The Bible teaches that Yahweh holds the hearts of kings in his hand, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever he wants it to go” (Proverbs 21:1). Jesus warned his disciples that God will humble anyone who makes a decision to exalt himself (Matthew 23:12). How much love is in the heart of God to humble a prideful, demon-worshipping king and give him a second chance at ruling the world as a repentant worshipper of the Most High? As King Nebuchadnezzar was walking on the roof of the Babylonian royal palace, he said, “I have built Babylon by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty” (Daniel 4:30).
The master icon illustrates the collision of heaven and earth in God’s plan to speak to Nebuchadnezzar directly, King to king, and tear down all the spiritual strongholds in this prideful man’s heart until he repents and worships the Lord of glory. The chain around Babylon city and the dragon represents Satan’s plan to hold the king of the world and his kingdom in that generation captive to worshipping him. The prophet Daniel is next to the city with the Holy Spirit (dove & fire) upon him representing his faithfulness to pursue holiness and his prophetic mantle of dream and vision interpretation. The tree reaching into the heavens represents Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the colorful fruit represents all the nations under his reign, and the seven stars represent the seven years of the king living like a beast.
Yahweh is on his throne surrounded by angels, cherubim, seraphim, and the elders reflecting the Isaiah 6 vision of all the heavenly beings worshipping him alone as true God of the universe. Jesus is coming down to earth in a firefall holding kingdom keys that illustrates God giving the kingdom back to Nebuchadnezzar. The iron bound tree stump represents the death of the king’s demon-worshipping kingdom, and the king is humbly releasing his faith with his crown on the ground representing his repentance.
Pagan Beast King story sketches:
Sketch #1: Tree & star – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream that his kingdom was like a tree that reached into the sky.
Sketch #2: Cloud & tree – This sketch illustrates the first part of the story where King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream about the future.
Sketch #3: Beast – This sketch illustrates the second part of the story where Yahweh humbles the king by making him like an animal.
Sketch #4: King worshipping – This sketch illustrates the third part of the story where the king worships Yahweh as the only God and receives his sanity and kingdom back.
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