Recently, while I was worshiping, I closed my eyes, and saw Jesus’ eyes as Lion’s eyes. I was taken aback, and so I asked Him to show me again. He didn’t. It was just one glimpse, and that was it. Immediately, I knew He was revealing Himself as the Lion of Judah. I thought about this for days. His eyes were amazing!
In Revelation 5:5b KJV, John the Disciple writes, “Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed…” John is referencing the end of days, where Jesus, the Lion of Judah, is the only One found worthy to loose the seals of judgment that cause the defeat of the believer’s enemies once and for all. After this, plagues, and vials, and many other things are released, resulting in the battle of Armageddon. Jesus is holy, and He is not affected with sin the way others 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. This speaks doom to satan and his cohorts, and rescue to the Christian.
Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed…
Revelation 5:5b LJV
I was thinking about this scenario when I saw Jesus’ eyes, as the Lion of Judah, and I was wondering if there was a more immediate application than this end of days scenario. Several thoughts came to my mind.
First, The Lion of Judah has prevailed. Let’s think about the word, “prevailed,” which in the Greek is nikao. The Strong’s defines this as, “to subdue, conquer, overcome, get the victory.” Jesus indeed is the Victor. He subdues satan and seals his doom by opening the seals.
Even today, Jesus subdues any enemy force that is opposed to us as Christians, as we go about our everyday living. We must be yielded to Him for this to happen, but as we are, Jesus, who is “the same yesterday, to day, and for ever,”[i] 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 is the One who conquers any foe.
Second, there’s an intentional oxymoron with the title, “The Lion of Judah.” Judah was the smallest tribe of Israel. For a period of history, it was separated from the other ten tribes, with only the Tribe of Benjamin being linked to it. Even so, when Jacob blessed his twelve sons who headed these tribes, Judah received a powerful impartation. Genesis 49:9-10 records Jacob as saying, “Judah is a lion’s whelp,”[ii] He continues, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet.”[iii] The generational line proved this scripture as true. Jesus the Messiah is from the Tribe of David, which comes from the tribe of Judah.
If the outcast tribe of Judah eventually produced the Messiah, what is impossible for us to accomplish today? When we keep a vital connection with Jesus, all things are possible. If Jesus can come from such humble beginnings and still be the “lion’s whelp,” then He can bless any venture He commissions us to do. Jesus is not any king; He is the KING of Kings. 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.
Third, Jesus is holy. This is why He is the only One who is worthy to open the seals of Revelation 5:5. 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, and this is where partnering becomes vital. We must allow His Holy Spirit to work through us in vital communion with Him.
Last, The Lion of Judah, Jesus Christ, has not changed. Hebrews 13:8 reads, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Whatever we are facing, Jesus is willing and able to help us and bring victory. The enemy never wins. This is what we see in the Battle of Armageddon. Although satan won some battles, in the end he loses everything he thought he gained. The Lion of Judah prevails for us today, yesterday, and forever. Everything you thought you lost will become a victory. The Lion of Judah will not leave you nor forsake you, He is close beside you, and He is available when you pray….
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Hebrews 13:8 KJV
Friend, take a moment to ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you as the Lion of Judah. He is the Victor who prevails in any circumstance you are facing today. He is “the lion’s whelp” who does not give in to the impossible scenario. Jesus is the Holy One who is waiting to empower us with His Spirit. He is the Lion of Judah, the Root of David, who prevails in the end times. Not only is He the Victor then, He is the One who prevails in our lives today.
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[i] Hebrews 13:8 KJV
[ii] Genesis 49:9a KJV
[iii] Genesis 49:10a KJV