Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Of Christ's Return
In the Prophecy book of Daniel we read of a dream that an ancient Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, had of a great image. The dream was given to the king by God; 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.
"In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom ... it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms"
Unlike Babyon's "wise men" who interpretted the king's dreams after he told them what the dream was, Daniel was given to interpret the dream without the king telling him anything. Daniel first amazed the king by describing what only Nebuchadnezzar knew.
"2:29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
2:30 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.
2:31 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. 2:32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 2:34 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. 2:35 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 2:29-35 KJV)
Daniel then gave Nebuchadnezzar the meaning of the dream.
"2:36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 2:38 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 [see Ancient Empires - Babylon].
2:39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee [see Ancient Empires - Persia], and another third kingdom of brass [see Ancient Empires - Greece], which shall bear rule over all the earth.
2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron [see Ancient Empires - Rome]: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. 2:41 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. 2:42 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 [see Imperial Rome, One Last Time]. 2:43 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.
2:44 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 [see Christ the Conqueror For Peace and The Coming World Dictator], and it shall stand for ever.
2:45 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)
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