After his dream was revealed and explained by God through Daniel; Nebuchadnezzar instead of worshiping God, worships Daniel as the servant of God.
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 is 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 [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 was typical of 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 of Babylon on the plain of Dura.
By bowing to ANY man and exalting him above the Word of God: We are IDOLATERS, and the 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 Ekklesia submits to the Babylonian Mysteries, by bowing before their idols of men 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 the Jews of not bowing to the idol.
This a type of today’s accusations against the faithful to God pillars, who bow to the Eternal alone, exalting and zealously keeping the whole Word of God: refusing to bow before and make idols of men and corporate churches, and refusing to exalt men above the Word of God!
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; not because he cared for the idol that much, but 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 these faithful men of God, and he gives 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 rebelling against corporate idols and 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 in the corporate churches!
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 the 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 the Ekklesia today; they are enraged by those who are faithful to Almighty God; and 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 follow themselves; 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 hottest furnace. Neither will today’s church leaders allow this open public denial of 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 rejected God for the king’s word and attacked the LORD’s beloved 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 Christ is far greater than the word 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 turn to and praise 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 Christ comes to collect his chosen out of the grave and after the wedding feast in heaven, Messiah the Christ will return with his chosen to save humanity; all nations shall 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 shall rule with him in God’s kingdom; while their brethren who persecuted them shall be ashamed.
3:30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.