Addition: that’s quite a simple operation. There’s only a rule. My math teacher always said: You cannot add potatoes and roses. You will always add up potatoes with potatoes or roses with roses. But this is a story where you will add years and days without bothering for the units of measure.
A king is having a dream
The king has a dream but he does not know the interpretation. A prophet is summoned to come and interpret what the dreamer is not able to grasp. The ruler has a name rather curious but the prophet’s name has a normal sound. They are Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel. The king is at the point of a crisis. An impending metamorphosis is coming. He is given anticipated information of a period when he will behave like a beast.
The tree will be cut down
Nebuchadnezzar would be insane for seven years and then would regain his sanity and his kingdom. First, Daniel was requested to interpret the king’s dream regarding an immense tree that was cut down and then allowed to sprout again. It was representing the Babylonian monarch himself.
“‘The tree that you saw that grew great and became strong, whose top reached the heavens and was visible to all the earth, which had beautiful foliage, abundant fruit, and food for all, beneath which the beasts of the field would dwell and on whose branches the birds of the heavens would reside, it is you, O king, because you have grown great and become strong, and your grandeur has grown and reached to the heavens, and your rulership to the ends of the earth.” (Daniel 4:20-22)
Eating vegetation just like bulls
The king, while dreaming, heard a voice coming down from heavens. A watcher was calling out. He said:
“Let his heart be changed from that of a human, and let it be given the heart of a beast, and let seven times pass over it.” “You will be driven away from among men, and your dwelling will be with the beasts of the field, and you will be given vegetation to eat just like bulls, and you will become wet with the dew of the heavens, and seven times will pass over you, until you know that the Highest is Ruler in the kingdom of mankind and that he grants it to whomever he wants.” Daniel 4:16;32
A representation of cosmological realities
The king himself will be going to eat vegetation like bulls. Bulls in the Bible are often introduced as symbols of strength and power. The sun-god was often represented by bulls, the horns signifying the rays and the bull’s strong reproductive power, the sun’s power as the giver of life. The female, the cow, was given equal honor as a symbol of Astarte. These were idols representing deceiving cosmological realities and driving people away from Jehovah. So when Aaron and Jeroboam introduced in Israel such worship of the bull (calf worship) it was indeed worship of the sun.
Bulls associated with the sun, moon, and constellations
The bull was associated not only to the sun but also to the moon, constellations, fertility, the power of kings. Bulls were depicted on the stone walls of Altamira caves or on the walls of the palace in Crete and everywhere. Today the symbol is still hovering over sun shows like the Spanish corrida or the encierro of Pamplona. It is evident in many superstitious objects like coral croissants or the gesture of the horns. All these are symbols of the beast. For instance, often public personages like presidents and popes are portrayed with the gesture of the horns. They show this way to be the beast.
Jerusalem trampled on by the nations
According to Daniel’s prophecy, Nebuchadnezzar becomes a model of all the bestiary enclosed in the book of Revelation. When considering the events due to occur during the last days before the end of the world, Jesus said something we can read in three of the four gospels. For instance, Luke 21:23-24 refers to Jesus’ word about Jerusalem being trampled on by the nations. About this subject the Master said:
“Woe to the pregnant women and those nursing a baby in those days! For there will be great distress on the land and wrath against this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations until the appointed times of the nations are fulfilled.”
The courtyard that is outside the temple sanctuary
Until the appointed times of the nations: ἄχρι οὗ πληρωθῶσιν καιροὶ ἐθνῶν. Upon this subject, much has been said and many hypotheses have been done. The revelation has some word that is not generally associated with the verses reported above:
“And a reed like a rod was given to me as he said: “Get up and measure the temple sanctuary of God and the altar and those worshipping in it. But as for the courtyard that is outside the temple sanctuary, leave it out and do not measure it, because it has been given to the nations, and they will trample the holy city underfoot for 42 months. I will cause my two witnesses to prophesy for 1,260 days dressed in sackcloth.” These are symbolized by the two olive trees and the two lampstands and are standing before the Lord of the earth.” Revelation 11:1-4
An odd way of doing an addition
The time of the nations is the time when the two witnesses have the authority to prophesy. It is a period consisting of two apparently different times where three years and a half and three days and a half equal seven years. Why? The book of Revelation adds: “After the three and a half days, the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell upon those who saw them.” How long will be this second period of three and a half days?
The wild beast
There’s an important character playing a role in the situation we are now examining. Revelation 11:7 states: “When they have finished their witnessing, the wild beast that ascends out of the abyss will wage war with them and conquer them and kill them.”
In the Bible, when the beast appears, it generally represents an archetypical situation. So, as I can imagine, you will ask: what’s the beast? Many scholars connect it with the political-religious power. The number 666 is connected to the sun godship. The political-religious leaders of the world undoubtedly expect all people will worship the sun instead of Jehovah. To reach their goal, the sun has been put in the center of the cosmos. This is the motivation for which the Earth is described as a globe.
666 as the number of the sun
Consequently, you should remember one thing. I mean, that all human political organizations that are putting the sun (666) in the center of the cosmos are described in the Bible as the beast. Every action in history, which was made with the aim of putting and preserving the sun in the center of the universe, is an action of the beast. This will be regardless of the person which is the author of the action, and no matter if he or she has acted or is acting consciously or not. So, we discover that 666 is the number of the sun, a number which was knowingly hidden. Alike, 666 is the number of the beast that creates the icon of the globe, to promote the worship of the sun. (Cf. The number 666 the beast and the sun) http://earthmeasured.com/the-number-666-the-beast-and-the-sun/
A beast-like king ruling over the New Jerusalem
So, Nebuchadnezzar’s seven times period is somewhat a prefiguring of a fight. The fight that the beast of Revelation will engage against the two witnesses showing up in the eleventh chapter of the book. In Nebuchadnezzar’s personal experience the “seven times” were evidently seven years. During this period he became symbolically insane, abandoning his throne to eat grass in the fields. (Da 4:31-36) In the same way, the activity and the dead period of the two witnesses will last seven years. In that period Jerusalem will be ruled by a king behaving like a beast.
The fall and rebirth of the New Jerusalem
The only result I want to underline is that the seven times of Nebuchadnezzar’s beastly behavior are in a deep relationship with the beast of Revelation. The king’s seven times were a prefiguring of the seven years of the prophesying of the two witnesses of Revelation 11.
“I will cause my two witnesses to prophesy for 1,260 days dressed in sackcloth. These are symbolized by the two olive trees and the two lampstands and are standing before the Lord of the earth”. By now, they are near to be symbolically killed by the beast. But, “After the three and a half days, a spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell upon those who saw them.”
The situation is that of a tree cut down and later seen sprouting new gems and twigs.