Hello! I’m so glad you are back with me today for our Revelation series.
What did you say?
Yes, Revelation. I know that last week we were in the book of Nehemiah. Annnnnd, this week we are in Daniel, but we really are studying the book of Revelation. It’s just that when you study Revelation you must take some side trips into other books of the Bible in order to get a full picture. So, that’s what we are doing for a few weeks. It may not all make sense right now, but if I do my job correctly, you will understand why we have chased these rabbits by the time we work our way back to Revelation.
Today we move from Nehemiah to Daniel. In Nehemiah we learned about a decree to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem that was issued by King Artaxerxes in 445 BC. Today we are privy to the interpretation of a dream by Daniel. The dream was had by King Nebuchadnezzar and involved a statue.
Let me set the stage by giving you the passage we will be studying, then you will find the teaching video at the bottom of the post. If you have your Bible, please turn to Daniel 2:31-45 and follow along. If you have no Bible handy, here is the Scripture.
31 “You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening.
32 The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
34 As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
36 “This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation.
37 You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, 38 and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all–you are the head of gold.
39 Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. 40 And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these.
41 And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay.
44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, 45 just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.”