Daniel 2 – 3

Daniel 2

Daniel 2:1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar [c. 605 BC – 562 BC. the 2nd year would have been about 603 B.C.]  Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.

The king sought an answer from the wise men, the spiritualists and false religions of Babylon, and Daniel was not among them.

2:2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.

The king demanded that they not only interpret his dream but that they describe to him the dream which he had dreamed.

2:3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.  2:4 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.

The king demands that they tell him what he had dreamed and its meaning on pain of death.

2:5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.  2:6 But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.

They asked the king what he had dreamed again, in fear of their lives.

2:7 They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.

2:8 The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.  2:9 But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.

These spiritualists [Satanists] give their defense, that they simply cannot know such a thing.

2:10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.  2:11 And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.

Then the king decreed that all the wise men must be killed, and the word came to Daniel; for although they were the worshipers of God and not the magicians of Babylon, Daniel and his friends are also considered wise men and therefore among those to be killed.

2:12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.  2:13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

Daniel asked why he must die and is told the reason.

2:14 Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king’s guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:  2:15 He answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.

Then Daniel informed the king that he would inquire of God and ask God the dream and its interpretation so he may tell the king.  We can see that this was set up by God to reveal to Nebuchadnezzar that the God of Daniel is God indeed, and that the gods of the Babylonian mysteries were not gods at all. 

It is the Eternal who is God above all gods and it is wickedness to inquire of any false god.

2:16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.

Then Daniel and his friends inquired of the Eternal.

2:17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: 2:18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

Then the Eternal God revealed the dream to Daniel. This situation showed that a person need not be godly to have an inspired dream from God like Nebuchadnezzar, but that God will only reveal the meaning to a godly person

It is the Eternal to whom we should go for understanding, and anyone who seeks support for his own false suppositions from the writings of false religions will fall into the same ditch of ignorance that such false teachers are in; and they will reap severe correction for the wickedness of seeking understanding of God’s spiritual things from demons.

2:19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

Daniel gave all praise and glory to the Eternal alone; for the Eternal alone is the source of all wisdom and truth; not Satan and his ministers! 

Daniel’s prayer of thanksgiving; that the Eternal by giving him an understanding of the dream has saved the lives of all God’s faithful in the king’s service.

2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

2:22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

2:23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.

Daniel went to Arioch who seems to have been very reluctant to carry out the king’s orders and desirous to save the lives of the wise men.

2:24 Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.

2:25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.

The king asked Daniel if he could reveal the dream.

2:26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?

Daniel answered the king.

2:27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;

2:28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.

God alone gives understanding of the things of God including the Word of God and the dreams and visions sent by God: Not the ignorant ungodly. 

Anyone who imagines his own interpretations and then seeks out support for them from the writings of the unconverted, is spiritually blind and no prophet of God. 

Daniel then tells the king his dream and the interpretation.  The dream is a prophecy of the future of the kingdom of Babylon through the ages until its end.

. . . Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;

2:29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.

Daniel declared that the understanding was given to him by God and did not come from any wisdom of his own. 

Like Daniel I say, if I have been right in any thing it is from God and not from any wisdom of mine.  I am no better than any other;  indeed I am less than nothing.  Give ALL glory to the Eternal who reveals his wisdom unto worldly babes who put their complete trust in him!

2:30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.

The dream

2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.

2:32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,

2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.

2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Later, king Nebuchadnezzar was to make a replica of this dream image and demand that all people worship it.  

The interpretation

2:36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.

God gave the kingdom of Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar;  He and the kingdom that he built in Babylon are the head of gold.

2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.  2:38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.

The breast of silver was the empire of the Medes and Persians which was dominated by the Persians for a time and then by the Medes with the advent of king Darius.  

The Medes and Persians took over the Babylonian empire (539 B.C.) but maintained the same Babylonian church state governance system intact.  The people changed, and the system remained the same; therefore the different kingdoms were each still a part of the same Babylonian system, just like the different metals were still a past of the same statue. 

