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The Book of Daniel – Number Twenty Six

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Nebuchadnezzar’s Seven Times: A Prophetic Tapestry Unveiling Paganism, Papalism, and the United States

 

Key Takeaways
  • The symbol of Nebuchadnezzar in chapter four of the Bible is significant and represents the concept of “seven times.”
  • These “seven times” symbolize the periods during which paganism (referred to as “the daily”) and papalism (referred to as “the transgression of desolation”) suppressed and oppressed the sanctuary and the host.
  • Daniel 8:13 references the trampling down of “both the sanctuary and the host,” representing the “seven times” of God’s indignation on both the northern kingdom of Israel (beginning in 723 BC) and the southern kingdom of Judah (beginning in 677 BC).
  • Nebuchadnezzar’s “seven times” represent 1,260 years of paganism followed by 1,260 years of papalism, during which the sanctuary and host were oppressed.
  • Papalism is described as “baptized paganism,” as it represents a form of Christianity that retains pagan elements.
  • The Dark Ages exemplified this connection between paganism and Catholicism.
  • Nebuchadnezzar’s judgment, resulting in his transformation into a beast, reflects the religious nature of paganism, whether in its overt form or concealed within Catholicism.
  • Nebuchadnezzar’s role symbolically links three powers of spiritual Babylon mentioned in Revelation: the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.
  • To understand this symbolism, it is essential to locate Nebuchadnezzar in the year 1798 when his kingdom was restored, marking the beginning of the unsealing of the book of Daniel.
  • The unsealing of the book of Daniel in 1798 marked the time of the end and served to test and purify two classes of worshippers.
  • Daniel 12 contains three time prophecies: 1,260 years of the scattering of the power of the holy people, 1,290 days, and 1,335 days, all linked to the time of the end.
  • The tarrying time, as in the parable of the ten virgins, began at the first disappointment in Millerite history, touching the first day of 1844.
  • Daniel’s role in the book of Daniel is to initiate a three-step testing process when the book is unsealed at the time of the end.
  • The book of Daniel, represented by Daniel himself, stands in its lot at the end of prophetic days, culminating in chapter 12.
  • Nebuchadnezzar’s “seven times” conclude in 1798, aligning with the arrival of the warning message of judgment.
  • Nebuchadnezzar symbolizes the Republican horn of the earth beast in its lamblike phase, as well as the Philadelphian Protestant horn.
  • Nebuchadnezzar’s fear in his dream parallels the first step of the everlasting gospel: “Fear God.”
  • The unsealing of the book of Daniel in 1798 marks the arrival of the first angel’s message.
  • The “wise men of Babylon” represent the wicked who cannot understand, while Daniel represents the wise who comprehend the message.
  • Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and its interpretation emphasize the importance of fearing God, which is the first step of the everlasting gospel.

 

The symbol of Nebuchadnezzar in chapter four is amazing. His “seven times,” typified the periods of time that paganism (the daily), and papalism (the transgression of desolation), trampled down the sanctuary and host.

Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? Daniel 8:13.

 

The trampling down of “both the sanctuary and the host,” noted in verse thirteen, represents the “seven times” that was the last of two of God’s indignations; and Nebuchadnezzar’s “seven times” is representing the “seven times” that was the first of God’s indignations, but both are represented as the same line prophetically.

And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down. 2 Kings 21:13.

 

Daniel chapter eight, and verse thirteen, is addressing the second line of God’s indignations, as brought upon the southern kingdom of Judah, beginning in 677 BC. Nebuchadnezzar’s “seven times,” represents the line of God’s first indignation, as brought upon the northern kingdom of Israel, beginning in 723 BC. Nebuchadnezzar’s “seven times” represents twelve hundred and sixty years that paganism trampled down the sanctuary and host, followed by the twelve hundred and sixty years that papalism trampled down the sanctuary and host.

Papalism is simply paganism covered with the profession of Christianity. “Baptized paganism” as it were. There is nothing that represents Christ or Christianity in Catholicism. The world learned that fact in the history of the Dark Ages, but since 1798, the world has forgotten. The papacy has the same heart as paganism. The religion and the rites of the religions are identical. Nebuchadnezzar’s judgment of “seven times,” consisted of him being given the heart of a beast. The beast’s heart he was given was the heart that represented the religion of paganism, whether it was outright paganism or cloaked paganism in the form of Catholicism. Sister White identifies that the dragon in Revelation twelve is Satan, but in a secondary sense it is pagan Rome.

“Thus while the dragon, primarily, represents Satan, it is, in a secondary sense, a symbol of pagan Rome.” The Great Controversy, 439.

 

The beast that Nebuchadnezzar represented for “seven times,” was the beast of the dragon for twelve hundred and sixty days, and then the beast of Catholicism for another twelve hundred and sixty days. At the end of those days Nebuchadnezzar is a symbol of the United States, which is ultimately the false prophet. Prophetically Nebuchadnezzar represented the dragon, the beast and the false prophet which are the three-fold powers that make up spiritual Babylon, and who lead the world to Armageddon. Nebuchadnezzar represents literal Babylon, and in so doing he was employed as a symbol of all three of the powers that make up spiritual Babylon of the last days.

