The American Wisdom Series


Daniel chapter 2

In foretelling us "all things" Jesus also told of the dark side of "things"

Our Father is so good to us in that He gives us wisdom and understanding if we are wise enough to study His Word with the sincere desire to seek His truth, i.e. that which is written, rather than trying to make His words conform to the doctrines and traditions of men taught by denominationalism and church systems.

Jesus said in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 that He has foretold us all things pertaining to the events that transpire during the final generation... and we are to "take heed" to what He has said.

Mark 13:23 "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things."

In foretelling us "all things" we are also told of the dark side of "things", which pertains to the structure and method of operation of Satan's political/economic/social one world system in these last days.

In fact, that is precisely what we are going to learn about in the next few studies because God is going to give Daniel a "night vision" that will allow us to see into the night and what is happening beneath the surface and behind the scenes.

How exciting the Word of God truly is!

Daniel 2:1
And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
We will soon discover that this "dreamed dream" Nebuchadnezzar had was of a giant beast, which is symbolic of Satan's power structure even of these last days, which is the one world system we call the New World Order.

And this dream of the beast was so intimidating that it scared the daylights out of poor old Neb and now his troubled spirit will not rest until he achieves closure on the matter.

The problem is that all the king's horses and all the king's men cannot put old Nebuchadnezzar back together again.

However, Daniel, the servant of the most high God, who is God, will be given to understand his dream and thus know and give witness to what is happening in the world... which is an ensample for us today (1 Cor. 10:11).

Also, this second year of the reign of Nebuchadezzar would have been 495 BC when Daniel was 18 (the number of bondage).

Now let's continue and see if the traditions of men can give the king peace of mind and serenity.

[2] 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.
Daniel and his companions were not included in this interfaith call to appear before the king, so here we get a real good view of the religious system of Babylon itself.

The word Babylon comes from "babel", which means confusion, and "lon", which is land.

So Babel-land is simply the State of Confusion and no wonder with a religious community like these clowns influencing and leading the people.

Anyway, we are about to find out how much collective wisdom this sordid lot has.

But first, here is a breakdown of the various religious types called to stand before the king.

Magicians: These were priest-magicians who cast out devils and repelled evil spirits using very religious prayers and incantations. Probably worked too... cause who would want to stick around and listen to all that boring chanting (just kidding... about it working that is).

Astrologers: These were in a class all by themselves and claimed that the heavenly bodies foretold the future and their influence had power over the lives of men.

Sorcerers: These "wizards" derived their wisdom from mind expanding substances. Toke on this and the gods will unleash the power of your mind and you will see visions of the future!

By the way, the Hebrew word for sorcerer is "kashaph" while the Greek word translated sorcerer is "pharmakeia" from which we get our word "pharmacy". There sure are massive amounts of mental and psychotic drugs dispensed in this nation... enough to call it chemical warfare for sure!

pharmakeia, far-mak-i'-ah, Greek 5331; from Greek 5332 (pharmakeus); medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extension) magic (literal or figurative) :- sorcery, witchcraft.

Chaldeans: These were occultists and worshippers of secret sciences.

So there you have it. A diverse interfaith assembly of all the religious leaders of Babylon the great!

Well... you know what?

If we list all these religious cults beginning with the Sorcerers first, we see they form the acronym SCAM which is exactly what the religious community is!

Scam and confusion!

Oh, and did you know that the New World Order had a big diverse interfaith calling on Aug. 28-31 of the year 2000?

You might want to check it out and see what their agenda was for it was the largest gathering of religious leaders in the history of mankind.

Here's a link to get you started.


Daniel 2:3
And the king said unto them, "I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream."
Again, Nebuchadnezzar was deeply troubled and he wanted to know what this dream meant and he was bound and determined to find out.

So here are all the religious leaders who begin to speak... in babel... really!

You "see", the very first words they speak, "O king", and from here on to the end of chapter seven which is the end of the captivity, are spoken in Syriack, which is Aramaic, the language of the captivity.

Isn't that incredible?

God's Word is truly wondrous to those who will take the time to do a little homework to seek His truth and understanding.

[4] 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."
So the religious community wants king Nebuchadnezzar to tell them what his dream was and THEN they will come up with an interpretation and explanation of it!

But uh oh!

Neb's got a mental block and says he cannot remember the dream, so he lays it on the seers and magicians and sorcerers to tell him what it was he dreamed.

Should be no problem for those who claim such wondrous powers and abilities to see into the future, right?

[5] 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.
Doesn't appear that ol' king Nebuchadnezzar has much respect for these religious leaders.

In any event this has now become a matter of life and death because the king is serious about this and is in no mood to play games.

[6] 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.
Sorry, money can't buy everything!

It is interesting though that the king of Babylon can only offer gifts and rewards which are temporal material things, for pleasing him.

In contrast, the gifts and rewards your heavenly Father imparts to you for pleasing Him are spiritual things which are eternal.

That does not mean He does bless us materially now, but the wise know that the treasures laid up on earth shall the moth eat and rust corrupt, i.e. they shall all pass away with this flesh age.

Ok, the king has threatened to execute all the wise men of Babylon so someone better come up with something quick... or it's curtains for these guys.

[7] They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.
So far nobody has petitioned his or her god, have they?

Some believers they are in their ability to actually do what they claim they are able to!

They themselves by their own admission give witness to their SCAM!

The truth of the matter is, even if Nebuchadnezzar told them the dream, they still would not be able to tell him the interpretation thereof.

[8] The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
Nebuchadnezzar is "on to these guys" and he knows this group of scam artists are doing a side-step to buy some more time!

And they are... because quite frankly they are "up against it" in that they don't know what to do!

They know their phony baloney scams don't work in reality and their gods who are no gods cannot save them!

[9] 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.
Telling him what his dream was would certainly establish one's credibility in giving the interpretation thereof, wouldn't it?


Because there is no way a person can fake what his dream actually was!

The fact is also that no man, even Satan himself, has the ability to read minds but you "see", our Father does!

[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.
They have just insulted good ol' king Nebuchadnezzar by calling his demand an "unreasonable request" (translated "you're an unreasonable jerk")!

How wise is that move?

[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.
Uh oh! Another insult.

You know something?

Their response alone shows they lack wisdom and common sense.

