By Bisi Lawrence
“And whereas thou saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seeds of men; but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay….” Daniel 2:43
You know the story. The account is rendered in the Holy Bible of how Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon (605-562) had a dream, the details of which he could not readily recall. He was troubled. So he called for all his wise men and sorcerers and magicians, Chaldeans all who were reputed to tell the meanings of dreams, to give him the interpretation of the dream. It would have been a fairly routine matter, but for one snag: the king could not remember the dream. All the same, he demanded the meaning of, it to the consternation of his “technocrats” of the esoteric.
“There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter:” Nebuchadnezzar’s subjects pleaded. “ therefore there is no king, lord or ruler that asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean. And it is a rare thing that the king requireth…” But the king would have none of that. He therefore ordered by decree, that all his experts of the abstruse be executed with immediate effect.
However, among them was a young man named Daniel who had risen from the lowly position as a Jewish slave to a respectable citizen. When he heard what the King had in store for all the learned and wise ones, he rushed to the king and asked for a little time to solve the mystery. He then asked his fellow Jewish friends to join him in prayers to the Lord. He went into his room and called on the name of Jehovah who never lets down all those who call upon Him and put their trust in Him. And overnight, the Lord revealed all the details and the interpretation of the king’s dream to him. The king at once recalled the dream as Daniel unfolded it to him. Here is the dream as told in the Bible.
The king saw an awesome image whose head was of pure gold, its breast and arms were of silver, its belly of bronze, its thighs of brass, its legs of iron and its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. Then emerged a huge stone that was not made by the hands of man, and it broke the clay-and-iron feet to pieces; the rest of the body followed, smashed into pieces and reduced to sheer powder that was swept away by the wind. And then the stone that pulverised the image grew into a great mountain that filled the whole earth.
That was the dream and the interpretation was no less awesome. What is of note is that it refers to the unfolding of history over many centuries. It is a prediction, or prophecy, typical of the Bible down the ages. And just as typical is fact that it has always been faultless. Archaeologists and other scientists who set out to disprove such sayings have always wound up confirming them. Of course, it sometimes takes a while, especially when there arises no dispute, and the urgency to confirm them is absent. Then there are occasions when other interpretations are given to such events because an alignment with the Bible seems far-fetched and invite a certain amount of faith. But historical events are often involved, and the Bible is ever vindicated.
It is history that the kingdom of
Nebuchadnezzar, of Babylon, was succeeded by the kingdom of the Medes and Persians, represented by the image’s chest and arms of silver; after them came the thighs, the bronze age of the Greeks, typified by the mellow period of romance and philosophy, followed by the Roman iron era of force and might. At the base was the mixed item of clay and iron of the feet of the image, which was prophesied never to cleave together.
The remnant of the Roman Empire remains Europe. It remains little more than a geographical description to this day. When it was conquered in 46 it eventually broke into some ten states: into several states from which eventually emerged the Saxons, the Italians, the Portuguese, the French, the Swiss, the Spaniards, the Swiss, the Germans. What effort has not been exerted to make these several parts relate to one another?
Since the time of Charlemagne more than 21 centuries ago when diplomacy was couched only in the language of weaponry, to the time of the French glory days of Louis IV and then Napoleon who actually stated that his ambition was “an European system, European code of laws, European court of Appeals”, and even to the modern day of Adolph Hitler, it has not worked out. It may indeed rightly be said that only Britain had broken off from the artificial so-called “union “ today, but watch out for the “domino pattern” aftermath.
“They shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay”.
Well, that is the Bible story and I am sticking to it.