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Daniel, the name means: God is my Judge Around age fifteen Daniel was taken captive, trained and educated in the high court of the Babylon empire. During his life, he served under four kings within two great empires, Babylonian and Medes & Persians. However, Daniel remained a faithful servant to God and His people. The unspoken theme of the book is: Decide to give your all, for the one who gave His all.
twelve chapters
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630-605 BC.

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Verse by verse, account of the book of Daniel.

Daniel: chapter 1

1In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it, (around 605bc.). 2And the Lord gave the king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar and Nebuchadnezzar also took some of the vessels within the house of God and brought them into Babylon, into the house of his god and counted them as his own.

3At that time, the king also instructed the chief of his eunuchs to take captive some of the sons of Israel of the royal line. 4Children in whom there is no blemish and are favored and skilful in wisdom, understanding science and competent to stand in the king's palace and are able to be taught the literature and the tongue of the Chaldeans. 5And the king appointed them daily provisions of his finest food and wine, nourishing and educating them for three years, so that afterwards they might stand before the king. 6Among the children of Judah that were taken were: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah: 7To whom new names were given, Daniel was given the name 'Belteshazzar' (the name means: may Bel protect his life), Hananiah was given the name Shadrach (the name means: command of Aku), Mishael was given the name 'Meshach' (meaning of name unknown)and Azariah was given the name 'Abednego' (the name means: servant of Nego) . NOTE: All of the names have to do with pagan gods of Babylon.

8But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king's food or drink and he made this request known to the chief of the eunuch. 9Now God had given Daniel kindness and mercies before the chief of the eunuchs. 10And the chief of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who appointed you this food, for if he sees your countenance dimmer than the other children around you, I fear that my life might be in danger by the king. 11Daniel then said to the chief of the eunuchs, who was over the four Hebrew children. 12I beg of you to test us for ten days, giving us vegetables and water to eat and drink. 13If our countenances then becomes less than they who eat the king's rich foods, you may deal with your servants according. 14And the chief eunuch consented to them in this matter and proved them ten days.

15Now at the end of ten days their countenances appeared more robust than all the children that ate of the king's food. 16Thus the eunuch took away their portion of the king's food, giving them only vegetables. 17And God gave these four children knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom, also Daniel had understanding of visions and dreams.

18Now at the end of the three years, they came before king Nebuchadnezzar. 19And as the king talked with them, none were found to be like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah and the four were assigned to stand before the king. 20In all matters of wisdom and understanding that the king inquired of them, he found them to be ten times better than all his magicians and astrologers. 21And Daniel continued there with king Nebuchadnezzar, even unto the first year of king Cyrus, (when the seventy year exile of the Jews in Babylon was complete).

Daniel: chapter 2
King Nebuchadnezzar's dream of greatness.

1In the second year of Nebuchadnezzar reign, he had a dream that troubled his spirit and he could not sleep. 2The king then called the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers and the diviners, to interpret the king's dream. 3And the king told them that he had a disturbing dream and wished to know the interpretation of it. 4Then one of the diviners said to the king in Aramaic; May the king live forever, tell your servants the dream and we will give you the interpretation. 5But the king answered and said; this is my order, if you do not make the dream and its interpretation known to me, I shall have you cut in pieces and your houses shall be made into waste-heaps. 6But if you tell me the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive gifts, rewards and great honor.

7Again they responded; May the king tell his servants the dream and we will give you the interpretation of it. 8The king answered and said, I perceive that you are just stalling for time, because you know that my decision is firm. 9But if you will not make the dream known to me, there is but one sure sentence you. For I know you have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, but if you tell me the dream, then I shall trust you to tell me the interpretation of it. 10One of the diviners answered and said; there is not a man upon the earth that can do this for the king, no king either great or small has ever demanded such a thing of his magicians, or astrologers, or diviners. 11This is indeed a rare and weighty thing the king requires of us and only the gods could do this for the king and their dwelling is not among men.

12This made the king very angry and he commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. 13This decree went out and they also sought Daniel and his fellows that they might also be slain. 14However, when Daniel heard this from the captain of the king's guard, which had come to slay all the wise men of Babylon. 15Using much wisdom, Daniel asked the king's captain about the decree, its haste and its urgency? And the captain made the matter known to Daniel. 16Daniel then went before the king and desired, that the king would give him a set time and he would tell the king the dream and its interpretation. 17Daniel then went to his house and told his three fellow Hebrews of the matter, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 18That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this dream and interpretation, so that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19Then, in a night vision the secret was revealed to Daniel and Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

20Saying; Blessed be the name of God forever, for wisdom and might are His: 21He changes the times and the seasons, He removes kings and sets up kings, He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to them that have understanding: 22He reveals deep and secret things, He knows what is in the darkness, for the light dwells with him. 23I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers, who has given me wisdom and might and has made known to me the king's matter.

24Thus Daniel went before the captain of the guard and said, do not destroy the wise men of Babylon. But, bring me before the king and I will tell the king his dream and the interpretation. 25The caption of the guard then brought Daniel before the king, with great haste and said, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known to the king the dream and the interpretation.

