040115 – Road To Armageddon, Daniel 2

Left Behind: The Antichrist Revealed

Revelation 13:5-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

The last words in the video that the Anti-Christ spoke were : “Its time to change history.” We’ve heard recent presidents talking about: “a new world order, changing America, and changing the world.”

Road To Armageddon, Daniel 2

A central thought is provided by one verse which is provided by G. Campbell Morgan (1863-1945), in his book, Life Applications From Every Chapter Of The Bible (copyright 1926).

The verses that are discussed are taken from the Scofield Reference Notes, which are taken from The Scofield Study Bible. The first Scofield Study Bible was published in 1909 and revised in 1917, (copyright 1909 and 1917, renewed 1937 and 1945), and was edited by Dr. Cyrus Ingerson Scofield (C.I. Scofield, D.D., 1843-1921).

The notes for each passage are taken from the Reformation Study Bible (RSB), R.C. Sproul, General Editor ( Copyright 2005). Notes from other commenters may be used but will be noted, as such).

The Scofield and RSB sources are posted on the internet.

G. Campbell Morgan Central Thought

Daniel 2:17 English Standard Version (ESV)

God Reveals Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

17 Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah,Mishael, and Azariah, his companions
(No comment on central thought)

Scofield Outline, With Reformation Study Bible Notes

Chapter 2, Nebuchadnezzar’s Vision Of The Statue

Verses 1-13, The Forgotten Dream

Verses 14-18, Daniel Requests Time, Seeks Mercy From God

Verses 19-30, The Mystery Revealed To Daniel

Verses 31-35, The Dream: The Great Image

Verses 36-38, The Interpretation: First World Empire, Babylon Under Nebuchadnezzar (cp 7:4)

Verse 39, Second And Third World Empires: Medo-Persia (cp 7:5; 8:20) and Greece (cp 7:6, 8:21)

Verses 40-43, Fourth World Empire: Rome (cp 7:7; 9:26)

Verses 44-45, Christ’s Kingdom To Be Established On Earth (See Matthew 3:2, Scofield Note).

Verses 46-49, Daniel Promoted

Daniel 2:1 English Standard Version (ESV)

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

1 In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him.

2:1 In the second year. Since the Babylonian system started counting Nebuchadnezzar’s reign officially from the beginning of the year succeeding his actual succession, his “second year” could mean the end of Daniel’s three years of training (1:5). Otherwise the events took place during his training.

his sleep left him. It was widely believed in the ancient Near East that the gods spoke to human beings in dreams.

Daniel 2:2 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king.

(Scofield Reference Note)

Chaldeans

i.e. the men having the ancient wisdom; the learned; Chaldeans par excellence (Daniel 2:13). “wise”

Daniel 2:4 English Standard Version (ESV)

4 Then the Chaldeans said to the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation

(Scofield Reference Note)

From Daniel 2:4 to Daniel 7:28 the Book of Daniel is written in Aramaic the ancient language of Syria, and substantially identical with Chaldaic, the language of ancient Babylonia. Upon this fact, together with the occurrence of fifteen Persian, and three Greek words has been based an argument against the historicity of Daniel, and in favour of a date after the conquest of Palestine by Alexander (B.C. 332). It has, however, seemed, with some modern exceptions, to the Hebrew and Christian scholarship of the ages an unanswerable proof rather of the Danielic authorship of the book that, living from boyhood in a land the language of which was Chaldaic, a great part of his writing should be in that tongue. It has often been pointed out that the Chaldaic of Daniel is of high antiquity, as is shown by comparison with that of the Targums. The few words of Persian and Greek in like manner confirm the writer’s residence at a court constantly visited by emissaries from those peoples. It is noteworthy that the Aramaic section is precisely that part of Daniel which most concerned the peoples amongst whom he lived, and to whom a prophecy written in Hebrew would have been unintelligible. The language returns to Hebrew in the predictive portions which have to do with the future of Israel. “The Hebrew of Daniel is closely related to that of Ezekiel.”–Delitzsch.

Daniel 2:14 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 Then Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon.

(Scofield Reference Note)

captain

Or, executioner, Daniel 2:24.

Daniel 2:22 English Standard Version (ESV)

22 he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him

2:22 he reveals deep and hidden things. Job 28 is a carefully drawn picture of wisdom as “hidden from the eyes of all” (Job 28:21) and inaccessible without God.

Daniel 2:29 English Standard Version (ESV)

29 To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be.

(Scofield Reference Note)

what should come

Times (of the Gentiles), Daniel 2:29-45; Revelation 16:19; Luke 21:24.

Daniel 2:31 English Standard Version

Daniel Interprets the Dream

31 “You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening.

