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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Prophet Daniel, Israelite In Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon
Unity Consciousness #521


1. Per God, Egypt came up against Assyria. Josiah, King of Judah & Israel (Jerusalem) went to help their brothers/neighbors to the east. Both the King Of Assyria and King Josiah were defeated. (2 Kings 21, 23; 2 Chronicles 35)
2. Pharaoh Necho of Egypt made Jehoiakim king in place of his father, Josiah who was killed. Pharaoh changed Jehoiakim's name from Eliakim. (2 Kings 23, 24; 2 Chronicles 36)
3. King Nebuchadnezzar from Babylon came in and took control. He is also called King of Chaldees
4. King Nebuchadnezzar took some Israelites into Babylon. This is the first time. (Ezra 8)
5. The next year Babylon and Egypt fought over Judah & Israel (Jerusalem). Babylon won.
6. After 3 years, Jehoiakim rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar.
7. King Nebuchadnezzar put Jehoiakim in prison and made Jehoiachin king, son of Jehoiakim.
8. King Nebuchadnezzar took some Israelites into Babylon. This is the second time. (2 Kings 24)
9. After taking Jehoiachin captive, King Nebuchadnezzar made Zedekiah (Mattaniah) king, uncle of Jehoiachin.
10. Zedekiah turned against God. King Nebuchadnezzar tried to get him to turn back. Zedekiah refused. Egypt's army had come to help Zedekiah but turned back according to the word of God spoken by Jeremiah 37).
11. King Nebuchadnezzar came in and killed a bunch more people and put Zedekiah's eyes out and put him in prison. (2 Kings 25)
12. King Nebuchadnezzar took those who escaped the sword, into Babylon as slaves. This is the third time.
13. Daniel was one of those carried into Babylon the first time. His name was changed to Belteshazzar by King Nebuchadnezzar.
14. Also carried into Babylon the first time was the Israelite trio of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Their names were changed to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego by King Nebuchadnezzar.
15. Daniel and the Israelite trio were the “best of the best” from Israel whom King Nebuchadnezzar was going to train to serve in his palace by enhancing their knowledge even further. Since these four Israelites were put under the charge of the prince and master of eunuchs for at least three years, it is a reasonable possibility that they were made eunuchs. (Daniel 1)
16. King Nebuchadnezzar's respect for the same God as Israel obviously changed. (Daniel 2)
17. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that none of his wise men could interpret. King Nebuchadnezzar was going to have them all killed until Daniel came forward and interpreted the dream. He told King Nebuchadnezzar his dream meant his kingdom would last forever after a brief period of being removed. King Nebuchadnezzar made Daniel ruler over much. Daniel made the Israelite trio rulers also.
18. King Nebuchadnezzar created a golden image and commanded everyone to worship it or else be thrown into a fiery furnace.
19. The Israelite trio refused to worship the image and were thrown into the furnace.
20. When Nebuchadnezzar saw four men in the furnace he said one of those in the fire looks like “one of the gods.” This was changed in KJV to read, ”Son of God.”
Clearly, this translation is ridiculous. How could King Nebuchadnezzar of all people, know what Jeshua (Jesus) looked like many years before Jeshua (Jesus) was born?
21. After the Israelite trio (Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego) survived the furnace they were promoted to higher rank and their accusers were thrown into the fire.
22. King Nebuchadnezzar must have died since Belshazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar becomes king. [Note: the spelling of Belshazzar (Nebuchadnezzar's son) and Belteshazzar (Daniel) is curiously similar. Daniel 5:12 says Belteshazzar and Belshazzar are not the same person]
23. To add to the curiosity is a point of inconsistency. In Daniel 5:11, King Belshazzar claims to not be aware of who Daniel is and that he can interpret dreams even though Daniel had been doing this for King Nebuchadnezzar and had fame for doing so in Babylon and was ruler over the wise men and was associated with the Israelite trio who also had fame and rulerships. King Belshazzar must have been aware of Daniel especially if we assume King Belshazzar was the oldest of the sons of King Nebuchadnezzar.
24. Daniel interprets the writing on the wall that King Belshazzar sees. (Daniel 5)
25. Darius, the Median, killed King Belshazzar and took over Babylon, thus also over Judah/Israel (Jerusalem). (Daniel 7; 6:8; 8:20)
26. Jealous rulers conspired to have King Darius put Daniel in the lion's den for praying to other gods. Daniel survived and his accusers and their families were thrown into the lion's den. (Daniel 7)
27. God sent his anointed, King Cyrus of Persia to take over Judah & Israel (Jerusalem), Babylon, Egypt and all other kingdoms. (Isaiah 45:1)
28. King Cyrus freed the Israelites and allowed them to return to Judah & Jerusalem.
29. King Cyrus commanded the Israelites rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem that was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar when Zedekiah was removed as King over Judah & Israel.
30. The Israelites went from Egyptian rule to Babelonian rule to Median/Media/Mede rule to Persian rule. (Ezra 1, 4) (2 Chronicles 36)

CJB Words Become KJV Words:
H:Belt’shatzar becomes Belteshazzar (Daniel)
H:Belshatzar becomes Belshazzar (son of Nebuchadnezzar)

H is Hebrew/CJB. KJV is the version when none indicated.

References: (2 Chronicles 36) (Ezra 5:12) (Daniel)

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