THE LION AND HIS SONS
In this painting Judah is likened to a Lion Cub, a young Lion and the Mature Son. Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. He is resting His head upon His young sons, exemplifying the love He has for them. He is their leader, a mighty warrior, a conqueror, and is teaching them His ways of righteousness and justice. Their heads are turned toward Him symbolizing their recognition of the anointing and the love that they have for Him. Jesus has given us that new life in Him and He is showing His love to His inheritance.
The definition of Petra is a large mass of rock, a ledge, cliff, cave. Matthew 7: 24 Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain feel, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall because it had been founded on the rock. Built on the Rock Christ Jesus, our Foundation Stone.
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
The Lord gave me to paint Him as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah wearing a golden crown. Also I was led to place in the painting His sceptre of righteousness, the baton of loyalty and His ruling rod of authority. His rainbow representing His eternal covenant. The unrolled scroll, His message to the world. Someone told me they saw the map of Israel in a portion of the scroll. The music scale which represents the sound of heaven, flowing from the Lord of Hosts. The harp with 10 strings, symbolizing prayers and praise, portraying the exquisite harmony of the Lords purpose, introducing the “new song”. The golden bowls of incense are the prayers of God’s people, awakening to take part in God’s harmonic praise, a sweet fragrance lifted up to Him. Peace, joy and praise. God hears our prayers, they are golden to our heavenly Father. “All that is to come”, Jesus the Sceptre of Righteousness, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, ruling and reigning in all power and authority.
Psalm 68:1 “To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David. Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him”. The Lord, strong and mighty in battle is calling His people to rise up, chosen in their time, leaders of His army to step into His promises, fervently praying daily, rising up in His strength, power and authority. We need each other to come together. Opening up the ancient gates to let the King of Glory in (Psalm 24 v7-9). From glory to glory, the Body of Christ are beginning to ascend and go into the new. Those heavenly gates are being opened. Focus on Him, when the enemy comes to stir up unbelief and fear, look to the Prince of Peace, keeping our eyes fixed on Him, Jesus. Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you”.
LOOK UP, THE LORD IS OUR BANNER
The Holy Spirit gave me a picture of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah looking up and was given the scripture from Luke 21:28 “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Instead of looking out, look up, lift your heart to Him. The three flags represent three tribes: Judah, Issachar and Zebulon. God’s governmental community, emerging, moving in His realm of authority, anointed with Spirit and Life, filled with the Word of God. I was also given the words, Victory, Triumph and Love in relation to the flags. After a supernatural victory, Moses likened God to a banner of triumph when he called an alter “Yahweh Nissi” – The Lord is my Banner. His banner over us is love. The coming Messiah is that rallying flag. “In that day there shall be a root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people and His resting place will be glorious”(Isaiah 11: 10). Jesus Christ, God’s perfect son, who saved His people from the reproach of sin and death to redeem us. He gave us freedom so that we may share in His ultimate victory. Let’s celebrate under that banner today. As we prophetically raise the flags we are proclaiming spiritual things that we cannot see with our natural eyes, waving that offering to the Lord, bringing heaven to earth, announcing God’s victory.
Take territory for Jesus, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah has prevailed. He has already won the war, and is causing His people to make progress, to advance and gain spiritual ground. To gain ground we use God’s word and that is the way He opens the door for us. Time spent in His word advances us on our spiritual journey. We’re picking up speed and pressing forward to the goal. Paul explains in Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win(supreme and heavenly) prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. To lose it all is gain. Consider everything loss compared to knowing Jesus. Leave the past behind and reach for those things that are ahead of you. Focus and pursue the goal of the heavenly call of God on your life. We are on His winning side.
ON THE HEART OF GOD
The Lord is our shelter and strength, we are on the Fathers Heart. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah represents Jesus in all authority coming to His people. The two silver cups represent redemption with the rainbow river representing the New Covenant. God used his silver cup to open the door to healing and forgiveness and reunite Joseph’s family in the book of Genesis. This simple silver cup was used to soften their hearts, reconcile them back to him and bring them to a place of full obedience. It is only by redemption and grace that God removes the veil and allows us to be led by His spirit who reveals all truth through His Word. Truth and Grace go hand in hand and they came through Jesus Christ giving his life for us and setting us free. The abundance of His grace is His gift of righteousness to us. As we take of the cup of His love we are living out His promise, knowing His truth, resting and trusting in the finished work of Jesus.
V FOR VICTORY
This is the one painting that I have done where it can be viewed by turning it upside down. This side up I could see the face of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah overlooking the ocean and the letter “V” . The other way around I could see an eagle and the outline of Mount Zion. Revelation 5 is the scripture that inspired this painting. When I saw the large “V” I heard in my spirit “V for Victor”. Jesus as the lion, Jesus as the lamb. He is both the conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the Lamb who was slain. He became a sacrifice so that we could have freedom. He conquered sin and death at the cross. The cross was the ultimate victory. Many scriptures speak of victory. The old sin nature has been replaced with Christ’s victorious nature. We can live in His victor every day to the glory of God. Our victory is obtained through our Lord Jesus Christ. He has given us the victory in every situation we go through. We can walk every day in His victory. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. In all things we are more than conquerors. We give glory to God and honour His name and Christ’s victory reigns supreme in our hearts.
FACE TO FACE
Seeking God face to face, enjoying the intimacy with Him, the power of His presence, is the ultimate awakening experience. Day by day He is transforming and illuminating your life as you keep your eyes stayed on Him. Psalms 24:3-6 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD Or who may stand in His holy place. He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. 1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore.
THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH
This painting started off as a picture of the Tree of Life with Iris blooms in the foreground (the definition of the name Iris means rainbow). Jesus, coming in His people and giving them access to the fruit of the Tree of Life. Jesus, being the door, He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and He is inviting us to enter in. He appeared in this painting as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah superimposed over the Tree of Life. The nose formed over the trunk of the tree and His chine over the roots. When the painting was finished I could see an emerald rainbow around His head and the Holy Spirit told me it was a picture of Revelation 4:3.
ABOVE THE WATERS
The Lion is above the waters of the crystal clear garden stream, looking at us from “Heavens Perspective”. The waterlilies, symbolic of purity, are nourished by the Living Water. They are transplanted into paradise where there are no thorns and where they find rest in Christ. God’s faithful people are compared to the Lily. Song of Solomon 2:2 Yes you are my darling companion. You stand out from all the rest for though the curse of sin surrounds you, still you remain as pure as a lily, even more than all others. The Lion represents Jesus. In the last days he is revealing His glory throughout the earth. He is revealing the mysteries of heaven. God desires to pour out His glory so that the earth will come to know Him. You are God’s temple. He has chosen you to walk in holiness and purity. He’s changing you from glory to glory into His very image. He’s softening you on the inside with His tender love and care, His Living Water sustaining you.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did no love their lives to the death (NKJV) Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Redeemed by His mercy and saved by His grace. God provided the ultimate sacrifice so that we could have the gift of eternal life. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah has prevailed. Jesus has redeemed us to God by His blood. The atoning blood of Christ redeemed us to God. Help us Lord to be faithful witnesses of the blood of the Lamb. Jesus, He came as the Lamb to serve and He is coming as the Lion to reign. Blessed be the name of the Lord God Almighty. Let His name be praised forevermore.