From the gentile king to the King of kings…

This file contain the images related to the Bible Study of Chapter 4 in the Book of Daniel.

Dan 4:1 LITV

(1)  Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, the nations, and the tongues that dwell in all the earth: Your peace be multiplied. Dan 4:2 LITV

(2)  It seemed good before me to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done with me.

It is very impressive to read Chapter 4 in the Book of Daniel.  Not everyone can realized how this chapter tell us, the way God Himself work on the life of any person whether he or she is His follower or not, but one thing is for sure, as long as it is part of the will of God, it will work for good, read Romans 8:28:

Rom 8:28 LITV

(28)  But we know that to the ones loving God all things work together for good, to those being called according to purpose;

Something of form, which was usual in proclamations, or circular letters, or any official document issued by the king, Dan_4:1. The royal style which Nebuchadnezzar makes use of has nothing in it of pomp or fancy, but is plain, short, and unaffected – Nebuchadnezzar the king. If at other times he made use of great swelling words of vanity in his title, how he laid them all aside; for he was old, he had lately recovered from a distraction which had humbled and mortified him, and was now in the actual contemplation of God’s greatness and sovereignty.  There is nothing more powerful than a simple text, document or expression, without the elaboration, which could lean toward the misunderstanding of the real root and reason of the idea that is intended.  There is no doubt that by now Nebuchadnezzar knew that there was only One Living God, the Most High God, as He was known by the gentile world.

It is also very interesting to noticed how king Nebuchadnezzar expressed in a form of a testimony the marvelous works that God had done with him, that is very clear at the end of verse two and is also a normal behavior on those that have a personal experience with the God of Heaven to be open witness to the rest of the world.  The declaration is directed not only to his own subjects, but also to all to whom this present writing shall come – to all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth.

Dan 4:3 LITV

(3)  How great are His signs! And how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His rule is from generation to generation.

In verse three, there is an immediate element that, whether we can recognize it or not as such, it does exist, and that is the overwhelming influence of the Spirit of the Lord using king Nebuchadnezzar to bring a clear knowledge of the Kingdom to come of the Lord Jesus Christ to the gentile world, please read below:

2Sa 7:12-16 LITV

(12)  When your days are fulfilled, and you lie with your fathers, then I shall raise up your seed after you, who shall come out from your bowels, and I shall establish his kingdom.

(13)  He shall build a house for My Name, and I shall establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

(14)  I shall be a father to him, and he shall be a son to Me. When he sins, then I will chasten him with a rod of men, and with strokes of the sons of men.

(15)  But My mercy shall not be taken from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you.

(16)  And your house shall be established, and your kingdom before you forever. Your throne shall be established forever.

Luk 1:32-33 LITV

(32)  This One will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

(33)  And He will reign over the house of Jacob to the ages, and of His kingdom there will be no end.

So God use anyone at any giving moment in life to declare His Glory to those that must be manifested.

Dan 4:4-9 LITV

(4)  I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house, and flourishing in my palace.

(5)  I saw a dream, and it terrified me, and the thoughts on my bed and visions of my head troubled me.

(6)  So I made a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known to me the meaning of the dream.

(7)  Then the magicians, the conjurers, the Chaldeans, and the star-gazing ones came in. And I told the dream before them, but they did not make its meaning known to me.

(8)  But at last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. And I told the dream before him, saying,

(9)  O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no secret troubles you, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and its meaning.

From verses 4 thru 9 we see how the events took place as king Nebuchadnezzar himself narrated the facts of his experience.   Look at the way the king said how he was in a relaxing mode, with nothing to worry about nor to be concerned, indicating with this, that this event was not a result of his worry ness or troubles, which were none at the moment of his experience until the dream came to his life.  In many moments of our life’s it does happened and whenever we expected the least, things hit us hard and disturbed our peace confusing us a troubling way.  On those moments we must react as the Psalmist said:

Psa_46:10  Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.

Noticed also how the king ordered to his court advisers, that is why they are there for, but also after knowing that no matter how smart or brilliant a human mind is, what really counts in the human life is the relationship of the man and God.  Looked at the following verses:

Pro_2:6  For Jehovah gives wisdom; out of His mouth are knowledge and understanding.

Pro_2:7  He lays up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to the ones who walk in integrity,

Pro_2:10  When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul,

Pro_3:13  Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding.

Look at how the king Nebuchadnezzar called Daniel by his (Daniel’s original name) Jew name first, indicative that Daniel never give up his roots nor his faith or traditions even when he was forced to do so.  A man of God should never put his faith or his roots in the Lord in second place, but above and beyond all and everything, including his own life.

So the king leave to the man of God to determined the meaning of the dream that bother him (the king) so much and for so long.

Dan 4:10-18 LITV

(10)  As to the visions of my head on my bed, I was looking, and, behold, a tree was in the middle of the earth. And its height was great.

(11)  The tree became great and strong, and its height reached to the heaven, and its appearance to the end of all the earth.

(12)  Its leaves were beautiful, and its fruit plentiful, and food for all was in it. The beasts of the field sought shade under it, and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.

(13)  I was looking in the visions of my head on my bed. And, behold, a watcher, even a holy one, came down from the heaven.

