These are the four nations that make up the ten toes and within these four nations we see all the countries that surround Israel as enemies that make up the ten toes of the EU with the fourth nation being the beast mentioned in scripture.
(Iraq) The lion represents the winged lions that guarded the royal places of Babylon.
Medo – Persian Empire:
(Iran) The ribs of the bear are part of the consuming greed that devours the first empire.
(Greece, Turkey, Syria, Egypt) Four wings of the leopard described the swiftness of this empire that ran from 334-331BC. It wrestled world dominion from Medo-Persia. After the death of Alexander the Great the kingdom was divided into four minor kingdoms that continued as prominent factors in world politics until the Roman Empire gathered it back as one kingdom.
Iron represents the stronghold this nation had. Daniel chapter 2 mentions the iron element of this empire that it to will be divided and broken as God will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed.
Edom =southern Jordan
Roman Empire was a Mediterranean empire and not a European empire, but England was known as Mary's dowry in a long held tradition in traditional Catholic circles. The tradition holds that the God-head gave England to Mary, the mother of Jesus, as a gift in all perpetuity as the mother of the church. Based on that tradition the Vatican has sought to reclaim the dowry since King Henry VIII severed the relationship between the church in England and the church of Rome in 1536. The whole ecumenical movement of the latter half of the 20th century has been stimulated by the Vatican seeking to bring back the Protestant daughters into the fold. Western Christendom is the Anglican church that they are trying to bring back.
Dec 12, 2010 will be the start of the North American Union with Canada, America and Mexico to form the fourth union or make up the whole of the four nations (ten toes) as we have the European Union, Asian Union, African Union and soon to be the North American Union. This will allow a total one world government to be put into place for the beast to take it's place on the throne in Jerusalem. Note: Queen of England has already had an audience with the Pope being in England and this is the first time the Pope has been there since King Henry VIII in 1536.