In 2006, a coalition of six male lions, the Mapogos, emerged in the area of Sabi Sands, South Africa, from a pride of lions described as “Sparta”. For the next six years, the Mapogos waged a war for territory against several other coalitions of male lions. 2006, six lions, six years: that happens to be 6 and 6 and 6. The Mapogos were infamous to lion watchers for their savagery. During one particular year, when they were in their prime, the Mapogos killed over a hundred other lions – males, as well as females, and even cubs. Never before has there been savagery like it.
There have been at least two documentaries about the Mapogos: National Geographic Wild’s 2012 “Caught in the Act: Lion Brawl”; and Discovery Channel’s 2015 “Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand” (ref. 1).
The six Mapogo lions were called “Makhulu”, “Rasta”, “Scar”, “Pretty Boy”, “Kinky Tail” and “Mr T”. “Pretty Boy” was also known as “Phoenix”, a bird of occult fantasy. “Kinky Tail” was also known as “Shaka” as in Shaka Zulu. And “Mr T”, the most aggressive and ruthless of the six, came to also be known as “saTan”.
Mr T had a mane that sometimes appeared like a mohawk, as in Mr T, and other times appeared like two horns. The hexagon-like shape of his face is also unique among lions. And above all, this particular lion of the Mapogo coalition was idolised in social media as “saTan”.
Over the years, Mr T acquired a reputation for killing and even eating the cubs of others. While lions sometimes kill the cubs of a pride during a takeover, it is certainly rare for a lion to kill and then eat another lion, let alone a lion cub.
Mr T was not the bravest of the six. Often he would not charge into a fight first, but he was the most aggressive and ruthless.
The other thing to be said about Mr T is that he would sometimes stare into the camera of the safari crew as if he knew about his infamy in social media.
The Bible warns that no one should create a graven image and worship it as an idol, lest an evil angel comes and possesses the idol and the people begin to worship that evil angel (ref. Deuteronomy 5:8-9, Exodus 20:4-5, Isaiah 48:5, Acts 7:41-42). Such is idolatry, spiritual fornication, an act of devil worshipping.
The case of the Mapogos makes the point that a living creature can be an idol.
Before I continue with the Mapogos, let me first make it clear that in nature, among the animals that God created, the lion is truly king, the most powerful on land. Some people insist, the Bible is wrong on this, observing that the tiger is larger and more muscular. They point out that the Romans of antiquity held gladiatorial fights between a lion and a tiger, and more often than not the tiger prevailed. To this, I have to say, a fight in a cage or colosseum between a lion and tiger, one on one, is not as things are in nature. In nature, always, tigers female and male hunt alone and fight alone. By contrast, female lions hunt as a pride, and male lions fight as a coalition. In nature, for the lion, there is strength in numbers. Since a tiger knows not to sit and pivot when attacked from all sides, it is doubtful a tiger would even survive a pack of hyenas. Moreover, though the paw swipe of a tiger might reach further, the tiger having no mane like a male lion would quickly find its throat at risk when scuffling against multiple male lions. For a male lion in its prime, the mane functions like a natural armour.
Because the lion is king and the most powerful in nature, in one verse of the Bible, the lion is a metaphor of Jesus Christ.
… 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
Because Satan wants to be like the most High (ref. Isaiah 14:13-14), and pretends that he is God, in another verse of the Bible, the devil is described as a roaring lion.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.1 Peter 5:8
Now, returning to the Mapogos and the animal kingdom, in nature, lions claim and hold territory by force.
For humans, it is also axiomatic and natural that territory is claimed by the sword.
At the height of its power, the Mapogo coalition sought to control an area the size of which no other lion coalition had ever controlled. Every potential rival was viciously attacked. So ruthless were the Mapogos that some lion watches described the six brothers as “gangsters” (ref. 2), and their time at the top of the choicest parts of Sabi Sands as a reign of terror (ref. Isaiah 14:4-6).
Normally, when coalitions of male lions fight, there would be some roaring, and scuffling and scratching, and biting and rolling about, and then one of the two sides would submit and give ground. It is unusual to see male lions fight to the death.
In their very first fight against another coalition, the six Mapogos killed an adult male that was part of a coalition of four. After that, the remaining defenders gave up and ran away.
Sometime before 2010, Mr T fell out with the eldest Mapogo, Makhulu. Apparently, Mr T lost that contest and his reputation in the coalition as the toughest. So, Mr T and Kinky Tail broke off from the other four, and the two focused on the northern part of the coalition’s vast territory.
In June 2010, a coalition of five fit male lions, the Majingilanes, entered the sector of Mapogo territory that was patrolled by Mr T and Kinky Tail. Somehow, one of the five Majingilanes found himself isolated. He tried to hide in the bush, but was spotted. Mr T and Kinky Tail chased and attacked him. A safari crew was there to record the moment (ref. 3, 5).
The two versus one fight was brutal. While Mr T went after the back and neck of the Majingilane, Kinky Tail bit the back leg and pelvis area. After a while, Kinky Tail shattered the pelvis bone, thereby immobilising the Majingilane (ref. 5). The mouths of the two Mapogos were covered in blood and both were roaring. The safari crew said they had never before seen that sort of behaviour in a lion fight.
The shattering of the pelvis is noteworthy but is only mentioned in only one of the two documentaries, the National Geographic one.
