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Monday, June 13 2011

Daniel's Answer To The King

The prophet Daniel (see The Prophets: Daniel) was a righteous man who humbly and peacefully obeyed the Word of the LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'). As such, his honesty and wisdom made him very valuable to the kings of Babylon (see Ancient Empires - Babylon) and then Persia (see Ancient Empires - Persia) after Persia overtook, but continued, and took their turn in perpetuating, the Babylonian Empire (see What And Where Is Babylon Today?). It also made Daniel feared and hated by the corrupt "presidents and princes" of the kingdom (see also Lethal Lust).

"6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 6:2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. 6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. 6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. 6:5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God." (Daniel 6:1-5 KJV)

The corrupt politicians ("corrupt politicians" - two words in which either one all too often today usually means the same as both together) were very skilful at manipulating laws and people, including the king himself. They used Darius to remove his most honest and valuable servant.

"6:6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. 6:7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, 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. 6:8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 6:9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree." (Daniel 6:6-9 KJV)

"My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me"

Daniel was not a politician; he simply conducted his life and business according to the way of righteousness that the LORD had made clear to him. For that, Daniel was entrapped by the evil ones.

Daniel In The Lion's Den

"6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. 6:11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 6:12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?

The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

6:13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah [see also The Royal Eunuchs], regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. 6:14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

6:15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed." (Daniel 6:10-15 KJV)

The king himself seemed to realize that he too had been set up. While bound by his own decree, he also prayed, and had faith, even while Daniel was being put in with the lions, that "Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee."

"6:16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

6:17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. 6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him: and his sleep went from him." (Daniel 16:16-18 KJV)

The next morning, the king rushed to the den of lions and "cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel." Daniel's answer was not lamentable; he answered, "My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths."

"6:19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 6:20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

6:21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 6:22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

6:23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God." (Daniel 6:19-23 KJV)

The king had then fulfilled the legal terms of his decree. He thereafter issued another decree - that those who had falsely accused Daniel would themselves then have done to them what they had tried to have done to Daniel. The LORD had protected Daniel, but the Satanic accusers ("Satanic accusers" - another example of two words in which either one will do to express them both; Satan literally means accuser - see also Gossip Against The Gospel) were killed by the lions.

"6:24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; 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 KJV)

Darius then issued a proclamation to all of Persia (known today as Iran) that "That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel" (something that most of the people of Persia/Iran today do not do).

"6:25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth;

Peace be multiplied unto you.

6:26 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 for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. 6:27 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.

6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian." (Daniel 6:25-28 KJV)

Fact Finder: As stated in the verse quoted above, "Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian." What did Cyrus do that fulfilled the prophecy that the people of Judah would return to Jerusalem (see Jeremiah's Field)?
Ezra 1:1-4; see also Ezra and Nehemiah


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This Day In History, June 13

81: The Roman Emperor Titus (reigned 79-81) died at age 42. As a military commander before succeeding his father Vespasian, it was Titus who inflicted the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).

122: Construction began of Hadrian's Wall in Britain during the time the island was under Roman occupation (see Ancient Empires - Rome). Named after the emperor Hadrian (reigned 117-138), parts of the 120 kilometer (75 mile) wall remain visible today.

1249: Alexander III was crowned as King of the Scots.

1321: Italian playwright Dante Alighieri died. His farce Divine Comedy was the inspiration for much of the Vatican's development of the doctrine of an ever-burning hell fire and the non-existent Purgatory.

1515: King Francis of France battled the Swiss army under Cardinal Matthias Schiner at Marignano in northern Italy.

1525: The monk Martin Luther married the nun Katharina von Bora, thereby violating the Church of Rome's celibacy rule. Luther became known as a protestant reformer, although he maintained most of the antichrist doctrines of Rome (e.g. Sunday; see Antichristians, Friends Of Jesus and Why Observe The True Sabbath?), as do most of the "Protestant" churches to this day.

1549: Pope Paul III ended the first session of the Council of Bologna.

1609: Henry Hudson entered what would later be named New York harbor and claimed the area for Holland.

1611: Fabricius discovered sunspots.

1759: The Battle of The Plains of Abraham, fought at the western edge of Quebec City, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The English under James Wolfe, 32, defeated the French under the Marquis de Montcalm, 47, ending French and Indian Wars and settling the political future of Canada. Both leaders were killed. The place is named for Abraham Martin, a ship's pilot who owned part of the land.

1833: Robert Lyon, a law student, became the last (known) person to be killed in a duel in Ontario. He was killed by former friend (obviously) and fellow law student, John Wilson, who was acquitted of murder and later went on to become a Member of Parliament and a judge.

1871: A hurricane killed 300 people in Labrador.

1898: The Yukon Territory of Canada was established, 2 years after the Klondike gold discovery. Dawson City was named the capital. During the goldrush, Dawson City was the largest city north of Seattle and west of Winnipeg.

1922: The highest recorded shade temperature, 58 degrees Celsius / 136 degrees Fahrenheit, was recorded at Al Aziziyah, Libya.

1942: During the Second World War, the German army began its all-out attack on Stalingrad against stiff Soviet resistance.

1944: During the Second World War, Germany launched its V-1 jet-powered bombing campaign on Britain that would kill 5,479 people and injure almost 16,000.

1971: The New York Times began publishing "The Pentagon Papers," a stolen collection of secret Vietnam War documents (a "Wikileaks" of that day). It was from that publication of embarrassing information that President Richard Nixon created the "plumbers," a group of White House operatives whose assigned task was to prevent further "leaks" - something that they disastrously failed to do when they committed the Watergate break-in that resulted in the fall of the Nixon presidency.

2000: At the insistence of Pope John Paul II, the President of Italy pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca, 43, 19 years after shooting the pope in 1981. Agca was then returned to Turkey to complete a 10 year sentence for murder, of which he had served only 158 days before escaping.

2002: The U.S. withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

2007: The Al Askari Mosque in Iraq was bombed, as it was the previous year.





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