I thought this essay, by Don McGee from the Rapture Ready soapbox, placed a much-needed emphasis on the parallel between the “evil king” in Daniel’s day, and America’s “evil king” today, and more broadly, the evil “ruler of this present world” as we transition from the final days of the Gentile age, and eventually into the Tribulation. It’s a part of Daniel that should not be ignored in the greater scheme of prophecy. Daniel is the key, for us in this present age, to understanding Revelation.–STLloyd
By Don McGee
If Bible prophecy has a foundation it is the book of Daniel, and if that foundation has a cornerstone it is the second chapter. Arguably if Christians would choose to study and accept the message that God gave to Nebuchadnezzar, a pagan king who reigned 2500 years ago, there would be far less confusion regarding what is happening in the world right now along with what is about to happen. In a general sense there would be less anxiety and more peace in the face of global turmoil, and in a narrower sense we Americans would be better able to understand what is happening socially, politically and religiously in our own country.
Daniel was a boy of about 17 years of age in 605 BC when he was taken from his home in Jerusalem to live and die as an aged exile in a far-off place called Babylon, the ruins of which are still to be found in modern Iraq. Little did he know on that day that God would elevate him to a place of phenomenal importance not only to a line of heathen monarchs, but to his own nation of Israel and to a yet future group of people that would become known as the church.
The clarity and historical soundness of the prophecies recorded in the Old Testament book of Daniel have caused it to become one of the most hated books of the Bible. For, if both the secular and the religious anti-God crowds that are so aggressive today are to be successful in their efforts to malign God’s sovereignty, dismantle Israel and deconstruct the church then the book of Daniel must, at all costs, be neutralized. That statement, folks, is no gross exaggeration. When the prophecies of Daniel are distorted the result is that all unfulfilled prophecy becomes so undefinable that a student will struggle just to find something firm to stand upon.
The first thing noticed in a study of Daniel 2 is that God chose a Gentile pagan king to be the one through whom He would first reveal His overall plan for the world. Though this might seem peculiar it does have precedent. God did a similar thing once before when He used a dream to show another heathen monarch, Pharaoh, what He was about to do (Genesis 41:25). But, what is really interesting is that in both cases He used young Hebrew slaves to interpret their dreams.
The book of Daniel was written in both Hebrew and Aramaic (not Arabic!). The Aramaic portion begins in 2:4 and continues to 7:28. It is not known why God wanted it written this way, and though such a question does not bear upon the substance of the book it is nevertheless something of interest. Some students believe the reason has to do with the importance of the book’s message being understood by the Gentile world, the language of which at that time was Aramaic. In that vein it could be said that the Gentile church of today would do well to take note of the book’s message. Unfortunately, it obstinately refuses to do so.
Now, to briefly examine Daniel chapter 2.
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