Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Nebuchadnezzar's Testimony


The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were:

  1. the Great Pyramidat GizaEgypt
  2. the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  3. the Statue of Zeusat OlympiaGreece
  4. the Temple of Artemisat Ephesus
  5. the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  6. the Colossus of Rhodes
  7. the Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt

The Seven Wonders were first defined as themata (Greek for 'things to be seen’ which, in today’s common English, we would phrase as 'must sees’) by Philo of Byzantium in 225 BCE, in his work On The Seven Wonders.
Other writers on the Seven Wonders include Herodotus, Callimachus of Cyrene and Antipater of Sidon.

  • Of the original seven, only the Great Pyramid exists today. [1]



The beauty and size of Babylon was truly amazing



Berlin Museum:



Inscription of Ishtar Gate:

“Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, the faithful prince appointed by the will of Marduk, the highest of princely princes, beloved of Nabu, of prudent counsel, who has learned to embrace wisdom, who fathomed their divine being and reveres their majesty, the untiring governor, who always takes to heart the care of the cult of Esagila and Ezida and is constantly concerned with the well-being of Babylon and Borsippa, the wise, the humble, the caretaker of Esagila and Ezida, the firstborn son of Nabopolassar, the King of Babylon.

Both gate entrances of Imgur-Ellil and Nemetti-Ellil —following the filling of the street from Babylon—had become increasingly lower. Therefore, I pulled down these gates and laid their foundations at the water-table with asphalt and bricks and had them made of bricks with blue stone on which wonderful bulls and dragons were depicted. I covered their roofs by laying majestic cedars length-wise over them. I hung doors of cedar adorned with bronze at all the gate openings. I placed wild bulls and ferocious dragons in the gateways and thus adorned them with luxurious splendor so that people might gaze on them in wonder

I let the temple of Esiskursiskur (the highest festival house of Markduk, the Lord of the Gods—a place of joy and celebration for the major and minor gods) be built firm like a mountain in the precinct of Babylon of asphalt and fired bricks.”


A modern day Nebuchadnezzar – he was unstoppable in his own mind.

  • He thought he was the reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar.


Sadam Hussein rebuilt some of the ancient Ishtar gate – but not to it’s former glory:     


  • Apparently a number of years transpired between the experience of Daniel’s three friends in chapter 3 and Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and period of insanity in chapter 4. Nebuchadnezzar reigned for 43 years (605–562 b.c.). His insanity lasted seven years and he returned to the throne afterward for a short time before he died. His last years did not take place until he had time to conclude his extensive building operations (v. 30). Thus this incident may have taken place about the 35th year of Nebuchadnezzar’s rule, or about 570. This would be some 30 years after the experience of the three men in the fiery furnace, about the 50th year of Daniel’s life. [2]


Daniel 4:1–37

1 Nebuchadnezzar, the king to all of the nations, the peoples and languages that live in the whole earth: “PEACE BE MULTIPLIED TO YOU! [3]

  • So, Nebuchadnezzar writes the the 4th chapter of Daniel’s testimony of historical events in Babylon.
  • What Nebuchadnezzar writes in this 4th chapter is applicable to all humans.
    • Peace and prosperity be upon you all!”
      • You can be the richest, the greatest, the most powerful person in this world – without PEACE you have nothing!


Romans 5:1   Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,


Colossians 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.


2 Thessalonians 3:16  Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.


2 It is pleasing to me to recount the signs and wonders that the Most High God worked for me.

Nebuchadnezzar’s Testimony:

  • “to recount the signs and wonders that the Most High God worked for me.”
  • He’s excited to tell others!
  • He knows that it was the Lord Most High that did this.
  • He believes EVERYONE should hear his testimony.
    • Position of influence
    • Diving appointments

Revelation 12:10–11

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.


Three things prevail against the Devil and his Antichrist:

  1. The Blood of the Lamb of God

John 1:29    The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

  1. The Word of our testimony
  2. Resisting the devil even to the point of death – it doesn’t matter to us!

1 Peter 5:8–9

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.


James 4:7   Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.


3 How great are His signs,

And how mighty His wonders!

His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

And His dominion is from generation to generation.

  • Nebuchadnezzar is penning a song here!
    • Notice how your Bible writes this verse in the form of a song
  • Can you see Neb standing to sing his new song – a song from the heart – a song of praise!


  • But this isn’t Neb’s only song:

Daniel 4:34–35

34 And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever:

    “For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,

          And His kingdom is from generation to generation.

35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;

          He does according to His will in the army of heaven

          And among the inhabitants of the earth.

     No one can restrain His hand

          Or say to Him, “What have You done?”



Psalm 65:title–13

To the Chief Musician.

A Psalm of David.

A Song.

1 Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion;

And to You the vow shall be performed.

2 O You who hear prayer,

To You all flesh will come.

3 When iniquities and much varied guilt prevail against me;

And all of my transgressions,

You forgive and purge them away,

You provide atonement for them.

4 Blessed [fortunate, and to be envied] is the man You choose,

And cause to approach You,

That he may dwell in Your courts.

