4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
5 “And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: “Arise, devour much flesh!”
- The lion-eagle is a composite of modern Israel, the lion, and the USA, the eagle. The modern state of Israel is the House of Judah, symbolized by the lion [Gen 49:9]. The USA’s national emblem is the eagle, and its founding people’s are from the tribe of Ephraim, the leading, birthright tribe of the old Northern Kingdom called the House of Israel. Latter day Ephraim refers primarily to the USA, although sometimes the principal tribe of the northern kingdom is used to represent the whole House of Israel when distinguishing between it and the House of Judah.
- The eagle’s wings are plucked. Without feathers it can’t fly, hunt or project its power. As long as it can fly it has nothing to fear from a bear. Feeding itself is extremely difficult as it is reduced to scavenging and becomes prey itself. It falls to the earth as suddenly as an eagle in a flightless state would. This is a catastrophic economic collapse of the USD and the banking system. The USA is left in a precarious, very vulnerable position.
- The Russian bear needs no introduction. Even its seat of government is called the ‘Bear Cave’. The bear is raised up to the side, westward, not north or south. It is east itself so its side is west. The flightless eagle suffers a very sudden, horrific shock in the form of the bear ripping out three of its ribs. Russia will make a preemptive nuclear strike on the USA, taking out 3 of its major cities/ribs which form the centers of control over the hearts of the Republic. Removing these ribs makes possible the miraculous heart transplant that follows directly after.
- Russia does not suffer retaliation as only the bear is told to devour much flesh. Tens of millions of lives will be lost in an hour, or minutes, perhaps 9 figures once the ramifications of those 3 lost cities play out over the next year. Unlike the 3rd beast of Dan 7:6, the bear does not receive dominion from its war; no territory or ruler-ship is gained. The bear is a rod of judgment appointed by the Lord for rebuke and correction that will not fail in its mission.
- Such an unanswerable attack succeeds by a “sudden”, lighting first-strike requiring simultaneous hits at very close range allowing no 15-20 min advance warning of an ICBM launch. Those 3 cities are therefore coastal and in short-range from undetectable subs close offshore. NYC is home to a mass media that no longer serves the people but is their enemy. DC is the center of a political swamp of corruption so deep that it cannot be saved. LA is the epicenter for various forms of a demonic entertainment industry (movies, television, porn, music). Together, these three centers form a three-pronged, hardened shield over America that keep people’s hearts turned away from God.
- After being mauled to a certain death, a grand miracle on a historic scale rescues the Eagle at the last moment! The Eagle is helped up to its feet, like a man, and given a new heart. Its rescue is from above and a heart of flesh, tender and yielding to its Maker, replaces its stony heart of pride, greed and hedonism. No longer flying or able to project power around the world, the Eagle will now spend the rest of its life grounded in place with eyes upward on God. A revival of Christian faith will sweep through the USA in a grass-roots resurgence of faith and repentance unprecedented in human history. God will rescue Ephraim in his time of trouble and perform a heart transplant on his firstborn.
- This life-saving transplant is essential for America to fulfill its special role during the times of the Red, Black and, especially, the Pale Horse of Revelation.