The Life of Daniel
Words of Rose are Bolded
“We have no excuse for not humbling our self before God
if we think we are somebody. Amen.”
Rose M. Aluli
This message was given
To the Church
On January 20, 1980.
Daniel is the study of a man who was not afraid of speaking
of his God even if it meant death.
There must be Daniels, many in Christ as Daniel, who will stand in these last days.
This is a study. Now usually all we have studied in Daniel has been prophecies about the nations and so on and so forth. But God impressed me to study the life of Daniel. Why did God use him to reveal past and future secrets of Iran, the new kingdom age to the end? Because all of his dealings were in the land of Persia, which is Iran. Do you hear what I am saying? And this is where all the problem is, where it will be, and where the beginning of all this trouble will start, according to the scriptures. So we want to find out, and how it affects every one of us – and every living human being will be affected by this, by this nation especially.
Why did God choose Daniel for that special work to reveal something from way back? I don’t know how far back the history goes of Persia, but it goes a long way back. I know that I was looking up some things this morning and I believe it was 452 years before Christ that King Darius was overcome by Alexander the Great. And I am sure that it was a nation long before that in Persia. I imagine it started clear back with Cain and Abel, or Jacob and Esau, or this warring factor between the true Christian, the true spirit of God and the false spirit that they say is God. Just like Isaac and Ishmael being the warring factor between the two nations when his mother cried out because she was kicked out – the mother of Ishmael – and the angel appeared to her and strengthened her and gave her water to drink, and God said I will make of Ishmael a nation also.
So this war is still going on. But we want to see why, and how Daniel’s life affects us, and the things that were spoken by God through him. It says that he feared God above all men, even kings. He knew no man or beast, even the lions, could take his life. I haven’t seen anyone like that in our group, have you? Right? Just facing it, honest.
That will walk up with no fear, not because they think they are tough, but because they know that God is who he says he is. And we have to get to that place to where we know that God is really who he is. And when he said he will not allow a hair of our heads to be harmed. And look at the three Hebrew children walk right into the fire and it says their hair wasn’t even singed when they were cast into the furnace. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – it says their hair wasn’t even singed. Their clothing didn’t smell of smoke. We talk about miracles now. Look what happened back then in the beginning long, long, long before our time. Amen. I think we have a little ways to go, don’t you?
We can’t blow our horns too much. Amen. I praise God for what he has done in us. Look at the book of Acts. And he wants to prepare a people now that will really – that he will really be able to put his Spirit in, that he can trust us up against any circumstance in the earth, that he can trust us knowing that we will believe him and have faith in him, that our God can do all things. Everything impossible, that man looks upon as impossible, God can do.
And he also says without him, man can do nothing. We can’t even cause our hair to grow, did you know that? Without the power of God, without the life of God, we can’t even cause a fingernail to grow in our own body? We are pretty helpless, aren’t we? The water that we drink out of the ground comes from God. The oil that we are pumping up, God placed there. The wood that we burn, God’s life caused the tree to grow. We need to know who God is.
I don’t want to get too far on this, because I didn’t plan any of this, but it is just God revealing himself to us. And he wants to reveal himself in such a way that every step we take, we know we are taking because God is in us. Amen. And we won’t be a people of mistakes, but we will be a people of absolute surety that we are doing the will of God in all things, that everything we do, we will know that God is with us and directing us – in everything. And if we don’t come into that place, well we can’t make it, not in the days that are ahead of us.
And he knew God’s voice. He really knew it. And he knew that if he served God with all of his heart that God would never fail him in one thing, not in one thing. This is why he could do the things that we are going to read about, without any fear.
You don’t hear of him going out and doing any great things. He just walked in the earth, did the job that God told him to do, never went out and tried to do any great thing, but everything came to him. Every circumstance that ever happened in his life, he was just going on and doing his thing and he was confronted with certain things that he had to do, that God demanded of him. He didn’t ask to be thrown in the lion’s den. He didn’t ask to interpret dreams. He didn’t ask that. God just put that in him because he followed God and that was God’s calling on his life.
