© 2011 Norman Samuda Smith



During the past few months I have been sitting, watching and listening with interest of the European Union’s economic crisis; Greece’s financial melt down, now Italy’s not forgetting Spain and the UK who are also vulnerable and could melt down same way. While the European leaders and their advisers meet almost every day to try and figure a way out of their predicament, it’s been hard for me to resist writing about it and point out the connection of an ancient King’s dream which predicted that this current world situation would happen.

One of my favourite lessons at school was Religious Education. I became fascinated with the biblical tales and adventures of the prophets of old. Stories like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Daniel in the lion’s den and the fate of John the Baptist. One of the parables which always stands out for me is Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the statue made of Gold, Sliver, Brass, Iron and Clay. While our class was studying his vision, we went on a trip to the London museum to see the treasures of Tutankhamun and a model statue which represented King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.


(Daniel 2: 31-35)


We stood in front of this structure (which was approximately twelve feet tall, its width was roughly four feet), as the curator explained to us the interpretation of the statue translated by the prophet Daniel to King Nebuchadnezzar.

The head of gold represented Babylon, the empire responsible for destroying the Jewish temple and for taking the Jews into captivity. The Babylonians were known for their gold wealth.  Babylon was called the Golden City.

The chest and arms of silver, the second empire following Babylon was Media-Persia. It was the Media-Persian Empire that allowed the Jews to return to Israel and rebuild their homes and the temple. Silver was an important metal to the Persians since their taxes were to be paid in silver. It is said that the Persians also placed silver harnesses on their horses.

The thigh of brass was the third empire which was Greece, under the command of Alexander the Great. The Grecian armies used brass helmets and weaponry in their conflicts. It was the Grecian ruler Antiochus Epiphanes who defiled the Jewish temple, filling it with pagan idols, placing a Hellenistic priest in the temple and requiring the sacrifice of pigs on the altar.

The legs of iron represented the Roman Empire who followed the Grecians. The iron represented two things. It was a metal the Romans mastered for use in their chariots and weapons. Secondly, it was used for war and fighting which was the central feature when the Romans set out to conquer new territory. The legs of iron also predicted a split in the Roman Empire and it began in AD 395 when the empire was divided between east (one leg) and west (the other leg). In AD 476, the west (Rome) fell to the Germanic tribes, but the eastern leg became the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines ruled out of Constantinople (Turkey) and built churches in Palestine honouring many of the Christian holy sites.

While the Roman church maintained dominion through much of Western Europe through the influence of the Pope and Cardinals, the Byzantines exercised influence over much of the east, including Palestine and Jerusalem for a period of a thousand years.  Eventually, the eastern branch of the leg fell into the hands of Muslim Turks in 1453. An Islamic empire called the Ottoman Empire ruled from Palestine from 1517 to 1917.

During the peak of its authority, the Roman Empire stretched over three continents and housed twenty-nine provinces, if you like, the first European Union of sorts, despite the fact that most of the provinces were conquered forcibly. From when it split into two in AD 395, many empires in the west have risen and fallen. The Spanish have risen, the French Empire under Napoleon, the British Empire, right up to Nazi Germany’s Third Reich under Hitler’s rule. Then after World War II, we’ve had the Russians and the Americans scrambling for power during the cold war years. All this represents the feet of iron and clay on the statue, where nations are fighting for ultimate power but nobody can secure a firm hold.

The Common Market, The European Economic Community (EEC), later renamed the European Community (EC) in 1993 is now known as the European Union (EU) by stealth mode, was formed in 1957, as an international organisation with a view to bringing about economic integration, including a single market among the ‘Inner Six’ which were Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The UK joined in 1973. In 2011, the European Union’s membership is at present twenty-seven provinces, two short of the Roman Empire’s total at its peak.  No doubt, it was Europe’s way of creating peace, stability and unity in a region which for centuries since AD 395 to 1945 was plagued with continuous tribal wars; and now, the economic meltdown is threatening the union.

The bankers, corporate investors and the world markets are biting their nails, nervously speculating what the Europeans are going to do; whether they are going to stay together, split up or cancel the Euro currency. In the UK meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron is busy fighting the rebels in his Conservative Party. These rebels want a referendum that will give the British people the opportunity to vote to leave the European Union. While all this is happening, the media communicates to the earth’s populace all the respected world governments’ policies and prophecy of austerity and economic global doom and gloom in the newspapers and on the television which is likely to last for years to come. The current world economic slow down is not the fault of the everyday people, who rise each morning and go to work to put food on the table, clothe their children and pay their bills, nor is it the fault of the unemployed who are even more convinced they have no foreseeable future of bettering themselves or getting a job. It is the failure of certain individual world bankers who invested and mismanaged the people’s money, yet with all the cutbacks to public services, the police etc, it is the poor and needy who are suffering for the incompetence and corruption of those in charge of their respected nations’ purse strings.

While the politicians’ try to figure out all the mess, the everyday people in the UK will continue to go to their work amidst the backdrop of wage freezes, and the unemployed will do their best to survive, visit the growing number of food banks and try to avoid becoming homeless. There are trying times ahead of us, this is a time for each and everyone to look within, examine and know your worth.

In this age of iron and clay, the big question is, will the European Union remain united and soldier on through the bad times? More importantly, will the UK have a referendum and vote to leave the European Union? Only time will tell.

‘Til the next issue March 2012 – Everyting Bless


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  8. Beresford Says:

    Well written Smithy!! Enlightening commentry, I remember when the Uk joined the EEC in 1973. It was a big thing, throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. predicted to emerge as the worlds foremost economic power (i.e. the United States of Europe). Guest this is proof we should not always believe that hype!!!

  9. Sista Pam Says:

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  11. Greetings Panther

    Your article has had tons of readers and a fair amount of comments, I can see why. Your writing is engaging, powerful and fun to read. I particularly like the clever way you used biblical and historical references and related them to today’s crazy events. A touch of genius I have to say. Thank you for sharing.

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