In the 2nd chapter of the book of Daniel, king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, had a baffling dream that nobody could know and interpret —until God showed Daniel the same dream and its meaning. What was the dream really all about? What is its significance to God’s church today?
“The whole purpose of this DREAM,” Mr. Herbert Armstrong wrote, “was to reveal God’s government—the fact that God RULES—the truth of THE KINGDOM OF GOD—the very thing that is the one and only TRUE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST! And secondly, to reveal—preserved in writing for us TODAY—what is to happen ‘in the latter days’ …” (Mystery of the Ages, p. 298, emphasis mine in bold)
We have to understand the importance of this dream of King Nebuchadnezzar because it reveals God’s government in the latter days.
But, when is the latter days? The latter days is the time when Jesus Christ is about to return and take over the rulership of this whole world. This is the time that we are living in right now. This very moment. Therefore, this dream is for us. This perplexing dream of the great monarch of Babylon must tell us what is happening now.
The key to this prophecy is the phrase “THE LATTER DAYS.” The dream must give us a picture of what shall be in the latter days.
But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; (Daniel 2:28)
The Great God of this universe reveals secrets. He is the source of revelations. He makes known to His prophets what will surely happen to God’s people in this end-time.
AN EXPLICIT AUDIENCE
Jesus Christ, in His Olivet Prophecy, called our attention to one of Daniel’s prophecies when he told his disciples about the sign of His return to this earth.
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand) (Matthew 24:15)
Christ regarded the book of Daniel as a very significant end-time book.
The book of Daniel is not just history. Its fundamental nature is prophetic rather than historic. Jesus Christ knew that these prophecies in the book of Daniel are for His own church in this latter days. We have to understand that all the prophecies of Daniel must apply to God’s own church today, The Philadelphia Church of God.
The whole book of Daniel must be viewed in the same way we look at the book of Revelation. The audience of this book is God’s church in this last era just before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is speaking to His church today. This dream given to a world-ruling king is God’s message today to His people and to His world-ruling king in His own church in this day and age.
Let’s understand the message encapsulated in this dream as we draw an analogy between the events in this 2nd chapter of the book of Daniel and what is happening in God’s church today.
SPIRITUAL JEWS IN CAPTIVITY
The book of Daniel was written between 605-562 B.C. Daniel was a young, intelligent Jewish teenager living in Jerusalem at the time when the Chaldean Empire (also called the Babylonian Empire after its capital city, Babylon) was ascending to power under King Nebuchadnezzar.
God had given Daniel the very special talent of understanding “all visions and dreams” (Dan. 1:17).
As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. (Daniel 1:17)
King Nebuchadnezzar’s army invaded Judah sometime between 607 and 605 B.C. and many Jews were taken to Babylon as prisoners. Among those taken captives were Daniel and his three friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (Daniel 1:1-6).
It should not be a surprise that God Himself realized this captivity of the Jews (2 Chronicles 36:13-21) because of their sins and abominations. The same is true for God’s church today, The Philadelphia Church of God. God’s own church in this end-time has turned into spiritual Babylon. (Please read our article titled, “Mystery Babylon the Great Unveiled at Last!”) And God’s people, the members of The Philadelphia Church of God, who are called spiritual Jews, are now in captivity inside spiritual Babylon (PCG) of this present time.
A WORLD-RULING KING
King Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian empire became the first world-ruling empire at the end of the 7th century B.C. His power, without a doubt, was totally undisputed. He was the king of the whole world. Daniel referred to him as “a king of kings” in Daniel 2:37. It was God who gave him a global kingdom, power, and glory.
Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. (Daniel 2:37)
The king’s name has 2 variants, Nebuchadnezzar and Nebuchadrezzar – one with an n, and another with an r. Most Bible writers don’t use his real name (Nebuchadrezzar with an r) but the usual variant by which he is now most commonly known (Nebuchadnezzar with an n).
In Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions, Nebuchadnezzar or Nebuchadrezzar means “may Nebo protect the crown.” Nebo was the Babylonian god of wisdom and writing. Abarim Publications provides an interesting insight on the meaning of the name Nebuchadnezzar.
“The name Nebuchadnezzar is said to mean Nebo, Protect Your Servant, but its (edited) transliteration into Hebrew appears to convey a willful reverence to this man and what he inadvertently meant to the preservation and evolution of Jewish theology and Scriptures. In Hebrew, the name Nebuchadnezzar means something like “A Prophet is a Preservative Jar.”
In this prophecy, we can draw a parallel between the king over the entire Babylonian empire, King Nebuchadnezzar and the Pastor General of God’s church today, Mr. Gerald Flurry. As mentioned earlier, God’s church in this latter days has turned into a spiritual Babylon.
King Nebuchadnezzar was given a world-ruling kingdom by God the same way that God has appointed Mr. Gerald Flurry as the human leader over God’s church in the whole world. Mr. Flurry was given by God a worldwide dominion. He has given power, strength, and glory in this last era of God’s church. He is a servant of God just like the way that God calls King Nebuchadnezzar as “my servant” in the Bible.
