Daniel 2:41-43 ...'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.'
First of all, let us look at the Biblical meaning of iron and clay. What does iron denote in the Bible? Well, if you look at Psalm 2:9 and
Revelation 2:27, you will see that iron is a symbol of a ruling power. So in terms of the world, iron would denote a civil ruling world power.
And what about the clay? If you read Isaiah 64:8 and Jeremiah 18:1-6, you will see that clay in the Bible denotes the people of God, with the
Lord Himself being the Potter.
IRON = World Ruling Power CLAY = The Professed Church
So what is God telling us through the feet of Nebuchadnezzar's image? He is telling us that in the last days there would be a mingling of
civil power with the church. But we are not just talking about any church. God gives us even more detail if we look closely. Take a look at
the type of clay that is in the feet. It is called "miry clay" in the verses above. Meaning the clay is dirty, muddy clay. So
what does that tell us? It tells us that the church represented by the clay in the feet is a corrupt, apostate church.
The beginning of the feet with regards to history comes into play when the kingdom of Rome splits up and the Papal Church of Rome gains
supremacy and rules the nations through influencing the different civil governments and using them for her own corrupt ways. So the "strength"
of the iron (civil power) remains, but it is now "mixed" with "dirty clay" (apostate Christianity, via the Roman Catholic Church).
What about the toes? Some believe these to be the ten kingdoms that emerged after the fall of the Roman Empire. But this cannot be so, because
those ten original kingdoms, represented by the ten horns on the fourth beast in Daniel 7 became only 7 kingdoms, as 3 were "plucked up"
and destroyed by the Papacy. And yet the ten toes remain until the second coming of Christ Jesus (the Rock). So who are the ten toes? The book
of Revelation gives us the answer.
Daniel and Revelation are "one" prophetic book so to speak. With the first part given to Daniel by Jesus and the second part given
to John by Jesus. We cannot separate these two amazing books. They have to be read together in order to understand end time prophecy more fully.
Now look at what Revelation 17 says:
Revelation 17:12-13 ...'And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive
power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.'
The ten toes correspond with the ten horns on the beast of Revelation 17. The beast is the Papal Church of Rome and the ten horns are the "kings"
(kingdoms) which give their power to the Papacy in the last days. This is what God is showing us through the feet and toes on the image in Daniel
2 and the horns on the beast in Revelation 13 & 17. There will be a confederacy of ruling civil powers in the last days with the strength of iron, who will
give their power to the Roman Catholic beast, which is symbolized by the mixing of iron and "dirty" clay.
Catholicism is that corrupt, apostate religion with which the kings of the earth have united with in the past to form an abominable alliance.
And in the last days we will also see Protestant churches that have become apostate unite with Rome and other religions in this global
confederacy with the civil powers. A cry of unity is being spread all around the world today and that cry will get louder and louder until
the Papal Church receives it's power from the "kings of the earth". Then we will see the enforcement of the mark of the beast.
Jesus said that His kingdom is NOT OF THIS WORLD (John 18:36). Therefore we are NOT to unite with
the civil powers or any other kingdom of this world. God's true servants are to remain separate.
The Roman empire was the last world civil power to rule the world. Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome were all world ruling empires. But
God revealed in the feet of Nebuchadnezzar's image that there would never be another single civil power ruling the world. The feet shows us that from
the division of Rome the world would remain partly broken until the second coming. But what we will see, as Revelation 17 points out is the
kings of the earth giving their civil power to a church, which will usher in another "dark ages" where "religious" laws
(mark of the beast) will be enforced under penalty of death.
The good news is that this allegiance will only last a short time as Revelation 17 reveals. And there is only ONE KINGDOM that will last and
that is the Kingdom of God, represented by the rock that comes down from heaven to smash all the worldly kingdoms to pieces. Then the saints
will reign and live forever with our Lord Jesus Christ. Are you ready to enter that kingdom? Galatians 3:29 says ...'If ye be Christ's, then are
ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.' Do you have a daily relationship with Christ Jesus, the coming King? Do you love His
character? Are you walking in His footsteps and by His grace obeying His teachings and commandments? If not, then you need to take heed of the
warning Jesus gave in Luke 19:27 ...'But those Mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before Me.'
Please give your all to Jesus Christ today! (Mark 12:30)