The Book of Daniel
Chapter 1__The Captivity of Judah
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Some important facts concerning this book of Daniel:
● Daniel means God is my judge.
● The book of Daniel is considered to be the Apocalypse of the Old Testament, much like Revelation is the same in the New Testament.
● At the time of the writing, the ten northern Tribes had been in captivity by the Assyrians for about 200 years.
● The first part of the book, Chapter 1:1 – 6:28 is historic while the second half, 7:1 –12:13 is prophetic.
● Chapters 2:4 –7:28 is written in the Aramaic (Chaldee) language, while chapters 8:1 –12:13 are written in the Hebrew language.
● The historic portion is written in the Gentile language, thus concerned with the times of the Gentiles.
● The prophetic portion is written in Hebrew, the language of Israel, and is concerned with the times of the end.
(Taken from the structure of the book, Companion Bible.)
The latter part becomes quite important to us as I believe that we are definitely living in the “last days” of this current dispensation. And these future events, given to us by our Father, add to the knowledge that we’ve obtained already by studying Revelation and a few books of the Minor Prophets.
It is so very important that we understand what these end time events are and not continue to live in fear of symbology, contained in the books of Daniel and Revelation, or the false comfort provided by the traditional teachings of religious systems.
It is far too easy to just sit there and allow someone else to take care of our soul and not take that responsibility into our own hands because Father won’t allow some preacher or some church to represent us when we stand before Him on Judgment Day.
Nor will He allow you to point fingers at someone else and blame them for your laziness in searching out the truth of His Word, which would guarantee that you will reach the eternity with rewards aplenty.
Human beings always like to take the easy way and many wonder why it’s important to understand prophesy when there is a good possibility that they won’t have to go through the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist nor need the knowledge that allows us to recognize that he comes as the false messiah and not the True.
It really comes down to two things:
How much do you love the Father and how important is it to you to keep your soul out of the Lake of Fire.
It’s real easy to SAY that you love Him but it takes a little effort to SHOW Him that you love Him. And if you think that going to a church every Sunday morning, that teaches you very little of this Letter that He wrote to us, is a demonstration of your love, then you are lost already.
Father KNOWS where you can find the truth and He KNOWS that it’s not in some house of beth-aven, some house of nothing, and He expects you to be smart enough to know that as well.
I really think that most proclaimed Christians have good intentions but do you really think that He will listen to your prayers after you spend a couple of hours a week listening to the nonsense that a lot of preachers spew out of their mouths?
You cannot say that you love Him and still believe in the traditional teachings of some churches. The rapture theory, the any-moment doctrine and this fly-away garbage is exactly that…religious garbage.
And we have gone deep into the Scriptures and we have discovered, from His Word, that they ARE lies and STILL some believe in them.
Thank heavens HE loves us enough to put the cloak of innocency over some people, that if they want to believe a lie, He will let them, because that’s the entire purpose of the Millennium, but do you know how much that probably hurts Him?
That some of His children are too lazy or too stupid to go where His truth is taught, or read and study the Scriptures on their own, so they can be guaranteed an entry into the eternity.
And if you won’t read or study because of your love for Him, then do it for selfish reasons.
“Well, what might those be?”
Anyone that must go through the Millennium, to uncover the truth, will not have any rewards to take with them if/when they do make it, overcome. Rewards are only accumulated during this lifetime and do you really think that He will take your good works as something positive when you believe the lies of church systems? When He knows that you will worship the false messiah and not Him?
I would think that one would cancel out the other. Getting into the eternity, by going through the Millennium, is getting there by the skin of your teeth. You were too lazy to do what was necessary to understand His Word in this life, and it’s by His grace, HIS UNMERITED FAVOR, that you will go through the Millennium.
We never saw our Father or the Lord during this life but you WILL see the Lord during that thousand-year period. How much greater will His love be for those that believed and studied and worked during this life, WITHOUT seeing Him, compared to those that will accept the truth during the Millennium, AFTER seeing the Lord.
That’s what it all comes down to: how much love the Lord RETURNS to you is dependent on how much love you showed towards Him during this life in these earthly bodies. How much greater does He consider your love for Him, when this earthly body is riddled with disease, heartbreak and tragedy, compared to loving Him, while in a spiritual body, that will never experience pain, heartbreak or tragedy, during the Millennium?
