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The most celebrated prophecies of the Bible have always been the prophecies of Daniel. These mysterious prophecies hold the key to deciphering the rest of Bible prophecy. The prophecies of Daniel Chapter 2 take place during the period of the "Babylonian Captivity" of the Hebrew people. This Bible chapter has great prophetic significance, in that it provides us with a historical foundation for the chronology of the biblical beasts (world empires) that were destined to rule over God's people throughout history. The prophecies of Daniel 2 do indeed seem to have accurately predicted the coming of these future empires of the western world.
DANIEL CHAPTER TWO:
In the second year of the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar, great king of Babylon, the king dreamed a dream that greatly troubled him and caused him to waken from his sleep. And so the king commanded his servants to summon all his magicians, astrologers, sorcerors, and Chaldeans, so they could show him the meaning of this dream. And so all these were assembled to stand before the king.
The Chaldeans spoke first to the king saying, "Oh king, may you live forever, and kindly tell your servants of your dream, so we may interpret it for you". The wise king answered the Chaldeans saying, "the dream is now gone from me. And if you cannot show it to me and properly interpret it, then I shall have you all cut to pieces and your homes turned into dunghills! But if you can show me my dream and its correct interpretation, then you shall receive gifts and honors and great rewards. Therefore kindly tell me of my dream and its interpretation."
The Chaldeans answered the king saying, "Let the king kindly tell his servants about the dream, and we will show him the correct interpretation of it." The king answered once again saying, "I know that you are trying to gain time because you see the dream is gone from me. But if you cannot make the dream known to me now, there is but one decree I'll have for you, because you are always preparing your lying and corrupt words for me in order to deceive me. So kindly tell me of the dream now, and then I shall know that you are truly able to interpret it". The Chaldeans answered the king once more saying "Great king, there is no man on Earth that can show this matter to the king, and there is no king, or lord, or ruler who has ever asked such things of any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean. And it is an impossible thing that the king asks, for there is no one that can show this to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with us." Then the king flew into a rage and issued an order that all the wise men of Babylon should be slain.
And so went forth a decree that all the wise men of Babylon should be killed, and they also sought Daniel and his servants to be slain as well. But Daniel answered with great counsel and wisdom to Arioch, captain of the guards who'd come to carry out the King's orders, saying "Why has this decree been issued so hastily?" And Arioch, captain of the guard made it known to Daniel what had happened. And Daniel went immediately to the king and promised to interpret his dream for him if the king would just give him time to consult with his three companions. And Daniel went home and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishaiel and Azariah, his companions, so that they could pray to God with him for mercy, that they might not be slain with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. And then the secret of the king's dream was revealed unto Daniel in a night vision, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven saying "Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever, for all wisdom and might are his. He changes the times and the seasons, he removes kings, and gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those of understanding. He reveals the deep and secret things, and knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells only with him. I thank thee oh God of my fathers, who hath given me wisdom and might, and who has made known to us what we asked of thee, for now thou hast revealed to us the king's dream."
Then Daniel went immediately to Arioch, who had been sent to destroy the wise men of Babylon and said, "Destroy not the wise men, but instead bring me in before the king and I will show him the interpretation of his dream." And so Arioch brought Daniel in before the King in great haste, and said, "I have found a man from among the captives of Judah who will make known to the king the interpretation of his dream." The king answered and said to Daniel, whose Babylonian name was Belte-shaz'zar, "Art thou able to tell me of the dream which I have seen, and also interpret it?" Daniel answered the king, saying, "This secret which the king has demanded to be revealed to him, cannot be revealed by wise men, astrologers, magicians or soothsayers. But there is a God in heaven that revealeth such secrets, and it is he that hath made known to the king what shall be in the future. Your dream and the visions that appeared in your head are these:
As for you, oh king, your thoughts came to your mind in the nighttime of what shall come to pass hereafter, and he that revealeth secrets hath made known to thee what shall come to pass in the future. And as for myself, this secret was not revealed to me for any wisdom of my own, but for the sake of those now making this interpretation known to you, so that you may know the thoughts of your heart. You saw, oh King, a great image. This image was brilliant as it stood before you, and its form was frightening. The head of the image was of fine gold, its breast and arms were of silver, its belly and thighs of shiny brass, its legs of iron, and its feet were partly iron and partly clay. You beheld this image until a great stone was cut out without hands, which smashed the image upon its feet. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver and the gold broken into many pieces, which became like the chaff on the summer threshing floor. And the wind carried the pieces away, and no place was found for them. And then the stone which smote the image became a great mountain that filled the whole Earth. This was your dream, oh king, and now I shall tell you of its interpretation.
You, oh king, are truly a king of kings, for God has given you a kingdom, and power, and strength and great glory. And wherever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of heaven he has given into your hand, and he has made you ruler over them all. You, oh king, are that head of gold (Babylon). And after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours (Persia), and also a third kingdom of brass (Greece), which shall rule over all the Earth. And a fourth kingdom (Rome) shall also arise, strong as iron, for insomuch as iron breaks into pieces and subdues all lesser things, so shall this iron kingdom bruise and break into pieces all those before it. And whereas you saw the feet and the toes, partly of potters clay, and partly of iron, so shall it have the strength of iron, inasmuch as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so shall this kingdom be partly strong and partly weak. And as the iron was mixed with the miry clay, so shall they mingle themselves with the seed of men. But they shall not cling to one another, as iron does not mix with clay. And in the time of these last ten kings (the 10 Roman provinces circa 1775), the god of heaven shall set up a kingdom of his own (Ephraim) which shall never be destroyed, and his kingdom will not be left to others, but shall consume and break into pieces all others, and stand forever. For inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke into pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver and the gold, so the great god has made known to the king what shall be in the future. And this dream is for certain, and it's interpretation is sure."
Then the great King Nebuchadnezzar fell down on his face in front of Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odors to him. The king then answered Daniel saying, "It is true that your god is a god of gods, and a lord of lords, and a revealer of great secrets, seeing that he has revealed these secrets to me." Then the king made Daniel a great man in Babylon, and gave him many gifts, and made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon, and chief of all the governors of the wise men and the astrologers. Then Daniel asked the king to place his three companions, whose names in the Babylonian language were Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province, while Daniel took his seat inside the gates of the great city.
This is the end of the prophecy of Daniel Chapter 2, where Babylon's great King Nebuchadnezzar receives a vision from God involving the future of his own kingdom, and the four kingdoms that will eventually follow it in history. This is the first of the Daniel prophecies describing the long list of biblical kings (Rev.17:10), or kingdoms, destined to rule over God's Hebrews in future centuries.
THE KINGDOMS OF HISTORY
1. Kingdom of Egypt
2. Kingdom of Babylon
3. Kingdom of Persia
4. Kingdom of Greece
5. Roman Empire
6. Holy Roman Empire
7. Empire of 1st Antichrist
8. Empire of 2nd Antichrist
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