Bible Prophecy Revealed

Daniel’s Ten Toes: Being Fulfilled as Muslims Flood Europe

By Michael D. Fortner

From the book, Discoveries in Bible Prophecy


(1) Ten Toes of the Statue

Daniel had several prophetic dreams concerning the end-time; like most dreams, the message Daniel received was presented with symbolism that must be interpreted.

In Daniel chapter 2, the king of Babylon has a dream that Daniel interprets for him. He sees a huge statue that represents four great kingdoms; the head of gold represents Babylon, the chest and arms of silver represent Media-Persia that conquered Babylon, the belly and thighs of bronze represent Greece, the legs of iron represent the Roman Empire, and finally the feet and toes of iron and baked clay represent a final kingdom that will exist at the return of Christ.

The meaning of the first four kingdoms is easily agreed upon because the text says that Babylon is the head of gold and we know which empires followed, but the ten toes are in dispute. Many Bible interpreters believe that the European Union (EU) are the ten toes because they came from the Roman Empire. But there are now over twenty-seven nations in the EU, and more could be added.

At this writing, the twenty-seven EU member nations are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, and Slovenia. There are also six nations that are on the road to membership.

Because there are more than ten nations in the EU, some teachers are now saying the ten toes represent ten regions of the globe that will be the world government, but I have already proven that there will not be a world government or a one-world dictator. This chapter in Daniel adds to that proof. (How can there be WW3 and nuclear war if there is one person ruling the entire world?)

So what nations are the ten toes? An analysis of the passage reveals important details:

41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay. (Daniel 2:41-43)

It says the ten toes will have “a divided kingdom,” which means it is an association of separate nations like the European Union. It also proves that the ten toes will not become fully united into one empire but remain “divided.”

The time of the toes’ existence on earth is not past history. The Scripture text clearly puts the ten toes here on Earth at the second coming of Christ:

44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. 45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands–a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy.” (Daniel 2:34, 44-45)

It says in the days “of those kings,” which means that while the ten toes are in power, Christ will return and set up his kingdom. But how do we account for the fact that there are ten toes but twenty-seven nations? The elements of the statue should not be taken so literally. The statue is not going to show twenty-seven toes, but only ten.

For example, let’s look at the other parts of the statue; Greece split into four empires, but does the statue have four legs? No. Also, Rome did not start out in two sections, yet it is seen as the two legs. Later it divided into east and west, but it ended as only one empire after the western half fell. Did one of the legs get cut off the statue? No. So you see, you cannot force the elements of the statue into such extreme detail, it is only giving us partial information. The statue having ten toes merely means that there will be many separate nations joined together in an alliance.

However, it will never rule the world like some people claim. Why? Because it never says anywhere that it will! Bible commentators have been wrong in claiming that the toes are the same as the ten horns of the fourth beast in Daniel 7, and ten horns of Revelation, as we will see in the next chapter.

Notice that Daniel says the old Roman Empire was made of iron. Rome did not rule the whole world, but only western and southeastern Europe, North Africa, and part of the Middle East. Rome often had to use force to put down rebellions, and the ten toes will only have “some of the strength of iron,” which means that the ten toes will not even be as strong as Rome, which did not have modern weapons. So if the ten toes will not even be as strong as the Roman Empire, then it certainly will not rule the entire planet.

Notice also that the text does not say that one toe is iron and one toe is clay. It says that all the toes are a mixture of iron and clay; “the iron mixed with baked clay,” each toe is a mixture. Therefore, I believe the iron and clay represent cultural aspects of those nations which will keep them from becoming fully mixed together, or united.

This lack of total union is depicted in the iron and baked clay because iron and baked clay cannot be melted or mixed together to form one substance. It says:

“And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.” (Daniel 2:42-43)

Now consider the baked clay; baked clay is pottery that breaks very easily, which is why the toes are “partly brittle” and represents weakness. As a result of being brittle, it “will not remain united,” which means some nations will withdraw from the union, as the United Kingdom has already done. It will not totally dissolve like the Soviet Union did, but it will not remain fully united. The reason it will not totally dissolve is because Daniel says that those nations will exist when Christ returns and sets up his Kingdom.

(Note: I originally believed that Norway had withdrawn from the EU, but they never fully joined. Therefore, it is only with the UK voting to leave the EU in 2016 that this prophecy was first fulfilled.)

Notice the statement, “the people will be a mixture.” Other than speaking different languages, they are very close, culturally. So what does it mean that the people will be a mixture? Describing the people as iron and clay that does not mix does not seem to fit modern Europe, until events of the last thirty years. In recent years something new and totally foreign has entered Europe, something that is not mixing with everything I have just mentioned above. That something is vast numbers of Muslims that have entered the EU nations.

We can get more information by looking at the MEV:

43 Whereas you saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men, but they shall not cleave to one another, even as iron does not mix with clay. (Daniel 2:43)

The word cleave means “mix,” so they will not mix. The iron and clay is not between one nation and another nation, but is in the “seed of men,” the people themselves. Some modern translations say that the people are intermarrying, but that is not what it literally says. Barnes Notes on this verse states:

Various explanations have been given of this verse, and it certainly is not of easy interpretation. The phrase “seed of men,” would properly denote something different from the original stock that was represented by iron; some foreign admixture that would be so unlike that, and that would so little amalgamate with it, as to be properly represented by clay as compared with iron. . . . The word rendered “men” אנשׁא) ănâshâ’) is employed in Hebrew and in Chaldee to denote men of an inferior class – the lower orders, the common herd – in contradistinction from the more elevated and noble classes, represented by the wordאישׁ ‘ı̂ysh. See Isa. 2:9; Isa. 5:15; Pro. 8:4.

