Nebuchadnezzar: God's Next King

Posted in: 2006
By Tom L. Ballinger
Feb 29, 2008 - 6:56:39 PM

Wednesday, September 20, 2006



Anyone who is serious about having some kind of an understanding of prophecy must come to grips with King Nebuchadnezzar and the role he will play in the coming events of the next dispensation. Teachers of prophecy have overlooked the significant place he will have in the pre-millennial Kingdom of God.

Theologians, to their discredit, have relegated Nebuchadnezzar to the trash heap of history. They have refused to disturb the status-quo; to wit, Nebuchadnezzar’s glorious reign “as the head of gold” (Dan. 2:38) was accomplished during his forty-three years as King of the Babylonian Empire. We purpose to set-forth Scriptural evidence that he will reign as a universal monarch, fulfilling prophecy of Daniel, Chapters Two through Four. Let’s first look at Nebuchadnezzar, not through the biased and tainted eyes of orthodoxy and tradition, but rather through the clear, unprejudiced statements of the Word of God.

Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, was a most interesting and unique Biblical character. His name is spelled two ways in the Bible. Sixty times, his name is spelled “Nebuchadnezzar.” Thirty-one times, it is spelled “Nebuchadrezzar.” However, unless quoting a verse, we will spell it as Nebuchadnezzar. The Bible mentions this Babylonian king ninety-one times.

Most all Bible commentators and expositors don’t look upon Nebuchadnezzar with much favor. After all, he defeated the Kingdom of Judah, captured Jerusalem, took thousands of Jews captive, he removed all of the furniture, gold and silver vessels, and fixtures from the Temple, and, then, burned it. Then, he carried captive into Babylon Judah’s brightest and most enterprising people, including those of royal lineage. He was a pagan monarch and a tyrant of the first order. The Jewish dictionaries and the rabbinical writings, as found on the internet, portray him as a monster, so say the least. However, we find in the Book of Daniel many insights into the character and culture of Nebuchadnezzar, much of which is commendable.

He reigned for forty-three years (604–562 B.C.). Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, as a whole, could be regarded as one of the strongest as it was clearly one of the most glorious in all of the long history of the Babylonian Empire. He was not the founder of the Babylonian Empire. Historians of ancient mid-east culture refer to his Empire as the “neo-Babylonian Empire.” He was not a rampaging conqueror, although he did have some conquests. His interest was more of making his Empire a glorious center for culture and enlightenment. The “hanging gardens” of Babylon and the restoration of temples and palaces were some examples. A lot can be learned about him in Daniel, Chapters Two through Four.

As we pondered the character of Nebuchadnezzar, we were struck by the contrast between him, a pagan king, and his contemporary, the eighteenth King of Judah—Jehoiakim. During the very same time-frame of the two kings, Nebuchadnezzar had a powerful dream as recorded in Daniel, Chapter Two. While the Dream experience played out in Babylon, in Jerusalem, Jehoiakim had received a letter from Jeremiah, the Prophet, predicting the fate of Israel and Judah. It wasn’t good news at all! It was about destruction, defeat, and captivity.

When Jeremiah’s report was read to Jehoiakim, he became extremely angry. So-much-so that he cut the report into pieces with a pen knife and burned it (Jer.36:23). As a descendant of the royal line of kings, Jehoiakim’s first duty as the King of God’s people was to hearken to the words of Yahweh. But, instead of performing his God-given duty: what does he do? He imprisoned God’s Prophet, Jeremiah, and burned the written Word of God. On the other hand, Nebuchadnezzar was so desirous of knowing what had been revealed to him in a dream that he was about to slay his own prophets and magicians because they could not tell him what his forgotten dream was, nor give him its interpretation. This was a striking contrast between the two kings.

The Word of God, through Jeremiah, was rejected by Judah’s king, and in the meanwhile, God gave a revelation to a pagan, idol-worshipping King of Babylon, and he was eager to receive it.

Remember, God’s place of meeting His people was over the propitiatory (Mercy Seat). Above it, He spoke with them between the cherubim (Ex. 25:22). But, when they were out of fellowship with Him, He sent them prophets, to speak to them, whether they would hear or not. But, to the heads of other nations surrounding Israel, He spoke at night in their darkness, when they were sleeping, by means of dreams. He, thus, spoke to Nebuchadnezzar. (The Second Chapter of Daniel should be read so that you will be familiar with its content). Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s forgotten dream. It concerned the king being “the head of gold” of a future glorious kingdom.


Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar: “This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold” (Dan. 2:36-38).

So, Daniel told the king that he would be a future “King of kings” (Dan. 2:37-38) in “the latter days.” King Nebuchadnezzar, in his life-time, never reigned over men, world-wide. This reign awaits him in resuurection. This pagan, idol-worshipping king fell upon his face after hearing the words of the Most High, and said to Daniel, “… Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret” (Dan. 2:47).

Here, Nebuchadnezzar performed an act of Biblical faith—he believed God. It was a small, first step of faith. All believers take a first step; each one’s, perhaps, differing from another’s. The king believed what God said to him through Daniel. Whereas, Jehoiakim not only didn’t believe the report from God, he had His messenger imprisoned. To believe God is to do His work (John 6:29).

Peter’s statement in defense of his meeting with the Gentile, Cornelius, should be considered: “But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him” (Acts 10:35).

In Daniel 2:47, Nebuchadnezzar performed a “work of righteousness.” He believed God! It counted for something—God is no respecter of persons—his one act of faith resulted in “eternal life.” Hard to believe? It shouldn’t be!

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9).

Nebuchadnezzar had a measure of divine “light” as do all other men. It manifested itself in believing Daniel’s interpretation of the God-inspired dream.

Yes, the pagan, idol-worshipping King Nebuchadnezzar believed the Word of God which was reported to him by Daniel. Romans 2:7 would have us know that anyone, world-wide, at any time, past or present, who has never known the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, or of Jesus Christ as the One and Only God, has hope of eternal life. (See PWO, Number 113, He Who Does Good).

