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Daniel 1:3-14, 2:46, 3:23-30, 6:23

I read Daniel for the third time yesterday after watching the movie, “The Book of Daniel.”  This movie mostly adheres to Scripture with some minor differences:

Scripture:  A court official was too afraid to grant Daniel’s food and drink request, but a guard agreed.
Movie:  Daniel only talked to the court official.

Scripture:  After Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s statue dream, Nebuchadnezzar “fell prostrate before Daniel…”
Movie:  After hearing the interpretation, Nebuchadnezzar walked toward his throne and sat down.

Scripture:  Royal advisers and others looked for evidence of fire on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and Nebuchadnezzar didn’t mention the word, “fire.”
Movie:  Nebuchadnezzar examined them and said the word, “fire.”

Scripture:  Daniel had to be lifted up out of the lion’s den.
Movie:  King Darius said to Daniel, “Come forth” and Daniel simply walked out.

Daniel and his friends were steadfast in their loyalty to God.  They probably had God-fearing mothers.  If their mothers still lived and found out about their applied love for God, they would have been pleased.

 

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Daniel 1:6-7, 2:17, Daniel 3, 6

Do you love the book of Daniel?  I do.  In chapter three you read about God saving Daniel’s friends, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach) and Azariah (Abednego) from the fire.  And in chapter six, God saved Daniel from the lions.  It’s a fast-paced book.

What troubles are you facing today?  For Daniel, it was lions.  And for Daniel’s friends, it was fire.  God saved them all.  He is the same God today as He was then.  Whatever trouble you face, ask God for help.  He can save you too.

 

1 Kings 4:27-28, 2 Kings 2:11, 2 Kings 6:17, Job 39:19, Isaiah 63:13, Ezekiel 26:10, Zechariah 6:1-7, Zechariah 14:20, Acts 23:24, Revelation 19:11-14, Psalm 20:7

My family knows I love horses and recently our son asked me if there are any horse verses in the Bible.  I could think of about three off-hand and then happily decided to do a brief study.  There are many horse verses in the Bible but I have linked to my favorite ones.

Here are some of my findings:

2 Kings 2:11 – This is where fire horses and chariots came to take Elijah to Heaven.

2 Kings 6:17 – Elisha’s servant was made able to see the fire chariots and horses around Elisha.

Job 39:19 – God spoke about giving the horse strength and a “flowing mane.”

Ezekiel 26:10 – Ezekiel reveals a message from God that involves a large number of loud, “war horses.”

Zechariah 6:1-7 – The prophet saw two bronze mountains and four chariots with strong horses.

Zechariah 14:20 – A holy inscription will be on the bells of some horses.

Acts 23:24 – A commander arranged for horses for Paul so he could get to Governor Felix safely.

When God created the horse, he created a remarkable animal.  But since some elevate the horse too high, it’s good to note that Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”

2 Kings 2:7-12, Revelation 11:1-14

Recently, my daughter asked me to look at some clouds.  When I glanced upward, I noticed they looked like fire.

As you know, in 2 Kings, Elijah left Earth with a fiery chariot and fiery horses (how many horses I am not sure).  Did you know, though, that in Revelation 11, there are two witnesses some believe are Elijah and Enoch, others think are Elijah and Moses, and many more believe the witnesses are like Elijah and Moses (Liberty Bible Commentary)?  God calls to the witnesses and they go to Heaven in a cloud.

Because Moses died and Elijah didn’t, it is my opinion that the two witnesses are Elijah and someone like Moses.  I believe Elijah exited Earth with fire first, and think he will leave in a cloud later.

Artists have tried to capture Elijah’s first grand departure.  I saw one artwork where the artist showed a fiery chariot, but not fiery horses.  Maybe he or she (the illustrator wasn’t credited) was uncertain how to draw fiery horses.

Do you have a picture in your mind of what Elijah going to Heaven might have looked like?  You may not agree with an artist’s ideas.

What if you could go back in time to that day?  What would you see?  Imagine it…