“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious : and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.” (1 Peter 2:6-8).
The prophecies of Jesus and the Rock of our faith, and the stone cut out without hands are well known. They are typical of the foundations and footholds of faith. Hundreds of biblical references depict the Lord’s building program of the ages that will one day establish the 1,000-year millennial kingdom reign of Christ on Earth (see links below).
They are also closely associated with the ages-long warfare between God and Satan. In another article titled “ALIEN ABDUCTION: THE HORRIFYING TRUTH,” the subject of UFO abduction and the grave possibility that we are living in yet another age of human corruption was dealt with (see link below).
Before the flood of Noah, the dark angels genetically corrupted mankind to the point that God moved forth to eliminate their progeny. In this article, a curious detail that is found among the prophecies of Daniel will be explored. It emphasizes the truth of this scenario. We shall see that, as a symbol, the rock is connected to a specific prophecy in which the forces of Satan attempt to corrupt humanity before Christ’s return. As we shall see, this is very much in keeping with a prophetic theme that concerns the “days of Noah,” and the corruption of humanity by a renegade company of fallen angels, called the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2, who took human women as wives. Theirs was a conspiracy to contaminate the human bloodline. It was thwarted by the flood of Noah. Jesus states that there will be another period characterized by the same corruption. It is to occur just prior to his second coming. In this study, we shall see the great prophecy of the rock and how it keynotes this curious aspect of eschatology, as it extends across the ages to the aforementioned coming 1,000 year kingdom of Christ on Earth and beyond. But first, we must look at the history of biblical symbolism in rock and stone.
THE PROVIDENTIAL ROCK
To begin with, the rock is a symbol of God’s steadfastness and provisions. He stands as the foundation of all that is, was and ever will be. Yet, his graciousness toward humanity yields the very water of life. Thus, the rock stands as the great archetype of life in the power of the Spirit through grace. In this way, we are given the indelible picture of God’s character, personality and action. The very first time we see the word “rock” used in the Bible, it tells us the story of life-giving grace in the parched wilderness of the Arabian desert …
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord among us, or not?” (Exodus 17:5-7).
Here, the Lord literally tells Moses that he is the “Rock.” He will stand before the great prophet, and when smitten, will produce enough water for the multiplied thousands of Israel. Of course, many have written complete and lengthy studies that give detailed explanations about the smitten rock as a symbol of Christ. Struck once, it’s free-flowing water symbolizes the source of eternal life after one passes from this life into the next. This symbolism is itself a fascinating study as it was indeed meant by God to convey a picture of what Christ would do in the future, and from him, would spring the source of eternal life for only those who will believe and receive it. In John 7, at the Feast of Tabernacles, during the water-pouring ritual, Jesus depicted himself as the living water of life. Here, in Horeb, at the site of the mountain that would bring forth the commandments of the Lord, an undeserving and unworthy people experience the free grace of their redeemer. The next time Moses encounters the rock, it takes place when he expresses to the Lord a desire to witness his glory. He is told that a man cannot see the face of God and live. Nevertheless, as given in Exodus 33:21-22, the Lord tells Moses to stand on a certain rock. Then, as he passes by, he shields Moses from from the direct radiation of his glory, by protectively placing him in the cleft of a rock. Like the first rock, this one expresses the archetype of God’s special provision for his people. But here, the image is extended to show the special characteristics of the Lord’s nurture and protection. Though Moses can’t see God directly, he sees the afterglow of his glory, demonstrating that through love, the Lord will grant even a desire that seems impossible.
The next encounter with the rock is one of the darker passages in Israel’s history. In Numbers 20, during the years of desert wandering, the people arrive at a point of extreme frustration; they express their outrage at Moses. From the human point of view, their point might seem well taken. Here they are, in the trackless, arid wastes of nameless lands. Water precious beyond the price of gold. No seed will grow. There are no trees and no fruit. In a fury, they inquire of Moses about why he has brought them to a place so forsaken by God. In this setting, Moses and Aaron go before the Lord. He appears to them in the radiance of his glory. Once again, the Lord answered them in grace …
“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also” (Numbers 20:7-11).
