Only Daniel was able to reveal the troubling dream of the King, unveiling the future of kings and empires – Daniel 2:1-49.
The second and third chapters present a single story told in two parts. First, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of an enormous image composed of several materials, which Daniel interpreted, demonstrating the sovereignty of God over history. Second, the king attempted to implement his dream by erecting a great golden image in the “plain of Dura.”
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The King has another troubling dream that leads to his downfall but only after his display of imperial hubris – Daniel 4:1-34.
In chapter 4, Nebuchadnezzar had another dream, and as before, one that only Daniel could interpret. Yahweh would remove the king from power until he learned, once again, that the “Most-High God” alone is sovereign over the affairs of men. The chapter begins and ends with the Babylonian ruler acknowledging the sovereignty of Yahweh.
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Nebuchadnezzar implemented his dream by “setting up” the great golden image to glorify his majesty and sovereignty – Daniel 3:1-7.
The King invested great effort to make his dream a reality. First, he “set up” an enormous image to represent his majesty and the irresistible power of his empire. Then, he commanded all the “peoples and nations and tongues” of his realm to render homage to his image or face certain death in the “burning fiery furnace.”
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An introduction to the Book of Daniel with a brief overview of how the Book of Revelation applies it.
The book of Daniel is a well-structured literary work, not a collection of folk stories or random and unrelated visions. At the very beginning, the key themes of the book are presented in brief, then worked out in detail in the subsequent chapters, and each new vision builds on the preceding ones.
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