Nebuchadnezzar’s Proclamation 4 [H]1King Nebuchadnezzar,   To those of every people, nation, and language, who live in all the earth:   May your prosperity increase. 2I am pleased to tell you about the miracles and wonders the Most High God has done for me.   3How great are His miracles, and how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation.   The Dream   4[I]I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and flourishing in my palace. 5I had a dream, and it frightened me; while in my bed, the images and visions in my mind alarmed me. 6So I issued a decree to bring all the wise men of Babylon to me in order that they might make the dream’s interpretation known to me. 7When the diviner-priests, mediums, Chaldeans, and astrologers came in, I told them the dream, but they could not make its interpretation known to me. 8Finally Daniel, named Belteshazzar after the name of my god—and the spirit of the holy gods is in him—came before me. I told him the dream: 9“Belteshazzar, head of the diviners, because I know that you have a spirit of the holy gods and that no mystery puzzles you, explain to me the visions of my dream that I saw, and its interpretation. 10In the visions of my mind as I was lying in bed, I saw this:   There was a tree in the middle of the earth, and its height was great. 11The tree grew large and strong; its top reached to the sky, and it was visible to the ends of the[J] earth. 12Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit was abundant, and on it was food for all. Wild animals found shelter under it, the birds of the air lived in its branches, and every creature was fed from it.   13“As I was lying in my bed, I also saw in the visions of my mind an observer, a holy one,[K] coming down from heaven. 14He called out loudly:   Cut down the tree and chop off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it, and the birds from its branches. 15But leave the stump with its roots in the ground, and with a band of iron and bronze around it, in the tender grass of the field. Let him be drenched with dew from the sky and share the plants of the earth with the animals. 16Let his mind be changed from that of a man, and let him be given the mind of an animal for seven periods of time.[L][M] 17This word is by decree of the observers; the matter is a command from the holy ones. This is so the living will know that the Most High is ruler over the kingdom of men. He gives it to anyone He wants and sets the lowliest of men over it.   18This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because none of the wise men of my kingdom can make the interpretation known to me. But you can, because you have the spirit of the holy gods.”   The Dream Interpreted   19Then Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, was stunned for a moment, and his thoughts alarmed him. The king said, “Belteshazzar, don’t let the dream or its interpretation alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered, “My lord, may the dream apply to those who hate you, and its interpretation to your enemies! 20The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, whose top reached to the sky and was visible to all the earth, 21whose leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant—and on it was food for all, under it the wild animals lived, and in its branches the birds of the air lived— 22that tree is you, the king. For you have become great and strong: your greatness has grown and even reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to the ends of the earth. 23“The king saw an observer, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump with its roots in the ground and with a band of iron and bronze around it, in the tender grass of the field. Let him be drenched with dew from the sky, and share food with the wild animals for seven periods of time.’ 24This is the interpretation, Your Majesty, and this is the sentence of the Most High that has been passed against my lord the king: 25You will be driven away from people to live with the wild animals. You will feed on grass like cattle and be drenched with dew from the sky for seven periods of time, until you acknowledge that the Most High is ruler over the kingdom of men, and He gives it to anyone He wants. 26As for the command to leave the tree’s stump with its roots, your kingdom will be restored[N] to you as soon as you acknowledge that Heaven[O] rules. 27Therefore, may my advice seem good to you my king. Separate yourself from your sins by doing what is right, and from your injustices by showing mercy to the needy. Perhaps there will be an extension of your prosperity.”   The Sentence Executed   28All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29At the end of 12 months, as he was walking on the roof of the royal palace in Babylon, 30the king exclaimed, “Is this not Babylon the Great that I have built by my vast power to be a royal residence and to display my majestic glory?” 31While the words were still in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared that the kingdom has departed from you. 32You will be driven away from people to live with the wild animals, and you will feed on grass like cattle for seven periods of time, until you acknowledge that the Most High is ruler over the kingdom of men, and He gives it to anyone He wants.” 33At that moment the sentence against Nebuchadnezzar was executed. He was driven away from people. He ate grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with dew from the sky, until his hair grew like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.   Nebuchadnezzar’s Praise   34But at the end of those days, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven, and my sanity returned to me. Then I praised the Most High and honored and glorified Him who lives forever:   For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. 35All the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does what He wants with the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. There is no one who can hold back His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?”   36At that time my sanity returned to me, and my majesty and splendor returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and my nobles sought me out, I was reestablished over my kingdom, and even more greatness came to me. 37Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt, and glorify the King of heaven, because all His works are true and His ways are just. He is able to humble those who walk in pride.
