THE BOOK OF DANIEL is quoted often in the New Testament Book of Revelation. In many ways, the two books need to be read and studied together. Daniel lived at an important time of ancient history and his story is critical to our understanding of what is happening today. His visions speak powerfully of the end times, and his writing continues to exalt the “Most High God.” The accuracy and reliability of his remarks concerning future events have caused many to question his authorship of this book. However, we have complete confidence that he not only wrote the book but that God used him powerfully to bring His message to His people about what is about to happen in our time. Daniel Chapter 2 Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream
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The Dream of a King
Historical: Chapters 1 – 6
– 1 Deported as a teenager
– 2 Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream
– 3 Bow or Burn: the Furnace
– 4 Nebuchadnezzar’s Pride
– 5 The Fall of Babylon
– 6 The Lion’s Den
– 7 Daniel’s Vision
1] And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
2] Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. From Nebuchadnezzar’s perspective, he was a young, successful victor who had conquered the known world! His old staff was inherited. Does he trust them? A calibration test emerges; the most famous in history.
“Chaldeans” = title, advisory leadership. ~chartom diviner, magician, astrologer, practicer of the occult ashshaph necromancer, conjurer. The practices of these groups may have overlapped extensively. Several times Daniel referred to these men under the general rubric of “wise men” (Dan 2:12-14, 18, 24 [2X], 48; 4:6, 18; 5:7-8, 15).
3] And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
4] Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.
[Chapter 1 through 2:3 written in Hebrew… Now the narrative switches to Aramaic through Chapter 7, the Gentile language of their day…]
5] The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
6] But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.
7] They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.
8] The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
9] But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.
10] The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
11] And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh. Indeed! Isaiah 41:21-23.
12] For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
13] And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
14] Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king’s guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:
15] He answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.
16] Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
17] Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
18] That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. No committees, task forces, or research projects. The God of Heaven vs. the “gods of heaven.” Prayer: Jer 33:3; Ps 37:5; Phil 4:6-7; Heb 13:15; Jas 1:5; 1 Pet 5:7.
19] Then was the secret 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 times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: Praise (7); Job 12:13-22; Ps 31:15; 41:13; 75:6; 103:1,2; 113:1,2.
22] He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
23] I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.
24] Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.
25] Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation. Typical bureaucratic “humility.”
26] The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
27] 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, shew unto the king;
28] 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;
“Latter Days”: OT: Messianic Age: Hos 3:5; Isa 2:2; Mic 4:1; Israel: Gen 49:1; Num 24:14; Deut 4:30; 31:29;
“Second Coming”: Jer 48:47; 49:39; 23:20; 30:24; Magog: Ezek 38:16.
NT: Acts 2:17-21; Joel 2:28-32; Last Days: Jn 6:39,40,44,54; 7:37; 11:24; 12:48; 2 Tim 3:1; Heb 1:2; Jas 5:3; 2 Pet 3:3; Last Time: 1 Pet 1:5,20; 1 Jn 2:18; Jude 18.
29] As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
30] But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.
31] 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.
32] This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33] His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
“Times of the Gentiles”; Lk 21:24; Hos 3:4, 5 [vs. “Fullness of Gentiles”: Lk 19:42; until Rom 11:25; James’ summary: Acts 15:13-17 (Amos 9:11-12).]
• Gold 19.5
• Silver 10.5
• Bronze 8.0
• Iron 5.0
• Iron + Clay 1.9
Metallic image = time line of four empires before God establishes His own… 4+1: Rome in two “phases”…
34] Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the imageupon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake 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 threshingfloors; 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.
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, and strength, and glory.
38] 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.
39] And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
Babylon = “City of Gold” ( Isa 14:4). Fall to Persians (Dan 5:28,31; 6:28; 8:20; 70 years fulfilled: 2 Chr 36:20,21). Succeeded by Greece: Dan 8:21; 11:2.
40] And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
Fourth Kingdom (Cf. Dan 7:7; 9:26). Divided into pieces. Divided elements recombine Dan 2:42-44.
41] And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
Re-collected, but mixed with hasap, clay (brittle pottery fragments). Clay = people?: Job 10:9; 13:12; 33:6; Isa 29:16; 45:9; 64:8; Jer 18:4-6; Rom 9:21.
42] 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.
43] And 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. Miry clay is clay made from mire, dust. The context of the dream seems to imply that “they” constitute a significant political constituency!
Tampering with the Human Genome
A Review of Genesis 6
Jesus’ Strange Warning
But as the Days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. Matthew 24:37
1] And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2] That the Sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose. Genesis 6:1-2
“Sons of God”
Bene HaElohim = angels
• OT: Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7
• NT: Luke 20:36
• Book of Enoch
• Septuagint (LXX)
Benoth Adam = “Daughters of Adam”
Daughters of Adam, not just Cain. Adam had daughters (Gen 5:4): that’s where Cain got his wife!
“took…of all they chose”: doesn’t sound like the girls had much choice in the matter…
3] And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4] There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Nephilim: “the fallen ones.”
lpn Nephal: “to fall, be cast down to fall away, desert.”
HaGibborim: “the mighty ones.”
Septuagint (Greek) LXX:
gi,gantej gigantes (~ “giants?”)
gi,gaj gigas = “earth-born”
Geneges is the same word used in Greek mythology for “Titans,” creatures emerging from interbreeding of the Greek gods with human
beings. Genea, means “breed,” or “kind.” The English words “genes” and “genetics” come from the same root. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. Gen 6:9
tamiym = “without blemish, sound, healthful, without spot, unimpaired.”
