Episode 1 - Serving God When Times Get Tough
In 605 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, attacked and conquered Judah in Israel. Following his victory, Nebuchadnezzar ordered that the best and brightest young men of Judah be deported to Babylon. His plan was to train these young men for three years and then given some of them positions in the royal court. Frances Hogan speaks about the faithfulness to God of Daniel, Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael, young Hebrew men perhaps better known by Babylonian names Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, given by King Nebuchadnezzar. Favored with gifts of the Holy Spirit, the king found these men 10 times better than any of the other courtesans. Though he changed their names, however, he couldn't change their hearts, which would remain loyal to the God of Israel no matter what trial befell them.
Episode 2 - Faithfully Serving God and King
Frances Hogan relates that Daniel, Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael provide exemplary faithful service to the king of Babylon because their first allegiance is given to God. Prophetic signs of God's presence and guidance are given to the king in the way of the divine handwriting on the wall and a dream interpreted by Daniel, so that the king may believe in God or at least recognize God's blessing to the men in reward for their fidelity and love for Him.
Episode 3 - Trial of Faith in the Fiery Furnace
Frances Hogan shares that, when put to the test, Daniel, Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael, courageously live out the faith they professed all their lives, Given the choice of worshipping Babylonian gods in order to live, or die worshipping the one true God, the men remain steadfast, though placed in the fiery furnace. God shows that he sustains his children even in seemingly impossible human circumstances. God gives imperishable faith to immortal souls who will not compromise their belief but wait for their eternal reward.
Episode 4 - Finding God in the Fiery Furnace
Frances Hogan relates that, immersed in the fire of tribulation, the souls of God's children are purified and faith transformed, relying solely, totally and completely on the God who gave them life and who alone can take it away. Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) place themselves unreservedly in God's hands, and He rewards their trust by having his angel appear with them in the furnace, preserving them from harm and glorifying God along with them. The king is confounded but the message is given to all that God is the God of all the living.
Episode 5 - Daniel in the Lions' Den
Frances Hogan shares that Daniel is favored by the King Darius the Mede for his faithfulness and excellent service, arousing the jealousy of others courting the king's favor. Indeed the king considered setting him over the entire kingdom. Therefore the deceitful satraps convince the king to pass a law stating that no one can petition anyone human or divine except the king. Daniel is caught praying to his God and so is thrown in the lions' den. However, Daniels' God has the final say and the tables are turned on those who had falsely accused him.
Episode 6 - God Reveals the Mystery of History
Frances Hogan relates Daniel's visions of mysterious beasts from the sea, God's throne, court and judgment, and the coming of the Son of Man. Kings set up their kingdoms, even ruling as tyrants for short-lived terms, but God's kingdom knows no end and his judgments are final for all humanity.
Episode 7 - Visions of Eternal Life
Frances Hogan expounds on the momentous tides of the history of the Jewish people, such as the destruction of Jerusalem and exile of Jews to Babylon in 586 B.C., the return of the exiles and restoration of the temple in 516 B.C. by Cyrus the Great, which is paralleled by the destruction of the temple by Titus in 70 A.D. and corresponding dispersion of the Jews. The transitoriness of earthly life, residence and possessions points to the hope of an eternal life and heavenly abode which will never be taken away, solely keeping God forever, blissfully being His alone.
Episode 8 - Susanna, a Lamb Among Wolves
Frances Hogan relates that two wicked elders try to despoil the innocent Susanna and then falsely testify against her in order to send her to her death. But the Holy Spirit stirs up Daniel to defend her honor, turning the tables on those who plotted her ruin. Faithfulness is eminently rewarded and vice pitilessly punished, which is the clear prophetic message of the Book of Daniel.