Daniel 2:35 Index
"'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 threshingfloors; 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.'"
Research Material

"Then was the..."

  • This dream was given to the king of Babylon, the events of the future, reaching down to the end of time, were opened before him, that he might have light on this important subject. It was also given for the benefit of all future generations. The record was traced by the prophetic pen that the light might be shared by those kingdoms which should succeed the kingdom of Babylon. (The Signs of the Times article "A Lesson from the King of Babylon" April 29, 1897)

"...like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors..."

  • There is chaff among us, and this is why we are so weak. Some are constantly leaning to the world. Their views and feelings harmonize much better with the spirit of the world than with Christ's self-denying followers. It is perfectly natural for them to prefer the company of those whose spirit will best agree with their own. And such have quite too much influence among God's people. They take a part with them, and have a name among them, and are a text for unbelievers and the weak and unconsecrated ones in the church. These persons of two minds will ever have objections to the plain pointed testimony which reproves individual wrongs. In this refining time, these persons will either be converted wholly, and sanctified by obeying the truth, or they will be left with the world, where they belong, to receive their reward with them. (The Review and Herald article "Consecration" February 19, 1862)
  • God's people will be sifted even as corn is sifted in a sieve, until all the chaff is separated from the pure kernels of grain. (The Review and Herald article "Communications to Elder M. Hull" January 19, 1864)
  • The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out—the chaff separated from the precious wheat. (7BC 911)

"...and the wind carried them away..."

  • But there is still another aspect of the symbolism -- that of the great wind which was to sweep away forever the fragments of the broken image. Enlil's traditional role as "Lord of the wind" also belonged to Marduk. In the fight with Tiamat, the female dragon of primeval chaos, not only does Marduk summon the four winds to his aid, but he creates seven winds. Riding to the attack in his storm chariot, he renders his opponent helpless by blasting a terrific wind down her throat, and so slays his enemy.... Consequently, Nebuchadnezzar and his companions would doubtless see this vivid descriptive action of the wind of the prophecy as no less of a marvel and an act of God, the true "Lord of the wind," than that of the stone becoming the great earth-filling mountain -- indeed the "Lord of the Lands." It is scarcely possible to conceive of any more telling figures by which the great truths of the coming Messianic kingdom could be conveyed to a Chaldean king and his courtiers. (Froom 45-47)

"...the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth."

  • Perhaps the most typical edifices of Babylonia were the ziggurats, or temple-towers -- built in imitation of mountains -- such as that of Marduk in Babylon, which Nebuchadnezzar rebuilt. He was constantly building or beautifying temples, towers, palaces, and fortifications, which he described as lofty -- "mountain-high." Who, then, could more appropriately dream of a mountain-cut stone filling the whole earth, than this king whose ambition was to heap up mountainous edifices? (Froom 44-45)