For centuries, the focus of the Church was and is to preach the message of salvation pointing the world toward Jesus the saviour of the world. And for the most part, the world rejects the message, Jesus is the only Savior of the world. They believe in what their parents taught them, what they were brought up to believe, and what the culture they lived in taught them.
This has been the state of the world for many generations, and the people to whom we bring the gospel are the children of those ancient bloodlines that came out of the empires that were defeated in the past. These are the peoples and nations that will make up the final opposing empire on earth before Christ crushes it, and in its place establish his empire over the nations on earth.
Daniel spoke of an image representing the empires of the earth that has brought forth a challenge to the kingdom of God, and sharing regarding the final empire; he said, it will be partly iron and partly clay. Daniel 2:32-33 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.
What we need to know is that this image is a timeline for each respective empire that will appear on earth, and so far, several of those empires have fallen and their people in-cooperated into the empire that came after. These conquered people are the people of those previously conquered empires bringing with them their cultures, religions, and all they knew and were accustomed.
It was and is widely known, the newly established empire over these people would often in cooperate the cultures, and religions of these newly conquered people into their newly established and expanding empire. We believe they do this as a political move to settle the people under their leadership, or as part of their way of life, because in many ways, they worshipped the same false idols by different names.
The Babylonians, the Romans, and the Persians, all did this along with the empires that were before them, therefore, it is easy to see and understand how these people will make up this final empire and why it will be partly strong and partly weak. It is made up of the strength of Babylon, Persia, Greek, and the Roman empire we called the empire of iron.
Daniel 2:32-33 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.
According to Daniel, four empires will come after his lifetime, and the final empire will be a weaker empire made up of the people of the empires before it. It is in the days of this final empire the God of heaven will establish his kingdom, and he shall rule over the people with a rod of iron.
Daniel said to the king on closing, Daniel 2:34-35 Thou saw until 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 threshing floors; 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.
The stone struck the image on its feet because it was the standing empire made up of the people of the empires before it. The empires before were already conquered and were no more a power in the earth, therefore, the stone did not strike those empires. For example, if Babylon was the empire in power on the day and return of Jesus Christ, the stone would have struck the head of Babylon the head of gold, but Babylon was conquered by the Persians. And if the Persian empire was the empire of the day when Christ returns, the stone would have struck the breast and the arms of the image, the empire of silver, but the Persian empire was conquered by the Greeks.
But because the empire that will be standing as a pillar holding up and supporting the people, culture, and religious order of the empires before it on the day and return of Jesus. The stone who is Christ that shall fill the whole earth will strike the image on its feet, so that it destroyed the people, culture, and religious system of all the empires that were before it.
Daniel 2:34-35 Thou saw till 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 threshing floors; 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.
The Call to Salvation and kingdom of Christ
According to Daniel, and after Babylon, three more empires were to come, and in the days of the forth empire after the days of Daniel, Christ will show his face again, and on that day he will take his place on the throne of the world establishing the kingdom of God on earth. And what we have is a timeline and season when Jesus will return, this is not a hidden message. But what does this has to do with the gospel and the need for repentance and the salvation of the people?
The gospel we preach in today’s world deals only with one aspect of the return of Jesus Christ. It focuses on the immediate and not the historical, and future to come. When we preach or teach about the future kingdom of Jesus Christ, we speak about a rapture of the Church that will leave the world behind to suffer the judgment of God while the Church is with Christ for a thousand years at a wedding feast.
However, when we look at the scripture according to all the prophets, what we do see is a war on the day of Christ’s return. From Ezekiel, to John, what we have as a prophecy is the day of the Lord and what that day will be like for the world upon his return. Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.
Ezekiel 38:1-4 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
Revelation 19:11-15 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
This is the picture of the future and final end of the empire to come, and why the scripture said to Joseph, Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Because the sin of the nations are their rebellion against God, their sins are their willingness to reject the kingship of Jesus and to setup up an opposing kingdom to the kingdom of Christ to come, and why we say the gospel is about a coming war. And that the salvation of the nations are both for the saving of their eternal souls and the man on the day of Christ’s return.
Matthew 26:29-32 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.