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Iron Mixed With Clay

Marc Swearingen



  • February 20, 2009
    12:00 PM
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good afternoon to beautiful day today and it's another day that we can come together and rejoice in the Lord and have a devotional thought here the noon hour and I hope about today you'll be blessed to look at a very special subject today I called I turn mixed with clay iron mixed with clay I like to turn the Daniel chapter two oh one a look at a very interesting prophecy this afternoon Daniel chapter two those of you have your Bibles let's look at Daniel chapter two a look at a very very simple and it is not basic prophecy that basically lays the foundation for the later visions of John and Daniel will start reading there in the second chapter of Daniel in verse thirty one before we read I just like to bring up the speed for those of you who may not know what Daniel two is all about basically in this chapter a king named Nebuchadnezzar who ruled ancient Babylon had a dream one night in this dream was a very intense dream and evidently he woke up from this dream and could not remember the contents of the dream let alone understand what it meant and so after waking up in and realizing he could not remember the dream he called together all the wise men of his kingdom and he asked them to use their powers to try to ascertain both the dream and the interpretation as we know from Daniel chapter two they could not do that until eventually he got upset and and mandated death decree against these men which included Daniel and his three friends Shadrach me Shaq and Abednego so now Daniel and his friends are in a crisis because they are included in this death decree and Daniel goes before the cancers look innocent I will see if we can come up with the answer and so the king granted them his request and they went back and had a prayer meeting and the God of heaven revealed the dream in the interpretation to Daniel and so Daniel finds himself for this king in verse thirty one he begins to describe the stream and please read with me silently as I read out loud verse thirty one Daniel two thou O kings Saul asked and behold a great image this great image whose brightness was excellent stood before the end of form thereof was terrible this images had was of fine gold has breast and his arms of silver his belly and his thighs of brass his legs of iron its feet part of iron and part of clay mouse sized so that a stone was cut out without hands smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay and break 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 threshing floors 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 now I know that you're eating and I know that it's tough to concentrate but I but I want you to just listen to me very carefully I want to describe you the general order of this dream and never get a look at the interpretation now here Daniel describes that the King dreamed of a great image and evidently that great image within the shape of a human being it had a human or that image had ahead of goal and had chest and arms of silver belly and thighs of brass legs and my and then down at the bottom of the feet and feet were made of iron and clay and then evidently as helmets come out without hands comes to the image and it's interesting that the image was first sit at the feet this don't did not get ahead of the imaging at the speed of the image and then as a result of those be being destroyed by the stone the rest of the image was basically obliterated and then that stone became a great mountain and filled the entire Earth now this is basically a prophecy that outlines a succession of world empires in history not every world empire but a main general order of world empires now beginning in verse thirty six Daniel gives the interpretation Daniel says in verse thirty six this is the dream and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king now I'll change Arctic King of Kings for the God of heaven has given me a kingdom empower and strengthen glory and wheresoever the children of men dwelled the beasts of the field in the files of Evan given into thine hand and it made the ruler over them all foul are this head of goal now right here Daniel talks to Nebuchadnezzar he says let the God of heaven has given you supreme power and authority and basically you and your kingdom are symbolized by the set of goals and so we can see that Daniel says very clearly here that Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom of ancient Babylon equal the head of goal and the record of history will tell us that Babylon ruled from approximately six oh five BC to the year five thirty nine BC give or take a year okay now if you look at verse thirty nine it's very interesting that Daniel outlines there were successive kingdoms after Nebuchadnezzar 's empire verse thirty nine and after these shall arise another kingdom inferior to be and another third kingdom of brass which shall bear rule over all the earth and the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron for as much as iron breaks in pieces and subdue it all things and as iron that break at all bees shall it break in pieces and grooves so here we see the act of the kingdom of gold Babylon there there will come a kingdom of silver a kingdom of brass and the kingdom of iron that is maybe elementary but we understand that after Babylon fell Babylon was destroyed by the media Persian Empire and you'll find a brief mention of that at the end of Daniel chapter five when Cyrus the great and his Persian armies destroyed ancient Babylon took place in the year five thirty nine BC and we know that Medo Persia that Empire ruled the W three thirty one when Alexander the great and the Greco Macedonian armies fifth-seeded Darius the third in the battle involving mala and three thirty one Alexander destroyed the Persian Empire decimating the Empire and bring increase on to the scene of history so we can see that while the head of bonus Babylon in the chest and arms of silver Anita Persia the belly and thighs symbolize the