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“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]

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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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Cry of Peace Prophecy

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Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Greetings Reader:)

What encouragement can i offer You today, Sunday, June 17, 2018? (1) Perhaps? You:) should stop reading my blog. and (2) START and continue READING THE BIBLE EVERYDAY!!!:)

Here’s a link to a trustworthy translation…read Bible –the only Book(s) i, personally, HIGHLY recommend. Meaning, i have enJOYed other books/blogs, but none have had the same POWERFUL-positive-profound-influence-impact on my life for the better/best!!:) To me, it is the safest recommendation to offer because there is so much differing research in circulation on various topics, and it can be quite difficult and time-consuming to thoroughly research it all for in-depth accuracy. Am not saying don’t read other books/blogs…just use Your own discretion, thinking and reasoning abilities to the full, and don’t blind believe anything. Don’t be intellectually/spiritually lazy; all of us must diligently and vigilantly do our own investigative research or else we relinquish our thinking and let others think for us…which is STUPID and DANGEROUS!!!…and DEADLY!:(

For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

All of us need comfort. We need well-founded hope (to endure life). However, don’t take refuge in lies!!

“For the first time since World War II the international community is united. The leadership of the United Nations, once only a hoped-for ideal, is now confirming its founders’ vision. . . . The world can therefore seize this opportunity to fulfill the long-held promise of a new world order.”​—President Bush of the United States in his State of the Union message to that nation, January 29, 1991

Blah, blah, blah…
Christendom rested her hopes in the League of Nations, but it was overturned even without the coming of Armageddon. Now she has transferred her allegiance to the United Nations. But it will soon have to face “the war of the great day of God the Almighty,” and it will not survive. (Revelation 16:14) Even a revived UN can never bring peace and security. God’s prophetic Word shows that the United Nations organization with its member nations “will battle with the Lamb [Christ in Kingdom power], but, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, the Lamb will conquer them.”​—Revelation 17:14. [excerpted Their Refuge–A Lie! w 91]
am i Staying Awake aka Spiritually Alert, Aware??

Jesus warned: “Pay attention to yourselves that your hearts never become weighed down with overeating and heavy drinking and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day be instantly upon you as a snare. For it will come in upon all those dwelling upon the face of all the earth.” (Luke 21:34, 35) Note that those who are not awake spiritually are caught unawares, for that “day” comes upon them “suddenly,” “instantly,” in just the same way that “sudden destruction is to be instantly upon” those who are saying “Peace and security!”

Jesus likened such persons to an animal that unwittingly walks into a trap. He also likened spiritually unaware persons to those in Noah’s day who “took no note until the flood came and swept them all away.” Was there any time for those people to learn of Jehovah and come under his protection after the Flood began? No, because Jesus plainly says that when the Flood came it “swept them all away.” They were not already in the ark of protection with Noah and his family. Also, when God’s judgment came against Sodom and Gomorrah, were there any who escaped after fiery destruction began raining from heaven? No, for all were destroyed except Lot and his daughters, who already had left the area. Even Lot’s wife, who had started to leave but then hesitated, was overwhelmed by the destructive forces. With good reason did Jesus say: “Remember the wife of Lot.”​—Matt. 24:37-39; Luke 17:32. [excerpted Stay Awake and Keep Your Senses w 81]

personally, i don’t want to walk unwittingly into any hazardous trap. Resting my future hope for real “peace” on unstable/jockeying political powers–foolish. {(That’s why even when they cry “peace & “security”…i remain firmly politically neutral. Jesus didn’t participate at all in the politics of his day. He taught people to pray for “God’s Kingdom to Come and For God’s Will to be Done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” He preached God’s Kingdom/Government as real solution.)}
Some people are boisterously drunk on political ideas and on their own grandiose schemes…
Please check out this: splash of water on face—sobering past/older yet relevant readings…shocking to some…(my bold)

15 The apostle Paul tells us what is about to happen. He says: “Whenever it is that they are saying: ‘Peace and security!’ then sudden destruction is to be instantly upon them just as the pang of distress upon a pregnant woman; and they will by no means escape.”​—1 Thessalonians 5:3.