26The king asked Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar; Are you able to make known unto me the dream and its interpretation? 27And Daniel answered, saying; The mystery the king has demanded, neither the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, or the soothsayers, can reveal to the king. 28But there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets and will make known to king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Your dream is this. 29Your dream, O king, are thoughts of what will come to pass and He whom reveals secrets was making it known to you. 30But as for me, this secret was not revealed to me for because of the wisdom that I possess, but so that the meaning might be known to the king and that you might know the thoughts of your heart.

King Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the four kingdoms.

31In your dream you saw a great image. This mighty image stood before you, its brightness was excellent and the appearance of it was terrifying. 32The head of the image was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34As you watched, a stone was cut out and removed, without the use of hands, which crumbled the image upon its feet of iron and clay and broke them into pieces. 35Then the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver and the gold, also broke to pieces and became like the chaff that the wind carried away so that not even a trace of them could be found and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

36This was the dream and I will now give the king the interpretation.

37You O king, are a king of kings, for the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, the power and strength and glory. 38And where ever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven He has given into your hand and has made you ruler over them all. You are the head of gold. 39And after you, there shall arise another kingdom, [the Medo-Persian] which shall be inferior to you and another third kingdom of brass, [Greece under Alexander the Great] which shall bear rule over all the earth. 40And the fourth kingdom, [Rome] shall be strong as iron, just as iron crushes into pieces, it shall break and subdue all things. 41And as you saw the feet and toes, part clay and part of iron, this kingdom shall be divided. 42Since the toes were part of iron and part clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly broken. 43As you saw the iron mixed with clay, they shall mix themselves with the seed of men, [in the marriage bond]. But, they shall not cling to one another, for iron and clay do not mix. 44And in the days of these kings, the God of Heaven shall set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed. And the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall crush and destroy all these kingdoms and it shall stand forever. 45In as much as you saw the stone cut out and removed without hands, that became a mountain, causing the iron, brass, clay, silver and gold to crumble. The great God has made known to the king, what shall come to pass and the dream is certain and the interpretation is sure.

46King Nebuchadnezzar then fell on his face and gave homage to Daniel and commanded that sweet incense be offered in the name of Daniel's God. 47Then saying to Daniel; It is indeed true, that your God is a God of gods, a Lord of Kings and a revealer of secrets, seeing that you could reveal this secret to me. 48The king then made Daniel a great man, giving him many gifts, for he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. 49And Daniel requested of the king, that he set Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.

Daniel: chapter 3
King Nebuchadnezzar, makes a golden image of himself, according to his dream.

1King Nebuchadnezzar then made an image of gold, whose height was 90 feet and the width was 9 feet, (NOTE: this was most likely a self sculpture), he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2Then Nebuchadnezzar the king gathered together all of his nobles, officials, captains, judges, treasurers, counselors, sheriffs and all the rulers within his provinces, to come to the dedication of the image. 3They all gathered for the dedication and stood before the image. 4Then an announcement was made, commanding all the people in every language. 5That when they hear the sound of the horn, the flute, the harp and other various sounds, they shall fall down and worship the golden image. 6And whoever does not fall down in worship, shall in that very hour be thrown into the midst of a fiery furnace. 7Therefore, when the people heard the sound of the horn and the various music, all the people of every nation and language, fell down and worshiped the golden image.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; and the fiery furnace.

8At that time certain native born men came forth, in accusation of the Jews. 9They spoke to the king, saying; 10Our king has made a decree, that every man at the sound of the horn, the flute, the harp and other various sounds, shall fall down and worship the golden image. 11 And whoever does not fall down in worship, is to be cast into the midst of a fiery furnace. 12Now there are certain Jews, whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; these men, have not regarded you, they serve not our gods, nor do they worship the golden image which you have set up.

13Nebuchadnezzar then filled with rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought before the king. 14And he spoke to them, asking them if it is true that you neither serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? 15If you are now ready that at the sound of the horn, the flute, the harp and other various sounds. If you fall down and worship the image it will go well. But, if you don't, you shall be thrown into a fiery furnace, for who is that God, who can deliver you out of my hands? 16Abednego replied to the king; concerning this matter, we have no need to return an answer. 17For if it be so, our God, whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18But even if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image that you have set up.

NOTE: It's been questioned if Abednego was wondering if God would deliver them, this is not the case. I have written a logical statement, that explains this.
if (you throw us in the firey furnace) (verse 17){
      our God, whom we serve is able to deliver us}
Else: (if you don't throw us in the furnace) (verse 18){
      let it be known that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image}

It does not make sense that if they thought there was a chance of perishing in the furnace why they would have said, we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image.

19Nebuchadnezzar was then so furious that even his face flushed and he ordered that the fiery furnace be increased in heat seven times of the normal. 20Then he commanded the mightiest men in his army to bind the three and to throw them into the burning fiery furnace. 21And the three men were thrown into the fiery furnace, clothes and all. 22Because the furnace was exceeding hot and at the urgency of the king's command, the men who handled the three men were killed by the exceedingly heat of the furnace. 23And the three men fell down bound in the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

24Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished and quickly got to his feet and asked his counselors; Did we not throw three men bound into the midst of the fire? And they answered, yes. 25The king then said; I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, without hurt and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. 26The king then came near to the mouth of the fiery furnace and spoke their names, saying; You servants of the Most High God, come forth. 27And the king's nobles and officials, that were gathered, saw that the fire had no power over these men, for their hair was not singed, their garments were intact nor did the smell of the fire cling to them.

