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Guest-post by R.P. Amos: In light of World Political Events . . . A Vital Reminder

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

SOMEONE HIGHER THAN POLITICS

“The most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men” – “The powers that be are ordained of God” Daniel 4:17 / Rom. 13.1

NebuchadnezzarA dictator monarch  “whom he would he slew; and whom he would he                                                                            kept alive; and whom he would he set up…”.  Dan. 5:19

THE MOST HIGH GOD – Gave him power “The God of heaven hath given thee a                                                                      kingdom, power and strength, and glory”.   Dan. 2:37

NebuchadnezzarAnti Semitic and destroyed Jewish temple  “Came Nebuchadnezzar                                                             king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it”.  Dan. 1.1

MOST HIGH GOD – Gave him victory “The Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into                                         his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God…”.   Dan. 1:2

NebuchadnezzarDeported Jews from Israel to Babylon  “that he should bring certain                                                           of the children of Israel…to…the king’s palace”.  Dan. 1:3-4

MOST HIGH GOD – Used him  “Nebuchadnezzar…my servant”.   Jer. 27:6

NebuchadnezzarChanged Jewish culture  “The king appointed them a daily provision of                                                                                       the king’s meat, and of the wine”.  Dan. 1:5

MOST HIGH GOD – Taught him wisdom from Jews “In all matters of wisdom and                                                              understanding…the king enquired of them”.   Dan. 1:20

NebuchadnezzarFurious temperament; out to purge the wise “the king was angry…                                                  and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon”. Dan. 2:12

MOST HIGH GOD –  Awakened him “Of a truth it is, that your [Daniel’s]God is a                                                                         God of gods…”.   Dan. 2:47

NebuchadnezzarForced religious worship & practiced torture  “whoso falleth not                                     down and worshippeth shall…be cast into… a burning fiery furnace”. Dan. 3:6

MOST HIGH GOD – Grew him in knowledge & protecting Jewish religious rights

                                     “God…changed the king’s word…Every people…which speak                                              anything amiss against the God…shall be cut in pieces…because                                                  there is no other God that can deliver after this sort ”. Dan. 3:28-29

NebuchadnezzarAn arrogant great builder  “Is this not great Babylon that I have built                                 for the house of the kingdom, by the might of my power, and for the honour                                          of my majesty”?   Dan. 4:30

MOST HIGH GOD –  Humbled & Converted him “The inhabitants of the earth are                                   reputed as nothing…Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and                                        honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways                                          judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase”.  Dan. 4:35-37

“The appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords”.  1Tim. 6:14, 15.