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                                                                                   Leo- The Lion of the Tribe of Judah

   The Lord has written his Prophetic Truths in the Stars, so that all could see His Future, so allow me to post an excerpt from an excellent book written by E.W. Bullinger in 1893
called 'The Witness of the Stars' The Chapter being called 'The Sign Leo (The Lion) Messiah's Consummated Triumph'. And because of this linkage between the Lord, the ultimate
leader of His People, and with King David of Old, it is my opinion that our King David in the End Time will also be of the Tribe of Judah, and born under the sign of Leo. And so
along these lines, I will merely add in a few comments, and hypers after our brother Bullinger's research  in ..... (...).

Here we come to the end of the circle. We began with VIRGO, and we end with LEO. No one who has followed our interpretation can doubt that we have here the solving of the
Riddle of the Sphinx. For its Head is VIRGO and its Tail is LEO! In LEO we reach the end of the Revelation as inspired in the Word of God; and it is the end as written in the
heavens.BAILLY (Astronomy) says, "the Zodiac must have been first divided when the sun at the summer solstice was in 1o Virgo, where the woman's head joins the Lion's tail."

As to its antiquity there can be no doubt. JAMIESON says, "the Lion does not seem to have been placed among the Zodiacal symbols, because Hercules was fabled to have slain the
Nemean Lion. It would seem, on the contrary, that Hercules, who represented the Sun, was said to have slain the Nemean Lion, because Leo, was already a Zodiacal sign. Hercules
flourished 3,000 years ago, and consequently posterior to the period when the summer solstice accorded with Leo" (Celestial Atlas, p. 40).

There is no confusion with this sign. In the ancient Zodiacs of Egypt (Denderah, Esneh) and India we find the Lion. The same occurs on the Mithraic monuments, where Leo is
passant, as he is in Moor's Hindu, and Sir William Jones's Oriental Zodiacs. In Kircher's Zodiacs he is courrant (running); in the Egyptian Zodiacs he is couchant (lying down). In the
Denderah Zodiac he is treading upon a serpent, as shown in Mr Edward Cooper's Egyptian Scenery. Its Egyptian name is Pi Mentekeon, which means the pouring out. This is no
pouring out or inundation of the Nile, but it is the pouring out of the cup of Divine wrath on that Old Serpent.This is the one great truth of the closing chapter of this last Book. It is

His feet are over the head of Hydra, the great Serpent, and just about to descend upon it and crush it. The three constellations of the Sign complete this final picture: 1. Hydra, the old
Serpent destroyed. 2. Crater, the Cup of Divine wrath poured out upon him.3. Corvus, the Bird of prey devouring him.

The Denderah picture exhibits all four in one. The Lion is presented treading down the Serpent. The Bird of prey is also perched upon it, while below is a plumed female figure
holding out two cups, answering to Crater, the cup of wrath. The hieroglyphics read Knem, and are placed underneath. Knem means who conquers, or is conquered, referring to the
victory over the serpent. The woman's name is Her-ua, great enemy, referring to the great enemy for which her two cups are prepared and intended.

The Hebrew name of the sign is Arieh, which means the Lion. There are six Hebrew words for Lion, * and this one is used of the Lion hunting down his prey. 1. Gor, a lion's whelp.2.
Ciphir, a young lion when first hunting for himself. 3. Sachal, a mature lion in full strength. 4. Laish, a fierce lion.5. Labia, a lioness. 6. Arieh, an adult lion, having paired, in search of
his prey (Nahum 2:12; 2 Sam 17:10; Num 23:24).

The Syriac name is Aryo, the rending Lion, and the Arabic is Al Asad; both mean a lion coming vehemently, leaping forth as a flame! It is a beautiful constellation of 95 stars, two of
which are of the 1st magnitude, two of the 2nd, six of the 3rd, thirteen of the 4th. The brightest star, on the Ecliptic, marks the heart of the Lion (hence sometimes called by the
moderns, Cor Leonis, the heart of the Lion). Its ancient name is Regulus, which means treading under foot. The next star,  also of the 1st magnitude (in the tip of the tail), is named
Denebola, the Judge or Lord who cometh. The star in the mane is called Al Giebha (Arabic), the exaltation. The staron the hinder part of the back is called Zosma, shining forth.

