In this segment we will take a brief look at history.
In 612 BC, there was a battle for control of the Eastern world. Nabopolassar, king of Babylon had died and his son Nebuchadnezzar, now ruler, refused to align with Egypt and Pharaoh Necho. In 605 Nebuchadnezzar defeated Necho at Carchemish establishing the greatest of all kingdoms of men -– the Chaldean or Babylonian. Nebuchadnezzar overran Israel (now known as Palestine), in 601 and again in 597 effectively destroying the country and later moving many of the inhabitants to Chaldea as servants.
Four of the many princes of Israel that were taken to Babylon were – Daniel (who was given the Chaldean name Belteshazzar), and Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, who were better known by their Babylonian names — as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The prophet Ezekiel was among the many others who were taken.
At some point following his return, Nebuchadnezzar was disturbed by a dream. He could recall that he had had a dream, but the content was swept from him. So, he ordered all the magicians and sorcerers to come before him and that someone should make known to him both the dream and its meaning.
Next, we will post Daniel’s narrative that revealed to Nebuchadnezzar the meaning of his dream. In the interim, I would urge you to read it (Daniel chapter 2), for your own edification.