Daniel's Gentile Image maps our Past and our Future
Daniel’s Prophecies set the pattern or mould that Gentile History has to follow.
Whatever great Gentile leaders achieve, they will never go outside the limits that the prophet Daniel set for them. The history of world events has to flow down the channel or path that he set until human history ends at Armageddon. Beneath the clatter and jangle of seemingly unrelated events in our crisis-filled world, behind the complexity of intertwined and erratic economic happenings and hardships, despite the bewilderingly violent cross-currents of disaster and toxic religious and political hatreds as well as racial and regional fanaticism, there surges an irresistible and unseen spiritual tidal wave that sweeps human history, including all of us today, along to the end that Daniel predicted.
Humans have a certain free-will in making personal decisions but as these are usually based on personal ambition, greed and selfishness, they are often aimless or self-cancelling. We easily drown in an overload of fragmented data that we cannot make much sense of, leaving ourselves to self-indulge in the corrosive mix of despair and cynicism. Later in life we wish that we had done things differently. Dominated by the human desire for money, fame and sex we easily lose the big picture of God’s plan for our lives in our anxious attempts for self-survival, pleasure and financial security. We also lose the big picture that God has in mind for planet Earth. We are like people swimming in a powerful river current. We can thrash around locally in any direction we choose, but ultimately Daniel’s prophetic current is sweeping us, even if we are kicking and screaming, down the river of time to God’s appointed date with human destiny.
So let us follow Daniel for a while and try to get a revelation of God’s big picture.
His will, not our will, will be done.
Our prayers will not be answered when our will cuts across God’s will.
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
34 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.
35 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.
36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
44 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.
45 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 saw a great image of a Gentile man. The head was gold. Arms and chest of silver. Belly and thighs were brass. Legs of iron and feet were a mixture of clay and iron. Then a Stone hit the feet and the image was crushed to smithereens. Wind blew the debris away and the Stone became a Mountain.
The four metals represented four great Gentile kingdoms that would rise up as world powers to rule Europe and the middle East and across to India. These kingdoms were inspired by the Devil. But the Devil also had to learn how to spread his lies and deception on a world –wide scale. That was not an easy task.
Satan wants to rule the world and be worshipped as a Dictator. So these four kingdom’s represent Satan’s Old Testament learning curve as he set out to achieve his aim.
What does his system of deception need in order to survive and dominate the world?
Survival is the difficult part. Many empires have risen up, only to crash down later. Hitler came to power in 1933 and wanted his third Reich ( kingdom ) to last 1 000 years. He only managed to last for 12 years. To dominate for a long time, that was Satan's goal.
The Devil’s first lesson was to try to dominate Europe and the Middle East.
The time setting was approximately 600 BC when Babylon, under king Nebuchadnezzar, conquered and controlled the surrounding areas.
( At University this first lesson would be called Deception 101 ).
Daniel saw the four Gentile kingdoms as an image of a man.
The first three kingdoms focus on money, fame and sex. The fourth kingdom was the iron of brute force.
The map shows the Babylonian empire between two red lines. The kingdom was mainly between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. It included Palestine. Babylon had conquered and taken over Assyria. The Medes and the Persians were sort of neighbours to Babylon. The first kingdom Satan used was Babylon, symbolised as a head of gold ( putting the emphasis on money ). Although Babylon did not cover a huge territory, she was stupendously rich and full of gold. Wealth and money are essential for the spreading of error, but they are not enough on their own. The head of gold implies something to say. Special information to pass on that people will believe. These were the Mysteries of Babylon. They have a special captivating hold on the imaginations of people. They are brilliant even though they are not the Truth. They believed that their God was a Trinity. This belief still continues to dominate religious Christians today. They invented the horoscope for fortune telling. Horoscopes are still the most widely spread form of literature today, found in most magazines and newspapers claiming that “your stars foretell”. Babylonians worshipped the goddess Ishtar with Ishtar eggs and Ishtar rabbits. Today it is Easter eggs and Easter bunnies. Christmas is described as Yule-tide. “Yule” is the Chaldee or Babylonian word for “little child”. A gold and silver decorated tree in mid-winter ( December ) represented Nimrod, their slain god, rising from the dead. Rome copied this and used a fir tree cut out of the forest, symbolising Nimrod’s death. On 25 December Romans decorated this fir tree as a symbol of Nimrod’s resurrection. Our christmas tree started way back in the pagan past. 25 December was chosen by the sun worshipping Roman emperor Aurelian in 274 AD as the birthday of the sun god. It was an instant hit. Eat, drink and be merry. Presents were given to each other. Around 350 AD the Bishop of Rome set up a rival celebration for the birthday of the Son of God on 25 December. Catholic ceremonies are called a mass. This "birthday" was called Christ’s mass, now known as Christmas. Worship of Mother and Child was a Babylonian belief. This carries on today as worship of Mary and Jesus.
