The King’s Nightmare Revealed – Daniel 2:31-49
Luke 21:24 (NASB) 24 and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
I. THE SUBSTANCE OF THE KING’S DREAM
a. The details of the image
1. It was a great image
2. It has a dazzling appearance
3. It was a top heavy image
b. The destruction of the image
II. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE KING’S DREAM
a. The kingdom of men
1. The Babylonian Kingdom
Ezekiel 26:7 (NASB) 7 For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will bring upon Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, chariots, cavalry and a great army.
2. The Medo-Persian Kingdom
Daniel 5:28 (NASB) 28 your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians.”
3. The Grecian Kingdom
Daniel 8:21 (NASB) 21 “The shaggy goat represents the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Daniel 11:21 (NASB) 21 “In his place a despicable person will arise, on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred, but he will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue.
4. The Ancient Roman Kingdom
5. The Revived Roman Empire
6. The Divine Kingdom
Genesis 49:24 (NASB) 24 But his bow remained firm, And his arms were agile, From the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel), Psalms 118:22 (NASB) 22 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone.
Isaiah 28:16 (NASB) 16 Therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
III. The results after the dream
a. The king recognizes God
b. The king promotes Daniel
c. Daniel promotes his friends
Matthew 6:33 (NASB) 33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.