Head of Gold - Babylonian Empire
Chest and Arms of Silver - Persian Empire (with the Medes)
Belly and Thighs of Bronze - Greek Empire (Alexander the Great)
Legs and Feet of Iron, Iron/Clay - Roman Empire
Each portion of the image represents the current world power.
Each portion/empire is overtaken with the next, with Rome as the final empire.
Now, two things to note as we go down the statue:
-The metals become stronger
-The metals become less in value
We discussed that strength makes sense - Rome was like a nation of iron and was stronger than those before it. The value, though, we weren't sure. Craig said that he feels it represents the pure authority and control of the leader. The Babylonian King had complete and utter control - like a tyranny. The Persians leaders, though, were not in such a position. They were held to written laws so that once they decreed a law, they could not change it (Daniel 6:15). Later, democratic rule becomes even more of an issue and the Roman Senate has much control. It is an interesting idea and very logical.
And I am very tired from the HTML lab session this evening... I am going to snack on a piece of chocolate and consider preparing for bed. Tomorrow is another full day! I have to settle the matter of web account registration for the Bible Study and then attend my two classes.
Did I mention that the more I hear about NASB makes me want to look at one. First, though, I really need to take a careful look at the Book of Romans... Also, this Friday we are "quizzed" on the Israelite Kings! (candy is at stake!) Well, let's see, I remember King Saul, David, Solomon, Rehoboam, Hezekiah, Josiah, Manasseh, Ahab, Ahaz, and Queen-Mother Athaliah. That's a start, ne? :)