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Some possibilities why Daniel refused the King's choice of food. Unclean animals: According to this source, pork was the choice meat of Babylonians. If this is true, it is certain that Daniel was ready to die by not eating nor touching the food. Leviticus 11:7-8 (NIV) And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for ...


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The King said that the fourth person looked like "a son of the Gods." This is translated as "the son of God" in the King James Version, which has led some people to conflate the fourth figure with Christ, but it's important to remember that the concept of "the son of God (singular)" makes no sense to the King, who was a polytheist. He calls out to ...


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The two most common explanations for the delay are: To make an accommodation to the kingdom or guardian of Persia To resist an evil intended by or suggested to the rulers of Persia Accommodation to Persia The view of an accommodation to Persia can be found primarily in church fathers like Jerome, Theodoret, and John Cassian. This view typically ...


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Joyce Baldwin's commentary on Daniel says (pg. 129): Verse 10 supplies welcome evidence concerning prayer habits during the later biblical period. Windows . . . open toward Jerusalem is a literal understanding of Solomon's petition [at the dedication of the temple], 'When [foreigners] hear about your great reputation and your ability to accomplish mighty ...


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Christians of many persuasions recognize this text as a definite and peculiar sign concerning the last days. Yet even though the majority of them can agree that the abomination of desolation is an important sign, they can't seem to agree on its specific nature. Even preachers are thrown into a quagmire of confusion - looking for something that no one is very ...


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I've found a few sources for answering this question. The one I'm choosing to use as a reference is this one from Clay Watts, as it includes some views that are largely ignored in the other sources I've found. The Figurative/Idealist view: The order of events is a non-issue because the end-times prophecies are to be taken figuratively, not literally. The ...


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After further study, I'd like to add to LoveTheFaith's well-quoted verse. In the same prayer, Solomon also appear to have prophesied that the Jewish nation would be carried captive by their enemies due to their disobedience. Solomon foretold that the people would after repent and pray toward Jerusalem in their desire for deliverance and to return home, and ...


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I can think of at least one good reason why Daniel faced towards Jerusalem while praying. Solomon made this prayer as part of the dedication of the temple - "And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant and of thy people Israel, when they pray toward this place; yea, hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place; and when thou hearest, forgive" - ...


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Apart from scholars involved in higher criticism, Christian commentators tend to fall into two broad groups in understanding the reason for the angel's delay. However, there is broad agreement that the author intended us to understand that the 'princes' in this passage were angels. One group says that the 'prince of the kings of Persia' was an evil angel. ...


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I'm not sure I'd limit the application "abomination of desolation" to a single event/place/thing. Many scholars believe that the references in the book of Daniel (Dan. 9:27; 11:31; 12:11) refer to the time of Antiochus IV Ephiphanes who made an unclean sacrifice in the Jewish temple (among other terrible things) in the 2nd century BC. However, in the New ...


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My pastor preached a sermon on this exact question. There is a lot going on the that particular story but to answer your question. The reason had to do with the treatment of the food before it was served. Any of the kings choice food and drink was offered to idols before coming to the table. Thus the statement from Daniel about defilement.


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It is not explicitly stated whether or not this was a Christophany. Nebuchadnezzar's description that the Fourth was like "a son of the gods" without any commentary by the writer himself is circumstantial evidence that this was a legitimate conclusion. God does promise to be with us in the fires as He said through the prophet Isaiah: But now thus says ...


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David Pawson has an interesting answer, referring to a similar vision in Ezekiel 1. First, bear in mind that the Israelites were at that time in captivity in Babylon. Then: Clearly, the throne can travel in any direction. This symbolizes the omnipresence of God, who is able to be anywhere and everywhere. He is a mobile God. This is significant because, ...


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Daniel is referring to Antiochus IV, while Jesus is recalling that same historical event and applying it to a new prophecy in the destruction of Jerusalem under Titus. With respect to the phrase ‘abomination of desolation’ beside the reference in Daniel 9:27 to the ‘abomination of desolation’ there is the same idea to be found in early Jewish writing before ...


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While the Bible does not say it, it can certainly be implied. It would be strange for him to not be. Unfortunately, since the Bible is silent about it, then that is about as close as we can get to it. But, I say definitely yes, he was a eunuch.


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Prior to Cyrus the Great, a Persian, the Medians were overlords of the Persians and other tribes in what is now western Iran. Cyrus overthrew the Median king, Astyages, and founded the Achaemenid Empire, with the Media as part of the empire. Cyrus went on to conquer Babylon in 540 BCE and soon after allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem, for which he is ...


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The "Watcher" is brought up three times in the Book of Daniel, chapter 4. First in verse 13, then 17 followed by the source you cited in verse 23. 4:13 "I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven" 4:17 "17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ...


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No, the Bible does not say that Daniel was an eunuch. For every verse that may imply that Daniel was, there are verses that imply otherwise. In the absence of concrete proof, I am more inclined to believe that he was not, especially since the Bible had specified in another case when someone was an eunuch (Acts 8:36). Verses that may imply Daniel was an ...


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The book of Daniel is/was sealed up UNTIL knowledge is increased and people run to and fro... Daniel 12:4,10. The gap theory between 69th and 70th week is hundreds of years old when horse and buggy was still the norm for travel, and it took a century for knowledge to double. Today knowledge doubles in 2 years, and we travel to and fro by every means ...


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Yes I think so. From the Jewish Tanach:- Dan 12:11 “And from the time the daily sacrifice was removed and the silent abomination placed, is one thousand, two hundred, and ninety" http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16495 The original temple of Solomon was destroyed by the Babylonians probably during 586 BC. ...


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In Daniel 9, the 70 weeks are 70 weeks of years, where each day is a year. The 70 weeks would not be completed until your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place. Daniel 9:24 and this has ...


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  *In Daniel, as in Ezekiel, God cracked the door that we might peer into the heavenly realm.  In Daniel 7, we also have the only directly related vision referencing the Lord's throne with wheels.  These two visions of the throne have similarities and there is much imagery.  However, in Ezekiel the wheels are described in much greater detail.  Fiery Throne: ...



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