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The Book of Daniel

Daniel was taught by Dr. James Modlish


Chapter Three
(Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-nego - 3:1-30)



When we study (Dan. 2,7, and 8) along with associated pages in Revelation, and other prophetic books, we get a good look at the Anti-Christ. We'll see that he is the second most important personality in the entire Bible. In (Dan. 3) we'll see more of him in type, as well as observe some practical points of Christianity.


I. The Image

A. Its dimensions: height - 60 cubits; width - 6 cubits; depth - not mentioned so must be equal with the width - like a cylinder (The Hebrew equivalent word means circle). This also comes to 666! (Rev. 13:18).

B. Its component: gold - gold has always been connected with worship of the devil. (See rev. 17:4) It is particularly associated with the Babylonian religion. It is also mentioned in (2 Chron. 9:13) - (Adonikam = Lord of the Rebellion). Following the principle of first mention, the number 13 is first found and equated with rebellion in (Gen. 14:4).

C. Its Purpose: to be worshipped. Remember Nebuchadnezzar is a type of the Anti-Christ. He sets up an image (probably of himself) to be worshipped. Something very similar will again take place - (Rev. 13:11-15). Another interesting note, is music is needed to worship the image. More and more of the music being used today revolves around worship of the devil.


II. The Men: (Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-nego)

A. They would not bow - In (vs. 8) there is a spirit of anti-Semitism that will prevail in the tribulation (Rev. 13:15).

B. They would not bend - They were rigid in their stand for what they knew was right. In (vs. 11) all that is being asked for is conformity. That's all the world wants you to do - conform to their standards.

Note: The question is often asked, "where was Daniel during this entire episode?" Most of the commentators neatly tuck him away on an out of town mission or some such thing. But according to (Dan. 2:49), Daniel sat in the gate of the king. That means he was at his right hand, as his constant companion and advisor. What seems to be nearer the truth is Daniel was probably there, next to the king, and unable to protest because he had accepted worship of himself in (Dan. 2:46-48). - Yea verily "all have sinned."

C. They would not burn - God rewarded their steadfastness (vs. 18) with protection and company with the Son of God (vs. 25). Hell (found in type in the furnace) has no power over those who put their trust in the Lord.

Note: Notice (vs. 16) and their quick unwavering answer. There are some things you don't need to pray about.

Perhaps the finest of Luther's great hymns is Ein Feste Burg, "A Mighty Fortress". Its majestic and thunderous proclamation of our faith is a singing symbol of the reformation. Inspired by Psalm 46 - Luther was caught up in the hymn, the very essence of faith, and the fervor and flavor of patriotism which he found in the Psalm.

Long ago in the 14th century, when Sergius the hermit was leading his countrymen, and Tartar hordes were overrunning his land, this Psalm was a source of strength and courage. Over and over, the godly hermit recited Psalm 46 and then led his revived men in a charge that drove the invaders back and brought ultimate victory. Throughout the ages men have been stirred by the realization that the Eternal God is available to them and that nothing, literally nothing, can overwhelm or destroy a man when he lives in his faith.

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