God Rescued Daniel from the Lion's Den
It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes,.... This is the same Darius mentioned in the latter part of the preceding chapter; who, as soon as he took the kingdom of Babylon, divided it into a hundred and twenty provinces, as Jacchiades observes; as was the manner of the Medes and Persians. So Darius the son of Hystaspes divided the kingdom of Persia into twenty provinces, and set governors over each, according to Herodotus (r); to these hundred and twenty provinces seven more were afterwards added, through the victories of Cyrus and Cambyses, and Darius Itystaspes, Esther 1:1. Josephus (s), through forgetfulness, makes these princes and provinces three hundred and sixty:
(r) Thalia, sive l. 3. c. 89. (s) Antiqu. l. 10. c. 11. sect. 4. (t) "in toto regno", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator, Cocceius; "toti regno", Junius & Tremellius.
hundred and twenty—satraps; set over the conquered provinces (including Babylon) by Cyrus [Xenophon, Cyropædia, 8.6.1]. No doubt Cyrus acted under Darius, as in the capture of Babylon; so that Daniel rightly attributes the appointment to Darius.
This was a joint effort in the conquering and reestablishment of the Babylonian (now Media Persian) Empire. Darius the Mede, also known as Cyaxares II, was definitely the uncle of Cyrus the Great, who probably reigned for about two years until his death, when Cyrus took full control of the throne.
"Babylon was besieged by Cyrus, nephew of Darius the Mede, and commanding general of the combined armies of the Medes and Persian” Prophets and Kings, p. 523.
"Darius reigned over Medo-Persia two years after the fall of Babylon. During this time, Daniel was cast into the lions’ den and came out unharmed. This deliverance led Darius to write unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, That in every dominion in my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and steadfast forever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.” Review and Herald, March 21, 1907, emphasis supplied.
In conclusion, I knew for a certainty that Ellen had it right. And thus my position as Cyaxares II being Darius the Mede, uncle of Cyrus the Great. Being 62 years of age when he took the kingdom in 539 b.c., he probably was born around 601 b.c., dying two years later in 537 / 536 b.c. Though many still dispute the accuracy of Xenophons records and prefer to recognize Gubaru or Gobryas as Darius, an unrelated historical general who reined for only a year, I believe the Spirit of Prophecy cannot be overlooked or disregarded on this point.
2 And over these three presidents (Leo, Leo Minor and Argo); of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.
3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent (Milky Way) spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
4 Then the presidents and (Gemini) princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none (red radius line) occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any (red radius line) error or fault found in him (Argo).
5 Then said these (Gemini) men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
6 Then these presidents and (Gemini) princes assembled together to the (Cepheus) king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition (PRAY) of any God or man for thirty (30 degree) days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of (Leo, Leo Minor and Argo) lions.
8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and (red radius pen) sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
9 Wherefore king Darius (Cepheus) signed the writing and the decree.
10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his (Argo) house; and his (solar) windows being open in his (Argo) chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees (oars) three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
three times a day—(Ps 55:17 "evening, morning ande at noon").
11 Then these (Gemini) men assembled, and (red radius line saw and heard) found Daniel (red radius line) praying and making supplication before his God.
12 Then they came near, and spake before the (Cepheus) king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not (red radius pen) signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition (PRAY) of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of (Leo, Leo Minor and Argo) lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
13 Then answered they and said before the king, That (Argo) Daniel, which is of the (Gemini) children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
14 Then the (Cepheus) king, when he (lunar ear) heard these (red radius line) words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun (sun on red radius line horizon) to deliver him.
15 Then these (Gemini) men assembled unto the king, and said unto the (Cepheus) king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
16 Then the king (red radius) commanded, and they brought (Argo) Daniel, and (red radius) cast him into the den of lions (Leo, Leo Minor and Argo). Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
17 And a (lunar) stone was brought, and laid upon the (lunar) mouth of the den; and the king (solar) sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of (Leo, Leo Minor and Argo) lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the (Leo, Leo Minor and Argo) lions?
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath (red radius line) shut the lions' mouths (Leo, Leo Minor and Argo), that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no (red radius) hurt.
23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of (red radius) hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
24 And the king commanded, and they brought those (Gemini) men which had (red radius line) accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions (Leo, Leo Minor and Argo), them, their (Gemini) children, and their (Gemini) wives; and the lions (Leo, Leo Minor and Argo) had the mastery of them, and brake all their (lunar crescent) bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
25 Then king Darius wrote unto all (Gemini) people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom (Gemini) men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions (Leo, Leo Minor and Argo).
28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.