Daniel Chapter 2. The Feet of Iron and Clay.
Daniel saw a vision of a Gentile image representing four Gentile kingdoms. The feet represented 2000 years of church history in what is known as the seven church ages.
Daniel reveals a deep prophecy based on a Gentile image. Around 600 BC the brilliant Babylonian king and priesthood (the golden head of bright ideas) launched ideas like the zodiac of star-based fortune telling, the birthday of the sun god in midwinter, Ishtar eggs and Ishtar rabbits in spring, many gods, and the political king enforcing religious worship as he combined political, religious, and money power in one man. The Babylonian high priest was called Pontiff.
Somehow these ideas would finally spread to the west and dominate church thinking.
These ideas would also get a boost from Persian silvery skills of empire building and their tremendous organizational methods. Like the arms of the Gentile image, the Persians gathered the nations into the first world-wide empire. Then religious error benefited from the clever Greek philosophy that would eventually brazenly marry pagan ideas into the Christian faith.
The Babylonian mysteries would end up in pagan Rome as the famous Julius Caesar became both Pontiff and Roman dictator. The iron legs represented the crushing power of the Roman military legions. Eliminating any opposition was a good way to remain dictator for life. The pagan Roman emperors kept the title of Pontiff, High Priest of the Babylonian mysteries. These ideas would then later enter the Roman Catholic church causing her to become Mystery Babylon as Christianity and paganism intertwined.
Meanwhile, salvation was of the Jews and had nothing to do with the Gentile political kingdoms.
The first prophecy in Genesis mentions the heel of the woman’s Seed which is Jesus Christ. Born of a virgin with no human father. Jesus was the only Man born outside of sex.
GENESIS 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee (the serpent) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Remember, Eve was punished for being pregnant.
GENESIS 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children;
Jesus, the only Man born outside of sex was killed by the mob who were born from sex. Birth is painful and undignified. Sexual crimes and sins, as well as controversies, still dominate our headlines. There is something that the churches are missing when it comes to original sin. We say that a woman falls pregnant. Pregnancy was linked to the fall of Eve.
The great battle between Jesus and Satan happened at Calvary. The Jews crucified Jesus and salvation crossed-over to the Gentiles. (The word “cross” indicates this cross-over). The cross occurred at the heel of the Gentile image. That is where the scarlet cord of salvation entered the Gentile image.
Thus the feet of the Gentile image represent the 2000 years of church history which mainly involved Gentiles.
In 378 AD Theodosius became a Christian Roman emperor and rejected the title of Pontiff. The Roman empire began to crumble under the pressure of barbarian invaders and refugees. In this shambles, the Bishop of Rome took over the title of Pontiff, which he still keeps. As the Roman empire of solid iron collapsed, so the Roman Catholic Pope or Pontiff rose to power over the barbarians in Europe.
Pagan beliefs infiltrated the church to make the church more acceptable to the barbarian pagans.
Christmas. 25 December. Decorated Christmas tree. Easter eggs and Easter rabbits. Church steeples. Lent. etc
The church was getting used to believing ideas that are not written in the Bible.
But different people think up different ideas and then separate from each other.
Introducing unscriptural ideas seemed a good technique to encourage the pagans to enter the church but as these unscriptural ideas multiplied, people began to split up into different groups called denominations. Each group claimed that they were right. Each group ended up under a one-man leader as that is an efficient way to ensure the growth of the church group. The iron of Rome causes a religious man, just like Caesar did, to demand to be head of the church. The ambitious head of a church soon becomes a dictator. The Pope of Rome ended up as head of the official church. Today the Pope is the only dictator in Europe.
The fourth kingdom, the legs of iron, was the pagan Roman empire that grew by breaking the surrounding nations to pieces. But finally, the barbarians destroyed the Roman empire. But then Rome revived her political power over Europe by rising up as the Roman Catholic church and as a denominational money power.
What pagan Rome achieved as a natural empire was duplicated by the Roman Catholic church as a spiritual empire.
DANIEL 2:40 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.
So Satan undermined the church. The spirit of denomination is so strong that different opinions can easily break the church in pieces. Then different groups attacked and bruised each other. Controversies over the unscriptural Trinity doctrine led people to kill each other. The lust for church power in the Dark Ages led to countless good people being killed and tortured because they wanted no part of the official church organization.
The Roman Catholic church arose as a political power and a money power which is represented by the little bits of iron in the feet. Iron is strong. The Roman Catholic church has the longest line of rulers, the Popes, in the western world. Thus they are strong survivors.
