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Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter One

Post by larry » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:07 pm

Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter One

by Gene Hawkins


~ transcribed and edited by larry from lecture ~

Chapter 1 - Part 1 of Two
Part Two on First reply

In starting the book of Daniel let's just give a few preliminaries here. Daniel is a prophet of Gentile times and dominion, and that dominion is given to the Gentiles for a certain period of time known as Gentile times. At that time God committed the dominion into the hands of the Gentiles starting with Nebuchadnezzar. Now I also want to notice that Jeremiah was a prophet contemporary with Daniel though I think he probably was a more aged man because he was an old man left behind when Nebuchadnezzar came and took away the rest of Israel. There were actually three stages of the removal of Israel from the land of Judah to Babylon, but Jeremiah was given his choice whether to go with Babylon. The captain of the host there recognized who this man was and how valuable he was then gave him the opportunity to go back to Babylon if he wanted to, so Jeremiah stayed in the land of Judah and was not carried away captive. You can compare that with Jeremiah Chapters 42 and 43 as a commentary on that and find some of the things that this man went through because he stayed behind, though he ultimately elected to go down into the land of Egypt. Now God had told them through Jeremiah to stay in the land and not go down to Egypt and He would give them favor with the rulers over it and preserve them, but they didn't do that and so they went down to Egypt and Jeremiah went right along with them and then died in Egypt.

Daniel on the other hand was carried away to Babylon when he was very young. He was a very special and outstanding man and the hierarchy in Babylon recognized what kind of a person that Daniel was. God also had a place for him and used him mightily in the first days of Nebuchadnezzar and gave him marvelous prophesies that reached from then at the beginning of the Gentile times right on down to our present day and through the end of the Gentile times.

There are two major divisions here in the book of Daniel. Division one is Chapters 1 to 6 and that shows the Gentile world powers, their failure, and indeed the judgment upon them. Division two is Chapters 7 to 12 and relates especially to the Jewish experience and we'll find that even though time has been committed into the hands of the Gentiles, the Jew is still very much a part of it because the Jew is God's chosen people and He is going to honor the promises that He has given to these people.

After Solomon reigned as leader over the ten tribes of Israel for forty years, God told him because you have allowed women to lead you astray, and your sinfulness in bowing down to the gods of these outlandish nations and all of these things, I'm going to take the kingdom away from you give it to another. Now Solomon is another that followed quite closely in the steps of Saul in this regard because when God told Saul that He was going to rip the kingdom away from him and give it to David, Saul rebelled against that and tried every way under the sun he could to kill David to thwart God's purposes, but that didn't happen and David came to the throne. Solomon did exactly the same thing because he also tried to kill the man Jeroboam that was going to take some of the kingdom from him. After Solomon was gone Jeroboam was given the ten tribes and they became know as Israel, and we find that Rehoboam, the son of Solomon only reigned over two tribes. If you read though the Kings you will read that such and such was king over Israel, and then such and such was king over Judah, and when so and so reigned in Israel, then this other one reigned over here in Judah and they just follow right down side by side in the chronicles there in the book of the kings. But what we want to understand here is that the ten tribes were taken into captivity by Assyria in 740 BC and you'll find that record in 2 Kings 17:23. Now there was not one good king out of all the kings of the ten tribes that were Israel, and they were extremely wicked. I wondered at times that maybe one of the reasons God separated them is because had they all been together they may have all been corrupted, there would have been no goodness, and God would have had more difficulty we might say to protecting that chosen seed, but nevertheless God preserved the chosen seed of Christ all down through those years even of tremendous declension.

And so Israel went into captivity to Assyria and this is why there was such high disregard and disrespect for the Samaritans. Samaria had been the capitol of Israel, but when the Assyrians came in and invaded Israel and took them captive, they planted their own people in Samaria and so the Samaritans were not true Jews, and that's why the woman at the well told Jesus that the Jews have no dealings with us Samaritans. They considered them polluted with the Gentiles, and so that's where that came from.

Israel the ten tribes went into captivity in 740 BC, and Judah the Jewish nation went into captivity in 606 BC when Nebuchadnezzar came in and invaded that land but there were actually stages of taking Judah back to Babylon. In 2 Kings 24:1 we find a man by the name of Jehoiakim who was the last ruler that rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar and he was taken back bound in fetters and chains to Babylon. At the same time Nebuchadnezzar took quite a few of the treasures that were in the temple, and I'm sure all of the best of the things of all of the gold and took all of these things back to Babylon with him and put those treasures in the house of his own gods.

Then in 2 Kings 24:11 is the second stage of that and this time it seems that they took a great number of people including Daniel from Jerusalem to Babylon. Let's read those verses beginning with 2 Kings 24:11 on down through that chapter.

