by Christina Farris
1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
2 I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me.
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.
4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:
5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.
6 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream.
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.
8 But at the last Daniel 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,
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.
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.
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:
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.
13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;
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:
15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots 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 in the grass of the earth:
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.
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, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.
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.
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.
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;
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:
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.
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;
24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:
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.
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.
27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.
29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.
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?
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.
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.
33 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.
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:
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?
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.
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. What are crosses often only seen a depicted as being good for the world to God's people, especially when we think of the cross of Jesus who took away our sins. Yet what about the unholy cross that reigns in our world. No one wants to talk about it, because an unholy cross is often seen as related to satanical realm. The imitation of godly kingdom but is not. From the time of deception in the garden of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, that very tree still exist but in the spiritual sense more the eating of actual fruit. Upon this earth we choose what we will taste and not taste to a point. Devil was literally under the root of the tree of life, his ways of deception art he followed to deceive. but also to bring people into his kingdom. The kingdom is laced with brass and iron ready to ensnare. Satan has the power to bite at the heels of the saints of God. His offspring scatter through the earth. One way Satan deceive the children today is to set up kingdoms and palace not of God. The consort with idolators, magicians and astrologers to deceive the nations. I remember in the eighties hearing a president wife consoluting with astrologers. After that time frame I never looked at my nation as necessarily being Christian.Yet I never feared our nation either, in regards to our times, because our nation is made of many people with many backgrounds. Not all Christian but perhaps with the belief of good works toward each other. In other words they believe in Christ teaching not necessarily who Christ is. Yet we do have believers in political world, but some have never received Christ as Savior and Lord perhaps. Our Bible is ancient text, and study by many cultures because of that one fact.
If I could talk about Nebuchadnezzar dream it almost seems as satanic force over took him for a moment in time, but could not remain because of the one true God, but the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar kingdom would survive to rise again. Almost like little demons being set apart for that work. The worse case scenerio of Nebuchadnezzar was he would never fully get the ideal of God's power greater then his which in truth he bowed but never completely in full submission to God. Many people recognize God but never submit to him, beyond the simple bow in form of reverence to God's power. One can respect God is Almighty and still live in disobedience to God but not necessarily God's will. God uses these people despite their lack of submission to him. God uses the devil so man can see evil, with only limiting his power on the earth.
What this all means to the believer who submits to the will of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? In truth it means that when God's children pray, he hears and looks upon our life and his will for our life, and his hand and his protection is there. We can count on the promises of God to be fullfilled in our life, we can look for God's mercy and grace. It does not mean we do not have to deal with hardship, or trials, it means that blessings will come because of hardships and lessons learned during that time, that his protection in our life as we yield to him, will help us handle our hardship, our cross in life we too must bear. The devil will try to make us trust in him for the things of this world, when we need to rely on God.
Realize God enables people to work, that provides for the needs of each person they care for as well as themselves. The Devil is one that acts as if he is sole provider and protector and gives no credit to God. Nebuchadnezzar would go through a horrific experience and the devil would depart from him, and he would give God glory. How was the kingdom hewed down when the dream could not be interpreted by the sorcers, magicians and astrologers, he killed them and only a few were left and Daniel interpreted the dream. With Interpretation the knowledge of God came to him and he fell to his knees. Only then could he worship God, but satanist that tried to deceive the king for so long failed. They would come again with the building of an idol, the demanding of worshipping the king. How many countries have their people bow today to their king? Our nation does not bow to our president, but we do respect him as our representive of our nation. The point being Nebuchadnezzar set himself as a king with more author then God ever attended for his life because of the power round his thrown by sorcers, magicians and astrologers. God knew and came to cut this force down and prove his power to the king. It would happen more then once to convince him. Nebuchhadnezzar was a worldly king and still was caught in the sin of idolatry. His cross not a godly one, but one that still lead people to God of the Bible.
Dear Heavenly Fahter help your people to know the difference between Godly kings and those not in submission to you, but the will of themselves and the devil. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Daniel 5:4 KJV They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
Revelation 18:1-11 KJV