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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"7 TIMES HOTTER"

No. The Bible says "one seven times" hotter.

“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.”

The ancient Babylonians had a place value system for numbers. The "seven" gets a place value of 60 here, and remember Hebrew was written right to left, numbers with the ones' place on the right, so that "one seven" means one plus seven times sixty, or 421. The king was really commanding the the furnace to be heated 421 times more than it was usually heated.

And the king's servants, that put them in, ceased not to make the oven hot with rosin, pitch, tow, and small wood; So that the flame streamed forth above the furnace forty and nine cubits. And it passed through, and burned those Chaldeans it found about the furnace. But the angel of the Lord came down into the oven together with Azarias and his fellows, and smote the flame of the fire out of the oven; And made the midst of the furnace as it had been a moist whistling wind, so that the fire touched them not at all, neither hurt nor troubled them.

But an angel cannot be the Son of God in the Bible.

For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

 

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