In the days to come we are going to experience a surge in predator attacks. These predators may come in the form of what we think of as a predator, or it could be domesticated animals that were triggered by environmental or spiritual factors to become aggressive. The attack may come in the form of a human who has debased themselves the level of an animal, with an animalistic soul.
Life as we have known it has changed. You have sensed it in your spirit. People used to be people and animals used to be animals, but at present, the distinctions and boundaries between man and animal have been blurred with the rise of chimeras, genetic modification, gene editing, synthetic biology, disembodied spirit manifestations, and latent triggered genes from genetic pollution. It is critical that we know who or what a threat will take investigation. What do we know about predators, and what we might we have to learn, to adapt and survive?
God did note create the animals for nothingness, Isaiah 45:18, rather he said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” Genesis Not one animal is idle and each of them acts in the world in which it was created. Throughout history humans and animals have interacted according to their nature. Up until recently animals had a healthy respect and fear of man (Soul in the Image of God, nefesh) and man appreciated his animal companions and wildlife (who have an animal soul).
If you love animals then you may feel relieved that animals have a soul, but it is a little more complicated than that, so please reserve your judgment.
For clarification, we can see character traits and attributes in animals that appear, on the surface, to indicate we are like animals. Some pet owners think their pets look like them, and some people may have a roaring personality, that does not make them a lion.
We can begin to see who is human and who is an animal by being a fruit inspector in the manner of the Amos, the biblical prophet. If we see animalistic behavior in a person you are probably prey of a predator. On the other hand, animals will act according to their nature, and we cannot expect otherwise. Animals are called ‘behemoth’ (animals) in Scripture (a general representation) because everything is already in the animal. An animal does not engage in free choice or have the yearning to connect with its Creator.
Created in the Image of God
We need to look at what makes a person human. It may seem like a foolish musing but these days it is critical to understand, and for that we need to visit to how we were created.
Humans share a vital, animalistic soul with the animals, but within each human is a unique essence that is conferred on us by God, through our soul (neshama) which connects with God.
Your whole body, mind, and soul were created in the Image of God, but for the purposes of this article, for now, we will just be examining the soul.
Anguish of Sin
Animals do not need to perform activities which cause them anguish in order to gain their livelihood. Animals were created only to serve mankind, who by right, should an easier existence than the inferior animal kingdom in acquiring a livelihood. But humans must use their whole body, soul, and intellect to secure subsistence.
The lion has a powerful body and yet the lion does not use the power of his body for the purpose of a livelihood. Lions use their power for placement within their pride (family). The lion has a body, as do humans.
Deer possess vitality and alacrity, but once again, they do not use their skills to make a livelihood such as making dinner or gathering food to bring home. The deer has an animal soul, as do humans. The deer uses its speed to stay alive, even if it is browsing.
The fox is a shrewder than any other animal yet he does not use his power for the purpose of livelihood such as closing business deals. The fox uses its intellect to outwit other predators. The fox has intellect, so too humans.
After man sinned it was required that people run day and night by the sweat of our brows for livelihood. He must harness the power of his body and soul for this purpose, diminishing to some degree, the nurturing of our God imparted soul. For those who are not seekers of a livelihood, living on others is your sweat, for you are a slave to sin, for Proverbs tells us if we do not work, one should not eat. (paraphrased) Proverbs 16:26, II Thessalonians 3:10
The soul is where humans, animal and other entities diverge.
Maybe you have not pondered about your soul that was created in the Image of God. Your soul is complex and awesomely beautiful.
In our culture we are all about labels, so let us label the different types of soul:
Animal soul (nefesh), physically alive, but spiritually dead (animals, people, Zombies, embodied spirits, genetically modified life, triggered genetic mutations)
Spirit (wind) (ruach) of God speaking life to a creature (this is shared with the animals, but is different than the Holy Spirit. Other entities and genetic monsters may breath)
Human Soul (neshama) created in the Image of God (unique to humans and no other)
These three facets encompass your actions, speech, and thoughts. Each has a power behind them. There is a spiritual force behind these faculties. You have probably heard the terms, “power of the body,” “power of the soul,” “”power of the intellect.”
When God created Adam, God blew into his nostrils a breath of life. Genesis 2:7 The animal soul is when the wind of God breathes life. The animal soul is primal and embedded within sheer physicality of power. The animal soul means living and it contains the spirit of breath, in physical terms. The animal soul is the lowest level of the soul and is encapsulated within the body. The animal soul is associated with action. In Hebraic understanding your blood contains the animal soul, the animal soul is present, and is the garment of your blood. If the animal soul was not in the blood you would wither and die. This is why the blood is holy unto God, even animal blood which was used for food and sacrifice.
What we are discussing is the act of (God) breathing (ruach) into a vessel to make it alive which is different than the Holy Spirit indwelling. It is a physiological act. “And the spirit of God spoke,” and “and the spirit of His lips.” Free-flowing speech is one facet of spirit (wind) of God. The dwelling place of the spirit or wind of God is in the heart. One distinction between humans and animals is that humans can speak, in the likeness of God. The ruach (wind) is somewhat physical and is somewhat connotes “matter”. The power of the spirit to communicate is connected and networked to the body, not completely separate from the body. Modern science may animate the dead, and spirits may embody people or animals, these creatures may breathe, but God’s original breath to a particular life and soul was seized by 'something' in rebellion to God. This calls for discernment.
