Where is the United States mentioned in Bible prophecy? Should we be the "world's policeman"? Should this country be fighting a war against radical Islam? (Illustrated with drawings of Daniel's visions.)
Turn with me to Daniel 2:31-44, written in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar which is dated at 602 B.C.: "In your vision, O King, you saw a statue, very large. This image, huge and dazzling, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. The head of this image was of fine gold, its breast and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of brass, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it smote the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces; then the whole statue collapsed into a heap of iron, clay, brass, silver and gold and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, til they could not be found. And the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. This is the dream; Now we will tell the king what it means. You, O king ... are the head of gold. After you another kingdom will rise that is inferior to you, and another third kingdom of brass, which will rule the whole world. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron; it shall break in pieces and subdue all these others, just as iron breaks in pieces and crushes everything else. As the feet and toes were part of potter's clay and part iron, it shall be a divided kingdom. But the firmness of iron shall be in it ... so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle ... so they shall mix with eachother by intermarriage, but shall not adhere one to another. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed: no one will ever conquer it. But it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever."
Babylon (747-539 B.C.) is described as a "golden city" (Isa. 14:4), a "golden cup" (Jeremiah 51:7) and "head of gold" (Dan. 2:38) because the ruling trinity of Babylon -- Bel, Beltis and Ishtar -- each originally had a golden statue at the summit of the temple. A century after Nebuchadnezzar's day, Herodotus still found, in Babylon, temples, altars and shrines of gold (Her. 1:183). Herodotus describes the 40-foot golden image of Marduk seated upon a golden throne before a golden table and a golden altar in Babylon. Pliny describes robes of the Babylonian priests interlaced with gold. The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar actually set up a golden statue of himself that was 60 cubits high and six cubits wide and demanded that his subjects worship it (Dan.3) when they heard six instruments playing. Therefore, the number 666 is here associated with the worship of man. Cyrus conquered Babylon October 29, 539 B.C. by diverting the Euphrates River from its course "by a canal into the basin ... (that was) a marsh" (Her. 1:191). Medo-Persia (539-331 B.C.) is described as silver because Persian warriors adorned themselves with silver and Persian "taxes were paid in silver" (Her. 3:90-97). The two arms of the image were the Medes and Persians. The Persian king was regarded as the incarnation of the sun or moon god, so again we have the worship of a man. At the Battle of Arbela in 331 B.C., Alexander the Great conquered Medo-Persia. He considered himself the divine son of Zeus Amen. Greece (331-63 B.C.) was a brass kingdom because Greek soldiers wore brass helmets and breastplates and carried brass shields and swords, brass battleaxes and spear tips. In fact, a well-known title of the Greeks was "Chalcocitones" (copper people). Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. A city in SE Greece was called "Chalcis" (meaning copper) and a peninsula in N. Greece was called "Chalcidice" from the same root since "Chalcocite" was an important copper ore (CuFeS) (Copper Pyrite). This is amazing! Daniel predicted that a brass empire would conquer a silver empire almost 300 years before it happened. Then Rome conquered Ptolemaic Egypt at the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C. Rome (63 B.C.-476 A.D.) is described as iron since the soldiers used "iron ... weapons" (Gibbon's Decline and Fall chapter 38:3) and wore iron helmets and carried iron shields. The two legs illustrate the division of the empire by Diocletian in 292 A.D. with capitals at Rome and Constantinople (Byzantium). Constantinople fell to the Turks in 1453 A.D.
Islam has TEN rulers (toes or horns) (Dan. 2; Dan. 7; Rev. 13). Mohammed had TEN disciples -- his Council of TEN: Abu Bakr Sadiq, U'mar ibn al-Khattab, Uthan bin Affaan, Ali Ibn abi Talib, Abdur-Rahman bin Aawf, Sad ibn Abi Aaqqas, Said ibn Zayd, Abu Ubaydah bin Jirrah, Talhah ibn Abdur Ubaydullah, and Zubayr bin Al-Awam. The first THREE Caliphs (successors of Mohammed), which were THREE of Mohammed's Council, are not recognized by the Shia sect of Islam, because they were not related to Mohammed. They are: 1. Abu Bakr Saddiq, 2.U'mar ibn al-Khattab and 3.Uthan bin Affaan. They were chosen by the strong majority sect of Islam -- the Sunnis (strong iron 90%). But "there came up among them another little horn before which there were THREE of the first horns plucked up by the roots" (Dan. 8:7). This was Ali and his Shia branch (weak clay 10%) which nullified the legitimacy of the previous THREE Caliphs who were not related to Mohammed by blood (see also Dan. 7:7-8, 21-26). "A divided kingdom" (Dan. 2:41). "They mingle ("arab") but do not adhere to one another" (Dan. 2:43). Another fulfillment of the ten contemporaneous horns will come: Psalm 83:6-9 actually names them: Edom, Ishmaelites; Moab; Hagarenes; Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistines, Tyre, Assyria and Lot.
