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Dan. 2:31-42

Lesson # Dan. 2:31-42
Study Material - Dan. 2:31-42

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Dan. 2:31-42

31 'You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome. 32 'The head of that statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 'You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay, and crushed them. 35 'Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. 36 'This was the dream; now we shall tell its interpretation before the king. 37 'You, O king, are the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, the strength, and the glory; 38 and wherever the sons of men dwell, or the beasts of the field, or the birds of the sky, He has given them into your hand and has caused you to rule over them all. You are the head of gold. 39 'And after you there will arise another kingdom inferior to you, then another third kingdom of bronze, which will rule over all the earth. 40 'Then there will be a fourth kingdom as strong as iron; inasmuch as iron crushes and shatters all things, so, like iron that breaks in pieces, it will crush and break all these in pieces. 41 'And in that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with common clay. 42 'And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle. 43 'And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.

Nebuchadnezzar lived in a city and nation which built great images, statues that were splendid and awesome in their appearance. So God gave him a dream using that image style to communicate the history from the present age to the second advent of Christ.

Six kingdoms are presented in the image. The former being the golden age of the Chaldean empire and the latter being the permanent age. The others being inferior empires that span the times in between.

The image had definite parts. The head, the breast and arms, the belly and thighs, the legs, the feet with its toes, and finally a part that was not of the statue, a stone cut out not with human hands and cast against the feet of the image crushing it and crumbling all of the image above the feet to the head into dust that will never recover. The image might impress people. The kingdoms of the earth might impress people, but they all come and go. And from our current view today, the first four have all disappeared. We are currently in a gap in history waiting for the next kingdom in historical sequence, but we as believers will not see that kingdom, because it will be formed in the Tribulation. We can speculate as to its nature and make, but that is only speculation (the ten nations rising out of the former Roman states, or current nations in Europe). Which ten? Probably several nations will be so depleted of people who turn up missing after the rapture, that some nations will be quickly absorbed into neighboring nations. Whatever the result is, there will be a ten nation power rising in the future.

Nebuchadnezzar is the king of the Chaldean empire, now called the Babylonian empire. They are one and the same. However, from perhaps Nimrod some 1600 centuries before, give or take, through the Assyrian kings, until Nebuchadnezzar, there has been a great kingdom sequence since the flood. A head of gold, it being the greatest and longest lasting kingdom. But so grand is the kingdom of Babylon, it is still of this earth, and in 70 years it will be over run.

Next comes the breast of silver. A lesser quality metal, but valuable nonetheless. Babylon will be invaded by the two arms of the Medes and the Persians. Darius the king of the Medes, and Cyrus the king of Cyrus, both join together to defeat Babylon in about 70 years. Daniel will live to see this event. This empire will rule for some 200 years, then the third empire will rise up.

Greece and Alexander the Great will come along and quickly over run the known world in the Middle East. The two former empires of the east will be replaced by an empire in the west. And this empire will then be replaced by Rome the second empire in the west, which will rule with iron. The legs of iron represent this empire, as roman soldiers march their way across the continents to even greater distances, crushing everything in their path as only iron can crush their opponents.

Then the ten toes will rise up out of the legs and form yet another empire. A short lived empire of less than seven years, and a very weak empire, for its mixture of clay and iron do not hold up. This Tribulational empire will be quickly formed not on a good foundation, but on quick politics and tyranny. It will rise out of the chaos that will ensue following the rapture. As believers all over the world have departed and with them the salt that preserves this world, then rot will quickly set in and the worlds deterioration will escalate rapidly. Tyrants will come to power seizing on the opportunity presented by the rapture, but rather than recognizing the power of God and recognizing the historical significance of the rapture event, and then turning to God, these tyrants will seek to advance their own form of wickedness. This quickly formed nation will not hold together. Even its powerful leader, the anti-christ will not have absolute power, but frustration and will seek to destroy those whom he sees as a threat to his rule. And those peoples who are seen as a threat will be the Jews first, and believers in general second. If things do not go your way, then find someone else to blame. This will be the greatest period of persecution in history. This is the fifth kingdom.

Since the time of Rome, nations have risen and fallen. None have ruled the world though some have tried. Some nations have had great histories for many centuries, such as Briton, or perhaps Spain, or even China, but these have occurred in this Church Age. While Rome began in the Age of Israel just prior to the first advent of Christ and crumbled in our current age, all of these empires mentioned will have begun outside our current Church Age.

With the completed scriptures, God will cut out a rock in this age, though not mentioned in this passage and demonstrate to the human and angelic realm that even without His physical presence on earth, and even greater kingdom can be established, that of the Royal Family. But more on that tomorrow.

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