A one-person head of the church became an efficient way to survive, especially when they taught the three-Person Trinity Godhead. So much so that Protestants broke away but retained key Catholic ideas so that the Protestant churches could also survive on the big world stage. “Pastor” is mentioned once in the New Testament and condemned six times in Jeremiah’s prophecies. Somehow this ministry became the head of the church and the collector of the tithes money. (Did somebody mention Judas?) Fuelled by ambition and the love of money the church world has broken up under its pastors into about 45000 different kinds of denominational and non-denominational churches. Each one claims to be right. The Gentile image kept splitting into two legs then ten toes. Splitting up or division is the nature of Gentile churches.
The love of money and the love of power over people is the strong iron of the denominational system that has people claiming to be “pastor” or bishop or cardinal or Pope. Just as long as they are the head of that church.
Money and power produce human domination. This is the iron that has made denominational organizations so strong and effective as each leader builds an empire for himself or herself.
DANIEL 2:41 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.
But division occurs due to the fact that some individuals follow Jesus and the Bible rather than the pastor.
But Christ should be the Head of the church.
EPHESIANS 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:
So there is another element at work during the church ages. Clay.
Clay is the only substance in the metals of the Gentile image that can bring forth life. So there will always be Christians who put the Bible and Jesus ahead of any organized church system. They just believe what the Bible says and are unimpressed with money, fame, and power. Their only desire is to be Scriptural.
For clay to bring forth life, it must be wet clay.
The Bible says “miry clay”. That is wet clay that has been washed in water and can be moulded by the great Potter.
EPHESIANS 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
These Christians are the Bride or true church as they just quote what the Bible says. Because they believe what the Bible says rather than unscriptural ideas like Christmas, church membership, denomination etc. They can only be washed clean by the Scriptures.
After the last supper, a strange thing happened.
Jesus puts an unusual emphasis on the feet when He washed the disciples’ feet.
Peter tried to object but Jesus warned him to have his feet washed. Then Peter wanted Jesus to wash his head, hands, and feet. Jesus said no. Only his feet must be washed.
Jesus was trying to teach them something that they did not understand.
JOHN 13:8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
:9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
:10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
Jesus was referring to Judas and the washing away of sin.
This had nothing to do with washing dust off his feet as that was done when they entered the house. At this stage they had already eaten supper. Their feet had already been washed clean from dust at the door.
It had nothing to do with humility as Jesus said that Peter could not understand then. He would only understand later.
JOHN 13:5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
:6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
:7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
What was the big lesson that Peter had to learn later?
God showed him a vision of eating unclean animals three times. Slowly Peter realized that this meant that the unclean Gentiles that the Jews avoided were to be saved by the Gospel as well.
ACTS 10:10 And he (Peter) became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
:11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
:12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
:14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
:16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
Peter’s big lesson.
The Gospel must also go to the Gentiles.
The saved and Spirit filled Gentiles are the wet or miry clay in the feet of the Gentile image. They are wet clay because they have been washed in the water of the Word. The apostles must take the Word of God, the Gospel of salvation, to the Gentile nations.
Only the feet of the Gentile image, representing the church ages, can be washed.
The head representing the Babylon kingdom was long dead in history. Babylon was conquered in 539 BC.
The hands representing the Medes and Persians’ world empire was long gone, having been conquered by Alexander the Great in 331 BC.
In 1960 Khruschev, the head of Russia, lost his temper in the United Nations and for the first and only time in modern history, took off his shoe and slammed it up and down on the podium where he was speaking.
This dramatically brought the idea of the foot to the attention of the world.
Taking off the shoe reveals the foot.
At the end time we need a revelation of the seven church ages that form the feet of the Gentile image.
Brother Branham revealed the mystery of seven church ages in 1960.
REVELATION 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
Angels are messengers. Each candle represented a church age.
Each church age had an anointed messenger to get them on track.
Paul, Ireneus, Martin, Columba, Martin Luther, John Wesley, William Branham.
These were the champions of the faith that God used to help the people find the truth in each age.
At Belshazzar's feast the first Gentile Babylonian empire ended.
DANIEL 5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
The Hand wrote on the wall next to the candlestick that the first Gentile kingdom of the Babylonian mysteries was doomed.
The candlestick represented the seven church ages.
Next to the candlestick means it was outside the candlestick.
In other words, when the church ages are over then the handwriting is on the wall of time.
Mystery Babylon, the Roman denominational church and her Protestant daughters are doomed in the Tribulation that ends our final Gentile kingdom.
The prophet Daniel, during the first Gentile kingdom of Babylon, revealed the history of the Gentiles in symbolic form. Much truth was sealed from our eyes by our ignorance of the full meaning of these symbols.
