Dan 2:1 LITV
(1) And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar was dreaming dreams, and his spirit was troubled, and his sleep was finished on him.
In the second Chapter of the Book of Daniel, we can observe how Daniel described his experienced in a new land and away from what he knew. In the second year of Daniel’s life under the Babylonian empire, the writer (Daniel), expressed in an effective manner how the human spirit gets troubled when is not under the guidance of God. In this occasion is a pagan king, whose spirit gets troubled by the uncertainty of life. This particular pagan king feels powerless in front of a dream in were he has no saying about. Just imagine you are the most powerful man on earth, to the point in were you can take someone else life on command, and suddenly that power means nothing in front of a simple but meaningful dream. A normal human behavior is to question all the things we are unable to understand even when we can see them., and that make us more vulnerable than what we can imagine, and so was king Nebuchadnezzar.
Dan 2:2 LITV
(2) And the king said to call to the magicians, and to the conjurers, and to the sorcerers and to the Chaldeans, to declare to the king his dreams. And they came and stood before the king.
As a result of his displeasure, king Nebuchadnezzar started to look for answers in the places he though he could find them. It did seems quite right for him to search for answers on the right places, even when those right places were wrong. We are only limited to our own understanding and the only thing that can expand the spiritual level and human knowledge is the opening of our spiritual eyes. King Nebuchadnezzar reaches for what he considered the most knowledgeable and brilliant people of his kingdom.
So the king called the “ Magicians”, (Heb. hartumim, (Dan_1:20)) were sacred scribes who acted as interpreters of omens, or “revealer of secret things”; H2748
From the same as H2747; a horoscopist (as drawing magical lines or circles). –Magician.
and to the “Conjurers”, (H825
From an unused root (probably meaning to lisp, that is, practice enchantment); a conjurer: – astrologer.
and to the “Sorcerers” H3784
A primitive root; properly to whisper a spell, that is, to inchant or practise magic: – sorcerer, (use) witch (-craft).
and to the Chaldeans…
Notice how at the very end of the statement in the titles of the most prominent and influential people to the king seat, it is expressed the “Chaldeans”, and even when many people do not pay attention to this very important point, it most be observed how the Chaldeans were consider on the kingdom a group set apart from those brought from other land conquered by the Babylonian.
Dan 2:4 And the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic: O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will reveal the meaning.
Dan 2:5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The word is certainly gone from me. If you will not make known the dream and its meaning to me, you will be made into mere members, and your houses shall be made an outhouse.
Dan 2:6 But if you make known the dream, you shall receive gifts and a present and great honor from before me. Therefore, reveal the dream and its meaning to me.
Dan 2:7 They again replied and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will reveal its meaning.
Dan 2:8 The king answered and said, For I know that you buy time, that on account of all, you see the thing is certainly gone from me.
Dan 2:9 But if you will not make the dream known to me, there is one law for you. For you have agreed upon lying and deceiving words to speak before me until the time has changed. Therefore, tell me the dream, then I shall know that you can reveal the meaning to me.
Dan 2:10 The Chaldeans replied before the king and said, There is not a man on the earth who can reveal the king’s matter, because not any king, lord, or ruler has asked such a thing from any magician, or conjurer, or Chaldean.
Dan 2:11 And the thing that the king asks is rare. And there is no other who may reveal it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.
Dan 2:12 Then the king was enraged and angered. And he commanded all the wise men of Babylon to be destroyed.
Dan 2:13 And the law went out that the wise men should be killed. And they looked for Daniel and his companions, to be killed.
In Verse 4 it is important to see how specific the Word of God express the language used by the counsel of the king. In the KJ Version this language is expressed as “Syriack”. From this verse thru Chapter 7 verse 28 the Book of Daniel is written in Aramaic, which is a language related to Hebrew but distinct from it. We can also see this language used in Ezra 4:8 – 6:18; 7:12-26, also in Jeremiah 10:11. This might be an older form of the Canaanite language, which is considered an ancestor to the Hebrew and Greek language. If we read the originals Books, we will see the total absent of the word “YAHWEH” or “JEHOVA” (Lord) in the Aramaic section. In order for God to be distinguished from the pagan idols and pagan deities the Aramaic language used the words “King of Heaven” (Daniel 4:37) or “High God” Daniel 4:2, 24). Please read;
2nd Ki 18:26 LITV
(26) And Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah said to the chief of the cupbearers, Please speak Aramaic to your servants, for we understand; and do not speak with us in Jewish, in the ears of the people on the wall.
It is expressed how the Aramaic was the international language of the time of Daniel. Below is the root of the word in the strong numbers definition;
Feminine of H761; (only adverbially) in Aramaean: – in the Syrian language (tongue), in Syriack.
It is important to mention that during the New Testament time the Aramaic language was the common language for the Hebrew people. Also it is vital to know that this language during Daniel’s time was the language considered for political, business and anything in relation with international matters in the known world.
Observe in the text of the rest of the verses the king’s pressure of his emotional and intellectual desperation in search of the truth and meaning of the dream. Also notice how the entire courts of advisers to the king were put in a warning mode, avoiding in such manner a scam on their part. As a respond from the courts advisers and in an attempt of taking the pressure from their own, they acknowledge their inadequacy and incapability to determine what the king Nebuchadnezzar was looking for and a s result the imminent death as a punishment. Read below:
Dan 2:12-19 LITV
(12) Then the king was enraged and angered. And he commanded all the wise men of Babylon to be destroyed.
(13) And the law went out that the wise men should be killed. And they looked for Daniel and his companions, to be killed.
(14) Then Daniel answered with counsel and insight to Arioch the chief of the king’s bodyguard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon.
(15) He answered and said to Arioch, the king’s officer, Why is the decree so hasty from before the king? And Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.
(16) And Daniel went in and asked of the king that he would give him time, and he would show the king the meaning.
(17) Then Daniel went to his house and declared the thing to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions,
(18) that they might pray for the mercies of God in Heaven about this secret, that Daniel and his companions should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
(19) Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision, and Daniel blessed the God of Heaven.
King Nebuchadnezzar declares a law against all the wise men. As it was a custom during this time, once a nation was conquered by another kingdom, the conqueror had the power to take with them, any and every men with knowledge, science and or any special powers to increase the power of the kingdom that had conquered such nation. In antiquity there had been only one kingdom that step out of such custom, and whenever this kingdom took over another kingdom or nation, they would totally destroyed to the roots any signs of such kingdom or nation conquered by them, this used to give the indication from their part to the other nations the total control of knowledge, science, culture, and power was only in their hands without the need of others. That kingdom was the Roman Empire.
In verse 14 of Chapter 2 in the Book of Daniel, it is vital to know that Daniel shows in his action the very principal of been a man of God. In moments of desperation and in where there is way out, the man that is in the hands of the All Mighty, cannot and should not despair, nor be afraid, neither trembled. These three qualities are essentials in every new man of God for their daily lives.
There is also an important element in this part of the narrative, and that is the immediate action taking by Daniel, avoiding so the possibility of losing not just his own life but also the ones of his fellows Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (these by the way were the names of his natural land and culture).
It is also in verse 15 of the same chapter that we can see how the power of prayer. It is more so when Daniel as to his fellow companions to be in prayer for an answer, which it is a demonstration for us today that the Bible it is infallible and as it is said in Mathew 18:19;
Mat 18:19-20 LITV
(19) Again I say to you, If two of you agree on earth as to anything, whatever they shall ask, it shall be to them from My Father in Heaven.
(20) For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst.
There is a point of importance that most be mention, it must be remembered that the temple was destroyed and the vessels of the house of God were taken away (read Daniel 1:2). At this point the Jewish people did not have a place for them to dedicate their lives, nor their sacrifices and prayers to God. As men of God we must adjust under the circumstances without jeopardizing the very principal of the dedication of our entire life to God and to his Gospel.
Humility in our heart is an element that every man of God should claim and posses. Daniel in deed was given by God knowledge, skill in all writing, wisdom and understanding in all visions and dreams. That could be seeing in the below verse;
Dan 1:17 LITV
(17) As for these four boys, God gave them knowledge and skill in all writing and wisdom. And Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
These particular gifts from God where expressed in Isaiah 11:2, read below;
Isa 11:2 LITV
(2) And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest on Him; He will have the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah.
These demonstrate that even when during the Old Testament was a lack of knowledge of the Holy Spirit of God, that was not in any way at the absent of the Spirit of God, but in the other hand there was His presence in seven different manifestations well expressed here in this verse, and for which Daniel had them all, indicative of the presence of the Holy Spirit in him.
