By: Robert Serreyn
Question? Can you explain the Daniel’s Statue Prophecy, please?
Answer: Sure, here it is…
The Interpretation of Daniel 2:36-45.
We find the statue pictures five world empires, leading up to the sixth, or the kingdom reign of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Feet of the Iron and Clay Empire, and the Great StoneWorld Empires are yet future. (Daniel also covers this same period of time in his
“Beast Vision” of Daniel, Chapters Seven and Eight.)
The statue was made of metals, each decreasing in value; but, increasing in strength. This prophecy, in its totality, gives the “times of the Gentiles;” or, when Israel had no king. In Nebuchadnezzar’s time, this statue was looking to the future.
GOLD – ASSYRIA / BABYLON – 612 BC
1. The Head of Gold: Babylonian Kingdom (Daniel 2:32, 37,38;7:4).
Nebuchadnezzar, “Thou art this head of gold.” But, don’t be proud, even though you are a “king of kings,” “…God hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.” It does appear the lesson was lost upon Nebuchadnezzar as Chapter Four of Daniel lets us know that God still had to teach him a tough lesson on who was “in charge” in the “kingdom of men.” (4:25c)
Nebuchadnezzar had consolidated his world empire and had taken the Jews captive in 606BC, at which time the prophet Daniel was taken. The Prophet tells us himself that he was there until the “first year of king Cyrus.” (1:21)
SILVER – MEDES & PERSIANS – 538 BC
2. Chest and Arms of Silver: Medo-Persia (Daniel 2:32, 39a; 7:5).
In 538 BC, Daniel was again called in to read Belshazzar’s “handwriting on the wall.” The sad story of this Babylonian king’s fall is written in Daniel 5:25-30. The Medes and Persians came on the scene about 538 BC, “And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee…” (2:39a)
BRASS – GRECIAN EMPIRE – 323 BC
3. Belly and Thighs of Brass: Greece (Daniel 2:32, 39b;7:6).
“And another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all
the earth.” (Daniel 2:39b)
This is the world empire of Alexander, the Great; who, supposedly cried as he had conquered all the known world in 323 BC. There were no more kingdoms left to conquer! It is also said that he then consoled himself by looting the Babylonian treasury; and died, 323 B.C., in the city of Babylon. His death, at age 33, was caused by drunkenness and debauchery.
IRON – ROME – 30 BC
4. Iron Legs of Rome (Daniel 2:33a, 40; 7:7, 15-28).
“And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron
breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh
all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.” Daniel 2:40
Who has not heard of the Iron Legions of Rome? And the cruelty of Rome when Christians were torn to pieces in the coliseum for sport. In approximately 27-30 BC begins the period known as the Pax Romana, when Rome ruled all the Mediterranean world. It became a world empire under the rule of Augustus Caesar. In 364 AD, the Roman Empire was permanently divided into the Western Empire of Rome and the Eastern Empire of Constantinople. Rome ran its course and deteriorated away by corruption within and barbaric attacks from without.
America is on the same course today, only it is in a more severe situation. We have the enemy within and have experienced barbaric attacks from within and without. We are corrupt from the top down and have the same cruel attitude toward abortion; and same the value of human life, as the Romans did, when they left unwanted children out on a cold rock to die. Murderers and pedophiles go free after receiving light sentences and are released to kill or harm again. America will be just as slow to learn as King Nebuchadnezzar was, and, sad to say, never will!
NOTE: The Church Age WAS NOT Known to any of the Old Testament Prophets INCLUDING Daniel.
This is where this prophecy looks both back at History and forward to the future. Duringthe Church Age, it is, “Time-out, Israel.” When the Rapture occurs, the Church will be caught up to Heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18); then, our Heavenly “Referee” will blow the whistle again, and Jacob’s Trouble; that is the Tribulation Period of seven years will begin.