Your soul (neshama), in the Image of God, is an internal essence of concealment and hiddenness which is a source of blessing in being human. Humans are living beings. Humans are unique, in that your soul, is a type of creation in and of itself, entirely separate from the body. It is bonded to your body by God’s decree. Your soul yearns for God to fill it, whether you acknowledge that fact, or not. With this soul we can learn knowledge and explore biblical insights. The corresponding organ is our brain. We use our brain to determine free will, to choose God or to reject Him. Animals do not possess this very special soul in the Image of God. This is the soul that will return to its Creator upon your death.
This gives you a small taste of insight about the workings of your soul, created in the Image of God, but it is in no way comprehensive, as God designed you so precisely. We have also touched upon the animal soul, and that breath that makes both you and animals, alive. We can now take these precepts and build upon them to assist us to determine who is predator, man or beast.
You will see animal characteristics that might remind you of yourself, someone you may know, or even a culture. This does not mean that you are an animal. It means that in created life there are strands of character/biological similar building blocks, unless we forsake the soul God gave us In His Image, but that will be discussed on another occasion.
As you read and view, pay attention to the presented animals in light of the soul, whether animal or human. Ask yourself whether the characteristics are natural or unnatural. Take your time to focus.
Be aware, that you may disagree on the particular animals prophetically representing certain people or nations, we are scrutinizing the scriptural and historical perceptions, which may differ from your understanding. The important thing is so see the character of these animals, how they hunt, and how as humans we differ from the animal kingdom, unless we surrender our soul. We also need to attune ourselves to behaviors that can indicate either an animalistic nature or a hybrid entity or creature.
This concept of studying what it means to be created in the Image of God, is as new to me, as it may be to you. I simply believed the Word. I am learning and being a Berean, just as you are, and so I humbly request grace, if I hit a "dumber than a rock" minute. I am striving to see what Scripture says about being Created in the Image of God. In drilling down to learn all what it means to be created in the Image of God, we will learn some astounding things. The Lord has convinced that these spiritual nuggets will impact my life and yours as they are revealed in the days to come. Originally my intent was to begin this examination mid-November, but the Holy Spirit impressed and it was confirmed, to begin sharing what it means to created in the Image of God, immediately.
What is the implication of this basic concept of our creation moment as we move into a time that is a supernaturally charged environment, where a human might not be a human, and an animal might be part 'human'. What is it to be a human?
Nothing strikes terror into a person than a growling bear God is to me like a bear lying in wait to ambush. Lamentations 3:10
Frankly, America finds herself now facing hordes of Persian migrants, the historical symbol of which is the bear. The growling bear is breaking into our indulgent and complacent lives as divine retribution. America long enjoyed her tranquil surroundings, apathetic to the world around us. We let our guard down and now we are being charged by a raging bear. Bears are one of the most powerful and dangerous predators.
Oftentimes, Scripture speaks of the bear as an attacking bear and metaphorically as the Persian Empire. The biblical story of Joseph can yield some insights into the era in which we find ourselves. Joseph was blessed by God, favored by his father, and beautiful in form and appearance, much like the history of America. This beauty that Joseph possessed caused a certain bear to be attracted to him, Potipher’s wife, who is likened to a “wild beast.”
As we marveled at our goodness, trusting in our beauty and freedom, our nation attracted the Persian Bear, provocatively known as the Syriac Bear.
Bears can deliberately stalk their prey. We watched this play out on a mountaintop in the Rockies when a young black bear decided that he wanted our chickens for his chicken dinner. He paced back and forth changing locations while attempting to move in for the kill. The only thing between the bear and our chickens was my husband. This drama played out for over 45 minutes. However, most bear attacks occur inadvertently when a person casually stumbles upon a bear and the bear perceives that he must neutralize the threat that he feels. When a person’s guard is down enjoying idyllic life suddenly, you encounter a bear charging towards you.
Are you safe from this?
The best weapon when hiking in bear country is to use your brain. Whether you encounter a bear in nature or a Persian certain skills if you are going to survive.
Those of us living in bear country know that there are 10 steps to follow when encountering a bear:
Be courageous-Do not panic
Resourcefulness-make allot of loud noises.
Do not leave food around.
Attention (situational awareness)
Knowledge about the nature of bears.
Weapon, or bear spray at the least.
Back away if the bear is not charging.
If the bear charges and does not stop your options are to play dead or use your weapon or bear spray
There is much debate in the realm of prophecy about the dream of Daniel regarding the four beasts, the second of which was a bear. Ancient sources conclude that Persia is the bear. They deduce this from the bear’s nature of swaying as he moves. This is an allegory for imbalance and inequality because of a shifting succession in coalition power. “It raised itself up on one side”… A bear moves by moving one side of his body at a time that gives the impression that he is lumbering. This movement also called locomotion or “pacing” which is why the bear in Daniel raised itself up on one side. True to character, the Persian Caliphate is swaying onto global scene. “it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth…” This could refer to three areas that vacillate in and out of Persia’s control. These areas are vassal kingdoms that are not totally consumed by Persia. “and it was told, Arise and devour much flesh…”
The Persian Empire has always accumulated much wealth as illuminated by the feast of Ahasuerus in the Book of Esther. Ahasuerus, a Persian, had an insatiable animalistic appetite and soul.
