Not long ago a friend suggested I watch an hour-long documentary titled king Nebuchadnezzar, The Forgotten Dream on YouTube. The documentary provides good background to the dating of the events the second chapter of the biblical book of Daniel. While there was a fair bit of redundancy in the expert analysis I found it a worthwhile look at that amazing prophecy about world history until Jesus’ return.
While I scrawled some hand-written notes as I watched, I won’t transcribe them here since the link to the documentary is available on this post. I recommend watching it.
There are two comments I added when I summarized it for our fellowship’s service.
- There seems to be some confusion on the part of the speakers about why Daniel was not among the court magi when the king wanted his dream interpreted. The answer is that Daniel and his three friends were sequestered in a three-year enculturation/training program in Babylon to prepare them for service in the royal court. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream took place in the second year of his reign over the region Daniel was from. Therefore Daniel was still in school during the meeting.
- I spent a lot of years believing in a version of the British Israelite view that the nations of western Europe were descended from the lost 10 tribes of Israel, and that they were prophesied to rule over large parts of the earth near the end time, while still largely unaware of their origins. This vision given to Nebuchadnezzar works strongly denies that possibility. It shows the world-rule of four Gentile empires until the time of Jesus’ return. There is no room for an Israelite resurgence of the magnitude taught by British Israelism.
I highly recommend watching king Nebuchadnezzar, The Forgotten Dream for a healthy perspective on world history.