In the book of Daniel chapter two we read the story about King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the image of a man with the head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass and the legs of iron and the feet of iron and clay.
And how he dreams of a stone that was cut out with no hands and how it destroyed the image beginning at the feet and then the stone turning into a great mountain covering the whole earth.
The prophet Daniel interpreted the king’s dream as the following, first each portion of the image and elements were interpreted and identified as kingdoms with Babylon being the head of gold, and as history has proven the rest, the second kingdom was Media and Persia being the arms and chest of silver, thirdly was Greece being the belly and thighs of brass, and the fourth was the Rome Empire being the legs of iron and the feet of iron and clay.Dan 2:35“…And the stone that smote the image became a great mountain,and filled the whole earth.”
And then a stone that was cut out with no hands is referring to Jesus Christ. (Ps.118: 22; Isa. 28:16; Luke 20:17; Rom. 9:32;1Corin. 10:4)
And the mountain represents the ever-expanding Kingdom of Heaven in the earth. (Isa. 2:2; Mic. 4:1-8)
In verse 44 Daniel made a prophetic statement that “during the days of these kings” of the leg and feet God would establish the Kingdom of Heaven, which he was referring to the Caesars of Rome.
It was during the reign of Caesar Augustus that the King of the Kingdom of Heaven was born, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Word of God became incarnate and the angelic army of heaven pronounces the arrival of that Kingdom of Peace toward all men. (Daniel 7; Luke 2; Isa.9: 7)
Destroying the Inner-ward Kingdoms
If you look at Daniel 2:41-43
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, sothe 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.
The Rome Empire prophetically fulfilled this portion scripture of the dream. Starting out with it’s legs of iron rule upon the whole known world and then ending up as the broken clay as it was divide and conquered by the Kingdom of Heaven (Christianity) from within; and separated into two kingdoms symbolized by the two feet, with Rome as them capital of the western empire and Constantinople as the capital of the eastern empire.
But if we look at verse 43 again we see that there was something more that was to be fulfilled. It says that the iron and the clay couldn’t cleave or stick together and it says that it would mingle with the seed of men.
Spiritually speaking, what was it that was to be mingled with the seed of men?
Just as the image’s different parts and elements symbolized natural kingdoms so too they symbolize spiritual kingdoms or control systems that are mingled in the spirit, soul and body of mankind.
Starting first with the feet as the foundation of this mingling,the clay symbolizes the curse of sin, which is the rule of Death mingled in man making him weak as clay, and therefore falling short as the image of God in the earth.
The iron prophetically symbolizes the cruel demonic rule of Satan over man; shackling his walk of life with bondage. (Rom. 3:23; Matt.12: 26; 2 Corin. 4:4; Col.1: 13)
Subsequently these two lay out the foundation base or platform for other control systems or kingdoms that take rule over man.
Next we have the belly and thighs of brass that symbolize the perverted cursed appetites that govern and drive man to spiritual, mental and sexual perversions. (Rom.1:27; 16:18) “Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” Phil 3:19
Followed by the arms and chest of silver that symbolizes the self-sufficiency and the self-righteousness that govern and protect the fallen wicked heart of man like a fortress. (Jer. 2:22, 23; Rom.10: 3; Jer.17: 9; Eph. 4:18; Jas. 1:26)
Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness areas filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Emerging at the summit of the fallen image of man is the golden head that symbolize the high mindedness and haughtiness of the kingdom of pride.
Deuteronomy 8:11 & 14 “Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees… then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God…” NIV
In contempt to the Kingdom of God this control system causes fallen man to take pride and vainglory in the establishment of his throne and kingdom.(Isa. 14: 10-16; Ps.10: 2; Obadiah 3 & 4; 1 John 2: 16)
Isaiah 23:9 “ The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth”.
And then in verse 44b the stone/mountain break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms or inward demonic control systems.
We see this as a prophecy fulfilled by King Jesus as the Stone, breaking in pieces the inward kingdoms of the fallen image of man, consuming and replacing them by the Mountain/Kingdom of Heaven.
1 John 3:8 “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
Luke 17:21 “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” King Jesus and his Kingdom destroy the inward kingdoms of the fallen image of man and changing him into the image of God. Who’s image do you have? (Matt. 22:20; Rom. 8:29;1Corin. 15:49; 2Corin. 3:18; Col. 3:10)
The Golden Head of the Pride of Man
The Sliver Chest of the Self Righteousness of Man
The Brass Belly of the Cursed Appetites of Man
The Brass Thighs of the Impotence of man
The Iron & Clay Legs and Feet of the Fallen Nature of Man
Fall on the Rock or the Rock will Fall on You!
“And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” ~ Matthew 21:44