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  The dream is about a statue with a head of gold, a chest made of silver, a waist and hips made of bronze, legs of iron, and feet of iron and clay. A stone smashes the statue and turns into a mountain. What a strange dream! This last symbol would have had meaning to Nebuchadnezzar since the Babylonians believed that the earth was a mountain and called it E-KUR which means “Mountain House.” Babylon was a city with many gold idols. No wonder the king must have been eager to know the meaning of the statue.
   The Interpretation. Daniel then continued and explained the meaning of the statue.
 
  . . . now we shall tell its interpretation before the king. You, O king, are the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, the strength, and the glory; and wherever the sons of men dwell, or the beasts of the field, or the birds of the sky, He has given them into your hand and has caused you to rule over them all. You are the head of gold. (NASB) Daniel 2:36-38
 
The Great Statue
The Great Statue
 
   
Babylonian Empire. The head of gold is Nebuchadnezzar or the Babylonian Empire. Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar the only reason he had been successful in conquering people and nations was that He, God, had done it. The prophet Jeremiah explained this when he recorded the Lord’s words,
 
  For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him. And I have also given him the beasts of the field. (NASB) Jer. 28:14
 
Nebuchadnezzar did not do this on his own. It was actually God who gave him the victory and authority. This is a great reminder for us. When we accomplish something we consider to be wonderful, we need to thank God for doing it through us. We need to give Him the credit.
 
  And after you there will arise another kingdom inferior to you, then another third kingdom of bronze, which will rule over all the earth. (NASB) Dan. 2:39
 
    Media-Persia Empire. The next two kingdoms are silver and bronze which history tells us are Media-Persia and Greece. Later we will see that Daniel also called them Media-Persia and Greece.
 
  Then there will be a fourth kingdom as strong as iron; inasmuch as iron crushes and shatters all things, so, like iron that breaks in pieces, it will crush and break all these in pieces. (NASB) Dan. 2:40
     
 
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