Compare this with how Daniel handles this same death threat in verse 14 below... "with counsel and wisdom"!

Nevertheless, at least they admitted "out of their own mouths", that only "the gods" could reveal the dream to Nebuchadnezzar.

Do you think that will cause them to turn to the God of Daniel?

Don't hold your breath!

[12] For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
Yep, they made him hot enough to "cook their goose".

There is trouble in Babylon.

And don't forget that Daniel and his companions are included among the wise men of Babylon.

The only thing is... they are not of Babylon, they are children of the living God.

Daniel 2:13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
Once the decree of the king went forth it became irreversible even by the king himself.

Therefore, without some divine intervention all the wise men of Babylon are toast!

[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:
Daniel is using the wisdom God gave to him to answer the king's chief executioner, Arioch, which means "lion-like" or "lion of Aku", who was Nebuchadnezzar's right hand man, the captain of his own guard!

Verse 24 will document that the king ordained this "lion like" captain to destroy the wise men of Babylon.

Again, "Ari" means lion, like in "Ari-el", "lion of el".

[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.
At this point Daniel and his companions were unaware of the "lion" walking about seeking to destroy them.

However, servants of God always remain sober (sober minded) and on their guard!

1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."

[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.
How did Daniel know that he would be able to show the king the dream and the interpretation thereof?

He was an intelligent lad and he certainly knew that no "man" was capable of such a feat (see vs 27)?

Well, the reason is simple. Daniel knew His Father and because he knew Him he trusted in Him.

In other words, he knew that God, who is God and so gracious to His loved ones, would help him and his companions.

So here is what he did:

[17] Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
Misha-el = Who is as God?
Azari-ah = God has helped!
Hanani-ah = God is gracious.
[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.
They petitioned their Father and asked Him to intercede for them concerning this secret, i.e. this hidden matter of the dream.

The point is, and the lesson we need to learn from this, is that neither Daniel nor his companions reasoned among themselves to come up with a solution and take matters which clearly belong to God, into their own hands!

Now THAT my friends shows great wisdom!

[19] Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
The very first thing Daniel did when he realized that God had revealed the secret to him was to run to his buddies and say "I figured it out!"


That's not what he did!

The very first thing he did was to bless and thank God.

By the way, this "night vision" will allow Daniel to "see" what takes place in the dark, as in what transpires during the dark hour at the end of this flesh age.

[20] Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His:
Servants of God do not take credit for the wisdom and understanding that is given to them.

They know as did these young lads that man simply does not have the smarts and ability to understand the things of God.

It is also for that reason that they never set themselves above that of their brothers and sisters.

Take the apostle John for example.

He did not consider himself to be above his brethren.

Here are his own words:

Rev. 1:9
I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
John did not consider himself to be some great and wonderful person who should be held in high esteem.

He simply considered himself one of the family, the family of God!

Also, one with eyes to see cannot help but notice in this verse the two churches of Philadelphia (brotherly love) and Smyrna (you shall have tribulation)!

The main thing is that ALL wisdom and strength comes from God.

Daniel knew it and appreciated it. So did his companions!

[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:
All kings and governments exist by God's authority and permission.

I mean, common sense must speak to us and ask the question, "Since He has ALL POWER in both heaven and earth, how could it be otherwise?"

Col. 1:16-17
For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:

[17] And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.

Now notice back in Dan. 2:21 who it is that God gives wisdom and knowledge to.

He gives it to the wise, as in the "wise virgins" who remain undefiled and faithful to His Word.

God simply does not give wisdom to the unwise, those who do not study His words of wisdom, nor does He give knowledge to those who do not seek understanding from His Word.

The fact is, if we do not have enough common sense to study His Word but rather choose to remain Biblically illiterate by ignoring His Word (even if we go church regularly), then we do that which He disapproves of.

Here is what He approves of, 2 Tim. 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

You keep yourself undefiled from the traditions of men and labor to eat lots of pulse and drink plenty of living water from His Word!

[22] He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him.
The light that dwells with Him is Jesus Christ (John 1:3-8).

And we are the children of Light.

1 Thes. 5:5 "Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness."

Nevertheless, because His light is in us, we also know the negative part of what is happening in darkness, at night, i.e. the MO of how Satan and his followers operate in the night.

In fact, the dream that Daniel will reveal to king Nebuchadnezzar in our next study will show us the political structure and power base of today's New World Order!

Do you see what it is that God revealed to Daniel and his companions?

Would you like to have wisdom and understanding concerning both the One World Political system,
which is the 1st Beast of Rev. 13:1,
and the 2nd Beast of Rev. 13:11 which is antichrist, the false messiah,
the appearance of that old red dragon from the first earth age,
Satan himself?

Then you have come to the right place, the Book of Daniel,
where the God of our fathers reveals unto his faithful servant
a great vision concerning the latter days, the days in which we live.

We left off in our last study where Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had dreamed a dream "wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him".

So he called forth all "the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew (him) his dreams", but all they could do was dance and wiggle and squirm and try to buy more time... because to do as the king commanded was beyond the capability of mere men, meaning only a god could perform such a feat, which they themselves admitted.

The problem was none of their gods were gods, so they found themselves standing between a "dead rock" and "hard place", which was soon to be their home six feet underground because ol' king Nebuchadnezzar was so furious at the lack of cooperation and performance of the religious community that he ordered all the wise men of Babylon to be destroyed!

Now when Daniel, by using counsel and wisdom in his communication with Arioch,
the chief of the king's guard and now his executioner as well,
was informed of the matter,
he went in and desired of the king that he would give him more time
and he would show the king the interpretation.

You "see", Daniel knew that what the king was asking
concerning his dream was a thing that only God Himself could do.

Therefore, he went to his house and made the thing known to his companions
Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
and they took the matter to the Father and made their request known unto Him.

Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a "night vision"
and you know what the first thing he did was?

He blessed the God of heaven.

He was ever so grateful and thankful for the revelation God gave to him
in answering his prayers!

How about you?

Are you thankful and grateful when your Father gives you understanding
concerning a matter you have taken to Him?

It is an awesome and humbling experience to know He has touched your mind.

Let's continue where Daniel is still giving thanks and praise to the God of our fathers!

Daniel 2:23
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.
Do you see what it is that God revealed to Daniel and his companions?