And say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over them. (Jeremiah 43:10)
Other Bible passages which exemplify this allusion are found in Jeremiah 25:9, 27:6. King Nebuchadnezzar is symbolic of Mr. Gerald Flurry in this prophecy.
A STRANGE DREAM
During his reign as king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream that awakened him often from his sleep.
And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him. (Daniel 2:1)
When Nebuchadnezzar roused from sleep, he was unable to remember the content of his dream. But, his dream made him worried. Hence, he became very anxious to know what it was all about and what it portends.
A dream is a vision or prophecy. Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions defines dream as “dream (with prophetic meaning).” King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was a dream which carries with it a prophetic meaning.
But, why do you think God had given this Babylonian King a disturbing dream yet He didn’t allow him to remember the substance or the subject matter of his dream? Because God wants to deliver the message of the King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to His own church today! As stated earlier, the dream must tell us or give us a picture of what shall be in this latter days. God knew that His own church will become spiritual Babylon in this end-time.
THE KING’S WISE MEN
During King Nebuchadnezzar’s time, the monarchs were accustomed to confer with the wise men of their kingdom for mystical matters like the interpretation of dreams. Therefore, King Nebuchadnezzar had to call on the wise men of his kingdom – the magicians, astrologers, and sorcerers. He also requested the Chaldeans to come for this same purpose. Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream. (Daniel 2:2-3)
These are the various classes of diviners who were involved in the secret arts of magic or divination. They were servants of the kingdom which the king assembled at his court to consult about his dream. The Chaldeans, who were regarded as the best in this secret arts, asked King Nebuchadnezzar to tell them his dream so they can interpret it.
Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation. (Daniel 2:4)
The word dream in Strong’s Concordance is from a root word which corresponds to:
A primitive root; properly to bind firmly, that is, (by implication) to be (causatively to make) plump; also (through the figurative sense of dumbness) to dream: – (cause to) dream (-er), be in good liking, recover.
Dream can mean dumbness in the figurative sense. And being dumb can mean to be temporarily unable to speak or temporarily speechless.
King Nebuchadnezzar could not tell his wise men his dream. He was in a way became dumb as what one of the meanings of the word dream suggests. Compare this with what has happened to Mr. Gerald Flurry who also became dumb in this end-time as pictured in Ezekiel chapters 3, 24, and 33.
But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them: And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house. (Ezekiel 3:25-26)
In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the LORD. (Ezekiel 24:27)
In like manner, the king’s wise men (magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, and Chaldeans) became dumb and could not tell the king what the dream was all about. These wise men of Babylon represent the ministers of the Philadelphia Church of God. These spiritual wise men of Babylon also became dumb in this latter days as shown in Isaiah 56:10-11.
His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. (Isaiah 56:10-11)
King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream greatly disturbed or agitated him. He knew that something terrible was going to happen to his kingdom but could not really see what it was. This is the same feeling Mr. Gerald Flurry had when he delivered a sermon in November 2011 regarding the condition of the whole church. He was very much alarmed for what was happening but he could not tell specifically the real cause of it. He did sense that something is tragically wrong in the church. He did emphasized this in his co-worker letter of November 21, 2011.
THIS deeply concerns me. It is a strong spiritual indicator that SOMETHING is not right with too many people in this Church. Let’s be honest! Isn’t that what Laodiceanism and lukewarmness is like?
He further mentioned this problem in his sermon saying that, “SOMETHING IS WRONG!”
What is that something? He expressed the problem in a general way, saying that something is not right with TOO MANY PEOPLE in God’s church. He perceived that there was lukewarmness or Laodiceanism in his dominion and yet he did not know the root cause.
Two years later, God initiated the Book of Remembrance to be written which explains exactly what has happened to God’s church. These events show the real reasons of Mr. Gerald Flurry’s alarm over the condition of the church.
But Mr. Gerald Flurry was NOT aware about the Book of Remembrance. He has not known God’s prophecies encapsulated in this book. The PCG ministers, directed by the 25 men of Ezekiel 8, have gone beyond normal means just to block this book from falling into the hands of Mr. Gerald Flurry. They tried very hard to conceal it from him. They labelled it as dissident literature. And even just the mention of the title of this book became taboo in the church.
Mr. Pedrito Cara, a PCG preaching elder in the Philippines, even ordered the burning this book. They are so AFRAID of this book and the many prophecies contained in it. Some of the PCG ministers read it but could not understand the prophecies. Why? Because God has removed the wisdom of their wise men and the understanding of their prudent men as indicated in the 29th chapter of the book of Isaiah. These PCG ministers are pictured in this prophecy as magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, and Chaldeans. Just like these classes of diviners, the PCG ministers’ works are in the dark.
For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? (Isaiah 29:10-15)
BLESSING OR PUNISHMENT
King Nebuchadnezzar answered the Chaldeans in the same language they spoke to him. This was somewhat a private conversation with his servants. He told them that his dream was gone from him – that it was out of his mind and could not remember what it was. So he demanded that they should state what it was and explain it too.
The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill. But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof. (Daniel 2:5-6)
Observe very carefully King Nebuchadnezzar’s conditional statement, “if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof…” The king spoke as if he believed that it was in their power to tell the dream to him but were reluctant to do so.
We can equate this with the behavior of the PCG ministers who knew about the existence of the Book of Remembrance. They would not be able to deny that twenty six printed copies of this book were sent during their June 2014 Ministerial Conference held at PCG Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma. Indeed, it is in their power to tell Mr. Gerald Flurry about this book but they are unwilling to do it. Mr. Gerald Flurry would be able to prove if the prophecies contained in this book truly came from God or not. What was prophesied in this verse has already been fulfilled in them. They chose not to let God’s anointed know what is really happening.
King Nebuchadnezzar pronounced a severe punishment to those who would not be able to tell him about his dream and its meaning. On the contrary, a great blessing would be bestowed on them who would. The punishment was that they will be “made into pieces” as Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Eternal in Gilgal (I Samuel 15:33). Another punishment that they will suffer is that their houses will be destroyed which signify that their memory will be lost because their houses will be pulled down and never to be rebuilt again.
This is what Barnes’ Commentary says about the phrase, “and your houses shall be made a dunghill.”
“This is an expression denoting that their houses, instead of being elegant or comfortable mansions, should be devoted to the vilest of uses, and subjected to all kinds of dishonor and defilement. The language here used is in accordance with what is commonly employed by Orientals. They imprecate all sorts of indignities and abominations on the objects of their dislike, and it is not uncommon for them to smear over with filth what is the object of their contempt or abhorrence. …
This may seem to be a harsh punishment which was threatened, and some may, perhaps, be disposed to say that it is improbable that a monarch would allow himself to use such intemperate language, and to make use of so severe a threatening, especially when the magicians had as yet shown no inability to interpret the dream, and had given no reasons to apprehend that they would be unable to do it.”
Indeed, the punishment may seem to be too severe for those wise men of Babylon with all those conditions stated, but the truth is, this harsh punishment really applies to the PCG ministers today. If they will not tell Mr. Gerald Flurry the Book of Remembrance and continue to hide it from him, they will ALL be cut in pieces and their houses will be made a dunghill.
On the other hand, if these ministers will disclose this book to Mr. Gerald Flurry, it will be to their credit and advantage. They will receive gifts, rewards, and great honor from God. What a blessing!
PREPARED LIES AND CORRUPT WORDS
King Nebuchadnezzar clearly knew what was in the minds of these diviners. He sensed that they would just buy some time or prolong the time and turn it to their advantage. They wanted to be able to get out of their present difficulties.
They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it. The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me. But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof. The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean. And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh. (Daniel 2:7-11)
King Nebuchadnezzar argued that if these diviners could tell him what the dream was, they would be able to tell him also its interpretation because both are a result of divine help. The same applies to the PCG ministers today. If they can show the Book of Remembrance, they would be able to show the prophecies written therein.
Like King Nebuchadnezzar’s servants, these ministers have been buying some time hoping that the issue with regards to the Book of Remembrance would just die down. They are hoping that the noise and the effect on the PCG membership brought about by the existence and distribution of this book would eventually stop so that they won’t have to tell him about it and extricate themselves from their present difficulties.
Verse 9 is a very revealing verse. Besides prolonging the time, the PCG ministers have been preparing lying and corrupt words for Mr. Gerald Flurry.
But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof. (Daniel 2:9)
This verse clearly tells us that the PCG ministers are liars! They have been lying to Mr. Gerald Flurry for a long time. Look at some of these lies which they perpetrate even openly.
Is Mr. Gerald Flurry really aware of the introduction of Druidic worship into God’s church? Is he aware of the musicals being held in God’s house are plastered with Druidry symbolisms?
Consider the title “DAVID” in the David Musical poster. Look at how they tried to deceptively conceal the word “DRUID” in the name “DAVID” by making the letter “A” appear as letter “R” and the letter “V” to appear as letter “U.”
What they are truly trying to suggest is that this “DAVID MUSICAL” is a “DRUID MUSICAL!”
Mr. Gerald Flurry and God’s people have been duped by a Druid Bard in the PCG ministry.
And if this were just Mr. Ryan Malone’s own idea of mixing Druidic ingredients into his musicals, then why were those other ministers who don’t agree to this give out their voice openly against this abomination in God’s church?
Now, consider another example of the lies being committed by the PCG ministers.
These ministers know that Mr. Gerald Flurry is not well-versed in Information Technology, Internet, and Social Media and so they try to take advantage of it. Notice what they have placed as picture for the “logo” of Mr. Gerald Flurry’s Twitter account – a BLACK LION RAMPANT, while in his Key of David program, it’s a RED LION RAMPANT!
This “lion rampant” is the same image which can be seen in the unofficial national flag of Scotland.
“Whilst its exact origin may have been lost in myth and legend, the flag of Scotland is generally regarded as one of the oldest national flags still in modern use. Not content with one flag however, Scotland also has a second unofficial national flag. This one generally appears by the thousands wherever and whenever the national sporting teams are competing and is commonly known as the Lion Rampant. The flag is actually the Royal Standard of the King or Queen of Scots and it remains the personal banner of the monarch; as such its use is, strictly speaking, restricted.
It is thought that it was King Richard I of England “the Lion-Heart” late in the 12th century who first introduced a heraldic device showing a rampant lion, the king of beasts, rearing up with three of its clawed paws out-stretched as if in battle. This Lion Rampant was eventually adopted as the Scottish royal coat of arms and incorporated into the Great Seal of Scotland.”
Here is another insight of what the lion rampant really represent as viewed by the Celts:
“Although the lion symbol can be found early among the Celts, it is viewed in Celtic mythology research as similar to THE DRAGON. It represents warrior gatherings and appears on COAT OF ARMS OF IRISH CLANS as well as in literature. It is found on helmets and as a guardian – probably having arrived in Europe from Asian (e.g., Indian) and African (e.g., Egyptian) cultures through the Greek culture. The lion and other cats appear in Irish and Welsh epics. In the world of fairy tales, the lion was and still is the king of the animals.”
Source: Celtic Symbols By Sabine Heinz
What those PCG ministers are trying to do is change the image of God’s work through a man He called in the land of Manasseh with an image of Britishness. And these same ministers have so far been successful in replacing the Lion of Judah with the DRAGON of the Celts (“it is viewed in Celtic mythology research as similar to THE DRAGON” that’s why this lion rampant resembles a dragon-like feature with an outstretched tongue)!
Little by little, they have been introducing abominations and lies behind Mr. Gerald Flurry’s back. Since everyone in God’s church just allow these things to happen or turn a blind eye on all of these, those liars in the ministry keep on adding more abominations and wickedness through pagan symbolisms.
More recently another significant pagan symbolism has been added to the roster: King Hezekiah’s seal with the impression of an Egyptian two-winged sun and two ankhs on each side has been encrypted by the team of the renowned Israeli archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar. That tiny artifact had been found last 2009 yet the seal impression was only deciphered this 2015. To learn more about its prophetic significance, you can read our previous article, The Key to the Bottomless Pit.
And these are just a few examples of the lies and abominations being committed in God’s own church. We have been showing many examples of this wickedness in the many articles posted in our websites and yet everybody just keep silent because of their fear of the ministry.
THE KING’S DECREE
Since nobody could tell the King what his dream was, he became very angry and issued a decree to kill all the wise men of Babylon. The problem with this decree is that Daniel and his friends were also a part of this group of wise men. So this death decree fell upon their heads as well.
For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain. Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king’s guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon: He answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel. Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation. Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. (Daniel 2:12-18)
Immediately, Daniel talked to the king and begged him to give him time to show him and dream and its interpretation. Then, Daniel sought God’s help. And God answered by revealing the dream to him. The essence of what God revealed to Daniel regarding the dream is found in verse 21. God has total control over the affairs of men. He rules in the kingdoms of men. The powers or authority that exist were ordained of Him. He removes kings and set up kings. God decides who He wants to raise up and who He wants to bring down.
Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter. Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation. (Daniel 2:19-24)
God speaks. He the very source of revelations. And He proclaims to His prophets what will come to pass. What was revealed to Daniel was one of God’s secrets or mysteries today. This puzzling dream is a God’s mystery in this latter days.
But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart. (Daniel 2:28-30)
Daniel did not boast for knowing what the secret or mystery was all about. He did not seek glory for himself. He said that the mystery which was revealed to Him by God is primarily for the sake of those who shall make known the interpretation to the king.
“…but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king …”
This revelation is truly for the spiritual king of Babylon and his kingdom in this latter days! Let’s understand what this prophecy is all about.
A great image
Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar what the king saw in his dream. He explained that the king had seen a great image standing before him. What King Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream was narrated by Daniel in verses 31 to 35.
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. (Daniel 2:31)
According to Barnes Commentary:
the Chaldee has it as “one image that was grand … The object seems to be, to fix the attention on the fact that, there was but “one” image, though composed of so different materials and of materials that seemed to be so little fitted to be worked together into the same statue … The idea, by its being represented as “one,” is, that it was, in some respects, “the same kingdom” that he saw symbolized:”
This great image is an image of a man. It is represented as “one” because it is just ONE BODY or ONE STATUE.
In Strong’s Concordance, the word image means an idolatrous figure. The Chaldee word for image corresponds to the Hebrew word tselem which means to shade. Figuratively, it means an illusion, resemblance; hence a representative figure, especially an idol: – image, vain shew.
Barnes Commentary says that this word denotes properly “a shade,” or “shadow,” and then anything that “shadows forth,” or that represents anything. The word is often used to denote idols – as supposed to be a “representation” of the gods, either in their forms, or as shadowing forth their character as majestic, stern, mild, severe, merciful, etc.
This great image “shadows forth” or “represents” the leadership in God’s church today – The Philadelphia Church of God. This image is symbolic of the MINISTRY in this last era of God’s church.
Contrary to what some expositors say, this image is represented as an idol to be worshipped. There is an allusion to the fact that this kingdom would be idolatrous.
The brightness of this great image excelled! It was remarkable. The word rendered brightness is found only in Daniel. It is used to denote a certain beauty, or majesty, shining forth in the countenance, which was fitted to impress the beholder with awe. (Barnes)
Are not the PCG members impressed or in awe when they see their ministers? This is the mindset of the people in God’s church. They regard and look at their ministers as gods. They are like idols to them. The term here is to be understood not merely of the face of the image, but of its entire aspect, as having something in it signally splendid and imposing. (Barnes). But, take notice of the form of this great image.
“… and the form thereof was terrible.” (Daniel 2:31)
The word terrible in Strong’s Concordance means to slink, that is, (by implication) to fear, or (causatively) be formidable: – make afraid, dreadful, fear. The word slink is defined in Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “to go or move stealthily or furtively (as in fear or shame).”
This great image is an image that will make you afraid. Its aspect or appearance will make you move stealthily, like when you are in fear.
Does this describe the members’ fear of the ministry? The members move stealthily in fear when the ministers are around. God’s people fear the ministry more than they fear God. They would do whatever these ministers would tell them to do even if their own conscience tell them that it’s against God’s law. They willingly follow the ministers in keeping pagan practices which have now became acceptable in the church.
But, despite the PCG ministry’s remarkable brightness, it exudes a very frightening aura. Synonyms for the word terrible are: awful, horrible, frightful, alarming, shocking, appalling, vile. This great image’s form is very alarming, shocking, awful, or vile! This is exactly the same semblance of the great whore of Revelation 17. (Please read our article, titled, “Mystery Babylon the Great Unveiled at Last!)
Now, this massive image had a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, and feet partly of iron and partly of clay (verses 32-33). This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. (Daniel 2:32-33)
This is how the image was sectioned. The segments are from top down. The head is of fine gold. This is the superior part of the image, being the first and chief, and compared to “fine gold’, because of its glory and excellency.
Notice that in the division, as we proceed downward, the value of the metal becomes lesser or inferior but its strength becomes harder or stronger.
Then a stone suddenly came on the scene and struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, whereupon the image was broken in pieces and blown away like chaff! This stone eventually became a huge mountain that “filled the whole earth” (verses 34-35).
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake 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 threshingfloors; 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. (Daniel 2:34-35)
What did this all mean?
God, through Daniel, gave the interpretation of this dream.
This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. (Daniel 2:36)
Note that the interpretation of the dream will not happen during the time when Daniel was talking to King Nebuchadnezzar but for the future – the latter days. As mentioned earlier, this is the time that we’re living in right now.
Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. (Daniel 2:37-38)
Daniel told the king: “You are this head of gold.” Keep in mind that, when Daniel said these words to the king, he was talking about the head part of the great image which represents the king of Babylon in the latter days and not King Nebuchadnezzar who was the king of Babylon during that time.
This head of gold of the image represents the king of spiritual Babylon today. As stated earlier, this is speaking now of Mr. Gerald Flurry as the king of spiritual Babylon, the PCG. Mr. Gerald Flurry is referred to as “a king of kings” in this dream. God made Mr. Gerald Flurry as a ruler or the human leader over God’s people who are considered “kings” in God’s eyes.
And after you
Now, observe carefully this very important “key” to understand the way the other kingdoms would emerge on the scene.
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. (Daniel 2:39)
The word after in verse 39 bares a very significant meaning. In Strong’s Concordance, this Chaldee word means a place. The root word which corresponds to ‘ăthârı̂ym in Hebrew is in plural form which means places. Whereas the word for another can be rendered also as other. And the word kingdom means dominion, realm, or reign. The corresponding Hebrew word means a rule.
Dominion in the dictionary means: a territory, usually of considerable size, in which a single rulership holds sway; lands or domains subject to sovereignty or control.
Hence, Daniel 2:39 may be rendered “And in your places shall arise other dominions inferior to thee …” The word arise in Strong’s Concordance means appoint, establish, set up. And the word inferior primarily mean (figuratively) low.
Thus, Daniel 2:39 may be rendered “And in your places shall be appointed or established other dominion or territory which is lower to you …” This shows us the establishment of other lower territories which are subject to the reign or rule of Mr. Gerald Flurry. Consider the illustration of the scope of rule of the PCG ministers under him.
We all know that the PCG worldwide is subdivided into regions which is in this case seven regions including the Headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma. This is how the leadership in the PCG has divided the area of jurisdiction of the leaders. And each region is headed by a Regional Director.
When you look at how the leadership in the PCG is setup worldwide, you would notice that the regions are like dominions or kingdoms. The Regional Director has his own realm or kingdom to govern. These Regional Directors, who are inferior or lower in rank, report directly to the Pastor General, Mr. Gerald Flurry.
When he was the Regional Director of Africa, Asia, and Oceania, Mr. Max Rumler, often say, “Mr. Gerald Flurry is my boss.” He was like saying, “I’m not under Mr. Stephen Flurry or any of the evangelists in the church. I directly report to the Pastor General.” Mr. Rumler had his own kingdom or dominion. He reigned in his kingdom where he was appointed.
All these existing inferior kingdoms or dominions in the church are subject to the “king of kings” in this vision, Mr. Gerald Flurry. As the head in the great image, Mr. Flurry, directly command the parts (kingdoms) of the body.
So, in various places of the kingdom given to Mr. Gerald Flurry which refer to the PCG, shall make to stand other dominions under his rule.
Thus, Daniel 2:39 can be read as: And in your places shall make to stand other dominion or rule inferior to you, and another third dominion of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
Three inferior kingdoms are prophesied to be raised up or set up which will rule God’s people worldwide. Notice how these inferior kingdoms are described in verses 39 to 43.
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ 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 sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 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 sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. (Daniel 2:39-43)
These inferior kingdoms or dominions are described as metal of lower value as compared with gold. But as it gets baser, the metal becomes stronger. Here is what Barnes’ Commentary insinuates about the value of the metals of these other kingdoms or dominions.
“The inferior value of silver as compared with gold will naturally suggest some degree of decline or degeneracy in the character of the subject represented by the metal; and so in other members, as we proceed downward, as the material becomes continually baser, we naturally infer that the subject deteriorates, in some sense, in the like manner.”
The 6th chapter of the book of Jeremiah is a prophecy concerning God’s church today. In verses 28 to 30, the people (ministry and members) are being compared to the metals mentioned in this prophecy – silver, brass, and iron. These metals indeed suggest some degree of degeneracy in character. They are being associated with rebellion, destruction, and wickedness. Hence, God rejected them.
They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters. The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away. Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them. (Jeremiah 6:28-30)
THE FOURTH KINGDOM
The description of the fourth kingdom reveals its true character. The legs or the fourth kingdom is composed of iron. Here is how Barnes’ Commentary describe this kingdom:
“Iron was regarded as inferior to either of the other metals specified, and yet was well adapted to denote a kingdom of a particular kind – less noble in some respects, and yet hardy [strong, robust], powerful, and adapted to tread down the world by conquest.”
This fourth kingdom will eventually shatter all the other kingdoms in pieces and bruise them (verse 40). The meaning of the word bruise tells us why this dominion will be the root cause of the collapse of the whole kingdom. Here are the definitions of the word bruise in Strong’s Concordance:
- to spoil (literally by breaking to pieces)
- figuratively to make (or be) good for nothing, that is, bad (physically, socially or morally)
- associate selves and show self friendly are by mistake for H7462.): – afflict, associate selves [by mistake for H7462], break (down, in pieces), + displease, (be, bring, do) evil (doer, entreat, man), show self friendly [by mistake for H7462], do harm, (do) hurt, (behave self, deal) ill, X indeed, do mischief, punish, still vex, (do) wicked (doer, -ly), be (deal, do) worse.”
Which kingdom or dominion in the whole Philadelphia Church of God would perfectly match the description of this fourth kingdom? In this latter days, which regional area in the whole world has tread down in pieces, crushed, and spoiled many of God’s people?
One, and only one region, comes to mind – The region composed of Africa, Asia, and Oceania which is headed formerly by John Macdonald. This region boasts itself of the most number of spiritual casualties in the whole world. As previously mentioned, its former Regional Director, John Macdonald, has tread down in pieces close to 300 people just in the Philippines alone.
As indicated in this prophecy, this fourth kingdom will finally be divided as shown in the feet and toes of the great image. This dominion will be partly of iron and partly of clay. It will be a mixture of great strength and weakness or fragility.
This part of the vision gave birth to our modern idiom “feet of clay” which means “a hidden fault or weakness.”
This fourth kingdom which later become the feet with ten toes is the same ten horns who will receive dominion with beast as discussed in Revelation 17.
Here is an excerpt from our article entitled, “Mystery Babylon the Great Unveiled at Last!”
“Now, what do these ten horns symbolize?
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. (Revelation 17:12-13)
These ten horns represent ten kings who have not received power as kings yet. They will receive power of rule or authority once the beast ascend to the seat of power as the “eight king” after the demise of the seventh king.
