One Thousand Years "Watch and Be Ready"

We launched Sunday:  One Thousand Years, An alternative to your normal Political Prophesy sites with the intention of presenting Factual, Accurate and genuine Prophecy based material.

Other sites are adding Talk Radio, Blog Talk, Politiking and Profit to their ministry to “pay for” what they are doing. I wish them well. We are starting rough, but we are starting by and for the Grace of God in our Lives.

We are preparing to meet Jesus and Hope others are too.

With that in mine, this site, daily is upgraded. One Thousand Years will present the “Sages of Prophecy” those Elders in the Lord you can count on being For and about Jesus. It is and always shall be ALL ABOUT HIM

One Thousand Years "Watch and Be Ready"

(though still rough, I had promised to do this as others are not)

Michael James Stone

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Watch and Be Ready -The Prophetic Perspective

In our American Culture, it is easy to be led by the visible means rather than focus on the Unseen Things of God’s Kingdom. To watch and react to television news, to be a part of an Olympic cheer team, to blog, jog, tweet, buzz and act like the World will never end…,

It will.

You are part of divine comedy in one respect. Satan has the World on course for being completely distracted from the precious promise Jesus gave to a select few He said would experience it. Jesus said to very very few, to watch and be ready.

Many take that as a general theme for a “someday” accounting of the life we have lived, but we need not worry about it now. We have time to Go to Church, Get a Job, Save an Election, Raise a Family, Get Boyfriend, Be an athlete.

Armageddon is Calling.

Those are the very things that if you let them, will prevent you from leaving this world behind for a greater reality that you have ever known. To see Jesus in Heaven, but also to miss the Tribulation here on Earth. If you are wise, you know enough to know that there is a “taking away” of some people.

Some call that the church, it is not. It is a bride going to a wedding and you are invited to attend, but not only do you need to be ready. You need to be watching. You need to prepare to meet Jesus.

Jesus NEVER said ALL Christians will be raptured. He never said it and He meant it. He gave very very precise warnings about not being “busy in the world” or entangled. He said Be ready to Go, not having to stay. He wants you to be lik an Abraham passing thru and waiting to hear God speak. And not a Solomon building a Temple “for God.”

Are you Leaving this Behind?

That is a big question because you can pretend two in the field, two in bed, and two walking means both go when Jesus Said, One would be taken, the other left.

You can pretend the Marriage with Ten Virgins in attendance isn’t about Rapture and make some headway convincing yourself it is not about “only wise virgin” looking and prepared to meet the Bridegroom. You can tell yourself in letters to seven churchs’ when Only One Church, out of Seven is promised to be spared, and only some in that church.

You can even deny Jesus Said “To Pray To Be counted worthy to be spared all these things about to happen”.

YES YOU CAN

From the Prophetic Perspective, false teaching isn’t about all wrong or all right, It’s about those “truths” someone told you that you did not ask God about and so when they are proven wrong:

Who Will You Blame?

Jesus Said It.

Watch and Be Ready.

-The Prophetic Perspective

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“Rarely is anyone ALL RIGHT or ALL WRONG”

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LastGenRation: Conservatism

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# A huge area of conservative leadership is becoming Talk Radio and BlogTalk Trash Bins for hatred, division, strife, anger, violence and frankly non-conservative. This post doesn’t presuppose all Conservatives are peaceful, but the loudmouths, whether you like to listen or not, are in case of point, IN SIN and Biblically Incorrect. –The Prophetic Perspective

Conservative commentary for America

Conservative commentary is on the rise.  Americans are more often seeking simpler messages with less bitter and angry tones which, more often than not, are coming from much of the Democratic Party.

Democrats, although faithful to much of their parties policies are beginning to anger at the nonpartisan attitudes coming from the far left of their party.

Many Democrats are ashamed of what has happened to their party since President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have taken the reigns.  America is just as divided today as it was when the South decided to leave the Union.

Because of this, many Democrats are starting to wade into more conservative waters, if not for the ideology, certainly for the peace.

