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Daniel 2: 43 “As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will 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 forever. 45 Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”

 

2:43

As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.

Ceramic clay and iron do not adhere well together.  Weakness is introduced into this kingdom, so this empire does not last as a world order.

This prophecy passes over the present age and goes to the Revived Roman Empire found in the Tribulation period.  The ten toes of the statue relate to the ten-nation confederacy of the Roman Empire in the Tribulation.  This is the final formation of the Roman Empire.  The United States, Canada and all other western powers will be subservient to this ten-nation confederacy.

The phrase “seed of men” implies a grassroots issue; it permeates the masses.  Throughout the stream of the Roman Empire, the two issues of monarchy and democracy struggle at the grassroots level.  Domestic strife weakens government so that it cannot reach its objectives.  This sets the stage for the final Kingdom.

2:44

And in the days of these kings

“These kings” are the rulers of the ten-nation confederacy of Europe in the last days.

the God of heaven will 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 forever.

This verse introduces God’s kingdom.  God will send His Messiah to judge the world in the days of the Revived Roman Empire (the ten-toed confederacy) to overthrow the vestige of that empire.

From God’s viewpoint, the highest form of government is monarchy, not democracy.  This premise requires a perfectly righteous monarch.

1 Tim 6: 14 “…that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, 15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.”

2:45

Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.

The stone cut out of the mountain without hands crushes the iron and clay.  This is the Second Coming of Christ to judge the world.  This final and fifth kingdom God will establish during the Millennium and will continue into the eternal state.  He will destroy the Gentile kingdoms of the world.

1 Pe 2:6 “Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion

A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,

And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.’”

Daniel’s prophecy is “sure.”  This is a term of certainty.  People of God trust the Word of God.

2 Pe 1:19 “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts…”

PRINCIPLE:

God gives the believer hope and assurance about the future.

APPLICATION:

What is the attitude that God would have for us in all this prophecy?  First, we have hope in the coming victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over all the Gentile kingdoms of the world.  There will be a day when righteousness will reign; justice will prevail.  Oh, what a day that will be!

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