"Behold I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord, and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about…"
(Jeremiah 25:9 KJV)
"In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim into his hand…"
(Daniel 1:1-2 KJV)
Nebuchadnezzar was born about 630 BC in Babylon. The young Crown Prince commanded the Babylonian army in northern Assyria with his father and became full commander when his father returned to Babylon. He defeated the armies of Assyria and Egypt in the decisive battle at Carchemish, absorbing most of the Assyrian empire into the Babylonian empire. With the sudden death of his father toward the end of the battle, Nebuchadnezzar returned to Babylon to become king in 605 BC.
Despite his military prowess, King Nebuchadnezzar was more interested in acquiring talent and wealth from his conquests than in subjugating the populace. In 597 BC, the Babylonian army surrounded Jerusalem and king Jehoiachin surrendered. Nebuchadnezzar took to Babylon 10,000 captives, all of the royal family and nobility along with all of the skilled craftsmen and smiths, and set up King Zedekiah to rule over the remaining unskilled people and pay the required tribute to Babylon. (2 Kings 24:10-20) There was no tolerance for rebellion. When Zedekiah revolted, Nebuchadnezzar's army destroyed the city, killed his family before they blinded him and took him with the survivors to Babylon, leaving only a few gardeners to raise crops for tribute. (2 Kings 24:20 – 25:12)
Back in Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar was finding the captives from the first conquest to be both a blessing and a curse. They were highly skilled and some produced unique abilities found nowhere else. Daniel, claiming revelation from God, not only interpreted his dream but described it in detail without any hint from the King. Daniel's three friends were put over the affairs of the province of Babylon. All of them, being able and loyal subordinates, became obedient favorites of the king.
Obedient to the king – except for worship! Commanded to bow down to a golden idol, the three friends refused and were tied up and thrown while the king watched into a furnace so hot that those putting them in died. The astonished Nebuchadnezzar saw 4 figures walking around and on his command, the three friends walked out unharmed. The king immediately declared the power of their God and the faith of His followers.
As predicted in a dream interpreted by Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar had "Mad Cow" Disease for 7 years and set up a counsel to run his nation with Daniel. He finally declared Our Awesome God as the only God and was healed. (Daniel 4:24-25, 28-37) Read your Holy Bible.
Nebuchadnezzar became a believer in God and acknowledged Him but there is no evidence that he ever put his faith in God. So it is not clear if Nebuchadnezzar was ever saved since salvation is through faith. (Ephesians 2:8)
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