THE LEOPARD, BEAR, AND LION.....
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
And the beast which I saw was like unto a LEOPARD, and his feet were as the feet of a BEAR, and his mouth as the mouth of a LION: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Notice verse 2 is revealing that the beast nature, the carnal Adamic nature dwelling in the midst of the flesh realm is like unto a leopard, his feet was as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: .... then notice THE DRAGON SPIRIT--SATAN gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
The leopard, bear, and lion are spiritual symbolic aspects of the nature of the beast that John saw in his spiritual vision. These reveal diverse characteristics
Our dear brother Mr. Eby writes... Now let us consider a little further this beast that comes out of the sea. We have said that this beast when he manifests on earth, is the world system of man.
Yet is he not a beast in the sea before he ascends out of the sea? May God grant that we may truly see that this beast in the sea is the bestial nature of the natural man out from which the world system emerges!
The wise man once said, “I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts” (Eccles. 3:18). The apostle Peter also mentions the natural man, likening him to a
brute beast. “But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of things that they understand not: and shall utterly perish in their own corruption” (II Pet. 2:2). As Peter suggests, the natural man possesses animal-like qualities.
“He was like a leopard.” The leopard is one of the most beautiful of animals. His coat is sleek and exotic of color. His spots are a delicate cream color set against a background of exquisite brown. He is one of the most graceful in his movements, agile, swift, and dexterous. But he is also one of the most cold-blooded, cruel species ever known! Is that not an apt portrait of the world system of man in all its glittering allure and its ultimate spiritual
“His feet were as the feet of a bear.” In comparison to the size of an animal, the bear has the largest and the strongest foot of any animal extant. No other animal has such strength of grip in its paws. He rises above all that opposes his reign and tramples upon all who stand before. The spirit of the world is the spirit of Self-interest, Self-exaltation
the feet of a bear.
“His mouth was as the mouth of a lion.” The lion startles the forest with his deep-toned solemn roars. And there is mighty power behind that awesome roar! The lion is the largest and most majestic of the feline family. The voice bespeaks the word, the propaganda, the edicts, the pronouncements,
regulations, laws, and creeds of the world system of man. The pronouncements of the leaders of the world’s systems, of kings, presidents, prime ministers, generals, terrorists, scientists, educators, doctors, popes, archbishops, bishops, preachers, self-appointed apostles, and self-styled prophets have often
shaken mighty empires and filled nations and peoples with consternation. Where this beast opens its mouth and begins to talk, be it in politics or commercial life, in the market or in the science class, in the media or in the pulpit, in the courts or in government bureaucracies, there everything must be silent and
bow. And everything is silent and does bow before this beast! When, for instance, the state declares a law to be valid, no one asks, “What does God say about this?” When the courts ban God and His word from the halls of every government institution, when the courts remove prayer and the Bible and discipline from our schools, when the school boards decree condoms to be made available to ten, eleven, and twelve year old students without parental consent, when the states legislate gay-marriage when religious leaders hand down edicts to be obeyed upon pain of excommunication
is frightened into obedience!
The world system is made up of those earthly things which seduce men from God.