We continue with the story of Daniel excerpted from my book Sacred Anatomy. It is a story that foreshadows the fall of a civilization founded upon the worship of gold depicted in a dream King Nebuchadnezzar had about a golden image whose feet were made of iron and clay. The image came crashing down when a white stone struck its feet destroying them. The white stone was “cut out without hands.” In my book, I correlate this white stone with the Pineal Gland and speak to the significance of this tiny gland’s location in the center of the brain. Read on . . .
Daniel himself was favored by all the kings who reigned during his lifetime because “an excellent spirit was in him,” and because of his strong faith in his God. The Median King Darius later on would have to throw Daniel into the lion’s den to appease the Medes and Persians, who are known for their unalterable laws, only to spend a sleepless night fasting and in deep repentance hoping that Daniel’s God would surely deliver him. He arose early in the morning and went with haste to the lion’s den crying out remorsefully but hopefully for Daniel, whom he found quite whole and unharmed. He was “exceeding glad” and therefore commanded that those who had made the accusation against Daniel themselves be fed to the lions, along with their wives and their families. Further he wrote to all the peoples of the entire earth that had peace among them and decreed that “in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and steadfast forever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.”
It is noteworthy here that throughout this story of Daniel he is placed first over other princes and governors because of his spirit, which was the spirit of the Lord God whom Daniel worshiped and sought to represent to the rulers and people of this great empire. It is also noteworthy that this king, along with others after him in the story, were constantly torn between their many gods—the gods of gold, silver, brass, iron, wood and stone—and this One God of Heaven that Daniel worshiped and obeyed. Whereas they could not deny the awesome power Daniel’s God bestowed upon him, particularly over secrets and dreams (it seems the kings of that era had a lot of disturbing dreams), they would resort to their traditions of placating the gods of their religions so as to assure their kingship, as well as the people’s homage, respect and obedience, as rulers of the world at that time.
It was always the accusations of the other governors against Daniel and his companions that caused the king to enforce his own decrees, only to hope in his heart that Daniel’s God would surely deliver them. This dynamic makes the story all the more interesting and revealing of human nature antics, which have not changed much. For even to this day do men worship their gods of gold, silver, brass, iron, wood and especially stone which they grind up to make all their buildings and highways, and silica that is used to store data in computers. So do they also make laws that cannot be broken without paying either with money or one’s life, the same laws to be used in bringing down those whom we envy or despise, especially our leaders and elected officials whom we blame for our troubles.
This was the empire where Daniel began to prosper and his God of Heaven was acknowledged as being the “God of the living” to be feared and worshiped by all peoples everywhere. The one just prior to this one, ruled over by Nebuchadnezzar’s son, Belshazzar, was the one represented in the dream by the feet made of iron mixed with clay. It had fallen, bringing all the empires of that era down into the dust of obliteration. But Daniel’s God and his heavenly kingdom, once a little stone, had grown into a great mountain which filled the whole earth.
But before King Nebuchadnezzar’s reign came to an end, his entire kingdom was taken away from him, an event that was foretold in a dream once again, this one being of a gigantic tree that covered the entire earth which “holy men from above” had come down and cut off all its branches, leaving only a stump with a brass band around it to keep it from perishing entirely. Daniel told the king that he was that tree, whose power had grown so that he ruled the entire world of that day. Soon after his dream Nebuchadnezzar found himself suddenly banned from his kingdom to live in the wilderness and eat grass like the other animals. Instead of cursing his lot, however, he lifted his heart and mouth up to heaven and praised the God of Daniel, acknowledging Him as the giver of all things, including his kingdom for which he had once proudly taken full credit for its very existence. Then was his wealth and kingdom restored to him along with his lords and counselors, in his own words: “and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.” He then praised, extolled and honored the King of heaven. Here is the human mind, represented by the king, lifting up praises to God and therein being lifted up itself to a higher level of function, an important step for what would come next in the opening of another opportunity for mankind to be restored to its original state of oneness with the LORD God.
It was his son, Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, who resorted to worshiping their gods of gold, silver, brass, iron, wood and stone, bringing that empire down into final ruin. While celebrating and drinking out of the vessels taken from out of the temple of God in Jerusalem, he saw a hand writing upon the wall the words:
“MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN,” which Daniel interpreted, with some consternation himself, to mean: “God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it…. Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting…. Thy kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians” (Daniel 5:24-28).
The king immediately tried to appease Daniel’s God by commanding that Daniel be clothed with scarlet and given the gold chain he had promised to anyone who could interpret the writing on the wall, along with making him the third ruler of the kingdom. But that night Belshazzar was slain and Darius the Median took over the kingdom.
Daniel had several visions after this, all foretelling what was to come to pass, not unlike John of Revelation. They come as well toward the end of a cycle of repeated failure. In fact, they were strikingly similar, even as one reads them. They read very much like the visions John saw when he turned to see the voice that spoke with him. Daniel also had a vision of a glorified man after he himself had been on a twenty-four-day fast mourning the visions he had been having pointing to the destruction of Jerusalem, a city which, as Daniel reminded the Lord, bore his name, “Salem.” It was just after this period of mourning and fasting, sitting by the river Hiddekel, that Daniel saw…
“…a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.” (Daniel 10:5-6)
It was then that Daniel, foreseeing the necessity of a new cycle for the redemption of mankind and the restoration of the world after so many failures, foretold the coming of the Messiah, the incarnation of the Lord of Love, who would himself initiate it.
Invariably, toward the end of a cycle, there is the One who is present at the very core of the fire which fuels the creative process underway. This is the Lord of the Sacred Seven who is responsible for the Creative Processes at work in and through this world over which he is sovereign. He made himself known to Abraham, to Jacob, to Moses, to the prophets such as Daniel, and finally to John on the isle of Patmos after the cycle he initiated came to a certain point of completion for him personally, although it failed to complete itself in the collective experience of those who were with him at the time. The cycle would have to be re-initiated at the level where human consciousness would be at the time cosmic factors would come into alignment again that would make it possible. His presence and personal victory impacted human consciousness sufficiently to transform it and lift it to a level where the cycle could be initiated again. That initiation has taken place and the peoples of the world are awakening to the presence of the Divine within themselves.
This same Lord of the Seven Planes of Being for this Whole Holy World is making His presence felt once again at the end of this cycle of 2000 years, which marks the beginning of a cycle of renewal and restoration for the entire planet and solar entity, including Mankind and the natural world of the planet. For those who are moving on the vibration of the LORD of Love, the Presence of the One Who Dwells in the midst is unmistakably felt.
(To be continued)
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