Daniel 2:28 Index
"'but there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;'"
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"...there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets..."

  • In a time of frustration, fear, and uncertainty, it is good to know that there are some things that are sure and steadfast. The inspired apostle Paul assures us, "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure." (2 Timothy 2:19) These certainties of God are disclosed in Holy writ, particularly in its inspired prophecies. And they stand fast, unmoved and immovable, in a world that is crumbling, because they are rooted in the mind and purpose of God. They are therefore foundational in God's scheme of things. (LEF 18)
  • (Daniel) proceeded to make known the true God, who rules in heaven, and is the only revealer of secrets... How comprehensive was the work of God in this instance! By this one act of revealing the king's dream to Daniel, He made known to the king the things he desired, He saved His servants who trusted in Him, He brought conspicuously before the Chaldean nation the knowledge of Him who knows the end from the beginning. He poured contempt on the false systems of the soothsayers and magicians, and He honored His own name and exalted His servants in their eyes. (US 37-38)
  • Nebuchadnezzar was careworn from loss of sleep, and in great anxiety because the dream troubled him; but Daniel was calm, conscious of his connection with God, the King of kings. Daniel now had opportunity to exalt his own wisdom, but he chose rather to give all the glory to God. He plainly told the king that it was beyond the power of man to reveal the dream or give the interpretation; "but there is a God in have that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days." The kings mind was directed to God alone. (SNH 36-37)
  • The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever.” Men professing to be ministers of God, raise their voices against the investigation of prophecy, and tell the people that the prophecies, especially of Daniel and John, are obscure, and that we cannot understand them. Yet some of these very men eagerly receive the suppositions of geologists, which dispute the Mosaic record. But if God's revealed will is so difficult to be understood, certainly men should not rest their faith upon mere suppositions in regard to that which he has not revealed. God's ways are not as our ways, neither are his thoughts as our thoughts. In his providence men, beasts, and trees, many times larger than those now upon the earth, were buried at the time of the flood, and thus preserved to prove to man that the inhabitants of the old world perished by a flood. God designed that the discovery of these things in the earth should establish faith in inspired history. But men, with their vain reasoning, make a wrong use of these things which God designed should lead them to exalt him. They fall into the same error as did the people before the flood—those things which God gave them as a benefit, they turned into a curse, by making a wrong use of them. (The Signs of the Times article "The Great Controversy Between Christ and His Angels and Satan and His Angels" March 20, 1879)
  • In the past the Lord God of ages revealed his secrets to his prophets. The Omniscient looked down the centuries, and predicted through his prophets the rise and fall of kingdoms, hundreds of years before the events foretold took place. The present and the future are equally clear to God, and he shows his servants what shall be. His voice echoes down the ages, telling man what is to take place. Kings and princes take their position at the appointed time. They think they are carrying out their own purposes, but in reality they are fulfilling the word God has given through his prophets. They act their part in carrying out God's great plan. Events fall into line, fulfilling the word the Almighty has spoken. (The Review and Herald article "Loyalty or Disloyalty?" February 6, 1900)
  • The Jewish captive stands before the monarch of the most powerful empire the sun has ever shone upon. The king is in great distress amid all his riches and glory, but the youthful exile is peaceful and happy in his God. Now, if ever, is the time for Daniel to exalt himself, to make prominent his own goodness and superior wisdom. But his first effort is to disclaim all honor for himself and to exalt God as the source of wisdom. (SL 35-36)
  • Consider the experience of Daniel. When called to stand before King Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel did not hesitate to acknowledge the source of his wisdom. Did that faithful recognition of God detract from Daniel's influence in the king's court? By no means; it was the secret of his power; it secured for him favor in the eyes of the ruler of Babylon. In God's name Daniel made known to the king the heaven-sent messages of instruction, warning, and rebuke, and he was not repulsed. Let God's workers of today read the firm, bold testimony of Daniel and follow his example. (7T 151)
  • Nebuchadnezzar knew the god Nabu as the patron of wisdom, the revealer of secrets, and the messenger of the gods, recorder of the destinies of mankind on the Tables of Fate; yet Marduk himself, the keeper of the Tablets , presided over the council of the gods every New Year, when the fates were determined. Why, then, could not the wise men of Babylon, the servants of Marduk, or of his son Nabu, tell the king what this captive Hebrew youth could reveal? Was Marduk not as powerful as Daniel's God? (Froom 40)

"...what shall be in the latter days." (Daniel 12:4; Daniel 12:9; Daniel 8:17; Daniel 8:19; Daniel 10:14; Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:15)

  • The message of the dream was for the instruction of Nebuchadnezzar as well as of rulers and people to the end of time. The outline of prophecy carries us from Nebuchadnezzar's day (Daniel 2:29) down to the end of the world and the second coming of Christ (Daniel 2:44, 45). Nebuchadnezzar had been looking forward with anxious forebodings to the future (SL 34). God revealed to him the future, not to satisfy his curiosity, but to awaken in his mind a sense of personal responsibility toward the program of heaven. (4BC 770)
  • Special attention should be given to the fact that this vision Nebuchadnezzar received was concerning the latter days or "Time of the End." (KC 35)
  • Mankind greatly needs the beacon light of prophecy, for there is a divine purpose and blessing in prophecy. Mankind needs its guiding rays, and its inspiring hope and steadying assurance, in order to find the harbor of eternity in safety. Without the light of prophecy the future is a vast and impenetrable unknown, a trackless desert, an uncharted sea. But prophecy is God's index finger pointing the way out for a world engulfed in growing confusion, disillusionment, and despair. The general quest for knowledge and certainty concerning the future of the world, the church, and the individual is pathetic. Prophecy is God's answer to man's anxious interpretation of the centuries. Only thus does the darksome journey across the years become the lighted way. (LEF 15-16)
  • The influence of the prophetic note on the Reformation is well-nigh incalculable, though largely unrecognized and unheralded by historians and biographers. When Luther saw the hopelessness of reforming the church from within, he began to think of her as apostate from God -- a body from which he must separate. When he burned the pope's bull as the bull of the prophesied Antichrist, he sounded the battle cry to withdraw from her communion and to fight against the anti-Christian system. This clarion call soon echoed throughout all Europe with tremendous effect. Its repercussions were felt everywhere. So it was not merely the medieval mind which stressed prophecy. The highly educated Reformation leaders used prophecy as one of their mightiest weapons in calling upon the faithful to separate from Babylon, the fallen church, and to break with the Antichrist who had usurped the place of God, and who sat enthroned in the temple of God. (LEF 21)
  • But they (the Reformers) did not stop there. They wrote a veritable stream of tractetes and commentaries, and made the common people familiar with the interpretations of the four world powers of Daniel and the phrasings of the other prophetic symbols of the book. From the Reformation stems a long line of prophetic expositions which molded Protestant thinking for centuries after their day. These were based on what came to be known as the Historical School of prophetic interpretation -- the progressive and continuous fulfillment of prophecy, in unbroken sequence, from Daniel's day and the time of John, on down to the second advent and the end of the age. (LEF 21-23)
  • After making it clear to the king that the purpose of the "God in heaven" in giving him the dream, was to reveal "what shall be in the latter days," Daniel related the dream itself. (US 38)
  • From the rise and fall of nations as made plain in the books of Daniel and the Revelation, we need to learn how worthless is mere outward and worldly glory. Babylon, with all its power and magnificence, the like of which our world has never since beheld—power and magnificence which to the people of that day seemed so stable and enduring—how completely has it passed away! As “the flower of the grass,” it has perished. So perished the Medo-Persian kingdom, and the kingdoms of Grecia and Rome. And so perishes all that has not God for its foundation. Only that which is bound up with His purpose, and expresses His character, can endure. His principles are the only steadfast things our world knows. (FLB 345)

"...the visions of thy head upon they bed, are these;"

  • In the dream a huge colossus of a man seemed to stand before the king, scintillating in the sunlight. The head was of glittering gold, the breast and arms were of shining silver, the waist and thighs of glowing brass, the legs pillars of dull iron, with the feet of mingled iron and clay. Then a mystic stone, cut out of a mountain without human agency, and self-propelled, struck the image upon the feet, grinding the colossus to powder, which the great wind carried away like chaff. But the stone itself "became a great mountain and filled the earth." (Froom 39)
  • The symbolism explained by Daniel -- metals, the stone, the mountain, and the wind which blows away the fragments -- was highly significant to Nebuchadnezzar and his court in the light of certain aspects of Babylonian religion. It is impossible to say that Daniel's various symbols meant exactly this or that to his hearers, for the later Babylonian mythology (or theology, from their point of view), modified from that of the early non-Semitic Sumerians, was extremely complex, and differing at various places. But when we consider Nebuchadnezzar's worship of the Babylonian god Bel-Marduk (the Biblical Merodach) as the supreme deity and the source of his kingly authority, we see that the symbolism of the dream must have been exceedingly significant, as he listened to Daniel's explanation of the awesome metal image -- which probably seemed to be the pious king to represent a god -- shattered to bits by a mystic stone and blown away by the wind. Obviously God seized upon the well-known symbolism of the day to convey to a pagan king the tremendous truths of the coming kingdom of heaven, revealed through the prophet Daniel. (Froom 39-40)