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And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.

Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.

And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.

Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.

The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.

But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.

They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.

The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.

But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.

10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.

11 And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.

12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.

13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

14 Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:

15 He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.

16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.

17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:

18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.

24 Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.

25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.

26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?

27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;

28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;

29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.

30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.

31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.

32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,

33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.

34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.

37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.

38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.

39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

46 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.

47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.

48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.

49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.

 

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This month, I've handed out a few tracts called "What is the Kingdom of God?" along with reading the scripture from Daniel 2:44. This is a nice little tract that has nothing controversial in it, and is intended to spark interest in the Kingdom as something "real." Something more than just a figure of speech, or something only in a person's heart. It ties Daniel 2:44 to Isaiah 9:6:

  • "A son has been given to us; and the government will rest on his shoulder."

Even though the NWT only uses "government" in a footnote, the scripture is still familiar to Bible readers who use the KJV, here, where the word "government" is used.

The image, of course, is an earthly paradise scene depicting food aplenty, health and happiness. Since the earthly paradise is a good way to appeal to those who have given up hope, the scripture from Matthew 6:9-10 is used. (Lord's Prayer) A subtle emphasis on the words "ON EARTH . . . as it is in heaven" is a nice tie back to the image. 

The tract has nothing that is particularly unique to our doctrine except that for some, the "earthly" paradise is still not a real possibility. If anyone questions this, there are more scriptures referenced in the short brochure that can make that point even stronger: Revelation 21:3,4 and Psalm 37:29. (Out of habit, some of us old folks will tend to read Psalm 37:10,11 first, but I think this is better to go straight to v.29, since the point from those other verses was already pretty much made in Daniel 2:44.)

I think the brochure is perfect to allow the householder to learn something about the good news of the Kingdom. And it may only take a few seconds to a minute to cover the major scriptures in it.

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      It will be these "Christians of the nations" who receive the persecution in the last period of the satanic system - compare Revelation 12:17
      The verses from 40 onwards specify the events concerning the rivalry of the two kings, a subject that had been temporarily put aside to talk about Christians.
       
      From what we have seen, therefore, it is not absolutely necessary to look for the respective kings, of the north and south, in that time frame in which Israel does not exist.
      This allows us not only to remain consistent with the statue of Nebuchadnezzar that ends with the Roman Empire and then move to the last dominant empire as well as with the "fifth" horn of the goat, but also to better understand the meaning of some scriptures.
      The people of God, the one that has never ceased to exist despite the persecution, will have an awakening and will be engaged, in the last days, to give an understanding to many.
      The same will be done by those who will accept their message.
      This reaffirms and thus reinforces what we have seen regarding true worship.
      Understanding at what point we find ourselves in the fulfillment of the prophecy, we look forward to the next event (the last war between the king of the north and the king of the south) because, even if it is an expectation anything but happy, at that point we will know that Our Lord is really at the door and that will also be the moment to "raise our heads" - Mark 13:29, 30
       
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ** This means that from Aureliano on (mentioned in the book "Pay attention to Daniel's prophecies!" Starting on page 240) all the reconstructions would be wrong because absolutely arbitrary.
      Between the emperor Vespasian and Trajan there are still the emperors Titus Flavio Vespasiano (79-81), Titus Flavius Domitian (81-96) and Marco Cocello Nerva (96-98).
       
      *** Many exegetes and commentators believe that it is a reference to what happened in the period of Antiochus IV Epiphanes (which should also be the fifth horn of the goat) and Judas Maccabeus.
      As explained in a previous article, regarding the chapter 8 of Daniel, the Scriptures simply do not corroborate and even demolish this hypothesis.
      In fact it is not possible to identify Judas Maccabeus as the "Prince of the army" to whom the continuous sacrifices and other important details are removed.
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      However a common mistake was to make a parallel between these verses of chapter 8 and those of chapter 11.
      While in chapter 8 we talk about the "Prince of the army of the heavens" to whom, among other things, we make continuous sacrifices and we also say that the adversary "reaches the heavens" and takes away the sacrifice to "His sanctuary "(His, of the Prince of the army) in chapter 11 we simply speak of a generic" leader of the alliance "and the context speaks of military skirmishes.
      It is clear that the two subjects can not be compared and therefore it is by no means excluded that the hypotheses that detect Antioco IV, exclusively for chapter 11, can be corrected.
       
       
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