Who is that Fourth man?
In search of the Daniel Generation Part Two.

“Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 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 3:24,25

Once again what a passage in the Bible! I would say it easily makes the top 20 list in drama and emotion. It also has so much meaning.
I just left a Women’s Night Out dinner at our church. As I looked across the room I could see so many of my “peeps” that have met the “fourth man”. That’s the fun part of pastoring over 30 years. They bring more encouragement to me than I could ever bring to them. But lets get back to our hero’s in the book of Daniel. Let’s just state the facts first:
They were taken from their homeland. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego seemed pretty young. Where were their parents? Probably left behind or taken in captivity. That experience alone could leave the most of us devastated the rest of our lives. What a contrast between living in the promised land to Babylon. I am so proud they choose to eat their vegetables over Popeyes, Crispy Creme and Oyster Po-boys.
These boys knew one way or another that they would be free from the king’s rule. “Our God, whom we serve, is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O King. But if not, let it be known to you, O King, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship that image.” They were saying, Just like I didn’t eat your junk food, I’m not going to bend to your world system. We could argue that God didn’t do such a good job delivering them before but somehow they “caught” on that God was in control of their destiny.
They fell down bound into the fire. Many of us are faced with the “unexpected”. I like to call it a “Katrina experience”. We find ourselves falling bound into the fire. Bound with fear, anger, and doubt. That’s the beauty of fire, it burns up everything that is binding us up. The great potter’s wheel of life does its work in us and we become changed through the fire, Christ comes to our point of need.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) He becomes the fourth man all through our lives. Ya know we all need to just come to a place in our lives that even though we might live in Babylon, we will refuse to eat “their food and worship their gods”. Maybe we will fall down, bound in the fire, at times, but have no fear- Christ loves to come walk among us. It’s called being a part of Daniel Generation.


  1. You are 100percent right on this! we live in a age were they call good evil and evil good, im sure glad the Lord saved us, we too would be lost in this insanity, we are very careful on what we listen to anymore, you have the mediah, news and programs you name it blasting garbage at us, we get up early and get in the word so the garbage cant influence us and it is so sneaky since we hear alot of it in our socity its a good thing to dweel on the lord,so much evil we could think about,light has no fellowship with darkness or the world We want to and need to think aboutHis thoughts and ways, we all thank God have been called out ofddeath into life, and we are sealed by His Holy Spirit and are his children.

  2. On many occasions when it was cold myself and others built a fire to keep ourselves going!Revelations 3:18-22;Numbers31:23;1 Peter 1:7. Jeremiah 5:14;23:29. God instructs me to do things that seem odd at first! Then his word reveals to me his purpose behind them! The disciples of Jesus Christ are the strongest soldiers in this world! All the Glory goes to God in Jesus Christ’s for such strength!

  3. Oh God, Oh my God, where are the words to discribe how special, how privileged, to be on this journey with the fourth man in the fires of life. Yes, I am indeed of the Daniel Generation.


  4. Wow wow what an awesome word! Thank u P Parris for sharing. My favorite part is where they say even if we’re not delivered from the fire, we’re not compromising. They served the Lord for who He was, not what He could do for them and look how blessed they were for making the right choice.

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