Chapter 62

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(Dan 1:1-7)  In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah [605 B.C.] came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon [Mat 2:1,2 illustrates a situational similarity] unto Jerusalem, and besieged it [Heb: adversary, assaulted, beset, bind (up), distressed, enclosed, lay siege]. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels [Heb: instruments] of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar [a plain in Babylon] to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. And the king spake unto Ashpenaz [a Babylonian eunuch] 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; Children [thus still imprintable, formative, persuadable, teachable] 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 [Heb: vigor, force: strength] in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans [Babylonians]. And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat [Pers.: pathbag; portion of meat], and of the wine [Heb: wine (as fermented); by impl. intoxication] which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names [a name change indicates a change in character. How would you like to be named by a eunuch?]: 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.      Commentary: In these opening verses, Daniel establishes the “writing convention” that he repeatedly uses throughout the Book of Daniel, namely, that of using things to represent people. In this initial instance, Daniel parallels in circumstance the vessels of the house of God being taken to the land of Shinar (Babylon) with the children of the house of God being taken to the land of Shinar (Babylon), wherein the children represent godly containers (vessels) of wisdom, knowledge, and science.

2.      eunuch = Heb: a castrated man [the male testicles removed]; a eunuch; by impl. valet (espec. of the female apartments), and thus a minister of state:--chamberlain, eunuch, officer.

3.      Commentary: “the king’s meat” = pathbag, this Persian word, rather than food in general, more specifically connotes actual “meat” which strongly implies a carnivorous and violent nature, especially when placed in contrast to its replacement “pulse” (Dan 1:12) which strongly implies a herbivorous and peaceful nature. The Bible tells us that Satan is “the god [or king] of this world” (2 Cor 4:4). When we mix the king’s “meat” with the king’s intoxicating “wine,” we become the typical rather useless imbecilic drunk.

a.      imbecile = Dict: 1. a person of defective mentality above the grade of idiocy. 2. mentally feeble.


(Dan 1:8-21)  But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile [Heb: soil: pollute, stain] himself with the portion of the king's meat [Pers.: pathbag], nor with the wine which he [the king] drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat [Heb: food] [in general] 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. Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, Prove [Heb: test] thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days [referral to the Ten Commandments]; and let them give us pulse [Heb: something sown, i.e. a vegetable] [connoting farmers rather than hunters] to eat, and water to drink. 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. So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days [an allusion to the duration of the Old Testament]. And at the end of ten days [and the beginning of the New testament] their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat [Pers.; pathbag]. Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. 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. 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. 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. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.

1.      Commentary: “understanding in all visions and dreams” = is a reference to the nine gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor 12:7-11), of which three gifts are mentioned in this verse: “knowledge,” “wisdom,” and “understanding in all visions and dreams,” the latter being the interpretation of tongues.


(Dan 3:7-12)  Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound [Heb: voices] of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music, [suggesting an overabundance of the hypnotic voices of] all the people, the nations, and the languages [this is the second example of Daniel’s “things to people” writing convention], fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king [in his flesh] had set up. Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. Thou, O king, hast made a [unchangeable] decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace [a type of Hell, i.e. God’s wrath]. There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.


(Dan 3:13-19)  Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage [Chald.; face] was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times [complete, “full”] more than it was wont [Chald.: usually] to be heated.

1.      Commentary: “full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against” = The completion of Nebuchadnezzar’s internal transition from “fury” (Dan 3:13) into “full of fury” (Dan 3:19) was visible and externally accompanied by the transition of his countenance (appearance), completely revealing the reality of who he actually was, i.e., “the antichrist,” “against” Jesus Christ, an impersonation of Jesus Christ, destined to “be revealed in his time” (2 Thes 2:6).

a.      “changed” = (Mat 17:2) And [Jesus] was transfigured [Gk: metamorphoo; changed] before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

2.      Commentary: Understanding that Satan is a fallen angel with limitations and not omnipotent as is God, we may reasonably infer from biblical examples (Luke 22:3; John 13:27; 14:30) that Satan can only inhabit one body at one time. Satan has to live (dwell) someplace, and without doubt he prefers a host human body for his access to the broad spectrum of the human body’s inherent capabilities, rather than a lesser host and access to the much fewer capabilities of an animal (snake, swine).

3.      Commentary: May we herein state that Nebuchadnezzar was not merely a type and shadow of “the antichrist,” as were and are all unsaved peoples, but Nebuchadnezzar was also in fact, at that time, “the antichrist,” the then current “head” or leader of the antichrist body, and within whom Satan lived. Nevertheless, Nebuchadnezzar was merely one “host” person in a long historical series of “the antichrists” who have been, in chronologial sequence, personally inhabited by Satan and thereby controlled by Satan. The following is a brief list of powerful men who were some of the possible candidates for “the antichrist” through their bodily habitation and possession by Satan: Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, Ivan the Terrible, Vlad the Impaler, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, and Adolf Hitler. Please look around you logically, and who do you suppose currently occupies the most powerful position in the entire world and has ample narcisstic character and behavior traits to be an excellent candidate for Satanic possession, if he is not already thus possessed and has thereby become the latest inheritor of the title (and crown) of “the antichrist.” Spirits don’t die, and if Satan is not dead, he definitely dwells in somebody NOW. You pick who you think that person is. Choices and consequences.


Dan 3:20  And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego [with Nebuchadnezzar’s law], and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace [Hell, the wrath of God]. Dan 3:21  Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments [altogether, “their choices”], and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Dan 3:22  Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Dan 3:23  And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace [i.e., were cast into Hell]. Dan 3:24  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound [by the law of this world] into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. Dan 3:25  He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose [i.e., resurrected], walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.


Dan 3:26  Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. Dan 3:27  And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Dan 3:28  Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies [Rom 12:1], that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Dan 3:29  Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Dan 3:30  Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

1.      (Rom 12:1)  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.