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1)    While king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was laying down to sleep in the year 603 BC, which was “the second year” of his reign, he began to think about “what should come to pass” (Daniel 2:29).  Would his great kingdom of Babylon continue on for ever?  Would there be any other kingdoms who could successfully attack and conquer his great nation?  Such “thoughts” as these came into his mind while he was resting upon his bed (Daniel 2:29).
     After he fell asleep “Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him” (Daniel 2:1).  After he waking up, the king knew that this dream had to have come to him directly from the gods, and therefore it was extremely important that he remember the dream and discover what it all meant.  But try as he might, the king could not remember anything about it (Daniel 2:8), except that what he had seen had greatly upset him.

2)   So “the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans” (Daniel 2:2) so that they could come before him and help ease his troubled mind.  Once these wise men came before the king, Nebuchadnezzar said “I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream” (Daniel 2:3), but “the thing is gone from me” (Daniel 2:5).  These wise men knew that their only hope was for the king himself to remember his dream, and so they then asked the king to please “tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation” (Daniel 2:4).

3)  The king then plainly told the wise men that “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” (Daniel 2:5).  Yet these wise men again requested the king to “tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it” (Daniel 2:7).
     At this point Nebuchadnezzar began to realize that if these wise men could not tell him what he had dreamed, then they could not be wise enough to give him the correct interpretation either.  So he plainly told them that “if you 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...therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof” (Daniel 2:9).
     Since death was surely their fate, these wise men had nothing to lose by plainly telling the king that his request was very unreasonable, or in other words, they were trying to take the blame off of themselves for their lack of knowledge, and instead placing the blame upon the king because he had dared to ask them to prove that they were wise!  They 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...and there is none other than can shew it before the king, except the gods” themselves (Daniel 2:10-11).  After hearing this answer, “the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.  And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain” (Daniel 2:12-13).

4)   Now because God had blessed Daniel “in all matters of wisdom and understanding” being “ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all” of Babylon (Daniel 1:20), the king had placed this Daniel among the wise men of his kingdom.  This then meant that Daniel would also have to be slain even though he had not been present with the other wise men summoned before the king.  Daniel then asked to be immediately taken before the king, and after arriving he humbly asked the king if “he would give him time” and afterwards he would then tell the king what he had dreamed as well as “shew the king the interpretation” (Daniel 2:16).  To this request from his greatest wise man, Nebuchadnezzar willingly agreed to.
     Daniel knew that there was no way for him to guess or even figure out himself what the king had dreamed, but he also knew that what is impossible for human beings is indeed possible with the God of heaven!  So Daniel then asked some of his friends who also believed in God to join along with him in prayer for “mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret” dream, and after sincerely praying for help “then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision” (Daniel 2:18-19).  Daniel then thanked and praised God “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” (Daniel 2:23).

5)  Daniel was brought into “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” (Daniel 2:27)?  Daniel continues and tells the king that “there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days....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" (Daniel 2:28-29).

6)  “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.  This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.  Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.  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 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.” Daniel 2:31-35.

7)   Daniel then gave the interpretation to the king of what his dream really meant.  “Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.  And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all.  Thou art this head of gold.” Daniel 2:37-38.  So king Nebuchadnezzar, along with his kingdom of Babylon, represented the first golden section of this image.
      Daniel then continued: “And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth” (Daniel 2:39).  This then meant that since the whole image was not made of gold, but of different metals, then each of these different metaled sections symbolized a different kingdom that would succeed in power and rule over the world.  This first metaled section, this head of gold, represented Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom of Babylon which indeed ruled over the world from 606 B.C. to 539 B.C.

8)   In 539 B.C., the kingdom that fought against and conquered Babylon, symbolized by the next metaled section of silver, was the kingdom of the combined nations of the Medes and Persians.  History indeed proves that just after 67 years of world domination the kingdom of Babylon was overthrown by the kingdom of Medo-Persia.

     But just as the rest of the image was not all made of silver, so the Medo-Persian empire was also not to continue to rule over all the world.  The kingdom of Medo-Persia held world domination from 539 B.C. to 331 B.C. – or for 208 years, and then it was time for the next kingdom, represented by the section of brass, to “bear rule over all the earth” (Daniel 2:39).  This kingdom was the Greeks.

9)    Historical records proves that in 331 B.C. the Greek army, led by Alexander the Great, destroyed the last Persian king during the famous Battle of Arbela, which then allowed the Greeks to establish their domination over the known world.  The reign of the Greek Empire lasted for 163 years, from 331 B.C. to 168 B.C.  Yet just as brass is inferior to silver and gold, so Greece domination was less prestigious than of the Medo-Persia and Babylonian empires.

