The American Wisdom Series

 Daniel chapter 1

God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34-35)
when it comes to race, color, nationality, or economic or social status, etc.

DAN-I-EL means "God is Judge", or "God is my Judge",
and both are absolutely right on because whether you are for Him or against Him,
either individually or nationally,
ALL peoples, nations, and languages will come before Him to give account
and be judged of their deeds and receive their just and fair reward.

The good news is however that if you are one of His children who love and serve Him
and do according to His will,
then your reward shall be filled with His blessings and inheritance,
even the entering into eternal life.

On the other hand (the left), if you are His enemy
or one who has forsaken His Word to follow after traditions of men
and end up worshipping the false messiah when he comes claiming to be the true King of kings and Lord of lords,
you shall drink from the cup of your Father's wrath
and receive your just recompense according to the measure of your iniquity.

Either way, know this one thing with certitude!

God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34-35) when it comes to race, color, nationality, or economic or social status, etc.,
and His judgment is completely fair and just because all His ways are just and true.

In fact, that is part of the Song of Moses, the great 32nd chapter of Deuteronomy,
that God's elect are singing in the ears of the people at this very moment
as they declare His righteousness (Ps. 22:31),
and shall continue to sing in the people's ears even unto the end of this earth age!

You will find that recorded in the 15th chapter of the sister book to Daniel called the Book of Revelation,
which means the book of the unveiling or uncovering.

Notice also that both His "Lordship" and "Kingship" are part of that great Song of Moses sung by His servants.

Rev. 15:3
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

How exciting it is to be living in these last days!
Let's lay a little ground work for this book titled "God is Judge", DAN-I-EL.

Jesus Christ came at His first advent to ride upon a lowly ass,
to pay the price for our sins,
and to bring salvation to whosoever will turn to Him in repentance and believe in Him.

However, when He returns at the second advent following the reign of antichrist,
the king of Babylon of these last days of whom Nebuchadezzar was a type,
He will be riding on a white horse with the armies which were in heaven following Him also riding upon white horses,
clothed in fine linen, white and clean (which is the righteousness of the saints).

He will be coming to smite the nations
and to establish the ruling kingdom of God upon this earth and to rule with a rod of iron (discipline to His Word)
and to tread the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Editors Note: As we will point out during this study of Daniel
many prophesied signs leading up to His return have already occurred!
You had better join us in watching for the end.
It is nearer then you think!

In other words, He is coming as King of kings and Lords of lords and as it is written...
every knee shall bow to His name, which is His authority (Rom. 14:11, Philip. 2:10).
Rev. 19:14-16
And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

[15] And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

[16] And he hath on His vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

When we get to the 7th chapter of Daniel we shall also read about His kingdom coming
and being established upon the earth.

What exactly is a kingdom anyway?

It is a king and His domain, i.e. that which He has dominion over.

Jesus Christ is coming with His saints to establish dominion over all the earth!

Daniel 7:13-14
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

[14] And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

The point of this in our preface is to establish the fact that Jesus Christ is returning to the Valley of Jeshoshaphat (Yahveh Judges)
and shall gather and judge all the nations round about.

We read about this in the Book of JO-EL (Yah is God)!

Joel 3:11-14
Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.
The mighty one are the saints of the most high.
[12] Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
God is judge and the nations had better awaken and decide whose side they are on,
the right or the left, and get their acts together now or they will be separated
and hard-pressed under His wine, His Word, for a thousand years.
[13] Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

[14] Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

The "Day of the Lord" is the Millennium and at that time,
at the time of His return at the sound of the 7th Trump,
as it is written in Matthew 25:32, "He shall gather all the nations before Him
and separate the sheep from the goats."

And you "see", His saints shall rule and judge with Him for those 1000 years.

This too we shall cover later in our study of Daniel.

Daniel 7:22
Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
And so it is that this book of Daniel concerns those saints who take possession of the kingdom
and who live and reign with Christ for those thousand years (Rev. 20:4).

