Summary: This is a sermon that takes us on a walk through history, from the ancient Babylonian Empire to eternity future, as prophesied in scripture.
A Walk Through History
(Past, Present, Future)
Daniel 2:29 & 31 – 36
By: JB Hall
Introduction: Today, I’d like us to take a walk through history, from the ancient Babylonian Empire to eternity future.
Here, in the Book of Daniel, God foretells the kingdoms of the world, beginning with the then current reigning empire, the Babylonian Empire with Nebuchadnezzar as its king; and ending with the reign of King Jesus over the entire earth.
You and I stand at a unique vantage point in history. We can look back through history and see that the prophecies made by God in the Bible that relate to events up to our day, came to pass just as predicted.
This then, should give us great confidence that what has been prophesied that is yet future for us, will come to pass just as surely as the prophecies of our past have.
Let’s begin our trek through history by examining King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.
The image he dreamed of was an overview of the kingdoms of the world that God showed him – from his (Nebuchadnezzar’s) reign until Jesus reigns supremely over all the earth.
The interpretation of the dream is found in Daniel 2:37 – 44.
The image consisted of:
Head of Gold
Breast and Arms of Silver
Belly and Thighs of Brass
Legs of Iron
Feet, part of Iron and part of Clay
1. Head of Gold
A. Verses 37 & 38 reveal that the head of gold represented King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian Empire.
B. World History books reveal the existence of the Babylonian Empire, with King Nebuchadnezzar as its king.
2. Breast and Arms of Silver
A. Verse 39a says, “And after this shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee…”
B. This of course, would be the Medes and Persians, or the Medo-Persian Empire.
C. Daniel 8:20, likening this kingdom to a ram with 2 horns, says this, “The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.”
D. Daniel, Chapter 5 records an event where King Belshazzar, the then reigning king of the Babylonian Empire, held a drunken party, and desecrated the captured vessels of the Jewish temple by using them to serve alcoholic beverages to his guests, and to toast his gods.
E. While this perverted party was in progress, Daniel 5:5 says, “In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.”
F. Terrified, King Belshazzar had Daniel come in to interpret the words the fingers wrote.
G. Daniel gave the interpretation in Verses 26 – 28: “This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.” “TEKEL: Thou are weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.” “PERES: Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and the Persians.”
H. Verses 30 & 31 of that chapter record the fulfillment of the prediction, which happened that very same night: “In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.” “And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.”