The Plain of Dura and the Golden Image

 

Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready… ye fall down and worship the image which I have made: well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O King. But if not, be it known unto thee, O King, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. And these three men… fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” – (Dan.3:1,14,15,17,18,23,25).

“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” – (Rev.13:15).

 

   Emperor Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon set up a golden image in the plain of Dura that was 60 cubits (90 ft.) high and 6 cubits (9 ft.) wide. He commanded all his rulers and public officials, as representatives of all his provinces, to come to the dedication of the image and when the musical instruments sounded they were to bow down and worship the image. If they did not bow they would burn in a fiery furnace.

 

   But three of the Hebrew slaves who, along with Daniel, achieved positions of political power in Babylon, refused to commit this abomination of idolatry. And so they were thrown into the fiery furnace and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, went in there with them and protected them so that they did not burn – “…when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” – (Is.43:2). They had the wisdom to know that it was better to kindle the wrath of King Nebuchadnezzar than to kindle the wrath of God, the King of the universe, and burn in hell. They showed their love for God when they refused to commit idolatry under penalty of death – “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image… Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments” – (Ex.20:4-6).

 

   You show your hatred of God when you commit idolatry and you show your love for God when you do not commit idolatry. The Bible calls this spiritual adultery or fornication and being unfaithful to God and a spiritual harlot – (Rev.17:4,5). Instead of worshipping God in Spirit and in truth with eyes of faith, they worship idols with physical eyes – “now faith in the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” – (Heb.11:1). “For we walk by faith not by sight” – (2 Cor.5:7). I had Catholic priests-fathers teaching me to commit idolatry when I was a child and the wrath of God is upon them.

 

   Nebuchadnezzar is a type of the Beast of (Rev.13) whose image must be worshipped worldwide under penalty of death. The fiery furnace is a type of the great tribulation when the whole earth burns with fire – (2 Pet.3:10) and also God’s fiery wrath in hell – “…If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God… and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone…” – (Rev.14:9,10). The three Jews, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who would not worship the golden image are a type of the tribulation saints who will not worship the image of the Beast. When man’s law says to commit idolatry, then we are to obey God’s highest law – “…We ought to obey God rather than men” – (Acts 5:29).

 

   Notice the number six in the dimensions of the image – sixty cubits high and six cubits wide. It points directly to the mark of the Beast – 666 – which is required to buy or sell. 666 is the number of gold in the Bible and points to the golden image – “Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold” – (I Ki.10:14). And so the N.T. tells us “… and covetousness, which is idolatry” – (Col.3:5). Again “…nor covetous man, who is an idolator…” – (Eph.5:5). O the lure of the image in the hearts of unsaved men, especially the golden image that shows covetousness and tempts man even further. Not long ago I noticed that gold was selling for $666.00 an oz. and now is over $1000.00.

 

   A covetous man makes a god of his money and things that money can buy. He places his trust and hope in it and becomes worldly. He serves mammon instead of God. That is why there is a warning on our money “In God we trust.” “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into a temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some having coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” – (I Tim.6:8-10). Our covetous Babylon-USA is coming closer and closer to worshipping the image of the Beast.

 

   The very number 666 or six-six-six, points to idolatry. We could write it as sex-sex-sex because six and sex are used interchangeably in the English language; for instance ‘sextet and sextuplets.’ Idolatry is spiritual fornication or sex-sex-sex - amen. And millions will wear the stigma and mark of shame and whoredom in their foreheads like – “the mother of harlots” – (Rev.17:5).

 

   The hometown of President Jimmy Carter, Plains, GA, was called at first ‘plains of Dura,’ after the place of Nebuchadnezzar’s image. I believe God is showing us, U.S., that we are the New Babylon of Revelation and that our president will be the Beast and become an emperor ruling the U.S. Empire and fulfilling the iron and clay feet of the empire image dream of (Dan.2). We have also conquered old Babylon-Iraq and our president rules over it like Nebuchadnezzar of old. Plains, Ga. has a population of about 666.

 

   The word ‘Dura’ is no where else in the Bible. I checked the Web and found the words ‘dura mater’ – (hard mother). It means the tough, fibrous membrane that covers the ‘meninges’ surrounding the brain and spinal cord. And I thought about having ‘meningitis’ in 1942 at two years old and nearly died, and would have, but received penicillin which cured me, but I lost half my hearing. My little back was ‘bowed’ backward severely, not bowed forward in worship. The next day I read that Jimmy Carter wrote a new book entitled – ‘A remarkable mother.’

 

   Dura means ‘hard’ and so we get the word ‘dura-ble’ and ‘en-dura-nce’ (to harden – to undergo as hardship without giving in). And so God’s Word tells us – “Thou therefore endure hardship, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” – (2 Tim.2:3). And of God’s wisdom it is written – “Riches and honor are with me; yea, dura-able riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea than fine gold” – (Prov.8:18,19). The riches of God’s wisdom are durable riches. Other riches have a habit of disappearing but God’s wisdom cannot be squandered. I trust you can see the en-dura-ble riches and wisdom of three Hebrews in the fire compared to the worshippers of the golden image. “That ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance” – (Heb.10:34).

 

   The plain of Dura time is coming again in Babylon-USA. A time of hardhearted people who have hardened their hearts against Christ and His Word. The time of the great tribulation and the Antichrist-Beast and worshipping his image under penalty of death. A time of great en-dura-nce and hardship by the tribulation saints of whom Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are a type.

 

   The USS Jimmy Carter is the final seawolf-class nuclear submarine that was commissioned in 2005 because Carter was a navy officer on nuclear subs. Our time of God’s mercy and grace and love in His beloved Son on the cross is coming to an end and soon God’s fiery wrath will fall upon U.S. in one hour and we shall be burned with fire – (Rev.18:9,10). And that very well may be the fire of nuclear bombs. The President-Beast will be a mediator like President Carter and mediate a peace covenant between Israel and the Arabs in the Mideast – (Dan.9:27).

 

   Have you been saved by the fourth man in the fire, the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ? Only Jesus Christ is the Savior who only can deliver you from your sins and the fiery furnace of hell – “And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” – (Mt.13:42). Again – “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” – (Rev.20:15).

 

   Repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith before it’s eternally too late. Become a born again creature in Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). Be saved by Christ – “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” – (Rom.10:13). Receive forgiveness of sins and a new divine nature. Make sure your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life so that you can escape the wrath of God soon to come and go up in the rapture. Everyone on planet earth shall worship the Beast except the Tribulation saints – “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” – (Rev.13:8). Do not spurn the grace of God in His dear Son or the wrath of God abideth on you. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” – (Jn.3:36).

 

   O tribulation saints, keep in mind these words of Jesus “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” – (Mt.10:28). It’s not the wrath of the Beast that you need to fear: it’s the fiery wrath of God that you need to fear. God has a brand new incorruptible, eternal body waiting for you. Die in the most glorious way possible; die as a martyr for the Lord Jesus. During your time of Dura, keep your eyes of faith on Christ and His Dura-ble riches of eternal life. Keep this as your motto – “You can kill my body, but not my soul and I will never worship the Beast.”

 

 

Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705

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