All of these things that happened in his life – you say, well, I can’t live for God because of this or because of my husband or because of my wife or because of the circumstance or because of this or that. Now listen, that is a lot of malarkey, isn’t it? Because Daniel had been captured from the Israelites and was put right in the midst of all the wicked witchcraft, idolatry, soothsayers, astrologers, star gazers and so forth. That is where he lived, right among everything in the occult, much stronger than it is today, right among all the superstition, the ungodly, right among the wicked king that God just put his fingers on every once in awhile because of their wickedness.
So we have no excuse for not going on in God and getting the fullness of God. We have no excuse, because it doesn’t matter where we are from or where we live or what our circumstances are. If you want God, God will meet you. It is the question of wanting God, whether we really want him or not.
In Daniel 1, we are going to read some, quite a bit in fact.
And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; Now, if I had gone back a little bit, you would see that they had been captured and they had taken special ones and brought them into the king’s quarters. And so he’s saying to his eunuch that he should bring certain ones from the children of Israel that have been captured, of the king’s seed, and of the princes. Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, Now they didn’t just choose everybody to stand in the king’s palace. and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. Now if you follow the story of the Chaldeans, you know what kind of people (they are).
Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel Now you see. into favour and tender love with the prince Or the leader of the eunuchs. Now God gives you favor. You see, somebody just doesn’t happen to like you. God is the one who gives you favor with people and he gave Daniel favor. So if you think that people like you just because you happen to be super, no, that’s not the case. God gives us favor with man that we might be a testimony of him – not because we are something special, amen, but because he wants us for some special purpose to do some special thing. And this is where pride will come in if you are not careful, if suddenly people start to like you and you say, hmm, I must be somebody. No, you are nobody, just God is giving you a little favor with someone that you might be a testimony to that one or something.
In verses 18 through 21, because we want to learn about Daniel. We are not going to study prophecy today or concerning the nations.
Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them Listen to this. ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. Now, the others were using witchcraft. And these boys just knew their God. You see, there are just certain natural tendencies that come when we are born again. You will find yourself turning from a dummy into being a brain, smart in the spirit of God, if you follow God. It just naturally happens. I have watched it through my entire life. Suddenly even their appearance starts to change as they walk with God in obedience. They become more intelligent. You see, because he gives us – that is a promise of God – a sound mind. Amen.
So we just naturally take on some attributes of the Father because we are his children now. And if we will allow the Spirit to work with us we will actually become brains in the Spirit as God speaks through us. The mysteries of God will start coming out and you will just wonder where they are coming from, because you know that you didn’t know that much. You are not that smart. Amen. Haven’t you found that happen to you? Amen. Don’t be so pious. I know it is the truth. Amen. Things that you know you don’t know but you speak it out. Because he doesn’t go through the mind, he comes through here, through the Spirit. Amen.
Now I am not just teaching this to just to be teaching. I hope you understand that. But that we might learn. I feel there is a secret in here somewhere that we might learn what God expects of us that we might come into that place of fellowship and that place of favor with God to where we can be used.
The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, This is when they had sent to find out – I don’t want to cover all of these dreams and everything, but all of his men could not interpret the dream that Nebuchadnezzar had had so The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter: Or this dream that he had. therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean. See, all they knew was by witchcraft and so they couldn’t answer what was in his heart, the dream that God had given him. And it is a rare thing They are telling him. that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh. See how ignorant they were of the Spirit of God? Whose dwelling is not with flesh.
And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain. Because Daniel was the head over the magicians and over all of them, so they were going to kill Daniel and all of them too.
Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom There is that God living in there, see, that Spirit of God. He answered with counsel and wisdom. to Arioch the captain of the king’s guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon: He had an order to kill them all. He answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel. Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king Pretty bold wasn’t he, to go right to the king? that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: Their lives were spared. You see, I am sure that some of you have found answers in a dream. He calls it a night vision. I am sure that you had a night vision, and God directed him here. Now these things come from God and I am sure many of us have had things answered and direction given by dreams in the night. And that is God in us. And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: Now you can’t know understanding unless you have God in your heart. That comes after you have accepted Jesus Christ. Amen. He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. Our God. I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, Do you see why Daniel was favored? who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter. Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation. And I don’t believe that Daniel was just crying out for himself. I don’t think God could have used him. I think he was crying out for all of his friends and for those that were in error and didn’t know truth and didn’t know the true God. I don’t think he just did it to save his life. I believe Daniel was a greater man than that. There was a great love in him that caused him to do that. Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation. Do you know some of the prophecies and some of the word of God that says when we are brought before kings in the last days and before governors and rulers, that we should not even think about what we are going to speak but the Spirit will speak through us? See, it is the same thing all over again that is coming. This is why we have to know our God and know the Spirit if we are ever going to accomplish for Christ what he has told us that we can accomplish. The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof? Can’t you imagine that old king was really upset? After ordering that all of these should be slain and here comes a man that says I can do it. You know? But listen to what Daniel tells him. Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; He says they cannot. But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets,
He wasn’t afraid to tell that king there was a God in heaven. He was afraid of nothing,
what man could do to him.
