Compare James That Nebuchadnezzar praised and glorified God after his reason was restored to him indicates that he recognized his experience as a just punishment for his pride. It does not necessarily follow, however, that this experience caused his sincere repentance or conversion to the God of Daniel.
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Nevertheless, it is remarkable that Daniel had even that much influence on a man steeped in idolatry and heathen superstitions. Furthermore, it is maintained that there is no evidence to show that Belshazzar ever ruled upon the throne as a subordinate to Nabonidus his father. Wilson, Studies in the Book of Daniel, , pp.
Furthermore, one of the cuneiform documents expressly states that Nabonidus entrusted the kingship to Belshazzar. Since, however, he was the man upon the throne with whom Israel had to do, he is designated king in the book of Daniel. No valid objection can be raised against this usage. The carrying away of the temple vessels to Babylon and placing them in the temple of Bel was a sign of the defeat of the God to whom these vessels were consecrated; … the use of these vessels in the drinking of wine at a festival, amid the singing of songs in praise of the gods, was accordingly a celebrating of these gods as victorious over the God of Israel.
Vessels of the temple: altar of incense, golden candlestick, table of shewbread, and ark of the covenant. The promise was that the interpreter of the writing would be made third in authority in the kingdom next to Nabonidus and Belshazzar. The scarlet sometimes purple clothing and the chain of gold mentioned in Daniel were symbols of rank worn by high officials. Those who function under the influence of the Spirit of God have increased capabilities, not because of their own qualifications, but because of the power of God which they are privileged to use.
Daniel knew this and neither deserved nor sought for earthly rewards for his role as an instrument in the hands of God. The word paras would seem to point out that the Persians were the dominant power to whom Babylon would fall. When Daniel read the writing he read and Parsin v. Cyrus diverted the water and marched his soldiers under the wall of Babylon. Thus the Persians marched under the massive walls.
No revenge was to be taken. The city was to have its normal life restored as quickly as possible.
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The gods which Nabonidus had taken from the equally well-treated provincial cities were to be restored at once. There was, above all, to be no terrorizing of the population. Indeed, Cyrus intended to change some of the policies of Nabonidus which had made him objectionable to his subjects. One can imagine the reception Cyrus received when he made his appearance in the capital a few weeks after its capture. He was not a conqueror. He was a liberator! And far from installing a foreign rule over the people, Cyrus personally took the role of Marduk, the chief god of Babylon, in the New Year Festival, thereby claiming for himself and his heirs the right to rule the Babylonian Empire by divine designation.
Those who are righteous do not fear other people. Their only desire is to serve and honor God. With the same faith that his brethren Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego had shown in refusing to bow down to the idol, Daniel refused to follow the decree that condemned petitions to any god but the king. Was there any question what he should do?
He could save his life by abandoning his prayers to the Living God. What was he to do? A man of integrity could not fail. Daniel was the soul of integrity. Talmage, The House of the Lord, p. To an absolute monarch, however, it probably seemed the logical thing to do, for out of these families might come insurrection in the future. An absolute monarch would likely feel that any other course would slowly cause him to lose power. Few courtiers have had so long a reign, served so many masters without flattering any, been more successful in their management of public affairs, been so useful to the states where they were in office, or have been more owned of God, or have left such an example to posterity.
The lion, the bear, the leopard, and the ten-horned beast represented the kingdoms of the world, says Daniel. Daniel did not see an actual bear or a lion, but the images or figures of those beasts. At the same time they received the interpretation as to what those images or types were designed to represent. The lion and eagle are both supreme among beasts of their class.
The plucking of feathers see Daniel seems to have represented a deprivation of power to fly or the power to dominate and conquer. The bear was considered next to the lion as the strongest among animals by the people of the ancient Middle East. The raising up on one side could represent the raising of the forefeet of the bear standing on its hind feet as when it goes after prey. The third kingdom corresponded to the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great. Wings signify power to move and extend influence. Heads signify governing power or the seat of government.
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The Grecian kingdom was extended greatly under Alexander and had power over much of the earth. The fourth beast was not likened to an animal. It was, however, very strong and dreadful and broke into pieces the remains of the former kingdoms. It represented the Roman Empire and the forces of evil that were manifest through that empire. The ten horns are the kingdoms into which the Roman Empire was afterwards divided. They are similar to the ten toes of the great image described in Daniel 2. See also Daniel — Though each of these beasts may be said to represent the worldly kingdoms mentioned, the representation probably was not just of their political dominion, but also of the evils upheld and perpetrated upon the world by their rule.
The little horn represented a notable anti-Christ power that was to be raised up after the time of the Roman Empire, and it was to be different from the other ten kingdoms mentioned after the Roman kingdom. Sperry said:. Let me make my point clear. He then saw the establishment of the kingdom of heaven with Christ at its head.
This seems to be what Daniel saw. He Adam is the father of the human family, and presides over the spirits of all men, and all that have had the keys must stand before him in this grand council. This may take place before some of us leave this stage of action.
The Son of Man stands before him, and there is given him glory and dominion. Adam delivers up his stewardship to Christ, that which was delivered to him as holding the keys of the universe, but retains his standing as head of the human family. There will be a great gathering in the Valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman; there will be a great council held. The Ancient of Days, who is Adam, will sit.
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Christ will come, and Adam will make his report. At this council Christ will be received and acknowledged as the rightful ruler of the earth. Satan will be replaced. Following this event every government in the world … will have to become part of the government of God. A skinny little bloke shows up at the camp the next day carrying an axe.
The head timber worker takes one look at the puny bloke and tells him to get lost. The account of Elisha, the student prophet and the floating axhead is one that would make intellectuals just shake their heads at someone who would believe such a thing. How big is your God? The God of the Bible is awesome even in small miracles! Denomination: Nazarene.
A believer can succeed without limitations if he decide to and he is determined through the strength of God, and he can refuse the distractions from the kingdom of darkness. Scripture: 2 Kings , 2 Chronicles The car broke down. Denomination: Baptist. Each one of us had experience down times, troubles and trials. Rising up must be our immediate action. God's help will always be available to those who call on Him. He will lift us up, if we never lose heart. Apostle Paul was asked by King Agrippa to defend himself He was asked to testify.
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