God’s Message to Man through the Prophets - Part 3 -- By: Charles L. Feinberg

Journal: Grace Journal
Volume: GJ 05:2 (Spring 1964)
Article: God’s Message to Man through the Prophets - Part 3
Author: Charles L. Feinberg

God’s Message to Man through the Prophets - Part 3

Charles L. Feinberg

III. The Prophetic Word and the Nations
Charles L. Feinberg

The second chapter in Daniel has well been called the alphabet of prophecy. He who would have any understanding of the prophetic Scriptures, must come to this portion for the broad outlines of God’s future program for the nations, for Israel, and for the glorious kingdom of Messiah. The sketch presented in this chapter is simple but most comprehensive. It is the framework for a multitude of future events. Its importance cannot be over-estimated. Strangely enough, the picture of events is given in the form of a dream, and that to a pagan king. Nebuchadnezzar was in this hour the ruler of most of the civilized world and much of the barbarian world as well. Though he may not have exercised actual sway over all this area, yet God had given him right and title over all the nations. This sovereignty had been granted Nebuchadnezzar because God had displaced the rule of His people Israel in the earth. Such was the consequence of their many years of backsliding and departure from the revealed will of God. As we have seen, this was the beginning of the times of the Gentiles, spoken of by the Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 21:24.

At the time of the first invasion of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar he was not the emperor, but ruled as a subordinate with his father, Nabopolassar. When this chapter commences, he had been sole ruler for two years. The dream consisted of several parts, so it is referred to in the plural. The king, the most powerful ruler of the day, had doubtless given much thought to the course of his rule, and had probably wondered often what the outcome of his reign would be. Thoughtful men and women know they cannot remain on earth forever, so they are concerned about what the future holds. God’s Word alone holds the key to the events of time and eternity. It is important to remark here that it was not to Daniel but to Nebuchadnezzar, the first representative of world power and rule outside of Israel, that God disclosed at the start of the times of the Gentiles, the final doom of the first kingdom and those which were to follow until the kingdom of the Lord was realized on earth. Because Nebuchadnezzar was a heathen, and did not have the Scriptures of the Jews, he was communicated with by God in dreams, as God had done with Abimelech (Genesis 20) and Pharaoh (Genesis 41). Unlike Pharaoh who remembered his dream, Nebuchadnezzar had forgotten his, probably from fright. The heathen attached much importance to dreams, but it was to be an Israelite who would ultimately give its interpretation.

Having forgotten the dream and concerned over its meaning, the king turned naturally to his learn...

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