The word here used . . . would properly denote feebleness or inferiority, and would be aptly represented by clay as contrasted with iron. The expression “seed of men,” as here used, would therefore denote some intermingling of an inferior race with the original stock; some union or alliance under the one sovereignty, which would greatly weaken it as a whole, though the original strength still was great. The language would represent a race of mighty and powerful men, constituting the stamina – the bone and the sinew of the empire – mixed up with another race or other races, with whom, though they were associated in the government, they could never be blended; could never assimilate. This foreign admixture in the empire would be a constant source of weakness, and would constantly tend to division and faction, for such elements could never harmonize.

The above perfectly describes Muslims living in Europe, because the Muslims are not blending with Europeans; they are not becoming European because they live by and enforce Islamic law within their own sections of town. This is how the people are a mixture that are not able to fully blend or unite, like oil and water. Even Sayyid Qutb, the Islamist ideologue, stated this same thing:

“The chasm between Islam and Jahiliyyah [the unbelievers] is great, and a bridge is not to be built across it so that the people on the two sides may mix with each other, but only so that the Jahiliyyah may come over to Islam.” (Milestones)

Large-scale immigration of Muslims to Europe and North America is part of the Islamic plan for global conquest. The Muslims plan to grow in numbers and power until they are able to overthrow their host governments. The birth rates of Europeans is so low that they cannot maintain their populations, so they are importing millions of Muslim immigrants who are reproducing at high rates. In only 30 years England went from having 82,000 Muslims to having 2.5 million with thousands of mosques. The Netherlands will be 50% Muslim in 2025. Throughout Europe, Muslims are expected to be 50% of the population by 2050. That was, however, before the influx of Muslim war refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war that invaded Europe in 2015. This invasion has correctly been labeled an Islamic Trojan Horse.

The principle reason France would not support the U.S. invasion of Iraq is because of its large Muslim population, about six million, or 10% of the total population. The Muslim birthrate in Europe is three times higher than non-Muslim.

Muslims do not need to be 51% to take over. They are already intimidating European governments into prosecuting people who criticize Islam or who warn people about Islamic fascism. In early 2009, the Dutch government ordered the criminal prosecution of Geert Wilders, who produced the film, Fitna, which exposes Islamic fascism. In England, a member of the House of Lords arranged for Geert Wilders to come and speak to a group of the Lords, but when a Muslim member, Lord Ahmed (originally from Pakistan), heard about it, he threatened to mobilize 10,000 Muslims to prevent Wilders from entering the House of Lords and threatened to sue his colleague who organized the event. When Wilders arrived he was deported by the British government because they feared the Muslims would riot.

Muslims in Europe are increasingly able to get Christmas pageants and the display of Christmas lights, canceled. This is just the beginning. Over the past 1,400 years, thousands of churches all over the Middle East and North Africa have been converted into mosques because of Islamic conquest, but in Europe thousands of churches are now being converted into mosques because of the decline of Christianity and the growth of Islam. An old prophecy states that the French will not wake up until Notre Dame is converted into a mosque (Europe Turns Churches into Mosques, October 20, 2012, www. israel national /articles/ article. aspx/ 12333).

In the Netherlands, there are still approximately 4,400 churches, but, “Each week, two close their doors forever.” (Ibid). In England, 10,000 churches have been closed since 1960. By 2020, another 4,000 churches will close while there will be, it is predicted, 1,700 new mosques, many of which will occupy former churches (Ibid). St. Mark’s Cathedral is now a mosque called New Peckam Mosque. And Germany’s rulers are blind to the poison they have allowed to enter in large numbers.

(2) Arabs and the Ten Toes

It has been pointed out by a handful of prophecy teachers that the original Aramaic word for “mix” in Daniel 2 is actually, “arab”ערב  (6151). These teachers believe it means the ten toes are Islamic nations, the same as the ten horns of Rev. But Islamic nations do not have big problems with mixture of the races and cultures; there is no oil and water situation.

Most Islamic nations have the same language, the same religion, and the same culture, because Islam dominates in the Arab world. Even though there are two divisions in Islam, the vast majority are Sunni, with only a small number of Shia (Shite), and most Shia are in Iran. And they often work together to defeat a common enemy, like the Christians and Jews. So the ten toes cannot represent Islamic nations or Islam. Although Arabic nations have some differences, those differences are not significant compared to Islam in the EU.

So why does it use the word “arab”? This word is telling us who the people are who will come into the mix and cause the oil and water, iron and clay, situation in Europe. What makes the union so brittle is the sociological / religious differences.

The issue is not a union of nations, or a union between nations, but the cohesion of people inside of those nations, which is why it uses the phrase, “seed of men.” It is referring to people rather than governments. (Some modern translations translate “seed of men” in different ways, such as marriages, but they are trying to interpret the verse rather than translate the actual words. You cannot do that for prophetic verses.)

Notice that we are told that the iron and clay will not remain united; but it also tells us that iron and clay will be a mixture of different cultures, which means it will never become fully united. Since what little mixture there is will not last, there will likely be full civil war, as there are already riots and violent attacks between the Muslims and their host countries.

Yet we are expected to believe that this mixture will become so strong it will rule the entire globe! The information in this chapter is significant proof against the popular teaching that says the Antichrist and the EU will rule the world as the Revived Roman Empire. Nowhere does it ever say that these ten toes will rule the world or even conquer a single nation; it is not in the text! It is an extreme misreading to make such statements. The beast of Revelation has ten horns but it does not rise from the EU, but will be ten Islamic nations that join to form a Revived Ottoman Empire, based in Turkey. The beast of Revelation will not rule the entire planet, as the “whole world” of the Bible is not the planet.                          


Copyright 2014 by Michael D. Fortner