Daniel and the War Against the Innocent
I began teaching the book of Daniel last week…not as a prophecy guide, but as a another way of understanding how Gods people can live in exile.
The New Testament makes it clear that this is the way we are to understand our place in the world in this age, waiting for the age to come.
I started my prep work as always on chapter one…and as I worked through it, I saw something that may or may not be insightful in regard to one way the world wars against the people and ways of God.
First, it re-educates the young people.
“Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.” (Daniel 1:3–4 ESV)
Second it changes their names…their very identities.
“And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.” (Daniel 1:7 ESV)
Third, it changes their sexual identities.
Many modern commentators believe that Daniel and his friends were made eunuchs to serve the Babylonian court.
While much about the book of Daniel is debated, what is pretty clear is that the first chapters represent the struggle between what Augustine called “The City of Man” against “The City of God”… or the rulers of this age against the Ruler of the kingdom to come.
While it is possible that I am suffering from a lack of sleep and too much stress leading to delusional Bible interpretation, it is also possible that we have found a pattern of behaviors that the enemy has found successful through the ages…and is still using today.
The wave of transgender activism seeking to normalize the mangling of childrens minds and bodies from an early age through drugs and surgery and demanding acceptance of such a brutal practice may have its origins in the beast empires that came before.
I confess that I have not fully worked through this and I welcome constructive criticism and interaction.