There have been a lot of threads lately TRYING to link Rome to the fourth beast. However the fourth beast is a demonic kingdom of Satan upon the earth in the final days.
The miry clay verses the potter's clay
Miry clay and the ten toes does not represent a revived Roman Empire. It represents the future demonic kingdom which will pervade the earth prior to the coming of Christ.
Da 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided
Potter's Clay and Iron do not mix, but they will be divided from each other. Why can't they mix? Side note, try at home to mix a clump of clay with iron it will neither mix nor stick to the metal.
Potter's clay is a reference to believers, God is the potter, we are the clay....
Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
So there is a prophetic understanding in which Daniel is saying here. The fourth kingdom is of iron and clay as we shall see part "potter's and part "miry". The potter's clay is that part which shall not mix.
It is divided because under the fourth beast when a person of fierce countenance arises (little horn) people need to chose whom they will serve; God or mammon, Mark or no Mark, beast or Christ. The potter's clay represent those who will not mix with this system and fornicate with this whore nor receive his mark The potter's clay is the believers which shall be on earth during this time. This clay cannot mix.
Now, let's go to the clay which shall mix......
Dan 2:41 but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
Miry - full of, or having the nature of mire; swampy. covered with mire; muddy. "miry clay" or better termed "mud" can mix and stick to iron. You cannot mold mud thus this is not molded by God.
So where does this "miry" clay come from? The pit.
Ps 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Their father is the devil and molded after him....
Now we see this "miry" clay mingle with the seed of men. Interesting. The understanding is that this is the demonic indwelling; miry clay from the pit + the seed of men.
Da 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves * with the seed of men:
"As in the days of Noah so shall the coming of the son of man be".
In Christ, Mark.