“To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life” (Romans 2:7) NIV.

In the course of his kingly duties, sometime later, the King of Babylon built a great gold image on the plain of Dura. Evidently, he believed that this popular image of the time, probably of a phallus, would promote unity among the various nations within the Babylonian orbit. He was proud of this golden image. To curry favor with Nebuchadnezzar, his advisors insisted that the image should be worshipped by all people when they heard certain musical instruments sound (Dan.3:4-5). The king’s advisors despised the young Jewish lads who were enrolled in the Babylonian “school of statecraft,” as was Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Daniel escaped their hatred since he had had them spared when Nebuchadnezzar wanted to destroy them because they were unable to tell him about his forgotten dream in Chapter Two.

The three Jewish youths refused to bow down to the golden image with the sounding of the music. This resulted in them being placed in a “fiery furnace” because they defied the edict of the King (see Daniel 3:1-30). As Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego stood before Nebuchadnezzar, he told them they were going to be placed in the fiery furnace and asked, “Who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hand?” (Dan. 3:15). They answered: “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up” (Dan. 3:16-18).

The King became so mad that he commanded that the furnace be turned up seven times higher than normal. The fire was so intense that the men who threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego into the furnace were burned alive. Nebuchadnezzar was then astonished when he looked into the furnace of fire and said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods” (Dan.3:25) NIV.

King Nebuchadnezzar had a lapse of faith in the Most High God by placing the three in the fire. Most all of us, in our early days as believers, had periods in which, when we were tried, we failed. Our failure didn’t result in us losing our salvation. Neither did the king lose his standing before the most High. Notice Nebuchadnezzar’s strong declaration:

“Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way” (Dan. 3:28-29) NIV.

We read, here, of another deed-of-faith on the part of the king. I am reminded of a Texas Country singer and song-writer by the name of Billy Joe Shaver. He wrote a Country hit song, “Chunk of Coal.” Billy Joe wrote it after he went to Lookout Mountain to commit suicide by jumping from Lovers Leap. His life was spinning out of control so it seemed that a drop from Lovers Leap would end it all. But instead, while sitting on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee, he trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior and wrote this hit song in twenty minutes. “I’m just an old chunk of coal, but I’m gonna be a diamond someday.” Billy Joe Shaver was talking about, in resurrection, he would no longer be just an old chunk of coal, but he would be a diamond in that day. Nebuchadnezzar, at this point in his life, was spiritually, just an old chunk of coal—but in the “latter days,” to wit, the Kingdom of God, he’ll be a diamond. Look closely at the king. As an old Chunk of Coal, he decreed that if anyone said anything against the God of the three young Jews, they’d be cut to pieces and their house turned to piles of rubble. Ah, the pride of power still manifested itself in the king’s life. Nebuchadnezzar, as King of the Babylonian Empire, understood the power he possessed, and his power represented the greatest “high” in the world. Its potency would make heroin seem like a placebo .Later, the Most High God would deal with Nebuchadnezzar’s pride.

In Chapter Three, we see another act of faith by Nebuchadnezzar—he believed in the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. Remember, the king knew no Scripture; he had no background of belief in Yahweh. But, he responded to what little knowledge of God was imparted to him by Daniel. Again, remember Jehoaikim’s response to the Word of God coming from Jeremiah, the Prophet. As we have pointed out, contrast the response to the Word of God by the two kings.

Even though the three young Jews defied Nebuchadnezzar, he was gracious enough to perform a good deed; “Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon” (Dan. 3:30) NIV.

These facts about Nebuchadnezzar are being presented to point out that the King of Babylon was being educated, trained, and schooled because he had been chosen and selected by the Most High God to be a “King of kings” (Dan.2:37) and “the head of gold” (Dan.2:38). Daniel’s mission during Nebuchadnezzar’s day was to “make known to King Nebuchadnezzar WHAT SHALL BE IN THE LATTER DAYS” (Dan. 2:28). This did not refer to the latter days of the king’s earthly life in 600-500 B.C. No, it pointed to a life in which Nebuchadnezzar will reign as a universal Monarch in resurrection in the coming dispensation.

We will notice another act of faith in Daniel, the Fourth Chapter. In Chapter Four, Nebuchadnezzar had another dream. God spoke to him, again, in a dream. But, he didn’t understand it. Finally, he had to call Daniel to have the dream of the “great tree” explained to him. We’ll not go into the details of the Tree Dream; read it for your edification. But, this is where Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that he would spend seven years living in the field like a beast. The king took the interpretation like a man. He didn’t imprison Daniel for the bad news. The king, as predicted, lost his mind and lived as an animal in the field. But, when his senses returned to him after seven years, he made a most profound statement which must be read to appreciate the walk-of-faith of the pagan, idol-worshipping King of Babylon who was in God’s training program. The last we see of him is in Daniel, Chapter Four—he will live again! The King’s confession:

“And at the end of the days [being like a beast] I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured Him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto him, What doest Thou? At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellers and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is able to abase” (Dan. 4:34-37).

These are the words of a “Believer.” He had gone through God’s school, being prepared to rule during the coming Kingdom of God. Gentile kings will rule and reign during the early years of the Kingdom of God (Isa. 42:1-4). Four Gentile kings will follow Nebuchadnezzar’s reign. He learned his lessons well; therefore, he will be King Nebuchadnezzar—the head of gold—the King of kings (meaning the first in a line of kings). He will reign over a world-wide Kingdom—the Scripture does not give it a name. If the Word does not name this world-wide Kingdom, Babylon, neither should Bible interpreters.

“The Companion Bible,” in its note on Daniel 5:1, states that Daniel was eighty-seven years old when he was called to the great feast of Belshazzar to read and interpret the handwriting on the wall. But, notice what Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar’s grandson, Belshazzar the king, about his grandfather in Chapter Five:

"O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. Because of the high position He gave him, all the peoples and nations and men of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled. But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like cattle; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes” (Dan. 5:18-21) NIV.

