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Friday, October 12 2012

The Prophet Daniel: The Dream Of A Tree

Studies in this complete "The Prophet Daniel" series:
1. A Child Of The Exile 2. Nebuchadnezzar's Image 3. The Fiery Furnace 4. The Dream Of A Tree
5. The Hand Writing On The Wall 6. The Den Of Lions 7. The Four Great Beasts 8. The Ram and The He Goat
9. The Seventy Weeks 10. The Hiddekel Vision 11. Kings Of The North and South


Nebuchadnezzar was the king of one of the greatest idol-worshiping nations of all time - Babylon. But the LORD (see Who Is The LORD?) gave Nebuchadnezzar an opportunity to know that His Truth is greater. Consider the amazing result, as stated by Nebuchadnezzar after his lesson was delivered: "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."

"4:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages [see also The Word Of God In The Tongues Of Man], that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 4:2 I thought it good to show the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. 4:3 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)

How was the lesson delivered to Nebuchadnezzar?

Babylon

"4:4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace: 4:5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me. 4:6 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me [see What And Where Is Babylon Today?], that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream. 4:7 Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof." (Daniel 4:4-7 KJV)

After the sorcerers once again proved themselves powerless, Nebuchadnezzar explained the dream to the prophet Daniel.

"4:8 But at the last Daniel [see The Prophet Daniel: A Child Of The Exile] 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 before him I told the dream, saying, 4:9 O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof. 4:10 Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great. 4:11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth: 4:12 The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.

4:13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven; 4:14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches: 4:15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth [see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Roots and Branches], even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth: 4:16 Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him: and let seven times pass over him.

4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men [see Who Is The LORD?], and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. 4:18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee." (Daniel 4:8-18 KJV)

"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 was enabled by the LORD to interpret the dream that the LORD had given to Nebuchadnezzar. The Garden of Eden had once existed in the area of Babylon (i.e. in the area of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers), so the symbolism of a single fruit tree with "the sight thereof to all the earth" may have been as much an allusion to history as prophecy.

Eden

"4:19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee.

Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.

4:20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth; 4:21 Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation:

4:22 It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.

4:23 And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him;

4:24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:

4:25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

4:26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.

4:27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity." (Daniel 4:19-27 KJV)

So it was that the prophecy was fulfilled. Nebuchadnezzar became as a "beast" until "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."

Nebuchadnezzar

"4:28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.

4:29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. 4:30 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? [see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image and The Prophet Daniel: The Fiery Furnace]

4:31 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.

4:32 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.

4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen [see also Herbs Of The Garden], and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws." (Daniel 4:28-33 KJV)

Nebuchadnezzar's humanity was then restored, from which the former pagan king proclaimed "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."

"4:35 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? [see also The Coming World Dictator and What Is The Day Of The LORD?]

4:36 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.

4:37 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 4:35-37 KJV)

Fact Finder: When the first humans were put out of the Garden, were they still in Eden?
See The Garden In Eden


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This Day In History, October 12

539 BC: The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia captured Babylon - an event that later permitted the return of the people of Judah to Jerusalem (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia, Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah and Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist).

1285: 180 Jews were burned to death in Munich, Germany, after refusing to convert to the Church of Rome (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1492: Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the "New World" (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). All four of the voyages of Columbus were limited to the area of the Caribbean Sea.

Voyages of Christopher Columbus

1518: After proceedings began against him for heresy, 35 year old Martin Luther was summoned to the Diet at Augsburg. In the theological discussions that followed, Luther refused to recant his 95 Theses that he had posted on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. While Luther rejected the corrupt leadership of the Papacy, he, and most "Protestants" ever since, maintained nearly all of Rome's antichrist doctrines (see Antichristians).

1576: Rudolf II, the king of Hungary and Bohemia, succeeded his father Maximillian II as Holy Roman emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire).

1692: Massachusetts Governor William Phips ordered an end to the Salem witch trials that caused numerous innocent people to be executed.

1702: In the War of The Spanish Succession, Admiral Rooke with 30 British ships defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Vigo Bay and seized 11 ships full of treasure.

1810: Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildurghausen. The festivities became an annual event and evolved into the present Oktoberfest festival of beer and bratwurst.

1811: Paraguay declared its independence from Spain and Argentina.

1822: Brazil formally became independent of Portugal.

1899: The Anglo-Boer War began in South Africa.

1918: A forest fire killed 453 people in Minnesota.

1928: The Graf Zeppelin became the first commercial dirigible to cross the Atlantic. The Zeppelin, named after its inventor, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, made more than 500 trans-Atlantic flights until it was retired in favor of the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg.

1933: Alcatraz was opened as a U.S. federal maximum-security prison.

1945: A few months after the Second World War in Europe ended, the Allied Control Council ordered the dissolution of the Nazi Party of Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1960: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev pounded his desk at the United Nations with his shoe after becoming angry during a debate.

1963: Archaeological research digs began at Masada in Israel.

1964: The Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1 into orbit. It was the first spacecraft to carry a multiple crew.

1970: President Richard Nixon announced the withdrawl of 40,000 more U.S. troops from the Vietnam civil war (Vietnam was divided into North and South by France; when France was driven out, the U.S. replaced French forces and took the side of South Vietnam).

1973: Spiro Agnew resigned as U.S. Vice-President after being convicted of tax evasion. He was replaced by Gerald Ford.

1984: 5 people were killed when an Irish Republican Army terrorist bomb exploded at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, during the annual Conservative Party Conference. It was an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet.

1992: An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale struck Cairo; 552 killed, nearly 10,000 injured. The epicenter was not far from the great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.





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