Who was Nebuchadnezzar in the Bible?
Here's the answer:
King Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon in the book of Daniel.
King Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylonia from 605 BC until 562 BC. He ruled for a long time! He is said to be the greatest king of Babylonia in all of history. He is also given credit for building the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which is one of the ancient wonders of the world. The book of the Bible that talks about Nebuchadnezzar the most is Daniel.
As king of Babylonia, he destroyed many kingdoms, including conquering Judah and Jerusalem in 586 BC. Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple and much of the area. Nebuchadnezzar was a terrible person; however, he was God's chosen instrument to humble His people. This shows that God can use anyone to carry out his purposes and decrees.
Nebuchadnezzar had many dreams that none of his advisors could interpret. Only Daniel, a captive, could interpret his dreams. Daniel could only interpret Nebuchadnezzar's dreams because God was helping him. God eventually humbles Nebuchadnezzar and causes him to have a brief period of insanity. He is cursed to be like an animal, living outside, walking on all fours. It is not until he declares God as the most high that he is restored to sanity.
"So I will send for all the nations in the north. And I will send for my servant Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon,’ announces the Lord. ‘I will bring all of them against this land and against you who live here. They will march out against all the nations that are around this land. I will set apart Judah and the nations around it in a special way to be destroyed. People will be shocked because of them. And they will make fun of them. Those nations will be destroyed forever" (Jeremiah 25:9).
"The king said to Daniel, 'I’m sure your God is the greatest God of all. He is the Lord of kings. He explains mysteries. That’s why you were able to explain the mystery of my dream'" (Daniel 2:47).
"Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “May the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be praised! He has sent his angel and saved his servants. They trusted in him. They refused to obey my command. They were willing to give up their lives. They would rather die than serve or worship any god except their own God" (Daniel 3:28).