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1)    King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon laid down to sleep in 603 BC, “the second year” of his reign, and wondered “what should come to pass” (Daniel 2:29).  Such “thoughts” as these came into his mind while he was resting upon his bed (Daniel 2:29).
     After he fell asleep “Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him” (Daniel 2:1).  Upon waking up he knew that this dream had come directly from the gods, and wanted to discover what it all meant.  But try as he might, the king could not remember anything about the dream (Daniel 2:8), except that he was greatly troubled.

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

3)  The king plainly told the wise men that “if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill” (Daniel 2:5).  Yet these wise men again requested the king to “tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it” (Daniel 2:7).
     Realizing that if these wise men could not tell him what he had dreamed, then they could not be wise enough to give him the correct interpretation.  Nebuchadnezzar then told them:
     “...if you will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me...therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof” (Daniel 2:9).

     Since death was surely their fate, these wise men told the king that his request was unreasonable, stating:
     “There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean...and there is none other than can shew it before the king, except the gods”. Daniel 2:10-11.

     After hearing this answer, “the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.  And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain” (Daniel 2:12-13).

4)   Because God had blessed a Babylonian captive named Daniel “in all matters of wisdom and understanding” being “ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all” of Babylon (Daniel 1:20), the king had placed this Daniel among the wise men of his kingdom.  Realizing that he would also be slain, Daniel humbly asked the king if “he would give him time” and afterwards he would then tell the king what he had dreamed as well as “shew the king the interpretation” (Daniel 2:16).  To this request from his greatest wise man, Nebuchadnezzar willingly agreed to.

     Daniel knew there was no way for him to guess or figure out himself what the king had dreamed, but all things were possible with the God of heaven!  So Daniel then asked his friends to join along with him in prayer for “mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret” dream, and after sincerely praying for help “then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision” (Daniel 2:18-19).  Daniel then thanked and praised God “who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter” (Daniel 2:23).

5)  Daniel was brought into “the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king” (Daniel 2:27)?  Daniel tells the king:
     “...there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days....But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart" (Daniel 2:28-29).

6)  “Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image.  This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.  This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.  Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.  Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” Daniel 2:31-35.

7)   Daniel gave the dream's interpretation to the king:

     “Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.  And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all.  Thou art this head of gold.” Daniel 2:37-38.

  This revealed that king Nebuchadnezzar, along with his kingdom of Babylon, represented the first golden section of this image.

      Daniel continued:

     “And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth”. Daniel 2:39.

     This meant that since the whole image was not made of gold, but of different metals, then each of these different metaled sections symbolized a different kingdom that would succeed in power and rule over the world.  This first metaled section of gold represented Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom of Babylon which ruled over the world from 606 B.C. to 539 B.C.

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

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

9)    Historical records prove that in 331 B.C. the Greek army, led by Alexander the Great, destroyed the last Persian king during the famous Battle of Arbela, which then allowed the Greeks to establish their domination over the known world.  The reign of the Greek Empire lasted for 163 years, from 331 B.C. to 168 B.C.

10)  Daniel described the 4th kingdom to bear rule over all the earth which was represented by iron:

     “And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise”. Daniel 2:40.

     It was the Roman Empire which historical records show conquered the Grecian empire.  In 168 B.C., the Roman armies defeated the last vissage of the Greek kingdom and then obtained world domination.  Every aspect of Rome, from its military strength and discipline, to the laws it imposed, was like the strength of iron.  This kingdom of Rome lasted for some 643 years until in 476 A.D. it finally succommed to the never-ending attacks from the various barbarian kingdoms that had made up its empire.

     “And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay” (Daniel 2:41).

11)    The 10 nations which made up the Roman Empire were:

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

12)    Is it possibile that these 10 nations of Western Eurpoe can reunite together and regain their world-ruling power?

     “And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly broken.  And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” Daniel 2:42-43.

13)    Rome was not the last world-ruling kingdom!

     “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.  Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it break in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold...” Daniel 2:44-45.