Pastor Herman Kneller Editorials
GOD'S SECRETS REVEALED
My dear reader, starting today we will focus on prophecy.
God, through His prophets has given people a foreknowledge of what is to take place in the future, especially for the end of time. Daniel said there would be a time of trouble and what is going on as I write? The economy is in crisis, the weather in Australia is the worst ever (150 plus people burned and hundreds of homes destroyed) and in another part of the country there is terrible flooding.
We want to see how accurate are the prophecies and what can we learn from them? In Daniel 2, the Babylonians, under Nebuchadnezzar, were establishing a great world Empire. In 605bc they invaded Judea and took it.
God permitted this for the Jews had turned from following God. Many were worshiping idols. The Babylonians took captive only the young boys that were still in the learning years. They wanted to take these to Babylon and teach them the religion, language and culture of Babylon then have them go back to teach the Jews.
In Babylon, the food served there did not meet the health standards of Daniel and his three friends. They then requested and received a vegetarian diet and water to drink.
The boys were to go to school for three years then take an exam. After the three years the king himself examined them and found the four boys far superior to any others. He said that they were 10 times better than all the rest. The king gave each of them positions as wise men in his kingdom.
Shortly after, the king had a dream which startled him. When he awoke the dream was gone. He tried but he could not remember the dream. The king sent for his wise men. These consisted of astrologers, sooth sayers, magicians and Chaldean.
These bearded, important looking men came and stood before the king in the night. The king told them of his impressive dream that he had forgotten. They insisted that for them to tell him the meaning they would have to know the dream. The king said, “If you can know the meaning then why cant you know the dream?” The wise men told the king that he was asking too much and admitted that the demands of the king belonged to the gods who don't dwell with men.
The king was furious and told Arioch, the head guard, to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. Daniel and his three friends were on the list but they had not been included in the visit to the king. Arioch went to get the boys and Daniel asked what the problem was. Arioch told Daniel what had taken place.
Daniel went to see the king and asked for a little time and he would show him the dream and it's meaning. The king had no other hope to find out what the dream was so he gave Daniel time for he had scored so high in his exam.
Daniel went back home, told his friends what had happened so they had a prayer meeting and asked God for the answer. That night Daniel had the same dream as the king but his came with the meaning.
Daniel went back to see the king and all the top men of Babylon were there to hear what Daniel had come up with. The king asked Daniel, “can you tell the dream?“ Daniel answered, “The wise men cannot tell the dream...” but Daniel, young and clean shaven, points upwards and says, “...but there is a God in Heaven who will tell the king what the dream is. I will outline the future for the king.” Then Daniel said, “thou o king sawest a great image the brightness was excellent but the form terrible.”
People at that time put a lot of meaning into images. The image head was of gold, his breast and arms of silver, his belly and thighs of brass, his legs of iron his feet part of iron and part of clay.
“You saw till a stone was cut out without hands and smote the image on his feet of iron and clay and broke them to pieces and reduced them to powder. The stone became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.” Then Daniel said, “You, o king, art a king of kings for the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power and glory. You are the head of gold, but after you shall arise another kingdom, inferior to you another of brass shall bear rule over all the earth. The fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron and as iron breaks in pieces all things so shall it break in pieces and bruise. Then you saw the feet and toes of clay and iron. The kingdom will be divided, some parts strong and some not. These shall mingle themselves with the seed of men but they will not cleave one to another as iron and clay don't mix.
Next week: The Rest of the Prophecy. Its meaning and fulfillment to our day.