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Daniel 6

Outline and Background - Daniel 6

Advancement and Adversaries of Daniel - Daniel 6:1-9

Attitude of Daniel - Daniel 6:10

Accusation Against Daniel and Anxiety of Darius - Daniel 6:11-20

Assurance and Avenging of Darius - Daniel 6:21-24

Announcement of Darius and Achievement of Daniel - Daniel 6:25-28

Application and Typical Prophecies - Daniel 6

Application and Typical Prophecies - Daniel 6

The NT is straightforward; God expects every Christian to be holy; to be a Daniel in this crooked and perverse world.

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing (Philippians 2:14-16).

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9).

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us (1 Peter 2:12).

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him (2 Peter 3:14).

Daniel was an overcomer until the end of his life. He had overcome the depraved, debased ways of the world, and God rewarded His faithful servant with authority and power in two empires. In these ways, Daniel foreshadows all overcomers.

To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—“He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery”—just as I have received authority from my Father (Revelation 2:26-27).

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 5:5).

In the time of Esther, King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) of Persia (486-465 B.C.) repeated Darius’ mistake. Captivated by Haman’s flattery, Xerxes unwittingly decreed in writing to destroy all Jews. In the case of Xerxes’ decree for the slaughter of the Jews (Esther 3:13), he could not reverse it, but at the request of his queen, the king issued another edict which neutralized the first one (Esther 8:5-11). Daniel’s deliverance from the lions may have foreshadowed the deliverance of the Jews from the jaws of death in 474 B.C.

The conspirators were against Daniel because he was Jewish. It can be heard in their voices, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O King.” Such anti-Jewish sentiments will prevail in the end times. The Antichrist and his army will attempt to kill the Jews, and consequently, they will suffer similar results. The conspirators and their families, who were cast into the lions’ den by Darius, foreshadow God’s treatment of Israel’s enemies in the end times. Yahweh will keep His promise to Abraham.

I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you (Genesis 12:3).

Like Daniel, the remnant of the nation of Israel will be miraculously delivered by Christ. At Armageddon, the nations will conspire and gather to do battle (Revelation 16:16). However, their destruction will be as swift as that of the conspirators who were thrown alive into the lions’ den. The two conspirators of the end times, the False Prophet and the Antichrist, will be thrown alive into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:17-21). At the second resurrection, the unsaved will be cast alive into hell (Revelation 20:14-15). Observe what the prophet wrote in Daniel 6:24:

At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

There is no mention of the conspirators and families being consumed by the lions. When God paints a type, He is accurate down to the finest details. Those who are cast into the Lake of Fire will be overpowered and crushed but never consumed (cf. Isaiah 66:24; Mark 9:47-48).

Paradoxically, the imagery of a lion represents Christ as well as the Devil in the Scriptures.

See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals (Revelation 5:5).

Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

We should not be surprised that God uses dual imagery and types. The first identified type in Scripture is Adam, who was a pattern (type) of Christ, as well as the human race (Romans 5:14). As this chapter ends, Darius is a man of faith, but earlier in this chapter, he prefigured the
Antichrist. The same is true of Nebuchadnezzar before his conversion, when he ordered that the golden image be worshiped. Darius went a step further. His decree stated that he was to be prayed to exclusively for thirty days. Thus, Darius foreshadows the Antichrist as well as a man of faith.

Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will
exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

Nebuchadnezzar, Darius and the Antichrist are types of every person who rejects the rule of God in their life. They worship themselves by doing what is right in their own eyes, setting themselves up as God. Those who exchange truth for a lie see truth as relative, applying it as they please to their own situation or circumstances.

Imagine the laughter and scoffing of the conspirators that night. They had deceived Darius; they believed that the prophet of God had been delivered over to death, just as they had plotted. Hear the laughter—it is in heaven!

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill” (Psalm 2:1-6).

Yahweh has warned, “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm” (1 Chronicles 16:22). Daniel was a servant of the Most High God. Thus, the fate of the conspirators foreshadows the fate of those who touch and harm God’s servants, whether Gentiles or Jews (Matthew 21:33-46).

This chapter, along with other parts of Daniel, illustrates great prophetic truths concerning God’s plan for the world and the Anointed One who will rule it. In this prophecy, the reader stands on the vista and looks with prophetic vision across the ages to see God’s Anointed One,
Christ Jesus our Lord.

To “allegorize” the Scriptures is to take historical events, people, or things and apply to them a meaning not originally intended. For instance, in Galatians 4:21-31, Paul allegorizes the account of Sarah and Hagar to illustrate the difference between the Old Covenant and New Covenant. A “type” in Scripture is an intended foreshadowing of a future event, person,
or thing.

The events of this chapter parallel many events in the Passion Week of Christ as recorded in the four Gospels by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The four Gospel writers recorded the events surrounding Christ’ after the fact. Daniel had the privilege of writing, beforehand, the Gospel in the typical events of his life that foreshadow Christ.

The following chart is a comparison of the events in chapter six of Daniel with the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Christ in the Gospels.

The Gospel According to Daniel

Daniel blocked corruption

Christ overturned the tables of corruption

Daniel was to be set over the whole kingdom

Christ is to be set over the Kingdom of God

Daniel was hated as the chosen one of the king

Christ is hated as the Chosen One of God

Daniel was rejected by the officials

Christ was rejected by the elders of Israel

Leaders conspired and plotted to kill Daniel

Leaders conspired and plotted to kill Christ

Daniel declared innocent of any wrongdoing

Christ declared innocent of any wrongdoing

Daniel obeyed the Law of God

Christ fulfilled the Law of God

Daniel was found to be without fault or error

Christ was found to be without fault or error

Daniel was tested and tempted

Christ was tested and tempted

Daniel accused after praying

Christ accused after praying

Daniel was despised because he was of Judah

Christ was despised because He was of Nazareth

Darius trapped by his decree and law

Pilate trapped by his past actions and fear

Darius distressed but ordered the execution

Pilate distressed but ordered the crucifixion

Darius made every effort to release Daniel

Pilate made every effort to release Christ

Darius was powerless to save Daniel

God was powerless to save Christ

Darius could not break his word and law

God could not break His Word and Law

Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den

Christ was thrown to the roaring lions

Daniel was delivered by God’s angel

Christ refused to call angels to deliver Him

Decree and law of Darius were satisfied

Decree and Law of God were satisfied

Stone was placed over the entrance of the den

Stone was placed over the entrance of the tomb

Seal was placed on the stone of the lion’s den

Seal was placed on the stone of the tomb

Darius at first light went to the lions’ den

Women at first light arrived at Christ’s tomb

Darius came anguished to the lions’ den

Women came anguished to Christ’s tomb

Daniel was delivered from death and was alive

Christ was delivered out of death and is alive

Daniel’s body was untouched by the lions

Christ’s glorified body is untouched by death

Daniel’s innocence proven by his being alive

Christ’s innocence proven by His being alive

Daniel was trustworthy

Christ is trustworthy

Darius was overjoyed that Daniel was alive

The women were overjoyed that Christ was alive

Darius’ faith in the living God was bolstered

Disciples’ faith in the living God was bolstered

Conspirators and families were thrown to the lions

Conspirators and families were killed in A.D. 70

Darius proclaimed the living God of Daniel

Disciples proclaimed Christ the living God

Daniel was delivered from death to rule

Christ was delivered out of death to rule

Darius installed Daniel as ruler as planned

God will install Christ as King as planned

Daniel prospered in the silver kingdom

Christ will prosper in His Kingdom

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