9. NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S DREAM OF A LARGE STATUE.
Daniel 2:31 “You, O king, were watching; and saw a great image. This great image, whose countenance was excellent, stood before you; and the form of it was fearful. 32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 his legs of iron,
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his feet part of iron and part of clay. 34 You watched until a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image upon his feet of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold was broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that struck the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Daniel 2:36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation of the dream before the king. 37 You, O king, are a king of kings; for the God of the sky has given you a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 38 And wherever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky, he has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all. You are this head of gold. 39 And after you shall rise up another kingdom inferior to you, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall rule over all the earth. 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaks into pieces and subdues all; and as iron that breaks all these, it shall break in pieces and bruise all.
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41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potters' clay, and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with clay, 42 and the toes of the feet partly of iron, and partly of clay, so shall the kingdom be partly strong, and partly fragile. 43 And where you saw iron mixed with clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron does not mix with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God from the sky set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 45 Forasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it break in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God has made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation is sure.
King Nebuchadnezzar in his dream is shown by God that starting with the kingdom of Babylon there will be four great world empires. The head of gold represents the kingdom of Babylon. Next, the chest and arms of silver represent the kingdom of the Medes and Persians. The two arms represent the two kingdoms that powered this world empire. Then came the Greek Empire, which is represented by the belly and thighs of brass. This is the area of man that contains the reproductive organs of man, and it is the Greek culture that has reproduced itself more than any other culture throughout the world. The Roman Empire came next and is represented by the legs of iron. There are two legs, one representing the West Roman Empire, with its capital in Rome and the other representing the East Roman Empire with its capital in Constantinople.
With division of the Roman Empire, we enter into the breach in this prophecy.
After Constantine moved the capital to Constantinople in 325 A.D. the Roman Empire in the east continued as a strong military and economic power, while the power of Rome in the west declined and for a time was overrun and dominated by the Barbarians. However by 550 A.D. the former West Roman Empire’s territories of Italy, North Africa and Southern Spain were again part of the Roman Empire, and the Roman Empire was ruled over from Constantinople by Emperor Justinian. The Roman Empire continued as a strong military, economic power until Constantinople fell to Mehmel, the king of the Ottomans in 1453, who claimed the title of Caesar of Rome. By 1516 the Ottomans had pushed south to rule over the all the lands of the Old Testament, and they continued to do so until the end of the 1st World War in 1918.
In the world today there are those trying to bring the empire back together by means of democracy and multiculturalism to mingle themselves with the seed of men; but they will not cleave one to another, just as iron does not mix with clay.
In the last days, ten kings, (five from what was the West Roman Empire and five from what was the East Roman Empire) will once again try to unite these nations and bring the World Empire back into being. This empire, like the Roman Empire of old, will extend from England to Iraq. For a brief time they will succeed, then this empire will be destroyed by the power of God. Jesus Christ, the Rock, will strike and destroy all the kingdoms of this world and then his kingdom will rise on the earth, a kingdom that will know no end.
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