Stanwood church erects 30-foot figure from Old Testament

STANWOOD — To advertise a month-long series of lectures on Bible prophecy, Cedarhome Seventh-day Adventist Church did something eye-catching.

In the front garden of the church on Cedarhome Road, church members set up a 30-foot inflatable metallic man, a character in King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream recounted in the Old Testament book of Daniel.

Held down by guide wires, the figure stands in a spotlight that makes it visible even during dark January nights.

“It’s an attention getter, that’s for sure,” said Greg Howell, who serves as pastor of the church.

Beginning next Friday, the church is hosting speaker Jac Colon of the Lewis County-based ministry called Revelation Now. Colon plans to speak from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. five nights a week — Fridays through Tuesdays — through Feb. 9 at the church, 28505 68th Ave. NW, in the northeast corner of Stanwood.

Bible scholars have written that the nature of apocalyptic chapters in the Old Testament was to offer encouragement to the righteous to remain true and faithful. Dreams and visions were interpreted as predictions concerning the rise and fall of nations from the time of the Babylonian captivity of the Jews to the establishment of the messianic kingdom. In King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, he sees an image of a great statue with a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, a belly of brass, legs of iron and feet of iron mixed with clay. Nebuchadnezzar demands that people tell him what the dream means.

Colon, a former Wall Street banker and Vietnam veteran, has taught Bible prophecy for nearly 40 years. His series of messages at Cedarhome is called “Unlocking Revelation.” Colon’s lectures deal primarily with the Book of Revelation, Howell said.

David Johnson of Stanwood arranged for Colon to speak and to have the inflatable figure put up at the church.

“The reason we obtained the inflatable statue is to generate interest and curiosity as to what the Bible and the metallic man have to say and how it affects you,” Johnson said.

Colon plans to talk about increasing violence, tensions in the Middle East, economic problems and environmental upheaval, Johnson said. The prophecies of the Bible bring personal peace in the midst of uncertain times, he said.

Colon, has a powerful personal story to tell, Howell said.

“We would love to have people come out and check out the metallic man and what the books of Daniel and Revelation have to say about the future,” Howell said.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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