But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; And we know that he goes and explains the whole thing about the image of gold and of brass and of iron and of clay and the toes and the kingdoms divided which is, I believe, where we are now. I do. I feel that this is where we are right now as far – I don’t want to get on to Bible prophecy, but I feel by the Spirit that we are where the iron and the clay cannot mix. There is a divided country over there, see. And the world is divided in their opinion about many things. And we are right in that place where nothing is stable. Iron and clay cannot mix. And that is what the Bible says.
Let me just read this much. I hadn’t planned on it, but I see it right here.
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 we know the condition over there right now, don’t we? Remember this was that country, and he just said over here it would be in the latter days. So we can claim it for this now. 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. Did you ever see such a mixing of people? We had Americans and Germans and Frenchmen and everybody from all of the different countries in the world almost, over there trying to get this thing straightened out, but they could not mix. It wouldn’t stand. I don’t think this has ever happened in history before, where people from all nations, all these reporters and preachers and you name it, they have been over there trying to straighten this thing out. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, See, God is going to take over pretty soon. I hope we are all ready, don’t you? Amen. We are part of that. 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. What a promise. That is right now. Absolutely. I do believe it. God is about ready to set his kingdom up. That is why we are in school. That is why we’re learning. Amen.
Now Daniel 4, because I don’t want to get too much on that, because I want to learn more about Daniel’s life and see what his secret was.
Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, Now look. All people, all nations and languages that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. The king is saying. How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation. Now this is after Nebuchadnezzar had just tried to burn these three kids up, these three young men up, and found out it didn’t work. They came out not even smelling of smoke. So now he is recognizing God for who he is, for a while here.
But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: Do you notice how he changes this? and before him I told the dream, saying, O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof. You see, they are going to know you and they are going to recognize you when God starts pouring his Spirit, his true Spirit, out through us. They are going to recognize that you are just not an average person, that there has to be a supernatural God living inside of you that you are knowing these things by. Because the Lord says that we will just confound all of these people of the earth. Even the kings of the earth won’t know which way to go. They will come to us for counsel. Now that is what the Word says. Because they will lack understanding. They won’t know how to get out of the problems of the earth. They will seek out, just like the king sought out Daniel.
Now we are going to 24. And this was the part where he had the heart of the beast and how he was eating like a beast of a field and so on and so forth.
This is the interpretation, This is the part where the tree grew up, this area right here, and where he cut the tree down. I don’t know if you are familiar with it or not, where they were going to keep the stump and put a ring of brass and iron around it and keep the stump and that was concerning his kingdom. This is the interpretation, O king, This is the dream the king had had. and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, Now this was the interpretation of the dream that he had about the tree and how his kingdom was going to be taken, because they were going to cut the tree off but they were going to save the stump. And so he is telling him. That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, Or seven years. till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. Now I want to tell you something here. If you are going through some things you don’t understand, maybe God is trying to teach you who God is. Amen. I mean me too, you know. Because he says it right here and he wasn’t afraid to tell him. Daniel wasn’t afraid to tell him. till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he Pleases or he will. It is none of our business what ones standing is or the other ones standing is. It is God that sets in order as he wants to. Amen. That is God’s business. It is none of my business. My business is to accept what he puts on me, the call he gives me. It is not my business to worry about where he places somebody else. My business is to fulfill what he calls me to do, otherwise I am the loser. And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule. Boy, he was bold wasn’t he? Amen. He stood a chance of him getting killed right there, but you see, he wasn’t afraid to speak. Do you know why? Because he knew God. And he knew God had sent him. And that no man could touch him, or no beast could kill him. Only God.
