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Tuesday, December 15 2015
Daniel 4: What Part Of The Bible Was Written By A Babylonian King?
"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 shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me"
Nebuchadnezzar was a Chaldean (see The Medes And Chaldees Prophecies) who became the king of Babylon at the time when Babylon was an empire. Babylon's turn as the world superpower (Babylon rose when it defeated the Assyrian Empire and fell when it was defeated by the Persian Empire; see The Empires Of Bible History And Prophecy) happened at the time that the corrupt Kingdom of Judah was brought down by the LORD in 586 BC, so the LORD used the military forces of the Babylonians to conquer Judah (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?), just as He had used the Assyrian military to bring down the Kingdom of Israel over a century earlier, in 721 BC (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes).
Nebuchadnezzar had already experienced the Power and Truth of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), through the LORD's appointed servants in Babylon (see Daniel's Knowledge Of Wisdom And Science and Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Of The World To Come; also The Fiery Furnace Of The Head Of Gold).
From those experiences, and more to come, Nebuchadnezzar became a believer in the LORD - to which he was given to write a part of the Scriptural record: "I thought it good to shew 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, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
As happened previously, Daniel assisted the king to understand the revelation that was given to him by the LORD. Just as the Pharisee Saul, as he was converted into the apostle Paul, was struck blind on the road to Damascus as an object lesson of how spiritual blind he was (Acts 9:1-19; see also The Meeting Of Paul And Barnabas and The Ministry Of Paul And Barnabas), Nebuchadnezzar would be reduced to a carnal-minded beast as an object lesson of how he lived.
"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.
The lesson was then applied for the specified time, from right at the very moment that he arrogantly declared himself to be the greatest: "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?"
"4:28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.
When the lesson was completed, Nebuchadnezzar was restored, but his arrogance was left behind: "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."
"4:34 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 for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 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?
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This Day In History, December 15
37: Nero (Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) was born. He was the Emperor of Rome from October 13, 54 to June 9, 68 (see Nero's Torches; also The Politics Of Rome and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).
533: Byzantine General Belisarius defeated the Vandals at the Battle of Ticameron.
1794: The Revolutionary Tribunal was abolished in France.
1794: During the War of the Austrian Succession, the Prussians under Leopold I of Anhalt-Dessau heavily defeated the Saxons under Rutowski at the Battle of Kesseldorf near Dresden.
1806: During the Napoleonic Wars, French forces under Napoleon entered Warsaw, Poland.
1840: Napoleon's remains were interred in Les Invalides in Paris, after having been brought from St. Helena where he died in exile.
1890: Sioux chief Tatanka Iyotake was shot and killed at age 59 by native-American police who were trying to arrest him. He is better known to history as "Sitting Bull."
1891: James Naismith, a Canadian, invented basketball (with a soccer ball and 2 peach baskets) while working as a physical education teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1899: During the second Boer War, the British made a frontal attack in the battle of Colenso aimed at relieving the besieged town of Ladysmith. The action failed and the British lost over 1,100 men.
1914: The Battle of Lodz ended. Russian forces retreated toward Moscow.
1961: Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was convicted of crimes against humanity by a court in Israel and sentenced to hang (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and Why Does Satan Love Liars?).
1964: Canada adopted the Maple Leaf flag.
1970: The unmanned Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 landed on Venus becoming the first Earth spacecraft to land on another planet.
1973: The American (i.e. U.S.) Psychiatric Association voted 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders.
1995: West European leaders announced that the new European monetary unit would be known as the "Euro" (see also Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
2001: The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after a 11 year, $27 million attempt to reinforce the structure.
2005: Walter Haut died at age 83. Haut, a former spokesman for the Roswell Army Air Field, took dictation on July 8, 1947, as base commander Col. William Blanchard dictated a news release about a recovered "flying saucer" and ordered Haut to issue it.