Conservatism is based upon the the principles found within the bible and even after decades of dispute many Democrats still find these principles an acceptable alternative to what is happening within their party.

America is tired of the new world and Conservatism is a comfortable place of refuge.

Michael James Stone

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LastCall: EU: Partly Strong, Partly Weak (BPT)

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“Terry Hits a fact few observe today. Even leaders are miry clay no matter what field you talk about, or what area of life. Nations are as the Leaders are, and as the leaders, so too the people.” -The Prophetic Perspective

EU: Partly Strong, Partly Weak

By Terry James

It seems observably true - to me, at least - that this generation stands on God's prophetic timeline very near the time Daniel the Old Testament prophet described, as recorded in the following:

And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. (Daniel 2:40-43)

Daniel was given by God both the dream-vision that Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar had one troubling night and its interpretation. The dream was of a huge, metallic, man image. The image, Daniel interpreted, was of four world powers, and a final, fifth world power, which would come on the scene at the very end of human history just before God judged earth's rebellious governments. Then, the prophecy indicates, a new regime - headed by God himself - will rule and reign:

And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (Daniel 2:44)

Daniel prophesied that the fifth world power will come out of the fourth. We know the order of world empires from history. The first Daniel interpreted, at the time he was giving the interpretation, was Babylon. The second would be the Medo-Persian. The third would be the Greek Empire, and the fourth would be the Roman Empire, represented in Nebuchadnezzar's night-vision by the legs of iron. The fifth empire - the final empire, and the only one that is yet to come into being as fulfilled prophecy - is represented by the feet and toes of that metallic monstrosity.

To my understanding, at least, the five world empires given to Daniel in metallic representations - i.e., gold for the head, silver for the breast and arms, brass or bronze for the belly and thighs, and iron for the legs, feet and toes - is indicative of money and the power to rule over the inhabitants of planet earth. Metals have most always been at the center of any economy throughout history. And when the metals represented the power to mold and construct weaponry - e.g., spears, bullets, bombs, warcraft like tanks, planes, ships, etc. - the power of the metal and the economies of the world powers become understandable. Money is power, and power is control. These are inextricably linked.

The fifth world power will come from the Roman Empire, which disintegrated but is reforming, we who observe prophecy from the pretrib view believe. We believe that the European Union is almost certainly the nucleus out of which this last Gentile power is emerging. This is the area of central Europe in particular. Rome is the very heart of that nucleus.

Daniel also prophesied about the last world empire's leader who would leap to center stage at just the right moment in Satan's plans to bring him to power:

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (Daniel 9:26-27)

Antichrist, "the beast," as this vicious future tyrant is termed, will come to power and rule ruthlessly. His power will emanate from economics - the ability to call all to worship him through a mark and numbering system that will control buying and selling. (Read Revelation 13:16-18 to understand this 666 system of absolute control.)

We are witnessing economic rearrangements at present like no other generation has seen. Even the United States - as anyone with any sense of what's been going on in the news will attest - is being forced into a mold of one-world economic order. It is all leading toward the mark and numbering system that will give Antichrist his power. (Read Revelation 17:12-13 to learn of the ten economic power blocs that will develop, then give power and authority to the beast - Antichrist, the ruler of the fifth and final world empire.)

Europe today is in dynamic upheaval, struggling to stand on the feet and toes that will give the eventual Antichrist system its balance, its equilibrium. But just as Daniel the prophet foretold, the feet and toes are not made of purely a metal of strength. The EU is made partly of the governmental strength that was the ancient Roman Empire, but also is constructed of weakness intrinsic within the governments of contemporary times. This makes the whole structure that is the final form of all worldly economic-governmental power subject to crashing to final collapse. This is exactly what Daniel foresaw as given above in Daniel 2:44.

A story this past week gives, I believe, an excellent example of the struggle the reviving Roman Empire is unwittingly engaged in to construct that final world rule Satan seeks:

(STRASBOURG, France) - With the European Union's single currency in the grip of the worst crisis in its history, the bloc’s new president is expected to use the growing alarm over debt levels to argue for a new form of "economic government" in Europe.