It was "the king's matter" which we will see was the vision of Satan's one world political system
including today's New World Order which has risen up from the peoples of the world,
the sea in Rev. 13:1!

Actually, wise old Solomon informs us that there is nothing new "under the sun",
which means there is nothing new in this flesh age
that was not present in the first earth age,
so what we are going to see is the emergence
of the same old red dragon's power structure from that first earth age
which is given in Rev. 12:3, only this time with three more crowns...
which we will discuss at a later time in our study of Daniel.

[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.
The wisdom and might of our Father, having been given unto Daniel,
became his shield of protection and saved him and his companions
and even all the wise men of the land from being slain by the king of Babylon!

This is an important lesson to be learned from this ensample for us living in this 21st century .

Those years of fasting on the true bread of life and drinking from the living water of life
while abstaining and keeping themselves undefiled from Satan's false doctrine certainly paid off,
didn't they?

You "see", keeping His Word,
which is to obey His commands,
demonstrated the love they had for their Father.

And because they "knew Him" they trusted in Him!

Hey, it is no different than a child going to his earthly father
whom he knows and trusts and obeys his commands!

Jesus explained this concerning love to His disciples in John 14:15,

Jesus said, "the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding"

Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 when He sat upon the Mount of Olives and gave His disciples the seven seals concerning the knowledge and the events that would transpire during the final generation of the fig tree, that the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding concerning the abomination of desolation, that abominable desolator (antichrist) who would come stand in the holy place claiming to be God

"If ye love me, keep my commandments."

He is now going to reveal "what shall be in the latter days"!

So, let's continue as we are about to see that which is on the mind of the king of Babylon, a matter which has to do with these latter days.

[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.
It would seem that Arioch was not too anxious to carry out the king's execution order.
[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?
After the bout Nebuchadnezzar had with the religious community, one can only speculate that he was probably pretty skeptical about Daniel's claim that he could make known unto him the dream which he had seen.

Also, some scholars believe the name "Belteshazzar" is an abbreviated form of "Balat-su-usur" which means "Protect thou (oh Bel) his life."

In any event, it is certainly a fitting title because Satan, the king of Babylon of these last days of whom Nebuchadnezzar was a type, is not permitted to touch one hair on the head of God's anointed.

God simply makes known to the king of Babylon what he can and cannot do (Rev. 9:4).

Note: That was true for Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel's day, as a type or example, of the rule Satan must follow in our day when he comes to earth at the 6th trump claiming he is God!  When some of us who recognize him and know who he is and therefore, won't bow down and worship him!

How will we know? By reading our Bible (THE WORD of GOD) and studying and learning to tell difference be what is holy (Jesus) and what is profane (Satan)

Heaven knows! We aren't learning it in most of our churches!

[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;

Note continued: Can not our 21st century preachers tell us? Are they not wise enough?
If they know, they're not telling!
Maybe because it's a controversial subject
and they fear the collection plate might suffer
The king already knew that...
but Daniel wanted to emphasize the fact that the phony religious leaders
could do nothing because their gods are no gods
and they themselves have no power.

But... there is a God in heaven who can cut it!

[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;
Once again, Daniel not only took absolutely no credit for the revelation he received
but was careful to give all the credit to our Father.

Let us also be wise and understand from this verse
what it is God is about to make known to king Nebuchadnezzar!

He is going to reveal "what shall be in the latter days"!

So let's stay awake and pay real close attention... because we are in those "latter days".

[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.
Again, this is a revelation of what is going to transpire hereafter,
of how it is going to be in the latter days!

You see, there are no surprises in s 1 Corinthians chapter 10tore for God's elect,
those who love and serve Him.

Always remember what Jesus Christ said in Mark 13:23, "But take ye heed: behold,
I have foretold you all things."

And in what Paul told us in 1 Corinthians chapter 10 (see below) 

Don't ever forget this verse from 1 Corinthians chapter 10, concerning all the events recorded in Scripture, that happened physically to the Ancient Israelites, because they happened, not by accident, but according to God's will and were placed their by God as examples of what we can expect to happen spiritually to and about us in these later days.
.1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come

That means at this point if we do not understand what is happening in the world,
we simply have not "taken heed" to what He has said in His Word.

Let us also understand from wisdom why it is this revelation is being given to Daniel.

(It's for your sake

my fellow Christian)

[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.
This secret, this hidden knowledge and information of what is on the mind of the king of Babylon,
is not being revealed for Daniel's sake, but for the sake of the others!

Remember, Daniel is a type of God's elect in these last days
which means this revelation is not given unto them for their sakes either,
but for the sake of their companions and whosoever
will open their eyes and ears and be warned concerning the vision.

So, Nebuchadnezzar's memory is about to return unto him suddenly and boy is he ever going to have an awakening!

[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.
This image, this figure which "stood before" the king of Babylon, was dreadfully awesome!

Note: Some might also find interesting the definition for the Chaldean word translated "image".

image, tselem, tseh'-lem, Hebrew 6755; (Chaldee); or tselem, tsel-em'; (Chaldee); corresponding to Hebrew 6754 (tselem); an idolatrous figure :- form, image.

tselem, tseh'-lem, Hebrew 6754; from an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, i.e. (figurtive) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol :- image, vain shew.

Let's talk about images and likenesses for a moment beginning with the important fact that Jesus Christ spoke in parables to the multitudes, which can be documented in Matthew 13:34, "All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake He not unto them."

A parable is like an image. It is a picture, a similitude, a likeness, a symbolic portrayal of one thing but which refers to the meaning of something else.

The point is that for a person to understand an image or a parable,
both of which are symbolic portrayals of something else,
one must understand the meaning of the symbols that are used.

In other words, if you know what the symbology means you will have a clear picture in your mind of what is being spoken of.

On the other hand, if you do not know what the symbols are, the meaning becomes obscure and actually hidden from your view.

That is precisely why Jesus Christ spoke to the multitudes in this manner.

Let's listen to Christ's own explanation of why He spoke in parables as He responds to His disciples' question.

Matthew 13:10-17
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
After Jesus spoke to the multitudes they would always go their way...
and you can just hear them say to one another,
"Wasn't that a great sermon today?"

The disciples on the other hand always came to Him privately afterwards
and diligently inquired of Him as to the in-depth meaning of what He said.

