. KJV . ii. iron--explained presently, "the kingdom shall be partly strong, partly broken" (rather, "brittle," as earthenware); and Daniel 2:43 , "they shall mingle . commanded . b. Some commentators say this happened while Daniel was in his three-year training course; others say that it was soon after he finished. The thing--that is, The dream, "is gone from me." i. Christianity begins with the principle of revelation. Daniel 2:27-28. 2. And have now made known to me what we asked of You, This great image, whose splendor, : Daniel’s description was clear. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation, : Nebuchadnezzar couldn’t know for certain that the wise men gave a correct, i. Other than its position on the image and its bronze appearance, the only interpretation of the "belly and thighs of bronze" (verse 32) within this chapter is found in verse 39: ". They understood – perhaps against their own inclinations – that revelation was not the, i. The nature of these empires was accurately reflected by the nature of the image Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. Nebuchadnezzar was not, however, God’s ideal monarch!” (Talbot). . A forger would not introduce difficulties; the author did not then see any difficulty in the case. . Therefore, the final superpower of the world is thought to be a revival of the Roman Empire, a continuation of this image. In verses 39-40, "after you" indicates four successive world-ruling empires from the time of the Chaldean empire of Nebuchadnezzar until the return of Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom of God . It is not said his command was executed. 46. fell upon . So they came and stood before the king. 3 And the king said unto … Nebuchadnezzar-- Daniel 1:5 shows that "three years" had elapsed since Nebuchadnezzar had taken Jerusalem. Indeed, Alexander’s Grecian Empire was the largest among those compared in the image (except the final government of the Messiah). Nebuchadnezzar is called "king" ( Daniel 1:1 ), by anticipation. Apocalypse (or "revelation") signifies a divine, prophecy a human, activity. the thoughts of thy heart--thy subject of thought before falling asleep. So they came and stood before the king. Destroying is not delivering nor is pulverizing the same as purification.” (Heslop). (36-45) The interpretation of the dream. Some of the ten kingdoms will, doubtless, be the same as some past and present divisions of the old Roman empire, which accounts for the continuity of the connection between the toes and legs, a gap of centuries not being interposed, as is objected by opponents of the futurist theory. c. You have given… You have made known to us: Daniel had the certainty of faith to believe that God gave him the answer, even before confirming it before Nebuchadnezzar. a. 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. The king was angry and very furious: Though he was a despot, Nebuchadnezzar knew that false religion is worse than useless. iv. iv. All God’s power and might were of little help to Daniel if God stayed silent. 2 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him. 18. : There was something disturbing about this dream and Nebuchadnezzar knew that it was unusually significant. Therefore, he knew how important it was for both him and his companions to pray. Efforts have been often made to reunite the parts into one great empire, as by Charlemagne and Napoleon, but in vain. 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. 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. . Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. So … Through him God announced the future. b. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. Gave a command to destroy all the wise men of Babylon: As a new king, Nebuchadnezzar also perhaps used the situation to test the suitability of his father’s old advisors. Compare Genesis 41:45 , Zaphnath-paaneah, "revealer of secrets," the title given to Joseph. They were particular in prayer. Or, perhaps the probation of Nebuchadnezzar's character through this revelation may be the meaning intended (compare 2 Chronicles 32:31 , Luke 2:35 ). 1. 22. revealeth--( Job 12:22 ). d. The Chaldeans: This is the first mention of the Chaldeans as a class of soothsayers to the king. וּכען equals ועתּה, and now. So far from it being a discrepancy, that he says nothing of the previous understanding between him and Daniel, or of Daniel's application to the king ( Daniel 2:15 Daniel 2:16 ), it is just what we should expect. The Chaldeans answered the king, and said, “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter; therefore no king, lord, or ruler has, There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter, : When the Chaldeans said this they admitted that true revelation comes from God down to man. 10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can … Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation.” They answered again and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will give its interpretation.” The king answered and said, “I know for certain that you would gain time, because you see that my decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. The interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream was a preparatory education to Daniel himself. ii. 