To that end, we will find in the opening verses that not only were Daniel and his companions,
Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednedo, of the royal seedline of Judah,
which is the kingship line, but they all held government positions,
further documenting to those with eyes to see and ears to hear concerning their destinies.

We will also find that they are all brought before and/or delivered up to the king of Babylon,
but they do not bow a knee to his image... even in the face of almost certain death,
which brings us to the next point of preface.

The events that transpire in the Book of Daniel take place during the reign and captivity of the king of Babylon
(there were three sieges).

You "see", we do not find in Daniel the chapter by chapter, line by line teaching
that we find in the great Book of EZEK-I-EL, whose name means "God is my strength".

Ezekiel is the handbook of the watchmen,
the shepherding to the House of Israel after the manner of "Thus saith the Lord"
and "It is written".

For after the sound of the 6th Trump,
the warning that Satan, the false messiah, comes first will no longer go forth.


Because he will already be here!

Therefore the delivering up and the warning
and the witness to the nations of the world that the true King of kings is coming
(announcing the 7th Trump)
shall be accomplished exactly as Christ said it would in Mat. 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.

It will be at that time that the Holy Spirit will speak through His elect
who give His witness and His testimony.

In fact, those who are delivered up are instructed not to even premeditate
nor give anxious thought as to what they will say!

Mark 13:9-10
But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

[10] And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

The word "published" means to proclaim as in "to herald"!

Matthew specifically refers to that which must be heralded as the gospel of the

which is the good news (but not to many nations)
that the King and His dominion is coming and that the walls of this unholy,
ungodly One World System is going to come tumbling down.

Matthew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world
for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."

Some of God's elect will be privileged to be delivered up
and give that testimony unto all nations.

How exciting it is to be living in these last days!

Also, those of you who are familiar with your Father's Word
know that there are only two churches out of the seven in Rev. 2 & 3 that Jesus Christ finds no fault with.

They are the two churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna
who both have the same doctrine and teach concerning the kenites (Rev. 2:9 & 3:9)
but their works are somewhat different.

Do not misunderstand, for there is there is only one body,
but there are different works and destinies,
i.e. jobs to do, by the different members of that body.

We will discuss this further later on in our study.

Finally, our preface to the Book of Daniel
would not be complete without emphasizing that Jesus Christ Himself referred to the words of the prophet Daniel
as the book for the reader to understand concerning the abomination of desolation,
who is antichrist, the king of Babylon of the last days,
i.e. Satan posing as Jesus who comes at the sound of the 6th Trump
and stands in the holy place bringing in his storm of deception and flood of lies upon the earth.

Matthew 24:15
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
With that as sufficient background let us begin this apocalypse of the Old Testament
noting that the first part of the book (vs 1.1 - 6.28) is historic,
the major portion of which (vs 2.4 - 7.28) is written in Aramaic or Chaldean,
and the latter half (vs 7.1 - 12.13) is prophetic, the majority (vs 8.1 - 12.13) of which is written in pure Hebrew.

In other words, the historic part is written in the language of the Gentiles because it deals with "the times of the Gentiles" and their supremacy in relation to Israel.

The prophetic part deals with "the time of the end"
and the events leading up to the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel.

If you wait on and trust your heavenly Father,
He can make things happen.

Daniel 1:1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim* king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.

Please keep in mind what Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 10:11 that the things that happened of old happened as "ensamples
and that they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."

To that end, this one Nebuchadnezzar was raised up by our Father,
"chosen" to be His servant (Jer. 27:6), and given to us as a type of the king of Babylon of the last days.

You "see", God can and will use whomsoever He so chooses
to carry out His wondrous works both in a positive and negative sense.

We as students of God's Word should also know that the names of people and locations, etc.,
are all significant and their meanings give us a deeper understanding of that which is written.

(Of course one has to take the time to dig out those meanings if he or she wants to be enriched further.)

For example, the name "Nebuchadnezzar" means "May Nebo protect the crown".