(14)  He cried with might and said this: Cut down the tree and cut off its branches. Shake off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts flee from under it, and the birds leave its branches.

(15)  But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, even with a fetter of iron and bronze, in the grass of the field. And let it be wet with the dew of the heavens, and his lot be with the beasts in the grass of the earth.

(16)  Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let the heart of the beasts be given to him. And let seven times pass over him.

(17)  This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the command by the word of the holy ones, so that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever He will. And He sets up over it the lowest of men.

(18)  I, Nebuchadnezzar, have seen this dream. Now you, O Belteshazzar, declare its meaning, since all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to reveal the meaning to me. But you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.

For us to understand this particular dream of Nebuchadnezzar, we also have to understand what was considered the whole earth aspect of it.

During this time of the Babylonian kingdom, the Earth is not what we think of it in today’s time.  The Earth was described by the Babylonian as, if Babylonia it self was the center of Earth (I hope you can see the parallel of this with Israel been the center of the Earth in accordance with the Jews traditions.  Please keep in mind that the devil had always trying to imitated all that the Only Living God had done).  In this particular descriptive map of the Earth, been Babylonia the center of the Earth, it was crossed thru what was called “bitter river” or “Oceanus” from which the word Ocean is coming from (Please see the image page number 1 on the PDF File Format on this Bible Study).

So by definition the tree was in the center of the Babylonian kingdom, considered the center of the Earth, making it more dramatically troubling for king Nebuchadnezzar.

The verses 11 and 12 are simple and understood, the tree was the Babylonian kingdom as it grew in power allowed by the will of God.  Remember that the Babylonian king was used by God to do God’s will and all authority was given to him.

You can see such in chapter 1 verse 2:

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.

In verse 13 it is described by the Babylonian king how a “watcher” or “holy one”, please observe that the first thing in this particular description is the way the noun of watcher or holy one is written, in a lower case letters.  This particular observation allow us to think that the watcher was an angel of God and not “The Angel of GOD”, they represent the same Only Living God but the echelon of each of them is very significantly different.  One is a servant of God the other is part of the Only Living God.

Please keep in mind who is narrating such events is a gentile king with absolute no knowledge of the God of Heaven.  As a result, his descriptive narrative of the event is limited to the mind that is receiving it.

In verse 14 the incredible rude, painful and almost full of passion description of the watcher’s action tell us that there was no chance of repentance and with no way out or possible solution with a good end.  We must understand that when God desire to take action in our lives, he does not hesitate or enquired from anyone advised, but do what His will determined is best for our lives.   When that happened there is no source of life of any kind if His will is against us, but in the opposite could set your life forever free.

In verse 15 it is very clear that God’s will was to mutilate and to control Nebuchadnezzar’s life and to summit in to His will the power He Himself gave to the Babylonian king.

Verse 16 tell us how God was going to make a king of the most powerful kingdom on Earth (center of the Earth), a beast changing his heart and giving him to the mind of a wild beast.  Absolutely atrocious, inconceivable in any human mind even in today’s time.  Total humiliation to the most powerful man on Earth.  This action and change of heart was going to last seven years.

Verse 17 declares how Nebuchadnezzar’s hear felt in regard to God’s decision in his life as a human and king, and how that changed him as a man, to the point in were he admitted to be second under the command of God Himself.  In this verse also king Nebuchadnezzar express how the “living” is under the control of the Most High.  For a man to understand this deep and full knowledge of God, most be taken thru a lot on his life and back.  But this knowledge only comes from the personal relationship acquired between the human kind and God thru the acceptances of the ultimate subordination to the only authority with such power, God Himself and under the Grace thru Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, please read:

Eph_1:17  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him,

Eph_4:13  until we all may come to the unity of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, to a full-grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Col_2:2  that their hearts may be comforted, being joined together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of the understanding, to the full knowledge of the mystery of God, even of the Father and of Christ,

2Ti_2:25  in meekness teaching those who have opposed, if perhaps God may give them repentance for a full knowledge of the truth,

In verse 18 noticed how king Nebuchadnezzar still under the ignorance of his idolatry, but even that he is under such misunderstanding, the king still with a meek heart to comprehend that only the servant of God could given the answer he needed.

Dan 4:18-27 LITV

(18)  I, Nebuchadnezzar, have seen this dream. Now you, O Belteshazzar, declare its meaning, since all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to reveal the meaning to me. But you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.

(19)  Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was stunned for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spoke and said, O Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning trouble you. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream is to those who hate you, and its meaning is to your foes.

(20)  The tree that you saw, which became great and strong, whose height reached to the heaven and its appearance to all the earth,

(21)  and its leaves being beautiful, and its fruit plentiful, and food for all being in it, under which the beasts of the field lived, and in its branches the birds of the sky had their home:

(22)  It was you, O king, for you have become great and strong. For your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your rule is to the end of the earth.

(23)  And as the king saw a watcher and a holy one coming down from the heavens, and saying, Cut the tree down, and destroy it. Yet leave the stump of its roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and bronze, in the grass of the field. And let him be wet with the dew of the heavens, and his lot be with the beasts of the field, until seven times pass over him.