Greek empire and the Greek empire lasted until the year one sixty eight BC when the Imperial Roman Empire conquered the Greek nation and really Macedonia and that year in the year one sixty eight the battle hidden so we can see against Babylon media Persia Greece and that in one sixty eight beginning with the legs of iron Imperial Rome now what's interesting about this vision now is that verse forty one begins to talk about the feet up I in way and this whole concept is a very very interesting and revealing concept to consider now in verse thirty first forty one rather notice it says and where has now starts to be part of what notice that firm potters Clay very significant to come back to that it says part of potter 's 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 size the iron mixed with miry clay isn't it interesting that through that one verse the potters Clay transitions into miry clay you with me that's significant I'm a come back to that in a minute first forty two 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 saw iron mixed with miry clay they shall mingle themselves with the seed of man but they shall not cleave one to another even as iron is not mixed clay LME review for a moment we have ahead of gulping Babylon chest and arms of silver Medo Persia belly and thighs of brass Greece legs of iron Rome Imperial Rome but then we see the feet of iron and clay now notice it says in the text that this kingdom is partly strong partly broken it's divided and I would suggest to you that there are two witnesses there's a tool view basically of the feet of iron and clay the first view is is that this symbolizes a divided world state undivided system of nations basically because since the fall of an pure around eighty four seventy six there's been no global empire if you well are massive empire that that has brought a good number of the nations of the earth under one rule there's been some attempts but there's been attempts that have proved futile and so it symbolizes a divided state that will continue to exist until Jesus comes back the second time that's one view I now the other view involves the Potters Clay transitioning into my request when you study the Bible you will find that the symbol of potters Clay is quite often associated with God 's people God 's church you find the book of Isaiah the people of God say Lord you want to ponder we are the clay right but then notice it transitions into miry clay and when you look at the concept of my year in the Bible are miry clay symbolizes infidelity unmold ability whereas potters Clay is moldable and workable whereas miry clay is is dirty and filthy and in unworkable unmold and when you apply the concept of clay church we can see that a once faithful church becomes an apostate church and we find that the clay in the iron mangel an attempt to clean now when we think of the concept of cleaving we think back to Genesis in marriage when a man shall leave his parents and shall cleave under was wife and the twain shall become one flesh well in a sense you can understand the iron to be a symbol of the state and Clay is a symbol of the church in an attempt to angle church and state inning but God tells us very clearly in the Bible to church and state can never next Jesus said give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and about the things of God so what we see in the feet of our client is not just a divided kingdom but we see basically a symbol of the papal Roman Empire that came after Imperial Rome and a global attempt evidently the unionized church and state and brothers and sisters I'm here to tell you right now there are movements in progress that are attempting to bring church and state together and we need to understand that in a nation such as America we have a pillar of religious liberty that quite often we take for granted but we are heading into a time when there will be an attempt by papal Rome and the nations of the earth to unionize and globalize the union of church and state as depicted by this prophecy of Daniel chapter two now quite often we don't take the property to this depth is quite often we stopped at just this divided State but the reality is there's a deeper meaning there we have to did and understand we study the properties of Revelation thirteen and seventeen we will see the Danube to as a parallel to the there will be a lasting attempt to unionize church and state as depicted by the mingling of iron and clay now in verse forty four notice what God says here is a propaganda to the king Nebuchadnezzar in the days of these kings talking about the ten toes the divided kingdoms 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 forever I'm a come back to that because that's a very significant detail now in verse forty five it says forasmuch as thou solace that a 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 so what we see here is that God says in the days of its divided state God is to set up a kingdom and that kingdom is described by a stone cut out of the mountain without hands now I could spend a whole hour unpacking what that concept needs but I will break this down very simply to you and give you the short version I believe again there is a dual meaning to this concept because whenever you look editing done kingdom has two parts eighteen or a ruler and then the subjects of acting and so when you look at the stone that stones symbolizes both Christ because there are many many text of the Bible that associate Jesus with a stone in a kingdom also on that stone also symbolizes Christ's kingdom because we are living still built on the foundation of the chief cornerstone and when you look at Zechariah chapter twelve verse three you will find God 's people described as a burdensome stone now let me on practice for second when this stone comes and hits this image notice it hits the city that the union of church and state is destroyed when Jesus comes again but then noticed the rest of the image is destroyed activists of the destruction comes in two phases first defeat in the entire image and I suggest to you that Jesus as the stone comes to destroy the