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Is Not This Great Babylon?

The chapter closes Nebuchadnezzars account with the result of the king's pride, it comes "before his fall".

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Dan ch4:v29-37
Dan 4:29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.
Dan 4:30 The king spoke, 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 honor of my majesty?
Dan 4:31 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.
Dan 4:32 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.
Dan 4:33 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.
Dan 4:34 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 honored him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
Dan 4:35 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?
Dan 4:36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honor and brightness returned unto me; and my counselors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.
Dan 4:37 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.

Nebuchadnezzar whilst walking in the palace pridefully states that the glory of the kingdom is all due himself, not leaving place for the God that warned him in the dream some twelve months earlier. (As perhaps an allusion to the stewardship he had over the "twelve" tribes of Israel?) God is swift to answer, to fulfil his judgement as in the dream, and we see it immediately came to pass, (that all the king dreamed) all that Daniel had shown in interpretation to be true occurred as Daniel stated.

There are three hours in the text corresponding to the elements of the static subgroup under the frobenius map. One hour within which the people were to bow down to the image set up by the king, the second hour in which Daniel was astonished and this third hour within which the king's judgement by God occurs. These are analogous to the dead under the altar, (slain for the word of God as in the fiery furnace) the sealing of the faithful in the book of life (their salvation, c.f. Daniel having the "holy gods" in him) and the express person of God and His coming. (With the judgement.)

The one God that preserved alive Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Christ) has replied in trinity to the king, in that truly the king had been part of a "set-up" (if you like) in these three hours forming the K4 group as of the last three seals. God had indeed set the king up as he was, in order to shoot him right back down again - to show His sovereignty over all men as recorded in the accounts in the book of Daniel's first chapters.

The King had raised the image above all "Peoples, nations and languages" and God has shown the king that God raised the king above his people. In the kings act of making his idol as high as God, God replied and showed the kingdom there is one God and God is far above man. In the eyes of all "People, nations and languages" God has indeed shown the living that there is one God who rules over all. (And not least having shown the king himself his "instrument".)

When the king acknowledges the sovereignty and eternity of God - (that as above when the king stated "What doest thou?") in the set-up of the king and his own pride before his fall, his own reason returned and he was restored to his kingdom, and "excellent majesty" was once again his. The king it seems was in no doubt as to the result of his own fall - and neither should by inference should any saved christian consider himself as equal to Jesus Christ though they be heirs with Him. We are heirs with Him in God's promises to us, and not equal to Him - as he was humbled and abased to become as we are, yet Christ is the alpha and omega - the first and the last. We will never be His equals! Christ came as a man to fulfil the law required of men - we are not saved to fulfil the converse, that we may be "as God".


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