In verse 19 we can see how after we put ourselves on the hands of the Lord we received all and any answers to our dilemmas and for those that we pray, but that is only when we put ourselves on the hands of the Lord.
Dan 2:20-25 LITV
(20) Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.
(21) And He changes the times and the seasons; He causes kings to pass away, and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who know understanding.
(22) He reveals the deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells in Him.
(23) I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers, who has given me wisdom and might, and has made me know what we ask of You. For You have revealed to us the king’s matter.
(24) Then Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had chosen to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said this to him, Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon. Bring me in before the king, and I will show the meaning to the king.
(25) Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel in before the king and spoke this to him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah who will make the meaning known to the king.
From verses 20 thru 23 in Chapter 2 in the book of Daniel it clearly visible how Daniel thank God for the mercy on given them the answer they needed. Many times over the man of God most understand that the only way to get answers to our searches in life is by the mean of a constant prayer with a meek and humble spirit, and most of all the complete submission of our lives to the Lord and His will. Daniels prayer is started with thanksgiving and exaltation to the name of God. This is clear if we read Proverbs 3: 3-7, and it said;
Pro 3:3-7 LITV
(3) Mercy and truth will not forsake you, tie them on your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,
(4) and you shall find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
(5) Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding.
(6) In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
(7) Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Jehovah and depart from evil.
Here the Book of Proverbs is giving us a clear notion of why Daniel and his friends, that were with him under captivity, preceded with a complete trust in what and why they were doing. Notice in the Book of Proverbs Chapter 3 verse 4 indicates how those that are and put themselves in the will of God will find favor and good understanding in the sight of the Lord and man. Going back to the Book of Daniel observed in verse 24 how Daniel went to Arioch. It is very important for us to understand how significant this is, because Daniel do not back up neither hide from the man that has total authority to take Daniel’s life and the others as well, but instead, Daniel himself went to him and asked for Arioch to give them an opportunity to speak with the king Nebuchadnezzar, in a complete and solid feeling of trust to the One that sent him, God Himself. It is also remarkable to know that Daniel not just asks for mercy on the Jew wise men (himself and Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) but extended his request to those that were non-Jew wise men, that is noticed in verse 24 at the end of the verse.
It is imperative and part of our responsibility, for the man of God, to show mercy on others on our prayers, especially for those that are under the ignorance and neglect of their own sinful life.
Arioch, in an urgent moment, went to king Nebuchadnezzar, and he (Arioch) expressed to the king that he(Arioch) had found, very interesting to noticed how even during this time of the human history we can still see how many like to take advantage of opportunities for their own prosperity, not a new concept I guess. Daniel did not corrected him, is nothing mentioned about Daniel doing so. Please also press attention to the firm way that Arioch almost like knowing that Daniel was for the wining expressed to the king that this was not a mere matter of guessing on Daniel’s part but instead a sure thing.
Dan 2:26-30 LITV
(26) The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Are you able to reveal to me the dream which I have seen, and its meaning?
(27) Daniel replied before the king and said, The secret which the king has demanded cannot be shown to the king by the wise men, the conjurers, the magicians, or the star-gazing ones.
(28) But there is a God in Heaven who reveals secrets, and makes known to King Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head on your bed, are these:
(29) As for you, O king, your thoughts came on your bed, what should happen after this. And He who reveals secrets makes known to you what shall occur.
(30) But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living man, but so that the meaning might be made known to the king, and that you might know the thoughts of your heart.
We must imagine the intensity of this event not just for Daniel as a man of God, putting on the line his reputation as a wise man, but more so the name of the Only Living God. You could feel the tension in the air; the king is desperate for a solution and explanation to a dream that is robbing him of his peace. In today’s terms we could call that “insomnia”. Many preachers and leaders say that the king was having dreams, but if you noticed in verse 26 it only mentioned one dream.
