Daniel 2:31 Index
"'Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.'"
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"...behold a great image..."

  • In one night God revealed the history of over twenty-five hundred years, and what the human historian requires volumes to explain is given in fifteen verses. The Scriptures explains themselves, and in divine records every word is well chosen and put in the proper setting. (SNH 37)
  • Medo-Persia took the place of Babylon; Greece followed the Medo-Persian kingdom, while Rome, the fourth kingdom, was to be broken into ten parts, which were to remain until the end of time. In the days of these kings the God of Heaven would set up a kingdom which would never be destroyed nor conquered by any other people; it would break in pieces and consume all former kingdoms, and stand forever. (SHN 38-39)
  • Nebuchadnezzar, a worshiper of the gods of the Chaldean religion, was an idolater. An image was an object which would at once command his attention and respect. Moreover, earthly kingdoms, which, as we shall hereafter see, were represented by this image, were objects of esteem and value in his eyes. (US 38)
  • But how admirably adapted was this representation to convey a great and needful truth to the mind of Nebuchadnezzar. Besides delineating the progress of events through the whole course of time for the benefit of His people, God would show Nebuchadnezzar the utter emptiness and worthlessness of earthly pomp and glory. How could this be more impressively done than by an image whose head was of gold? Below this head was a body composed of inferior metals descending in value until they reached their basest form in the feet and toes of iron mingled with miry clay. The whole was then dashed to pieces, and made like the empty chaff. It was finally blown away where no place could be found for it, after which something durable and of heavenly worth occupied its place. So would God show to the children of men that earthly kingdoms are to pass away, and earthly greatness and glory, like a gaudy bubble, will break and vanish. In the place so long usurped by these, the kingdom of God shall be set up and have no end, while all who have an interest in that kingdom shall rest under the shadow of its peaceful wings forever and ever. (US 38-39)
  • OUTLINE PROPHECY: ...What maybe called (an) outline prophecy, by which is meant a long sequence of epochs and events spanning the centuries, such as the four commonly recognized successive world powers of prophecy -- Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome -- as found in the great metallic image of the kingdom of man outlined in Daniel 2; or in the same world empires portrayed by the four beasts in Daniel 7. These are commonly recognized as covering the centuries, and reaching to the same great climax of the ages. A similar outline of epochs and events is several times repeated in the Revelation. Here the seven churches (Revelation 1:20), the seven seals (Revelation 5:1), and the seven trumpets (Revelation 8:2) cover long stretches of time in chronological sequence, and each leads to the same final climax. (Froom 32)
  • While representing the kingdoms of this earth, the image that was revealed to Nebuchadnezzar also fitly represented deterioration of religion. We grow weak morally and spiritually, just in proportion as we forget God. Those who claim to be Protestants are not today what Luther was. They have left the old landmarks, and have depended on forms, ceremonies, and outward display to make up for the lack of purity and piety, meekness and lowliness, found in obedience to God. Sin is ruining nations today just as it has done in time past. Even leaders in the religious world have not a good conscience toward God. (The Review and Herald article "Loyalty or Disloyalty" February 6, 1900)
  • The choice and sequence of these four particular metals was not without definite significance in Nebuchadnezzar's day. The same series of gold, silver, bronze, and iron had long before been enumerated on the great triumphal inscription of Sargon II, and it was employed about the same time in Greece by Hesiod in designating (with the addition of demigods" or heroes after bronze) the consecutive ages of man. Also a Babylonian tablet names Enlil -- a prototype, it will be remembered, of Marduk -- as the god of gold, and Anu and Ea the gods of silver and brass respectively; and in Ninib, god of strength.... (Froom 43-44)