Why the iron legs on the statue in Daniel 2 CANNOT be the Roman Empire

I hope you don’t mind, but we’re going to take a slight detour from politics for a moment to bust a fallacy held by many regarding the iron legs on the statue discussed in Daniel 2 in the Bible.

Most Christians who’ve read the Bible or grown up in church have read or been taught about the statue in Daniel Chapter 2. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream about a great statue with a gold head, a silver chest and arms, a bronze torso and thighs, iron legs, and feet made out of iron and clay. A rock was cut out but not with human hands and smashed the feet and the entire statue crumbled. The king had asked his wise men to interpret it for him, but wanted them to tell him what the dream was first (he refused to tell them) before they interpreted it. Obviously they were not mind readers and could not do it. But God gave Daniel the answer in a dream and he explained to the king his dream and what it meant and told the king this was a dream about the latter days.


In short, the gold head was the Babylonian Empire, the current empire of which Nebuchadnezzar was king. The silver chest was the Medo-Persian Empire, the bronze abdomen and thighs was the Grecian Empire, the iron legs (which is what this post is about) have always been said to have been the Roman Empire and the feed of iron and clay have always been said to be the new revitalized Roman empire that is to come.

Ok what’s important to note at this point is the actual scripture verse in Daniel 2 that talks about the legs. As I’ve said it’s been long and widely believed that the legs made of iron was the Roman Empire. But if you read the scripture verse carefully you’ll realize this cannot be so:

And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.

Notice the bold. That one kingdom will crush ALL the other kingdoms. It doesn’t say that about any of the other kingdoms before it. This means this 4th kingdom will have crushed, or conquered, all the areas of the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, and Grecian kingdoms. This is the part of verse 40 that everyone seems to ignores and just assumes the 4th kingdom was the Roman empire because they were told that by someone who thought they knew. But let’s look at a few maps to see how it lines up based on this verse:




Now let’s look at the ROMAN EMPIRE to see if it’s borders contain all these areas:


While the Roman Empire was vast at its height, it certain didn’t contain all the areas of the three previous empires, especially the Grecian and Persian empires. So it obviously can’t be the legs of iron because it doesn’t crush ALL of the previous kingdoms.

So what empire has ever conquered all the area of the previous three? Let’s look at a couple of maps:



Ah now we’re getting some where. The borders of all Islamic Caliphates (empires) when put together cover all the of regions occupied by the previous three kingdoms. This is essentially the empire of Islam that continued from virtually 622 to 1924 when it was finally broken up. Altogether there were 4 main Caliphates than spanned that entire time period with the exception of a little over 250 years between 1258 and 1517.

So in reality Islam is the 4th kingdom made of the iron legs that crushes all the others. And if that’s the case, then the feet made of iron and clay would be a revived Islamic Caliphate, not a revived Roman empire. And honestly if you are paying attention at what’s going on in the Middle East, then you know we are watching this new Islamic Caliphate form before our eyes.

But we also know that the rock cut out without human hands is Christ and he will smash to pieces this new Islamic Caliphate when He returns which I’m guessing isn’t too far off.

So I hope some of you have found this helpful. It’s always pertinent fully read scripture and not skip stuff that doesn’t fit a specific narrative. And I highly recommend for those who are new to Bible Prophecy and are interested in learning more, just go to youtube and type in “Walid Shoebat” and listen to your hearts content.

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