Sure Word of Prophecy
Image of Daniel 2)
or the kingdoms of the world and the kingdom of God
WHAT statement did Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, make to his wise men
whom he had assembled?
"And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my
spirit was troubled to know the dream." Dan. 2:3.
After being threatened with death if they did not make known the
dream and the interpretation, what did the wise men say to the king?
"The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a
man upon the earth that can show the king's matter: therefore there is
no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or
astrologer, or Chaldean. And it is a rare thing that the king requireth,
and there is none other that can show it before the king, except the
gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh." Verses 10,11.
After the wise men had thus confessed their inability to do what the king
required, who offered to interpret the dream?
"Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would
give him time, and that he would show the king the interpretation."
After Daniel and his fellows had sought God earnestly, how were the dream
and its interpretation revealed to Daniel?
"Then was the
secret revealed unto Daniel in a night-vision. Then Daniel blessed
the God of heaven." Verse 19.
When brought before the king, what did Daniel say?
"Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said,
The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the
astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, show unto the king; but there
is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the
king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the
visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these." Verses 27,28.
What did Daniel say the king had seen in his dream?
"Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; . .
. Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image,
whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof
was terrible." Verses 28-31.
Of what were the different parts of the image composed?
"This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and
his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his
legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay." Verses
By what means was the image broken to pieces?
"Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands,
which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake
them to pieces." Verse 34.
What became of the various parts of the image?
"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." Verse 35.
With what words did Daniel begin the interpretation of the dream?
"Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given
thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the
children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven
hath He given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou
art this head of gold." Verses 37,38.
character of the Babylonian Empire is fittingly indicated by the nature of
the material composing that portion of the image by which it was
symbolized-the head of gold. It was " the golden kingdom of a
golden age." The city of Babylon, its metropolis, according to
history towered to a height never equaled by any of its later rivals.
"Situated in the garden of the East; laid out in a perfect square
sixty miles in circumference, fifteen miles on each side surrounded by a
wall three hundred and fifty feet high an eighty-seven feet thick, with a
moat, or ditch, around this, of equal cubic capacity with the wall itself;
divided into six hundred and seventy-six squares, laid out in luxuriant
pleasure-grounds and gardens, interspersed with magnificent
dwellings,-this city, containing in itself many things which were
themselves wonders of the world, was itself another and still mightier
wonder. . . . Such was Babylon, with Nebuchadnezzar, youthful, bold,
vigorous, and accomplished, seated upon its throne."
What was to be the nature of the next kingdom after Babylon?
"After thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee." Verse
39, first part.
Who was the last Babylonian king?
night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. And Darius
the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years
old." Dan. 5:30,31. See also verses 1,2.
To whom was Belshazzar's kingdom given?
is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians." Verse 28.
By what is the Medo-Persian Empire represented in the great image?
The breast and arms of silver. Dan. 2:32.
By what is Grecia, the kingdom succeeding Medo- Persia, represented in the
"His belly and his thighs of brass." Verse 32. "And
another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the
earth." Verse 39.
What is said of the fourth kingdom?
"And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as
iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh
all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise." Verse 40.
What scripture shows that the Roman emperors ruled the world?
"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree
from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed." Luke
the Roman conquests, Gibbon uses the very imagery employed in the vision
of Daniel 2. He says: "The arms of the republic, sometimes vanquished
in battle, always victorious in war, advanced with rapid steps to the
Euphrates, the Danube, the Rhine, and the ocean; and the images of gold
or silver, or brass, that might serve to represent the
nations and their kings, were successively broken by the iron
monarchy of Rome."-"Decline and Fall of the Roman
Empire," chap. 38, par. 1, under " General Observations,"
at the close of the chapter.
What was indicated by the mixture of clay and iron in the feet and toes of
"And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay,
and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided." Dan. 2:41.
In what prophetic language was the varying strength of the ten kingdoms of
the divided empire indicated?
"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 [margin, brittle]." Verse 42.
Were any efforts to be made to reunite the divided empire of Rome?
whereas thou sawest 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 is not mixed with clay." Verse 43.
Charles V, Louis XIV, and Napoleon all tried to reunite the broken
fragments of the Roman Empire, but failed. By marriage and intermarriage
ties have been formed with a view to strengthening and cementing together
the shattered kingdom; but none have succeeded. The element of disunion
remains. Many political revolutions and territorial changes have occurred
in Europe since the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 A.D.; but its divided
state still remains.
This remarkable dream, as interpreted by Daniel, presents in the briefest
form, and yet with unmistakable clearness, the course of world empires
from the time of Nebuchadnezzar to the close of earthly history and the
setting up of the everlasting kingdom of God. The history confirms the
prophecy. The sovereignty of the world was held by Babylon from the time
of this dream, B.C. 603, until B.C. 538, when it passed to the Medes and
Persians. The victory of the Grecian forces at the battle of Arbela, in
B.C. 331, marked the downfall of the Medo-Persian Empire, and the Greeks
then became the undisputed rulers of the world. The battle of Pydna, in
Macedonia, in B.C. 168, was the last organized effort to withstand a
world-wide conquest by the Romans, and at that time therefore the
sovereignty passed from the Greeks to the Romans, and the fourth kingdom
was fully established. The division of Rome into ten kingdoms is
definitely foretold in the vision recorded in the seventh chapter of
Daniel, and occurred between the years 351 A.D. and 476 A.D.
What is to take place in the days of these kingdoms?
"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a
kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: . . . but it shall break in
pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever."
verse foretells the establishment of another universal kingdom, the
kingdom of God. This kingdom is to overthrow and supplant all existing
earthly kingdoms, and is to stand forever. The time for the setting up of
this kingdom was to be "in the days of these kings." This cannot
refer to the four preceding empires, or kingdoms; for they were not
contemporaneous, but successive; neither can it refer to an establishment
of the kingdom at Christ's first advent, for the ten kingdoms which arose
out of the ruins of the Roman Empire were not yet in existence. It must
therefore be yet future.
In what announcement in the New Testament is the establishment of the
kingdom of God made known?
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in
heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of
our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and
ever." Rev. 11:15.
For what have we been taught to pray?
"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it
is in heaven." Matt. 6:10.
What event is closely associated with the establishment of God's
"I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who
shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His
kingdom." 2 Tim. 4:1.
With what prayer do the Scriptures close?
"He that testifieth these things saith, Surely I come
quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus." Rev. 22:20.
the way-marks as you journey on,
Look for the way-marks, passing one by one:
Down through the ages, past the kingdoms four,-
Where are we standing? Look the way-marks o'er.
Babylonia's kingdom ruled the world,
Then Medo-Persia's banners were unfurled;
And after Greece held universal sway,
Rome seized the scepter,-where are we today?
Down in the
feet of iron and of clay,
Weak and divided, soon to pass away;
What will the next great, glorious drama be?-
Christ and His coming, and eternity.
F. E. BELDEN.
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