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when the Israelite captives entered its impregnable walls to serve for seventy years.

While Babylon was founded by Nimrod over two thousand years before Christ, it did not enter the field of prophecy until connected with the people of God, which was about 606 B. C. Here the head of gold began in history and continued until 538 B. C., when, during the reign of Belshazzar, the son of Nebuchadnezzar, the kingdom fell into the hands of the Medes and the Persians (see Daniel 5).

The Medo-Persian kingdom is what was represented by the breast and arms of silver interpreted by Daniel as follows:“And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee.” Verse 39. It was not inferior in power nor in the extent to which it carried its conquests, for Cyrus erected the most extensive empire that had ever existed; but it was far inferior in wealth, luxury, and magnificence. The MedoPersian kingdom, however, was finally overthrown by the Grecians. This occurred about 286 B. C.

The Grecian empire is what was represented by the belly and thighs of brass, interpreted by Daniel as "a third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth" (verse 39). The conquests of Grecia under Alexander have no parallel in historic annals for suddenness and rapidity. The legs of iron and the feet, part of iron and part of clay, Daniel interprets to be the “fourth kingdom” in its strong yet divided condition (verses 40-43). A careful reading of verses 41 and 42 will show that the feet, part of iron and clay, are termed “the kingdom,” though divided. This was Rome.

Thus far in this vision the image represents four universal kingdoms; namely, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian, and Roman. “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 forever. 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.” Verses 44, 45. This language is so clear that it would seem impossible to misunderstand it. “In the days of these kings''-kingdoms. Only four kingdoms are seen in the image. Only four are


spoken of in the interpretation. In their days, or before they should pass off the field of action, the God of heaven would set up his everlasting kingdom. While they yet held the dominion, the stone would be cut out and would smash them to pieces. Ah, beloved reader, how wonderful the fulfilment!

It was when Rome, the fourth of the above kingdoms, had reached the summit of its glory and power; when its domain was so large that it was denominated "all the world” (Luke 2: 1); when Augustus Cæsar was an absolute sovereign, ruling over three hundred millions of people,- it was then that there was born in the village of Bethlehem, Judea, a babe, who, though he was cradled in a manger and his infant cries were no doubt mingled with the lowing, of oxen and the bleating of lambs, was destined to establish this everlasting kingdom. Without fagot or sword, without war and bloodshed, with no weapons but the gospel of Christ, the blood of the Lamb, and burning testimony, this kingdom marched onward with conquering power, until the heathen kingdoms of darkness were broken in pieces. The lion-hearted rulers of nations handed over their scopters to the

Lion of the tribe of Judah," whose throne is forever and ever; and a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of his kingdom (Heb. 1:8). In fulfilment of Daniel's prophecy, “Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand.Mark 1:14, 15. The dispensation of the glorious gospel of infinite mercy and manifestation of eternal truth by Jesus Christ, was now to fully open up to all mankind. This is called a kingdom because it has laws, all the moral precepts of the gospel; subjects, all who believe in Christ Jesus; and a king, the Sovereign of heaven and earth.

From the above scripture we learn four things: First, that everything that is done is according to a plan laid by divine wisdom, and not performed till the time appointed. Second, that the kingdom and the reign of sin were to be destroyed, and the kingdom of grace and heaven be established in their place. “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.' “Sin shall not have dominion over you, for ye are ... under grace.” Third, that the kingdom of God and his reign by grace begins with reThey are called kingdoms. “And in the days of these kings [kingdoms]” the God of heaven was to set up his everlasting kingdom; that is, during their reign, before they passed off the field of action. While they yet held dominion, as before proved, this was fulfilled by the coming of Christ and the establishment of his kingdom, or church, during the reign of Rome. Christianity fulfilled the prophecy in smashing to pieces these heathen powers.

2. The time can not reach to Christ's second coming, for none of the original ten kingdoms are now in existence. Three of them fell under popery (Dan. 7:8, 20, 24). They have all long since passed away.. There are in existence today probably twenty fragments of those original kingdoms, but the toes of the image are no more.

3. The image that Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream was evidently a well-proportioned man. His toes were of the proper size. But millenialists would say that Nebuchadnezzar saw a man with toes longer than the man. Let us measure that image from the crown of his head to his toes. The Babylonian kingdom, represented by the head of gold, came into prophecy about 600

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