Why have we identfied these images as Iran, USA, Russia etc. It is time to respect what the Ancient Hebrews wrote. Any other interpretation is deceptive to some degree. The same metaphors can be applied but these were patented to a particular time period and governance. We should respect the skill of these carpenters.
In Daniel, three distinctive features are found relating to the second king. “And behold another beast, a second, like a bear, and it raised up itself on one side (or “raised up one dominion” — see margin notes in KJV), and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it; and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh” (Dan. 7:5). David’s standout features are as follows:
• “raised up itself on one side”: — “And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the people Israel’s sake” (2 Sam. 5:12; 2 Sam. 7:16). David’s insignia bore the establishment of a dominion. It certainly raised itself up. David’s catalog of mighty men is listed in 1 Chronicles 11. Match one for David.
• “three ribs in its mouth”: — David smote Moab but did not destroy its people; “the Moabites became David’s servants” (2 Sam. 8:2). Similarly, the same is pronounced of the Syrians in 2 Samuel 8:6 and the Edomites in 2 Samuel 8:14. The three ribs in the bear’s mouth symbolized these three pestilent nations. The bear had not devoured these three ribs or peoples. It cannot be a mere coincidence that David’s part perfectly fits all of this recollection. Match two for David.
• “devour much flesh”: — David did devour much flesh in his conquests, especially that of Philistia. This is recorded in 2 Samuel and 1 Kings. It is clearly seen that Daniel’s vision of the bear portrayed King David in every aspect. No other scriptural character matches these signs. Is this description too much to bear or just hogwash? Match three for David.
Again, from Daniel, we have exacted the attributes of the bear. Scientists who treasure a spiritual sense, despite much turbulence, could be stunned at this discovered and verified palette. David was the king who had raised up a dominion, and David held three ribs in his mouth (Moabites, Syrians, and the Edomites). David devoured much flesh. These are three witnesses confirm David as the bear. You would not want to deny three times, would you? The palette is certainly becoming black and white!
Let’s also quote a few direct texts from the KJV to outline David’s character and why he was identified as a bear-beast in Daniel:
• David was forbidden to build God an house: “I will set up thy seed after thee.” His ancestors “shall build a house of my name” (2 Sam. 7:12-13).
• Thus saith the Lord, “Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes” (2 Sam. 12:11).
• The prophet Nathan confronted David, saying: “Why have you despised the word of God, to do what is evil in his sight? You have smitten Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife.” Nathan presented three punishments from God. First, that the “sword shall never depart from thine house” (2 Sam. 12:10); second, that “The Lord hath put away thy sin.” David said, I have “sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “Because of this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme” (2 Sam. 12:14).
The palette is now as clear as crystal as Saul and David fit the descriptions.
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