The testimony of Daniel is one of the most interesting in all the Scriptures. On more than one occassion, King Nebuchadnezzar had certain dreams. He would call the magicians, astrologers, and soothsayers before him, yet none of the wise men of Babylon could interpret them. They then would bring Daniel in and God would give him the interpretation.
Daniel knew how to depend upon God. There were crucial times where his life was on the line and God always came thru and gave him just what he needed. Let us study together Daniel in the lions' den. May we gleen fresh insight and take to heart the example of Daniel.
1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 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. 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.
Though power had changed hands, the throne was still in Babylon. As we see, whatever pleased King Darius, he did. As far as Daniel, he had long since proven he was a gifted man for "the king thought to set him over the whole realm." Daniel was just beneath the very top of the Babylonian political system. His brilliance was unmistakable for it says, "an excellent spirit was in him." Daniel was one of those men who would be described as having the 'IT FACTOR'. Though he was a holdover from the prior administration, his giftedness was indispensible to Darius.
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.
This is the kind of testimony we should strive for. If one is to expect any power with God, he must live a godly life. The Word of God says Daniel "was faithful." We get it in our minds that we have to be so much more, when all God asks of us is to just be faithful; is it so hard? Not if we live to please God. Daniel is further described as impeccable in his character and reputation, for "neither was there any error or fault found in him." The life of Daniel provides an example we should teach our children to emulate.
Once Babyon 'catches wind' that you're a faithful Christian, look out- there might be repercussions. The American workplace has become a 'NO CHRIST ZONE'. Dumbed-down whites can be the worst when it comes to being overly sensitive- on behalf of non-whites. We are to be wise and gentle, but when it comes down to it, we must be who we are. These men felt threatened by Daniel, therefore they were trying to figure out how to destroy him:
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.
When a man seeks to live for God alone, it doesn't set well, especially with compromising whites. Living from within by loving your God and your brother is the spirit of the law. This was Daniel, and they despised him for it. This is the way whites are attacked today if they, for instance, live by God's law which includes racial separation. Yet as we will see, Daniel will not allow it to phase him and neither should we.
They didn't understand the depth of Daniel's relationship with God; he was surrendered to *Him. Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, but God's law is written in our hearts. Balanced Christians follow God from the heart, not just external man-made laws. We are to obey God's moral law from within, from a heart of love.
6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. 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. 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. 9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
Obviously it's not too difficult to talk a king into wanting to be like a god. Secretly, they were manipulating him, as you will see. Selfish pride has a blinding affect upon any man who does not follow the Spirit of God. Therefore the king goes along with it, unable to see what consequences lie ahead.
The jews have the majority of our race looking to the government as their god, and our people think it's just a part of being 'patriotic.' For instance, as we should be thankful for the sacrifices white soldiers and families have made, yet ultimately God deserves the credit for our safety and protection. Along with that, the jews hand-pick the political candidates and manipulate the masses' mindset to follow their objectives.
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.
THERE WAS NO FEAR IN DANIEL AT ALL. He wasn't worried about protecting his career. He was a man who privately but unashamedly, worshiped his God the way he felt led. He didn't do this out of spite. He was doing what he always did. He prayed toward Jerusalem, which is where he was from. His Israelite blood was precious to him, as well as the soil where he was raised.
It is clear in the Scriptures, Yahweh fulfilled His purpose with the city of Jerusalem. All the talk that goes on in relation to the old city of Jerusalem today is nothing more than trying to drum up Americans to support more wars and in particular, to swindle judeochristians out of their money by jewish hucksters. Personally for Daniel, he identified himself as one of the chosen people of God, and his connection to Jerusalem had to do with his ancestral and faith ties. For early on in this book Daniel addressed Yahweh as the "God of my fathers."
This wasn't something Daniel abruptly did in protest as a demonstration against the government. Daniel opening the windows and praying three times a day toward Jerusalem, was a private practice in his own life. He couldn't help that these men had it in their sights to destroy him. Daniel shows how taking it to God in prayer is far more effective than 'takin it to the streets' like the jews are paying blacks to do around the country.
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 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? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 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.
As you can see, these men were flat-out spying on Daniel. They had met, and were conspiring against him. In their minds, Daniel wasn't the kind of man they wanted having this much power and being over them. Therefore their plan to manipulate the king and "the law of the Medes and Persians" to take Daniel down, seemed to be running like clockwork.