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,

Of Your holy temple.

5 By fearful and glorious things [that terrify the wicked but make the godly sing praises] do You answer us in righteousness,

O God of our salvation,

You who are the confidence and hope of all the ends of the earth,

And of the far-off on the seas;

6 Who by Your might have established the mountains,

Being clothed with power;

7 You who still the roaring of the seas,

The roaring of their waves,

And the tumult of the peoples.

8 So that those who dwell in the earth’s farthest parts are afraid of the signs of Your presence;

You make the places where morning and evening have birth to shout for joy!

9 You visit the earth and saturate it with water,

You greatly enrich it;

The river of God is full of water;

You provide them with grain,

For so You have prepared it.

10 You water its furrows abundantly,

You settle its ridges;

You make it soft with showers,

You bless its growth.

11 You crown the year with Your bounty and goodness,

And the tracks of Your chariot wheels drip with fatness.

12 They drop on the pastures of the wilderness,

And the little hills rejoice on every side.

13 The pastures are clothed with flocks;

The valleys also are covered with grain;

They shout for joy and sing together.


The Lord is crowning our year with awesome acts of righteousness

With His bounty and goodness.

Following His the tracks of His chariot we will find fatness in the midst of our wilderness.



Fifteen proofs Antichrist will not reign over America or be a worldwide dictator:


  1. Four statements in Rev. 13 have led some to believe that Antichrist will literally rule the whole world and cause every man on earth to take a mark or be killed. They are:


(1) Power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations (Rev. 13:7)


(2) All that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (except Christians, Rev. 13:8)


(3) He causeth all, both small and great ... to receive a mark (Rev. 13:16)


(4) No man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, name, or number (Rev. 13:17). On the surface it might seem that these statements prove Antichrist will be a world ruler, killing all on earth who do not take his mark, name, or number. But, the contrary is true because "all" in these passages is simply a figure of speech -- synecdoche -- in which a whole is put for a part, as we would say, "Everyone in town," or "the whole country." If the United States would make a law that "all men" of all nations, and tongues must register on a certain day or be killed, we would naturally understand the law to apply only to all people of all nations and tongues who are under the government of the United States, not to the people of these nations and tongues who are under other governments. The word "all" is used in a limited sense hundreds of times in Scriptures (Gen. 6:17; Josh. 6:21-25; 2Sam. 6:5,15; 1Ki. 11:16-17; Mt. 3:5-6; Lk. 2:1-3; Rom. 1:8; 10:18; Col. 1:23; etc.).


  1. Such terms as in Rev. 13 have been used of other rulers and kingdoms who did not literally rule the whole world. It was said of Nebuchadnezzar -- Wheresoever the children of men dwell ... hath made thee ruler over them ALL (Dan. 2:38). Of Greece -- Which shall bear rule over ALL the earth (Dan. 2:39). Of Rome -- Shall devour the WHOLE earth (Dan. 7:23-24). None of these kingdoms ruled the whole world.


  1. Rev. 13 itself limits the kingdom of Antichrist to the 10 kingdoms that are yet to be formed inside the old Roman Empire territory (Dan. 7:23-24). The beast has only 10 horns, not 65, plainly teaching that a limited part of the earth will be under Antichrist (Rev. 13:1; 17:12-17).


  1. Rev. 17:8-17 also limits the kingdom of Antichrist to the 10 kingdoms -- the 10 horns ... are 10 kings, which have received no kingdom as yet, but received power as kings with the beast ... these shall give their kingdom unto the beast.


  1. In Dan. 7:7-8,23-24 we have the definite location of the future 10 kingdoms. They are to be inside (out of), not outside the old Roman Empire territory. America and many other lands were never a part of the old Roman Empire, so they will not be a part of the 10 kingdoms to be formed in the last days inside that empire. No country outside the 10 kingdoms will be ruled by Antichrist and no mark of the beast will be forced upon any man outside the kingdom of Antichrist.


  1. In Dan. 9:27; 11:40-45 Antichrist breaks his 7-year covenant with Israel and takes over Palestine and many other countries, "but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon," which would be modern Jordan and Arabia. If these countries escape Antichrist, these on the border of Palestine which does not escape him, then it is surely conceivable that many countries across the vast oceans will also escape him.


  1. The nation of Israel escapes the Antichrist arriving safe in the wilderness of Edom and Moab where they are protected of God for 3 1/2 years, or during the time the whole world is supposed to be taking the mark of the beast (see pt. 10, The Sun-Clothed Woman)


  1. In Dan. 11:44-45 it is stated that the countries north and east of the 10 kingdoms under Antichrist will make war on him. These countries too, then, are not ruled by him and are and are not therefore forced to take the mark.


  1. In Rev. 16:13-16 we have 3 unclean spirits like frogs going forth working miracles through ambassadors thus seeking the cooperation of many nations to help Antichrist against Jesus Christ at Armageddon. These will not have been conquered by him or be under him or they would not have to be persuaded to help him at Armageddon. If he ruled them and they loved him enough to worship him and take his mark, such demonic ministries would be unnecessary.


