Empires that ruled the Middle East
King Nabu-Kudduri-Usur (also know as Nebuchadnezzar) ruled Babylon from 605 – 562 B.C.
Daniel who lived at this time explains in the second chapter of his book about king Nebuchadnezzar having a dream which he forgot. The dream and the interpretation are revealed to Daniel. The dream about a statue, is a summary or timeline of the empires that ruled the Middle East, before they were to happen. The year is 603 B.C. Daniel explains the following to the king: “King you saw a great statue, the head was of fine gold, his breast and arms of silver, his belly and thighs of brass, his legs of iron and his feet and toes part of iron and part of clay. Then you saw a stone that smote the statue upon his feet and broke them to pieces.”
1. You king Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian empire are the head of Gold. (gold was used in abundance in Babylon, the street leading up to the temple was paved with gold) Babylon 606 -539 B.C.
2.“After you arises another kingdom inferior to you” These are the two arms and chest of silver, which represented the dual empire of the Medes and Persians, (two arms represent two empires joined together. The jewelry from that area is mainly silver) Medo-Persia 539-333 B.C.
3. “And another third kingdom of brass” Here we see Greece “the belly of brass” (much of the Greek art is done in brass, or bronze, the sexual parts are also in that part of the body and the Greeks are known to have been ‘sexually liberated’. Where the ribs meet we find the ‘solar plexus’ a.k.a. the wisdom and spiritual seat, hence the Greek mythology and wise men) Greece 333-44 B.C.
4.“The fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron” two legs of iron signify the Roman Empire. (Iron is hard, representing the Roman hardness with tens of thousands of crucifixions. The legs are significant of the Roman armies marching all over Europe and North Africa. Two legs, as Rome divided into Eastern and Western Roman Empire. Today the world is still divided in East and West) Rome 44 B.C.- 476 A.D.
5. We then come to the feet and toes which are partly iron, and partly clay. Iron representing strong dictatorships. Clay, which has individual particles, representing democracy. The last part of the statue and timeline are “the toes”. We have ten toes which signify the ten last kingdoms, or the ten Regional Groupings, which “will come to power” when the seven year peace agreement is signed. This seven year peace agreement ends in a nuclear disaster. At the end of the seven years Jesus returns to save that which is left.
The stone that changes everything
The dream ends with the statue being obliterated by a stone. “Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver and the gold broken to pieces and became like chaff that the wind carried away and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain that filled the whole earth.” Daniel interprets this that “And in the days of these ten kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed”.
Daniel closes with “The dream is certain and the interpretation thereof is sure.” Then the king fell on his face and worshipped Daniel and said “It is absolutely true that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets . . Then the king made him a great man in Babylon.”
Daniel was promoted to Prime Minister.
“He that falls on this stone shall be broken, but on whom it will fall it will grind him to powder” (Matthew 41:44) In other words if you fall on Jesus your heart breaks and you see the need to change your ways. However if you don’t allow Him to break your heart and change you then in the end the stone will grind you to powder, just like it did the image of the body politics.
Does history run on time?
Many of us loved history, so we heard about the hanging gardens of Babylon, about the law of the Medes and Persians that could not be altered. Then there was Alexander the Great and his horse Bucephala conquering fast and furiously, next the Romans and all the roads they built. That part is very interesting in Daniel chapter two, but if that part is true, then there is every reason to believe that the rest is also true and will come to pass, and that eventually God will set up his kingdom.
History is like a train-schedule. According to the schedule we have passed certain stations, the last one was the Roman Empire. You know if the schedule is good then the next station should be the New World Order with its leader and eventually the end station of Jesus returning to set up His kingdom. Right now we are passing the landscapes and mountains which are mentioned on the schedule, i.e. pestilences, famines, earthquakes, wars, etc. prior to arriving at the next station. Can you hear the announcement and whistle (blowers) for the next station?
“let us not sleep, as others do let us watch and be sober.” (1Thessalonians 5:6)
“Scoffers. . saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for . . all things continue as they were from the beginning.” (2 Peter 3:3,4)
“their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed . . But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.” (Matthew 13:15,16)