Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Lions and Bears

15 As a growling lion and an onrushing bear is a wicked ruler over a lowly people.. (Proverbs 28:15).

Currently we see a confrontation between two government entities: a winged lion (the Anglo-American axis) and a hungry bear (
Russia). We should thus briefly reconsider some biblical passages.

In the story of David and Goliath, David represents the promised seed and he stands up as the prototype for the chosen people of God, helpless, insignificant in the eyes of Goliath. This giant is a representation of the "disgusting thing causing desolation".

It is interesting to consider that David had previously faced a lion and a bear. Between 1914 and 1918, the
British Empire and the United States, had instigated a severe persecution on the faithful remnant of that time. About 30 years later, at the conclusion of the Second World War, the Soviet Union also relentlessly persecuted true Christians on their territories. Nonetheless, around the time of the fall of the Soviet Union Christian congregations had spread throughout the empire.

Both the British lion and the Russian bear had failed

32 And David proceeded to say to Saul: “Do not let the heart of any man collapse within him. Your servant himself will go and actually fight with this Phi·lis´tine.” 33 But Saul said to David: “You are not able to go against this Phi·lis´tine to fight with him, for you are but a boy, and he is a man of war from his boyhood.” 34 And David went on to say to Saul: “Your servant became a shepherd of his father among the flock, and there came a lion, and also a bear, and [each] carried off a sheep from the drove. 35 And I went out after it and struck it down and made the rescue from its mouth. When it began rising against me, I grabbed hold of its beard and struck it down and put it to death. 36 Both the lion and the bear your servant struck down; and this uncircumcised Phi·lis´tine must become like one of them, for he has taunted the battle lines of the living God.” 37 Then David added: “Jehovah, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, he it is who will deliver me from the hand of this Phi·lis´tine.” At this Saul said to David: “Go, and may Jehovah himself prove to be with you.” (1 Samuel 17:32-37.)

At the end, David hit the Philistine with a stone on his sleeve. That stone represents the
Kingdom of God, that will destroy the monstrous oppressive political system that is to appear on the world stage.

Another passage that gives an idea of the origin of the sufferings for those living during the Day of the Lord is Amos 5:

18 “‘Woe to those who are craving the day of Jehovah! What, then, will the day of Jehovah mean to YOU people? It will be darkness, and no light, 19 just as when a man flees because of the lion, and the bear actually meets him; and [as when] he went into the house and supported his hand against the wall, and the serpent bit him. 20 Will not the day of Jehovah be darkness, and not light; and will it not have gloom, and not brightness?? (Amos 5:18-20).

We see that those who trusted in the political organizations of the “king of the south, the lion, will try to flee and get protection from organizations that are under the authority of the bear, the “king of the north”, instead of trusting in the Lord to free them from oppression. The wall that is supposed to give them security will be shown to be from the serpent, to be satanic.

Finally, in the following story we have several small boys that mock the prophet Elisa on his way to Bethel. The result of his mockery was really unexpected:

23 And he proceeded to go up from there to Beth´el. As he was going up on the way, there were small boys that came out from the city and began to jeer him and that kept saying to him: “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” 24 Finally he turned behind him and saw them and called down evil upon them in the name of Jehovah. Then two she-bears came out from the woods and went tearing to pieces forty-two children of their number. 25 And he kept going from there to Mount Car´mel, and from there he returned to Sa·mar´i·a. (2 Kings 2:23-25).

The "two she-bears" that come out of the wood refer to the "beast" with “feet like that of a bear” that tramples those who are in the courtyard of the "sanctuary" for 42 months, a child for a month


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