“This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation. You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are the head of gold. Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these. And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. Daniel 2:36-43
If you pick up a Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh, and look for the book of Daniel in the Prophets section you will not find it. The Tanakh places Daniel in the Writings section. Today’s verses may show us why as this dream interpretation/prophesy does not directly pertain to Israel nor do the rest of the prophesies in this book. In the first half of Daniel, Daniel interprets for his capture while the last is end times prophesy.
In today’s verses Daniel gives Nebuchadnezzar the interpretation of the dream Daniel has just related to Nebuchadnezzar. God has shown Nebuchadnezzar what is going to happen in the future and what kingdoms will succeed his. Daniel describes the dream as a statue with a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, the legs of iron and the feet of iron and clay mixture. Then a large rock is carved out of the earth and destroys the statue. Daniel then tells the king that the head of gold is the Babylonian kingdom.
While Daniel does not tell Nebuchadnezzar who the other kingdoms will be my studies have identified the other three kingdoms as follows: the Silver chest is the next empire and believed to be the Medo-Persians empire, the bronze belly and thighs are believed to be the Greek empire, the legs and feet are the Roman empire, with the feet the revived Roman empire. This last empire, the revived Roman empire is yet to be. The next two verses describe the stone and what it will do.
Have a blessed day,