fee at the second coming but then remember Jesus with his kingdom will judge during the millennium and then all the evil of this world be destroyed in the final judgment in the lake of fire now notice the back to verse thirty five percent ownership something then was the iron the clay the brass the silver and gold broken to pieces together and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors and the wind carried away that no place was found for them where have we ever seen that phrase before the Bible now keep your finger there and go to Revelation twenty one a show you something that is interesting here Revelation chapter twenty verse eleven Revelation chapter twenty verse eleven and in verses eleven to fifteen describes a time of executive judgment where sinners are annihilated all the unsafe people that are never lived a resurrected and they are annihilated in the final judgment of hellfire and in verse eleven it says and I saw a great white throne and him that sat on it from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away and there was found what no place for them or allowing Daniel two thirty five images and someone saying to you is that this stone columns and hits the feet second Advent of Christ destroying the papacy in a global union of church and state and then that stone also symbolizes Christ's kingdom where Jesus and his kingdom during the millennium judge the unsaved and then exact that punishment upon them at the end of the millennium thus destroying the rest and then of course that stone becomes a great mountain and fills the entire Earth which is a description of how Christ and his kingdom and his people his followers inhabit the earth made new where righteousness and holiness will pervade in the eternal world so what we see in Daniel two is Babylon and have gold Medo Persia the chest and arms of silver Greece the belly and thighs of Imperial Rome the legs of iron a divided state and a symbol of the papacy and a union of church and state with the Peter Martin Clay and then Christ's second coming and the judgment of the wicked which will then lead the eternal world all outlined in this simple prophecy now here's a healthy side note that I want to I want to consider just a moment yet I wonder why this image is stoned and not hit with a baseball bat are destroyed in some other way you know when you study the concept of stoning in the Bible there are several reasons why stoning steak place in the Bible number one coveting Babylonian goods according to the story of Aiken and Joshua chapter seven Sabbath breaking fornication nature and idol worship having drunkard children adultery and all and claiming divinity these are all reasons why stoning steak place in the Bible and it's interesting that the very spirit of the papacy encompasses all of those and trying to use the civil power force religious police and that's why religious liberty so important at the whole site but let me bring this home now we've discussed a little bit of theology alumina prophecy but let me make this practical now that's what I try to do this week is try to make things practical policy relevant that's the issue what can we learn from this prophecy what are several things we can learn number one we can trust the Bible as accurate because through these pages the Bible centuries before these empires even came on the scene of history the Bible predicted that they would call and so this prophecy lies in the very face of skeptics who try to discount the inspiration of the Bible this prophecy through the Bible can be trusted can you say amen I was worried there for a second I number two notice also that these empires of history as they increase in power and scope lessened in their value as far as the metals that present represented which shows a degeneracy while increasing empowered scope which shows the moral degeneracy of our world and how we are and basically the time on-time a very deep deep immorality in our world today very interesting observation number three clearly this property describes that our world is in a divided state I am number four we can see very clearly that we are living in the final hours of verse history because were right in the feet and toes of the statute the one living on the precipice of the eternal while France now that very fact leads us to a very important consideration notice were in a divided state I wonder if this divided State is ironing clay mixture is an illustration of the spiritual condition of many of the parts even of God 's people when you look at your sole right now is your heart divine with me you know what friends we live in a world where there are so many distractions that we are clearly tempted on every side to have a divided heart but the Bible very clearly says that Arnie Clay can't mix sin and righteousness can't mix worldliness and godliness cannot mix how many of us even in this room right now what are the factions are divided between God and the things of this world right God says come out and be ye separate and touch not the unclean bag Christ in the lab cannot be divided what fellowship has light and darkness and to walk together except they be agreed the Scripture reading a house divided against itself can't stand I need at any kingdom you see friends we need to realize that even though this property contains a powerful historical lesson and even into the future that also illustrates the condition of our hearts in this day and age and that we are done by the brothers and sisters not just as a church between each other but inside of our very hearts and we must get ourselves to a point where we do not allow anything to a collapse a wholehearted surrender to Christ on Hartnett 's single in the glory of God so where is your heart this morning honestly you know that Stone is in a calm and pulverize the feet in the image if we have a divided heart and this is a hard truth I'm not trying to be beat up on you but I am trying to keep to clear the title waiting conviction within you that we have a divided heart would be destroyed by the King Jesus we must have a heart the single God to show you a scripture in