"The lion roars, the bear growls, and the wicked man rules over a poor nation." Proverbs 28:15
Just as Queen Esther, we were born for such a time as this. We will witness coming onto the global stage the lion, Nebuchadnezzar (Babylon); the bear, Ahasuerus (Persia); and the wicked man is Haman (foreshadow of anti-Christ).
It is said in Legend, that bears and the Persians have the similar characteristics: Persians eat and drink like a bear. Persians are clothed like a bear. Persians are hairy like a bear. Persians have no rest like a bear. Bears eat great quantities of diverse food as they prepare for winter. They need to fatten up for a long duration with no food. Their lustful appetites are synonymous with the greed of the Persians which we can see manifest in Islamic festivals such as Ramadan and the “heavenly” 72 virgin myth.
It is said: The bear is the largest carnivore in the world. His temperament is one of extremism and raw power; this holds true of the Persian Empire. Bears have shaggy fur looking much like the disheveled hairy bodies of the Persians. Bears wander vast distances looking for prey.
In captivity, bears pace back and forth within their enclosures. The Hebrew word for bear is dov that is similar to the word davav that refers to motion. Persia is in constant motion. The Persians have completed their plan of laying in wait. They have paced back and forth in their confinement and they have now begun their ambush.
What Religion is Demonic?
Some ancient texts refer to the Angel of Persia mentioned in the Book of Daniel as Dubi-el or “bear of God.”
As we layer the similarities between bears and the Persians, we come across an intriguing piece of information. In ancient times, there was a fiery debate in Iran regarding whose religion was demonic. The belief was that demons were the army of evil. Most Persians were Zoroastrians and laid claim that their religion was anti-demonic. They were so convinced that they incorporated this assertion to be recited in their daily confession faith. The Persians also made assertion that Judaism was demonic. It can be noted from Middle Persian literature that there is a word play between dov (bear) and dev (Middle Persian for demon).
Sounds of the Soul
Despite the ferocious essence of bears, people identify with bears.
Bears have a soul, albeit an animal soul, nefesh, while humans have a neshama, a human soul. Nevertheless, we share a soul connection.
At the End of Days when man discards his human soul, created in the image of God, the wild animals such as bears will attack as they do not fear a man or woman with an animal soul.
"We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us." Isaiah 59:11
Why is there this stark contrast between a huge bear and a gentle dove? When a bear is frightened by a larger bear or in confinement, bears vocalize the mournful sound of a dove. When we are exiled from our Creator, if we are spiritually attentive, we emit the same mournful lyric. Bears possess human-like qualities such as being extremely agile with their front paws and with their back paws, they often stand erect.
Bears are intelligent, playful, and are at ease when trained for entertainment. This narrative was passed down in our family history: One day a man traveling with a trained dancing bear came to town. He put on a performance on the main street going from saloon to saloon. Someone suggested Curtis ride the bear so he climbed on and rode him all the way down the street with a man taking up a collection wherever he put on a performance. One of the gamblers offered Curtis $5 bill for his performance but he refused saying he didn’t like,” that kind of fake money what he wanted was that real money.” He was referring to a 5-cent piece. So the gambler gave Curtis a nickel and he was satisfied. He was five years old and had never seen paper money. He looked back at the time when he was 88 years old shaking his head because he was thinking how much $5 would have meant to his folks.
Our heartstrings go out to the bear mostly because Teddy Bears have become a part of American culture and much beloved. What we need to remember is that the bear is a dangerous predator. We should never let our guard down for sentimental or politically correct reasons.
Judgment by Bear
These awesome creatures are highlighted in Holy Scripture to provide us with guidance in dealing with bears and the Persian Caliphate. Wisdom dictates for us to keep in mind that these wild beasts are not trained dancing bears for our amusement (main-stream & social media) but a sign of God’s judgment.
King of the Beasts, the Lion
A lion is considered the ruler of the beasts, but the bear is considered the most devious predator.
"Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him." Amos 5:18-19
It is critical to understand that in the ancient world the lion symbolized Babylon which equated to Rome. After Rome took center stage, it allowed space, time, and habitat for the raging bear, Persia, to rise to power. We must also comprehend, that these kingdoms are illuminated to us historically, when they were in their prime.
Lions are by far the most prominent all wild animals and predators. Since this is the case tonight I will focus on some things about lions that you may be unfamiliar with. God is often symbolized by character of the lion.
Lions are mentioned 150 times in Scripture under seven different names or categories. Ari is the general name for lion although oftentimes it is used as an adult male lion. The numerical equivalent of ari equals power. Kefir refers to a young lion but not to a cub. A teenager of sorts. It is beginning to develop its boldness and independence.
