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Pamphlet 5016 KC Daniel 4-2 xxxxxx

 He is going to reveal "what shall be in the latter days"!

So, let's continue as we are about to see that which is on the mind of the king of Babylon, a matter which has to do with these latter days.

[25] Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
It would seem that Arioch was not too anxious to carry out the king's execution order.
[26] The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
After the bout Nebuchadnezzar had with the religious community, one can only speculate that he was probably pretty skeptical about Daniel's claim that he could make known unto him the dream which he had seen.

Also, some scholars believe the name "Belteshazzar" is an abbreviated form of "Balat-su-usur" which means "Protect thou (oh Bel) his life."

In any event, it is certainly a fitting title because Satan, the king of Babylon of these last days of whom Nebuchadnezzar was a type, is not permitted to touch one hair on the head of God's anointed.

God simply makes known to the king of Babylon what he can and cannot do (Rev. 9:4).

[27] Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
The king already knew that...
but Daniel wanted to emphasize the fact that the phony religious leaders
could do nothing because their gods are no gods
and they themselves have no power.

But... there is a God in heaven who can cut it!

[28] But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
Once again, Daniel not only took absolutely no credit for the revelation he received
but was careful to give all the credit to our Father.

Let us also be wise and understand from this verse
what it is God is about to make known to king Nebuchadnezzar!

He is going to reveal "what shall be in the latter days"!

So let's stay awake and pay real close attention... because we are in those "latter days".

[29] As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and He that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
Again, this is a revelation of what is going to transpire hereafter,
of how it is going to be in the latter days!

You see, there are no surprises in store for God's elect,
those who love and serve Him.

Always remember what Jesus Christ said in Mark 13:23, "But take ye heed: behold,
I have foretold you all things."

That means at this point if we do not understand what is happening in the world,
we simply have not "taken heed" to what He has said in His Word.

Let us also understand from wisdom why it is this revelation is being given to Daniel.

[30] But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.
This secret, this hidden knowledge and information of what is on the mind of the king of Babylon,
is not being revealed for Daniel's sake, but for the sake of the others!

Remember, Daniel is a type of God's elect in these last days
which means this revelation is not given unto them for their sakes either,
but for the sake of their companions and whosoever
will open their eyes and ears and be warned concerning the vision.

So, Nebuchadnezzar's memory is about to return unto him suddenly and boy is he ever going to have an awakening!

[31] Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
This image, this figure which "stood before" the king of Babylon, was dreadfully awesome!

Note: Some might also find interesting the definition for the Chaldean word translated "image".

image, tselem, tseh'-lem, Hebrew 6755; (Chaldee); or tselem, tsel-em'; (Chaldee); corresponding to Hebrew 6754 (tselem); an idolatrous figure :- form, image.

tselem, tseh'-lem, Hebrew 6754; from an unused root meaning to shade; a phantom, i.e. (figurtive) illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol :- image, vain shew.

Let's talk about images and likenesses for a moment beginning with the important fact that Jesus Christ spoke in parables to the multitudes, which can be documented in Matthew 13:34, "All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake He not unto them."

A parable is like an image. It is a picture, a similitude, a likeness, a symbolic portrayal of one thing but which refers to the meaning of something else.

The point is that for a person to understand an image or a parable,
both of which are symbolic portrayals of something else,
one must understand the meaning of the symbols that are used.

In other words, if you know what the symbology means you will have a clear picture in your mind of what is being spoken of.

On the other hand, if you do not know what the symbols are, the meaning becomes obscure and actually hidden from your view.

That is precisely why Jesus Christ spoke to the multitudes in this manner.

Let's listen to Christ's own explanation of why He spoke in parables as He responds to His disciples' question.

Matthew 13:10-17
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
After Jesus spoke to the multitudes they would always go their way...
and you can just hear them say to one another,
"Wasn't that a great sermon today?"

The disciples on the other hand always came to Him privately afterwards
and diligently inquired of Him as to the in-depth meaning of what He said.

That is why wisdom and knowledge was given unto them and not to the multitudes!

You see, it was no different back then than it is today!

[11] He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Why isn't it given to the multitudes to know mysteries of the kingdom of heaven?

He explains why in the next verse.

[12] For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Whosoever has what? Eyes to see and ears to hear!

Whosoever has the desire to seek wisdom and understanding by going to the Word of God
and inquiring of Him.

The majority of Christians rarely if ever crack the book open,
so they are not given wisdom and knowledge and understanding.

[13] Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
They see the imagery and the pictures in their mind's eye just like everyone else,
but they do not understand what they mean because they do not know what the symbols mean.

You "see", they do not really want to know else they would hunger and thirst
and go to Him and seek the meaning thereof.

The same applies to their hearing.

[14] And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
They are a "thick headed" bunch whose ears are clogged
and they would rather follow after the traditions of men than study their Father's Word,
rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15).

Here's the definition of the word "gross" used in the next verse:

gross, pachuno, pakh-oo'-no, Greek 3975; from a derivative of Greek 4078 (pegnumi) (meaning thick); to thicken, i.e. (by implication) to fatten (figurative stupefy or render callous) :- wax gross.
[15] For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Go to Him in prayer and ask for wisdom and understanding.

Then open the book and hear His voice!

[16] But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

[17] For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Yes, the prophets wrote of the latter days, the time of the end,
yet even they did not fully understand the meaning of much of what they wrote.

And many of our forefathers down through the ages did not
and could not understand the things pertaining to the last days,
the time of end.

But as it is written in Acts 2, the sons and daughters of the last days,
the final generation would "see visions",
i.e. understand the visions of the prophets,
and they would teach those visions to their brothers and sisters.

In fact, it is written that the words of Daniel were closed up
and sealed till the time of the end,
when the unsealing of his words would take place by the Lamb of God to His people,
the wise, those who seek after Him with open eyes and ears.

Daniel 12:9-10
And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

[10] Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Are you wise?

Study your Father's Word with open eyes and ears
and He promises to make you wise!

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It is important that YOU Read it all!

Jesus said, "the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding"

Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 when He sat upon the Mount of Olives and gave His disciples the seven seals concerning the knowledge and the events that would transpire during the final generation of the fig tree, that the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding concerning the abomination of desolation, that abominable desolator (antichrist) who would come stand in the holy place claiming to be God.
The book of Daniel is the Apocalypse of the Old Testament
and a sister book to the Apocalypse of the New Testament,
the book of Revelation.

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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