2:1-49. THE DREAM OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR. THE DURATION OF GENTILE DOMINION.
1-3. Chaldeans all brought in. Chaldeans.
4-9. King's requisition. "
10,11. Their inability. "
12-16. King's resentment. Suspense.
17,18. Daniel and others. "
19-23. Revelation. "
24,25. Daniel brought in. Daniel.
26,27. King's requisition. "
28-30. Daniel's ability. "
31-45. Communication. Captivity.
46-48. King's gratitude. "
49. Daniel and others. "
(This chapter starts out with the word "And" thus linking chapter two to chapter one. the Dream that Nebuchadnezzar had covered the entire gentile dominion. The second year of Nebuchadnezzar's rule was Daniel's 18th year, and therefore it was King Jehoiakim of Judah's fifth year. That was the year of the "Burning of the Roll" read Jeremiah 36:20-26, which marked the official rejection of the King and the "House of Judah."
When Nebuchadnezzar had his dream, Daniel was in Babylon, studying. All "House of Judah" (this does not include the 10 Northern tribes) had not fallen and the dream was in prophecy of things yet to come. The dream also points out as stated in Daniel 1:2, that Nebuchadnezzar was used by God to fulfill his wrath against the "House of Judah" for it's defiance.
Though the dream came in Daniel's 18th year, or at that time, God wasn't ready to use Daniel yet. His preparation wasn't completed for the task that Nebuchadnezzar would put upon his shoulders for his lifetime. This is a lesson for us today, those who think they can fill a pulpit, or teach anything in life unprepared is mistaken. There is a time of learning and understanding, for preparation and for wisdom.)
2:1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams,
(It was bad dreams. When this dream came, it was of such magnitude, it was all he could think about. His "spirit" mind was so dominated by this dream that he just couldn't sleep.)
wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians,
(Heb. chatummim, connected with the kharutu [the scepter] or rod of office of those who repelled demons and evil spirits by incantations, &c. They thought that they were great.)
and the astrologers,
(Asipi, prophets who assumed to announce the will of heaven and predict the future. they were a class apart from the others. The inscriptions speak of bab Assaput = the gate of the oracle; also of bit Assaput = the house of the oracle.)
and the sorcerers,
(Heb. mehashsh = wizard [Ex. 7:11; 22:18. Deut. 18:10. Mal. 3:5.)
and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
(This was the "religious" community. Nothing new under the sun. This seeking of help from the religious community is a type of what will happen in the end times, Jesus warned us in Matthew 24:11 that these false prophets (religious leaders) would deceive many.
The Chaldeans were the scholars and educated of their day, similar to the "Think-Tanks" of today, hired to research any topic or problem, then give their opinion. Not much has changed from old Babylon to the approaching New Babylon. For we saw president Reagan's wife ran to her Astrologers, on a daily basis, before telling her husband Ronald Reagan what to do.)
3 And the king said unto them, "I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream."
(Contrast this with Daniels vision; and note the other recorded dreams [Gen. 20:3]. It will tell you of God's plan, but not your individual future. This is his fleshly spirit that wants to know what the dream was. If it causes him so much trouble, it must be important, Nebuchadnezzar felt. He wanted these religious and educated bunch, not only tell him the dream, but interpret it also.)
4 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack,
(I.e. Aramaic. Language of the captivity. It was pure Hebrew to this point. Some of this language was carried over after the captivity. You will find examples of it in the "Dead Sea Scrolls". The insertion of this word here is to call our attention to the fact that what follows is written not in Hebrew, but in Aramaic, as far as the end of ch. 7. See Ezra 4:8-6:18 and 7:12-26; also see Jer. 10:11. The Syriac and Chaldee are properly Western and Eastern Aramaic. Below is the 1st Aramaic words so written. Cp. 3:9; 5:10; 6:6,21; Neh. 2:3. It is sort of like watching one of those politician's asked a question by the press. The answer is so full of Alibis and misleading statements they never do answer the question.)
"O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation."
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.
(The kings decree is law. He's going to find out if they are real or playing church. Cp. 3:29. Ezra 6:11. "the thing" is the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, and the king just forgot it. This made the king more upset. What better way to make a person produce at it's best, than force the punishment not just on him, but his whole family (loved ones) and his property.
Remember this is a type of Antichrist kingdom (Babylon) in the end times. Jesus warns us that following him, may and could possibly cost to you, your family, and all your possessions. This is a type of punishment started in the Medo-Persian Community. Daniel 6:7-9)
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."
