Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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Daniel 2

Outline and Background

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream - Daniel 2:1-11

Nebuchadnezzar's Folly - Daniel 2:12-13

Daniel's Wisdom - Daniel 2:14-16

Daniel's Request - Daniel 2:17-18

Daniel's Vision and Praise - Daniel 2:19-23

Interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's Dream - Daniel 2:24-45

The Image is Four Empires

The Everlasting Empire

Eschatology of the Mt Olivet Discourse

Christ's Kingdom

Nebuchadnezzar's Declaration - Daniel 2:46-49

Application and Typical Prophecies

Application and Typical Prophecies

This chapter illustrates the fact that symbolic imagery carries a significant amount of information in apocalyptic prophecy. Daniel understood the basic meaning of Nebuchadnezzarís dream, which God revealed to him. However, Yahweh did not explain the prophetic details of the image seen in the dream.

Today, most of the precise details of this image are understood since they have been literally fulfilled. On the one hand, we cannot expect to understand beforehand all details of unfulfilled apocalyptic imagery. In the upcoming portions of Daniel as well as the book of Revelation, there are many details yet to be fulfilled. On the other hand, God has revealed, since the time of Daniel, significant information about what the future holds.

Sound exegesis and hermeneutics, which rightly divide the Word of God, along with prayer and the Spiritís illumination, will yield an abundance of understanding.

Daniel and his friends prayed together in the midst of crisis. The power of praying with other Christians in order to gain knowledge, understanding and wisdom from above cannot be overstated. The world offers many solutions to lifeís problems, but God has the answers!

God placed Daniel in the court of Nebuchadnezzar, the most powerful monarch of history, to be a testimony and witness of His existence and power. The LORD uses those of His people who are faithful and prepared to give an answer. How might God use you?

On the surface, it seems strange that God would reveal the future to an ungodly, Gentile king, until one realizes that Gentiles are the main players and recipients of Godís favor and graciousness during this present age. In chapter three, the portraiture of Nebuchadnezzar foreshadows Gentiles who turn to God while Jews reject Him.

Danielís attitude and actions in the first two chapters sublimely illustrate the sageís advice.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear
the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones (Proverbs 3:5-8).

Dare to be a Daniel!

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