I am looking forward to meeting King Nebuchadnezzar in Heaven. I find Daniel’s account of him not only amazing, but eye opening.
The first time God spoke to Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel chapter 2, He gave him the dream of the great image of the times of the Gentiles. But the heart of the king was willful, and he continued to go on with his own purpose in his pride and folly. He only acknowledged the God of Daniel:
The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.” (Daniel 2:47 ESV)
God spoke the second time to Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel chapter 3 by the marvelous vision of the Son of God in the midst of the fiery furnace, keeping His faithful witnesses from all danger and harm. But again the proud king kept on his way with his unsubjected heart and unsubdued will. He only acknowledged the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego:
Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants, who trusted in Him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” (Daniel 3:28-29 ESV)
Then God spoke the third time in a most humiliating manner to this great world-ruler. This stirring fourth chapter of Daniel was written by Nebuchadnezzar himself and preserved and incorporated into the inspired volume. In it we have the interesting account of the means God used to bring this haughty king to the end of himself and lead him to abase Himself before the Majesty in Heaven. In other words, this is Nebuchadnezzar’s conversion, and it seems clearly to show that a work of grace took place in his soul before he laid down the scepter entrusted to his hand by Jehovah:
King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me. How great are His signs, how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion endures from generation to generation. (Daniel 4:1-3 ESV)
The reason I find the account of Nebuchadnezzar so eye opening is that it reminds me that I will meet people in this life that will talk about God and will acknowledge the attributes of God, but will never bow down to Him as the Lord of their life. Simply put: they have a head knowledge of God but are bankrupt in their hearts when it comes to submitting to Him. This was the story of my life. I went to 12 years of religious schooling. There was no doubt in my mind that the triune God existed and that He created not only the universe, but He also created me. But I never knew Him in my heart. I never accepted Jesus as my LORD and Savior. Then one day in January 1977, God’s love broke through and I was never the same. Since then my heart forever belongs to God. I hope the same is with you!
I will end this article with the words of wisdom Daniel shared with his beloved king, Nebuchadnezzar:
Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness. (Daniel 4:27 ESV)
As true and powerful a word now as it was then.