“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: IT IS EVEN THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE, but he shall be saved out of it.” (Jeremiah 30:7)
IRON & CLAY – “The Iron Legs of Rome” DIVIDED – 364 AD
5. Feet and Toes; Iron Mixed With Clay (Daniel 2:33b, 34, 41-43;7:19-25).
We look to the future again, with certainty; because we know the first four world kingdoms of the past are now recorded history.
“And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. (V.41)
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the
kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. (V.42) And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. (Daniel 2:41-43)
This is where some who teach prophecy go astray, looking for a “Revived Roman Empire.” This is simply the World Federation of “Peaceful” Nations, established by the Antichrist.
It is not the European Common Market, Communism, Socialism, Islam, or any other “ism;” but, they may be involved. You cannot teach prophecy from current events. I reiterate. It is a ONE-WORLD government, established by the Antichrist.
The Antichrist is the “beast out of the sea,” which refers to a “sea of people,” in Scripture. (Revelation 13:1, and 17:1,15). He rises from the nations, “the iron mixed with clay,”coming from the common people to rule with a rod of iron. He is a man indwelt by Satan, the “Dragon.” (Revelation 12:9).
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast (Antichrist)
rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. (V.1)
And the beast (Antichrist) which I saw was like unto a leopard, and
his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a
lion: and the dragon (Satan, who indwells him) gave him his power,
and his seat, and great authority.” (Revelation 13:1-2)
The “ten toes” of the feet are 10 kings, or rulers, over 10 provinces established by theAntichrist, which continues for the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation Period.
The Apostle John, looking back through time from Revelation, sees ten horns, representative of kings. “Horns” speak of authority and power. John sees ten kings giving their allegiance to the one-world ruler. These were appointed by the Antichrist.
Daniel, looking forward in time, sees “ten toes,” representative of division; i.e. from one kingdom to ten provinces within the one-world kingdom.
The feet and toes are of mixed iron and potter’s clay, brittle and have no strength at all.This is the best that Satan has been able to accomplish. It will crumble when it is smashed by the Savior at His Second Coming, just like the “Stone (the Lord Jesus Christ) cut out without hands” smashed the feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream statue, and brought the whole statue down. By that, we mean that each kingdom has been destroyed.
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he
(Christ) that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in
righteousness he (Christ) doth judge and make war.” (Revelation 19:11)
“And out of his (Christ’s) mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he
should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.(15) And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:15-16)
The “Times of the Gentiles” are over and Israel’s King, the Lord Jesus Christ, their Messiah, has returned to establish His Kingdom.
The 1,000 Year Reign of Christ Revelation 20:1-3
6. The Kingdom; “The Stone Cut Out Without Hands (Jesus Christ)”(Dan. 2:34-35,44-45).
“And in the days of these (ten) kings shall the God of heaven set up
a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but IT SHALL BREAK IN PIECES AND CONSUME(crumble or crush) all these kingdoms, AND IT SHALL STAND FOREVER. (Daniel 2:44)
a. “…but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms…” The Hebrewword for “consume” is “deqaq” and means to “to crumble or crush:- break to pieces.”
b. “…and it (Christ’s Kingdom) shall stand for ever…” The Millennial Reign ofChrist here on the Earth has a predicted duration of 1,000 years. (Revelation 20:1-3) It lasts forever as it is part of the Kingdom of God, which has a duration of “from everlasting to everlasting.” (Psalm 90:2).
Remember, time begins with man and ends with man.
“Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone (Christ) was cut out of
the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the
brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; THE GREAT GOD HATH MADE KNOWN TO THE KING WHAT SHALL COME TO PASS HEREAFTER: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” (Daniel 2:45)These words are saying to us, just as surely as the first four kingdoms are now recorded history, the last two kingdoms are history written in advance.
“The dream is certain and the interpretation thereof sure!”
For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. (Psalm 119:89)
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell, but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH
For a MORE DETAILED explanation please read Dr. Max Younce book titled ” I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”
available to read online or download at:
<http://rightdoctrinematters.com/Books> by Dr Max Younce or