Daniel's faith. Daniel is a prime example of teaching godly principles to every level of life. Beginning as a teenage captive (Dan. 1:1-3), he would not defile himself (1:8-16). Declares wisdom is from God (2:19-28).
Soon after their capture, Daniel and other selected Israelite captives were assigned new names which would identify them as citizens of Babylon. This was an attempt to remove their identities as children of God. The king's intent was that these select men be taught to think and live like Babylonians. Daniel means "God is Judge," but his Babylonian name Belteshazzar means "Prince of Baal."
As Daniel heard his new name called day after day, it was intended to remind him that the comfort, self-esteem, and high position he enjoyed in his new society were all the result of his being the "Prince of Baal."
Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled. . . . The king commanded to call . . . the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. . . . The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter (Dan. 2:1-2,10).
But, after Daniel and his friends prayed, the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision and he proclaimed to the king that there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the King Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days (2:19,28).
Daniel revealed to Nebuchadnezzar that the giant image in his dream represented successive kingdoms that would rule the world. The head was of fine gold and represented Nebuchadnezzar. His breast and his arms of silver symbolized the Medo-Persian Empire, which would become the next dominating world power. The Grecian Empire, represented by his belly and his thighs of brass came next. The fourth empire, with his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay (2:32-33), depicted the Roman Empire.
The Roman Empire will be revived as a one-world government in the end times. But it will be destroyed at the return of Christ, whose kingdom shall never be destroyed (2:44). The exact details may not be clear, but it is vitally important to be prepared for the soon coming of our King. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known (I Cor. 13:12; comp. Acts 1:7).
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And when He was at the place, He said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation (Luke 22:40).
As The Stone that smote the image (Dan. 2:35). The Stone is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:11; Eph. 2:20; I Pet. 2:4-8).
1:4 Children in whom was no blemish =young men who were strong and healthy; 2:1 sleep brake from him =he was unable to sleep; 2:31 great image was terrible =dreadful, awesome, frightening; 3:19 the form of his visage =his facial expression ; 3:21 hosen =other garments.
Pray for International Broadcasts in memory of Iva Ann McElroy • Staff: Kevin Jennings • Government Officials: Rep. Joe Barton (TX) and Rep. Mark Kirk (IL) • Country: Belgium (10.2 million) in northwestern Europe • Major languages: Flemish and French • Religious freedom • 74% Catholic; 3% Muslim; 1% Protestant; .5% Orthodox; 20% Secular Humanism; 1.5% Other • Prayer Suggestion: Remember that God delights in your joy (Ps. 43:4).
Optional Reading: Revelation 20
Memory Verse for the Week: Galatians 1:24