Pamphlet 5024 KC Daniel 7-1
In order to have His Word sealed in your mind, you have to want it there.
In our last study we learned a great mystery concerning the final kingdom to come upon the earth when the 10 supernatural kings, that angelic host who is cast out of heaven with Satan at the sound of the 6th Trump, the 6th Seal, and the 6th Vial, come and reign upon the earth for that one hour, that hour of temptation which is actually the five month period of the locusts in Rev. 9.
These supernatural kings are the ten horns and the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar's image who are the first to be smashed by the Stone cut out of the mountain of God without hands, i.e. Jesus Christ our Rock!
You "see", there is nothing really complicated about all this for those whose minds are not too busy with the things of this world and who find... no, who take the time to study and rightly divide the Word of truth.
They soon discover that there are no mysteries for when you go to Him He reveals the secret things that are hidden to others who ignore His Word.
It is only when man takes shortcuts and then because of his lack of knowledge tries to insert his own interpretations into the Word instead of allowing the Word of God to interpret itself, that confusion arises.
As we begin chapter 3 of Daniel (God is Judge) we move ahead about 20 years from the time of Nebuchadnezzar's dream to 475 BC, which was Daniel's 38th year.
Nebuchadnezzar is about to set up an image for the whole world to bow down and worship. However, he's also about to mess with the wrong bunch, God's elect, and in doing so our Father is going to give him a real lesson in who is judge and who is in charge.
This is a lesson we should never forget for it applies directly to God's elect in these last days and portrays a vivid and graphic picture in our mind's eye of the promise our Father has made that when Satan comes he is not allowed to harm one hair on the head of His faithful servants (Luke 21:18), those who have the seal of God in their foreheads (Rev. 9:4).
We will also find in this third chapter that Daniel is not present.
Perhaps he is away on business in Shushan and has left his companions Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, to remain in Babylon to carry on the affairs of the kingdom.
Therefore Daniel will not be part of the delivering up we are about to witness, but remember he does get cast into a den of lions when he is entrapped by politically correct legislation and convicted of violating a law which prohibits one from giving prayer and supplication to anyone other than the king.
By the way, there are laws on the books now in many states which make it illegal to teach what God's Word has to say about homosexuality for example and even the heritage of the races.
My how far our legislators have progressed in arming the enemies of Christ.
Of course that should come as no surprise when one considers how many non-Christians there are in our legislators.
Nevertheless, one thing we do know for sure from our Father's Word in Rev. 13:2 and that is when Satan comes he will exercise all the power of the first beast and these laws will be enforced against those who hold fast to the Word of God. Not to worry though, as we shall see.
Let's see. A score is 20, so three scores are 60. And the breadth was 6 cubits so this image is first set up as 66. We will pick up another six to add to it in a moment giving us three 6's... as in 666. Y'all know whose number that is, don't you? Did you also know that other great men of the Bible who stood in defiance of God are likewise stamped with 6's? Take Goliath for instance. He had 6's all over him. He was 6 cubits tall and the head of his spear weighed 600 shekels, etc. And here in Daniel we have Nebuchadnezzar's image measured in 6's and of course then there is antichrist, whose number is 666.Daniel 3:1
Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
Let us also keep in mind that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew well God's laws and they were faithful obedient servants, rich in knowledge and wisdom.
How do we know?
Well, for three years while they were being educated in Nebo's college they disciplined themselves and ate pulse, the pure word of God, and drank only from the living water while at the same time keeping themselves undefiled from the king's meat and his spiritually intoxicating wine.
So what does our Father have to say about images that are "set up"!
I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
However, this is just a type, call it a shadow if you like, because spiritually speaking it is what is graven in your mind that becomes an idol to you!
Listen to Paul in Hebrews chapter eight as he quotes from Jeremiah 31:33.
