“Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain….(Dan.2:45)”
In an earlier post we had discussed over the world governments being set up on very weak foundation. Iron and clay do not mix, a common complaint that stymies every peace effort on the earth. Only ‘the peace that passeth understanding’ can break this human predicament. It is peace of God and it is as St Paul asserts,”shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phili.4:7).”
Daniel interprets the dream of the king where the stone cut without hands connects with the mountain. It is a clear allusion to the Father-Son relationship and the stone shall be the basis for the kingdom and it shall be an everlasting kingdom. Shall we apply the law of gradation,- basis of which an emblem or the Son, so events may be grouped together on God’s Time? There are two events where upper millstone is used. It serves as a symbol. Judgement of the Harlot of Babylon (Rev.18:21) by means of an upper millstone connects with the death of Abimelech in Judges 9:53
Historically the might of Babylon is no more. What is in a name? In the Book of Revelation we read of places as the Spirit would use it, “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified (Rev.11:8).” Name of a place shall be found in the Bible in order to instruct us for our spiritual edification. So New York, Babylon, Jerusalem or Sodom are cities and interchangeable. Let us quickly run through the downfall of Babylon. The city provided for the riches of mercantile class across the earth. It is compared to a harlot whose judgment overtook her before the truth would sink in. Fire and flood shall overwhelm her. The angel took up stone ‘like a millstone, and cast into the sea.’ This symbol of millstone is to be spiritually understood. Jesus Christ is qualified as bread from heaven (John 6:33). This bread was ground in the heavenly mill and when Jesus says, “…But my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven (vv32-33).”This is what the atonement of the Son achieved. This life, abundant life as the verse says,’ giveth life uno the world.’ In judging Babylon God is avenged. “For strong is the Lord who judgeth her (Rev.18:8).” The cities of the earth where the gospel was rejected shall come under the label of Babylon; Jesus began his ministry and sent his disciples two by two. The same are similarly reworked into the two witnesses from heaven whose death shall be an occasion of joy to the people (Rev.11:10).
We live in the midst of great transition from believing Truth in absolute sense and truth, which is contextual. What but rank wickedness to gloss over the malfeasance of highest of the realm by his team of spin doctors? Do they not remind us of the beast in the end times and his voice? “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet…with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast (Rev.19:20,19)
Law of gradation presents Heroes of faith. Such clubbing of persons, events takes us across God’s Time. This is what the Spirit means by ‘instruction in righteousness (2 Tim.3:16)’. Faith shall connect us with God as Abel in antediluvian period. Though our corruptible bodies dissolve God shall be for us the Lord of the living. By the same token apostasy of man shall not go unpunished. Those who heaped riches upon themselves shall be deemed contemptible in His sight. They belong to the list among whose names find names of Balaam, Gehazi, Simon and so on. It is of no concern for us who are led forth among green pastures and are fed from the living waters. Let the Good Shepherd guide us evermore, Amen.