Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Lion and The Lamb

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6 NKJV).

The lion will lie down with the lamb is the paraphrase of the above prophesy of Isaiah the Prophet about the reign of the Messiah saying, “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse and a Branch shall grow out of his roots” (Isaiah 11:1).

Some 150 times in Scripture God talks of waiting for Him.  The psalms speak often saying, Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14)  The gospel of Luke tells us of Simeon waiting at the temple for the Consolation of Israel, Jesus. Paul tells us in Romans to wait with eager perseverance. Galatians tells us that it is by the Holy Spirit we wait in expectation. Hebrews reminds us that we wait for Him to reappear a second time to reign. He is coming some. In fact Revelation 21 says, “Yes, I am coming soon, AMEN.”

I love the image of the lion and wolf lying down with the young and cuddly lambs. We even have a display in our home library of this scene. But who is the real lion?
“But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”  (Revelation 5:5). End times prophesy tells us that Jesus Christ is the only One who is able to open the scrolls to pour out His prophetic judgment on all the earth. He is the Lion of Judah. Judah is His tribe and Judah, the son of Jacob was blessed as a defender against the enemy. Take note that in Revelation, Jesus is referred to as “The Lamb of God.” In Revelation 5:6&12 we read, “Then I saw a lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne…worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” All the living creatures around the throne were praising Him and fell down and worshipped.

The Lion of Judah is also the Lamb. He is both the awesome and powerful defender as well as the gentle Lamb. God in Christ Jesus is all things to all people. He breaks the back of the enemy on the cross, He heals the sick, raises the dead and He alone takes our heavy burdens from us in forgiveness and reconciliation.

We are waiting for His soon return when He comes down from heaven with the trumpet call of the Archangel and takes His chosen ones to heaven with Him in rapture as 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 vividly portrays. It seems then will start the tribulation beginning after Revelation 3 when the church is no longer referenced because we are gone from earth. This time begins the wrath of God. Remember this Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world had to die for us. His blood on the doorposts and cross. God had to die for us to have peace with Him again. He had mercy on us. So pray that the Lion and the Lamb would save you too from the world that is now in such confusion. “Now is the time of salvation”  (2 Corinthians 6:2). Come quickly Jesus- Maranatha!

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