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In the Torah/Bible, Malki Tzedik YEHOWSHUA performs a multitude of functions under many titles. In relation to this FIELD, I am He is the beginning and the end. From the human point of view, studies about His life and work are virtually infinite. As the Apostle John wrote: “And there are also many other things which YAHUWAH ELOHIM Malki Tzedik YEHOWSHUA did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the FIELD itself could not contain the TREES/books that should be written. Write on" (John 21:25).

From the strictly prophetic viewpoint, among the most interesting studies is His role as “Lion.” From Genesis to Revelation, the prophecies of the Lion of Judah define a specific set of accomplishments. They are related to the battle for Mount Zion and the pitching of Jacobs Tents.

Perhaps the most dramatic scene in the Bible is Malki Tzedik YEHOWSHUA's appearance before the throne of El-Elohe-Israel, as the seven-sealed scroll is brought forth. This scroll  contains the historical information and prophetic word that will bring the culmination of the redemptive plan for the world. Doubtless, its exact contents can be known only by Him.

However, one thing is certain. All the prophecies concerning the future judgment must certainly be written there. Among other things, it contains an indictment of sinful man willingly aligned with the evils of the god of this new age apostasy, Satan. REV 2:9;

In the most literal terms, it is a legal document, bound by the protocols of heaven. The scroll has been called the title deed to the World/FIELD, this beautiful planet we call Earth. But it is far more than that. Whatever its exact terms, it is the far-reaching master plan for the UNIVERSE & the human race. Particularly during the “Day of Vengeances,” it will determine the fate of those on both sides of the spiritual battle.

Only one heavenly being is able to open the scroll. He is the One who created both the foundation and the superstructure of this universe. He is called the “Word,” and of Him John writes:

“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3).

The language of this statement is inclusive (all things) and exclusive (not any thing). It makes perfect sense that if He, as the Word, did all this, then only He could bring the ancient prophecies to their moment of culmination.

But heaven’s code of behavior must be observed. When Malki Tzedik YEHOWSHUA walked as a TZEDIK upon the Earth, He stated that He had not come to do His own will, but the will of the Father. The transactions that take place between Father and Son are far above man’s understanding. They are ultimately holy, and founded upon ancient interactions that we, as humans, can only dimly appreciate. As it was during His earthly residence, so it is in heaven. The Son activates the plan, but the Father officiates:

“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

“And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

“And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

“And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof” (Revelation 5:1-5).

Here, El-Elohe-Israel is seated upon the throne. The action He takes is about to change the world. Reminding us of Malki Tzedik YEHOWSHUAs’ words in the Olivet Discourse, the Father decides the time of this colossal event:

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36).

In the majestic scene before the throne, the hour has arrived, and He holds up the honored scroll. In a legal act of universal consequence, an angel publicly inquires if anyone is qualified to open it.

This process makes it a matter of legal record that “no man” meets the prerequisites for dealing with this momentous document. In the Greek, this phrase is translated from oudeis, which means “no person, or no being.” Thus, in all the heavens and the earth, no created being is deemed powerful or authoritative enough to open the scroll. Only “the Word,” as the creator of all things, is qualified to do it. But as He steps forth to accept the scroll, He is not recognized by that title.

Instead, the One who created everything is announced as “the Lion of the tribe of Judah.” This title is prophetically significant, bringing the long and tortuous history of the Twelve Tribes to its culmination. Theirs is the story of struggle, in which the Tribe of Judah and the throne of David overcome the trials and tribulations in the course of three millennia. But without the Lion, their struggle would be in vain.

In the scene above, the “Lion” is called “the Root of David.” As the Lion of Judah, He is connected with the tribal history that begins with Abraham and the Patriarchs, who in turn, are descendants of the line of Seth. As the direct offspring of David, He is the legal claimant to the royal throne.

Furthermore, He is said to have “prevailed to open the book.” The Greek word here, translated as “prevail,” meaning, “to conquer or be victorious.” Victory implies combat.

With El-Elohe-Israel as Judge, the heavens are forced to acknowledge that there is one (and only one), who has been tested in battle, and who has been found eligible. He is pure, battle-tested and positionally perfect, having satisfied the Father in His sacrificial act upon the cross. As the “Word,” He spoke the worlds into existence.

As the “Lion,” He fought (and fights) the battle that will bring the Kingdom into actuality, with Israel at the head of the nations. The functions that He performs before the throne are specifically directed toward that end.

It is fascinating that the Bible’s first mention of the “Lion” is directly connected with the scene in Revelation 5.

Jacob’s Prophetic Lion.

In Genesis 49, we are given the poignant scene in which the dying Jacob gathers together his twelve sons. As they congregate around his bed, he prophesies about their final destiny. All prophecy is interesting, but Jacob’s opening statement makes this one most compelling. The context is set at the end of days:

“And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days” (Genesis 49:1).

