Daniel’s vision of final world-government says the iron mixes with miry clay:
“41 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. 42 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. 43 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
So there is a succession of people and races from gold to silver to brass to iron – and the final kingdom mixes with races that are compared to mud, “clay”.
“44 And in the days of these 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 all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” Daniel 2:44
There won’t be any “other people” like all the transitions that happened before, leading from gold successively downward to mud-people.
However the final kingdom isn’t particularly nice toward the mud-people – it grinds them down:
“7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.” Daniel 7:7
The feet – which are only partially strong – stamp upon the residue. The iron use mud people to stamp upon the rest of humanity.
“34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” Daniel 2:34-35.
These prophecies are heavy with racial overtones.
Historically there have always been strong tensions pulling the races apart so that they maintain their distinctness despite the apparent random tenancy toward constant mixture.
When the pagan Vikings invaded England, God stirred up the spirit of King Alfred the Great (849-899) to start driving them out.
When Moslems drove into France, God stirred up the spirit of Charles Martel – better known as the father of Charlemagne – to start driving them out.
There is an uncanny resemblance to the book of Judges here – where God raises up men to save Israel. In other words, there is some hidden, as of yet, parallels between the conquest of Christianity over the last 2,000 years and the history of Israel as given in the Old Testament. We have been living through it so we haven’t connected the dots but one might suspect that we’ve had our judges who have lead us to victory and that God has let our enemies triumph over us to chastise us time and again for our sins. We miss it because we are focused on the spiritual component and the commentators who come later are often dismissing these conquerors as worldly persons who advanced their own interests rather than engaged in lofty spiritual pursuits. This purist attitude is spiritually elitist and displays a profound lack of insight and gratitude for what God has accomplished for his Church through and by the work of great Christian military leaders.
This chart may not be completely accurate (I suspect some errors) but it gives 15 judges over 450 years:
|The Oppressor||Years of Oppression||Judge – Deliverer||Years of Peace|
|Mesopotamia||8 Years||Othniel||40 Years|
|18 Years||Ehud||80 Years|
|The Canaanites||20 Years||Deborah
|The Midianites||7 Years||Gideon||40 Years|
|The Ammonites||18 Years||Jephthah||6 Years|
|The Philistines||40 Years||Samson||20 Years|
|The Philistines||Eli||40 Years|
|The Philistines||Samuel||20 Years|
|Total||111 Years||339 Years|
The example of the first judge listed shows the pattern that repeats over and over again:
“5 ¶ And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites: 6 And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods. 7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves. 8 ¶ Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan–rishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushan–rishathaim eight years. 9 And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 10 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushan–rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushan–rishathaim. 11 And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died. 12 ¶ And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.” Judges 3:3-12
Perhaps our Othniel was Constantine the Great? He wasn’t perfect but at least he defeated pagan Rome. We’ve had Charles Martel, Napoleon, and other defeat moselms. There were the crusades. These wars were obviously are all tainted with a large mixture of impure motives – but stepping back and considering what freedom they won for the Christian Church one can’t help but be impressed that God was at work delivering his people. Not that they were actually authentic Christians at all.
The line of judges in the Bible leads up to King Saul – the rival and enemy of King David. I think this shows that the line of Christian “judges” even though it leads to antichrist also leads to the return of Christ.
If we recognize this fact, then perhaps we can be tactically supportive of the coming “white horse” rider who – although he will probably be a Roman Catholic – he will nevertheless be a great military force for Christianity to clear out our heathen and moslem enemies. Of course, he will be the “antichrist” also! But it will be like King Saul in the days before King David took the throne – a man appointed by God to a task. We must tread carefully, be wise, and not be rash to condemn those that come to our aid even from unfamiliar quarters – knowing that in the end it will all work together for the glory of God and victory of Christ’s eternal kingdom.