Traders are often metaphorically referred to as young lions, sharp, aggressive and bold. Lavi is a hotly debated lion. Some lioness, others a male lion, and some a flame-colored lion or fiery lion. It could be any of these in the 14 times it is mentioned in Scripture. Layish is a powerful or mighty lion. Shachal is and large or old lion but could refer to a young lion. It pertains to a lion at a certain age. Schatz refers to the proud lion and of how the lion tears its prey. Gur is a lion cub.
We distinguish these because of how the lion behaves, hunts, and consumes its prey. When we think of lions we think of sheer strength but other animals such as bears can be more powerful. That said, when all the physical factors are accounted for: size, teeth, strength, claws, hunting ability lions stand tall as the leader.
"The lion is the mightiest of animals, and turns away from before no one." Proverbs 30:30
A single mauling blow by a lion can kill prey, humans or livestock. Positive Power or raw physicality, can pose grave danger to people but it is also a characteristic that, when used for good, is to be emulated. Most big cats are loners, but the lion lives in a pride and is socially remarkable. Despite his highly aggressive disposition within his clan he controls his bloodthirstiness and can even be friendly and tender-hearted.
Power is needed overcome, to subdue, and override our animalistic drives that try to destroy us is leonine trait man is encouraged to emulate. Due to the lions great power he is afraid of nothing and so too, we should not be fearful, except a holy fear of God. We need to be mindful that lack of fear can be a negative trait leading us to haughtiness.
Metaphors of Enemies and Destruction
Symbolically most of Scripture uses the lion as a metaphor for death and destruction. Many times the lion is mentioned as a human enemy. The prophets often used the lion to illustrate backsliding of God’s people. Lions can be a symbol as some sort of threat or a particular enemy. Frequent reference is made to Babylon as a lion. In the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, the lions followed God’s will in refraining from killing him, but ordinarily, lions follow God’s will in the opposite role. As the dominant predator, the lion is perfectly suited to being a naturalistic agent of divine retribution. Sometimes the lions killed individuals and other times such as in II Kings 17, there were mass attacks by lions, similar to the TV series, Zoo.
"The pronouncement of the beasts of the south, to the land of trouble and anguish, from where the fiery lion and the mighty lion come." Isaiah 30:6
Lions or wild animals can be sent by God to attack sinners and those who do things without first consulting God. Any encounter with a lion where it does not eat you should be considered an close encounter with God’s judgment of death.
Characteristics of Lions
"Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens." Psalm 119:20-22
Lions roar to seek their food, which is arranged by God through various natural causes. Each animal carves out its own unique niche in the ecosystem, finding its sustenance in its own way. God set up the world that even lions with their enormous appetite can find food.
Lions do cooperative hunting. They stalk their prey. They then rush the prey and chase it towards the other lions. Females do most of the killing with males enjoying the spoils of the kill. Of 1,210 observed lions chasing and stalking prey in the Serengeti only 3% were males. Male lions hunt via ambush while males lions stalk and chase. Part of this is biological because the male lion has a thick mane and when it comes to a fight males have a protective shield.
How Lions Kill
When lions hunt their preferred prey they do it in a safe manner ensuring they are not injured by horns or hooves. Lions can take down their prey with their paw. If the animal is to big then the lion jumps onto the flanks of its prey using its claws to grip the victim, grasp the muzzle with the other paw, and using its teeth grasp the animal by the neck. This causes the animal to topple to the ground. Sometimes the lion will break the neck with its powerful paws. If the animal is still alive the lion will kill it by biting the neck from the front in order to shut the trachea and seal the mouth causing asphyxiation. The lion will sometimes eat their prey on the spot, but if it believes that it will be disturbed, it will drag its prey to a suitable location to eat in peace. If several lions are present the kill is torn to pieces that each lion retreats with its portion. Lions can also trample their prey.
Pharaoh and Lions
The Pharaoh’s of Egypt associate themselves with lions seeing themselves as sharing its nature as a noble king. Ramses II had a pet lion name “Slayer of his Foes,” that accompanied him in battle. In ancient Egypt deities guarded the fiery sun as it rose and set were portrayed as lions. How to survive a lion attack Most lions flee, even from people on foot, but an attack is a possibility and knowing how to react could save your life.
Walking safaris are a relatively new concept, and lions still perceive humans on foot as a threat. Conversely, as the biggest tourist attraction in many African wildlife reserves, lions have become quite habituated to vehicles and can be approached to within a few feet. Indeed, they often appear totally oblivious to them, despite the excited chattering of their occupants and the clicking of cameras. Lion behavior varies from region to region. When I first went to Zambia’s North Luangwa National Park, it was virtually devoid of tourists, so the lions weren’t habituated. Many of our early encounters with lions there (while we were building a camp) developed into mock charges, which was disconcerting to say the least.
