The Iron Clay Feet Of Daniel 2

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This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study focuses on the iron-clay feet of the statue in Daniel 2.

Summary: Islam and the Muslims represent the clay of the iron clay feet of the statue in Daniel 2. The iron, the Roman Catholic Church, helped Mohammed write the Koran and be revered as the prophet of Islam. The RCC has used Muslims to kill Christians and Jews, to protect Catholics, and to capture Jerusalem. But the Muslims kept Jerusalem for themselves and sought to conquer more land, so they don’t mix well, and they have battled during the Crusades.

Daniel 2 describes a statue with iron legs, which represents the Roman Empire.

Satan used the Roman Empire to try to wipe out the Early Church, killing 10 million saints.

The Lord exacted vengeance against it by causing the Roman Empire to collapse from within, from civil wars and excessive taxation; and from without, when the Lord sent army after army against it.

The last Roman Emperor was removed in 476 A.D., and Satan responded by empowering the Roman Catholic Church to rise to power in their place.

The Popes took the title of the Roman Emperors, Pontifex Maximus, as the head of the church and state, healing the deadly head wound.

The Roman Catholic Church didn’t have an army, so they used other people groups, the clay of Daniel 2, to wage war for them.

The statue has feet made of iron/clay, which tells us that the Roman beast would mingle with other people groups, to battle against the kingdom of Christ.

Daniel 2:41-43 “the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it. 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. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay

The Bible is its own dictionary, so we need not speculate about the meanings.

The Strong’s Hebrew word for both “mixed” and “mingle” is 6151 “arab”.

The clay represents the Arabs, who became the great Ottoman Empire, who worked with the Roman Catholic Church, to control the lands previously held by the Roman Empire.

They both killed Christians and Jews, but they have also warred with each over possession of Jerusalem and other territories, which led to the Crusades where they fought against each other, as they don’t mix well.

Jerome said “In our time, the clay has become mixed with iron. Once nothing was stronger than the Roman Empire, now nothing weaker, mixed up as it is with, and needing the help of barbarous nations.”

Popes helped write the Qur'an

Related Study Series: Islam In Bible Prophecy

Next Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible Study: Revelation 9 – 5th Trumpet

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Peter September 30, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Hi David. In Daniel 2 41-43 it says mixed and mingled with the seed of men. If it is just about the Arabs, then what about the seed of men, as in seed of mankind? I took it to be mixing with not just the Arabs, but also the seed of men, people’s and other nations of the world before Messiah(the stone) smashes and destroys the feet and sets up his kingdom. But I’m no expert in history, so mYbe there has been an ongoing love hate “partnership” through the centuries that I don’t know about.

Your site is awesome, it really opened my eyes. I always felt that we were living in the laodicean age with the church being wealthy, lukewarm and delusional, but I just didn’t know how exactly thr whys and hows because I didn’t understand the historical events of past church ages.

So what should and can we do as believers in today’s laodicean church age?


David October 1, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Thank you for your comment Peter 🙂 The iron represents the Roman part, the Roman Catholic Church. The clay represents the Muslims. The Roman Catholic Church helped write the Qur’an and prop up the illiterate Mohamed as their leader. They both have killed Jews and the saints. They both have conquered territory once held by the Roman Empire. But they have also battled over territory, especially Jerusalem.

The Islam In Bible Prophecy study series explains this in more detail.

I’m blessed to know that the studies have helped you. As for today’s Laodicean Church age, I believe that we should do the same thing as the Protestant Reformers did, proclaim that faith in Messiah’s atoning work is the only way of salvation; and proclaim that the Popes and Jesuit Generals of Rome are the enemy of Messiah and His Church. I would add that we need to teach the truth of prophecy fulfillment, as to expose the deceptions of the enemy, to remove their power.

Keep learning and growing in the faith!


Sherry T June 4, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Hello dearest sibling in Christ. As helpful as your studies have been, it is my sincerest concern that many theories contradict Scriptural patterns, history, and even adhere to 7th Day Adventism teaching – a movement which has brought much heresy to the body of Christ.

Scripturally speaking, God has often foreshadowed Christ Himself with… Well, men of Christ. Not systems or offices of Christ, but literal men of Christ, in any office or system; chosen and anointed vessels for His will. Offices of Christ were foreshadowed with offices. But the Messiah was foreshadowed with messiahs ( anointed ones ). And the anti-Christ type was present from the OT period, too! Look at Pharoh VS. Moses, Haman VS. Esther, Daniel and his friends vs. Nebuchadnezzar, etc. Even Herod. VS. Christ Himself! God always has a pattern to show off His personality, to authenticate His doings, and to teach us His ways. Any change would simply be unlike Him! The OT is FULL of foreshadows for the NT. So I highly doubt the Pope and his office is the AC… An AC type is more likely. I do agree that we, as Christians, have more responsibility to identify the “many antichrists,” as John put it, though.

As for history, it seems that your study is contradicted by the fact that the Ostrogoths came back with a vengeance against the Roman Catholics in the cited dates – and won! Also, FIVE tribes were uprooted, not three. I don’t think God would allow those two mistakes. That would simply be unlike Him. Even when Medo-Persia invaded Babylon, they did so entirely in one night.

And lastly… 7th Day Adventism doctrines should be examined for their roots. Much of it is heresy and far from truth. Its father, William Miller, made many mistakes regarding prophecy. As a consequence, Christ lost many people. Please, please test every finding with sources in AND out of the church, church movements and their teachers. Hold them up against the Word and actual historical sources ( I fear many cults and sects have bias ). We must learn to identify our Father’s personality and what our Lord allows or disallows, lest we be led astray.

God bless you!


David July 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm

Well Sherry, there are similarities between my explanations and SDA explanations, because they are the only denomination that teaches the historical fulfillment of prophecy. That said, I am not SDA, and some of their prophecy explanations are wrong; including the 2,300 days of Daniel 8, which the Millerites proclaimed foretold that Messiah would return in 1844 A.D., and SDA teachers still get the explanation wrong, saying it started His Investigative Judgment.

As for the Pope, this whole website proves that indeed the office of the Papacy is the Little Horn of Daniel 7, the Son of Perdition of 2 Thessalonians 2 and the antichrist beast of Revelation 13.

Many witnesses have proclaimed the same thing through the history of the Church, some by people who paid for their testimony with their blood.

Many great theologians who wrote before the SDA Church was even created, cited that the Roman Popes caused three kingdoms to be plucked out.

Keep learning and growing in the Way!


Sherry T July 17, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Thank you for your taking the time to kindly reply, David. 🙂

I did check historic sources and your post. They disagree with what you have written and asserted here. If history does not agree with prophecy, then we know it pertains to the future. Many scholars have wrongly attributed the edict for the Second Temple to the days of Ezra due to similarities, but closer inspection shows us it happened in Nehemiah’s time instead; the timings were decades, lifetimes apart. Likewise, this could be the case with the assertions made by the SDAs and those who’ve written about the Roman Catholic Church. I merely ask that you research the historical facts again, for they easily disagree with the assertions, unlike, say, the prophecy of Daniel’s 70 weeks – which even liberal historian scholars struggle to refute.

Here is a website which has used the same encyclopaedia as a church teaching historical fulfilment:

And the comments also point out, a major problem with the assertion is, the Roman Empire had two divisions – Western and Byzantine/Eastern.

I do think the Pope is a type of AC, however… Yet I struggle to believe that he is the AC when historic, geographic, and most importantly, Scriptural evidences point me to the Middle East more than merely Rome.

Watch Turkey, brother.

God bless and take care!


Stephen June 10, 2019 at 1:22 pm


@Shelly, “I struggle to believe that he is the AC when historic, geographic, and most importantly, Scriptural evidences point me to the Middle East more than merely Rome.” Care to provide the Scriptures you’ve mentioned? How can “the Middle East” be the Antichrist? By “the Middle East” do you mean Islam? Because history shows the Roman Catholic Church is deeply connected to the rise of Islam not to mention a spot on fulfilment of the 5th trumpet.

@David, I commented on another page (not sure which) in regards to the iron/clay feet and 10 toes before I read this page so you can ignore most of that question as it’s quite obvious the clay is the Arabic/Islamic peoples which are part of the statue until the end. We can even watch right now as they are mingling with the 10 European divisions of the Roman beast.

However, I am curious as to your thoughts on the two horns of the false prophet. Jesuit/Freemason? Forgive me if you’ve covered this and I missed it.



David July 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm

Hi Stephen, sorry for the slow reply. The two horns represent two leaders, the false prophet Superior General and the antichrist beast Pope, who control the Roman beast in the end times. They pretend to be priests (lamb-like) but really serve Satan (the dragon).

Here’s my study on the earth beast of Revelation 13

Regards, David


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