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Daniel's Statue

In the prophetic book of Daniel (see Prophecy and By The Book) we read of a dream that an ancient Babylonian king had of a great image. The meaning of the dream was made known by God (Daniel 2:23) through the prophet Daniel. The image represented a preview of humanity's worldly kingdoms from ancient times right to The Return Of Jesus Christ.

What Did King Nebuchadnezzar See?

Daniel's Statue

"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 [see Gone With The Wind]: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." (Daniel 2:31-35 KJV)

God Interprets The Vision

"This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before 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."

"And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth."

"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."

"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. 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."

"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 brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." (Daniel 2:36-45 KJV)

The Actual Flow Of History

The head of gold is easy to understand - the Bible narrative itself clearly states (Daniel 2:36-38) that it represents the Babylonian kingdom (see Ancient Empires - Babylon) under King Nebuchadnezzar, who conquered Jerusalem and carried the Jews, including the prophet Daniel himself, off into captivity (see Why Babylon?).

Daniel's Statue What about the rest of it? This is not difficult, the facts of history are very clear.

After the Babylonian "head of gold" came the Persian empire. The Persians under their various kings, including Cyrus (who allowed the people of Judah to return to Jerusalem in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah) swept away the Babylonian empire in 536 B.C. They are the "chest and arms of silver" (see Ancient Empires - Persia).

After about 2 centuries of dominance, the Persian empire was swallowed up by the Greeks under Alexander the Great. Many consider Alexander to be the greatest military commander of all time, taking vast areas from southern Europe, across the Middle East and deep into southern Asia, all while a relatively young man. He died in his early thirties of natural causes. The Greeks became the "belly and thighs of bronze" (see Ancient Empires - Greece).

After the Greeks came the Romans, the "legs of iron." The Romans took the areas that the Greeks had, plus nearly all of the rest of Europe, including Britain. The Roman empire was of course dominant during the time of the New Testament (see Ancient Empires - Rome).

History records that the Roman empire "fell" in the fifth century after Christ, a "mortal wound" to the political empire, just as it suffered a "mortal wound" to its religious empire in the time of Martin Luther a thousand years later, but it obviously recovered from both because Bible prophecy plainly says that both will exist on the day of Christ's return (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).

Fact Finder: Who will be the ultimate end-time antichrist?
See The Antichrist

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