Middle East Dejavu
Daniel tells King Nebuchadnezzar the image of his dream represents nations. Daniel told the king the head of gold represented him and Babylon. In Daniel chapter 2 verse 36 through verse 45 Daniel explains the dream. In verse 39 Daniel tells King Nebuchadnezzar, and after thee shall arise another Kingdom inferior to the, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: for as much as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
So who was the second Kingdom? the 2nd kingdom was represented as silver in the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had seen in his dream. According to Scripture and history the 2nd kingdom was the Medes and the Persians. this was in the time frame of 539 BC through 331 BC, about 200 years. This was also the time we hear about Cyrus and Darius.
If you look at an old map of the Middle East you see the area of the Medes is today what we call North Iran. The Persians included a part of modern-day Iran part of Pakistan and part of Afghanistan. You also find Elam mentioned as part of the Persians and Medes in Isaiah chapter 21 verse 2. Elam is an area in Iran that prophecy expert Bill Salus has written a book about. There is a nuclear power plant there and Bill believes there will be an earthquake or an explosion at the power plant and you can read about Bill’s studies about Elam just Google Bill Salus and Elam or watch the videos on YouTube.
The Medes and Persian Empire ended about 331 BC which means about 330 years before Jesus Christ came. You also find Queen Esther live during this time in the book of Esther in the Old Testament. next time we will look at the belly of the image Daniel explained to King Nebuchadnezzar.