In his anger at the faithless Israelites, Moses strikes the rock twice. Their unbelief now
becomes his unbelief. As a consequence, neither he nor Aaron will be permitted to enter the Promised Land. The Lord had only asked that Moses speak to the rock. Instead, he took out his anger upon it. The lawgiver had been asked to acknowledge God’s grace. A simple request would have done the job. Within the five books of Moses, the final encounter with the Rock is found in Deuteronomy 32. This section is of great prophetic prophetic importance, and is named, “The Song of Moses.” Here, the Rock plays out a prophetic theme, defending last-days Israel against the great foes gathered to destroy them. This time, the Rock is clearly identified …
“Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deuteronomy 32:3-4).
In this noteworthy chapter, the Rock is mentioned five times. Five, of course, is the number commonly associated with the grace of God. In this spiritual song, Moses extols God’s grace, not just in the wilderness, but in the distant future, as Israel is finally justified before the nations. Thus, the Rock is an archetype of God’s grace and providence. It is living rock that is attached to the Earth, providing a nourishing connection between Heaven and Earth. Even in the New Testament, it is the foundation of the edifice of grace, the church, as given by Jesus to Peter, in Matthew 16:18 …
“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).
Or as the Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:4 …
“And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4).
THE STONE OF JUDGMENT
Like the Rock, the stone acts to symbolize certain of God’s attributes. As we have seen, the rock stands as an archetype of grace. It foreshadows Christ. It acts to provide the water of life …
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water“ (John 7:37-38). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Once smitten for the life of Israel, it can never be smitten again without incurring severe judgment. It is an archetype of gracious provision, accompanied by the attributes of foundation and defense. The stone has it’s own story to tell, beginning in Genesis 49 where the dying Jacob blesses his sons, and speaks of Joseph …
“But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee …” (Genesis 49:24-25).
Here, we find the God called “the stone of Israel.” He is Jacob’s help. Remember, Jacob was given a new name: Israel. The stone is none other than the Lord, who regards Israel as a personal possession. In one of it’s aspects, the stone must be in it’s natural form, unhewn by human hands. The altar of Moses was built of such stone at the base of Mount Sinai …
“And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.” (Exodus 20:25).
Here, we find the obvious symbolism in the stone, namely, that to properly represent him, it must come from his own natural creation. Here, we find the foreshadowing of the stone cut out without hands. As opposed to the rock, the stone is gathered to form the altar of worship. Thus, it is associated with ritual, sacrifice and worship. Here, we find the expression of God’s law. It demands obedience and conformity. It treats iniquity as a direct offense that demands judgment. The tables of stone given to Moses are of the same created order. God crafted them with his own hand and wrote the commandments upon them with his own finger. They too speak of ritual and Godly arrangement.
They also speak of Christ, the living representative of the Law. The next biblical reference to him is found in Psalm 118:22, in which he is the rejected stone …
“The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner” (Psalm 118:22).
Here, the psalm looks forward to that day when Christ will assume power in his full kingdom glory, which will be the 1,000 year kingdom rule of Christ upon Earth after the approaching seven-year period of judgment called the Tribulation. Later, in the 8th century B.C., the prophet Isaiah brought together the two symbols of the rock and the stone as a metaphor that represents his watchful care over Israel at a time when the enemy was growing stronger …
“Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken” (Isaiah 8:13-15).
At the time of the Assyrian captivity, Isaiah has warned the northern kingdom that their lack of faith will precipitate a great defeat. Later, the prophet warns Judah and Jerusalem that they will experience a similar fate. Here, he establishes God as the stone of prophecy …
“Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste” (Isaiah 28:16).
THE GREAT PROPHECY OF GENTILE KINGDOMS
The second chapter of Daniel chronicles a remarkable event that took place in the court of the great Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar. In this famous happening, the king had experienced a remarkable dream. Upon awakening, however, he discovered to his dismay that he was unable to recall the dream. Only Daniel, a prince of Israel, was able to recover the dream. Not only that, the Spirit of God enabled him to interpret it. This dream is a masterpiece of prophetic symbolism, probably the most renowned in all of scripture. It involves a great statue with a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, abdomen and thighs of brass, legs of iron and feet of iron and clay, a most unlikely mixture.
The statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is a serial prophecy depicting a chain of rulerships, each of which dominated the world for a time. The golden head representing Babylon was followed by the chest, which represented Medo-Persia. The mid-section represented the Greek empire and the legs represented the Roman empire. The last days extension of Rome is represented by the feet with their ten toes. These toes are commonly interpreted as governmental divisions of the revived Papal Roman empire in modern Europe. Taken as a whole, the Gentile world is depicted as gold that deteriorates into clay.
