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Looking for biblical answers instead of traditional ones? Tired of the same old emotional roller coaster instead of spiritual substance?

Our newsletter, Kingdom Thoughts, will encourage and challenge you to think for yourself.

If you have entered into covenant with the Almighty through the instructions (Torah) in his word, you have received of his Spirit. That Spirit is known in Scripture as the Spirit of Truth. He is God and he promises to lead us into ALL truth. If you haven't or do not know what God's covenant in the blood of Messiah is all about, we will gladly share those instructions with you so that as many of us as possible can prepare for the coming time of great trouble. There is true hope in these times, and it is all in knowing what YHVH has to say about all that is happening in the present-day world. We invite you to fellowship with us.

Francisco & Rosa Luna

Shalom!

                                The King who didn't "Get It"

                                          (Dan. 4:1-37)

       (Pro 16:18) "Before destruction is pride, And before stumbling--a haughty spirit."

                   (Pro 29:1) "A man often reproved, hardening the neck, is suddenly broken, and there is no healing."

 

It was not the first encounter the king had had with the Almighty.  Twice before he had heard from God. First, through the prophet who had interpreted his dream of a great image whose head represented him and his kingdom. The second was his experience with the three Hebrews that had defied his order to kneel before the statue he had created to honor himself. At both times he had been so amazed at the God of these Hebrews, whose kingdom he had conquered and brought them back as slaves, that he had commanded first the promotion of Daniel as the ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon, and the second time he had promoted the three Hebrews to positions of importance and had written a decree threatening all who should ever speak a blasphemy against the God of these Hebrews to be cut in pieces and their houses turned into dung heaps.

The king was no stranger to the works of YHWH! But he was ignorant, perhaps on purpose, of the most important thing of all.

And so, his third experience with God begins… in his own words… with the king "at rest and flourishing" in his palace. In other words, great things were happening for him. It seemed that everything was clicking for him as he beheld the growth and expansion of his kingdom into an empire. No enemy could withstand his powerful army and no one in his empire dared to defy his command. All people everywhere paid tribute to him and lived or died by his command. People everywhere knew who he was and everyone bowed down to him out of fear and respect for his power. They all said pleasant things about him in public and his name struck fear in those who disagreed with him privately. They were all given into his hand and he was the law of the land. God had told him through Daniel that he was the head of gold on that image that he had dreamed of. This was his glory; and his full focus was given to his endeavors. After all, did he not possess even wise men that had God's ear in his employ? He must have looked upon himself with glowing pride and considered himself above all others because surely he must be pretty special if even the God of the Hebrews who could work great wonders had chosen to reveal secrets of the future to him. Even God knew he was this great! Of course, he never said that to anyone because he was the king and owed no one anything; not even an explanation. But being a natural man, his pride was the basis for his decisions.

Now, the king was not given to understand the oneness of God or even his name; but YHWH chose to speak a warning to him in a dream that troubled him and made him fearful. He was troubled by the "visions" in his head. Being fully aware that Daniel had a relationship with "the high God," and that "the spirit of the 'holy gods' was in him," (according to the king's interpretation) he called for the man he considered most wise.

He recounted his dream to Daniel saying, "I dreamed of a tree growing in the midst of the earth whose height was extremely great. And yet, the tree continued growing in size and strength until it reached into heaven and it could be seen from the very ends of the earth. It had beautiful leaves and an abundance of fruit, which provided food for everyone. The beasts of the field took refuge in its shadow and the birds of heaven nested in its branches. All flesh was fed of it. But as I continued to dream, a watcher or holy one came down from heaven crying aloud, 'cut down the tree and cut off his branches. Shake the leaves off of him and scatter his fruit. Let the beasts leave from taking refuge under him and the birds no longer nest on his branches. However, leave the stump of his roots in the earth and wrap him with a band of iron and brass. Let him remain in the tender grass of the earth and be wet with the dew of heaven. Let him eat with the beasts of the grass of the earth. Let his heart be changed from the heart of a man to the heart of a beast, and let seven times pass over him. This matter is by decree of the watchers and the demand by the word of the holy ones for the express purpose of allowing the living to know that The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he wants to, and sets up over it the basest (adjective: vulgar, low. Synonyms: abject, abominable, cheap, coarse, common ...Thesaurus.com) of men.'"