Daniel immediately put at easy the king and explained to him why he (the king) could not get the answer from the wise men of the kingdom. This way the king was not going to take revenge against any other wise men of the kingdom again. Never the less, Daniel explained to the king Nebuchadnezzar from where it was the answer that he (the king) was coming from, and that was the only source of knowledge and wisdom known, “God in Heaven”, in this moment Daniel is making a clear separation between the pagan idols and his “Only Living God”. Daniel also make sure he (the king Nebuchadnezzar) understand that the decision on getting an answer on such matters is not up to the king himself but on the hands of God. In this particular, Daniel is making sure that all glory is giving to God and not to Daniel, the king’s wise men, nor anyone else for that matter. It is very interesting to know that even when Daniel had the blessing of God, to posses the manifestations of the Holy Spirit (please read Isaiah 11:2 as we had referred earlier), Daniel never proclaim to be wiser nor closer to God, but instead give all glory to the “Only Living God” (term used by Daniel to the gentile to assure the king the separation of the Divine Power of God versus the idols he (the king) possessed).
Dan 2:31-36 LITV
(31) You, O king, were seeing. And, behold, a certain great image! That great image stood before you with a brilliant brightness, and its form was dreadful.
(32) The head of this image was of fine gold, its breast and its arms were of silver, its belly and its thighs were of bronze,
(33) its legs were of iron, its feet were partly of iron and partly of clay.
(34) You continued until a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces.
(35) Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were together broken to pieces, and they became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors. And the wind carried them away so that no place was found for them. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
(36) This is the dream, and we will tell the meaning of it before the king.
During the narration of the verses 31 thru 36, we noticed how powerless the king Nebuchadnezzar was feeling while dreaming such event. It was an incredible nightmare. Just imagine the confusion king Nebuchadnezzar was feeling, imagine the many questions in his mind and heart, the dreadful feeling of not been able to reconcile his sleep and adding to this impervious dilemma the tiredness of his soul and body.
Adding to all the above disruption in to the king’s life is the image of what is to come. In verse 31 Daniel started to declare the dream the king Nebuchadnezzar was having and causing him disarray in his personal life. So the image was in every way an awful and alarming figure intended to display fear. The head of the image was of fine gold. It is very important how clear the narrative in this verse indicates the quality of the material in which the head of the image was made. It could it be expressed as of simple “gold” and it would it be enough for anyone understand the significance of such element in the image, but never the less that was not the case and Daniel specifically expressed “fine gold”. You may ask; why is this an important point? Well let’s see how this is apply to the interpretation of the dream.
As you remembered in Chapter one of the Book of Daniel it is very clear how God Himself delivered to the hands of Nebuchadnezzar the lives of the habitants of the kingdom of Judah.
Dan 1:2 LITV
(2) And the Lord gave Jehoiakim, king of Judah, into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god. And he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.
So as you can see this was part of the will of God, and even when it is delivered to a gentile king, it is still a divine plan to take place. We must remember that God is not a God of confusion, and in any element of the human life in where the hand of God is placed there is no impurities on the actions or results of His intervention. It is as a “fine gold”.
Read please the following;
Dan 2:37 You O king are the king of kings. For the God of Heaven has given you the kingdom, the power, and the strength, and the honor.
Dan 2:38 And wherever the sons of men, the animals of the field, and the birds of the sky dwell, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all. You are the head of gold.
Pro_25:12 As a ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover on a hearing ear.
Fine gold is believed to represent wisdom and spirituality when is mentioned in the Word of God, but in this case the meaning takes a different path to be presented. It is representative of the hand of God in the Babylonian purpose in history in regard to the Divine Plan. This gold is not adulterer by any other impurity but gold and gold alone, to the point in were specifically mentioned as such.
This is also very important to understand, because as the Divine Plan is for the Babylonian to take over the known world, the revealing knowledge to the king Nebuchadnezzar of the existence of the “Only Living God”, the “God in Heaven who reveals secrets”, and not just any god or deity or for that matter and idol, not at all but “God of gods”, please read below;
Dan 2:47 LITV
(47) The king answered Daniel and said, Your God truly is a God of gods and a Lord of kings, and a Revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.
Daniel continue on his explanation to the king, and in the same verse is described the image to have its breast and its arms were of silver… This part of the image is representative of the Persian kingdom, and his king Darius, taking over the Babylonian dominium and power (we will see this in the near future on chapter 5 and 6 of the Book of Daniel). Silver is known to be a metal representative of redemption, or the price of a soul. Being silver a less valuable metal than gold, the position of this metal is clearly representative of a more conflicting intervention of the hands of the men in God’s plan.