In order to recognize the symbolism just identified it is important to first locate Nebuchadnezzar in 1798, when his kingdom is restored at the end of the “seven times.” We will establish this waymark in Daniel chapter four, before we begin to proceed through the chapter in a more systematic fashion.

At the “time of the end” in 1798, the book of Daniel was unsealed, and the book then fulfilled its purpose of presenting an increasing light that would test, purify and produce two classes of worshippers. The unsealing of the book of Daniel marks the beginning of the three-step testing process that is based upon the truths revealed at that time.

And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. Daniel 12:9, 10.

 

The prophetic purpose of the unsealing of the book that consists of the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation, is to test the generation that is alive during the history that the book is unsealed. In Daniel twelve, there are three time prophecies that are identified. The first is the twelve hundred and sixty years that the power of the holy people was to be scattered.

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. Daniel 12:4–7.

 

The other two prophetic periods in chapter twelve are twelve hundred and ninety days and thirteen hundred and thirty-five days.

And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. Daniel 12:8–12.

 

In the verses the “time of the end,” is twice referenced and defined as the point when the words of Daniel would be unsealed. The words that are the subject of being unsealed at the “time of the end” are the three prophetic periods of twelve hundred and sixty (time, times, and a half), twelve hundred and ninety, and thirteen hundred and thirty-five. Two of the three periods are defined as “days.” Two of the three ended in 1798, and the third ended at the very end of 1843. It is at the very end of 1843, for the verse states, “blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to…”

The word “cometh,” means touches. Blessed therefore is he who waits, and also touches the first day of 1844. The tarrying time of the parable of the ten virgins began at the first disappointment in Millerite history, and that disappointment arrived on the very last day of 1843, and the very last day of 1843, touches the very first day of 1844. The blessing of waiting began when the tarrying time began at the first disappointment.

There is a great deal more to address in these verses, but the point we are considering here is the prophetic role of Daniel. The purpose of the book of Daniel, which Daniel represents in the passage, is to produce a three-step testing process when the book is unsealed. Daniel was told to go his way until the time of the end when the book was to be unsealed. The conclusion of the chapter emphasizes what will happen when the time of the end arrives.

But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. Daniel 12:13.

 

The book of Daniel was to stand in its lot at the end of the prophetic days of Daniel.

“When God gives a man a special work to do, he is to stand in his lot and place as did Daniel, ready to answer the call of God, ready to fulfill His purpose.” Manuscript Releases, volume 6, 108.

 

At the time of the end in 1798, Daniel stood in his lot, which is expressed in verse thirteen as “at the end of the days.” The end of Nebuchadnezzar’s banishment of “seven times” identifies 1798, for it concluded at “the end of the days.”

And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase. Daniel 4:34–37.

 

The expression “end of the days” represents the time of the end in 1798. Nebuchadnezzar was then established in his kingdom, which was no longer the history of the beasts of paganism and papalism. At that point, Nebuchadnezzar represented a fully converted man, and in so doing represented the earth beast of Bible prophecy that began to reign in 1798, and it began as a lamb, though it was destined to eventually speak as a dragon. He represents the earth beast that would reign for seventy symbolic years in fulfillment of Isaiah twenty-three, just as his literal kingdom reigned for seventy literal years. The symbolism is “air tight.”

Nebuchadnezzar represents a prophetic link between the three powers represented in Revelation chapters twelve and thirteen. There they are identified as the dragon, the sea beast and the earth beast. In Revelation sixteen they are identified as the three powers that lead the world to Armageddon. Nebuchadnezzar’s “seven times,” ties together all three of those beasts, for literal Babylon illustrates spiritual Babylon, and the same line of prophecy that is located in the book of Daniel is taken up in the book of Revelation, for the two books bring each other to perfection.

Nebuchadnezzar represents 1798 as a prophetic link between the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. 1798 was “the time of the end” for the message of the first angel and the Millerite history. William Miller was led to place all of his prophetic structure upon his recognition of the dragon of paganism and the beast of Catholicism, but he did not see the United States as the earth beast and false prophet. He could see the history prior to “the time of the end” in 1798, but the future was yet future. At “the time of the end” in 1989, all three powers would then be recognized.

The unsealing of the prophetic recognition of the dragon and beast in 1798, is represented by the Ulai River of chapters seven, eight and nine. The unsealing of the prophetic recognition of the dragon, beast and false prophet in 1989, is represented by the Hiddekel River of chapters ten, eleven and twelve. Nebuchadnezzar represents the movement of the first angel that arrived in 1798, and he typifies Belshazzar who represents the movement of the third angel that arrived in 1989. For this reason, Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream, in chapter four, represents the message of the first angel.

