The Mingling

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Daniel's awesome prophecy of the four ancient kingdoms of antiquity
as seen in Nebuchadnezzar's famous dream of a great statue, we find
one of the most  powerful truths in all of prophetic Scripture.
Daniel's second chapter predicts the four great kingdoms of Babylon,
Persia, Greece, and Rome.

"Thou, O king, sawest, and behold
a great image. 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. 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." -
Daniel 2:31-34

Most who have studied prophecy to
a minimal degree know the golden head represented the kingdom of
Babylon
, and the silver arms the Persian Union consisting
of the Medes and the Persians. The brass is emblematic of Alexander
the Great's Grecian power, and the iron demonstrates the
might of ancient Rome. However, it is the feet of clay and
iron that presents us with one of the most profound truths in
all of Scripture, and the Antichrist Church has successfully
obscured this astonishing revelation for all but the true Remnant
believers.

The Iron And The Clay

When Daniel interprets this
passage for Nebuchadnezzar, he subtly adds a crucial word that is
often missed in the verses cited above. Daniel tells the great king

"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." - Daniel 2:41

 Those familiar with Old
Testament prophecy recognize this is a key characteristic of the
identity of Israel. For example, the prophet Isaiah
writes

"But now, O Lord, thou art our
father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we
all are the work of thy hand." - Isaiah 64:8

 This is a much deeper truth than
most realize, for it plainly establishes the lineage of God as "our
father" - assuming we are the clay that is being described by
Isaiah.

 The LORD uses the picture of
pottery to describe His handiwork in a number of other verses as
well, and the Old Covenant creation of the physical line of
Israel
is seen in Jeremiah when God tells him

"Arise, and go down to the
potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I
went down to the potter's house, and behold, he wrought a work on
the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the
hand of the potter: so he made it again another
vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it." - Jeremiah
18:1-4

 In this astonishing prophecy, we
see the Old Covenant line of Israel is pictured as the vessel that
is "marred," even as the LORD chooses to re-create a second version
of the same vessel. Notice how in the verse, referring to the
antecedent object the clay, God made it again into another
vessel
. That second vessel is the culmination of God's
numerous promises to preserve and renew a remnant of
the house of Israel.

The Kingdom Of God Arrives In Roman Times

 Back in Daniel's far-reaching
prediction, the prophet specifically pinpoints the arrival of the
Kingdom of God, for he informs us it is to occur "in the days of
these kings..." (Daniel 2:44).  Although the Spirit of Antichrist has
obscured the magnificent truth in these wonderful passages, and
sought to push the arrival of the Kingdom of God forward 2,000 years
to the time of the second coming, a close look at the Scripture
reveals the Kingdom of God arrives in the time of Jesus Christ's
first incarnation:

"And in the days of these kings
[Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome] shall the God of heaven set up a
kingdom, which shall never be destroyed...."
- Daniel 2:44

The arrival of the Kingdom of God
occurs at the same time the New Testament tells us the LORD
"translates" those who will receive Him, as He re-creates us into
His sons and daughters. Notice how the Apostle Paul uses the
past tense when he describes how God

"...hath delivered us from the
power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom
of his dear Son." - Colossians 1:13

One is tempted to ask how, if the
kingdom of God only arrives in the last days, Paul can say that God
has already "translated" us into His kingdom? The truth is,
the Kingdom of God has already arrived on the Spiritual plane of
existence where the LORD reigns, and we have been adopted as the
"seed" of God through our joining with Christ.

The Mingling

Most believers know the Roman
Empire is significant in prophecy, but as the early disciples of
Jesus spread the Good News of salvation to the whole world,  the
movement morphed into the Roman Catholic Church - and the clay
sought to join with the iron:

"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." - Daniel 2:43

This wasn't the first time such a
"mingling" had been attempted by the LORD's "clay," for the post
Babylonian exile Jews had also fallen to the allure of the world in
the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. When Ezra sought to sanctify
the second temple after the Jews were released by the Persian
throne, he learned that most of the leadership of Jerusalem had
turned from their sacred destiny and joined with the sons and
daughters of men:

"...The people of Israel, and the
priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the
people of the lands...For they have taken of their daughters for
themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have
mingled themselves
with the people of those lands: yea, the hand
of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass." -
Ezra 9:2

This is a crucial passage, for it
plainly identifies the "holy seed" as Israel. The reason this
is so important is it links the Spiritual seed of God, which can
only be the Christians, with the attempt during the early Roman
Christian era to "mingle themselves with the seed of men..." (Daniel
2:43).

