Published on 17 December 2011
DANIEL SERVED AS A PROPHET TO THE EXILES IN BABYLON FROM 605 – 536 B.C.
While Ezekiel was ministering to the captives in Babylon, Daniel was drafted as a counselor to King Nebuchadnezzar. With God’s hep, he interpreted two of the king’s dreams. Daniel’s three friends were rescued from death in the fiery furnace and he was rescued from a lion’s den.
The large statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Daniel 2) represented the 4 kingdoms that would dominate as wold powers: the golden head were Babylonians ( 606 -539 B.C.); the chest and arm, from silver, were Medo-Persians ( 539 – 331B.C.); the belly and thighs, from bronze, were Grecian (331 – 146 B.C.); the legs and feet, from iron and clay, were Romans (146 B.C. – A.D.476).
586 B.C. Judah (southern kingdom) falls to Babylon; 562 B.C. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon dies. 539 B.C. Babylon overthrown by Cyrus of Persia.
WORLD EVENTS: 563 B.C. Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism born in India; 560 B.C. Aesop writes his fables; 551B.C. Confucius, famous Chinese scholar, born; 550 B.C. King Cyrus the Great conquers the Medes and founds the Persian empire; lock and key, water level, and carpenter’s square invented.