Bible ~~- Older Testament ~~- Daniel ~~- chapter 3 of 12 (30 verses.)

Daniel 3Wrench

Emperor Forces All To Pray To A Giant Idol
1 Idolatry *[20 years pass.] Emperor Nebuchadnezzar [foolishly pays metal-smiths to sculpt] an image of gold, 60 cubits [90 feet] high by 6 cubits [9 feet] wide. The Emperor's [slaves] erect this pole on the plain of Dura {Circle}, [12 miles South-East of Babylon city,] in the province of Babylon.
An enormous carved Asherah pole. Note 60&6, numbers of man, seen in Rev 13:18. These numerological markers have enormous significance and should not be translated '90 & 9 feet' as is often done by mistake. Every number in the scripture is not just mathematical accounting, it's thematic code. This pole is similar to the Washington Monument, which is 666 feet high (including its base). The "al-Dura" is today a neighborhood in the Rasheed administrative district in Southern Baghdad, Iraq. Fleeing United States soldiers called Al-Dura "the most dangerous place in Iraq".
2 Idolatry Then Emperor Nebuchadnezzar sends [soldiers & messengers] to gather together the princes, the governors, the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counselors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to travel [across the desert] to the dedication of the [idolatrous] image which Emperor Nebuchadnezzar's [slaves] erect.
3 Political Evil So the princes, governors, captains, judges, treasurers, counselors, sheriffs, and all the rulers of [Babylon's] provinces, gather together at the dedication of the statue that Emperor Nebuchadnezzar has set up. The [crowd of thousands] stands, [mouths gaping wide, looking up at] the image that Nebuchadnezzar's [slave-armies] have lifted up [to the sky].
4 Idolatry Then a herald cries aloud, โ€œPeoples! Nations! Language-groups! You are [hereby] ordered:
5 Idolatry *At the exact time that you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, harp, zither, lute, bagpipe and [whatever other] kind of musical instrument [the army-band plays], you [shall] fall down and worship the golden image that Emperor Nebuchadnezzar has erected:
Modern idolatry is much more sophisticated and subtle: swearing oaths to judges, pledging allegiance to flags, signing statements under penalty of perjury, building monuments and printing coins and bills showing engraved images of revered national worldly leaders who happen to be mass-murderers.
6 Idolatry *And whoever [fails to] fall down and worship [the idol,] will the same hour be hurled [by Imperial soldiers] into the [white-hot] center of a burning fiery furnace!โ€
This story is powerful because, like the saga of today's health-scare lockdowns, it illustrates the inevitable and futile war waged by utilitarian [human-invented] statutes against natural [God-ordained] law as championed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
7 Idolatry Suddenly, all the [gathered] people hear the sound of the horn, pipe, harp, zither, lute and the rest of the [army band's] musical instruments. All the [native Babylonians], and the [conquered] nationals, and the [people of the tribal] language-groups, [except some Hebrews,] fall down and worship the golden image that Emperor Nebuchadnezzar has [so devilishly] set up.
Are moderns more advanced? Today whoever refuses to wear their useless slave-mask and recieve their tracking-chip vaccine full of aborted baby cells and monkey-kidney-pus, is denied access to buy food.
Occultists Kill Hebrews For Refusing To Bow
8 The Occult Suddenly certain Chaldean [astrologers] approach [the Emperor]. They accuse the Jews [of treason, for failing to bow to the idol].
9 Idolatry The [occultists] address Emperor Nebuchadnezzar, [flattering him:] โ€œO king, live forever.
10 Idolatry โ€”You have commanded a decree, O king, that every human who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and the rest of the orchestra's instruments must fall down and prostrate themselves to [your] image of gold.
11 Tribulation/Purification/testing โ€”[So soldiers] must throw everyone who fails to fall down and worship [the idol] into the middle of a burning fiery furnace.
There is no natural way to survive in man's world-system while obeying YAH. You will have to depend on the world-system or depend on YAH's miracles.
12 Separation (Holiness) *โ€”There are certain Jews whom you've set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego; these men, O king, refuse to pay attention to you. They [never] serve your Elohim {god}! They [will not] worship the golden idol-statue which you have set up.โ€
Thugs Throw Daniel's Friends Into The Fire
13 Tribulation/Purification/testing Then Nebuchadnezzar (in his raging fury) commands [soldiers] to summon Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. Soldiers [track down and shove] these [Hebrew] men before the Emperor.
14 Separation (Holiness) [World-Emperor] Nebuchadnezzar addresses these [castrated] Hebrew [~35 year-olds]. He asks, โ€œIs it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, [that you neither] serve my Elohim, nor worship the golden image I've set up?
15 Idolatry Now then, as soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, oboes, lyres, zithers, harps, and strings and all the other instruments, bow down and worship the statue I have made. If you [again] refuse [to prostrate yourself to my image, then my soldiers] will immediately hurl you into [the hot center of] a blazing furnace. And who is the Elah {Oak-Power} who will rescue you out of my hands?โ€
16 Privacy / Secrecy Shadrach, Meshach & Abed-Nego address the Emperor. They cry, โ€œO Nebuchadnezzar, [though you are the most powerful man on earth,] we [Hebrews] have no need to present a defense to your [improper] question, [because our spiritual lives lie completely outside of your jurisdiction].
โ€œAn unjust law is no law at all.โ€โ€”Martin Luther King Episodes such as this inspired the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: โ€œCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.โ€ And since neither the Executive nor Judicial branches can make law, that means no government power can meddle in your faith, your meetings, or your communications.
17 Faith *โ€”If you throw us into the blazing hot furnace, [YHVH] our Elohim {Supernatural-Sovereign}, who [alone] we serve, is able to deliver us. He will rescue us out of your hand, Emperor.
18 Serving YHVH alone *โ€”But even if [YHVH] doesn't [immediately save us from the fire,] know, Emperor, that we [Hebrews] will never serve your gods, nor bow down to the golden image you've erected.โ€
19 Tribulation/Purification/testing *Nebuchadnezzar [boils over in] fury. His face [turns demon-purple. His former respect vanishes to murderous rage] against Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. The Emperor screams, commanding the [soldiers,] โ€œHeat the [execution] furnace 7 times hotter than normal!โ€
20 Tribulation/Purification/testing The Emperor commands the most mighty warriors in his army, โ€œTie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. Throw them into the burning fiery furnace!โ€
21 Tribulation/Purification/testing *[Huge warriors lunge at the Hebrew boys.] The soldiers rope-tie the [Hebrew] men ([fully clothed] in their cloaks, their pants [tunics], and their turbans, and their other clothes). [The thugs run to] throw the [boys] into the middle of the blazing hot furnace, ๐Ÿ˜‡!
22 Tribulation/Purification/testing *The Emperor [screams] for the [stokers] to super-heat the furnace. The soldiers carry Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego up [the furnace-stairway. They toss the boys into the furnace's mouth!] Flames of fire [lick up] and [burn the soldiers] to death!
23 Tribulation/Purification/testing *Meanwhile, these 3 [brave Hebrew] men (Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego,) tumble down, tied in ropes, into the middle of the blazing hot furnace, ๐Ÿ˜‡!
YAH's Angel Saves Daniel's Friends From Fire
24 Supernatural Miracles Suddenly Nebuchadnezzar springs to his feet. Alarmed, he asks his advisers, โ€œDidnโ€™t we throw 3 men, tied in ropes, into the middle of the fire?โ€ The [advisers] answer the Emperor, โ€œYes, your majesty.โ€
25 Yah's Protection *Nebuchadnezzar shouts [to his advisers], โ€œLook: I see 4 men loose, walking in the middle of the fire, totally unhurt! And the 4th [man] looks like [the] Son of [YHVH] the ELoha {Supreme-Being}!โ€
Presumably Yahshua, raised from the dead and passed back through time.
26 Supernatural Miracles *Then Nebuchadnezzar runs near the mouth of the blazing hot furnace. He shouts [into it], โ€œShadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, you servants of [YHVH] the most high Elah {Everlasting-Oak-Power}, come out, and come here!โ€ Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego [rise] out of the middle of the fire, ๐Ÿ˜‡!
27 Yah's Protection *The [Babylonian] princes, governors, captains and royal counselors crowd around the [3 Hebrew] men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power. Not one hair of the [Hebrewsโ€™] heads appears singed, ๐Ÿ˜‡! Nor are their coats damaged at all! The smell of fire taints neither the [Hebrewsโ€™ clothes nor bodies]!
28 Serving YHVH alone *Nebuchadnezzar addresses [the huge crowd]. He shouts, โ€œKneel [and adore] [YHVH] the Elah {Everlasting-Oak-Power} of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego! [YAH] sent his Messenger-Angel! [YAH] rescued his servants who trusted in Him, who defied the Emperor's command, and who yielded their bodies [to certain death], rather than serve or worship any Elohim, except [YHVH], their own [Hebrew] Eloah {Supreme-Being}.
The Emperor Promotes Daniel's God & Friends
29 Yah's Protection *So I decree this commandment: That every people, nation or language-group who speak any charge against [YHVH] the Elah {Oak-Power} of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego will be cut in pieces, and their houses [crushed] into dunghills: because there is no other Elah {Everlasting-Supreme-Power} who can save like [YHVH] saves!โ€
See 2 Sam 6:7. This command, issued by the world-system's ancient โ€˜golden headโ€™ is still law in today's cracking-toes global government. No modern human can lawfully speak against Yahweh.
30 Authority *Then the Emperor promotes Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego [to even higher positions of authority] in the province of Babylon!
There is nothing more Lawful than defying an unlawful โ€œlaw.โ€