The third kingdom of brass was the same Babylonian system now taken over from the Medes and Persians by the Greeks

2:39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

The fourth part of the image was of iron, but still the same statue; the Babylonian Mysteries church state system.  The iron represented Rome and its powerful military.

2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

The feet and toes of the statue of Babylon, picture the church state Holy Roman Empire with its own seven revivals (Rev 17), the final revival consisting of ten nations working together like the ten toes of the statue.

The whole statue was of the Babylonian system and each succeeding empire although led by a different people, maintained the same Babylonian Mysteries church state system. 

This system is called Babylon the Great, and a final revival of the church state Holy Roman Empire [regardless of what it is named] will be a New European federal system including ten nations which will soon rise up and come back to life for the final time, only to be destroyed and replaced by the coming Messiah the Christ.

2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken [weak].

The strength of some nations will be mingled with weaker peoples in the coming final revival. This federal system of ten European nations will feature several strong nations and several weaker nations in its makeup.

2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

The ten toes represent ten rulers who will form this final Babylonian system by giving their authority to one leader.  At the appointed time Messiah the Christ will come to destroy the Babylonian Mysteries System that the statue represents; and he will set up the kingdom of God. 

Revelation 17:12  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings [rulers], which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power [to make war] as kings one hour [The tribulation of today’s Judaeo Anglo American peoples will last for a short time, 42 months, Rev 11.] with the beast. 17:13  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.  17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

The Chief Corner Stone [Messiah the Christ] will come down from the mountain of the government of God the Father in heaven.

2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands , and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

2:46 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.

This whole process and prophecy revealed to Nebuchadnezzar that the Eternal is God indeed and that other god’s and their servants and priests were as nothing and totally without godly wisdom. 

In our day, when Christ comes and this final revival of the Babylonian system is destroyed; all people will sincerely repent and turn to worship God.  Then people who had been deceived by this system will understand and reject it.

Revelation 17:16   And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore [the false religion which has deceived and dominated them], and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17:17  For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

Daniel 2:47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.

2:48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.

2:49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.

 

Daniel 3

After his dream was revealed and explained by God through Daniel; Nebuchadnezzar instead of worshiping God, worshiped Daniel. 

Brethren, we are to obey the message and he who sent it; We are NOT to worship the messenger who merely brings the message!

Then the king was driven by his great pride to set himself and his kingdom up as a god, building a replica of the dream statue representing himself and his kingdom, and commanding all people to worship it.  

This statue represented Nebuchadnezzar and it represents the entire historical empire of the Babylonian system including the rising final New Federal Europe that the world will worship in the sense of fearing it, for a short time.

Revelation 13:3   And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped [feared] the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue [Margin, to make war for the 1,260 day tribulation period.] forty and two months.

13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Daniel 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits [about 30 meters or 90 feet], and the breadth thereof six cubits [3 meters or about 9 feet]: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

This image represented the Babylonian church state system; and is also representative of the idolatry of exalting men, churches and governments, whether national or corporate entities, above the Word of God.

3:2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

The chief of the people came as commanded 

3:3 Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Then the command to bow done before this representation of the king and his kingdom was proclaimed.  As we read this, we wonder at this command to worship a statue, but they were really worshiping [worship means to obey] what the statue represented, which was Babylon the great and by extension all false religions and idols.

This people bowing down and worshiping this statue will soon be repeated in our day when all people within the influence of the soon coming New Europe will worship [fear] the same system; which this statue represents.

Brethren, it is no different today when we bow down before our idols of men and obey their false traditions contrary to the Word of God.  If we bow down and make idols of men to blindly obey them contrary to the Word of God, we are NO DIFFERENT than these ancients! 

To obey men and pollute God’s holy Sabbath by cooking or buying on God’s weekly or annual Sabbath Holy Day’s is exactly the same as bowing before a huge statue on the plain of Dura. 

By bowing to ANY man and exalting him above the Word of God:  We are IDOLATERS and brethren of the Babylonian Mysteries in rebellion against the Word of God!

3:4 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,

3:5 That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:

3:6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

All the people then submitted to the Babylonian Mysteries by bowing before the idol.  Just as almost all of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia submits to the Babylonian Mysteries, and has the Mark of the Beast, by bowing before idols of men, false traditions and corporate entities! 

