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The pronoun 'they' refers back to the 'toes' which represent 'kings'
and two things are said of them: 'they shall mingle', 'they shall not cleave
unto'. It was the complaint of Ezra after the return from captivity, that
'the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands', and
that the princes and rulers had been chief in this trespass (Ezra 9:2). When
Ezra heard this he said, among other things, 'should we again break Thy
commandment and join in affinity with the people of these abominations?'
(Ezra 9:14). Thus, had Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh, and married
Pharaoh's daughter (1 Kings 3:1). Out of thirty -three occurrences of the
Hebrew word chathan, thirty -two deal with marriage relationship. These ten
kings will seek to strengthen their position and the kingdom of the beast by
marriage alliances, but there will be no 'cleaving' (Gen. 2:24; 2 Sam. 20:2).
The strange statement 'they shall mingle themselves with the Seed Of Men'
calls for attention. Even though one nation differs in many features from
another, yet despite all differences of colour, creed, politics or religion,
they are nevertheless 'men', this strange expression therefore makes us
wonder whether the ten kings which form a part of the Satanic kingdom of the
time of the end are 'men' in the full acceptation of the term. We know from
Genesis 6 that angelic beings had some affinity with the daughters of men,
and so filled the earth with corruption and violence that the deluge came.
The beast that bears the ten horns in Revelation 17 ascends out of the
bottomless pit, or the abyss, and is destined for perdition. These ten kings
make war with the Lamb Himself, and the intermixture of the clay in the feet
of Nebuchadnezzar's image, seems to indicate the final irruption of fallen
spirit powers among the sons of men. If this be so, it is no marvel that
such terrible judgments fall during the closing years of Gentile dominion,
for it will, in its closing phase, be the visible kingdom of Satan on earth.
The kingdoms of men, even though represented by gold and silver,
proved frail and passed away, but this kingdom is brittle, it has within it
no true cohesion, it reigns for a brief inglorious hour, and vanishes into
the air as the dust of a threshing floor. Jeremiah's lamentations could be
repeated of the Gentiles. Those who were comparable to fine gold, were now
esteemed as earthen vessels, and potter's clay. Adam, made of the dust, is
reduced to dust again, his dominion forfeited through the wiles of Satan.
Israel, who were chosen to be a kingdom of priests, became instead captives
to the heathen, and Gentile power which had started with such majesty, is at
last levelled to the dust through the same Satanic usurpation. The only hope
for this poor world is in the sounding of the seventh trumpet, when the
kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ,
true King of kings and Lord of lords. The reader should turn to the article,
Image of Daniel 2 (p. 317), and examine the chart that accompanies it.
THE FESTIVAL YEAR
The term 'Festival' examined, Leviticus 23 opened, and the feasts Passover
and Unleavened Bread seen in something of their typical meaning
The actual word 'festival' does not occur in the English version of the
Bible, but that is a matter rather of form than substance, for the word is
derived from the same root as that which gives us 'feast', and as every
reader knows, that word is of common occurrence in the Scriptures. The term
'feast' does not necessarily refer to something to eat, although in most
cases this is an accompaniment. Crabb thus differentiates between feast,
festival and holiday: