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

Nebuchadnezzar's Declaration - Daniel 2:46-49

There are two great presuppositions in the Bible: (1) God exists and (2) God reveals Himself to man. The title “God of heaven” is used four times in this chapter (2:18, 19, 37, 44). That Yahweh is God in heaven was revealed to Israel seven centuries earlier.

Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other (Deuteronomy 4:39).

Nebuchadnezzar understood from Daniel’s interpretation that “there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.” However, the Word of God was sown on a hard heart and the evil one snatched it away (Matthew 19:4, 13). More cultivation of the king’s heart would be necessary before the king would acknowledge the reign of Yahweh in his heart. The seed will not have good soil in which to take root (cf. Matthew 13:23) until chapter four, yet Daniel may have been thrilled with the king’s response.

Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.

Is this an inspired utterance pertaining to the Trinity?

First Person of the Trinity is the God of gods. Second Person of the Trinity is the Lord of kings.
Third Person of the Trinity is a revealer of mysteries.

An outward confession or profession does not always reveal the heart, even if inspired by the Holy Spirit (cf. Caiaphas’ prophecy in John 11:49-52). The events of chapters three and four show that, instead of this experience and revelation turning him to Yahweh, Nebuchadnezzar grew more proud and defiant.


 True to his promise, the king showered gifts, rewards, and great honor upon the teller and interpreter of the dream. He made Daniel ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. The captive from Judah was living in luxury. Daniel never sought nor asked anything for himself. Nevertheless, because he exalted God and humbled himself, he was in God’s timing, exalted and honored. Such will be the fate of every Christian who glorifies God in this life (cf. Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-17; Revelation 2:7, 13, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21).

At Daniel’s request, Nebuchadnezzar appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel remained at the royal court.

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