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The Book of Daniel

Chapter 6__The Lion's Den

 

     Daniel 6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;

     His full name is King Lord Darius Cyaxares II. Darius was a common name among the Medo Persians, as Pharaoh was common to Egypt and Caesar for the Romans. An hundred and twenty princes would be the various rulers over the provinces of the empire.

     After the death of Belshazzar, Darius, the Mede, took over the Babylonian kingdom and will reign until Cyrus, the Persian takes over. The Medes were a people that lived in the area we know as Iran; that area was called Media and Median was their natural language. (Imagine that.)

     Daniel 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.

     Artaxerxes, another name for Darius, was the 5th king of Persia. Greek sources say that his surname was Macrocheir because his right hand was longer than his left. He is mentioned in Nehemiah 2:1 and in Ezra 6:14. Darius was also called Ahasuerus in Ester 1:1.

     So, we have Darius, also called Artaxerxes, Macrocheir, and Ahasuerus. I bring this to your attention because if you study Nehemiah and Ezra, it’s good to know who the players are so you don’t get confused and you know exactly who the Scriptures are talking about. The same person can be called by different names in other cultures and languages.

     Darius, no doubt, loved Daniel because he put so much power in his hand but you have to know this: Daniel was one of the captured Jews of Judah, he was NOT a Median or a Persian and because he was in a position of power OVER them, it probably caused a lot of resentment, which will be the reason for Daniel’s troubles with them.

     Daniel 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.

     It would be human nature for these princes to hate and despise him and as I’ve said many, many times…human nature never changes. That’s why this holy book is so relevant to ALL generations. It’s a living document that will live forever, even into the Millennium and the eternity.

     Daniel 6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

     He was faithful to Darius, not the culture or religions that they followed. They will look hard to find some fault with this man.

     Daniel 6:5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

     Even with the stature and power that Daniel held, he never forgot to worship our Father. Always East, always towards Jerusalem.

     Don’t ever let anyone or anything come between you and our Father or our Lord. They are the only safety line you have in this life. Not your job, not your family, not your hobbies, nothing. I know that these things are important, especially family, but you’ve GOT to take the time to talk to Him every day.

     You and I stand a very good chance of being here when the archangel Michael releases Satan from heaven and then appears in Jerusalem. And there’s one important thing to remember when that does happen and you are still here…..our Lord will come back on the Mount of Olives, the same Mount upon which He ascended back to heaven; Satan will come and stand on Mount Zion, the site of the first two Temples.

     Daniel’s religion is going to get him caught in their trap.

     Daniel 6:6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.

     Gonna butter him up, just like they did with Nebuchadnezzar.

     Daniel 6:7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

     Understand that it’s not king Darius that puts this proclamation together, it’s his princes and governors that do it. All the king is going to do is put his seal on it.

     Daniel 6:8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

     Once it’s written, once it’s signed, there is no going back on it, it is final law.

     Daniel 6:9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

     How did they get the king to sign it? With flattery. “Oh wise king”, and all that.

     Satan will whisper the same thing in your ear. Tell you how good you are. How you’re too busy with the kids to take time to study. Remembering the words of your preacher who said that you don’t have to study, you’re going to be gone with the rapture or the fly-away.

     But they had Daniel lock, stock and barrel.

     Daniel 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.

     He may have sensed that they would get him in this way. Maybe that’s why he left the window open. Father may have already been working within him. Or maybe he just wanted to look in the direction of Jerusalem while he prayed.

     Daniel 6:11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

     Spies. Reprobates.

     Daniel 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?

    They reminded the king of the proclamation that he signed and he had to agree to it. There is no backing out for the king from this point on.

     Daniel 6:13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.

     Daniel gets down on his knees three times a day and prays to his God! How can you let this continue? He’s spitting in your face.

     He’s dissing the king, so to speak. And this puts the king in a bad position because he probably loved Daniel.

     Daniel 6:14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

     Displeased with himself. He knew that he had been conned by the princes and councilors and he felt bad for what was about to happen to Daniel. All day long he tried to figure a way out for him but he could not. It was law, it cannot be changed.

     Daniel 6:15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.

     There’s nothing you can do about it.

     Daniel 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.

     Darius was convinced that our Father would take care of Daniel. Had our Father touched his heart? Did the Holy Spirit touch him? I believe that to be true because it was not his idea to put together this proclamation to begin with.

     It reminds me of Pharaoh when Moses and Aaron went before him to get the Hebrew children released from bondage. Father intentionally hardened his heart to show that He was in control of everything.

