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Author Calev Ben Avraham explains how God uses the royalty as signposts in the prophetic time element-known by only a few biblical scholars-thus making it possible to pinpoint the exact time in prophecy for the end of days and the ending of Gentile rule over the earth. In Prophecy: Past, Present,...
Author Calev Ben Avraham explains how God uses the royalty as signposts in the prophetic time element-known by only a few biblical scholars-thus making it possible to pinpoint the exact time in prophecy for the end of days and the ending of Gentile rule over the earth. In Prophecy: Past, Present, and Future, Avraham refers to the Babylonian dynasty of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon; Cyrus, king of the Persians; Alexander, the great emperor of Greece; and the emergence of Christianity under the Roman emperor Constantine.
Through the Book of Daniel, he shows how the prophecy pertains not only to abdication for the royals but also to death by fatal accidents, such as Princess Grace and Princess Diana of England. He also explains how God will gather his people from the four corners of the earth back to the Holy Land in the very, very near future.
Expand your study of prophecy and gain a new understanding of the years to come.
In the second year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams. His spirit was agitated, and his sleep was broken. Then the king summoned the necromancers, the astrologers, the wizards, and the Chaldeans, and they came and stood before the king. The king said to them, "I have dreamed a dream. And the spirit within me is agitated to know the meaning of the dream."
The Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic, "O, king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will relate the interpretation."
The king responded to the Chaldeans, "The dream has escaped me! Now if you do not make the dream and its interpretation known to me, you will be cut into bits, and your houses will be made into a dunghill. However, if you tell me the dream and its interpretation, gifts, rewards, and great honor will you receive from me; only tell me the dream and its interpretation."
They again answered the king, "Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will then relate the interpretation of the dream."
In his fury, the king answered them, "I know that for a certainty, at this time you are doomed, because you realize that the dream has escaped me. If you do not make known to me the dream, there is only one sentence for you; for you have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, for you seek to gain time! Only tell me the dream, and I will know that you can relate the interpretation of the dream."
Then the Chaldeans said to the king, "There is no man on the face of the earth who can relate what the king wishes. That is why no king, leader, or ruler has ever requested such a thing of any necromancer, astrologer, or Chaldean. What the king requests is difficult, and there is none that can relate it to the king, except the angels whose dwelling is not with people!"
In answer to this, the king grew furious, and greatly angry, he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon. Moreover, as the decree was being implemented and the wise men were slain, Daniel and his three companions were also sought for execution. Then Daniel gave counsel and advice to Aryoch, the king's chief executioner, who had gone out to slay all the wise men of Babylon. Daniel said to Aryoch, the king's official: "Why is the king's decree so urgent?"
Then Aryoch told Daniel the reason. Daniel went, and he requested of the king that he be given time to interpret his dream. Daniel then went home and told his companions, Chananyah, Mishael, and Azaryah, the story. He requested that they pray to the God of heaven for mercy concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions should not be destroyed with the rest of the sages of Babylon. Then, in the visions of the night, the secret was revealed to Daniel. Daniel then blessed the God of heaven. 'Daniel then went to Aryoch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon. He went and addressed him thus: "Do not slay the sages of Babylon. Bring me before the king, for I will tell the king the interpretation of the king's dream."
Then Aryoch in haste brought Daniel before the king and said to him: "I have found a man from the exiles of Judah who will make known the interpretation to the king."
Then the king, whose name was Nebuchadnezzar, exclaimed to Daniel: "Are you capable of making the dream known to me, the dream I saw and its interpretation?"
Daniel answered the king and said, "The secret the king requests no sages, astrologers, necromancers, or magicians can tell the king. Nevertheless, there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has informed King Nebuchadnezzar what will be at the end of days. Your dream and the visions in your mind while resting on your bed are the following: You, O king, your thoughts came while on your bed about what is to happen in the future, and the Revealer of secrets has informed you what will happen. As for myself, this secret was revealed to me not because I posses more wisdom than any other being, but rather to make the dream and its interpretation known to the king, so that you may know what has occupied your thoughts,. You, 0 king were watching and behold! A huge image; this image which was immense, and its brightness was excessive, it stood facing you, and its form was awesome. This image, its head was of fine gold, the breast and arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of copper, its legs of iron, its feet part of iron and part of earthenware. As you watched, a rock was hewn without hands and it struck the image on its feet of iron and earthenware and shattered the image. Then the earthenware, the copper, the silver and the gold were shattered together. They became like the chaff from the summer threshing floors, and the wind carried them away, and no more trace of them could be found. And the rock that struck the image became a great mountain and it filled the whole earth. This is the dream, and we will tell its interpretation before the king.
