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One will probably be surprised at the number of times the word “lion” appears in the scriptures. Jacob describes one son as one. Samson encountered one. Solomon speaks of them. Prophecy references them, as in Daniel and The Revelation. The latter book speaks, in 5:5 of “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah.” He is the One—and only One—Who possesses the power and authority to unleash God’s Judgment upon this rebellious earth.
I believe the Prophet Hosea also speaks of Him, in the text below:
Hos 5:14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.
Hos 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.
Hos 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
Hos 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
Hos 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
It is evident in verse fourteen, that the judgment that fell upon the Northern Kingdom, and then Judah, later (in the Babylonian captivity), is in view. Christ, the Lion, has now returned to His place, at the Father’s right hand, in Heaven (verse 15), and will be there until the condition of His return is fulfilled. Namely, that time is that Israel undergoes a prophesied period of tribulation, acknowledges her sin, repents, and seeks God’s face.
Chapter Six then foresees such a time, and describes it as Israel crying out for deliverance, just as she did in Egypt’s earlier experience. It is after she has been “torn,” and “smitten.” Then she will cry out in faith that God will again deliver her.
When will it happen? Chapter Six, verse two—after two days. God’s plan is typically fore told to us in the seven days of Creation. The six day is His completion of creation, being capped by the creation and formation of a perfect man—in the image of God. The seventh day is then the day of rest.
The New Testament suggests to us the possibility that these seven twenty-four hour creation days, are prophetic of seven millennial days (II Peter 3: 8,9), and indeed, I believe they are.
Then, through Hosea, we understand that it is after “two days” (verse 2), that God will revive them. It is in the general range of two days, or, two thousand years, since Christ resurrected and ascended back to “His place” (note John 17:11, as to the identity of “His place”).
It is in the third day (6:2), that God will raise up His people, and they “shall live in His sight.” Further, they will, through full obedience, continue to live and prosper in the land God gave to Abram (6:3). The prophecy of the early and latter rains, as prophesied by the Old Testament prophets, establishes the time frame as the Millennial Reign of Christ on earth. I am well aware that the above is not fully referenced by supporting scriptures. Neither is it a detailed exposition of the passage, nor of end time prophecy, I trust it will whet your appetite to do your own digging into the precious mine of prophetic truth. Many more valuable nuggets await your discovery.
(Your comments on this article would be welcome.)
Dr. Swaim is a native North Carolinian, where he now resides. He was saved as a young lad in Calvary Baptist Church, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and immediately became a student of the Word of God. Among his most influential teachers were the late Drs. W. Herbert Brown, and Elmer Piper, two of his childhood pastors. Others included, first of all, his late godly mother, who, beside her own testimony, equipped him with a Scofield Reference Bible, and fed him a spiritual diet of radio preachers. Prominent among them were the late Drs. Oliver B. Green, M. R. DeHaan and Charles Fuller.
Following high school, he enlisted in the U. S. Army, and trained as a helicopter mechanic. In November of 1959, he married Marnie Faye Jordan, his wife now of over 50 years. After six years of military service, he answered the call to preach, and enrolled in Piedmont Bible (now, Baptist) College, in his hometown of Winston-Salem. In the early part of 1971, he entered his first pastorate, graduating from college in the Spring with a Th.B degree. He pastored churches in North Carolina and Virginia until 1998, and being also involved in additional areas of service, including music, radio, print, and addiction recovery ministries. During this time frame, he earned his Master and Doctor Degrees, from the Andersonville Baptist Seminary,in Camilla, Georgia. (now, Andersonville Theological Seminary)
Though not now pastoring a church, due to some physical restrictions, he is an an active member of the Green Valley Baptist Church, Walkertown, North Carolina, where Brother Wayne Dunn is the fine Pastor. Pastor Wayne often calls upon Dr. Swaim to preach, and fill the pulpit in his absence, as well as being elected now as Teacher of the Auditorium Bible Class.
Several years ago, Dr. Swaim was diagnosed with a cancer on one vocal chord. Through much prayer, and appropriate medical procedures, he is now cancer free. To God be the glory, with many thanks also to the VA Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, for their great work.
Thank you, and may our Lord Jesus make this web site ministry a blessing to you,
Dr. O. Wilburn Swaim Th.D