DANIEL'S VISION: THE IDOL WITH THE HEAD OF GOLD
Daniel 2:32-33 speaks of his vision of the idol which has much significance in prophecy. It is described as follows: a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron and feet of clay and iron. In prophecy, the head is interpreted to be Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian empire, chest and arms the Medo-Persian empire, belly and thighs Greece under Alexander the Great, legs the eastern and western Roman empires, iron feet a ten-nation Arab kingdom or dictatorship, clay feet a ten-nation European democracy, and the ten toes ten Russian satellite nations (Rev. 17:12), for a total of 28 nations.
One foot, the ten-nation European democracy, is also referred to in Revelation as the ten crowns. It is the ten Christian nations of the old Roman empire: Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy. The other foot, a ten-nation Arab kingdom or dictatorship, is the ten eastern Mediterranean Moslem nations of the old Roman empire: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Libya. Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia are insignificant to Israel, the remaining seven Arab nations are called the seven heads in Rev. 13:1.
The ten-nation Russian Magog satellites which are the ten toes consist of Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Albania, Czechoslovakia and the four nations of Ez. 38:5-6: Ethiopia, Libya, Turkey, and Iran. These ten nations are referred to as ten horns in Rev. 17:3.
When Syria, led by the dictator Antichrist, invades Israel at sunset, Oct. 3, 1988 to start World War III, the ten Russian satellite nations support her. When these satellite nations realize that the United States and Russia have been devastated on Oct. 4, they acknowledge Antichrist as their leader and give him all authority to act for them (Rev. 17:12), as of Oct. 5. (Dan. 7:24). This date is the fifteenth day after the signing of the Peace Pact on Sept. 21, or one hour with God. (Rev. 17:12). 8
After the invasion of Israel by Antichrist, the ten horns and the seven heads, it appears that the eastern European satellite nations, the ten horns, conquer the western European nations, the ten crowns, in one day, Oct. 4, 1988. Rev. 13:1 verifies that the ten horns have conquered the ten crowns of western Europe.
On Oct. 5, Antichrist receives the last of the 28 nations of the old Roman empire under his authority. At mid-week, when Satan incarnates Antichrist, he acquires this empire and uses it to conquer the world in World War IV which starts May 1, 1992.
During the first 3 1/2 years of the 70th week, Antichrist absorbs three of the ten crown kingdoms. They are still called ten horns in Rev. 12:3, but a comparison of this passage with Dan. 7:24 shows that it was in fact three of the ten crowns which were removed. When Satan conquers the world at midweek in WW IV, he uses the seven heads, ten horns and seven crowns of Rev. 12:3.
Judges 7 tells of Gideon surrounding 135,000 Midianites with 300 men on a hilltop. They lit their lamps and blew their trumpets. In the dark of night, the Midianites slew each other without a single loss to Gideon. Turning an army against itself is one of God's methods of warfare. In speaking of the Magog Russian armies, Ez. 38:21 says, "every man's sword will be against his brother." This indicates that God again will use this method to advance his cause.
The Russian satellite nation Poland is the most likely candidate for this tactic. A Catholic nation, Poland has historically had bitter enmity against atheistic Russia. It would not be too unlikely for the enemy-allies to engage one another in battle during the Magog war, the result being that Poland is not included in the ten horns with the other Warsaw Pact nations.
8 One hour is to 24 hours as 15 days is to a 360-day prophetic year.