Iron and Clay

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Recently there has been a debate among prophecy teachers about the nature of the final world empire.  Some say it is a Western union of nations – a “Revived Roman Empire,” while others suspect it will be an Eastern coalition – essentially an Islamic Caliphate. 

In Daniel, chapter 2, the major world empires are depicted in a series of dreams and visions.  Before this time Egypt and Assyria had already come and gone as world powers.  King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream about a giant statue. He asked his wise men to interpret the dream, but they could not.  However, Daniel, a devout young Hebrew captive, was given the ability to declare the dream and its interpretation to the king.

The statue had a head of gold that represented the Babylonian Empire and King Nebuchadnezzar. 

The chest and arms were silver, and stood for the next world empire, which would have two parts.  This was fulfilled by the Medo-Persian Empire that eventually conquered Babylon.

 A bronze waist and thighs stood for another powerful empire that would arise.  This was a preview of Greece. 

The legs were of iron, stronger than the other metals, and they symbolized Rome, the strongest of all empires, and the last world empire to reign over the known world. 

The final aspect of the statue was the composition of the feet.  They were partly of iron, and partly of clay.  Then a rock fell from heaven, symbolizing the coming of Messiah to reign, and broke the feet, causing the whole statue to fall and break apart.  The rock then grew into a great mountain, representing the coming righteous reign of Christ. 

What would the iron and clay mean? It is a Revived Roman Empire–partly of the old iron of the ancient Roman Empire, and partly of clay, something weaker and brittle. It would include some of the old areas, but it would not be as strong and monolithic as the old Roman Empire. When the stone comes out of Heaven and lands on these feet they will break. The stone from Heaven represents the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ as King of Kings.  When he comes he will destroy the final evil empire and set up the Millennial Kingdom.

The Iron 

Today we have what might be called a United States of Europe. The first step toward the formation of a European superstate was the Benelux Agreement on June 8, 1948. This was a treaty between three very small countries, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Several years later, in 1957, in the city of Rome, and with a document called “The Treaty of Rome,” those three countries joined with three other countries, Italy, France, and Germany to form the EEC (European Economic Community), which was called the Common Market. In 1973 the United Kingdom or England came in along with Ireland and Denmark, making a total of nine nations. In 1981 Greece became the tenth member of the union.

Today this coalition has grown to 27 member nations in this European superstate, and it is now known as the European Union (EU) 

Since 2008 there has been another alignment of countries around the Mediterranean Sea.  It is called The Union for the Mediterranean. It includes EU member states and a number of North African and Middle East countries, making a total of 44 countries in the region.  Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi declined to join, calling it “another Roman empire.” 

The EU represents 500,000,000 people, a larger population and larger total economy than the U.S. A new study about the economic crisis showed that Europe is now the richest region in the world.        

The Clay? 

However, In spite of all its promise for a bright future, Europe has one overwhelming problem. The Muslim population is exploding all over Europe while its traditional residents are declining in numbers.  Europe is weak culturally, having lost its Christian conscience. And, as Christopher Caldwell warns in his book, Reflections on the revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West, “European culture is about to be extinguished by Islamic culture.”  This could very well be the “clay” that is mixed with the Roman “iron” in the feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s vision.

 At this time there is a historical uprising in Islamic countries, presumably to break the yoke of their dictatorships which have left the people in poverty.  The people want democracy, but the Iranian Revolution in 1979 is a grim reminder of what might happen instead.  Thanks to the powerful influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, these countries are in danger of trading one despotic form of government for another one, with a return to radical Islamic control and Sharia law.  If that does happen, these countries could then merge into a new Islamic Caliphate next to the European Union, which is already highly infiltrated by Muslim culture. If this should happen, there could even be a merger of the two empires into one overwhelming world power. 

Much of this is discussed and documented in our book, Connecting the Dots: A Handbook of Bible Prophecy.

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15 Responses to Iron and Clay

  1. J.I. says:

    2 Timothy 2:15:…In HIS Grip…

  2. Joan Clucas says:

    Isn’t it amazing what’s happening? If I didn’t know the Lord, I’d either hide and stockpile food, or run!! Poor world.

  3. Hi Ron,
    Timely article.

    I always thought that it would be European until a year or so ago when I observed Turkey and Iran getting together along with Syria and signing a new treaty and talking about establishing a new Caliphate.

    Now I am keeping an open mind and watching what is happening in the Middle East also.

    What really shook me up was an article I read that concluded that Rome would be a Muslim dominated city in 20 years and the Vatican would be an island surrounded by Islamic mosques. Seems rather far-fetched but considering what has happened in the last 10 years nothing is completely out of the question. If that demographic forecast is only half true the results would be rather dramatic.

    Blessings,
    Michael

  4. i support libya and Eygpt

  5. Alfred Ryal says:

    Nowhere in the Koran is there any mention of abolishing slavery, which places the religion in serious doubt. The Arabs were slave traders prior to Islam and remained slave traders. The reason for this evil practice was that Arabia was a barren terrain, the Arabs never learnt anything about agriculture, all they was how kidnap people, torture them till they break and consequently loose every sense of their humanity. Regardless of age or sex they were sold. To do all kinds of work and not get paid for it. Today slavery is a crime, but for thousands of years it was not. If Islam is truly a religion of mercy then it should have emphatically stated that slave trade is Haraam. But that would have ruined Arabian economy. When slavery was not abolished in Islam, then this religion is entirely fake.

  6. Scott Colpa says:

    “China has noted the recent developments in Libya and expressed his regret about the military attack against Libya,” the statement said. The text, which did not not call for a cease-fire, said that Beijing respects “the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity” of the country. “We hope that Libya can restore stability as quickly as possible and avoid further civilian casualties in escalating armed conflict,”

  7. EU.Dividing Africa into the African union and the Mediterranean union (from Morroco to Libya to Turkey)will extend their sphere of influence

  8. aruna says:

    well john saw a beast rising out of the sea with 7 heads and 10 crowns so is this it that we hear about the mediterranean joining hands are we close to see the rising of the 10 toes the last world empire??????

  9. Halk Vurl says:

    Thank you for the information provided.

  10. study the word says:

    Why is it when one finds quotes from the scriptures there is a lack of fullness in them. Not wanting to sound accusing or condeming I would just like to point out that this particular verse of scripture is only half quoted. It goes on to say in daniel 2:43 “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. The interpratation of this verse is not even remotly addressed let alone even mentioned . So I will bring up the burning questions first who are they that mingle with the seed of men if they are not of the seed of men . Second scripture makes it clear that because of this mingling causes this kingdom to be partly broken. I really would like to see or hear more men and women of GOD stand up for the truth and not be easily swayed by crafty speakers or writers.

  11. Allen says:

    Well one thing to keep in mind is that there will be some endtime battles between the King of the North (antichrist) and the King of the south, probably a ruler of an Islamic Arabian empire that is forming now. So it looks like the EU/ Arab empires will be somewhat seperate. Still this is a very interesting article.

  12. Steve says:

    Ron, you need to E-mail. I just found this blog today. I have something I need to send you. I know you haven’t seen it before, because I wrote it, with God’s guidence.

  13. I do accept as true with all the concepts you’ve introduced for your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very short for beginners. May you please lengthen them a little from next time? Thank you for the post.

  14. Kern says:

    Two feet… Islam and Vatican? Clay when percentage of pop is low, hardening to iron, with all the fierceness of old Rome when percentage is high – controlling, blocking access to God, and that, in the latter case, Christ is unapproachable… hence total domination of religious adherents.

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