The books of Revelation and Daniel proclaim the absolute sovereignty of God over the course of history and the fate of nations.
In Revelation, the “beast” is “GIVEN” the authority to operate for a period of “forty-two months,” power over the nations, and the right to “wage war against the saints and overcome them.” Satan’s creature cannot wreak havoc upon the earth or against the church until authorized to do so, and only for the time allotted.
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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 last Babylonian ruler summoned Daniel to read the “handwriting on the wall” before the empire’s downfall – Daniel 5:1-31.
The events recorded in the fifth chapter of Daniel occurred on the eve of the city’s conquest by the “Medes and Persians.” That night, the king hosted a feast “for a thousand of his lords” who “tasted wine” from the gold and silver vessels that had been looted from the Jerusalem Temple by King Nebuchadnezzar. And all while praising the false gods of the empire.
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God gave the kingdom of Judah into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, but He also equipped Daniel and his companions for service in the court of Babylon.
In its opening paragraph, Daniel labels Babylon the “land of Shinar,” which links it to the “tower of Babel” in Genesis. The Neo-Babylonian Empire had an ancient pedigree, and like his ancient forbears, Nebuchadnezzar had determined to unite all men under one language and one government, where all would render homage to his high image.
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