Recently, while I was worshiping, I closed my eyes, and saw Jesus’s eyes as Lion’s eyes. Immediately, I knew He was revealing Himself as the Lion of Judah. I was taken aback, and so I asked Him to show me again. He did not. It was just one glimpse, and that was it.
I thought about this encounter for days. His eyes were amazing! I was awestruck at His majesty, protective stance, and power, and I still am. Even though I saw this in 2019, I am still awestruck by the encounter. It is good for us to reflect on our Beloved’s majesty, so let’s look at what the Bible records about Jesus’ kingship.
In Revelation 5, John writes, “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 5:5b NKJV). He is referencing the end of days, where our Beloved Jesus Christ, the Lion of Judah, is the only One found worthy to loose the seals of judgment that cause the defeat of our enemies once and for all. After He opens the scroll, various plagues, vials, and many other things are released upon the earth, culminating in the battle of Armageddon.
Let’s look at another aspect of our Beloved. In Song of Solomon, we as His Bride say “His eyes are like doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk and fitly set” (Song 5:12 NKJV). This references Beloved Jesus as filled with the Spirit, and rightly aligned. We see Beloved’s gentleness here, and His nurturing aspects, for His eyes are “washed with milk,” and He is as the cooing dove. When I asked Him to show me His face, this is what I expected to see but instead He chose to show me His lion’s eyes.
Can our Bridegroom be the gentle Dove, and also be this fierce and protective Lion who devours our enemies? Yes, Love, He absolutely can be and He is. Beloved is holy, and not affected with sin the way we have been even though He has been tempted in every way (see Hebrews 4:15), so He is the only person who can pronounce this final judgment, and He is the only one who can save the Christian from it. He speaks doom to satan and his cohorts, but rescue to the Bride of Christ.
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 5:5b NKJV
When I saw Beloved Jesus’ eyes as the Lion of Judah, I thought about how this final scenario might play out, and when His coming might occur. I also wondered what He means to us today as the Lion of Judah, before this end-times scenario occurs.
Four thoughts came to my mind that I’d like to share with you:
First, The Lion of Judah has prevailed. In the Greek, this word means “to subdue, conquer, overcome, get the victory.” Is Beloved Jesus our Victor? He is, Love, and we need to take comfort in the fact that no matter what we may endure, our Bridegroom finds a way to prevail, protecting us from the blows of this life. He helps us to rest in His protective, watchful care no matter what we see going on around us. His eye is upon us, and He loves us. That is enough. Ultimately, He subdues satan and seals his doom by opening the seals, but even before then, Jesus Christ is the sure Victor.
As we go about our everyday life, Jesus, who is “the same yesterday, to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV), secures the victory for us in this present day. We don’t have to sweat the small stuff, or wrestle with the big stuff—our Victor Jesus is available to us, and it delights Him when we recognize He positions Himself to conquer any foe. He is a very present help for His Bride. We are not alone in the troubles of this life.
Second, the weakest has become the strongest. There’s an intentional oxymoron with the title, “The Lion of Judah.” Judah was separated from the other ten tribes, with only the Tribe of Benjamin being linked to it, for a period of history. Even so, when Jacob blesses his twelve sons who lead these tribes, Judah receives a powerful impartation. Genesis 49:9-10 records Jacob as saying, “Judah is a lion’s whelp.”
Do you think Judah’s brothers would have guessed their father would have imparted this blessing to little Judah? They probably had no clue, but their daddy saw with eyes of the Spirit whom Judah would become. Jacob continues, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet.” The generational line proves this scripture as true; Jesus the Messiah comes from the Tribe of David, which comes from the tribe of Judah, and ultimately finds its fulfillment in Revelation 5:5 when our Messiah opens the seals.