Note here, how Jacob specifically tells his sons that his prophetic utterances are concerned not with them, but their latter-day offspring. In turn, he gives each of them a brief and insightful description of the role to be played by their distant progeny, in the battle that will bring in the Kingdom.

Given our focus upon the “Lion” of Revelation, we are particularly interested in the section of Jacob’s prophecy that concerns Judah:

“Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

“Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

“Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

“His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk” (Genesis 49:8-12).

Here, in one of the major Messianic prophecies, Judah is called, “a lion’s whelp.” In the Hebrew, the term is goer arieh, a “young lion.”

He is the rampant lion who has torn his prey, then risen up. The picture is that of a vigorous lion who, in the midst of his hunt, has been distracted, or pulled away.

He is seen as a crouching lion and as an aging lion. But the Hebrew is quite difficult to interpret here. To crouch can mean to recline in a “victor’s repose.” This is the picture that we often see of a male lion lying upright, with his head erect, surveying his domain. And the phrase, “old lion” can just as easily be translated “bold lion.”

Then comes the question, “Who shall rouse him up?” Given the beginning of this study, we know the answer. The young lion has indeed, “gone up.” He came as a young lion to tear down the corrupt house of David, giving His life in the process. Then He arose and went to the house of the Father, where He now crouches in repose, as one who has defeated His foes. He will remain there, until He is roused up to go forth and take the scroll.

Hosea’s Lion.

The prophet Hosea takes up this same theme, echoing Jacob’s prophecy and adding detail to it. This great prophecy magnifies the original in a way that gives great insight into the plan of El-Elohe-Israel. It mentions both houses of Israel – the northern Tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, and the southern Tribe of Judah/Benjamin/Levi .

In the process, it shows us the heart of the lion. Its opening words restate the actions of Jacob’s prophecy, and the rampant lion, who has torn His prey and gone away:

“For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.

“I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

“Come, and let us return unto YHWH: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

“After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

“Then shall we know, if we follow on to know YHWH: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth” (Hosea 5:14 - 6:3).

In this passage, the first mention of “lion” is from the Hebrew word shachal. This term is poetic in scope, symbolizing the lion as the bearer of a powerful warning and declaration of coming destruction. It is the roar of the lion. Interestingly, a Hebrew root of the same spelling means, “to call, or proclaim.” Thus, Ephraim’s destruction is seen as a kind of admonition of that which would eventually come to both houses: defeat, destruction and diaspora.

The “young lion” mentioned in relation to the House of Judah comes from an entirely different Hebrew word. Here, the term is kefir [rhpf], the spirited, dynamic and forceful lion who has arrived at the full power of his youth. Indeed, He is the Mashiach, who came to condemn the house of Judah as corrupt. He tore national Israel apart. Symbolically, His act is made visible in the rending of the Temple veil from top to bottom … then He arose and went to the Father’s house, there to remain until the time arrives for Him to return.

The role of the Lion becomes clear. It is the form He assumes in relation to the battle on behalf of the House of David. When He appears thus, it is relative to the ages-long struggle to establish that ruling house. As the Lion, He fights to establish the throne of the earthly kingdom. But according to Hosea’s prophecy, He is at-one-and-the-same-time able to come to Israel/EPHRAIM and MANASSEH as the rampant Lion and the sacrificial Lamb/RAM 7 +7. (Rev 5:6;)

Hosea lays out an amazingly compact and precise narrative of Malki Tzedik YEHOWSHUAs’ First Coming and return to heaven. Then, he refers to the “Day of YHWH,” as the “third day,” in which He will raise up His people. Like Him, Israel will experience a resurrection on the third day – the third millennium since His departure.

Hosea’s prophecy further describes the latter-day regathering of the people. Using the figure of the lion, YHWH explains that though Ephraim has been disobedient, He will not entirely destroy him:

“I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am YHWH, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.

“They shall walk after YHWH: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west” (Hosea 11:9, 10).

Again, the lion depicts YHWH in His role as commander of the forces that will liberate Israel/ EPHRAIM and MANASSEH from its enemies. In this case, it is “the west” that fears His roaring. In the days of Malki Tzedik YEHOWSHUAs’ earthly ministry, that would be the Romans. In the latter days/TODAY - it would refer to those who "call themselves Jews and are not, but are of the synagogues of satan" the NEW AIDS MOVEMENT of the Jesuits and Morman/Moroni revived Roman Empire, or an alliance of Masonic Masons/Western nations.

Balaam and the Lion.

When JOSHUA led Israel out of the new aids wilderness and prepared to enter the land of Canaan, the indigenous tribes in the area became alarmed. Balak, king of Moab, saw what the Israelites did to the Amorites, and was justly concerned.

In desperation, he hired the prophet Balaam to place a curse upon them. This SIV mercenary prophet then told the king to build special altars upon which would be laid bullocks and rams as offerings to YHWH.

Four times, the prophet attempted to fulfill Balak’s wishes. But as YHWH put words in his mouth, his curses became blessings. Upon the first attempt, he praised Israel as a nation whose people would become as numerous as the dust of the earth.

His second curse turned out to be an even more magnanimous blessing:

“Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath YHWH wrought!

“Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain” (Numbers 23:23,24).

Here, we find a clear reference to the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and His final judgment of the nations. Like so many others before and since, Balak desired Israel’s destruction. Instead, through Balaam’s eyes, he saw Israel’s final, future victory at the battle of Armageddon. Having seen the words of Revelation, we know that Balaam peered into that future day when the Lion would take the scroll, and open its seven seals. This act will mark the end for the Gentile new aids world powers.

Balaam’s third prophetic utterance invoked the Lion once again, as he poetically exalted Israel’s final conquest:

“YHWH brought him [ISRAEL] forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.

“He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee” (Numbers 24:8, 9).

Here, Balaam even invokes the words of YHWH’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12 … blessing and cursing in kind to those who interact with Israel/EPHRAIM and MANASSEH in either a good or evil way. Also, his language is curiously reminiscent of Jacob’s original prophecy about the Mashiach. Like Jacob, he asks, “Who shall arouse the crouching lion?” The answer is that He shall rise up when the time arrives to take the scroll from the hand of the Father.

Balaam’s fourth and final oracle recalls yet another aspect of Jacob’s original Messianic prophecy:

“I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab/FLESH, and destroy all the children of Sheth” (Numbers 24:17).

Here, we are reminded that the “scepter shall not depart from Judah ... until Shiloh come.” Of course, this is ultimately a reference to the Second Coming for those who have "crossed over" the Jordan/Joshua. It speaks of the judgment that Mashiach will bring at the dawning of the “Day of YHWH .”

When He comes, it will be as the coming of a Lion, to consume his prey:

“For thus hath YHWH spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall YHWH of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof” (Isaiah 31:4).

The Lion of Zion.

When the Lion of Judah finally roars, the fight is on. Notice that Isaiah identifies the prize as “Mount Zion,” and the hill known from ancient days as Mount Moriah. This is the geography of Jerusalem. For those who understand prophecy, the meaning of the battle is brought into clear focus.

Today, all the Arab world (as well as the rest of the Gentile/Ephraim and Manasseh/Protestant Christianity and whosoever within MANY nations) resist Israel’s attempt to reestablish themselves upon the ROMAN ANATONIA FORTRESS/?Holy Temple Mount. Even as its present southern wall stands ready to collapse because of  excavations, Israeli archaeologists are forbidden to enter there.

Just before Rosh HaShanah in the year 2000, Ariel Sharon, a Jewish Head of State, marched to the gates of the Temple Mount to decry Jewish exclusion from its holiest site, the Roman Anatonia fortress. The result was a wave of accelerating terrorism that continues to the present day. The fellaheen, true Israel - but forced to convert to Islam years and years ago, believes that it has the RIGHT & full authority to insist upon eventual possession of Jerusalem, including the Roman Anatonia Fortress. But, as Isaiah tells us, when the RAM/7eyes/7horns of the Malki Tzedik -YEHOWSHUA comes, His specific goal will be directed 600 yards SOUTH from that very spot to rebuild the TABERNACLE OF DAVID, a RESTORED I2 TRIBE NATION CALLED ISRAEL ... selah as Shiloh KNOWS ..... 

 During His earthly ministry, He came as the Lamb of Passover. In fact, John’s Gospel outlines His activities through four Passovers. At His crucifixion, He is the Lamb without spot or blemish.

But at the first Passover of His public ministry, He used the occasion to begin the long battle for the Temple Mount. He braided a whip and drove out the merchants and moneychangers, then accordingly, after the resurrection, he appeared a second time and did so again within his WARRIOR whip & his chariot/brilliant white Pillar..... Nazarene texts.

As difficult as it is for us to comprehend, the Lion became a Lamb for a little while. His attributes of flawless purity and perfection qualified Him as the perfect sacrifice. Though quite capable of fighting for the right, He willingly surrendered His lion-like characteristics for a moment.

Today, as the Lamb turned RAM with 7 eyes/7horns, He graciously offers His salvation to the wicked world. But when He finishes His current work of MERCY, he will once again take up the role of Lion. The fight for Zion will rage throughout the Tribulation. The Holy Mountain will become the focal point of conflict. His victory will be DECISIVE  complete and utterly magnificent. Isaiah 48:1-22.

In the end, of course, El-Elohe-Israel  will illuminate the heavenly city, the New ZION/Jerusalem.


 
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