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. Daniel 2:42
Imagine if we had a chart of the future world governments, right up to and including the return of Jesus Christ in power and glory. (Oh, no, not another chart!) well we do have one, but it is purely visual. No x or y lines. Ironically, for this split screen imagery generation, it is very easy to interpret, though it was first revealed around 586 B.C.
God wants us to know what to expect in the way of future world governments. So, in Daniel chapter two, He shows us an image often called the "polymetallic man". It's quite simple really, only four metals, four parts of a statue, to remember. I say simple, though it took me two years to see what God was revealing. I had the "insufficient background blues". If you look at a map of Barcelona, it helps if you can read Spanish.
Finally, I got the message, and I have loved it ever since. For Daniel 2 is one of the rare Old Testament prophecies that we are in. In fact we live in a period of time that corresponds to the Great Image's legs, might I even say feet. Only the toes remain to be formed, and some think that we are in the process.
Regretably, this has been said to be the time of the "ten nations of united Europe". This by people that are totally fixated on Europe. Even an amatuer (and these people are amatuers) knows that this all-European interpretation leaves out Israel, and Israel and the nations holding power over it, are what Daniel 2 is all about.
Don't forget the Middle East and North Africa. God does not. He has much to say about them throughout the Bible, because of how they relate to Israel. So, the image represents countries of three continents.
Where are we in all of this? We may not be in the image nations. We may be from Asia, for example. But no matter where we live, we are in the times of the gentiles, and these times are rapidly coming to an end. It is shortly to be "Kingdom Time". Only the toes remain to be formed and their duration will be brief.
I have been called loveless and stoic. A sentimental "devotional" passage may leave me unmoved. But after all these years I get tears in my eyes as I read these words by the prophet Daniel:
the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. Daniel 2:45