God’s Sovereignty and Nebuchadnezzar’s 2nd Dream



God’s Absolute Authority Over Government Persecution

Why Does God Allow Gov’t Persecution?
1. So that His name might be proclaimed to Kings and those in authority.
2. For the salvation of the elect.
3. For the spiritual maturing of the saints.
4. For the future blessing of His people.
5. In order to strengthen and encourage all of the saints.
6. Ultimately, it is for His glory; for the sake of His name.



The Proper Response to Government Persecution

A Christian’s Response to Government Persecution
1. We are not intimidated by gov’t authority yet respectful, kind and gracious (Dan. 3:16)
2. We are confident in God’s power to deliver us if he so chooses (Dan. 3:17-18)
3. We are to obey God in through all of it



The Ongoing Reality of Government Persecution



God’s Plan For All of Human History



God’s Plan to Reveal Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream



Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream and Demands for Interpretation



God’s Sovereignty in Daniel’s Captivity



The Man and Circumstances of Daniel

Daniel was written to demonstrate the sovereignty of God in all of human history.