Truth be told, I am not exactly sure why I am writing this article, but I am hoping I get the full reason before I get to the end of it.
After writing about ten articles for this very issue, I told my wife I was not going to write another article, so as to allow others to contribute their own share of articles and stories. But in a dream, I saw this very page with the lion and then the word that I woke up with was “The Afrikan Lion”. It was a bit strange but not unusual for me to have a direct indication or instruction of what to write specifically for this magazine.
I tried to put aside the dream because of my earlier promise not to write another article, but this very picture kept coming back to me. Now I am beginning to believe that this article will go the direction of a prophetic word more than just being an article for information or knowledge sharing. So I will share a little about the biology and family structure and environment of the Afrikan Lion and from there see what the Lord has in mind concerning the prophetic direction it should take.
The Afrikan Lion
If there is one animal in Afrika which has been given the attributes of kingship, power, majesty, and lordship of the other beasts and which has no natural predators, it is the Lion. But notwithstanding such grandiose attributes of the Afrikan lion, the numbers of this majestic animal have plummeted by over 40% in the last three generations, due to loss of living space and conflict with people.
Conflicts with people sounds like mere words, so I think I should say their numbers have plummeted due to poaching, deforestation and encroachment on their habitat.
Among the Afrikan big cats, lions are the most sociable. They live in groups called prides, which usually consist of related females and their cubs. Dominant males, with their flowing manes (which are a sign of virility), fight to maintain breeding rights. And I tell you, these fights between rival males can be deadly.
Afrikan lions used to be spread out across most of the continent, but now are only found in sub-Saharan Afrika, with 80% located in eastern or southern Afrika. Three of the five largest populations are in Tanzania. Lions have disappeared from 12 sub-Saharan countries in recent decades.
Lions are the top predators in their environment, whether that’s grasslands, desert or open woodland. It means that they play a crucial role in keeping a healthy balance of numbers among other animals, especially herbivores like zebra and wildebeest – which in turn influences the condition of grasslands and forests. By protecting a lion’s landscape, it helps the whole area to thrive, which doesn’t just benefit wildlife but the people who rely on local natural resources too.
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah
A few years ago, I was in Addis Ababa with my wife and one of the most fascinating monuments that we visited was the statue of the Lion of Judah. It’s a beautiful statue which is reminiscent of the link between King Solomon of ancient Israel and Ethiopia, through his son Menelik 11 who he had with the Queen of Sheba.
It looks just like a simple story of family relationships and stuff, but in reality, it’s a deep prophetic indicator of the role of Afrika in this age, particularly when you consider that a massive area of Afrika was at one time called Ethiopia.
How is this important?
Knowing that King David, the father of King Solomon, was from the Tribe of Judah and that Judah, the patriarch of the tribe of Judah, was a man of color or black, it makes sense to speak boldly that I believe the reason why I was shown this article in my dream, is to both write this article and also remind Afrikans of the covenant of rulership that God placed upon the tribe of the man of color (Judah), that is, Afrika. Like I have written several times before, both in this magazine and on my website, saphire338.org, life and rulership started from Afrika, the oldest civilization, went through the various civilizations and now is returning to Afrika, where it all began. It is this rulership and life that Afrika is mandated to reveal in this age to the world, and that is the reason for this article.
The Sound from Afrika
There is a sound coming forth out of Afrika and to which it is important that Afrikans themselves pay close heed. According an old prophecy, Afrika is shaped like a gun – a revolver to be precise – with Nigeria being the trigger, Kenya the holding place of the bullet (land of manifestation) and South Afrika being the nozzle from whence the sound is released. But not too long ago, the Lord showed me that there is a more accurate and more ancient image that Afrika is meant to reveal. He revealed to me that Afrika is a shofar in the hand of God and that the sound which the shofar will release is the sound of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. South Afrika is the mouth of that shofar, the west and east of Afrika are both the holding places of the sound and the northern part of Afrika is the place from which the roaring sound of that shofar will release the sound of the Lion of Judah, for the healing, restoration and rebirthing of the earth.
The days are here and everything is pointing to this reality, but are Afrikans aware?
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Samuel Phillips is a writer, graphic designer, photographer, songwriter, singer and a lover of God. As an Afrikan content creator, he is passionate about creating a better image and positive narrative about Afrika and Afrikans. He is a true Afrikan who believes that the true potential of Afrika and Afrikans can manifest through God and accurate collaborations between Afrikans. Afrika is the land of kings, emperors, original wisdom, ancient civilizations, great men and women and not some road-side-aid-begging poor third world continent that the world finds joy in undermining.