Being charged by a lion when you are on foot is extremely frightening. It is difficult to stop yourself from bolting, but that is likely to prompt an attack. A lion charge is usually accompanied by a deep growling sound that reverberates through your very core.It is vital to stand your ground, perhaps retreating very slowly, but to continue facing the lion while clapping your hands, shouting and waving your arms around to make yourself look bigger. Most charges are mock charges, so you will usually be fine. In the event of a lion charge, clap your hands and shout and flail your arms about to make yourself look bigger. Hold your ground. Never run or turn your back. Do not approach too closely, especially in the case of mating lions or lionesses with cubs. Different circumstances trigger different behavior. During courtship, male lions are often extremely aggressive and should not be approached, even in a vehicle. A lioness with cubs is naturally protective and should be given lots of space. And being predominantly nocturnal, lions lose their inherent fear of humans at night and become much more dangerous and prone to attack.Be more cautious at night. Avoid camping in areas of high lion density – maintain a watch throughout the night if worried.
Leopards and Cougars
The cougar (Puma concolor), also commonly known as the mountain lion. Although not mentioned in Scripture, leopards are. The only difference is primary the spots. Namer is used for leopards and in some places in Scripture it is used interchangeably as tiger or leopard. Cougar-leopards are light, swift, and agile as indicated: "Their horses are lighter than nemerim." Habakkuk 1:8
Cougar-leopards can bound up trees and they pounce upon their prey. They are very fast in the short distance and catch their prey by ambush or stalking at close distance then making a short and fast rush. Some of these large cats can run up to 70 miles per hours so outrunning a big cat is not a viable option. A cougar is a brazen animal.
The Greek Leopard
"Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it. And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, 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. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it." Daniel 7:2-6
The third beast represents Greece. The wings on the leopard symbolize the rapid expansion of the Greek Empire to the four corners of the earth. This empire was divided into four after the death of Alexander. Greece was an oppressive regime. It was strikingly beautiful as cougars and other big cats. Greece was known for its aesthetic values and treasured beauty.
Big cats are brazen which typical refers to “strength”.
However big cats are not the strongest animal and so they rely on their inner qualities rather than their exterior ones. Brazenness can include energetic or bold. They rely upon their wits. They are very smart and pound per pound they are the scrappiest of the big cats. No other predator confronts its victim with such a rampage of fury. It does not necessarily kill to eat its prey but kills out of sheer aggression. Under military direction the Greek Empire expanded its conquests with unparalleled ferocity. The word in Hebrew is azut and carries with it the connotation of defiance. Brazenness is a danger to all of us and stands at odds with a person’s sense of shame which helps keep us from sin.
Yet all character traits are entirely good or bad. We are to be brazen to fulfill the will of our Father in Heaven.
Just as leopard is not intimidated, so too a person should not be intimidated. Victory does not just mean militarily or ideologically, but means one takes the enemy’s evil trait and uses it for good. Then one has truly conquered their enemy. A bashful person cannot learn Scripture. One must be able to be courageous, ask questions, learn and understand the Word or he will never learn. We should be bold and not afraid or fearful of being mocked. To allow these feelings in allows for doubt and ignorance. One must also be a seeker of Truth and never cower into blind submission.
"And I shall speak of Your statutes in front of kings, and I shall not be ashamed.: Psalms 119:46
Did you know that Boaz name in the Book of Ruth came from the leopard, from the brazenness within him?
Leopard Trivia: Did you know that on King Solomon’s throne there are three pairs of animals and one is a goat facing off with a leopard?
Leopards habitually prey upon goats until the Messianic Era when whether biologically changed or metaphorically, there will be harmony between predator and prey.
"Vigilance Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no savior beside me.I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me. Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them: I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them." Hosea 13:4-7
The leopard is vigilant. It is unknown if this alludes to Assyria home of the leopard or from the word ashur “I shall observe him (ashurenu) but not from near." Numbers 24:17
It is the leopards nature of stealthily stalking its prey. This technique enables them to catch a wide variety of prey. The leopard also is alert and vigilant. It is not enough to stand up against a threat by an enemy-one actually has to do so!
Big cats have a propensity to interbreed between other big cats. Whether in ancient ideas about ancestry, its crossbreeding ability, or mystical imagery, the leopard is a symbol of hybridization and infidelity. God wants us representing innocence and fidelity. We strive to be free of the spots of sin nature.
Greeks did not kill cultures but invaded or Hellenized cultures resulting in hybridization. Hybridization is forbidden in Scripture. It represents mixing for holy with the profane.
How to Survive a Cougar Attack
Lions can grow to 300 pounds and are cunning hunters. The only land mammals known to hunt man when sufficiently hungry are polar bears and mountain lion. When traveling in mountain lion territory, traveling as a group is best, and avoid travel between dusk and dawn when possible. Mountain Lion attacks are more prevalent against younger children, so when outdoors or traveling in mountain lion territory, children should never be allowed to walk ahead of or linger behind the adults in the group. Not certain if an area has mountain lions? They tend to concentrate in areas with a high deer population. You should familiarize with what a cougars tracks and their scat looks like, which can be found online. Noise usually scares off a mountain lion, but if their food supply comes under attack when man competes for their natural prey during a protracted crisis, it is possible they may become more aggressive. If you see a mountain, make yourself look as big as possible (some suggest opening a coat to give the appearance of a larger target) and try not to show fear. Experts say the best way to protect yourself from a mountain lion is a gun..no surprise there. Baring that, a taser gun or knife or pepper spray (ideally bear spray or high concentration human spray) are the next best back-ups.