Gold, a metal of great stability and value, is progressively replaced by silver, brass and iron. Much has been made of the way this symbolizes the steady deterioration of the human genetic stock. Once, before the great flood of Noah, one could expect to live for nearly a thousand years. After the flood, man’s life span declined. Some time later, it was pronounced to be 120 years. Then, it fell to it’s present level of expectation, which is 70 years. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream also represents the progressive debasement of world empires. His powerful monarchy was replaced by the split leadership of the Medes and Persians (Medo-Persian empire). The prophet Daniel himself comments that they are inferior to the Babylonians. That, in turn, was replaced by the four-way division of the Greeks, then came the representative democracy of the Romans, which after a time, degenerated into dictatorship and the feudal system of the dark ages. Such historical observations speak for themselves. They represent the surface level of interpretation. In this model, the head of gold represents the powerful Babylonian emperor; the chest and arms of silver are a less unified form of government. In fact, the government of the Medes and Persians was far less stable than it’s Babylonian forerunner. The brass midsection is still less unified, representing Alexander the Great’s Greek empire and it’s four ruling dynasties. Two of these dynasties quickly disappeared. The other two continued on for a while, then were absorbed by an expanding Roman dominion. Rome’s iron rule is seen in the legs. It has often been pointed out that the two legs represent the eastern and western divisions of the empire. It has also been a matter of general agreement that the legs portray the declining state of world rule. As the timeline of Gentile supremacy moves toward the feet, governmental instability becomes pronounced, approaching the breaking point. The odd amalgam of iron and clay do indeed impart the perfect picture of decrepit, tottering governments, as witnessed in the churning revolutions and dissent of the previous and current century. For the last approximately one-hundred years, the Russians, Germans, Japanese, Chinese, various European and Asian interests and the Western leaders have had their revolutions. They have all taken turns in their attempts to establish world dominion. But in spite of their efforts, there is the growing perception that we are only moving toward greater instability – in fact, toward a great global conflict.
FEET OF CLAY
The feet and toes of clay are certainly symbolic of this fact. But they express much more than the simple, external picture of last days geopolitics. In fact, with a closer look, their true meaning becomes quite complex and amazing. Looking at Daniel’s interpretation of the dream, we see much more than the simple degeneration of humanity. His explanation injects another factor into the long history of the Gentiles. We see it, as he explains the outcome of the final kingdom …
“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 2:40-43).
Here is Daniel’s own description of the statue’s iron legs and it’s feet of clay. It is the fourth, or Roman, kingdom.
At first, this part of the statue displays great strength in it’s conquering phase, just as did the Roman empire in the years just prior to the 1st century. After the 1st century, however, Rome began to be overrun by various tribes who observed the empire’s increasing weakness. Imperial Rome fell into ruins. But it was not totally overthrown. Instead, the Roman empire was split into an eastern and western division, led by two systems of religious control. In the process, the Roman empire became the “Holy” Roman empire. Under this system, monarchies divided the old empire and various nobles controlled it’s wealth and power. Only in the twentieth century did monarchical control finally break down, producing the true condition of an iron and clay society. After two world wars, a series of communist dictatorships and “social democracies” emerged both in Europe and the Orient. Socialism exhibited greater or lesser statist controls, but in certain cases, the citizenry gained some measure of recognition. Russia and China were the exceptions to this trend. But even the communist states have reeled under the effects of burgeoning global population and faltering economies, which have combined to produce a growing social instability. And so, it would seem, we have the prophecy explained. The feet of clay represent the inadequacy of governments to hold together their old systems of control through the merging of untenable systems of control i.e. socialism, communism etc. The seeming exception to this rule is, of course, the United States of America and it’s republic form of government that created the most stable and prosperous society known to man. The decline we now see occurring to America is solely due to globalist infiltration of it’s societal pillars of strength – pillars that are founded on biblical truisms. These pillars are being destroyed through the intentional introduction of socialistic and communistic principles that do nothing but create miserable, decrepit societies plagued with substandard living conditions. Essentially, the feet of clay that represents the final world beast kingdom will be the polar opposite of what America is and has been since it’s inception.
WHO ARE “THEY?”