  1. In Rev. 13:4 we have proof that there are nations whom the Antichrist has not conquered. If there were no nations who were not under him it would be foolish to raise the question about who can conquer him.


  1. In Rev. 14:9-11 it is stated that every man who does take the mark of the beast, or his name, or the number of his name, will be sent to eternal hell without exception. If, as some teach today, Antichrist will kill every man who does not take the mark of the beast, and if, as stated here, every man who does take it will be sent to eternal hell, there will not be one person left on earth to populate it in the Millennium and the New Earth. Thus, such a doctrine as Antichrist killing all on earth who do not take his mark and worship him is literally untrue.


  1. The truth is that Antichrist will make a law that all in his 10 kingdoms must worship him and take his mark, but the law will not and cannot be literally enforced in such a vast territory in as short a time as 3 1/2 years. It would be impossible for one human Antichrist to contact every man in the whole world and to see that every man is killed who does not take his mark. To say that, he could be virtually teaching that one man can do more in 3 1/2 years than what God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, angels, and all the redeemed people of over 1,900 years have been able to do. The gospel has been preached that long and still multiplied millions of people on earth have never heard the name of Jesus Christ. How could a new doctrine and a new religion of the beast be made known to all the world in 3 1/2 years? One reason why Antichrist cannot enforce such a law even inside the Roman Empire territory in 3 1/2 years is because of the wars between his 10 kingdoms and the many nations north and east of his empire (Dan. 11:44). These wars will keep him so occupied that he will not be able to pay full attention to the enforcement of his religious laws. Then, too, there will no doubt be ways of avoiding such laws in certain localities as there are concerning any other manmade law. Local officials, money, bribery, and many other things will enable some in his kingdom to escape literal compliance to such a law. Guerrilla warfare against Antichrist can be carried on in all parts of his kingdom, making it impossible to enforce such a law literally. Antichrist will come and go without millions of people in various parts of the earth knowing that he ever existed. This is true of Jesus Christ, and it will be true of Antichrist. Many peoples in the interior of certain lands do not yet know that there have been two world wars in a generation. Many do not know we have automobiles, airplanes, etc. The Bible teaches that in the Millennium Christ will be reigning in Jerusalem for some time before His agents contact certain peoples on earth and seek to bring them under His government (Isa. 2:2-4; 40:9; 52:7; 61:6; 66:18-21; Zech. 8:23; 14:16-21). So it will be in the days of Antichrist.


  1. In Zech. 14:16-21 it is clear that many from every nation, even those that are under Antichrist, will be left alive on the earth in the Millennium. These will not take the mark of the beast. If so, they would be sent to eternal hell by Christ at His second coming. Since they are left to enter the Millennium, it is proof that every man on earth will not take the mark or be killed. For example, Egypt is spoken of in Dan. 11:40-45 as not escaping the Antichrist, but we find Egyptians left to enter the Milennium in Zech. 14:16-21. So it will be with many people of all the nations under Antichrist. Some will not take the mark or obey his law and yet escape death by him. Multitudes will be killed, but not all (Rev. 7:9-11; 14:13; 15:2-4; 16:2; 20:4-6).


  1. In Mt. 25:31-46 we read of many of all nations that are called blessed of My Father who will inherit the millennial and eternal kingdom. These people will not take the mark of the beast or they would be sent to eternal hell, as stated in Rev. 14:9-11. The basis of the judgment of the nations here is their treatment of Israel. Such kind treatment of Israel could not be possible on the part of any nation if all were directly controlled by Antichrist.


  1. The remnant of the woman in Rev. 12:17 escape the mark of the beast and the worship of Antichrist. This is made possible by new wars in the north and east of his kingdom, forcing him to let them alone for the time being so as to conquer these new enemies. The ministry of the two witnesses helps protect them the last 3 1/2 years. Then when Antichrist conquers his enemies after nearly 3 1/2 years of war he gathers his forces against the Jews to destroy them. He is defeated by Jesus Christ at Armageddon before he even takes all of Jerusalem, which by some means has been suddenly delivered from Antichrist and is back in Jewish hands (Zech. 14:14-15).


Thus, we conclude that Antichrist will not rule America or be a worldwide dictator; that his kingdom will be limited to the old Roman Empire territory during the time he seeks to enforce the new beast worship; that he will be in constant wars with other nations during the whole 7 years he is here (Dan. 7:23-24; 9:27; 11:36-45); that multitudes of all nations will escape the mark of the beast and his worship; and that Antichrist will be defeated by Christ before he conquers all of Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, and all other parts of the world.  [4]



[2] J. Dwight Pentecost, “Daniel,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 1341.

[3] “This is a regular decree, and one of the most ancient extant; and no doubt contains the exact words of Nebuchadnezzar, copied out by Daniel from the state papers of Babylon, and preserved in the original language, unto all.” 
B. Blayney, Thomas Scott, and R.A. Torrey with John Canne, Browne, The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, vol. 1 (London: Samuel Bagster and Sons, n.d.), 549.

[4] Dake's Annotated Reference Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments of the Authorized or King James Version Text.