As I studied Nebuchadnezzar, I was impressed with his readiness to receive the Word of God. The more I looked into Daniel, Chapter Two, the more I prayed over the truth set forth in this chapter, the more I considered the “latter days,” and God’s promise to Nebuchadnezzar, the more assured I became that Nebuchadnezzar would be the first Gentile king to rule over a world-wide kingdom when the Day of Christ begins. He must be raised from the dead in order for this to take place. He will be a Universal Monarch. After him, four more Gentile Monarchs will reign before Christ assumes the absolute KINGSHIP of the Kingdom, and installs David as the King of restored Israel. If you are a died-in-the-wool, pre-millennial dispensationalist, you cannot see this truth—the wool has been pulled over your eyes. Forgive the pun.

Here is God’s promise to King Nebuchadnezzar as told to him by Daniel:

“This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. You, O king, are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you [in the latter days] dominion and power and might and glory; in your hands He has placed [all] mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds of the air. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold” (Dan. 2:36-38) NIV.

Nebuchadnezzar never, in his lifetime, ruled over “mankind and the beasts of the field and the

birds of the air. Wherever they live”!!! If not in his lifetime, it must of necessity be
in the resurrection life.


Another fact must be considered. God called some very, very special people “My servant.” It is suggested that the concordance be checked. There was Abraham, MY SERVANT; Jacob, MY SERVANT; Irsael, MY SERVANT; Moses, MY SERVANT; Caleb, MY SERVANT; David, MY SERVANT; Job, MY SERVANT; Zerubbabel, MY SERVANT, The Branch, MY SERVANT; and there were several others. But, very conspicuous is the fact that Nebuchadnezzar, three times, is called God’s servant.

“ … Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, My servant” (Jer. 25:9).

“ … Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant” (Jer. 27:6).

“ … Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, My servant” (Jer. 43:10).

It should not be strange that King Nebuchadnezzar will play a role in God’s prophetic scheme of things. He will be the first Divinely appointed King when the Kingdom is ushered-in. Under Christ, he will be a world ruler! This will be before Israel becomes the super-power, and a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.

As David, I rejoice at His Word, as one that findeth great spoil!

Tom L. Ballinger

October 5, 2006



The Most High God has not appointed, or anointed, a king since Solomon. Yes, kings arose, during the Old Testament times, who ascended to the throne of Israel because they were of the seed of David. The last king to be anointed of the LORD and take the Throne of Israel was David’s son, Solomon. Jesus Christ was anointed but has not yet taken the Throne.

The next king to be anointed, or chosen by God, will be Nebuchadnezzar. He will rule over a world-wide-empire. He will be raised from the dead when the “latter days” begin, that is to say, at the beginning of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, he will be GOD’S NEXT KING.

In the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, he was troubled by a dream which he believed the gods inspired. But, he was unable to remember what the dream was about. We learn that he dreamed that he saw an awesome metallic-image-statue of a man. The head was gold, the chest was silver, the belly and thighs were brass, the legs were iron, and the feet were part iron and clay. Each entity represented a future king. Chapter 2 goes into detail concerning the king’s forgotten dream. The dream and its interpretation will be covered in the next issue. But, for now, we’ll only point out what Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar.

“Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold” (Daniel 2:37-38).

We will not go into the minute details of Chapter Two. The purpose of our study is to show the time in which the promise to Nebuchadnezzar will be fulfilled. Chapter Two sets the time as being futuristic to Daniel’s and Nebuchadnezzar’s day. Most of the events which are the subject of the visions in the Book of Daniel will take place in “the latter days.” The “latter days” is another name for the Kingdom of God. It is not a reference to the “latter days” of Nebuchadnezzar’s, or Daniel’s lives.

The phrase, “latter days,” is an Old Testament term which is found eleven times, and it is the Old Testament equivalent to the New Testament term, the “Kingdom of God.” Each of the eleven occurrences of the phrase is a term which could be rendered “the Kingdom of God.” With this in mind, all eleven references to the “latter days” will be listed, but the “Kingdom of God” will be substituted for the “latter days” and will be printed in red.

“But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the Kingdom of God. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these” (Daniel 2:28).

“Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the Kingdom of God: for yet the vision is for many days” (Daniel 10:14).

“And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the Kingdom of God” (Numbers 24:14).

“When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the Kingdom of God, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice” (Deuteronomy 4:30).

“For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the Kingdom of God; because ye will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands” (Deuteronomy 31:29).

“The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the Kingdom of God ye shall consider it perfectly” (Jeremiah 23:20).

“The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the Kingdom of God ye shall consider it” (Jeremiah 30:24).

“Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the Kingdom of God, saith the LORD. Thus far is the judgment of Moab” (Jeremiah 48:47).

“But it shall come to pass in the Kingdom of God, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 49:39).

“And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the Kingdom of God, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes” (Ezekiel 38:16).

“Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the Kingdom of God” (Hosea 3:5).

The Kingdom of God, in these contexts, all refer to the “latter days” which pinpoints the time and makes specific when Nebuchadnezzar will live again. Nebuchadnezzar will live again in the pre-millennial “latter days” dispensation.

A study of all the eleven verses mentioning the “latter days” pinpoints the time of Nebuchadnezzar’s resurrection and reign as God’s next Divinely appointed King. A look at Hosea 3:4-5 seems to be the “icing-on-the-cake.”

“For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days” (Hosea 3:4-5).

The “many days” being without a king and etc. does not refer to our present dispensation. The present dispensation, the Mystery, was hid from prophetic view because it was a secret of God’s. Therefore, the “many days” cannot refer to the Dispensation of the Mystery. Today, “the children of Israel” are not reckoned as being Israelites. True children of Israel cannot be identified today. They are reckoned as being mere men as are the Gentiles. The Jew does not stand before God, today, despite all of the Christian propaganda being disseminated by their “spokesmen”—the pro-Israel-Christian-Lobby (the neo-conservatives).