But wait a moment. This doesn’t explain the “they” mentioned in verse 43, where we read …
“… 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.”
Who is really represented by this mysterious “they?” Traditional analysis, dating all the way back to the mid 19th century, explains this mingling as the marriage policies of the nobility, as though the nobles were not of human stock. The explanation goes that nobles mixed their bloodlines with the bloodlines of ordinary men. But this is simply inconsistent with the text, as well as being an inadequate description of recent history. Keil and Delitzsch comment that this statement refers to the “mixing of the holy nation with the heathen by marriage.” They write …
“The peculiar expression “the seed of men” is obviously chosen with reference to the following contrast to the divine Ruler, verse 44f, so as to place the vain human endeavor of the heathen rulers in contrast with the doings of the God of heaven.”
For them, the “they” are the heathen, seen in contrast to God, as he is described establishing the coming 1,000 year millennial kingdom reign of Christ on Earth in verses 44 and following. But this attempt to understand the text also fails. There is simply no precedent to identify this mystery group as “the heathen,” who would, in biblical terms, be the Gentiles. This would make “the seed of men” a reference to Israel, when in fact, this prophecy refers to the rise and fall of the Gentile world powers. Furthermore, the mixture of this group with the seed of men results in a failure to intermarry. They are unable to “cleave one to another.” This certainly rules out the marriages of nobles to commoners, or unbelievers to believers for that matter. Their efforts are likened to an attempt to mix iron with “miry clay.” In the original Hebrew text, this curious phrase refers to “clay vessels of clay.” The term refers to fire-clay artifacts. What is being described is the systematic effort to mix an already-fired brittle clay vessel with iron. This symbolizes the futility of the mystery group’s efforts to genetically integrate themselves with the seed of men. According to the prophecy, they will try, but they will ultimately fail. The conclusion: This group, who are mingled – mixed – with the seed of men, are something other than human. This explanation would seem totally out of the question were it not for the strong biblical precedent for their described activity. As mentioned in a previous article on UFO abduction (see article link below), a variety of scientists, medical professionals and professionals from many different disciplines have concluded that this phenomenon can be documented.
It is actually happening. Furthermore, it has a goal – namely, to create a hybridized human being that will allow the incarnation of evil spirits into our physical world. In fact, during the coming seven-year Tribulation period of judgment after the rapture and during the days of this beast kingdom rule upon earth, Old Testament scripture seems to paint a frightening and horrifying picture of these scary beings running loose upon the earth in the sight of all people …
“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?” (Joel 2:1-11).
The “miry clay” is the non-human genetic material used by the fallen ones to hybridize creatures who are partly human. It is a fragile material, lacking the ability to hold itself together, or to bond with the metal of human civilization. The metallic nature of the world power represents their purity and strength. Most of all, it depicts the march of humanity. The encroaching forces of Satan are not metallic. Neither are they gold, silver, brass or iron. Instead, they are mere clay.
Again, we discover that prophesied last days events take us back to the period before the great flood of Noah’s day. Genesis 6:1-2 stands witness to an earlier attempt by non-humans to mingle themselves with the seed of men …
“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose” (Genesis 6:1-2).
This terse historical note carries with it the chilling implications of enormous sin. God’s human creation was somehow so attractive to the fallen angels (b ‘nai elohim, or “sons of God“) that they risked everything to enter the forbidden human dimension. They indeed entered and created a race of so-called “giants,” known in Hebrew as the Nephilim, or “fallen ones.”
The “sons of God” were the angels of Satan’s rebellion. They apparently attempted to establish a superior earthly race, but God destroyed their offspring in the flood. This seems to be where demons come from. They are the spirits of the dead giants destroyed in the flood of Noah working their deception and evil ever since then. Some reject the idea that the demons are the fallen angels due to the fact that Jude verse 6 declares the angels who sinned to be “bound with everlasting chains.” However, scripture seems to indicate that not all of the angels who sinned are “bound,” as Satan is still free (1 Peter 5:8). One could logically ask why God would imprison the rest of the fallen angels, but allow the leader of the rebellion to remain free? It seems that Jude verse 6 is referring to God confining the fallen angels who rebelled in an additional way, likely the “sons of God” incident in Genesis chapter 6. The most common alternate explanation for the origin of the demons is that when the Nephilim of Genesis 6 were destroyed in the Noah’s flood, their disembodied souls became the demons. While the Bible does not specifically say what happened to the souls of the Nephilim when they were killed, it could indeed be argued that God would destroy the Nephilim in the Flood only to allow their souls to cause even greater evil as the demons. Probably the most biblically consistent explanation for the origin of demons is that they are the fallen angels, the angels who rebelled against God with Satan. While both sides of the issue have merit and many points to recommend their respective viewpoint, it is important to realize that they do indeed exist in our world today. In fact, their power and deception can be seen in false religious doctrines that point people away from the true message of eternal salvation through Christ as scripture indicates …
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times [last days] some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils [translated as demons]; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth” (1 Timothy 4:1-3).
