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The three men in the furnace

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Book of Daniel, Song of the Three Holy Children.

The king had a secret love for Daniel and his companions. They were making a lot of music, and ordering everyone to come out and "worship" the golden idol and be accounted for.

The three men were "thrown" into the furnace with thick garments, heavy coats, and warm socks. There was a moist whistling wind, and the men huddled near the flames for warmth.

It must have been cold and rainy, and they had a terrible time getting the draft going in the furnace. There must have been a flu or other pandemic of disease, and people were dying, because the three men had been eating pulse or bean soup and were not up to eating solid food, so they prayed and fasted three times a day.

The king must have known that they needed to be kept warm to save their lives. The form of his visage was changed - he was very concerned about something, but he had to issue stern orders to hide his concern.

It would have been miraculous that these men, almost burning up with fever, as thickly clothed as they were and huddled up by the flames of the furnace, survived.

But the Apocrypha was thrown out of the Bible and the accepted or received explanation of this passage has been changed and obscured.

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>>> Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated [Daniel 3:19]. <<<

KJV, has that word "one" there. It's part of a numerical figure and goes along with the seven, but ignored in other versions of the Bible. And the "times" - they were doing some kind of multiplication or figuring, but I would not assume straight grade-school multiplication 1x7=7. There is other mention of "time, times, and the dividing of time" or even "time and two times and half a time" in the same book which would seem to equal three and a half (3½) or half of seven.

Also the Revelation in the New Testament. John had no doubt read Daniel.

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The fourth man in the furnace, whose form was "like" the Son of God: he was butt naked, and the King knew to pull those three heavily clothed boys out immediately, because that was who was molesting them.

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