1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
Satan appears as the antichrist (which Nebuchadnezzar was a type of) in the middle of the five month long ‘hour of temptation’ at 666: the sixth seal, the sixth trumpet and the sixth vial: ‘Six hundred threescore and six’ as you can see in Revelation 13:18 where we are told to count the number of the beast (which in the Greek means to enumerate stones worn smooth) in order to identify the antichrist who is called the king of Tyrus (which means ‘rock’) because he’s the false rock in Ezekiel 28: that old dragon called the Devil and Satan who will appear in Jerusalem at 666 with ‘two horns like a lamb’ and he will speak ‘as a dragon’ because he is the dragon:
Satan himself appearing as the false christ in Jerusalem when all six trumpets of deception are sounding at the same time, ‘the image of the beast’ you can read of in the Book of Revelation is the image of Satan as the antichrist transmitted throughout the world beginning at the woe of the sixth trumpet which is when most Christians will die spiritually becoming the whore of Babylon (as opposed to the virgin bride that is supposed to wait for the TRUE Husband to return) when they worship the devil instead of Christ which is when the head of gold we read of in the last chapter goes from being symbolic of the Christian nations in the first half of ‘the hour of temptation’ to the Babylon of the end times with Satan being the king of Babylon and the Christian nations once they get ‘plucked up by the roots’ become the whore of Babylon: no longer Christians when they die spiritually becoming the many-membered body of the antichrist in the great apostasy, grafted into Satan’s family tree along with the natural branches of ‘the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ who are the Kenites: those stones worn smooth we are supposed to enumerate in order to identify the false messiah.
All the world will worship the devil whenever he appears is the antichrist at 666 except for those of the Zadok which we will see a type of in this third chapter of Daniel as well: those who will be delivered up once all six trumpets of deception are sounding at the same time which is when the Holy Spirit will speak through them bringing the 144,000 (as well as whosoever will) out of Babylon and back into God’s family tree whereby they can take part in the first resurrection at the seventh trumpet when the TRUE Christ returns: the TRUE Rock who destroys Satan’s role of antichrist as well as his one world system upon His return as we read of in the last chapter.
2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
When the one world political system that comes into existence at the woe of the fifth trumpet when Satan and his angels are cast to earth becomes a one world religious system after the deadly wound at 666, all the world will wonder after the beast and worship the dragon which will give power unto the beast as you can see in Revelation 13. All but those of the seven thousand Zadok initially, but after they are delivered up and the Holy Spirit speaks through them in a language understood by whoever hears it the 144,000 (as well as whosoever will) comes out of the confusion (which is what Babylon means) and the same sort of chain reaction we see in the Book of Acts continues from there.
3 Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
4 Then an herald cried aloud, (going back to what happens when Satan appears as the antichrist) To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, (which are what the waters are symbolic of in the Book of Revelation)
In Revelation 13:15 we see ‘the image of the beast’ (which is the televised image of Satan when he appears as the false christ transmitted throughout the world) which is what most of the world will worship at that time. Satan causes whoever refuses to worship ‘the image of the beast’ (which is an image of Satan) to be ‘killed’ which means delivered up to ‘death’ which is one of Satan’s names.
The Holy Spirit speaking through those of the seven thousand Zadok (or two hundred and thirty two of that number possibly) is what will cause many to repent at that time and return to the TRUE Christ and to then be delivered up also during the space for repentance during the sixth trumpet: many coming out of the confusion because of what the Holy Spirit will say through those who are delivered up.
5 That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, (which means all six trumpets of deception sounding at the same time in the futurist sense) ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:
6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour (looking forward to the latter half of the five month long ‘hour of temptation’) be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
Just as most of the world will worship Satan when he appears as the antichrist in Jerusalem: the king of Babylon of the end times.
8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.
The three who were of Judah, but in the futurist sense, a type of those remaining faithful to the TRUE Lion of the tribe of Judah as Christ Jesus is called in Revelation 5 where you also see in verse 6 ‘the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth’ which are symbolic of the seven thousand Zadok because with freewill being absent from that group because of their actions in the first world age they can be used by the Holy Spirit at any time.
These are the seven thousand vessels of the Spirit of God ‘sent forth into all the earth’ who are the positive part of God’s Plan of salvation carried out through them throughout the centuries (the prophets and the apostles, for example) leading up to those of the Zadok who will be delivered up during the last half of ‘the hour of temptation’ for refusing to worship Satan when he appears as the antichrist as we see here in the type of Daniel 3.
9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.
10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image:
11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.
A type of the delivering up to ‘death’ (figuratively speaking) that will happen to those who refuse to worship Satan’s image that appears on all the telescreens throughout the globe at 666 when all six trumpets of deception are sounding at the same time in the middle of the five month long ‘hour of temptation’.
14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
The ‘fire and smoke and brimstone’ during the sixth trumpet being symbolic of the deception that issues out of the mouths of Satan’s locust army: the seven thousand fallen angels in the consumer stage with their images being transmitted throughout the world along with the image of Satan himself with what comes out of their mouths being the deception that Satan is Jesus returned which is what causes the third you can read of in Revelation 9 to die spiritually at that time.
