The American Wisdom Series


Pamphlet 5029 KC Daniel 11-1

Those who are wise in their Father's Word
understand that one cannot have a victory in war unless there is a battle.

The name "Daniel" means "God is (my) Judge" which is the subject of this incredible book containing rich knowledge and understanding concerning the abomination of desolation, the king of Babylon of the last days.

Remember, Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 that if we wanted understanding concerning that one who comes and stands in the holy place where he ought not then go read what the prophet Daniel has to say.

And so it is we find in this book not only what happens to God's elect during that one hour when the beast and his angelic host are here but we are given understanding as to the purpose of our Father's judgment and why He sets up "the basest of all men" over the kingdom.

Then as a bonus in the latter chapters we will also be given the events that lead up to the arrival of the little horn,
that vile person, Satan as antichrist.

How timely this book is at this point in history!

One of the great lessons we learn in this book of Daniel is that our Father is in complete control and that He has a wondrous plan that entails both the positive and negative... which is to say both day and night!

We also learn that He uses whomsoever He will in both a positive and a negative sense in fulfilling and carrying out His marvelous works,
just as He used His servant Nebuchadnezzar as type of the king of Babylon before turning his heart from one of self exaltation consumed with Me-Myself-&-I to one which gives all the praise and glory and honor to the Most High God.

You see, it was the righteous judgment, the decree of the "wolfman disease" placed upon king Nebuchadnezzar by the Most High whereby he took on the mind of a beast, that brought him to the point of complete humility to know with certitude "that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will (Daniel 4:24-25)".

We also see in this that salvation is open to all.

It was even offered to the king of Tyrus, Lucifer, Satan, in the first earth age, but he refused beyond the point of no return and was therefore sentenced to perish in the lake of fire where he will be turned to ashes and be gone forever.

So let's return to the book of Daniel where the decree of the Most High placed upon Nebuchadnezzar one year ago, stating that he is to be hewn down and given the heart (mind) of a beast, is about to be carried out.

Remember that this is an ensample for us to "see" so we can get a clear picture in our minds of how the beast is used to ultimately bring about humility and turn many hearts back to their father when He comes and takes away the beast who has afflicted them and lifts them back up.

We pick up our study where Nebuchadnezzar has just walked in his palace and said boastfully as he exalted himself in his own mind, "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?" (Daniel 4:30)

Daniel 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.
This was the most powerful ruler on earth and just like that there "fell a voice from heaven" and... whoosh... he was hewn down by the sharp two-edged sword of Almighty God.

It just goes to show that there is no tree that is so high nor whose branches are so far-reaching that it cannot be swiftly hewn down by our Father.

And you know what else?

He can decide to leave a stump or not leave a stump.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The voice from heaven continues...
Daniel 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.
Again the reason is given... "until you know that the Most High rules...".

This has to give one pause to consider "What does it take for some to recognize the authority and power and might of Almighty God?"

The nations today better get their acts together and "Lift their heads on high (Isaiah 40:26)" and behold who is the Creator of all things and who has all power and might for His judgment (God is Judge) is coming upon them and many of them shall be hewn down until they too know that the Most High rules in the affairs of men.

[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.
Definitely an astonishing sight to see, wouldn't you say?

He was brought down and abased according to the decree of the Most High.

And so it is decreed upon all who exalt themselves that they too shall be abased.

Luke 14:11
For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Seven years has now passed by and we return to 454 BC which corresponds to the proclamation at the beginning of this chapter in verses 1-3.

As you read the following words of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, try to imagine what this man has gone through which has caused his heart to turn to the Most High.

Daniel 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 honoured Him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation:
Do you "see" what happened as a result of his affliction.

It not only greatly humbled him, but it turned his heart to where he became so grateful to the Most High God for ridding him of the beast disease that he could hardly contain himself.

He now knew that he was not so great and powerful after all and that the Most High rules in the affairs of men.

We also learn in this that the affliction of the beast, that one who is the basest of all men who shall be hewn down for good at the end of the 7 times, i.e. at the end of the 7th dispensation which is the Millennium, ultimately turns into a positive.

Those who are wise in their Father's Word understand the purpose in that which appears so negative to the flesh mind.

They understand that one cannot have a victory in war unless there is a battle.

They know that one cannot be an overcomer unless there are obstacles in the path to overcome.

One cannot build nor exercise righteous character unless their is temptation against which to test it.

That is why the very first thing James says to the 12 tribes which are scattered abroad is to count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.

It is an opportunity to exercise your faith and give glory to God!

James 1:2-5
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

[3] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

[4] But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Thank God for trials and tribulations that give us the opportunity to exercise our faith and trust in Him in order that others may see the peace and joy and victory we have in Jesus Christ whereby our Father can be glorified.
[5] If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Those who lack wisdom cannot understand the positive outcome of trials and tribulations so they whine and moan and turn into poor me babies and go searching for pity parties where they can sob on someone's shoulder and say "I just don't understand why this is happening to me?"

Have you considered that Jesus Christ while He was dying and hanging on the cross took that "opportunity" to convert the thief on the cross.

Imagine that!

Had He been thinking of His problem and predicament and feeling sorry for Himself because of the pain and suffering He was going through, the thief would had NEVER recognized the Messiah!

Think about that next time a trial or tribulation comes your way!

You see, we do a great disservice to our brothers and sisters when we whine and feel sorry for ourselves, for it shows just how little faith and understanding we have, just how little Christ is in us!

Where is the glory in defeat... in a defeatist attitude?

Stand up and be an overcomer and show forth the glory of Christ which is in you.

Who knows, someone may see the strength and hope that is in you and what want you have... which is Jesus Christ!

Daniel 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?
That's right?

Who is going to question what God does?

It reminds me of what Paul wrote in Romans 9:20 & 21 when he wrote, "Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God?

Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?"

[21] Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?"

Yes, our Father knows exactly what He is doing and He shall carry out His plan according to His purpose and puny man can do NOTHING to stay His hand!

And you know why He shall carry out His plan?

Because He loves His children dearly and He wants them to return unto Him... of their own free will with love in their hearts for what He has done for them.

[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.

Again, there is no "tree" too big that our Father cannot hew down with one whoosh of His two-edged sword.

And as it is written and as we have seen by ensample, those trees who exalt themselves SHALL be hewn down and abased.

Also, did you recognize the words from the Song of Moses in the last verse of Nebuchadnezzar's praise and honor of the King of heaven?

Compare them to Rev. 15:3 and you will see.

Rev. 15:3
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
What a marvelous chapter this fourth chapter of Daniel is and what incredible knowledge and wisdom and understanding we have gained from the two dreams of king Nebuchadnezzar, the dream of the great and dreadful image and the dream of the great tree that was hewn down.

In fact, the wisdom and knowledge gained from understanding these two dreams is going to enable Daniel in the next chapter to read and interpret "the handwriting on the wall".

So let's begin the 5th chapter of Daniel.

Live Link to- The Book of Daniel Table of Contents
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.
Live Link to- The Book of Revelation
Live Link to- The Parable of the FigTree

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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