Delivered From Evil

The chapter closes as follows;

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Dan ch6:v20-28
Dan 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?
Dan 6:21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
Dan 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.
Dan 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.
Dan 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.
Dan 6:25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
Dan 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.
Dan 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.
Dan 6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. (KJV)

Daniel accounts he was preserved by the angel of God which stopped the mouths of the lions, indicating that those that resist temptation will be strengthened and saved in testing. (In Daniel is found nothing but innocence and no guilt is found towards God or before the king.) Daniel is preserved alive and lifted out of the den, showing himself to be completely unharmed. (As will the saints be unharmed in the resurrection - their inheritance is ensured if they die faithful - they are saved and preserved by their faith in God.)

The account briefly mentions the destruction of all the presidents and princes that accused Daniel as if a footnote - the king writes to all the provinces a law without fear of punishment from the king (greetings in peace) that is immutable in his kingdom and can not be undone - That men should give glory to God, the God of Daniel and for men to take note of God as the one Lord whom can deliver from the mouths of lions and give good gifts of life and miracles, signs and wonders.

The king writes that God's kingdom will last until "the end" of Darius' own kingdom (not that of the Lord's own) A neat summation of the victory of God over the devices of "Death" and "Hell" as shown in this chapter of the text.

So far we have seen various octals embedded in the text, and the raising of idols as octals to the kingdom of heaven by act of the king. We have also seen the preservation and translation of three friends through the fiery furnace from indignation to approval by God over the will of the same king. Then we saw how God debased that king to live like a beast. Likewise we have seen God's indignation and sound (just) judgement of the later king as his friends and concubines drank from the temple vessels. (a picture of the angel of the church and his circuit through the churches respectively.) Then we saw in the text this episode of tribulation following temptation (between serving God and falling to the temptation of this world at the height of it's evil in the man numbered 666 stood in the place of the restrainer)

The examples in the text abound to us in parallel to revelation's: Yet the book of Daniel continues with a richer set of visions of kingdoms we see in the modern age we live in. These later kingdoms in Daniel's text align to the series of kingdoms constructed for the last crown of the dragon - the empires leading up to and including the revelation's "beast from the sea" and it's "false prophet".

Up to this point the book of Daniel predominantly concerns an individuals' walk through testing and tribulation under the gift of God in the form of the restrainer, (analogous to the sealing of a saint). Without the restrainer a man is able to fall away to the status of 666 - acting as it were a beast. Today we have the restrainer removed - not on the world which is always without restraint but from those whom would call themselves the body of Christ. Only those that have a great love for the truth will retain the restrainer - because they cling to the fixed truth of the Father's words delivered by Christ in scripture.

From this point forward the book of Daniel ceases to record the steps God takes to redeem individuals in their trials, and moves on to empires, kingdoms and collectives.

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