The Statue of the Beast
The statue of the beast is the great golden statue the beast erects to wickedness.
The Book of Revelation shows us that the appearance of the Beast will revolve around an unholy statue. The Man of Evil, it says, will erect a statue to honor the beast with the mortal wound which healed. That beast is heathen government. He will be able to breathe life into the statue and make it speak. (Rev.13:14-16).
The history of this golden statue has its beginning with King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon who erected a golden statue in his empire and issued a proclamtion which was read to all the people concerning it :
"Men of all peoples, nations, languages! This is required of you: the moment you hear the sound of horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, or any other instrument, you must prostrate yourselves and worship the gold statue erected by king Nebuchadnezzar. Those who do not prostrate themselves and worship shall immediately be thrown into the burning fiery furnace." (Dan.3:4-7).
This statue relates to a description by the prophet Zechariah, who wrote,
"...the angel of God showed the prophet Zechariah a bushel. At this, a disc of lead was raised, and I saw a Woman sitting inside the bushel. The angel said, 'This is Wickedness'. And he forced her back into the bushel and closed its mouth with the mass of lead." I then said to the angel who was talking to me, 'Where are they taking the bushel?' He replied, 'They mean to build a temple for it in the land of Shinar Babylon and to make pedestal on which to place it." (Zech.5:5-11).
This first pedestal was torn down by Christ, but will be briefly re-erected by the Beast of Revelation.
"Through the miracles which it (the second beast) was allowed to do on behalf of the first beast, it was able to win over the people of the world and persuade them to put up a statue in honour of the beast that had been wounded by the sword and still lived. It was allowed to breathe life into this statue, so that the statue of the beast was able to speak, and to have anyone who refused to worship the statue of the beast put to death. (Rev.13:14-15).
The statue of the beast is a statue raised up in Babylon to glorify wickedness. It has two clay feet according to Daniel who was called in to analyze Nebuchadnezzar's dream (Dan.2:26-45; 3:1-15).
The golden statue's two clay feet represent the fatal Achilles' heel in each of Babylon's two manifestations. First, in Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom, and second, in the global empire that his kingdom actually symbolizes, i.e., the "Babylon" that crucified Christ and took the House of Israel into captivity. It is this second Babylon that is of such importance to Christ's ministry and to all future prophecies relating to the end of the world.
The statue's two clay feet can be seen again, but more vividly reflected, in the two kingdoms of Rome, that of the Caesar's and the one to come when the madman, the Prince of Persia conquers the city at the end of time and establishes his throne there.
At the time of this second "Babylon", the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destoyed, a kingdom that will not pass into the hands of another race: it will shatter and absorb all the previous kingdoms, and itself last forever. It will strike the statue, shattering its clay feet, bringing it down in pieces. Then this eternal kingdm will grow into a magnificent mountain that will fill the whole earth.
When the time of its reign has been accomplished, the mortal wound this eternal kingdom delivers to the statue is destined to heal. In that healing the whole prophecy replicates itself, proof once more that all the works of God go in pairs by opposites. At the end of time a second foot will seem to grow, and upon which the statue to wickedness is rebuilt. Babylon will reappear, but its fate will be as before. It's second foot of clay will not stand any better than did its predecessor.
Nebuchadnezzar was startled awake after dreaming of a great golden statue "of extreme brightness". Scripture describes it as "terrible to see. The head of this statue was of fine gold, its chest and arms were of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet part iron, part earthenware." (Dan.2:32-33).
While Nebuchadnezzar was gazing at it, "a stone broke away, untouched by any hand, and struck the statue, struck it's feet of iron and earthenware and shattered them. And then, iron and earthenware, bronze, silver, gold all broke into small pieces as fine as chaff on the threshing floor in summer. The wind blew them away, leaving not a trace behind. And the stone that had struck the statue grew into a great mountain, filling the whole earth." (Dan.2:34-35).
Interpreting this dream for the king, Daniel describes Nebuchadnezzar as the golden head. The arms of silver he describes as a lessor kingdom; the third is a kingdom of Bronze and the fourth is a kingdom of iron destined to shatter all the others (Dan.2:37-40).
The Apostle's would certainly have recognized the metaphore of this vision in terms of the Roman empire. Daniel saw in the image of the statue the sequence of kingdoms that lay between Nebuchadnezzar and Christ. The first kingdom, Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom of Babylon. Second Persia, Greece third and Rome, the kingdom of iron destined to shatter the others.
In the prophecy Daniel explains that this last kingdom, the kingdom of iron, (Rome) will be split in two.
That split reflects the mortal wound.
"The feet you saw, part earthenware, part iron, are a kingdom which will be split in two, but which will retain something of the strength of iron..." (Dan. 2:41).
That split accounts for the two legs and clay feet of the statue. This split refers to the impact of Christianity on Babylon. The first foot smashed represents the fatal wound inflicted on the Roman empire by the word of Christ.
"Just as you saw the iron and the clay of the earthenware mixed together...the kingdom will be partly strong and partly weak. And just as you saw the iron and the clay mixed together...so the two will be mixed together in the seed of man, but they will not hold together..." (Dan. 2:42-43).
"In the time of these kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destoyed, and this kingdom will not pass into the hands of another race: it will shatter and absorb all the previous kingdoms, and itself last forever..." (Dan 2:44).
Jesus said the fatal wound (to the first foot) is destined to briefly heal in the last days. That healing produces the second clay foot. That second foot of iron and clay is the new Rome, an empire coming to birth right now in the Parthian east. When it rises fully to power it will conquer Rome and insinuate its presence into St. Peter's where it will try to re-erect the statue to wickedness first envisioned by Nebuchadnezzar.
But it, too, will suffer the same fate as the first leg. Both feet of this statue, being earthenware and iron mixed (they don't mix, of course) are fragile and when struck, the whole statue will collapse in ruin. As Nebuchaddnezzar saw, the rock that hits the statue and breaks it is untouched by human hands. It comes from God.
The mountain formed from the stone that struck those two clay feet is Christianity, the kingdom of God which will replace Babylon and last forever.
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