Daniel 4:25. …”till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses ”. Daniel 4:37.
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…”till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses”
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.
Chapter one = The dietary laws of Israel’s God are better.
Chapter two = God tells the King his dream and thefuture.
Chapter three = Only Israel’s God can deliver and
frustrate the commands of earth’s greatest ruler!
In spite of all of the revelation he had been given AND the warning he received from the Lord, Nebuchadnezzar still refused to humble himself and honor the Lord.
Israel was told to honor the Lord with the Sabbath.
But there was more than one Sabbath.
One Sabbath involved the seventh dayeach week.
The other was to be kept every seventh year.
Israel failed to keep the yearly Sabbath…for 490 years!
In other words, they ignored it 70 timesand went into captivity for 70 years as a consequence.
Daniel “got it” and stood in Israel’s stead, confessing their sin, as they had been told to respond.
Daniel 9:1-4; Lev. 26:40-45; 2 Chron. 6:36-39
Israel’s punishment was for disobeying “70 times 7” or 490 years.
They were in captivity one year for every Sabbath year missed.
They had to “get it”.
Interestingly, Israel’s future kingdom would arrive in 490 years, or 70 times 7…
but only after they “got it” and repented.
Daniel 9:24-27; Joel 2:12f.
The book of the Revelation focuses on that last seven year period when the Gentiles of the future are given seven years to “get it” like Nebuchadnezzar.
During that time, Israel “gets it” and repents!
God always gives plenty of time!
The importance of being teachable.
Do we get it?
Do we learn our lessons? Or, are we like Nebuchadnezzar?Do we just mouth the right words, maybe even in sincerity, while failing to “bring forth fruit in keeping with” our repentance?