"But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up… And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace."
(Daniel 3:18, 20 KJV)
This story of Our Awesome God's chosen people continued while the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon with King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:1-3). The king had made a golden image and wanted everyone to bow down and worship it. Those that wouldn't bow down to it were to be thrown into the fiery furnace according to the law he signed. The Chaldean astrologers, jealous of the captive Israelites who had found favor with the king, told him that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would not bow down to the golden image. They had not bowed down to it and they told the king they wouldn't which made the king very angry (Daniel 3:19).
Furious with pride and rage, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than normal. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were bound and cast into the flames. The fiery blast was so hot it killed the soldiers who had escorted them. But as King Nebuchadnezzar peered into the furnace, he marveled at what he saw: "... Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." (Daniel 3:25 KJV) Then the king ordered them out of the furnace and when they did come out they didn't even have the smell of smoke nor was anything burned on them. King Nebuchadnezzar declared their God to be the one true God and that day they got freedom for all within the king's boundaries to worship Our Awesome God.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three young men determined to worship only the One true God. In the face of death they stood firm, unwilling to compromise their beliefs and faith in God. They had no assurance they would survive the flames, but they stood firm anyway.
Their story in the Bible speaks a strong word of encouragement, especially to young men and women of today. Thank Our Awesome God that they faithfully worshiped Him. How strong is your faith in God?
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Praise/Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judea flee to the mountains:"
(Matthew 24:15-16 KJV)
Our Awesome God had His Biblical writers to write only seven Bible passages referring to what is called the "abomination of desolation". Three are in the Old Testament Book of Daniel, three are quotes of Jesus in the gospels and one is in Revelation. Other than the "future," the time of the event is not given and none of them give a clear description. Taken together, however, we can assemble some of the circumstances and certain actions that will take place.
First of all, Our Awesome God had the one writer state that the location clearly would be the Temple in Jerusalem. It is in a time of conquest when a foreign army surrounds the city. The actual event is the installation of an idol in the temple by the conquering commander who requires it to be worshipped as our God was. One event that fits the facts has already occurred. Antiochus IV Epiphanes conquered Jerusalem in 167 BC and set up an image of Zeus, along with an alter, in the temple. This may have been the fulfillment of one of Daniel's prophecies but it obviously is not the event of Jesus' warning.
Revelation 13:14-15 of our Holy Bible describes an event in the middle of the tribulation period, which is also consistent with all the prophesies. The "False Prophet" will set up an image of the "Beast" or Antichrist in the rebuilt temple and require its worship as a god on pain of death.
"The 'Abomination of Desolation' Identified at Last (by 7 Clues)" http://www.escapeallthesethings.com/abomination-desolation.htm, a paper by Tim McHyde, uses these seven scriptures and a few others to give us a basis for understanding and reasons for not believing other theories which have been offered over the years.
We need to know what these Bible Scriptures are saying and realize that, if you are a Christian, you won't go through the Tribulation Period. But read Tim McHyde's paper on the "Abomination of Desolation" referenced above because it will be a Terrible Time to live on earth.
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Worship Service. At 6:00 PM we have a Bible Study with AWANA for children (September through May) until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
"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. 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. Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions."
(Daniel 6:16-19 KJV)
Read all of chapter 6 of Daniel. The story of Daniel in the Lion's Den is usually seen as a story that shows Daniel's love and obedience to Our Awesome God, even with the threat of death. Or it is used to show what God can do. Both renditions are true but, like most stories in the Bible, there are other applications to this story.
What happened to King Darius? He was tricked, possibly because of his pride, by advisors (princes), who were jealous of Daniel. Tricked into signing a decree that would send a person to his death (Daniel 6:6-9). Darius thought highly of Daniel (Daniel 6:2-3) and had been considering making him in charge of the realm over the princes and presidents. This, of course, is what made the same princes and presidents decide to have Darius kill Daniel legally.
It was an effective plan but it was evil and against Our Awesome God's purposes so it didn't thrive. In verses 6:13-14 of Daniel, King Darius realizes that he has signed a paper to kill a man whom he likes, is his best advisor, and is loyal to him. He immediately starts looking for a way around this decree but cannot find one. (His pride in being worshipped has consequences.) The presidents and princes almost gloat aloud to the king in verse 15 which later results in their own death warrant from the King Darius.
Then King Darius turns to Our Awesome God. The king, returns to his palace after putting Daniel in with the lions, stays awake all night and fasts for Daniel. When Daniel walks out unharmed, King Darius proclaims to his world that Daniel's God is a true and living God (Daniel 6:23-25). Thus God's power and love is shown to the largest empire of the world at that time. Read your Bible and see what you can find!
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour while AWANA for children meets until 7:30 PM and there is more during the week. We love visitors and would welcome you to God's House!
Flo & Bill