The “many days,” out of necessity, has to refer to the years that Gentile kings reign at the beginning of the “latter days” (the Kingdom of God). Five kings, mentioned in Daniel 2, reign during the Kingdom of God (Christ) before Israel is formed into a nation whose government fills the whole earth with its greatness. After “many days” without a king, a prince, a sacrifice, an image, an ephod, and a teraphim—the reign of the five kings will be the “many days” which will be fulfilled during the “latter days.”

There is a note in the Companion Bible, Page 1212, which is very germane to our study; “… in the latter days: Rabbi Kimchi (A. D. 1160-1235) and other celebrated Jewish commentators, writing on Isaiah 2:2, hold that this expression always means “in the days of the Messiah.” The Jewish reference “to the days of the Messiah” correlates to the New Testament term, the Day of Christ or the Kingdom of God.

“The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it” (Isaiah 2:1-2).

The “last days” of Isaiah 2:2 is the same Hebrew word, achariyth, which is translated as “latter days” in the eleven enumerated passages. This, again, pinpoints the time of the future event, which we have been discussing, as taking place during the Kingdom of God. The LORD’s House “shall be established in the top of the mountains” means His House (that is to say, all of the Temple Complex during the Day of Christ) will rank higher and greater than any of the other nations. Mountains, in this instance, as well as many other instances, is a metaphor for governments.

Hosea 3:4-5 informs us that when Israel returns to their Promised Land, they will return seeking their God and David, their king. The risen David will be there, on “Zion’s Hill,” waiting for them as they have been re-gathered and led back into the Promised Land. This will be accomplished in the “latter days.” This shall be accomplished “in the days of these (five) kings” (Daniel 2:44).

Daniel was not a prophet in the sense that he prophesied. He was an interpreter of dreams and visions. The example, here, was that Nebuchadnezzar had a troubling dream. He forgot the details of it. God chose Daniel to be His interpreter and revelator of what turned out to be a God-induced dream. While Daniel slept, God showed Daniel what the king’s dream was, in a vision, and He gave Daniel its interpretation. When Daniel went before the king concerning the dream, the Bible says, “…The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy.” NIV.

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was pertaining to what was to take place in the future—a future dispensation. The specific time will be during the Kingdom of God. The dream will be fulfilled, precisely as interpreted, in the “latter days,” which will be prior to the millennium. Now, the interpretation which Daniel gave to the king is different from what the teachers of eschatology gave yesterday and today. Concerning Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, as well as, the rest of the Book of Daniel, today’s teachers have simply advanced the personal opinions of yesterday’s Dispensationalists instead of the Divine interpretation.

Our research indicates that the father of Pre-millennial Dispensationalism was John N. Darby, 1800-1882. He belonged to the Church of the Brethren of England. His view of the Mystery period was; “it was a parenthesis dispensation which was unknown to prophecy, lying between the 69th and 70th weeks of the prophecy of Daniel 9.” Darby was a teacher of yesteryear, and a great many followed in his footsteps, including C. I. Scofield, Charles Welch, E. W. Bullinger, John Walvoord, Stuart Allen, Oscar Baker, and many Acts 28 Dispensationalists of the last fifty years. Mr. Scofield probably had the greatest impact on Bible students throughout the English speaking world. Charles Welch had a great impact on what would become to be known as the Acts 28 position. I, personally, knew Stuart Allen and Oscar Baker, both who I considered dear saints of God. All of these were men of renown, who I greatly admired and still do.

However, in the course of my studies, I was led to take a sober, calm, and dogmatically unprejudiced examination of the testimony of Scripture concerning the visions and Divine interpretations of the Book of Daniel, I was given an altogether different view of the matter. I could no longer rest in the studies of those dear men, whose views leave a veil over the face of all people who read the Holy Scriptures. I don’t delight in saying this, but I am constrained to do so.

The personal study of this marvelous Book produced an opposite view of it than what the legends of dispensational truth concluded. My conclusions were that the visions in Daniel will find all of their fulfillments in the “latter days,” that is to say, during the pre-millennial Kingdom of God. Not one iota of the prophecies has been realized. They wait for their fulfillment. The legends insist that much of Daniel has already happened. They believe and have taught that much of Daniel is PAST HISTORY. On the other hand, I believe and teach that the events they call past history, I call STILL FUTURE.

I would call their view a “continuous historical” view which is a thesis that binds a tangle of knots around Daniel’s Book forcing it almost into a preterist position, meaning most all of “Daniel’s Seventy Weeks” (490 years) have already taken place. Our studies will show that all 490 years, which were determined on Israel (Daniel 9:24), still lie in the future.

Tom L. Ballinger

October 11, 2006




The picture above is an artist’s rendition of Nebuchadnezzar, asleep in his palace, having a very troubling dream about an awesome metallic statue. The reason this picture was chosen to be inserted in this study, instead of others, is because this picture of the dream-statue does not give false information, by way of notes, explaining the “historic kingdoms” it is supposed to represent. The statue is shown standing erect with a stone about to smash its feet. The dream is described in Daniel 2: 31-35. God’s interpretation of the king’s dream, Daniel 2:36-45, establishes the context in which the major events in the Book of Daniel are to take place—that is, in the “latter days” (Daniel 2:28). In Daniel, Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are chapters which cover events that happened in the days of Daniel while he was a captive in Babylon. It is, however, most important to recognize that Chapters 2, 7, 8 , 9, 10, 11, and 12 deal with visions of events that are to find their fulfillment in a future dispensation—the “latter days,” or in the terms of the New Testament—the Kingdom of God—or the Day of Christ.

