2007-07-01 - Daniel
Installment 57 ~ Chapter 7
Our approach to this passage will be to identify the symbols in the dream and seek their interpretation simultaneously. By the way, it is worth repeating that as we deal with Scripture, we are generally to take it literally. When something is symbolic, the symbol is interpreted elsewhere in the Bible. And this first vision founded on the dream of Nebuchadnezzar becomes the base for the visions that follow. So ...
Verses 1-8, 15-18: Out of the seas, the nations, come four kingdoms. Scripture equates the sea with the peoples of the world's kingdoms.
"Oh, the raging of many nations-they rage like the raging sea! Oh, the uproar of the peoples-they roar like the roaring of great waters! Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters, when he rebukes them they flee far away, driven before the wind like chaff on the hills, like tumbleweed before a gale" (Isaiah 17:12-13).
These are the kingdoms we have already identified with the statue of Nebuchadnezzar's dream. As we noted then, the first kingdom, the golden head, is identified here by the lion. The winged lion was a symbol of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar is identified in Scripture with both the lion and the eagle. The picture of the wings being torn off, and then the Lion rising up like a man, may refer to the fall and restoration of Nebuchadnezzar. 2
"Israel is a scattered flock that lions have chased away. The first to devour him was the king of Assyria; the last to crush his bones was Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon."; "Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: A great eagle with powerful wings, long feathers and full plumage of varied colors came to Lebanon. Taking hold of the top of a cedar," ... "Say to this rebellious house, 'Do you not know what these things mean?' Say to them: 'The king of Babylon went to Jerusalem and carried off her king and her nobles, bringing them back with him to Babylon'" (Jeremiah 50:17; Ezekiel 17:3,12).
2 Showers, Dr. Renald E., The Most High God, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc., 1982, pg. 75.
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