Summary: Daniel Chapter 3 Survey
Chapter 3 Outline
Rev. Bruce A. Shields
First Baptist Church of Tawas City Michigan
Defying the Death Decree
We are living in the end times now.
The stories from Daniel’s days parallel the events in the book of Revelation.
This is why it’s important to examine Daniel before studying Revelation.
The prophecies in Daniel reveal the epics of history just before the coming of Jesus.
The stories deal with prayer, faith and character qualities that prepare us for the coming of the Lord.
Chapter 2 of Daniel – God the prophet or revealer.
Chapter 3 of Daniel – God the priest (savior) or redeemer.
Chapter 4 of Daniel – God the king or ruler.
In Chapter 2 of Daniel God gave Nebuchadnezzar a dream with an image.
This image represented kingdoms to come.
In Chapter 3 Nebuchadnezzar creates his own image which was in defiance of God.
We know this because the WHOLE image was gold, which represents the kingdom of Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar was making the statement that, contrary to what God said, Babylon would exist for ever.
Chapter 2 = true history, image created by God, future of kingdoms.
Chapter 3 = counterfeit history, image created by man, future as Nebuchadnezzar wanted it.
The dimensions of the statue were 60 & 6, or between 8 and 9 stories tall.
The number 6 is symbolic in the bible of imperfection, lawlessness and disobedience.
Just as the number 7 = perfection.
Vs. 2 – All are commanded to worship the image.
This image represented a monument to Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar’s greatness.
He is saying, “My way is better than God’s way.”
Vs. 6 – Furnace fire to those who will not worship the image.
So in Daniel Chapter 3 we see;
A powerful world leader
A Counterfeit image
Commandments to worship the image
World leaders unite
Death penalty for those who do not worship
We see a parallel in Daniel Chapter 3 to Revelation Chapter 13
Issues in Daniel address the end times.
Beast = King or Kingdom in the Bible
In Revelation we see the parallel to Daniel Chapter 3
Powerful World Ruler Revelation 13
Leaders unite in the plains Leaders unite Church and State unite
Decree to worship image Compelled to Worship Decree to worship image
Golden statue represented Babylon Image is counterfeit of God Image, sign and mark represent authority of church/state
Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego Death Defying Faith
Unwavering Loyalty to God Faith like that of Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego
3:8 – When music plays, worship image.
3:9-10 – The Jews were accused by the nation’s wise men.
3:14 – Nebuchadnezzar questioned them.
3:15 – the King gives them another chance.
3:16 – They stood their ground because they had purposed in their hearts.
3:17 – They confessed God.
3:18 – They denied the image.
Faith does not deliver you from the fire. It takes you through the fire.
Christianity is not a good luck charm to make things good, it’s faith and belief in God when things get bad.
3 men were cast in.
but 4 men where in there.
4th man looked like the son of gods (Christ).