Awakening to the Smiting of the Iron and the Miry Clay

by Dr. James Willingham

Daniel speaks of the iron and the miry clay in the feet of the image of a great evil, a monstrous cabal throughout history, since the days of the Babylonians.  Did Washington know it, when he spoke of the illuminati being in the land. For the past103 years a cabal has run this nation, involving it in a series of wars, causing depressions, and use the cover that monetary system to rob the American people as Jefferson indicated they would do.  It is perhaps the last great struggle before the 1000 generations (note: not a millennium of years but of generations) of the peaceful settlement of THE starry heaven (mt.24:31).  The stone smiting the old image in its feet, hits it in its weakest point, the feet of iron and miry clay.  Without its feet, the image cannot stand.  But what of the stone?  The stone represents the Gospel which is found to fit the age and every age like interlocking parts, so to speak.  Our failure is twofold, a failure to understand the cabal in its strengths and weaknesses (note the miry clay is not even mentioned in the smiting).  The strength is in the iron, but it cannot endure due to the miry clay and the smiting of the stone.

The stone has been set before us in the Great Reformation, the First and Second Great Awakenings. and the launching of the Great Century of Missions.  That stone is the theology is the Gospel, the Good News of the theology preached and taught in those visitations.  Far more interesting, exciting, and attractive, even compelling, are the truths of the stone, the truth of God’s Sovereignty as expressed in Predestination, Total Depravity/Inability, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement/Particular Redemption, Irresistible Grace, Perseverance/Preservation of the Saints, and Reprobation.  This is the theology of the Divine Visitation which shall win the whole earth in one generation and every soul in it, followed by numerous generations (I Chrion.16:15 suggests a 1000, a hyperbole perhaps, suggest of an innumerable multitude)  The innumerable sand of the seas, the stars of the heaven, and the redeemed in Heaven certainly call for enlarged conceptions, large than has been dreamed hitherto.

Such truths are invitations – even when they are the very opposites of what would normally be expected.  Our Lord said to the woman of Canaan in Mt. 15:21-28 that He was not sent but to the House of Israel.  She was not a Jew, physically that is.  She snatched as it as an opportunity to worship Him, to fall down before Him as an abject object for mercy.  The rest of the discussion, the little dogs for example, lend credence to the contention.  Actually, such truths are winsome to the sinners who need deliverance from their miseries.  When one has no hope in self, then practically anything offers hope, even the most negative of statements.  The very opposite of Hope, the message of Judgment without a hint of mercy, Jonah’s sermon to the city of Nineveh becomes the means of hope as the King’s question indicates: Who can tell?  The truths of therapeutic paradoxes work as do those of counseling therapies.  The darkest hour is just before the dawn.  Joy cometh in the morning from one end of the starry heaven to the other.  The Third Great Awakening is the last that will last.  But before that blessed time, we might well have to suffer a bit for our Savior.  It will be for His glory, and the end of the age of iron  The miry clay deserves no comment as it will melt away.


About dr. james willingham

B.S. Ed. Lincoln Univ., Mo., '67; M.A. (American Social and Intellectual History) (GPA 3.7) Morehead State Univ., Ky. '71; work toward a Ph.D. in American and Black History, 6 hrs. Univ. of South Carolina and 12 at Columbia Univ., NY, Spring and Summer of '71 respectively; M.Div. '74; D. Min. '76 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, NC; M.A. '88 Liberty Univ., Va, (counseling). Honors: Phi Alpha theta - the International Honor Society of Historians; Pi Gamma Mu - The National Honor Society of Social Scientists Graduate Assistant, Morehead State, '69-70; Lecture: The Stanley Elkins Thesis: A Critique. Summer Afternoon Lecture Series Columbia University, Summer '71; Instructor, South Carolina State College, 1970-72 (taught 4-5 sections in American History. taught one course in Philosophy, Spring of '71), Adjunct faculty" Richmond Community College, Rockingham, NC 1985, taught two quarters of Political Science. Thesis for M.A. in American Social & Intellectual History: "The Baptists & Ministerial Qualifications:1750-1850." Prospectus for Doctoral Dissertation at Columbia University, Summer of '71, "The Baptists and Slavery." Instructor Seminary Extension: Greater Gaston Baptist Association, Gastonia, NC, 2002-2004. Taught Systematic Theology, Baptist History, Church History, Preaching, Isaiah, Hebrews Introduction to New Testament Theology. Pastorates: Pilot Knob Baptist Church, Belle, Mo., '62-64; Elston Baptist Church, Elston, Mo., '65-66; Gum Springs Baptist Church, Moncure, NC., '72-83; Heritage Baptist Church, Rockingham, NC, '84-96; Interim, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Casar, NC, 1/2001-3/2001. Chairman, Historical Committee, Sandy Creek Baptist Association, '77=81; Chairman, Historical Committee, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, '85-86. Annual Sermon, Sandy Creek Association, 1981 Lecture: "The Genius of Orthodoxy: Eldresses." BSCNC. Delivered as Chairman of the Committee Fall of '85. Play: The Mirror of Our Past. Visual History of Jersey Baptist Church
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2 Responses to Awakening to the Smiting of the Iron and the Miry Clay

  1. Christiane says:

    On the occasion of the celebration of Pentecost, I am thinking of our ‘last awakening’, in that place beyond this Earth that Our Lord has prepared for us . . .

    “O Morning Star,
    splendour of light eternal
    and sun of righteousness:
    and enlighten those who dwell in darkness
    and the shadow of death.”
    (O Oriens, from the ‘O’ Antiphons)

    ‘. . . every trace of Light begins a grace in me, a beckoning.
    The smallest gleam is somehow a beginning and a calling;
    “Sleeper awake,
    the darkness was a dream.”
    (Malcolm Guite)

    “And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.”
    (1 Cor 15:26)

  2. I, too, welcome the thought of the last awakening. However, for now my desire is to see our Lord glorified as in when He becomes the God of the whole earth.

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