Presentation on theme: "Nebuchadnezzar’s Statue"— Presentation transcript:
1 Nebuchadnezzar’s Statue Daniel 2Nebuchadnezzar’s Statue
2 Nebuchadnezzar's dream head of fine goldbreast and his arms of silverbelly and thighs of bronzeLegs of ironRockFeet: part of iron and part of clay
3 Meaning of the dream… Dan 2:29: In other words: He (=God) who reveals secrets makes known to you what shall happen.In other words:Nebuchadnezzar's dream is a prediction on future events !!!Can we (a future generation) see these events in history (or future) ?
4 Help in understanding the dream Dan 2:38:You (Nebuchadnezzar) are this head of goldDan 2:39:after you shall arise another kingdom (lower than you) - Silveranother third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.Dan 2:40:fourth kingdom shall be as strong as ironDan 2:41:feet and toes, part of potters' clay and part of iron; the kingdom shall be divided
5 What is the dream about ? Certain: Successive kingdoms that arise What do these kingdoms have in common ?Theory 1: they rule over the Jewish StateTheory 2: they rule over the Babylonian Territory
7 Theory 1: who rules over Israel ? From History:Babylonian Empire conquered Israel around 600 BCPersian Empire conquered the Babylonian Empire around 500 BCGreek Empire (Alexander the Great) defeated the Persians around 330 BCRoman Empire conquered Israel around 60 BCLast Empire is still to come… (feet of iron and clay – I believe it’s the Islamic Empire)
12 My problem with Theory 1There is one big inconsistency with this theory:Dan 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron. Since iron crushes and smashes all things; and as the iron that shatters all these, it will crush and shatter.If the fourth kingdom is the Roman Empire, it did not crush nor smash all things. The Romans never conquered Persia !!!Personally, I believe this interpretation is flawed because God’s predictions are always right on the money in every detail !
13 Theory 2: who ruled Babylon From History:Babylonian Empire conquered Israel around 600 BCPersian Empire conquered the Babylonian Empire around 500 BCGreek Empire (Alexander the Great) ruled Babylon around 330 BCThe Islamic Empire (culminating in the Ottoman Empire) ruled Babylon from around 600 AD to 1900 ADThe Last Empire is a revived Islamic Empire (iron mixed with clay)
19 Feet of Iron and ClayAhmadinejad: Wipe Israel off the map…
20 Psalm 83Psa 83:4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, so that the name Israel may be remembered no more.Psa 83:5 For with one heart they have plotted together; they have made a covenant against You--Psa 83:6 the tents of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarites;Psa 83:7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the people of Tyre;Psa 83:8 and Assyria has joined with them; they have helped the sons of Lot. Selah.