Daniel 2:24-45 – Wow, It’s Like Deja Vu, All Over Again!

Posted: May 24, 2016 in Book of Daniel

Daniel 2:24-45

Daniel Interprets the Dream

Have you ever had that feeling that you are reliving a situation or when you walk into a place that you have been there before even though the situation is completely new or you know you have never been to that place before? It is often called a feeling of déjà vu. You walk into a room that you have never been in and you feel as though you have been there. You have a conversation with someone and you feel like you have had the conversation before. It is a weird feeling that you cannot explain. Your conscious mind tells you that you have never been in this situation before but it feels like a repeat of a previously viewed episode of a television show. You know you are living the present and have never encountered this situation/place before but it feels inside your mind and heart like you have been here before. Many of us have experienced such a phenomenon. Some of us have even experienced it on multiple occasions.

 

According to the Christian apologetics website, www.gotquestions.com,

 

The term déjà vu is a French term coined by a French psychic researcher named Émile Boirac. Déjà vu means “already seen,” and is also called “paramnesia.” It describes the feeling of having already experienced a situation. When experiencing déjà vu, one is struck with feelings of familiarity and strangeness, which can make one feel that the situation has truly happened before. Approximately two thirds of adults claim to have had a déjà vu experience. Déjà vu experiences have been connected with medical conditions, such as schizophrenia, epilepsy, and anxiety. No one really knows what causes these episodes, although psychologists have also come up with theories such as stress and internal hidden conflicts. Some believe déjà vu is the memory of previously forgotten dreams. Still others associate it with psychic abilities, prophecy, or past-life experiences.

 

A déjà vu experience could be the result of God revealing certain things to a person before the event occurred, but the experience could also simply be the result of something occurring that is very similar to an event in the past. The event triggers the memory, causing an “eerie” sense of familiarity. Rather than being a spiritual issue, déjà vu is likely a simple and harmless physical one.

 

However, there are many things that we cannot explain about God and how He can defy what we understand presently as being possible given our knowledge and understanding of the world at this moment. Previously, we, in our human minds and collective human development thought that the world was flat all the while it was round. But we came to learn that it was round eventually. Thus, to discount such experiences as hokum or as merely a physical reaction and not allow for God’s granting us visions that we are not wise enough to fully understand is not something I am willing to do at this point. Like I said, yesterday, God reveals the secrets of the universe to us when He thinks we are ready to handle the knowledge. In hindsight, I can see his guiding hand in my life so maybe one day, when, maybe just maybe, I am as spiritually mature as Daniel I can have a déjà vu experience and understand what God was trying to tell me and not just see it as some eery feeling of having visited a situation or place already.

 

When I read through the dream interpretation of Daniel, it gave me a feeling that I had heard this story before. Of course, yes, I have literally read this passage of Daniel before, but the historical prophecy of it was like, yep, that happened! Read about it! It happened the way Daniel said it was going to happen. Let’s read about Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel 2:24-45:

 

24 Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, “Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him.”

 

25 Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, “I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell the king what his dream means.”

 

26 The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?”

 

27 Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these:

 

29 “As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.

 

31 “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. 32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. 34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.

 

36 “This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. 37 Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; 38 in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.

 

39 “After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. 40 Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. 41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.

 

44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. 45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.

 

“The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”

 

 

The head of the gold statue represented Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of the Babylonian Empire. The silver chest and two arms represented the Persian Empire that conquered the Babylonians in 539 BC just some 40 years about Babylon had captured Judah and brought Daniel to Babylon. The belly and thighs represented the Greek Empire under Alexander the Great which conquered the region in 330 BC. The legs of iron represented the Roman Empire which conquered the Greeks in 63 BC. The feet represented the break up of the Roman empire into its eastern and western branches and much later into the much weaker individual kingdoms and nations that we know today as the European, Middle Eastern and North African nations. The type of metal represented the overall strength and power of the empires that succeeded the Babylonian empire. Note that each successive kingdom after the Babylonians was stronger. The Romans were the strongest of all and their empire lasted the longest of any of them, but it imploded from within and divided into two separate empires and then into the weak individual nations (by comparison to the vast military and political coverage of the Romans) that we know of today (the iron and clay of the feet and toes in the dream). The weak replacements for the Roman Empire all thought they were individually strong but were weak and could never sustain power over the other weaker kingdoms like Rome did and this is still true today. We believe ourselves a mighty nation but yet we are weak compared to what Rome was. We must have help from our ever-changing circle of friend-nations to accomplish our goals. And all world powers before all the way back to Rome as simply short-lived powers that can never compare to the empires previous – Roman, Greek, Persian, Babylonian. All future empires will similarly small comparisons of the previous great world empires. All will pale in comparison. They may have qualities of these great kingdoms but never the depth, width, and power of these previous major empires. The great and the weak empires have their moment in the sun but all fade and die away.

 

The rock cut out of the mountain, though, represents God’s Kingdom which would be ruled eternally by the Messiah, the King of kings. His is the one and only kingdom that endures and that will endure. The dream reveals that Daniel’s God, our God, the God, as the power behind all earthly kingdoms. All kingdoms, all empires only are allowed to have their moment in the sun as a result of God’s providence, not because of our great skill. We use our free will as nations to work out God’s plan for the ages. It is all working toward the day when God will send His Son back to us in might and power and bring an end to the world we know and establish His once and final kingdom and judge the nations.

 

When you read the Bible from Old Testament to New, you see the plan being worked out. It is deju vu-ed, repeated throughout the testimony of each book of the Bible. The Old Testament prophecies the New Testament. Daniel is predicting the same thing that John predicted in Revelation. There will come a day when every knee will bow to the one true king as He established one true kingdom that will endure forever. All of our pride and arrogance in ourselves and the kingdoms that we build will be laid low to the Enduring Kingdom of God. Let us make sure that we stay in tune with Jesus, the One True King. Let us have such a relationship with God, like Daniel, that we can see things that are to happen and make sure that we align ourselves with Jesus Christ, the one true king. Let us never be sucked in by that which is temporary and built on pride. Let us be aligned with the kingdom that we last – the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

 

Amen and Amen.

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