(24)  This is the meaning, O king, and this the decree of the Most High, which has come on my lord the king:

(25)  And you shall be driven from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be fed with grass like oxen. And you shall be wet with dew of the heavens; and seven times shall pass over you until you know that the Most High is Ruler in the kingdom of men, and He gives it to whomever He desires.

(26)  And in that they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots, Your kingdom shall be enduring to you after you have realized that Heaven rules.

(27)  So, O king, let my advice be pleasing to you: Even break off your sins by righteousness, and your iniquities by pitying the poor, whether there will be duration to your prosperity.

Now, after we see this narration taking place, in a very explicit and expressive way, in a more remarkable and significant expression was the meaning of it, to the point in were Daniel was confused and troubled by the meaning of it.  The meaning of such dream was very clear.  King Nebuchadnezzar was the tree in the dream, which became very powerful and rich without measure.  Up to this point every thing was great, until Daniel declares to the king that the real meaning was in favor of the king’s enemies and not on the king’s favor.  There are many times that we as people of God, are called to tell the truth does not matter how harsh could be.  So as the Only Living God says it, the king Nebuchadnezzar was going to become a beast for seven years and the throne of his kingdom was going to be kept until the moment that the king will recognize the power and all authority comes only from Heaven, that is The Only Living God, The Most High.

Please observed how merciful is God All Mighty, to the point in where He (The Most High) allowed the king to keep his kingdom even thru his trial, and after the king will admit his power comes from God and God only, the kingdom will be return to him (the king Nebuchadnezzar).

Daniel as an adviser of the king and most of all, man of God, advised the king on what he (the king) should do.  This expression is a very good example to all the members of the body of Christ, to understand that under any and every circumstances we are called to be truthful to the Lord and His kingdom by telling others what the Word of the Lord advised for the best result of everyone’s life.

Dan 4:28-33 LITV

(28)  All this came on the King, Nebuchadnezzar.

(29)  At the end of twelve months, he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.

(30)  The king spoke and said, Is this not great Babylon that I have built for the house of the kingdom, by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?

(31)  The word was still in the king’s mouth when a voice fell from the heavens, saying, O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: The kingdom has been taken from you!

(32)  And you shall be driven from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be fed with the grass like oxen, and seven times shall pass over you until you know that the Most High is Ruler in the kingdom of men, and that He gives it to whomever He desires.

(33)  The same hour the thing was fulfilled on Nebuchadnezzar. And he was driven from men, and he ate the grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of the heavens, until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

From verses 28 through 33 is visible the result of a foolish heart.  Exactly as the Lord’s Word was said, it was exactly the way executed.  It is impressive how the human without the presence of God his/her life is just a beast of the wild, nothing more nothing less.  What makes a human different from any other is the presence of the Holy Spirit of God in his/her life.

Dan 4:34-37 LITV

(34)  And at the end of the days, I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up my eyes to the heaven, and my understanding returned to me, and I blessed the Most High. And I praised and honored Him who lives forever, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His rule from generation to generation.

(35)  And all those living in the earth are counted as nothing. And He does according to His will among the army of Heaven, and among those living in the earth. And no one is able to strike His hand or say to Him, What are You doing?

(36)  At that time my reason returned to me, and the glory of my kingdom, my majesty, and my brightness returned to me. And my advisers and my nobles sought to me. And I was reestablished in my kingdom, and excellent greatness was added to me.

(37)  Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and honor the King of Heaven, for all His works are truth, and His ways are justice. And He is able to humble those who walk in pride.

From verses 34 through 37 the king Nebuchadnezzar expressed how the experience brought him back in a humble but more powerful way.  Noticed in verse 34 how the king, after being under the human spirit, without knowledge and understanding of the spiritual world, he (the king) is capable to recognized the Lord of Host, the Only Living God, The Most High, and repenting himself from his old ways, is re-established to a higher level in the power of his kingdom and into the eyes of those that were part of his court.  Even more as it is said in verse 36 more power was added to him after he declared God as the only source of knowledge and understanding under the sun, as the Only Living God and The Most High.  The God that no one will ask or tell what to do, unless is under the will of God Himself.  The result of Nebuchadnezzar experienced is very similar to the one lived by the just Job, but in the case of king Nebuchadnezzar, he (the king) was not a Jew nor a man with the knowledge of God.  So do not think that this might not happened to you.  Pray this will not happened to you.

This is the only chapter in the Bible written by a gentile and a gentile king.

Praise the Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Daniel Chapter 2: The Image, the king, GOD…

Image on Chapter 2 in the Book of Daniel

Daniel Chapter 2 Image Color Coded

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

חרטם

charṭôm

khar-tome’

From the same as H2747; a horoscopist (as drawing magical lines or circles). –Magician.

and to the “Conjurers”, (H825

אשּׁף

‘ashshâph

ash-shawf’

From an unused root (probably meaning to lisp, that is, practice enchantment); a conjurer: – astrologer.

and to the “Sorcerers” H3784

כּשׁף

kâshaph

kaw-shaf’

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;

H762

ארמית

‘ărâmı̂yth

ar-aw-meeth’

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…