The ten contemporaneous horns may be the ten nations drawn up following the defeat ("deadly wound") of the Ottoman Empire by the British after World War One in 1920-22. They were Basrah, Baghdad, Mosul, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey Persia (Iran) and Egypt. Under British mandate Basrah, Baghdad and Mosul were later consolidated ("three horns uprooted") into provinces of Iraq. This agrees with Daniel in that one "little horn" (British) subdues three. Babylonian and Medo-Persian and Greek Empires became Iraq, Iran, Turkey,Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, etcetera. Shiahs consider their Imams to be infallible, sinless spiritual guides. Further, the "twelvers" of the Shia branch believe this divine-like nature to be continued to the present day through their 12th Imam -- the Hidden Imam -- the Mahdi -- "like a man" but not human -- divine. How else could he be alive after 1200 years? Mahdi is the Antichrist. Thus he can sit in the "Temple of God" (2 Th. 2) which is where the Dome of the Rock is located.
In 476 A.D., pagan Rome fell when Odoacer's Heruli banished the last Roman Emperor, Romulus Augustulus. The Roman Caesars also demanded worship and claimed divinity. After the collapse of Rome in 476 A.D., the empire was divided into ten divisions. These were the kingdoms of the Ostrogoths (Hungary & Yugoslavia) , Visigoths (Spain), Vandals (N. Africa), Suevi (Portugal) , Franks (France), Alemani (Huns), Anglo-Saxons (England) , Heruli (Italy), Lombardi (Austria & Czechoslovakia), and Burgundians (Switzerland & S. Gaul). From 554 A.D. until 1814 A.D., Papal Rome ruled as the feet and toes. Our modern states of France, England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands have, through the centuries, shifted their boundaries and organized themselves along different lines but the number TEN has remained relatively constant for ten toes. After the Roman Caesars were taken out of the way, the Roman Pontiffs were revealed. From Pagan Rome to Papal Rome the idolatrous human statue continued. Popes have claimed the tradition of being "God on earth." Remember that this image represents the worship of a man as punishment for failure to worship God properly. Notice how the historical fulfillment of this vision progressively moves NW on a map of Europe.
this statue of Daniel 2 is placed flat across Europe with each
part of the human anatomy placed over its corresponding GEOGRAPHICAL
area, the FIFTH stone kingdom's identity becomes obvious. It is
"cut out without hands" (Daniel 2:34) from the continent
by means of Noah's Flood creating the English Channel. Notice the comparatively shallow depth of the English Channel. It is 20 fathoms or 120 feet deep -- a fathom being six feet. God created a defensive moat around the British Isles to protect them from the idolatry of Roman Catholic Europe. Britain was cut out of Europe politically and religiously at about the time of the Protestant Reformation. Notice that the STONE has
to be ABOVE the feet in order to FALL on them. As Jesus said,
"the kingdom of God shall be taken from you (Jews of Palestine who reject me as Messiah), and given to a nation (the "Lost Ten Tribes of Israel" in Britain) bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall
fall upon this STONE shall be broken, but on whomsoever it shall
FALL, it will grind him to powder" (Matt. 21:43-44). Daniel 2:44 says, "And in the days of these
kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never
be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people
(or be conquered by another nation), but it shall BREAK in PIECES, and CONSUME all
these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever." ABRAHAM is the
heir of the WORLD (Rom. 4:13). "And the STONE that smote
the image became a great mountain (Great Britain) and filled the EARTH" (Dan.
2:35). Therefore, the world-ruling STONE empire has to be ABRAHAM'S
descendants. "Thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles" (Isa.
54:3). The British Empire with its Coronation STONE (as well as
the United States) became that STONE Kingdom, the FIFTH world
empire after Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Pagan Rome, and Papal Rome. After the "seven times of the Gentiles." In 1936 the
British Empire was eight times the area of the previous Roman
Empire which had been the largest of the four Gentile empires.
The Union Jack flew over one quarter of the land surface of the
earth and governed one quarter of the world's population -- it filled the whole earth -- the sun never set on the British Empire. The
Roman Empire could have been put comfortably inside Australia.
