Cut Without Hands

8 Nov

I have been thinking a great deal on the many prophecies that have been given and recorded in the scriptures; particularly those that deal with the last days. So I have decided to write some short posts addressing a few of these prophecies. Some have been fulfilled, some are in the process of being fulfilled, and some we are still waiting to see. I will draw from all the standard works, and in each post I will address only one prophesy.

Daniel 2: 34-45

In my last post I spoke of the Beasts of Daniel. I pointed out the similarities between three different visions recorded in the Book of Daniel and how the three speak to the same chain of events. Here I would like to address the extra details of the first that are not shared by the others. In Daniel chapter 2 we read of the dream of Nebuchadnezzar and then we read the interpretation of it.

Now, we know that the various parts of the statue represent kingdoms. Daniel tells us this in verses 37-43. Babylon is the head of gold; Persia the arms of silver; Greece the brass torso; Rome the ron legs. The feet and toes were part Iron and Part clay, which Daniel interprets as the Roman Empire being divided. This is the time of the Germanic tribes that rose up after Rome fell; ten tribes in all, for the ten toes. However, we are concerned with what is written after the statue, so let us read that.

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. 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 threshing floors; 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. (Daniel 2: 34-35)

This is what was seen in the dream. Daniel gives the following interpretation.

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. 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 2: 44-45)

So, a sixth kingdom will be raised up. It is cut out of the mountain without hands, indicating it is of God and not man. It breaks in pieces the other kingdoms, as no other people will ever conquer it. Now, it is commonly believed among Christians that this last kingdom refers to the Christian church that Jesus organized while on the Earth. The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, however, interpret this as referring to the restoration through Joseph Smith. Why the disagreement?

From what I understand most Christians do not believe the gospel was lost, as is taught in the doctrine of the Great Apostasy in the LDS church. As such, the church that Jesus organized was the last time the Kingdom of God was brought to the Earth, and thus the stone spoken of in Daniel has to refer to that church, because nothing came after it.

To the LDS the stone cannot refer to that church. The reason for this being that the church set up by Christ was established during the peak of Roman power. In the dream the stone came in the time of the divided kingdoms that followed Rome. We say this for two reasons; (1)  the stone struck the feet of the statue, and (2) in his interpretation Daniel explains the divided kingdom and then says “In the days of these kings.” This would indicate that it would be during the time of the divided kingdom.

Just one last note on all these kingdoms. At the time of Babylon that was the only real world power. There were always other kings and kingdoms, but none that rivaled Babylon. That is until Persia came and conquered, at which point there was no other power except Persia. They were replaced by the Greeks, who were replaced by the Romans. During all this period it can be said that there was only one real super power in the world. After Rome fell that never happened again. The world became divided and there were always multiple superpowers that struggled and mingled together. England, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Holy Roman Empire; all these would dominate the known world at one time or another, but none would control it as the ancient Empires had. The dominant power was constantly changing.

So, what does this dream mean? If means that after the four great empires of the ancient world, during a time when the world was divided between many kings, the Lord would raise up his Kingdom that would never be destroyed, but fill the whole earth. This was fulfilled when the gospel was restored at a time when the power of the world was divided among many nations.

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2 Responses to “Cut Without Hands”

  1. Mary November 9, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. I appreciate you taking the time to share your understanding of this prophecy. Now I’m interested in studying about all the last days prophecies, too.

    • shematwater November 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

      I am going to be posting some more on Daniel chapter seven in a day or two. Have you read the other posts I made concerning prophesy?

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