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Friday, December 14 2012
The Lamb And The Lion
The Holy Bible is filled with prophecies of the coming Kingdom of God (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God and The Church: Mission Accomplished). The God-given writings of the prophet Isaiah (see also The Prophets: Isaiah) include detail on how even animals will learn peace in the Kingdom of Peace ("9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6 KJV): "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox."
"11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse [see also Jesse The Bethlehemite], and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
"In the midst of the elders stood a Lamb ... behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah"
Along with the literal lambs and lions described in the verses quoted above, the Word of God also uses them figuratively, in numerous other prophecies. Perhaps the reason that there was to be a "Lamb" of God, and why the Savior was born as an ordinary man, is because sheep symbolized humanity, as in how the "sheep have gone astray" - except the One from among them that would be Sacrificed as a means to bring them back to the fold. As also prophesied by Isaiah:
"53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth." (Isaiah 53:5-7 KJV)
The prophets of the later time recognized the "lamb" when He came.
"1:29 The next day John [see Ahead Of The Prophet] seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29 KJV)
When He had completed His Sacrifice, the "Lamb" delivered the Sacrifice to God, as prophetically portrayed by the Day of Atonement (see the Fact Finder question below).
"5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof [see The Seals Of Prophecy]. 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:5-10 KJV)
Notice also in the verses quoted above that the "Lamb" ("in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain") is also referred to as a "Lion" ("behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda"). Like the "Lamb," the "Lion" was identified long ago (see A Biography Of Jacob: Blessings And Prophecies).
"49:9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." (Genesis 49:9-10 KJV)
Lions are used as symbols of kings. In the case of The Messiah, it describes how the "Lamb" is going to rule when He returns.
"15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark [see What Is The Mark Of The Beast?], and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
Fact Finder: What happened when the Lamb of God arrived back before the Throne of God?
This Day In History, December 14
557: Constantinople was severely damaged by an earthquake.
704: Aldfrith, king of Northumbria 685-704, died.
1287: A Zuider Zee (i.e. sea in Dutch) seawall failure in the Netherlands caused the drowning of over 50,000 people.
1542: Princess Mary Stuart became Mary, Queen of Scots.
1822: The Congress of Verona, a last meeting of the powers of the Holy Alliance and Britain, ended with Britain preventing a possible intervention in revolutionary Spain.
1860: George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, died at age 76. The British statesman and Prime Minister (1852-1855) led a government that involved Britain in the Crimean War against Russia. His government settled disputes over boundaries between Canada the U.S. by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842.
1861: Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha died of typhoid at age 42. The German-born husband and first cousin of Queen Victoria (Albert and Victoria were the nephew and niece of King Leopold of Belgium, who promoted their marriage) was the father of King Edward VII. Throughout her almost 40 years of widowhood, Queen Victoria decided important questions on the basis of what she thought "Albert would have done."
1900: Max Planck presented his quantum theory at the Physics Society in Berlin.
1911: Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and three others became the first known humans to reach the South Pole.
1920: The first fatalities on a scheduled passenger flight occurred when an aircraft crashed into a house, killing the two-person crew and two passengers at Cricklewood, London.
1927: Britain signed a treaty allowing for Iraqi independence. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War, numerous Middle East nations, including Israel, regained their independence by means of the British Mandate (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1946: Primarily because Europe was still then in ruins at the end of the Second World War, the United Nations voted to make its headquarters in New York.
1977: Representatives from Israel and Egypt met in Cairo for the first peace conference between the two nations.
1981: Israel annexed the Golan Heights. It had been captured from Syria during the 1967 War.
2004: Cuba and Venezuela founded the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.