Babylon was 605,000 square miles. Medo-Persia was 1,360,000 square
miles. Greece was 1,757,000 square miles. Rome was 2,375,000 square
miles and the British Empire was 16,769,000 square miles. If the
British Empire is not the STONE Kingdom, then why didn't Daniel
see this largest-of-all empires as part of the statue? Does it
make sense that the British Empire would not be mentioned in the
Bible when all the other lesser empires of the world have been
Speaking of Israel, God says, "Thou art my battle-axe and weapons of war; for with thee will I BREAK in PIECES the nations, and with thee will I DESTROY kingdoms" (Jer. 51:20). Since both the STONE kingdom and ISRAEL DESTROY the evil kingdoms of the world, ISRAEL must be the FIFTH kingdom of STONE. Which nation HISTORICALLY smote Philip's Spanish Armada in 1588? The British. Which nation smote Napoleon Bonaparte's army and navy from 1793-1815? The British. Which nation smote Kaisar Wilhelm's German army and navy as well as Austria-Hungary in World War One (1914-1918)? The British and Americans. Who smote Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany in World War Two (1939-1945)? The British and Americans. The stone that smote the image on its feet and then became a great mountain and filled the whole earth is the British Empire and United States of America. This fulfilled the scripture in Revelation 11:15 that says, "The kingdoms of this world are becoming the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ."HISTORICALLY the British Isles fulfill the prophecies of the STONE cut out of Europe that smote the image and became a great empire.
Also ETHNICALLY the British people descended from the Israelite captives who lived around the Caucasus Mountains -- hence the name Caucasians. Pliny even mentions the "Sacasani" of Armenia (Nat. Hist. 6:10) who became the Saxons of Britain. Who are the Saxons? They are Isaac's sons since Genesis 21:12 says, "through Isaac shall your descendants be named." Who are the Danes? They are Danites who were taken captive to "the cities of the Medes" (2 Ki. 17:6), just south of the Caucasus Mountains, and then sailed up the Danube, Daneister, Dnieper, Don and Rhodan (called Rhone) Rivers NW to Britain showing us their maritime routes of this seafaring Danite tribe (Judges 5:17). Who are the Hibernians? They are the Hebrews who gave their name to Ireland. The land between the Black and Caspian Seas was anciently called Iberia, where Israel was taken captive. Who are the Jutes? They are the Jews. Who are the Cymry of Wales? They came from the CRIMEA where ISRAELITE gravestones have been found (Her. 4:11; 2 Esdras 13:40-46). The Welsh Cymry derive their name from King Omri of Samaria whom the Assyrians called "Khumri" or "Ghomri" just as Hosea 1:3 prophesied. Hosea married Gomer the prostitute to typify King Hoshea who went into captivity with the "House of Omri" or "Ghomri" in Assyrian. The Hebrew word "berith" means "Covenant" and the Hebrew "ish" means "man" making the name "British" meaning "Covenant Man" -- refering to the covenant made with Abraham. The names GAELIC and GAUL both come from the Hebrew word GOLAH meaning CAPTIVITY (Ez. 39:23). Furthermore, the Hebrew word for "heifer" is "eglah" and Hosea 10:11 says that "Ephraim is an heifer" (or Eglah). In Greek, an "n" is put before a double "gg" and "eglah" was sometimes spelled with two "g"s so Ephraim became known as Englah and his land as Engla land or England. The Hebrew word "Succoth" means "hut" or "cottage" and was a name used by the Israelites taken captive to Media (2 Ki. 18:11). They were called "Succothians" or "Scythians." The Scottish Declaration of Independence says that the Scots came from Scythia. Herodotus tells us that these Scythians in "upper Asia" (4:1) lived "beyond the Araxes" and came from "across the Araxes into Cimmeria" (Her. 4:11) or the Crimea.
Not just GEOGRAPHICALLY, HISTORICALLY, and ETHNICALLY, but also CHRONOLOGICALLY the British Empire is proven to be the Israelite stone that smites the image and becomes a great mountain. God said, "I will chastise you SEVEN TIMES for your sins"(Lev.26:28), and since a "time" is 360 days (cp. Rev. 12:6,14), seven times 360 equals 2520 days. Also since a day equals a year in Bible prophecy (Num. 14:34; Ez. 4:6), the punishment becomes 2520 years (7 x 360). And "Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the (seven) TIMES of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:24).
In 745 B.C., Tiglath-Pileser (called "Pul" in the Bible -- 2 Kings 15:19; 1 Chr.5:26), the king of ASSYRIA, began the first invasion against Israel in the reign of Menahem (2 Ki.15:19-20) and forced Israel to pay tribute. From 745 B.C. we add 2520 YEARS to get 1775 plus one is 1776 A.D., the very year the American Declaration of Independence was signed and Americans no longer paid tribute. Notice the mirror image. (When crossing from B.C. to A.D. dates it is necessary to add a year to the figure since there is no year "0.").
