THURSDAY, MAY 17
“Arise, O LORD, in thine anger,
lift up thyself because of the
rage of mine enemies …”
PANORAMA OF WORLD HISTORY
Ordinarily, dreams are meaningless meanderings of the subconscious mind. Extraordinarily, dreams convey messages from God intended for the instruction, warning and comfort of His people, especially in respect of future events. These are prophetic and predictive dreams, such as those dreamt and interpreted by Joseph (the dreamer!) in Genesis chapters 37, 40 and 41.
Significantly, God confirms certain very important dreams by sending “duplicates.” Thus Joseph’s sheaves in the field were confirmed by the stars in the sky (Gen 37), and Pharaoh’s cattle from the river by the ears of corn on the stalk (Gen 41). Daniel’s dream in Daniel 7 duplicates Nebuchadnezzar’s in Daniel 2, with differences in some details which we shall see later.
That God Almighty should reveal the broad perspectives of coming world events should not seem strange to His children, although to the unbeliever it is utterly incomprehensible and even scornful. But the redeemed of the Lord respond when the King speaks: “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else … Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isa 46:9-10).
So it was, in one night’s dream more than 2,500 years ago, God revealed in one broad sweep the course of history’s four major world empires from the time of Daniel until the end of man’s dominion on earth. History’s four major world powers will each have its day, and no more. Man’s ambition to dominate and exalt himself has been part of his fallen nature since Cain’s day. Today we have East-West rivalry and struggle for world dominance. But man without God can do nothing. When God’s clock runs out, man’s regimes will end. Then God’s Kingdom will appear. Daniel saw all this during his captivity in Babylon more than 2,500 years ago!
THOUGHT: What is the purpose of biblical prophecies?
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, may I always remember that Thou art the God who declares the end from the beginning.