Daniel’s 1st Beast Identification – the Lion King – Saul


Why was Saul known as the Lion King?  Saul the Lion King!


In Daniel it is said, “the first was like a lion and had eagle’s wings:  I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given it” – Dan. 7:4.


We have not been sufficiently forearmed and enlightened to foresee the allegorical as descriptive.  But the Ancient writers interwove all books to create a reliable pure golden thread of certainty.  It is time to interpret at the higher level the colorful configuration, what may be called divine ideation.  Saul’s standout features are:


“lion” had “eagle’s wings” – In Prov. 23:4, 5 the writer narrates concerning eagles wings, “Labour not to be rich…riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven.”  So this king, we need to identify, had riches and this was synonymous with eagle wings.   In the book of Samuel, Saul took the spoil of the Amalekites, sheep and oxen, and the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed.  See also the stock of Saul in Chronicles.  Saul’s riches transgressed the word of the Lord, with the quick destruction of the Amalekites.  Saul was rich and quick footed like a lion.  Saul matches the description “eagle wings”.


“the wings thereof were plucked” – “Plucked” from MERAT indicates, peeled, polished (confident, elegant, and skilled).  This is exactly how Saul was characterized…there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish…“a mighty man of power” (substance, wealth).  And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man and goodly.  And there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he” – 1 Sam. 9:1, 2.  Saul overwhelmingly demonstrated all these superior facets.  Saul matches the sophistication exuberating from the word “plucked”.


“lifted up from the earth” and “stand upon the feet as a man” – In Daniel, the lion, “was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man.”  A lion standing upright upon his hind legs would be taller than all men.  Very tellingly Saul, “from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people” – 1 Sam. 9:2.  Every scholar knows Saul was mighty in height.  Numerous times artists have drawn Saul’s lioness stance towering over others.  Only Saul could be said, in early chronicles, to be this one.


“A man’s heart was given it” and “And a man’s heart was given to it” (the lion) – Samuel anointed Saul – 1 Sam. 10:1, “And it was so, that when he (Saul) had turned his back to go from Samuel God gave him another heart” – 1 Sam. 10:9.  This must have been the world’s first heart transplant.  More than just a coincidence Saul matches the fourth characteristic.  Saul is the only grand character to be given a new heart.


From Daniel’s laboratory we have specific attributes of the Lion.  Saul perfectly passes four tests, with flying colors, in a clinical autopsy.  Saul was the king who had riches, Saul was polished.  Saul was lifted up.  Saul was given a new heart.  This is picture perfect, indisputable, beyond reasonable doubt.  Let’s not hop, skip and jump ahead of ourselves, but it is getting exciting, a breath of fresh air, we are able to pin Saul down as the lion king.  What would Disney think?


Let’s also quote a few direct texts from the KJV to outline Saul’s character and why he was identified as a lion beast in Daniel:

  • “that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul” – 1 Sam. 18:10.
  • “and Saul became David’s enemy continually” – 1 Sam. 18:29.
  • “Saul sought to smite David to the wall” – 1 Sam. 19:10.
  • “Saul sent messengers to take David” – 1 Sam. 19:30… “again the third time” – 1 Sam. 19:21.
  • “Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan” – 1 Sam. 20:30.
  • Saul disguised himself…“and came to the woman by night…pray thee, divine unto me” – 1 Sam. 28:8.
  • Saul “fell likewise upon his sword” – 1 Sam. 31:5.


Now to the next King recorded by Daniel and perfectly reflected in Rev. 13.


The word “pastor” means “to feed”.
Even in the OT the scribes recognized the errors of their pastors and clearly made this plain to comprehend. The pastors just never understood the scribes golden thread:
  • “the pastors have also transgressed against me”
  • “the pastors have become brutish. and have”
  • “Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard”
  • “The wind shall eat up thy pastors, and”
  • “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and”
  • “saith … against the pastors that feed my people”
In NT times the apostles also slept. There is nothing new under the sun. With the doctrines of religious dogma the Ancient scribes story of their Pre and Post Exilic times as shown to Daniel has been bypassed, obliterated, rubbed out.
To strengthen our culture it is time for honesty and goodwill.
In the NT the scribes likewise recognised that the churches had gone off the rails:
  • Ephesus – “left thy first love”
  • Smyrna – “I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews”
  • Pergamos – “even where Satan’s seat is”
  • Thyatira – “sufferest that woman Jezebel”
  • Sardis – “I have not found thy works perfect before God”
  • Philadelphia – “I have set before thee an open door”
  • Laodiceans – “neither cold nor hot”
The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book and to loosen the seals thereof.
Right through the Dark Ages the Testaments have not been opened. Time for everything.

Stations to Cross Orthodox Nonsense

Daniel’s Vision of Atonement
1. The 490 years were visioned as subdivided in three periods – 49 years, 434 years and 1 year. The 1 year is also divided into three.
2. The first 7 weeks must end with a calamity to the Temple. The second 62 weeks ending is significant to the Temple.
3. There is to be 390 years commencing in 975 BC until Babylonian captivity – 585 BC. Remember these times are pre-exilic, they are not literal historical dates, but rather ritual-sacred dates confirming that Daniel was to be shown this complex maze of understanding the free spirit.
4. A 40 year period needs to have a significant event in 625 BC – 40 years from captivity.
5. Furthermore 483 years needs to commence in approximately 1021 BC (non-chronological). This is the sacred hypothetical date given in Daniel and added to the time periods in Kings and Chronicles. It is a symbol of when David issued his decree to build the Temple. Scribes when writing of course were talking about ascent of mankind, the temple of consciousness, where the constructive would always overcome the destructive. We are to “make”, “create” “write” the story.
6. The final symbol of 1 week (7 years) is 2520 days in the Post-exilic era. 7 had been an indivisible prime number, God was now resting, man (man and woman) had now responsibility for structure and law, Adam’s rib cage and for the life force Eve’s life giving potential. 2520 was divided into 1260 sacred equally 1260 civil, the terrestrial was to match the celestial. Alternatively this symbol of 1260 is 360 * 7.
7. The last station is the station of Atonement after the making of the contents of the Temple. There are ten commandments to “make” inner temple content to combat belligerence:
— “make an ark of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:10–22)
— “make a mercy seat of pure gold” (Exod. 25:17–22)
— “make a table of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:23–30)
— “make a candlestick of pure gold” (Exod. 25:31–40)
— “make ten curtains of fine twined linen for walls” (Exod. 26:1–6) “and curtains of goat’s hair for covering” (Exod. 26:7–13)
— “And thou shall make a covering for the tent of ram’s skins dyed red and a covering above of badgers’ skins” (Exod. 26:1)
— “make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up” (Exod. 26:15) “and make bars of shittim wood” (Exod. 26:26)
— “make a vail.… Hang up the vail under the taches.… Bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.… And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick” (Exod. 26:31–37)
— “make an altar of shittim wood” (Exod. 27:1–8). In archetype the court and its trimmings are “without the temple, leave out, measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles” (Rev. 11:2)
— “make an atonement” (Exod. 30:6–8, 10)
By Gabriel showing Daniel the vision of 70 weeks the scribes had made the greatest philosophical theological vision of their governance and of the soul and heart temple of heaven. It surpasses all Greek influences.