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Vendor: Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
The Statue in the Book of Daniel pamphlet ventures into the fascinating dream of King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2 and Daniel's vision in Daniel 7. This bestselling, full-color pamphlet includes an illustration of the statue (based on an authentic Babylonian carving of the era) and explores each of the statue's four parts, as well as the four kingdoms they represent. Maps of ancient civilizations, a time line of events and rulers, and a comparison chart help explain the statue's parts and their meaning.
What does the statue represent in King Nebuchadnezzar's dream in the second chapter of Daniel? What is it saying about earthly empires and heavenly kingdoms? The Statue in the Book of Daniel pamphlet describes the meaning of the Head of Fine Gold, Chest and Arms of Silver, Belly and Thighs of Bronze, and Feet of Iron and Clay. A map of the ancient world provides context for the kingdoms that are represented by the statue segments, and a time line reveals the rise and fall of kingdoms between 600 BC to 100 AD. Daniel's interpretation speaks to the Scriptural truth that rulers and empires come and go, but God's kingdom, ruled by the Son of Man, will be everlasting.
The Statue in the Book of Daniel is an excellent resource for presenting Daniel's prophecy of God's everlasting Kingdom. Daniel's interpretation draws correlations between the elements of the statue:
- The Head of Fine Gold
- The Chest and Arms of Silver
- The Belly and Thighs of Bronze
- The Feet of Iron and Clay
- The rock—not cut out by human hands—which struck and felled the statue.
The Statue in the Book of Daniel also provides information on the most powerful nations in the Middle East represented in Daniel's dream:
- A Divided Kingdom (often considered Rome)
A chart compares the remarkable similarities between King Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel 2 with Daniel's vision in Daniel 7. Here is a sample from the chart:
Nebuchadnezzar's Dream (Daniel 2):
- Head of the Statue
- Chest and Arms of Statue
- Belly and Thighs of Statue
- The Feet of Iron and Clay
Daniel's Vision (Daniel 7):
- Vision of Beasts — Lion
- Vision of Beasts — Bear
- Vision of Beasts — Leopard
- Visions of Beasts — Beast with 10 horns
An illustration of the statue is based on an authentic Babylonian carving. Comparisons between each part include bulleted observations with interesting facts or connections to other Scripture references.
Here is an example from the Scripture-rich Statue in the Book of Daniel regarding the interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream:
Head of the Statue (Daniel 2)
- The head of the statue, made from fine gold, represented the kingdom of Babylonia, which the Lord gave King Nebuchadnezzar to rule.
- The gold symbolized the superior power of Babylonia
Here's an example of an explanation of Daniel's Vision:
Vision of Beasts — Lion (Daniel 7)
- More than 50 years after King Nebuchadnezzar's dream, Daniel had a vision about four great beasts (like a lion with eagle's wings, a bear, a leopard, and a terrifying powerful beast).
- The four beasts are four kingdoms. Nebuchadnezzar of the Babylonian kingdom is compared to a lion in Jeremiah 4:7; 50:44, and to an eagle in Ezekiel 17:3, 11, 12.
A time line from 600 BC to 100 AD reveals the events related to the ruling kingdoms that clarify the interpretations. Events include:
- The Babylonian Kingdoms and their rulers during biblical times
- The fall of Babylonia to Darius the Mede, who was succeeded by Cyrus the Great.
- Alexander the Great's conquest of Persia and its fulfillment of prophecy
- The rise of Rome and the Caesars.
The Statue in the Book of Daniel also includes maps outlining the geographical areas of the relevant kingdoms.
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