You, O king, whom the King of kings, Who is the God of heaven, has given a strong kingdom, power, and honor; for wherever people, wild beasts, and the birds of the sky dwell, He has given them to you, and has made you ruler over them all, you are the head of gold. After you there will arise another kingdom which will be inferior to you, and another, a third kingdom of copper, which will rule the whole earth. The fourth kingdom will be as strong as iron.
Just as iron flattens all and as iron shatters all these, will it shatter and destroy. The feet and the toes that you saw, part earthenware and part of iron, it will be a divided kingdom, for it will have some of the firmness of iron, then as you saw iron mixed with earthenware. The toes part of iron and part of earthenware, part of that kingdom will be powerful while the other part will be broken. That you saw the iron mixed with earthenware, they will mingle with the seed of men, but they will not cleave to each other, for this is like iron, which does not blend with earthenware. In the days of these kingdoms will the God of heaven establish a kingdom that will never be harmed nor will its sovereignty be left to another people; it will shatter and destroy all of these kingdoms, and it will stand forever. Just as you saw that a rock was hewn from the mountain not by human hands, and it shattered the iron, the copper, the earthenware, the silver and the gold, so has the great God made known to the king what is to happen in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation is reliable." Dan 2:31-45.
In addition, Daniel ends by telling the king: "So has the Great God made known to the king what is to happen in the future. The dream is true, and its interpretation is reliable."
King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and prostrated himself before Daniel. With sacrifice and incense, the king wished to honor Daniel. The king exclaimed to Daniel, "In truth I know that your God is the God over gods, Lord of kings, and the Revealer of secrets, since you where able to reveal this secret." Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts. He set him up as the ruler over the entire land of Babylon and chief official over all the sages of Babylon" (Dan. 2).31-45
A few years later, the king again had a strange dream as he himself relates, "I Nebuchadnezzar, was at peace in my house and exceedingly feared and respected in my palace. I saw a dream that greatly frightened me; and the thoughts while upon my bed, and the visions of my mind bewildered me. I commanded that all the sages of Babylon be brought before me so that they could give me the interpretation of the dream. Then came before me the necromancers, the astrologers, the Chaldeans and the magicians; and I related the dream before them, but its interpretation they could not make known to me. Then at last came before me Daniel whose name is Belteshazzar like the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the Holy God. And, I related to him the dream. Belteshazzar, chief over all the sages of Babylon, since I am fully aware that the spirit of the Holy God is in you, and that no secret is hidden from you, this is the vision and the dream that I saw; now you tell me its interpretation. These are the visions of my mind while I rested upon my bed. I was watching and behold! I saw, a tree in the mist of the earth, its height was tremendous. I saw the tree growing and become powerful, its height reaching the sky; and it was visible to the end of the whole earth. Its branches where beautiful, its fruit plentiful, and food for all in it; under it the wild beasts found shade, in its branches rested the birds of heaven, and from it all flesh was fed. Then in the visions of my mind while upon my bed I was watching and behold! A wakeful holy one came down from heaven. He cried out loudly, and he said the following "Chop down the tree and cut off its branches, and cast down its branches, also scatter its fruit, let the animals move away from under it, and the birds from its branches. However, leave its major roots in the ground, bound with a band of iron and copper in the grass of the field. And by the dew of heaven he will be washed, and with the wild beasts of the earth will he share in the grass of the earth. They will change his heart from a mans heart, and a beast's hart will be given to him, and seven times will pass over him. Such is the sentence proclaimed by the wakeful ones, the verdict announced by the holy ones; so that the living may know that the Supreme One rules in the kingdom of man and to whomever He whishes He gives it, and the lowest of men He will raise up over it. This is the dream I saw, I, king Nebuchadnezzar. And you Belteshazzar tell me its interpretation, for all the sages of my kingdom are unable to make the interpretation known to me; but you are able, because the spirit of the Holy God abides in you." Dan 4:8-15.