New Testament Confirmations
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 6,7
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 2 Cor 5:2
oivkhth,rion oiketerion, habitation. Used only twice: Jude 6 and 2 Corinthians 5:2
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah… 2 Pet 2:4,5
Tartarus is the Greek term for the “dark abode of woe”; the pit of darkness in the unseen world. In Homer’s Iliad: “…as far below Hades as the earth is below heaven…”
The commonly taught “Lines of Seth” view emerged in the 5th century but has no Scriptural support. The “Fallen Angel” view was the view of the ancient Hebrew scholars and also the view of the early church. It was confirmed in the New Testament (Jude 6, 7; 2 Peter 2:4, 5) and it prevails among conservative scholarship today.
• South Sea Islands
• Sioux Indians
“Angel” View: B.C.
• Traditional Rabbinical literature
• Book of Enoch (2nd Century BC)
• Testimony of the 12 Patriarchs
• Josephus Flavius
• Septuagint (LXX)
“Angel” View: Church Fathers
• Philo of Alexandria
• Justin Martyr
• G.H. Pember
• M.R. DeHaan
• C.H. McIntosh
• F. Delitzsch
• A.C. Gaebelein
• A.W. Pink
• Donald Barnhouse
• Henry Morris
• Merril F. Unger
• Arnold Fruchtenbaum
• Hal Lindsey
• Chuck Smith
Sethite View Summary
• Text Itself
• Inferred Separation
• Inferred Godliness of Sethites
• Inferred Cainite subset Adamites
• Unnatural Offspring
• New Testament Confirmations
• Post-Flood & Prophetic Issues
The Stratagems of Satan
• Corruption of Adam’s line Gen 6
• Abraham’s seed Gen 12, 20
• Famine Gen 50
• Destruction of male line Ex 1
• Pharaoh’s pursuit Ex 14
• The populating of Canaan Gen 12:6
• Against David’s line 2 Sam 7 Post-Flood Nephilim
• “…also after that…” Gen 6:4
• Rephaim, Emim, Horim, Zamsummim Gen 14, 15
• Rephaim often translated “dead” Ps 88:10; Prov 2:18; 9:18; 21:16; Isa 14:9; 26:14
• Arba, Anak & his 7 sons (Anakim), encountered in Canaan: Num 13:33
• Og, King of Bashan: Deut 3:11; Josh 12
• Goliath and his 4 brothers 2 Sam 21:16-18
Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 1 Samuel 15:3
Ineligible for Resurrection?
They [Rephaim] shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. Isaiah 26:14
The Original Warfare
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The Conflict Between Two Seeds: The “Seed of the Woman” vs. The “Seed of the Serpent.” Forces behind world powers today.
– The Red Dragon: Satan
– The Coming World Leader
– The False Prophet
44] And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45] Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
“Stone cut without Hands” (supernatural): Ex 17:3-6; 33:22; Ps 118:22;
Isa 8:14; 28:16; Zech 3:9 (Cf. Rev 5:6); Mt 21:43,44; Acts 4:11; Rom 9:33; 1 Cor 10:4; 1 Pet 2:4-8.
“Broke in pieces”:Ps 2:9; 110:5; Rev 2:6-9. All three: Iraq, Iran, Greece.
“Mountain”: Isa 2:2; 9:6; Lk 1:32,33; Rev 17:9-11.
The Premillennial View
• The stone will become a mountain suddenly, not gradually. Christianity did not suddenly fill “the whole earth” at Christ’s First Advent.
• Though Christ came in the days of the Roman Empire, He did not destroy it.
• During Christ’s time on earth the Roman Empire did not have 10 kings at once. Yet Nebuchadnezzar’s statue suggests that when Christ comes to establish His kingdom, ten rulers will be in existence and will be destroyed by Him.
• Though Christ is now the chief Cornerstone to the church (Eph 2:20) and “a stone that causes [unbelievers] to stumble” (1 Pet 2:8), He is not yet a smiting Stone as He will be when He comes again.
• The Stone (Messiah) will crush and end all the kingdoms of the world. But the church has not and will not conquer the world’s kingdoms.
• The church is not a kingdom with a political realm, but the future Millennium will be. Thus Nebuchadnezzar’s dream clearly teaches premillennialism, that Christ will return to earth to establish His rule on the earth, thereby subduing all nations. The church is not that kingdom.
46] Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.
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.
48] Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
49] Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
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Chuck Missler Bio
Recruited into senior management at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, Chuck established the first international computer network in 1966. He left Ford to start his own company, a computer network firm that was subsequently acquired by Automatic Data Processing (listed on the New York Stock Exchange) to become its Network Services Division.
Returning to California, Chuck found himself consulting, organizing corporate development deals, serving on the board of directors at several firms, and specializing in the rescuing of financially troubled technology companies. He brought several companies out of Chapter 11 and into profitable operation. Chuck thrived on this type of work.
As Chuck notes, his day of reckoning came several years ago when — as the result of a merger — he found himself the chairman and a major shareholder of a small, publicly owned development company known as Phoenix Group International. The firm established an $8 billion joint venture with the Soviet Union to supply personal computers to their 143,000 schools. Due to several unforeseen circumstances, the venture failed. The Misslers lost everything, including their home, automobiles and insurance.
It was during this difficult time that Chuck turned to God and the Bible. As a child he developed an intense interest in the Bible; studying it became a favorite pastime. In the 1970s, while still in the corporate world, Chuck began leading weekly Bible studies at the 30,000-member Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, in California. He and Nancy established Koinonia House in 1973.