10)  Daniel described the next kingdom which was to bear rule over all the earth, which was represented by iron: “And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise” (Daniel 2:40).  And which kingdom does historical records show conquered the Grecian empire?  It was the Roman Empire.
     In 168 B.C., the Roman armies defeated the last vissage of the Greek kingdom and then obtained world domination.  And iron perfectly symbolized Rome’s iron fisted rule over all nations and peoples it conquered.  Every aspect of Rome, from its military strength and discipline, to the laws it imposed, was like the strength of iron.  This kingdom of Rome lasted for some 643 years until in 476 A.D. it finally succommed to the never-ending attacks from the various barbarian kingdoms that had made up its empire.
     The fall of Rome was prophesied as follows: “And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, 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” (Daniel 2:41).

11)    These 10 nations were:
     1. The Saxons, which developed into the English nation.
     2. The Franks, which developed into the French nation.
     3. The Alamanni, which developed into the German nation.
     4. The Visigoths, which developed into the Spanish nation.
     5. The Suevi, which developed into the Portuguese nation.
     6. The Lombards, which developed into the Italian nation.
     7. The Burgundians, which developed into the Swiss nation.
     8. The Heruli, which were eventually eliminated by the little horn or the Papacy (see Daniel 7:8).
     9. The Vandals, which were eventually eliminated by the little horn or the Papacy (see Daniel 7:8).
     10. The Ostrogoths, which were eventually eliminated by the little horn or the Papacy (see Daniel 7:8).

12)    What about the possibility of these 10 nations, which are all found existing within Europe, reuniting together and regaining their world-ruling power?  “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.  And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” Daniel 2:42-43.

13)    But this was not the end of the dream!  “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: 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.  Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it break in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold...” Daniel 2:44-45.

14)    There was to be a 5th world-ruling kingdom – symbolized by the stone, that was to be set up in the days of these kings, but which was to never be destroyed.  So then who represents this stone and its kingdom?
     “This [Jesus Christ] is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12.

     “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:4.

     “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord.” Ephesians 2:19-21.

     So this stone represents Jesus Christ, and the kingdom that He is the ruler and King over indeed began to be established in the days of these kings when He was on this earth some 2000 years ago.  

15)    But where is this kingdom of God?
     “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.  Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then?  Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king.  To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.  Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” John 18:36-37.

16)    If this kingdom of Christ is not of this world, then exactly where is it?
     “And when he [Jesus] was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21.

17)    How do you become a part of Christ’s kingdom?  It is not by joining some denomination, but it is by accepting the truth of “the gospel of the kingdom” (Matthew 24:14) – that Christ is the Messiah, that He is your God, that He is your Saviour and Redeemer and can save you to the uttermost from all of your sins to grant you eternal life, and that He alone can bring you into direct connection with the Almighty God – your heavenly Father!
     So by accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ, and allowing His truths to reign supreme in your heart and acting upon them in your daily life, you can indeed become “the children of the kingdom” – represented in Christ’s parables as a good seed of wheat (Matthew 13:38).  But if you continue to refuse to accept Jesus Christ as your God and Saviour, or after accepting Him should refuse to allow His truths to reign supreme in your life, then you show yourself to be “the children of the wicked one” – represented in Christ’s parables as a bad seed of tares (Matthew 13:38).

18)    All future attempts to destroy Christ’s kingdom of followers will fail as well!  Why?  Because the God who knows the future and who never lies has prophesied that Christ’s kingdom “shall never be destroyed”, that “it shall stand for ever”, and that “the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure” (Daniel 2:44-45).

19)    Will you also follow the example of Christ’s disciples and apostles and begin “preaching the kingdom of God” to others (Acts 20:25)?  Because when enough converted and devoted followers of Jesus Christ begin to live and preach this gospel message, it is prophesied that “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14).
     Will you choose to stand with all these other nations against the Lord Jesus Christ and His followers?  Or will you choose to stand with your Saviour Jesus Christ and His followers against all these nations?  Will you be among the few that will choose to “fall on this stone” Jesus Christ and “be broken” in heart through humbly acknowledging yourself to be a sinner in need of Jesus as your Saviour (Matthew 21:44)?  Or will you be among the vast majority who stubbornly remain prideful and reject Jesus until it is forever too late, and thus the coming of Christ Jesus will be like an immense Rock falling upon you which “will grind [you] to powder” (Matthew 21:44)?

20)    “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
     “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
     “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Matthew 25:31-46.

     “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Depart from me, all ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23.