Daniel – The Beginning
So Daniel starts in Chapter 1- it says in the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem and besieged it. You can read about this back in the first and second book of Kings in the Old Testament.
What you’ll find is that Israel was divided into a northern kingdom and a southern kingdom and the Northern Kingdom went into idolatry first and God sent them into captivity because of their idolatry. The Southern Kingdom continued to follow the Lord for quite a while and this account in Daniel chapter 1 you will find in 2nd Kings chapter 24 verse 10 where it says, at the time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem and the city was besieged.
So in Daniel chapter 1 we see that the southern kingdom which was Judah went into captivity as well. I understand Jehoiakim was a king of Judah and Daniel chapter 1 the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into Nebuchadnezzar’s hand and part of the vessels of the house of God so you’ll find that the treasures and the vessels of the house of God Nebuchadnezzar got a hold of them. Babylon, many say, is current Iraq.
So now you have the Northern Kingdom in captivity and now the Southern Kingdom has been carried into captivity and then this is where we pick up with Daniel, where they are now in captivity .
You find King Nebuchadnezzar wanted to bring certain of the children of Israel and of King Jehoiakim’s seed and of the princes and wanted them to stand in the king’s palace. He was going to teach them of the Chaldean’s ways. Among these where the children of Judah, Daniel and Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The Babylonians called them by Babylonian names Belteshazzar for Daniel, Hananiah they called Shadrach, Mishael they called Meshach and Azariah they called Abednego.
Many have heard of the stories of these men with the fiery furnace and Daniel in the lion’s den and how God saved them through these trials. Daniel is a book of 12 chapters and a great read. But we however, are looking at the prophecies God gave to Daniel.
Which takes us next to a major prophecy which we will look at next.