Seeing the Church and the World in Plain View
Daniel 2 continued...
3.) Where Did The Stone Come From?
Read: Daniel 2:45 (KJV)
Verse 45) Forasmuch as thou sawest that the 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.
Answer: (a.) The stone came from the mountain.
b. If the image and the stone is symbolical then the mountain must also be symbolical.
4.) What Do Mountains Represent In Scripture?
Read: Zechariah 8:3 (KJV)
Verse 3) Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
a. Daniel in his prayer likens the church (Jerusalem) to a mountain.
*Read also: (Isaiah 51:16) (KJV)
Verse 16) And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
Read: Daniel 9:16, 20 (KJV)
Verse 16) O LORD, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
b. It could not be a literal mountain because a literal mountain cannot sin.
Verse 20) And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;
c. The stone must symbolize People. For only people can sin and not a literal mountain.
Read: Isaiah 2:1-3 (KJV)
Verse 1) The word that Isaiah the son of Amos saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
Verse 2) And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Verse 3) And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
a. God here shows that in the last days He will exalt His church (the mountain of the Lord's house) above all other churches and kingdoms.
b. Also, many people will be invited by the saints to join God's true church—the finishing of the Gospel.
c. Therefore, a mountain in Scripture represents People.