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THE SECOND VISION
NEBUCH A DNE Z ZAR.
THE GREAT TREE.
The Babylonic-Assyrian Empire founded by Esarhadn, B. C. 680, remains in a Pagan or Antichristian state : 2520 years, and is restrained from receiving the ctrines of Christianity, through the idolatries of the mano-Greek Empire (the band of iron and brass); t at the end of the 2520 years expiring, A.D. 1840, • Eastern kingdoms will reject their errors and be uverted to Christianity. See Day, 6.
n. iv. 10.- Thus were the visions of mine head
in my bed : I saw, and, behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great. The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth. The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it. I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven. He cried
aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off the branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit; let the beasts get away from
under it, and the fowls from his branche: 15 Nevertheless, leave the stump of his roots in the
earth, even with a band of iron and brass i the tender grass of the field; and let it be wat
with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be 16 with the beasts in the grass of the earth. La
his heart be changed from man's, and let al
beast's heart be given unto him; and let seres 17 times pass over him. This matter is by the
decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones, to the intent that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoera
he will, and setteth up over it the basest d 18 men. This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar hart
seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof; forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to mai known unto me the interpretation, but the art able; for the spirit of the holy God is í
thee. 19 Then Daniel, (whose name was Belteshazza
was astonished for one hour, and his thought troubled him. The king spake and said, Belt shazzar. let not the dream, or the interpretatie thereof, trouble thee, Belteshazzar answered an said, My lord, the dream be to them that he
thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine ene20 mies. The tree that thou sawest, which grew,
and was strong, whose height reached unto the
heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth; ?1 whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof
much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their 2 habitation : it is thou, O king, that art grown
and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to 3 the end of the earth. And whereas the king saw
a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion
be with the beasts of the field till seven times 4 pass over him : this is the interpretation, O king,
and this is the decree of the Most High, which 5 is come upon my lord the king : that they shall
drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the
Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, 6 and giveth it to whomsoever he will. And
whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto
thee, after that thou shalt have known that the 27 heavens do rule. Wherefore, o king, let my
counsel be acceptable unto thee and break of thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.