Daniel continued on the image description and said… its belly and its thighs were of bronze… This as we know based on history, it does represent Alexander the Great and the Greek kingdom. Bronze also is much less valuable than gold and silver, but in terms of the Biblical point of view is symbolic of punishment and symbolized also disobedience and sin. As a result of such value it is placed on the body parts that have the least attributes, nonetheless it is still a valuable metal.
Daniel is continuing the description of the image by saying… its legs were of iron… and once again history tell us that this was the Roman Empire. It is very important to notice how each kingdom is bigger and bigger than the previous one and of course more antagonistic, belligerent and destructive. So by these kingdom becoming to such extend in a sinful way more aggressive, the value of such kingdom is less in terms of the metal. Less pure is the manifestation of their leaders toward God’s will and closer to their ambitious human destructive ways are. The Roman Empire was so brutal, that it was the only empire in human history, that did not care for the other kingdom wise people, architectural buildings or structures, their facilities, nor science advancements and were always under the position of destroying anything and everything to erase the conquered kingdom past, humiliating such people to the point of making them slaves. This was their practice until later in history, as their evolutional lives became more complex, so was their way of conquering other nations and it was more political enterprise for their kingdom rather than a demonstration of power and control to subdue others.
Daniel continued in his description of the image… its feet were partly of iron and partly of clay… This part it very intriguing. Not all the theologians agreed on this, so I will not bring their comments and observation but what I feel from the Lord to be the one I feel is the right one.
The last empire on human history or known by human kind in antiquity was the Roman.
Below is the years from 324 CE to 455 CE in were Rome was completely ransack. Never the less Rome was never lost but in my personal and humble opinion the empire of Rome was assimilated by the world in existence. In were even today we seeing its influence.
324: Constantine I founds a new city, Constantinople (Byzantium)
326: Constantine has his son Crispus and his wife Fausta Flavia Maxima executed
330: Constantine I moved the capital of the Roman empire to Constantinople (Byzantium)
337: Constantine dies, and his sons split the empire: Constantine II (Spain, Britain, Gaul), Constans I (Italy, Africa, Illyricum, Macedon, Achaea) and Constantius II (the East)
356: Roma has 28 libraries, 10 basilicas, 11 public baths, two amphitheaters, three theaters, two circuses, 19 aqueducts, 11 squares, 1,352 fountains, 46,602 insulae (city blocks)
359: Constantinople becomes the capital of the Roman empire
360: pagan (Mithraist) general Julian (the “apostate”) defeats an invasion of Barbarians and is declared emperor by his German troops
363: Julian dies attempting to invade the Sassanid kingdom of Persia, which recaptures Nisibis and Armenia, and general Valentinian becomes emperor
363: an earthquake destroys Petra
364: Valentinian delegates Valens as emperor of the East
376: Valens allows Visigoths to settle within the empire
378: The Visigoths defeat the Roman army at Hadrianopolis/Adrianople
380: Theodosius I proclaims Christianity as the sole religion of the Roman Empire
393: Theodosius forbids the Olympic Games because pagans and shuts down the temple of Zeus at Olympia
395: Theodosius divides the Roman empire in the Western and Eastern Empires, with Milano and Constantinople as their capitals
402: the western Roman empire moves the capital from Milano to Ravenna
406: Barbarians invade France from the north
410: the Visigots sack Roma
410: Roma withdraws from Britannia
418: the emperor grants Wallia’s Visigoths to settle in Aquitaine (Atlantic coast of France)
425: the eastern emperor Theodosius II installs Valentinian III as emperor of the west
427: Gensenric’s Vandals crosses the strait of Gibraltar and lands in Africa
443: the emperor grants Burgundi to settle in Savoy
450: Theodosius II dies and Marcian succeeds him, the first Roman emperor to be crowned by a religious leader (the patriarch of Constantinople)
452: the Huns invade Italy
455: the Vandals sack Roma
The part of iron on the feet of the image seeing by the king Nebuchadnezzar was representative of the Roman Empire in it last time as an empire, but as it was falling apart in power, it was mixing with the rest of the world problematic influence. I hope you know that clay is representative of the human race. The man was created of the dust of earth, Paul spoke about the man being clay, and in the Book of Revelation there is also mention of such element. Read below;
Rom_9:21 Or does not the potter have authority over the clay, out of the one lump to make one vessel to honor, and one to dishonor? Jer. 18:6
Rev_2:27 and “He will shepherd them with an iron staff” (they are “broken to pieces like clay vessels”), as I also have received from My Father. Psa. 2:8, 9
As you can see it is very intriguing that such empire is not dead or terminated nor destroyed but assimilated by the entire world in each and every nation known today.
