From the gentile king to the King of kings…

This file contain the images related to the Bible Study of Chapter 4 in the Book of Daniel.

Dan 4:1 LITV

(1)  Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, the nations, and the tongues that dwell in all the earth: Your peace be multiplied. Dan 4:2 LITV

(2)  It seemed good before me to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done with me.

It is very impressive to read Chapter 4 in the Book of Daniel.  Not everyone can realized how this chapter tell us, the way God Himself work on the life of any person whether he or she is His follower or not, but one thing is for sure, as long as it is part of the will of God, it will work for good, read Romans 8:28:

Rom 8:28 LITV

(28)  But we know that to the ones loving God all things work together for good, to those being called according to purpose;

Something of form, which was usual in proclamations, or circular letters, or any official document issued by the king, Dan_4:1. The royal style which Nebuchadnezzar makes use of has nothing in it of pomp or fancy, but is plain, short, and unaffected – Nebuchadnezzar the king. If at other times he made use of great swelling words of vanity in his title, how he laid them all aside; for he was old, he had lately recovered from a distraction which had humbled and mortified him, and was now in the actual contemplation of God’s greatness and sovereignty.  There is nothing more powerful than a simple text, document or expression, without the elaboration, which could lean toward the misunderstanding of the real root and reason of the idea that is intended.  There is no doubt that by now Nebuchadnezzar knew that there was only One Living God, the Most High God, as He was known by the gentile world.

It is also very interesting to noticed how king Nebuchadnezzar expressed in a form of a testimony the marvelous works that God had done with him, that is very clear at the end of verse two and is also a normal behavior on those that have a personal experience with the God of Heaven to be open witness to the rest of the world.  The declaration is directed not only to his own subjects, but also to all to whom this present writing shall come – to all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth.

Dan 4:3 LITV

(3)  How great are His signs! And how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His rule is from generation to generation.

In verse three, there is an immediate element that, whether we can recognize it or not as such, it does exist, and that is the overwhelming influence of the Spirit of the Lord using king Nebuchadnezzar to bring a clear knowledge of the Kingdom to come of the Lord Jesus Christ to the gentile world, please read below:

2Sa 7:12-16 LITV

(12)  When your days are fulfilled, and you lie with your fathers, then I shall raise up your seed after you, who shall come out from your bowels, and I shall establish his kingdom.

(13)  He shall build a house for My Name, and I shall establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

(14)  I shall be a father to him, and he shall be a son to Me. When he sins, then I will chasten him with a rod of men, and with strokes of the sons of men.

(15)  But My mercy shall not be taken from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you.

(16)  And your house shall be established, and your kingdom before you forever. Your throne shall be established forever.

Luk 1:32-33 LITV

(32)  This One will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

(33)  And He will reign over the house of Jacob to the ages, and of His kingdom there will be no end.

So God use anyone at any giving moment in life to declare His Glory to those that must be manifested.

Dan 4:4-9 LITV

(4)  I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house, and flourishing in my palace.

(5)  I saw a dream, and it terrified me, and the thoughts on my bed and visions of my head troubled me.

(6)  So I made a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known to me the meaning of the dream.

(7)  Then the magicians, the conjurers, the Chaldeans, and the star-gazing ones came in. And I told the dream before them, but they did not make its meaning known to me.

(8)  But at last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. And I told the dream before him, saying,

(9)  O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no secret troubles you, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and its meaning.

From verses 4 thru 9 we see how the events took place as king Nebuchadnezzar himself narrated the facts of his experience.   Look at the way the king said how he was in a relaxing mode, with nothing to worry about nor to be concerned, indicating with this, that this event was not a result of his worry ness or troubles, which were none at the moment of his experience until the dream came to his life.  In many moments of our life’s it does happened and whenever we expected the least, things hit us hard and disturbed our peace confusing us a troubling way.  On those moments we must react as the Psalmist said:

Psa_46:10  Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.

Noticed also how the king ordered to his court advisers, that is why they are there for, but also after knowing that no matter how smart or brilliant a human mind is, what really counts in the human life is the relationship of the man and God.  Looked at the following verses:

Pro_2:6  For Jehovah gives wisdom; out of His mouth are knowledge and understanding.

Pro_2:7  He lays up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to the ones who walk in integrity,

Pro_2:10  When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul,

Pro_3:13  Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding.

Look at how the king Nebuchadnezzar called Daniel by his (Daniel’s original name) Jew name first, indicative that Daniel never give up his roots nor his faith or traditions even when he was forced to do so.  A man of God should never put his faith or his roots in the Lord in second place, but above and beyond all and everything, including his own life.

So the king leave to the man of God to determined the meaning of the dream that bother him (the king) so much and for so long.

Dan 4:10-18 LITV

(10)  As to the visions of my head on my bed, I was looking, and, behold, a tree was in the middle of the earth. And its height was great.

(11)  The tree became great and strong, and its height reached to the heaven, and its appearance to the end of all the earth.