Matthew chapter twenty one turn to Matthew chapter twenty one check this this is an awesome awesome texturing here Matthew twenty one Matthew chapter twenty one will look at verse forty two Matthew twenty one verse forty two now this is Christ and he's talking to the spiritually eaters of the ancient nation of Israel and has that predecessor them did you never read in the Scriptures the stone which the builders rejected the same is become the head of the corner this is the Lord 's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes is talking about the stone it's rejected who is visually referring to himself right key is the style now know as he goes on to say therefore I say unto you and he's talking to the religious leaders of his day the kingdom of God shall be taken from you and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof he tells limited to lose their standing with God and he goes on to say and whosoever shall fall on this bill shall be broken but on whomsoever it shall fall it will grind him friends at Daniel two terminology Jesus says you have to fall on the stone broken or when that storm comes growing and friends that's one front tell you that if our hearts are divided if we have not totally fallen on the rock of Christ and been broken through a total surrender of the heart and life to Jesus if we have a divided heart and I'm not trying to be negative about it but that's the reality I tried each and every message this week and I know what I been all over the place are different subjects dropped this week of prayer but you know what I try to focus on some common denominator 's and that is exercising the power of choice to decide to surrender completely to Jesus every day of your life because friends nothing less than a commitment like that will see us into the eternal world that's just the reality but was so tempted on every side the letter affection Olof under the wide path and uses this phase is the gate and narrow is the way that leaves on the life and few there be that find it gives us want all of us brothers and sisters and it's true we struggle with a fallen nature every day that simple make it want to come up and control us but you know what if we would make a commitment every day to say Lord I'm sinful I'm lost without you I choose to surrender myself every if we would have that expense every morning God will work with us in a mighty way but friends I really appealed you today I know I'm a little on probably some of the last detail of a more spunky than usual but I have such a pardon brothers and sisters to see the power of God come upon his people like never before because we live in a day when we need that our friends evil is in on an unprecedented level today and we need to make sure that we have the fullness of God in us so that we can rise above the poll below our hearts need to be singular God 's glory so that we can receive the fullness of God and so I appeal to you enclosing today leaves for it yourself don't don't play games with God you think that you can actually pull one over on the Lord he sees things as they really are we may even convince other people that we are holy and righteous I might even convince you standing up here now I I am honest I'm on be honest on China say that I am trying be surrendered or I but friends only God knows the heart and he knows what you really like and not what you're like it Jack either or at prayer meeting rent these meetings what you're like behind closed dollars and he wants us to be consistent and he wants us to be single to his glory with an undivided commitment to Christ because Christ will not share your heart with any or anything you want at all times like you consider how you can respond to that the question is will you make a commitment in your heart right now the same board sick of you one single of made mistakes struggle at times God help me if you muffle will you choose that today is his nonenforcement or the force of friends is enlightened you is convicted you many let you free to and you can choose whether or not you will fall Moroccan be broken or whether you will choose to remain divided to be destroyed in Jesus and by the way not choosing this using by default the question is would you choose to that now listen you receive the card each and every meeting none of them take the time right now to go through this car I would encourage you as you consider your decision to take this out in response by checking the desire to harm but I would really appeal to you right now in this moment time friends don't put off for tomorrow what you can do right now Paul says today is the day of salvation now is the appointed time today if ye will hear his voice harden not your heart we must choose when we have opportunity and that opportunities right now how many of you would raising your hand today would want to stay with me I want an undivided heart which is a waterfall and that's going to be broken so that I am all the lords and not just publish with father in heaven thank you so much for loving us enough to warn us of the spiritual dangers that threaten our soul board we see that we are living in the final hours of Earth 's history and the hourglass as it worries is running out the sands of time are running the next event to take place as the coming of our Lord and Savior and of course there other things that must transpire also the Lord we see that we are on the very verge of eternal reality and for honest with ourselves what we realize that our heart is divided in the one are hard to be undivided we want to be singled to your glory so please Lord accept us even now accept our decision to surrender our whole heart to you we give you permission to go in and sweep our hearts clean and healthful control bless us board as we choose to make this commitment and as we leave this place may Satan have no power over us made a seed of your word not be removed from our minds may we walk in the light of this commitment and made heavenly angels go with us and power us reflect the image of Jesus Genesis experience we pray will this name on


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