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Where was Daniel when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were facing the furnace?

Where was Daniel when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were facing the furnace?

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Gaby
3 months ago
Answer: Daniel 3 relates the
famous account of Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego (or, to use
their Hebrew names, Hananiah,
Mishael, and Azariah). The three
brave Hebrews take a stand
against the king of Babylon, refuse
to bow to an idol, and are thrown
into a burning fiery furnace.
Interestingly, Daniel is not
mentioned in the story at all. Why
did Daniel’s three friends face the
wrath of the king alone? Where
was Daniel during their time of
crisis?
Scripture does not say where
Daniel was when King
Nebuchadnezzar tried to kill
Daniel’s friends. There are a few
possibilities, all of them
speculative:
isaaq
3 months ago
Answer.
Daniel sat in the gate of the king. He was separated from them. He was positioned in the king's court while they were out dealing with matters of the province.

In Daniel chapters 1 and 2, the names of Daniel and his three friends are mentioned together a total of seven times, using either their Hebrew names or their new Babylonian names.
But in chapter 3, which is the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's fiery trial, all of a sudden Daniel is never mentioned. And here is why I think that's so:
Recall that in Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar has a huge golden statue built and gives orders for all to bow down and worship it at a musical signal. When the time came, the signal was sounded and everybody bowed...except for the three Hebrew boys who were determined to honor their God even at the cost of their lives.
The enraged king has them thrown into a furnace stoked to be seven times hotter than normal; but not long afterwards, the king is stunned when he sees *four* men in the fire, with one being described as appearing like the son of God.
I believe this is a picture of Daniels's 70th Week, or the seven-year Tribulation that Israel will be plunged into in order to purge them and draw forth a remnant who have returned to God with all their heart. This remnant will be preserved through the Tribulation just as the three Hebrew boys were preserved through the fire, and at the climax of the Tribulation, when Christ returns to establish the Millennial Kingdom, they will be gathered back into the land of Israel so they can be ushered into that kingdom.
So in Daniel 3, Daniel is a type of Christ, the king is a type of Antichrist, the furnace is a type of Tribulation, and the three Hebrew boys are a type of the believing Jewish remnant. Daniel is never mentioned in chapter 3 because Jesus is not physically on earth with the Jewish remnant during the Tribulation.
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