The leaders [meet] on Thursday at a summit meeting in Brussels, now certain to be dominated by worries about deficit and debt levels in Greece.

[EU Commission president Herman] Van Rompuy’s proposal could take main responsibility for stewardship of economic coordination out of the hands of the 27 nations’ finance ministers, elevating it to the level of heads of government. The plan could also reduce the role of the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm.

According to a draft of one of two documents circulated before the meeting, Mr. Van Rompuy (pronounced rom-PWEE) will argue that "recent developments in the euro area highlight the urgent need to strengthen our economic governance.

Whether it is called coordination of policies or economic government," it adds, "only the European Council is capable of delivering and sustaining a common European strategy for more growth and more jobs.

...Recommendations for the euro area as a whole and its member states should be strengthened, with a stronger focus on competitiveness and macroeconomic imbalances," the draft says. "This would be in line with the importance of economic spillover effects in the monetary union and the challenges the euro area is facing." (Stephen Castle, "European Debt Issues Top Agenda for Meeting," NYTimes.com, 2/9/10).

Paul the apostle wrote of the economic reality that drives the world toward God's judgment and wrath:

"But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:9-10a).

Certainly, the truth of God's Word frames what is happening at this time in history, and where it all is heading as the rulers of this fallen sphere grasp for the wealth of this world and strive to cast off the bonds of governance God wisely placed upon the would-be masters of planet earth.

Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. (James 5:1-6)

We are in the end of the age era of the toes of Nebuchadnezzar's night-vision.

Michael James Stone

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LastCall: To Him be glory both now and forever." -Spurgeon

"To Him be glory both now and forever."   2 Peter 3:18

Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! thine unnumbered years shall speed their everlasting course, but forever and for ever, 'to Him be glory.' Is He not a 'Priest I for ever after the order of Melchisedek'? 'To Him be glory.' Is He not king for ever?-King of kings and Lord of lords, the everlasting Father? 'To Him be glory for ever.' Never shall His praises cease. That which was bought with blood deserves to last while immortality endures.

The glory of the cross must never be eclipsed; the lustre of the grave and of the resurrection must never be dimmed. O Jesus! thou shalt be praised for ever. Long as immortal spirits live-long as the Father's throne endures-for ever, for ever, unto Thee shall be glory. Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying Him now?

The apostle's words are, 'To Him be glory both now and for ever.' Will you not this day make it your prayer? 'Lord, help me to glorify Thee; I am poor, help me to glorify Thee by contentment; I am sick, help me to give Thee honour by patience; I have talents, help me to extol Thee by spending them for Thee;

I have time, Lord, help me to redeem it, that I may serve thee; I have a heart to feel, Lord, let that heart feel no love but Thine, and glow with no flame but affection for Thee; I have a head to think, Lord, help me to think of Thee and for Thee; Thou hast put me in this world for something, Lord, show me what that is, and help me to work out my life-purpose:

I cannot do much, but as the widow put in her two mites, which were all her living, so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into Thy treasury; I am all Thine; take me, and enable me to glorify Thee now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have.'

"Whereby they have made Thee glad."   Psalm 45:8

And who are thus privileged to make the Saviour glad? His church-His people. But is it possible? He makes us glad, but how can we make Him glad? By our love. Ah! we think it so cold, so faint; and so, indeed, we must sorrowfully confess it to be, but it is very sweet to Christ. Hear His own eulogy of that love in the golden Canticle: 'How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine!' See, loving heart, how He delights in you.

When you lean your head on His bosom, you not only receive, but you give Him joy; when you gaze with love upon His all-glorious face, you not only obtain comfort, but impart delight. Our praise, too gives Him joy-not the song of the lips alone, but the melody of the heart's deep gratitude. Our gifts, too, are very pleasant to Him; He loves to see us lay our time, our talents, our substance upon the altar, not for the value of what we give, but for the sake of the motive from which the gift springs.