Should you find yourself having to defend against an attack without any of these items, scream, yell, throw whatever is handy, stomp your feet, and generally try to give the impression that you are not worth messing with. If that doesn’t stop the attack, fighting is your best recourse—use whatever is on hand; a large rock or a stick that can be used to stab with—always fight dirty and aim for the head…namely the eyes, open mouth, and neck–while protecting your neck and eyes. These are the vulnerable points a large cat will attack to take down their prey. Yell for help while defending yourself.
Wolves are found around the world although they vary in size and coloration. Wolves can weigh from 35 to over 170 pounds. The wolf’s singular distinguishing trait is that it is an opportunist. Instead of targeting prey in its prime they go for injured, young, old, sickly, or vulnerable prey. Wolves are also opportunistic in the range of their diet, “They are flexible and opportunistic predators...adapted to feeding upon a diverse array of foods.” Farmers must be ever vigilant in raising their livestock from the opportunistic wolf. The best fences in the world will not keep a persistent wolf out without a human patrol or guard. In Scripture the wolf is called ze’ev and is the symbol of the Tribe of Benjamin.
Benjamin is a predatory wolf; in the morning he devours his prey and in the evening he divides the spoils. Genesis 49:27
The tribes color was jasper and the color of his banner encompassed all colors, just as the wolf is diverse in color.
Wolves and the Medes
"Therefore the lion of the forest has struck them (Babylon), the wolf of the plains (Media) has plundered them, the leopard Greece) prowls over their cities; all emerge from there shall be preyed upon, for their sins are numerous and their waywardness is intense." Jeremiah 5:6
Typically the Persian/Media Empire alludes to the bear in prophecy but in Aramaic, a variant of Hebrew the name of a bear can be wolf. Some explain this dual possibility as the dual nature of the Persian & Median Empire, one represented by a bear and the other by a wolf. It is written in Scripture to destroy Amalek. He was not killed which resulted in a continual threat to Israel. “When you go out to battle” Deut. 20:1
It is written: “And your eyes shall not have mercy,” and after it says “And you shall see the horse and the rider.” He said to them: If you have compassion upon them, they will go out to war against you. A parable: A shepherd was shepherding his flock in the forest, and he found a wolf cub. He had compassion upon it and raised it, suckling from the goats. A worker came and saw it and said, “Kill it, and do not have pity, so that no harms comes to this flock!” but he did not listen to him. When it grew up, it would see a sheep and kill it, and eat goats. The worker said, “Did I not tell you not to have compassion on it?” If you have compassion upon them, “those of them who you leave shall be pins in your eyes.” Numbers 33:55
Dawn and Dusk Wolves around the world are crepuscular-that is they are active at dawn and at dusk, preferring to sleep during the middle of the day.
"For behold, I am establishing the Chaldean's, that bitter and impetuous nations…It is awesome and terrifying…Its horses are swifter than leopards, and they are sharper than wolves of dusk, and its horsemen are many." Habakkuk 1:6-8
If the wolves are so hungry, why do they wait until dusk? The answer my friend is found in the sinning city of Jerusalem: "She did not listen to the voice; she did not take the rebuke; she did not trust in God, she did not draw near to her Lord. Her princes in her midst were as roaring lions; her officers were wolves of dusk, not leaving a bone for morning. Zephaniah 3:2-3
This verse is comparing the crafty, bribe-taking officers to the cunning wolf who attacks under the cover of darkness and consumes its prey so entirely that not even a bone remains to show what happened. Our country is experiencing consumption under an ever increasing darkness. Wolves are always it transit (on the move), it is their nature.
Wolves do hunt and kill humans.Wolves crush the bones of their prey to get to the bone marrow.Wolves might even consume the intestines after they vigorously shake them to remove the content of the intestine.
How Wolves Attack
Typically, a wolf hunts in a pack but can and does hunt singularly, even for large game.Similarly to bears, a mauling by a wolf is considered a fatal defect. Why? He injects his “venom” into his prey. Not actual venom as in an insect but refers to a bacterial infection.Wolves are pursuit predators. Their legs are slender and paws not jointed for grasping; its body is built for long-distance pursuit.Wolf claw are strong but blunt.Wolves can mean “quarrel,” make unsteady, “cause trouble”, cause anxiety. In English the world “worry” originally referred to a physical attack, and then gradually began to be used for verbal harassment. Wolves killing sheep is so common that it has become the arche-typical predator-prey symbol for evil nations attacking God’s people.
Defense Against Wolves
When there is an outbreak of wolves even a single wolf attack is unavoidable. An appointed guardian is not held liable in this situation. Additional security measures are needed during times of wolves inundation.Different measures were taken to protect flocks of sheep from wolves. Male prey is particularly vulnerable to a wolf attack.
Divert attention of wolf by sending in a challenging prey in his path. Both male and female goats can successfully fend off a wolf attack due to their aggressive disposition and their sharp horns. The best solution is to capture and kill the wolf.Beware of a crossbred wolf and dog. Such corruption is an aberration. Wolfdogs are dangerous to humans and the domestic dog. How to survive a wolf attack DON’T RUN! This will make you look prey, which is a bad thing. Remember, wolves are HUNTERS. Don't "stare the animal down." This looks like a threat. Don't turn your back on the wolves Make yourself appear scary: shout, throw stones, raise your arms over your head. If you've entered an enclosure, back away slowly, moving toward the exit with your back against the fence. Don't look scared or fall, this will encourage an attack. If things get really bad, curl into a ball and protect your face. The consequences of the wolf depredation on sheep has been catastrophic for the wolf. They have been hunted and hated almost to the point of extinction. Symbolically, this represents justice. The criminal has become the victim, the hunter has become the hunted.
Wolves in Prophecy
In the Messianic times the wolves will lie down with the sheep a universal metaphor of peace within groups of people and also a time of peace for the whole world.
Most of the time in Scripture, when we see fox it is actually a jackal, but was mistranslated in Europe because the translators were unfamiliar with the animals of Israel. But there are instances of foxes in scripture.
Most references to the “fox” in Scripture describe it as a creature that inhabits ruined areas and symbolizes desolation.
"Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word." Ezekiel 13:3-6
Some interpret the verse as breaches rather than ruins. Because our hearts are sick, because our eyes our dimmed; for Mt. Zion which is desolate, foxes walk in it. Lamentations 5:17-18
When the Jews were rebuilding the Temple Sanballat asked, “What are the miserable Jews doing? Will they restore, offer sacrifice, and finish one day? Can they revive stones out of dust heaps, burned as they are” We hear these same comments today about the building of the Third Temple.
Travelers to Israel in the nineteenth century commented that foxes were everywhere especially around ruins. And Samson said concerning them, "Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure. And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails. And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives." Judges 15:1, 4-5
While Scripture frowns on animal cruelty history is replete with instances of nations using animals to wage warfare. In ancient times rats were used and during WWII the US military experimented with bomb bats. Foxes often double-back on their tracks to throw off enemies that are pursuing their scent. Scholars notes that fire is often associated with foxes, especially for fox tails. In Arabic the word for fox and fire are similar. A fox is intimately familiar with the dirt in its burrow; it will not become trapped in it and die. So, too, a husband will not be prevented from his conjugal rights, no matter the state of his spouse. Symbolic of lowly beast of all the nations in the Book of Daniel Egypt was the “little” fox. Seize for us the foxes, the little foxes. Song of Songs 2:15
The fox has a reputation of being crafty and uses trickery. Persons of small stature who attempt to vanquish their rivals via debates, tricks such as sarcasm rather than superior argumentation. Unsuitable judges are alluded to as “little foxes who ruin the vineyard.” One should not be a part of such a gathering. The Hunt Observation shows that foxes when hunting larger prey use their jaws rather than their claws. But it is the foxes cunning, slyness, and craftiness that he is known for due to his agility, opportunistic, and adaptability.
Stories of an ethical and moral nature often include a fox as the naughty one.
Outwitting a Fox
As foxes represent desolation, weeping, wailing, outwitting a fox is difficult. One must be agile, fast, think on one’s feet, and be an expert on salvaging treasures in ruinous heaps. These skills we may need one day, after the larger and more cumbersome predators have met their end.
Badgers are known for their power, aggression, irascible, and near-invincibility despite their demure size. They are mainly carnivorous but honey badgers do like honey. Honey badgers are responsible for many instances of depredation upon small livestock such as chickens. As with their size they are not mentioned much in Scripture and share passages with martens and mangooses. Badgers are closely related to weasel personalities and share the same range as their cousins the skunks. Like most carnivores, badgers stay in shape with regular physical activity and are well dressed and precisely groomed. They enjoy all sports and their competitive natures drive them to the edges of their abilities. Because of their small size, they sometimes feel the need to assert themselves to gain the respect accorded the larger carnivores. However, the badger's tendency to bite off more than it can chew often results in an overestimation of its capabilities. With the heart of a tiger, tenacity is both their greatest asset and biggest downfall. Badgers are almost always successful in business but often find themselves over their head. Towering ambitions cause them to make sweeping plans without considering the finer details of the exercise. With such an abundance of self-confidence, badgers sometimes rush headlong into overwhelming situations and are forced to burrow their way out. Even so, they never go down without a fight. The badger is highly regarded as a leader, especially by the smaller animal personalities, but their physical stature can limit political ambitions. This doesn't deter them from running races they are destined to lose, however. Like their cousin the weasel, badgers are opportunists and sometimes team up in business with the more thoughtful animal personalities to help offset their impetuous nature. As a salesperson, they have few equals. Jobs requiring a high degree of proactive selling are ideally suited for the badger's get-up-and-go personality. As managers they are somewhat overbearing, but nonetheless fair and rational. They don't exhibit much of an ego and with their head down, rooting for opportunities, badgers always generate a great deal of respect from their peers.
How to Survive a Badger Attack
I could find no facts on what to do if attacked by a badger except to relocate yourself, the badger if possible, or shoot it.