That is why wisdom and knowledge was given unto them and not to the multitudes!

You see, it was no different back then than it is today!

[11] He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Why isn't it given to the multitudes to know mysteries of the kingdom of heaven?

He explains why in the next verse.

[12] For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Whosoever has what?
Eyes to see and ears to hear!

Whosoever has the desire to seek wisdom and understanding by going to the Word of God and inquiring of Him.

The majority of Christians rarely if ever crack the book open,
so they are not given wisdom and knowledge and understanding.

Again, They depend on the minister of their church and most preachers, either don't know themselves, or aren't willing to face the subject! 

[13] Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
They see the imagery and the pictures in their mind's eye just like everyone else,
but they do not understand what they mean because they do not know what the symbols mean.

You "see", they do not really want to know else they would hunger and thirst
and go to Him (Their Bible and a good Strong's concordance) and seek the meaning thereof.

The same applies to their hearing.

[14] And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
They are a "thick headed" bunch whose ears are clogged
and they would rather follow after the traditions of men, as taught in most churches, than study their Father's Word,
rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15).

Here's the definition of the word "gross" used in the next verse:

gross, pachuno, pakh-oo'-no, Greek 3975; from a derivative of Greek 4078 (pegnumi) (meaning thick); to thicken, i.e. (by implication) to fatten (figurative stupefy or render callous) :- wax gross.
[15] For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Go to Him in prayer and ask for wisdom and understanding.

Then open the book and hear His voice!

[16] But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

[17] For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Yes, the prophets wrote of the latter days, the time of the end,
yet even they did not fully understand the meaning of much of what they wrote.

And many of our forefathers down through the ages did not
and could not understand the things pertaining to the last days,
the time of end.

But as it is written in Acts 2, the sons and daughters of the last days,
the final generation would "see visions",
i.e. understand the visions of the prophets,
and they would teach those visions to their brothers and sisters.

In fact, it is written that the words of Daniel were closed up
and sealed till the time of the end,
when the unsealing of his words would take place by the Lamb of God to His people,
the wise, those who seek after Him with open eyes and ears.

Daniel 12:9-10
And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

[10] Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Are you wise?

Study your Father's Word with open eyes and ears
and He promises to make you wise!

So never let anyone tell you that what we are about to read is purely history!

Learn to read and understand what the Word of God says...
which is that this is for the "latter days", the "time of the end"!

Let's return to Daniel who is now going to begin explaining to Nebuchadnezzar what he saw.

Then he will explain what the symbology means!

Daniel 2:32
This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly
nd his thighs of brass,
[33] His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
We are going to closely examine this image in our study and even discover how top heavy this thing is.

But one thing we can readily see in our mind's eye and that is that this figure does not have a very solid foundation upon which to stand, does it?

That's because his feet are made up 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.
This is an important verse in setting the timeframe for the meaning of this awesome image.

Nebuchadnezzar saw this thing standing right up until the sound of the 7th Trump when our Rock, Jesus Christ, the stone cut out without hands, comes and smashes the feet of this image and it all comes crashing down!

So never let anyone tell you that what we are about to read is purely history!

Learn to read and understand what the Word of God says... which is that this is for the "latter days", the "time of the end"

We are studying the great book of Daniel,
which is the Apocalypse of the Old Testament
and a sister book to Apocalypse of the New Testament,
the book of Revelation.

The events that take place in Daniel concern "the latter days", the time of the end, especially that time when the entity known as the abomination of desolation (spoken of by Daniel the prophet), who is the king of Babylon of the last days, makes his appearance at the sound of the 6th Trump.

Thus we have in this book of Daniel a handbook and guide as to what God's elect, the sons and daughters of the churches of Smyrna [Rev. 2:9] and Philadelphia [Rev. 3:9], will be doing during that time.

Daniel has just given to the king of Babylon, who again is a type of the king of Babylon to come in the last days (i.e. antichrist), a detailed description of the image which he saw standing before him in his dream!

The image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, and his feet part of iron and part of clay.

Let's consider the elements used to compose this great and terrible image.

They begin on top, at the head, with the most precious metal (gold)
and they decrease in value down to his feet.

They also begin with the heaviest element (also gold)
and decrease in specific gravity all the way down to clay.

Specific gravity of Gold = 19.3
Specific gravity of Silver
r = 10.51
Specific gravity of Brass = 8.5
Specific gravity of Iron = 7.6
Specific gravity of Clay = 1.9

So this image is not only standing on a very weak foundation with feet part of iron and part of clay,
but it is extremely top heavy.

That will certainly make for a great fall, won't it?

Now, we must understand and keep in mind, as it is written in verse 28 which we covered earlier, that the vision of this image was for the latter days.

The reason this is so important is because there will definitely be a succession of kingdoms down through the ages until the final generation when "nation shall rise against (along side of) nation and kingdom along side kingdom in the One World System of Rev. 13:1
that rises from the sea (the sea of people) and grows ever stronger until one of its heads receives a deadly wound.

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Then Satan and his angels shall be cast out of heaven to this earth,
the deadly wound (Re. 13:3) to the political system will be healed,
and the false messiah will take over world domination, the dominion,
and spread his spiritual desolation for his shortened season (Mat. 24:22),
the five month season of the locust spoken of in Revelation chapter nine.

At that time, Satan as the Instead-of-Jesus (anti-christos) shall have the same worldwide power structure (Rev. 13:1) that he had in the first earth age (Rev. 12:3), the age which Peter calls "the world that then was" (2 Pet. 3:6), the age when Satan used the Four Hidden Dynasties of politics, education, economics and religion to bring about a New World Order in defiance of the truth and justice that flowed from the mercy seat of God.

So before we continue in Daniel it would serve us well to establish a foundation from scripture concerning the appearance of Satan and his angels which occurs at the sound of the 6th Trump.

Let's begin with Rev. 12:7-9 and talk about the gulf war in heaven.

You are familiar with the gulf in heaven aren't you? It is where Satan and his angels are being kept at this time, where the son of perdition is being restrained by Michael (2 Thes. 2:6-11).

Oh, "but I thought Satan was already here", some will exclaim!

Well, think again. Satan would certainly like you to think he is here now because then when he comes with his angelic host you will believe he is Jesus, because that is who he will claim to be.