11 - And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, and his servants did besiege it.
12 - And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers: and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his reign.
13 - And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had said.
14 - And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of the people of the land.
15 - And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king's mother, and the king's wives,and his officers, and the mighty of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.
16 - And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.
17- And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father's brother king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah.
18 - Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
19 - And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
20 - For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

Now it's important to get those names there because Jehoiakim is the father that was taken away first, and then his son Jehoiachin followed in the same footsteps of rebellion as his father and was the second one taken away. After that there was a man by the name of Zedekiah left in charge or ruling as kind of the governor of the land in 2 Kings 25:1. That's when the final deportation of the Jews back to Babylon came, and the city of Jerusalem was broken up, set on fire, and completely demolished. This is what Nehemiah had to face when he came back to rebuild the wall and so forth. So three different stages before this was all finally completed but it is accepted that Judah as a nation went into captivity in 606 BC.

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." So the difference between father and son is in the kim for the father and chin for the son and again Jehoiakim the father would be the first king to be taken and as far as I can see there in 2 Kings he was probably the only one taken back to Babylon at that time. The greatest deportation or what is known as the first deportation actually came in Jehoiakim's reign, and I believe this is the time that Daniel was also taken back to the land of Babylon. Now you can compare Daniel 1:1 above with

Jeremiah 25:1. "The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon" because Jeremiah records it as the forth year of Jehoiakim was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar. There seems to be some discrepancy of the years there but it's probably a matter of months and such just rounded off. But anyway Nebuchadnezzar came down there in the very beginning of his reign and this is what we need to understand when we go over here in the second chapter, because you see God knew exactly what He was doing. He had already given Nebuchadnezzar evidence that He was going to be this world ruler and committed all of this into his hands before Nebuchadnezzar even knew about it.

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." Part of the vessels is what you'll read there in 2 Kings 24 and on down through there how that Jehoiakim was taken back and Nebuchadnezzar took part of these wonderful treasures that were in the house of God at that time. I mean he had already overrun it and could do what he wanted to do with it and so he left his son in charge here at that time. Of course this man really was just reigning subservient to Nebuchadnezzar. Again part of the vessels "He carried into the land of Shinar." Do you remember Shinar or the plain of Shinar? That's where they built the Tower of Babel and it means exactly the same thing today; you see Babylon the great. Any time you see Shinar, Babel, or Babylon you're talking about the religiousness, and this also enters in especially when we get to the book of Revelation. We're going to see how that this is a very important place to be identified as to what it means even for our days. Again "He carried this into the land of Shinar to the house of his god," and you'll notice and it tells us in other places that God allowed all this to happen. All these treasures that meant so very much in the very beginning ceased to mean anything to Israel and had just become more as idols than anything else, so why not put them in this house of idols of his god along with the rest of them.

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Re: Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter One

Post by larry » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:09 pm

Prophesies of Daniel - Chapter One

by Gene Hawkins


~ transcribed and edited by larry from lecture ~

Chapter 1 - Part Two of Two

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." Now here is where we learn that Daniel paid a tremendous price of going down into Babylon. We never read that there was any complaint or anything of this nature, but you'll notice here that Ashpenaz was the master of his eunuchs that he should bring certain of the children of Israel and notice this; "Of the king's seed." He was looking for those of the royal line because they were the best, they were the chiefest, they had been schooled, they have been exercised, and they knew all these ways of royalty. Being given over to "Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs" that's right, Daniel was made a eunuch when he went down to Babylon. So he was "Of the children of Israel of the king's seed, and of the princes," and Daniel along with these other three that were singled out with him were that type of person.

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." Now they were looking for the cream of the crop having no blemish, and well favored which was bent on the very elite of what the Jews had to offer and they discovered by experience that these were very special men that they had taken from the land of Judah. They were the brightest minds being cunning in knowledge, understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace. You see, these are things they had to know about and you know there's a certain protocol that is observed in the rights of royalty that I don't know that much about and so they wanted those that were exercised in the ability to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. They were going to convert them over into their own culture, ways, and language, then educate them in the highest ways that they had.

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." Now the king's meat and wine was the very best he had to offer, and if he was going to do this he would give them the very best and they had the same food and drink that a king would have. We're going to give them the ultimate in tools in order that we can accomplish what we want to with their lives. "So nourishing them" and this was for a period of three years to develop, bring them along, and train them all of this time and it was of course for a means, "That at the end thereof they might stand before the king."

