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Nebuchadnezzar's Dream and the Rise of Globalism

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream and the Rise of Globalism

By David Jeremiah

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Some 2,600 years ago, God gave King Nebuchadnezzar a dream. In this dream, the king pictured a five-part statue made of different materials. Each section represented an empire, beginning with Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon. Four of these empires have already risen and fallen in history—a precise fulfillment of Daniel’s prophetic interpretation. The fifth and final empire represents a European coalition that will unite under the Antichrist’s rule.

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream outlines the Bible’s most foundational sketch of our planet’s future. It provides a sweeping overview of prophetic world history and a prophetic understanding of globalization. Daniel 2 describes the dream and its interpretation.

1. King Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon

The head of pure gold represented Babylon: “You are this head of gold” (Daniel 2:37–38).

2. The Medo-Persian Empire

With its two arms, the chest of silver represented the Medo-Persian Empire, which conquered Babylon in 539 B.C. and remained in power for approximately two hundred years (Daniel 2:39; 5:28).

3. The Grecian Empire

The stomach and thighs of bronze depicted the next stage of world history, Alexander the Great’s Greek empire (Daniel 2:39; 8:21).

4. The Roman Empire

The statue’s legs of iron predicted the Roman Empire. When Greece fell to Rome, the “iron legions of Rome” assimilated Greece’s lands and peoples (Daniel 2:40).

5. A Future European Coalition

The feet and toes of the statue point to a world empire that will arise in the Last Days. Since the fall of Rome, no single nation or empire has dominated the world. According to Daniel, a future confederation of ten kingdoms or leaders will make one more attempt at a one-world government. It will be short-lived and present on the earth when God sets up His earthly kingdom (Daniel 2:41-43).

Even now, our toes are skimming the waters of globalization. It’s easy to envision a new world order with a global currency, a central bank, mandatory vaccines, universal basic income, and more. With each passing era, the world becomes more interconnected and its inhabitants more vulnerable to a one-world government. Events like the COVID-19 pandemic have accelerated the trajectory of globalism and laid the groundwork for a revived Roman Empire.

But, there was more to Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. He saw an invisible hand quarry a rock that struck the statue, toppling it and breaking it into pieces. The rock transformed into a mountain so large it covered the earth. The stone is the One who will establish a global kingdom, marked by righteousness and peace.

Scripture assures us, “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed…. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure” (Daniel 2:44, 45).

The Lord still holds the world in His hands. We need not fear. Christ will appear just as He ascended, and He will establish the only perfect global kingdom. Then, He will usher us through the gates of our eternal home. In the meantime, let’s worship Him every day, spread the Gospel, and anticipate His swift return!

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