Daniel 2:1 Index
And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.

"in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar"

  • Note from me: Daniels first year of training took place in Nebuchadnezzar's year of ascension or "zero" year. Thus Daniel's 2nd year of training took place during Nebuchadnezzar's 1st year of reign and Daniel's 3rd year of training happened during Nebuchadnezzar's 2nd year.
  • In the very year that Daniel and his companions entered the service of the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a great metallic image -- a dream which he himself could not remember, and the Chaldean wise men could not explain, but which the Hebrew youth interpreted for him. As a result, he made Daniel "ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wide men of Babylon." (Daniel 2:48). Daniel also sat "in the gate of the king." (Daniel 2:49). This would indicate, in Old Testament usage, that he held the position of judge, since the "gate" commonly refers to the place whence judgment was dispensed. Thus Daniel rose speedily to a high position in the government, and later under Belshazzar, on the eve of the fall of Babylon, was proclaimed third ruler in the kingdom. And throughout the reign of successive monarchs, the downfall of Babylon, and the establishment of the Persian Empire, his statesmanship, wisdom, integrity, and fidelity to principle were such that he became prime minister under the new ruler who took over Belshazzar's kingdom. (Froom 37)

"Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams"

  • The ancients regarded dreams with awe, treated them as revelations from their deities, and sought to discover their true interpretations. (4BC 766)
  • The Lord in His providence gave Nebuchadnezzar this dream. God had a message for the king of Babylonian realm. There were representatives in the palaces of Nebuchadnezzar through whom God could communicate a knowledge of Himself. God is no respecter of men or of nations. His object is to save as many as are willing, of whatever tribe or nation. He was as anxious to save the ancient Babylonians as He was to save Israel. (4BC 766-767)
  • The dream was intended to reveal to Nebuchadnezzar that the course of history was ordained by the Most High and subject to His will. Nebuchadnezzar was shown his place of responsibility in the great plan of Heaven, in order that he might have the opportunity of cooperating effectively with the divine program. (4BC 767)
  • The lessons of history given to Nebuchadnezzar were designed for the instruction of nations and men till the close of time. Other scepters than those of Babylon have held say over the nations of men. To every ancient nation God assigned a special place in His great plan. When rulers and people failed in their opportunity, their glory was laid in the dust. Nations today should heed the lessons of past history. Above the fluctuating scene of international diplomacy the great God of heaven sits enthroned "silently, patiently working out the counsels of His own will" (PK 500). Eventually stability and permanence will come when god Himself, at the end of time, sets up His kingdom, which shall never be destroyed (Daniel 2:44). (4BC 767)
  • God appointed King Nebuchadnezzar through a dream because... that was the most effective means by which to impress his mind with the importance of the message thus imparted, win his confidence, and secure his cooperation. Like all ancient peoples, Nebuchadnezzar believed in dreams as one of the means by which the gods revealed their will to men. divine wisdom always meets men where they are. In communicating a knowledge of His will to men today God may use means that are less spectacular, yet as certainly ordained for the accomplishment of His beneficent purposes. He ever adapts His models of working with men to the capacity of each individual and to the environment of the age in which each lives. (4BC 767)
  • Soon after Daniel and his companions entered the service of the king of Babylon, events occurred that revealed to an idolatrous nation the power and faithfulness of the God of Israel. Nebuchadnezzar had a remarkable dream, by which “his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.” But although the king's mind was deeply impressed, he found it impossible, when he awoke, to recall the particulars. (PK 491)
  • It is thus that we are introduced to the monarch of the greatest earthly kingdoms in his own home. In chapter one, Nebuchadnezzar is referred to as the one who besieged Jerusalem; in chapter two he is spoken of as the ruler of every nation on earth. The kingdom which Nebuchadnezzar brought to the height of its glory can be traced in Bible history to its foundation. The history of Babylon is the story of the great controversy between Christ and Satan, begun in heaven, continued on earth, and which will end only when the stone cut out from the mountain without hands shall fill the whole earth.... Satan's accusation against God is that the Father is unjust. "But give me a fair chance," argued Lucifer, "and I can establish a kingdom on earth which will excel in glory the kingdom of God in heaven." He was granted the privilege of making a trial. The plains of Shinar were chosen; the people whom God told to fill the whole earth were gathered into a city. Babylon grew, and its mighty walls, three hundred and fifty feet in height and eighty-seven feet thick, with the massive gates of brass, were designed to imitate the strength of the city of God. At the time of the founding of Babylon, Satan was still meeting with the council of the representatives of worlds, which was held at the gates of heaven. It was his design to counterfeit the plans of God. The earthly city was patterned after the heavenly. The Euphrates flowed through it as did the river of God through Paradise. The government was an absolute monarchy; a man occupied the throne, and as it grew, every knee of earth was caused to bow to its king. No power was tolerated above that of the monarch. Tyranny took the place of love. This is always true when man is exalted above God. It was to such a kingdom that Nebuchadnezzar fell heir, and the beauty and power of the kingdom were increased by him in every possible way, until it was spoken of by the Lord as "Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency." (SNH 31-32)

"his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him."

  • The dream experience had greatly impressed King Nebuchadnezzar. (4BC 767)
  • Nebuchadnezzar finds himself gripped by a vision that plunges him, and the whole kingdom with him, into turmoil. (JBD 24)
  • The Babylonians attached great importance to dreams especially when given to a king. The king was the Pontifex Maximus, or chief priest of the gods of Babylon to whom he owed his position and success. A dream was considered a message of instruction or warning of the gods. It was for this reason that the dream made such a profound impression on King Nebuchadnezzar. His sleep was broken and his spirit was troubled. (TGB 15)