The Greek word for "write" is "epi-grapho" which means to write over or to inscribe.Hebrews 8:10
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
write = epigrapho, ep-ee-graf'-o, Greek 1924; from Greek 1909 (epi) and Greek 1125 (grapho); to inscribe (physical or mental) :- inscription, write in (over, thereon).
Therefore you are to have the Word of God engraved as is etched upon the walls of your mind which is located in your forehead behind your flesh eyes.
That is what it means to be "sealed" with the Word of God.
And if you do not have the Word of God written and permanently engraved in the back of your mind, what is it we would see if we looked through your eyes and saw what was engraved back there?
A car, a house, a job, a 401 K?
How about a big church?
Could be any image... and any image that is engraved there in the absence of God's Word being foremost that is written, is an idol my friend.
Think about it!
Consider also that when you read and absorb your Father's Word you "write over top" of those images and they eventually begin to fade away until they are no more idols.
And you know what else? In order to have His Word sealed in your mind, you have to want it there.
Those who do not hunger and thirst after His righteousness, which is His Word, who just go to church and follow after the traditions of men, will end up with the image of the beast marked in their foreheads and will most assuredly bow down and serve the false messiah. But what does the commandment say about bowing down?
 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
So what is it that consumes your thoughts and your time that you follow after (bow to)?
Are you too busy to study your Father's Word?
Are there bigger images etched in the back of your mind that you need to serve, that you deem more important than taking a few minutes or an hour a day to seek wisdom and knowledge from His Word?
Well, although this image Nebuchadnezzar has set up represents the false messiah, it is an image of gold and people are very quick to bow down to gold.
Many will even sacrifice their own children, as in spend little or no time with their loved ones, to bow down to gold.
In fact, many are willing to sell their own souls for a piece of the golden nugget.
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.
Notice though who is missing, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
They weren't gathered!
They didn't go!
To that end, were going to plow just a little deep here for a moment because remember, the time frame for this is when the king of Babylon is present.
In fact that "one hour" is going to be mentioned a few verses hence to lock in the time period.
Let's go to the book of Zechariah.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:
 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.
He's in Jerusalem!
Yes, let's all go!
 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.
Hey, isn't that where the false messiah, the instead-of-Jesus comes claiming to be the LORD?
Pay close attention to what is being said here or you will think this is talking about the true LORD being in Jerusalem just like all these many (multitudes of) people and nations believe it to be so and are telling their friends and relatives.
Haven't you read that when the King of kings and Lord of lords returns that "every eye shall see Him"?
You won't have to go tell anyone He is here!
 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
Don't go my friend!
And what about these "ten men" who shall "take hold"?
Well, haven't we been talking about ten kings in both Daniel and Revelation?
These guys are really something if you understand the Hebrew word for "take hold".
Here it is:
take hold, chazaq, khaw-zak', Hebrew 2388; a primitive root; to fasten upon; hence to seize, be strong (figurative courageous, causative strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer :- aid, amend, × calker, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain, continue, be of good (take) courage (-ous, -ly), encourage (self), be established, fasten, force, fortify, make hard, harden, help, (lay) hold (fast), lean, maintain, play the man, mend, become (wax) mighty, prevail, be recovered, repair, retain, seize, be (wax) sore, strengthen (self), be stout, be (make, shew, wax) strong (-er), be sure, take (hold), be urgent, behave self valiantly, withstand.
Read what Jesus Christ said concerning that one hour when antichrist and his angels are here?
And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
Hey, who knows, you may end up there but it will be because you are delivered up to give witness and testimony.
 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
In other words, Satan and his angelic host are coming to shew forth great signs and wonders and perform miracles in the sight of men, like calling fire down from heaven, to deceive the people and spiritually seduce them.
Rev. 13:13-14 "And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live."
pseudochristos, psyoo-dokh'-ris-tos, Greek 5580; from Greek 5571 (pseudes) and Greek 5547 (Christos); a spurious Messiah :- false Christ.
