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iron & clay = i c (see aka spiritual eyes examine) why disunity/discord exists

“Just as you saw iron mixed with soft clay, they will be mixed with the people;*(Or “the offspring of mankind,” that is, the common people.) but they will not stick together, one to the other, just as iron does not mix with clay.” (Daniel 22:43) (my highlight)

iron: on-line definition/description: “a strong, hard magnetic silvery-gray metal, the chemical element of atomic number 26, much used as a material for construction and manufacturing, especially in the form of steel.”

clay: on-line definition/description: “a stiff, sticky fine-grained earth, typically yellow, red, or bluish-gray in color and often forming an impermeable layer in the soil. It can be molded when wet, and is dried and baked to make bricks, pottery, and ceramics.”

You Dream? Of course! You do:)…so did Nebuchadnezzar:

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was of an immense image, in human form. The body parts were of metal; from top to bottom, they were made of progressively less valuable but harder metals, beginning with gold and terminating with iron; the feet and toes, however, had clay mixed with the iron. The entire image was crushed to powder by a stone cut out of a mountain, the stone thereafter filling the entire earth.​—Da 2:31-35.

What is the meaning of the parts of the dream image seen by Nebuchadnezzar?

The image obviously relates to domination of the earth and Jehovah God’s purpose regarding such domination. This is made clear in Daniel’s inspired interpretation. The golden head represented Nebuchadnezzar, the one who, by divine permission, had gained power as the dominant world ruler and, more importantly, had overthrown the typical kingdom of Judah. However, in saying, “You yourself are the head of gold,” it does not seem that Daniel restricted the head’s significance to Nebuchadnezzar alone. Since the other body parts represented kingdoms, the head evidently represented the dynasty of Babylonian kings from Nebuchadnezzar down till Babylon’s fall in the time of King Nabonidus and his son Belshazzar.​—Da 2:37, 38.

The kingdom represented by the silver breasts and arms would therefore be the Medo-Persian power, which overthrew Babylon in 539 B.C.E. It was “inferior” to the Babylonian dynasty but not in the sense of having a smaller area of dominion or of having less strength militarily or economically. Babylon’s superiority may therefore relate to its having been the overthrower of the typical kingdom of God at Jerusalem, a distinction not held by Medo-Persia. The Medo-Persian dynasty of world rulers ended with Darius III (Codommanus), whose forces were thoroughly defeated by Alexander the Macedonian in 331 B.C.E. Greece is thus the power depicted by the image’s belly and thighs of copper.​—Da 2:39.

The Grecian, or Hellenic, dominion continued, though in divided form, until it was finally absorbed by the rising power of Rome. The Roman World Power thus appears in the image symbolized by the baser but harder metal, iron, found in the legs of the great image. Rome’s strength to break and crush opposing kingdoms, indicated in the prophecy, is well known in history. (Da 2:40) Yet Rome alone cannot fulfill the requirements of being represented by the image’s legs and feet, for the rule of the Roman Empire did not see the completion of the prophetic dream, namely, the coming of the symbolic stone cut out of the mountain as well as its crushing the entire image and thereafter filling the entire earth.

Thus, the expressions of some Bible commentators are much like those of M. F. Unger, who says: “Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, as unravelled by Daniel, describes the course and end of ‘the times of the Gentiles’ (Luke 21:24; Rev. 16:19); that is, of the Gentile world power to be destroyed at the Second Coming of Christ.” (Unger’s Bible Dictionary, 1965, p. 516) Daniel himself said to Nebuchadnezzar that the dream had to do with “what is to occur in the final part of the days” (Da 2:28), and since the symbolic stone is shown to represent the Kingdom of God, it may be expected that the domination pictured by the iron legs and feet of the image would extend down to the time of the establishment of that Kingdom and till the time it takes action to “crush and put an end to all these kingdoms.”​—Da 2:44.

History shows that, although the Roman Empire enjoyed an extension of life in the form of the Holy Roman Empire of the Germanic nation, it eventually gave way to the rising power of its onetime imperial subject, Britain. Because of their close affinity and general unity of action, Britain and the United States today are often referred to as the Anglo-American World Power, the present dominant power in world history.