28Nebuchadnezzar then spoke, saying; Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants that trusted in Him, they have set aside the king's word and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. 29Therefore I make a decree, that whoever shall speak a word against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces and their houses shall be made a waste-heap, because there is no other God that can deliver like this. 30And the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

Daniel: chapter 4
King Nebuchadnezzar's second dream that humble himself.
After Nebuchadnezzar's first dream, (of the golden head), due to his pride this second dream came to pass. This chapter was written by King Nebuchadnezzar himself after the king was restored to his kingdom.

1King Nebuchadnezzar, then said to all the people, of all the nations and languages; Peace be multiplied unto you. 2It seems good to me to declare to you the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done before me. 3For the signs and wonders are great and mighty! His kingdom is everlasting and His dominion is from generation to generation.

4When I was resting in my house and flourishing in my palace. 5I had a dream that made me afraid and the vision troubled me. 6Therefore, I had all the wise men of Babylon come before me, that they might make known the interpretation of the dream to me. 7The magicians, the enchanters, the diviners and the fortune-tellers came in, but they could not tell me of the dream nor interpret the dream for me. 8Lastly Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, so I inquired of him about the dream.

9Because I knew that the spirit of the holy gods was with Belteshazzar, the master of my magicians and that no secret would be withheld from him, I inquired of him to tell me the dream and its interpretation.

10Thus Belteshazzar told me of my dream, saying: This was the vision that you saw, there was a tree in the midst of the earth and its height was great. 11 The tree grew becoming strong and the height reached unto heaven, able to be seen throughout the whole earth. 12Its leaves were fair, its fruit was abundant and by it all were provided for. For it gave food and shade to all the living creatures of the field and the fowls of the air nested in the branches of it. 13In the vision you saw, a holy messenger come down from heaven, 14He said with a loud cry, cut down the tree, remove its branches, shake off its leaves and scatter its fruit, let the beasts and the fowls of the air get away from it. 15But, leave the stump with its roots left in the earth, bound with a band of iron and brass, to remain among the tender grass of the field. Let the stump be wet with the dew of heaven and its portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth. 16And let his nature and understanding be changed from that of a mans and let the nature of a beast be given to him, until seven times and seasons have passed over him. 17So shall this sentence be by the hand of the messenger from heaven. So that the living might know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever He will, setting up over it the humblest of men.

18King Nebuchadnezzar said: Yes, that is the dream that I had. Now Belteshazzar, tell me of the interpretation, for all the wise men of my kingdom were not able to interpret the dream, but I know you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods are in you.

19Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonished for one hour and his thoughts troubled him. The king then spoke, saying; Let not the dream, or the interpretation trouble you. Belteshazzar answered, saying; My lord, may the dream be for those that hate you and the interpretation for your enemies.

20The tree that you saw, which grew and became strong, whose height reached to the heaven and could be seen throughout the whole earth. 21 Whose leaves were fair, having an abundance of fruit and did provide for all. Giving food and shade to all the living creatures of the field and the fowls of the air nested in the branches of it. 22This is a picture of you, O king. You have grown and become strong, your greatness has increased and reached to heavens and your dominion to the end of the earth. 23Whereas you then saw a messenger coming down from heaven and saying, Cut down the tree, but leave the stump with the roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and brass among the tender grass of the field. Let it become wet with the dew of heaven and let its portion be with the beasts of the field, until seven times and seasons pass over it.

24This is the interpretation, O king and this is the decree of the Most High God, which is come upon my lord the king:

25You shall be driven from among men and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field and you shall be made to eat grass as an ox and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, this shall be for seven years or seven seasons. Until you learn and understand that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever He will. 26Now, whereas the tree stump and the roots were left in the ground, your kingdom shall remain standing, after you have learned that the God of the heaven's rules.

27O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you. That you would cease from your sins and repent of your iniquities, through righteousness show mercy to the poor, that there may be a lengthening of your peace and tranquillity.

28All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar. 29Twelve months later, he was walking in the palace of the kingdom. 30And he spoke, saying; Babylon is great!, that I have built by my might and power, for the honor of my majesty? 31While the king was still speaking these words, a voice came from the heaven, saying, king Nebuchadnezzar, these words are spoken to you; The kingdom has departed from you. 32You shall be driven from among men and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You will be made to eat grass, as do the oxen and seven times and seasons shall pass over you, until you have learned and know that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever He will.

33That same hour these words were fulfilled over Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from men and begun to eat grass as oxen do. His body was wet with the dew of heaven, until the hairs on his body became as eagle feathers and his nails like birds' claws. 34And at the end of the days, Nebuchadnezzar lifted up his eyes to heaven and his understanding returned to him. He then blessed the Most High, praising and honoring Him that lives forever, whose dominion is everlasting and his kingdom is from generation to generation. 35For all the people of the earth are counted as nothing, God does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can strike His hand, or say to Him, What are You doing? 36At this time my understanding returned to me and the glory of my kingdom, my honor and brightness returned to me. My counselors and my lords then sought for me and I was established in my kingdom and excellent majesty was added to me. 37I now Nebuchadnezzar praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven. Whose works are true and His ways are just and those that walk pridefully, He is able to humble.

