I find it curious that the shape of the Hebrew word for “strong”, חָסוֹן (chason), resembles the English word “lion”. The Nun Sofit, for the n, which extends below the other letters, looks like an l. The Cholem over the Vav, for the o, makes the Vav look like an i. The Samech, for the s, looks like an o. And the Chet, for Ch of Cha, looks like an n. Even without the vowel marks, chason still looks like “lion”: חסון.
“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”
– Revelation 5:5
Of course, it is actually the other way around: Hebrew precedes English. The English word “lion” derives from the Anglo-Norman “liun”, as does the word “lion” in modern French. By contrast, in Latin lion is “leo”. My point is, when the word lion was conceived among the Anglo-Normans, for some reason it was spelt and written in such a way that it resembled the Hebrew word for “strong”.
From history, we know that the Franks, originally Germanic, were a strong people. Clovis of the Franks vanquished Arianism by force. Charles Martel of the Franks defeated Islam at Tours. Charlemagne of the Franks, the first Holy Roman Emperor, converted most of Europe to Christianity through force and prestige. Godfrey of Bouillon, yet another of the Franks, crusaded successfully against Muslims in the Holy Land. And it was the Franks who named the kingdom of France. The French were strong when they fought for Christendom. But at some point, Satan did get to the French, specifically the Knights Templar in the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. After that, the French lost their strength: the 100 years war, Agincourt, the French Revolution, Trafalgar, Waterloo, occupation during 2 world wars, etc.
When the Templars forsook the LORD for Baphomet and sodomy, i.e. 2 men on a horse, the mantel was passed from the French to the English.
“How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!”
– 2 Samuel 1:27
England then went on to become Great Britain, a strong power. England even adopted the emblem of the lion. But subsequently when England turned away from grace, she too weakened.
For a nation, the pattern and point should be clear:
“If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.”
– Joshua 24:20
All power comes from the LORD.
Always, a nation that sides with the LORD and serves him will strengthen. Those that strive against the LORD, and persist, will ultimately perish.
“The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.”
– Joel 3:15-17
The lion and the strong.