A Lesson From the Book of Daniel

   First, let's begin by re-reading the book of Daniel.
   For this lesson, we will quote the necessary verses.
   Daniel 4:24-25

   24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree
      of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:
   25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall
      be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee
      to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew
      of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou
      know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and 
      giveth it to whomsoever he will.

   Daniel 4:30-34

   30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I 
      built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power
      and for the honor of my majesty?
   31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice
      form heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is 
      spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee:
   32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling 
      shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee
      to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee,
      until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of
      men, and giveh it to whomsoever he will,
   33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: 
      and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and
      his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were
      grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like bird's claws.
   34 And at the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted 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:

  After reading this section allow us to repeat the important point
  of these verses:
  it is clear that Nebuchadnezzar went HIS OWN way, and went against God 
  and God's ways. . . 
  the punishment is to eat grass like a beast for 
  seven years 
  until his reason was restored.

  Let's take a quick history lesson:
  NOTE # 1:  This story is BEFORE the time of Rome.

  NOTE # 2:  The months in the time of Nebuchadnezzar have only
             30 days.

             12 months X 30 days X 7 years = 2,520

             ( The months of the calendar began to have 31 days in 
               the time of Rome in order to honor great rulers.
               Example: Caesar Augustus was honored with 31 days 
               in the month of AUGUST, and Julius Caesar was 
               honored with 31 days in the month of JULY.)

 Now we continue reading on to Belshazzar, the son of Nebuchadnezzar:

   Daniel 5:18-31
   18  O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar, thy father
       a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:
   19  And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, 
       and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would
       he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would
       he would set up: and whom he would he put down.
   20  But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in
       pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took 
       his glory form him:
   21  And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was
       made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild 
       asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was 
       wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high
       God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over
       it whomsoever he will.
   22  And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast thou humbled thine heart,
       though thou knewest all this;
   23  But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they
       have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and
       thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in
       them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of
       brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know:
       and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy
       ways, hast thou not glorified:
   24  Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing
       was written.
   25  And this is the writing that was written,
   26  This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered
       thy kingdom, and finished it.
   27  TEKEL; Thous art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting,
   28  PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and 
   29  Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet,
       and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation
       concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
   30  In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.
   31  And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore 
       and two years old.

Note # 3:  Notice that Daniel connects the verses by repeating the same
           words in Chapter 4:25 & 4:32 and in Chapter 5:21.
           We are not connecting these verses, Daniel is the only
           one that is connecting them.  

Note # 4 : 
           Mene = 1,000 in ROMAN.

           Mene = 1,000 in ROMAN.

           Tekel = 20 in HEBREW.

           Uphasrsin = 500 in CHALDEAN.


           You go against God, His ways, or serve other gods and 
           you will be punished by serving Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin 
           or 2,520.

Note # 5:  Here are some examples of Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Upharsin.
           EXAMPLE: A 

Hosea 5:3-6 

3  I know Ephrain, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, 
   O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.
4  They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God:
   for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and 
   they have not known the Lord.
5  And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore
   shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity:
   Judah will also fall with them.
6  They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek
   the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself
   from them.
Hosea 5:9

9  Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes
   of Israel have I made known that which surely be.

The Tribe of Ephraim will not have their own land while they
are serving out their punishment.

Tribe of Ephraim goes into captivity in the year:
             - 745 B.C.

add 1 year for crossing the year 0:
               + 1
add 2,520 for the years of punishment:

               + 2520 = 

      -745 + 1 + 2520 = 1776

So what country is formed in the year 1776?
The tribe of Ephraim! (United States)

The citizens of the United States come from all over the 
world, just like Hosea 5:9 says, they have no land of their own 
like the other 11 tribes have while they are serving MENE MENE 

           EXAMPLE B:
           (The country of Israel)

Remember Hosea 5:5
5  Judah will also fall with them.

The tribe of Judah goes into captivity:
             -573 B.C.

add 1 year for crossing the year O:


add 2,520 for the years of punishment:

             + 2,520

        -573 +1 +2520 = 1948

So what country is formed in 1948?
The tribe of Judah ( The country of Israel).

Ezekiel 37:16-19

16  "As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write 
     on it: 'For Judah and for the children of Israel, his 
     companions.'  Then take another stick and write on it, 'For
     Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel,
     his companions.'
17  "Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick,and
    they will become one in your hand."
18  "And when the children of your people speak to you, saying,
    'Will you not show us what you mean by these?'-
19  'say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Surely I will take the
    stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the
    tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with
    it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and
    they will be one in My hand."'

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