If you’ve been keeping up with our sermon series you’ll understand that the bear with the three ribs in its mouth clearly represents a 21st-century nation. The question is which nation does the bear represent?
Also, what do those three ribs mean? As you are probably aware, the three ribs are three nations that the bear conquers. However, does the bear devour them all at once or one at a time? There are so many questions and so many possibilities.
Today, we will examine the scriptures to determine which nation is represented by the bear and what nations those three ribs might be. If you haven’t seen the previous messages in this series, now would be a great time to get caught up!
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Hello and welcome to Social Media Ministries, my name is Spencer Coffman. Thanks so much for tuning in. If it is your first time check out a playlist up here, because we are in the middle of a sermon series about the end times. You can visit that on our YouTube channel and get caught up.
We are on 7 of 14 parts, so we are about halfway through. We have got about another month and a half to go. This is excellent. We are talking about the end times and if you have been with us this whole time I hope you are still intrigued and as interested in this as I am.
We have spoken about Daniel’s dream. We have spoken about Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. We have talked about chapters 2, 7, and 8 in the Book of Daniel. We have also talked a little bit about Revelation chapters 12 to 14. If you haven’t read all those, read them so you understand exactly what is going on. Also, remember to check out our previous messages or previous sermons because this is a series and we have been building up to this point.
Today we are talking about the bear with 3 ribs in its mouth that is out there eating its fill of flesh. This guy is devouring. This is a powerful nation. It is a bear, they are powerful, they are cold, they are ruthless, and hungry to devour more. So what is this?
Let’s dive into some of it. Remember we have already spoken about how the lion with the wings of an eagle was one nation and became another, so we have got 2 nations that are nailed down from this. It is the nation of Great Britain or the United Kingdom and then also now America.
So what does this bear with 3 ribs represent? Well, we have got some erroneous representations that we have spoken about. Remember it could be Media Persia and then the 3 ribs could be Babylon, Lydia, and Egypt that they have conquered. That is what a popular belief is.
Also, they derive that from part of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel chapter 2 and then also Daniel chapter 7, but we know that that is incorrect because we know that these nations have to be in the future of this time period of Daniel chapter 7 which would mean it could not have been from Nebuchadnezzar’s dream 50 years earlier.
The only explanation would be if Nebuchadnezzar’s dream carried from the point of the dream all the way to the end of time like even into Revelation which is a very more possible or more probable interpretation because, in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream at the end where they have the stone or the rock that takes out everything, that is very possibly the very end times when Christ comes back and wipes them out and gets rid of the bad guys and then starts pulling the Christians out and peace on earth and all of that at the end.
What is this bear if it is not Media Persia taking over Babylon? Well we know that because Daniel chapter 8 specifically references an interpretation of Media Persia, ‘The 2-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia’, it is very specific there. I don’t know how people could misinterpret and think that the bear represents Media Persia when Daniel chapter 8 is very specific on what Media Persia is represented by. We are going to leave that alone.
If you have any more discussion about it I encourage you to go back to the other videos on the erroneous representation of beasts and you can discuss it there or also even comment below on this one. It is a whole series so there are going to be all kinds of discussion posts and comments on all of the videos. It is a lot to engage in. Also, I mean it is very possible it will be on the Facebook page too, so check that out.
A lot more people like conversing and posting their opinions on Facebook, just remember please be respectful, keep an open heart and an open mind when you are reading other people’s thoughts and discussions. Then always go back to the Bible and that is what we are trying to do here. I am trying to give you a very clear interpretation of what it all means.
Let’s continue on. We know it is not Media Persia and we know it is not Babylon, Lydia, and Egypt being conquered. That is not what it is. So what can it be? Remember it must be a modern nation. How do we know this? Well, we go over this every time, but if this is your first time it is your first time. How do we know this has to be a modern nation?
Daniel chapter 7 verse 11, ‘Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking.’ What is the horn? The horn comes up out of the fourth beast, it is boastful, it is prideful. ‘The beast was slain and his body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire.’
This would be another nation led by the AntiChrist and then Christ comes and destroys it. It gets thrown into the fire so we know that at the time the AntiChrist is here, Christ returns, gets rid of them. The other beasts which are these other nations had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time. Based on that we believe that these nations have to be a modern nation that has to be here at the end times when Christ comes back, when the AntiChrist is here causing all kinds of terror.
How do we know they have to be a modern nation? Well, verse 17 says that they are nations that will come to be or will rise so we know it is in the future from the time Daniel had this vision, so it is sometime in the future. It could not have been a nation from the past. That is how we know that.
