The King’s dream was simply a forecast of the history of the world. God showed Nebuchadnezzar the great world powers. 1. Babylon—the greatest empire that assimilated its vanquished and improved their lots by educating them and bringing their young into positions of power. 2. Persia (Medes and Persians)—each arm represented the two facets of the empire. It was more clever than Babylon—but its arrogance was its demise, 3 Greece—Torso also strong but like bronze more utilitarian. Greece was an empire that gutted it out. They overcame the Persian Empire and ran through the world but it was an empire for the common man. 4. Roman Empire–Rome was an empire of strength—iron hard, but without any elegance. It ruled with brute force and fear. That leaves the 5th and final empire, yet to come. There have been several attempts—England, France and Germany have taken a shot at ruling the world, but none have yet achieved the level of the empires of old.
In the years to come, there will be a last empire—It will resemble the empires of old, but man will not defeat it—God will. When God defeats that empire, many think it will be the time when his people will again and finally rule the world. The new heaven and the new earth. It is that hope, that allows these most hopeless of times to be endurable. Could we be facing the a future battle of Armageddon? Only God knows! The awesome answer is not only does he know, but, he has known since the beginning of time. I cannot imagine a greater God to lead me on this journey—all knowing, all powerful and in all places and times at once. As Nebuchadnezzar realized—He is the God of gods!
God Bless You
“As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.
31 “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. 32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. 34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.