NOTE: History tells us that most-likely for those 7 years, king Nebuchadnezzar's wife or other family members kept the kingdom.
Daniel: chapter 5
The writing on the wall, during king Belshazzar reign.
This event occurred twenty-three years after the death of Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar was the reigning king, two kings after Nebuchadnezzar.

1Now king Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine before them all. 2Belshazzar, as he was drinking the wine, ordered that the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem, be brought out, so that the king, princes, his wives and concubines, could drink out of them. 3So the golden vessels were brought to the king and they all drank from them. 4And they drank wine, praising the gods of gold, silver, brass, iron, wood and stone. 5That very hour there appeared fingers of a man's hand and the finger wrote on the wall, over by the candlestick, (the illumined part of the wall) of the king's palace and the king saw this. 6Upon seeing this, the king's countenance changed, for his thoughts terrified him, so much so that he went limp and his knees knocked together.

7The king then called out loudly for his astrologers, diviners and soothsayers. And said to them. Whoever shall read this writing and give me the interpretation I shall clothe in scarlet, put a chain around his neck and he shall be the third highest in the kingdom. 8Then came in all the king's wise men, but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. 9The king was now greatly troubled, his countenance grew dimmer and even his lords were astonished.

10However, the queen's mother overheard the king's words and came into the banquet house and said, O king, may you live forever. Do not let your thought's trouble you. 11There is a man in your kingdom that has the spirit of the holy gods. For in the days of your father, king Nebuchadnezzar, understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him and the king made him master of the magicians, astrologers, diviners and soothsayers. 12He has an excellent spirit, knowledge and understanding, explaining dreams, clarifying riddles and solving difficult problems, all these were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Therefore, call Daniel and he will reveal the meaning.

13So Daniel was brought in before the king. And the king asked him; Are you the Daniel of the children of the captivity, that king Nebuchadnezzar brought up from Judah? 14I have heard that you have the spirit of the gods, understanding and superior wisdom. 15I have called in my wise men and enchanters, to read this writing and make the interpretation known to me, but they could not give me the interpretation. 16But I heard that you can make interpretations known. So if you can read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation, I shall clothe you with scarlet, put a gold chain around your neck and you shall be the third highest in the kingdom.

17Daniel replied to the king, keep your gifts and give your rewards to another. Regardless, I will interpret the writing for the king. 18For, may you know that the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar a kingdom, together with majesty, glory and honor. 19And because of his greatness that was given to him, all people of all nations and languages, trembled and feared before him. Who he might slay, promote or humiliate. 20But when his heart was lifted up and he became prideful, he was removed from his kingly throne and his glory departed from him. 21Nebuchadnezzar was then driven from the palace and his heart was made like the beasts. His dwelling was among them, he ate grass as do the oxen and his body was wet with the dew of heaven. Until he knew that the Most High God ruled in the kingdom of men and that He appoints over it whomever He will.

22You, Belshazzar, his son, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this from the beginning. 23You have lifted yourself up against the LORD of heaven, having brought in the holy vessels of the Most High God before you, so that you, your lords, your wives and concubines could drink out of them. Then you have praised the gods of silver, gold, brass, iron, wood and stone, which do not see, nor hear, nor have any understanding. And the God in whom your breath is from, you have not gloried. 24After you had done this, God sent the finger to write on the wall.

25What is written is; Numbered, Numbered, Weighed, Divided. 26And the interpretation of the words are;

Numbered: God has numbered your kingdom and has brought it to an end.
27Weighed: you have been weighed in the balances and been found wanting.
28Divided: your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.

29Belshazzar, then commanded that Daniel be clothed in scarlet, a gold chain be put around his neck and a proclamation be made concerning him, that he should be the third highest in the kingdom.

30That very night, Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans was slain. 31 And Darius the Mede took the kingdom, he was sixty-two years old.

Daniel: chapter 6
Daniel and the lion's den, during the reign of king Darius.

1Darius placed over the whole kingdom one hundred and twenty governors. 2And the governors gave an account to three presidents, of whom Daniel was first in charge, so that the king should not incur any loss. 3And Daniel became preferred above all the presidents and the governors, for he had an excellent spirit and the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4So the other presidents and governors sought to find fault against Daniel concerning the kingdom, but they came up with nothing, in as much as he was faithful, no error or fault was found in him. 5Then the men came up with a plan, that the only way they could find fault with him, was concerning the law of his God. 6So these presidents and governors all assembled before king Darius and said; May the king live forever.

7So they conspired together to have a royal statute established and to make a firm decree, that whoever asks a petition of any god or man for thirty days, except of the king, he shall be cast into the lion's den. 8And according to their request the decree was also written to say that it could not be changed or altered, according to the law of the Medes and Persians. 9And king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

10Now when Daniel knew of this decree, he went to his house and his windows being open, his practice was to kneeled down three times a day, pray and gave thanks to his God. 11These men then assembled, to find Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 12They then went to the king concerning the king's decree, saying; Did you not sign a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any god or man within thirty days, except the king, shall be cast into the den of lions? And the king answered; Yes it is true and cannot be altered according to the law of the Medes and Persians. 13They then told the king; That Daniel, whom is of the children of the captivity of Judah, does not regard you, O king, nor the decree that you have signed, but he calls on his God three times a day. 14When the king heard these words, he was displeased within himself and spent that day thinking of a way, of how he could deliver Daniel.

