Daniel 2 OutlineÂ
– Nebuchadnezzar’s nightmare (Daniel 2:1- 13)
– God revealed Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to Daniel (Daniel 2:14-23)
– Daniel Gave interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Daniel 2:24-45)
– King Nebuchadnezzar promoted Daniel to governor (Daniel 2:46-49)
Daniel 2 Summary
King Nebuchadnezzar felt troubled after having a dream. He was troubled because he does not understand what the dream is about. To find out the meaning of the dream, he decided to call in his magicians and sorcerers. When the magicians came into the palace, they asked the king to tell them what he dream. King Nebuchadnezzar refused to tell the magicians what he dreamed about. He required them to give him the interpretation without letting them what he dreamed.
King Nebuchadnezzar was stubborn even after the magicians asked him to reveal the dream. He threatened that he will cut them into pieces and bulldoze their housesÂ if they refused to give him the dream’s interpretation. After arguing back and forth several times, the king became angry and ordered his men to execute the wise men. King Nebuchadnezzar also commanded the officials to put Daniel and his three friends into death.
When Daniel learned about it, he told his friends to pray to god about it and give them the interpretation. At night, Daniel prayed to God about the dream. God revealed to Daniel about what King Nebuchadnezzar dream and its meaning. After that, Daniel rushed to tell Arioch not to kill the king’s wise men as he had already found the interpretation to the dream.
When Daniel was brought in front of King Nebuchadnezzar, he started to explain the dream. In the dream, there is an large and tall statue made from different types of materials. The statue’s head is made from gold. Silver is used to make the chest and arms of the statue. The belly and thighs are made from bronze. The two legs of the statue are made from iron. The feet are made from a combination of iron and clay.
As the king is watching, a rock from the mountain is hewn and thrown towards the statue. The statue was broken into pieces instantly. After that, the wind blew them away. However, the rock that was used to hit the statue became a huge mountain that subdues the entire earth.
According to Daniel, the different sections of the statue represent different kingdoms. The gold section is supposed to be King Nebuchadnezzar Babylonian kingdom. After he died, someone will overthrow his kingdom and take over it. This kingdom will be much inferior than King Nebuchadnezzar kingdom. After that, a third kingdom as strong as bronze will rule the earth. The fouth kingdom will be weaker than the bronze kingdom. As it break, the rest of the kingdom will become divided. Despite that the kingdom has become divided, it will still have some unity just as portrayed by the mixture of iron and clay. Because clay cannot be mixed with iron, the kingdom will not be united.
Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a statue represents different world empire. Every major part of the statue is made from different types of material. The head is made of gold. The breast and arms are made of silver. The stomach and thighs are made of brass. The legs are made of iron. The feet are made of iron and clay. The toes are made of iron and clay as well. The 10 toes are the 10 powerful nations that will occur during the days of the Antichrist empire. The stone is Jesus Christ’s second coming to the earth.
The head of gold is of course, the most powerful tyranny empire, Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar is considered as the best tyranny because he announced God as the highest God compare to other gods. He commanded the people in his empire to pay homage to God. Nebuchadnezzar later humbled himself by recognizing God and got saved.
The next kingdom is supposed to be Medo-Persia. Medo-Persia conquered Babylon in 538 B.C. The two kingdom Medes and Persia are represented by the tww breast and two arms. The third kingdom is the Grecian empire. The Grecian empire was set up in 333 B.C. The Greeks are interested in sex and always made nude statues. Therefore, the belly and thighs are used to represent the Greek empire.
The fourth empire is Rome. Rome uses its iron military to subdue the nations. For about 100 years, there is noÂ major war. During the declining years, Rome was divided into two part including Eastern and Western Empire. Rome empire reigned for almost one thousand years so the legs are used the represent it. The iron and clay feet represents the kingdoms that are formed after the Rome empire fall. Iron represents dictatorship while clay represents democracy. After the falling of the Roman empire, not one country has been dominant. Although many countries such as England and France had tried to dominate other nations, there is not one country that has the dominion power as does the Rome empire.
The stone that was thrown unto the feet is not part of the statue. It was hewn out of a mountain by the hand of God. The stone that is hewn out and thrown toward the feet is Jesus. The mountain represents the kingdom of God, the kingdom that Jesus will establish on earth. When Jesus return, he will smash the kingdoms of man until there are no more man’s governments. The 10 toes represents the 10 kings that will arise in the last days. In the end days, Jesus will come to destroy all the kingdoms of man and crush them completely. After the Antichrist is destroyed, the kingdom of Jesus will fill in the entire earth so that there is no more evil dictatorship of man.
Daniel 2 Bible Study
1. Seeking God’s help through prayer
Daniel 2 talks about a strange dream that King Nebuchadnezzar had. King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed about a tall statue that is crushed into pieces by a rock hewn out from the mountain. When he woke up, he was puzzled because he does not understand the meaning. When Daniel learned about it, he did not know what to do so he prayed to God desperately. Prayer is a very important part of Christian life. When you pray, God will listen and move to take action. God does listen and respond to our prayers. Many Christians assume that God will automatically help them to solve their problems. God will not move unless you pray and tell him your problem. This is just what is described in the lyric of the song “Every Time I Pray”.
2. Always give thanks to God when he answers your prayer
After crying out desperately to God, God finally answered Daniel’s prayer. After God revealed the meaning of the dream, Daniel gave thanks and glorify God. Daniel is very humble to credit the interpretation of the dream to God. Giving thanks to God is important because it is the will of God (1 Thessalonians 5:18).