(This is the same method that the Antichrist (satan) will use on the Elect and Christians in the end times; the gifts, reward's and honor to do his will, and follow him. Have you given thought to the value of your body, or your soul? Is their a point where you would sell out to the Antichrist?)
7 They answered again and said, "Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it."
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.
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."
(The religious community of today even has a hard time of interpreting God's Word, idioms, and figures of speech.)
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.
(Man can't, but God can. In other words the king is saying, if your religious system is true and you can tell me what the dream meant, surely you can also tell me what I dreamed. If it is of God, the wisdom of both the dream, and it's interpretation indeed can be revealed. Yet the Chaldeans were unable to reveal it.
Within this lies the truth, that no one can tell someone what they dreamed, or what is in their mind. Even satan can not know your mind, till you reveal it yourself. Jesus said in Matthew 15:18, that "it is what cometh out of thine mouth (spoken) that defileth you".
God can reveal the dream, and also can interpret it. As we know God revealed both the dream and the interpretation to Daniel because it is concerning the last days. This is the exact form of government that Nebuchadnezzar had in his day. This is what it will be like in the new Babylon (Antichrist) when we will be required to answer when we are delivered up.
Mark 13:11 "But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Spirit."
No man will know what to say, just as those Chaldeans of Daniel 2:10, however the elect will be so prepared, as Daniel was, that the Holy Spirit of God will use our mind and body, and speak through us.)
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."
(Is emphatic. They held that that there were gods who dwelt in men. But these were beyond mortal men altogether.)
12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
(This took in all the wise men, including Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.)
13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
14 Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch
(An ancient Babylonian name preserved and handed down from Gen. 14:1 = Iri-Aku = venerable)
the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:
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.
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.
17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven
(See 2 Chron. 36:23.)
concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
(He trusted our Father. He asked for God's intercession. Grace = unmerited favor. THE "MYSTERY". (Taken from Appendix 193 of the Companion Bible)
19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
(Don't ever forget to do this at that moment. God gave it, and by faith Daniel received it, and knew God had given this gift. Through the "Mercies of God", the secret would be revealed, and Daniel and his friend's lives would be saved. That night God opened the windows of Heaven, and allowed Daniel to see the secret. Did Daniel boast in what was revealed? Far from it. Daniel gave God all the praise and glory. In the days yet to come, I pray we will give God a reason to bless us.)
20 Daniel answered and said, "Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His:
(It there for you to call upon.)
21 And He changeth the times and the seasons:
(cp. v.9; 7:25. 1 Chron. 29:30. Job 34:24-29. Ps. 31:14,15. Ecc. 3:1-8. Jer. 27:5-7)
He removeth kings, and setteth up kings:
(Cp. 4:17,32. 1 Sam. 2:7,8. Job 12:18. Pss. 75:6,7; 113:7,8. Prov. 8:15,17. Luke 1:51,52. Acts 13:21,22.)
He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
(Common sense. You have to have a foundation before God can show you something. Ex. 31:3,6. 1 Kings 3:8-12; 4:29; 10:24. 1 Chron. 22:12. 2 Chron. 1:10-12. Prov. 2:6,7. Luke 21:15. 1 Cor. 1:30. Jas. 1:5,17; 3:15-17.)
22 He revealeth the deep and secret things:
(Cp. vv.11,28,29. Gen. 37:5-9; 41:16,26,28. Job 12:22. Ps. 25:14. Isa. 14:24,26; 42:9. Matt. 11:25. Rom. 16:25,26. Eph. 3:5. Col. 1:25-27.)
He knoweth what is in the darkness,
(Cp. Job 26:6. Ps. 139:11,12. Jer. 23:24. Luke 12:2,3. John 21:17. 1 Cor. 4:5. Heb. 4:13.)
and the light dwelleth with Him.
(He knows what no man can know. Cp. 5:11,14. Pss. 36:9; 104:2. John 1:9; 8:12; 12:45,46. 1 Tim. 6:16. Jas. 1:17. 1 John 1:5.)
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."
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."
(Daniel did not want these unlearned men of Babylon to be killed, no doubt many were friends, and instructors during Daniel's schooling.
We have the stage set for the type of what the elect will go through in the end times. We have Daniel to be delivered up, and the mystery [secret] is being revealed by God, through Daniel [related to the elect])
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."
