The Rock Appears
(The Second Coming)
Finally, Nebuchadnezzar's dream tells us the Second Coming will happen in the days of the iron-clay feet and toes (Dan 2:34,35,44). They will be struck and destroyed by a rock that appears--the Lord Jesus. The iron-clay feet and toes are the conclusion of the iron legs and all of human history. They occasion Jesus' return.
To be exactly precise, the Rock appears at the ten toes stage. Daniel says (v44 NIV): In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed..."
This verse is not referring to the earlier empire kings of Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece. He is referring, in the immediate context, back to the ten toes. Daniel 7:7,20,24 and Revelation 17:12,13 tell us these ten toes are ten kings, some type of ten-unit system. It is in the time of those ten kings or ten toes that God will set up an earthly kingdom that will never be destroyed. The Amplified Bible, attempting to clarify which kings are in view here in verse 44, includes a clarifying phrase: In the days of those [final ten] kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed...