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 Nebuchadnezzar’s 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]