So the Babylonian head of gold had a mouth that brought forth captivating doctrines. People are still captive to these ideas today.
These are just some of the mysteries of Babylon that would always be the ancient enemy of Truth, so that is why Daniel started here with this kingdom . This collection of error, plus many other pagan ideas, would run through Persia, Greece and Rome and then inspire the unscriptural beliefs of the Roman Catholic church. Nebuchadnezzar the king was a superstar. He was the head of the image. Satan realised that a successful system must have a man as its head in order to control everyone. Religious dictatorship is efficient. People love being dominated by a human leader who does the thinking for them. The Catholic church today has a dominant leader, the Pope, who rules in a dictatorial manner. So a dominant leader is necessary for the spread of error, but this was also not enough because Babylon didn’t last much longer than 70 years. She ended in a drunken and immoral orgy, the blasphemous banquet of Belshazzar. Can you see where humans sink down to when they have a lot of money? The Devil sadly realised that a super star leader and a lot of money were not going to fool the world with these very clever mysteries for long. Especially if the grandson of the super star was a dismal, drunken flop. The Devil realised that something was missing. Maybe bigger was better if stability in a kingdom was to last.
But Babylon’s sudden fall did not mean the end of her religion.
Then the kingdom of the Medes and the Persians rose up. A huge territory shown in the red outline.
If a small empire had not survived, maybe the recipe for success would be a large world empire? For error to survive we need wealth and a dominating human leader but we also need a well-oiled organization run by an efficient hierarchy of graded officials that act as managers, a specialized bureaucracy to enforce the leader’s ideas. So the empire of the Medes and the Persians arose as the first large world empire and developed a very slick and very huge organization that ran 127 provinces in an impressive manner.
Today the Pope is the boss and there is a whole hierarchy of archbishops, metropolitans, cardinals etc. that run the church. All of these titles and positions are unscriptural. But cardinal is a title that was used by the Babylonian priesthood. The top Babylonian priest was the supreme Pontiff. Today the Pope is still called Pontiff.
The arms of Daniel’s image represent the ability to spread out and embrace a huge chunk of territory, a large empire. The Persians also introduced the idea of worshipping their ruler, the Persian king, as god because he was god’s representative on earth. Worshipping a man at the head of the system was an effective glue to hold different kinds of people together as one nation.
This was tremendous fame for one man. To be worshipped as god by a huge world wide empire.
But the Persian kings became morally insignificant because they insisted on living in a huge harem, and thereby they lost sight of reality and their empire collapsed after about 200 years. The Devil scratched his head.
Maybe the empire was still too small, maybe they just were not clever enough. Perhaps their military skills were just not up to scratch.
The Greek empire.
Then came the Greeks led by a military genius Alexander the Great. They conquered Persia and extended that empire. They also added education to the system with their focus on science and philosophy. Their mathematics was exceptional. They could argue logically even if their ideas were not necessarily correct. A superbly educated system with wise rulers would surely survive. Brilliant literature was their speciality.
This influence goes on today in Monastries and theological colleges where Roman priests are highly trained and educated.
Bible schools are where Protestants educate their ministers.
This becomes a necessary training ground to propagate their ideas.
The Greeks stressed nudity and sexual permissiveness. The Greeks represented the loins of the image. Having no rules for moral behaviour they were very popular. Philosophically they were able to put together impressive arguments to justify any immoral behaviour and preached a “do your own thing” philosophy of sexuality without any rules. Homosexuality was rampant. But they also fell as an empire, not even making 200 years.
Then Rome rose to power as the Roman empire.
The fourth kingdom or empire was Rome. This was a uniting time. The errors of the previous three kingdoms were united into one system. Now the Devil tried to impose these laws and ideas onto the conquered people.
Roman laws were excellent and they had the military muscle to enforce them.
They built a magnificent network of roads to hold their empire together. Rome represents the legs of Daniel’s image as they walked along these roads to all portions of their empire. Their empire swelled until it was twice the size of Alexander’s. The Devil was happy as he thought that finally he had solved the problem of a long-lasting system of evil and error.
But the Jesus was born and everything was going to change in a way that the Devil had never anticipated. Satan is clever but now there was One who was far cleverer than him.
Satan discovered that the Roman efforts based on trying to govern conquered territory had its limitations.