Daniel 1:6-7. "Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah." These are their wonderful Jewish names. The name Daniel means "God is judge," Hananiah means "The grace of Jehovah," Mishael means "Who is what God is" and that means that there is none that can compare with the God of heaven. The last one is Azariah which means "Helped of Jehovah." Now so many of these Jewish names like that are so symbolic of the entire nation of Israel, and they show things that God has purposed for them that He is going to make good for the entire nation, and that is true of every one of these names. But when they came down to Babylon, they gave them Babylonish names. 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 Abednego." So when we speak of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego we are talking about these three children, but these are their Babylonish names and those are the ones that are stuck throughout this book, and of course that's because we are now in Gentile times, and these Gentiles are now calling the shots.

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." But Daniel, and I thought this was such marvelous wording here that we read, "But Daniel." Even though he was in this condition under this authority he did not have to bow to everything that was passed out. You know, sometimes people think today well, we're just a victim of circumstance and we have to go along, but that really is not the truth. God does not expect nor intend for us to become a part of the crowd today. Even in this very disastrous situation Daniel was separated unto the Lord and he really did get the attention of the king and all of his subjects right along with him. "Daniel purposed in his heart" and that is the key to Daniel's success. It was his heart condition, it was his heart attitude and he purposed from the beginning that "He would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank." Now there are different ways of handling that. There are people that declare today I'll not be a part of that, I'm not going to go along with that, and if they're under authority then they can make that commitment but it is very important that as to how we do that. Daniel presents a masterful exercise in how we conduct ourselves in appealing to authority without rebelling against it, and never in scripture does God give men the liberty to rebel against authority.

Now we're going to find out that the three Hebrews Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego not bowing to authority didn't work out too well for them. They didn't rebel against the king but they had the consequences of not bowing to authority. The best way to start out is to appeal to

that authority to offer what has been called down through the years a creative alternative. In other words, Daniel would have been wrong if he had gotten right up into this man's face and said we are not going to do that, our God does not permit it, so now we just won't do it. He did not do that, and that is a wrong attitude on the part of those today who would try such a thing. Instead notice what he did.

In Daniel 1:8-9 we read "Therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself." You see, he didn't demand but requested and he had a different way in mind. Oftentimes when a person cannot consciously go along with an authority, they have an alternative way that would still meet the needs or demands of the authority, and it shows to us here that he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9 "Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs." You can underline this tender love and it is amazing how God is able to do that, and if you're able to endear yourself to the authority you have a much greater opportunity of getting what you want, and indeed what God wants. So it is God who had already given him that in so to speak, and that rapport he had with the eunuch.

Daniel 1:10-12. "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." So you see, this man is very reasonable too. He said if I just go along with this he can have my head, and that means literally have my head because we're going to find out on down here that the king was a very unreasonable authority certainly ready to take off somebody's head in the second chapter. Now this prince of the eunuchs had a point and so Daniel outlined this problem. 11 "Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink" and this really is a marvelous thing. Daniel said we know we can pass this test, and when we believe God we certainly can too. He said alright, can we just test the waters and run this little test to see if this will work before we do it your way.

Again, "Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days." Now ten days out of a period of three years ain't bad. If we can show you this in ten days, then we see if you'll let us do it. "Give us pulse (That's just vegetables) to eat, and water to drink." They put themselves almost on a bread and water diet while they could have had the very best the king had to offer, but Daniel had a conviction so to speak. He was conscientiously opposed to and didn't want to bother himself with that, and so he's willing to eat the vegetables and just water to drink. He said at the end of that time in 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." In other words, why don't we just compare the two and let's see who did the best, or if there's any difference and after that you can do as you see fit with your servants.

Daniel 1:14-16. "So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days." And that happens so often that authority will consent if they see there is an advantage to them. This can work on the job, it can work in husbands and wives, and it can work with anybody who is under authority. 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." Melzar was no dummy. He thought good heavens, if this works then why in the world don't we go ahead and do that. 16 "Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse."

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." Again, "As for these four children" and here is the key, "God." When we are in harmony with God in our requests, then it is God who is going to back us up and stand behind us and notice what God gave them. He gave them "Knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams." Now we are sure that's a gift Daniel had long before he did this, but this is what God had for him and God honored this request even in the face of authority.

Daniel 1:18-19. "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." Now this would have been at the end of the three years allotted. 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." God brought them into favor and He honored Daniel's commitment along with these other three young men.

Daniel 1:20-21. "And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them (Notice) ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm." And then this little statement. 21 "And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus." This becomes a very important little verse because it doesn't mean that Daniel died in that year, it means that Daniel's career spanned clear through the first world empire with the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, and into the second world empire that we're going to find was the Medo-Persian empire. He had to be a very aged man at this time, but his life spanned that much because we know that Judah was in captivity for seventy years and they did not come out of captivity until during the Medo-Persian reign. And so Daniel lasted until all of that time and I'm sure he had something to do with the Jews being able to go back to Jerusalem.

In Jesus' name - larry
All here stated in the name of the Lord Jesus hopefully to God's glory - larry

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