     Father will protect Daniel when the lions are released. He will protect you as well if you are one of His Elect and are delivered up before the false messiah during his five-month tribulation.

     If you are reading this you are demonstrating your love for the Father. You want to know what’s in this Letter that He sent to us. You want to be forewarned before the events actually happen and forewarned is forearmed.

     Satan doesn’t like to deal with those that understand the truth. He likes the uneducated in His Word. Those that will, almost, believe anything some religious organization feeds to them.

     The only place that you’re going to get the straight-out truth is from His Holy Book.

     Daniel 6:17 And a stone was brought and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

     This stone prevented Daniel from escaping from the den. The reason for the stamp of the king AND the princes and lords is that it took both to create law and with the stone being sealed, by both parties, it ensured Daniel’s life should he somehow escape.

     The seal not only kept Daniel IN, it kept the princes and lords OUT so they couldn’t mess with Daniel.

 

     Daniel 6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.

     It was a solemn night for king Darius. No music, no feasting. And it was sleepless. He was praying.

     Daniel 6:19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

     Probably couldn’t get there fast enough.

     Daniel 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?

     His heart was wrenched with fear that Daniel could be dead.

     Daniel 6:21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.

     Our Father had indeed protected him. Those lions were probably lying right beside Daniel all night long. Maybe even slept close enough to him to keep him warm during the coolness of the night. All that thick mane would probably do it.

     What a night that must have been. I love animals and I could really enjoy being that close to those massive animals without worrying about them making a meal out of you.

     Daniel 6:22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

     As with all angels, they are an instrument of our Father, he was not the Deliverer. Our Father was.

     There was not doubt in Daniel’s mind that Father would keep him safe. It’s called having the seal of God in your mind, an unwavering belief that He will protect you. And during the time of the tribulation, some of His Elect will be brought before Satan’s tribunal and they will have unwavering faith as well, for it will be the Holy Spirit that will speak and not them.

     Failure to allow that to happen, the Spirit speaking through you, will be tantamount to committing the unforgiveable sin:

     Ref: Luke 12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. KJV

     The seal of our Father is having His truth in your mind. Maybe you can find a church somewhere that will teach the truth of it all, but it’s doubtful.

 

     The true seal of God in your forehead. God’s truth and God’s word makes Satan to not touch you, as it is written in Revelation 9:4, when he comes as the false messiah. When you have the seal of God, that’s God’s truth and you stick with that truth, and you don’t worship anyone besides the Father, then nothing can touch you. Not even Satan and, as a matter of fact, you would have power over him.

     Ref: Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. KJV

     So, here we have Daniel and everything is calm, no one got hurt…why? God is in control. That basically is the lesson of Daniel.

     Daniel 6:23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

     The seal was there, the trust in Almighty God, that He had taken care of Daniel in this crucial time, just as He had with those three Hebrew boys, protected them and what does that translate to you? You’ve got nothing to worry about.

     Daniel 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.

     Pay back by the king. Listen to what our Father says:

     Ref: Proverbs 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. KJV

     The intentions of the word accused is pretty brutal:

      Accused_ OT:7170 qerats (Aramaic) (ker-ats'); corresponding to OT:7171 in the sense of a bit (to "eat the morsels of" any one, i.e. chew him up [figuratively] by slander):

     By figure of speech, it means devoured the flesh and bones of Daniel. That’s what lies and slander does to a person. Lies are not just some little white thing. They hurt, they injure, they change lives and usually not for the better.

     Them, their children, and their wives. Mosaic law would not have allowed that to happen.

     Daniel 6:25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.

     King Darius makes a decree or proclamation of his own.

     Daniel 6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.

     The God of Daniel lives forever and ever. After witnessing Daniel being protected by our Father, who could NOT believe in His existence and His power. Strangely enough, many people will not.

     At the end of the Millennium, a thousand years of teaching and instruction and discipline by Father’s Election; seeing our Lord in and around the Temple with their very own eyes; some will still follow Satan in the last five-month tribulation.

     We have to do it all by faith alone. No great miracles to sway our minds or beliefs. At least, nothing on that magnitude. Thank God He heals some, He blesses some but the earth-shaking miracles of the furnace and the lions den, we don’t see that in this day and age.

     Does that make all the believers special? I think that it does. Let’s read what our Lord said about it:

     Ref: John 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

     Ref: John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

     Ref: John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. KJV

    

     Daniel 6:27 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.

     He’s done it, you witnessed it, He did it.

     Daniel 6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. KJV

     Cyrus would free Judah and rebuild Jerusalem. His is a special case in that Father named him before he was born.

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