I tell you if a people in this earth ever gets to the place
where Daniel got, and that kind of faith
in God, you are going to see some things
start to happen. Amen.
Daniel 4:27, 29
Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, He is saying, hear me, man, what I am saying. and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility. Of thy calm and quiet, in other words. At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. What Daniel was trying to show him was that he had had such pride – this king – and self will and jealousy. And this was his sin, that he thought that kingdom was his, and that he didn’t recognize that God had set him on that throne. And here is a terrible danger if God calls us into a special calling, that we think that we are somebody and because we are somebody, God has chosen us for some calling or saved us for something. That is a lot of baloney. It is because he loves us and because he is merciful and because he has a plan for our lives if we will obey him. But there is a danger of pride and self will and jealousy.
And now we see after the death of Nebuchadnezzar, we see Belshazzar, the son, taking rulership over the same kingdom now.
Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. These were holy vessels of God that they had taken out when they took these children of Israel out, including Daniel and many others. And so they had taken the holy vessels that were used only in the holy places in God and they had taken them out and used them to feast and have a big party and get drunk and all the rest that went with it. Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. Now just about everything mentioned here, you have to use all of that to make anything, even an automobile. I want to tell you we can worship most anything, anything that we put ahead of God. I hate to be so crude, but I believe there are things that keep us even from worshipping God that we put time into when we should be worshipping God. Some things are necessary. Please I am not throwing stones at anybody.
I am just saying there is a danger there, that
we can get so wrapped up in the things
made with hay or with wood and iron and silver and gold that we put it ahead of God and
we don’t study, we don’t read,
we don’t pray as we ought to. Amen.
In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, Oh boy. the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. Do you know what he is looking for? Answers through flesh. And we are going to have to watch it, that we don’t get looking for answers through flesh. Amen. We have to look to God for every situation, no matter what it is. We have to look to God knowing that he has the answer. I don’t care what – in everyday life. He wants to be the God of all of our life, every bit of it. Amen. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. Then came in all the king’s wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied. Or astonished. Now the queen, Now the queen didn’t have much right to go in before the king, do you remember, in those days? Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed: There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; Which was Daniel, as we know. Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, Now here, you see what Daniel had – an excellent spirit. and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation. Then was Daniel brought in before the king.
Then Daniel answered and said He said the king was telling him that anybody that could tell him this secret, he would put a gold chain around his neck and make him third ruler in the kingdom. Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: And for the majesty that he God gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down. God gave him that kind of authority. But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, Oh, such a danger. If I could tell you what I feel in my heart, the danger that can come to us when we think that we are doing what we are doing, and the danger of being totally destroyed by Almighty God, us little mice or grasshoppers as God says, that we think that we can look up and we have any – he can touch your mind and you can be a maniac. All he has to do is look at you and consume you.
Who do we think we are?
We are nothing before God.
Let us be awakened to the danger of this.
But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: Amen. God, at the drop of a finger, can destroy you. Amen. One look. And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will. Do you see why he had to go out and eat grass like an animal? And sleep out in the – and it says in one place that his hair grew like feathers on his back like a bird. Amen. And all sorts of things, that his nails grew long like claws for nails. He became like the beast of the field until he recognized that God was his ruler, that he was not the ruler over that kingdom, but God ruled in the kingdom of men and that God appointed whosoever he will. And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, You talk about courage going to a king. Here’s Daniel again. God knew right where to find him. Didn’t he? Because he was following with the Lord. And here he is just time after time, God calls him out as a testimony. Amen. And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;
We have no excuse for not humbling
our self before God
if we think that we are somebody. Amen.
But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: In other words, you haven’t glorified God and there he is holding your very breath in his hands. Amen.
In that night When we know that he said your kingdom is come to an end. In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.
If we know better and turn back, what does
the Lord say? My soul shall have
no pleasure in him and much more.
It pleased Darius Now he was the king over Iran or Persia. to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 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. Do you know, the beautiful thing, the more Daniel speaks out openly, right in the time when he could have had his head taken off at any time, the higher God exalts him in the kingdom, in a strange land not even of that nation. Now that ought to make us feel awful good. It is all in obedience to God whether we are raised up or put down. And if we disobey God he can just put us away, that is all. Our breath is in his hands. Amen. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, Listen to this. because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Boy, he was just going to put him right straight to the top because there was an excellent spirit in him. Think of it. I just wonder what kind of a man he was, that God would so exalt him, and what kind of a spirit God would call an excellent spirit. Boy, isn’t that a record in the Word of God, to have it said about Daniel that he had an excellent spirit?
