Read: Genesis 49; Hosea 5; Revelation 5
There are only three scriptures in the Bible which speaks about the Lion of Judah. Otherwise, there is very little mention about this prophetic figure until we get to the Book of Revelation when heaven is looking for someone worthy to own the seals which will give us a picture of the end times prior to Christ return. The Books of Genesis, Hosea, and Revelation are the three Books. The origin of the picture of the “Lion of Judah” begins with the patriot Jacob blessing his grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh, the two sons born to Joseph while he was ruling in Egypt. This scripture is not related in any way to Ras Tafari “Haile SeLassie”—known as the “LION OF JUDAH”- ruler of Ethiopia- 1930-1974. The Rastafarian religion in Jamaica originated from this ruling emperor.
While in Egypt, Jacob called all of his twelve sons together before him before he passed off the scene so that he may tell them their future and what will befall them and their descendants after they leave Egypt heading into the Promise Land (Genesis 49:21-22). We will focus only upon the prophetic utterance given to his son, Judah, Jacob’s fourth son, the one who saved Joseph from being killed by his brothers when they saw him (Joseph) coming to them wearing a coat of many colors. “Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, He lies down as a lion. And as a lion who shall rouse him” (Gen 49:9). Here is a picture of a well-fed, powerful lion, having finished eating a full meal, as is now laying down to rest and sleep. Who will arouse him?
Judah’s descendants will eventually become the strong head and leader of all the tribes of Jacob (Israel). Not only that, the tribe of Judah will produce the long-awaited Messiah, who will rule over the nation and the world. This prophecy stretches down through the end times when Jesus returns as King of Kings. In the meantime, Hosea, that minor prophet expounding God’s social gospel, tells us God says “For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, And like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear them and go away; I will take them away, and no one shall rescue” (Hosea 5:14). In a sense what this passage is saying, “just because I was born from the bosom of Judah, I will not by-pass none of your sins and disobeying nonsense you live before God.” This warning still holds true through until the end for all Christians today.
Here we can see the agitated, real lion coming out of the previous quiet-like lion (filled with grace and mercy), which was once peaceful and asleep. The sleeping “Lion of Judah” has now been finally awaken by the sins and disobedience of the people of Israel. This awakening is still taking place today in our world and in our lives. The “Lion of Judah” is awakened from His sleep and He is roaring loudly ready to devour those who are in disobedience to the Father. In short, we are not to play with the sleeping “Lion of Judah” nor take its quiet sleep and closed sleeping eyes for granted. God is always watching us for right or wrong. Based upon Hosea’s prophecy about the “Lion of Judah” those who see the “Lion of Judah” as He really is, find it is best and to our spiritual advantage to worship the “Mighty Lion of Judah.”
In the interim we see the “Lion of Judah” still sleeping having just come down from the cross of Calvary and having brushed away the last piece of lint from His grave cloth. Jesus is now ready to do the Lion’s ordained work before He opens the prophetic seals to the End Times. When we take note of the coming of the end times, we see the “Lion of Judah” slowly stirring up from His sleep. He is roaring. He is calling to all of us. His sheep hear his voice (Psalm 95:7, John 10:3). No child of God is afraid of the roaring of the Lion of Judah. We worship You, O God. For You are Holy. In You, O Lord, we have found rest. In You, O Lord, we have no fear. Under Your wings we are safe. Let the Lion roar, Let the Lion roar. Instead of fear, we will worship the Lion of Judah.
It’s time to worship The Lion of Judah-Jesus (John 1:3-4). He is holy the only Begotten Son of God. He reigns over all things. His name is above all names. He is Lord of Lords, King of Kings. A mighty warrior, mighty in battle.
Only the Lion of Judah is able to open the seven seals (Rev. 5:4). He is worthy to be praised. He is worthy of our worship. Let us all bow down and worship the Lion of Judah until He roar! Let Him roar, let Him roar, let Him roar!