15Then these men assembled again before the king and said; You are aware that this decree, that you established, is a law of the Medes and Persians and cannot be altered. 16So the king commanded that Daniel be brought and be thrown into the den of lions. As Daniel was there, the king said to him; May your God that you serve continually deliver you. 17Then a stone was then laid over the mouth of the den and the king sealed it with his own signet along with the signet of his lords. 18 Then the king went to his palace and he fasted the entire night neither did he partake of his nightly music nor could he sleep all night.

19Early the next morning, the king quickly went to the place of the den of lions. 20When the king came to the den, he cried with a grieved voice saying; Daniel, servant of the living God, was your God, whom you serve continually, able to deliver you from the lions? 21Daniel replied back; O king, live forever. 22My God sent an angel and has shut the lions' mouths, they have not hurt me, for I was found innocence before Him and to you, O king, I have done you no harm. 23The king was exceeding glad and commanded that they should bring Daniel up out of the den. 24The king then commanded, that they bring the men that had accused Daniel and they cast them into the den of lions, together with their children and their wives. And before they even reached the bottom of the pit, the lions had overpowered them and broken their bones in pieces.

25King Darius then wrote to all the people, nations and languages, that dwell within his kingdom; Peace be multiplied unto you. 26And he made a decree, that in every dominion of my kingdom men should tremble and fear before Daniel's God. For He is the living God, steadfast forever, His kingdom will not be destroyed and His dominion shall be forever. 27He is a Savior and Deliverer, He works signs and wonders in heaven and in earth and has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

28Daniel then prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of his successor king Cyrus the Persian.

Daniel: chapter 7
Daniel's vision of the four beasts, during the reign of king Belshazzar.

1Now in the first year of king Belshazzar, Daniel had a dream and he wrote down the vision.

2The four winds of the heaven rose up into a great storm on the sea. 3And four great beasts came up from the sea in succession, each diverse from each other. 4The first beast was like a lion with wings as an eagle. I watched as its wings were plucked out, it was then lifted up erect and made to stand on its feet like a man. And a man's heart was given to it. 5The second beast was like a bear. It raised itself up on one side and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said this to it: Arise and eat up much flesh. 6The third beast was like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a bird, the beast had also four heads and rulership was given to it. 7And the fourth beast was dreadful and terrible and exceedingly strong, it had teeth of iron, it devoured, crushed and trampled with its feet the residue that remained from the other beasts that went before it and it had ten horns. 8As I was looking at the horns, a small horn came up among them and before it three of the original horns were plucked up by the roots, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking great things. 9I watched until the thrones were set in place and the Ancient of Days sat, whose robe was white as snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was like flames of fire and His wheels like burning fire. 10A fiery stream came forth from before Him, while thousands ministered to Him and even more than that stood before him. The judgment now set and the books were opened. 11I continued watching because of the great words which the horn spoke, until the beast was slain, his body destroyed and given over to the burning flame. 12For the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season. 13In the dream then came one like the Son of man with the clouds of heaven, coming to the Ancient of Days and they brought Him before Him. 14And dominion over the kingdom and glory was given to Him, that all people, nations and languages, should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, that will not pass away, nor shall His kingdom ever be destroyed.
NOTE: The four beasts in this vision, are a representation of the four kingdom seen in Nebuchadnezzar's first dream of greatness.

15At the vision Daniel was grieved in spirit and in body, for the vision greatly troubled him. 16In the dream, I then asked one who stood near me for the truth of what this meant and he made the meaning of this clear to me. 17These four great beasts, are four kings, that shall reign on the earth. 18But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom and possess it forever. 19Then I learned the truth of the fourth beast, which was unique from the others. For he was exceeding dreadful, with teeth of iron and nails of brass, that devoured, tore into pieces and stamped the residue with his feet. 20The ten horns that were on his head and the smaller horn that came up and caused three of the original horns to fall. This horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke of great things, whose appearance was greater than his companions. 21This same horn made war with the saints and prevailed against them. 22Until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High, then the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.

23I was told that; The fourth beast shall be the fourth earthly kingdom and it shall be different from all the other kingdoms, for it shall devour the whole earth. 24The ten horns coming out of this kingdom are ten kings, then another shall rise up after them, being different from all of them and he shall subdue three of the kings. 25And he shall speak great words against the Most High, wearing out His saints by changing their times and laws. Then they shall fall into his hands for a determined time. 26But at the judgment, his dominion shall be taken away, consume and destroyed. 27Then the dominion and the greatness of the entire kingdom under heaven, shall be given to the saints of the Most High. And this will be an everlasting kingdom, all kingdoms serving and obeying Him.

28This ends the account. My thoughts remain troubled even my countenance has changed, however, I will keep this matter in my heart.

Daniel: chapter 8
Daniel's second vision of kingdom powers.

1In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar, I Daniel, had a second vision.