3:7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Then  the people rightly accused certain Jews of not bowing to the idol.  

3:8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. 3:9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.

3:10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image:  3:11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

3:12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Then Nebuchadnezzar became enraged because the idol represented HIM; and these people, by not bowing to the idol were rejecting HIM as their god king! 

So it is today, that many church leaders and elders filled with arrogant pride and seeking to exalt themselves, feel threatened by any zeal for God.  They are enraged at those who are zealous for God; because they see that as a rejection of themselves.

3:13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego [the leaders of the Jews]. Then they brought these men before the king.

Then Nebuchadnezzar tried to reason with those faithful men of God, and he gave them a chance to recant and worship his idol and himself or be cast into a furnace heated seven times hotter than normal.  This was not a home heating furnace, but most likely a large brick kiln or metal refining furnace.

Today many religious leaders also give ultimatum’s to the brethren to stop following the Word of God and to follow themselves and their false teachings or they will be rejected and cast out of the congregation for being faithful to God. 

Today’s professing Christian leaders and elders LIE to the brethren, promising that those who are faithful to God and will not exalt men will be cast into the lake of fire for not idolizing men!

3:14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?

3:15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?

Then these three men, as principle leaders of the Jews, plainly answered the king.

3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful [not afraid] to answer thee in this matter.

Then the three men declared that whether they live or whether they die; they will do so serving the Eternal God! 

Do we have this kind of faith and courage today, to refuse to bow to idols of men and false traditions?  Will we, like these three, exalt the Eternal God the Father with all our being; over every man and every authority that exists in heaven and earth?

3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Then the king was enraged that these three rejected his command to worship this idol representing himself and his empire as their chief god. 

This was more than just emotional rage at rejection; because these three men were the leaders of all the Jews in Babylon and he could not permit the example of the Jews being loyal to their God to infect the other nationalities, lest they all prefer their own gods above him. 

So it is with the false leaders in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia; they are enraged by those who are faithful to Almighty God because they greatly fear that the example of true godliness will infect others and spread. 

They reject godliness for their own ways and they want the brethren to do likewise and blindly follow them as idols of men; therefore they also reject those that are zealous for God!

3:19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.

The king could not allow this open public denial of his ultimate authority over the people and commanded that these upstarts who were passionately courageously faithful to God, be thrown into the seven times heated furnace. 

Neither will the leaders of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia allow any open public example of godliness which would undercut their supposed ultimate moral authority over the people, and they command that upstarts who are passionately courageously faithful to God be ejected from the congregations.

3:20 And he commanded the most mighty [strongest, fittest] men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

3:21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

Then those who obeying the king’s word and cast God’s faithful into the fire were killed, while the faithful pillars were saved alive: Jesus standing with them in the fire to demonstrate for us that it is Jesus Christ the Lamb of God who CAN and WILL save his faithful from the second death in the lake of fire!

3:22 Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

3:23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

3:24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.

3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Then the king called them to come out of the furnace

3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

The power of the God who later gave up his God-hood to become flesh as Jesus Christ was so overwhelming against the fire and the command of the king, that the faithful to God were not as much as singed or smelling of smoke.  The power of God the Father and Jesus Christ is far greater than that of ANY human being or corporate church today, far greater than even the power of death itself!

3:27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

Then God was praised by the king before all the nations that were gathered together, just as the faithful to God will be resurrected to spiritual life at the coming of Christ; and all nations will praise God and turn to live by every Word of God.

3:28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.

When Messiah the Christ comes to resurrect God’s faithful out of the grave, and after the wedding feast in heaven; Messiah the Christ will return with his resurrected chosen to save humanity; then all nations will understand and turn to God in sincere repentance to begin a millennium of peace!

3:29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.

Then Jesus Christ, the King of kings, will resurrect those who have been faithful to live by every Word of God and they will rule with him in God’s kingdom; while those who had persecuted them shall be greatly ashamed.

3:30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

 

 

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