Can we can move on to explore the identity of the  bear in Daniel 7: 5?

In the previous post titled, “the Lion Had Eagle’s Wings, According To Daniel 7: 4”, we discovered that the former British Empire is the Lion while the Holy Roman Empire is the Eagle. Today, we move on to study the identity of the bear seen by Prophet Daniel in the vision:

And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear (Dob/h1678), and it raised up itself on one side, 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 (Daniel 7: 5).


Similarities between the bear in Prophet Daniel’s vision and the bear that David killed at age 16 years

Since bear (dob/ h16780), is used once in the King James Version, I had to explore the root word dob (H1680) in order to understand the meaning of this bear seen by Prophet Daniel.  I found several cross references for dob (H1680), one of the first being the report given by David about his encounter with a bear that DARED to steal a lamb from his flock.

This picture was given to us by David in the scenario in which the Jewish army, under the leadership of weakling King Saul, was faced with invasion by the Philistines. No one in the army dared to confront the champion Goliath out of fear of his size, height, weaponry and daring words against them and their God.

David was just 16 years old and a lowly shepherd, at least in the mind of his brothers. He was keeping sheep, overpowering a lion and a bear, while the brothers cowered with the best of Israel in their tents out of fear of Goliath.  Sent by his father to provide food for his siblings, David discovered the plight of  the Defense Force. Indignant at Goliath’s behavior, he offered to fight and kill the giant.

David reported to King Saul that a bear robbed his flock of a lamb (1 Samuel 17: 34).  In the David and Goliath at https://pppministries.wordpress.comscripture, Israel is symbolically compared to sheep and therefore the lamb refers to the young, defenseless and susceptible ones from the flock. David represents the shepherd, ruler or protector of Israel.

I hear the Father showing me the comparison between the bear in Prophet Daniel’s vision in whose mouth he  saw three ribs AND the bear that robbed the lamb from David’s flock


Prophet Daniel’s vision = picture of the plunder of Israel by the bear. This is Israel without a true shepherd David and the bear = Israel under a leader who know his God and does exploits David and Goliath = Israel under a leader who fears no man because he knows his God
In the vision, Prophet Daniel saw a bear with three ribs between the teeth, meaning that it had already plundered, killed and eaten God’s people.The deed had been already envisioned and done in the mind of the bear.



A bear stole a lamb and ran off with it in its mouth. David compared Goliath, the uncircumcised Philistine, to the bear that stole a lamb from his flock of sheep.  The bear is an uncircumcised, Gentile nation.


Goliath means Splendor and comes from a root word which means uncover, to have one’s nakedness revealed, captivity, exile, carry captive, carried Israel away out of their own land.


Based on his challenge, Goliath, compared by David to the bear, represents a nation that overpowered, enslaved the Jews and took them captive.



Goliath was intimidating in appearance, weaponry and threats of destruction of the nation’s champion. He promised to kill Israel’s champion and to enslave the nation, in keeping with his name. He will intimidate those who do not know their God.


As fearless as he appeared to be, Goliath did not offer to fight the entire army. He is a bully, fighting with intimidating words and weaponry:


If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.


And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.

  David engaged in face to face combat with the bear and delivered the lamb from its mouth. The bear had to release the lamb and fight with his paws. He was no match for Israel under the anointed leadership of an Intercessor, Worshipping, Warrior King:And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, H1677, and took a lamb out of the flock:And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered 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: H1677 : and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, H1677, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee (1 Samuel 17:  32 – 37).

Goliath is confident in his military strength and uses intimidating words to show disdain for the apparent inexperience of   Israel and its Leader:  And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance…


And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.


  David prevailed against the Philistine with a primitive weapon of war and by the POWER OF GOD.The bear is not invincible: 

45. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.


46. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel

47.  And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands 48. And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that DAVID HASTED AND RAN TOWARD THE ARMY TO MEET THE PHILISTINE

 49. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth


50. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David