The king of Babylon issues the order to attack Pharaoh’s army positioned outside the walls of Tanis. History neglected to name Nebuchadnezzar’s failed incursion into Egypt, so we refer to it as “the Battle of Goshen” as it happens in the same region where the Pharaohs of Egypt kept the Israelites in bondage a thousand years earlier.
King Nebuchadnezzar leads a hunting party to eradicate a pride of lions residing in the bulrushes along the Euphrates River. He would take the sole surviving lion cub back to the palace and raise him as a pet.
The scene represents the Angel Gabriel proclaiming the prophecy found in Daniel 9:24-26. Largely ignored over the centuries, this encrypted passage foretells the event of Christ’s death, while appearing to pinpoint the day it would occur.
The Hanging Gardens were destined to be one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. They were one more reason why, nearly three centuries later, Alexander the Great chose Babylon to serve as the capital of his newly won empire. His rise to power was foretold by the prophecies found within the book of Daniel.