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

Christ's Kingdom

The greatness of Christ's Kingdom will be characterized by universal change in the structure and operation of society in seven areas.

SPIRITUAL IN NATURE. God's laws will be written on the hearts and minds of the saints by the Holy Spirit as the New Covenant is realized in the areas of forgiveness, righteousness, spiritual cleansing, regeneration, and direct knowledge of God (Isaiah 59:20-21; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 26:24-27).

ETHICAL CONDUCT. Spiritual orientation will bear fruit of ethical conduct. There will be a proper recognition of moral values. The vile person will be recognized for what he is (Isaiah 32:5), and good men and things will be approved. Life's inequalities will be reversed (Isaiah 40:3-11; Psalm 73) and retribution for sin will become wholly an individual matter (Jeremiah 31:28-30).

SOCIAL RELATIONS. Christ's Kingdom will restore perfect social relations. In this society war will be eliminated (Zechariah 9:10) and an era of peace will be ushered in that will last forever (Isaiah 9:7). The resources used for the arts and industries of war will be employed for the blessing of humankind (Isaiah 2:4). The Lordís antipoverty program will work (Isaiah 65:21-23).

PHYSICAL WHOLENESS. Not only will spiritual healing occur, but tangible effects will be experienced physically. There will be the healing of physical ills (Isaiah 33:24; 35:5-6), the restoration of long life (Isaiah 65:20, 22), the elimination of physical hazards (Isaiah 65:23; Ezekiel 34:23-31), great geological changes from the Tribulation along with changes in climate (Isaiah 32:15-16; 35:7), increased fertility (Isaiah 35:1-2; Amos 9:13), and changes in the animal world (Isaiah 11:6-9; 65:25). All of creation came under Godís curse when Adam fell and all will be restored to Garden of Eden-like conditions at the return of Christ (Romans 8:19-22).

POLITICAL CHANGE. The form of government will be a theocracy. God Himself will rule over the earth in the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, thereby fulfilling the Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7:817). A central authority will exist for the settling of international disputes (Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3). National security will be assured (Isaiah 32:18). Israelites will be restored permanently to the Promised Land (Amos 9:14-15), resulting in the reestablishment and unification of the nation of Israel (Ezekiel 37), and guaranteeing its place of priority among the nations (Isaiah 60:10-14). The government will be one of peace, tranquility and blessedness. On the other hand, there will be instantaneous destruction of those who are insubordinate or rebellious (Isaiah 11:1-4).

RELIGIOUS PURIFICATION. The Ruler of this realm will be both King and Priest (Psalm 110). A central sanctuary will be established in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 37:27-28). The Shekinah glory will return to the Temple (Ezekiel 43:1-7). Israelites will become the priests and ministers of Yahweh in religious matters (Isaiah 61:6). There will be universal worship of Yahweh (Isaiah 66:23), and this worship of the true God will be compulsory (Zechariah 14:16-19).

EXTENT OF RULE. ďThe LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD and His name the only nameĒ (Zechariah 14:9; cf. Psalms 96-100). Christís Kingdom will include all nations (Psalm 72:8-11). After the thousand years, Christís kingdom will merge into the eternal state (Micah 4:7; Psalm 45:6; Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 22:1-5). Therefore, Christís kingdom will never be destroyed and will endure forever (Daniel 2:44).

The ultimate purpose of Nebuchadnezzarís dream was to assert Godís sovereign rule over the affairs of men. In doing so, the dream revealed Godís superiority over the pagan gods. It also revealed the characteristics of the four empires, which end with Christís kingdom that endures forever.

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