In 740 B.C., Tiglath-Pileser began the second invasion against Israel in the reign of Pekah (2 Ki.15:20). He invaded the northern region of the land (Naphtali & Galilee -- 2 Ki. 15:29), coming down south to the level of the Sea of Galilee, where he turned eastwards and invaded the eastern portion of Israel, Transjordania, which reached southward nearly to the level of the Dead Sea. "The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh" were brought "unto Hala, and Habor, and Hara and to the River Gozan, unto this day" (1 Chr.5:26). So they didn't return to Palestine after the 70 years of captivity of Judah since 1 Chronicles was written after that event. From 740 B.C. we add 2520 YEARS, getting 1780 plus one is 1781 A.D. This was the year that the Articles Of Confederation were ratified and adopted by the original 13 states making the first Constitution of the United States. Americans (Manasseh) were now united. They had been divided exactly 2520 YEARS before. Again a mirror image.
From 721 to 718 B.C., Shalmaneser beseiged Samaria three years in the reign of Hoshea (2 Ki.17:3-5). "In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of ASSYRIA took Samaria, and carried Israel away into ASSYRIA, and placed them in Halah and Habor by the river of Gozan, in the cities of the Medes" (2 Ki.17:6). This invasion terminated the Kingdom of Israel. 27,280 Israelites were led captive (see Sargon's Assyrian inscription). But Sargon didn't remove the entire nation of Israelites (see 2 Ki. 18:9-12; 2 Chr.30-31 & 34; cp. Hos.1:4 with 1:6). From 721 B.C. we add 2520 YEARS to get 1799, plus one is 1800 A.D. Samaria the capital city was destroyed in 721 B.C. and 2520 years later saw the building of Washington D.C. in 1800. It was this very year (Oct.1, 1800) that Spain gave France the Louisiana Territory. The U.S. (Thomas Jefferson) purchased it in 1803 from Napoleon which is 718 B.C. + 2520 years. Thomas Jefferson bought 827,987 square miles of land from France for about $15 million. That's just under 4 cents per acre. Israel's land had been lost to ASSYRIA exactly 2520 YEARS before. This very year 1800 was also when England, Scotland and Ireland united to become "Great Britain." These Ephraimites and Judahites had been divided in 721 B.C. because the ASSYRIANS left the Kingdom of Judah alone and only invaded the Kingdom of Israel. Except for "gleaning grapes" from the ten tribes (Isa. 17:6; 2 Chr. 34:9), "There was none left but the tribe (Kingdom) of Judah only" (2 Kings 17:18). The Act of Union of Great Britain and Ireland occurred January 1st, 1801 to become the United Kingdom ruled over by a descendant of King David. Also, England's war with France ended in 1801 after General Abercrombie defeated the French army at Alexandria. Ezekiel, over a century later in 593 B.C. (Ez.1:2), prophesied that this captivity which began in 721 B.C. would last 390 YEARS (Ez.4:3-5) which brings us to 331 B.C. when Medo-Persia was conquered by Alexander the Great who defeated Darius at Arbela (Gaugamela). The House of Israel gained its freedom as a Scythian nation after 390 YEARS of slavery to successive gentile powers and started migrating to Scotland.
In 677 B.C., Esar-Haddon, son of Sennacherib, invaded Judah (2 Chr.33:11) and the remnant of Israel when they were ruled by an Assyrian governor and replaced them with Samaritans (2 Ki.17:24; Ezra 4:2). The fulfillment for Judah came in 1844 when the Sultan of Turkey was forced by the European Powers to give religious liberty to the Jews 2520 YEARS from the overthrow of Judah. For Israel this invasion fulfilled Hosea 1:6 that said, "I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel, but I will utterly take them away." As Isaiah 7:8 states, "Within three score and five years shall Ephraim be broken that it be not a people." This was uttered about 742 B.C., making 677 B.C. exactly 65 years later (cp. Hos.1:4). There was left in the nest "none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped" (Isa.10:14). From 677 B.C., we add 2520 YEARS to get 1843, plus one is 1844 when Texas became a U.S. territory. One year later, in 1845, the Texas became a state which included large parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma as well as what is known as Texas today. In 1846 the Pacific Northwest was given to the U.S. by Great Britain via treaty. In 1848 the U.S. acquired California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and more from Mexico. In 1853 the U.S. bought a relatively small slice of land known as the "Gadsden Purchase." Then in 1867, Alaska was purchased from Russia for 7.2 million which was two cents per acre. In 1898 Hawaii was annexed. Just as 677 B.C. started a slow snow-balling cumulative collapse of Israel which took some time to accomplish, so the U.S. began a slow rise to great wealth beginning in 1844. In ancient times, it took years to besiege cities, transport armies and populations, and plunder and remove booty and take possession of the land.
