Lost Israel Found
The stone kingdom -- Nebuchadnezzar's dream -- Daniel's interpretation -- The four kingdoms: Babylon, Medo-Persian, Grecian, Roman -- The ten toes -- England not one of them -- Portugal instead -- The stone is God's people, Israel, now the Anglo-Saxons -- Their increase: 1. In wealth. 2. In literature. 3. Political influence. 4. In religious influence -- Hence this people must be the stone kingdom.
The Stone Kingdom.
The wonderful dream of Nebuchadnezzar, as interpreted by Daniel, is as follows:
"Thou, 0 King, art king of kings, unto whom the God of Heaven hath given the kingdom, the power, and the strength, and the glory . Thou art the head of gold; and after thee shall arise all other kingdom, inferior to thee; and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron; forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth al things, shall it break in pieces and crush.
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly broken.
And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall the sovereignty thereof be left to another people; but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
Forasmuch as thou sawest that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter; and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure."
This dream and its interpretation was given B. C. 603.
The four kingdoms: Babylon, Medo-Persian, Grecian, Roman
We are now in A. D. 1886, making 2,489 years since Daniel's declaration. What, then, during this long period, has taken place by which to prove the truth of Daniel's interpretation?
1. In the first place, Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom, the head of gold, passed away, and was succeeded by the Medo-Persian Kingdom -- the silver breast and arms. Next, the brass is agreed by all to have had its fulfillment in the Grecian Kingdom, under Alexander, and the Roman Kingdom came last, as the Iron Kingdom. These have all come and gone, their history having been written over and over again, so that there seems to be but one opinion on this subject; that these four kingdoms have fulfilled exactly Daniel's predictions.
The ten toes -- England not one of them -- Portugal instead
There remain, therefore, the toes only to be accounted for . It has been decided by historians that the Roman Empire finally died, and from its ashes there appeared in time ten other lesser kingdoms, in Europe, representing the ten toes.
Among these ten, England has been regarded as one by some, but doubted by others. And the doubt is made on this ground: It seems to be conceded on all hands, that the ten toes were a part of the iron kingdom, growing out of it, and therefore justly belonging to it; in the division of the Roman Empire, these ten minor kingdoms must be formed out of the Roman Empire itself; but England is proved by history to have never constituted a part of that empire, for when the Roman army was withdrawn from there, England was utterly abandoned by Rome, and was never after entered by that power.
So that England cannot properly be reckoned as one of the ten kingdoms into which Rome was divided. And in place of England, Portugal is believed to be the kingdom representing one of the toes, and that the little toe. This seems to me to be the proper rendering of the passage.
The stone is God's people, Israel, now the Anglo-Saxons.
We come then to the "Stone Kingdom'' This
is declared to be God's kingdom, and the subjects of this kingdom are to be
All the past prophecies up to this present time have been fulfilled as predicted, even to the very letter in the minutest particular, and therefore why need we fear or doubt even as to a like literal fulfillment of the remaining prophecies? Unbelief only can hesitate -- she always staggers, for she never walks with a firm tread. Faith alone is unmoved, because standing on the very throne of God. Here is truth -- where error never enters, and the light of God's countenance drives away all darkness. What people or nation so ever, therefore, we shall find meeting the specifications of the stone kingdom, must necessarily, be God's people -- his own Israel -- a nation rising in antiquity -- scattered abroad among all nations -- yet increasing from small beginnings -- towering above all nations -- numbering more than any other, and filling the world with its numbers, its wealth, its language, its literature, and above all, with its religion.
Such a people must certainly be the people of
God, and constitute the stone, the fifth -- the last kingdom. Now, to
find such a people, "must we ascend up to heaven to bring down a kingdom
from above, or shall we descend into the deep to bring a people up from
thence?" "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee," even at thy very
door; whichever way you look, you cannot escape the sight of such a
people. And that people is "the Anglo-Saxon Race"!
Now let us, as believers in the divine word, inquire what more could God have done for the exact accomplishment of his promises made to Abraham that He has not done? Is it possible for the human mind to conceive of anything wanting to the literal, the absolute fulfillment of all the prophetic predictions, up to the present time? And this, too, in the minutest particular?
Hence this people must be the stone kingdom.
We have found, then, this long-sought-for people who are to constitute the "Stone Kingdom" -- the fifth kingdom -- the kingdom, "set up by the God of heaven." And this people, who were to retain the kingdom -- which should not be left to another people, is verily the Anglo-Saxon race, the identical descendants of the lost ten tribes, the very Israel of God.