Thus chapters 2 , 3 and 4 told their followers that their tormentors, who thought their kingdom would last forever, would be brought down. They reapplied Nabonidus' apparent mental illness to Nebuchadnezzar.
They created time frames ("2300 evenings and mornings", "62 weeks, 7 weeks, and 1 week") that would terminate in their own time.
Doug, if "they" created 2300, 62 weeks and... why do you refuse idea that they also created time frame of 7 times? Because that time frame can not "terminate in their own time" (middle of 2nd BC)? It seems like prejudice, especially cause you admit that chapter 4 was not relevant to Nebuchadnezzar exclusively or primarily? I THINK, DUE TO THIS STATEMENT YOU SHOULD, AT LEAST, ALLOW POSSIBILITY OF SECONDARY FULFILLMENT! Here are some excerpts from my book: It is interesting that God says here that he will set one person (the lowliest one) over the kingdom of mankind. For many theologians, that man was Nebuchadnezzar, and no one else. We know that the ancient world was much smaller because of the ignorance, but these ignorants knew for kings of Media and Persia, so Chaldean leader was not the sole ruler even in such a small world. (Daniel 5:28-31; 8: 1-3,20) ... Although there are no statistics on the number of mentally ill persons in the sixth century B.C.E, I think Nebuchadnezzar was not the only lunatic. I assume that in those times some imagined to be frogs or cockroaches, which means that on the evolutionary ladder they occupy a lower position comparing to the the four-legged mammals. Then, it seems that even when the Chaldean Empire was at its peak, the kingdom of men was ruled by (several?) kings. And though there are two reasons why Nebuchadnezzar can be ranked among the lower (he was (officially) from an obscure family and lost his mind), there is no clear reason why he should deserve the name the lowliest of men. Daniel and Paul spoke in their books about the Son of Man: „and he gained access to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him up close before that One. And to him there were given rulership, honor, and a kingdom, that the peoples, nations, and language groups should all serve him. His rulership is an everlasting rulership that will not pass away, and his kingdom will not be destroyed... No, but he emptied himself and took a slave’s form and became human. More than that, when he came as a man, he humbled himself...“ (Daniel 7:13,14 Philippians 2:7,8) ... Comparing the 4 th and 5 th chapter of Daniel we even more clearly perceive the importance of the knowledge that Jehovah is the supreme ruler. The opportunity for Jehovah's enemy to reconcile with him was not given only to Nebuchadnezzar, but Belshaz′zar probably gambled away his opportunity . And what to say about seven times? Are they given only to Nebuchadnezzar? Only and only together, Nebuchadnezzar and Belshaz′zar confirm the truthfulness of the prophetic announcement: " He changes times and seasons, removes kings and sets up kings ". Therefore, the link between (seven?) times and the opportunity to accept Jehovah's authority and replacement of those in power is obvious. Why should we break this bond when Belshaz′zar is concerned? Neither Daniel's, nor any other book of the Bible does say that the seven times ended . https://clicknupload.org/d8v50rksqg85