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(1 Sam 17:31-33)  And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him. And David said to Saul [in belief – faithful – the spirit of faith], Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said to David [in disbelief – faithless – the spirit of fear], Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth [a boy], and he a man of war from his youth. 


(Samuel is using a literary convention of singularity connoting plurality)

(1 Sam 17:34-37)  And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered [saved] it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine [Goliath: the head representing the body of all unsaved men] shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied [blasphemed] the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw [yad] of the lion, and out of the paw [yad] of the bear, he will deliver me [save me] out of the hand [yad] of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

1.       “And I went out after him” = unusual language: here David speaks of both the lion and the bear as being a singular “him” rather than “them.”

2.       (1 Pet 5:8)  Be sober, be vigilant [keep awake, watch]; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion [i.e. exceeding loud intimidating speaking – blasphemy – Goliath – inducing the spirit of fear], walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

3.       “out of his mouth” = a lion association. Speaking as a roaring lion, speaking evil, a man speaking evil. This could symbolically mean that David (a type of Jesus Christ), “delivered” (saved) the lamb (us) from the roaring lion’s (the devil – unsaved men) evil mouth (words) which would have devoured the lamb. Jesus Christ Himself was killed by the roaring lion, but He was not destroyed.

4.       “he arose against me” = a bear association. A bear rising up on her two hind legs to attack and crush, like a man, or, like a raging bear (Satan) deprived of her whelps (“the children of the wicked one” Mat 13:38; Hosea 13:8).

5.       Singular word usage connoting plural, and more. The Hebrew word “yad” is used to describe the beasts, as in “the paw” of the lion and “the paw” of the bear. In the same verse, this Hebrew word “yad” is also used to describe “the hand” of the Philistine (representing all unsaved men). Thereby an association of commonality exists between the lion beast, the bear beast and the Philistine, and an interesting category or bundle (Mat 13:30) of oneness is formed: beast-men.

6.       (Eccl 3:18)  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them [make apparent to them], and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. 


(Ezek 14:21-23)  For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast [evil: adversity (Satan = Heb: adversary)], and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast? Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it. And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD. 

(Hosea 13:6-11)  According to their pasture [habitation of beasts, and fig. men], so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted [haughty, proud (King Nebuchadnezzar became a wild beast: Dan 4:33)]; therefore have they forgotten me [the USA: in 1962 exorcised God out of the public school system; in 1973 Roe vs. Wade legalized abortions; in 2004 Jesus Christ was forgotten out of Christmas]. Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way [side] will I observe [“a watcher” Dan 4:23] them: I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved [robbed] of her whelps [cubs – “children of the wicked one” Mat 13:38], and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them. O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help. I will be thy king: where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes? I gave thee a king in mine anger [“See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen” 1 Sam 10:24: King Saul], and took him away in my wrath [“But the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul” 1 Sam 16:14].

1.       (1 Sam 8:6,7)  But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 


(Rev 6:1-8)  And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts [zoon; a live thing, an animal] saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse [of strong delusion]: and he that sat on him had a bow [but no arrows; an empty gun]; and a crown [vs. “many crowns” Rev 19:12] was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red [war]: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse [famine]; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale [greenish] horse [pestilence (disease: gangrene)]: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. [SUMMATION] And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword [#2 seal: war], and with hunger [#3 seal: famine], and with death [#4 seal: pestilence], and with the beasts [therion; a dangerous animal: (venomous, wild) beast] of the earth [# ??? what seal???].

1.       (Rev 4:6-9)  And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts [zoon; a live thing, an animal] full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf [young bullock], and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

2.       (2 Th 2:9-12)  Even him [“that Wicked be revealed” v.8], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs [miracles] and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish [the unsaved]; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them [the unsaved] strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned [the unsaved] who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness [the unsaved].

3.       The sword (#2), famine (#3), and pestilence (#4): all three appear together in judgment in 24 verses in the OT. The last time that they appear together in the OT is as three of “my four sore judgments” in Ezekiel 14:21, with the new addition of “the noisome beast” to round out the foursome. 


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