Because Rome’s empire was twice as big as Alexander’s Greek empire, the huge financial burden of defending their colossal borders eventually drained their money and their man power. Western Rome collapsed. The Devil learned a hard lesson, that trying to rule a big conquered kingdom of diverse people was just too cumbersome and could not last. None-the-less the Roman empire lasted 500 years. That was not a bad effort, so the Devil’s ability was improving but he still had a long way to go. Satan had more lessons to learn.
But time had moved on into the New Testament era and the situation had changed. Daniel had said there would only be four world empires. However he tried, Satan could not get a fifth world empire going. Charlemagne, Napoleon and Hitler all tried hard in their day but all bowed in defeat. Daniel has prophesied and it was pointless of them to try to disprove him.
( A University would call the Devil’s New Testament learning curve, Deception 102 ).
In 395 AD the emperor Theodosius died and split his kingdom into an Eastern and a Western empire. This split into two empires is represented by the two legs of the Gentile image.
The western empire collapsed to the barbarians in 476 AD. The eastern empire survived until 1453 AD.
Then out of the ruins of the crumbled western Roman empire arose the Roman Catholic church. The Popes gained power and prestige by crowning the kings of the strongest barbarian tribe, the Franks. By 1200 AD Pope Innocent III was a dominating force in Europe. But once again the cost of maintaining an army to defend the territory of the Pope and trying to extend it by conquering the nearby regions was excessive. Then strong Popes were often followed by ineffective and weak Popes.
A Christian Pope is required to love his neighbour. But the Pope also wanted to conquer his neighbour and take over his territory. This was a difficult juggling act for the Pope to get right.
A strong king like Philip the Fair in France put a brake on papal territorial ambitions as well as cutting off the tax money that the Pope claimed from the French churches. The military genius of Napoleon was also something that the Popes could not withstand as Napoleon confiscated the wealth of the Catholic monastries.
So the Devil still had not learned his lesson. Conquering territory in Europe was not the key to the world domination that he was planning for his future antichrist Pope, during the great Tribulation, at the end of human history.
The Devil then had to learn a lesson from the far East when, around 1200 AD, Genghis Khan the Mongol ruler in Mongolia, conquered part of China, part of the Muslim empire and part of Russia. He thus carved out a bigger kingdom than the old Roman empire. His grandsons ruled an area twice as big as the Roman empire.
The most famous grandson was Kubilai Khan who conquered China but then became Chinese. After about 300 years, Mongol influence had disappeared as the Mongols became absorbed into the local cultures of the territories that they had conquered. So the Devil learned that if a kingdom as huge as the colossal Mongol empire could not last for too long, then trying to take over the world by force was never going to work. The uncertain paths of force create limitations and unforseen reactions.
So why did Daniel not refer to this spectacularly large Mongol kingdom whose founder, Genghis Khan, was a military genius who could compare favourably with Alexander the Great? There are those who think that Genghis outshone Alexander.
So why did Daniel focus so much on Alexander and ignore the Mongols? Because Daniel was tracking down the four empires that were laying a four-square foundation for the false doctrines of the pagans that would pervert Christianity. All these doctrines needed was a powerful sponsor to elevate the Mysteries of Babylon in a strong enough world-wide kingdom. Then the Mysteries of Babylon could enter the Christian church and change the church into Mystery Babylon. Upon the foundation of the strong points of these four kingdoms, the Devil could carve out a masterpiece of error and deception, which is known as the rise of the Roman Catholic church and its denominational spirit that would be imitated by the Protestants as they built up a religious image of churchianity based on the Catholic model.
The Mongols played no direct role in the way that the Catholic church rose to power by absorbing the pagan beliefs and mysteries that started in Babylon and then moved into Rome and then into the Roman Catholic church. The head of the Babylonian mysteries was called the Pontiff. That same title describes the Pope as head of the Roman Catholic church. Thus Daniel ignored the Mongols. Daniel was not impressed with empire builders as he knew empires rise and then fall and fade away. So why waste time and energy recording their brief moment on the world stage. Daniel was tracking down something that would last as he followed the slimy trail of the Serpent as its frightening coils of error slithered subtly from Babylon to Rome via Persia and Greece and then finally on to the Papacy.
The Mongols helped the Catholic church indirectly by attacking and defeating Moslem kingdoms that were getting too strong and as such were on the verge of possibly defeating certain countries in Europe. The kept the Europeans free from the Moslem forces that threatened them from the East.
This next lesson for the Devil was that the Pope was to quit trying to conquer and rule territory by force. This was rubbed in when Italy was unified, by Garibaldi and others, after a long fight, in 1870. The Pope was confined to the small Vatican city which has an area of about one square kilometre and a population of less than 1000 people.
But this was all part of God’s plan as Daniel had prophesied of a “little horn”.