Nebo was a deity who presided over learning and letters
and so it was that Nebuchadnezzar built libraries and schools
and was really into knowledge and education. However,
the fact is that no matter how much knowledge and learning man absorbs from the world,
if it is apart from the wisdom and knowledge of our Father's Word,
he can never preserve himself nor even achieve serenity and peace of mind, much less attain salvation.

* For proper chronology concerning the times, see appendix 50 in the back of the Companion Bible.

[2] And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.
Notice who is charge here. The Lord "gave" Jehoiakim into his hand which shows that the king of Babylon can do only that which our Father allows. When the king of Babylon (Satan) in the Book of Revelation comes to besiege the world, he also will only be permitted to do that which is written, one of which is that he cannot touch one hair of those who have the seal of God in their foreheads.

By the way, do you know where the land of Shinar is located? "Shinar" means "country between two rivers" which in this case are the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the land of Babylon, which today is where Iran and Iraq are located. How interesting indeed as we watch the current events of today.

[3] And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes;
Ashpenaz can mean either "horse like" or “I will make prominent the sprinkled”.

Either way, he was instructed by the king of Babylon to bring "certain" of the children of Israel,
and of the king's seed, and of the princes or nobles.

In other words, he was told to cull out certain ones from those in captivity.

Notice carefully the qualifications he was looking for.

[4] Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
You "see", Nebuchadnezzar wanted only the "richest", the "cream of the crop", of the "royal" and "noble" captives of Judah.

Yes, historically he wanted to learn all he could from them,
including their language so that he could communicate with them, but you see, the king of Babylon of these last days will also be interested in those well favoured,unblemished servants of God who are rich in wisdom and knowledge and understanding.

Did you know there are those blessed servants who fit that category in these last days? They are those spiritually rich servants of the church of Smyrna.

Let's check it out.

Rev. 2:8-9
And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

[9] I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Understand from 1 Cor. 10:13 that God will not give unto His servants
"to be tempted above that they (ye) are able;
but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that they (ye) may be able to bear it."

In other words, God is not going to choose those who are not spiritually and mentally fit,
those who are not rich in the oil of His spirit, His Word,
to be delivered up to stand before the king of Babylon in his palace and give witness, lest they fall!

Now notice what the king of Babylon appoints for the children of God.

Daniel 1:5
And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
Historically these three years would have been from 497, 496 & 495 BC
where he appointed a steady daily diet of unclean meat along with his wine!

Woe, would you eat of Satan's unclean birds or drink his wine of fornication?

Not if you wish to remain spiritually healthy, you won't!

We are to eat our daily bread from the table of the Lord and drink solely from His fountain of living water.

[6] Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
Again, these children of God were of the house of Judah. In Hebrew, as our Father sees them, we have:
Daniel = God is Judge
Misha-el = Who is as God?
Azari-ah = God has helped!
Hanani-ah = God is gracious
Certainly these are fitting and proper names when you consider what happens to these three lads.
[7] Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego.
In Chaldean, as the spiritually blind servants of the king of Babylon see them, we have all references to pagan gods:
Belteshazzar -protect thou (O Bel)
Shadrach - command of Aku, the moon god
Meshach - who is Aku?
Abednego - servant of Nego
Now gather strength and encouragement from the example of Daniel.
[8] But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Daniel "purposed in his heart" which means he made up his mind
that he would not defile himself with the unclean meat
and intoxicating wine of the king of Babylon.

How about you?

Our people right now are being fed a steady diet of Satan's garbage
from all four of the hidden dynasties
and they have become spiritually sickly and undernourished to the point of spiritual death as a result.

[9] Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
God is in control and He can even change the minds of those who come in contact with His servants.

Remember He harden the heart (mind) of Pharaoh before the exodus,
meaning He caused him to become stubborn.

Here He softens the heart of the prince of the eunuchs to find favor with Daniel.

The point is, if you wait on and trust your heavenly Father,
He can make things happen.

You "see", God takes care of His own and furthermore,
since He has all power in both heaven and earth,
He is quite capable of doing so!

