In Daniel Name Meanings Are Key...

When viewing these first six chapters of Daniel as a foreshadowing, it is important to relate meanings to the places and people to the story being told. In this case, the primary setting is Babylon. It’s where the Israelites were taken as captives after being cast out of their homeland.

Babylon is representative of our being before we were joined with God. Israel is descriptive of us in need of salvation and Judah is of heaven. The main characters are Nebuchadnezzar –I liken him to our lost soul; Daniel –the Holy Spirit; Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah describe Jesus’ purpose; Belshazzar –the deeds of our flesh; and Darius –our regenerated soul.

As you read through this story about Daniel, you might want to refer to this list of meanings to help understand the story.

Daniel (Belteshazzar)

Means: Directing a straight path; Judge of God

Represents: The Holy Spirit

Jehoiakim, King of Judah

Means: One that God raised up

Represents: Human spirit; Our connection to heaven


Represents: Desires of the flesh


Represents: Our entire being


Represents: Human soul

Ashpenaz and Chief official

Represents: Human will

Arioch and Court guards

Represents: Human emotions

Hananiah (Shadrach)

Means: He camped with us

Represents: Jesus living here with us

Mishael (Meshach)

Means: Who and What is God?

Represents: Explanation of the Father

Azariah (Abednego)

Means: Helper or protector from God

Represents: The Counselor

Ten days of testing

Represents: Ten Commandments

King Cyrus

Represents: When Jesus reigns in us

Magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers

Represents: Worldly ideals and beliefs

Satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and other officials

Represents: Methods putting those ideals and beliefs into practice

Rock cut without human hands

Represents: Jesus

Image of gold

Represents: Things we make important

Musical instruments

Represents: What we use to show something is important


Represents: Our corrupt nature with worldly desires

Temple goblets

Represents: Things used in offering worship to God

Writing on the wall

Represents: God Himself writing the Law of Sin and Death

Dreams and visions

Represents: Hearing the gospel