Going through the Millennium means that you didn’t do a very good job in this life and I’m not talking about raising your kids or providing for your family or getting promotions at work or saving for a good retirement…I, personally, failed miserably in all those areas…I’m talking about showing your love for our Father and you do that by finding out what does and what does not please Him.
And you find that out by reading the Letter of instruction that He gave to us and then you follow those instructions as best you can from that moment forward. To hell with the past. Grab your boot straps and begin your new life IN HIM and FOR HIM.
Thank goodness, He loves us enough to give us the truth of His thoughts and the layout of His overall Plan, so that we don’t waste our entire lifetime pleasing Satan instead of Him.
Before I forget to give a quantitative answer, let me do it now....even if you die before the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist, the amount of work that you will have put in studying and finding out answers ABOUT Satan/Antichrist, will build rewards that will be given to you during the Millennium and the eternity. That's one reason.
If you love the Father it would seem to be a natural thing to learn as much as possible about Him before we die because this bible, His Word, will be with us forever. In fact, it will be THE primary teaching tool during the Millennium and if you understand a lot about it in this life you might be a teacher or a judge during that thousand year period.
Father will be proud of you to the point that He will allow you to teach His children. That's quite an honor and privilege.
Don't just study enough to get into the eternity; learn as much as you possibly can because it was this book that Father put together for our benefit and it tells us the things that we need to do to show Him that we love Him.
It all carries through into the Millennium and the eternity and the rewards will be awesome!
Alright, lots of great things to learn about in this book of Daniel so let’s get with it.
Don’t forget that 7 is a number that stands out in this book and it brings out 7 dispensations of time, meaning that our Lord will return to us at that 7th time designation, the 7th trump, the 7th seal and the 7th vial.
Number 8 is the last dispensation and that number means new beginnings which, in turn, takes us to the beginning of the Millennium. Just something to think about while we study this book.
Daniel 1:1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
Don’t overlook the fact that Jehoiakim was king over the House of Judah, not the House of Israel. At the time of this writing, the House of Israel has been in captivity by the Assyrians for over 200 years.
We’re going to see king Nebuchadnezzar do a lot of bad things, or at least, ATTEMPT to do these bad things and I want you to read what our Father had to say about ‘ole Neb before we get too deep into this book:
Ref: Jeremiah 27:6 And now have I given all these lands unto the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him. KJV
Nebuchadnezzar was a SERVANT of our Father which tells us what? It tells us that Father is in control of everything that happens. He allows and He disallows, according to His holy will. So, when we read of these things that Nebuchadnezzar does, remember that Father is allowing Him to do it.
Why? Because it’s for our learning, our instruction. Remember the locust army from Revelation? Father will allow that to happen. He controls everything. Satan is the leader of that army and Father told them all that they cannot hurt the people that have the seal of God in their foreheads and that shows you that He is in control.
Ref: Jeremiah 27:7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him. KJV
Many nations would be the Medes and the Persians, which is the land area of Iraq of today.
And his son, and his son's son. His son would be Evil-merodach. The next to reign would be Nebuchadnezzar’s daughters’ husband, his son-in-law, Neriglissar.
Then the son of Neriglissar, Labosodarchod and then Naboned, who’s son was also joint-king.
There is no word for grandson in the Hebrew, thus the names of the lineage. You’ll notice that the bloodline of Nebuchadnezzar breaks with Neriglissar and Labosodarchod, so Naboned would end up being his son, and his son’s son.
We will also see a relationship between Daniel and Joseph. Daniel would eventually rise and become third in the line of authority to Nebuchadnezzar, as Joseph rose to become directly under Pharaoh of Egypt.
Daniel 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.
You’ll notice the word god and the letter g is in small case, which means that it was a pagan god and not our Father.
Shinar means country of two rivers, these rivers being the Tigris and the Euphrates. Later this tract of land would be called Chaldea or Babylonia.
These vessels are a part of the utensils that were used in the temple services and they were considered sacred. They will be used for other purposes, later in this book, and our Father would take offense to that.
But, at the time, they were considered spoils, and since the Babylonians didn’t worship our Father, they paid little reverence to them.
Doesn’t matter. Our Father did. And that’s what mattered.
Daniel 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;
Ashpenaz means horse-nose or horse-face. Probably not a good thing to point out to ‘ole Ashpenaz, he might just take offense to it. No doubt, he had an elongated face with large nostrils.
