Daniel 2 describes Israel under foreign rule from the time of Babylon. It is portrayed as the image of a man in a vision given to Nebuchadnezzar. It is further explained by a vision of Beasts in chapter 7 which also commenced with Babylon. Then it is expanded with the 7 Kings (even an 8th) and 10 ‘horn’ Kingdoms of Revelation 17.
All the visions end with the return of Jesus. Just as the ‘Head of Gold’ equates to the Babylonian lion ‘Beast’, so the toes of the image equate to the 10 Kingdoms or horns of the ‘End of Days’ Beast –
“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.” Daniel 2:44
“The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings”. Rev. 17:12-13
The image covers the period from Nebuchadnezzar until the return of Christ. The legs are out of all proportion until you realise the prophesy applies to Israel, the Promised Land and their connection to the land.
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When Israel are scattered from the land & excluded from Jerusalem (by Hadrian) there are gaps in the image, also when they self-rule (Hasmoneans). The further ‘trampling underfoot’ during the days of the 10 toes IS STILL FUTURE. At present the Jews are back in their land but not yet under foreign rule (time of final punishment).
The number of the Beast is associated with those who are caught up in – or who worship – the Kingdoms of Men. Those who worshiped Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image bowed down to an idol which measured 60 x 6 – They were told to ‘worship the image or be killed’
In similar language we are told in Revelation 13 that the beast demands worship of it’s image which is 600, 60, 6, or be killed –
“The image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.” Rev 13:14
Israel spent 666 years under foreign rule until the time they were scattered. Because they ‘worshipped the nations’ – or took on their ways – God gave let them be by ruled by them.
PROPHECY IN ADVANCE
The prophecies in Daniel are specific and written ahead of the events they foretold – confirmed by fragments of Daniel amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls. Daniel 11 gives specific prophecies leading to the time of Christ and the days of Herod –
We are in the days of the 10 Kings who give authority to the Beast (probably Iran rising in Lebanon, Syria , Iraq איראן נבואה amongst its proxies – the little horn of Daniel 7 & 8) to wage war against Israel. The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand – Jesus will soon return.
For a fuller explanation of the Beast, see 666 – Counting the Number of the Beast