Continuing on the bear. What is a bear? It is ruthless, it is vicious, it is a cold nation, that is how it is depicted that will eat its fill of flesh. What could the bear be? We have talked in previous messages, we spoke about these animals and what nations they could represent. The bear has to be something future, but also we know that it was a modern-day nation. It is a very good possibility that just like Great Britain or the United Kingdom and America they are nations that we know of today.
It is unlikely that the bear is some type of state or territory or province. California is represented by the bear. Is California going to become its own nation and start devouring other states as it moves its way east and takes over? It is unlikely. I mean it could happen, you never know, but it is unlikely.
So what is the bear represented by? Well, there is really only one nation that fits this profile that throughout history has been depicted as cold, ruthless, vicious. I don’t mean that in a negative way, I am talking historically here and it is portrayed that way, it just is. Whether it is a stereotype, whether you believe it to be true or not, that nation is the modern-day nation of Russia.
I say modern day, why? Because Russia has been around for a very long time. We had the Huns going through and taking Russia. We had the Mongols going through and taking Russia, they were both vicious-type people that they conquered. We had Napoleon trying to march in on Russia, we had Hitler trying to march in on Russia, so we have had a lot of different changes.
Russia has been there forever and whether you call it Russia or it was known as something else, Northern Asia, I am saying the modern-day nation of Russia. Why do I say that? Well because prior to 1989-ish the area of Russia Northern Asia, that area was the USSR Soviet Republic and then when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and then in 1991 when the new nation was formed, it was Russia now.
We will get into that a little bit more but it is that modern-day nation of Russia, that is what the bear is. It is one nation, one bear. Russia historically very truthfully has been known for its ruthlessness, it has, really has. You take a look at the Soviet Union which was the USSR and what they did and their secret organizations, KGB and FSB, and what they do. I mean, yes of course America has some ruthlessness too.
Then take a look at Russia’s leaders, they are very well known for their ability to devour flesh and you are like, why well take a look at leaders like Lenin and Stalin, they both killed millions of people. They were crazy, devouring flesh and the Bible says that the bear is raised up on one side with 3 ribs in its mouth. Daniel chapter 7 verse 5, ‘And there before me was a second beast which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides. It had 3 ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, get up and eat your fill of flesh.’
This is a nation that has been given permission by whom? Well an angel, the AntiChrist has been given permission to get up and eat its fill of flesh. So Russia is going to do that eventually. Russia will go out and eat its fill of flesh.
That means what is going to happen? Well, we have the modern-day Russia born in 1991, the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and then some people could say, well maybe it was in 1989 not 1991, but really when they restructured they got everything taken care of and officially in 1991 Russia was born.
However, what happened? This was really a rebirth of the USSR which began after the October Revolution in 1917. The October Revolution in 1917 the USSR came, then we have all this division of the Berlin Wall and everything like that, it comes down in 1989, 1991 happens. Modern-day Russia happens. The USSR is reborn, things start going well, again Russia is known for its ability to restructure, devour, take over, conquer, slaughter. Lenin and Stalin are people that slaughtered people, it is just what it does.
These 3 ribs, what do they represent? As I alluded to before, they no doubt represent nations. Why? Modern-day Russia, one nation, the bear eating its fill of flesh. What is it gonna eat? What does a country eat? A country eats other countries. Why? Because they are conquering territory. They are expanding their empire. It is very likely that these 3 ribs are nations that Russia will attempt to conquer to gain back the former Soviet Republics that it once held.
Remember when things got divided for the USSR and the revolution happened, everything split up. These nations, like Ukraine, they became their own nation and Russia was separated. Then the Berlin Wall came down and now the USSR kind of got restructured over here. A rebirth of modern-day Russia.
It is very very possible that they will say, hey we want the nation that we once had, we want to conquer all this territory again. How do we do that? Well, let’s start rebuilding what we once had. So they might go after countries like Ukraine and start rebuilding this territory. I say Ukraine and 2 unknown other countries that were formerly part of the USSR.
However, there could be another interpretation on this, another spin that I find to be a little bit more likely given our current state of the world. Russia is a nation that currently has a declared religion, kind of like the United States. What is the United States’ primary religion? It is Christianity, whether it is declared or not. Primarily yes we are a melting pot, we are getting tons of other people.
But it is like if you take nations and you say, what is their religion? You take China, what are they? India, what are they? You have Buddhism, and Hindu, and these other religions over there. You have the middle east, what are they primarily? Muslim or the Islam religion. US Christianity. What is Russia or Europe even? Well, Europe is really a lot of Christianity or now even Islam and what would Russia have traditionally been? Primarily Christianity.
If you look at what they are, I find that the state of the world today with what the primary religion is in these areas and what primary beliefs are, we have right now terrorism just coming through the world and where is it coming through the most?