16. Why are the ways of the nations not God’s ways?

16 At first reading, those words may seem shocking. But the Bible clarifies matters. The ways of the nations today are not God’s ways. (Isaiah 55:8, 9) His reason for permitting the various forms of man-rule to continue is to answer an issue that the wily Serpent, Satan the Devil, […], When Satan persuaded our first parents to choose independence from God, he disputed whether mankind really needs God-rule.​—Genesis 3:4, 5.

17. What record has man-rule made, and what does this prove?

17 During the millenniums that have followed, God has allowed men to experiment with every imaginable form of human government. Whether it endured for a few years or for hundreds of years, each kind of man-rule has failed miserably to bring in true peace and security. War, crime, terror, and death have been the continuing lot of mankind under every type of human government. Throughout history, “man has dominated man to his injury.” (Ecclesiastes 8:9) It is no different today. Anyone aware of the issue can now say, as did God’s prophet: “I well know, O Jehovah, that to earthling man his way does not belong. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.”​—Jeremiah 10:23.

18. Why is the nations’ cry of “Peace and security!” in vain?

18 Now the time is at hand to settle the issue once and for all. God-rule alone can bring true peace and security to mankind. However, it is not God-rule that the nations favor when they cry “Peace and security!” They want to continue domination according to their own prideful ideologies. But time has run out! The nations sense that something drastic must be done. Otherwise, all will be lost in some nuclear holocaust. So they will do what Jeremiah foretold: “They try to heal the breakdown of my people lightly, saying, ‘There is peace! There is peace!’ when there is no peace.” But it will be in vain!​—Jeremiah 6:14; 8:11, 15.

The Prophesied End

19. How will “Jehovah’s day” break forth?

19 “Sudden destruction . . . instantly,” says the apostle Paul. God’s prophet Isaiah adds: “Look! Their very heroes have cried out in the street; the very messengers of peace will weep bitterly.” (Isaiah 33:7) In many places, the Bible shows that Jehovah’s execution of judgment upon wicked nations and men will come swiftly, unexpectedly​—truly “as a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2, 3; Jeremiah 25:32, 33;Zephaniah 1:14-18; 2 Peter 3:10) At a time when the world is loudly proclaiming that it has reached some plateau of peace and security, “Jehovah’s day” will break forth with frightening suddenness. God’s people will have recognized that cry of “Peace and security!” for what it is and will be safe in Jehovah’s provided refuge.​—Psalm 37:39, 40; 46:1, 2; Joel 3:16.

20. (a) The UN is what kind of “beast”? (b) How does Jehovah view false religion, and why?

20 In God’s Word, the course of the League of Nations and its successor, the United Nations, is likened to that of “a scarlet-colored wild beast” having seven heads (representing the world powers from which it originates) and ten horns (standing for the governmental powers that now support it). The Bible shows it to be a political “beast,” comparable to the British “lion” and the Russian “bear.” Upon its back there rides a woman, “Babylon the Great, the mother of the harlots and of the disgusting things of the earth.” (Revelation 17:3-8) This well expresses Jehovah’s view of false religion, which does not represent him and his righteous Kingdom. She commits spiritual harlotry by getting involved in politics. Religion’s linking up with the UN in the world’s campaign for peace and security is an example of this. [excerpted reading: Peace from God-when? w ’86]

Bible readers, students, scholars…know/realize/acknowledge Bible Prophecy.

Bible prophecy is most clear on these two points: First, man will not destroy himself in a nuclear holocaust, and secondly, he will succeed in achieving a measure of “peace and security.” But this cannot be the peace of which Isaiah prophesied “there will be no end.” Why not? Because, according to the Bible, “whenever it is that they are saying: ‘Peace and security!’ then sudden destruction is to be instantly upon them.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3) Thus man’s “peace and security” will be shattered, cut short by “sudden destruction” in the “war of the great day of God the Almighty . . . called in Hebrew Har–Magedon.” (Revelation 16:14, 16) Just how will this come about?

