Daniel 2 The Decline and Fall of the Gentile Empires
Daniel and the End of History The GBC Inheritance Class Fall 2010 Dr. Gene Pond

Our Story So Far
Daniel, along with three fellow noble youths of Judah, were proven to be Godendowed with superior wisdom and were elevated to serve the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar. —Daniel 1



The Book of Daniel
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

1–6 Court Stories Daniel presented in 3rd person 1:1– 2:4a Heb.

7–12 Apocalyptic Visions Daniel records in 1st person

2:4b–7:28 Aramaic

8–12 Hebrew

Daniel 2:1-6

A Dream Demanded
Early in his reign Nebuchadnezzar had repeated troublesome dreams and could not sleep The court viziers were summoned They were to describe the dream as well as provide its interpretation. If they could not: personal ruin If they could: riches and honor



Daniel 2:7-16

Escalating Expectations
The impossible request The unexpected response

8.  “I know for sure that you are attempting to gain time, because you see that my decision is firm.” 10.  “There is no man on earth who is able to declare the king’s matter, for no king, regardless of his position and power, has ever requested something like this from any [wise man].”

15.  “Why is the decree from the king so urgent?” 16.  So Daniel went in and requested the king to grant him time, that he might declare the interpretation to the king.

Daniel 2:17–23

Daniel Appeals to Heaven
•  Problem made known to friends (17) ▫  Enjoined friends to pray (18)   Secret was revealed (19)  God has wisdom and might (20) ▫ He changes times and seasons (21a) ▫ He removes kings and sets up kings (21b)  God gives wisdom and understanding (21c)   God reveals secrets (22) ▫  God answered prayer (23a) •  Solution made known to friends (23b)



Daniel 2:24-30

The Answer from the Almighty

There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days. [= the time encompassed by the events in the dream] Pre-revealed history



Daniel 2:31-35

The Dream Observed
• Awesome statue • Head of gold • Breast of silver • Belly and thighs of bronze • Legs of iron • Feet & toes of iron and clay • Stone cut without hands strikes the feet, destroys image • Stone grows into mountain

Daniel 2:36-45

The Dream Interpreted
• Head of gold = Nebuchadnezzar (37-38) • Silver and bronze = later, inferior kingdoms (39) • Iron = crushing kingdom (40) • Feet & toes = brittle (41-43) • Stone is the final eternal kingdom that ends all others (44-45)



Daniel 2:46-49

God and Daniel Exalted
“Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries” The king promoted Daniel to rule over central Babylon and the other wise men. Three friends also elevated.


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