Iron and the Clay
John Collins1/1/2013 9:22:00 PMOur study of the "Evening Light" goes back in time hundreds of years to the ancient world of Babylon. It is fitting that a great deal of the story begins here, since Babylon is so closely tied to the end of days. God has His hand in every aspect of our lives, and certainly had a purpose when sent His own to the ancient city of Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar II (634-562 BC) was the mighty king of Babylon, conquerer of Judah and Jerusalem. In his ambition to spread Babylonian influence, Nebuchadnezzar battled with Egypt, Syria, Judah, Jerusalem, and more. His influence spread quickly when battle with the city of Tyre, trade port city to most of the ancient world, ended in compromise and Babylonian authority.
He is remembered for his decree that the Hebrew boys be thrown into the fiery furnace, but few remember the Hand of God that worked in Nebuchadnezzar's life. Though not a Jew and long before Christ, Nebuchadnezzar's heart turned to the One True God.
In his second year as King, Nebuchadnezzar started having spiritual dreams. None of the sorcerers or magicians could interpret these dreams, for they were from a higher power. The false gods they served could not penetrate the dream to see the mystery of the coming kingdom of God.
In Daniel 2, Daniel was asked to interpret the first dream, the dream about the great and mighty idol. Extremely bright, the head of the idol was made of the finest gold, the chest and arms silver, the stomach and thighs bronze, the legs iron, and the feet iron and clay. Part of the idol was destroyed, a stone that was cut out without human hands, and the stone struck the feet made of iron and clay. When the stone struck, it broke the feet into pieces. Suddenly, all of the parts of the idol exploded into pieces, iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold. They were so thoroughly destroyed that they scattered into dust and blew away in the wind so that not a single trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the idol remained, and grew into a great and mighty mountain that filled the whole earth!
God works in mysterious ways, and had given a dream of the coming kingdom of God to this pagan worshipper of false gods. Though none of the sorcerers and magicians could see the dream, Daniel was able to not only see it, but interpret it. John was able to confirm the dream by vision in Revelation 17
Nebuchadnezzar was the start of something greater than he was even aware, the head of one of the greatest mysteries in the Bible: Babylon. Daniel said that the head of the idol represented Nebuchadnezzar himself. He was the head of gold. After him would rise another kingdom, but it would be inferior. A third would rise of Bronze, and would rule over all of the earth A fourth would rise as strong as iron -- and the vision described this kingdom as iron because it breaks to pieces and shatters all things. As iron crushes, it will also crush all of these kingdoms. But the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, will be a divided kingdom. Some of the firmness of iron will be in it, but the other part will be brittle like clay.
As iron does not mix with clay in the physical sense, the union formed by marriage of these divided kingdoms will not mix and will not last. In the days of the divided kingdom, God will setup a kingdom that will never be destroyed. Nor will the coming kingdom be passed on to another generation of people.
The kingdom of God will break all of these kingdoms in pieces, just as stone not made with hands shattered the idol into pieces. They will be destroyed, never to return again, and the kingdom of God will last forever.
While Nebuchadnezzar describes the kingdom of God from the head (himself), John the Revelator describes the kingdom from the ten toes. John describes Babylon as the great mystery, the great evil that had endured throughout the ancient world. Just as the idolatrous Babylon and her offspring had the blood on the swords from the Children of Israel, the mystery woman described as "Babylon the great" was drunk with the blood of the saints. The idolatry that was quickly spread through the ports of the city of Tyre had been passed down from kingdom to kingdom.
While the focal point of most doomsday prophets is typically the woman John describes, the situation leading to the events of the end of days is much more complex. The woman is seated on waters, which the angel said represented many multitudes of people from other nations and languages.
The part these doomsday prophets miss is critical.
The ten horns AND the beast hate the prostitute. The ten nations described by Nebuchadnezzar's dream, and the ten horns described by John the Revelator match the events in Zechariah 14. They all are persuaded by God to hand over authority to the beast. God has placed his "hooks" in these nations, drawing them all together for the battle of Armageddon.
While many men over time have combined the "mystery Babylon, mother of prostitutes" with the "woman drunk with the blood of the saints," John did not describe these two as the selfsame individual. In fact, John mentions the two separately.
This woman drunk with the blood of the saints is hated by not only the beast, Satan himself, and the nations descending from Babylon. It is a city that will be made desolate and naked, completely cleansed through the fire. God has instilled His purpose into all of these surrounding nations to strike against Jerusalem to cleanse it from all unrighteousness.
Jesus condemned Jerusalem for the blood of the God's anointed in Matthew 23: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate."
Again in Matthew 24 "Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, "You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down."
The last verse of Revelation 17 gives the key: "The woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth."
Mount Zion, the Temple Mount, the Holy City, Jerusalem will be completely destroyed at Armageddon, and is the city where God comes down to sit on the throne. Nebuchadnezzar's idol, mystery Babylon, will be completely obliterated by the stone not cut by human hands, Christ the cornerstone.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Have we read ALL that the prophets wrote about the coming kingdom of God? Have we focused on the "Evening Light" that comes after the flesh has rotted off of the dead bodies, or have we focused on Christ coming down from glory to sit on His throne?
Have we listened to evangelists and prophets claiming that Khrushchev and Eisenhower were the "Iron and the Clay?" Did we not notice when the "Iron and the Clay" changed to Roman Catholicism through masonic teachings by the same false prophets? Were we confused when that same false prophet said that America was the focal point for Armageddon and later changed that focal point to Rome? Why did that prophet not study all the scriptures that describe the event, which points directly to Jerusalem as the focal point?
King Nebuchadnezzar, though the golden king of Babylon and a worshipper of Baal, repented when he heard the Word of God. In Daniel 4, he lifted his voice up in praise to God, though living a life with idolatry and sin.
Will you, having lived a life of idolatry through worship of a false prophet accept the Word of God that is found in the Bible as your Absolute? Will you lift up your voice to God and give Him praise for His coming kingdom?