The Iron-Clay Toes Begin
After both iron-clay feet are in existence as God deems sufficient, eschatological geopolitics will phaseshift again and "ten toes" will emerge. This will be some type of ten-unit system of ten rulers or zones or nations in Europe and the Middle East (possibly five in each region for five toes on each foot?). Later in Daniel the ten toes are also symbolized as "ten horns" (Dan 7:7,20). Daniel 7:24 and Revelation 17:12,13 detail these ten units (NIV):
The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom...
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.
The Antichrist Appears Here
The emergence of the ten toes/horns occasions the Antichrist. When the ten horns are in place, "a little horn" will appear and subdue three of the ten (Dan 7:8,20,24). If you read the verses about this little horn you see it is the Antichrist. These ten kings or zones or nations, whatever they are, will be his power base.
This raises curious geopolitical how questions. How will Europe and the Middle East--the territory of ancient Rome--consolidate and simplify into ten zones? Will they remain as they are today, and the five strongest (or five most strategic) nations in each half come together in some type of alliance? Will this be a ten person committee or decision-making panel with full authority? Scripture says a powerful Russia will oppose the Antichrist (Dan 11:44); does this mean that some time earlier a Euromideast, NATO-type, ten-something alliance is formed defensively against Russia? We do not know how this will materialize and play out, but God gives us the general outline to look for: a sprouting and coming together of ten Euromideast toes.