(By Max Greiner Jr) A 1,034 lb. male lion will be given to Israel this spring if plans go as expected, according to Jeff Anderson, president of Leadership Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3 )organization based in Kerrville, Texas. This lion will be a 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. However, it has been suggested that the National Zoo might be a good place. The massive, tan lion (11

feet long, nose to tail) poses no threat since it is the creation of internationally collected, 66-year-old professional artist, Max Greiner Jr. of Kerrville. The majestic, life-size bronze sculpture was sculpted first out of clay. The large than life, 105 percent size is based on the dimensions of the largest male lion ever known. An additional 5 percent was added for God, according to the Christian sculptor and evangelist. For thousands of years, the lion has been a symbol of the Jewish nation, King David and the Messiah. It is even referenced in the first and last books of the Bible, in Genesis 49:10 and Revelation 5:5. The friendship between the USA and the Jewish state began when Israel was formed as a free, independent nation on May 14, 1948, following the end of World War II. CONTINUE