Daniel 1   

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.  The Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God; and he carried them into the land of Shinar to the house of his god. He brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.
The king spoke to Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring in some of the children of Israel, even of the royal offspring and of the nobles;  youths in whom was no defect, but well-favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and endowed with knowledge, and understanding science, and who had the ability to stand in the king’s palace; and that he should teach them the learning and the language of the Chaldeans.  The king appointed for them a daily portion of the king’s dainties, and of the wine which he drank, and that they should be nourished three years; that at its end they should stand before the king.
Now among these were of the children of Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.   The prince of the eunuchs gave names to them: to Daniel he gave the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego. 
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s dainties, nor with the wine which he drank. Therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.  Now God made Daniel find kindness and compassion in the sight of the prince of the eunuchs.  The prince of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and your drink. For why should he see your faces worse looking than the youths who are of your own age? So would you endanger my head with the king.”  Then Daniel said to the steward whom the prince of the eunuchs had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:  “Test your servants, I beg you, ten days; and let them give us vegetables to eat, and water to drink.   Then let our faces be examined before you, and the face of the youths who eat of the king’s dainties; and as you see, deal with your servants.”  So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days.   At the end of ten days, their faces appeared fairer, and they were fatter in flesh, than all the youths who ate of the king’s dainties.  So the steward took away their dainties, and the wine that they would drink, and gave them vegetables. 
Now as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.  At the end of the days which the king had appointed for bringing them in, the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.  The king talked with them; and among them all was found no one like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore stood they before the king.  In every matter of wisdom and understanding, concerning which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters who were in all his realm.   Daniel continued even to the first year of king Cyrus. 
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  • The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.  Genesis 10:10

    The whole earth was of one language and of one speech.  As they traveled from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they lived there.  They said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.  They said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let’s make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth.”  Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.  Yahweh said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do.  Come, let’s go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So Yahweh scattered them abroad from there on the surface of all the earth. They stopped building the city.  Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of all the earth. From there, Yahweh scattered them abroad on the surface of all the earth. Genesis 11:1-9

    In the days of Amraphel, king of Shinar; Arioch, king of Ellasar; Chedorlaomer, king of Elam; and Tidal, king of Goiim, they made war with Bera, king of Sodom; Birsha, king of Gomorrah; Shinab, king of Admah; Shemeber, king of Zeboiim; and the king of Bela (also called Zoar).  All these joined together in the valley of Siddim (also called the Salt Sea).  Genesis 14:1-3

    Then the angel who talked with me came forward, and said to me, “Lift up now your eyes, and see what is this that is appearing.”  I said, “What is it?” He said, “This is the ephah basket that is appearing.” He said moreover, “This is their appearance in all the land  (and behold, a talent of lead was lifted up); and this is a woman sitting in the middle of the ephah basket.”  He said, “This is Wickedness;” and he threw her down into the middle of the ephah basket; and he threw the weight of lead on its mouth.  Then lifted I up my eyes, and saw, and behold, there were two women, and the wind was in their wings. Now they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the ephah basket between earth and the sky.  Then I said to the angel who talked with me, “Where are these carrying the ephah basket?”   He said to me, “To build her a house in the land of Shinar. When it is prepared, she will be set there in her own place.” Zechariah 5:5-11

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  • Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, commanded that the golden and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem be brought to him; that the king and his lords, his wives and his concubines, might drink from them.  Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of God’s house which was at Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives and his concubines, drank from them.  Daniel 5:2,3

    And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had said.  2 Kings 24:13

    Also Cyrus the king brought out the vessels of Yahweh’s house, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought out of Jerusalem, and had put in the house of his gods; even those, Cyrus king of Persia brought out by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and counted them out to Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.  This is the number of them: thirty platters of gold, one thousand platters of silver, twenty-nine knives, thirty bowls of gold, four hundred ten silver bowls of a second sort, and one thousand other vessels.  All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand four hundred. Sheshbazzar brought all these up when the captives were brought up from Babylon to Jerusalem.  Ezra 1:7-11

    Also I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, Yahweh says, “Don’t listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you, saying, ‘Behold, the vessels of Yahweh’s house will now shortly be brought again from Babylon;’ for they prophesy a lie to you.  Don’t listen to them. Serve the king of Babylon, and live. Why should this city become a desolation?  Jeremiah 27:16,17

    He carried out from there all the treasures of Yahweh’s house, and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold, which Solomon king of Israel had made in Yahweh’s temple, as Yahweh had said.  2 Kings 24:13

     

  • Yahweh will bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as the eagle flies; a nation whose language you will not understand;  a nation of fierce facial expressions, that doesn’t respect the elderly, nor show favor to the young, and they will eat the fruit of your livestock, and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed. They also won’t leave you grain, new wine, or oil, the increase of your livestock, or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish.  They will besiege you in all your gates, until your high and fortified walls come down, in which you trusted, throughout all your land. They will besiege you in all your gates throughout all your land, which Yahweh your God has given you.  Deuteronomy 28:49-52 

