While David McClendon hand-signs “The Roaring Lion of the Tribe of Y’hudah” prints for Jewish Voice, he explains how God inspired him to express heavenly ideas through this beautiful artwork. This print is taken from the original painting, which hangs as a 5 X 7 tapestry at Beth Yachad Messianic Congregation in Phoenix, Ariz.
“At the time I painted this, the power of the Spirit of God was so heavy upon me. The war of hezbollah against Israel coming in from Lebanon was going on. It disturbed my spirit greatly to see the enemies of Israel hiding behind women and children and literally having built military weapons depots underneath villages so if there was any retaliation, the world press would misrepresent it as atrocities committed by Israel.
“In my spirit, I was enraged. I felt the anger and rage of God, because God says in His Word that He will come back and smite the nations and that He will bring judgment.
“He came as the Messiah and He paid the ultimate price for us to have restored relationship, but He is going to come back and it will be with judgment. And that will be the very first thing that happens. He will be destroying the enemies gathered against Israel and absolutely incinerating them.
“So I painted this painting, ‘The Roaring Lion of the Tribe of Y’hudah,’ coming back and representing this judgment of God against the enemies who have defied Israel and misrepresented the truth and tried to do these cheap land for peace deals, all meant to damage the nation of Israel,” he says.