This prophecy in Daniel carries an important and profound message in it. First, it reveals that God is in control of history. He knows the future because He plans the future. This doesn’t mean that God is to blame for the evil things that leaders and nations do, but that He can overrule even their wickedness The God of heaven gave Nebuchadnezzar his throne and enabled him to defeat his enemies and expand his empire. Second, the dream reveals that human enterprises decline as time goes on. The massive and awesome image not only changed in value from head to foot—from gold to clay—but it also changed in strength, finally ending in feet made of iron mixed with clay. Third truth is that it will be difficult for things to hold together at the end of the age. The feet of the image were composed of a mixture of iron and clay. Iron is strong and durable but clay is weak and prone to crumble. The iron in the image gives the appearance of strength and endurance, but the clay announces just the opposite. In fact, the clay robs the iron of its ability to hold things together, for wherever the iron touches the clay, at those points there is weakness. The heart of every problem is the problem in the human heart—rebellion against God. Fourth truth is, Jesus Christ will return, destroy His enemies, and establish His kingdom. The stone is a frequent image of God in Scripture and especially of the Messiah, Jesus Christ the Son of God. The phrase “without hands” is used in Scripture to mean “not by human power” and refers to something only God can do.
Nebuchadnezzar only saw this prophecy in a dream. Today we not only see the dream, we know that what Nebuchadnezzar saw is a fact. Most of this prophecy has been fulfilled. If the great part has been fulfilled, we know that the remainder will be fulfilled. We can trust God and His Word.