Daniel 2:29 Index
"'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 maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.'"
Research Material

" . . . hereafter . . . "

  • In this dream are depicted future developments beginning with the time of Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar and extending to the end of the world. (4BC 770)
  • The Scriptures give the story in language that can be readily understood. But why did God give Nebuchadnezzar a dream? How cold the God of heaven reveal truth to this heathen king? Doubtless He could not during his waking moments; but Nebuchadnezzar had contemplated the glory of his kingdom, and fell asleep with a longing desire to know its future. He knew that life was short. Soon he must die; what wold the future be? It was God's opportunity, and while those eyes were closed to earthly things; while self was lost -- dead, as it were -- the future history of the world was spread before Nebuchadnezzar. On awaking, he found no language to express his thoughts. He who was acquainted with the world's wisdom knew not the language of heaven. This he had never been taught. He tried to think what he had seen, but as his eyes again rested on the glory about him, the vision faded away. Earthly things drew a veil over the things of God, and while he knew he had seen something, he knew not what it was. (SNH 33-34)
  • Here is brought out another of the commendable traits of Nebuchadnezzar's character. Unlike some rulers, who fill up the present with folly and debauchery without regard to the future, the king thought forward upon the days to come, with an anxious desire to know with what events they should be filled. It was partly for this reason that God gave him this dream, which we must regard as a token of divine favor to the king. Yet God would not work for the king independently of His own people. Though He gave the dream to the king, He sent the interpretation through one of His acknowledged servants. (US 37)
  • A study of the Babylonian religious beliefs current in Nebuchadnezzar's day shows that the symbolism of the great image of Daniel 2 was peculiarly appropriate for conveying the message of God to the royal auditor in understandable terms of the time The youthful Daniel explained to the king that God had honored him with a far-reaching vista of the future destiny of nations; that the veil hiding the unknown was lifted to show "what should come to pass hereafter." (Froom 39)