And now it was Daniel's turn to be concerned as he sat in silence for a whole hour considering the dream and the ramifications of it for the king. Daniel knew to be tactful but did not speak until the king told him to speak without reservation. At that moment, Daniel had to relay the faithful message that could very well cause him to be cut into pieces and his house made a dunghill. (This seems to have been the king's favorite punishment for those who defied or disappointed him.) But he answered wisely and truthfully none-the-less.

He said, "May the meaning of the dream be for your enemies and for those who hate you oh king. But it is you who has grown and become strong. For your greatness has increased, and reaches unto heaven, and your dominion extends to the ends of the earth."

In short, he relayed to the king that the tree represented him, and that all that was proclaimed by the dream that should happen, would come upon him. He then offered him counsel on what Daniel perceived as the king's problem areas.

 

1.      Seek the righteousness that would break the power of the sins that were taking him in the direction of the events that the 

         dream foretold.

2.      Have mercy on the poor and the oppressed.

He said, "Maybe this will prolong your prosperity."

 

But the king's response is not recorded and he chose to continue on in unbelief to the dreadful dream that had troubled him so at the beginning of this experience with the Almighty YHWH. Perhaps he thought that Daniel had misinterpreted the dream. Surely the God, who had recognized his greatness, as depicted by that head of gold, would not then turn around and give him a dream that foretold of such a dark and foreboding future. How could he possibly be cut down and then brought back to life? All this was probably just that roasted pig he had eaten the night before the dream. "Oh well, the king must have thought, Daniel was at last found to be just human after all. He is just as faulty as the rest of those "wise men" who hang around my court and sponge off of me." As time went by, he settled more and more comfortably into that frame of mind. He began to forget the wonders he had experienced and began to doubt that any of it was true. It was all him! He was the one who had started this empire from nothing! He was the one whose efforts kept this endeavor going! It was up to him to continue the growth of this kingdom and if he stopped for any amount of time, it would all come crumbling to the ground. For a whole year he continued to do it his way; and for a whole year nothing of the dream happened and his kingdom continued to grow.  He came to loathe the very idea of what a fool he had been to ever rely on anyone but himself!

As he stood out on the balcony of his palace, and surveyed his kingdom a year later from high on a hill, he could not help himself as he boasted out loud, "Is this not the great Babylon that I have built from nothing through my intelligence, perseverance, and hard work? Should this whole kingdom not honor my sovereignty? Am I not the ultimate authority? There is no one above me!

Before the ringing sound of those words had ceased, a voice came from heaven that said, "Hear what is being said to you king Nebuchadnezzar…The kingdom is hereby taken from you! You will now think and act like a beast; and you will live like one outdoors under the open sky and the dew of heaven. For seven years you will be this way until at last you understand that it is the Most High who rules the kingdom of men and that he gives it to whomsoever he will."

 

(Dan 4:33)  "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 birds' claws."

 

For seven long years he lived in this manner and experienced the wrath of the living God for his prideful arrogance. But God, being a true Sovereign who exercises mercy, returned him to his right mind and returned the kingdom to him. 

 

(Dan 4:34-37)  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 honored him that lives forever, 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 honor and brightness returned unto me; and my counselors 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 honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

 

As we stand in awe and look into this mirror, our heart is laid bare and our thoughts cannot hide from the one who knows us better than we know ourselves. It is by his grace alone that we have been rescued from a life of destruction! Not because he "owed us something" or because we were more special than all others did he choose us for this great salvation. He alone has paid the price for our redemption. He alone is truly righteous and has made us to share in that righteousness that only he possesses through the blood of the Lamb. We are kings and priests before YAH because HE is merciful and kind.

But he has not changed one iota from the God he was at the time of king Nebuchadnezzar. He still demands that we practice his righteousness and have mercy on the poor. His kings have been blessed with material things and sit in lofty places enjoying the good things of this earth. His priests he has blessed with knowledge of God and the power to speak of things that were hidden from the foundation of the world. There is a balance that YHWH has established in his kingdom so that neither the king nor the priest can say, "I am special in and of myself." Your gift and mine were given to us for the sake of the Body of Messiah, not so that we can glory in "our" accomplishments and call attention to ourselves through men's praise while neglecting the truth of YHWH's word.

