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Daniel's Interpretation

Daniel's interpretation of the king;s dream reads as follows;

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Dan ch4:v18-23
Dan 4:18 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.
Dan 4:19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonished for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spoke, 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.
Dan 4:20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;
Dan 4:21 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:
Dan 4:22 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.
Dan 4:23 And whereas the king saw a watcher and a 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;

Now, Daniel was astonished for one hour - (corresponding to the one GF(8) of one automorphism of one particular seven cycle over an octal.) the same length of time within which the people were commanded to bow down to worship the idol else face the fiery furnace. We see one full hour before Daniel answered the king; that Daniel spent that hour "making sure" the interpretation, as it troubled him. (That the heptad or spirit of God would work upon the king who was not an Israelite - an unheard of thing to many of the jews I would think.) The king's exclamation that the "holy gods" are in Daniel may have also troubled him - that Daniel perhaps was astonished at the kings words, implying that God is a sevenfold spirit and exists in trinity. Daniel may indeed have known that, but only worshipped the one God, and not a trinity, not conferring it to the king.

Daniel declares the interpretation is advantageous for the kings enemies, and it would have been better if the dream had been given them instead. Daniel relates the dream to the king, stating the tree is the king himself, grown up strong towards heaven, and spread over the earth by wealth, territory and power, and the judgement to cut the tree down is to fall upon the king. The judgement against the kingdom falls upon the king as much as the king may take pride in the glory of his kingdom. Daniel fully recounts the dream and its interpretation of the judgement upon the king follows.

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Dan ch4:v24-28
Dan 4:24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:
Dan 4:25 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.
Dan 4:26 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.
Dan 4:27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
Dan 4:28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.

The king is but a man, and a man but an animal - he will be estranged from other animals as an animal, will live as an animal, eat as an animal, sleep outside like an animal for seven years, (a heptad showing the spirit of God rules over him) until the king realises that God sets up men over other men and always under God Himself, man is never to rule over God or as God. The kingdom itself will wait for the king's return and will be restored to him (hence the letter to prove it.) after he is finished being debased to the condition of man were he without the most high God over him. God loves man, and we may read that those whom He loves he rebukes and chastens. (We see a similitude of the cutting off of the Lord's right hand to live as if he were the "least in the kingdom of heaven" under the circuit of the angel of the church.)

Daniel exhorts the king at God's admonishment to repent and be humbled doing good works and to cease from sin, to glorify the true God of heaven so that this dream will come true in many years time. (Which was actually not lone, as the verse above states.)


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