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?"
(The name "Belteshazzar", of Daniel 1:7, was given to Daniel by the "head master" (prince of the Eunuchs) of the school of Daniel studied for in those three years. "Belteshazzar" meant "Protect thou (O Bel) his life". Nebuchadnezzar asked Daniel, can you tell me this dream I had on my bed? Not only the the dream but the interpretation? The king knew that it was only through a true God that it could be obtained.)
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;
(Fake religion can't show you anything. Some play church. Daniel called the king's attention to the fact that not one of the persons called, could give an answer to the king: the religious leaders had only their false god's for their answers. The cults and tricksters had no idea where to go, and the learned men with all their research and knowledge, fell short. The King know Daniel was the last resort. Daniel is pointing out "God is in Control", What God sets up he can take down; Kings, Nations, even one worldism; there is nothing that God cannot control. Romans 13 tells us "For there is no power but of God; The powers that be are ordained of God.
As the One worldism, sodomy, and all of the other perversions have increased today, know that it is foretold of God, and written in His Word.)
28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets,
(Daniel didn't take credit.)
and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.
(This concern us. See Gen. 49:1. Num. 24:14. Deut. 4:30; 32:29.)
Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
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.
(The very first dream of Daniel is 2484 years old, and is fresh now as it was that night, because it is from God. The one world system (the United Nations), which controls political life, Economic, Educational, Health, Space, The Sea's, International Law, and the Military Activity of all forces (including ours) is part of this dream.)
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.
(God is able to discern hearts, which is the mind. Daniel is revealing Nebuchadnezzar's dream to him. What we are about to see in the dream, is an image in four (4) parts. Those four parts bare the number of the earth . This means, what will happen on the earth, in these end times [verse 28])
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.
(Prophecy of end times. Note the 5 parts BELOW. These 5 are preserved distinct throughout. Note that the most precious metal, and the highest specific gravity was at the top, decreasing with its descent: Gold =19.3; silver = 10:51; brass = 8.5; iron = 7.6; clay = 1.9: so it was top-heavy from the first.)
32 This image's head was of fine gold,
his breast and his arms of silver,
his belly and his thighs of brass,
33 His legs of iron,
his feet part of iron and part of clay.
(Will not mix. Mohammedan dynasty.)
34 Thou sawest till that a Stone
(The Savior, Emanuel. See Ps. 118:22)
was cut out without hands,
(An expression always emphasizing the absence of all human instrumentality and the act of God alone. See v.45; 8:25 Job 34:20. Lam. 4:6. Cp. Acts 7:48; 17:24,25; 19:26. 2 Cor. 5:1. Eph. 2:11. Col. 2:11. Heb. 9:11,24.)
which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
(Or, they were beaten small. The 10 world rulers, the one world system.)
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
(Hebrew - ruach = Spirit.)
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.
(Thus marking the 2nd kingdom, that of Messiah. When the Stone [Christ] smote the image in the feet, during the end times [verse 1:28], the entire image broke. All the parts, theories, demonic and traditional teachings and theories will collapse at the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We see in Matthew 13:39 it's the angels of God that will gather the tares, the followers of satan, and prepare them for the fire.)
36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom,
(The O.T. is not designed to be a compendium of "ancient history". It is the history of Yahaveh's People, Israel; and other nations are refereed to only as, and in so far as, they come into connection with Israel. Babylon was the most ancient of kingdoms [Gen. 10:10]. Cp. Deut. 32:8. Nebuchadnezzar was not the 1st king; but he was the "head" or beginning of the Gentile dominion in the earth when Israel had been "removed" [according to Jer. 15:4; 24:9; 29:19]. These successive kingdoms are reckoned only as they obtained possession of Jerusalem. They existed before that; and each, in turn, was absorbed in the one that succeeded.)
power, and strength, and glory.
(He was a type of the anti-Christ, but only lets him go so far to fulfill God's plan.)
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,
(According to His word [Jer. 27:6,7; 28:14,&c. Cp. 1:2 and Ezek 26:7.)
and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
(I.e. the 1st of the 5 kingdoms, not the 1st king of Babylon. Anti-Christ system. So is Satan today, the prince of the air. He will deceive you if you let him.)
39 And after thee shall arise
(Begin to exist. See Ex. 1:8.)
