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Saturday, December 12 2015

Daniel 1: Daniel's Knowledge Of Wisdom And Science

"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"

The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) delivered the corrupted Kingdom of Judah to the Babylonian Empire (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?) over the reigns of its last few kings. Jehoiakim was the third-last of the kingdom (see Jehoiakim Of Judah and Kings of Israel and Judah).

"24:1 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him. 24:2 And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD [i.e. Jesus Christ; see What Does Word of God Mean To You?], which he spake by his servants the prophets. 24:3 Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did; 24:4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.

24:5 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? [see Kings of Israel and Judah] 24:6 So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead. 24:7 And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land: for the king of Babylon had taken from the river of Egypt unto the river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt." (2 Kings 24:1-7 KJV)

The historic record is also documented in 2 Chronicles (see also 2 Chronicles: Judah From Solomon To Babylon).

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"36:1 Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and made him king in his father's stead in Jerusalem. 36:2 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Jerusalem]. 36:3 And the king of Egypt put him down at Jerusalem, and condemned the land in an hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold. 36:4 And the king of Egypt made Eliakim his brother king over Judah and Jerusalem, and turned his name to Jehoiakim. And Necho took Jehoahaz his brother, and carried him to Egypt.

36:5 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God. 36:6 Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon. 36:7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the LORD to Babylon [see The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today], and put them in his temple at Babylon.

36:8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah [see Kings of Israel and Judah]: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead." (2 Chronicles 36:1-8 KJV)

Among those taken to Babylon at that earlier time was a young Daniel (see also The Royal Eunuchs).

"1:3 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; 1:4 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. 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.

1:6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah." (Daniel 1:3-6 KJV)

So it was then that Daniel began his life in Babylon, not as a dungeon prisoner or a slave, but among those trained to serve in the king's palace because they were "skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science." It turned out to be training and abilities that would serve Daniel well as a prophet of the LORD for the remainder of the Babylonian Empire, and into the beginning of the Persian Empire - so "Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus" (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia).

"1:1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. 1:2 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.

1:3 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; 1:4 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. 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.

1:6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: 1:7 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 Abednego.

1:8 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. 1:9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. 1:10 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.

1:11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 1:12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. 1:13 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. 1:14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.

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. 1:16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.

1:17 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.

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. 1:19 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. 1:20 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.

1:21 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus." (Daniel 1:1-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did the Messianic line survive the fall of the Kingdom of Judah?
See How The Messianic Line Survived In Babylon


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This Day In History, December 12

627: The Battle of Nineveh (the former capital of the Assyrian Empire; see The Nineveh Prophecies and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes). A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeated Emperor Khosrau II's Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia).

Crusade 1098: The Massacre of Ma'arrat al-Numan during the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). Church of Rome "Crusaders" massacred about 20,000 citizens of the town.

1408: The Order of the Dragon, a royal order of knights, was created by Sigismund of Luxembourg, then King of Hungary (see also The Dragons Of The Bible).

1479: German Emperor Frederick III (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) expelled the Jews from Schlettstadt Alsace.

1753: George Washington, then a loyal British military officer in Virginia, delivered an ultimatum to the French forces at Fort Le Boeuf, south of Lake Erie, reiterating Britain's claim to the entire Ohio river valley.

1792: Ludwig van Beethoven, aged 22 and newly arrived in Vienna, noted in his diary he had 15 ducats - enough for his first music lesson with Franz Joseph Haydn.

1896: In London, Guglielmo Marconi gave the first public exhibition of "wireless" radio.

1911: King George V of Britain held a coronation durbar (the room in the palace of a native prince of India in which audiences and receptions occur) in Delhi. The Indian capital was moved there from Calcutta.

1913: The famous painting "Mona Lisa" was recovered 2 years after having been stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris.

1915: Yuan Shikai, the President of the Republic of China, announced that he was reinstating the monarchy and proclaiming himself as Emperor of China.

1925: The Majlis of Iran voted to crown Reza Khan as the new Shah of Persia.

1930: The Spanish Revolution began.

1931: While facing a growing communist challenge, Chiang Kai-shek resigned as president of the Nanking government but continued as leader of the Nationalist government which still held control of much of China.

1943: The German Army began "Operation Winter Tempest," the attempt to relieve the Sixth Army which was then trapped in Stalingrad, Russia.

1963: Kenya was granted independence from the United Kingdom.

1964: Kenya became a republic. Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta became the first President of the Republic of Kenya.

1969: Greece withdrew from the Council of Europe shortly before it was to have been expelled because of its military regime.

1979: The port of Tumaco, Colombia, was hit by an earthquake measuring 8.0; 600 died and 80,000 were made homeless.

1985: Arrow Air (a Florida charter cargo and passenger airline) Flight 1285 crashed after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing 256 people, including 236 members of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division who were on their way home for Christmas.

1991: The Russian Federation became independent from the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) - an ironic change since "Russia" and "the USSR" were often regarded as the same.



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