Answers: Restoring Spiritual Leadership & Power
Written by admin on July 5, 2020
Episode 1, Segment 1
MOVE INTO THE PROMISES
Belteshazzar, that was the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now tell me what it means, for none of the wise men of my kingdom can do so. But you can tell me because the spirit of the holy gods is in you. Daniel 4:18, NLT
To fully understand this study, it is important to read the full text in the fourth chapter of Daniel from verses 10 through 26.
Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream gives us insight into ancient teachings that trees represented a kingdom or a nation. In ancient times, nations were described as trees, and we are all connected and live our lives as trees, sometimes identified by our country or sometimes identified by our spiritual lives.
Trees in modern times might be countries like China, Israel, or Egypt, which could be a spiritual community classification. China might be a tree that we know as “General jack fruit” because of how large the tree is. Israel might be known as the “Olive tree” because of the hardship the land has endured. Egypt may have been known as the “Sycamore tree”.
Trees in ancient times, when books like the Torah were written, were common symbols used in the ancient world. The tree of life was one of the most popular symbols of even ancient Egypt symbolizing knowledge of the Divine plan or that equivalent to the plan of destiny.
Now, this study is a spiritual journey that will stir up your spirit. But you need to be humble enough to learn something new or be ready to think differently. To quote an avatar movie, “It is hard to fill a cup that is already full.” It was hard for Christ to teach people who thought they knew the way of heaven already.
So, you must empty your cup of what you think and feel, to embark on this spiritual journey. Let’s begin the first segment of these teaching series by looking at Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.
‘This is what the dream means, Your Majesty, and what the Most High has declared will happen to my lord the king. 25 You will be driven from human society, and you will live in the fields with the wild animals. You will eat grass like a cow, and you will be drenched with the dew of heaven. Seven periods of time will pass while you live this way, until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to anyone he chooses. 26 But the stump and roots of the tree were left in the ground. This means that you will receive your kingdom back again when you have learned that heaven rules. Daniel 4:24-26, NLT
I like to begin by looking at the term “majesty,” because often in the Body of Faith, the idea of being a king and a kingdom has a different meaning than it does from the meaning in this text.
Think about the President of the United States and his position, which is also a military position. When he retires from that position, he will maintain whatever his highest rank was, which would be the President. As a matter of fact, people always maintain the highest rank when they retire from the military. If you retire as a Captain or a Sergeant, you are addressed in the same way afterwards.
My husband is still called Captain Cherry even though he no longer holds the position or have the power and authority as a Captain. He will always be addressed as Captain because that’s the last position he held before retirement.
Now, many Christians still carry the title of majesty even when they have moved out of the position of power and authority. In other words, we have a job but we haven’t been given the position that we want yet. We have a business but we don’t know how to take that business to the next level. We are not slaves but we are not yet in a position of power either. We have made some progress but we have digressed too.
It means, we look better on the outside but Satan is attacking our emotions and basically running our lives. We have declared the kingship and blessings but they haven’t manifested in our lives.
If that describes your life, then this is for you. I want you to know that you are the tree in the midst of the garden. This message changed my perspective of things and I’m hoping that it would bless you as well.
The Dream and the Garden
I was doing some study of the Book of Daniel and I realized that Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream sounded like the tree in the Garden of Eden. I decided to do a deeper study also of the Book of Genesis. I realize that the beginning of Genesis reads very much like a dream. It occurred to me that perhaps, Nebuchadnezzar was asking for the meaning of Genesis.
What is the meaning behind the tree of life and the two trees that are in the Garden – the tree of good and evil? What are their purposes? What does this mean? Or, how does it apply to my life?
Daniel goes on a mission to try to explain this to Nebuchadnezzar. And if you begin to see it that way, you realize it opens up a whole new thought pattern that can be applied to your personal as well as your business life.
I want you to know that you are the tree in the midst of the Garden. You have the title but you need to move into the fulfillment of the promises of God.