Gary studies the Word of God and shares what he learns freely. He has a Ph.D. from the Bible University of Canada.
Daniel, the Prophet in Babylon
Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar
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Nebuchadnezzar was a disturbed person. His next dream will bear that out. He had a weird dream where a huge tree was cut down for seven years. Daniel interpreted this one as well and warned Nebuchadnezzar to repent of his pride. Exactly one year later the King was stricken with mental derangement that lasted for seven years.
From the Talmud, tradition states that Daniel was his personal nurse during the period. I wish I had one. When Nebuchadnezzar recovered, he told his entire story in Daniel chapter 4. He was willing to acknowledge the God of Daniel as being the God of the universe and published his testimony as such throughout the entire known world.
By the way, please view the table below for a comparison between what Daniel's vision includes. It will explain it in clear terms.
The Godly Will Prosper
Belshazzar, the Inattentive
Upon Nebuchadnezzar’s death in 562 B.C., his grandson, Belshazzar, the son of Nabonidus by Nitocris, who was the daughter of Nebuchadnezzar and the widow of Nergal-sharezer, had taken over in Babylon which was under stealth attack by the Persians.
It was thought Babylon was impregnable, but they were about to find out otherwise. So, instead of preparing for battle, Belshazzar decides to throw a party with all the Jewish Temple utensils taken seventy years earlier. Perhaps, he knew of the Persians and was trying to maintain moral.
With the party rocking suddenly a man’s hand begins writing on the wall. A real party pooper – that shook the party up badly. None of the attending experts could decipher the writing.
The queen's mother who was still alive remembers a man and tells Belshazzar to get Daniel who was a specialist in this sort of phenomenon. Daniel, now in retirement, is called out.
The Persians Army Surrounds Babylon
Daniel Called Out of Retirement
Meantime, the Persian Army has now sealed off the Euphrates River which both protected and supplied the city. They had also slipped under the gates and had taken over the city.
The Persians had taken the city without even a battle. Back in the party, Daniel tells them of what the writing is in Hebrew, “mene, mene, tekel, upharsin.” By that time Daniel is about eighty-three years young and God will again use this faithful example from the past. Now, to Daniel's interpretation:
“Mene” means “numbered; reckoned,” which is like God saying “God has numbered your kingdom and finished it.” It can in my terms mean, “your number is up.” The third word “tekel” which means “weighed.” The last word was “upharsin” translated means “divided.” A final word “peres” is the plural form of “upharsin” and translated means “broken.” Put it all together: “Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
That night Babylon fell to the Persians and Belshazzar was killed.
Final Thoughts on Daniel and King Darius
There are many lessons to be learned from Babylon. Perhaps the biggest is you cannot defeat God and His purposes. A nation that controlled the known world at that time was overrun and finally dissolved. For Daniel, he will continue his career in the Shinar plain area for the Medo/Persians, his third administration.
We will continue Daniel's story in our next essay. Obviously, I have summarized much for the sake of space, without damaging the theme of the story, I hope. I hope you enjoyed the article and will leave your thoughts on it below. I do appreciate it.
Speaking of hope, here is our hope:
"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" (1st Corinthians 15:1-4)
"If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord." (Romans 14.8)
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© 2020 Gary E Hill
Gary E Hill (author) from Moving to Kings Mountian, NC on May 01, 2020:
Thanks Eric - I have changed the wording which was incorrect. Again, thank you for the tip and for reading the articles. Gary
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 30, 2020:
I stopped short -- could not find a "group above".
"Greetings everyone who reads my writing. Thank you for doing so. If you are a Hubpage member, please join my group above. I will return the favor. We are going to study Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar."