Hope To The End. --- DANIEL PART ONE ( Chapters 1- 6 )

Part Two
Daniel Ch 7--9 ................ Part Three Daniel Ch 10-12


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Daniel , Part One Very brief notes on Daniel Chapters 1 through 6.

Daniel is a closed book until the time of the end ( Daniel 12:4) ; which is to say that it will not be fully understood until the last days.
The 144,000 Jews of Revelation Chapter 7 will most likely explain this Book in its' fullest details. In the meantime, we apply our understanding as best we can, asking for help from the Holy Ghost, who will teach us all things... even things to come ( John 16:13)

Daniel Chapters 1 through 7 are written in the Babylonian Chaldee language
Daniel Chapters 8 through 12 are written in Hebrew

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1. Daniel and his three friends ( Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego ) are brought to Babylon
from Israel ; approximately 607 B.C.

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Text : Daniel Chapter One:

Concepts presented :
A Wholesome self-control ( healthy food plan ) and our obedience to God yield much spiritual fruit.

10 days = a time of testing
( compare with the 10 days in Rev. 2:10 wherein the Smyrna Church would have "tribulation 10 days.')

"pulse" = beans, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts  ( lots of leafy salads )
water = the wisest choice of beverage. A person of learning/understanding avoids all alcoholic beverages. Water purifies all the systems within the body, aiding the brain to work at its best capacity.
The more natural the food, the better.
In our modern times that would translate into avoiding Genetically modified and processed foods.

Daniel had supernatural gifts of dreams, interpretation of dreams, the gift of prophe
sy ( being able to interpret dark sentences ), wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and obviously discretion.
We must ask for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. "ye have not, because ye ask not." James 4:2
"As for these four Hebrew young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom:
And Daniel had understanding in in all visions and dreams."
"despise not prophe
syings" 1 Thessalonians 5:20

These young men were well rewarded for their self-discipline in food matters and for their dependence upon God, for they were 10 times smarter than the wise men of Babylon. ( In just ten days ) Dan. 1:20.


2. AUDIO David Guzik http://enduringword.com/daniel_audio.htm
Text: Daniel Chapter Two:

Picture of image in Nebuchadnezzar's dream.

In Chapter two, the first three verses are written in Hebrew and the remaining verses are written in Syriac.
2:11 --  The Babylonian religion was celestial...their many gods dwelt above. They could not conceive of a God dwelling with man in the flesh here on earth.
( Emmanuel, "God with us" ... the mystery of the Incarnation).

2:14-- Daniel applied tact and discretion in all of his affairs. He approached matters respectfully and humbly.

2:16-- Daniel requested time, knowing that the Holy Spirit oftentimes speaks to one's soul in the middle of the night, and upon rising. Those are valuable times of revelation.

2:18 -- Daniel first asks God for mercy ( to spare his life and the life of his friends). He does not straight away ask for the understanding of the matter. Daniel did this because he realized that his deliverance from the wrath of the king came not from his own expertise in these matters, but from the sovereign intervention by God. Daniel well understood his priorities.
"The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord" -- Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 111:10.

When the matter was revealed to Daniel, he didn't rush out and email everybody. He stopped and took time to thank God for the understanding. We are to be thankful in all situations.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Daniel never kidded himself about Who was the source of inspiration : God Almighty . Job 32: 8 .
He kept himself in check at all times, and gave the glory to God. Daniel 2: 20--23

Notice that Daniel says that God gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.
In other words, the more one applies spiritual principles in all one's affairs, the more insight one is given.
God builds upon your foundation. Are we seeking with all of our heart ? Are we spending time in the Word, studying it and researching it for ourselves ? Are we depending upon the Holy Spirit for insight, rather than man's opinion ?

The best middle-man between us and the Lord, is none other than the Holy Spirit. That is what is meant by the "priesthood of the Believer". Each Believer is to forge out his own understanding of the Scriptures , being led and guided by the Holy Spirit. We can assess other's perspectives, but in the end our conclusions must be based on the voice of the Holy Ghost. One cannot emphasize that too much.

"To him who has ears to hear, let him hear
what the Spirit  saith to the churches" Rev. Chapters 2 and 3.
(A church, or an assembly is wherever two or more are gathered together in His name).
Actually in Rev. 3:20, you can be a church of ONE with the Lord Himself ( He makes 2 ) ... a special blessing for those who cannot find someone to fellowship with.
" If any man hears My voice, I will come in and sup with him."

Why it is good to be Spirit-led and not personality-led:
A congregation or assembly that depends too much upon a leader, will have the same qualities of f
ollow-ship when the first and second beast arrive upon the scene. This type of flock ( sometimes called "sheeple") will be so used to having someone else think for them, that they will not be able to discern--- for lack of their own personal study of the Scriptures. They will become feed for the fodder.

Dan. 2:29 "There is a God in heaven that reveals secrets" Daniel 2:28...
He that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass."

Why did Daniel know the interpretation ? Was it because of his own aptitude ? No. God revealed the matter to Daniel for the sake of the people -- Believers and non-Believers alike. That they may know prophecy from the Word of God in the future of history. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" Hosea 4:6
God does not do something without telling his servants, the prophets, first ....Amos 3:7

What do the ten toes of the statue represent ? As we see it, they represent the 10 Western EU nations.
The 10 toes : EU to have website in ten languages
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – A new website launched Tuesday (26 May) aims to get EU citizens across the 27 member states talking and reading about the same issues, something that to date has been hindered by language barriers.With €3 million of European Commission funds a year and a team of 10 journalists, www.presseurop.eu is part of the EU's drive to create a "European public sphere
The site will be available in 10 languages with all 23 of the EU's official languages expected to be onboard within five year's time.
http://euobserver.com/9/28187/?rk=1

Daniel 2:43 -- The iron and the clay will not mix" = Freedom (democracy) and tyranny do not mix

Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzer of the kingdoms to come in history for the next 2, 500 years, and of the Stone ( cut without hands, Yeshua - Jesus ) Who broke the image of world governments at the feet and-- crumbling upward--- the statue fell apart.

Then Messiah-Jesus ( Stone ) will
set up His government ( "mountain" means "government" ) which covers the whole earth.
See
Rev. 20:4.


3. AUDIO David Guzik http://enduringword.com/daniel_audio.htm
Text :Daniel Chapter Three

In this chapter King Nebuchadnezzar requires the
worship of his image. A herald, or crier, announces the command to bow down before the statue of Nebuchadnezzar at the sound of the music, or else one will be burned to death in a furnace for not complying. The music is played by instruments only, and there is no mention of vocal singing.

Will "ring tones" from mobile phones signal the command to pay homage in the future ?

Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego do not bow. We are commanded in
the First Commandment to have no other gods before us, nor are we to make images. We serve only the Living God.
The king is enraged, and he commands that the fire of the furnace burn seven times hotter than before. He commands that the three Hebrew young men be bound and thrown into the furnace.

But when Nebuchadnezzar looks into the furnace , he finds four men loose and walking about with no harm from the fire. And the fourth "looks like the Son of God". ( Jesus)

Nebuchadnezzar calls the three young men out of the furnace, who come out straight with. They have no hurt upon their bodies--not even a hair is singed -- nor are their clothes affected at all, nor is there any smell of fire upon them. Nebuchadnezzar is amazed with this miracle, and commands that everyone is to respect the God of Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego.

There are several things to notice in this passage.
First of all, Nebuchazezzar is awe-struck with this miracle ( who wouldn't be ?) . He recognized the fact that the element of fire was subject to a higher power than the king's gods ( Almighty God ... El Elyon). A power against the Greatest Power. Nebuchadnezzar respected power, and the demonstration grabbed his attention and awe. He recognized that there was a Being who had incredible power; for to overcome fire was an act of Divinity itself, and had never occurred before in history.
Daniel 3:29-- Nebuchadnezzar: "because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort".

But Nebuchadnezzar did not see that Highest Power as a Person. He concentrated more on the control over fire, than on the Fourth Person in the furnace.

It is our very Jesus Who was in that furnace with the three Hebrew young men, just as He was in all the furnaces of the Nazi concentration camps of WW2, so we believe.

"
When thou walkest through the fire , thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." Isaiah 43:2
Those who were in the Nazi ovens passed over into glory before any flame could devour. The outer shell was burned, yes, but the person passed into eternity before the flames consumed. That is how we see it.

Fire has always held a fascination with man, and it is associated with Divinity. Elijah cried on Mt. Carmel:
"The God that answers by fire, let Him be God." 1 Kings 18:24

The False Prophet, in Revelation 13:13 , calls " fire down from heaven" thus seeking divine attributes for himself.. But his "fire from heaven" and all of his signs, wonders and awe inspiring miracles ( Rev. 13:14 ; Rev. 19:20 and 2 Thessalonians 2:9) are all "lying wonders".
They are the result of illusionist technology and satanic powers ( whose coming is after the working of Satan", occultic ) , and not of Divine intervention.
Please see "Fool" ... lying with pixels.

The False Prophet, and anyone under his influence, profess no personal relationship with Jesus as the ONLY way of Salvation. They "loved not the truth." 2 Thessalonians 2:10.

We will see in the next Chapter ( Chapter Four) that Nebuchadnezzar comes to a better understanding of the Living God.

What parts of this Chapter apply to our present situation today ?
Well, soon we too will be required to worship the image of the Beast. In modern times, men do not necessarily fall down and bow before persons in order to show worship. But any means by which we prioritize someone or some System above God is worship.
For instance, if we submit to the arbitrary 666 Economic System for all of our financial dealings ( the subdermal Mark of the Beast) then we are putting our total trust and dependency upon the beast who requires that System. We are no longer trusting in God for daily sustenance, but upon a man and his 666 System. That is worship.
Taking the 666 Mark of the Beast
IS worshipping the Beast ( loyalty, allegiance)
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Clarke's Commentary
http://www.godrules.net/library/clarke/clarkedan3.htm

Matthew Henry
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Commentary http://www.piney.com/MuJudgmentJonClark.html


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Text Daniel : Chapter Four

This time around, Nebuchadnezzar has a second dream, but rather than pompously asking his magicians to tell him his dream (without the king telling it to them first ) , Nebuchadnezzar tells of the dream himself. But his magicians could not interpret the dream. So Nebuchadnezzar calls for Daniel to interpret the dream. Notice that the king still called on his own 'wise men' ( magi ) first, before calling on Daniel. That means that while Nebuchadnezzar gave lip service to Daniel's God, he did not worship the Living God, nor make God his priority in life. How many people today give religion lip service only?
God's man -- Daniel -- was the king's second choice, in this scenario.

Daniel, by the power of the Holy Spirit, reveals the meaning of the dream. An angel ( "a watcher and a holy one") came down and cried that the tree in the king's dream should be cut down, the branches cut off, the leaves shaken and the fruit scattered. Even the animals and birds were to no more come near the tree. But a stump of roots was allowed to remain, encircled with iron and brass ( severity ).

The tree was to be like a beast in the open wilderness . "Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him." Daniel 4:16. "

Now what is meant by "seven times" ? It could mean seven years. Or it could mean seven seasons. In ancient times there were but two seasons: Winter and Summer. Seven seasons would be 3 and 1/2 years... the exact time of the Great Tribulation. It is our belief that that is what is meant by "seven times".

Unfortunately, It is easy to change from being a sane person to becoming a beast, in personality. Just let ego and pride take over.
EGO means "Edging God Out".
Just let SELF-will run wild, and one will become unreasonable and insane -- a beast with no conscience, with no feelings.
Then there comes a time when a person compromises his integrity and honesty so repeatedly, that he snuffs out that still small voice within, and crosses an invisible line, from which there is no turning back.
"Once you pass its borders, you may never return again." (
from "
Toyland " )

Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar that those "seven times" will happen to the king himself.
Daniel then asks the king to
repent of his sins and to turn to righteousness and to be merciful unto the poor, for perhaps he could forestall the event.

The king must have hearkened unto Daniel's advise, but like so many of us, he fell back into his ways again, for it tells us that one year later, this event did finally come to pass.

You see, Nebuchadnezzar was taking an inventory of the greatness of his kingdom, and he reflected upon
himself for its majesty and glory, not giving the credit to God. How often do we take credit for things which really are not for us to claim? How many times in a day do we forget to thank God for good events, or praise Him for His faithfulness ?

A Voice came from heaven ( Bas Kol ) saying : " The kingdom is departed from thee" ( notice the Voice did not say "thy" kingdom is departed from thee, but "the " kingdom is departed from thee.)

The Sovereignty of God
Nebuchadnezzar was driven into the wilderness and lived like an animal for "seven times" until he lifted his eyes to heaven, and his understanding and reason returned, and He blessed the
Most High. El Elyon.
This humble act of acknowledging God as supreme and sovereign in all of our affairs, restored him to his senses.
This moment of clarity also happened to the Prodigal son who "came to himself " Luke 15:17
By the grace of God, Nebuchadnezzar received a second chance. Those who are hardened in heart forego -- of themselves-- a second chance.

Many people believe in God. Even the devils believe, and tremble. ( James 2:19 )
But how many of us give God top billing, putting Him first above all else....even above ourselves .. our time .. our ambitions .. our wants etc ? How many of us profess God to be Almighty ?

Most of the time God is put on the back-burner, while other things take precedence.
But for Nebuchadnezzar to call God "Most High" ( El Elyon ) meant that the Living God --- Daniel's God --- was supreme above all other gods.
It meant that there was no other God than Daniel's God, and that all other gods were forms of idolatry. Nebuchadnezzar had now come to Spirituality 101. He had finally learned his lesson.
"When the pupil is ready, the teacher can begin."

Another great lesson learned from Daniel 4 is that : "the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men"
Daniel 4:17.
"the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will."
Daniel 4:25 and Daniel 4:32.
This is mentioned three times in this Chapter Four of Daniel.

The kingdom was restored to Nebuchadnezzar in all of its glory, and Nebuchadnezzar had this to say:
"I blessed the Most High and I praised and honored Him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven ( Sabaoth) and among the inhabitants of the earth:
and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, 'What doest Thou?'..."
"Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgement." Daniel 4:34, 35 + 37.

"How great are His signs and how mighty are His wonders !"
"His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. and His dominion is from generation to generation." Daniel 4:3

What we glean from Daniel Chapter Four is the realization of how self-destructing PRIDE is.
( arrogance, haughtiness, superiority etc. )
PRIDE destroys our mental faculties: our reasonableness and understanding, our Godliness.

To think about self, to admire one's own accomplishments, to seek acknowledgement, to rely on the approval and acceptance from others is all self-destructing. We may never be recognized. We may never be invited into the company of others. But we are accepted in the Beloved ( Ephesians 1:6 ) Who deserves all of our praise, honor, reverence and worship -- Him alone.

Did King Nebuchadnezzar have accomplishments ? Yes. Was he great and to be feared ? Yes.

Daniel 5: 18-21 says :
"The Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar .. a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honor.
And for the majesty that He gave him, all people, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him.
Whom he would, he slew. And whom he would, he kept alive. [Nebuchadnezzar ]
And whom he would, he set up; and whom he would, he put down."
But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in PRIDE, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him....till he knew (realized) that The Most High ( El Elyon) ruled in the kingdom of men and that He appointeth over it whomsoever He will. " Daniel 5: 18--21

"
those that walk in PRIDE He is able to abase." Daniel 4:37

Daniel Chapter 4 is for all of us, ever reminding us that "humility is endless" -- T. S. Eliot

Please read Isaiah 40:12--31 and Isaiah 42:5 and 8; all of Isaiah 43... the awesome Power of God !!
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5. AUDIO David Guzik http://enduringword.com/daniel_audio.htm
Text: Daniel Chapter Five

Excellent song and beautiful Picture of the Handwriting on the Wall
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In this chapter, Belshazzar ( second in rank over the Babylonian kingdom) gives an enormous feast.
Every reference given to the king here reveals his over-indulgence, lust and materialism.
We are warned in Luke 21:34 not to be overcharged with surfeiting (excess ), especially in these Last Days.

While inebriated ( drunk ) , Belshazzar mocks God with blasphemy and sacrilege. He takes that which is holy and makes it profane. The Third Commandment tells us not to make light of God or of His Name. God will not hold him guiltless whoever takes His Name ( or attributes ) in vain. Exodus 20: 7

For this evil, a Hand appears, and writes on the wall a mysterious message, which only Daniel could interpret. Daniel was Spirit-led.

