Iron nails used in the doors and gates of
In the scriptures
there is a strong correlation between the subject of bondage and the
biblical use of the metal, iron. While often bondage carries a negative
connotation, it sometimes carries a positive connotation. Nails are
used to fasten things together. This is extremely important in houses
and buildings. There are two Old Testament scriptures in which there
are references to iron nails:
1. 1 Chr. 22:3 "And
David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the
gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight;"
2. 2 Chr. 24:12
"And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the
service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to
repair the house of the LORD, and also such as wrought iron and brass to
mend the house of the LORD."
The first reference
is to the building of the temple. The second reference is to the repair
of the temple. Anyone responsible for the building of structures knows
the importance of nails.
The use of iron
nails in bonding together the materials in the temple points us to the
binding materials that bind the members of the Lord's church to the
service of the Lord and to one another.
The preaching of the
gospel serves to bind the Lord's people to the service of the Lord in
his gospel kingdom church:
1. Matt. 16:19 "And
I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever
thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou
shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
2. Eph. 6:20 "For
which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I
ought to speak."
3. Phil. 1:7 "Even
as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my
heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation
of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace."
Love binds the
hearts of the members of the church to one another, and binds us to the
perfect ways of the Lord and his service, and binds us to serve and
worship God in his way:
1. Col. 3:14 "And
above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness."
2. 2 Cor. 5:14 "For
the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one
died for all, then were all dead:"
3. Col. 2:2 "That
their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto
all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment
of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;"
Hope binds our soul
to heaven's glory world: Heb. 6:19 "Which hope we have as an anchor of
the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within
Faith unites the
members of the church to the true worship and service of God: Eph. 4:13
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fulness of Christ:"
The spirit binds us
to serve the Lord:
1. Eph. 4:3 "Endeavouring
to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
2. Acts 20:22 "And
now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the
things that shall befall me there:"
Rome was the iron kingdom
There is a strong correlation in the scriptures between the subject of
bondage and the metal, iron. The correlation is manifest in the
description of a dream that the greatest king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar
dreamed. This is found in the book of Daniel. God blessed the Hebrew
young man by the name of Daniel to interpret the dream for the king. In
the dream, the king saw an image that was set up. The description of
this image is given to us in Dan. 2:31-34: "Thou, O king, sawest, and
behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent,
stood before thee; and the form thereof 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. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which
smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them
to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the
gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer
threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found
for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain,
and filled the whole earth."
It was revealed by God unto Daniel
and told to Nebuchadnezzar that Babylon was the first of four successive
multi-national kingdoms on the face of the earth. The gold represented
Babylon. The silver represented the Medo-Persian Empire. The brass
represented the empire of Greece. The iron represented the Roman Empire.
Rome was, therefore, the fourth of the successive great empires on the
earth. Dan. 2:40 describes Rome as follows: "And the fourth kingdom
shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and
subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break
in pieces and bruise." The promise is that Rome would be greater in
extent than the three previous kingdoms, but would break and subdue the
previous kingdoms as well as spread over the entire civilized world.
Since Rome was the iron kingdom
and iron represents bondage, Rome was to subdue into bondage all the
nations and peoples under Rome. We find the Jews to be in such a
condition when the gospels were written. She had even lost the ability
to administer capital punishment. In order to crucify Christ, the Roman
governor had to be persuaded to do it.
Due to the iron rule of Rome, Rome
lasted as a great empire far longer than the kingdoms which were before
her. As great as Rome was, there was a greater kingdom that was
prophesied in the dream given to Nebuchadnezzar. This kingdom is
described in Dan. 2:44, 45: "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. 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." This prophecy obviously pertains to the Kingdom of Heaven
set up by the Lord Jesus Christ while he sojourned here in the flesh.
The Kingdom of Heaven is a
spiritual kingdom with Christ as the King. Though it is a spiritual
kingdom, yet through the teachings of the bible and the workings of the
Holy Spirit this Kingdom of Heaven was ultimately responsible for the
fall of Rome and those kingdoms that were before her, just as was
prophesied unto king Nebuchadnezzar. The Lord said, "Ye shall know the
truth and the truth shall make you free." The truth delivers us from
error and from the bondage of men.