Wild Boar Attack
Wild Boars are not a bore, if you know what I mean. You know the type…a large, hairy, dangerous pig! We have all met one at least once in our lives. Wild boards tend to inhabit forests and ravine habitats. Wild boars are a major threat to agriculture. They eat crops, trample them down, and dig and root destroying prime land. They also break branches off fruit trees and tear up the soil. Does the name Monsanto come to mind? Boars can weigh up to 600 pounds. Adult males have two tusks that protrude from their mouth that they use to forage as well as weapons. Wild boars avoid humans unless they perceive danger, especially to piglets. Boars can slam into a human and cause extensive damage. Boars vs. Pigs In Scripture wild boar is a “pig of the forest” or wild pig in contrast to a domestic pig. There is a curious say, “The mouse of the hills” becomes a wild boar. What can we make of this? Piglets look cute and cuddly, not at all like an adult boar. The same is true of the illegal immigrants that we are letting into our country. On the outside they are people like us with the same needs but on the inside they carry dangerous and wild ideologies and agendas to seize what is ours. Destructive Beasts in Psalms there is a parable is given comparing the Jewish people to a vineyard and their persecutors are compared with a wild boar that enters the vineyard and destroys the vines: "A Psalm of Assaf…You plucked up a vine from Egypt; You expelled nations and planted it…Why did You breach its wall so that every passerby plucks its fruit? The boar of the forest ravages it, and all the animals of the wild graze upon it." Psalm 80:1, 9, 13-14
The Wild Boar symbolizes the Roman Empire. Legions in the Roman Empire had the Wild Boar as their emblem, most particularly the tenth legion of Vespasian and Titus who were involved in the sacking of Jerusalem. Military coins from that period depict a Wild Boar. From the zoological standpoint the boar is a highly destructive animal whether as a physical representation or metaphor of Rome. There are other animals more dangerous to agriculture and other animals more dangerous to man, but only the boar is dangerous to both.
During the Messianic Age there will be found no deviant beast. Scholars interpret this as the wild boar of Rome. Deviant as it invades human settlements, unexpected aggression, and degenerate habits. The fourth beast of Daniel’s prophecy could be the Wild Boar a synthesis of materials. "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns." Daniel 7:7
One beastly entity described as wreaking havoc not only by devouring but also by crushing and stamping (Stamping Out Manual) is UN in the manner of Rome. Another thought is that this embodiment could also be the return of the giants, reanimated disembodied spirit creatures, or super soldiers using ancient technology.
A boar fight starts with a challenge, mostly with grunts and posturing. If a boar accepts the challenge he will approach with a stiff legged gait, bristles up, and a soundless pushing match starts. Shoulder to shoulder, a test of power.If one boar can overpower the other by pushing, there's no seriously violent fight. For equal combatants though, the fight's just beginning. The boars pop their jaws and slobber foam, working themselves into a fighting mode; the pumped up boars then slam their heavy heads and tusks mightily into the body of the opponent. Now starts the pounding, the grunting and the wounded squeals. The frothy slobber flies into the air, to the ground and all over the combatants. It can be a fight to the death, but the death is rarely immediate. The loser leaves the battle ground first to live or die on his own. The winner will also leave to recover from his injuries or die.
Much of the wild hog's body language has to do with competition, aggression and dominance, or on the other hand, submission and avoidance.A dominant boar looks it. He moves with a swagger and authority that proclaim his strength and virility. He'll make demonstrations of his status by his bearing, but if there is any doubt that the other hog got the message, he'll deliver bursts of aggression--by charging the offender, and nosing or hooking the target boar--which makes him squeal and run off, or starts a fight.
Surviving a Wild Boar Attack
A boar’s (male) razor sharp tusks, their sharp teeth, and their lightening speed can do serious damage. Advice on avoiding an attack by a wild pig is nearly non-existent, other than shoot them. If that isn’t possible, climb a tree. The reason defense techniques against wild pig attacks is in short supply is likely because they have an ornery disposition when cornered or when someone gets too close to a sows litter. If either happens, it’s probably going to be game on. Otherwise, its generally agreed on that the wild pig will try to avoid people. When a wild pig charges, the male will raise his head and when he connects with his victim, he jerks his head down and then up, using his tusks for optimal destruction to tear its victim open with his long, sharp tusks, of which he has 4. The sow will charge, mouth open, ready to inflict wounds with her sharp teeth. Wild pigs can charge at 30 miles an hour and can weigh up to 300 lbs. Each Wild Boar attack has required extensive stitches along with antibiotics to fight infection. Wild pigs can react with lightening speed, therefore using the strategy of making yourself look bigger or yelling isn’t likely to be effective. In fact, victims relating a wild pig attack say they charged without warning; eye contact or no eye contact and there wasn’t time to make yourself appear larger or to try to take charge of the situation by yelling. If you will be spending time outdoors where wild pigs run wild, consider bringing a firearm, trees or no trees!
This is only the beginning of insights into what it means to be created in the Image of God which makes us human but also the nature of the various animals who can give us valuable insights into predatory behaviors.
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