ImmerseChronicles NLT - Page 178


For seven periods of time,
let him have the mind of a wild animal
instead of the mind of a human.
For this has been decreed by the messengers;
it is commanded by the holy ones,
so that everyone may know
that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world.
He gives them to anyone he ­chooses—
even to the lowliest of people.”
“‘Belteshazzar, that was the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar,
had. Now tell me what it means, for none of the wise men of my
kingdom can do so. But you can tell me because the spirit of the holy
gods is in you.’
“Upon hearing this, Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) was
overcome for a time, frightened by the meaning of the dream. Then
the king said to him, ‘Belteshazzar, don’t be alarmed by the dream and
what it means.’
“Belteshazzar replied, ‘I wish the events foreshadowed in this dream
would happen to your enemies, my lord, and not to you! The tree you
saw was growing very tall and strong, reaching high into the heavens
for all the world to see. It had fresh green leaves and was loaded with
fruit for all to eat. Wild animals lived in its shade, and birds nested
in its branches. That tree, Your Majesty, is you. For you have grown
strong and great; your greatness reaches up to heaven, and your rule
to the ends of the earth.
“‘Then you saw a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven
and saying, “Cut down the tree and destroy it. But leave the stump and
the roots in the ground, bound with a band of iron and bronze and
surrounded by tender grass. Let him be drenched with the dew of
heaven. Let him live with the animals of the field for seven periods
of time.”
“‘This is what the dream means, Your Majesty, and what the Most
High has declared will happen to my lord the king. You will be driven
from human society, and you will live in the fields with the wild
animals. You will eat grass like a cow, and you will be drenched with
the dew of heaven. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this
way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the
world and gives them to anyone he chooses. But the stump and roots
of the tree were left in the ground. This means that you will receive
your kingdom back again when you have learned that heaven rules.
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