Were any efforts to he made to reunite the divided empire of Rome?
"And whereas thou saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but
they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay." Verse 43.
NOTES - Charlemagne, Charles V, Louis XIV, and Napoleon all tried to reunite the broken
fragments of the Roman Empire, but failed. By marriage and intermarriage ties have been formed with a
view to strengthening and cementing together the shattered kingdom; but none have succeeded. The
element of disunion remains. Many political revolutions and territorial changes have occurred in Europe
since the fall of the Roman Empire in AD. 476; but its divided state still remains.
This remarkable dream, as interpreted by Daniel, presents in the briefest form, and yet with
unmistakable clearness, the course of world empires from the time of Nebuchadnezzar to the dose of
earthly history and the setting up of the everlasting kingdom of God. The history confirms the prophecy.
The sovereignty of the world was held by Babylon from the time of this dream, 603 BC. until 538 BC.,
when it passed to the Medes and Persians. The victory of the Grecian forces at the battle of Arbela, in 331
BC. marked the downfall of the Medo-Persian Empire, and the Greeks then became the undisputed rulers
of the world. The battle of Pydna, in Macedonia, in 168 BC., was the last organized effort to withstand a
world-wide conquest by the Romans, and at that time therefore the sovereignty passed from the Greeks to
the Romans, and the fourth kingdom was fully established. The division of Rome into ten kingdoms is
definitely foretold in the vision recorded in the seventh chapter of Daniel, and occurred between the years
AD. 351 and AD. 476.
What instruction shows that sanctification is a progressive work?
How does Paul speak of the resurrection of Christ?
What event is closely associated with the establishment of God's everlasting kingdom?
How many will yield to the demand to worship the beast?
How did Jesus answer them?
Of what besides a knowledge of God as Creator, is the Sabbath a sign?
Then by whom was the Sabbath made?
Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle