P.S. do you know any way of connecting the clay in the feet of Daniel 2 with the church / Papacy… in the Bible ? I know that that is easy with Daniel 7… but what about Dan. 2 ?
Daniel 2 can be shown as the church and state scenario through the fact that the iron equals Rome (in the division between the iron and clay, there is an obvious change in the character/position of Rome) and the clay is represented as God’s people in Jeremiah 18. “Jeremiah 18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Jeremiah 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Jeremiah 18:3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Jeremiah 18:5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”
Remember, the ‘clay’ was not only in apostasy when Jeremiah was writing to them (the Children of Israel), but they were also “marred in the hand of the potter.” God’s people have always been either righteous or unrighteous. In the time of Daniel 2, and during the times specified by the clay, God’s people were apostate—the Roman Papacy. Hence the later call, “Come out of her My people…”
It was said in early church history by Paul, “Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” And, unfortunately, we’ve seen that occur in the system of the iron, then the iron and clay.