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HOW WE (REPRESENTED BY NEBUCHADNEZZAR) BECOME BORN-AGAIN

HOW WE (REPRESENTED BY NEBUCHADNEZZAR) BECOME BORN-AGAIN

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In Daniel chapter two, Nebuchadnezzar received a prophetic/historical dream from God of a statue in the form of a man that graphically depicted the empires of four successive supreme world-power civilizations which were represented by the progressively diminishing values of the most precious metals of that time. The statue was composed of gold (the head, the Babylonian empire, 605 B.C.), silver (the chest and arms, the Medo-Persian empire, 539 B.C.), brass (the belly and thighs, the Greek empire, 330 B.C.), and iron (the legs, the Roman empire, 67 B.C.). And then was described this anomaly: "The toes of the feet were part of iron (fallen angels, unclean spirits, demons), and part of clay" (Dan 2:42); "miry clay" actually (Dan 2:43) (i.e., watery clay; the Holy Spirit and men; Christians) representing the Advent of Jesus Christ and the New Testament. The toes of iron and miry clay were mixed in association together "but they shall not cleave one to another" (Daniel 2:43). Cleaving between the sons of God and humans did occur in Gen 6:1-4 which produced a fierce race of mutants called "giants" and was thereafter eternally forbidden (Jude 1:6-7). Please note that each metal was progressively harder [ref: Exodus 1:7-14 "to serve with rigour"] than the last, and also of a lesser "value" (a great and many applications and connotations here) both to God and to mankind.
In Daniel chapter two, Nebuchadnezzar received a prophetic/historical dream from God of a statue in the form of a man that graphically depicted the empires of four successive supreme world-power civilizations which were represented by the progressively diminishing values of the most precious metals of that time. The statue was composed of gold (the head, the Babylonian empire, 605 B.C.), silver (the chest and arms, the Medo-Persian empire, 539 B.C.), brass (the belly and thighs, the Greek empire, 330 B.C.), and iron (the legs, the Roman empire, 67 B.C.). And then was described this anomaly: "The toes of the feet were part of iron (fallen angels, unclean spirits, demons), and part of clay" (Dan 2:42); "miry clay" actually (Dan 2:43) (i.e., watery clay; the Holy Spirit and men; Christians) representing the Advent of Jesus Christ and the New Testament. The toes of iron and miry clay were mixed in association together "but they shall not cleave one to another" (Daniel 2:43). Cleaving between the sons of God and humans did occur in Gen 6:1-4 which produced a fierce race of mutants called "giants" and was thereafter eternally forbidden (Jude 1:6-7). Please note that each metal was progressively harder [ref: Exodus 1:7-14 "to serve with rigour"] than the last, and also of a lesser "value" (a great and many applications and connotations here) both to God and to mankind.

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HOW WE (REPRESENTED BY NEBUCHADNEZZAR) BECOME BORN-AGAIN
AFTER THE FACT OF SALVATION 
(Daniel 4:1-3) Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, thatdwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I thought it good to show the signsand wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. How great are his signs! andhow mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion[power to bear rule] is from generation to generation.
THE STORY:
THE SECOND DREAM (THE TONGUE FROM GOD)(Daniel 4:4-9) I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts [i.e., angels: 2 Corinthians 10:5]upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me [Chaldean: terrified me]. Thereforemade I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might makeknown unto me the interpretation of the dream ["the interpretation of tongues" 1Corinthians 12:10]. Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and thesoothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me theinterpretation thereof. But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name wasBelteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holygods: and before him I told the dream, saying, O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tellme the visions of my dream that I have seen [the tongue], and the interpretation thereof.Flourishing: Chaldean: green; prosperous /// to be green; verdant. [Dictionary:
 
verdant = green with vegetation]Commentary: "flourishing" The latter Chaldean word corresponding to theHebrew word for "green; prosperous /// to be green; verdant" is perhaps areference to the legendary "Hanging Gardens of Babylon" that Nebuchadnezzar was purported to have grown for his wife. One the Seven Wonders of the World,The Hanging Gardens are the only "Wonder" not fully substantiated in history.(Daniel 4:10-12) Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold, a tree[ biblical symbol of mankind, or a man] in the midst of the earth, and the height [anallusion to pride] thereof was great. The tree grew, and was strong, and the height [pridereinforced] thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat [Hebrew:food] for all: the beasts of the field had shadow [i.e., protection] under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.(Genesis 11:4-5) And they said, Go to, let us build us a city [Babel = Heb: confusion][built by Nimrod "a mighty hunter" (Gen 10:9). The other two hunters mentioned in theBible are Ishmael and Esau)] and a tower [Heb: castle, pulpit], whose top may reach untoheaven [the tower of Babel]; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad uponthe face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower,which the children of men builded.(Psalms 127:1) A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, theylabour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep [Heb: guard, protect] the city, thewatchman waketh but in vain.(Daniel 3:1) Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height wasthreescore cubits [120 feet], and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.Commentary: In Daniel chapter two, Nebuchadnezzar received a prophetic/historicaldream from God of a statue in the form of a man that graphically depicted the empires of four successive supreme world-power civilizations which were represented by the progressively diminishing values of the most precious metals of that time. The statue wascomposed of gold (the head, the Babylonian empire, 605 B.C.), silver (the chest andarms, the Medo-Persian empire, 539 B.C.), brass (the belly and thighs, the Greek empire,330 B.C.), and iron (the legs, the Roman empire, 67 B.C.). And then was described thisanomaly: "The toes of the feet were part of iron (fallen angels, unclean spirits, demons),and part of clay" (Dan 2:42); "miry clay" actually (Dan 2:43) (i.e., watery clay; the HolySpirit and men; Christians) representing the Advent of Jesus Christ and the NewTestament. The toes of iron and miry clay were mixed in association together "but theyshall not cleave one to another" (Daniel 2:43). Cleaving between the sons of God andhumans did occur in Gen 6:1-4 which produced a fierce race of mutants called "giants"and was thereafter eternally forbidden (Jude 1:6-7). Please note that each metal was progressively harder [ref: Exodus 1:7-14 "to serve with rigour"] than the last, and also of a lesser "value" (a great and many applications and connotations here) both to God and tomankind.Commentary: In the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament, gold represents God. "Godis love" (1 John 4:8,16). Gold is malleable (syn: soft), and is the only metal that may be
 
found and used in its pure state. God’s love has softness (forgiveness), is pure, and isquite quite priceless in "value." In Daniel chapter three, "Nebuchadnezzar the king madean image of gold [a self-image] whose height was threescore cubits" (Daniel 3:1). In thecreation and building of this self-image of pure gold representing himself (an imagewhich I have previously interpreted to be made of wood covered with gold – however, asin poetry, perhaps both interpretations are intended and correct), Nebuchadnezzar, whowas then a pagan, was certainly not erecting this image to commemorate "the love of God," but this image was meant to convey to the inhabitants all the known world Nebuchadnezzars regal power and authority through a display of unequalable wealth andgrandeur. This awesome display has been snapped as a picture in time, and symbolizesman at his most prideful moment.(Daniel 4:13-16) I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher [Heb: an angel] and an holy one [Heb: a saint] came down from heaven; He cried aloud,and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, andscatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches: Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band [Chald.:imprisonment /// a bond, a binding (especially manacles of a prisoner): + prison] of iron[symbolic of the judgment of sin] and brass [symbol of sin], in the tender [soft, young]grass [i.e., "pulse" Dan 1:12,16; symbolic of the Word of God; the logos] of the field; andlet it [i.e., the grass, the pulse] be wet with the dew of heaven [symbolic of the HolySpirit; the rhema] [water is formless, acidic, and slowly dissolves (rarifies) the substantialgrass], and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth: Let his heart bechanged from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him: and let seven times [i.e.,seven years, the Tribulation, the scouring] pass over him.(Ecclesiastes 3:18) I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men,that God might manifest them [make apparent to them], and that they might see[Heb: discern] that they themselves are beasts.
THE WORD OF GOD SPEAKS TOALL; THEN AND NOW
(Daniel 4:17-19) This matter is by the decree of the watchers [Hebrew: angels], and thedemand by the word of the holy ones [Heb: the saints]: to the intent that the living mayknow that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever hewill, and setteth up over it the basest [Hebrew: lowest] of men. This dream [tongue] Iking Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretationthereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known untome the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee. ThenDaniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied [Hebrew: astonished] 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, thedream be to [the benefit of] them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to [the benefit of] thine enemies.THE TREE… IS THOU [YOU]

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