Daniel Chapter Two Vision
King Nebudchadnezzar’s statue, revealed to Daniel in a dream is the very first revelation of the entire span of human history and government. Rabbi Moshe Alshich, (1508-1600) student of Rabbi Yosef Caro and immanent teacher of Rabbi Chaim Vital, taught that the 60 cubit statute that Nebudchadnezzar made refers to the primary epochs of human history, ending with the Kingdom of HaShem. He said that in Nebuchadnezzars dream, the history of man was divided into four periods, each represented by a section of the image, being composed of different material. And because the fourth kingdom was composed of two substances, iron and earthenware (clay), it represented a total of five kingdoms, which would be followed by a sixth kingdom – the government of HaShem.
The kingdoms in Daniels visions including the dream image of Nebuchadnezzar, are all with us today though they generally have different names. Babylon is today’s Iraq, Persia is now called Iran. The Roman empire is broken up into the European Union and Greece comprises the nation of Greece and the Balkan States. The territory of the ancient empires of Babylon and Medo-Persia now comprise of a majority of what can described as the Islamic Block, stretching from India to Africa. Greece and Rome comprise what is nominally known as the Christian West.
Christian authors have been instrumental in raising awareness of the Time of the Kietz or End. Though they seldom utilize the Hebrew term, more well known terms such as the Tribulation, the Last Days, End of Days, the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, and the like have become more of household terms because of the Christian culture. As a Jew I am thankful of their contribution in spreading knowledge of HaShem and the End of Days prophecies which will bring about the Kingdom of HaShem under Davidic governance.
However, with that said, how Jews see concepts such as the End of Days and the Kingdom of HaShem, differ considerably than the theology of our Christian friends. For instance, the term Kingdom of God in Christian tradition and theology concerns itself with a time when God rules the world under the grace of their saviour Jesus, with the Church being the administrators of his will and law. This kingdom concept is of course is nowhere to be found in the Tanakh.
Before we dive into the human governments outlined in Daniel, I believe it to be extremely important to understand God’s government, not necessarily His universal rule over all of Creation, but specifically His kingdom on earth known in the Book of Daniel as The One Stone.