The polarization that is being entrenched in American society and Politics these days was foretold long ago in the Book of Daniel from the scriptures written during the captivity of Babylon 2600 years ago.
The King of Babylon had a terrible nightmare that left him shaken to the bone. Fear spread to everyone in his Court. He called in all his Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers, Advisers, Experts, Consultants and Academics to tell him the dream which he forgot.
No one could tell him what is was, and he ordered all the wise men in Babylon to be executed. He reasoned he could not have had such a terrible nightmare unless he was being given bad advice.
Daniel, a Jew of the captivity and recognized as being a dis-solver of doubts, was able to get a stay of execution while he prayed to the God of Abraham to have the dream revealed to him. It was.
Daniel told the king,
You, O king, saw, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before you; and the form of it was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
You, O king, are a king of kings: for the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And where ever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven has he given into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all. You are this head of gold.
After you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you, (Persia/Iran) and another third kingdom of brass, (Greece) which shall bear rule over all the earth.
And the fourth kingdom (Rome) shall be strong as iron: inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things: and as iron that breaks all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
And whereas you saw the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be DIVIDED; but there shall be in it of the STRENGTH OF IRON, inasmuch as you saw 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 whereas you 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.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
No doubt the king was relieved and pleased in hearing this interpretation of a dream he did not remember. While the Bible does not say it, I assume the death sentence on the wise men of Babylon was rescinded.
In my view, the feet and toes of this vision describes The Un-United States, the latest face of Imperial Babylon-Imperial Rome, with the strong as iron military force bombing and breaking in pieces so many parts of the world, trying to subdue it, and the widening Republican/Democratic divide among it’s people. This is exactly how Americans are behaving with each other and the world at this juncture of history
Ancient Babylon, now known as Iraq, was the world’s 1st Imperial Superpower 2600 years ago. This concept of an Imperial Superpower is carried over from the Old Testament to the Revelation of the New Testament to the end of days, the Un-United States being the latest, greatest of them all. The tail has struck the head. How great will be the crash of it?
While I take no pleasure in the thought, I see all the circumstances coming together in the near Future that will cause a stream of Americans to seek Refugee Status in CanaDa escaping American style Home Grown Terrorism. There will be guns a plenty going off.