(12)  Its leaves were beautiful, and its fruit plentiful, and food for all was in it. The beasts of the field sought shade under it, and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.

(13)  I was looking in the visions of my head on my bed. And, behold, a watcher, even a holy one, came down from the heaven.

(14)  He cried with might and said this: Cut down the tree and cut off its branches. Shake off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts flee from under it, and the birds leave its branches.

(15)  But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, even with a fetter of iron and bronze, in the grass of the field. And let it be wet with the dew of the heavens, and his lot be with the beasts in the grass of the earth.

(16)  Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let the heart of the beasts be given to him. And let seven times pass over him.

(17)  This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the command by the word of the holy ones, so that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever He will. And He sets up over it the lowest of men.

(18)  I, Nebuchadnezzar, have seen this dream. Now you, O Belteshazzar, declare its meaning, since all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to reveal the meaning to me. But you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.

For us to understand this particular dream of Nebuchadnezzar, we also have to understand what was considered the whole earth aspect of it.

During this time of the Babylonian kingdom, the Earth is not what we think of it in today’s time.  The Earth was described by the Babylonian as, if Babylonia it self was the center of Earth (I hope you can see the parallel of this with Israel been the center of the Earth in accordance with the Jews traditions.  Please keep in mind that the devil had always trying to imitated all that the Only Living God had done).  In this particular descriptive map of the Earth, been Babylonia the center of the Earth, it was crossed thru what was called “bitter river” or “Oceanus” from which the word Ocean is coming from (Please see the image page number 1 on the PDF File Format on this Bible Study).

So by definition the tree was in the center of the Babylonian kingdom, considered the center of the Earth, making it more dramatically troubling for king Nebuchadnezzar.

The verses 11 and 12 are simple and understood, the tree was the Babylonian kingdom as it grew in power allowed by the will of God.  Remember that the Babylonian king was used by God to do God’s will and all authority was given to him.

You can see such in chapter 1 verse 2:

Dan 1:2 LITV

(2)  And the Lord gave Jehoiakim, king of Judah, into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god. And he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.

In verse 13 it is described by the Babylonian king how a “watcher” or “holy one”, please observe that the first thing in this particular description is the way the noun of watcher or holy one is written, in a lower case letters.  This particular observation allow us to think that the watcher was an angel of God and not “The Angel of GOD”, they represent the same Only Living God but the echelon of each of them is very significantly different.  One is a servant of God the other is part of the Only Living God.

Please keep in mind who is narrating such events is a gentile king with absolute no knowledge of the God of Heaven.  As a result, his descriptive narrative of the event is limited to the mind that is receiving it.

In verse 14 the incredible rude, painful and almost full of passion description of the watcher’s action tell us that there was no chance of repentance and with no way out or possible solution with a good end.  We must understand that when God desire to take action in our lives, he does not hesitate or enquired from anyone advised, but do what His will determined is best for our lives.   When that happened there is no source of life of any kind if His will is against us, but in the opposite could set your life forever free.

In verse 15 it is very clear that God’s will was to mutilate and to control Nebuchadnezzar’s life and to summit in to His will the power He Himself gave to the Babylonian king.

Verse 16 tell us how God was going to make a king of the most powerful kingdom on Earth (center of the Earth), a beast changing his heart and giving him to the mind of a wild beast.  Absolutely atrocious, inconceivable in any human mind even in today’s time.  Total humiliation to the most powerful man on Earth.  This action and change of heart was going to last seven years.

Verse 17 declares how Nebuchadnezzar’s hear felt in regard to God’s decision in his life as a human and king, and how that changed him as a man, to the point in were he admitted to be second under the command of God Himself.  In this verse also king Nebuchadnezzar express how the “living” is under the control of the Most High.  For a man to understand this deep and full knowledge of God, most be taken thru a lot on his life and back.  But this knowledge only comes from the personal relationship acquired between the human kind and God thru the acceptances of the ultimate subordination to the only authority with such power, God Himself and under the Grace thru Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, please read:

Eph_1:17  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him,

Eph_4:13  until we all may come to the unity of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, to a full-grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,

Col_2:2  that their hearts may be comforted, being joined together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of the understanding, to the full knowledge of the mystery of God, even of the Father and of Christ,

2Ti_2:25  in meekness teaching those who have opposed, if perhaps God may give them repentance for a full knowledge of the truth,

In verse 18 noticed how king Nebuchadnezzar still under the ignorance of his idolatry, but even that he is under such misunderstanding, the king still with a meek heart to comprehend that only the servant of God could given the answer he needed.

Dan 4:18-27 LITV

(18)  I, Nebuchadnezzar, have seen this dream. Now you, O Belteshazzar, declare its meaning, since all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to reveal the meaning to me. But you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.

(19)  Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was stunned for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spoke and said, O Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning trouble you. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream is to those who hate you, and its meaning is to your foes.