Well if terrorism is originating out of the middle east, I mean middle eastern terrorism like groups like Al Qaeda or the Taliban or things like that and they are coming arising out of the middle east, whether they are being funded by whoever, Russia, America, Africa, Europe, whoever they are being funded by, whatever political idealism or agenda is behind it, that is all beside the point.
The origination of this militant group right now is coming from radical Islam and that is very sad because Islam is derived from the word peace and so it gives them a really bad rap. Everyone thinks that all Muslims are evil, that all Islam is evil when that is simply not the case. They are not all evil, it is a small group that is giving the whole place a bad representation exactly like modern-day racism.
You have a small group of even minorities, a small group of black people who are ruining it for the rest of them or a small group of white people who ruin it for the rest of them or a small group of Muslim or Islamic terrorists that are ruining it for the rest of the people or a small you could go on and on. The point of the matter is this is what is happening in this world today. If Islam or the radicalists, let’s just call them terrorists.
Okay now that we have clarified what I mean by that, if these terrorist groups right now are moving their way through Europe, they are coming through. They are causing all kinds of problems throughout Europe, whether it is in London, England, United Kingdom, France, all over the place they are causing problems. They are moving in. They have got sleeper cells. It is getting bad and so what could happen as time goes on?
I am getting a little bit ahead of myself here, but we are kind of priming the well for the next several sermons. Russia being a primarily Christian nation could eventually team up and say, enough is enough and they are going to look to conquer. Where would they conquer? What are they going to go after? Well if these nations of terrorism are in the middle east, it is very possible that those 3 ribs could represent some terrorist nations.
Now traditionally from what we have, like where did Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda come from? Well, that was really out of Pakistan area or Iran, a lot of these terrorism groups came from that area. We were in Iraq with this war that has been going on in Iraq, Afghanistan has been going on with Saddam Hussein, and all of this war on terror that has been like 20 years now. It is really getting crazy.
A lot of times people don’t even know what is being done anymore or what we are fighting against really. We are just having a presence and we are showing that the United States is a world superpower which we alluded to with Great Britain. They were having a presence all over the place, history was repeating itself. I am not saying anything bad about how we have a presence, I think that we are saving lives and protecting a lot of people but we got to keep in mind history and we got to keep in mind where things are going.
What could Russia the bear look to devour? If it starts getting in on this terrorism stuff, Iran, Turkey, and Syria look to be 3 good prospects unless they go after Pakistan and Iraq but it is not likely. Or maybe even Israel, the nation of Israel. They are in a lot of conflict with a lot of the people around them. But Syria looks to be pretty likely and Iran and whether you want to throw Turkey in there because it is a food. You know, people eat turkey all the time, just kidding. Whether you throw Turkey in there or not, it is in the geographical area that they could come through and conquer.
The Russian bear could come through and grab those 3 ribs of those 3 countries and just devour them to help obliterate terrorism or they could be coming through trying to expand their empire and grab nations like Ukraine and a couple of others to rebuild what they once had with the Soviet Union. It is likely that Russia is already making some type of plans to do this, whether or not they are outwardly making those plans or not.
Now, if I turn up you know non-existent sometime, you will know that what I just speculated happened exactly because they wanted to silence it. Probably not. But the point is Russia is likely on the move. They are doing something.
A bear does not hibernate forever and if they are hibernating right now, eventually Russia will wake up and they will get up and eat their fill of flesh and they will start by going after those 3 ribs, those 3 nations.
What are they? Well a couple of speculations, if they start moving to reclaim territory they had before or if they start wiping out a new cause and grabbing terrorism and knocking out those nations and then what would they do? Well if they are eating, they are full of flesh and they knock out those terrorism nations. It is possible that they just devour them and then move on and they are not even expanding their empire, they are just going in there and slaughtering and cleaning house. That could happen or they could be reclaiming and rebuilding their empire. So a couple different options right there.
What is going to happen? We don’t know for certain, but we do know that it will all be happening and that these nations will exist and then it will start something really huge, major war, conflict, strife, etc. Keep with us. We have talked about the lion into the man and we have got Europe, Great Britain, area, we have got the United States, and now we have got Russia and possibly 3 more nations that are going to be involved in this whole end times prophecy time period.
We have still got the leopard and the leopard heads, 4 heads, and 4 wings, so stay tuned with us the next couple weeks. We are going to talk about that beast. Then we will get into what is going to happen after that, this new world order, the fourth beast, and then how the world, east against west, and the beginning of the end and finally the end.
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Thanks again for being with us. I know this has been a long sermon series but hopefully, I have kept it interesting for you. We welcome your comments below. Also, any discussion with other people’s comments, feel free, there is a lot to talk about with these prophecies. God bless.