Daniel 2:43 Index
"And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, 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."
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" . . . they shall not cleave one to another . . . "

  • Daniel's prophecy has stood and will stand the test of time. some world powers have been weak, others strong. Nationalism has continued strong. Attempts to unite into one great empire the various nations that grew out of the fourth empire have ended in failure. temporarily certain sections have been united, but the union has not proved peaceful or permanent. (4BC 775)
  • There have also been many political alliances among the nations. Farseeing statesmen have tried in various ways to bring about a federation of nations that would operate successfully, but all such attempts have proved disappointing. (4BC 775-776)
  • The prophecy does not specifically declare that there could not be a temporary union of various elements, through force of arms or political domination. it does declare, however, that the constituent nations, should not become organically fused. A federation created on such a foundation is doomed to crumble. The temporary success of some dictator or nation must, therefore, not be labeled a failure of Daniel's prophecy. In the end Satan will actually be able to achieve a temporary union of all nations (Revelation 17:12-18; cf. Revelation 16:14), but the federation will be brief, and in a short time the elements composing this union will turn on one another (CG 656; EW 290). (4BC 776)
  • Our kingdom is not of this world. We are waiting for our Lord from heaven to come to earth to put down all authority and power, and set up His everlasting kingdom. Earthly powers are shaken. We need not, and cannot, expect union among the nations of the earth. Our position in the image of Nebuchadnezzar is represented by the toes, in a divided state, and of a crumbling material, that will not hold together. Prophecy shows us that the great day of God is right upon us. It hasteth greatly. (1T 360-361)
  • With Rome fell the last of the world's universal empires. Heretofore it was possible for one nation, rising superior to its neighbors in prowess, bravery, and the science of ear, to consolidate them into one vast empire. But when Rome fell, such possibilities forever passed away. The iron was mixed with the clay, and lost the power of cohesion. No man or combination of men can again consolidate the fragments. (US 60)
  • From this, its divided state, the first strength of the empire departed -- but not as that of the others had done. No other kingdom was to succeed it, as it had the three which went before it. It was to continue, in this tenfold division, until the kingdom of the stone smote it, upon its feet; broke them in pieces, and scattered them as the wind does 'the chaff of the summer threshing-floor!' Yet, through all this time, a portion of its strength was to remain. And so the prophet said: "And as the toes of the feet were part iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong , and partly broken"(Daniel 2:42) ...Time and again men have dreamed of rearing on these dominions one mighty kingdom. Charlemagne tried it. Charles V tried it. Louis XIV tried it. Napoleon tried it. [Hitler tried it. EU tried it]. But [none have] succeeded.... A single verse of prophecy was stronger than all their hosts... 'Partly strong, and partly broken,' was the prophetic description. And such, too, has been the historic fact concerning them.... Ten kingdoms were formed out of it; and 'broken,' as then it was, it still continues -- i.e.., 'partly broken.' ...It is 'partly strong' -- i.e. it retains, even in its broken state, enough of its iron strength to resist all attempts to mold its parts together. 'They shall not be,' says the word of God. 'This has not been,' replies the book of history.... But then, men may say, 'Another plan remains. If force cannot avail, diplomacy and reasons of state may -- we will try them.' And so the prophecy foreshadows this when it says, 'They shall mingle themselves with the seed of men' -- i.e., marriages shall be formed, in hope thus to consolidate their power, and, in the end, to unite these divided kingdoms into one.... And shall this device succeed? -- No. The prophet answers: 'They shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.' And the history of Europe, is but a running commentary on the exact fulfillment of these words. From the time of Canute until the present age, it has been the policy of the reigning monarchs, the beaten path which they have trodden, in order to reach a mightier scepter and a wider say.... Napoleon.... sought to reach by alliance what he could not gain by force, i.e., to build up one mighty, consolidated empire. And did he succeed? -- Nay. The very power with which he was allied, proved his destruction, in the troops of Blucher, on the field of Waterloo! The iron would not mingle with clay. (William Newton, "Lectures on the First Two Visions of the Book of Daniel," Pages 34-36)
  • Out of the welter of confusion, the wreck of nations, the destruction of institutions, the sacrifice of treasure resultant from centuries of frugality, through eyes grief-dimmed by the loss of the flower of its young manhood, the ravishment of its women hood, the slaughter of infancy and age, through clouds of smoking human blood a distraught world looks anxiously for its signs of surcease. Will the elusive mirage of world peace based upon a trust of European solidarity, the result of wishful thinking, again cause men to gorget the counsel of the word of God, "They shall not cleave one to another"? Alliances may come, and it may appear that the iron and miry clay of the feet and toes of the great image have finally fused, but God said, "They shall not cleave one to another." It may seem that old animosities have disappeared and that the "ten kings" have gone the way of all the earth, but "the Scriptures cannot be broken." (John 10:35). (US 63)

"...they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men..."

  • But Napoleon was not the last to try the experiment. Numerous European wars followed the efforts of the Little Corporal. To avert future conflicts, benevolent rulers resorted to the expedient of intermarriage to ensure peace, until by the opening of the twentieth century it was asserted that every ranking hereditary ruler of Europe was related to the British royal family. World War I showed the futility of these attempts.... Out of the horrors of that titanic struggle was born an ideal expressed by President Woodrow Wilson, who exclaimed, "The world has been made safe for democracy!" With the conviction that a war had been fought which would end war came the announced inherent rights of minorities, and the principles of self-determination, ensured by a world league of nations which wold restrain dictators and punish aggressors. (US 61)
  • Yet under the very shadow of the League of Nations' palace arose leaders who would destroy world peace and shatter the ideal of world union, while preaching a new social revolution. They vainly promised the triumph of culture and a union born of racial superiority ensuring the "partly strong" and "partly broken" nations of Europe "a thousand years of tranquillity." (US 61-62)