Genesis 49:9.10:- “Judah is a lion’s whelp: from prey my son art thou gone up. He stoopeth low. He croucheth as a lion and as an old lion: who shall rouse him up. THE SCEPTRE SHALL NOT DEPART FROM JUDAH, nor shall a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh come,and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be”. Psalm 60.7:- “Judah is my law giver”. Notice that the lion is crowned with the imperial crown of King David, who was king over all Israel.
THE UNICORN, BULLOCK OR ORYX
Deuteronomy 33.17, concerning Joseph and his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh:- “His glory is like the firstlings of his BULLOCK and his horns are like the horns of UNICORNS With them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the tens of thousands of Ephraim and they are the thousands of Manasseh”. Notice that the unicorn has hooves like a bull and not like a horse and has around its neck a coronet attached to a broken chain.
In his old age, King Solomon, the son of King David, due to the influence of all his pagan women began to worship pagan gods. When he died his son Rehoboam became king over the whole of the Israel nation. His elders advised him to reign as a king serving his people but Rehoboam took the advice of the young men of his court and put heavy taxes on the nation.
This resulted in the tribe of Ephraim calling on the ten northern tribes torevolt against Rehoboam with “to your tents 0 Israel”. These ten northerntribes set up a commoner, Jeroboam, as king and became the Kingdom ofIsrael. Jeroboam, being a commoner, could not wear the imperial crownand his rulership is symbolised by a coronet. The ten northern tribesbroke away from the House of David and so the coronet is attached to abroken chain. Rehoboam tried by war to force them to come under his control again and this is remembered in the old nursery rhyme:- “The lionand the unicorn were fighting for the crown, the lion beat the unicorn allround the town”. Jeroboam built the capital city of northern Israel,Shomeron or Samaria.