[10] And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.
Those who serve the king of Babylon
and walk after the flesh are fearful for their lives and will follow his commands
even if they know they are profane.

Keep this in mind when you later see the spiritually rich servants of God, i.e.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedneggo,
delivered up and forced under penalty of death to do as the king commands
and bow down to the image he has set up.

Do you think they will bow a knee?

They will not!

[11] Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
Melzar is a title meaning the steward or the butler, as in the wine server.

Notice the wisdom used by Daniel in dealing with this one Melzar.

[12] Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
Pulse means food that is sown, like vegetables or grain,
and is symbolic to us in these last days of the pure nourishing food
that comes only from our Father's table, just as the water is symbolic of that living water of life.

Here is what Daniel tells the minister of the prince of the eunuchs,
because Daniel knows what the result shall be of fasting on the pure truth of Father's Word
as compared to eating unclean meat from the table of the king of Babylon
and drinking his spiritually intoxicating wine.

[13] Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
And so it is today that those Christians who abstain from eating the meat of the king of Babylon
and from drinking his wine,
but instead fast on the pure food and drink only of the living water of life,
do outshine their brothers and sisters who have become deathly ill (spiritually speaking)
from a daily diet of the king's portion.

Nevertheless, Daniel found favor with Melzar,
thanks be to his Father's intervention, who agreed to the 10 day period of testing.

[14] So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
"Proved" means "tested", "assayed", as in "tried",
and these 10 days of proving, repeated here several times,
should remind you once again of the church of Smyrna in Revelation chapter two which we shall pick up on in our next study!

We will also find out how these steadfast young servants of God faired after their 10 day trial was fulfilled.

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.

You will recall in our last study that Daniel, who was of the royal seed line, the kingship line of Judah, had purposed in his heart that he would in no way defile himself with the king of Babylon's unclean meat and wine that he had appointed for all the children of the captivity.

So with a little help from God (Daniel's companion Azari-ah (Abednego) means "God has helped"... remember?) he convinced Melzar, the butler and server of the king's wine, to allow them to eat "things sown" (pulse), i.e. pure vegetables and grain, and drink water for ten days and then he could look upon them and determine whose countenance appeared fairer, theirs or all the children of the captivity which did eat of the king's meat.

Let's see how they made out.

Daniel 1:15
And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.
There is a proverbial saying which applies both physically and spiritually, i.e. to your flesh body as well as your spiritual body, that says "You are what you eat!"

To that end, consider these two paragraphs from the introduction of "How to Enjoy the Bible" by E.W. Bullinger, one of the greatest Bible scholars of the modern era:

"A low condition of bodily health is produced by inattention to the laws of nature as to suitable diet. As this leads to the "drug habit", or to the immoderate use of stimulants in the natural sphere, so it is in the spiritual sphere. A low condition of spiritual health is produced by improper feeding or the neglect of necessary food, which is the Word of God; and the end is a resort to all the many modern fashions and novel methods and widely advertised nostrums in the Religious world in the attempt to remedy the inevitable results.

The Root of all the evils which abound in the spiritual sphere at the present day lies in the fact that the Word and the words of God are not fed upon, digested, and assimilated, as they ought to be."

Do you partake of a steady diet of junk food, like the Burger King's meat? Do you feast on fast food like McDonald's "happy meals"?

I find it fascinating that the quick and easy fly-away "happy message" (I speak of the rapture) which is fed to our people by preachers and ministers who should be feeding the pure bread of life and causing them to drink from the living water or life, share the same name as the world's foremost junk food restaurant.

And speaking of can compare the "processing" of the earthly "bread" our people eat to the "processing" of the spiritual "bread"  they eat daily, which should be the unadulterated "bread of life", the pure natural Word of God, but unfortunately it is not in most cases.

You see, oh-so-smart-and-worldly-wise man takes the whole grain wheat and removes the substantive outer coat and literally strips it of all nutrition while he bleaches it with a toxic poison to make it "white" as snow and a "loaf to be desired".

