When out of nowhere, God gives his church two wings, as of a great eagle. So that she might fly into the wilderness, and find her place of nurture. Which is her’s for awhile, and it’s secure from the presence of that awful masquerading shape shifting Serpent. (Scriptural text:Revelation 12:14).
Metaphors and symbols the language of God. Giving us insights in our battles against the underworlds masquerading shape shifting dragons, serpents, devils multiple emissaries of Satan. Who in the end will become the idols of world governments, as they express themselves through prime ministers, chancellors, presidents, kings and queens and fake religious leaders. And the worlds people got on the band wagon, and John privileged by God warned, Wow! Unto the inhabitants of the earth!
Most shake off such ancient advice, as nonsense. But the few, who don’t, will be glad in the long run that they did not. It’s the short run that will in the long run make the difference. Much to say about that later. These little diversions occur when inspiration nudges me with subject matter for future discussions. Between the now and then, thought and research will determine their manifestations.
For now, we turn our attention to the metaphoric symbolism for the church in the wilderness. Described as a great two winged eagle, and when, she emerges, she’ll have the skills of forceful, fearless unmatched creature of the skies. A creature of intelligence, speed, strength, endurance and long life. Traits befitting a church engaged in multiple battles, including demonic possession. Wow wrote John, as the underworlds wars to humiliate God. Moving on to destroy his church, his body of believers.
Naturalist have tagged the great eagle as a magnificent creature with a body length of about 109 centimeters or about three feet. Its wing span is about 3.1 meters which equals a span of more than ten feet. Picturesque of the awesomeness of God’s mature believers. The question, as always, what will this present generation do with such awesomeness?
The eagle is known for its extraordinary eyesight with the capability of being able to see it’s prey at a distance of fifty miles. Traveling at incredible speeds of 120-170 kilometers an hour or 75-99 miles per hour. It swoops and snatches its prey with its curved talons. Some as big, as goats. Then using its intelligence it soars to heights dropping its prey to its death.
Will the church come together combining her eagle like skills and kill metaphorically those who would kill God’s church. Meaning his people, said to be his body, flesh and bones, at Ephesians 5:30. They kill us in many ways one of which is to say belief in the world of zombies or demons in the form of dragons, serpents, devils is the folk lore of superstition. They are wrong! AndÂ America, and the world is less inhabitable and dangerous because of their ignorance.
Naturalist who study this species have discovered that they engage only in monogamous relationships. And God requires nothing less from his church. Paul wrote, endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him, who has chosen him to be a soldier. (Scriptural texts:2 Timothy 2:3-4). Wars are being fought on more fronts than those with the underworld of masquerading shape shifting dragons, serpents and devils. Pick your war and be faithful in battle.
One naturalist put it this way. “They are symbols of power, bravery, courage, honor, pride determination and freedom. Their transcendence as high soaring eagles are believed by some cultures to touch the face of God.” All biblical attributes of what the church should be.
Naturalist say that the eagle is fearless and determined. “While other birds flee storms with fear, not the great eagle. It spreads its mighty wings and uses the wind to soar to greater heights.” Dr. Myles Munroe reported that, “Eagles can fly up to an attitude of 10,000 feet, but they are able to swiftly land on the ground. No other bird can do that,” said Dr. Munroe. The great eagle, according to Dr. Munroe doesn’t mingle with pigeons. “Pigeons scavenge on the ground and grumble and complain all day long.” Concluding, “Eagles do not behave that way. They fly, and make less noise waiting for opportunities to strike their next prey or glide with the current of the storm.
Another group of symbolic metaphors easily tied to our scriptures. It is said in the Psalms, “He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his names sake. Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil; for you are with me, your rod and your staff comfort me. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” (Scriptural texts:Psalms 23:3-5.
And we like the great eagle should leave the scavenging to the pigeons of our world, who are dirty, and make ungodly noises and tend to business. Done this way, For you were bought with a price; glorify God in your body and spirit which are God’s. (Scriptural text:1 Corinthians 6:20; and, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (Scriptural text:2 Corinthians 6:14).
Time comes and goes and a new generation must be trained. So here is another lesson from our great eagle. Naturalist researchers say that no member of the bird family is more vicious than the great eagle. But when it comes to family, they are gentle, and attentive to their young. They report that when the mother eagle sees that time has come for her to teach the eaglets to fly. She gathers an eaglet onto her back, and spreading her wings, flies high. Suddenly! She swoops up and the eaglet falls. As it falls, it gradually learns what its wings are for. Then mother catches the tumbling eaglet again and again. With the process being repeated, until success is achieved. Or disasters strikes, and the eaglet tumbles to its death.
The church should provide her children with the same loving forbearance. Because we have these instructions, “Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Scriptural text:Proverbs 22:6). Because, “This a faithful saying, for if we died with him, we shall live with him. If we endure, we shall reign with him. If we deny him, he also will deny us. If we are faithless he remains faithful; he can not deny himself. Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words of no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (Scriptural texts:2 Timothy 2:11-15).
Then the next generation will be ready to fly. And maybe some will be dragon, or zombie slayers.
And if that doesn’t suit their taste, well there are other underworld figures masquerading as dragons, serpents, and devils. All more visible top side to the naked eye, who are just as bad and need to be swooped up and left as slop for the surviving pigeons.
And finally, for our great eagle, they discover that age isn’t their friend. But we are told by the naturalist that they don’t like that state, so they remake themselves. By the time the great eagle reaches thirty their physical condition deteriorates making it hard for them to survive.
So, our great eagle retreats to a mountaintop. Where he goes through a metamorphosis taking about five months. The eagle knocks of its own beak by banging it against a rock. It plucks out its talons and then its feathers. Amazingly, each stage produces a regrowth of the removed body parts. Which allows the eagle to live for another thirty to forty years.
Here’s the churches mountaintop for metamorphosis. Blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of the sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the river of water, that brings its fruit its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper. (Scriptural texts:Psalms 1:1-3).
Revelation 12:14, is a very strategic verse for the church picturesquely, as the great eagle, as she experiences her wilderness flight. For her own sake, she is sheltered from the serpent; but for a short time. This discussion shared her attributes metaphorically and developed while in seclusion. Tomorrow we’ll discover why. Which by the way, is the result of a nudge mentioned in paragraph three. I just didn’t expect it to be so soon. Sometimes it taken years for such nudges to materialize.