About 2600 years ago, one night, in the Babylonian kingdom there was a king named Nebuchadnezzar. This king was excessively proud for his majesty and had a mysterious dream which the next morning he could not remember. In his anger the king sent to call magicians, astrologers, enchanters and chaldeans so they would tell him his dream.
Daniel 2:3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.
Daniel 2:4 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in the Syrian language, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.
Daniel 2:5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye make not known unto me the dream and the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
None of the magicians, enchanters, or sorcerers, could tell the king what his dream was. For the king sent to kill all of them. Daniel, a young man that was brought captive from Jerusalem to Babylon, asked the king for three days to reveal his dream. During these three days, Daniel and his friends prayed God for mercy to reveal the dream to them so they could tell the king his dream. Then, the Bible says:
Daniel 2:27-31 Daniel answered before the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded can neither wise men, enchanters, magicians, nor soothsayers, show unto the king; but there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and he hath made known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dreams, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these: Thou, O king, sawest, and, behold, a great image. This image, which was mighty, and whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the aspect thereof was terrible.
Daniel 2:32-35 As for this image, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of brass, its legs of iron, its feet part of iron, and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon its feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken in pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors; and the wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.After telling the king what his dream was in his own presence, Daniel started to explain the interpretation thereof. If the dream that Daniel told the king would have been a lie, Daniel would have been sentenced to death in that very same moment. Therefore, the interpretation that Daniel gives to the king is true and it is as follows:
Daniel 2:37-38 Thou, O king, art king of kings, unto whom the God of heaven hath given the kingdom, the power, and the strength, and the glory; and wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens hath he given into thy hand, and hath made thee to rule over them all: you are the head of gold.
The Prophet Daniel identified the king and his kingdom with the head of gold of that great image. Babylon obtained its greatest splendor under the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar and bloomed between the years 605 and 539 bC.
The Bible keeps telling us that after the Babylonian empire a second empire would arise a bit inferior than the previous one. The Bible says:
Daniel 2:39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee…
This was the Med-Persian Empire. It is named like this because two empires formed alliance to destroy the Babylonians, the Meds and the Persians. Med-Persia overtook Babylon in the year 539 bC.
After Med-Persian empire, the Bible says:
Daniel 2:39…and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
This third kingdom that arose after the Med-Persians was the reign of bronze, the Greeks, under the command of Alexander the Great. It can be said that this kingdom dominated the nations since the year 331 bc. It is admirable how history tells us that more than 800 battles were fought by the Greeks using armor made of bronze, the same metal that was predicted years earlier in the prophecy of Daniel 2.
According to the bible, Daniel continued describing the fourth kingdom in the following way:
Daniel 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron, forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things; and as iron that crusheth all these, shall it break in pieces and crush.
Without a doubt, history confirms that after the vast Greek empire, the greatest of all and longest of all empires in history arose on earth, the Roman Empire, under which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified.
Daniel indicated that Rome would be divided and that it would never be put together again.
Daniel 2:41-43 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; 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 the 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 doth not mingle with clay.
Later on in history, as prophecy indicated, Rome was fragmented into the European nations that we know of today. Among the original nations at that time, were ten tribes known as:
|1-Anglo-Saxons = England||6-Lombards = Italy|
|2-Alemanni = Germany||7-Ostrogoths = extinct|
|3-Burgundians = Swiss||8-Suevi = Portugal|
|4-Franks = France||9-Vandals = extinct|
|5-Heruli = extinct||10-Visigoths = Spain|
Daniel 2:44 And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall the sovereignty thereof be left to another people; but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
As you can see, the prophecy concludes with the second advent of Jesus Christ to earth, symbolized by the rock that strikes the statue’s feet. We know that we are living during the days of the European kings symbolized by the feet. Precisely, during these days, God will establish his kingdom. Will you not prepare to meet him? The Bible says:
Psalms 24:4-5 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; Who hath not lifted up his soul unto falsehood, And hath not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from Jehovah, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.