Also another quality of the iron is being very inflexible (so it was the Roman Empire), but once is mixed with clay it becomes brittle and fragile, never the less the quality of steel is manifested in whatever is left of the empire, because it is actually mixed. Read below;
Dan 2:41-43 LITV
(41) And as to that you saw, the feet and the toes were partly of potters’ clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided. But there shall be in it the strength of iron, because you saw the iron mixed with clay of the potter.
(42) And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.
(43) And as you saw the iron mixed with the clay of the clay, they shall be mixed with the seed of men. But they shall not adhere to one another, even as iron does not mix with clay.
History tell us that during the late turn of the 300s CE, the Roman Empire was divided among the four generals of the Roman Army, but we still seeing today its influence, in a remarkable presence, from the assimilation of the pagan customs in the Christian world thru the civil, legal, financial, social, scientific and so on.
Dan 2:44-45 LITV
(44) And in the days of these kings, the God of Heaven shall 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 destroy all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
(45) Because you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold in pieces. The great God has made known to the king what shall occur after this. And the dream is certain, and the meaning of it is trustworthy.
In the narrative of verses 44 to 45, Daniel thru the Holy Spirit, declares how the “Only Living God” or “God of Heaven”, will destroy them by sending a Stone cut out of the Mountains without hands. We must remember that event took place in the Cross when Jesus our Savior was giving as a sacrifice for our sins, paying all our debts and destroying all actions of the devil against His church and His people. The Mountain represent the Kingdom of God on Earth for Eternity.
Mat_21:42 Jesus said to them, Did you never read in the Scriptures, “A Stone which the builders rejected, this One became the Head of the Corner? This was from the Lord, and it is a wonder in our eyes?” Psalm 118:22, 23
Mat_21:44 And he who falls on this Stone will be broken; but on whomever It falls, It will pulverize him.
Mar_12:10 Have you not even read this Scripture: The “Stone which the builders rejected, this One came to be Head of the Corner;
Rom_9:32 Why? Because it was not of faith, but as of works of Law. For they stumbled at the Stone-of-stumbling,
Rom_9:33 as it has been written, “Behold, I place in” “Zion a Stone-of-stumbling,” “and a Rock-of-offense,” “and everyone believing on Him will not be shamed.” LXX and MT-Isa. 28:16; MT-Isa. 8:14
1Pe_2:4 to whom having drawn near, a living Stone, indeed having been rejected by men, but chosen by God, precious;
1Pe_2:6 Because of this, it is also contained in the Scripture: “Behold,” I lay in Zion” an elect, “precious Stone,” “a Corner-foundation;” “and the one believing in Him shall not be ashamed, never!” Isa. 28:16
1Pe_2:7 Then to you who believe belongs the preciousness. But to disobeying ones, He is the “Stone which those building rejected; this One became the Head of the Corner,” Psa. 118:22
1Pe_2:8 and a Stone-of-stumbling, and a Rock-of-offense” to the ones stumbling, being disobedient to the Word, to which they were also appointed. Isa. 8:14
Rev_18:21 And one strong angel lifted a stone like a great millstone, and threw it into the sea, saying, This way, on a violent impulse, Babylon the great city will be thrown down, and it will never more still be found.
We must prepared for us to have the privilege, once Christ will come in His second coming, to be rapture and be part of such glory.
Dan 2:46-49 LITV
(46) Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face and did homage to Daniel. And he commanded an offering, even to offer incense to him.
(47) The king answered Daniel and said, Your God truly is a God of gods and a Lord of kings, and a Revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.
(48) Then the king made Daniel great and gave many great gifts to him. And he made him ruler over all the province of Babylon, and chief of the prefects over all the wise men of Babylon.
(49) And Daniel asked of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. But Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
Now, this is what makes Nebuchadnezzar such an incredible king, that accepted the knowledge of God being the “God of gods” and a “Lord of kings”, this last phrase alone was very significant because established the echelon from king Nebuchadnezzar point of view (remember he was a gentile king), giving God the first place in his kingdom, making him (king Nebuchadnezzar) a gentile king under the command of God (Pure fine Gold Head).
I only Hope we all can do the same…