Students of Ezek. 13 would say the bread is "whitewashed".

Then man beats "air" (like his own hot air) into the dough spiced with "leaven" to make the loaf nice and "fluffy" when it is baked and to make its texture more "palatable" to the ignorant consumer.

One should ask, "How DARE they call that wicked stuff bread?"

Yes, the "traffickers" of bread have made it look real good and made it taste real good, a loaf to be desired, so people "flock" to eat that "junk" and then they wonder why they are unhealthy and why Preparation H is such a big seller?

Go figure.

We could go on and on with junk food analogies but let us make just one more observation.

Look out across the purple mountains majesty and across the fruited plains of this "bread basket" of the world and observe our "eating habits" today and "take heed" to the "junk foods" that so many of our people are eager and willing to consume.

We can learn a great deal about our "spirituality" from a close observation of "food" in this final generation of the "Baby Boomers", who would better be called the "Big Babies", spiritually speaking that is (Heb. 5:11-14).

For instance, we find "fast food" restaurants serving the Burger King's meat, instant gratification fries, and "Happy Meals" scattered all over our land and at every exit and entrance to our "highways and byways", analogous to the paths we follow.

These "glistening" facilities serve so few nutritious items (if any) that their so-called food is commonly referred to as "junk food", amazingly even by those who eat it!

One should be forewarned that if this "stuff" is consumed as a steady diet it will make you sickly indeed!

By the way, the original "fast food" restaurants were set out under "golden rainbow-like arches".

Since then, other fast food denominations have come along and strived to be the burger king by preparing or grilling the same junk food in diverse manners or by adding a few sesame seeds to the big white fluffy buns encompassing the king's idolatrous meat.

Take a lesson from Daniel and his friends when they were offered the king's meat (analogous to Satan's false doctrine... you know... like fruit from the bad tree).

Stick to "pulse", the pure "bread of life" and your countenance will be much fairer!

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It should also come as no surprise to anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear that the pioneers of the "fast food" restaurant and the pioneer of the "fast salvation" doctrine, I speak of the "Happy Message" any-moment Rapture Theory, have the same last name, M(a)cDonald!

Though it may offend some, the truth of the matter is that the any-moment Rapture Theory is nothing more than a spiritual fast food "Happy Meal"!

You keep eating that stuff long enough and you will be spiritually sick indeed!

I guarantee you that "junk food" from MacDonald's fly-through window is not served at the table of the Lord, i.e. it is not to be found ANYWHERE in the Word of God!

Christ foretold us all things (Mark 13:23), even in the exact order in which they shall occur!

Have you not read His Word?

Where and what do you eat, spiritually speaking?

If you are not daily eating the true bread of life, which is every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, then you are going to be sickly indeed, my friend.

Sadly, most churches serve junk food and happy meals instead of the Word of God chapter by chapter and line by line.

Have you not read:

Deut. 8:3
... that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
You "see", the fact is the lack of teaching the Word of God has caused a great famine in our land.

Did not Jesus tell the Disciples that one of the signs to look for just prior to His second coming was "..there shall be famine.." (see Mk 13:8)?

Well, we are right now in the midst of that famine which is clearly defined by the prophet Amos.

Amos 8:11-12
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

[12] And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

That's right!

The famine of the end times is not for food but for hearing the Word of God.

Can you go to most churches in America and hear the true Word of God taught line by line and chapter by chapter? No!

There are some, but they are few and far between.

Mostly you'll hear a few token verses read aloud in a religious monotone.... especially those verses that seemingly fit the traditions of men.

Meanwhile, our people are undernourished and starving to death (spiritually).

To make matters worse, we as a nation are not only Biblically illiterate but we have the help of anti-God, anti-Christian, anti-American groups with great lobbying powers that seek to eradicate all mention of God and the Bible and even prayer from our schools and government halls, etc.

Amos 8:11-12, Mark 13:8.... prophecy come to pass.

It is written!

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 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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