DANIEL 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
At the end-time of the last Gentile kingdoms when knowledge increases dramatically, God would use a prophet, William Branham, to reveal the secret of the seven Seals in 1963. These mysteries would enable us to unseal Daniel’s prophecies as well as the other mysteries in the Bible.
Khruschev’s shoe in 1960 was a “sign of the times” to warn us that the 2000 years of the church ages, represented by the feet of the Gentile image, is drawing to a close.
The revelation of the mysteries of the Word shows that we are at the end. We are in the seventh or last church age.
God is interested in the clay in the feet. The clay represents the Christians who are not impressed with the man-made traditions and commandments of the denominational organizations.
The early churches were each run by elders, not by one man.
They only believed what was written in the Bible.
DANIEL 2:42 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.
The iron of denominational churches is strong and flourishes. The soft clay of individuals who try to be Scriptural is not a good method for building up a big church. They will be small and scattered and unnoticed. The early church often met in houses.
Pushed out of the mainstream churches for asking too many Bible questions, the clay-Christians have little option but to break away from the unscriptural but popular church doctrines. The true church of Bible believers will be very weak in comparison to the mainstream churches.
This compares with a beast or power that John saw that had seven heads and ten horns.
John only began to see when he was in the wilderness which is a lonely place for those who are not wanted in the main church groups.
REVELATION 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
These ten horns have power as kings. They are not crowned but have a king’s power. They are dictators.
Ten powerful dictators will rise up at the end time. Their countries did not exist in John’s day.
REVELATION 17:12 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.
But these ten dictators will briefly unite to rule during the Tribulation. The beast or power that Satan has his eyes on is the position of the Pope. Daniel prophesied of a little horn or little power.
DANIEL 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great,
The Vatican City, inside the city of Rome, where the Pope lives is the smallest independent state on earth. The Vatican city is tiny and is near the original seven hills that Rome was built on, as shown on this map.
Vatican City has less than 800 citizens and occupies about one square kilometer.
Yet the Roman Catholic church is the richest organization on earth.
That is the power centre that Satan will usurp in the end as it will give him incredible political, religious, and money power and influence.
The Devil has access to heaven to accuse us.
Once the Bride Christians are changed into new immortal bodies then they cannot sin and Satan can no longer accuse them. Then Christ, as the Archangel Michael, kicks Satan out of Heaven.
REVELATION 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The Bride goes to the Wedding Feast to eat. The foolish virgins and the rest of the world go to the Beast where they will be eaten.
So when the Bride is caught up to heaven then Satan is cast down and looks for a place on earth.
That is when the Roman Catholic church will pay for being the world’s richest church because they will be Satan’s target.
REVELATION 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
The Devil only has three and a half years of Tribulation to take over and rule the world. The world is in for an awful time.
Satan will enter some man and somehow take over as Pope. Probably calling himself Pope Peter the Second.
That is the price that the Catholic church will have to pay for building up the most powerful religious organization on earth. It makes them an obvious target for the Devil when he needs a new home.
Rome’s founder was Romulus. Rome’s first emperor was Augustus. Rome’s last emperor was Romulus Augustulus. So the last ruler had the same names as the first rulers. The Catholic church claims that Peter was the first Pope. So watch out for Pope Peter the Second. If you see him, that will most probably mean that you are in the Tribulation or that the Tribulation is about to start.
DANIEL 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
The final Pope will not be elected in the usual manner by the Council of Cardinals.
He will usurp the position in some cunning manner.
Concerning the ten toes of the Gentile image in Daniel. These are the 10 horns of the beast in Revelation 17.
REVELATION 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
These ten dictators in different parts of the world will give the final Pope their military power.
Somehow this religious-political superman will dominate these ten dictators until they all share his vision of one world government and thus they unite together as a world-dominating military super force.
It takes months for America to move an army to a trouble spot in a far-away country. It is far more effective if there are ten dictators in different parts of the world. Then wherever trouble breaks out there will always be a strong military force that is nearby which can be used to speedily suppress the trouble.
DANIEL 2:43 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.
The mainstream church organizations with their mixture of Scriptural and unscriptural beliefs will dominate the church world. Iron is strong and dominates. But there will always be individuals who insist on being Scriptural (being clay) and they will never fit into the denominational organizations. Nor will they really be wanted by the big church organizations. The clay and iron will never really mix well.
Christians who want to be Scriptural just cannot be impressed with church traditions and opinions.
