Daniel 2.34-35 NASU
Daniel outlined a future chronology starting with the prophet’s own time period by informing the King of Babylon, “You are the head of gold” (v. 38). Using the imagery of the statue’s elements, Daniel predicted the world powers that would follow Babylon over the next 600 years… Persia (silver), Greece (bronze), and Rome (iron). The Roman empire would be a kingdom with feet of “iron mixed with common clay” (v 41) whose influential men sought, but ultimately failed, to consolidate massive political forces and become a lasting super power. Daniel prophesied, “They [the leadership of Rome] will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery” (v.43).
Daniel referred of the day when a virgin would give “birth to her firstborn son; and [wrap] Him in cloths, and [lay] Him in a manger” (Luke 2.7). This is the pivotal event of all human history and occurred during the “iron” rule of Rome when Caesar Augustus was the Emperor (Luke 2.1). This baby established an eternal kingdom we now call the Church of Jesus Christ and will someday “crush and put an end to all these kingdoms” (v. 44).
I have “feet of clay” and with one blow from the Rock of Ages, I would fall helplessly to my knees. It would be wise for me to voluntarily kneel before I badly wound my fragile feet. __________________
Note: The book of Daniel is comprised of five stories and five visions. You can find an outline of this book by pressing the link called “Daniel ~ Faith on Trial” under "Detailed Bible Charts" in the left column of this blog.