by Jerry Vines

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There Is a God in Heaven
Daniel (4 of 18)
Jerry Vines
Daniel 2:1-30

Daniel is to the Old Testament what Revelation is to the New Testament. You cannot understand the book of Revelation if you do not know something about the book of Daniel and vice versa.

We took several weeks examining the information in the first chapter, which sets the scene for us. Daniel and his three Hebrew young friends have been carried away into captivity into the land of Babylon. Babylon is modern Iraq. Nebuchadnezzar is the king at that particular time.

Now we are moving into the second chapter.
On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln met with his cabinet in Washington. They were waiting for a report from the campaign of General Sherman who was pressing the cause of the Union forces in South. As they were waiting for the report he shared with his cabinet that he had been having a recurring dream. It seemed that this dream would always come before some major event in the war. He said that his dream was a dream about an indescribable vessel that was moving rapidly toward an indefinite destination. He wondered what the meaning of that dream was. We know that evening he was mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth and before the day was over, Abraham Lincoln had moved his life's vessel to the shores of eternity. Abraham Lincoln had a recurring dream which had tremendous impact upon him personally and upon the nation and also upon eternity.

Nebuchadnezzar is the king of the mightiest empire on the earth at this particular time. Nebuchadnezzar has a dream, and the meaning of this dream is a meaning which impacts world history. God is revealing to King Nebuchadnezzar, in a dream, a major prophecy about the future. It is a prophecy we will study beginning in verse 31 and going to the end of chapter 2. The verses leading up to that interpretation of the dream are the substance of what we want to talk about this evening.
Keep in mind that Daniel and his three friends h ...

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