To get to the truth about these prophecies of Daniel in chapter 2 and 7, we must pray to God that He will guide us and lead us. We must compare scripture with scripture and compare it with what has happened in world history. So let's begin with these amazing prophecies of Daniel.
The Great Image of Nebuchadnezzar
In Daniel chapter 2 we find King Nebuchadnezzar having a dream which went from his mind, and this dream troubled him. So he summoned all the great magicians of the kingdom to tell him what the dream was and what it meant ... Daniel 2:2 ... 'Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.' ... The only problem was, the King couldn't remember this dream, he was troubled by it, but he couldn't remember the contents of it. How many times do you wake up from a dream and it's gone from you in a moment? It certainly happens to me. Now these magicians and sorcerers got their powers from satan, but do you know what satan cannot do? He cannot read minds. He has limited power on this earth, and so the stage was set for God to receive glory by revealing the dream to Daniel.
So King Nebuchadnezzar issued a decree to slay all the magicians and sorcerers, because they could not make known to him his dream ... Daniel 2:12 ...'For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.' ... Daniel and his friends were to be killed along with the wise men, so Daniel goes before the King and asks for time to interpret his dream. So Daniel was granted time to do this, and he went home to tell his three friends about it, and together they prayed to God for mercy, to reveal this secret dream so that they would not be slain ... Daniel 2:18 ...'That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.' ... Then God did something which a lot of the Christian world today do not put faith in - He revealed the secret dream! ... Daniel 2:19,22 ...'Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. He revealeth the deep and secret things.' ... There are so many Christians today who don't study bible prophecy, because they think it is too complicated. Well, how about taking a leaf out of Daniel's book and coming before God in prayer and trusting in Him to reveal the truth about Bible prophecy to you.
So what was the dream that King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed? ... Daniel 2:31-35 ...'Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.'
So we have this great image of a man, whose head was Gold, breast and arms of Silver, belly and thighs of Brass, legs of Iron and feet of part Iron and part Clay. So what does this image and it's different parts represent? ... Daniel 2:38-40 ...'And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.' .... So the different parts of this great statue represent KINGDOMS of this world. We know where to start, because Daniel confirms that King Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom of Babylon was the head of Gold. So can we tell from history who the other kingdoms were? Yes!
Head of Gold - This was the Babylon empire 605/606 - 539 BC
Chest of Silver - This was the Medo-Persian empire 539 - 311 BC
Thighs of Bronze - This was the empire of Greece 311 - 168 BC
Legs of Iron - This was the Roman empire 168 BC - 476 AD
After Rome fell in 476 AD, the world divided into different kingdoms. Up until the end of Rome, there was always one main ruling world power, such as Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. But after Rome fell, this ended and the world split into divided kingdoms. This is represented in this great image by the feet of part Iron and part clay. So this image of the great statue is a view of the whole of world history, showing the ruling kingdoms of the earth, and we are living in the time of the feet of this image. Now notice what happens after the time of these divided kingdoms ..... Daniel 2:33-34 .....'His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.' ..... That stone, or Rock, is none other than Jesus Christ and His kingdom. Friend, we are living in the very end times and the next kingdom that will conquer this earth is Christ's kingdom, when He returns at the second coming.