To Him the lowly offerings of His saints are more acceptable than the thousands of gold and silver. Holiness is like frankincense and myrrh to Him. Forgive your enemy, and you make Christ glad; distribute of your substance to the poor, and He rejoices; be the means of saving souls, and you give Him to see of the travail of His soul; proclaim His gospel, and you are a sweet savour unto Him; go among the ignorant and lift up the cross, and you have given Him honour.

It is in your power even now to break the alabaster box, and pour the precious oil of joy upon His head, as did the woman of old, whose memorial is to this day set forth wherever the gospel is preached. Will you be backward then? Will you not perfume your beloved Lord with the myrrh and aloes, and cassis, of your heart's praise? Yes, ye ivory palaces, ye shall hear the songs of the saints!

Michael James Stone

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Maybe it’s because you worship another kind of god or you just don’t believe in Christianity. Maybe you’re a Hindu. Maybe you’re a Muslim. Maybe you’re a Buddhist. Maybe you’re just an atheist. Why are you listening? What is your god like? Let’s talk about your god and my God. 

 

PART ONE

Well today we’re moving into Daniel, chapter 3. And as we move into Daniel, chapter 3, if you’re going to understand Daniel, chapter 3, then you must take it from Daniel, chapter 2 in to Daniel, chapter 3.

So I want to go back and I want us to look at the end of Daniel, chapter 2. Now remember Daniel has just given the king the interpretation of his dream. He told him what he dreamed and gave him the interpretation of his dream. He has told him what is going to happen in the latter days. And the very fact that Daniel can reveal the dream and reveal the interpretation to Nebuchadnezzar just in a sense blows Nebuchadnezzar out of the water because he sees that Daniel’s God is different.

And this is what he says: Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face. He fell on his face. He hears this dream. He hears the interpretation of the dream and he falls on his face because he knows, gut level, inside, he knows that it’s true and he did homage to Daniel.

He did homage because he knows that Daniel knew what he dreamed because I believe the king knew what he dreamed. And so he gave orders to present to him an offering and fragrant incense.

Now that kind of, in a sense, sounds like something you would do for a god, or somebody that you are greatly honoring. And the king answered Daniel and said: Now listen to what he says. Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries. Now when it says surely your God is a God of gods, it’s capital G, your God is a God of gods, small g.

You say but that’s because people that believed in God wrote this so they capitalized one and they didn’t capitalize the other because they’re prejudiced. And that is a logical reasoning if you do not believe that this is the Word of God. And you may be listening and not believing that this is the Word of God.

As I said in the introduction to the program, you may be listening to this teaching because you’re curious. Or you may be listening because you’re looking for another God, because the gods that you have worshipped haven’t fulfilled you. Or you may be listening because you hear about an intimacy with this God that you don’t have with your god.

You may be listening because the person that represented your god, the prophet that spoke for your god or the prophet that gave the revelation is so different than, than what you’re reading and hearing in the Word of God. And I want to commend you; I want to commend you for listening.

And God’s Word never returns to Him empty. It accomplishes the purpose that God wants it to accomplish. You say, well, it’s not accomplishing anything in my life. I’m just listening and it’s not going to accomplish anything in my life.

But it is because what it’s doing is you’re hearing truth and you’re rejecting it, so God says in Romans 1, you’re going to be without excuse. Now as he talks about God here, and he has this awesome response to Daniel, in chapter 3 the king goes out. Let me read it to you. Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, the height of which was sixty cubits and its width six cubits.

Now that’s a ten to one. It’s an unusual proportion in a sense for a statue. And when you figure cubits it would be about 90 feet high and 9 feet in width. Now this is made of gold. Now, whether it’s overlaid in gold or whether it’s solid gold or whether it’s a form and, and then gold is, is poured on it, we don’t know. But we know that when you looked at this statue it was gold. It was gold.

