1st September 2008, mgh
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3) Surviving the fiery Furnace
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon saw an angel in approx. 530BCE. He threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into a furnace heated seven times the usual. The flame of the fire slew the men who threw them in.
Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, “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”
Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God” (Daniel 3:19-28)
This angel could convey similar fire resisting capability to others nearby.
The Lions Den
Not long after the fiery furnace Nebuchadnezzar was tricked into sending Daniel the prophet into a lions' den. An angel shuts the lions' mouths
The king said to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, is your God, whom you serve continually, able to deliver you from the lions?” Then said Daniel, “O king, live for ever. My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me”. (Daniel 6:20-22)