No, Jesus Christ sent him back (behind Him) after the temptation in the wilderness.

Satan's evil spirit is here, just as the Holy Spirit is here,
but he is not here defacto... not yet...
but will soon be (i.e. he was, and is not,
and shall soon ascend out of the bottomless pit,
Rev. 17:8)! Here is the account of the gulf war in heaven.

Rev. 12:7-11
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
These are certainly interesting and exciting times in which we live, aren't they?

As watchman we cannot help but consider that perhaps there is a type about to take place here on earth as the prince of our people stands up and casts out that evil dictator in the land of Babylon.

We'll talk more about this in the latter chapters of Daniel!

But for now let's see what takes place in the heavenly realm
where we just read the history of the future that is soon to take place!

Who do you think won that war, Michael and his angels or the dragon and his angels?

We will find out in the next verse but first, "Do you know what the name Michael means?"

It means "Who is like Yah?" And the answer is "NO ONE"!

He is supreme and He has all power in both heaven and earth and His plan for the end of this age shall come to pass exactly as He has foretold us, exactly as it is written.

To that end, we will be reading and learning about "the hour" (5 month period of time) that is coming, that hour of temptation spoken of in Rev. 3:10 when the "tempter", Satan, is here defacto, that hour when the "ten kings" (his fallen angels) will be given power one hour to reign with the beast (Rev. 17:12).

That hour is soon coming upon the earth to "try them which dwell upon the earth"!  Yes, God will use Satan, who will come at the 6th trump to test us all, to see if he can get us to worship him, as God; Not waiting on the real Christ's return at the 7th trump. (The Hour of Temptation!

Question; Do you know how to tell the difference between "What is holy" (Jesus) and :"What is profane" (Satan)?

You better learn!

In fact, the majority of prophecy concerns the final generation which dwells upon the earth at that time!

That generation began on May 15, 1948.

Again, the point is that hour is coming... and perhaps sooner than some might think!

Do you think for one minute God isn't watching the fiasco of the nations at this time...

We are instructed to be watchmen, so at times we should pause and reflect on the things that are happening.

For example, when the seven astronauts fell from the sky a few years back, then, President Bush stood up and quoted from Isa. 40, the chapter which is called the second book of Isaiah because it is the chapter that introduces Messiah.

He quoted verse 26 but let's go there and quote the verse before that and the verse after that.

Isaiah 40:25-27
To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
This is the LORD speaking and He asks the question, "To whom then will ye liken me?"

In other words, "Who is like God?"

That is exactly what the name "Michael" means, remember?

Next verse: (This is the one quoted from the Bush, President Bush that is.)

[26] Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth.
The nations and peoples of the world better lift up their eyes on high and WAKE UP to what is happening!

Make no mistake about it! Our Father is in complete control.

And He is JUDGE of ALL! DAN-I-EL, God is Judge!

[27] Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
"Why sayest thou... My way is hid from the LORD?"

Do you think for one minute He isn't watching the fiasco of the nations at this time... and at the same time keeping track of the very hairs on your head?

He certainly is!

We just read concerning the heavenly bodies... "He calls them all by names by the greatness of His might!"

And why sayest thou "my judgment is passed over from my God?"

Do people think there is no 
consequence to pay for forsaking the Lord God?

Boy, they really are in big trouble if they think that's the case.

Now notice that His judgment is brought into this!

The word "judgment" used in this verse is "shaphat" in Hebrew and you may recall that we talked about the Valley of Jehoshaphat in Joel chapter 3. Jeho-shaphat means Yahveh Judges!

So you better look up, lift up your eyes on high, all ye peoples and languages and nations and BEHOLD who is the Creator God... for His judgment doth soon come upon the world!

Where will you stand at that time... on His right or on His left (Mat. 25:32)?

Now let's return to Revelation 12 where the war in heaven is taking place and "see" who has the victory!

Rev. 12:8
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Satan and his angels don't stand a prayer of a chance against "Who is like God?" and His angels!

In other words, the king of Babylon is nothing compared to the power and might of Almighty God.

Therefore he is going to get the boot and be ousted when the Supreme Commander in Chief gives the command!

[9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
This is the primary reason we came here, which is to document that it is not just Satan, but his angels also are cast out with him to this earth?
[10] And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

[11] And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

God's elect are a bunch of bruisers and are even called such in this book of Daniel.

And they will stand up against the king of Babylon when they are delivered up before him (by the power of the first beast) and they will NOT bow a knee to him.

We are going to see a great ensample of this by Shadrach and company real soon.

But for now we are focusing on the fact that both Satan and his angels are cast to the earth following war in heaven.

Of course, one must be familiar with who Satan's angels are in order to understand the magnitude of what is about to happen.

These are the none other than the fallen angels, the sons of God called the "nephilim" in Genesis chapter 6 ("nephilim" comes from the word "naphal" meaning fallen) who came to this earth, without being born of woman, and took to wife the daughters of Adam in an attempt to destroy the seed line through which Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World, the One who would bruise Satan's head, would be born.

Well, get ready, because they are coming again!

How do we know that?

Jesus Christ told us. Remember, He has foretold us all things.

Matthew 24:38-39
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
What were they doing before the flood?

They were marrying and giving in marriage, as in "mixing with the seed of men".

You will find that documentation in Genesis 6!

Noah and his family were the only 8 Adamic souls left who had not intermixed, mingled,  with these fallen angels.

[39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
That is what will be happening when Yahshua returns at the sound of the 7th Trump. But, spiritually this time; Not physically!

In other words, we shall have the supernatural, these fallen sons of God who are angelic beings, mixing with flesh man, just as it was in the days of Noah.

Keep in mind that the type we saw in the days of Noah is meant to show us for the most part what will be happening spiritually when they come to this earth. It is the spiritual seduction, the spiritual mixing, that will cause the majority of Christians to worship the false messiah and attend the wrong wedding feast, the great gathering together in Jerusalem!

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Of course we know that Satan and his angelic host will have at most five months... according to the time of the locust in Rev. 9.

Finally, before we return to the awesome image in chapter two of Daniel, let's also document the magnitude of the sound of 6th Trump when Satan and his angels are cast to this earth as per the scriptures we covered in Rev. 12:7-9.