Wouldn’t you like that to go down in history before God
to say that you are one of an excellent spirit? Man, that
is the highest honour. That is the highest honour
you could ever receive, because you see,
God knows the hearts.
Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion Here is where jealousy comes in, because the king wanted to make him ruler over the whole land. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; Can they say that about us? They were searching, that they might find some occasion, something that he had done, that they might accuse him of something. And here he was in charge of so many things and was so honest and so fair with everybody in all of his dealings with mankind in the kingdom that they could not accuse him of one thing. Think of that. That is walking pretty straight. Amen. forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. My dear. Would you believe? Not an error, they couldn’t find a mistake of any kind in him or any fault in him. 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. All right. I want to tell you something.
This war that is coming up is going to be Moslem
against Christianity. That is going to trigger the things.
Now there are many other factors involved but we know
that this is what is stirring up over there now, you see,
and stirring up the whole world, Turkey and all of those
other Moslem countries.
And except they find fault and really this end time thing will be between the spirit of Satan and the Spirit that is in the Sons, you see. If we can understand that men are not coming against us because they dislike us. They come against us because
it is the spirit of Satan that is out to destroy
the Sons of God
because if they could destroy the Sons of God, then Satan will go on with what he is doing now. So the war, the Scripture says, it is not against flesh and blood. If we can remember that, that is the Scripture. It says it is not against flesh and blood, but it is against principalities and powers and wickedness in high places, the spirits. You see, this flesh is just a vessel for spirits, either the Spirit of God or the spirit of wickedness. This flesh is nothing. Do you see what I am trying to say? Amen.
So this war is not because you happen to be a German or an Englishman or a Frenchman or Italian or something else. It is against this system that Satan has set up over there in the world since the beginning, against Isaac and Ishmael. The same spirit against the true Spirit of God and against the spirit of Satan that is determined. The war is between Satan and God. And Satan has never given up the hope that he is someday going to overthrow God’s kingdom. That is what it is all about. If you know the scriptures, you will know what I am saying. That is what the war is. That is what it has always been, and that is what it will always be. It is evil trying to overcome good, and it is doing a pretty good job of it. So this war that we will be coming into, this is what it will be about.
Now this is Paul speaking. Neither can they prove the things Here they were being accused falsely for causing uprising among the people. And Paul says Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, Or false. so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: Now, this is the same war going on between Paul and the people right over in that territory that is happening now.
And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. You see, he knew there was truth. And when he learned that he had to live temperate and the judgment was coming, and he had to live righteously, he says, no, go away. Come back and I will call you another day. Amen.
Now remember, we are trying to learn what kind of a
man Daniel was and why he was used before kings and
so forth because that is what we are going to be used
for in this end time.
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, Now this is because they were jealous, remember up here in verse 4, because the king wanted to give Daniel this high position. 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. 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. Now you see, they looked every way possible to find some fault in him and couldn’t find it. So they said, we know that we can’t find it so we will have to trap him some way according to the laws of his God against our laws that we have set up.
And that is exactly what they will do to us. We have to be strong enough to stand up there and say, I won’t take it. (The mark of the beast.) Amen. And the Bible plainly states that many will be slain because they refuse to take the mark. And many will be protected supernaturally by God, like Daniel. I think this is such a beautiful picture for what the Bible speaks of the last days that we are coming into here, that ties in here. Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. But you see he loved Daniel. He really tried to save Daniel. 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. See, he walked steady before his God and did not change his worship, although he knew he faced death. It didn’t change him one bit. He went right on doing just like he had always done. That was the commandment under the law that he was to face Jerusalem and pray three times a day and that is exactly (what he did) – he went right on. He paid no regard to man whatsoever, even the laws of the king, knowing whether he was killed or whether not, he was not going to bend. I tell you, you have to be some kind of character. You have to really know who your God is to always do such a thing as that, to not bend under the face of any circumstance. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
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. 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. Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: The king was trapped into a decree, to sign it against his will. and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 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. And do you know that I heard that several times, through Khomehni and through different ones over there, of the Moslems – that they go back into their old laws and that it is written thus and so, and Khomehni says it cannot be changed. He does not fear God or man. He is standing on just exactly what he says. Do you remember that the word came through the prophecy that this man – through someone here, well, it doesn’t matter who; it was the word of God for sure. Before they had first started to negotiate with Khomehni – and it was that no one could have any influence on him. He wasn’t afraid of people or nobody. You couldn’t negotiate with him. You couldn’t do anything. You couldn’t sway him. Now that is in one of the prophecies, because I read it the other day in the prophecies at home, that had come. And sure enough it is true. There is no way – they have tried every way to negotiate with him and they still have the hostages over there. And that is this Moslem faith. Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now This is an amazing statement, the rest of this verse. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. Do you see the faith this old king had, because he had watched Daniel come through before. And the old king, he realized that the God was real. And he loved Daniel and he encourages him. Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. Amen.
