Updated: Aug 10
Daniel chapter 3 is a type of end-time events.
The compulsory worship of the image in this chapter illustrates the coming crisis when God's faithful people, i.e. true Bible believing Christians will be compelled to receive the mark of the beast and to worship the beast.
Daniel 3 is a type for events about to transpire in our world. The antitype is found in Revelation 13.
Rev 13:15, “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”
Daniel contains two clear examples of State enforced religious laws:
1. In Daniel chapter 3 we learn that it is wrong for the state to force people to worship a particular God.
2. In Daniel chapter 6 we learn that it is wrong for the state to stop people worshiping a particular God.
This chapter brings to light the case of "The King vs. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego" and Daniel chapter 6, the case of "The State vs. Daniel"
False worship is compelled and only three remain faithful.
verses 1-3 False worship compelled In Daniel 2 the king of Babylon had dreamed of a metallic image whose golden head represented his kingdom. However, not satisfied that other kingdoms would succeed his, he built an image all of gold and commanded all in his kingdom to worship the image. The Hebrew youth consented to attend the dedication knowing what would happen.
The image was 60x6 cubits. A cubit was approx. the distance from the finger tip to the elbow. The standardized Babylonian cubit was 19.6 inches, just under half a meter. The image was, therefore, about 26.7m high. The depth of the image is not given but apparently in Hebrew if the depth is not given it is the same as the width. Thus we have 60 x 6 x 6. It is significant that the number of the beast in Revelation 13 is 666 and therefore the number of the image of the beast.
SIX IS THE NUMBER OF BABYLON