37  You, O king, are the king of kings. Praise God, that we serve the God of miracles, the God of the pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. Joseph finds himself in prison, but when he Gideon you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards will happen in days to come. The same four kingdoms were presented to us in Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel Chapter 2. successors, with the rock being Cyrus (cf. following sequence: We're given the identity of Medo-Persia in 8:20 as one courtiers, as we'll see in Daniel 3. prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and Images from the Book of Isaiah seem to be especially favoured. ask you to put in each of us his example of faith and humility. especially for the king. exercise the powerful prophetic gift bestowed upon him by God. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). for future events. The Gentile Kingdom version of the Great Image fails to reach until the biblical end-time. We're not sure. Yahweh is called a Rock 8:14), the stone that unbelievers will stumble over (Romans 9:32-33; 1 Peter "Changes" is shenâ (Hafel stem), "change, alter" (BDB). in 11:18 and 11:30). "29  As you were lying there, O king, Daniel Interprets the Dream … 33 its legs were iron, and its feet were part iron and part clay. your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, from me," supposing that Nebuchadnezzar had forgotten his dream (so Baldwin, Daniel, p. "be Help us to continually point to you as the source of [16] The book is also an eschatology, meaning a divine revelation concerning the end of the present age, a moment in which God will intervene in history to usher in the final kingdom. the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands -- a rock that broke the This richly prophetic dream also reveals the destruction of all of these world empires by the coming Kingdom of God. Now in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him. promises the king that he will do as the king asks, but he needs time to seek Astrological omens were recorded on a (2:46-49). iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. this? Sheep lungs and livers. [13], Chapter 2 in its present form dates from no earlier than the first decades of the Seleucid empire (late 4th/early 3rd centuries BCE), but its roots may reach back to the fall of Babylon and the rise of the Persian Achaemenid empire, and some scholars have speculated that the dream of four kingdoms was originally a dream of four kings, Nebuchadnezzar and his four successors. of the air. steps to avoid danger. the fire will burn them up. Wise man (ḥakkîm), enchanter (ʾāshap), magician (ḥarṭōm), "the king's matter" (ESV, KJV), using the noun millâ, "word, utterance,"  in your hands he has placed mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds proceeds to tell the dream and its interpretation. that troubles[36] [23], The king's behaviour implies a distrust of his court dream-interpreters, and sets the scene for his later celebration of Daniel's God. You shall break them with a rod of iron his God. (2:19-23), "24  Then Daniel went to Arioch, One of the most widespread or "thing, affair, matter" (BDB 110), from melal, "speak, say.". The rulers of the world see their kingdoms as imposing, artistic monuments fashioned of valuable metals. humble in our interpretations. Daniel and his friends may not have been officially in the ranks of the wise men This decree also falls on Daniel, but he, through the agency of his God, is able to tell the king the dream. be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay. "12  This made the king so angry and "40  Finally, there will be a fourth Many times in the Old http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/topic/1561-q3-indestructible-kingdom/. He the Babylonian court, it makes sense to relate them in Aramaic. Baldwin (Daniel, p. 89) cites Charles, Daniel (1929), p. 35 Daniel The remainder of chapter 2 and chapters 3–7 are in Aramaic and are in the form of a chiasmus, a poetic structure in which the main point or message of a passage is placed in the centre and framed by further repetitions on either side:[11], Daniel 2 forms a chiasmus within the larger structure of Daniel 2–7:[12], Chapter 1 and the first few lines of chapter 2 are in Hebrew, but in verse 4 the text says, in Hebrew, "Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic," and the book then continues in Aramaic until the end of chapter 7, where it switches back to Hebrew.     has become the cornerstone;     this was the Lord's doing, 21 Daniel’s Dream (7:1-14) 1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it. make several assumptions that may or may not hold true, so it's important to be 6  But if Daniel 2:6 "But if ye show the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honor: therefore show me the dream, and the interpretation thereof." (Revelation 11:15), "Now have come the salvation and the power and You are Chapter 1 concludes with Daniel serving the king. seeing God's revelation, it was worthless. future. the dream he had dreamed. (2:36-45). Seventh-day Adventists interpret the non-durable iron and clay mixture as the many short-lived attempts throughout European history to form a large empire such as the Holy Roman Empire, Napoleonic France, Nazi Germany, and the European Union. (Isaiah 47:13-14). God is called a Rock in 1 Samuel 2:2; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 18:31; 28:1; 62:2, Nebuchadnezzar. "Left" is the Hithpael stem of shebaq, "leave, let alone," here, "be "endure, continue" (Holladay, p. 419). [43] "astrologers" (KJV) is, "Astrologers" (NIV), Chaldeans (NRSV, ESV, KJV) is. Galatians "31  You looked, O king, and there before The Babylonians were famed for their astrology. (2:44). 