Paul warned us about in 2 Cor. 11:4.
But you who have studied your Father's Word and know the Lord Jesus Christ through His Word, shall remain virgins unto the coming of the true Messiah and not be taken in by the false messiah, the kenite (a certain Jew) messiah, and his "ten kings"!
 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
By the way, do you know what the word for "dedication" is?"Daniel 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.
dedication, chanukka', chan-ook-kaw', Hebrew 2597; (Chaldee); corresponding to Hebrew 2598 (chanukkah); consecration :- dedication.
(They are all celebrating "chanukkah".)
They all heard and listen to the sweet seductive music and marched in tune with antichrist and his crowd.
 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
That's a problem because the knees of God's elect won't bend to Satan
.They have the gospel armor on and they STAND (Eph. 6)!
 That at what time ye hear the sound of the (1) cornet, (2) flute, (3) harp, (4) sackbut, (5) psaltery, (6) dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:
This is the sweet seductive music that is played as the harlot sings in the ears of the people to cause them to bow to the golden image. Are you familiar with the globalization of the one world system that takes place in this final generation?
Nevertheless, if you were standing there before the golden image would you obey the king's command and bow down?
Who knows, you may get your chance to stand before the real king of Babylon who is coming soon.
Mark 13, Matthew 24, and Luke 21 make it quite clear that some of God's elect will be delivered up at the time of the end.
Now let's see what the penalty is for not falling down and worshipping the image during the "hour of temptation"!
 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
Also, the "same hour" spoken of here should bring to mind the hour of temptation in Revelation 3:10 which is that one hour when the ten kings are present and reign with Apollyon for that same hour as noted in Rev. 17:12.
The point is, things are going to get real hot for God's elect who refuse to bow down to the image antichrist sets up.
Just remember the words of Jesus Christ to those of the church of Smyrna to remain faithful unto death and He will give them a crown of life!
So when we get the picture of what yet lies ahead and put things in perspective, we shouldn't even count the things in our daily lives now that are only boiling over at 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
Consider them as warm-up exercises for the great tribulation that is still to come and stop whining.
You "see", gold doesn't melt until the temperature reaches 1947o Fahrenheit.
Check it out.
So only when things get really, really hot can we get rid of the "slag" in our lives!
Slag is what the impurities in gold are called that rise to the surface and are skimmed off when the gold is melted.
Thus is the gold made pure.
This should remind us of Daniel 12:10 "Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand."
Those who are spiritually rich like those of the church of Smyrna are wise and have understanding and they can take all the heat the old dragon can pump out because they have put their trust in their Shepherd to watch over them and protect them.
 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.
Remember this is a type. And so it shall be that the one who deceives the "whole world" shall come and have them all bowing to his image.
But wait... HOLD IT!
There's trouble in pseudoparadise!
It's not the whole, whole world! Remember the knees of God's elect will not bow to Baal (Rom. 11)!
So here come the snitches.
 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.
So consider that these religious hypocrites are most assuredly kenites!
 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.
 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:
 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
Now for the late breaking news!
 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
In other words, these kenites had surveillance on them and then turned them in.
 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Then they brought these men before the king.
The king is insanely enraged again.
(Those Chaldeans have a way of doing that to him, don't they?
They made him hot back in chapter two when they called him "an unreasonable king" because he asked them to tell him his dream.)
Nevertheless, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedneggo have now been brought before the king of Babylon, the head honcho!
This is perhaps a good time to review what their Hebrew names mean to give us some insight as to what is etched in the back of their minds.
Misha-el = Who is as God? (Our Father
has all power!)
Azari-ah = God has helped! (He takes care of and helps those who love and serve Him.)
Hanani-ah = God is gracious! (God's love His children... so don't mess them!)
In our next study these servants of God are going to be put to the final test when the king of Babylon commands his furnace to be turned up "7" times hotter than it was wont to be and challenges their God to deliver them from it!
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.
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