(Scofield Reference Note)

great image

The monarchy-vision. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, as interpreted by Daniel, gives the course and end of “the times of the Gentiles” Luke 21:24. (See Scofield “Revelation 16:19”) that is, of Gentile world-empire. The four metals composing the image are explained as symbolizing Daniel 2:38-40 four empires, not necessarily possessing the inhabited earth, but able to do so (Daniel 2:38), and fulfilled in Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece (under Alexander), and Rome. The latter power is seen divided, first into two (the legs), fulfilled in the Eastern and Western Roman empires, and then into ten (the toes) See Scofield “Daniel 7:26. As a whole, the image gives the imposing outward greatness and splendour of the Gentile world-power.

The smiting Stone Daniel 2:34; Daniel 2:35 destroys the Gentile world-system (in its final form) by a sudden and irremediable blow, not by the gradual processes of conversion and assimilation; and then, and not before, does the Stone become a mountain which fills “the whole earth.” (Cf. Daniel 7:26; Daniel 7:27). Such a destruction of the Gentile monarchy-system did not occur at the first advent of Christ. On the contrary, He was put to death by the sentence of an officer of the fourth empire, which was then at the zenith of its power. Since the crucifixion the Roman empire has followed the course marked out in the vision, but Gentile world dominion still continues, and the crushing blow is still suspended. The detail of the end-time is given in Daniel 7:1-28, and Revelation 13-19. It is important to see

(1) that Gentile world-power is to end in a sudden catastrophic judgment (see “Armageddon,” Revelation 16:14; Revelation 19:21).

(2) that it is immediately followed by the kingdom of heaven, and that the God of the heavens does not set up His kingdom till after the destruction of the Gentile world- system. It is noteworthy that Gentile world-dominion begins and ends with a great image. Daniel 2:31; Revelation 13:14; Revelation 13:15.
Daniel 2:35 English Standard Version (ESV)

35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

(Scofield Reference Note)

mountain

A mountain is one of the bibical symbols of a kingdom. (See Scofield “Isaiah 2:2”).

Daniel 2:38 English Standard Version (ESV)

38 and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man,the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are the head of gold.

(Scofield Reference Note)

wheresoever the children

This is universal dominion. It was never fully realized, but power was given for it.

Daniel 2:41 English Standard Version (ESV)

41 And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay.

(Scofield Reference Note)

but there shall be

From the “head of gold” (Daniel 2:38) to the “iron” of the “fourth kingdom” (Rome) there is deterioration in fineness, but increase of strength (Daniel 2:40). Then comes the deterioration of the “fourth kingdom” in that very quality, strength.

(1) Deterioration by division: The kingdom is divided into two, the legs (Eastern and Western empires), and these are again divided into kingdoms, the number of which when the Stone smites the image will be ten toes, Daniel 2:42; cf. Daniel 7:23; Daniel 7:24.

(2) Deterioration by admixture; the iron of the Roman imperium mixed with the clay of the popular will, fickle and easily moulded. This is precisely what has come to pass in the constitutional monarchies which, the Republic of France and the despotism of Turkey, cover the sphere of ancient Roman rule.

Daniel 2:44 English Standard Version (ESV)

44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever,

(Scofield Reference Note)

and in the days

The passage fixes authoritatively the time relative to other predicted events, when the kingdom of the heavens will be set up. It will be “in the days of those kings,” i.e. the days of the ten kings (cf. Daniel 7:24-27 symbolized by the toes of the image. That condition did not exist at the advent of Messiah, nor was it even possible until the dissolution of the Roman empire, and the rise of the present national world system. See “Kingdom (O.T.)”; Genesis 1:26; Zechariah 12:8 “Kingdom (N.T.)”; Luke 1:31-33; 1 Corinthians 15:28, (See Scofield “Matthew 3:2”) note (defining “kingdom of heaven”). Daniel 2:45 repeats the method by which the kingdom will be set up. (Cf) See Scofield “Daniel 2:31”; Psalms 2:5; Psalms 2:6;Zechariah 14:1-8; Zechariah 14:9.

Daniel 2:40 English Standard Version (ESV)

49 Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king’s court.

(Scofield Reference Note)

Daniel

Cf. Genesis 19:1. Lot the compromiser with Daniel the inflexible.

Consider the following verses that describe the Antichrist.

Revelation 13:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Beast from the Sea

13 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

Consider the following video which discusses the Antichrist.

Dr. Jimmy De Young

Why could the Antichrist be alive and well on the earth today?

Published on Dec 29, 2011
Why could the Antichrist be alive and well on the earth today?
This clip is from our (John Ankerberg Show) series entitled, “Step by Step through the Book of Revelations.”

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