Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Other Symbols – Flag of Jerusalem and Lion

Israel Symbol - Flag of Jerusalem

FLAG OF JERUSALEM — The flag of Jerusalem, created in 1949, is a shield with the Lion of Judah between two horizontal blue stripes on a background of a stone wall representing the Kotel (the Wailing Wall or the Western Wall), flanked on each side by olive branches. The word Jerusalem in Hebrew is written above the shield.

Israel Symbol - Lion

LION — The Lion of Judah was the symbol of one of the twelve Israelite tribes, Judah (the Kingly tribe), in the Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible. The lion symbolizes fighting and protecting the Jewish holy places and as such it is depicted on the Flag of Jerusalem.

Jesus is called the “Lion of Judah” in Revelation 5:5 because He is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16).

Christians believe that Jesus is the Messiah because at least 333 Hebrew Biblical prophecies were fulfilled in Him alone during His first coming to earth as the Lamb of God to atone for our sins and give us eternal life. He came the first time to bring peace to the hearts of mankind, because the heart is the source of all evil, strife and wickedness.  When the heart is transformed, then there will be peace outwardly—no more wars, violence or terrorism.

When He returns for the second time, He will come as the Lion of Judah, ruling and reigning on the earth.  His Throne will be in Jerusalem.  He will take vengeance against wickedness and bring peace to the world, because He is the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).  This verse also says that He is the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father.