If a horn represents a kingdom or state, then the Vatican is the world’s smallest state.
Just as Daniel described it, a little horn.
But as such it is at its most dangerous because this forced the Devil to re-think his strategy. Daniel saw the fourth Roman beast as being very different to the other three kingdoms. So with the Pope locked up in the Vatican the Devil changed tactics. Like a snake shedding its skin, the Pope gave up the idea of the Roman Catholic church ruling a big territory like other kingdoms or states.
The Roman Catholic church emerged in 1929 as an independent church, a spiritual power and a financial power. The military and territorial option had been abandoned.
Since then, no longer geographically bound to Europe, Catholicism has swept the world and keeps gaining in prestige with about one sixth of the world’s population numbered amongst its followers. Catholicism is now conquering the souls of people with her hybrid of politics, religion and pagan traditions. In the process she also collects their money and brings them into subjection to a human leader, the Pope.
This church is the mysterious power that rose from the ruins of the Roman empire.
Not a territorial empire any more but a church and a financial power.
Very different to the Babylonians, Persians and Greeks. Those three focussed on being territorial powers so when they were conquered, that was the end of them.
As a territorial empire, the Roman empire has also gone but the Roman spirit re-invented itself as a spiritual power, a very rich church, and as such it rose from the death blow that the Barbarians gave to the seat of Roman power, which was the Capitol building on the Capitoline hill, when they conquered Rome and deposed the last emperor Romulus Augustulus in 476 AD. Today the Roman church has very little territory in Rome but its influence of being ruled by a human leader as the head of the church, now spreads world wide. So much so that Protestant churches are also scrambling to build up world wide denominational churches that are also ruled by their respective human leaders. The Protestants are uniting to produce an image of the Catholic denominational system. Christians believe that the church must have a human head. The World Council of churches will eventually get its human head, the final antichrist Pope.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, not some man.
What about the feet of the image, partly iron (strong) and partly clay ( broken)?
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.
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.
These feet represent the 2 000 years of the seven church ages. The iron represents the Roman empire’s strong and brutal spirit that started to persecute Christians in AD 64 under the emperor Nero. By 312 AD when Constantine allowed freedom of worship, the Roman emperors had murdered 3 million Christians. Then around 400 AD Augustine the Catholic bishop of Hippo, a city in North Africa, wrote that it was permissible to persecute heretics who disagreed with the Roman Catholic church. During the Dark Ages and during the counter Reformation which opposed Luther’s teachings, the Roman Catholic church was responsible for killing about 68 million Christians who disagreed with the Popes. The clay, the true Bride of Christ was endlessly broken. Just like the unleavened bread in the first communion service was broken that night before the crucifixion ( called the Lord’s supper or the last supper, not the last breakfast ). The broken bread represents Christ’s body, His true church.
So true Christians have been thumped down through the ages in order to break our reliance on self. We cannot serve God unless self is destroyed. Self-centred, self-indulgent and self-satisfied Christians are not part of Christ’s Bride or true church. A woman takes on the name of her husband. The only way we can take on our Husband’s Name is during water baptism. Baptised in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not baptised in the Titles of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Those are not names. Pharaoh was a title and Moses was a name. The Jews followed Moses ( a name ) when they were baptised in the Red Sea as they walked through its waters and they lived. The Egyptians followed them though the waters of baptism in a title
( Pharaoh ) and they all died.
Broken Christians serve God best. They are free from churchianity. They just believe the Bible. They do not follow a man, a human leader.
An interesting analogy : Russia and America met in 1960 at the United Nations. Russia and America were the two super powers. Khruschev was head of Russia.
Khruschev lost his temper and took off his shoe and banged the podium with it. There was no agreement.
Notice the emphasis : taking off his shoe put the focus on his foot.
This can be seen as a warning from God. Time for the Stone to smite the image in the feet and destroy it. Time for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Only the broken clay will be taken up with Him to the wedding Supper of the Lamb. The rest of the people will go into the Tribulation and be badly smashed up, but in that process the majority of today’s Christians will have all their Babylonian beliefs and traditions knocked out of them. Having followed their leaders and fallen into the great Tribulation, they will obviously lose confidence in their leaders. Then they will start to believe the Bible and realise that Jesus Christ, not some great man, is the Head of the church. It will be a very tough learning curve for the sleeping virgins, the saved denominational Christians. Then they will be killed by the Roman beast and its American image of united Protestant churches. They re-appear 1 000 years later on Judgement day but are spared. But then they are “second class” citizens in Heaven for the rest of eternity because the true Bible believers, the Bride, will always be closer to Jesus than what they are. A wife is closer to her husband than any other person.
So choose : Denominational traditions that produce churchianity or believing the Bible.
The Wedding Feast or the Beast.
Eat or Be eaten ( by the vultures at Armageddon ).
Another end time warning came in 1948 when Israel was declared to be a nation again. This is a sign that God is turning back to the Jews. In 1967 they won a war in 6 days. This is symbolic of Genesis where the 7th day is the day of rest. The Jews are starting to get back to their Scriptural place. That means the time for the Gentiles is almost over. Only when God is finished with the Gentiles will He turn back to the Jews.
Daniel’s image has another deeper meaning. It is a metal man and as such has no life.
Salvation belonged to the Jews in the Old Testament and the scarlet cord of salvation ran outside the Gentile image. The bloodline that would culminate in Messiah ran through Abraham's descendents. This is represented by the green vertical line. The head of the image is around 600 BC. The heel of the image is 33 AD when Christ died at Calvary.
At the cross, salvation crossed over and entered the Gentile image at the heel of the foot.
Only the clay could respond to this Life. Seeds can grow in clay, they cannot grow in metal. Thus Eternal Life entered the image at the feet ( humility ) not the head ( pride and arrogance ) and Eternal Life travelled through the true church ( the bits of clay in the feet ) as it was opposed and persecuted by the false church ( the bits of iron in the feet ).
The spirit of the pagan Roman empire was symbolised by the solid iron legs. This solid iron became little pieces of iron in the feet. It was the same iron, the same persecuting nature of pagan Rome with her Babylonian beliefs. But it changed its form from solid iron to bits of iron. So the Pagan Roman empire changed to become the papal Roman catholic church. Caesar, the Roman emperor, finally changed to became the Pope. The same spirit of pagan Rome, no longer an empire ruled by force but that spirit is now wrapped up in the world's biggest church as it rules by deception.
At Calvary, Salvation CROSSed over from the Jews to the Gentiles and entered the Gentile image at the heel. Satan is a Serpent which today is a snake. Jesus said to Peter “Get thee behind me, Satan” . So that is the Devil’s position, behind Jesus. A snake coming up from behind and crawling on its belly will bite the heel of a person. The first prophecy in Scripture : serpent’s seed will bruise the woman’s Seed in the heel but the serpent’s head will be bruised. This describes the titanic clash between Christ and Satan at Calvary. A bruised heel stops a person walking for a while but he soon recovers and on the third day Jesus arose and walked around again. A bruised head is more dangerous as a blood vessel inside the skull breaks and blood forms a pool that grows. So the person seems to be fine at first but when this blood pushes against the brain, the person dies. So Satan got his death sentence at Calvary. He seems fine but the Blood of Jesus is growing as salvation spreads around the world and at the right time, the Blood of Jesus will push against Satan’s brain ( his cleverness ) and that will be the end of him.
Another interesting thought arises from this image.
Apart from not baptising in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ as was done in the Book of Acts by the Apostles, the churches mainly neglect to do foot washing.
They think it is a demonstration of humility or the need to wash dust from the disciples’ feet before they dirty the floor of the room that they are entering. It is neither of those. Supper was ended. The disciples were already in the room so it was too late to remove any dirt from their feet to avoid dirtying the floor.
Jesus made two strange statements to Peter.
If I wash your feet, all of your body is clean. What did He mean by that? In the natural, if your whole body is dirty, your whole body must be washed.
Then Jesus also said that Peter would not understand then what He was doing but he would understand later. This knocks out the humility idea. Peter was quite capable of understanding humility.
So what did Jesus mean by foot washing?
Obviously something of deep spiritual significance.
In terms of Daniel’s Gentile image, the Gospel was about to enter the feet. So only the feet could be influenced by the Gospel. The rest of the image was way back in history and those Gentiles were dead and could not benefit from the Gospel. Feet have special glands in them that secrete a substance that makes feet stink. We humans have an arrogance and selfishness and a love of wrong doctrines that makes us stink in the nostrils of God. So the waters of the Word must wash through the Gentiles to clean us up. Surrounded by the errors of the Roman church and her daughters, the Protestant denominational churches, we need the waters of the Word to clean up our doctrines too.
That is what is symbolised in foot washing.
Peter never knew that the Gospel was to go to the Gentiles. He learned that later in a dream or vision when God lowered a sheet full of unclean animals and told him to eat. Slowly he realised that these represented sinful Gentiles and that the Gospel could cleanse them too.
The Great Commission is to preach the Gospel to every person living in the Gentile image’s feet, so that they can be cleansed by the washing of the waters of the Word. We cleanse our way before God when we believe and live by the Bible.