An Ancient Prophecy Reveals the Future by coolo87651


									remnants eventually became the various             years before Christ rather than in about 600
nations of Europe, North Africa, and the           b.c., as he claimed. So, they say, there was
Middle East that we know today. The stone’s        nothing supernatural about his outline of
destruction of the image represents the            history. But even if Daniel had written his
destruction of these nations at the end of the     prophecies in 150 b.c., there is no way he
world, after which God will establish His own
eternal kingdom.
                                                   could have known about the breakup of the
                                                   Roman Empire into many divisions, which                                                                                        An Ancient
                                                   occurred some four hundred years later.                                                                                       Prophecy Reveals
                What’s so amazing
     Now, here’s what’s so astonishing about
                                                       So, an amazing fact confronts us: A
                                                   prophet who lived more than twenty-five                                                                                       the Future
this prophecy. Daniel wrote it sometime            hundred years ago peered down the stream of
around the year 600 b.c. He was acquainted         time and gave a presciently accurate outline
with Babylon since he lived there, and he          of the future.                                           Learn More About the Bible
may have known of Medo-Persia at the time              We can draw no other conclusion from
he wrote this prophecy—although that power         this than that Daniel received this outline of        It’s easy to learn more about the Bible—
didn’t overthrow Babylon until years later. But    the future from God Himself. And because             in the quietness of your home. To request
humanly speaking, there’s no way Daniel could      everything else in Daniel’s portrayal of world             your free home Bible study plan,
have predicted the rise and fall of Greece and     history has been fulfilled, we can be sure that                  call (559) 347-3152:
Rome or the breakup of the Roman Empire.           the last event—the end of the world as we

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Yet every high school textbook on world history    know it and the establishment of God’s own                          GLOW
testifies that Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was          kingdom—will also happen.                                        P.O. Box 770
fulfilled exactly as Daniel gave it to the king!   _______________                                                Clovis, CA 93613
     Some Bible commentators claim that            *Daniel 2 records this prophecy. Daniel 1 sets the  
Daniel wrote only about one hundred fifty          scene.                                                          (559) 347-3152
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  An Ancient Prophecy Reveals the Future          haunted him but that he couldn’t remember                      Daniel explains the dream
    One of the world’s most ancient prophecies    the next morning. Convinced of the dream’s              After the formalities of greeting were over,
declares that our planet is about to experience   importance, Nebuchadnezzar called in his           Daniel told the king what he had dreamed:
the most dramatic event in human history:         royal advisors and asked them to tell him          “ ‘You looked, O king, and there before you
the end of civilization as we know it. This       both what he had dreamed and what his              stood a large statue.’ ” The head of the statue
prophecy does not specify a date—neither          dream meant.                                       was made of gold, its arms and chest were of
a year nor a decade nor even a century.                These “wise men” protested the pre-           silver, its waist of brass, its legs of iron, and the
Nevertheless, its outline of human history has    posterous demand. But the king said, “Either       image’s feet were made of iron and clay mixed.
been so accurate that the final step—the only     tell me the dream or I’ll have you executed!”      As the dream proceeded, a huge stone came
one left to be fulfilled—is absolutely certain.   Despite the death threat, however, the royal       out of nowhere, knocked the image down, and
    The story begins with the tragic deport-      advisors couldn’t come up with a credible          ground it to powder. The stone then became a
ation of thousands of Jews from their             answer.                                            great mountain that filled the whole earth.
homeland in Palestine.* Among the captives             Now, Daniel and his three friends hadn’t           Naturally, the king was anxious to know
whom King Nebuchadnezzar took to Babylon          been called to the palace with the rest of the     what the dream meant. The beginning of
were four young princes: Daniel, Shadrach,        king’s council. However, perhaps because           Daniel’s explanation must have filled him with
Meshach, and Abednego. In a move that seems       they were wise-men-in-training, the decree         pride: “ ‘You, O king, . . . are that head of
strange to us but that was common in those        included them. When the officers came              gold.’ ” But his next words weren’t so flattering:
days, Nebuchadnezzar enrolled these four          to arrest them, Daniel asked for a bit more        “ ‘After you another kingdom will rise, inferior
young men in the “University of Babylon” to       time. The request was granted, and that            to yours.’ ” Daniel explained that altogether,
be trained as royal advisors.                     night God gave Daniel the very same dream          three kingdoms would follow Babylon. Most
                                                  Nebuchadnezzar had dreamed. (God had               Bible interpreters agree that they represent
       Nebuchadnezzar’s nightmare                 been the One who had given it to the king in       Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.
   Sometime after this, the king had a            the first place.) The next morning the arresting        But Rome was the last in the succession
dream. Actually, it was a nightmare that          officer brought Daniel before the king.            of powerful empires. When it broke up, its
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