A Fresh Look at Daniel - Part 3

Posted in: 2008
By Tom L. Ballinger
Jun 4, 2008 - 1:08:12 PM

Part III

We have pointed out that the king’s forgotten dream of Daniel Two, as interpreted by Daniel, was a vision of what is to take place in the “latter days.” Nebuchadnezzar and the other rulers of the world-wide dominion of Chapter Two is not history. It will find its fulfillment in the dispensation which follows the Dispensation of the Grace of God.

As advanced students of the Word, perhaps, many of you find difficulty with what was pointed out concerning Nebuchadnezzar – the image’s head of gold who, by interpretation, was to have dominion over all of the nations of the earth (world-wide). God will give Nebuchadnezzar (the head of gold) dominion over all mankind, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the air (Daniel 2: 37-38).

If Jeremiah seems to contradict what we have pointed out regarding Nebuchadnezzar’s world-wide reign, let’s look closely at Jeremiah 27:1-8:

V. 1. “In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

V. 2. “Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,”

V. 3. “And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;”

V. 4. “And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters;”

V. 5. “I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.”

V. 6. “And now have I given all these lands unto the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.”

V. 7. “And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him.”

V. 8. “And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.”

The above passages in Jeremiah are now history. This prophecy was fulfilled eleven years after this word came to Jeremiah. A yoke of bondage was placed upon the nations named in Verse Three, including Judah, when Zedekiah was lead away, captive, to Babylon. What Daniel revealed was different and after the captivity had begun.

The differences between Daniel’s interpretation and what Jeremiah predicted were the following:

Daniel said Nebuchadnezzar was to be given a kingdom, and he would rule over men wherever they dwelt, as well as, the beasts of the field and the fowls of heaven.

Jeremiah limits Nebuchadnezzar’s realm of rule to five nations and Judah (27: 2-3), even though Jeremiah says, “all nations shall serve him (Nebuchadnezzar).” He, also, qualifies Nebuchadnezzar’s rule over the named nations by saying, “and all (the six named) nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son.” Daniel mentions nothing about Nebuchadnezzar’s son and grandson ruling after him. Historically, they did.

Jeremiah’s prophecy of Nebuchadnezzar’s conquest of “these lands” (V. 6) and “all nations” (V. 7) was limited to Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyrus, Zidon, and Judah.

The truth of the awesome image of Daniel Chapter Two will be played out in the future, and it concerns a world-wide rule and dominion over the whole earth. The rulerships will dominate the whole earth in a way which no government has ever held sway in historical times.

The United States, as powerful as it is, in its inexorable march toward what it has become today – the welfare-warfare State, is having difficulty attempting to rule over Afghanistan and Iraq. But, when the God of Heaven takes to Himself dominion of the whole world, every nation will, willingly, submit to His universal Government. The first king He appoints will be Nebuchadnezzar. This takes place, not in the so-called millennium, but in the “latter days,” to wit, the Pre-Parousia Kingdom of God.

Under the Government of God, there will be no corrupt governments; He will not allow it. Judgment (i.e. setting things right) will run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream (Amos 5:24), and He shall execute judgment and justice in the earth (Jeremiah 28:5).

There will no longer be “a government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” as “King” Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address. That kind of government shall perish from the earth in the “latter days.”

Hebrews 2:8 says that God HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER JESUS CHRIST’S FEET. For in subjecting all things to Him, He left nothing that is not subject to Him. But now [the time of the writing] we do not yet see all things subjected to him.

Even though Nebuchadnezzar is the first Monarch to rule in Christ’s world-wide Empire, all things are to be in subjection to Him. Christ directs Nebuchadnezzar from His Throne in heaven.

The path we have trekked, up Mount Daniel, has not been the one, frequently, trekked by others. We haven’t viewed this Second Chapter of Daniel as having, historically, been fulfilled. Instead, we see from this view we’ve taken that the events, described, await the future Kingdom of God to witness the dissolution of the rulerships depicted in the dream-image-statue when the stone strikes its feet and becomes a great mountain (kingdom) in the earth.

Tom L. Ballinger