Who are the ten nations that are mentioned in Daniel 2? Where
does the USA fit into prophecy?
Daniel 2 is about a dream that God gave to Nebuchadnezzar.
In this dream, Nebuchadnezzar sees a statue which has a head
made of gold, a chest made of silver, a waist made of bronze,
legs made of iron, and feet mixed with iron and clay. Then
a stone which was made without hands smashes the statue and
completely destroys it. The metals stood for five different
nations. Gold represented the empire of Babylon. Silver represented
the Medo-Perisan empire. Bronze represented the empire of
Greece. Iron was the Roman empire, and iron and clay is a
future version of the old Roman empire. The stone represented
God's eternal kingdom as described in Daniel 2:37-45.
Later in the book of Daniel the restored or future version
of the Roman empire is described in greater detail. We can
find this description in Daniel 7:7-8 and 7:17-24. In Daniel
7 the empires of Babylon, Medo-Perisa, Greece, and Rome are
now described as four animals. The last animal is a beast.
After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold,
a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely
strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and
crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet;
and it was different from all the beasts that were
before it, and it had ten horns. (NASB) Dan. 7:7
The fourth beast is the Roman empire, and sometime later ten
kings will come to power. These ten kings or ten nations
are the restored Roman empire.
Thus he said: 'The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom
on the earth, which will be different from all the
other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and
tread it down and crush it. As for the ten horns, out
of these kingdom ten kings will arise; and another
will arise after them, and he will be different from
the previous ones and will subdue three kings. (NASB)
Unfortunately, we do not know the precise identity of these
Scripture is also silent about the future role of the United
States. Does this mean that the United States has no role?
The answer is unknown. It is possible that we are connected
to the revived Roman empire in some way since scripture tends
to focus more on a group of people rather than on geographical
location. Scripture is usually more interested in a lineage
rather than the borders of a nation. Since the Roman empire
was primarily of European nations, and since most of the
United States has been of European descent, it is possible
that the United States could be part of the revived Roman
Ultimately, scripture seems to indicate that the world will
have great economic and political interest in the Middle
East. We see that today. The Middle East supplies oil to
the entire world. It is economically important to the world.
It also has significant political interest. It holds the
key to peace in the world. Because the United States supports
Israel there is a growing conflict between the Muslims and
Christians that is spreading throughout the world. The United
States could have a role in the end times and yet not be
part of the ten nations that will finally rule the world.
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which discusses many of the details of the future.