The evidence is clear. GEOGRAPHICALLY, HISTORICALLY, ETHNICALLY, and also CHRONOLOGICALLY the British Empire and the United States are proven to be the Israelite stone that smites the image on his feet and becomes a great mountain filling the whole earth.Yes, God is using America and Britain to defeat idolatry around the world and set up his kingdom based upon the Bible. We have a Biblical duty to fight against radical Islam. This amazing prophecy was revealed by God to Daniel in 602 B.C.
The four Gentile Empires have possessed the Holy Land for a combined total of "42 MONTHS" or 1260 days which symbolize 1,260 years (Num. 14:34; Ez. 4:6): Babylon possessed Palestine for 90 years, from 624 to 534 B.C. Medo-Persia for 200 years, from 534 to 334 B.C. Greece for 304 years from 334 to 30 B.C. and Rome for 666 years from the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C. to the Saracen conquest in 636 A.D. Now 90 + 200 + 304 + 666 = 1,260 years. These four Gentile powers "tread under foot" the physical Jerusalem for 42 months (1,260 days), Then Omar the Turk took Jerusalem in 637 A.D. When we add 1,260 more years to this date we come to 1897 when the Zionist Movement was founded in Basel, Switzerland by Jews of all nations desiring to settle in the Holy Land.
In 604 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian Chaldean army took tribute from Jerusalem. Jehoiakim was taken captive (cp.Jer.25:1 & Dan.1:1-2). 2520 YEARS later on November 2, 1917, the Balfour Declaration gave Jews authority for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." On December 9th 1917, (during the Festival of Hanukkah which commemorates the recapture of the Temple by Judas Maccabeas) British General Allenby liberated Jerusalem from the Turks. It was the 24th day of the ninth month of the Jewish calendar. Jews lost their authority over Jerusalem for "SEVEN TIMES" punishment (Lev.26:28). Jesus said, "Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:24). This scripture alone should be sufficient witness that Britain is Israel.
In 597 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem. 2520 YEARS later in 1924 the Caliphate was abolished and Turkish power and influence ended. Also the University of Jerusalem was opened in 1925 on Mt. Scopus, 2520 years after the deportation of many of Jerusalem's rulers, priests, and elders as mentioned in Ezekiel. Also in 1925 some 38,000 Jews returned to Palestine.
In 586 B.C. the temple was destroyed and King Zedekiah was taken captive by these Chaldeans (Jer.39). Nebuchadnezzar "carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths, And ... Jehoiachim ... And his officers, and the mighty of the land ... to Babylon" (2 Ki. 24:14-17). 2520 YEARS later we get 1934 plus one equals 1935. "With the ascent of Hitler to power in Germany (1934), a new type of Jew began immigrating to Palestine, favorably timed with the country's economic development. By 1936 there were 60,000 German Jews in Palestine, providing her with much needed scientists, engineers, managers, chemists and research men to increase her productive capacity and to improve the quality of her goods." (p.403, Dimont's Jews, God and History).
Notice also that it is STARTING "in the days of these (four) kings ... (that) the God of heaven set up a (fifth STONE) kingdom" (Dan. 2:44). Not AFTER all four are destroyed as those who believe only in a spiritual kingdom advocate. It would continue and "never be destroyed." It was the kingdom that BROKE all these other kingdoms to bits when their time had come. The FIFTH empire was to begin WITH the first of the four, and CONTINUE alongside all of them.
Let us go back in time
and see if we can determine WHO actually DESTROYED each of the
FOUR GENTILE empires.
2:1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
4 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.
5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
6 But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.
7 They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.
8 The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
9 But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.
10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
11 And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.
12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
14 Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:
15 He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.
16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.
24 Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.
25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
28 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;
29 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.
30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.
31 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.
32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great (Milky Way) mountain, and filled the whole earth.
36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold (sun in Sagittarius).
39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee (moon in Aquarius), and another third kingdom of brass (Jupiter in Aquarius), which shall bear rule over all the earth.
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise (Venus in Taurus' horns).
41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay (Mars in Cancer).
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed (British Empire and Bible followers): and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
46 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.
47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.