    3 For I will proclaim the name of Yahweh: Ascribe you greatness to our God. 4 The Rock, his work is perfect; For all his ways are justice: A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, Just and right is he. 15 But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked: You have grown fat, you are grown thick, you are become sleek; Then he forsook God who made him, Lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. 18 Of the Rock that became your father, you are unmindful, Have forgotten God who gave you birth. 28 For they are a nation void of counsel, There is no understanding in them. 29 Oh that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end! 30 How should one chase a thousand, Two put ten thousand to flight, Except their Rock had sold them, Yahweh had delivered them up? 31 For their rock is not as our Rock, Even our enemies themselves being judges.
    Deuteronomy 32:3,4,15,18,31

    Yahweh’s anger burned against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.  Judges 2:14   Therefore Yahweh’s anger burned against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Cushan Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the children of Israel served Cushan Rishathaim eight years.  Judges 3:8   Yahweh sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth of the Gentiles.  Judges 4:2

    He gave them into the hand of the nations. Those who hated them ruled over them.  Their enemies also oppressed them. They were brought into subjection under their hand.  Psalms 106:41,42

    Who gave Jacob as plunder, and Israel to the robbers? Didn’t Yahweh, he against whom we have sinned? For they would not walk in his ways, and they disobeyed his law.  Isaiah 42:24

Daniel = God is my Judge

Hananiah = Yah is gracious

Mishael = Who is what El is?

Azariah = Yah has helped

Daniel to Belteshazzar = Keeper of Hidden treasures of Bel.  1) These treasures could be the temple vessels from the House of God in Jerusalem that are now in Bel’s House.  2) Daniel could have been given the name Belshazzar = Bel protect the King, this is the same name as Nebuchadnezzar’s grandson in Daniel 5.  It is said that Daniel may have added the TE to = Bel NOT to protect the King.   3) Daniel maintains his name in captivity.  See Daniel 4:8 and Daniel 5:12.

Hananiah to Shadrach = Command of Aku.  Aku being the name of the Babylonian god of the moon.

Mishael to Meshach = Who is what Aku is.  Again, Aku is the Babylonian god of the moon.

Azariah to Abednego = Slave of Nebo/Nabu.  Nebo is the Babylonian god of wisdom.

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God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.  To every animal of the earth, and to every bird of the sky, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;” and it was so.  Genesis 1:29,30

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  • Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.  Psalms 17:3

    Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.  Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.  Acts 11:22,23

    Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.  I Corinthians 7:37

    Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

  • Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings. He won’t serve obscure men.  Proverbs 22:29

    How I love your law! It is my meditation all day.  Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for your commandments are always with me.   I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.  I understand more than the aged, because I have kept your precepts.  Psalms 119:97-100

  • You shall serve Yahweh your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.  Exodus 23:25

    It shall happen, if you shall listen diligently to Yahweh your God’s voice, to observe to do all his commandments which I command you today, that Yahweh your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.  All these blessings will come upon you, and overtake you, if you listen to Yahweh your God’s voice.  You shall be blessed in the city, and you shall be blessed in the field.  You shall be blessed in the fruit of your body, the fruit of your ground, the fruit of your animals, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock.  Your basket and your kneading trough shall be blessed.  You shall be blessed when you come in, and you shall be blessed when you go out.  Yahweh will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be struck before you. They will come out against you one way, and will flee before you seven ways.  Yahweh will command the blessing on you in your barns, and in all that you put your hand to. He will bless you in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.  Yahweh will establish you for a holy people to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you shall keep the commandments of Yahweh your God, and walk in his ways.  All the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by Yahweh’s name, and they will be afraid of you.  Yahweh will grant you abundant prosperity, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground, in the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers to give you.  Yahweh will open to you his good treasure in the sky, to give the rain of your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You will lend to many nations, and you will not borrow. Yahweh will make you the head, and not the tail. You will be above only, and you will not be beneath; if you listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I command you today, to observe and to do, and shall not turn away from any of the words which I command you today, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.  Deuteronomy 28:1-14

    Better is a little that the righteous has, than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but Yahweh upholds the righteous.  Yahweh knows the days of the perfect. Their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be disappointed in the time of evil. In the days of famine they shall be satisfied. Psalms 37:16-19

    Yahweh’s blessing brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.  Proverbs 10:22

  • Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.  Genesis 41:46

    David came to Saul, and stood before him. He loved him greatly; and he became his armor bearer.  I Samuel 16:21

    King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, “What counsel do you give me to answer these people?” They replied, “If you will be a servant to this people today, and will serve them, and answer them with good words, then they will be your servants forever.” 
    But he abandoned the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.  1 Kings 12:6-8

  • Yahweh says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him, and strip kings of their armor; to open the doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut:  “I will go before you, and make the rough places smooth. I will break the doors of brass in pieces, and cut apart the bars of iron.  I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, Yahweh, who call you by your name, even the God of Israel.  For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel my chosen, I have called you by your name. I have given you a title, though you have not known me.  Isaiah 45:1-4