It says Daniel made "his petition" in this manner. Daniel was a consistent Christian who had a healthy spritual diet to meet with God "three times a day." We each can find our own personal way to commune with God and once we do, there's nothing else like it. These men had invaded Daniel's privacy or else they would have never known he was doing this.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 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? 21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 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.
Look at what our Father did for Daniel! The king was very worried about Daniel; Daniel wasn't worried at all. Daniel, without hesitancy, expressed the wonderful things God did for him. He set the king's mind at ease, though the king was the one who put him there. Whether Daniel knew who was responsible or not, he shows no animosity. He knew the king was playing the role God had given him. Daniel's role was to be faithful and trust God. Daniel knew God loved him; that's all that mattered to him. DANIEL WAS PRAISING GOD BECAUSE HIS POWER WAS BEYOND BABYLON!
Daniel wasn't at all ashamed of the supernatural power of God. He knew God was responsible for his protection. Notice he called Him "My God." Daniel's God "sent his angel," Daniel's God "shut the lions' mouths," Daniel's God miraculously delivered him! Are you willing to unashamedly say of Yahweh, this is "My God"? If so, then you're headed beyond Babylon.
23 Then was the king exceedingly 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.
It's as simple as that. We can try to force our way out of impossible situations, demanding our rights, or we can simply trust God. Operating our lives motivated by fear is one of the things that's gotten us in the mess we're presently in. Why not believe the Scriptures that God will protect us and quit worrying about it. Let the world push it's 'fear porn' thru the media and it's commercial endeavors, let's be like Daniel and trust God.
What kept Daniel from death and even "no manner of hurt"? It was "because he believed in his God." This is the way Israelites move beyond Babylon, beyond any situation we find ourselves in as a race today- by just believing in our God. Are you looking for answers, do you want to conquer Babylon- believe in your God. We see it over and over throughout the Scriptures, WHY WON'T WE JUST BELIEVE?! Why do so many see faith and believing in God as some far-out, mystical thing?! Let's put our faith in God THE WAY THE SCRIPTURE TELL US TO- it's the only way which pleases God. It is difficult for our carnal mind to fathom, but it's the way the Spirit guides us- it's called living by faith.
We all want to do something to stop the powers that are tearing down white, Christian society- Babylon. All our knee-jerk, fleshly ideas and reactions are doing is dividing our race, causing further confusion and frustration, why? BECAUSE ONLY FAITH WILL BRING THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMES THE WORLD! Daniel lived above all the political mess and even when it took him into the lions' den, he didn't fight, he didn't protest, all he did was ride it out by believing in God. We must stop trying to force our way and surrender to God saying, "Thy will be done."
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. 25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 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. 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. 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Of course he did; DANIEL WAS A MAN OF FAITH. Yes, Daniel was a brilliant, gifted, intelligent man, a man of high position- but it was Daniel's faith that made the difference. IT IS ONLY BY FAITH WE WILL OVERCOME AND CONQUER BABYLON; IT MUST BEGIN IN US AS INDIVIDUALS, THEN IT WILL SPREAD TO OUR RACE.
Daniel shows no bitterness or anger, though there were those who tried to kill him. Daniel's eyes were on the God Who said, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay." In His time and in His way, God always avenges His people and it's in perfect measure. Daniel kept his emotions out of it knowing God would handle it best.
Part of becoming a powerful Christian is facing our own 'lions' or fears. The only reason Daniel wasn't afraid, even in the face of real lions, was because his faith was in God. We must never minimize the protective Hand of God. Though Daniel had tremendous political power HE ONLY RELIED UPON HIS FAITH IN THE POWER OF GOD. Working for the government was his job, believing in God was his life. We've been taught to protect our job or career at all cost, even compromising our faith. Daniel's priority was his faith, which was far more precious to him. Ultimately, he wasn't worried about his career because he knew God would take care of him. How was he able to do this? Because Daniel lived beyond Babylon. When it came down to it, he was more concerned with pleasing his King in heaven, than any king or man on earth.
Babylon- politics and religiousity brings out the worst in our race. The best in us is our faith and the Spirit of God. We live our lives in obedience to God's law inwardly, fulfilling His call to do His will, and when we really need Him, He is always there.
What did Daniel prove? He proved that one white man's faith in God had more power and authority than all of Babylon. He illustrated perfectly how to be in the world but not of it. He proved you don't play by their rules, you believe in God and leave it up to Him what happens next. For what God wants is always what's best.