Nebuchadnezzar succeeded his father as King of Babylonia. The geographical area of the empire was not vast in comparison to the following empires of the middle-east and southern Europe. We were unable to determine the square mileage which comprised the Babylonian Empire. Map-making, cartography, in ancient days was not very precise. Maps in a Bible Atlas are probably as reliable as you can find. However, from Bible descriptions, as well as maps in the Bible, it can be determined that Babylon, at its greatest extent, included what was known as the “fertile crescent,” Palestine, Assyria, Mesopotamia, the Tigris-Euphrates valley to the Persian Gulf and a small portion of Arabia.

We have reckoned that the square mileage within the Empire of Babylon to be approximately that of Texas and Oklahoma, combined. If that seems too small, throw in New Mexico. This is pointed out only to remind you that the Babylonian Empire, relatively speaking, was not a vast world-wide empire. In fact, the Babylonian Empire was definitely not as large as the “Louisiana Purchase” which was the territory the United States purchased from France in 1803.

Perhaps the first and foremost thing the Bible student must recognize in studying Daniel is that God, Himself, is the GREAT INTERPRETER of the dreams and visions. At other times, He has an archangel give the meaning of what Daniel sees transpiring in the spirit-world. As students of the Word, we do not have to rely on our own interpretation, or those of OTHER MEN. The Bible, itself, gives us the meaning of the visions and spiritual events that are seen transpiring in the realm of the spirit.

Daniel’s inspired statement to Nebuchadnezzar should be indelibly imprinted upon the student’s mind; “the dream is certain, and the interpretation is sure” (Daniel 2:45). Through Daniel, God said the interpretation IS SURE. Why, then, do Christian expositors re-interpret, embellish, and sensationalize God’s interpretations of the dreams and visions He gave? As far as we are concerned, we are satisfied with God’s interpretation! His explanations should stand as they were written. Most expositors of eschatology have substituted their “own theology” for God’s clear interpretations.

Nebuchadnezzar’s Forgotten Dream

In Chapter Two, Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, was troubled by dreams he dreamed. One particular dream really troubled him, but he couldn’t remember it.

Intuitively, he knew the dream was not an ordinary dream. He must have believed the gods inspired it. This was why he was troubled—he couldn’t remember a dream inspired by the gods. The fact that he could not recall what the dream was about was very important. The Most High God must have caused Nebuchadnezzar to have a lapse of memory in order that Daniel would be brought forth to play a pivotal role in God’s scheme of things.

Being troubled by his forgotten dream, he summoned his staff of advisors (v 2). Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, were still being tutored in Babylon’s “School of Statecraft” and were not called. The king told his staff that he was troubled about a dream he had. He told them he wanted to know what the dream was
(v. 3).

In verse four, the staff asked him to tell them what he had dreamed, and, then, they would tell him the interpretation of it. In verse five, he informed them that he couldn’t remember the dream. He became enraged and said, “If ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut to pieces, and your houses will be made a dunghill.”

Of course, they were given an impossible task. How could they know what the king dreamed? They told him only the gods could do that (v. 11). “For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain” (vs. 12-13).

Daniel, having heard this, let it be known that if Nebuchadnezzar would grant him an audience, he would tell the king what his dream was and give the interpretation of it. Daniel’s wish was granted.

In Daniel 2:17-23, we read where Daniel went to his house and told his three friends about what had occurred. The mystery of Nebuchadnezzar’s forgotten dream and its interpretation was revealed to Daniel in a night vision.

“Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch [the captain of the king’s guard], whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation. Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation” (vs. 24-25).

In verse twenty-six, Daniel was brought before Nebuchadnezzar, and the king said to Daniel (who was named Belteshazzar), “Art thou able to make known unto me the dream, which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?”

Daniel, now before Nebuchadnezzar, answered the king, “ … The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart” (vs. 27-30).

What should immediately catch our attention, forgetting and laying aside what we have been taught, was “in the latter days” and what should come to pass “hereafter.” Daniel indicated that the interpretation of the dream, which was to be made known to the king, was what was going to transpire during a time that has not yet, historically, happened.

The word, “hereafter,” (Strong’s no. 311) means “afterwards.” The phrase, “what should come to pass hereafter,” carries with it the meaning of life after death. In this context of Daniel 2, “hereafter” refers to a time when Nebuchadnezzar shall live again in resurrection. The “latter days” pinpoints the time and makes it specific when Nebuchadnezzar will live again. In plainer words, Nebuchadnezzar will live in resurrection during the “latter days” which will be the next dispensation.

The latter days in Old Testament scripture is another name for the New Testament name of the Kingdom of God, or the Day of Jesus Christ. The playing out of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream will unfold during the coming dispensation. It has not happened yet, either in part, or in its entirety. This holds true for every part and phase of the dream.

The Dream As Told By Daniel

Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar what he had dreamt – chapter 2:31-35.

“Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible (v. 31).

“This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass (v. 32).

“His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay (v.33).

“Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces (v. 34).

“Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (v. 35).

We’ll examine the elements of this dream, verse-by-verse.

In the dream, the king looked and there, standing before him, was an enormous statue, it was dazzling, and awesome in appearance (v.31).

The head of the statue was pure gold, its breast and arms were of silver, its belly and thighs were of brass (v. 32).

The legs were of iron and the feet were a mixture of iron and clay (v. 33).

The head of the image was one member. The breast and the arms, as well as, the belly and thighs each had three members, the legs and the feet had two members. Yet, all of the members made up the whole body of the statue. There was no mention, here, concerning toes on the feet. There are five parts named here - gold, silver, brass, iron, and the mixture of iron and clay.

The description went from head to foot in descending order. The metallic materials which made up the image decreased in value and specific gravity, gold being the most expensive precious metal. Each metal below the head was worth less in value.

As Nebuchadnezzar continued to look at the image, he saw a stone cut out, “without hands,” and smote the image on the feet. “Without hands” indicated the absence of human instrumentality and an act of God. The feet were pulverized (v. 34).

