Daniel 4 Prophecy

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had horrifying dream that none of his magicians could interpret. He dreamed of a very large and glorious tree, but God ordered that it be cut down to a stump. This tree is then personified as a "he" and is made to have a mind of an animal until 7 times passes over. Daniel tells the king that he represents that tree in verse 22. Nebuchadnezzar will be driven from his kingdom and live with the wild animals for 2520 days, or 7 years. 12 months from the time of his dream, the prophecy came to pass. Nebuchadnezzar was restored to his kingdom after the 7 years, his sanity returned, and his splendor was even greater than before. But does this prophecy have a deeper meaning for the end times? I believe it most certainly does.What would be the relevance of the prophecy if it didn't? Not to mention, all, or most, of Daniel's prophecies have double fulfillment and end time relevance. 
 
Jehovah’s Witnesses use this prophecy to support the invisible return of Christ in 1914 with the assumption that the prophecy begins in 607bc when Babylon first besieged Jerusalem. But there is zero indication that the prophecy predicts the return of Christ or begins in 607bc. I believe that they correctly apply the day for a year principal in calculating 2520 years, but other than that, I'm certain that they have concluded falsely. 


The point of the prophecy is to show that God is sovereign. He makes kingdoms rise and fall as he desires, and his purpose and will can not be thwarted. 
Nebuchadnezzar was punished for a length of 7 times. This 7 times equals 7 years literally. Prophetically it equals 2520 days, or literally 2520 years. We have seen this number before in other parts of the Bible and it always represents judgment of that many years. Nebuchadnezzar represents ancient Babylon and its glorious kingdom. The tree being cut down represents the destruction of Babylon which occurred in 539bc. Babylon was to suffer a 2520 year exile from power before being restored to even greater might and strength than before. This brings us to the year 1982. Around this time is when the revival of the end times Babylon begins to be restored which will be even more powerful than before. This end times Babylon the Great is also known as the New World Order. In 1982, then President Ronald Reagan entered into what Time Magazine called "A Holy Alliance" with Papal Rome. President Reagan and Pope John Paul II met together to combine forces in order to bring down Communist Russia. This "Holy Alliance" was the beginning of America's return to Rome. Revelations says that the 2nd beast(United States) would give power unto the 1st beast(Papal Rome). From that day forward, the United States has carried out the foreign policy of the Pope in Rome. Babylon the Great, or the NWO, is continuing it's rise to power to this very day as the end times comes to a close in the not too distant future. 

Ultimately, I know the Jehovah's Witnesses are wrong in their theory. I haven't seen any other viable alternatives to this prophecy as far as theories go. This is what makes the most sense to me right now. I would love to hear any feed back on this in the comments section, good or bad. I am a student of scripture just like you and I need my thoughts to be tested. Please also read page Daniel 5 Prophecy as it is related to this prophecy and should be read in conjunction with it.

Dan. 4 – 539bc + 2520 = 1982
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