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by Dr. John Thomas
Nebuchadnezzar's image has to do only with powers occupying the area of the golden, silver, brazen, and iron dominions; other prophecies survey the rest.
Thus far, then, history runs parallel with the prophetic interpretation.
We are not informed in this vision how many of the toes were weak.
It simply affirms the fact and defers further details for illustration by other symbols.
What, then, remains to be accomplished?
The testimony informs us that the ten kingdoms are all to be broken to pieces; and after they are smitten that the whole image in all its different metals is to be "broken to pieces together".
But how can this be?
Where are the dominions represented by the gold, the silver the brass, and the iron?
How can they be broken to pieces together, seeing that they have been broken to pieces one after the other many centuries ago?
The answer to this question is important, and must be given; for without it no interpretation can be received as satisfactory.
And here I would remark, that the image was presented to the mind of the King of Babylon, not so much to represent a succession of empires, as to exhibit the catastrophe which should usher in the Kingdom of God.
The idea I would convey is well expressed by the prophet, saying, "The God in heaven, who revealeth secrets, maketh known to the king what shall be in the latter days".
That is, there will be in the latter days a dominion, ruling over all the countries mainly comprehended in the limits of the successive empires of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome: and represented by the image as a whole; and which will be broken by a power from heaven, which will utterly destroy it, and set up an empire which will cover all the territory it possessed.
Now, there has never yet existed a single dominion, contemporary with the toe-kingdoms, and of course comprehending them in its jurisdiction, which could claim to be represented by Nebuchadnezzar's image.
In order, then, to prepare for the catastrophy, the image which is now in antagonistic parts, must be re-constructed; in other words, a dominion must arise before the setting up of the kingdom of God, which shall rule over the toe-kingdoms, and the Turkish and Persian territories, till it meets the British Power in the East.
The description of the dream says that the feet were smitten; and "then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together"; thereby intimating that the breaking of the power of the ten kingdoms would precede that of the conjoint destruction of all the other parts.
That when they are conquered, the dominion of the conqueror will be overturned by the revelation of power from above.
I shall be able to show, from other parts of the prophetic word, that the power destined to play the conspicuous part indicated above is Russia.
That it will dominate all the ten kingdoms, subdue Turkey, and incorporate Persia into its empire; but that when it has reached its zenith, it will in turn be precipitated into the abyss, and its dominion suppressed for a thousand years.
When I come to unfold these things, the reader will see why Britain is not included in the ten toes.
She is reserved of God to antagonize Russia, as she did France, when all Europe was prostrate at the feet of "Napoleon le Grand".
The ten toes belong to the image as a united dominion; hence Britain cannot be included among them unless it is first conquered by the overshadowing power, which it will not be, as is clearly demonstrable from many parts of the divine testimony.
Russia will command the land, and Britain rule the sea.