Yahweh’s dealings with Nebuchadnezzar offer practical
insight on how much God hates pride and insight on its
destructive results. When pride results in jealousy and
disdainful behavior or treatment of others, it becomes a
serious sin, which is condemned repeatedly in the Bible.
Pride was the downfall of the guardian cherub Lucifer,
who is Satan (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:13-17). Pride
moved Cain to slay his brother Abel. Pride was
Nebuchadnezzar’s downfall. Pride will be the downfall of
the Antichrist (Proverbs 16:18).
The book of Proverbs offers seven warnings against
pride (6:17; 8:13; 11:2; 13:10; 16:5, 18; 29:23). Pride is
an abomination to the LORD
because it desecrates His
name and His rightful place. It leads to shame, brings
about destruction, and ends with judgment.
God works in many ways to break pride. Like
Nebuchadnezzar, we tend to ignore His signs. God dropped
Daniel and his friends into the king’s lap to confront the
monarch and to give him opportunities to turn away from
himself to the true and living God.
Finally, the LORD used one of His most effective
means—a malady that comes in the forms of infirmity,
sickness, disease, debilitation, etc. Some people have to
lose their “grip on life” in order for reality and
eternity to come into clearer focus. Such was the case
We might say that God went “the second mile” with
Nebuchadnezzar, not wanting him to perish but to come to
repentance. Yahweh’s dealings with the king are the
quintessence of His patience spoken of by the apostle
He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
Nebuchadnezzar typifies a strong-willed person, along
with what is often necessary to bring about the conversion
of such a heart. Note the sequence in Nebuchadnezzar’s
A false sense of significance
A false sense of
A target of God’s mercy and compassion
warning of coming judgment
An invitation to repent
A drastic event prior to conversion
An attitude and
behavior like a beast
A humbling by God
from self to God
If God could bring about a change in Nebuchadnezzar’s
heart, no one is beyond repentance and belief. Therefore,
as opportunities arise to tell the unsaved world what God
has planned for the lost, Christians are to be as bold and
courageous as Daniel. Because, for the perishing, their
fate will be far worse than Nebuchadnezzar’s seven years
of madness if they do not repent and believe in Christ.
If you find it too hard to tell a friend about Christ,
write a letter to him or her. In that letter tell your
friend how the Lord saved you, and give all the glory to
God. That is what Nebuchadnezzar did. The king wanted to
teach to all the people of the earth the lesson that God
had taught him. Should we not want to do the same?
It is incorrect to view the prophetic writings of
Daniel as merely heroic accounts of a man, named Daniel,
which have been compiled into a book of twelve
disconnected and unrelated chapters. Instead, they are
related accounts of God’s progressive revelation
concerning those things He wants His people to know.
During the end of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar typifies
Christ, the Ruler of the millennial reign. When Daniel
told the king to break off sin and practice righteousness,
a ruler’s chief virtue, the king acted accordingly. He
proceeded to proclaim peace, one of the blessings of
righteousness, to all his subjects. The One who brings
righteousness and peace came and
will come again to
fulfill what the prophet Isaiah predicted.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and
the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be
called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Nebuchadnezzar typifies Christians also. Like the king,
unsaved unbelievers walk in pride and are at enmity with
God, who sees them in a state of insanity—unless, and
until—they humble themselves, call on the LORD, and have
their sanity restored. Both Nebuchadnezzar and
Christians have been rescued from the dominion of darkness
ruled by Satan.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and
brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom
we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in
your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has
reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to
present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free
from accusation (Colossians 1:21-22).
Our alienation from God, and the enmity we had in our
minds for Him, have both been vanquished, and replaced
with the righteousness that is of, and from, God. Our evil
deeds are superseded by good works.
In addition, Nebuchadnezzar foreshadows the Antichrist,
who, in his madness and pride, will attempt to build a
kingdom by his mighty power, for the glory of his own
majesty. At that time, God will deal with the nations as
He dealt with Nebuchadnezzar. Either the people of nations
will humble themselves and come under the subjection
of His Son, or they will be gone with the wind. As
predicted in the dream of dreams, the whole earth will be
filled with the everlasting kingdom.
Nebuchadnezzar addressed his edict “to the peoples,
nations and men of every language, who live in all the
world.” The edict points to the time of the Tribulation,
when a great multitude that no one can count, coming from
every nation, tribe, people and language, are saved
As with Nebuchadnezzar, God’s judgment on the nations
during the Tribulation concludes with the subjugating of
the earth to the One who has been given all authority and
the right to rule.
As with Nebuchadnezzar, the earth will not be restored
until the seven years of the Tribulation (Malady) have
passed. Then the saved will be restored to the kingdom of
God on earth, which was forfeited by Adam’s
During this present age, the conversion of
Nebuchadnezzar foreshadows the fact that while salvation
is being experienced by Gentiles, the Jews are being
despised among the nations.
Just as the Gentile king proclaimed the glory of the
Most High God to his empire, so it will be primarily the
responsibility of Gentiles to proclaim the Gospel of God
during the “times of the Gentiles.” In this period, God
will preserve a remnant of Jews as foreshadowed by His
miraculous deliverance of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
from the fiery furnace. However, since the Jews have
forfeited their position as the light of the world—a
kingdom of priests, and a holy nation, it is not their
place to ask, “What have You done?