So very important message this morning people!! Daniel chapter 4 – PRIDE AND AROGANCE COME BEFORE A FALL!! So the story goes which you should read below, Nebuchadnezzar had 2 chances before this chapter to humble himself before God!! But he didn’t because he was proud and arrogant, he thinks everything he has is because he is so wonderful and he has gotten it all by himself!! Oh how wrong was he?? So he has another dream because in chapter 2 we had the dream about the statue which was destroyed by the Rock which is Christ, and in chapter 3 we had Daniels 3 friends put into the furnace for not bowing down to the big golden statue of Nebuchadnezzar when the music played!! An angel of the Lord protected them from the fire and they walked out of it with not 1 hair on their heads singed, so again Nebuchadnezzar experiences the power of God because none of his gods could do this!! So the dream is of a great tree which reaches to Heaven which is symbolic of Nebuchadnezzars kingdom which was the entire earth Babylon also the tower of Babel reached the Heavens too and we should all know by now what happened to that!! So in verses 1-3 he honours God with his mouth but doesn’t humble himself before him! He calls for all the wise men, the magicians and astrologers, the Chaldeans to interpret the dream to him but they cannot because they don’t serve God either!! So again he calls on Daniel and he acknowledges that Daniel has the Spirit of The Living God, the God of all gods, the King of Heaven and earth in him because Daniel already interpreted the dream from chapter 2 when the wise men couldn’t!! Daniel warns him about looking after the poor and providing for everyone but he doesn’t LISTEN!! The great tree was magnificent which the beasts sheltered under, the birds nested it, and was full of fruit (riches, wealth and material possessions)!! Until a watcher angel came down with a decree from God to cut down the tree, cut off his branches, shake off his leaves and scatter his fruit, but leave a stump!! That stump was Nebuchadnezzar turned into a beast of the field eating grass for 7 years and he knew nothing for these 7 years but how to be a beast and eat grass although he knew why he was being punished in this way!! When the 7 years were up he humbled himself before God and served only Him, he admitted that he could do nothing without God’s help and grace!! So God restored his kingdom which was the entire earth!! So what does this mean?? If you have a good life with food on your table, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, a car to drive, holidays abroad, money at your disposal to buy what you want and loads of nice things and you are Not serving God and thanking Him for everything you have in this world, You are about to Fall!!!! Great news for all Gods people, bad news for all the greedy, lying, cheating, self-serving, proud, arrogant, ignorant self-righteous people who think they are above the God of Heaven and Earth!! No joke so take the time every day to thank God for every little thing you have because He can take it away in a breath!! Cannot come soon enough given the situation in the world with these big corps making all these profits while we all struggle to provide even the simplest of things!! I will say it again “They are NOT getting their great reset” God is about to reset this world and restore His people everything which has been stolen by the enemy!! They will own NOTHING and be like beasts of the field eating grass because PRIDE always brings a Major FALL just like satan falling from Heaven!! These are his traits not Gods!!!! Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, body and soul and serve Him only, and love your neighbour as yourself!! This is the whole duty of man to fear God and keep His commandments!!!! Cursed or Blessed the choice is Yours!!
Daniel 4 King James Version
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.