I have been convinced that Hesiod is indeed a man that was influenced by the kingdom of darkness of the spiritual realm. Everything he writes is inspired by the governor of such kingdom or his workers, and I know I might be mocked at this, but truth is truth whether it is believed or not. It is indeed easier to believe he is a mere poet that writes myths and metaphors using the word “gods” in order to explain his worldview. Nevertheless, reasoning in this manner is ignoring the spiritual structures in his works that influence the mind of our spirits to deceive humanity from the truth.
His view of mankind’s past and future is basically about no hope or significance for human beings. Everything we do is either a reward or consequence of Zeus’ whims. He creates generations and destroys them however and whenever he desires. There have been, according to Hesiod, five generations of human races or types, a golden, a silver, a demi-god, a bronze, and an iron generation. Hesiod refers to today’s generation as the one of iron and the worst of all the five generations absolutely ending in evil. All past generations were better than this one, but still they all decayed to end in the iron age.
It is interesting that King Nebuchadnezzar had a vision where he saw a statue made of gold on the head, silver on the chest, bronze on the stomach and thighs, iron on the legs, and iron mixed with clay on the feet. Let’s check it: As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart. 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. –Daniel 2:29-35
In the Bible God is directly revealing to the Babylonian king the constitution of five kingdoms, including his and how all of them are destroyed by a rock. This was part of what was about to occur in the coming of Jesus Christ. Hesiod’s “false prophecy”, so to speak, is a lame copy or piracy of the truth by the father of all lies that tries to fool mankind and corrupt that which is eternal. Next is the interpretation of the dream: This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 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. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 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. For as much 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. -Daniel 2:36-45
The five kingdoms are Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. These kingdoms conform a whole spiritual structure or system that is ruled by darkness. In the natural they were a manifestation of spiritual entities that guard the form of government of the devil. Rome is the vulnerable kingdom, due to its tremendous expansion. A rule of war says that the more you expand, the more vulnerable you become. Rome fell because of its expansion. Notwithstanding, Jesus was not destroying the physical empire of Rome when he became flesh, or else Rome would have succumb to the rule of Jesus the instant He came to earth. As a matter of fact, Jesus was bringing down the whole structure built by the spiritual Babylon “mother of all prostitutes”. Unlike many protestant interpretations, Babylon is not the catholic church and it is not just a historic empire that ceased to exist. It is actually the spiritual city from which darkness, chaos, and confusion reign. In other words, it is the counter of the New Jerusalem.
The five kingdoms represent the whole system of iniquity and Jesus destroyed it on the cross to build and establish His Kingdom on the entire earth. Rome was and still is recognized through its judicial system or law (lex in latin). This lex ignored and ignores the true righteousness of God, which is through love and was manifested by the Holy Lamb. The righteousness of God is counter to the lex formed with iniquitous thoughts and it is the one that sustains the throne of God. Therefore, if you are capable to understand this, you will see that Hesiod is receiving actual revelation that is coming from spiritual entities that oppose to the Spirit of God and what He did when He became flesh. What these entities tried to do is deviate the Greeks from having faith, hope, and love which are given through the sacrifice of Jesus whom is the rock that destroyed the statue to become a mountain that filled the earth.
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