Here, it is learned that with the crushing of the feet, all the parts of the statue disintegrated “together” and became like chaff, and the wind carried the dust, like particles, away without leaving a trace. But the rock (stone) that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth (v. 35). [It is crucial to keep in mind that the whole statue disintegrated TOGETHER; more will be said on this fact].

The fact that all the elements of the image, which represented the five parts of the body, all disintegrated “together” as a unit, indicated whatever the awesome statue was to represent. It fell as a unit without a trace being left behind. Again, let it be said, it is essential to remember that the whole image disintegrated “together.”

The Interpretation of the Dream

“Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory (v.37).

“And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold (v.38).

The expression, “Thou, O king, art a king of kings” is a figure of speech meaning Nebuchadnezzar is to be the first, or mightiest, of the kings who will reign after him. It is the God of heaven Who gives him a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory (v. 37).

According to the Divine interpretation, his dominion will be world-wide. God will place in Nebuchadnezzar’s hands all of mankind and all the beasts of the field and the birds of the air. Wherever they live, God will make him ruler over all (v. 38).

Certainly, this universal dominion which was spoken of has not been historically true. Nebuchadnezzar’s historical realm, or empire, was not universal in its scope but was limited in its territorial dominion. Any good “Atlas of the Bible” will show you how limited the Babylonian Empire really was. As pointed out, previously, it might have been the size of Texas and Oklahoma, geographically.

Remember, Daniel, at first, told the king that God was to make known to him what was to transpire in the “latter days” (v. 28) and what would come to pass “hereafter” (v. 29). Since Nebuchadnezzar, in his lifetime, never ruled over all men everywhere on the earth – the divine imperative is – he must do it in resurrection in the “latter days.”

Nebuchadnezzar was also told, “Thou art this head of gold.” This was a metaphor. This was a clear, plain statement. The golden head represented Nebuchadnezzar and a golden age in which he will reign in RESURRECTION as a servant of God. Babylon is not even named, or designated, as being the kingdom he will rule over. If God, through Daniel, doesn’t state that the future kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar is Babylon, what gives us the right to re-interpret “the head of gold” as being the old Babylonian Empire? When Nebuchadnezzar has dominion over all men, beasts, and birds, his dominion will be God-given-established-and ordered.

In fact, the Kingdom that God will give Nebuchadnezzar is not named—it very well could be named the “Kingdom of God.” This would certainly be an appropriate title since he will be the first king to reign during the Kingdom of God. The four kings who will follow Nebuchadnezzar’s reign will probably be part of the Kingdom-Reign.

We will not put a “spin” on the interpretation. There is no need to─because “the dream is certain and the interpretation is sure” (Daniel 2:45).

Tom L. Ballinger

Acknowledgement: I am indebted to the late Howard W. White and his booklet, The King’s Forgotten Dream, which opened-up the book of Daniel for me.

October 19, 2006




The image you see above represents the statue seen in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Look, carefully, and you will see the Stone which was “cut out without hands,” and it is about to strike the feet. When this happens, the whole statue disintegrates, “together,” “in the days of these kings.” It is absolutely essential for the image to exist in its entirety when the Stone pulverizes the feet. Or, said another way, the image must exist in its entirety in the latter days, standing as it will, to be struck on the feet by the Stone that will be “cut out without hands.”

The conventional interpretation teaches that the head of gold was Babylon, the silver breast and arms were Media-Persia, the brass belly was Greece, and the legs of iron were Rome. If the traditional teaching is allowed to stand, it would mean that four parts of the image will not exist when the Stone smites the feet. Using the statue as a metaphor, IT MUST BE STANDING ERECT IN ITS ENTIRETY, IN THE LATTER DAYS, WHEN THE STONE, “CUT WITHOUT HANDS,” SMITES THE FEET.

The conventional interpretation doesn’t “hold water; that bucket’s got a hole in it.” Look at the image-dream through the eyes of Daniel’s interpretation—not through the eyes which are veiled with tradition.

A very important incident will take place when the Kingdom is manifested (2 Timothy 4:1) in the world. It will be that Nebuchadnezzar will be raised from the dead. This incident of great magnitude is virtually overlooked by all of Christendom! The resurrected Nebuchadnezzar will be the next king who God selects, or anoints. He will rule over all of mankind. As an absolute Monarch, his reign will be a golden age. What a way for the Kingdom to begin! A Gentile King reigns. He rules, and then, four other Gentile kings will reign following him. The Lord Jesus Christ, while in heaven working through the Holy Spirit, will be gathering the scattered Jews, as well as, those who will have been raised from the dead to live under the Kingdom rule. The Lord Jesus will rule over them while they are among the nations (see Ezekiel 20:33-37, Jeremiah 31:31-34). During the Gentile rule, Israel, under Divine direction, will migrate to their God-given land. No group, tribe, or nation will hinder their movement.


Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar what he had dreamed and, now, he provides the God-given interpretation of it (Daniel 2:36-38) NIV.

36 "This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. 37 You, O king, are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory. 38 in your hands he has placed mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds of the air. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold “(NIV),

The golden head is represented by Nebuchadnezzar—not Babylon. Babylon is never mentioned. We should not have the idea that the head of gold represents the old Babylonia Empire. The Bible declares that Nebuchadnezzar “IS THE HEAD OF GOLD.” That’s not all; verse 39 begins with, “After you [Nebuchadnezzar], another kingdom [or king] will rise…” It doesn’t say, “After Babylonia, another kingdom will rise.” In fact, none of the future kingdoms are named.

39 "After you, another kingdom will rise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. 40 Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron-for iron breaks and smashes everything-and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. 41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.

44 "In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. 45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands-a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.

"The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy" (Daniel 2:39-45) NIV.