“A shattered Peace”…

It appears likely that religion will actively support political leaders in bringing about this “peace and security.” To what extent it may even exert pressure upon them to achieve this goal, the Bible does not say. But, in any case, its alliance with politicians to bring about a substitute peace will be in rejection of God’s arrangement for lasting peace through the “princely rule” of Christ Jesus. Like an immoral woman who commits fornication, false religion will be found serving the interests of earthly peacemakers rather than those of the heavenly “Prince of Peace.”​—See Revelation 17:1-6.

Politicians have not been above using religious leaders to procure support for their policies, even to preach men onto the battlefields in defense of their governments. Religious leaders, on the other hand, have used their influence with heads of state to manipulate matters to their own selfish advantage. They have often actively engaged in politics and even in revolts against governments. Of religious interference in politics, in 1981 German Chancellor Schmidt said: “I do not believe that this can be permitted indefinitely.” And yet religious interference continues. In fact, a group of German Protestant ministers recently admitted: “We want to preach politics and to change politics.”

Just how much longer this interference will continue, God himself will decide. His prophecy foretells that certain political elements “will hate the harlot [the world empire of false religion] . . . and will completely burn her with fire.” When? At God’s predetermined time in the “one day” in which God’s judgment against her will be carried out. (Revelation 17:16; 18:8, 20; compare Daniel 4:35.) So although religion may have worked hand in hand with political leaders so that the cry of “peace and security” could be made, the political elements will suddenly turn on and devastate world religion. Then they, in turn, will suffer destruction at God’s hands in the soon-to-follow war of Har–Magedon.

Thus man’s “peace and security” will have been exposed as a sham. It will have served as a touchstone for divine judgment, showing the falsity of placing trust in peace-making schemes of men rather than in God’s Kingdom now ruling in heaven. To what extent today’s peace movement, with religious backing, will be instrumental in bringing about the “peace and security” that will immediately precede false religion’s destruction, we must leave the future to reveal.

Surviving to See “the Real Thing”

Today’s peace movement may or may not prevent a third world war. By no means will it prevent the war of Har–Magedon. It may or may not pressure governments into disarming. By no means will it pressure Christ Jesus, the one who “judges and carries on war in righteousness,” into disarming.​—Revelation 19:11-16. [excerpted reading: A Shattered “Peace” —Then the Real Thing Awake! 1983]

Basically this blog post is pointing out…i want REAL PEACE AND NOT A SHAM!!! 

(topic of peace probably? to be continued another time…Real Peace to You Reader!:))

p.s. Bible prophecy and Book of Revelation is a good read & fascinating & RELEVANT to our day. i think only GOD ALMIGHTY can make this “honest” self claim:

“The One telling from the beginning the finale, and from long ago the things that have not been done.”​—ISAIAH 46:10.

6/17/18 @ 1:28 p.m.

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Bang, Bang, Bang

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A gun going off??

No! a frying pan hitting You on the head!!!  No, of course NOT, I don’t believe in violence!!… but, seriously speaking “symbolically” sir, what does it take??… to WAKE YOU UP and MELT YOUR PERMAFROSTED NEURONS?!

Annoying alarms are going off relentlessly… the inconvenient ones that show up in the spaces that haven’t been filled with mind-numbing nonsense (aka the convenient-handy Orajel freely distributed to the masses for the brain-aches brought on by TRUTH)!!

Back here again, eh? (to this post/blog) for more noggin’ knockin’… Hello, anybody home?! Anybody AWAKE?!  Any Hearts still beating?!

Whether You choose to accept it or not Summer is here.:) Salvation awaits for those who exercise faith in Jesus aka MORE than a genius LESS than God Almighty.

Why are You afraid of LIFE?… the REAL life?.. endless life?

(Man seems more than enamored with death and its devious ways IF you ask me.) Humans continue to tread down the same worn-out tracks. The dead-end streets. The relentless roundabouts…of nowhere…………………………………………………………….. nearPeace.

Learning humility and in acknowledgement of my own personal frailties/limitations/imperfections tells/teaches me my possibilities:

Humans (and even relatively cooperative coalitions of Humans) and their so-called intelligence and capacities cannot do this or that for me or for You…only True-God-Yahweh can promise/will do…this and that:

“And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more; neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4)

Yes, it is possible to live forever. Yes, it is possible to wipe out pain, tears, death… but, not with man dominating man to his own injury… as thoroughly displayed throughout our very-violent-history/modern-story…every-day newsworthy event.