1961-0806 THE SEVENTIETH WEEK OF DANIEL
And notice the overspreading of abomination to make desolation, the overspreading of abomination... What is abominations? "Filthiness." See? To make desolate, what is that? "To do away with." The overspreading of this to do away with that. See? The overspreading of that Roman power to conquer all the sleeping virgins, Jews and all... We'll all be Roman or we won't be nothing. He'll break his covenant in the middle of the week.
Overspreading of the abomination... If it was the abomination in Jesus' time when the Rome come over there with their propaganda, it'll be Rome again--it'll be abomination again to the church... To make desolate, and shall continue unto the consummation... What will he do? He'll continue it on unto the consummation. That's the end.
DANIEL 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom,
The rise of the ten dictators will be one of the last signs we see before the coming of the Lord.
It is interesting that countries like Russia, Turkey, and Iran seem to have democratic elections but yet in reality they end up ruled by a one-man dictator. Iran is ruled by the top Muslim cleric rather than the elected president. The Pope is the only official dictator in Europe.
The rise of dictators and elected leaders who rule like dictators is a sign of the times.
Meanwhile the church world is in trouble.
A virgin is a clean woman, symbolizing saved Christians.
MATTHEW 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
The wise and the foolish Christians are all fast asleep at the end.
Who keeps them asleep? The preachers that they listen to.
1963-0320 THE THIRD SEAL
Now, that's what's the reason today that the revivals that we're supposed to have... We have denominational revivals; we haven't had a real stirring. No, no, no, no. No, sir. Don't think we got revivals. We haven't. Oh, they've got millions and millions and millions of church members, but not a revival nowhere. No, no.
The Bride hasn't had a revival yet. See? There's been no revival there, no manifestation of God to stir the Bride yet. See? We're looking for it. It will take those seven unknown thunders back there to wake her up again. He will send it. He promised it. Now, now, watch. Now, she was dead.
The unknown seven Thunders back there in Revelation Chapter 10 that utter just after the resurrection that the mighty Angel performs.
But, remember, if it goes plumb into the shadows of death, "I am the resurrection and Life; I'll raise him up again." And when the great Director comes down and bears that stick down, then, "time shall be no more." When that Angel, of Revelation the 10th chapter, puts one foot on land and one on the sea, and a rainbow over His head, He swore, "time shall be no more." When that time comes, you'll rise up from among the dead. While the rest of them lay there, you'll go in.
The seven Thunders can only give rapturing faith to the Bride after the resurrection has happened. The dead saints from the seven church ages can only be taken up to Heaven after they have been resurrected.
I THESSALONIANS 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
The living and the dead are caught up together. The catching up is the manifestation of rapturing faith. Claiming to have rapturing faith while you are still in this mortal body is fake news.
I CORINTHIANS 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I THESSALONIANS 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
In the last month of his life brother Branham was still looking for the single Thunder of Revelation 6:1 and the shout (the Message) and the Voice (of the Archangel for the resurrection) and the Trump (the catching up).
1965-1127E I HAVE HEARD BUT NOW I SEE
Dear God, in this solemn moment, it's going to be a time like this when there really will be a clap of thunder someday, and the Son of God shall descend from the heavens with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trump of God, the dead in Christ shall rise.
The shout was not referring to the days from 1947 - 1965 when brother Branham preached the Message. He knew what he was talking about but we did not. Most of us were not even born or saved then.
The shout only happens when the Bride takes the quotes back to Scripture and proves the Message by linking up the Bible verses. When we can prove the Message doctrines by preaching them from the Bible, then that will be the shout. Because the Bible is God's Word not our Word.
1965-0429 THE CHOOSING OF A BRIDE
While, the true Bride attracts the attention of God, by keeping His Word.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
The final church age is partly Scriptural (hot) and partly unscriptural (cold). This makes us lukewarm and thus we make God sick.
:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
God vomits the last church out of His mouth where His Word is.
Church-goers claim that the Bible has faults and contradictions and is wrongly translated in parts. They say that the difficult verses that they cannot understand are merely irrelevant details. This is the strong binding force of churchianity.
Scientists have discovered that iron has the strongest binding forces of all the atoms.
Jesus is the Word. So whatever they say about the Bible they are making the same criticisms about Jesus.
When the churches reject parts of the Bible, they are actually rejecting Jesus.
As the churches reject parts of the Bible, so God rejects the churches.
The only hope today is for individuals.
Jesus stands rejected outside every church door but He appeals to individuals inside the church.
REVELATION 3:20 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.
Today, the clay in the feet of the Gentile image are the individuals who still have a desire to prove what they believe from Scripture. Those who want to believe what the early church believed. This is true Christianity.