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GOD’S SUMMATION OF MANKIND (DANIEL CHAPTER 2)
CONSIDERABLY DIFFERS FROM
NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S SUMMATION OF MANKIND (DANIEL CHAPTER 3)
THE FIRST COMMANDMENT
(Exodus 20:2-3) I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
THE SECOND COMMANDMENT
(Exodus 20:4-6) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (Daniel 3:1-7) Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image [Hebrew: an idolatrous figure] of gold, whose height was threescore  [please note the “sixes” as they appear] cubits [about 120 feet], and the breadth [width] thereof six cubits [about 12 feet; it was undoubtedly made of wood (representing some of us), covered with gold, and standing upon a pedestal]: (1) he set it up [Hebrew: raised it up] in the plain of Dura [about six miles south of Babylon], in the province of Babylon [Hebrew: confusion] [derived from mingled versus purity]. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counselors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication [Hebrew: initiation] of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king (2) had set up. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counselor, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king (3) had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar (4) had set up. Then an herald [a proclaimer] cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound [Hebrew: the voices] of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king (5) hath set up: And whosoever falls not down and worships shall the same hour be cast into
the midst of a burning fiery furnace [a type and shadow of Hell]. Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound [the hypnotic voices] of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king (6) had set up.
Hypnotic: Dictionary: synonymous = mesmerizing, spellbinding, rhythmic, soothing, fascinating, magnetic. Serpent = Hebrew: a snake (from its hiss) /// to hiss, i.e. whisper a (magic) spell; gen. to prognosticate: divine, enchanter, use enchantment. Commentary: “Nebuchadnezzar the king” = is a type and shadow of a certain man personally possessed by Satan. Nebuchadnezzar is a certain man within whom the spirit of Satan himself dwelt. This particular man, Nebuchadnezzar, through God’s permissive will, was a type and shadow of the antichrist i.e., the head of the body of antichrists directly opposing Jesus Christ who is the head of the body of Christ, or, the head of the body of true Christians (Matthew 21:42; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18). Nebuchadnezzar, at this stage of his life, was an unholy composite of an earthly “king of kings” (Dan 2:37), and the spiritual “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Just previously in Daniel Chapter 2, Nebuchadnezzar had experienced a dream from God symbolizing God’s summation of mankind that he himself (being unsaved) was unable to interpret, but Daniel (being saved), by Holy Spirit interpretation, had communicated to Nebuchadnezzar that “Thou art this head of gold.” (Daniel 2:38). Commentary: Gold was then, as now, the most precious valuable metal commodity and a primary source of power; the “head of gold” indicates dominion, power, and authority. At that time, Nebuchadnezzar/Satan and his kingdom worshiped many gods. His physical and mystical kingdom extended over all the “known” world, as does Satan’s kingdom now. Nothing has changed except, as each “head” antichrist personality possessed by Satan died, that dead “host” body was replaced by another living physical body within whom Satan dwelt. Yep, the hidden “head” of the antichrist body has been with us throughout the ages, and is still with us today, but in these last days, the “head” or leader of the antichrists is becoming clearly identified, “revealed in his time” (2 Thessalonians 2:6).
Commentary: “Made an image” = May we take significant note that the biblical text of Daniel Chapter 3 never identifies the “image” therein as a man or man-shape in any way. (Spirits are thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5); do spirits have defined shapes?) Nevertheless, we anthromorphically [the representation of objects especially a god - having human traits] assume, for the purposes of interpretation, that the image is a physical statue symbolizing Nebuchadnezzar’s summation of mankind, while further conveying the conceptual idea of an amorphous image of Satan. The word description “image” is much more nebulous, vague, indefinite, and undefinable than the word “statue.” The not-used word description “statue” is hard, rigid, and minutely well-defined, whereas the word “image” begs numerous connotations and is thus broadly ideational (i.e., thoughts; ultimately in context “strong holds” in the mind: 2 Corinthians 10:4). Commentary: Trees are a biblical symbol of men and the raw material of God; the finished product derived from trees, crafted by Jesus Christ who is the Great Carpenter, being wood planks or boards representing redeemed peoples (priests) who have been separated from this world and are assembled together for the purpose of building a transport vessel to convey saved mankind to Heaven. Noah’s ark, the tabernacle of Moses, and Jesus’ ship (Matthew 14:22) are all vessels of transport to Heaven. The enormous vertical image that was crafted by Nebuchadnezzar (and who was “hidden” inside Nebuchadnezzar?), which may in similarity of appearance and intent be likened unto a type of the tower of Babel that Nebuchadnezzar built (he “climbs up some other way” John 10:1) was undoubtedly a huge edifice made of wood, representing Nebuchadnezzar from his point-of-view, but ideationally representing all mankind. The image of wood was covered with gold (pure gold is a soft metal; the metal most malleable in its natural state) which represented, from Nebuchadnezzar’s point-of-view, personal dominion, power, and authority, but ideationally is a biblical symbol of the purity of God. The crafted wood was covered with gold, as were certain articles of furniture in the tabernacle of Moses that were made of wood and thereafter covered with gold: the table of showbread, the altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant. In these articles, the precious gold covering functionally represented the Old Testament purity of God, and was a type and shadow of the New Testament blood of Jesus Christ. Of course, the “image” created by Nebuchadnezzar was indeed made of wood (unsaved men in this case – “antichrists” 1 John 2:18), but the gold covering was an uninspired counterfeit imitation of the purity of God, the blood of Jesus Christ, which is unknowable to unsaved men and fallen angels because it signifies agape love, pure love, i.e., the “essence” of God, and must be internally experienced to be recognized.
Commentary: The construction of Nebuchadnezzar’s “golden image” was a failed Nebuchadnezzarian Satanic (mingled) attempt, symbolizing man’s failed attempt, to replace God with himself; a vain attempt to replace the unfathomable pure love of the one pure God in an attempt to be equal with God, “I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:14), which is literally and spiritually impossible for our “God is love” (1 John 4:8,16), and the sole fountain thereof (Rev 22:1). Amen.
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