Looking to the problem-makers for peace-solutions is stupid. Looking to the wasters/stealers-murderers-of-life… for salvation/preservation/longevity of life is Ridiculous! Need context? Please see if-you-want-to-know

My Well-Founded Hope… My “True” King–The Prince of Peace:)

The Bible points to two main reasons. First, although humans have accomplished marvelous things, they are not created with the ability to direct their own steps. Second, human schemes have failed because “the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one,” Satan the Devil. Thus, human efforts have not been able to bring world peace.

Human self-interest and ambition have also made world peace elusive. Only a world government that can teach people to love what is right and care for one another will bring world peace.Read Isaiah 32:17; 48:18, 22.

Only a government that can change people’s hearts will bring world peace!

Almighty God has promised to establish a single government to rule over all mankind. It will replace human governments. (Daniel 2:44) God’s Son, Jesus, will rule as the Prince of Peace. He will eliminate evil from all the earth and will teach people the way of peace.—Read Isaiah 9:6, 7; 11:4, 9

[excerpted on-line reading: Why is World Peace so Elusive: Bible Questions Answered]

See/understand–a lot of humanity/us-fellow-fragile-life–(including the UN and its Member Nations) are missing the point…we think we need to change our brain/mind (and about a lot of things)…when we really need to change our heart!:)

5/18/18 @ 3:13 p.m.

 

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Singing the Song of the Unsung Hero(es)

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It’s appalling and heartbreaking how those who perpetrate (present and past) vicious, atrocious, unspeakable/unwritable CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY/HUMAN DECENCY/HUMAN DIGNITY and HUMAN COMPASSION…are celebrated and honored and revered/followed!!!:(:(:(

(Yet TRUE COURAGEOUS HEROES of TRUTH…go unknown or forgotten.)

We can handpick specific names and handpick specific regimes and handpick specifics from history and specifics from modern-story the various forms of government aka “tyrannies of terror” aka tyrannies of TRIAL AND ERROR (in lesser and/or greater degree/form) that have caused (wittingly or unwittingly)…and “will” continue to cause MUCH HUMAN SUFFERING!!!..to pursue their “free” will for power/control to enslave the masses of man”kind”…(may be? they already “have”  man “cruel”)!:(

🙁 🙁 …however, GENERALLY SPEAKING…ALL FORMS OF HUMAN RULE/GOVERNMENT ARE EPIC FAILS!!!…it’s just the word may not be completely out yet aka revealed regarding all the (hidden)/depth of crime and corruption. That is partly why I Stand Firm in being Politically Neutral!..and refuse to place my hope or pledge allegiance to all the blood-guilty governments of this world!

IF a little context is needed, please see a stone, a joan…crying out (2 U) and semblance(s) of power

Commenting on the importance of hosting such displays in Tel Aviv, Yair Auron, an Israeli historian and professor emeritus at the Open University of Israel, stated: “I feel it is especially important for young people in high school to visit the exhibit, because unfortunately the level of knowledge about Jehovah’s Witnesses is very, very limited. Most Israelis do not know anything about Jehovah’s Witnesses and their story during the Nazi period.”

“Jehovah’s Witnesses were among those decent people who paid a very high price because they were loyal to their own beliefs and inner conscience,” commented Professor Gideon Greif, a historian who specializes in the history of Auschwitz.

Summing up her visit, Holocaust art historian Dr. Batya Brutin stated: “I think that learning about the experience of Jehovah’s Witnesses during the Nazi era could underscore the kind of values that could help us make this world a better place.”

Further reading from above-excerpted quotes: /news/releases/by-region/israel/tel-aviv-exhibit-jehovahs-witnesses/

Auf Wiedersehen 🙂

https://www.ushmm.org/exhibition/music/detail.php?content=witness

related link: https://www.ushmm.org/collections/bibliography/jehovahs-witnesses

5/6/18 @ 1:01 p.m.

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