By Ken Blue ~ December 17th, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study, TOPICAL.
By Ken Blue
“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.
Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, was shown a great image in a vision. Daniel explains that God was showing the king the course of Gentile history, and that God would establish His own kingdom in His on time and own way. The book of Revelation gives added details.
We have written articles on the ten toes and ten horns. Each of these represents ten Gentile nations in an alliance surrounding Israel. You will notice that the stone cut out without hands, hits the gentile image in the feet. This assures us that the Second Advent of Christ will not happen until these ten nations are in place and ruled by Antichrist. These events will be the end of Gentile dominion over the nation of Israel. “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Luke 21:24.
Kingdoms, many times are referred to as a mountain. The context is always the key. Not only are the Gentile powers reduced to chaff; they are blown away. Never again will they harass Israel. The stone evolves into a great mountain that eventually fills the whole earth.
This event is not the end of the world, but it is the end of this age. A new age begins with Christ’s Kingdom. It begins in Israel, and will be preached to the whole world, that Jesus the King, is ruling in Jerusalem. This will be the message of the, so called, great commission.
How far away is that event? No one knows. We do know that the ten nations must be allied first, and that the Antichrist comes from one of them, (Syria.) Also, there must be seven years of tribulation before the Stone strikes the Gentile powers. How long? No one knows. Also, that will not be the end of the earth, but is will end this age, and a new age begins. Between these events, the rapture of the saved takes place. Are you saved and ready for that great event?