we . (14-16) Daniel reacts to Nebuchadnezzar’s decree by asking for a brief extension. 15. God meets this wish in the way most calculated to impress him. corrupt--deceitful. : Nebuchadnezzar knew that it wasn’t Daniel himself that revealed these things, but Daniel’s God revealed it through Daniel. 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. 2. The ten have been sought for in the invading hosts of the fifth and sixth century. The form of the apocalyptic revelation (the very term meaning that the veil that hides the invisible world is taken off) is subjectively either the dream, or, higher, the vision. 3. troubled to know the dream--He awoke in alarm, remembering that something solemn had been presented to him in a dream, without being able to recall the form in which it had clothed itself. The world kingdoms were reared by human ambition: but this is the "kingdom of heaven"; "not of this world" ( John 18:36 ). . It may have been a dream, or a supernatural vision that happened at night. Before he left Judea, he became actual king by the death of his father, and the Jews always called him "king," as commander of the invading army. Then the top rope was cut and the body snapped into four pieces. . Some commentators say this happened while Daniel was in his three-year training course; others say that it was soon after he finished. The materials descended in value from top to bottom, with, : This spectacular image was destroyed by a, , and what remained of it was blown away like worthless chaff, while the stone, became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. And He changes the times and the seasons; . Hesiod, two hundred years before Daniel, had compared the four ages to the four metals in the same order; the idea is sanctioned here by Holy Writ. Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. The materials descended in value from top to bottom, with gold at the top and iron mixed with clay at the bottom. in the sense of their centralization of absolute power. Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, prostrate before Daniel, and commanded that they should present an offering and incense to him. Critics take the use of this word as a mistake that only a second century B.C. : As a new king, Nebuchadnezzar also perhaps used the situation to test the suitability of his father’s old advisors. . It may have been a dream, or a supernatural vision that happened at night. Daniel 2:1-4 King James Version (KJV). mountain--cut out of the mountain ( Daniel 2:45 ) originally, it ends in becoming a mountain. 24. all--( Isaiah 60:12 , 1 Corinthians 15:24 ). So "the Sublime Porte," or "Gate," denotes the sultan's government, his counsels being formerly held in the entrance of his palace. . ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. The progression in the form answers to the progression in the contents of his prophecy; at first general outlines, and these afterwards filled up with minute chronological and historical details, such as are not found in the Revelation of John, though, as became the New Testament, the form of revelation is the highest, namely, clear waking visions [AUBERLEN]. . . dream, and I shall know . cut in pieces--( 1 Samuel 15:33 ). Cancel. Symbolical of the future prostration of the world power before Messiah and His kingdom ( Philippians 2:10 ). dunghill--rather, "a morass heap." The only reason that God can predict history is because he can control it. a. So in the cases of Abimelech, Pharaoh, &c. ( Genesis 20:3 , 41:1-7 ), especially as the heathen attached such importance to dreams. Nebuchadnezzar derived his authority from God, not from man, nor as responsible to man. You are this head of gold: Nebuchadnezzar was clearly said to be the head of gold. He knows what is in the darkness, Through the revelation of the secret hidden to the wise men of this world He has proved Himself to Daniel as the God of the fathers, as the true God in opposition to the gods of the heathen. God of heaven . Greece is set forth by brass, indicated the still lower value of it aristocracy of mind and influence… Rome, a democratic imperialism, with military dominion dependent upon the choice of army and citizenry and administered in the spirit of martial law, is set forth by iron.” (Newell). i. He wasn’t in the habit of showing such respect to anyone, especially a foreign slave who was about to be executed with the rest of the wise men. The colossus of metal stands on weak feet, of clay. : Though he was a despot, Nebuchadnezzar knew that false religion is worse than useless. 1. Rather, "in the days of these kings," answers to "upon his feet" ( Daniel 2:34 ); that is, the ten toes ( Daniel 2:42 ), or ten kings, the final state of the Roman empire. . 11. gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh--answering to "no man upon the earth"; for there were, in their belief, "men in heaven," namely, men deified; for example, Nimrod. Daniel and his companions do not seem to have been actually numbered among the Magi or Chaldeans, and so were not summoned before the king. 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. But Daniel refused to take credit, recognizing that the credit went to God, who revealed this dream to Daniel. Daniel 2:1-49.NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S DREAM: DANIEL'S INTERPRETATION OF IT, AND ADVANCEMENT. Through him God announced the future. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven. And light dwells with Him. . : There was something disturbing about this dream and Nebuchadnezzar knew that it was unusually significant. Salem Media Group. This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. 