7.10 Truth crushes the statue
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon got to see the whole progression of world empires in a dream which only Daniel, with God's help, was able to interpret for him. (Dan. 2:25-49)
The empires of the world comprised parts of a statue where:
As we see, the quality of material becomes poorer and poorer over time. Nebuchadnezzar's own kingdom received the gold seal because the king, who himself came to a personal belief in God, exhorted his subjects to begin to worship the God of heaven. The empire of the Medes and Persians received the silver seal, because Cyrus allowed the Jews to return from captivity in Babel, in order to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.
- The head of gold represented his own Babylonian third world empire.
- The breast of silver represented the fourth world empire of the
Medes and Persians.
- The belly and thighs of bronze represented the fifth world empire
of the Greeks.
- The legs of iron represented the Romans sixth world empire (Nazi, the seventh is not mentioned, but it also was iron-hard).
- The feet of iron and clay represented the eighth world empire of
the end times.
The last world empire of the end times received the worst grade, for clay and iron can never form a stable union with each other. The political unity between these partner kingdoms (in the form of democracies) will likely always be looser than between the subjugated kingdoms in the earlier dictator states.
The dream ends with a great stone which comes down from heaven, strikes the feet, and totally crushes the statue. Bible scholars agree that the stone represents Christ, (as the way, the truth and the life), who by His coming destroys Satan's dominion, and ushers in the millennial kingdom. (Illustration 5.11)
We must never forget that God's highest will is that we not judge, but try to save as many as possible before the end.
I concur, but personally I see the crushing as the finishing touch,
since the church in faithfulness has preached the truth up until the end, as her share in preparing the way for Christ.