This is one of several nail-biting episodes in Daniel. Three government officials refused to bow to any statue, declaring that Jehovah was the only God to be worshipped. They were thrown into a fiery furnace. Even many people who have not read the Bible have heard of these faithful ones.

The Bible is not clear about where angels and demons come from. There are obviously thousands of them around today. Angels spend their time blessing us, protecting us, encouraging us. Demons spend their time hassling us, distracting us, trying to stop us fulfilling the plan of God for our lives.