Again here, notice the two documentaries portray the encounter differently. In the National Geographic one, it is said, the four Majingilanes were actually running away as the two Mapogos were roaring and trying to intimidate them to go away.
Then all of a sudden, Kinky Tail started to charge towards the four. Now, pause for a moment and consider the situation. This was one lion charging towards four. It was unprecedented and unnatural.
Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war… let the weak say, I am strong.Joel 3:9-10
It is no wonder when the camera crew caught up, they saw four Majingilanes lions pinning Kinky Tail to ground, attacking him every which way.
As I said before, normally lions do not fight to the death. Normally, after some point, the losing side submits and is let go.
Here, however, there would be no mercy. One of the Majingilanes even snapped the spine of Kinky Tail. It is as if the Majingilanes found out what had happened earlier that day.
Only now with Kinky Tail struggling to survive did Mr T enter the fight. Why did he wait? I am not sure. But after a short scuffle, having realised that he could not prevail, Mr T fled.
The Majingilanes chased Mr T as he ran away, but later the four returned to the wounded and paralysed Kinky Tail. They attacked him again, and now over the course of several hours, they proceeded to tear him to pieces, even eating him while he was still alive. Never before had any of the safari crew seen such a thing.
Having defeated the two Mapogos, the four Majingilanes roared for hours constantly.
Notice, that night, the moon over Sabi Sands was red. The blood moon was captured in both documentaries.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.Joel 2:31
The next morning, all that was left of Kinky Tail was his head and his two front paws (ref. 6).
What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.Nahum 1:9
Mr T fled to his other brothers, and sought refuge there. Lucky for him, the remaining Mapogos welcomed him back.
Later on, to take over the Mapogo’s pride and become the new dominant male, he sought out, killed and ate his brother’s cubs. He did this despite the fact that the other Mapogos let him back in – after they gave him refuge from the Majingilanes. You see, evil never changes. Evil must be brought to an end.
The end for Mr T would come in March 2012 in the form of another coalition of five fit male lions, namely the Selatis.
Lion watchers say, most ageing lions become wandering nomads. Makhulu, the eldest of the Mapogos, for instance, did become a nomad, living peacefully towards the end of his life. But not Mr T, the lion whom social media calls saTan. Fittingly, saTan’s end would come through war.
There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.Isaiah 48:22
That day in 2012, the Selatis had singled out Mr T. The other, remaining two Mapogos ran away.
When the camera crew reached the area, they found Mr T severely injured, lying down in what appears to be the gutter, with his paws stretched out in a submissive posture. Surrounding him were the Selatis. They would take turns every few minutes attacking him from all directions. It is very interesting that the Selatis had pierced the lower back of Mr T, and broken his spine to paralyse him (ref. 7).
Remember, normally lions do not fight to the death. Normally, one side would give ground and the other would let the losing side go away. But here, as with the Majingilanes, there would be no mercy. The reign of the Mapogos would be brought to an end that day, once and for all.
It was as if something supernatural were happening. The breaking of his spine could not be a coincidence.
In desperation, Mr T looked at the camera, almost begging the safari crew to intervene. But there was no way out for him. Mr T would die that day, defeated in war by the Selatis. All the while, the Selatis roared, celebrating the dawn of a new era.
Ever since Eve, and the days of Cain and Abel, and even after the great flood of Noah, evil has been in this world, causing injustice and suffering. Countless victims and philosophers have wondered about “the problem of evil”, not knowing that the Bible explains that the wicked are reserved until the day of wrath (ref. Job 31:30) – that at the ends the world (plural, two ends), the Son of God Jesus Christ will shake the wicked out of the world (ref. Job 38:12-13).
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the SonJohn 5:22
For some two thousand years, the followers of Jesus Christ have tried to lead and persuade much of the world towards righteousness. But persuasion and argument can only do so much.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.John 1:5
To bring injustice and suffering to an end, the darkness itself must be destroyed.
To stop evil, violence and bloodshed are necessary. This is the winepress of the wrath of God.
I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings. Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.Zephaniah 3:7-8
On the day of the LORD, Satan will lose all power in this world. Satan himself will be imprisoned in hell (ref. Revelation 20:1-2), and his kingdoms will be no more (ref. Revelation 17:9-11), including Mystery Babylon the spiritual harlot that now reigns over the kings of the earth (ref. Revelation 17:18).
War is coming. This will be a fierce war unlike any the world has ever seen.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood… and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.Revelation 19:11-15
1. “Most Savage Pack Of Lion Brothers. The Lions Of Sabi Sands.”, youtube.com/watch?v=5yKacMaBxUg
2. “Lions of Sabi Sands – Episode 3: The Six Gangsters”, youtube.com/watch?v=KUDW2D4NGv8
3. “Lions of Sabi Sands – Episode 6: Killing a Majingilane Lion”, youtube.com/watch?v=NVJPqx8vYJ0
4. “Lions of Sabi Sands – Episode 7: Kinky Tail is Killed”, youtube.com/watch?v=DnkBIoiiAXI
5. “Majingilane vs Mapogo (National Geographic Wild)”, youtube.com/watch?v=sOY9yqGG5pY
6. “Lion Warfare: Majingilane vs Mapogo”, youtube.com/watch?v=ZDqCB9b9qA4
7. “Lions of Sabi Sands – Episode 9: The End of the Mapogos”, youtube.com/watch?v=JTiZ2QtUk-I