The Image in Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

(Daniel 2:31-43)

King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of an image with a head of gold, chest of silver, belly of bronze, legs of iron, and feet partly clay and partly iron. Daniel said that King Nebuchadnezzar was the head of gold. In Daniel 7 and 8, the chest of silver was revealed to be Persia, the belly of bronze to be Greece, and the legs of iron to be Rome. The feet that were partly clay and partly iron had ten toes, called ten kingdoms. They “would not mix in the seed of men,” because they were separated by language and culture. In 1525, Machiavelli, an advisor to the Pope, described ten states from “the irruption of the Northern people on the Roman territories,”1Machiaveli, History of Florence, Book 1 Chapter 1, referring to Romania, Austria, Spain, Morocco, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Hungary, and Switzerland.