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Pamphlet 5013 KC Daniel 2-2

Be faithful and trust God and there is nothing (and no one) to fear.

Now we'll return to Daniel and discuss the 10 days of testing that has been mentioned several times.

Remember we talked about the church of Smyrna being spiritually rich Christians in these last days?

First we'll go to Rev. 2:10 and read about the ten days of testing they shall have.

Rev. 2:10
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Again, be faithful and trust God and there is nothing (and no one) to fear.

Certainly do not fear what man can do to the flesh even as the Lord said in Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

You be faithful to your Father and His Word until the day you die, or more fittingly, even in the face of death, as in when you are delivered up to "death", the king of Babylon who is a type of Satan and whose name is "death" (Heb. 2:14)!

If you have a problem understanding that, just hang in there because we will soon see an ensample of this delivering up to death in this book of Daniel.

However, there is another 10 days we need to mention which has to do with the sons and daughters of this final generation.

It was that 10 day period between the Lord's ascension and the Day of Pentecost, which means to "count fifty".

What happened when the day of Pentecost was fully come after those 10 days?

The Holy Spirit descended and manifested itself in tongues "like as of fire", not as a dove this time, and spoke through the servants of God.

And you know what else?

He (the Holy Spirit) spoke concerning the wonderful works of God in these last days... and Peter stood up and documented it for us from the Book of Jo-el (Yah is God).

Acts 2:12-13
And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
Some had no clue Biblically of what was happening (What meaneth this?) while others came up with the wrong answer (These men are full of new wine.)

Wisdom comes from understanding the Word of God.

[13] Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
No, these men were not full of new wine because as Peter will tell us it is only 9:00 in the morning.

However, we also know that they were not full of new wine because they would not have drunk of wine of the king of Babylon, else you "see"... they would have been spiritually weak and thus denied the Holy Spirit the opportunity to speak through them.

In that case, they would have instead spoken babble (confusion, incoherence).

Got the picture?

Acts 2:14-18
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
Peter is going to "make known unto you", if you will hear his words, exactly what this is!
[15] For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
The word "suppose" means to "assume" which is what many people do concerning what happened on this Pentecoste Day.

Interestingly enough, the Greek the word (hupolambano) used here means to "take from below"... just so you know where "assumption" concerning the Word of God comes from.

[16] But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
"This is that" means this is an ensample, a type, a forerunner, of that which was spoken by the prophet Joel... concerning the LAST DAYS!
[17] And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Keep in mind that God would pour out His spirit and give His servants and handmaidens understanding concerning visions and dreams as we return to Daniel.
[18] And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
To prophesy means to "teach", as in to teach the visions of the prophets which they would understand, which exactly what Peter is doing!

Don't you just love it?

Daniel 1:16
Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.
Just remember that it was our heavenly Father who made this all possible.
[17] As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
Remember we just read about the young men "seeing" visions, which means "understanding" visions, in Acts 2, which is quoted from Joel 2?

Daniel is a type of those sons and daughters of these last days... remember this book concerns the last days... upon whom God would pour out and give understanding in all visions and dreams.

Well, how is it that God gave Daniel understanding in all visions and dreams?

Read the first part of the verse and you will understand.

God poured out His Spirit upon Daniel as he fasted on His pure Word and drank from His living water of life.

God did not open up his brain and pour knowledge into his head while he sat around and did nothing!

I'm sure he used the gifts and abilities our Father gave him to study hard "to show himself approved" (2 Tim 2:15).

Daniel 1:18
Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.
This would have been after the three years.

They had been steadily consuming the pulse and water and keeping themselves undefiled from the king's meat and his wine.

[19] And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.
So there we have God is Judge, God is Gracious, Who is like God, and God has Helped standing before the king of Babylon.

What a scene!

This is just an awesome sight to see God's elect stand before the king.

I mean, they stood out from the crowd as the king put them to the test... that is concerning their wisdom and understanding!

[20] And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
Ten is the number of Law and responsibility as well as "testimony".

Think about it!

These spiritually rich servants of God had answers to the tough questions and far outshined the members of the religious community who looked like a bunch of intellectual buffoons!

[21] And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.
Daniel continued (in office) even unto the first year of Cyrus: which would be for the 69 years of the Babylonian captivity from 495-426 BC, even past the first year of King Cyrus who issued the Act of Emancipation ending the captivity.

In our next study, ol' king Nebuchadnezzar is going to have a bad nightmare!

He will be so shaken by it that he will not be able to sleep at night.

So he is going to turn to the religious community for the answers that will bring him comfort and peace of mind!

Will they have those answers and will he find rest?

We will soon find out!

Live Link to- The Book of Daniel Table of Contents
It is important that YOU Read it all!

Jesus said, "the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding"

Jesus Christ told us in Matthew 24 and Mark 13 when He sat upon the Mount of Olives and gave His disciples the seven seals concerning the knowledge and the events that would transpire during the final generation of the fig tree, that the book of Daniel was where one could go read and gain understanding concerning the abomination of desolation, that abominable desolator (antichrist) who would come stand in the holy place claiming to be God
The book of Daniel is the Apocalypse of the Old Testament
and a sister book to the Apocalypse of the New Testament,
the book of Revelation.

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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