A 30-foot inflatable figure stands outside the Church.
Members of the congregation call him, “Nebe,"
It's not unusual for churches to include statues in the church sanctuary or as part of the landscape. The statues are usually of Jesus or one of the saints. Sometimes they reenact a scene from the Bible. Sometimes the statues are so big that they lead to distraction was with the fifty foot Jesus at the Rock Solid Church in Monroe, Ohio.
But I have never heard of a church setting up a statue from the apocalyptic dreams of Nebuchadnezzar. But that is just what a church in Standwood, Washington has done.
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.
The statue is being used to promote the upcoming lectures given by an expert in end times prophecy. The goal of the statue is to generate interest in the metallic man and what the Bible has to say about the end times. While I doubt that the featured speaker and I would agree on too many areas when it comes to "end times prophecy," I do give the planning committee full points for the most creative gimmick to date.