These men shall be possessed by demons and shall give their power and strength to this “eight king.” Are we going to see a core of 10 men from the 25 men of Ezekiel 8 having one mind, rising to power under the leadership of the eight king?
These 10 kings shall hate or detest God’s church, strip her of all her attractiveness, splendor and power, and destroy her completely by burning her with fire. Hence, these ten toes are the ten kings who will be given a kingdom in this latter days just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The phrase, “they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men” in verse 43 of Daniel 2 provides us some indication of the kind of composition of these ten toes or ten kings.
And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. (Daniel 2:43)
Remember that this dominion is partly iron and partly clay. The iron was to be mingled with miry clay. Therefore, the phrase, “seed of men” is the miry clay part of the mixture. If it’s a different “seed of men,” this shows that this kingdom will be a combination of two or more racial stocks. So, a foreign breed of men will be merged with the stock represented by the iron.
And the word “men,” according to Barnes Commentary, “is employed in Hebrew and in Chaldee to denote men of an inferior class – the lower orders, the common herd – in contradistinction from the more elevated and noble classes, represented by the word אישׁ ‘ı̂ysh. See Isa_2:9; Isa_5:15; Pro_8:4.
The expression “seed of men,” as here used, would therefore denote some intermingling of an inferior race with the original stock; some union or alliance under the one sovereignty, which would greatly weaken it as a whole, though the original strength still was great. The language would represent a race of mighty and powerful men, constituting the stamina – the bone and the sinew of the empire – mixed up with another race or other races, with whom, though they were associated in the government, they could never be blended; could never assimilate.”
When we consider the region covering Africa, Asia, and Oceania, which race or stock would you consider as the “iron part?” And which race or races would you regard as the “seed of men” or the “men of inferior race?”
The “iron part,” undoubtedly, refers to the Ephraimite stock. While the “seed of men” or the “men of inferior race,” would certainly apply to the Asian stock and the Black stock.
The leadership in this part of the world has always been this way even during the time of the Worldwide Church of God. The position of Regional Director is always given to the White stock (American, British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealander) –which in their own minds are considered “the men of superior race.”
The iron part of this admixture will be comprised of Ephraimite stock. They will be mingled with other race or races, who are considered inferior to them. If we consider all these aspects, are we going to see this final kingdom or rule as an admixture of Ephraimite stock with the Asian and/or Black stocks?
This great image has shown us what happened to God’s government inside God’s own church in this latter days. From a wonderful beginning through the calling of Mr. Gerald Flurry which represents the head of gold, it has degenerated into an awful and vile condition in this end-time. Soon, we are going to see the ten toes or ten kings of this great image emerge on the scene, rising in power in the ministry, and taking control of the whole leadership of The Philadelphia Church of God.
A NEW KINGDOM SETUP
God has anticipated this ominous event which will happen in His own church in this last end. And He will not allow evil to triumph over what is good. “The gates of hell,” Jesus Christ said, “shall not prevail against” His church.
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)
In His mercy, God has ordained a strange work in our days which many of our brethren in the PCG still don’t believe until now, though we have been broadcasting this message to them for close to three years now. God has setup a kingdom or dominion which will never be destroyed.
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 for ever. 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; 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. (Daniel 2:44-45)
The phrase, “shall the God of heaven set up” indicates that this kingdom will be of divine origin to distinguish it from the other kingdoms which are not. The phrase, “set up a kingdom” means “shall cause to arise or stand up.” God Himself caused this kingdom to arise or stand up during the time of the reign of these kings. This kingdom is of heavenly origin. God Himself constituted it. And He promised that this kingdom will never be destroyed and shall not be left to other people. This is basically the cause of the problem. The whole kingdom or God’s church was left to other people! This verse supports what we have been telling the PCG that strangers or God’s enemies have crept in into the sanctuaries or congregations of God.
We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the LORD’S house. (Jeremiah 51:51)
Satan today was again able to bring in his men, the 25 men of Ezekiel 8, into God’s church and wreak havoc on God’s people. But God promised that this kingdom which he set up will never be destroyed. It will continue right into the return of Jesus Christ.
This kingdom is pictured as the stone which came on the scene without warning and struck the great image on its feet of iron and clay, whereupon the image was broken in pieces and blown away like chaff! The stone became a huge mountain that “filled the whole earth” (verses 34-35).
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake 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 threshingfloors; 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. (Daniel 2:34-35)
Cut out without hands
This stone was cut out of the mountain as described in verse 45. And the manner by which it was cut out was “without hands” or “which was not by hands” in Chaldee. Barnes Commentary remarked:
“The essential idea is, that the agency of hands did not appear at all in the case. The stone seemed to be self-moved. It became detached from the mountain, and, as if instinct with life, struck the image and demolished it … The word rendered “stone” ( אבן ‘eben) determines nothing as to the “size” of the stone, but the whole statement would seem to imply that it was not of large dimensions. It struck upon “the feet” of the image, and it “became” itself a great mountain (verse 35) – all which would seem to imply that it was at first not large.”
