An Ancient King's Dream

Samuel Smith



You are welcome to another edition of Insights from God's Word, a Bible Study Programme that is committed to sharing God's Word by allowing the Bible to speak for itself.

In this edition, we continue with our series on The Final Events of Bible Prophecy. The topic for this study is: An Ancient King's Dream: Part 1. The following footnotes have been gleaned from our Bible study reference of Daniel 2:

1. In 606 B.C., God revealed the future of our world to an ancient king who lived in the city of Babylon.

2. This ancient monarch, king Nebuchadnezzar, for some unexplained reason, forgot this dream. However, he sensed that this particular dream was very important.

3. He summoned all the wise men in his realm to help him to unravel the mysterious dream. However, there was a problem. The king had forgotten the dream and expected his magicians, astrologers, sorcerers and Chaldeans to reveal the dream to him first, and then make known its interpretation.

4. These wise men in the realm of Babylon could do nothing about the king's request. They tried in vain to convince the king to tell them the dream so they can supply the interpretation.

5. King Nebuchadnezzar became angry as the wise men were unable to meet his request. He commanded that all the wise men in his realm should be executed.

6. This decree from the king was to affect four Hebrew young men who had been taken captive with other Israelites by king Nebuchadnezzar. These young men were destined for execution because on their arrival in Babylon, the king had selected them to be part of the wise men in his kingdom (see Daniel 1).

7. These four friends; Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah feared the Lord with all their heart. And so, after they had known of the terrible decree by the king, they went on their knees and sought the face of the Lord in prayer concerning this mystery.

8. God answered their prayers and revealed the dream and its interpretation to Daniel in a night vision. These friends praised the Lord for hearkening unto them, and saving them from imminent death.

9. Daniel is brought to king Nebuchadnezzar by Arioch, the captain of the King's guard, to make known the interpretation unto the king.

10. Before Daniel proceeds with the dream and its interpretation, he first gives the credit to the God of heaven as the One who reveals secrets and makes known to the king what shall be in the latter days. In just 150 words, God unravels the future of our world from the time of ancient Babylon to the end of the world.

What could this dream mean? More importantly, how does it affect you?

Don't miss the breath taking adventure in the Part 2 of this study as Daniel takes the king through a panorama of coming world events.

Exhortation: "9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure" (Isaiah 46:9-10).

Stay blessed and keep shining for King Jesus.


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