Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
Nebuchadnezzar was the power of Babylon. He was the great overseer of three major areas important to the life of every man, woman, and child in his realm. He controlled the polity, economy, and religious life of all as is implied in the verse above. In the political realm he commanded the regional rulers, governors, magistrates, judges, all law enforcement, and even the lawyers. He was the ultimate control of the economy as is noticed with the mention of the office of treasurer. The fact that he is using these underlings to call all men to worship his image shows that he also controlled the diverse religious thought of his land and sought to unite it under one banner--himself. What a type and shadow of the Antichrist. Does not Revelation and other prophetic books teach us that the Beast will control these very areas?
For the last two days, and now for a third we have watched the US economy teeter on the brink of collapse. In the past few weeks the world was focused on the debt talks of our government with great trepidation. Why all of the attention? UPDATE: US Stocks Plunge As Recession Fears Drive Worst Loss Since Financial Crisis - WSJ.com
In order for the economy of the world to join together as one, independent national economies will need to be surrendered. We are witnessing the beginnings of that surrender. All of the world now understands that one country's problems cause problems for all countries. Russia's Putin seems to understand this as he recently stated the the US was dragging the world economy into the abyss. He likened the US economy to a parasite sucking the life out of all the world. Putin says U.S. is parasite on global economy | Reuters Notice the stress on "global economy"? Men everywhere have been trained to think globally. Just yesterday I read an article in a British newspaper where a Guatemalan judge ordered an adopted child in the US to be returned as it appears she was the victim of an adoption ring (returning her is only right). What was interesting was this statement, "If child not recalled, Interpol will be called upon." Interpol--as in International Police!
Whether you realize it or not, you are seeing the birthing of a new global monster. The pains are coming from the three distinct areas mentioned above, political, economic, and religious. The call is growing louder to draw together as one government, one economy, one faith and together overcome the great issues facing humanity. Among these are the need for peace and safety--the very cry that Jesus warned would bring sudden destruction. From the ashes of a new world economic crisis a new leader, a new Nebuchadnezzar, an old prophetic beast of great evil will soon arise. You are witnessing the birth of the last days coalition of nations from which the Beast and the False Prophet will soon emerge from the sea of humanity. You are seeing the beginning of the end that is a new beginning. From the chaos of the reign of Antichrist will soon come the Fourth Man walking through the fire with His faithful followers.
As Nebuchadnezzar bowed before the One like unto the Son of God, the Antichrist and his henchman, the False Prophet, will also bow. The world will see as they proclaim that there is but one Lord and Christ--even Jesus. From there, it will be these two that are thrown into the fire. They are the first two inhabitants of the Lake of Fire that burns forever and ever.
Should the economy crash and the world be plunged into great distress and economic chaos as a result, look up! Your redemption draws nigh. Mark my word, August and September will be pretty tough months, but your King is with you. You are about to meet Him! As Daniel was away on the King's business while the three Hebrew boys suffered, the church will be soon removed on the King's business while God brings unbelieving Israel to trust in Messiah Yeshua--Jesus Christ. We may soon get to meet the real King of Kings and Lord of Lords face to face! Oh! Precious thought! Oh! What business!
And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
Israel Bows to Obama’s 1967 Borders Pressure | FrontPage Magazine The US economy began to react to the revelation that the President is again pressuring Netanyahu. Remember, Israel is God's prophetic timepiece.