Marcello J Garzillo
(Taken from Daniel Chapter Two)
When we open the Book of Daniel, we see only four youths, representing God’s accomplishments, from the time of the covenant given to Abram:
Genesis 15:18, In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:”
The Apostle Paul tells us that whatever is written is for our learning and understanding, Romans 15:4. It would be good to examine the pitfalls of the decline of the nation, that God was building up, for the purposes of fulfilling His promise to Abram.
Why the Captivity?
Matthew 24:15, “When ye therefore see the abomination of desolation spoken by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso ever readth let him understand): 16 then let he who is in Judea flee to the mountains”.
Marks gospel reads the same way.
According to Jesus, both gospels require understanding. The music of the song “Nebuchadnezzar Dream” is a little intense and deservingly so. The time line of Nebuchadnezzar starts with what is written in the book of Jeremiah concerning Jerusalem and those who dwell there.
Jeremiah 29:1, Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priest, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon.
The name Babylon means confusion. And the name Nebuchadnezzar is from the Babylonian name Nebo, who was to the Chaldeans the God of learning and the name Daniel means God will judge.
Law of Tribulation
There are laws of tribulation found in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy concerning God’s people, the House of Judah, which Daniel was a part of. Whenever God’s people needed to learn a lesson, He would sell them to a Gentile Nation by placing a wooden yoke upon them for submission and correction to that Nation. God sold Israel to Gentile nations six times as recorded in the book of Judges. Daniel and his three friends were under what Jeremiah refers to as a wooden yoke, Jeremiah 28:12,13. The United States, is thought of as being a free nation, has been under this wooden yoke from it’s beginning, even today. This yoke is not harsh but used only for the lesson of submission and correcting of His people to a Gentile King or Government. Fortunately, the United States, was not given a Holy Law, which could never be fulfilled by its people, but a God given Constitution and Bill of Rights to live by. Those who lived under a Gentile captivity were given instructions by God on how to live under this yoke.
Jeremiah, 29:5, “Build ye houses and dweleth in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 6, Take ye wives, and begat sons and daughters; and take ye wives, for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that you may be increased there and not diminished.
So it was a very light yoke for the people. The only requirement was they were obligated to pay tribute (taxes), and to be under the authority of the king. God did judge His people but with mercy.
Jeremiah 25:9, “ Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord, and Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment and a hissing, and perpetual desolation”.
Notice King Nebuchadnezzar was God’s servant, proving that God can use anyone at any time without them even realizing they are doing His bidding. God is sovereign and rules over all of His creation. Some think that there is a struggle going on between the forces of good and evil. They are greatly mistaken. Consider that a servant by relationship is different from a slave, brother, sister or friend and doesn’t necessarily know what his master is doing, or why. He just does his part like an actor on a stage. Only Daniel, out of all the wise men of Babylon was able to interpret the dream. Why? Daniel was a servant of God also but the difference was that he recognized the sovereignty of the only true God.
The king threatened death to him as well as his wise men if the dream wasn’t told to the king. The king was probably led astray by his own Babylonian wise men before so he made them tell him what his dream was. Not one of the wise men could answer the king’s request so Daniel was brought in. Daniel petitioned God for help and his prayer was answered.
Daniel 2:19, then the secret was reveled unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the Lord God of heaven. 20, Daniel answered and said “blessed be the name of God for ever and ever; for wisdom and might are His: 21, And He changes the times and the seasons; He removeth kings and
setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that have understanding.
Daniel knew that all wisdom comes from God. He also knew that God’s ways are not in vane, and scripture could not be broken.
Amos 3:6, Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in the city and the Lord had not done it. 7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto his servants the prophets.
We can understand that God is a father to all men. He is not a respecter of persons and wants all to seek Him for sound advice and protection.
Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you: 8, For every one that asketh received; and he that seeked findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened”.
Daniel was the only prophet who prophesied entirely while he was in captivity. The name Babylon in the Hebrew dictionary is 894 and means confusion. Contrast that statement with what the Apostle Paul says.
I Corinthians 14:33, For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
God’s truth always brings the spirit of peace. Nebuchadnezzar spirit troubled him. At the time of the writings of Daniel there were many gods in Babylon.
History shows that they had a god for every facet of life. Confusion was the order of the day, but of course the Babylonian’s didn’t know it. God wanted to reveal Himself through His servant Daniel.
Then the secret was revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. 20, Daniel answered and said, “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever; for wisdom and might are His. 21, And He changeth the time and the seasons; He removeth kings and setteth up kings: He giveth unto the wise and to them who know understanding”
Daniel then tells the dream.
Daniel 2:31, “Thou O King, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form was terrible. 32, This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and arms were of silver, his belly and thighs of brass, 33, and his legs of iron, and his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34, thou sawest till that a stone was cut without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and break them to pieces. 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 threshing floors; 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 2:36, “This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the King. 37, Thou O King, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, strength, and glory”.
Not only did Daniel tell the king what he dreamed but also what the dream meant. The dream told to the king by Daniel was exceptional compared to the work of his wise men so his reaction is quite extraordinary.
Daniel 2:47, The king answered unto Daniel and said “Of a truth it is that your God is a God of Gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret”.
We are all God’s children and we will all in our own time have the same humility as the king had.
Philippians 2: 10, “That at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of things in heaven, and things on the earth, and things under the earth.”
The image that the king saw was in a night vision, while he slept. There will come a time when God will remove the darkness or another way to say it is the spiritual blindness of all men and they will experience the same vision that Nebuchadnezzar had.
What is this stone that smote the image on its feet? The physical Temple built by Solomon was a type and shadow of the spiritual Temple that God is building today.
1 Peter 6:7, “Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
God is going to use these living stones (collectively as His people) to destroy the image revealed to the king. The stone, cut out without hands, shows it was the work of God and not men. This stone will destroy the confusion that have made up all kingdoms of the world since the beginning, and grow into a great mountain called the Kingdom of God. God is allowing the ideas and imaginations of men to run their course.
Micah 4:2 and many nations will come and say, “come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord and to the God of Jacob; and He will teach us His ways and we will walk in his paths. For the law shall go forth of Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
This is not the earthly Jerusalem we read about in Galatians 4:25 but the heavenly Jerusalem, the free heavenly Jerusalem, which is above, Galatians 4:26. There is no confusion in heavenly Jerusalem. This Jerusalem is peaceful because it has oneness, Ephesians 4:4,5,and 6.