Believers in the Lion's Den
The Book of Daniel covers the "times of the Gentiles" that commenced in 606BC when Nebuchadnezzar conquered Judah and end at the consummation with the destruction of ALL life prior to the Millennium. It demonstrates the sovereignty of God and the omnipotence of His Word over the affairs of men in all ages, whether Israelite or Gentile as the pagan kings confessed (Daniel 2:47; 4:37; 6:26).
Chapters 1 to 6 describe certain events which took place during the captivity of Daniel and his companions. Chapters 7-12, and also chapter 2, relate visions and prophecies concerning the future: the Comings of Messiah, the millennium, the judgment, and ultimate triumph of God's Kingdom over all Satanic and world powers which are ultimately cast into the Lake of Fire. They culminate with Israel's reconciliation to God when they anoint the most holy with the joy of the Lord as the saints before them gave glory and blessing and honor to the Lamb when He had claimed the Book of Redemption (Revelation 5:9-13).
The "Most Holy" is God manifest in the glorified flesh of His Family -- New Jerusalem -- the creation of Himself. Jesus Christ is the beginning of this creation less than 2,000 years ago when He was born of a virgin. The Old Testament saints, the elect Church and the 144,000 Israelites are the continuation of the same creation. The anointing is upon His dwelling Place when Israel recognize Christ's parousia. The Old Testament tabernacle and the temple, their furniture and vessels represented the Attributes of God. The "Most Holy" is God manifest in the form in which He will be worshipped by the "saved" outside the City throughout eternity!
(The Sixfold Purpose of Gabriel's Visit to Daniel;
Seal up the Vision and Prophecy, and Anoint the Most Holy;
Three Summit Meetings; God's Dwelling Place).
The chapters are not arranged in the chronological order in which Daniel and his companions experienced these events. The dream and visions of chapters 7 and 8 were revealed to Daniel before the events of chapters 5 and 6, and before the visions of 9-12 took place. This Divine arrangement of the Book provides a continuity in the exposition of the prophecy of chapter 2 through successive, progressive revelations in the visions of chapters 7-12.
We're taught that the historic records of the Old Testament are examples for our admonition (I Corinthians 10:11). In Daniel chapter 6, his enemies lay a trap for him by causing Darius, king of the Medes and Persians to sign an edict forbidding his subjects from petitioning any god or man for thirty days except through the king's mediation on pain of being cast into a den of lions. They succeed in their plot and Daniel is cast to the lions but God overshadows him with the Shekinah or Pillar of Fire. The lions being afraid of fire do Daniel no harm.
In the Message to the Smyrnean Church Age Jesus says, "I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) and I know the blasphemy of them who claim they are Judeans (or God's elect, the people of the Covenant, typing we Christians), and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan" (or FALSE church. Synagogues originated in pagan Babylon as did the religion of the FALSE church).
"Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: the Devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have tribulation ten days: be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of Life. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death" (Revelation 2:9-11).
Daniel was an example to every Christian. Being true to God's Word he loved not his life unto the first death. Like his companions whom King Nebuchadnezzar cast into the fiery furnace, Daniel knew that whatever befell his body, his soul was safe and at the last day God would resurrect him in a glorified body in appearance like that with which he was born, only in the prime of life, never to experience suffering, pain, hunger, sickness, age or death. Daniel overcame by the Word and God not only saved his life so that he lived to be an old man, but after God resurrected and glorified Jesus, Jesus resurrected and glorified Daniel.
For the information of any Subscriber believing a FALSE teaching on the new birth called "Two Souls", there is no such thing. This heresy proposes God's elect are born "with a seed in their soul"; and that when they are born-again, their old soul dies and the "seed" is quickened into a new, sinless soul. This will not work as the first death is the death of the BODY. The second death is that of the soul in the lake of Fire after the White Throne Judgment which are yet future (Ezekiel 18:4, 20; Revelation 20:14-15).
The Bible is the story of our near Kinsman redeeming that which was lost, NOT replacing it with something else. The "seed" quickened in our new birth is the incorruptible Word God for OUR day made manifest (Luke 8:11; I Peter 1:22-25). That "seed" is received by faith at our second birth. When we were born from mother's womb, we were unable to speak let alone possess "faith", which is a clear understanding of the revealed Word of God.
The two souls doctrine originated in the Talmud Jesus called, "the traditions of men which make the Law and the prophets of no effect to those who follow the Talmud". Which is another way of saying those who follow the Talmud are NOT in the economy of God. This applies to the "Jew" as well as to those claiming to be under the New Covenant and following the Message of God's prophet, William Branham. The letter of his Message without the Spirit produces the second death with the removal of names from the Book of Life (Revelation 22:18-19).
As Rabbi Judah Halevy, a famous medieval poet and philosopher, explains in Kuzari, "The Jewish people constitute a separate entity, a species unique in Creation, differing from nations in the same manner as man differs from the beast or the beast from the plant . . . although Jews are physically similar to all other men, yet they are endowed with a "second soul" that renders them a separate species." (Zimmer, Uriel, Torah-Judaism and the State of Israel, Congregation Kehillath Yaakov, Inc., NY, 5732 (1972), p. 12).
This drivel was concocted by a man who lived after Pentecost so we know he was a sinner and not under the blood. It is based on the Talmud which is anathema to Moses and the Old Testament prophets let alone Messiah and the prophets including William Branham, who came after them.
Anyone not familiar with this FALSE theology would regard those claiming to have two souls sharing the one body either "possessed" or "schizophrenic". Either way, nobody in the faith would consider them "chosen" or "elect" of God, or even in the first Adam's race which Messiah the last Adam died to redeem.
Daniel's predicament was an example and type of things soon to come.
Daniel 6:12, "The bureaucracy came before king Darius and reminded him of his decree; 'Haven't you signed a decree, that anyone petitioning their god or another man within thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions'? 'Yes,' replied the king, 'This is a law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be altered or revoked'."
We live under the dominion of Papal Rome, the fourth and final Gentile world empire. When our dispensation ends, Satan will be cast down to earth and will incarnate the Pope, taking absolute control of a NWO, and demand worship just like Darius (Revelation 12:7-13; 13:5-10; Matthew 4:8-9). We also live under the Seventh Seal which is irrevocable and cannot be stopped or delayed because "time is no more" (Revelation 10:6).
Pope John Paul II has clearly stated: "By the end of this decade, that's this year (AD2000) we will live under the first One World Government that has ever existed in the society of nations . . . a government with ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY to decide the basic issues of human survival. One world government is inevitable" (Malachi Martin, The Keys of This Blood).
Malachi Martin's book, "The Keys of this Blood", was published in 1990 with the subtitle, "Pope John Paul II versus Russia AND the West for control of the New World Order". In other words, the war for world hegemony is between the Roman Catholic church empire and the self-styled "Jews" who rule Russia, and through the Black Nobility, our once Christian Western world, as God foretold (Daniel 2). All three of these entities are under the dominion of Lucifer and are therefore the enemy of Jesus Christ and His true Church.
Ever since Nimrod built the Tower of Babel, a powerful Elite have pursued their feverish dream of a One World Government and the European Union (EU) today is an Oligarchical Democracy, the last stage in the process of restoring the Holy Roman Empire or Fourth Reich.
"The principles of democracy are completely undermined by a European oligarchy where the supreme powers of state and government are in the hands of a small body of individuals -- the Commissioners. This executive body of the Union meets in secret and initiates legislative proposals, some of which are put to the Council of Ministers. They are neither democratically elected nor under the direct control of elected politicians. They make decisions by majority vote, and are not accountable to any other body. The Council of Ministers is the law-making body and also meets in secret, again taking decisions by majority vote. The former vice-president of the European Parliament, Sir Fred Catherwood, observes:
"No-one outside knows how the arguments went, or even what arguments there were. There is no record of who voted for what, and the press have to be satisfied with unattributed and often conflicting official reports. If and when the legislation works its way back to national parliaments, it is presented to members who know very little about it, by a government minister who has already negotiated with fourteen other ministers a deal which he cannot alter. Such a process is not democracy. Democracy needs an open, on-the-record public debate -- open to the press, and open to informed political comment. Then citizens can respond and tell their elected representatives what they think."
The European government machine is nothing to do with democracy and justice, and everything to do with power. Since 1991, when Sir Fred made that observation, the Maastricht Treaty has actually extended the powers of the Council of Ministers. . . and a more alarming fact is that neither the democratically elected European parliament nor the National parliaments can overturn the decisions of these 50 oligarchs: European laws are absolute. This is not a secret agenda, but an openly admitted policy. As Bill Newton Dunn MEP stated in 1990:
"There is no plot by the European Parliament to usurp powers from the House of Commons. The Commons has never had power over European laws. When ministers go to Brussels, they leave their democratic shackles behind them." (Adrian Hilton, The Principality and Power of Europe, p. 80-82).
Do you see how Daniel chapter 6 is a foreshadow of things to come? What Brother Branham called the "squeeze", wherein true Christians believing and preaching the fullness of the Word will be "pressed" out of favor by being shunned or ridiculed is happening now through pressure applied by the self-styled "Jews" within Message circles and weak, unregenerated ministers, who love money or pleasing men more than they love God. When the dispensation ends, mainstream churches and society will destroy those miserable men. And their congregations, the foolish virgin, who were prevented by those ministers from coming to the faith and a new birth, will be hunted down like dogs following the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation of the Bride (Revelation 13:7-18):
". . . Much of what passes for the embryonic European Constitution is wholly humanist in content, and asserts that in a multi-faith society, Christian beliefs cannot be the foundation of law or custom. The Evangelical Alliance notes that Evangelical Christians are perceived by the EU as a 'sect', and that any group which does not belong to the majority church (Roman Catholic) is viewed by many Members of the European Parliament (MEP) with suspicion.
