19 Years from 1959 - 1978
Watchtower 15th May 1959 page 313 para 36
As the iron section of the symbolic image started off with the Roman Empire and led on to the Anglo-American dual world power, the firmness and strength of the iron would represent the hardness and toughness of their world control and rule. But what of the ten toes in which the symbolic image terminated? This feature showed that at the time of the end of this symbolic image the remnant of the Roman or sixth world power would vie with the Anglo-American or seventh world power and that there would be other independent political governments associated with those competing powers. The number ten being a Biblical number symbolizing earthly completeness, the ten toes picture all such coexisting powers and governments.
Watchtower 15th June 1961 page 358
What about the final part of the image, the feet and ten toes of iron and clay? In the Bible the number ten is used to indicate earthly completeness. Thus the ten toes picture all the coexisting political powers and governments during the time of the end of this symbolic image
7 Years from 1978 - 1985
Watchtower 15th June 1978 page 13-15
There does not appear to be any prophetic significance to the image's having ten toes. This is a natural human feature, just as the image has two arms, two legs, and so forth.
the Anglo-American World Power must be included in the "iron." Well along into the time of the end, it is still the world power, even though strong competitors have emerged.
I To reach the ascendancy, the Roman and Anglo-American World Powers have indeed been like iron in ‘crushing and shattering' other kingdoms and peoples.
Of course, during the 19th and 20th centuries, a number of developments have taken place on the world scene to weaken the ironlike rule of the Anglo-American World Power. Revolutionary socialistic groups have developed to weaken the structure, influence and force of this Seventh World Power. It is said that "the kingdom itself will prove to be divided . . . forasmuch as you beheld the iron mixed with moist clay." It would come "to be mixed with the offspring of mankind." So the "clay" of the image would represent the proletarian elements that develop as a result of the people's rising up against established authority. Through labor unions, demonstrations, strikes and other protest activity, the common people have sought to undermine the traditional, capitalistic style of government manifested in the Anglo-American World Power, along with its sphere of influence.
The "clay" does not represent a world power developing, only a weakening factor.
26 Years from 1985 - 2011
Watchower 1st July 1985 page 31
What is symbolized by "the feet and the toes" of the "immense image" described at Daniel 2:31-45?
Various views have been expressed about the ten "toes." But since "ten" is often used in the Bible to signify completeness as to things on earth, the ten "toes" appear logically to represent the entire global system of rulership at the culmination of the days. It is against the feet and toes of the image that ‘God's Kingdom comes,' grinding to powder the final manifestations of man-rule. How happy we can be that the peaceful, prosperous rule of Christ's Kingdom will then fill the entire earth!-
Insight Book page 1187
the ten toes apparently represent the entire global system of rulership at the time when God's Kingdom is established and takes action against the worldly powers
Since 2011 Convention
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