Our righteousness does not proceed from the things we do just as our wealth does not proceed from our own hard work. We can either believe that "The blessing of YAH, it makes us rich", or we can glory in all of our "connections" and hard work, but we cannot do both. By the same token, we can either take the covenant of God seriously and enter into it through the one and only way given to us in Scripture, or we can become children of disobedience who deny the truth of God's word through our actions while professing to love God. The blessing of YAH does not come as payment for our goodness. It comes because we have believed what he has told us to do in his word. That is called faith! "Without faith, it is impossible to please God..." (Heb. 11:6)

The kingdom of darkness has its own kings and they are all wealthy beyond measure. If wealth were the measure of blessing, then they would be more blessed than we who are children of the kingdom of Heaven. They are cursed by their wealth because they do not have spiritual eyes with which to see and will most likely spend their entire lives thinking they don't need those eyes. They depend upon themselves and their wealth for everything and look at anything having to do with God as a necessary inconvenience if they consider him at all. To them, having a relationship with their "church" is just part of the process of upholding their standing within the community. They do not particularly cherish the idea of having to attend "worship" service because their mind is on their business and they would rather be doing something else. One cannot really blame them. They are unable to understand what a real relationship with God is about because they are natural men who are blind to the spiritual side of life.

A king in the spiritual kingdom of YHWH is first of all aware that his kingship and his kingdom are gifts that do not depend upon the changing tides of world opinion, the economy, or other external conditions. Like Job, the true king knows that "God gives, and God can also take away." The king is sure because he can prove that he belongs to a kingdom in which the written principles of God rule because it was through those principles that he entered into the kingdom in the first place. God is a God of order and discipline! His word rules, and when feelings fail, his word continues to be true and faithful. So the true kings in YAH's realm do not depend on their feelings to stand, but on the word of the living God. Those who are called to be kings in YAH's kingdom, and who neglect the principles of his word, sin against their own kingship because the faith they need to reign in righteousness is secondary to their material needs and wants. They pay their spiritual leaders to bring them pretty sermons and messages that make them feel good and important. In doing so they silence their conscience but leave their soul exposed to corruption and death.

A king who reigns in righteousness emulates the reign of YAH in his kingdom. He understands what it means that YAH loves justice, righteousness, and mercy. A king of YAH is not fearful, suspicious, ill-spoken, vengeful, and prideful. He understands who he is and where his authority comes from. He is not living a fairy tale but a reality because his heart is set upon the word of YAH. To the righteous king, the kingdom of God is more real than the tangible world he lives in and the authority and sovereignty of God are greater than any circumstance or difficulty that can come against him. God is his source and God's word is a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his pathway. He is ever before the living God and so he measures his words carefully and speaks like a child of the living God and not like some ill-mannered sailor on leave. He knows that God has said, "Let no filthy talk come out of your mouths, but only what is good for building up as the need may be. This way you will give grace to those who hear you." (Eph. 4:29) Because his heart respects and reverences YAH above all things, the wisdom in him reminds him that those who despise the word of YAH by their actions become children of disobedience and it is written: "

    "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience."

But if you, as a king, make the poor man beg you for a piece of bread, and deny it to him because he did not dance before you to your liking, the poor man will most assuredly cry out to the God you profess to serve; and because you bring shame to his name, he will discipline you until you understand that you are not behaving according to his word; and that he did not make you a king so that you could oppress others who displease you. Take care that he does not demote you for a season until you understand the meaning of mercy. "For whosoever administers judgment without mercy, judgment without mercy shall be done unto him." (James 2:13)

If I, as an emissary of the kingdom, deny and neglect my priestly duties to proclaim his truth and speak without guile, then I am in danger of the same discipline because we are called to obedience.

We are not free to do as we please just as king Nebuchadnezzar was not; even with all his power and might. We are responsible to the One who constituted us kings and priests. If we hold his word in low esteem, except as it affects our bank accounts, then we are of all men the most miserable while pretending to be happy.

Let us understand that we are even more responsible than the king who had such power because we know more than he did. Let us remember that:

 

(Pro 16:12)  Evil-doing is disgusting to kings: for the seat of the ruler is based on righteousness.

 

(Rev 5:10) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

 

Let us reign and offer up sacrifices of praise in righteousness that our God may be praised for he is worthy!

Be Blessed!

Francisco Gomez Luna

Emissary of the Kingdom of YAH

Dvar Emet Ministry

08/06/2011