So Nebuchadnezzar the king makes an image of gold, and he sets it up in the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. Now what is so neat is there is an archeologist and this archeologist went to the plain of Dura and there he found three mounds.

when he began to uncover them one of the mounds had this humongous, humongous like base. And he could not help but wonder, since it was in the plain of Dura, since it was so mammoth, if this wasn’t the platform that the statue must have rested on. I mean it; it is interesting to think of because they’re both in the plain of Dura. It says then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent word to assemble the satraps, the prefects, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates and all the rulers of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

All right now, he’s ordering all the rulers of the provinces to come along with the satraps, the prefects and, and the governors and all these other people.

Who’s ruling Babylon? Well if you go back in verse 49 of chapter 2, it says and Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed, Daniel appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego over the administration of the province of Babylon while Daniel was at the king’s court. So who would you expect to see there? Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego.

If Daniel stays at the king’s court you wouldn’t necessarily expect him to be there, but you would expect Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to be there. It says then the satraps, and by the way, you want to mark every reference to the image. Forgive me for not telling you this.

But just mark the image of gold. I colored it yellow and I underlined it in brown. So he made this image, all right, and then he sent word to assemble these people.

Verse 3: Then the satraps, the prefects, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the rulers of the province were assembled for the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Now Daniel wants us to know, you know, all these levels of, of leadership that were there.

He’s calling the leadership. He’s not calling the masses, but he’s calling the leadership to this plain of Dura to stand before this image that Nebuchadnezzar is about to dedicate.

Then the herald loudly proclaimed: To you the command is given, O peoples, nations and men of every of language, that at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all kinds of music, you are to fall down and to worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Hey, what is he saying? He’s saying I brought you all out here, all you leaders, not only to dedicate this statue, but to command you to bow before this statue, to give homage to this statue, to indicate that you are, in a sense, serving this statue of gold that I have set up. Now he wants people of every language, men of every language to do this.

And he’s not saying I’m just going to sound a trumpet. He’s got a whole orchestra there, so to speak. So the minute you hear all this music you are to fall down and you are to worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. This is what the herald’s saying. But whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.

Therefore at the time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, the flute, the lyre, the trigon, the psaltery, bagpipe and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Do you hear another key repeated word here that goes with the image?

I hear the word worship. And so I would mark the word worship. It’s a very important word because he’s calling all these people, men of every language to give homage to the statue. And it says for the reason at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and brought charges against the Jews.

What Jews? Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. Why are they there? They’re the head of the province of Babylon and all the provincial heads are to be there. And they responded and said to Nebuchadnezzar the king, O king live forever.

You yourself O king have made a decree that every man who hears the sound of the horn, the flute, the lyre, the trigon, the psaltery and the bagpipe and all kinds of music is to fall down and worship the golden image, but whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.

There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the administration of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego; these men O king, have disregarded you.

They do not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image that you O king have set up. Why would these men be so quick to point out these Jews? Do you think that there might be jealousy? Do you think there might be jealousy because they’re Jews and not Babylonians? Do you think there might be jealousy because they get to rule over the province of Babylon, because their friend Daniel is in the king’s court? Do you think it’s an anti-Semitic move, a move of jealously, a move of a natural hatred?

And what’s going to happen to these three Jewish boys? Well if you’ve never read the story before you’re going to be excited. If you read the story before you know, but it’s still exciting. And we’ll talk about it after this announcement. 

 

 

 

PART TWO

Nebuchadnezzar was a hot-blooded man. When he heard the news from these other officials that these Jews had not bowed down to his image he was in a rage. This is the man that has conquered Jerusalem. This is the man that has just been told that he is the head of gold, that he is the king of kings and now here, three Jewish boys that are their captives have just come against his authority and he has heard about it.

And it says in verse 13 of Daniel, chapter 3, then Nebuchadnezzar in a rage and anger gave orders to bring up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego and then these men were brought before the king. And Nebuchadnezzar responded to them and he says is it true Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up?