There are five kings mentioned in these verses. “Kings” and “kingdoms” are used in Daniel’s descriptions as interchangeable. The two pose as a Metonomy of Subject. A figure of speech by which one name, or noun, is used instead of another to which it stands in close relationship, such as, the grave is put for the dead in them. The noun, “kingdom,” is put for “king” who rules the kingdom.

The adherents to the Darby/Scofield interpretation of Daniel 2:36-45 only see four kingdoms, or kings. They leave out the feet which are “part iron and clay” (vs. 34 and 41-42). Listed below are the five parts of the statue-image plus the Stone (Rock) which is Christ, the Sixth King. Christ crushes the five kings who are still standing. The disintegration of these kings happens “in the times of those kings.” The King James Version says, “…in the days of these kings.” The image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was a statue of a man. It was a single entity. Therefore, each king, represented, is to be a ruler, having a world-wide-dominion.

1. Gold head = King Nebuchadnezzar
2. Silver breasts and arms = Unnamed king.
3. Bronze belly = Unnamed king.
4. Iron legs = Unnamed king.
5. Iron and clay feet = Unnamed king.
6. Stone/Rock cut out of the mountain = while unnamed, it is without a doubt, Christ.

Jesus Christ is the Stone, or Rock; both words are employed by Daniel. The Lord Jesus certainly fits the Metaphor:

“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed” (1 Peter 2:6-8).

The five members of the statue are representations of future kings (kingdoms) which will exist during the early years of the Kingdom of God. Each king, beginning with King Nebuchadnezzar, will have a world-wide-rule. Each king succeeds the previous king. None of the five destroys one another. Should each of the five kings reign for 40 years, their span of dominion would be 200 years. They are all living when the Rock smites the image (vs. 34), and the Rock becomes a “GREAT MOUNTAIN” and fills the whole earth (vs. 35). Fills the whole earth refers to the universal dominion of Christ and His Kingdom. A mountain is one of the Biblical symbols of a government, or kingdom. The Stone, or Rock, “cut out of the mountain without hands” (vs. 45) indicates an act of God; it’s not of human origin. Jesus Christ is the Stone, or Rock. He will be the King of His pre-millennial Kingdom—the Kingdom of Christ. His Kingdom will fill the whole earth with His dominion, and He will reign from Heaven for at least 490 years. The estimated span of Gentile rule being 200 years, plus the 490 years (Daniel 9:24) determined on Israel, could very well mean the duration of the pre-millennial Kingdom of God could be 690 years, “or there abouts.”

The nation of Israel will be the predominant nation on earth during this time, and David will be their earthly king, ruling under the auspices of the King of kings—the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hosea spoke about these coming days:

“Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days” (Hosea 3:5).

The children of Israel will “seek the LORD their God, and David their king …in the latter days.” When that Jew is brought back to the Land of promise, David, their king, will be there waiting for their arrival. Can you imagine what a day of rejoicing that will be for the saved descendents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, most of whom will have been sleeping in the dust of the ground, and the Lord Jesus will have called them forth “every man in his own order” (1 Corinthians 15:23).

It must be re-stated that according to the Divine interpretation, Nebuchadnezzar’s Dominion will be world-wide. God will place in his hands all of mankind, all of the beasts of the field, and all of the birds of the air. This would mean that the “fear” and “dread” of him would be universal as was the “fear” and “dread”of Noah (Genesis 9:2). Wherever any creature lives, Nebuchadnezzar will have dominion. This was never a historical fact; therefore, the interpretation requires that it take place in the “latter days.”

As this essay is being read, we feel, certain, that there is a lot of “knee-jerking” and “what-ifs” going on. In Bible study, the light seen at the end of the tunnel is not fully illuminated. It becomes clearer, the further you travel.

Nevertheless, the truth of the awesome image of Daniel Two will be played out in the future dispensation—the Kingdom of God. It will concern a world-wide rule and dominion over the whole earth. These Gentile kingships will dominate the entire earth in a way which no other government has ever held sway in historical times. They do so until the Stone/Rock, which is cut out of the mountain “without hands,” crushes the feet of the image. And, it will be “in the days of these kings” that they all dissolve, “together,” as depicted in the dream-image-statue when the stone strikes its feet and becomes a great mountain (government) in the earth.

Tom L. Ballinger



The last issue of Plainer Words concluded with the Biblical fact that the kings, depicted in Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream, all dissolve “together” when the Stone smashes into the feet of the image. Please notice an extraordinary and momentous truth found in Daniel 2:35. Here, we read of the fact that when the Stone smites the feet of the image, then, “the iron [king], the clay [king], the brass [king], the silver [king], and the gold [King Nebuchadnezzar]” are broken “to pieces together” (Dan.2:35). The word, “together,” is the word, “chad.” Chad is the Aramaic word, khad, for “as one.” The significance is this:

The five kings, when struck by the Stone, ARE ALL BROKEN TO PIECES AS ONE!

If they will collapse “as one,” then, if words mean anything, all five of these kings must be living when the Stone strikes. All of the five kings and kingdoms will have to be in existence “in the latter days” in order for them to be broken in pieces as one. “As one” has a more forceful meaning than “together” in the sense used in the verse.

“Together” is used as, “call the people together.” Or, “sew things together.” Or, “bring people together.” Or, “a consensus was put together.” Or, “sing together.”

“As one” is used as “they spoke as one.” Or, “they arose as one man.” Or, “they died as one.” Or. “sing as one.” This to say, the use of “as one” conveys the idea of a UNIT. The five kings will be struck by the Stone and will be broken to pieces as a unit.

When Is the Kingdom Set-Up?

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever: (Daniel 2:44).

This verse, authoritatively, fixes the time when the Kingdom will be set-up and restored to Israel. It will be “in the days of these kings.” Who are the kings that this has reference to? God has chosen to name only one of them.

It does not refer to King Nebuchadnezzar and his neo-Babylonian Empire of the sixth and fifth century B.C. as dispensationalists teach.