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. the latter days--literally, "in the after days" ( Daniel 2:29 ); "hereafter" ( Genesis 49:1 ):It refers to the whole future, including the Messianic days, which is the final dispensation ( Isaiah 2:2 ). 31. dreams--It is significant that not to Daniel, but to the then world ruler, Nebuchadnezzar, the dream is vouchsafed. The supreme gods are referred to here, who alone, in the Chaldean view, could solve the difficulty, but who do not communicate with men. In its relation to the Gentile world power, the stone is its destroyer ( Daniel 2:35 Daniel 2:44 ; compare Zechariah 12:3 ). God--in contrast to "the wise men," &c. ( Daniel 2:27 ). He was thinking of other things, further conquests, perhaps, and the like, but these thoughts came from a higher source. Liberal commentators do not believe that the fourth kingdom is Rome, but they say it is Greece, and that the second and third kingdoms are Media and Persia respectively, instead of the Medo-Persian Empire as a whole. Now we will tell the interpretation: Daniel first accurately reported the content of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise. It is to do so in connection with Jerusalem as the mother Church ( Psalms 80:9 , Isaiah 2:2 Isaiah 2:3 ). 49. knoweth what is in . This was a massive and spectacular image made of different materials (fine gold… silver… bronze… iron… partly of iron and partly of clay). 21. changeth . Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, prostrate before Daniel, and commanded that they should present an offering and incense to him. i. All man's glory is as ephemeral and worthless as chaff (compare 1 Peter 1:24 ). live for ever--a formula in addressing kings, like our "Long live the king!" It’s also significant to see that the image described devolution, not evolution. Daniel 2:8 Context. . : The strategy of the wise men was to convince the king that he was unreasonable, not that they were incompetent. . . c. The king promoted Daniel: Daniel not only had his life spared, but he was promoted to high office – and he made sure his friends were also promoted. This is the only section of the Bible written in Aramaic. : Nebuchadnezzar was clearly said to be the head of gold. The very difficulty is a proof of genuineness; all was clear to the writer and the original readers from their knowledge of the circumstances, and so he adds no explanation. Daniel 2:32-35. with the seed of men," that is, there will be power (in its deteriorated form, iron) mixed up with that which is wholly of man, and therefore brittle; power in the hands of the people having no internal stability, though something is left of the strength of the iron [TREGELLES]. The dream and the interpretation. . Iron is stronger than brass, but inferior in other respects; so Rome hardy and strong to tread down the nations, but less kingly and showing its chief deterioration in its last state. So they came and stood before the king. The four successors (diadochi) who divided Alexander's dominions at his death, of whom the Seleucidæ in Syria and the Lagidæ in Egypt were chief, held the same empire. For You have made known to us the king’s demand.”. 10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can … 33. Indeed, Alexander’s Grecian Empire was the largest among those compared in the image (except the final government of the Messiah). 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. Daniel knew that it takes time to listen to the Lord and to wait upon Him, and Daniel was willing to take the time if the king would grant it. Make known the dream to me: It is hard to say if Nebuchadnezzar really remembered the dream or not. There is not a man . Praying friends are valuable friends; and it well becomes the greatest and best men to desire the prayers of others. together--excluding a contemporaneous existence of the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of God (in its manifested, as distinguished from its spiritual, phase). i. The same instrumentality rescued Peter from his peril ( Acts 12:5-12 ). 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. Perhaps he had a general sense of it but only a vague remembrance of the details. 10. So spiritually ( Ephesians 1:17 Ephesians 1:18 ). the king's matter--the very words in which the Chaldeans had denied the possibility of any man on earth telling the dream ("not a man upon the earth can show the king's matter," Daniel 2:10 ). Author, Date and Authenticity. The Babylonian houses were built of sun-dried bricks; when demolished, the rain dissolves the whole into a mass of mire, in the wet land, near the river [STUART]. Daniel saw it from God’s perspective, and Nebuchadnezzar saw it from man’s perspective. They were larger and lasted longer than Babylon, but none held as much centralized power as Nebuchadnezzar did. The third kingdom of bronze was the one which shall rule over all the earth. Syriac--the Aramean Chaldee, the vernacular tongue of the king and his court; the prophet, by mentioning it here, hints at the reason of his own adoption of it from this point. 48. 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. ii. Crushing is not conversion. Then with counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise, With counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, : Daniel was obviously innocent in all this, yet he calmly and discretely dealt with the crisis. 2. They were larger and lasted longer than Babylon, but none held as much centralized power as Nebuchadnezzar did. earth--( Isaiah 11:9 , Habakkuk 2:14 ). Therefore one blow to the foundation could topple the whole thing. 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