The Beast and his Mark
The beast “shall intend to change times and law” (Daniel 7:25), to elevate himself as high as God (Daniel 11:36). In particular, he will try to change the commandment of God regarding the Sabbath Day.
The governors and satraps see if they can find any charge against Daniel regarding the Law of his God. The King (the beast) makes a decree that sets him as high as God. Daniel must go into the Lion’s den because the King is unable to change his own decree.
“unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”
The paramount significance of the law of God is introduced. Of course, the first commandment is in mind, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3). In Daniel 3, the saints were forced to worship an “image” that Nebuchadnezzar, the Beast, set up. But now the King – “the Beast” will have everyone to worship him. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
But the main focus of this Chapter is “the Law that cannot be changed.” For the Beast will make himself as great as God by claiming the authority to change God’s commandments.
King Darius live forever – his advisors set him as high as God. They tell him that he shall be the only god. The Beast will also tries to make himself as high as God, as we read in Daniel 11:36.
“establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.”
They put His words as high as God’s such that they cannot be altered.
To change the law that cannot be changed will be the intent of the beast, “to change time and law” (Dan 7:25).
he labored til the going down of the sun – the King is unable even to find a way to change his own decree, a comparison to the changing of the law of God.
“Know, O king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”
To all peoples, nations and languages that dwell in all the earth…fear the God of Daniel – the introduction of Darius speech is identical to that of King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:1-3, as we noted there. After we learn about the mark of the beast, Darius warns us to fear God. King Nebuchadnezzar told us to give God glory, after we learned that we need to worship the true God, and not the image of the beast. These two speeches prefigure the call of the Angel in Revelation 14:6-7, to “those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people…’fear God and give Him glory.'”