The Queen said to Belshazzar:
"There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the Spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father, light ( enlightenment ) and understanding and wisdom , like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him...
"Forasmuch as AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT ( a good attitude, discretion, humility ) and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences ( revelations given) , and dissolving of doubts ( discernment ), were found in the same Daniel." Daniel 5: 11

Belshazzar offers Daniel gifts and rewards if Daniel can interpret the message. Daniel flatly refuses any gift. A person of God cannot be beholden to anyone. Gifts, awards, merit, grants etc.  are oftentimes bribes for allegiance and compliance. A person of God remains an independent operative, solely under the leading of the Holy Ghost.
 " I pin my soul to no man's back" said Sir Thomas More to King Henry the Eighth.

Daniel reminds the king that his father [ Nebuchadnezzar ] walked in pride and was debased. Yet in the end Belshazzar's own father humbled himself in the sight of God and man. What Daniel really is saying here is : "Have you learned nothing from your father ? You are accountable for that experience and example."
"To whom is much is given, much is required"  Luke 12 :48

We too --- Believers in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 etc. etc. and beyond --- are accountable for that same example. We have seen the end of PRIDE through Nebuchadnezzar's experience. Only a fool repeats another's folly, says the Book of Proverbs. The wise man perceives the lesson to be learned, and acts accordingly. "The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord." Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 111:10.

Belshazzar has played the fool :
Quoting Daniel:
"And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this:
But hast lifted up thyself AGAINST the Lord of Heaven ....
the God in Whose Hand thy breath is ( thy Life), and Whose are all thy ways, hast thou not Glorified." Daniel 5: 22, 23

Daniel then pronounces God's written judgement upon Belshazzar, by interpreting the message. Daniel tells Belshazzar that the kingdom is departed from him.

He further tells Belshazzar that :
1. The number of days given to him on earth is filled up. It is over, finished. His number is up.
2. "Thou art weighed in the balances and found wanting".  
(lacking worship of the Living God, and humility; no compassion for the poor.)
For all the Godly example and lessons given to Belshazzar, it reaped no benefit.
3." PERES" : "Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians." ( modern day Iran and Iraq )
Foreigners would overtake the land. ( Both Hamitic and Japethic ).

"PERES" means to divide. Is there a modern day PERES that is dividing up the land of Israel ?

" In
that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. " Daniel 5:30  Swift retribution.


6. AUDIO David Guzik http://enduringword.com/daniel_audio.htm
Text: Daniel Chapter Six

Darius the Mede  ( modern day Iraq ) is now the king over 120 provinces, with 120 princes. He appoints three presidents over the realm. Daniel, was already made third ruler in the kingdom by Belshazzar. Daniel 5:16
Daniel ranked highest in preference of all the presidents:
"This Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit ( good attitude) was in him; and the king thought to set him over his whole realm."

Godly men of forthright truth wind up being greatly respected for their character/integrity.

While position and honor are causes of joy in the righteous, it is the cause of jealousy and envy in the unrighteous, who seek to overthrow one who is Godly.

Daniel's adversaries sought to find a flaw in him regarding his loyalty to the king, the laws and the kingdom. But Daniel was not a political fellow, so no fault was found in him. Daniel was faithful in all of his civic duties and responsibilities.

NO PRAYING ALLOWED
So his adversaries decided to use Daniel's own Godliness against him.
First, they came to the new king and offered the flattery of civic worship to the king for 30 days in his new tenure. This appealed to Darius, and the edict was decreed that "whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions." Daniel 6:7. Was Darius also being tested in the area of Pride ?

Kings love subservience and power. So letting unreasonableness take over, Darius signs the mad decree.
Didn't we find out in Chapter Four that it is very easy to become unreasonable ? There is a fine line separating sanity from insanity and that fine line is humility. When one leaves off humility, and puts on Pride, one loses his better senses.

Was Daniel afraid of the decree? Well it says that he knew about the decree, which implies that also he realized the personal jeopardy he would put himself into, if he were to be caught praying.