A correct understanding of this
lineage is absolutely non-negotiable, for when we are adopted into
the kingdom of God, it is Jesus Christ who is the only "seed"
of God, and He is the fulfillment of the promises to
Abraham and David that the "seed" will inherit the kingdom. The
promise to Abraham, routinely misapplied by the Antichrist Church to
the physical seed of the Jews, is the "mother of all promises," in
that it contains the key promise of God's eternal blessing. God
solemnly promised to Abraham

"I will establish my covenant
between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their
generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and
to thy seed after thee." - Genesis 17:7

The New Testament flatly tells us
the only true seed of Abraham is Christ Himself, and unless one is
in Him, they cannot be the holy seed:

"Now to Abraham and his seed were
the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of
one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." -
Galatians 3:16

The truth is staring us in the
face. Because Jeremiah linked the metaphor of the "potter's
clay" to Israel in the Old Testament, and Ezra linked
the term the "holy seed" to Israel in the Old Testament, when
the New Testament applies both of those terms to the Christians, it
is obvious the Christians are Israel.

Remember, Jesus Christ
told us there is to be "one fold [flock], and one shepherd"

(John 10:16), not two.
Indeed, the attempt to re-insert physical Israel into the role of
the "sons of God" and the "chosen people" based on different time
periods, is completely Antichrist, for Paul tells us that through
Christ, God

"...hath made of one blood
all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth...." -
Acts 17:26

When physical Israel became "the
vessel that he made of clay [that] was marred  in the
hand of the potter" (Jeremiah 18:4), God purposed to re-create
another vessel, but this second vessel did not replace the first,
it was "born again" as the vessel of honour that inherited all the
promises that God had made.

This was one of the many errors
of Roman Catholicism. They accurately saw there can only be one
body that is the "holy seed" as there is only one body of Christ,
but in their successful attempt at "mingling with the
iron," they demonstrated they were not the true "clay." Meanwhile,
the Jews had already lost their standing as Paul taught us

"he is not a Jew, which is one
outwardly...but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly...." - Romans 2:29

In this way, God was able to
fulfill His promises to redeem Israel, and to set up a kingdom
which shall never end, for as we've just seen, His kingdom arrived
"in the days of these kings" (Daniel 2:44). With this amazing act,
God was also able to retain His requirement that "the children of
the promise are counted for the seed," because that seed is Christ
(Romans 9:8, Galatians 3:16). Furthermore, because physical Israel
is no longer "counted for the seed," they have been transformed into
"the seed of men," even as God has "translated" all who are in
Christ into "the sons of God."

This means that those who seek to
mingle "the holy seed" with "the seed of men" are those who continue
to seek to wed the kingdom of God with the earthly dominion of the
Jews and the Romans (or any other political dominion) as expressed
in the image of the iron and the clay. This was the mistake of Roman
Catholicism, and it is the same mistake being made today by those
who continue to separate the so-called "church" from Israel.

There are not two "churches," but
there are two Israels:

"For they are not all Israel,
which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the [physical] seed
of Abraham, are they all children...they which are the children of the
flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the
promise are counted for the seed." - Romans 9:6-8

Thus, there are two clay vessels,
one is marred, and one is not. All who are not truly in Christ have
"mingled themselves with the seed of men." Indeed, one might note
how the so-called "church," as personified by the False Prophet
of Revelation 13, seeks to conform its image to the
first beast (think Israel), whose deadly wound was healed in 1948.
But that's another study.....

- James Lloyd

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See Also

The Mingling

The Remnant In Romans

The Translation Of Israel

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