The prophet Daniel interpreted a dream of pagan Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar during the time of the first destruction of the Jewish temple. Nebuchadnezzar took captive the Jewish population and spirited them away to Babylon.
It was during this timeframe in Babylon that Nebuchadnezzar had a troubling dream he could not remember. He ordered his magicians, soothsayers, and Chaldean wise men to tell him the meaning of this dream even though Nebuchadnezzar could not recall the dream. The king in a rage threatened to destroy all the wise men of Babylon if they could not do as the king decreed.
Daniel was informed of the predicament and Daniel was able to receive audience to Nebuchadnezzar in which he instructed the king to give Daniel time to not only reveal the troubling dream but to give its interpretation.
Daniel conducted a prayer session with Hebrew companions Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah and Daniel received a vision from God disclosing all that was bothering Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel then arranged to be brought before the king and presented what God revealed to Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel declared that the king’s wise men, astrologers, and magicians were helpless to disclose what the king requested, but there was a God in heaven that revealed secrets. Daniel then perfectly outlined Nebuchadnezzar’s dream that the king could not remember.
The king’s dream showed a terrible image in which the head was fine gold, the breast and the arms were silver, the belly and the thighs brass, the legs were of iron, and the feet were part iron and part clay. Then a stone cut out without hands destroyed the image and scattered the image as chaff in the wind. Then the stone became a great mountain and filled the entire Earth.
Nebuchadnezzar was greatly impressed that Daniel accurately described exactly what happened in the king’s dream. But the real stunner came as Daniel gave an interpretation of what the image represented.
As absolute ruler and authority of Babylon, Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that he was the head of gold. The breast and arms of silver represented an inferior kingdom that would rise after the fall of the Babylonian empire. The Medo-Persian empire was in the future and had not been established yet .
After the fall of the Medo-Persian empire, and empire of brass which represented the Greek empire would be the next dominant kingdom. After the Greek empire, a more inferior empire would reach global domination in the Roman empire which were the legs of iron.
Then finally in the kingdom of feet which were partly strong in iron and partly weak in clay were smash to bits by a stone not made with hands that would fill the entire Earth. The destiny of global empires were disclosed centuries and thousands of years before actually taking place.
Prognosticators of what the feet of part iron and part clay have generally theorized that the feet of the image represented ten toes which stood for a confederation of ten nations or kingdoms being in control of human events in the last days. Many believe that a European Union would be represented in the “ten toes” of the terrible image.http://www.raystedman.org/old-testament/daniel/the-last-act
However the Bible never stipulated 10 separate kingdoms because all that was interpreted by Daniel was the feet were part iron and part clay which signified strengths and weaknesses of a kingdom or kingdoms.
Nebuchadnezzar was absolute ruler of Babylon and had a problem with pride. The Medo-Persian empire was more inferior to the empire of Babylon and the Persian empire had an issue with legalism since the law was the absolute authority. The Greeks were all about tolerance and acceptance. The Roman empire had a tremendous standing army, treated their athletes as gods, and were corrupted from within due to immorality.
The feet of iron and clay could well represent a composite of all the kingdoms before it which represented more and more inferior kingdoms succeeding the kingdom before it. When one looks at the pride of Babylon, the legalism of the Medo-Persians, the tolerance of the Greeks, and the decadence of the Roman empire with its military might and love affair with athletes, does this not just paint a picture of the United States of America?
It seems more likely that a spiritual deterioration that took place from kingdom to kingdom would represent the inferiority of each kingdom coming after it, thus you had less valuable material being seen as to what each kingdom represented. It appears the inferior metal ultimately represented the falling of morality of each empire and the level it declined to.
It would put a non-traditional spin on what is believed to be the final kingdom and it would still be in line to the interpretations of Daniel. America could well be that kingdom in which “the stone not cut out with hands” that the everlasting kingdom is setup.
America’s role during the end times could well have been defined in Daniel.