The mixture of iron and clay in the feet of the great image graphically illustrates the condition due to be manifest in the final expression of political world domination. Clay is elsewhere used metaphorically in the Scriptures to stand for fleshly men, made of the dust of the earth. (Job 10:9; Isa 29:16; Ro 9:20, 21) Daniel’s interpretation thus appears to equate the clay with “the offspring of mankind,” the mixing in of which produces fragility in that which is symbolized by the image’s feet and toes. This points to a weakening and a lack of cohesion in the ironlike strength of the final form of world domination by earthly kingdoms. (Da 2:41-43) The common man would wield greater influence in affairs of government. [excerpted Reading: Insight on Scriptures, Vol. 1, Image, p.1186]

Check it out please:)…my highlights

Jehovah’s servants have long sought to understand the symbolic meaning of the feet of the image. Daniel 2:41 describes the mixture of iron and clay as one “kingdom,” not many. The clay, therefore, represents elements within the sphere of influence of the Anglo-American World Power, elements that make it weaker than the solid iron of the Roman Empire. The clay is referred to as “the offspring of mankind,” or the common people. (Dan. 2:43) In the Anglo-American World Power, people have risen up to claim their rights through civil rights campaigns, labor unions, and independence movements. The common people undermine the ability of the Anglo-American World Power to act with ironlike strength. Also, opposing ideologies and close election results that do not end up in a clear majority have weakened the power base of even popular leaders, so that they have no clear mandate to implement their policies. Daniel foretold: “The kingdom will partly prove to be strong and will partly prove to be fragile.”​—Dan. 2:42; 2 Tim. 3:1-3.  (excerpted: W 2012  “Jehovah Reveals What “Must Shortly Take Place”)

Further reading on this deeper topic.

Those of us who choose to examine the current climate of human affairs…through “spiritual” lens find answers that make sense. (Bible Scholars see/understand/discern prophecy fulfillment.)

9/23/18 @ 2:40 p.m.

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wormwood

definition/description read:

Various woody plants having an intensely bitter taste and a strong aromatic odor. Wormwood is used figuratively in the Bible to describe the bitter effects of immorality, enslavement, injustice, and apostasy. At Revelation 8:11, “wormwood” denotes a bitter and poisonous substance, also called absinthe.​—De 29:18; Pr 5:4; Jer 9:15; Am 5:7. (New World Translation Revised Edition 2013–Glossary)

Wormwood v. What the Bible Truly Teaches or “really says”…

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

God’s personal name is unimportant:  “The use of any proper name for the one and only God is entirely inappropriate for the universal faith of the Christian Church.”  (Preface to the Revised Standard Version)

What the Bible Says:

 Jesus prayed that God’s name be sanctified. Peter said: “Everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.” (Acts 2:21; Joel 2:32Matthew 6:9; Exodus 6:3Revelation 4:11; 15:3; 19:6)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

God is a Trinity: “The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God.”  (The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912 edition)

What the Bible Truly Teaches:

The Bible says that Jehovah is greater than Jesus and is the God and head of Christ. (John 14:28; 20:17; 1 Corinthians 11:3The holy spirit is God’s active force. (Matthew 3:11Luke 1:41; Acts 2:4)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

The human soul is immortal: When man dies his soul and body are disunited. His body . . .decays . . .The human soul, however, does not die.” (What Happens After Death, a Roman Catholic publication)

What the Bible Really Says:

Man is a soul. At death the soul ceases to think or feel and returns to the dust from which it was made.  (Genesis 2:7; 3:19;Psalm 146:3, 4Ecclesiastes 3:19, 20; 9:5, 10Ezekiel 18:4, 20)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

The wicked are punished after death in hell: “According to traditional Christian belief, hell is a place of unending anguish and pain.” (The World Book Encyclopedia, edition 1987)

What the Bible Truly Teaches:

The wages of sin is death, not life in torment. (Romans 6:23The dead rest unconscious in

*hell (Hades, Sheol), awaiting a resurrection. (Psalm 89:48; John 5:28, 29; 11:24, 25Revelation 20:13, 14) (*hell is the common grave of mankind)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

“The title Mediatrix [female mediator] is applied to Our Lady.” (New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967 edition)

What the Bible Says:

The only mediator between God and men is Jesus. (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 9:15Heb 12:24)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

Infants should be baptized: “From the very beginning the Church has administered Sacrament of Baptism to infants. Baptism to infants: Not only was this practice considered lawful, but it was also taught to be absolutely necessary for salvation.”  (New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967 edition)

What the Bible Truly Teaches:

Baptism is for those who have been made disciples and taught to obey Jesus’ commandments. To qualify for baptism, a person must understand God’s Word and exercise faith. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Luke 3:21-23; Acts 8:35, 36)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

Most churches are divided into a laity class and a clergy class, The clergy are usually given a salary in exchange for their ministry and are exalted over the laity by titles such as “Reverend,” “Father,” or “His Eminence.”

What the Bible says:

All first-century Christians were ministers and shared in preaching the good news. (Acts 2:17, 18Romans 10:10-13; 16:1) A Christian should “give free,” not for a salary. (Matthew 10:7, 8 ) Jesus strictly forbade the use of religious titles.(Matthew 6:2; 23:2-12;1 Peter 5:1-3)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

Images, icons, and crosses are used in worship: “The images . . . of Christ, of the Virgin Mother of God, and of the other saints, are to be . . . kept in churches and due reverence and honor be paid to them.” (Declaration of the Council of Trent [1545-63])

What the Bible Truly Teaches:

Christians must flee from every sort of idolatry, including so-called relative worship. (Exodus 20:4, 51 Corinthians 10:141 John 5:21) They worship God not by sight but with spirit and truth. (John 4:23, 242 Corinthians 5:7)

Beliefs and Attitudes of Christendom:

Church members are taught that God’s purposes will be accomplished through politics. The late Cardinal Spellman stated: “There is only one road  . . . , the highroad of democracy. News items report religion’s involvement in the world’s politics (even in insurrections) and her support of the UN as “the last hope of concord and peace.”

What the Bible Says:

Jesus preached God’s Kingdom, not some political system, as the hope for mankind. (Matthew 4:23; 6:9, 10He refused to get involved in politics. (John 6:14 15) His Kingdom was no part of this world; hence, his followers were to be no part of the world. (John 18:36; 17:16) Jesus warned against friendship with the world. (James 4:4)

[reference reading excerpted: (from the aforementioned book in another post: T-h-e Red Book): Revelation–It’s Grand Climax at Hand!)

Question(s) for Reflection(s):
am i choosing bitter (wormwood)?
am i choosing sweet (Truth)?
am i distinguishing between bitter fruit? and sweet fruit?
am i living wormwood?
am i living Truth?
are my daily decisions indicative of my making clear distinctions between wormwood & Truth?
9/23/18 @ 12:27 p.m.
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Being Sensible

“Sensible People always think before acting.” Proverb 13: 16 (Good News Bible)

liking this verse and living this verse.

living this verse v. liking this verse.
liking v. living
living v. liking
thinking v. acting
acting v. thinking
thinking before v. thinking after
thinking in advance and thinking in the middle and thinking in the afterward
always v. some of the time
always v. none of the time
sometimes v. always
no time v. some time
sensible v. insensible
insensible v. sensible
sensible people v. insensible people
insensible people v. sensible people

thinking v. acting

acting v. thinking

thinking before v. thinking after

thinking after v. thinking before

thinking during v. thinking before

thinking during v. thinking after

thinking always v. never thinking

always acting v. never acting

always thinking v. always acting

always acting v. always thinking

never thinking v. never acting

never acting v. never thinking

acting some of the time v. thinking some of the time

thinking some of the time v. acting some of the time

no time to think v. no time to act

no time to act v. no time to think

time to think and time to act

sensible thinking and sensible acting

sensible acting and sensible thinking

insensible thinking and insensible acting

insensible acting and insensible thinking

sensible thinking v. insensible thinking

insensible thinking v. sensible thinking

sensible acting v. insensible acting

insensible acting v. sensible acting

insensible thinking v. insensible acting

sensible thinking v. sensible acting

sensible acting v. sensible thinking

BEING SENSIBLE…requires being THOUGHT FULL:)

(Being insensible does not require much thought, eh?;)

9/22/18 @ 9:09 p.m.

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