Daniel 3: 4-12
Deep down in Nebuchadnezzar’s heart, he must have known by the reason of the interpretation of his dream that his government could not last forever. It was not a surprise that he made the golden image to try and solidify his reign as opposed to what GOD proposed. The revelation of GOD comes with solution. But because this solution means nothing less than destruction of all that Babylon represents, those who embody this revelation would face persecution and trials that would test their faith.
And because of Babylon’s knowledge of the revelation related to her, she would want to keep herself safe and would always want the LORD’s people to abide by these safety measures. She always proposes in her heart that as long as everyone accepts her reign and rulership, everything will be alright but little did she know that even the approval of men (of GOD inclusive) cannot stop what GOD had already purposed in His heart. Worship of Babylon starts from endorsing what is not GOD’s and it gradually moves to buying into her agenda.
This is another test of faith and absolute allegiance to GOD. We must not allow Babylon to drag us into what is majorly directed towards defying GOD. Our acceptance of the works of those who are not friend with GOD is the same as bowing down before the statute of Nebuchadnezzar. Accepting such works means that we accept the personalities of those who are at the helm of decision regardless of their sheer unGODliness.
We must know the heart of GOD concerning Babylon and even as we know, we must not buy into Babylon’s measure to avert the judgments that are already pronounced. The judgment of the LORD is always a delight to His people and Humanistic approach of Babylon cannot facilitate GOD’s approval!
Daniel 2: 10-23.
In the most critical times, man’s inspiration always fails and only the revelation of GOD is able to keep us safe and true. It is in these critical times that we would know those who spend time with the king in Babylon or the KING who presides over Zion.
During critical times of life, men of earthly wisdom give up ultimately in the end because they cannot go beyond the realm of men. Men of GOD get solutions because they are always tuned to GOD to simply know His heart.
Daniel’s song of gratitude reveals that without the revelation of GOD through CHRIST who is the embodiment of GOD’s wisdom, man has no answer to the world’s question other than death. GOD’s answer to the questions of this world is that HIS Life would destroy everything the world represents and HIS Peace would be ultimately established on earth as it is in Heaven.
All these experiences in Babylon is for the purpose of establishing the truth and power of GOD. Just like the magicians in Egypt, it must be proved by GOD’s orchestration that the revelation of CHRIST through the HOLY SPIRIT is the only way to navigate life till we finally attain the Life HE purposed for us. Some critical situations are for the purpose of establishing in the hearts of people that there is a LORD GOD Almighty.
The aim of every critical situation is the revelation of GOD through CHRIST JESUS. Critical situations are orchestrations for the revelation of GOD. When something like this wants to happen, GOD always keeps us in the dark and bring us to the light of things when all earthly inspirational options have be expended and exhausted . . .
Daniel 2: 1 – 9
Babylon is an unfair system! It gives from the realm of possibility but expects impossibilities in return. Babylon nurtures so that he could kill and siphon every virtue out of his subjects. This is the exact opposite of what GOD desires for His people.
The world is a system that lures people in so as to demand impossibilities they cannot deliver even after all the ‘investments’ it must have made on them. The world system does this just to justify the destruction of the same people he lures. And rightfully, he would be justified unless GOD’s mercy through the death of CHRIST prevailed.
The ultimate reason behind the devil’s nurturing is simply destruction. he dulls their senses and fill them with all shades of lies till they could no longer believe in the Truth of the LORD that brings salvation – JESUS CHRIST.
Every magician, wise man and soothsayer could not solve the problem that the king of Egypt put before them because the same king has dulled their senses by his delicacies and encouraged them to practice spiritual exercises that would never connect them with the realm of GOD where answers are in abundance.
The irony behind all these is that GOD used this impossible scenario to establish his own people because HE rules in the affairs of all men. So the fact that the devil will never stop what he does through men is the same reason why the intensity of the Glory of GOD will multiply in the lives of His people . . .
Daniel 1: 15 – 21
It is contradictory to realize that what Babylon offered so that it could make Daniel and his friends worthy to stand before kings was not the things that qualified them. The hard truth is that Babylon is no one’s friend – it caters for itself and nothing more! The choicest wine and food was to make the eaters and drunkards dull in spirit and loose focus of what is true and acceptable.
The choicest wine and food was not to make them understood the language and ways of Babylon, it was not meant to make them accept the ways of Babylon as the only way. Because Daniel chose the ways of the LORD, he knew the Way of the LORD by acceptance and understood the ways of Babylon enough to reject it and protect himself from belongs swayed by it in the possible future.
GOD granted them understanding even though they did not accept the culture of Babylon. They received understanding and power needed to navigate their way through the tide instead of allowing it to take them to the destination GOD detests.
In reality, the wave of the world started from GOD just as the devil was with GOD before the beginning of the world. The devil started this wave when he tricked Adam through Eve and since then, the wave is moving farther and farther away from GOD till it ultimately ends in death. To move smoothly (never without opposition) through this wave back to GOD, our strength must be sourced from the word of GOD that is our unchanging Law!
Daniel 1: 9 – 14
Even though personal decisions have been made based on our convictions in the Law of GOD, we must put everyone around us at rest, especially those who the custodians of Babylon have assigned to us. Their report must be a good one to save them from cruelty and unnecessary complications even though we cannot afford to flow with the tide of the world.
This is the time to prove GOD before the people not for the purpose of making them believe that our trust is not in a dead god. This is where works is important after our profession of faith in GOD and His Laws.
Our proposition must never be out of a competitive heart but from a heart that does not want to be marred and changed by the world. This proposition must come from a heart that wants to be fit always in order to be able to serve in GOD’s court and in the epicentre of GOD’s agenda while functioning in the courts of men.
The proposition is futile if it does not prove the basis of our decision. So as we decide by faith, our proposition must be by the same faith. This faith must be kept even till the end. The result of this proposition must relieve us of any complications (not persecution) otherwise, we would either succumb to or weather through the storm of complications and persecutions from the onset. Sadly, this is what happens to most believers in this Babylon called world.
Daniel 1: 3 – 8
Just like JESUS, Daniel would not let the hunger for food and exotics take him away from GOD. Daniel was captured from Jerusalem and taken to Babylon just as we are born into this world but GOD desires that we triumph over this world of sin by righteousness. And this was what Daniel kept in his heart from his time in Babylon till his dying days.
Babylon is not without its wisdom and cleverness but CHRIST in us is the embodiment of GOD’s Wisdom that is True and Pure. Babylonian system knew of a fact that what changes a man quickly is food and language. Food, being what opens him up to accept what the food bringer is about to offer next; and language and literature when taught strategically, tend to change the person of the learner. It goes beyond curing ignorance to changing the behaviour and way of life of the person.
The most effective of attacks or assaults are the ones the victims accept or succumb to willingly. Just like CHRIST, Daniel’s delight was not in the choice and exotic food and wine of Babylon but in the Word of GOD. Even though he missed the noble and royal food of Judah/Jerusalem, the Word of GOD was his most cherished delicacy and means of communicating to/with the world.
So his decision was to avoid cultural change and stick with the Kingdom culture by making The KING’s Law is delight after all, he was a custodian of the same Law just as we all are as believers in this end time.