They had thrown him into the lion’s den.
Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 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? He didn’t say the God whom thou served.
He said the God in whom thou servest continually,
all the time, without stopping. Amen. Steady. He walked.
He walked in favor with God. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?
Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 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; He was able to say that himself. I have done no man no hurt. I am innocent, Daniel said. I am innocent before God. and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. What a beautiful testimony. 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. Isn’t it beautiful that God put that in there, in his book? The reason he was spared, because Daniel believed in his God. Isn’t that precious? That is what it is all about, isn’t it? He says, without faith it is impossible to please God.
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. Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, Now look, here is this king, what a beautiful man he changed into be from the testimony of one man – Daniel – that God had used, and because he dared to stand up and be frank and open when his life was at stake, that he dared to stand up and say and tell you right straight, right down the line. Amen. We can hardly do that when we know we have to speak truth to set somebody free, when our life isn’t at stake.
We must speak truth. When God gives
us something, we must be faithful to deliver that one. Amen.
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. 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. Amen.
Daniel’s record stands as an example of God’s power
and faithfulness to all mankind who will live
godly and obedient, forsaking
all self will and so forth.
Remember what I said God had spoken to me, that in these last days – remember some time ago – God said, I must have some Daniels? Do you remember that? I’ve said it so many times, who would dare to trust and believe him? God spoke that to me and it just sends my flesh creeping every time I say it, because it is so true. God must – and he spoke it so plain to me – he said, I must have some Daniels in these last days.
Just through this today, I think we have a little better understanding of who Daniel was and what he was and what kind of faith he had in God. Amen. And it makes me have – just because Daniel lived and his testimony still lives – it makes me just have a little more courage to see how God delivered him out of everything, everything. When he would stand faithful, God never failed Daniel one time.
Daniel 7 is the beginning of the kingdom of our day.
I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, Until Christ comes back in the fullness of his Spirit in the sons of God. That is what he is saying. and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions All dominions. All dominions. All domains. All nations. shall serve and obey him.
Under the rulership and reigning of the Sons of God
who are filled with the power of God.
What a hope. Amen. Isn’t that better than that thing that you used to hear about, flying away, that you can’t even find any place? They have never told us where it was or anything about it. Now this completely takes all of that out of there. It is not possible. He says we are going to rule and reign over all nations, over all dominions over all kingdoms in the earth. And the Bible has always been the same. It is not changed. It is just that man didn’t have an understanding of it.
Don’t let us forget, amen, what our call is, that he must have many Daniels in these last days. He will send us before kings and before governors and before rulers of the nations and it says that they will come to us for wisdom and understanding of their problems.
Daniel was a man just like the rest of us. He knew that if he obeyed God and did the will of God then God would have to keep his laws. God would not fail. I think we sell ourselves short a lot of times. Most generally, don’t we? Because we have our hopes to the extent that we think we can’t make a mistake. We are full of mistakes because we are flesh. But God will work on that. God is working on that. He is the one that perfects us. Amen.
Our job is to walk with him, be obedient to the
things that we know. Just to be obedient
to all of the way that we know to walk.
It is up to God then to bring us in. Amen.
Isn’t he a beautiful God?
I just feel so good to know that God is no respecter of persons, and if he can make a Daniel back then, and he said he has to have more Daniels, so we know he is going to fix us up. Amen.
Do you want to be a Daniel? Jackie, do you want to be a Daniel? Okay. Amen.