It does not refer to the kings of the Medes and Persians, Darius and Cyrus. Cyrus turned out to be the chief king (539-331 B.C.) as dispensationalists teach.

It does not refer to Alexander the Great, of Greece (331-168 B.C.), as dispensationalists teach.

It does not refer to the Caesars of the Roman Empire (168-476 A.D.) as dispensationalists teach.

Neither does it refer to the Holy Roman Empire from 476 A.D. until who knows when as dispensationalists teach.

It does refer to a future set of five Gentile kings who will have world-wide prominence when the Kingdom of God is set in place as the Bible teaches.

It does refer to Nebuchadnezzar who will live again in resurrection and will be God’s first anointed King who is “the head of gold.” He will have a world-wide dominion over every living creature as the Bible teaches.

It does refer to his dominion being passed on to another king who, also, will rule the world. Each king will be succeeded by another king as the Bible teaches.

It does refer to each king having less glory than the one they followed. The glory of the Gentile kings diminishes as one succeeds another as the Bible teaches.

Lastly, it does refer to all five of these kings being on the world scene when God sets up the Kingdom which shall never be destroyed as the Bible teaches.


These kings reign during the initial years of the Kingdom. In order to provide some dimension of time, we will calculate, approximately, that each king reigns for forty years which is a common term in the Bible; then, 200 years elapse before the kings are broken in pieces AS ONE by the “Stone,” cut out of the mountain, and are gone with the wind (Dan. 2:35).

The Kingdom which will never be destroyed (i.e. the Stone cut out without hands) consumes all of these kings and will fill all of the earth with its power, glory, justice, honor, and righteousness. This is not a Second Coming event! This will take place some two-hundred years into the Kingdom of God. Christ will rule the world from heaven through His Kingdom of Israel when it is fully restored.

Later, it is learned that “seventy weeks” (490 years) are “determined;” that is, are to be marked out (Dan. 9:24) for Israel. If we add the calculated reign of the Gentile kings, 200 years, to the 490 years marked out for Israel, we have the sum of 690 years. The 690 years would equal the duration of the Kingdom of God. This would indicate that the Parousia (i.e., the 2nd Coming) of Christ would be 490 years after the kings are broken in pieces, as one, and are blown away.

Nebuchadnezzar’s Resurrection Future Was Made Known to Him

Daniel assured Nebuchadnezzar that his dream was certain, and the interpretation was sure.

“Forasmuch as thou sawest that the Stone [Christ and His Kingdom] was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure” (Daniel 2:45).

Most Christians, who follow the standard orthodox teaching, are expecting the current European Union to become revived as the Holy Roman Empire, and, then, they will complete the prophecy of Daniel 2:31-45. This error in interpretation should be obvious to anyone who is not prejudiced. None of these kings are standing today, nor will they be in the Dispensation of the Grace of God. There must be a change in the dispensation.

Daniel tells us, with unalloyed authority, that it will be “in the days of these kings” [that is, the kings symbolized by the image] “SHALL THE GOD OF HEAVEN SET UP A KINGDOM, WHICH SHALL NEVER BE DESTROYED: AND THE KINGDOM SHALL NOT BE LEFT TO OTHER PEOPLE, BUT IT SHALL BREAK IN PIECES AND CONSUME ALL OF THESE [KINGS] KINGDOMS, AND IT SHALL STAND FOREVER” (Daniel 2:44).

Five kings rule the world in succession, and they are portrayed by the parts of the image. God will give them dominion over the whole earth. These kings and their sovereignties vanish without a trace—as we said earlier—gone with the wind. By comparing Daniel 2:35 and 2:45, it is learned that the Stone cut out of the mountain will be in existence and in place as the small Government of God before it strikes the statue-image. After the Stone strikes the image’s feet, it becomes a great Mountain and fills the whole earth. So much so, that there will be no room left in the earth for any other government. The Government of God, the Great Mountain, grows into a colossal, efficient, righteous, benevolent, just, incorruptible, and glorious world Government after it strikes the image-statue.

What Should We Have Learned From Daniel Two?

The King of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, Nebuchadnezzar, will live again. He will be God’s first anointed king since Solomon. He will have a world-wide dominion over mankind, the animal kingdom, as well as, the birds of the air. His rule will be likened to pure gold. God will choose four other Gentile kings to rule the world following Nebuchadnezzar. Each will rule well but will be inferior to the king that goes before him. The Gentile kings rule in “the latter days.” They, too, may be the fruit of resurrection, as well as, many of their subjects.

God’s Government, the Stone, brings these governments to an end, “in the days of these kings.” This doesn’t mean that these kings die, nor does it mean the termination of their subjects. It simply means the disintegration of their power to rule over the earth. Their governments will have vanished. Their kingship will be over. But, very likely, they will take pleasure in living under the rule of the King of kings and Lord of lords—the Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps, the Gentile kings will sit and marvel at the administrative prowess Christ exhibits from heaven as His Administration produces righteous adjudication, universal justice, and the dedication to truth. The reign of the Lord Jesus Christ will be without spot, or wrinkle; it will be holy and without blemish.

Possibly, there are readers of these papers who cannot come to grips with the fact that Nebuchadnezzar will live again and be the golden-ruler when the Kingdom becomes manifest in the earth. They find him to be dictatorial, arrogant, filled with pride, and he killed whosoever he deemed necessary to protect his empire (Dan. 5:19-20). These things are all true.

We judge him based on what he did, whereas, God adjudicates based upon the heart-condition of Nebuchadnezzar which was revealed by what he said:

“And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellers and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase” (Dan. 4: 34-37).

Nebuchadnezzar went through God’s School. It took eating grass, and living for seven years of madness, in the field like a beast, and growing feathers. But, he matriculated earning a faith-based degree from the Most High God, thereby, securing for himself a resurrection and a throne of world-wide proportions—Nebuchadnezzar: God’s Next King to rule.

Tom L. Ballinger