Nebuchadnezzar wants a few people of Israel and his relatives and the princes to come meet with him.
Daniel 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.
Children continuing with the thought from the previous verse. Children of the Israelites and the King’s seed. These children would be within the ages of 12-14. This fulfills the prophesy given to Hezekiah in 2nd Kings:
Ref: 2nd Kings 20:17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord.
Ref: 2nd Kings 20:18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. KJV
King Nebuchadnezzar loved education, science and learning. These people would be taught the language and the ways of the Babylonians meaning that they were not of the lower class, they were not peasants or slaves. They had the ability to learn.
Daniel 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.
This might sound like a good thing…eating the same food that’s served on the king’s table but it was not. The Babylonians ate scavengers and didn’t butcher the animals in a way that released the blood from the animal’s body. This kind of food would make one quite sick had they not been used to eating it, like the king and his court.
They didn’t observe our Father’s laws of food, as found in Leviticus:
Ref: Leviticus 17:13 And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.
Ref: Leviticus 17:14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.
Ref: Leviticus 17:15 And every soul that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean.
Ref: Leviticus 17:16 But if he wash them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity. KJV
This is a period of teaching and learning which will last for three years and at that end they will stand before the king as attendant courtiers.
Daniel 1:6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
Who are these three with Daniel:
Hannaniah_He was of the house of David, according to Jewish tradition.
Mishael_Not much is known of him.
Azariah_He appears to have been of the seed-royal of the house of Judah.
Daniel 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 Abed-nego.
Hananiah___ Whom Yah has favored. His Babylonian name would be: Shadrach__ 'inspired or illumined by the Sun-god'
Mishael____Who is what God is. His Babylonian name would be: Meshach. They retained the first syllable..Misha but changed our Father’s name, El, to Shak, the goddess of Babylon.
Azariah____Whom Yah helps. Appears to be of the seed-royal of the house of Judah. Servant of, the shining fire; or 'Servant of Lucifer.
These names seem to indicate authority over our Father’s name, one of them blatantly referring to Satan, but this will last for only a short time.
Daniel 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.
Daniel was not going to eat that food no matter what they did to him. This also goes back to our Father’s statutes in Leviticus:
Ref: Leviticus 3:17 It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood. KJV
You’ll notice the word perpetual in that verse. When Father says forever, He means forever. And for the most part, it is still followed today among civilized cultures. The blood has to be drained from the animal before eating, especially back when there was no refrigeration.
Our Father often referenced the blood of an animal to the soul of the beast and this one concerned itself with cooking the meat and it refered to a goat and its young:
Ref: Exodus 23:19 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk. KJV
Taking this to the end time, we should not partake of Satan/Antichrist’s lies or deceptions.
Daniel 1:9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
It seems that the eunuch had taken a liking to Daniel but you miss the point if you don’t read the first two words of that verse: Now God.
Father intervened in the life of this eunuch. Does that make him one of the Election? Perhaps. Father also intervened in Pharaoh’s life as well when he hardened his heart every time Moses, through the Father, put a plague on Egypt:
Ref: Exodus 10:1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: KJV
Father is still in control here.
Daniel 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.
Boy! That would raise a ruckus, nowadays wouldn’t it? Your sort? That’s as bad as saying you people to certain individuals!
Being socially or politically correct doesn’t come into play when things have to do with the Father. Of course, today, it’s only done in an attempt to receive something for free from the government, in a lot of cases. Feigned personal offences. Being dissed by someone.
What the eunuch was worried about is that if these Hebrew boys didn’t eat the food that the king had ordered them to eat, it may be reflected in their face somehow. Perhaps losing weight, their faces appearing hollow from lack of nutrition.
Of course, the Babylonians all looked the same because they all ate the same food, so if one looked sickly, they ALL looked sickly but no one noticed it. They all looked the same.
Daniel 1:11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
Daniel 1:12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
Pulse means a vegetable grown in a pod, like peas and beans. It can even mean whole grain. What Daniel is saying is to give them ten days of NOT eating the king’s food and then look them over and see if they appear any different than anyone else.
✡ Pulse_ OT:2235 zeroa` (zay-ro'-ah); or zera`on (zay-raw-ohn'); from OT:2232; something sown (only in the plural), i.e. a vegetable (as food):
This ten-day period was to be a time of testing, to see if a vegetable diet made them look different than one eating putrid food. This can also relate to the ten-day time of testing that our Father’s Election will go through when presented before Satan/Antichrist.