If our Bridegroom Jesus Christ can come from such humble beginnings as a babe in a manger, and still be the “lion’s whelp” of Revelation 5, then He can bless any venture He commissions His Bride to do.~Diane Virginia, author of The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon
Friend, if the outcast tribe of Judah eventually produces the Messiah, what is impossible for us to accomplish today? When we keep a vital connection with Jesus, all things are possible. If our Bridegroom Jesus Christ can come from such humble beginnings as a babe in a manger, and still be the “lion’s whelp” of Revelation 5, then He can bless any venture He commissions His Bride to do. With the Lion’s backing, what foe can prevent us from prevailing? He is stronger and mightier than any opposition we may face.
Think of who our King is. Jesus Christ our Beloved is not any king; He is the “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16b NKJV). It is He who paves the way, opens the closed door, and directs our steps. When Jesus wants us to accomplish a task, we can rest assured He has the victory waiting. We may experience obstacles, but the ultimate outcome will be good, because the Lion of Judah paves our way.
Who are we in Song of Solomon? To us, our Groom says, “O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners” (Song 6:4)! This is powerful imagery, that could be summed up by saying we are a lead woman who has an inheritance, a believer, and positioned in the army of God as the victory banner waver. When Christ returns as the Lion, we, His victorious Bride, will be with Him, and part of this heavenly army, but we already are this victorious, fearless Bride, and we should rest assured our Bridegroom has us covered. Glory!
Third, Jesus is holy. This is why He is the only one who is worthy to open the seals of Revelation 5:5. What does this mean for us? If we want to partner with the Lion of Judah, there are imperfections we need to yield to His loving inspection. This side of heaven, we cannot attain complete perfection, so this is where partnering becomes vital. We must allow His Holy Spirit to work through us in vital communion. What we are able to accomplish must be Spirit led, and we must stay connected to Him like a branch of the vine must stay connected to the main trunk that the sap flows from (see John 15:1-7).
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.~Hebrews 13:8 NKJV
Fourth, The Lion of Judah, Jesus Christ, has not changed. Hebrews 13:8 reads, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV). Whatever we are facing, Jesus Christ is willing and able to help us, and bring victory. The enemy never wins. Although satan might win some battles, in the end he loses everything he thought he gained.
The Lion of Judah prevails for us as much today as He prevailed for us yesterday, and will prevail for us tomorrow and forever. Everything we thought we lost will be restored. The Lion of Judah will not leave us nor forsake us, He is close beside us, and He is available through the avenue of prayer.
Take a moment to ask Your Bridegroom Jesus Christ to reveal Himself to you as the Lion of Judah.
Beloved Jesus, my Bridegroom, I declare that You are the Victor who prevails in any circumstance I am facing. You are “the lion’s whelp” who does not give in to the impossible scenario. You are the Holy One who is waiting to empower me with Your Spirit. Let it be so, my Groom. Let it be so. Empower me, Your Bride, for You, are the Lion of Judah, the Root of David, who prevails now and forevermore, and You are reachable as I pray to You! Not only are You the Victor of my past, You are the one who prevails in my life today, and every day even into eternity. I give every plan, every desire, and every thought to You. Help me to partner with You so that I can accomplish every thing You ask or imagine me doing as Your victorious Bride. You are my strength, my all-in-all, and I give my life to You.
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Diane Virginia (Cunio) is an award-winning author, and the founder/ director of VineWords: Devotions and More. She is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2005.She is a member of Word Weavers, Piedmont-Triad, North Carolina.
Diane’s book, The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press),won The Sparrow Award, Second Runner Up, at the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference 2019. The sequel, Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon, is in the works.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer centers for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places where the Bride of Christ travels to in the allegory, Song of Solomon. She envisions these prayer gardens to serve as refuges for seekers and believers alike where they can tarry, worship, and find or deepen their relationships with Jesus Christ.
Diane is a co-editor, co-compiler, and contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Diane is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Broadcasting Network, Christian Devotions Ministries, Faith Beyond Fear, Inspire a Fire, Pentecostal Publishing House, PresbyCan Daily Devotional, The Secret Place, VineWords: Devotions and More, and other ministries.
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