The Dream is Mankind’s History
We see in Daniel chapter 2 verse 28 Daniel tells the king Nebuchadnezzar, the dream and the visions of thy head upon thy bed are these:
As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter; and he that revealeth secrets make it known to thee what shall come to pass.
Daniel explains that the secret is not revealed to him for any great wisdom he has more than any other living man, but for those that know the interpretation.
Thou, O king sawest, and behold a great image. This great image whose brightness was excellent stood before thee: and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till a stone was cut without hands which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them in pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors and the wind carried them away that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
This is the dream and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
Thou, O king art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory, and wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
Chapter 2 gives the dream and the interpretation of the dream. we have to look at Babylon where King Nebuchadnezzar was ruling. Nebuchadnezzar rules Babylon from 605 BC to 539 BC. Remember, the Gentile calendar pivots at the birth of Christ. So all the years before Jesus Christ was born is BC and the years countdown from high numbers to zero, which is when Christ was born. BC is before the Common Era. After Christ was born, was crucified, and rose from the dead is AD, after the death of Christ. So we know King Nebuchadnezzar lived about 600 years before Jesus Christ was born. Isaiah the prophet mentions Babylon in Isaiah 14:4.
So King Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon represent the head of gold in the image that Daniel saw. We also know the time frame God has given, which is 605 to 539 BC. We will pick up the silver from the image in our next post.