Is it true that you’re not worshipping my gods? Is it true that you’re not going to bow before this golden image that I, I have set up?

This is Nebuchadnezzar. This is the great king of Babylon. This is the head of gold. And while Daniel retained his humility, Nebuchadnezzar just gets more and more puffed up as you will see. This is a man who during the first half of his reign went out and conquered and conquered and conquered so that when he commands them to come to this plain of Dura, there are men from all these different languages there because he rules over them all.

And he rules supremely and he will not have his authority challenged in any way. He is in a rage. And now he’s in a rage because he wants to know: you mean you don’t worship my gods? You mean you’re not going to bow before this image? He already has his punishment ready.

They didn’t all of a sudden kindle a fire. But it told us earlier when the herald blew the trumpet and made his announcement, whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately, not next week, you will be cast immediately into this furnace that is blazing with fire. Now let me stop and describe the furnace.

The furnace was not something that you would walk into this way. The furnace was like a huge, in a sense, rectangle that had a mound of earth going up to it, up one of the sides of its wall and there was big hole in the top and so that’s where they would cast in any dissenters. They would cast them in from the top. In this plain of Dura, they would walk up the side of this earthen mound on one side of that furnace and they would be thrown in from the top.

But the king would sit over to the side. There would be a great opening like a door where he could sit and, and watch his dissenters being roasted as crispy critters. So he could watch them burn. He could watch them in their torture. But they would be thrown in from the top. It’s not like they would walk in from the bottom. It’s far more dramatic to parade them up to the top and then drop them in. And so this is what is about to happen. He gives them another chance though. He is furious. He is in a rage. I hope I’ve conveyed that rage.

Now, if you are ready; he’s still in this rage. If you are ready, at the moment that you hear the sound of the horn, the flute, the lyre, the trigon, the psaltery and the bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image which I have made, very well. Go well with you boys. But if you will not worship, you immediately will be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you?

What god is there who can deliver you? Listen carefully to the next words; out of my hands. What god is there who can deliver you out of my hands? Maybe you’re listening to find out what kind of a God this program represents. You’re about to find out as we continue our study in this chapter. But I just want you to catch what’s happening here.

And I want you to catch: He’s about to throw Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego into that fiery furnace. Now if you’ll remember in chapter 1 these young men had Jewish names. They’re names were Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. But when they got to Babylon they were given Babylonian names. Let’s look at the contrast of these names. Hananiah meant God is gracious or Yahweh is grace. God is gracious or Yahweh is grace.

They changed Hananiah’s name to Shadrach, which means command of Aku, or Aku, A-k-u. It was one of their gods. So they’re saying okay, here is this man who says his name is God is gracious; we’re changing his name to the fact that he’s under the command of Aku. He’s under the command of our god.

then Mishael; Mishael means who is what God is. In other words, who can contend with God? Who is greater than God? Who is what God is? There isn’t anyone.

God is all together other than his God.

So they take Mishael’s ah, name and they change it to Meshach, which says who is what Aku is. Who is what Aku is? Then they take Azariah. Azariah’s name in Hebrew meant Yahweh has helped. Yahweh has helped. And they changed it to Abed-nego. Abed-nego means the servant of Nebo, the servant of Nebo. Now just stop and think. Here are three Jewish boys standing before them in the sovereignty of God and named by God. And Hananiah’s name means God is gracious.

Mishael’s name means who is what God is.

And Azariah means Yahweh has helped. What are these boys with these names going to do and going to say? Will they bend? Will they bow or will they burn? Well, let’s go on and see what it says.

And Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of this blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O God.

But even if he does not, let it be know to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. And Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath, and he ordered those boys up to be plunged into that furnace of fire.

He had seen God’s power, and God’s ability to give Daniel insight into the vision, into the dream and into the interpretation and he was awed with God. But you know what? He hadn’t submitted to God.

Have you ever thought that the reason that he built an image of gold was because he didn’t like the image that God had told him about in his dream that only had a head of gold? O beloved, what is your God like?

Michael James Stone

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