This classification is nothing new. The Early Church was branded an heretical sect, and this was the earliest basis of persecution (Acts 24:5, 14, 28:22), a fact which ought to alarm members of evangelical 'sects' throughout Europe. Of course, any impending persecution will not (for the present) be on overtly religious grounds: an enlightened EU would consider that abhorrent. Persecution will be political, as it was with the Early Church, with accusations of 'disturbing the peace' or 'inciting sectarianism' (Acts 16:2O-24, 17:7).
This tactic has been frequently employed throughout history, and continues to be employed by some oppressive regimes today, notably Chinese communists. But it is also emerging on British shores. In 1994, two open-air preachers were arrested in Bournemouth and held for 48 hours in police custody. In 1995, an open-air preacher was attacked in Gloucester. Although the police knew the attackers, they made no arrest. A Christian newsletter reports of one Christian couple who were arrested after speaking of Christ to a member of a religious street procession who had approached them. And there have recently been reports that the police have asked a church in a predominantly Muslim area to remove a Gospel text from their noticeboard.
"David Hallam MEP has confirmed that a European resolution on sects and cults permits the European police force (Europol) to carry out surveillance on such groups' activities. He adds: 'In Europe, this could include Christians.' (IDEA Magazine, The Evangelical Alliance, June/August, 1996).
Whereas most MEPs have said there is no threat to 'bona fide religions' (institutionalised churches), during the debate on this resolution, one speaker did lump Evangelicals in with Satanists -- a fact which demonstrates that the ramifications of this resolution are serious. . .
For Britain . . . there is a very real threat in a Socialist/Catholic Europe which undermines centuries of hard-won liberties . . ." (Adrian Hilton, The Principality and Power of Europe, p. 104-105).
With the demise of the Church of England, the neglect of the monarch's oath to uphold the 'Protestant Reformed Religion', and the strategic ascendancy of Roman Catholics to powerful media and advisory positions, Britain's national religion is already in a state of terminal decline. Even the nominally Christian "world" are beginning to see this. Genuine Christians know it is long dead
Former Jesuit Malachi Martin's novel, Windswept House (Doubleday/ Main Street Books), offers a lurid behind-the-scenes look at a cabal of Vatican insiders who want to use the Roman Catholic Church as foundation for a politico-religious New World Order, a ready-made infrastructure for One World Religion -- a universal umbrella for everybody from Episcopalians to voodoo practitioners, and promoting issues like population control, environmentalism and secular humanism, which the plotters hope will eventually lead to the complete secularization of religion.
In one of his last interviews before his untimely death in 1999, Dr. Martin, an advisor to three popes and also involved with Vatican intelligence, assessing things in Israel, told Uri Dowbenko, "I think that from the very start John Paul II for whatever reasons, has sought after one thing and one thing only. The formation of what now appears to be in his mind, a universal assemblage of Catholics at the core; grouped with them the Protestant denominations, sects and churches; grouped around them believing Jews, believing Muslims, believing Hindus, believing Buddhists. And that would be a universal religious assembly that could have a powerful dynamic kick in civilization and in solving the problems of men and women today. That is the only thing you can really say this man has sought heart and soul and body with all his traveling. . ."
Jesus Christ called this "universal religious assembly" the image unto the beast (Revelation 13:8-18; 17:1-5).
With this power base, the Luciferian Illuminati will establish the first stage of their NWO, following a brief World War III. War follows the earthquakes that sink Los Angeles and split the Mount of Olives, destroying the Dome of the Rock. Russia will invade the USA and support a Moslem invasion of Israel, bringing Islam into conflict with the political Zionists who are "Jews" and apostate nominal Christians sufficiently light-headed as to believe they are "doing God a service".
The Pope will employ the authority his office has gained through the past twenty years of international diplomacy among the different religions, to bring peace by commanding Communist armies to lay down their arms and return to their homelands. He will succeed because most of them are still Catholic under the Eastern Orthodox leg of the church. Then the world's religions will implore this "impartial and honorable" (now Devil-incarnate) man to accept world hegemony through the UN.
As Rome controls the gold of the world through her Luciferian masters, she will make a seven-year agreement with the self-styled "Jew" International bankers who hold the commercial paper, to refinance the world's trading currency, the US Dollar. In the midst of the seven years, having "caused craft (manufacturing) to prosper" and with the world commerce his control, the Pope will break his "irrevocable" agreement and the second stage of the NWO, wherein Rome and all other religions are brought into conflict with Communist, Masonic and other atheistic groups, that they might all be destroyed and the pure Luciferian worship introduced.
"Lord Jesus, the hours are growing late. It may be even later than we are thinking. And we are happy to see this hour approaching. It is the most glorious hour that the world has ever known for the believer, but for the rejecter, the saddest time that could ever be . . . There aren't letters in the alphabet to make words that could express the trouble and sorrow that lays ahead. Neither are there words that could be formed from our alphabet to express the blessings that lay ahead for the believer.
Father, there may be some tonight here without hope, and they are intelligent human beings . . . let the Lamb walk out from the throne to their heart tonight and reveal to them that they are lost, and with bloody hands say, "Come while it is time to come." (William Branham, Revelation of the Seven Seals, 113:4-5) bb000514.htm