THE MATTER OF THE MINGLING
Our last installment of the Matter of the Mingling
introduced what I’ve previously dubbed a promissory collision, in
that the prophecy associated with the Mingling in Daniel, asserts
the kingdoms destroyed by the “stone” the builders rejected, will
permanently crush the earthly kingdoms imaged in the famous statue. One of
these kingdoms was what was left of Israel (in the Southern land of
Judaea represented by the clay in the prophecy), but since the
modern state which calls itself Israel was re-established in the same
geographic area in the Middle East in 1948, there is an apparent contradiction
found in this prophecy.
To briefly recap the details, the Scriptural text tells us these
kingdoms are to be destroyed, to the degree they become like dust which is
blown away by the wind, so that “no place was found for them”
(Daniel 2:35). Furthermore, we’ve established the nation imaged by the clay
was indeed ancient Israel, as it was among “all these
kingdoms” which were “consumed” (Daniel 2:44). We also found
the Roman Empire is never to be “revived,” as taught by the false
prophets, so the prophecy tells us all of the kingdoms which were destroyed are
not going to return in the modern timeline.
As a second witness to the finality of these nation’s
destruction, we’ve also cited the ominous prophecy from Amos:
“The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will
not again pass by them any more” (Amos 8:2).
However, anyone aware of the physical world we live in can tell
you about the apparent national resurrection of the state of Israel – a
modern state which is situated within borders that encompass the city of Jerusalem.
Thus, as is often the case, when certain facts in Bible prophecy just
don’t seem to add up, there is a significant blessing in uncovering the
truth of the matter – and this instance is no exception.
As most prophecy teachers commonly teach the four beast kingdoms
found in Daniel 7 are simply another view of the four kingdoms in Daniel 2
(which we’ve been examining in the statue dream of Nebuchadnezzar), they
miss key statements which indicate they are not the same – thereby
further skewing the issue of identity in the wrong direction. The
four kingdoms in Daniel 7 are actually Christian era kingdoms, which are
manifested as political powers which parallel the ancient four.
As we showed in our previous chapter which exposed the false
doctrine of the fictional “Revived Roman Empire,” the false
prophets of our time universally reject the prophetic parallels
identification because it destroys the false doctrines they cherish.
Just as in chapter 2 where Daniel interprets the statue dream as forecasting
four great empires, Daniel chapter 7 does the same – except these four
are kingdoms which emerge during the Christian era.
“I saw in my vision by night…And four great beasts
came up from the sea…The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s
wings…And behold another beast, like to a bear…and lo, another,
like a leopard…and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong
exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth” (Daniel 7:2-7).
The false prophets have steadfastly refused to recognize the
truth that these four empires correlate to England, Russia, Germany, and
America – and there are extensive prophetic parallels between them and
the ancient foursome of Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. As there are already
multiple books, DVD’s, prophecy essays, and broadcasts documenting these
identities, and the central focus of the present work is the Matter of
the Mingling, we will simply say this is the Word of the LORD, and
believers who reject this profound truth do so at their own peril.
However, it is a simple matter to note that when these four
modern empires rise and fall, the Scripture poignantly tells us they lose
their dominion, but they do not cease to exist, as these four
kingdoms, imaged as beasts, have their existence prolonged.
“As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their
dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and
time” (Daniel 7:12).
This is in sharp contrast to the decisive end of the four
kingdoms which are crushed by the “stone” which the builders
rejected – the Kingdom of God – and as those four kingdoms
were broken to “pieces,” the power of God blows them away as they
are now like dust in the wind. Indeed, while the Scripture tells of
Babylon’s fall to the Persians in that fateful night described in Daniel
5, historical records tell us the king and his royals were all executed the
same night the Persians took over. Likewise, Alexander’s Grecian
power decisively destroyed the Persian power of Darius III in a famous battle
at Gaugemela in 331 BC.
Alexander died very abruptly, and since his Kingdom was divided
among four of his generals, the Grecian empire came to a sudden end. Rome
lost her leadership role as well, but the march of the Gospel continued as the
ancient quartet disappeared into historical obscurity. The same cannot be said
for England, Russia, Germany, or America, as they are all still with us (albeit
diminished from their apex of power), just as the text tells us “they had
their dominion taken away” (Daniel 7:12).
We might add that the destruction of Judaea and Jerusalem is
documented in extreme detail, as the prophecy of Jesus Christ concerning the
leveling of the temple, was vividly fulfilled.
“And Jesus went out, and departed from the
temple…and Jesus said unto them, See ye all these things? Verily I say
unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not
be thrown down” (Matthew 24:1, 2).
This fact alone, points us to a significant understanding in
Bible prophecy. The phenomena of prophetic parallels also has
direct bearing on the present probe. This is particularly true when we examine
the mystical verse which speaks of that most unusual group, which seeks to mingle
their apparently Spiritual seed with the “seed of men,” in the
astonishing prophecy which coincides with the arrival of the Kingdom of God in
the book of Daniel.
“In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up
a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed” (Daniel 2:44).
In our last installment of the Matter of the Mingling,
we showed how the people of Israel were considered the children of God. In
fact, there are many Old Covenant Scriptures which utilize euphemisms for the
seed of God, or the sons of God. For instance, Moses tells Israel they
are the children of God.
“Ye are the children of the Lord your God”
In multiple places throughout the Scriptures, they are called the
holy people, a peculiar people, a chosen people, a special people, and so
forth. However, in the earliest stage of our history, as the Genesis record
proves, the sons of God were indeed the angels, who mingled their
Spiritual seed with the seed of men.