(The kingdom of Medo-Persia, which succeeded Babylon by occupying Jerusalem [2 Chron. 36:22])
inferior to thee,
(As silver is inferior to gold, in value and specific gravity, so the 2nd kingdom was inferior to the 1st. The successive kingdoms are marked by evolution [or rather, devolution]. In the 1st [Babylon] the king possessed absolute power ["whom he would he slew", &c., 5:19]; the 2nd [Medo-Persia] was a government by law which was superior to the king [6:1,14,&.])
and another third kingdom of brass,
(This again was "inferior", as being less despotic.)
which shall bear rule over all the earth.
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron:
(I.e. Rome [Luke 2 and 8]. Observe that it does not say there were "four, and no more", as alleged; but "the forth". An ordinal number, not cardinal. The 5th revealed in vv.41-43. The power which was to succeed Rome in the possession of Jerusalem was to be the Mohammadan power, which was still future when our Lord referred to it in Luke 21:24; but the Lord does not name it, because the condition of Acts 3:18-26 could not be anticipated, assumed, or forestalled) shall be hard as iron (this was the character of Rome, both royal, imperial, and republican.)
forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
(Part of the 4 hidden dynasties, "new word order",  political;  educational;  monetary;  religion. It will break up, but, the false Christ, Satan, will heal it and deceive many thinking he is Christ.)
41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay,
(The 5th power is now described [the "feet and toes"]. It came into possession of Jerusalem in 636 A.D. [Rome having held the city for 666 years: viz., from the battle of Actium, 31 B.C. -636 A.D.]. Its character as described in v.41 is exact; and, as represented by the "feet", Jerusalem has indeed been "trodden down" [Luke 21:24] as was never done by any of the other 4 powers.)
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.
(Compare Jacob and Esau. Descendants are The free world and Russia [Esau, the red nation])
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.
(Never gets its act together.)
43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they
(I.e the toes.)
shall mingle themselves with the seed of men:
(Supernatural with flesh won't mix. See Rev. 12:7.)
but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
(As we sit and watch the news today this is what is happening right before our eyes. This "One worldism" is comprised of the "iron" strength of NATO, trying to mend into the "partly broken" pieces of the Warsaw Pack Nations. As the satanic mentality of these "One worldest" strive to sew it together, they "just don't get it". Communist ideas and Christianity just don't mix. That is why in the very near future their will be a break.
Many Christians in deep slumber shall wake up, and this "Circus on the Hudson" [United Nations] will fall apart, we have been hood winked by those "kenites", the same one's [offspring] that faced Jesus and the disciples: And Jesus said that we are not to be deceived by them. I'm talking about the "bad figs", not the Jew's of Judah, but are of Cain. Our Nation is falling from within through socialism in all the branches of our Government. Though we will grow weaker, God will not allow us to fall all the way. At some point the Giant will awake: those lazy Christians who sit and are fed with the lies of a Godless press, and believe it to be a fact. Regardless how hard those satanic men and woman try to join nations, and try to degrade our Heavenly Father's standards, moral and social rules or order, so all mankind will be equal; it just won't happen.)
44 And in the days of these kings
(Represented by the 10 toes: i.e. in their days, at the end of the time of the 5th power. Cp. Rev. 17:12-18. That is the moment of the great Stone, and the coming of Messiah.)
shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed:
(This hasn't happened yet.)
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.
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces
(The "deadly wound".)
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."
(You can count on it. See 8:23.)
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.
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."
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.
(Always be wiser than the serpent and peaceful as a dove. Nebuchadnezzar was impressed, and knew it must be of God. As we live in the year 2011 we can look back and see history prove God's Word is true. The amazing thing is that we can sit with open eyes and watch as the "latter Day" prophecy is concluded.
With just a little knowledge it is impossible to understand both how, and why this Godless One worldism is forming, and why it just won't work. How much of our National and personal treasure are we in America and Canada going to waste, until we wake up. What is happening will happen. It is God "that changes times and season, He removeth Kings and sets them up, He giveth wisdom"...Daniel 2:21
My friend, we are warned by God in Nebuchadnezzar's vision, and Daniel's interpretation of the One Worldism Kingdom.)
49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon:
(Never forget your friends. See Rom. 13.)
but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
(Wisdom is a powerful force. Notice: That Daniel was not in the same political level or place as his three friends. This is important as questions arise later whether Daniel bowed, when the others did not. Daniel was in the palace of Shushan in Persia, while the Golden Image was at Dura in Babylon, being worshipped.)