2In the vision I saw, that I was at the capital city of Persia in the palace, which is in the province of Elam, by the river of Ulai. 3Before the river a stood a ram that had two horns, the two horns were high, but the one that came up last was higher. 4I saw this ram pushing westward, northward and southward, where no beasts could stand before him, nor was there anyone who could be delivered from his power. For he did according to his will and became great. 5As I was watching and thinking about this, a he-goat, having a notable horn between his eyes came from the west and covered the whole earth, not even touching the ground. 6And he came to the ram that had two horns, which was standing before the river and ran unto him in the fury of his power. 7The goat was moved with anger against the ram and smote him, braking his two horns, for there was no power in the ram to stand before him. The ram was cast down to the ground and stamped upon and no one could deliver the ram out of his hand. 8And the he goat became very great and when he was strong, the great horn was broken. And in its place came up four notable ones, each towards the four winds of the heavens. 9And out of one of these sprung up a little horn that became very great, toward the south, toward the east and toward the land of Israel. 10And it became great, even unto God's true saints, however, he threw down some of God's people and priests to the ground and stamped upon them. 11Magnifying himself to the prince of the host and by him he did away with sacrifices and cast down even God's own sanctuary. 12And an army was given to him to fight against those who continued in their sacrifices, casting down the truth to the ground and this army did prevail. 13Then I heard one speaking and another one asked him; When shall the vision be fulfilled, for the transgressions are great, for the sanctuary has been trampled and the sacrifices have been stopped? 14He replied, Unto 2,300 days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

15After I had seen the vision, searching for the meaning, there stood before me, as the appearance of a man. 16I then heard a man's voice between the banks of the river, saying; Gabriel, explain this vision to this man. 17And when he came near, I was afraid and fell upon my face, but the angel said to me, son of man, understand this vision, for it is concerning the end of the times. 18 Now as Gabriel was speaking with me, I was in a trance on my face toward the ground, but he touched me and set me upright. 19He said; I will make you aware of what will happen in the latter times, the indignation of God upon the ungodly. For it is appointed for the end.

20The ram having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. 21And the rough goat is the king of Greece and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king, (NOTE: Alexander the great). 22As for that horn as it was broken and four stood up in its place, that kingdom shall be divided into four kingdoms, but none of the kingdoms shall have its power. 23Now in the latter time of their kingdoms, when the transgressors, (NOTE: the apostate Jews) having come to the full, a fierce king, and understanding hidden things shall stand up. 24And his power shall be mighty, but shall not be his own. For he shall corrupt and destroy, but he shall prosper, destroying the mighty and the holy people. 25Also through his understanding, he shall cause deceit to succeed in his hand and will magnify himself in his heart. Through deceptions of peace, he shall destroy many, even to stand against the Ruler of rulers. But, his downfall shall not be by human hands. 26The vision of the evening and the morning is true, remember them for it belongs to the distant future.

27I Daniel then fainted and was sick for several days, afterward I then rose up and returned to the king's business, still being astonished by the vision, not completely understanding it.

Daniel: chapter 9
Revelation revealed to Daniel of Jerusalem's seventy year exile.

1In the first year of king Darius, during the reign of the Medes. 2I, Daniel, understood the scriptures in the book of Jeremiah, where the number of seventy years was foretold that Jerusalem would lie in desolation.

3I sought the LORD through prayer and supplication, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. 4And I prayed to the LORD, confessing and saying; Lord, our great and fearful God, who keeps covenant and shows mercy to them that love Him and keep His commandments. 5We have sinned, we have rebelled, for we have done wickedly, committed iniquity and have rebelled, by departing from Your commandments and Your judgments. 6We have not listened to or obeyed the prophets, which spoke in the name of the LORD, to our kings, our fathers and to all the people of our land. 7Righteousness belongs to You LORD, but as for us, confusion and shame this day belong to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all the people of Israel, that are near and far. In whatever country You have driven them, because of their trespass against You. 8We have confusion and shame before our kings and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. 9Yet even though we have rebelled against You, the LORD our God has compassion and forgiveness. 10For we have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in the laws He gave us through the prophets. 11All of Israel has turned away and rejected Your law, so that they might not obey Your voice. Therefore, the curse is upon us and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against Him. 12For He has carried out His words, which He spoke against us and against our judges and have brought to us a great evil, for the earth has not seen such as has been done to Jerusalem. 13Just as it is written in the book of Moses, this evil would come upon the transgressors and has now come upon us. Yet, we have not earnestly prayed before the LORD, that we might turn from our iniquities and have understanding and become wise in your truth. 14Therefore the LORD has brought this evil upon us, for He is righteous in all His works and we have not obeyed His voice. 15Lord, You have brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have become renown among the nations, but as of this day, we have sinned and have done wickedly. 16But now O Lord, according to Your righteousness, I beg of You, to turn Your anger and fury away from Your holy mountain, the city of Jerusalem. For because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and her people have become a reproach to all that are around us. 17Therefore, our God, hear the prayer and supplications of Your servant Daniel and for Your own sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary that is desolate. 18My God, incline Your ear, open Your eyes and behold our desolation, the city that is called by Your name. For we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteousness, but because of Your great mercies. 19Lord, hear and forgive, act quickly and do not delay. For Your own sake, for Your city and the people who are called by Your name.

20While I was speaking, praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people of Israel and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; 21The angel Gabriel, from my former vision, touched me about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22Then he opened my understanding and said; Daniel, I have come forth to give you skill and understanding. 23At the beginning of your prayers the word came forth and I have come to show you for you are greatly loved. Therefore, understand this matter and consider the vision.

24Seventy weeks are determined upon the people and the holy city Jerusalem, to complete the transgression and to bring an end to their sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, bringing in everlasting righteousness and to seal up the vision and prophecy, thus anointing the Most Holy. 25Therefore know and understand, that from the going out of the word to restore Jerusalem, to the Messiah and Prince, shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. The street shall then be built again and the walls, even in times of adversity. 26And after sixty-two weeks the Messiah shall be cut off. And the people of the ruler who shall come will destroy the city and the sanctuary and the end of it thereof shall be with a flood and even to the end, there shall be war. 27Then shall he confirm the covenant with many for one week, [7 years] and in the midst of the week he shall cause all worship and sacrifice to cease. For the remaining 3.5 years, in the place of worship an obscenity will be set up and remain until the desecrator himself is destroyed.

Daniel: chapter 10
Daniel's vision of the glorious man, a pre-incarnate image of Christ.

1In the third year of king Cyrus of Persia, this truth was revealed to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, though the appointed time was far distant. 2In these days Daniel was mourning for three full weeks. 3During this time, he ate no rich foods, nor meat or partake of wine, neither did he anoint himself, until three whole weeks were fulfilled.

4Now on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, he was by the great river, Hiddekel. 5And he looked and saw a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with fine gold. 6His body shone as a precious stone and his face looked as lightning. Having eyes as lamps of fire, arms and feet in colors of polished bronze and a great voice, like the sound of a multitude. 7Only I saw the vision of the heavenly being, for the men that were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. 8Therefore I was left alone, to see this great vision and all my strength left me, for my outward appearance became pale and I grew weak and faint. 9Yet, when I heard His words, I was in a deep trance and on my face.

10Then a hand touched me and set me upon my hands and knees. 11The angel then said to me; Daniel, you are a man, who is greatly beloved, understand these words that I speak and stand upright, for I have been sent to you. And while he was saying these words to me, I stood trembling. 12Fear not Daniel, from the very first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before God, your words were heard and I have come because of your words. 13The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me for twenty-one days, but, Michael, one of the chief angels came to my aid and I remained there with the kings of Persia. 14But now I have come to give you understanding of what will come upon your people for many days in the distant future.

15When he had spoken these words to me, I set my face toward the ground and I became speechless. 16Just then, one looking like the sons of men touched my lips and I opened my mouth and spoke. Saying to him who stood before me, O lord, my sorrows are turned on me by reason of the vision and I have no strength. 17For how can the Lord's servant, who is feeble, talk with my lord? For there remains no strength in me, neither is there any breath left in me. 18One then came having the appearance of a man, touched me and strengthened me. 19Saying to me, you are a man who is greatly beloved, do not fear, peace be with you, be strong. When he had spoken this to me, I was strengthened and said; Let my lord speak, for I am strengthened. 20He then said, Do you know why I come to you? And now I shall return to fight with the hostile prince of Persia. And when I have left, the hostile prince of Greece shall come. 21Now I will show you the truth of the Scriptures. For there is no one who holds strong with me in these things, but Michael your prince and guardian angel.

Daniel: chapter 11

1In the first year of king Darius the Mede, even the angel stood before me to confirm and strengthen Michael the angelic prince.

Daniel's revelation of the endtimes.

2Showing him the truth of things to happen. There shall arise three more kings in Persia and the fourth shall be far richer than they all. When he has become strong, through his riches, he shall strike the kingdom of Greece. 3But a mighty king shall stand up, ruling the kingdom with great dominion and doing according to his will. 4But when he is fully risen in power, his kingdom shall be broken and shall be divided like the four winds of heaven. It shall not be given to his sons, or according to plans made, but it shall be uprooted by others beside him. 5And the king of the south shall be strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger above him and have a great dominion. 6After sometime, the king of the south (Egypt) and the king of the north (Syria) shall join themselves together in an alliance. For the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north in a marriage agreement. However, she shall not retain the power, neither shall the king retain his power, but she and all who brought her along with her son shall be handed over. 7But out of the same ancestry one shall rise up and come against the northern kingdom (Syria) with an army. Entering into the fortress of the north and prevailing against the king. 8He shall also carry the molten images of their gods together with their precious vessels of silver and gold into Egypt. And his kingdom shall stand longer than the king of the north. 9So shall the king of the south come into the kingdom of the north, but shall be forced to retreat to his own land. 10However his sons of the north shall assemble a great force, passing through the country making war, even up to the fortress of the south. 11Then the king of the south (Egypt), shall be moved with anger and fight with the king of the north (Syria). The king of the south shall set forth a great multitude, but even though the multitudes shall be given over to the hand of the Northern king. 12And when the king of the south has removed the multitude of corpses, his heart will be lifted up and enraged. He shall then cast down tens of thousands, but his victory shall not last long. 13But after some years the king of the north shall return with a multitude even greater than the former with even greater riches. 14In those times many shall stand against the king of the south, also the rebels of his own country shall lift themselves up to establish their vision, but they shall fall. 15So the king of the north shall come and take the fortified cities by storm and the king of the south nor his chosen troops shall have no strength to withstand. 16For the king of the north shall do according to his own will and no one shall dare to stand before him. He shall stand in the glorious land of Israel, which shall be destroyed by his hand. 17He shall come with the strength of his whole kingdom, bringing with him terms of peace. Giving his daughter in agreement, hopping to be able through her to bring down his kingdom. However, she will refuse to be part of this conspiracy. 18After this he shall turn his attention to the coastlines and shall take many. But, a ruler shall turn his reproach back to him. 19Then he shall turn back towards his own land, but on the way shall stumble and die. 20In his place shall stand up a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom, however, within few days he will be destroyed, but neither in anger nor in battle.