“The sons of God saw the daughters of men
that they were fair and they took them wives all which they chose…and
they bare children to them” (Genesis 6:2, 4).
In other words, the sons of God saw that the Lord has a very
special destiny in store for mankind and, because the angels had departed from
His divine ways, they sought to thwart His plan through the mingling
of their wicked essence with the relative purity in the LORD’s flesh and
blood creation. However, in the later attempt at mingling (which is spoken of
in Daniel), the roles are reversed.
When we step back and look at the large scale symmetry involved
in this revolutionary role reversal, things come into focus. In the
first incursion, the spiritual beings we know as the Nephilim mingled
their Spiritual seed with the flesh and blood creation known as mankind. This
mixture exported the spiritual corruption in the Fallen Sons of
God, and imported that evil into the flesh and blood creation. However,
after the Kingdom of God was established at the cross, and Christ’s redemption
“made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”
(Ephesians 2:6), we became the sons of God.
Because the attempted mingling (addressed in Daniel
2) comes as the Lord sets up His Kingdom, it speaks of an effort to import the
corruption inherent in the flesh and blood seed of men, back into those
who have been redeemed in the Spiritual realm.
“They [the Christ regenerated sons of God]
shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not
cleave one to another” (Daniel 2:43).
Unlike the case seen in the Old Covenant, where flesh and blood
Israel fell to the wiles of the Nephilim devils, the New Covenant is “a
better covenant, which was established upon better promises” (Hebrews
8:6) – and, as the LORD promised to King David through the prophet
Nathan – if and when the body of Christ sins, they are not
removed, but corrected by the grace of the LORD.
“I will be [their] father, and [they] shall be my son[s]. If
[they] commit iniquity, I will chasten [them] with the rod of man, and
with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart
away from [them], as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
And thine house and thy kingdom [the Spiritual Davidic throne] shall be
established for ever…” (II Samuel 7:14-16).
The Apostle Peter even connects the Fallen Ones to
the seed of men “who live in error,” as they seek to mingle
their corrupted flesh and blood with those who “have escaped the
pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ” (II Peter 2:18, 20). The New Testament speaks of some who were
delivered to freedom through Christ, but have since become
“entangled” (read mingled) with “false teachers,” who
bring in heretical doctrine which attempts to “lure” them back to
their “pernicious ways” (II Peter 2:20, 1, 18, 2). But as the text
says, “they shall not cleave one to another” (Daniel 2:43), for Peter
says the LORD knows how to separate the “seed of God” from
the “seed of men” in their deceptive attempt to blend the saved
with the unsaved.
“There shall be false teachers among [the
believers]…even denying [that we are redeemed by] the Lord that bought
them [which will] bring upon themselves swift destruction. For if God
spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and
delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto
judgment…[but] delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of
the wicked…The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of
temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment
to be punished” (II Peter 2:1, 4, 7, 9).
A studied analysis of the book of Acts shows how Old Covenant
observant Jews repeatedly sought to mingle the laws of Moses with the Gospel,
and this occurred early on as the Kingdom of God in Christ arrived. As many
Jews joined the body of Christian believers in Jerusalem, and sought to mingle
the laws in the Old Covenant with the grace of Christ in the New Covenant, the
prophecy anticipating the effort to mingle the seed of men
– represented by the half hearted Jews who sought to straddle both
covenants – with the genuine seed of God, was fulfilled.
“And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the
brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye
cannot be saved” (Acts 15:1).
The Apostle Paul grappled with the effort to mingle
the covenants, even as he re-defined what it means to be chosen by the LORD as
a Jewish person. Writing to the Gentile Romans who had embraced the free
gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, Paul explained that under the New
Covenant, saved people have been born again as Spiritual Jews.
“He is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [the
sign of salvation] is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the
letter” (Romans 2:29).
Since the Apostle Paul also wrote that conforming to the
Old Covenant law represented the Spirit of Death, it is clear
those flesh and blood Jews who claimed they were Christians – even while
attempting to retain the Old Covenant statutes, must be viewed as the seed
of men – as opposed to the seed of God. In fact,
Paul repeatedly taught that those who held onto the Old Covenant letter of the
law after it had been “abolished,” had “minds [that] were
blinded” through a refusal to embrace the Spirit of Christ (II
Corinthians 3:13, 14).
“[Christians are] the epistle of Christ ministered by us,
written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not
in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. …ministers of the
new testament; not of the letter [of the law], but of the spirit: for
the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (II Corinthians
Not only did Paul indicate the only real Jew is a person who has
been converted to salvation in the realm of the Spirit, he clearly stated that
with the arrival of the Kingdom of God in Christ, flesh and blood Jews no
longer exist at all.
“For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is
that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh” (Romans 2:28).
This was the epitaph of the ancient remnant of physical Israel in
Jerusalem, for a short time later, as the military forces of Rome laid siege to
the city, the “clay” was ground to powder, dispersed by the wind of
God, never to be seen again. This far-reaching statement in your Holy Bible
explains the apparent contradiction in which “all these kingdoms”
in Daniel 2 – including ancient Israel – become as dust in the
wind, destroyed by the Kingdom of God – whereas the return of the nation
of Israel in our time contradicts that prophecy.
To put it another way, the modern state which calls itself
Israel is not Israel at all – as the only “Israel” in
the Bible is comprised of the sons of God – all the former
Jews, and former Gentiles who have been regenerated in the Spirit through the
amazing ministry of JESUS
-- James Lloyd
To Be Continued
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