The king thus relates the dream to Daniel, and he informs Daniel that none of all his wise men could give him the interpretation of his dream, even though now he had told them the dream! Then Daniel gives the king the interpretation of his dream and tells him that for seven full years the king will be insane. He will live as an animal until he truly acknowledges that the God of the universe is above all Gods and that it is He who sets up kings and disposes of kings. Also refer to Daniel 5:1-28. Where we see how King Belshazzar desecrated the Temple vessels and how Daniel informed him of the loss of his kingdom.
"In the first year of Darius, the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; in the first year of his reign I Daniel meditated in the books, over the number of years of which the word of the Almighty came to the prophet Jeremiah, that he would accomplish for the desolations of Jerusalem seventy years" (Dan. 9:1–3). Daniel is referring to the two prophecies of Jeremiah the prophet, which he spoke in the name of the Almighty concerning the time that was divinely allotted to Babylon to rule the world's nations. (See Jeremiah 25:12–14.) Jeremiah had spoken thus, "And it shall come to be at the end of seventy years, says Havayah. That I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans will be made desolate forever. Moreover, I will bring upon that land all my words, which I have spoken concerning it, all that is written in this book, which the prophet Jeremiah has spoken against all the nations. For it shall come to pass that many nations and great kings will also enslave them, for I will recompense them according to their deeds and the work of their hands." Then in Jeremiah 29:10, Jeremiah says in the Name of the Almighty, "For thus says Havayah: after seventy years I will remember you and I will fulfill My good word toward you, and I will return you to this place (Jerusalem)."
And I, Daniel set my face toward the Almighty, Elohim. For one's prayer to be effective, one must pray facing his Creator and pray in the following manner: Out of the Holy Land, one prays toward Israel, In the Holy Land, one prays towards Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, one prays toward the Temple Mount. At the Temple site, one prays toward the Holy of Holies. In the Holy of Holies, the high priest directs his prayer between the two cherubs.
When Daniel prayed, he prayed in the direction of the Holy Land, toward the city of Jerusalem:
Moreover, I set my face to Havayah God, to seek through prayer, supplications, with fasting and sackcloth, and ashes. In addition, I prayed to the Almighty, my God, and I confessed and said: O Havayah the great and awful God, Who keeps covenant and mercy with them that love you and keep your commandments. We have sinned, and we have dealt iniquitously, we have acted wickedly, and we have rebelled, and we have turned away from Your commandments and from Your ordinances, for we have not listened to your servants, the prophets, who spoke in Your Name to our king's, our princes, and to our fathers, and to all the people of the land. To You O, Havayah belongs righteousness to us confusion of face, as at this day to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all of Israel, those that are near and those that are far of dispersed, throughout the countries where You have driven them because they have dealt treacherously with You. O Havayah to us belong the confusion of face, to our kings, our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To Havayah the Almighty, our God, belongs compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him, for we have refused to listen to His voice, the voice of Havayah our God; to walk according to His laws which He has set before us through His servants: the prophets. Yes all of Israel has sinned against Your law, and they have turned away, so as not to listen to Your voice; and as result of this have been poured out upon us the curse and the oath as it is written in the law of Moses the servant of Havayah (Leviticus 26:14-41). For we have transgressed against Him. And He has confirmed His word which He spoke against us and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us this great evil; so that under the whole earth it has not been done as has been done to Jerusalem. As is written in the Law of Moses, all this evil will come upon us, and yet we have refrained from entreating your favor that we might turn aside from our iniquities, and receive the discernment of your truth. Therefore, Havayah has watched over our evil and He has brought it upon us; for Havayah. Our God is righteous in all His works that He has done and we have not listened to his voice. And now, Havayah, our God, that has brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand has gotten Yourself renown as of this day, we have sinned and we have done wickedly. Havayah, according to all Your righteousness let now Your anger and Your fury, I beg of You be turned away from Jerusalem Your Holy Mountain because of our sins, and because of the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all that are around us. Now therefore, O Havayah our God listen to the prayer of Your servant, and also to his supplications, and cause Your face to shine upon Your sanctuary which is now desolate, for Havayah's sake, O my God., incline Your ear, and open Your eyes, and behold our desolations, the city upon which Your Name is called, for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteousness, but because of Your great compassion. Havayah forgive, O Havayah attend and defer not, for your own sake, O my God, because Your Name is called upon Your city, and upon Your people. (Dan. 9: 4–19 and also Zech. 7:4–15)
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