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Nebuchadnezzar The Believer

"Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I thought it good to show the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. How great are His signs! And how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation." (Daniel 4:1-3 KJV)

"I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven"

Nebuchadnezzar was the pagan king of the Chaldean (also known as the Neo-Babylonian) Empire (see Ancient Empires - Babylon). He was born about 630 B.C. and died around 562 B.C. at age 68. He was the most powerful monarch of his dynasty and is best known for the magnificence of his capital, Babylon, his vast military conquests and his role in Bible History and Prophecy.

Lions On The Ishtar Gate Nebuchadnezzar is known to students of the Bible for his defeat of the southern kingdom of Judah (the northern kingdom of Israel was by then long gone, having been conquered and deported over a century earlier by the Assyrians - see The Galilee Captivity). By 586 B.C., the Babylonian forces conquered the land of Judah, devastated Jerusalem, looted and burned the original Temple that had been built by Solomon (see also Raiders Of The Lost Ark) and took the people of Judah away into what became known as the "Babylonian Exile." (2 Kings 25:1-17). The Babylonian victory over Judah wasn't somehow a defeat for God because God not only allowed it, He brought it about - see Why Babylon?.

But what many people are very surprised to discover about Nebuchadnezzar is that not only did God convert him into a believer and worshipper of the only true God, Nebuchadnezzar's own testimony is a part of the Holy Scriptures, as shown in Daniel 4:1-3 quoted above.

Nebuchadnezzar's conversion didn't come easy, to say the least. After being warned by the prophet Daniel, the Babylonian king was struck down with bestial madness and then restored after The Lord's supreme power was made wholly evident to him. Nebuchadnezzar went from an arrogant "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty" to humble "I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven."

"All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar. At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?"

"While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."

"The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws."

"And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High and I praised and honoured him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion and his kingdom is from generation to generation."

"And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?"

"At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase." (Daniel 4:28-37 KJV)

Fact Finder: What prophecy that was given to King Nebuchadnezzar (which was interpreted by God through the prophet Daniel) involves the return of Jesus Christ?
See Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

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