Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Interpreted
Daniel, a young Israelite taken captive to Babylon with
others, later became God's Prophet. King Nebuchadnezzar had an impressive
dream which on waking he could not recall. His "wise men" could
not help him. Finally Daniel, guided by the Lord, told both the dream and
its interpretation.--Daniel 2:1,5,26-30.
The dream and its interpretation interests and concerns
us today as much or more than it did Nebuchadnezzar. In his dream the King
saw a great Image; its head was gold, its breast and arms silver, its
belly and sides brass, its legs iron, and its feet iron intermingled and
smeared with clay. Then the King saw a Stone cut out of the mountain
without hands and hurled at the feet of the Image. The Image fell, ground
to powder, and the wind carried it away. Then the Stone grew until it
filled the earth.--Daniel 2:31-35.
The Divine interpretation of this dream, given through
Daniel, explains that the head of the Image was the Babylonian Kingdom,
the breast and arms the succeeding Medo- Persian Empire, the belly and
sides of brass the Grecian Empire, which followed, and the legs the
succeeding Roman Empire. The feet represented the "Holy Roman
Empire" and its successors; the iron of the feet the civil power, the
clay intermingled and smearing over the iron pictured the ecclesiastical
power of our day. Thus seen, we are living in the days of the ten toes, or
divisions of the Image.
The Stone represents God's Kingdom, which the clay on
the feet of the Image imitated. The Stone represents God's Elect Church,
gathered out from Jews and Gentiles, and from every nation and
denomination, to constitute Messiah's Kingdom. Shortly, this Kingdom will
be established in power and great glory, and the kingdoms of this world
will disappear as by magic. Messiah's Kingdom will then grow until it
fills the whole earth, and brings all things under its control, every
wilful sinner being cut off in the Second Death.