IX. Accuracy in Prophesies The Bible contains numerous prophecies. This would be the ultimate test of inspiration. If the Bible was a man... Read More
IX. Accuracy in Prophesies The Bible contains numerous prophecies. This would be the ultimate test of inspiration. If the Bible was a man-made fairy tale or good "self-help" book it would not be able to accurately portray the future. True prophecy is a declaration of future events such as no human wisdom or forecast is sufficient to create. Due to its very nature, prophecy must be a divine revelation. H.W. Everest gave the criteria for true prophecy as follows: 1. The event must be beyond the power of man to foresee 2. It must be demonstrated that the prediction was written before the event 3. The language of the prediction must be unambiguous and unmistakable 4. The prediction must have a clear and demonstrative fulfillment The Bible lays out a test of a true prophet (Deut 18:9-22). If the prophecy does not come true, it is not from God (Deut 18:22; 2 Peter 1:19-21) (example: Jer 28:1-17). The purpose of a fulfilled prophecy is so that we may believe (John 14:29). 1. Prophecies about Israel (Deut 28:1-64) 1. Israel to have a king (28:36) – fulfilled in Saul 1050 B.C. 2. To be defeated and carried away into bondage and there serve idols (28:25, 36, 41, 49) – fulfilled in Assyria (722 B.C.), Babylon (597 B.C.), Rome (70 A.D.). 3. Cities to be destroyed (28:52) – archaeology illustrates that this happened many times (e.g. Lachish destroyed by both Assyrians and Babylonians) 4. Great sufferings would accompany siege (28:53-57; Jer. 19:9; Ezek. 5:10) – notice what happened during a Syrian siege (2 Ki. 6:24-31); a Babylonian siege (Lam. 2:20; 4:10); a Roman siege (Josephus documents these same conditions – Wars, Bk. 6, Ch. 3, Par. 4) 5. To be scattered and sold again into Egypt (28:64, 68) – Josephus 2. Tyre in Prophecy (Ezek 26) This was written in about 592-570 B.C. Its fulfillment continues even to this day. Shortly after this was written, Nebuchadnezzar led the Babylonians in besieging the city of Tyre. After a long siege, some of the people fled to the island city nearby; Nebuchadnezzar left the mainland city in ruins. During the Greek Period (332 B.C.), Alexander built a causeway to the island city using the ruins of mainland Tyre. After a 7 month siege, they breached the 150 foot high wall on the island and took the city. The island city has had a small population over the centuries consisting mostly of fishermen who “spread their nets” on the ruins. To this day the mainland city has never been rebuilt. 3. Babylonian Prophecy (Dan 4:30; Jer 50-51; Isa 13:17-22) The city of Babylon was one of the great cities of the ancient world. Babylon covered about 200 square miles and had 17 miles of walls wide enough for chariots to ride on. There were 250 towers and 8 gates. The hanging gardens were considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Babylonian empire maintained world supremacy between 626 and 539 B.C. Long before Babylon came into power Isaiah penned the prophecy regarding its destruction (written about 740-700 B.C.). Jeremiah also described the downfall of Babylon (written about 627-585 B.C.). In 539 B.C., Cyrus the Mede captured the city of Babylon without even breaking down the walls. Herodotus (a Greek historian, 484-425 B.C.) reports that “Cyrus had his men to divert the water which flowed under the city walls around the city. The invaders then went in under the city wall and surprised the Babylonians who were having a drunken party.”4 The Persians made their capital at Babylon for a while, but it eventually declined in importance. Alexander the Great came there in 331 B.C. intending to make it the capital of a new commercial empire. This was not to be, however, because he died at Babylon in the grip of some sudden and mysterious disease in June of 323 B.C. The city’s decline continued and the Parthians stripped the city of its substance in 124 B.C. The last mention of Babylon is on a tablet dating from 10 B.C. The ancient location of Babylon today consists of only desolate ruins. 4. Messianic Prophecies There are 332 prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The prophecies about Christ were written centuries before He was born. List of some of the prophecies: 1. Micah 5:2 (fulfilled Matt 2:1-6) 2. Gen 49:10 (fulfilled Heb 7:14) 3. 2 Sam 7:12-14 (fulfilled Luke 1:32; 3:31) 4. Isa 7:14 (fulfilled Matt 1:21-25) 5. Zech 9:9 (fulfilled Matt 21:1-9) 6. Zech 12:10 (fulfilled John 19:34,37) 7. Isa 53:9 (fulfilled Matt 27:57-60)
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Supported by Daniel 4:35
Supported by Daniel 4:35
God expects us to give thanks in all things. When things are good or bad, He expects us to give thanks. Delay may be for God to bring the... Read More
God expects us to give thanks in all things. When things are good or bad, He expects us to give thanks. Delay may be for God to bring the promise to pass. God delayed for Sarah to give her a smile (Isaac). Still the Lord is good no matter the situation. Daniel 4:29-37 - King Nebuchadnezzar praised God after he saw His might demonstrated. In everything give thanks. 7 Benefits of giving quality thanks to God: 1. Your reasoning ability is restored if it is lost. If it is there, your reasoning ability is increased. 2. Your lost glory will be restored. 3. All your honor, brightness and wisdom turned to foolishness will be restored. 4. God will cause your helpers that have forgotten you to remember you. 5. He will facilitate by Himself that you are established in your former position and ensure you are promoted in addition. 6. He will add excellence and majesty to your life. God Himself will put you on and as you move, people would see and honor God in you. 7. God will restore boldness and completeness to your life. Your miracle will be perfected.
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