Daniel 2 – Questions
- In the Old Testament, God used many means to communicate His will, and dreams were one of them. Also see Genesis 28:10-16. Read Hebrews 1:1,2 and Ecclesiastes 5:7 what do these verses mean? How does God speak today, can we trust a dream, and should we accept a persons dream as a valid message from the Lord? If so, who is to interpret? And of course, what if the dream adds new or contrary information to the scripture?
- Daniel knew God gave him the gift of interpretation of dreams, (1:17) is this gift still available today? If he had the ability to discern dreams why did he need to go to his friends and seek the Lord for the interpretation? Read Daniel 2:17-19 Does this ability differ from a spiritual gift? (I Corinthians 12:4-7) And if so how?
- The dream of Nebuchadnezzar was of a statue with a head of gold (Daniel 2:31-35) which we are told was Babylon (vs. 37,38)
Silver chest is the next kingdom of Medes/Persia (5:30) (Belshazzar was Nebuchadnezzar’s son see 5:2)Bronze thighs represented Greece (8:20,21 – this vision repeats the same order) and Iron legs and feet represent Rome at the coming of Christ (Luke 2:1) finally,
Christ then is the rock, (Deut 32:4; Psalm 18:31,46; Romans 9:33; 1 Cor. 10:4) What does Daniel 2:35 mean? See Isaiah 2:1-3; Luke 13:18-20
Has the eternal kingdom of Christ come? See the promise of this kingdom in 2 Samuel 7:12-14, 16. Isaiah 9:6,7 What was the angels message in Luke 2:26-33 declaring?
- Read these verses, what do they reveal about what the disciples thought about the Kingdom (Mark 4:26 10:15; Luke 9:1,2) Many churches teach the Christ did not set up His Kingdom at His birth, but rather this is a future event, and now Satan is ruling. What would the implications of this teaching be? How would this change our attitude of world events, Satan’s authority and Christ’s sovereignty?
- What does Daniel 2:44,45 mean, and how does this affect the world we live in today?
- What was the purpose of the dream for Nebuchadnezzar, for the Jewish captives, and for Daniel himself?