A 1,034 lb. bronze male lion statue is scheduled to be delivered to the Jewish nation of Israel spring of 2018. Jeff Anderson, the President of Leadership, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization
located in of Kerrville Texas has spearheaded the gift from American Christians to the Jewish state in honor of its 70th anniversary as a modern nation. The exact location where the lion will permanently reside is not known at this time. The “Lion of
Judah” for thousands of years has been a symbol of the Jewish nation, King David and our Messiah. Also it is referenced in the first and last books of the Bible, Genesis 49:9-10 and Revelation 5:5.
The “Lion of Judah” Israel Initiative was announced by Dr. Jerry Johnson at the International Convention of the National Religious Broadcasters Association (NRB), on Wednesday,
Feb.28, 2018 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak in front of a group of Evangelical Christian leaders. Thousands of Christian T.V., Radio and internet broadcasters will gather from around the
world and celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel on May 14, 2018.
The friendship began between the United States and the Jewish state when Israel was formed as a free, Independent nation on May 14, 1948. Following the end of World War II,
43 percent of the world's Jews live in Israel today, the largest Jewish community in the world. The modern nation was reestablished in its ancestral home, according to biblical scholars, historians and archaeologists.
Factually thousands of Hebrew artifacts have been unearthed in the Holy Land, proving their prior existence in the land for thousands of years. Based on scholars, Hebrew slaves built Egypt's pyramids until Moses freed them, led them into the wildness and to
their "Promised Land." Christians are strong supporters since they understand the biblical history of Israel.
The massive Lion of Judah bronze sculpture will be displayed
at the front of the exhibit hall during the convention. The enormous bronze lion (11 feet long, nose to tail) poses no threat since it is the creation of private citizen. The majestic, life-size bronze sculpture is larger than life, 105 percent of its
size is based on the dimensions of the largest male lion ever known; and an additional 5 percent was added for God, according to the 66-year-old Christian sculptor and evangelist, Max Greiner Jr.
Max Greiner Jr. began work on the giant lion sculpture in 2007 but was delayed due to personal reasons. The artist was able to finish the monumental lion sculpture 10 years after he started it. The artist
copy of the signed and numbered bronze edition was completed by his art foundry on October 12, 2017. Eagle Bronze of Lander, Wyoming bolted the massive bronze lion of Judah to a special, open, art-display trailer designed by Greiner, who has an Architectural
design degree from Texas A&M University.
Max Greiner Jr. without delay drove the Lion of Judah to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association event, where he was invited to exhibit
the bronze at Baylor Stadium, in Waco, Texas. This would be the first public presentation of the massive bronze sculpture. Max Greiner Jr. was able to pray with Franklin Graham at the Evangelistic event, which attracted thousands of people.
Max Greiner Jr., believes God told him to create a Ten Commandments monument with a giant bronze lion of Judah on January 10, 2006. It was to be placed at The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden on
Interstate Highway 10 in Kerrville, Texas.
The 24.5-acre art park is located at the same latitude as Israel and the main entrance of the Hill Country city of Kerrville, Texas,
which has a population estimate of about 24,000 people. The non-denominational, spiritual art garden is Kerrville's top tourist attraction, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Hill Country from all 50 states and estimate of 68 countries. In 2017,
an estimated 136,714 people visited the tranquil garden, which features almost a dozen monumental Christian sculptures and 77 Bible verses in three languages.
It has been the prayer of the artist
that his monumental lion sculpture will be given to Israel. Therefore, a Lion of Judah Israel Initiative was established to place the first, bronze lion in Israel, before Kerrville, as a gift of love from American Christians. The estimated total project cost,
including air delivery is about $100,000. Leadership Inc. will receive donations from individuals and organizations to make this gift possible. Max and Sherry Greiner, owners of Max Greiner Jr. Designs, have made a $12,000 gift toward
this goal. The artist Max Greiner Jr.along with his wife, Sherry, and five other trustees founded The Coming King Foundation (TCKF) on May 6, 2004. This 501(c) (3) nonprofit art museum organization was established to display Christ-honoring
art and would eventually provide a home for the monumental bronze lion. Upon learning of the Greiners' desire, other individuals and nonprofit charitable organizations have offered to help make this project happen. Dodi Yavoh and Leadership Inc. was the first
organizations to come alongside the Greiners to make this dream come true.