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

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

Nebuchadnezzar took his worries to bed with him; Daniel took his worries to God in prayer. During the night, the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. He was awake, not asleep. Dreams occur during the transition stage between waking consciousness and sound sleep. Visions occur during moments of being awake.

Here Danielís response to answered prayer is praise. He includes his three friends in his prayer of thanks (2:23), though the answer was given to him alone. The combined, corporate prayer of the four brought the answer. Danielís praise is eightfold, as he acknowledges that:

  1.  Godís name is hallowed.
  2.  Godís kingdom resides over the earth.
  3.  God exercises His will on earth.
  4.  God gives wisdom to the wise.
  5.  God reveals deep and hidden things.
  6.  God gave him wisdom and power.
  7.  God makes known what we ask for.
  8.  God made known the kingís dream.

Now Daniel understands. Though the kingdom of Israel is broken up and dispersed, Godís plans for His people remain intact. He is the first to know what God is planning for the world and His people from the captivity forward. The curtain has been drawn on history. The script is written; the stage and characters are set. Everything is ready for the actors; however, they will perform their parts of their own free will. The first member of the cast, with the leading role, is Nebuchadnezzar.

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