All but those whose names were written in the book of life ‘from the foundation of the world’ which means from the destruction of the first world age when Satan first rebelled.
The Zadok stood against Satan then and those of the Zadok alive on earth at that time will stand against him again when he appears as the antichrist when all six trumpets of deception are sounding at the same time in the middle of that five month long ‘hour of temptation’ that begins with the woe of the fifth trumpet when Satan and his angels are cast to earth.
Notice ‘the smoke of a great furnace’ in Revelation 9:2, and then in verse 3: ‘there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth’ that is to say Satan’s fallen angels in the gnawer, swarmer and devourer stages in the first half of ‘the hour of temptation’ then, after the deadly wound when Satan appears as the antichrist at the woe of the sixth trumpet, the locust army goes into the fourth and final stage: the consumer stage.
As you can see in Revelation 9:18, it is ‘the fire’ and ‘the smoke’ and ‘the brimstone’ which issues out of the mouths of Satan’s locust army when all six trumpets of deception are sounding at the same time that kills (spiritually) ‘the third part of men’.
21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, (fully clothed with the fine linen made up of their righteous acts as Christians in the futurist sense and you can read of the garments of the Zadok in Ezekiel 44:17-19 which has to do with the millennium) and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
22 Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
The men the flames of the fire slew are symbolic of those who will be slain spiritually at 666 by ‘the fire’ and ‘the smoke’ and ‘the brimstone’ which issues out of the mouths of Satan’s fallen angel locust army.
The brother will betray the brother to ‘death’ (figuratively speaking because ‘death’ is one of Satan’s names) because they will think Satan is Jesus returned which is the deception that kills that third (spiritually) at the sixth seal, the sixth trumpet and the sixth vial .
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Because it was the Son of God: As Jesus says in the last verse of the Gospel of Matthew: “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”.
He will never leave you nor forsake you so long as you are not one of those who are ‘with child’ and ‘give suck’ upon His return, which means impregnated in the forehead with Satan’s deception and carrying out his orders, which is the ‘in their right hand’ part of the mark of the beast.
If they fail to repent and come out of the Babylon of the end times before the TRUE Christ returns then they will not take part in the first resurrection, but will go into the millennium spiritually dead and ‘naked’ having lost all credit for their righteous acts as Christians when they became the whore of Babylon instead of remaining virgin brides that wait for the TRUE Husband to return at the seventh trumpet.
If they do not stand against Satan after the thousand years are finished and take part in the second resurrection they will be blotted out in ‘the lake of fire’ along with Satan himself, which is why he is called ‘the beast’ that ‘shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition’ as promised in Ezekiel 28.
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither.
As you can see, Nebuchadnezzar is no longer a type of the antichrist here because Satan will exalt himself ‘above all that is called God or worshipped’.
Again, you have to rightly divide the Word of Truth and discern when Nebuchadnezzar is a type of the false christ and when he is not: just as we also saw in the last 4 verses of Daniel 2.
Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed,
As Christ says in verse 18 of Luke 21: “there shall not one hair of your head perish”, speaking not only to the Zadok, but also all who are delivered up during the sixth trumpet in the same sort of chain reaction you see in the Book of Acts beginning in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit spake through the twelve apostles (who were also of the Zadok) then growing like wildfire throughout the world. So shall it be during the sixth trumpet, which is why the Holy Spirit (through Peter) quotes from Joel 2:28-32 in Acts 2:17-21.
The fire (which is symbolic of Satan’s deception) had no power over these three men because (in the futurist sense) they symbolize those who have the seal of God in their forehead. As you can see in Revelation 9:4, the locust army can only hurt those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. Those of the Zadok have it throughout the entire ‘hour of temptation’ with the 144,000 receiving the seed of the seal of God in their forehead prior to the woe of the fifth trumpet and when those of the Zadok are delivered up is when the seed of the seal of God comes to fruition: Springing forth within the minds of the 144,000 (as well as whosoever will) bringing them out of the confusion and back into the many-membered body of the TRUE Christ.
neither were their coats changed, (the fine linen made up of their righteous acts remained intact) nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, (and remember that Nebuchadnezzar is no longer a type of the antichrist at this point in the chapter obviously) Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
In the futurist sense, when the Babylon of the end times is destroyed when the TRUE Christ returns at the seventh trumpet, those of the Zadok who are changed into their spiritual bodies at that time are gathered to Jerusalem with those of the Zadok Christ brings with Him.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being a type of those of the Zadok delivered up during the sixth trumpet in this chapter with Daniel’s absence fitting the mold (symbolically) of those who return with Christ at the seventh trumpet when the seven thousand Zadok as well as all who are part of the many-membered body of the TRUE Christ at that time take part in the first resurrection into eternal life ‘on such the second death (which is the death of the soul in ‘the lake of fire’) hath no power.’