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The most important but often misunderstood prophecies of the Bible have always been the prophecies of Daniel. The Daniel prophecies hold the key to deciphering other prophecies in the Bible. The prophecies of Daniel Two occur during the Babylonian Captivity of the Hebrew people. Chapter Two provides a foundation for the chronology of the Bible "beasts," or empires, that were destined to rule over God's people throughout history. The prophecies of Daniel Two do seem to accurately describe the future arrival of these empires destined to rule over God's followers.
DANIEL CHAPTER TWO:
In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, king of Babylon. The king dreamed a dream that greatly troubled him and caused him to waken from his sleep. And the king commanded his servants to summon all magicians, astrologers, sorcerors, and Chaldeans, so they could show the king him the meaning of his dream. And so all these wisemen were assembled to stand before the king.
The king's many spiritual advisors were all unable to show the king the meaning of his dream and so the king ordered that all of them should immediately be put to death. When the Jewish astrologers were informed of the king's decision, the prophet Daniel approached the king and pled with him for time to pray to the Hebrew God for the accurate interpretation of the king's dream. After much prayer and fasting, the correct interpretation of the dream was revealed to Daniel. Then Daniel returned to the king to advise him as follows:
"And as for you oh king, your thoughts came to you in the nighttime of what shall come to pass hereafter, and he that revealeth secrets hath made known to thee what shall come to pass in the future. And as for myself this secret wasn't revealed to me for any wisdom of my own, but for the sake of those now showing this interpretation to you, so that you may know the thoughts of your heart. You saw, oh King, a great image. The image was brilliant, and it stood before you, and its form was frightening. The head of this image was of bright gold, and its breast and arms were of silver, its belly and thighs of shiny brass, its legs of iron, and its feet were partly iron and partly clay. You beheld this image until a great stone was cut out without hands, which smashed the image upon its feet. Then were the iron, clay, brass, silver, and gold broken into many pieces, which became like the chaff on the summer threshing floor. And the wind carried the pieces away and no place was found for them. And then the stone which smote the image became a great mountain, filling the whole Earth. This was your dream oh great king, and now I shall tell you of its interpretation."
"You oh king are truly a king of kings, for God has given you a kingdom, and power, and strength, and great glory. And wherever the children of men do dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of heaven he has given into your hand, and he has made you ruler over them all. You, oh king, are that head of gold (Babylon). And after you shall arise another kingdom, inferior to yours (Persia), and also a third kingdom of brass (Greece), which shall rule over all the Earth. And a fourth kingdom (Rome) shall also arise, strong as iron, for in so much as iron breaks into pieces and subdues all lesser things, so shall this iron kingdom bruise and break into pieces all those before it. And, whereas you saw the feet and the toes, partly of potters clay, and partly of iron, so shall it have the strength of iron, inasmuch as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay and as the toes of the feet were partly iron, and partly of clay, so shall this kingdom be partly strong and partly weak. And as the iron was mixed in with the miry clay, so shall they mingle themselves with the seed of men. But they shall not cling to each other as iron doesn't mix with clay. And in the time of these last ten kings (the 10 Roman provinces circa 1776), the god of heaven shall set up a kingdom of his own (Ephraim) which will never be destroyed and his kingdom will not be left to others, but shall consume and break into pieces all others, and stand forever. For in as much as you saw that this stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it breaks into pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver and the gold, so the great god has made known to the king what shall be in future time. And this dream is for certain, and it's interpretation is sure."
And then the great King Nebuchadnezzar fell down on his face in front of Daniel, commanding that they should offer an oblation and sweet odors to him. Then the king answered Daniel saying "It's true that your god is a god of gods, and a lord of lords and a revealer of great secrets seeing that he has revealed these secrets to me." Then the king made Daniel great in Babylon and gave him gifts and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief of the governors of the wise men and the astrologers.
This is the end of the prophecy of Daniel Chapter 2, where Babylon's great King Nebuchadnezzar receives a vision from God involving the future of his own kingdom and the four kingdoms that will eventually follow it in history. This is the first of three of Daniel's prophecies, describing the list of Bible kings (Rev.17:10), or kingdoms, destined to rule over God's twelve tribes in future times.
THE KINGDOMS OF HISTORY
1. Kingdom of Egypt
2. Kingdom of Babylon
3. Kingdom of Persia
4. Kingdom of Greece
5. Roman Empire
6. Holy Roman Empire
7. Empire of 1st Antichrist
8. Empire of 2nd Antichrist
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