(20)  The tree that you saw, which became great and strong, whose height reached to the heaven and its appearance to all the earth,

(21)  and its leaves being beautiful, and its fruit plentiful, and food for all being in it, under which the beasts of the field lived, and in its branches the birds of the sky had their home:

(22)  It was you, O king, for you have become great and strong. For your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your rule is to the end of the earth.

(23)  And as the king saw a watcher and a holy one coming down from the heavens, and saying, Cut the tree down, and destroy it. Yet leave the stump of its roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and bronze, in the grass of the field. And let him be wet with the dew of the heavens, and his lot be with the beasts of the field, until seven times pass over him.

(24)  This is the meaning, O king, and this the decree of the Most High, which has come on my lord the king:

(25)  And you shall be driven from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be fed with grass like oxen. And you shall be wet with dew of the heavens; and seven times shall pass over you until you know that the Most High is Ruler in the kingdom of men, and He gives it to whomever He desires.

(26)  And in that they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots, Your kingdom shall be enduring to you after you have realized that Heaven rules.

(27)  So, O king, let my advice be pleasing to you: Even break off your sins by righteousness, and your iniquities by pitying the poor, whether there will be duration to your prosperity.

Now, after we see this narration taking place, in a very explicit and expressive way, in a more remarkable and significant expression was the meaning of it, to the point in were Daniel was confused and troubled by the meaning of it.  The meaning of such dream was very clear.  King Nebuchadnezzar was the tree in the dream, which became very powerful and rich without measure.  Up to this point every thing was great, until Daniel declares to the king that the real meaning was in favor of the king’s enemies and not on the king’s favor.  There are many times that we as people of God, are called to tell the truth does not matter how harsh could be.  So as the Only Living God says it, the king Nebuchadnezzar was going to become a beast for seven years and the throne of his kingdom was going to be kept until the moment that the king will recognize the power and all authority comes only from Heaven, that is The Only Living God, The Most High.

Please observed how merciful is God All Mighty, to the point in where He (The Most High) allowed the king to keep his kingdom even thru his trial, and after the king will admit his power comes from God and God only, the kingdom will be return to him (the king Nebuchadnezzar).

Daniel as an adviser of the king and most of all, man of God, advised the king on what he (the king) should do.  This expression is a very good example to all the members of the body of Christ, to understand that under any and every circumstances we are called to be truthful to the Lord and His kingdom by telling others what the Word of the Lord advised for the best result of everyone’s life.

Dan 4:28-33 LITV

(28)  All this came on the King, Nebuchadnezzar.

(29)  At the end of twelve months, he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.

(30)  The king spoke and said, Is this not great Babylon that I have built for the house of the kingdom, by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?

(31)  The word was still in the king’s mouth when a voice fell from the heavens, saying, O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: The kingdom has been taken from you!

(32)  And you shall be driven from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be fed with the grass like oxen, and seven times shall pass over you until you know that the Most High is Ruler in the kingdom of men, and that He gives it to whomever He desires.

(33)  The same hour the thing was fulfilled on Nebuchadnezzar. And he was driven from men, and he ate the grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of the heavens, until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

From verses 28 through 33 is visible the result of a foolish heart.  Exactly as the Lord’s Word was said, it was exactly the way executed.  It is impressive how the human without the presence of God his/her life is just a beast of the wild, nothing more nothing less.  What makes a human different from any other is the presence of the Holy Spirit of God in his/her life.

Dan 4:34-37 LITV

(34)  And at the end of the days, I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up my eyes to the heaven, and my understanding returned to me, and I blessed the Most High. And I praised and honored Him who lives forever, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His rule from generation to generation.

(35)  And all those living in the earth are counted as nothing. And He does according to His will among the army of Heaven, and among those living in the earth. And no one is able to strike His hand or say to Him, What are You doing?

(36)  At that time my reason returned to me, and the glory of my kingdom, my majesty, and my brightness returned to me. And my advisers and my nobles sought to me. And I was reestablished in my kingdom, and excellent greatness was added to me.

(37)  Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and honor the King of Heaven, for all His works are truth, and His ways are justice. And He is able to humble those who walk in pride.

From verses 34 through 37 the king Nebuchadnezzar expressed how the experience brought him back in a humble but more powerful way.  Noticed in verse 34 how the king, after being under the human spirit, without knowledge and understanding of the spiritual world, he (the king) is capable to recognized the Lord of Host, the Only Living God, The Most High, and repenting himself from his old ways, is re-established to a higher level in the power of his kingdom and into the eyes of those that were part of his court.  Even more as it is said in verse 36 more power was added to him after he declared God as the only source of knowledge and understanding under the sun, as the Only Living God and The Most High.  The God that no one will ask or tell what to do, unless is under the will of God Himself.  The result of Nebuchadnezzar experienced is very similar to the one lived by the just Job, but in the case of king Nebuchadnezzar, he (the king) was not a Jew nor a man with the knowledge of God.  So do not think that this might not happened to you.  Pray this will not happened to you.

This is the only chapter in the Bible written by a gentile and a gentile king.

Praise the Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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