They often manifest themselves physically in many forms such as apparitions in haunted houses, graveyard hauntings and the like. They also manifest their supernatural power in various other ways for the purpose of spiritual deception as can be seen below. The pictures below were taken by me while walking down the 16th street mall in Denver, Colorado where I live. As you can see, this man is clearly bedazzling many with his “street show” of floating in mid-air with seemingly nothing under him to prop him up. Knowing that this article was on my radar screen, I decided to snap a few pictures of this man and his magic show with my cell phone camera to illustrate the point first hand.
Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board is a game played by children at slumber parties. The phrase has also become established in popular culture as a reference to a levitation trick and has been referred to in various media accounts. One participant lies flat on the floor, and then the others space themselves around him or her, each placing one or two fingertips underneath the participant’s body. The person closest to the head commonly begins by saying “She’s looking ill,” which they will say many times then “she’s looking worse” is spoken many times. The general direction of the call-and-repeat describes how the prone person is looking worse and worse, followed by saying “she is dying,” and, finally, “she is dead.” Variations of the spoken part of the game occur, with a common modern version the person being lifted is told a story about their death and asked to imagine it happening to him or her. It serves the dual purpose of “freaking out” the participants and convinces the participants that it will be easier to lift this person. All versions end with the phrase “light as a feather, stiff as a board” chanted by the entire group (save for the prone person, who pretends to be dead) as they attempt to lift their companion’s body using only their fingertips. Some versions omit the story entirely and only the “light as a feather…” chant is used. Allegedly, after these repetitions, the person being lifted will seem lighter or even entirely weightless. It really can work. When it does, it is being performed by demon spirits. A trick to get you interested in the occult. BEWARE. This is actually a kid’s version of the Levitation magic performed by stage magicians.
This is a dangerous activity even for grown trained magicians because the power that lifts the body or article is provided by demonic entities. Demons do not perform on demand without expecting something in return. They highly resent serving anyone and their ultimate goal and aim is your eventual destruction.
Augustine once said that Pagan magic, religion and sorcery were all invented by the devil for the purpose of luring humanity away from Christian truth. Augustine was one hundred percent correct. In Christian truth, the Bible is it’s demonstratably divine source. In it, we see the underlying foundation that every man and woman is born into a state of condemnation and separated eternally from it’s creator as a result of Adam and Eve’s fall in the Garden of Eden – all instigated by the previously fallen Lucifer … God’s highest ranking and most powerful angel. We also see that redeemed man (those men and women who accept God’s sacrificial payment for sin in Jesus Christ) will be those who replace the position forfeited by Lucifer and the angels who rebelled with him in the coming 1,000 year kingdom reign of Christ on Earth and beyond. It is for this very reason that Lucifer (now known as Satan) would desire to lure humanity away from Christian truth. Implicit in this truth is that he does not want anyone to realize that without having received God’s remedy for man’s condemnation (Christ’s sacrifice upon the cross), said person will not see life eternal, but remains in a state of condemnation eternally. This remedy revolves around a core foundation of scriptural truth. That truth is that faith in Christ and his claims must be present.
Getting back to the point, the fallen angels themselves have been imprisoned in a place called Tartarus ever since the flood , awaiting judgment. In Jude 6, we clearly see their fate …
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Jude 6).
It is blatantly obvious that these angels were going about the diabolical business of creating a new hybrid race unto themselves. Theirs was a shameless act of self-glorification. But the mingling of their bodies with the seed of men produced a race so evil that it had to be wiped out. Jesus predicted another, similar invasion of humanity in his prophetic discourse to the disciples. In speaking of his second coming, he told them that “as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37).
