Wednesday, March 17 2021
Daniel 4: Belteshazzar (Daniel) interprets King Nebuchadnezzar's dream.
In this dream the King saw a tree and its demise. He was terrified. Daniel was also terrified for a time but eventually told the king its interpretation. (Daniel was a prophet)
The dream came true, not quite unexpectedly as in the song, but terrifyingly, as in the Scripture. The king was very proud and on a direction from God, delivered by a Holy One, he was driven from human society and lived like an animal, eating grass. In other words, the Lord allowed his mind to be driven mad. When the prophecy was fulfilled and a voice called down from Heaven, it happened within the hour. Nebuchadnezzar, the great king over all the known world, was made into a madman. 7 years later, he regained his mind and kingdom. (Daniel 4:37)
I cannot think that any human being would want to have this happen to them. But, he did have a warning, twice, once 12 months before and once an hour before.
This happened 2500 years ago. Can something like this happen today? Where is God's voice? Where is God? Why don't we hear Him speaking from Heaven? Why don't we have prophetic dreams that come true?
In the meantime, I believe that Christians, those who trust in Christ and have received the Holy Spirit, can have the spirit of prophecy. Some interpret this gift as preaching, but clearly in the Old Testament it was a foretelling process, such as this one. Dream, discovery, action, and event.
I have been hearing things that seem to be prophetic happening today to ordinary Christians like you and me. Today, we might call it a "Revelation" about something that will shortly "come to pass" (happen) for those who don't use old terminology.
In other words, if you are a Christian, you are very likely to receive a special visit from the Holy One (Holy Spirit of Jesus), about a dream, or event, that shall happen.
There are so many things happening in our world today that I believe these things should happen within days, or we tend to forget all about them.
His rule is everlasting
and his kingdom eternal.
All the peple of the earth
are nothing compared to him.
He does as he pleases
among the angels of heaven
and among the people of the earth.
No one can stop him or say to him,
"What do you mean by doing thses things?" (Daniel 4:34-35)
This passage was written and the things in it happened a long time ago. In the meantime, Jesus Christ our Saviour has opened up the door of heaven and we have been invited to "Come boldly before the throne of Grace, to find help in time of need." (Hebrews 10:19)
So, when you read something that appears like a prophecy, or have a dream that seems clear and unusual at the same time, you may well have a prophecy in your hands.
I assure you that this happens to me at regular intervals. It does not make me uppity but alert to the immediate future. Remember, we live in a now and future time all at once. Even as I type it is the future as time marches on. Remember, if you have these inclings, it is Jesus Christ speaking to you, reminding you that you are a vital part of his Kingdom here on earth and drifting into Heaven. There is only a thin "unseen" wall between these two elements. (Acts 8:56 story of Stephen)