The Nebuchadnezzar Statue
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Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 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. 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. This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. 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.
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. 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. 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. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. Daniel 2: 31-45
The four empires: All of the empires represented by
the Neb. Statue occupied the same area of the Middle East. These empires symbolized by the statue are as follows: Babylonian Empire (gold
head), Media-Persia Empire (silver breast and arms), Grecian Empire (brass belly
and thighs), and the British Empire (legs of iron). The Roman Empire is excluded
from this lineup because it was not the last great empire to rule this area, and
the ten kingdoms, symbolized by the
ten toes, never developed from the Roman Empire. The
next empire following the Roman Empire that occupied the same area of the Middle
East as the Babylonian,
Media-Persia, and Grecian Empires, was the British Empire following the
defeat of the Ottoman/Islamic Empire during World War I. With the end of World
War I, Britain, in conjunction with secret treaties involving France, and
under the guidance of the League of nations, was instrumental in the formation
of ten nation/provinces, which now form the eight nations of the Middle East.
See (The Middle East during World War One),
The ten toes are ten Middle East Nations that were established after the defeat of the Ottoman/Islamic Empire by the British during World War I. These were: Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Basrah, Baghdad and Mosul. Later, Iraq was formed by combining Basrah, Baghdad and Mosul into a single nation. These are now the eight Muslim Nations of the Middle East.
The Ten Kingdoms of the Middle East: No better description of the Ten Kingdoms can be found than the toes of the Neb. Statue. It perfectly describes the inability of these ten Muslim Nations to come to an agreement with each other = partly broken, and yet at the same time they are bound by the same Islamic Religion = partly strong. Even though they are similar in religion they will not cleave one to another, or unite in common purpose. That is the reason why there has not been a unified Muslim federation of nations in the Middle East. Though they are of similar persuasion, they constantly squabble with each other. In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed - Daniel 2: 31-45
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Larry A Wright