The stone was suddenly separated from the mountain. This mountain is symbolic of The Philadelphia Church of God. And the stone refers to God’s Work through His Two Witnesses. Remember that this stone was cut out of the mountain or suddenly detached from it. Likewise, God’s Witnesses who were a part of The Philadelphia Church of God were “cut out without hands” from it and struck the image which represents the ministry to demolish it. They were made to impinge against the PCG ministry. And it is implied in the statement that it was just a small stone. Just as God always start His work from small beginnings.
Barnes’ Commentary added that “the vision appears NOT to have been that of a stone detached from the side of a hill, and rolling down the mountain by the force of gravitation, but that of a stone detached, and then moving off toward the image as if it had been thrown from a hand, though the hand was unseen. This would very strikingly and appropriately express the idea of something, apparently small in its origin that was impelled by a cause that was unseen, and that bore with mighty force upon an object of colossal magnitude, by an agency that could not be explained by the causes that usually operate.”
Smote the image upon his feet
This stone smote the image on its feet which is composed of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. The word smote in verse 34 is defined in Strong’s Concordance as to strike in pieces or smite. The corresponding Hebrew word mâchâ’ means to rub or strike the hands together (in exultation): – clap.
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. (Daniel 2:34)
The idea here is that the stone repeatedly strike in pieces on the image’s feet of iron and clay like the motion of “clapping of the hands.” It is not just a single blow but continued smiting until it breaks the whole image into pieces.
The image was not just thrown down to the ground but there followed a process of comminution or pulverization. This subsequent activity reduced the broken fragments into powdered form like the “chaff of the summer threshing-floors.” The whole image was beaten very fine so that the wind can scatter them.
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 threshingfloors; 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. (Daniel 2:35)
“The phrase ‘chaff of the summer threshing-floors’ refers to the mode of winnowing grain in the East. This was done in the open air, usually on an elevated place, by throwing the grain, when thrashed, into the air with a shovel, and the wind thus drove away the chaff. Such chaff, therefore, naturally became an emblem of anything that was light, and that would be easily dissipated.” (Barnes)
The grinding to powder of this great image will happen during the reign of the kings of these dominions and not after the Second Coming of Jesus Christ on this earth.
God brought forth His Two Witnesses for the very purpose of overthrowing these kingdoms or dominions in God’s church. They have to strike this great image repeatedly so as to reduce it to powder. The process of comminution has to be done until these kingdoms become like chaff and be easily scattered by the wind.
Notice how this repeated process of grinding is mentioned as part of the God’s work through His Two Witnesses in the 41st chapter of Isaiah.
But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 41:8-16)
God’s Two Witnesses have to continually thresh the mountains (referring to these kingdoms) that they may become like “the chaff of the summer threshing-floors and be carried away by the wind, so that no place was found for them.” This very purpose by which God brought forth His Two Witnesses is also mentioned in the 12th chapter of the book of Daniel.
Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. (Daniel 12:5-7)
In Strong’s Concordance, the word scatter means to dash to pieces, be beaten in sunder, break in pieces, broken, cause to be discharged, or dispersed. And the word power means the ministry. The commission really is to break in pieces The Philadelphia Church of God Ministry. And when these Two Witnesses have accomplished this aim with the support of The Remembrancers, then God’s work through The Gentiles will be completed.
Break in pieces together
Notice that the PCG Ministry have to be broken to pieces together or “as one.” The word together in Strong’s Concordance means as cardinal one, or single.
Barnes’ Commentary says that “The word rendered “together” (כצרה kachădâh) our translators would seem to have understood as referring to “time;” to its being done simultaneously. The more literal interpretation, however, is, “as one;” that is, “they were beaten small as one,” referring to identity of condition. They were all reduced to one indiscriminate mass; to such a mass that the original materials could no longer be distinguished, and would all be blown away together.”
No place was found for them
These various dominions in God’s church will be entirely be beaten into chaff. As the wind blows, they will all be carried away to nowhere. They will not be found where they are presently reigning in right now. They will be totally removed from rulership or power and from the presence of the Great God.
THE STONE BECAME A GREAT MOUNTAIN
The stone which was cut out of the mountain was initially small but swelled to a bigger size. Jesus Christ, coming in the flesh of His Two Witnesses, is that stone which hit the great image in the feet and break it in pieces and consume all their kingdoms. This stone will eventually become a colossal mountain which will fill the entire world. This is an awesome prophecy and miracle. This kingdom became great because God is behind it. He is the real head of this dominion.
This kingdom started small beginning with the 2015 Mount Zion Dig as prophesied:
And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord‘s. (Obadiah 1:21)
Remember that this whole prophecy has a very wonderful message for us as the end-time Elijah, Mr. Herbert Armstrong, said that it was to reveal the government of God – the fact that God RULES! And He reigns supremely in the kingdoms of men. This prophecy will definitely come to pass and its interpretation is sure (Daniel 2:45).