Here is how Daniel must have felt, as Paul spoke by the Holy Ghost 700 years later, regarding fears:
"But none of these things move me. Neither count I my life dear unto myself so that I may finish my course with joy". Acts 20:24

Daniel may have had fears. He may have thought :
'I have finally arrived at a high position of influence in my life. Must I abandon it over this silly rule ? Can not I pray secretly and not have anyone know ? After all, it's only for 30 days and after all, God knows my heart. I love only Him.
Then why bother with this ? Why not just keep a low profile and slide by ? "

Well, worldly-wise thoughts will keep you complacent. But Daniel realized that all the truth in his life counted for nothing, unless he could be truthful to himself. He knew that for him to slink back and cringe over the decree---to become intimidated at all--- would jeopardize him spiritually, and for Daniel, the spiritual weighed in far heavier than the temporal. No. Daniel would keep on keeping on. If he had always prayed aloud to God three times a day, then so be it, he would keep on praying aloud to God three times a day :
"none of these things move me". Daniel had chutzpah. ( courage, boldness )
"The righteous are as bold as lions" Proverbs 28:1.   Please see also Acts 4:18--30.

"See it -- Shoot it -- Send it " (
tv news mantra )
Well, it didn't take long for the accusers to "we-tip" the king. ( Surveillance was highly effective back in ancient times even without today's GPS, audio and visual surveillance, cam-phones, voice-recognition etc.) All it takes is a snoopy neighbor, friend, co-worker, relative, or even a stranger to spy on one's activities.
It seems that for every two people, one is a tattle-tale... such is the desire to ingratiate oneself to a source of authority, men being naturally what they are.

Well the ' poor' king's hands were tied, for he had made the decree and his decrees were unalterable, even for his friends
[ Guess Darius didn't have the power of executive orders that could change existing laws ] . In reality, kings are not really bound by anything. But whim is a pleasure to be indulged in, and so whim is indulged in here.

Darius has Daniel cast into the lion's den , and says,
"Thy God Whom thou servest continually, He will deliver thee."
Is Darius competing with God here ? Does he have Belief, or just curiosity ?
While it is true that God delivers the righteous, God still holds man accountable for his unreasonableness.

If Darius truly believed in the all powerful God of Daniel, he would not have allowed a contest with Almighty God for prayer petitions.
Darius, as a "friend", commits Daniel to what appears to be a for-sure death sentence.

Now Darius' conscience began to bother him and he couldn't eat nor sleep. God has Ways and Means to deal with us. Darius begins to wonder about the God of Daniel. So at daybreak he runs to the den and asks Daniel if he has been delivered by his God, whom Darius now calls "the Living God" ( the God who actually interacts in our daily lives ).

Daniel tells the king that God has truly delivered him.
"My God hath sent His angel, and has shut the lion's mouths, that they have not hurt me." Daniel 6:22

Darius is glad and commands that Daniel be drawn up from the den, where upon they find no hurt upon him, "because he believed in his God ( Daniel trusted to the max ) ." Daniel 6:23

Then Darius has Daniel's accusers ( along with their children and wives) all tossed into the den " and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den." Daniel 6:24

Here are some Scripture verses that apply:
"Roll a boulder down on someone else, and it will roll back on you" -- Proverbs 26: 27
"who through Faith ... stopped the mouths of lions" -- Hebrews 11: 33
"neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth"-- Job 5: 22
"touch not mine anointed" Psalm 105:15

All of Scripture is integrated. Each verse is a rivet ( an integrator ). That is why no one can say that mere men wrote the Bible. The Holy Spirit inspired Godly men to write the Scriptures that are God-breathed.

Here we see again another king , of a different origin, Darius --- proclaiming God as the "Living God" ( the intervening God .. the God of all reality Who is daily Interactive in our every day circumstances).

Nebuchadnezzar called Him " the King of heaven".
Daniel called Him "the Lord of heaven."
And Darius called Him "the Living God"
( in Whom we live and move, and have our being" Acts 17:28)

" I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for HE IS THE LIVING GOD, and stedfast forever, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
He delivereth and rescueth, and He worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, Who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions" Daniel 6:6

Application for today: "lions" is also a prophetic term for Western nations of the Gentiles. If Believers are given a command which in conscience we cannot obey, then
moral obedience ( sometimes called "civil disobedience" is required). No one can command us not to pray. No one.
Acts 5:29 "We ought to obey God rather then men"

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