This should help in seeing why it is that the image of the one world system Nebuchadnezzar saw was so great and dreadful.

You "see", the image involved the supernatural!

Here is what Daniel wrote concerning the magnitude of the event "at that time" when Michael stands up and casts Satan and his angels to this earth and they mingle with flesh man.

Daniel 12:1
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Check out the word "trouble" used in this verse and you will see this is talking about the same time of great spiritual tribulation Jesus Christ told us about in Mark 13, Luke 21, and Matthew 24.

Here are Christ's own words concerning the time He spoke of when the abomination of desolation (spoken of by Daniel the prophet) comes and stands in the holy place:

Matthew 24:21-22
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
There has NEVER been anything like what the world is about to see when both Satan and his angels are cast to this earth!
[22] And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Are you beginning to get the picture of how spectacular this will be?

You see, this generation shall face the supernatural and because they are not mentally nor spiritually prepared with the strength which only comes from the Word of God, they shall be deceived by the miraculous things they will see!

Here are a few more scriptures for emphasis and another witness concerning the awesome time when Satan appears on the earth:

Rev. 13:13-14
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
The deception will overtake and consume the world like a great flood!
[14] And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
This dude heals the deadly wound to the one world system and brings peace and prosperity to the world...and people will just love him to death... literally!

Ok, with that background in mind, let's return to the book of Daniel and pick it up in chapter 2 vs. 35 after Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that he saw a stone cut out without hands smite the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and break them to pieces. That stone is Jesus Christ, the Rock of our salvation, the Stone of Israel as He is called in Gen. 49:24.

He is the stone which the builders rejected and He shall now be the head stone of the corner over all the earth (Ps. 118:22)! Jesus Christ is the Rock, the only true foundation upon which you can stand.

Don't put your trust in the beast and his system because the image that Nebuchadnezzar saw had a very weak foundation of iron mixed with clay and it's coming DOWN!

Stand firmly upon the Rock and put your trust in Him

Daniel 2:35
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.

Mountains are symbolic of governments and nations and so it is that the kingdom of God and His righteousness shall fill the earth when the King of kings and Lord of lords returns to rule with a rod of iron. There will be no place found for "red" nations that are communistic, or oppressive dictators, or socialist idealists! God's elect who rule with Christ for the 1000 years called the Millennium will see to it!

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

Daniel has just finished describing in detail the dream that troubled and woke up Nebuchadnezzar. And you can bet your booty that Daniel now has his full attention! You can also be sure Nebuchadnezzar will not question the validity of the interpretation he's about to receive from this one named "God is Judge". Here is the interpretation.

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

Notice how it is that Nebuchadnezzar got his kingdom and power, and strength and glory. God gave it to him because God has a purpose in using the king of Babylon to bring about the chastisement of His children whereby at the sound of the 7th Trump they will be so devastated and ashamed for having been spiritual whores and jumping in bed with the false messiah, that they will turn their hearts to Him and desire to have His laws and statutes now etched in their hearts and minds. In fact, in Jeremiah 27 God calls the king of Babylon, i.e. Satan "my servant"!

Jeremiah 27:6
And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.

Again, historically He used his servant Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon to chastise his people... as a type, an ensample, to show us how He will use the king of Babylon (Satan) at the time of the end to do the same spiritually (1 Cor. 10:11).

Daniel 2:38
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.

So, we learn that the king of Babylon is the head of gold, ruler over them all, the prince and power of the air. He'd gladly rule over us if we'd let him.

[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.

Historically speaking we had different types of kingdoms follow the world ruling Babylonian empire. There was the Medo-Persian empire, the Grecian empire under Alexander the Great, and the Roman empire. While it is true that there is an exact overlay of history, it is important to remember that these kingdoms were types and that this dream of Nebuchadnezzar concerns the end time when all the kingdoms of the earth and all the powers of their types are brought together in the New World Order.

[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.

The world kingdom of the end time shall be divided and will be extremely unstable and wobbly in that it is top-heavy and stands upon feet of iron mixed with miry (muddy or wet) clay. 

You see, there's a big problem in that iron and clay don't mix. Neither do the kingdoms (royal nations), the nations of the true house of Israel, i.e. the Christians nations of the world, mix ideologically with many nations (ethnos) who are communist red, etc. 

For that reason the New World Order never quite gets it all together and in fact receives a deadly wound!

[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.

And so it is partly strong and partly broken, or fragile, and so it shall continue to be until it is destroyed by the stone cut out with out hands.

[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.

Yes, its going to be just like it was in the days of Noah before the flood when the fallen angels came to this earth and mingled with flesh man. 

Next we will learn that those fallen angels who are cast out with Satan are the ten toes who are the kings who wear the crowns (like gold) of Satan's power structure at the end of this flesh age and rule with the beast for that final hour (5 months)!

What an exciting to live, especially for those who seek the wisdom and knowledge from our Father's Word and are thus blessed with eyes to see and ears to hear to understand precisely what He foretold us would be happening!

And you know what? Many of the things Jesus Christ told us would transpire during the final generation of the fig tree have already come to pass! And that which is yet to come is really going to be something... a time such as has never been since ever their was a nation! 

So prepare now and put on the whole gospel armor of God and get ready to take a stand (Eph. 6)!

Earlier we documented that the beast system of the final generation culminates in an incredibly awesome power structure combining all the characteristic powers of history's world dominating empires*, because at the sound of the 6th Trump the "nephilim", those same fallen angels of Genesis chapter six, are coming with power (horns) to rule (crowns) and preach (breastplates, Rev. 9:9) and "mingle with the seed of men". 

And we know from Rev. 17:12 that they shall reign with the beast for one hour (5 , which is that final hour (5 months) of temptation (Rev. 3:10) that shall come upon the earth to try them that dwell on the earth (not kill their flesh)

Jesus Christ Himself said in Mat. 24:21 that it will be a time of great spiritual tribulation, such as this world has never seen nor ever shall see again... for it will be a great battle for the soul's of men. Again, this all happens before Jesus Christ comes to this earth with His saints, whom He has made kings and priests to rule Him when He ushers in the kingdom of God. But you must see and understand that Satan is the great imitator and imposter and as it is written (2 Thes. 2) he shall appear first as the spurious messiah claiming to be God and his angels shall appear with him claiming to be the kings and priests of the most high and they shall reign with him... for that one hour. 