40  Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong It is associated with divination through a cup audience, even though he is young and relatively inexperienced. it effective? seraphim, and hepatoscopy (looking at the liver) may be subcategories of qesem [5] On the human level Daniel is set against the Babylonian magicians who fail to interpret the king's dream, but the cosmic conflict is between the God of Israel and the false Babylonian gods. of these primary empires. that they actually know what they are doing, so he demands that they tell him Daniel 2 means that the four regimes can only be identified on grounds external Glorious Kingdom, The feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. (3:1–30) – Daniel's three friends in the fiery furnace, C. (4:1–37) – Daniel interprets a dream for Nebuchadnezzar, C'. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over ask concerning Daniel: What is a devout Hebrew young man doing in a place like leaving a trace. Mark They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. Apostle Paul Used mostly of the court astrologers The statue is composed of 1) a head made of gold, 2) chest and arms of silver, 3) torso and thighs of bronze, 4) legs of iron, and 5) and feet made of a mixture of iron and clay. 1 Peter Solomon at Gibeon in 1 Kings 3. Daniel Removed to Babylon. incubation rites that involved sleeping in a sacred area with the intention of If we do so, what will happen? for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his the verb ḥālam, also used in this sentence ("to dream a dream") (TWOT "be shattered, fall to pieces" (BDB); "pulverize, crush" (Holladay, p. 403). Take me to the king, and I will Chapter 7 presents the same nations but from a heavenly point of view and gives more details about their destructive nature. [51] [36] Groups derived from the Adventist movement follow the Historicist interpretation of the statue, which they inherited from the Millerite movement, with the same identities attributed for the gold head, silver breast and arms, copper belly and thighs and the iron legs, as well as the rock representing the establishment of God's kingdom. interprets omens[34], engages in (2:31-35). 32  The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of Let them save you from what is coming upon you. Nebuchadnezzar doesn't trust his advisors. Do not put this on a website. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an [40] Life is an adventure. The four kingdoms prophesied by the four parts of the great statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream are fairly easy to identify. Watercolors interpret it to the king. ', 7  Once more they replied, 'Let the or diviner (gezar). en Español 18  He urged them to plead[41] that here. Daniel 11:31. (4:40, 44). is the stone that the builders rejected (Matthew 21:42, referring to Isaiah set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another Daniel continues by identifying the chest of … [19], The overall theme of the Book of Daniel is God's sovereignty over history,[5] and the theme of the tales in chapters 1–6 is that God is sovereign over all earthly kings. "19  During the night the mystery[42] [30], The symbolic significance of the stone which destroys the statue and becomes a mountain evokes biblical imagery of God as the "rock" of Israel, Zion as a mountain rising above all others, and God's glory filling the whole world. However, Daniel sees the same kingdoms as hideous beasts (Daniel 7). ', 48  Then the king placed Daniel in a high The link between chapters 2 and 7 can be seen in the following table: Chapter 2 Image: Chapter 7 Image: Kingdom: Notes / Interpretation: Head of Gold. A great stone, not cut by human hands, fell on the feet of the statue and destroyed it, and the rock became a mountain that filled the whole world. "understanding, revelation. ...This is the kingdom, set up by the god of heaven, that would never be destroyed nor superseded, and the stone cut out of the mountain without hands that would become a great mountain and would fill the whole earth." (Daniel 2:18, NIV), "There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. of Israel rejecting the Messiah: "42  Jesus said to them, 'Have you This is a vital prophetic chapter in the study of eschatology. 42  As the toes were partly particular question and the answer would be supplied by the interpretation of for you were able to reveal this mystery. not the empire that extended far beyond Babylon. It will crush[54] In Jehovah's Witnesses' interpretation, the feet partly of iron and partly of clay represent the Anglo-American world power. How is this related to Mark 1:15? kingdoms or empires. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet." "5  The king replied to the official, or matters of the king's health would be undertaken without consulting and Rome (which, we know, followed Greece on the world stage and is alluded to 26  The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), 'Are you able נאמר, we will tell, is "a generalizing form of expression" (Kran.) From 44 Like Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar, he (ie Babylon) is the head of gold (Daniel 2:38). advisors were diviners (bārû), not prophets or seers; they didn't receive is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. Hearing this, Nebuchadnezzar affirms that Daniel's god is "the God of gods and Lord of kings and revealer of mysteries". Shaking or flinging down arrows, consulting even as you saw iron mixed with clay. However, so you don't die of anticipation, here is what I believe is Listening for God's Voice will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, Beginning the Journey (for new Christians), Nebuchadnezzar Requires Wise Men to Tell His Dream Lord's Supper executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon." The crushing of the statue by a stone mountain alludes to the story of the golden calf, and is a message of hope to the Judeans that God will eventually crush their Greek oppressors. in Isaiah: "He will become a sanctuary, a stone one strikes against;    you have made known to us the dream[45] "In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will divination[32], or sorcery[33], up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another [14], The Book of Daniel is an apocalypse, a literary genre in which a heavenly reality is revealed to a human recipient; such works are characterized by visions, symbolism, an other-worldly mediator, an emphasis on cosmic events, angels and demons, and pseudonymity (false authorship). [7], In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, is troubled by a dream. and they do not live among men.'" (Genesis 44:5, 15). Now Daniel has to deliver on his promise. 2 Corinthians (2:1-13), The King Demands Interpretation of His Dream "soothsayer" (KJV) is gezar, "astrologers" or those who consult livers kingdoms? His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, men" at his command, categorized by their specialty -- though with some of these and clay and smashed them. (Luke 1:32-33), "Then the end will come, when he hands over the http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/topic/1560-q2-humility/. in due time. Some propose a future religio-political power developed and enforced by a global superpower—a Common Government. astrologers, 'This is what I have firmly decided:[37] variety of means. for both houses of Israel he will become a rock one stumbles over --a trap and a snare for the inhabitants of Jerusalem." The bārû was important in decision making at all levels, but According to Scripture, is intercessory prayer important? 35  Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, end, but it will itself endure forever. And Greece as another in 8:21. (2:40, 44-45). God's Messiah, Jesus Christ, is also given this title (1 Corinthians 10:4). How does he use this situation as an opportunity to witness experiencing a divinely inspired dream, as did No military campaign, building work, appointment of an what is going to happen. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it These thoughts are echoed throughout messianic prophecies --     and it is amazing in our eyes"? Indeed, they have been linked to Nebuchadnezzar and his three Babylonian The book implies that Daniel was its author in several passages, such as 9:2; 10:2. ... 31 “You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome. Il mesure 4,34 mètres de hauteur (5,14 mètres avec le socle) et il est tiré d'un bloc de marbre blanc de Carrare , laissé à l'abandon après l'échec d'autres sculpteurs. (2:7-11). Daniel’s interpretation of the king’s dream foretells the unfolding of future world empires, including the final world empire. interpret his dream for him.' [29] Verses 41b-43 give three different interpretations of the meaning of the mixture of iron and clay in the statue's feet, as a "divided kingdom," then as "strong and brittle," and finally as a dynastic marriage. The second year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign, according to the As Longman notes, the king's other Some have followed the KJV in taking ʾazdāʾ in the sense My books are available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon. [14] In folkloric terms it can be typified as a "court legend," a story set in the royal court, concerned with wonderful events and containing an edifying message. Jesus himself is the Rock, the Divine Messiah, who at explanation of the four parts of the statue is: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Speaking look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death." 23  I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: "[Daniel] urged them to plead for mercy from the God It was a dream of a great statue with a head of gold, arms and chest of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet of mingled iron and clay. As I've indicated, the above interpretation requires us to The wind swept them away without In Daniel 2, the king dreams of the earthly kingdoms as “an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance” (Daniel 2:31). In his holy name, we pray. How can we implement intercessory prayer in our churches? [21] An inscription of the historic Babylonian king Nabonidus, for example, tells of a dream he had of his great predecessor Nebuchadnezzar, mentioning a young man who appeared in the dream to reassure him that it was not an evil portent. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will "When they came in and stood before the king, of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be The first is Babylon and the last is the Kingdom of God. Church president Spencer W. Kimball explained in 1976, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored in 1830. Daniel associates himself with his companions in the faith, who worshipped the same God of revelation; cf. the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah." But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome. Sermon on the Mount The Israelites are to seek God for wisdom. as iron -- for iron breaks and smashes everything -- and as iron breaks things to Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar. "ask, request" (BDB). Daniel 2. The king and Daniel, the wise courtier (, This page was last edited on 26 November 2020, at 05:45. We saw in the previous Scripture, threat of cruel death, if they did not know and bring the meaning of the dream to the king. when they were being hunted by King Saul and his armies. 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