King Cyrus (Dan 14:1-14:1)

“When King Astyages

Was laid to rest

With his ancestors,

Cyrus the Persian

Succeeded to his kingdom.”

This last chapter of the Book of Daniel is often referred to as the story of Bel, the god, and the dragon. Daniel will show how each one was useless. Once again, this chapter is only in the Greek Septuagint, so that it is often called apocryphal. This story takes place at the later part of the life of Daniel, since Cyrus the Persian (598-530 BCE) was the King. His rule in Persia began in 559 BCE and lasted about 30 years. Here, he is still only the king of Persia that he received from his father, King Astyages (585-550 BCE). The sister of King Astyages was the wife of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Thus, you can see the connection, as Cyprus would have been the nephew of the Babylonian king. Eventually, Cyrus took over Babylon in 539 BCE.

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The present battle and the future (Dan 10:13-10:14)

“The prince

Of the kingdom

Of Persia

Opposed me

For twenty-one days.

Then,

Michael,

One of the chief princes,

Came to help me.

I left him there

With the prince

Of the kingdom

Of Persia.

I have come

To help you understand

What is to happen

To your people

At the end of the days.

There is a further vision

For those days.”

Somehow or other this man or angel Gabriel got involved in a conflict with the King of Persia for 21 days. However, the good angel Michael, one of the chief princes or archangels, came to help him against this prince of Persia. This man or angel Gabriel then came to help Daniel understand what was going to happen to his people in the future, at the end of days.