Babylon. B irth, life and death of an unrighteous queen. Daniel 2. Daniel 2. T ale of a pack of liars. 1 In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams that troubled him, and sleep deserted him.
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Birth, life and death of an unrighteous queen
Tale of a pack of liars
10 The Chaldeans answered the king, “No one on earth can make known what the king requests.”
19 The mystery was then revealed to Daniel in a vision at night, and Daniel praised the God of heaven 20 and declared…
May the name of God be praised forever and ever,
for wisdom and power belong to Him.
21He changes the times and seasons;
He removes kings and establishes kings.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding.
22He reveals the deep and hidden things;
He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.
23I offer thanks and praise to You, God of my fathers,
because You have given me wisdom and power.
And now You have let me know what we asked of You,
for You have let us know the king’s mystery.
Daniel 2: 20-23
26 The king said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to tell me the dream I had and its interpretation?”
27 Daniel answered the king: “No wise man, medium, diviner-priest, or astrologer is able to make known to the king the mystery he asked about. 28 But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has let King Nebuchadnezzar know what will happen in the last days. Your dream and the visions that came into your mind as you lay in bed were these: 29 Your Majesty, while you were in your bed, thoughts came to your mind about what will happen in the future.The revealer of mysteries has let you know what will happen. 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but in order that the interpretation might be made known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.
That statue, tall and dazzling, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was terrifying. 32 The head of the statue was pure gold, its chest and arms were silver, its stomach and thighs were bronze, 33 its legs were iron, and its feet were partly iron and partly fired clay. 34 As you were watching, a Stone broke off without a hand touching it,struck the statue on its feet of iron and fired clay, and crushed them. 35 Then the iron, the fired clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were shattered and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors. The wind carried them away, and not a trace of them could be found. But the Stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
36 “This was the dream; now we will tell the king its interpretation.
37 Your Majesty, you are king of kings. The God of heaven has given you sovereignty, power, strength, and glory. 38 Wherever people live—or wild animals, or birds of the air—He has handed them over to you and made you ruler over them all. You are the head of gold.
39 “After you, there will arise another kingdom, inferior to yours, and then another, a third kingdom, of bronze, which will rule the whole earth. 40 A fourth kingdom will be as strong as iron; for iron crushes and shatters everything, and like iron that smashes, it will crush and smash all the others.41 You saw the feet and toes, partly of a potter’s fired clay and partly of iron—it will be a divided kingdom, though some of the strength of iron will be in it. You saw the iron mixed with clay, 42 and that the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly fired clay—part of the kingdom will be strong, and part will be brittle. 43 You saw the iron mixed with clay—the peoples will mix with one anotherbut will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with fired clay.
44 “In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, and this kingdom will not be left to another people. It will crush all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, but will itself endure forever. 45 You saw a stone break off from the mountain without a hand touching it,and it crushed the iron, bronze, fired clay, silver, and gold. The great God has told the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its interpretation certain.”
History from A to Z
Man’s perspective vs. God’s perspective
Lion with eagle wings
King Nebuchadnezzar, followed by Belshazzar (Dan 5, handwriting)
(vision in 556BC)
Descendants of Assyrian Empire
(c. 800-600 BC)
Darius the Mede (conquered Babylon)
Xerxes I (Esther)
Cyrus the Great (Jerusalem return)
Lopsided, rib-eating bear
(also the Ram with 2 horns, Dan 8)
4-winged leopard, with 4 heads
(also the male Goat with 1 horn, broken and replaced with 4 little horns, in Dan 8)
Monstrous beast with
- 7 heads;
- 10 horns on the one head ;
- Iron teeth, brass claws, primarily a leopard’s body…
Roman Empire = IMPERIALISM
- The Caesars, Kaisers, Czars of History.
- Role of Europe and its descendants
Metals decrease in value and beauty
but increase in sheer physical force.
The Stone – not cut by human hands
2 kingdoms that unsuccessfully try to combine.
Feet = 10 toes - or 10 horns.
(Dan 8: out of the 4 horns, comes a little horn)
Iron & Clay
The Stone – not cut by human hands
After this I saw another angel with great authority coming down from heaven, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. 2 He cried in a mighty voice:
It has fallen,Babylon the Great has fallen! She has become a dwelling for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, and a hauntfor every unclean and despicable beast. 3 For all the nations have drunk the wine of her sexual immorality, which brings wrath. The kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown wealthy from her excessive luxury.
4 Then I heard another voice from heaven:
Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins or receive any of her plagues. 5 For her sins are piled upto heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. 6 Pay her back the way she also paid, and double it according to her works. In the cup in which she mixed, mix a double portion for her.
7 As much as she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, give her that much torment and grief, for she says in her heart,
“I sit as a queen; I am not a widow, and I will never see grief.”
8 For this reason her plagues will come in one day— death and grief and famine.She will be burned up with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is mighty.
9 The kings of the earth who have committed sexual immorality and lived luxuriously with her will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke of her burning. 10 They will stand far off in fear of her torment, saying:
Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the mighty city! For in a single houryour judgment has come.
11 The merchants of the earth will also weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their merchandise any longer— 12 merchandise of gold, silver, precious stones, and pearls; fine fabrics of linen, purple, silk, and scarlet; all kinds of fragrant wood products; objects of ivory; objects of expensive wood, brass,iron, and marble; 13 cinnamon, spice,incense, myrrh,and frankincense; wine, olive oil, fine wheat flour, and grain; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and slavesand human lives. 14 The fruit you craved has left you. All your splendid and glamorous things are gone; they will never find them again.
15 The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand far off in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, 16 saying:
Woe, woe, the great city, dressed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls, 17 for in a single hoursuch fabulous wealth was destroyed!
Valley of Meggido
1 – Armies assemble
2 - destruction
3 – destruction
6 – Victory - Mount of Olives Ascension
Bozrah (or Petra)
5 – welcoming Messiah
4 - retaliation
And every shipmaster, seafarer, the sailors, and all who do business by sea, stood far off 18 as they watched the smoke from her burning and kept crying out: “Who is like the great city?” 19 They threw dust on their heads and kept crying out, weeping, and mourning: Woe, woe, the great city, where all those who have ships on the sea became rich from her wealth, for in a single hour she was destroyed.
20 Rejoice over her, heaven, and you saints, apostles, and prophets, because God has executed your judgment on her!
21 Then a mighty angel picked up a stone like a large millstone and threw it into the sea, saying:
In this way, Babylon the great city will be thrown down violently and never be found again.22 The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters will never be heard in you again; no craftsman of any trade will ever be found in you again;the sound of a mill will never be heard in you again;23 the light of a lamp will never shine in you again;and the voice of a groom and bride will never be heard in you again.All this will happen because your merchants were the nobility of the earth,because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery,24 and the blood of prophets and saints, and of all those slaughtered on earth, was found in you.
Do I REALLY believe that stuff??
What’s in it for me?
I am the eternal queen and there is no other.
The spirit of Babylon today
As for you, do you seek great things for yourself?
This is the one I esteem: she who is humble and contrite in spirit, and who trembles at My Word.