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February 1 Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar

We’re told that Daniel the prophet stood before the great King Nebuchadnezzar, who had had a dream that no one could interpret. It would be Daniel that would give him the interpretation of the dream, saying, “This is the interpretation, O King, and this is the decree of the most High. It has come upon my lord, the king, that I shall drive thee from men and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and I shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and I shall wet thee with the dew of heaven. Seven years shall pass over thee, till thou knoweth that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever He will.”

Concerning Nebuchadnezzar, we’re told that at the end of twelve months following the dream interpreted by Daniel, he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon, and said, “Is not this great Babylon that I have built for the house of the kingdom, by the might of my power, for the honor of my majesty?” And 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 I shall drive thee from men, thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field.”

Nebuchadnezzar was humbled by the Lord for his arrogance in making the kingdom to be centered on his majesty and his glory. We know from history that Nebuchadnezzar was actually titled Nebuchadnezzar the Second – the great king of Babylon, who was a cruel man and a powerful monarch. He conquered and destroyed Judah, the southern kingdom of Israel. It was he who destroyed the great Assyrian empire. It was he who humbled the Pharaoh Necho of Egypt. It was he who made Babylon a wonder of the world. It was his hanging gardens, in fact, that quite literally were reckoned among the ancients as a great wonder.

We know that this same Nebuchadnezzar, who lived about 580 B.C., was truly struck with madness for seven years, acting like an animal. Afterwards, we’re told that his reason returned to him, but we know this because BEROSSUS, the Chaldean historian, writing several centuries later about his own people in his antiquities makes several remarkable statements. He wrote of the King Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest of the Babylonian kings, and the madness that struck Nebuchadnezzar those seven years, making an interesting entry in his antiquities.

BEROSSUS wrote that the chief of the wise men kept he kingdom for Nebuchadnezzar. We know from the Bible that Daniel was promoted to the position as chief of the wise men, underneath Nebuchadnzzar.

BEROSSUS tells us that same man, Daniel, kept the kingdom on behalf of Nebuchadnezzar. Why? Because as a prophet of the Lord he knew what the Lord was doing, and he knew that he was to keep the kingdom so that it would be restored for Nebuchadnezzar – a man afterwards converted when he testified of the majesty of God.

So it was that when his reason came back to him and Nebuchadnezzar humbled himself in repentance before the Lord, we have this testimony: “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 honored him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:…Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”

Josephus, tracking the history of ancient civilizations via the records of those historians before him, demonstrates that the accounts in the book of Daniel are confirmed by other accounts of history. Always there stands reason to trust that Scripture will be confirmed, not contradicted, by the recorded events of history. Psalm 12 tells us that the words of the Lord are pure and will be kept forever. The Christian radio broadcast Vision Viewpoint out of Hartford wi is pleased to bring to light yet another testimony of the ability to trust in God’s Word as trustworthy and infallible.

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