* Note: See Dr. Bullinger's marginal notes in the Companion Bible on page 1183 concerning the different characteristic powers of the kingdoms.

Now, it cannot be emphasized enough that the image which Nebuchadnezzar saw was for the latter days and as we will read in Dan. 2:44, it will be during the days (of the reign) of these kings that the God of heaven shall set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed. To that end, as we stated earlier, we are going to go to the 17th chapter of Revelation, the sister book to the book of Daniel, and gain some insight into Satan's final kingdom when he comes with his kings and priests to reign on earth for a "short space of time" (5 months).

We will begin in verse 7 where the angel is speaking to John and is now going to tell him the "mystery of the woman" for it ties directly into the image we are studying in Daniel chapter two. 

Rev. 17:7
And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 

So that there is no guesswork and speculation as to what the subject of this "mystery" is, let's skip ahead to read verse 18 where the angel tells us who the woman is. 

Rev. 17:18
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. 

The world ruling government of Satan and his angels when they come, will be established in the holy city of Jerusalem which is where Christ said the abomination of desolation would stand. He also told His disciples in Luke 21:6 concerning that location that not one stone shall be left atop another when He returns. Why not? Because He is going to pulverize them, smash them all to smithereens!

Editor's note: Most commentaries say Jerusalem is the place. I am not at all sure of that. Paul in 2 Thes. 2:4 says,  Satan will sit in the temple of God showing himself that he is God. I believe most commentators have a little bit of that "earth eyes disease", I call it! They have a hard time separating what is spiritual from what is physical. Where is the temple of God? Is it not in your heart? Not Jerusalem, not any longer. Even Matthew 24:15-16 doesn's say Jerusalem, it says, "the holy place."

The point is... the mystery that the angel is about to reveal to the wise has to do the place where Jesus Christ told us to leave and get away from when we see the desolator come and stand (in the holy place) claiming to be God (see 2 Thes. 2:4). Let's review Matthew 24:15-16, "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) [16] Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:"

Here is the understanding of the mystery concerning the woman! 

Rev. 17:8-15
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 

This beast identified here is none other than Satan, the son of perdition, who was last on this earth defacto (in person) when he tempted Christ in the wilderness, but is not here now! In other words, right now he is the prince and power of the air, which means that his evil spirit is here and prevails upon the earth at this time....BUT, he shall soon ascend out of the bottomless pit when Michael casts him and his angels to this earth as per Rev. 12:7-9 and he shall reign in person for a short season claiming to be the true bridegroom.

[9] And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 

Do you have a "mind which has wisdom"? Wisdom comes from God and you are given that wisdom and revelation of the mysteries of God (Dan. 2:47) by studying and absorbing the true bread of life and drinking from His living water of life while at the same time abstaining from eating the king of Babylon's meat and drinking his spiritually intoxicating wine. This you should have learned so far from the book of Daniel. You "see", it is written concerning these last days, as God's judgment draws nigh, that the words of the prophet Daniel would be unsealed, unveiled, to the wise. To unveil or uncover is what the word revelation means.

The wise are those who study God's Word and take heed to the instructions of Jesus Christ such as in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 where He tells us if we desire understanding then go read the words spoken of by Daniel prophet which pertain to the "time of the end" when the abomination of desolation, Satan as antichrist, is cast out of heaven with his angels (the instead-of-kings-and-priests) and comes standing in the holy place and takes over world dominion. 

Daniel 12:9-10
And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end

The book of Daniel was written for the time of the end, these last days, even to let us know what would happen during the great tribulation, that one hour which is to come upon the earth to try men's souls (Rev. 3:13)... which is even spoken of in the next verse

[10] Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand

The wicked shall have no clue as what is happening. They shall think that Jesus Christ has returned to the earth. But those who read their Father's Word and the great book of Daniel seeking His wisdom SHALL understand... because they are wise and faithfully do as Christ instructs them to! Now let's return to Rev. 17 and complete the understanding of the seven kingdoms which have reigned in the land of Judea since the time of Nebuchadnezzar's vision, which is the "hereafter" spoken of in Dan. 2:29. 

Rev. 17:10 
And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space

The last king who comes to reign in the land of Judea is when Satan and his angels are cast to this earth for "a short space" which is the five months spoken of in Revelation chapter nine, the time allotted for Apollyon (the desolator) and his locust army (his angelic hosts, i.e. his kings and priests) to spiritually destroy all those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads (Rev. 9:4), which is the Word of God written and etched in their minds. In fact we read in Mark 13:20 concerning the "short space" that the Lord did in fact shorten the period of antichrist's reign. Mark 13:20 "And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. 

[11] And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. 

After the short space, the shorten time given to Satan to reign defacto upon the earth, Michael takes hold of that sucker and casts him back into the pit for the duration of the Millennium (Rev. 20:1-3), after which he will be released for another short space and then be cast into the lake of fire where he will perish for ever and ever, i.e. he will be no more (Ezek. 28:19)

Now, let us see historically from the time of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon's dream until today what crowns have occupied Jerusalem in the land of Judea. First, there are five which have fallen, which means they are now history! They are as follows:

1. Gold = Babylonian Empire

2. Silver = Medo-Persian Empire

3. Brass = Grecian Empire 

4. Iron = The Roman Empire

5. Iron and Clay = Mohammedan Power from 636 AD until 1948 AD.

That's five which are past history, which leaves us with the question "Who is charge of the land of Judea today?" The answer is the "good and the bad figs" of Jeremiah 24 which were set out in the land of Judea, though it is politically controlled by the bad figs! This happened on May 15, 1948, when the United Nations gave sanction to the state of Israel. (Read "The Parable of the Fig Tree" if you do not understand this.) So they are the 6th kingdom to occupy the land of Judea. Hey, their standard even bears a "star" with 6 points on it! How about that?

That leaves one crown yet to come! My friends, that leaves the ten horns, which are the ten kings, the ten toes of the image Daniel described to Nebuchadnezzar, which have not come to power yet, but will reign with the beast, that one who ascends from the bottomless pit, i.e. Satan! Revelation chapter nine will make it real clear to you who comes out of the bottomless pit and who their head is, even Apollyon, the desolator. Nevertheless, understand from the next verse that the 10 horns John saw are the ten kings who are yet to come and reign with the beast!

