king nebuchadnezzar sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world : ” peace and prosperity to you. I want you all to know about the miraculous signs and wonders the most high God has performed for me. how great are HIs signs? how powerful HIs wonders? His kingdom will last forever, His rule through all generations.
I nebuchadnezzar was living in my palace in comfort and prosperity but one night I had a dream that frightened me. I saw visions that terrified me as I lay in my bed so I issued an order calling in all the wise men of Babylon so they could tell me what my dream meant . when all the magicians enchanters fortune tellers and astrologers came in I told them the dream but they could not tell me what it meant. at last daniel came in before me and I told him the dream ( he was named belteshazzar after my god and the spirit of the holy gods is in him..)
I said to him ” belteshazzar chief of the magicians I know the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too great for you to solve . now tell me what my dream means.
while I was lying in bed this is what I dreamed. I saw a large tree in the middle of the earth . the tree grew very tall and strong reaching high into the heavens for all the world to see. it had fresh green leaves and it was loaded with fruit for all to eat. wild animals lived in its shade and birds nested in its branches . all the world was fed from this tree.
then as I lay there dreaming I saw a messenger a holy one coming down from heaven. the messenger shouted ” cut down the tree and lop off its branches shake off its leaves and scatter its fruit , chase the wild animals from its shade and the birds from its branches but leave the stump and the roots in the ground , bound with a band of iron and bronze and surrounded by tender grass . now let him be drenched with the dew of heaven and let him live with the wild animals among the plants of the field . for 7 periods of time let him have the mind of a wild animal instead of a human for this has been decreed by the messengers it is commanded by the holy ones so that everyone may know that the most high rules over the kingdoms of the world
He gives them to anyone He chooses even to the lowliest of people .
belteshazzar that was the dream that I king nebuchadnezzar had now tell me what it means for none of the wise men from my kingdom can do so but you can tell me because the spirit of the holy gods is in you.”
upon hearing this daniel also known as belteshazzar was overcome for a time frightened by the meaning of the dream, then the king said to him ” belteshazzar don’t be alarmed by the dream and what it means”
belteshazzar replied ” I wish the events foreshadowed in this dream would happen to your enemies my lord and not to you. the tree you saw was growing very tall and strong reaching high into the heavens for all the world to see . it had fresh green leaves and was loaded with fruit for all to eat. wild animals lived in its shade and birds nested in its branches . that tree your majesty is you , for you have grown strong and great your greatness reaches up to heaven and your rule to the ends of the earth, then you saw a messenger a holy one coming down from heaven and saying ‘ cut down the tree and destroy it but leave the stump and the roots in the ground bound with a band of iron and bronze and and surrounded by tender grass. let him be drenched with the dew of heaven. let him live with the animals of the field for seven periods of time.’
this is what the dream means your majesty and what the most high has declared will happen to my lord the king. you will be driven from human society and you will live in the fields with the wild animals. you will eat grass like a cow and you will be drenched with the dew of heaven. seven periods of time will pass while you live this way until you learn that the most high rules over the kingdoms of this world and gives them to anyone He chooses, but the stump and roots of the tree were left in the ground . this means that you will receive your kingdom back again when you have learned that heaven rules.
king nebuchadnezzar please accept my advice. stop sinning and do what is right. break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor perhaps then you will continue to prosper.”
but all these things did happen to king nebuchadnezzar . 12 months later he was taking a walk on the flat roof of the royal. palace in Babylon . as he looked out across the city he said ” look at this great city of Babylon . by my own mighty power I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendour.”
while these words were still in his mouth a voice called down from heaven ” oh king nebuchadnezzar this message is for you . you are no longer ruler of this kingdom. you will be driven from human society. you will live in the fields with the wild animals and you will eat grass like a cow. 7 periods of time will pass while you live this way until you learn that the most high rules over the kingdoms of this w0rld and gives them to anyone He chooses.’
that same hour the judgment was fulfilled and nebuchadnezzar was driven from human society . he ate grass like a cow and he was drenched with the dew of heaven. he lived this way until his hair was as long as eagle feathers and his nails were like birds claws.
after this time had passed I nebuchadnezzar looked up to heaven . my sanity returned and I praised and worshipped the most high and honoured the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting and HIs kingdom is eternal . all the people of the earth are nothing compared to HIm. He does as He pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. no one cAN STOP hiM OR say to HIm ‘ what do you mean by doing these things?’
when my sanity returned to me so did my honor and glory and kingdom . my advisers and nobles sought me out and I was restored as head of my kingdom with even greater honor than before.
now I nebuchadnezzar praise and glorify and honour the king of heaven . all His acts are just and true and He is able to humble the proud.
this chapter begins with the heartening news that nebuchadnezzar has had a turnaround and decided to worship the one true God.
it’s true that God will never be deposed from HIs throne.
at this point nebuchadnezzar had not yet worked out his feelings regarding Elohim.
he was still holding onto the worship of baal and he still believed in multiple gods even though he recognized the power of the one true God he saw evident in Daniel’s life.
I am not sure if we are meant to assume that king nebuchadnezzar woke from his dream and was interrupted by an angel from heaven or that he saw an angel wake him up from one dream while he was still trapped inside another dream.
daniel might have been terrified that if king nebuchadnezzar heard that his dream meant bad news for his future he might become furious with him and prematurely end his life.
God showed grace to king nebuchadnezzar.
what amazing love bestowed on one who killed His chosen people.
it would have been an extremely humbling experience to be in king nebuchadnezzars shoes and eat food off the ground like an animal sleeping on the ground and being forced to fight in order to grab every tiny morsel thrown in his direction. you would think king nebuchadnezzar would have been smart and heeded the warnings fom his own dreams but he gradually forgot about the fact that all the success he gained was only brought about because Elohim permitted it to be so.
according to jewishencyclopedia.com evil merodach was looking after his father king nebuchadnezzars throne during his 7 years of absence . hE MAY have been the one who coerced his dad into leaving but i have no solid evidence to back up this theory so a theory is all it will ever be. Gods existence is eternal. all our greatness pales into insignificance compared to toe myriad of activities God is constantly involved with making sure its never possible for us to claim the excuse that we never had an opportunity to avail ourselves to the master’s hands. it is not wrong for us to question why God operates the way He does merely to deny HIs existence or to give up communicating with HIm cos choosing to do so puts us straight into the danger zone and increases our vulnerability to temptation.
God is always just and right even when we think His way of running the universe isnt fair.
we must remind ourselves that if we were to get what we deserve we would all be burning in hell right now so its just as well God chooses to be kind to us and help us to walk in HIs footsteps . God resists the proud but He listens to the humble . if we want God to bless our lives we have to tune into His frequency. reading His word and listening out for HIs guiding voice enables us to overcome all the obstacles the world places across our path trying to block us from accessing heaven.