Nebuchadnezzar’s “seven times” concluded at “the time of the end” in 1798, with the arrival of the warning message of judgment to come. At the “end of the days,” he is a converted man, thus representing the Republican horn of the earth beast, when it was lamblike. He simultaneously represents the Philadelphian Protestant horn of the earth beast.

As the first king of Babylon, he typifies Belshazzar the last king of Babylon. His judgment was typified by the judgment of Nimrod, and in turn typified the judgment of Belshazzar. His judgment represented the opening of the investigative judgment on October 22, 1844.

Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I thought it good to show the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation. I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace: I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me. Daniel 4:1–5.

 

The dream made Nebuchadnezzar afraid, and the symbolism of the dream represents the everlasting gospel of the first angel, which commands men to “fear God.”

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. Revelation 14:6, 7.

 

The everlasting gospel is a three-step message, the first step, as represented in the first angel, is to fear God, the second step is to give him glory and the third is represented by the hour of his judgment. “Glory” represents character, and the second “go to” in the story of Nimrod’s rebellion is where the character of the city and the tower was investigated. It was an investigative judgment. The combination of church and state is the image of the beast, and Nimrod’s second step was in manifesting the image of the beast, but the second step of the everlasting gospel produces a glorification of God’s character, not Nimrod’s.

Nebuchadnezzar’s fear is a symbol of the first test, just as was Daniel’s choice to not eat Babylon’s diet, for Daniel feared God. The first angel arrived in history in 1798, and was thereafter empowered on August 11, 1840. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream locates the arrival of the first message at the time of the end in 1798.

I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me. Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream. Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof. But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: 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, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof. Daniel 4:5–9.

 

The arrival of the first message at the time of the end in 1798, that is represented by Nebuchadnezzar’s fear, marks the point when the book of Daniel was to be unsealed.

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. … And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. Daniel 12:4, 9, 10.

 

When the book of Daniel was unsealed at “the time of the end”, men were called to come and investigate the increase of knowledge, and that call eventually produced two classes of worshippers. One class could not understand and the other class could. The wise men of Babylon, represented as “the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers” could not understand, but Daniel understood. The Babylonian “wise men” could not understand, and therefore represent the wicked. Daniel represented the wise.

We will continue Daniel chapter four in the next article.

“Those who are unfaithful to the work of God are lacking in principle; their motives are not of a character to lead them to choose the right under all circumstances. The servants of God are to feel at all times that they are under the eye of their employer. He who watched the sacrilegious feast of Belshazzar is present in all our institutions, in the counting-room of the merchant, in the private workshop; and the bloodless hand is as surely recording your neglect as it recorded the awful judgment of the blasphemous king. Belshazzar’s condemnation was written in words of fire, ‘Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting’; and if you fail to fulfill your God-given obligations your condemnation will be the same.” Messages to Young People, 229.

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3 comments on “The Book of Daniel – Number Twenty Six”

  1. Patrick Rampy

    It is so amazing how Nebuchadnezzar’s experiences shed so much light on our time!

  2. Bonnie Halstead Robson

    “Nebuchadnezzar was a fully converted man”, and yet what is the first thing he did once his kingship was re-established? He thought to change God’s law forbidding idol worship with a ‘man-made’ law coercing every man to worship the statue or die. This is the same thinking Pagan Rome demonstrated when Constantine thought it possible for man to change a law made by God. Here is man, thinking to change times and laws established by God. It will be no different in our time:

    “From time to time I have been permitted to behold the working, in different ages, of the great controversy between Christ, the Prince of life, the Author of our salvation, and Satan, the prince of evil, the author of sin, the first transgressor of God’s holy law. Satan’s enmity against Christ has been manifested against His followers. The same hatred of the principles of God’s law, the same policy of deception, by which error is made to appear as truth, by which human laws are substituted for the law of God, and men are led to worship the creature rather than the Creator, may be traced in all the history of the past.” GC x.1

    “…human laws are substituted for the law of God…” How does Satan accomplish this? One of his strategies is to “efface in man the image of God” and lead people to regard God as a vindictive dispenser of punishment:

    “Satan’s efforts to misrepresent the character of God, to cause men to cherish a false conception of the Creator, and thus to regard Him with fear and hate rather than with love; his endeavors to set aside the divine law, leading the people to think themselves free from its requirements; and his persecution of those who dare to resist his deceptions, have been steadfastly pursued in all ages.” GC x.1
    This, Satan leads people to hate and fear God, and to hate and mistrust God’s Holy laws. Why? Because:

    The Enemy will surely mis-apply Romans 13, and if the people already view God as pagan and demanding appeasement, then which law, divine or human, will they be deceived into obeying? Laws made by people in positions of authority. And it’s Satan who owns the kingdoms of this world.

    God’s law is not a new thing. It is not holiness created, but holiness made known. 1BC 1104.9

  3. Sister White did not say Nebuchadnezzar was a fully converted man, I did, and I was referring to the judgment he suffered in chapter four. At the end of that judgment he did not coerce anyone. He stated:
    And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom [is] from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works [are] truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase. Daniel 4:34-37.

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