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Ten Times Better


The Book of the Prophet Daniel

“… some stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire!” Hebrews 11:33, 34

Chapter 1:8-21                                 Ten Times Better

 8.  But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. 
9.   And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 
10.  and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, "I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king." 
11.  Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 
12.  "Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 
13.  Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king's food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see." 
14.  So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. 
15.  At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king's food. 
16.  So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. 

God always has someone prepared to aid the ones, who belong to Him, from the cradle to the grave and actually long before they are born. That person may not be a believer, but he will in that area for which God calls him, faithfully carry out His purposes. During a famine, the Lord trained crows to feed Elijah and then chose a poor widow to house and maintain him until the famine was over. The Persian emperor Cyrus, a pagan, encouraged the Israelites to return to their land, rebuild their temple and helped to finance the entire project. God called him His servant.

Four Young Hebrews in Babylon


The Book of the Prophet Daniel

“… some stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire!” Hebrews 11:33, 34

Chapter 1:1-7  Four Young Hebrews in Babylon

1.  En el año tercero del reinado de Joacim, rey de Judá, vino Nabucodonosor, rey de Babilonia, a Jerusalén y la sitió. 
2.  Y el Señor entregó en sus manos a Joacim, rey de Judá, y algunos de los utensilios de la casa de Dios; los llevó a la tierra de Sinar, a la casa de su dios, colocando los utensilios en la casa del tesoro de su dios. 
3.  Entonces el rey mandó a Aspenaz, jefe de sus oficiales, que trajera de los hijos de Israel a algunos de la familia real y de los nobles, 
4.  jóvenes en quienes no hubiera defecto alguno, de buen parecer, inteligentes en toda rama del saber, dotados de entendimiento y habilidad para discernir y que tuvieran la capacidad para servir en el palacio del rey; y le mandó que les enseñara la escritura y la lengua de los caldeos. 
5.  El rey les asignó una ración diaria de los manjares del rey y del vino que él bebía, y mandó que los educaran por tres años, al cabo de los cuales entrarían al servicio del rey. 
6.  Entre éstos estaban Daniel, Ananías, Misael y Azarías, de los hijos de Judá. 
7.  Y el jefe de los oficiales les puso nuevos nombres: a Daniel le puso Beltsasar; a Ananías, Sadrac; a Misael, Mesac; y a Azarías, Abed-nego. 

As we begin reading the first chapter of the book of Daniel, we immediately learn two things: 1) The Bible harmonizes with the actual events of human history. It accurately finds its place there and confirms all the rulers, nations, and movements, which we know to be historically true and gives the dates, in which they played their part. Babylon had an important role in the Bible and its history began in the book of Genesis. In our study, we enter the time, when this empire had reached its glory. In verse one, we read of one of the conquests of Emperor Nebuchadnezzar II, son of Nabopolassar, who destroyed the Assyrian empire and turned Babylon into the world power that it was in the time of Daniel.

2) Israel is always involved in some way with these predominant forces. Almighty God, who spoke the universe into existence, chose to be the divine King over a relatively small nation. However, these people have never been, and are not now, insignificant on the world scene. This is due, in part, to the fact that they always interacted with the highest powers on earth.

Introduction to Daniel


 For the next few months, or however long it takes, I will focus on the book of Daniel. Again, this will be an expository study, verse by verse. I hope you will join me, because, as you know, there are some exciting, meaningful stories in the first six chapters. 

Then, we will come to some of the most amazing prophecies in the entire Bible, concerning the endtimes. There is also a prophecy in chapter two, a very important one for understanding the entire history of world empires. The greatest key to an outline of prophetic times and unlocking its mysteries is given in chapter nine. For sure, you will not want to miss the study of that chapter.  

I would never attempt a study of the book of Revelation, without first tackling Daniel. I mention in the introduction that it is impossible to comprehend the book of Revelation, without a previous knowledge of this book. Perhaps in the future, we can plunge into John's Revelation, but let's get some help first from this noble prophet with his amazing eye for events that will take us to the Second Coming of Christ. 

In the beginning, I wanted to turn aside a little, in order to mention some real hindrances to the development of spirituality in the individual Christian life, as well as being problems, relative to the church these days. There are just a few paragraphs concerning this, so please bear with me. I feel there must be a change of attitude and mentality, in order to hold the right Christian perspective in the very dangerous times, spiritually speaking, in which we live.