Other stars are named Sarcam (Hebrew), the joining; intimating that here is the point where the two ends of the Zodiacal circle have their joining. Another star has the name of
Minchir al Asad (Arabic), the punishing or tearing of the Lion. Another is Deneb Aleced, the judge cometh who seizes. And another is Al Dafera (Arabic), the enemy put down.

What can be more expressive? What can be more eloquent? All is harmony, and all the names unite in pointing us to what is written of "the Lion of the Tribe of Judah." And why is
Messiah thus called? Because it is applied to Him in Revelation 5:5 in connection with His rising up for judgment: and because the Lion is known to have been always borne upon the
standard of Judah, whether in the wilderness (Num 2) or in aftertimes.

In Israel's dying blessing the prophetic words foretold of Judah: "Thy hand shall be on the neck of thine enemies;.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?" Genesis 49: 8, 9 In the prophecy of Balaam (Numbers 24:8,9), we read: "He shall eat up the nations
his enemies,And shall break their bones, And pierce them through with his arrows, He couched, he lay down as a lion, And as a great lion; who shall stir him up ?"
The same testimony is borne by the Prophet Amos: "Will a lion roar in the forest when he hath no prey ? Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he hath taken nothing ?...The lion
hath roared, who will not fear ?" Amos 3: 4,8

When "the Lion of the Tribe of Judah" is roused up for the reading, the Spirit describes the scene in Isaiah 42:13:
"The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man,He shall stir up jealousy like a man of war; He shall cry, yea, roar; He shall prevail against His enemies." And this is what is meant and
included when the Elder says for John's comfort, "the Lion of the Tribe of Judah hath prevailed," and hence, is "worthy...to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and
honour, and glory, and blessing" (Rev 5). Whether we look, therefore, at the primeval Revelation in the heavens, or at the later Revelation in the Word, the story is one and the same.
And what we see of Leo and his work in both, we find developed and described in the three constellations of the Sign.


   The preceeding about the Lion representing our fierce leader coincides perfectly with Ezra, the Lord High's Priest. Because in  2 Esdras of the Apocrypha, The Lord shows Ezra, in
a vision, that a lion in the End-Time shall both 'Gather' and then fight the evil Eagle, known in other scriptures as the 'Anti-Christ'.

   And I beheld, and lo, as it were a roaring lion chased out of the wood: and I saw that he sent out a man's voice unto the eagle, and said,  Hear thou, I will talk with thee, and the
Highest shall say unto thee, Art not thou it that remainest of the four beasts, whom I made to reign in my world, that the end of their times might come through them? And the fourth
came, and overcame all the beasts that were past, and had power over the world with great fearfulness, and over the whole compass of the earth with much wicked oppression; and so
long time dwelt he upon the earth with deceit. For the earth hast thou not judged with truth. For thou hast afflicted the meek, thou hast hurt the peaceable, thou hast loved liars, and
destroyed the dwellings of them that brought forth fruit, and hast cast down the walls of such as did thee no harm. Therefore is thy wrongful dealing come up unto the Highest, and
thy pride unto the Mighty.  The Highest also hath looked upon the proud times, and, behold, they are ended, and his abominations are fulfilled.  And therefore appear no more, thou
eagle, nor thy horrible wings, nor thy wicked feathers nor thy malicious heads, nor thy hurtful claws, nor all thy vain body: That all the earth may be refreshed, and may return, being
delivered from thy violence, and that she may hope for the judgment and mercy of him that made her. ( 2 Esdras 11: 37-46)

IHS from the stars and scriptures

David Jay Jordan