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. Daniel’s calmness in this crisis showed what kind of man he really was. 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. If we won’t praise Him until the answer is in hand, then we don’t have much faith. removed kings--( Job 12:18 , Psalms 75:6 Psalms 75:7 , Jeremiah 27:5 ; compare 1 Samuel 2:7 1 Samuel 2:8 ). Daniel 2:2 Context. Verses 1-13 The greatest men are most open to cares and troubles of mind, which disturb their repose in the night, while the sleep of the labouring man is sweet and sound. God--in contrast to "the wise men," &c. ( Daniel 2:27 ). Politically (which is the main point of view here) the power of the central government in which the nobles shared with the king, being weakened by the growing independence of the provinces, was inferior to that of Nebuchadnezzar, whose sole word was law throughout his empire. . The very difficulty when cleared up is a proof of genuineness, as it never would be introduced by a forger. These men made their living on their supposed ability to contact the gods and gain secrets from the spirit realm. Thou art . 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. After him would come three other kingdoms, each represented by the different materials Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. 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. art a king of kings--The committal of power in fullest plenitude belongs to Nebuchadnezzar personally, as having made Babylon the mighty empire it was. Therefore, the year 602, His spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him. iii. We live under the divisions of the Roman empire which began fourteen hundred years ago, and which at the time of His coming shall be definitely ten. But he could test their ability to tell what he dreamed. v. The Babylonian Empire stood for 66 years; the Medo-Persian Empire for 208 years; the Grecian Empire for 185 years, and the Roman Empire stood for more than 500 years. . 16.9; ARRIAN, Campaigns of Alexander, 7. sec. So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation. 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. thee--He ascribes all the glory to God. him--( 1:17 , 1 John 1:4 ). Daniel 2:8 Context. And He changes the times and the seasons; Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these: 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. : This wasn’t just a stalling tactic. It is plain from this that Daniel was till now ignorant of the whole matter. . iv. : Daniel praised God for His power and might. As a whole, the image accurately represented human power and empire. for any wisdom that I have--not on account of any previous wisdom which I may have manifested ( Daniel 1:17 Daniel 1:20 ). Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise. 21. changeth . seasons--"He herein gives a general preparatory intimation, that the dream of Nebuchadnezzar is concerning the changes and successions of kingdoms" [JEROME]. “Babylon, the head of gold, was an absolute autocracy. The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God. The latter is not gradually to wear away the former, but to destroy it at once, and utterly ( 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 , 2:8 ). Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. 2. (20-23) Daniel praises God for this revelation. Greater faith is able to praise God when the promise is given and received. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. However, the Hebrew may be translated, "in one discriminate mass." It is to do so in connection with Jerusalem as the mother Church ( Psalms 80:9 , Isaiah 2:2 Isaiah 2:3 ). He was thinking of other things, further conquests, perhaps, and the like, but these thoughts came from a higher source. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. In the second and fourth chapters he is but an interpreter of Nebuchadnezzar's dreams; then he has a dream himself, but it is only a vision in a dream of the night ( Daniel 7:1 Daniel 7:2 ); then follows a vision in a waking state ( Daniel 8:1-3 ); lastly, in the two final revelations ( Daniel 9:20 , Daniel 10:4 Daniel 10:5 ) the ecstatic state is no longer needed. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. me . . The subject of this chapter is a dream which Nebuchadnezzar had dreamed, but had forgot; upon which he calls his magicians and astrologers together, to tell him it, and the interpretation of it; threatening them with death if they did not, and promising them great rewards and honour if they did, Daniel 2:1, they urge the unreasonableness of the demand, and the impossibility of the … 10. The clay, in Daniel 2:41 , "potter's clay," Daniel 2:43 , "miry clay," means "earthenware," hard but brittle (compare Psalms 2:9 , Revelation 2:27 , where the same image is used of the same event); the feet are stable while bearing only direct pressure, but easily "broken" to pieces by a blow ( Daniel 2:34 ), the iron intermixed not retarding, but hastening, such a result. . The battle was won when Daniel prayed with his friends. In a night vision: We don’t know exactly what this is. Daniel 2:1-49 . face, and worshipped Daniel--worshipping God in the person of Daniel. This is the only section of the Bible written in Aramaic. This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. vi. : This prophetic dream was clearly fulfilled in history. . The ten have been sought for in the invading hosts of the fifth and sixth century. . Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise, That they might seek mercies from the God of heaven. 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. 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). This confirmed that Daniel accurately reported the dream and skillfully explained its meaning. Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. 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. Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. break . i. 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. God meets this wish in the way most calculated to impress him. But Daniel refused to take credit, recognizing that the credit went to God, who revealed this dream to Daniel. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. . He gives wisdom to the wise : Arioch tried to glorify himself and Daniel for the answer to the king’s dream. Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation.” The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “My decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me, and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap. I thank You and praise You, “It 3 will not leave even a root or branch. Pretenders to supernatural knowledge often bring on themselves their own punishment. The dream provided him with a good reason to clean house. (12-13) A furious Nebuchadnezzar sentences all his wise men to death. The prophet is connected with the outer world, addressing to the congregation the words with which the Spirit of God supplies him; he speaks in the Spirit, but the apocalyptic seer is in the Spirit in his whole person ( Revelation 1:10 , 4:2 ). This summary of the book of Daniel provides information about the title, author(s), date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the Book of Daniel. It will have more the, i. f. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure: Daniel didn’t guess or analyze. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.”. . Nebuchadnezzar was an absolute monarch, and the succeeding empires were progressively less so. 2. Daniel 2:24 shows that the decree for slaying the wise men had not been actually executed when Daniel interposed. a. So "not made with hands," that is, heavenly, 2 Corinthians 5:1 ; spiritual, Colossians 2:11 . : Nebuchadnezzar knew that it wasn’t Daniel himself that revealed these things, but Daniel’s God revealed it through Daniel. It broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, : This described a single, decisive event that shattered the image representing the glory of man’s rule on earth. Nebuchadnezzar was an absolute monarch, and the succeeding empires were progressively less so. . b. . Nebuchadnezzar saw these empires as an impressive image; Daniel saw them as fierce beasts. With counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch: Daniel was obviously innocent in all this, yet he calmly and discretely dealt with the crisis. . Thus the second chapter is the alphabet of the subsequent prophetic statements in Daniel [TREGELLES]. . If they were really what they claimed to be, they should be able to tell Nebuchadnezzar. i. Critics take the use of this word as a mistake that only a second century B.C. Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. clay . light . It may have been a dream, or a supernatural vision that happened at night. Daniel 2:44-45 When Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that he was the head of gold, it shows us a biblical principle that a king in prophecy represents the entire kingdom. The Roman Empire, in some form or another, will be revived under the leadership of the final fallen dictator, the Antichrist. i. NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S DREAM: DANIEL'S INTERPRETATION OF IT, AND ADVANCEMENT. Jesus teaches, “Every kingdom divided against itself is … I have found a man--Like all courtiers, in announcing agreeable tidings, he ascribes the merit of the discovery to himself [JEROME]. ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. Not that he actually ruled every part of the globe, but that God granted him illimitable dominion in whatever direction his ambition led him, Egypt, Nineveh, Arabia, Syria, Tyre, and its Phoenician colonies ( Jeremiah 27:5-8 ). . 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 ). . . The materials descended in value from top to bottom, with gold at the top and iron mixed with clay at the bottom. Bible Language English. Some commentators say this happened while Daniel was in his three-year training course; others say that it was soon after he finished. 2.18 of the God: Chaldee, from before God 2.18 that Daniel…: or, that they should not destroy Daniel, etc