By this, he meant that the events leading up to his return would be marked by the same conditions found on the sin-ridden earth prior to the flood. We have very few clues to the actual state of things in that evil era, but the fact that God was forced to destroy his entire creation except for eight people speaks volumes. Secular history evokes mythological images that speak of abominable half man half beast creatures and insane demigods working their will upon humanity. It tells stories of ancient civilizations that redound with unbridled lust, perversity and grievous cruelty. These would be the “mighty men which were of old, men of renown” found in Genesis 6:4. Concerning this event, the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus writes …
“For many angels of God accompanied with women and begat sons that proved unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence they had in their own strength; for the tradition is that these men did what resembled that acts of those who the Grecians call giants.”
Josephus was well acquainted with Greek literature. His histories were written in Greek. It is obvious that in his mind, there is a strong link between the Genesis account and what is commonly referred to as “Greek mythology.” Perhaps that mythology had it’s origins in something real – something so wicked that it has been all but obliterated in a historical blanket of censorship and obfuscation. As bizarre as it sounds, the antediluvian antics of Zeus, Apollo, Phaeton, Artemis, Dionysus, Demeter and Persephone and hundreds of others had their basis in the unlawful acts of the fallen angels. Even a cursory reading of ancient Greek literature cries out with awful descriptions of an evil society that God would surely eradicate. Biblical history says that they were destroyed or imprisoned. It also says that they will be stopped again when they try the same thing. Jude 14 and 15 speak of that judgment. In the context of his letter, it is generally thought to be aimed at those who dishonor the word of God through false teaching. However, it also applies to the angels he mentions earlier in his message:
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 14-15).
In this passage of scripture, we see that wickedness will be destroyed at the Lord’s long-awaited second coming. It will include the incarceration of the serpent a.k.a Lucifer, also known as Satan, in the bottomless pit.
This will include the systematic destruction of all of those who have ever been his followers, including the world of the fallen spirits.
THE DIVINE STONE
As mentioned earlier, the many references in scripture to the stone cut out without hands refer to God as he acts in judgment. The stone evokes images of worship and obedience, as well as their opposites, apostasy and lawlessness. In the latter case, judgment is required, and will be fulfilled. Daniel’s prophecy about the Gentile world powers ends in precisely this way …
“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).
As mentioned earlier, the stone brings forth God’s judgment. It may be thought of as Christ at his second coming. The parade of Gentile world powers reaches it’s global stage when the prophesied “merchants of Tarshish” in the Old Testament are finally realized as “commercial Babylon,” which is finally destroyed as described in the eighteenth chapter of Revelation (see link below).
The kings in the toes of the great statue are ten in number. They present a view of the ten world powers, or horns, later seen in the image of Daniel’s fourth beast in Daniel 7 …
“After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns” (Daniel 7:7). “Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them …” (Daniel 7:19-21).
They represent the global power of the last days, also seen in John’s vision of the ten-horned beast of Revelation 13 …
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:1-4).
Without a doubt, these ruling ten ruling powers, called “kings” in the Bible, depict a corrupted system that is interspersed with the clay which, as mentioned earlier, is an unlawful effort on the part of the dark powers to infiltrate God’s human creation. Notice the clay in the passage which follows. Here in Daniel 2:44-45, Daniel gives his commentary on the final destruction of the Gentile kingdoms …
“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).
Here, the infiltrating clay is listed, not at the end of the iron toes, but right in the middle of the sequential listing of metallic kingdoms. This indicates that it has long been a part of them all. Only in the days of the ten toes does it assume large enough proportions that it threatens the structure of the entire statue. A view of secular history agrees with this observation. The Babylonians, Medes, Persians, Greeks and Romans were all infiltrated to some degree with the contaminating influence of demonic powers. The forces of Satan were even worshipped as gods. Sometimes, they became temporarily visible. As tokens of their reality, their representative priesthoods were able to manifest signs. For example, the Egyptian priests conjured up snakes by casting their rods upon the ground. When the Israelites came into the Promised Land, they had to overcome several tribes of giants, some of whom were six-fingered and six-toed. Many have wondered how they came into being, but in another two-part article on this site, it is documented that they are the “rephaim,” or evil progeny of some intrusive dark power.
In other words, there has been a continuing effort on the part of fallen angels to create a mutant race for their own benefit. But only in the last days have these powers of darkness been allowed to use humans for their own evil genetic purposes. In the end, they will be shattered like glass, and finally ground to powder by the crushing stone cut out without hands.
A REMNANT WILL BE SAVED
It becomes increasingly obvious that in the end, the nations will become the focus of a large-scale invasion by corrupting forces – the “clay” in Daniel’s dream in Daniel chapter 2. Then, the stone cut out without hands will come crashing out of Heaven to destroy a human system so depraved and infused with demonic power that it threatens the very existence of a human remnant.
This debasement will have been inflicted upon human flesh by beings whose every motive is bent upon destroying humanity before it can be redeemed. Even though their “miry clay” will fail to produce the effect they desire, humanity will, nevertheless, be in danger of total destruction in much the same way as it was before the flood of Noah. Jesus warned of this event when he spoke of the quickly approaching seven-year period of judgment called the Great Tribulation …
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22).
Here, the words of Jesus ring with a warning of impending doom, but they contain a statement that is difficult to understand. As a result, there has been much discussion about how the days will be shortened. Some have suggested that, because of the horrible conditions of judgment, the Lord will actually cut short the time of the Tribulation period. But, given the fact that it’s time span is laid out as a finite number of days in both Daniel and Revelation, this doesn’t make any good sense. Others have speculated that perhaps the rotation of the earth will be speeded up as the tilt of the earth changes, shortening the actual elapsed time of the seven-year Tribulation period. This doesn’t really make any good sense either because the number of days would still be the same. In this discourse, “the elect” are commonly thought to be those who must flee Judea in order to save their lives. They are the house of David, sealed by the Lord for special service during those days of judgment, but even they must live out the experiences of the finite time period given in Daniel and Revelation. Could the intent here simply be a statement that the Tribulation will bring the ongoing process of human corruption to an end? That is, Jesus seems to be commenting upon the fact that the human genetic lineage will be infested by a degenerate outside influence. If that influence were allowed to run it’s course, all flesh would be corrupted. It is likely that Jesus is actually saying that the closing days of the Tribulation will come just in time to prevent this from happening. Before the clay can mix itself fully with the iron, the process will be arrested.
STUMBLING AND OFFENCE
Both Apostles Peter and Paul refer in their writings to a stone which causes stumbling and a rock which produces offence. Of course, they are referring to Jesus, the Stone of the Law and the Rock of Grace. The stone, symbolizing obedience, causes men to stumble. Only one man ever kept the law perfectly, and that was the Lord Jesus Christ. On the other hand, the rock stands in the wilderness of the world and offers humanity the water of life, which they may drink freely and receive the gift of eternal life. Many are offended by this simple, gracious offer, preferring instead to provide for themselves through their own self-perceived prowess. Under these conditions – wherein one refuses both grace and obedience to the law of faith in Christ – the threat of death becomes a living reality.
As the flesh is given over to other influences, it is placed in a perilous position, subject to the intrusion of dark powers and forces far beyond it’s understanding. Today, increasing numbers of men and women around the world are being exposed to open and blatant evil. Darkness is beginning to shroud and descend upon the planet. The words of the Apostle Peter, which appear at the beginning of this article, are beginning to resound with new meaning. It is most amazing that in the verses which follow his comment about stone and rock, this darkness is mentioned. Nor is it a threat. Instead, it is a promise to those who have accepted the water of life …
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:9-10).
In other words, we who were once genetically destined to death are now grafted into the family of God. This is the precise opposite of what will happen to those who fail to build their lives upon the foundation of the Rock.
THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN AND YOU
In order to accept the offer of God’s grace and his salvation, you must take the crucial three steps of …
1. Agreeing – A belief and agreeing with God in all that he says in his word, the Bible, about the fact that you are separated from God, as every man and woman on the face of the earth are before accepting his salvation. The Bible reveals that all are separated from him in a spiritual state of death, or in another way that the Bible puts it, in a state of sin, that will result in eternal damnation. Agreeing with God in your heart that you are in need of his salvation. The Bible reveals that God looks upon the heart of a man, and thus, responds accordingly to the man or woman who comes to him for salvation in recognition of his inability to save himself. The Bible makes these facts very clear – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The Bible describes these three kinds of death: physical death (the state experienced when life leaves our bodies); spiritual death (spiritual separation from God caused by our state of spiritual death, or state of sin that results in outward acts of sin on a daily basis as the Bible also puts it – the state of sin is received from the first man Adam); and finally eternal death (the fixed state entered into by the individual who dies physically while he or she is dead spiritually). It is eternal death, in particular, which is the horrible result of receiving the wages of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ frequently described such a death as being eternal (without end) in a destiny which he called Hell. He described Hell as a literal place of judgment (Matthew 13:42); a place of everlasting fire (Matthew 18:8); a place of torment (Luke 16:24,28); a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50); a place of remorse (Mark 9:44-48); of bitter memory (Luke 16:25), and a place originally prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). In fact, Jesus more often warned about Hell than he spoke about Heaven. It is not God’s will or desire that any person should be consigned to perish in Hell (2 Peter 3:9), but rather that all should come to repentance of unbelief toward him and believe on him for the salvation of the individual’s soul. But God’s justice requires that the “soul who sins” (remains in it’s state of death or state of sin) is the one who will die eternally (Ezekiel 18:4). So, agree with God, admitting that you are unable to save yourself and in a state of sin under God’s just condemnation for that sin and that you are in need of his salvation.
2. Believing – Then, believe that God does not want you to perish eternally in the torment of Hell because of your sin. Believe that God loves you so much that he provided a way whereby he could still be a just, holy and righteous God, and yet pardon you. Believe that God did not just overlook sin, but that he sent his only begotten son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to provide salvation by personally paying the penalty for sin. Believe that Jesus Christ, whose life, death, burial and resurrection is the best-attested fact of antiquity, did come to earth to live, die, rise again and ascend to Heaven in order to provide justification and salvation for all who trust him. Believe that he, and he alone, can save you because he has fully satisfied the just demands of God. Believe that you can’t become righteous in God’s sight by your own effort. Believe that he wants to save you and that he will save you. The Bible provides a solid basis for such belief …
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
“But God demonstrates his love toward us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
God presented him (Jesus Christ) as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies the man or woman who has faith in Jesus (Romans 3:25-26).
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures … ” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“Jesus answered, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out [drive away]” (John 6:37).
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
3. Calling – It is not enough to agree with God, admit your need, and believe that Christ can and will save you. You must act upon those facts. You must repent of the sin of your unbelief toward him and actively call upon him for the salvation of your soul based on the fact that you cannot save yourself because of your sins. You must be willing to completely turn from your own efforts to save yourself or from any other hope. You must come to Christ, calling upon him for salvation and counting on the fact that he will do what he has promised. This means simply taking the gift of pardon and eternal life which he offers. Merely believing about Jesus Christ without coming to him makes as much sense and is as effective as believing that a medication can successfully treat a fatal disease, but failing to take it. Yet again, the Bible emphatically and authoritatively provides the basis for such statements:
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).
The word translated “believe” here means to “rest one’s entire weight and trust on the object or person in which the belief is placed.” It requires action in keeping with the intellectual assent of that belief.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
” … but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
The logical question you may be asking at this point is: “how do I come to Christ and call upon him?” The answer is that “calling upon the Lord” is just another term for praying, or talking to God. To talk to God is not a complicated process, dependent upon some special rituals. God has invited people to approach him through his Son in simple, straightforward terms. In fact, Jesus approved of the dishonest, despised tax collector who simply prayed, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” While the exact words of your prayer to God are not of vital importance (since God sees and knows the attitude of your heart), the following is the kind of prayer that you could pray in calling upon God for salvation …
“Dear Lord Jesus: I realize that I need you. I admit that I have sinned and that I deserve your just, eternal punishment for that sin. But I am sorry for my sin and I am turning to you and asking for forgiveness. I believe that you died and rose again to pay sin’s penalty on my behalf. I come to you and open my heart to you. I ask you to come into my life, forgive me for all of my sin and make me your child. I invite you to take control of my life and to cause me to be the kind of person you would have me to be. I thank you for doing this because you have promised that whosoever calls upon you, as I am doing now, shall be saved. I pray this in the name of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, I urge you to sincerely and genuinely express it to God as your prayer. The Bible makes clear that when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in our heart, God forgives our sins and counts us righteous, and that when we openly confess with our mouth what we have done in our heart, God gives us assurance of that salvation (Romans 10:9-10).
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:3-7).
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