Ref: Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Ref: Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. KJV
I think that some people will be frightened at the thought of having to stand before Satan/Antichrist but I believe with all my heart that only His Election will be asked to do that and I also believe that the Holy Spirit, who will put the words that we speak in our minds and mouths, will take away any fear that we might have at that time.
How can our Lord, who promises us peace and security, put us in that situation WITHOUT total absence of apprehension and fear at that time? He will take that fear away. We will stand there safe and secure.
It’s our earthly mind that anticipates that anxiety, and the influence of Satan is what puts it there. The Holy Spirit will remove that dread from us and we will get through it totally unscathed.
Remember this: the ONLY sin that our Father says that He WILL NOT forgive is for us to refuse to stand before Satan during this time. I don’t believe that any of us will refuse to do what is asked of us or else He would not call us His Election:
Ref: Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Ref: Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. KJV
This event is very important to our Father and the words that are given to us MAY change the way that many people think about this apparent savior because everyone will be convinced that he is the true Christ. They may see Satan/Antichrist for the lie that he is and they can be spared from going into the Lake of Fire.
Relax. We are His Election. He will shelter us.
Daniel 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.
After those ten days, look at us and then the others that have eaten the kings food and see if we don’t look better than they do.
Daniel 1:14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
The other people that have been eating this diet probably have been so used to it that it doesn’t bother them any longer but if Daniel and the other three were to eat just a small portion, it would probably make them violently sick. They probably couldn’t eat that food if it was forced down their throat.
Daniel 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.
And as Daniel promised, they looked much better than those folks that ate the putrid food.
And when we get through testifying before Satan/Antichrist, we will feel exhilarated as well. We have fulfilled our Father’s wishes, we came though it unscathed, and maybe the minds of others will have been changed.
Never forget this: our job is to simply walk up and stand there. The Holy Spirit will take care of the rest.
Daniel 1:16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.
He stuck with it after he saw the results.
Daniel 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.
As time went on, it may have looked like they were good students on their own but it was our Father that intervened and allowed them to retain everything that was taught to them. You might say:
“Well, I couldn’t do that, I don’t have a very good memory.”
Doesn’t matter. Our Father is in control of this situation. All they had to do was apply themselves and Father took care of the rest.
Daniel 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.
The three years had come to an end.
Daniel 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.
How can you not stand out above the others when our Father is behind you?
Daniel 1:20 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.
They put the kings boys to shame. True wisdom will make the difficult understandable.
It’s been said that we use only 10% of our brain and if these boys were 10 times smarter than the others, 10 times 10 equals 100 which means that they were probably using 100% of their brains which puts them in the spiritual realm.
Daniel 1:21 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus. KJV
Cyrus would be the one that would end the captivity by the Babylonians and, although this verse may seem to indicate that when Cyrus became king, that Daniel’s work was complete, we find in chapter 10 of this book that Daniel was still around even in the third year of Cyrus’s reign:
Ref: Daniel 10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. KJV
Daniel was one of the first captives under the Babylonians and he was there to see the end of that captivity. It is commonly stated that the captivity lasted 70 years but it depends on where you begin to start counting.
In the first part of the captivity, the Babylonians only took the wealthy and the professional Jews. The common or lower class Jews were left behind and were even given land allotments which, no doubt, contained homes and business, left vacant when the owners were taken away.
According to the Jewish Encycolpedia, only 4600 Jews were taken captive but this number only represents adult males. If you include women and children, the number goes to 14,000 to 18,000.
It’s really a moot point as to time and number. What we should learn is WHY did our Father have them taken captive in the first place? And the reason for it should be very important to us because we should strive to NOT make the same mistakes as they did.
It was their disobedience that brought them out of the land of their forefathers. It was snubbing their nose at Him and worshipping the idols and gods of the people and nations around them. So, we have to understand what it is that displeases Him so as not to end up in some captivity of our own making.
And the way to do that is found in 2nd Timothy:
Ref: 2nd Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. KJV
Only by studying His Letter to us can we find out how to please Him and that is time well spent when the final outcome can be eternal bliss with Him. Don’t be ashamed on Judgment Day because you spent your life chasing after the pleasures of Satan’s world.
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__14 March 2017__