeds to tell the king
the interpretation of the dream.
 
Daniel 2:29 “As for you, O king, thoughts came to your mind while on your bed, about what would come to pass after this; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will be.”
 
Daniel starts by telling the king that he has received a vision about the future and what will come to pass after his reign. 
 
Daniel 2:31-35 “You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.”
 
Daniel tells the king the dream and then he interprets it.
 
Daniel 2:36-45 “This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king. You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—you are this head of gold. But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”
 
Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar that he is the head of gold, referring to his reign and his
kingdom. Nebuchadnezzar had developed a mighty kingdom a golden age of prosperity for
him and his people and his kingdom would be the benchmark for all other kingdoms.
 
The next kingdom was the Persian Empire and by all accounts it was inferior to the
Babylonian Empire in glory and splendor, but by no means was it a moderate kingdom.
The Achaemined Empire or Persian Empire was started by Cyrus the Great. Darius I set up a
new taxation system c.519 BC where all satrapies were obliged to pay in silver taxes which
had been strictly set for each province on the basis of the cultivated land and its fertility.1
 
The next in line was the third kingdom of bronze representing the kingdom of Greece or
Macedon. The Greeks were renowned for producing bronze sculptured or cast statues and
the majority of weapons at the time were made of bronze.
 
The fourth kingdom is described as being as strong as iron. The Roman Empire was that
kingdom and their kingdom typically began using iron to produce a wide variety of materials
including weapons. The iron swords were much stronger and could be sharpened better
than bronze swords. The Romans dominated the known world at the time crushing all of
their enemies who dared to get in their way.
 
The fifth kingdom, which isn’t often discussed, is a mixture of both iron and clay. As iron
doesn’t mix with clay so the kingdom would be partly strong and partly fragile. This kingdom
represents the British Empire which is still in existence today all be it in the form of a
commonwealth. When all the countries had a common interest and goal the kingdom was
strong and united. But their weakness lied in the fact that they are individual countries
divided by long distances with different traditions, customs and politics.
 
The final kingdom is God’s kingdom which will destroy all the kingdoms before it. The
kingdom of God is represented as a great mountain which will crush all the previous
kingdoms and ultimately fill the entire globe.
 
I should mention the SDA theology at this time which is more or less the same as my
interpretation only SDA's see the feet being the ten kings after the break up of the
Roman Empire. However the ten kings are never mentioned by Daniel as having anything
to do with the break up of Rome and they don't even warrant a mention in this vision.

The ten kings are ten countires of the modern world. We are told they have not received a kingdom as yet. Which means the ten kings are not: Egypt, Assyria (Syria), Babylon (Iraq), Persia (Iran), Macedonia (Greece) or Rome (Italy). They most likely represent prominant countries of today's world like - Britain, United States, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Australia, and Canada.
 
Daniel 2:46-49 “Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, prostrate before Daniel, and commanded that they should present an offering and incense to him. The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.” Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts; and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wisemen of Babylon. Also Daniel petitioned 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.”
 
Daniel was honored and made ruler over the whole province of Babylon. He got to sit at the king’s gate which means he would have been the first person to see anyone before they approached the king.
 
This is the probably one of the greatest Bible prophecies ever foretold and is on par with the Messiah prophecy also given to Daniel. The prophecy spans over 2500 years and has proven accurate in every detail. Because this prophecy came to fruition we can have faith that every prophecy given to every prophet should be as accurate as this one is. And they are.
 
 
References
1. {Achaemenid Taxation, http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/achaemenid-taxation, 2015}
 
  
Nebuchadnezzar's golden image, Brent Dawes, 2015.
The Millenium Man as described by Daniel, Brent Dawes 2015