Daniel 4:1–18 (NKJV)
4:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king,
To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:
Peace be multiplied to you.
2 I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me.
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.
After the events of the first three chapters of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzer is convinced that the God of Daniel is real and powerful. He declares such in this brief introduction to chapter four.
4 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at rest in my house, and flourishing in my palace. 5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts on my bed and the visions of my head troubled me. 6 Therefore I issued a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream. 7 Then the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers came in, and I told them the dream; but they did not make known to me its interpretation. 8 But at last Daniel came before me (his name is Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god; in him is the Spirit of the Holy God), and I told the dream before him, saying: 9 “Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the Spirit of the Holy God is in you, and no secret troubles you, explain to me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and its interpretation.
He then goes on below to tell that he has had a disturbing dream, and called for all his wise men to interpret, but none of them could do it. Finally, he asked Daniel to interpret the dream, and proceeded to tell him the dream. Sometimes, God puts you in a specific place and situation in order to use you for His glory. Daniel was always ready, because He prayed. Be sure you are ready when God opens a door of opportunity for you.
10 These were the visions of my head while on my bed:
I was looking, and behold,
A tree in the midst of the earth,
And its height was great.
11 The tree grew and became strong;
Its height reached to the heavens,
And it could be seen to the ends of all the earth.
12 Its leaves were lovely,
Its fruit abundant,
And in it was food for all.
The beasts of the field found shade under it,
The birds of the heavens dwelt in its branches,
And all flesh was fed from it.
13 “I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven. 14 He cried aloud and said thus:
‘Chop down the tree and cut off its branches,
Strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit.
Let the beasts get out from under it,
And the birds from its branches.
15 Nevertheless leave the stump and roots in the earth,
Bound with a band of iron and bronze,
In the tender grass of the field.
Let it be wet with the dew of heaven,
And let him graze with the beasts
On the grass of the earth.
16 Let his heart be changed from that of a man,
Let him be given the heart of a beast,
And let seven times pass over him.
17 ‘This decision is by the decree of the watchers,
And the sentence by the word of the holy ones,
In order that the living may know
That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men,
Gives it to whomever He will,
And sets over it the lowest of men.’
18 “This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you, Belteshazzar, declare its interpretation, since all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are able, for the Spirit of the Holy God is in you.”
This dream speaks of a great tree in the earth, providing shade for animals, and living places for birds. It is beneficial to many, and grand in stature. But then a holy one comes down and orders it to be cut down. Warn the animals and birds, then cut it down to a stump and bind with with a bronze band. The dream then seems to shift or transition to a discussion of a mighty one being humbled to eat grass with the animals and feel the dew upon him in the mornings. He will have the heart of a beast and live this way for seven years. This would happen to remind all that God rules on the earth. Nebuchadnezzer then commissions Daniel (Belteshazzar) to interpret the dream.
It is important to understand that no matter how successful or powerful a man or woman may become, there is but one God. No matter how great a name a person has, God is supreme, and if pride gets in the way, a downfall may come. No one can take the place of God. No one has that ability. Don’t let your pride fool you!