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Dan. 2:43

Lesson # Dan. 2:43
Study Material - Dan. 2:43

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Dan. 2:43

43 'And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.

Here we have a peek at the empire, so called, of the anti-christ. The iron mixed with the common clay. A mixture that doesn't mix. The words reveal even more. Common, 'iyn', miry goo. Mixed, 'arab', commingle, independent things swirled in by force. Clay, 'chacaph', clod or 'chacpac', peelings, the part that is disposed. Men, 'enowsh', mortals.

So we now have a clear view of this last earthly empire. Composed of mortals, not gods, not super humans, but mere mortals. Men who think of themselves as being greater than all else. They consist of things that are disposable, clay, worthless clods. Flexing their muscles that they see as power, or iron. Their political or military might, but there in virtually no harmony in the empire. It begins, as we have seen in other passages, with the take over of there nations by a single nation. So force is necessary in order to force and forge this alliance. But there is a lot of chaos within this ten nation empire, a lot of dissension, probably crime and such. Remember that Revelation discloses a lot more of the details of the Tribulation. There are earthquakes, disasters of all sorts, diseases, persecutions from man as well as demon armies. Huge populations on the earth die, both man and animal as well as the fish in the oceans. Services are disrupted, road maintenance falls to probably nonexistent, agriculture suffers and therefore manufacturing and freight from factory to store. Police protection falls off. The list goes on and on. The things that we take for granted now like good roads, or transportation of any kind, and good grocery stores will be disrupted. Shortages will crop up in all areas. Inflation will sky rocket world wide. The bread selling for 1 today will sell for 50 tomorrow, as will everything else. Medicines will be in short supply, and this chaos will certainly have a part in bring an anti-christ to power, but it will be every man for himself - literally. Lock the doors.

This is the picture painted from Revelation and here in Daniel. The empire is not a cohesive and voluntarily assembled unit, but one assembled through force and chaos. From that aspect alone it will disintegrate and indeed it does in a very short time frame. Christ bringing the final blow, terminating the tyranny it forces on people.

One other point. These empires are not the only empires on the planet obviously. But they do have one thing in common and that is that they occupy the nation of Israel. Other empires existed in India and China as well as some developing in Russia and Africa, during Daniel's time. But these five empires existed in the Middle East with respect to their occupation of Israel at one time or another.

These empires are from the human view point. Later in Daniel we will have Gods viewpoint. Here we see man seeing himself, in the greatness of nations, empires, their internal organization and structure., and so forth. When you fly in an airplane over a city, you can look down on what appears to be a very well organized system. But when you land and drive through it all and live in it you get the real picture of congestion and problems that people have to live with on a daily basis.

So the statue seen by Nebuchadnezzar. A beautiful and valuable and intimidating statue, but it is all built on feet of iron and clay, the human race. A foundation not strong enough to hold up the glory it perceives in itself. So mankind sees more in himself than is really there. Placed in high positions, kings and leaders have been placed there by God. Their responsibility is not to take advantage of their luxury at the expense of the 'common' folk, but to lead their respective nations in accordance with Gods will, in fairness, justice, privacy, prosperity, charity and so forth. Most national leaders fail in this obligation they have. Most nations throughout history fail in this. Even today, political leaders pursue their own selfish agendas, trying to gain for themselves or their organizations at the expense of others. Twisting laws to suit their needs, struggling for power when they do not need the power, pursuing their egos and lusts, forcing regulation after regulation of the population in the name of some defined 'good' that they wish to force on others.

Consequently mankind diminishes in value, from gold to clay, from something of intrinsic value, gold, which everyone wants, to forcing everyone with iron, things that people do not want. And that is history from Daniel's time until now and on into the future. Man will not advance or better himself as time advances, but man will deteriorate spiritually until the second advent is required to save man from himself.

But through it all, there will be pockets of believers who will advance to maturity, and not through the acts or actions of man, but through the stone not cut out by human hands. Through Jesus Christ, through Bible doctrine, through the consistent daily study of Gods word.

In this respect all believers are on a level playing field with equal opportunity for advancement. Whereas the statue shows some with power some without, some with wealth some without, some with opportunity and some without. He Bible declares history even before it revealed itself. God did not interfere with history, but knows it even before it occurs, and even with its revelation, history continues as God said it would. Man nor angel can change even those things they have advance notice of. So do we believe in the Bible and recognize that it just might have something for each one of us, or do we put the story book away and continue living in the fog never really seeing the fog until it is too late?

End Of Lesson

Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.

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