The Interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's Dream
Daniel Tell's The Dream
Daniel 2: 31-45 - You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome.This image's head was
of fine gold, its chest and arm was of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 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. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floor; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became
a great *mountain and filled the whole earth. This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king.
The Head of Gold Symbolized Nebuchadnezzar's Empire
(The Babylonian Empire)
Verse 37 -38 -You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and
wherever the children of men dwell, or the beast of the field and the
birds of heaven, He has given them into your hands, and has made you ruler over them all, you are this head of gold.
The Medo-Persian Empire is The Second Kingdom
Verse 39-first part-But after you shall arise another inferior to yours,
The Vision of the Ram ( Medi-Persian Empire)
Cyrus overthrew Babylon in October 539 BC and ruled until 331 BC, mentioned in Daniel 8
Daniel 8:1-4, - In the third of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me-to me, Daniel-after the one that appeared to me the first time. I saw in the vision, and it so happened while I was looking, that
I was in Shushan the citadel, which is in the province of Elam, and I saw in the vision that I was by the River Ulai. Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and there, standing beside the river, was a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were
high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no beast could withstand him, nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according
to his will and became great.
The Interpitation of the Ram
Daniel 5:30 - 31 - That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was
slain. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.
Cyrus is the Ram (Medo-Persian Empire)
Daniel 8: 20
- The ram which you saw, having the two horns-they are the kings of the Media and Persia.
Cyrus is the bear (Medio-Persian Empire)
Daniel 7:5 -And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth, and they said thus to it: 'Arise, devour much flesh.
Ezra 1: 1 - Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia,
Cyrus Became King of all Persia in 548 BC
that the word
of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,
Verse 2- Thus says Cyrus king of Persia; All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah.
3 - Who is there among you of all His people? May His God be with him! Now let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel (He is God), which is in Jerusalem.
4- And whoever remains in any place where he sojourns, let the men of his place help him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, besides the freewill offerings for the house of God which is in Jerusalem.
The Third Kingdom is the Greco-Macedonian Empire
(Alexander The Great)
Verse 39-last part-a
third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.
Alexander destroyed the Medo-Persian empire on October 1, 331 BC
Daniel 7: 6 - "After this I looked and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it."
The male Goat
(Alexander The Great) Greco-Macedonian Empire
Daniel 8: 5 - 8 - And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth,
without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
The he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him
with furious power.
And I saw him confronting the ram, he the ram, and broke his two horns. There was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down to
the ground and trampled him and there was no one that could deliver the ram from his hand.
*Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became strong,
the large horn was broken, @and in place of it four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven.
the Great had been responsible for the spreading of the overarching culture and language of this worldwide civilization. Alexander, a Macedonian, had set out over three centuries before Christ to conquer the world. His goal was to spread Greek culture, which
he firmly believed was superior to all others. By 333 b.c. he had conquered the whole of Syria and Palestine; by 331 he had added Egypt. The whole vast Persian Empire was his. But in 323, after touching India itself,
Alexander died. @His holdings were divided between four generals, and the unity that Alexander envisioned was shattered.
of the Goat (Greco-Macedonian Empire )
Daniel 8:21- 22 - And the male goat is the kingdom of *Greese. The
large horn that is between its eyes is the first king. As for the broken horn and *the four that stud up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that kingdom, but not with its power.
*It came on the scene with its first great king, Alexander the Great, and it was later divided among his (four) generals after his death.
The Fourth Kingdom is the
Verse 40- And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters all things; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break
in pieces and crush all the others.
Also mentioned in Daniel 7:7 - "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge
iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the other beast that were before it, and it had ten horns."
The Continuation of the
(The New Holy Roman Empire)To be fulfilled in the last days
Also mentioned in Daniel 7:7 - 8 - "After
this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the other beast that were
before it, and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horn were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and
a mouth speaking pompous words."
Revelation 13: 1- 3 - Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten
crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. I saw one of his heads
as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.
The Beast in Revelation 13 is a composition of all the other best mentioned
in Daniel 7:2-8 - Daniel spoke saying, 'I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stiring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. The first was like a lion,
and had eagle's wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man's heart was given to it. And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side,
and three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: 'Arise, devour much flesh!' After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast had four heads, and dominion was given to
it. After this I saw in the night vision, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrable, exceedingly strong. It had hugh iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beast that
were before it, and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before three of the first horns were plucked out by its roots. And there, in
this horn, were eyse like the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking pompous words..
The little horn
Daniel 8: 9- 14 - And
out of one of them came a little horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the west, and toward the Glorious land. And it grew up to the host of heaven and it cast down some of the host and
some of the stars to the ground, and trampled them.
He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and *by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the
place of His sanctuary was cast down.
Because of transgression, an army was given over to the horn to oppose the daily sacrifice, and he cast truth down to the ground. He did all and prospered.
Then I heard a holy one speaking and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, "How long will the vision be concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled
under foot?' And he said to me, for two thousand three hundred days, then the sanctuary shall be cleansed."
*This was first fulfilled by Antious Epiphanies from 167 - 169 BC, but this prophecy will happen again
at the time of the end.
The interpretation of the little horn
Daniel 8: 23 - 24 - And in the latter time of their kingdom,
when the transgressions have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; he shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thriving, he shall destroy
the mighty, and also the holy people.
To be fulfilled in the last days
Daniel 8:25-26 -Through his cunning he shall cause
deceit to prosper
under his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the *Prince of princes;
but he shall be broke with out human hand. "And the vision of the evenings and the mornings which was told is true, therefore seal up the vision, for it refers to many days in the future."
And I, Daniel, fainted and
was sick for days; afterwards I arose and went about the king's business. I was astonished by the vision, but no one understood it.
*The Prince of princes is Christ
Verse 41- Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.
Verse 42- As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.
Verse 43- As you saw iron
mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.
The Return of Christ
Mentioned also in Daniel 8: 25 last part - He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broke with out human hand.
Zechariah 14:12 (ESV)
12 And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing
on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
Mattew 24:30 - 'Then the sign of the
Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribs of the earth will morn, and the will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.'
Daniel 7: 13
- I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Anccient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and
a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.
44- 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 kingdom, and it shall stand forever.
Verse 45-Inasmuch as you saw the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke
in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God has made known to you the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.
Notice that it says in verse 44 of Daniel 7 that God will set up a kingdom in the days of those kings. It does not mean that all those kings were alive when God set up His kingdom.....it means that the world would
still be under the influence of all those Empires that came and went......all those kingdoms influence are still in effect today......we are living in the days of those kings just as much as it was when Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem.
Jesus came during the time of the Roman Empire and set up the kingdom of God before He left, by chooseing men whom were given the Holy Spirit, and they were to go out and preach
the gospel to the world, and baptized all those who believed the gospel. So the kingdom of God is here through those who heard the gospel, believed it and were baptized, and recieved the Holy Spirit.
Verse 45 will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to complete the final phase of God's kingdom. The kingdom of God on the Earth will have such a positive impact on the world, that all those other kingdoms before it will be forgotten; as
if they had never existed.