Rev. 17:12 
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 

These ten kings are the "nephilim", the fallen angels we identified earlier and spoke of in the opening paragraph. 

[13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 

These all have one (evil) mind and they give their power and strength unto the beast! Don't misunderstand, they do not submit their power to the beast, they give their supernatural power and strength to it, as in add their power to the beast making it an awesome thing! And as it is written, those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads and lack the wisdom to know what is happening, will surely WONDER (be astonished, marvel) after the beast... remember?  Rev. 17:8 "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." Those who are alive at the time of the end shall all see the image Nebuchadnezzar saw, only in reality, the real thing, i.e. not in symbolic form!

The "these" in the next verse are the 10 supernatural kings, the fallen angels, who come and reign with antichrist

[14] These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful

Prepare for war my friends... spiritual warfare that is! Are you called, and chosen, and faithful? Do you have the "gospel armor" on and in place whereby you are ready to take a stand against the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph. 6)? Some of God's elect are going to be delivered up before Satan (whose name is "death", Heb. 2:14) and shall give witness and testimony as the Holy Spirit speaks through them with such wisdom and clarity that even the gainsayers will be convinced! But have no fear and as per Christ's instructions, do not worry (be anxious) and do not premeditate what you shall say when you are delivered up. Your Father is in complete control! In fact, we will soon witness an ensample of that delivering up in this book of Daniel and see His power and control... for Satan cannot harm one hair on your head! You "see", we ALREADY have the victory! 

So after learning who the 10 kings are, let us now return to the book of Daniel and pick it up in chapter two verse forty-four and see how these 10 kings make out in their war against the called, the chosen, and the faithful.   

Daniel 2:44  
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.

Other people shall not possess the crowns. In other words, all peoples, nations, and languages shall bow to Christ's authority, His name, and rulership shall not be left in the hands of red, socialistic, communistic rulers of oppression. As it is written, the nations shall be ruled with a rod of iron under the authority of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lords of lords, and the saints of the most high who shall come and TAKE the kingdom and possess the kingdom and reign with Christ for a thousand years. The kingdom therefore shall NOT be left to other people! Don't take my word for it! It is written, and so shall it be. 

Daniel 7:18
But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. 

This happens at the sound of the 7th Trump at the end of the "short space" 5 months allotted for the reign of Satan and his angelic kings and priests!

Rev. 11:15
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. 

Rev. 20:6
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years

This is yet future when the saints of the most high shall take the kingdom and shall possess the kingdom as per Daniel 7:18! 

Daniel 2:45  
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

The New World Order is going to come crashing down HARD and be broken to smithereens! And the fact that the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold, are all broken to pieces at the same time, the time when "the stone cut out of the mountain (of God) without hands", i.e. Jesus Christ our Rock, smashes the image and breaks them all to pieces, further shows that they are present at the sound of the 7th Trump when Yahshua Messiah returns.

And by the way, don't read over the categorical statement that the "dream is certain" and the "the interpretation thereof sure", because Nebuchadnezzar's dream shall come to pass in reality. In fact, much of it has already has, if you have the wisdom to understand. Also, notice that the order of the smashing is from the bottom up where Jesus Christ obliterates the 10 toes, the fallen angels (the deeper student will note Rev. 11:13). 

The bottom line is that at the 7th Trump our Rock, that Stone cut out without hands, will smash this beast and his image and usher in the Kingdom of God. It is certain and it will happen exactly as it is written. This is really a very simple picture and there is no reason to try and make it complicated.

[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.

Looks like our Father through his servant Daniel got ol' Neb's attention all right! Of course Nebuchadnezzar's worshipping Daniel was wrong, but that's the way idolatrous people think and act. The fact is, the worshipping of any man, or angel, or image (as we'll find out in the next chapter) is wrong for it is idolatry which is symbolized throughout the Word of God as adultery. Remain a virgin and true to His Word and get to know your heavenly Father for He alone is worthy of our worship and praise. 

[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 couldst reveal this secret.

People recognize when you humbly speak with the wisdom God has given unto you and you are careful to give Him all the credit, taking none for yourself. That was how God was made known by Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar. You "see", teaching and declaring the visions contained in law and the prophets after the same manner of "thus saith the Lord God" results in others giving glory and honor to Him. 

[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.

I'll bet the "wise men" really loved the fact that Daniel was now their new boss! Not! Perhaps they were somewhat grateful at first that he saved their necks though they were probably just relieved. Nevertheless, it was not Daniel who saved them... it was Almighty God. We also see in this verse that those who give witness and declare God's power and might shall be given rulership in the kingdom. Remember, this is about God's judgment and the rulership of the kingdom of God, which is why we are told that Daniel and his companions are of the kingship line of Judah. Then too, God also promotes and blesses His servants even while they are here laboring in the vineyard. 

[49] Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.

Daniel considered himself part of the brotherhood and was always thoughtful of his companions and was more than willing to share his blessings with them. Remember too as spokesman, he was able (through God's intervention) to bring the pulse and water for all to eat and revealed to them what God had given him when they collectively as a body took their request to the Father. And by the way, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego also were given government jobs. You know, it all works out when you exercise faith and trust in God. 

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Are you one of His called, and chosen, and faithful? If so, it will all work out for you too, even though there are good days and there are not so good days. As in the case of these young lads, one day they were about to be executed by the king of Babylon and the next day they were on "easy street". Trust God, enjoy the day.

In our next study we will move to 475 BC, Daniel's 38th year, which would be about 20 years after Nebuchadnezzar's dream. We will find that as the years went by ol' Neb began to remember less and less about the God of heaven and focus more and more on that which was most important to him, HIMSELF, and exalting himself. Surely he remembered well that he, the great and powerful Neb, was that head of gold. So we are about to see our Father give him another lesson in theology. 

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Jesus said, "the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding"

Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 when He sat upon the Mount of Olives and gave His disciples the seven seals concerning the knowledge and the events that would transpire during the final generation of the fig tree, that the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding concerning the abomination of desolation, that abominable desolator (antichrist) who would come stand in the holy place claiming to be God.
The book of Daniel is the Apocalypse of the Old Testament
and a sister book to the Apocalypse of the New Testament,
the book of Revelation.

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