There is no question with most bible scholars that the new world government will be a Revived Roman Empire. It is also becoming clear that the European Union (EU) will be that empire. Now, we will not just take their word for it. We will look at the Scriptures, along with other evidence, to confirm these things.
As I see it from Scripture, there are four biblical proofs that there will be a revived Roman empire—which will be revived just before Christ comes to set up His kingdom.
1. Daniel 2:32-33
According to Daniel’s interpretation of king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, there will be four great world kingdoms (or empires). Scholars recognize these (according to the statue in the king’s dream) as Babylon (symbolized by the head of gold), Medo-Persia (the breast and arms of silver), Greece (the belly and thighs of bronze, and Rome (the legs of iron and the feet of iron and clay). These divisions we are sure of from history.
But the thing I want to point out is that the fourth empire is split, in that the legs of the statue are of iron, which symbolizes strength, and its feet are made of iron and clay, which symbolizes both strength and weakness, and also conflict.
This division between the legs of iron, and the feet of iron and clay, shows us the two different time periods of the Roman Empire. The legs of iron is the early (historic) Rome, and the feet of iron and clay is the revived (future) Rome. This revived Rome will be an empire of great strength as Rome originally was, yet it will have its weaknesses and conflict—just as iron and clay do not mix (Dan. 2:41-43).
2. Daniel 2:41-42
From these verses, the writer of Daniel does not say that there are ten toes on the feet of the statue, but I think we can make that assumption. Hence, we may surmise that these ten toes symbolize the same as the ten horns of the fourth beast of Daniel 7:24, which, as we are told represents ten kings. Now, since we know that these ten kings are in our future, we must conclude that the feet and toes of the statue represent a later and future Roman empire.
3. Daniel 2:34-35; 44-45
Some say that when the Christian church began, this is when the Roman Empire was destroyed. However, we know from history that the Roman Empire fell apart for moral and political reasons and not from any impact of the church.
In fact, though Christians experience the kingdom of Christ in their heart, His visible kingdom won’t really begin until He comes physically to this earth and reigns on earth for one-thousand years. This is what is described in verse 44 when it says, “The God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed.”
Notice, when He comes what happens. Verse 34 describes Christ as a stone, and that stone “struck the statue on its feet on iron and clay and crushed them.”
And why does the stone strike the feet, and not the head, and not the chest, and not the legs? It is because the feet of iron and clay is the revived Roman Empire, which will exist at the time of His coming.
Now here is something interesting, which I don’t fully understand: verse 35 tells us that when the stone (Christ) strikes the feet of the statue (symbolizing the revived Roman Empire), the entire statue will be crushed all at the same time. Verse 44 says that “it [the stone] will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms.” I’m not exactly sure what this is saying, but I think it means that when Christ comes to set up His eternal kingdom, He will first destroy all earthly kingdoms so that they will have no possibility of surviving. Babylon will not revive; Persia will not revive; Greece will not be raised up; and Rome will never again be revived. God’s kingdom will never be left for another kingdom (v. 44). It will endure forever.
4. Daniel 9:26
In this single verse, in the context of this passage, we have a clear timeline of events from the Messiah’s death until the beginning of the Tribulation—when the Antichrist makes a firm covenant with Israel (v. 27). Our focus now is on the phrase, “and the people of the prince who is to come.”
In this phrase “the prince” is referring not to Jesus but to the Antichrist, the “he” in verse 27. “The people” of the prince are the Romans, because, according to history, they are the ones who destroyed “the city and the sanctuary.”
What is interesting here is that the Romans are called “the people of the prince” way before “he” (the Antichrist) comes. This shows us that the Romans at that time had a connection to the Antichrist, and they still have that same connection—which is proof that they will revive at the end of time, and their prince will be the Antichrist.
Therefore, from theses Daniel verses, we have biblical proof that the Roman Empire will be revived at the end of time—which is coming upon us very soon. And, as I indicated earlier, there is clear evidence that the European Union will be that empire.