How we see God’s word and which version of Bible we use makes a very big deal for our lives because not much is more central to us than the Word of God. The Image of Gold in Daniel represents the Bible, and the two images Daniel mentions are actually connected.
Daniel 3:1, “Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore (60) cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.”
The image here is sixty cubits high and six cubits wide. 60 + 6 = 66. This represents the 66 books of the Bible.
The fact that the image is made of “gold” represents the extreme value and purity of what is in the Bible. Nonetheless it is just an “image,” The Bible itself is just an image of the WORD, The WORD is Jesus Christ himself! (John 1)Whoever did not bow down and worship this image was cast into a furnace and burned. This represents the opposition to finding the revelation outside the 66 books of the Bible. The people in the Bible used other works such as the book of Enoch and book of Jasher. There is wisdom and revelation hidden in the apocrypha. Let the 66 books of the Bible be your foundation, but not your limitation.
31 “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.
32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
The head of gold represents the King James translation of “the image” the Bible. The purity of God’s word in the King James stands alone and is unmatched by other translations. It takes effort at first to learn the King James Bible but then quickly gets easier as you get used to it. But it is certainly worth it to have the untainted purity of God’s revelation.
As we go down the image, the next element is silver.
Silver, brass, and iron, they all become more common and less glorious. This represents the new translations. Scholars unsatisfied with God’s gold, perverting and changing the word into THEIR OWN IMAGE rather than the image of the Word Himself. The feet of iron and clay represents the paraphrase bibles which are the very bottom.
34 “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.
35 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.”
The Stone cut without hands represents Christ and his Kingdom Age. The Word Himself! Christ Jesus!
1 Corinthians 13:10
“When that which is perfect (Christ; The Kingdom Age) is come….”“Then that which is in part (The Bible; the Church Age) will pass away”
12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
Although the King James Bible is gold, it is still like seeing through as glass darkly. It is still knowledge “in part.” The Bible itself is simple the path to what is perfect, knowing the Word Himself!