21Then a vile person shall stand in his place, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom. He shall come in peaceably and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. 22But the overwhelming forces of invading armies shall sweep him away and he shall be broken, also the prince of the covenant. 23And after the south has made an alliance with him, he shall practice deceit, yet only to become strong with a few people. 24Without warning he shall enter peaceably upon the land and he shall do that what none of his father's had done. He shall scatter plunder among them, but then he shall also devise plots against their strongholds, if only for a time. 25And he shall rise up against the king of the south with a great army and the king of the south shall battle against him. But, the king of the south shall not stand, for many schemes shall be planned against him. 26And he shall fall from within through his own counsel and his army shall flee, even though many shall fall down slain. 27Both these king's hearts shall be set on deceit, they shall speak lies at the table to no avail, for their plans shall not prosper, because the end is not yet appointed. 28The northern king shall then return to his land with great riches and his heart shall be against God's holy covenant and His people. After he has carried out his evil exploits, he shall return to his own land of (Syria). 29At the appointed time he shall return coming into the south, but it shall not be successful, as were the former invasions. 30For Roman ships shall come against him, therefore he shall be grieved, return and pour out his indignation against the city of Palestine, God's holy covenant and His people. Doing his own pleasure, even to return giving favor to them that forsake the God's holy covenant. 31Armed forces of his shall appear and they shall pollute the sanctuary, they shall take away the daily sacrifice and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate. 32The king of the north will then, using flattery win those to himself who do evil against the covenant. But, the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and will do works unto their God. 33And they among the people who understand, shall teach many and have them understand, though some of them shall fall by the sword. 34When these stumble, they shall have a little help, but many also shall join unto them claiming hypocrisy. 35Many of the wise and those who understand shall stumble, this will be a test for God's people and will refine and purge them, for the appointed time of the end is not yet. 36And the king shall exalt himself according to his own will, he shall magnify himself above every god and shall blaspheme against the God of gods and he shall prosper until the determined wrathful judgment is completed. 37He shall not regard the god of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any pagan god, for he shall magnify himself above all. 38But he shall honor the God of power and forces, a god that his fathers did not know, he shall honor with gold, silver, precious stones and other pleasant things. 39Thus he shall advance against the strongest of fortresses with a strange god, whom he acknowledges with increased glory, he shall cause them to rule over many and shall divide the land for gain. 40At the appointed end time, the king of the south shall push him back and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen and many ships. He shall pass through the countries and shall overwhelm them with his forces. 41He shall also enter into the glorious land of [Palestine] and overthrow many. However, Edom, Moab and the chief of the sons of Ammon, shall escape out of his hand. 42As he conquers country after country, even the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43For he shall have power over the treasures of Egypt and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall aline themselves with him. 44But rumors and news out of the east and the north shall trouble him and he shall go forth with great fury to utterly destroy many. 45And he shall pitch the tents of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy city, however, when he comes to his end none shall help him.

Daniel: chapter 12

1At these endtimes, there shall be a time of great trouble, such as never has been seen before. Michael, the great angelic prince which defends the children of God, shall stand up and everyone of God's people found written in the book of life shall be delivered. 2Also, those who are in the graves will rise, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3They who are wise shall shine as the brightness of the heavens and they that turn those to righteousness as the stars forever and ever. 4But Daniel, put these words away and seal up the book until the time of the end. For in that time, many shall be running to and fro and knowledge shall increase.

5Then I Daniel looked and there stood two angels, one on this side of the bank of the river and the other on that side of the bank of the river. 6And the one said to the man clothed in linen, (NOTE: this is a pre-incarnate appearance of Christ), which was upon the waters of the river; How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? 7And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his hands to heaven and swore by him that lives forever that it shall be for a time, times and a half. When the scattering of the power of the holy people has been accomplished all these things shall be finished.

8Even though I heard, I did not understand. For I then said; my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? 9And he said; Go your way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. 10Many shall purify themselves, making themselves white and tried, but the wicked shall do wickedly, nor will any of them understand, only the wise shall understand. 11And from the time that the daily sacrifice are taken away, completing the 1,290 days, (3.5 years), when the abomination of destruction is set up in the temple. 12And blessed is he that waits earnestly and comes to the 1,335 days, (+ 45 days). 13But Daniel, go your way and rest until the end shall come, then you shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.