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Thursday, December 17 2015
Daniel 6: Daniel In The Den Of Lions
"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"
The fall of the Babylonian Empire happened exactly as was prophesied (see Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Of The World To Come) and brought about by the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour). Darius the Mede (see The Medes And Chaldees Prophecies), the ruler of the Persian Empire, became the new ruler of "the world."
Many debate the correct English-language pronunciation of "Darius" - some say that it should be pronounced as "dar-EYE-us," while others say "dairy-us." Both are actually correct renderings from a particular time - "dar-EYE-us" was the Latin version, as spoken in the Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), while "dairy-us" was the Greek version, as spoken in the Greek Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids). Both ignore the pronunciation in the actual Persian language, which was approximately "daw-ray-aw-us."
"5:30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.
Darius recognized that Daniel had been a powerful prophet in the Babylonian Empire (see Daniel's Knowledge Of Wisdom And Science and What Part Of The Bible Was Written By A Babylonian King?; also The Hand Writing On The Wall), so "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."
As is typical of human politics, ancient or modern, "the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel" because of his rightful prominence. They found their opportunity in Daniel's steadfast obedience to the LORD.
"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.
Daniel ignored the command to worship the state idol, just as he, and the other faithful people of the LORD, had done so in the Babylonian Empire (see The Fiery Furnace Of The Head Of Gold).
"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?
Darius was in a political bind. He couldn't revise a previous command, so he reluctantly ordered Daniel thrown into a den of lions. But amazingly, Darius had become a faithful believer in the LORD. As he was having Daniel fed to the lions, he proclaimed, "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.
The next morning, Darius rushed to Daniel and asked "O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?" Daniel was safe; the LORD sent an angel to keep the lions back all through the night.
"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?
Darius then made two proclamations. The first was to have the assassin-accusers thrown into the same den of lions, where they were quickly killed, and second, that Daniel would be known throughout the Persian Empire as a servant of the LORD, "the living God."
"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.
Fact Finder: What "lion" prophecy relates directly to the Messiah?
This Day In History, December 17
497 BC: The first recorded Saturnalia festival was observed in ancient Rome. It was later further observed at the time of December 25, just a few days after the winter solstice, when the sun begins rising again from the lowest seasonal point in the sky. The pagan-observance date was later used for "Christmas" - a time of year in which the Messiah was surely not born (see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?). The same "Sol Invictus" Babylonian / Roman festival was used to invent the Church of Rome's "sun day" worship (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?), as invented and dictated by the Roman Emperor Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
546: The Siege of Rome: The Ostrogoths under king Totila plundered the city (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
942: William I of Normandy was assassinated.
1538: Pope Paul III excommunicated King Henry VIII after He defied Rome and established himself as head of the Church of England. British monarchs remain as head of the Church of England right to the present day.
1577: Francis Drake sailed from Plymouth, England, to explore the Pacific Coast of America (i.e. the continents of North and South America) for Britain. In geographic reality, "America" was the name given to the continents that extend from northern Canada to southern Chile - 35 nations and 1 billion people, all of whom are Americans.
1718: Britain declared war on Spain.
1777: France recognized the independence of the New England colonies after their rebellion of 1776 (at the same time however, France hypocritically didn't tolerate independence efforts by any of its own colonies throughout North America, from Louisiana to eastern Canada).
1830: Simon Bolivar died at age 47. Known as the "Liberator," he freed Columbia in 1819 and was elected its president. He then took Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru from the Spain. Upper Peru was renamed Bolivia after him.
1862: General Ulysses Grant (U.S. President 1869-1877) issued "General Order Number 11" expelling all Jews from Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.
1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first U.S. flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. A Frenchman, Clement Ader, became the first in the world to fly 13 years earlier near Paris (the word "aviation" itself is a French word - from the name of Ader's aircraft, the Avion).
1909: King Leopold II of Belgium died at age 44.
1914: Beha-a-din, the Ottoman governor of Jaffa, ordered the immediate expulsion of the 6,000 Russian Jews living in the city. The same day, the police rounded up 700 of them, loaded them on an Italian steamer, and shipped them to Alexandria, Egypt (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1939: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German battleship Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by its crew in Montevideo harbor after sustaining damage from British warships off the Rio de la Plata in South America. Its captain, Hans Langsdorff, later committed suicide.
1967: Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt drowned while swimming off Portsea, near Melbourne.
1969: The U.S. Air Force closed Project Blue Book, its study of UFOs, stating that UFO sightings are a result of "a mild form of mass hysteria, individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of various conventional objects."
1971: The India-Pakistan War over East Pakistan (later named Bangladesh) ended when 90,000 Pakistani troops surrendered.
1973: 32 people were killed at the Rome airport when terrorists threw bombs at a Pan Am jet and machine-gunned the terminal building.
1986: The first heart, lung and liver transplant took place, in Cambridge, England.
1991: Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev announced that the Soviet Union would cease to exist, and be replaced by a new commonwealth of independent states.
1997: General Uzi Narkiss died at age 72. Under his command, Israeli troops liberated Jerusalem's Old City during The Six Day War (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
2005: U.S. journalist Jack Anderson died at age 83. In the time before today's "politically correct" tyranny turned "reporters" into obedient parrots for government/political propaganda, corporate sponsors or special-interest "minorities," Washington-based Anderson was best-known for his fearless investigations and exposure of numerous corrupt politicians and government bureaucrats.