Daniel 2

Daniel 2

Daniel 2:1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar [c. 605 BC – 562 BC. the 2nd year would have been about 603 B.C.]  Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.

The king seeks an answer from the wise men, the spiritualists and false religions of Babylon, and Daniel was not among them.

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.

The king demands that they not only interpret his dream but that they describe to him the dream which he had dreamed.

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 shew the interpretation.

The king demands they tell him what he had dreamed and its meaning on pain of death.

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 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.

They ask the king his dream again, in fear of their lives.

2:7 They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew 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 shew me the interpretation thereof.

These spiritualists [Satanists] give their defense, that they simply cannot know such a thing.

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.

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.

Then the king decrees that all the wise men be killed, and the word comes to Daniel for although worshipers of God ,and not of the magicians of Babylon; Daniel and his friends are also considered wise men and therefore among those to be killed.

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.

Daniel asks why he must die?  and is told the reason.

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.

Then Daniel informs the king that he will inquire of God and tell him the dream and its interpretation.  We can see that this was set up by God to reveal to Nebuchadnezzar that the God of Daniel is God indeed, and that the gods of the Babylonian mysteries were not gods at all. 

It is the Eternal who is God above all gods and it is wickedness to inquire of any false god.

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.

Then Daniel and his friends inquired of the Eternal.

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.

The Eternal God revealed the dream to Daniel. 

It is the Eternal to whom we should go for understanding, and anyone who seeks support for his own false suppositions from the writings of false religions will fall into the same ditch of ignorance that such false teachers are in; and they will reap the same correction for their wickedness of seeking understanding of spiritual things from demons.

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

Daniel gives all praise and glory to the Eternal alone; for the Eternal alone is the source of all wisdom and truth; not Satan and his ministers! 

Daniel’s prayer of thanksgiving that the Eternal by giving him an understanding of the dream, has saved the lives of all God’s faithful in the king’s service.

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 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.

Daniel went to Arioch who seems to have been very reluctant to carry out the king’s orders and desirous to save the lives of the wise men.

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.

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.

The king asks Daniel if he can reveal the dream.

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?

Daniel answers the king.

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;

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.

God alone gives understanding of the things of God including the Word of God and the dreams and visions sent by God: Not the ignorant followers of Satan. 

Anyone who imagines his own interpretations and then seeks out support for them from the writings of the unconverted, is spiritually blind and no prophet of God. 

Daniel then tells the king his dream and the interpretation.  The dream is a prophecy of the future of the kingdom of Babylon.

. . . 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.

Daniel declares that the understanding is given to him from God and does not come from any wisdom of his own. 

Like Daniel I say, if I have been right in any thing it is from God and not from any wisdom of mine.  I am no better than any other;  indeed I am less than nothing.  Give ALL glory to the Eternal who reveals his wisdom unto worldly babes who put their complete trust in him!

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.

The dream

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 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.

Later, king Nebuchadnezzar was to make a replica of this dream image and demand that all should worship it. 

The interpretation

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

God gave the kingdom of Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar;  He and the kingdom that he built in Babylon are the head of gold.

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.

The breast of silver was the empire of the Medes and Persians which was dominated by the Medes with the advent of king Darius.  The Medes and Persians took over the Babylonian empire (539 B.C.) but maintained the same Babylonian church state governance system intact.  The people changed, and the system remained the same; therefore the different kingdoms were each still a part of the same Babylonian system like the different metals were still a past of the same statue. 

The third kingdom of brass was the same Babylonian system now taken over from the Medes and Persians by the Greeks

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.

The fourth part of the image was of iron, but still the same statue; the Babylonian Mysteries church state system.  The iron represents Rome and its powerful military.

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 feet and toes of the statue of Babylon, picture the church state Holy Roman Empire with its own seven revivals (Rev 17), the final revival consisting of ten nations working together like the ten toes of the statue.

The whole statue was of the Babylonian system and each succeeding empire although led by a different people maintained the same Babylonian Mysteries church state system. 

This system is called Babylon the Great, and a final revival of the church state Holy Roman Empire [regardless of what it is named] will be a New European federal system including ten nations which will soon rise up and come back to life for the final time only to be destroyed and replaced by the coming Messiah the Christ.

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 [weak].

The strength of some nations will be mingled with weaker peoples in the coming final revival.

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.

The ten toes represent ten rulers who will form this final Babylon system by giving their authority to one leader.  Messiah the Christ will come to destroy the Babylonian Mysteries System that the statue represents; and he will set up the kingdom of God. 

Revelation 17:12  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings [rulers], which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour [a short time, 42 months, Rev 11] with the beast. 17:13  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.  17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

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.

The Chief Corner Stone [Messiah the Christ] will come down from the mountain of the government of God the Father in heaven.

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.

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.

This whole process and prophecy revealed to Nebuchadnezzar that the Eternal is God indeed and that the other god’s and their servants and priests were as nothing and totally without godly wisdom. 

In our day, when Christ comes and this final revival of the Babylonian system is destroyed, all people will sincerely repent and turn to worship God also turning on and destroying this false religions system.

Revelation 17:16   And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore [the false religion which has deceived and dominated them], and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17:17  For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

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.

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.

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  1. Nebuchadnezzar, if nothing else was a very shrewd ruler–obviously he didn’t “forget” the dream, he probably figured that the “wise men” were nothing more or less than con-artists who were taking advantage of their positions of influence to mislead the king. With typical Babylonian ruthlessness the king sets up a situation to get rid of the entire bunch of these charlatans–except Daniel understood that no man could reveal such a thing but only Almighty God.
    What is most impressive to me about this particular story was that Daniel requested that the king spare the lives of the other “wise men”. (Dan 2:24) God certainly desires repentance over death on the part of unbelievers (Ezek 33:11)) and so too did Daniel.

    Tim McCaulley
    Jacksonville FL

    These rulers never did anything without consulting their wise men who they held in great esteem because of their contact with the spirit world. I would think that he did forget the dream details while remaining greatly disturbed. James

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