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Daniel Ch. 3 Excerpt

<Then, King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”

They replied, “Certainly, your Majesty.”

He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”

So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.>


Gleanings:

Fair warning: this article will probably not feel good to read, it will probably sound wrong, and might change the way you view certain Biblical concepts. We are exploring who it was that was with the three in the fire. Was it an angel, [(good or bad) let’s remember God created satan and is in control of His angel, satan] or was it The Savior? If it was Yeshua than where else in Scripture does Yeshua reveal His image to our ancestors before His birth?

Don’t think it is impossible for satan to protect God’s people from fire. It is obvious satan is not known as some kind of wonderful shield. In fact, our shield is necessary to protect us against the devil. Do not be so naive to overlook some facts here though. The enemy protects satanic tribes from fire all the time when they are performing rituals like walking across hot coals. If those people are not worshiping The Savior they are in the devil’s stronghold. The occult survives because of the devil’s protection. There are several other examples of how the devil has the power to protect if you just look into it with an open mind.

The devil has many faces. He has tricked people into worshiping something other than Elohim in many ways (they did not get tricked because they were stupid, they got tricked because the devil is powerfully deceptive). Remember that Moses performed four miracles that the magicians of Egypt copy-catted. Another example of how satan has power that reflects the same as on high. Any pagan god gets it’s power from satan whether it be Baal, Allah, or any other god or thing that is put above Our Father in the hearts of wicked men.

So, King Nebuchadnezzar was quoted to say “…and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” That really does leave a lot unanswered. We know what we want to believe, however the point here is not to ruffle feathers or to be scary. It is simply an honest exploration of what God actually meant and His true character (the way He does things) without society’s current skew on Him. Did He use satan? Based on the text, it is not impossible, not probable, but not impossible. What was the fourth image of man in the fire? This could be answered through prayer. It is worth consideration, even if you come out of it with the same conclusion you had before.

I digress, have you ever really dug into what makes people feel good? Comedians often study the science of laughter. I use to be a people pleaser and lived to put smiles on people’s faces. I explored the structure of what puts a smile on a face, and what pulls a laugh right out of the gut. In studying these things, I have dug a bit beyond the “what” of what makes people laugh and went into the “why.” buh buh buhhhhhhhhhhh. I am gonna tell you here in a minute that the “why” is scary.

More often than not, what makes people smile a genuine smile is good, pure, and lovely. What makes people laugh is about 50/50 though. Irony makes people laugh. The blunt truth, put in a certain way does the same thing. Another way to make people laugh is to build tension, then break it with a joke. Lies also do it when told just right. Saying something that obviously is not true makes people laugh. Not just any kind of lie, though, but a blatant obvious lie said in the right circumstance. If you are scratching your head right now, just remember this and pay attention when a bunch of people are laughing. What made them laugh? A lot of times it is because somebody said the exact opposite of what the obvious truth is.

Why? Why is our body chemistry set in such a way that when we hear a blatant lie, we encourage the behavior with a laugh. A feeling so good during the moment that it wells up within us and we cannot help but burst out laughing. The answer is satan. The great deceiver coddles, and nurtures good feelings for people when they go against God’s rules. I know this is a hard pill to swallow, but it is not a lie, is it? satan is not all stealing, killing, and destroying, although that is his end goal in every circumstance. Sometimes the devil comes in the form of a laugh, an overwhelming sense of brotherly bonding, even protection from pain. Do not fret though, because The Father’s will is done in the end and no matter what satan wants or does not want to do, when The Father has chosen to put a good servant or an evil servant on a must-get-done task, it gets done.

Lets buy the idea that the devil has set us up to fail by making it feel good to tell lies in just the right ways. Why would he do that? Consider the one single outfit that The Father has bestowed upon His children. It is not pajamas, or a business suit, a leotard, or a swim suit. The one single garment He has given His children to wear is armor. The Father is very blatant with us about the fact that this entire life has purpose: we are warriors in a war. In ancient times the belt was the most important part of the armor if the whole thing was to be worn as it kinda links all the other pieces together. Scripture teaches us warriors that the belt is likened unto truth.

Now, as brusque as it may sound, you cannot pray a prayer and all of a sudden be wearing the belt of truth. We are not wizards, it does not work that way. Instead, a Messiah bound covenant keeper must structure his or her life around truth. That truly is armor. No wonder the enemy has first deceived most into behaving such that life is about ensuring family and friends have their comforts met. Is that a warriors way? Are warriors focused on comforts? No. In fact, most warriors have sacrificed their idea of comfort and their focus is goal oriented task completion based on the orders from above, or just their training if things get really bad and they are cut off from their orders. No wonder satan has structured this world such that second, we are encouraged, coddled, and nurtured into structuring our lives around telling white lies, funny lies, and lies to save our little behinds when we back ourselves into a corner that needs lies. The enemy wants lives to be structured such that we have to rely so heavily on mercy that we are completely incapable of even understanding orders if we happen to hear them. His deceptions are cunning, wise, and effective.

Brothers and sisters, not a single righteous person drifted into a strong and courageous relationship with God. It is hard work, sacrifice, and daily being thankful for the mercy that we once relied on and the grace that He bestows on us when we begin to behave with a spiritual maturity that gets real work done. Do not be idle brothers and sisters, actively be working out your salvation, as that is the reason why you are here. The Father uses all things, high and low, far and wide, rich or poor, seen and unseen, good and evil for the good of all who are actively putting their trust in Him.

Have a great evening, God’s children, we are incredibly blessed to be loved by a God who has done so much for us. He took on the sins of the world so that we could be free! He set us between His shoulders and defeated the blazing fiery serpent. Our God is amazing. We will take rest in Him and wait for our brothers and sisters so that we may enter heaven together! Praises to you Yeshua Messiah!