Interpretation of The Eagle and The Cross

by

Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.© 2010

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We have an identity crisis challenging God’s people today. They have forgotten who they are. Perhaps those who seem to have forgotten never were a part of the family of God as Apostle John suggests in his letter to the saints in his day.

1 John 2:19
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

The greater part of God’s church seems adrift in uncharted waters trying to get to “the sides of the north, the city of the great King” [Psalms 48:2]. This drift can be summarized by what is known as the Emerging Church. The following is Wikipedia's definition of it.

 

 
 
The Emerging Church
  The emerging church (sometimes referred to as the emergent movement) is a Christian movement of the late 20th and early 21st century that crosses a number of theological boundaries: participants can be described as evangelical, post-evangelical, anabaptist, liberal, post-liberal, reformed, charismatic, neocharismatic, post-charismatic, conservative, and post-conservative. Proponents, however, believe the movement transcends such "modernist" labels of "conservative" and "liberal," calling the movement a "conversation" to emphasize its developing and decentralized nature, its vast range of standpoints, and its commitment to dialogue. Participants seek to live their faith in what they believe to be a "postmodern" society. What those involved in the conversation mostly agree on is their disillusionment with the organized and institutional church and their support for the deconstruction of modern Christian worship, modern evangelism, and the nature of modern Christian community.
 

 

The Emerging Church's purposes are driven [pun intended] primarily by self regard, social reform, and humanistic ideals. It has left its mooring of seeking the salvation of the lost at whatever the cost, and is merchandising in the souls of men [Revelation 18:11-13]. It is the embodiment of the Tribulation Church.

How can we tell that the church is adrift? The universal, catholic Tribulational Church is already conforming to governmental regulations forbidding the teaching of certain basic tenets of Christianity and the effort to resist is minimal. Enforcement is on the rise in the U.S., and in some countries, enforcement is a fact.

To give you an idea of the shift in worldview 1 of Christians I submit evidence regarding legislative attempts to combat aids in an African country plagued with it. The legislature was ready to unanimously pass a law making molestation of children a crime punishable by imprisonment. Witchcraft had promoted the idea that if a victim of aids had sex with a virgin, children naturally being targeted, the disease would be cured. A highly visible and influential, questionably fundamental yet evangelical, Christian cleric in the U.S. wrote letters to each of the legislative members exhorting them not to pass the law. This vision confirms the worst – apostasy has affixed its hold upon the church and will destroy it.

 

he Emerging Church

Who are God’s people? Are they members of the universal church that's emerging? Does the flaming cross in this vision indicate Christianity is on fire for God or against Him? How can a lukewarm church burst into flames?

In this vision, Jeannette saw a flying eagle regress into a flaming cross that depicted something dramatic happening of epic proportions. Being the swiftest and strongest of birds, the eagle represents a fast transformation of what is occurring.

You are witnessing a crime scene. Being a bird of prey, the eagle swooshed down from on high with its eyes fixated upon Jeannette's as eagles do upon their prey. You, my friend, are the prey. As Jeannette often does, she stood in for something, and this time it is you. If you do not receive this message from God, you will wind up in the flames of His justice. The church began aflame with its hot message of salvation through Jesus, and it will end in like manner as God prunes the dead lukewarm branches from off His tree of righteousness throwing them into the fires of holiness [John 15:6].


 

A Lukewarm Apostate Church

The permutation of political mandates against religious dogma is premeditatedly fostering lukewarmness, the major characteristic Jesus attached to the final Laodicean Church of the Grace Age. Jesus warned this church that ...because thou art lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spue (vomit) thee out of my mouth [Revelation 3:16]. And because He does, its members will be left behind to endure the tribulation – hence, the name, Tribulation Church.


The Laodiceans of the last church are not so much different from the Philadelphians of the previous one in outward appearance but they are in attitude of soul. Apostasy is not outward but inward. It is a change of heart, a divorcement from a binding covenant. The early church grew because its adherents were convinced of the truth of its teaching so much so that they were willing to die for it.

Today, there is a growing acceptance of other faith systems among church members which is revealed in some recent polls on religious beliefs. Although the United States is fairly religious, its citizens in the main, 57% of 35,000 polled evangelicals, do not believe Jesus is the only way to heaven 2 , which is a fundamental doctrine of Christianity. If this many evangelicals are adrift, what must the number be in the population at large who hold to their personal opinion of how to reach heaven?

If Jesus is the only way as He said He is [John 14:6], to believe otherwise means one is not hot but lukewarm – if not cold. George Barna of the Barna Group, a polling syndicate, has spoken to this issue of lukewarmness. He effectively summarized lukewarmness in the following statement reported on the One News Now website 3 :

 

George Barna, president of the Barna Group, explains that Americans are "more interested in feeling like they belong to a community of faith" than they are with feeling like they belong to a particular church. "They're more interested in having a faith system that addresses the needs and issues and struggles that they're dealing with than they are necessarily [with] working through a whole body of beliefs, activities, and practices that might be part of that larger faith entity," he says. "It's an interesting time."

Another trend the research group discovered through the study is that Americans increasingly want to shape their own faith experience -- what he calls "concoct[ing] [sic] a uniquely personal brand of faith." 

From the above, we can see that Americans are more interested in faith and spirituality than in Christianity. Can the move away from orthodox Christian doctrine compromise who Christians are? Europe has already dumped mainline Christian teaching. Thousands of churches and cathedrals have been transformed into venues for secular activities. Yet mosques are on the rise everywhere. Could this be telling us something about why the whore of Revelation chapter 17 will be destroyed? The foregoing analysis summarily explains why the church's lukewarmness gets stronger and less hot until the Tribulation Church paradoxically bursts into flames as she is eaten up by the New World Order upon which she sits.

Art Work: The Beast with ten horns Artist: Ted Larson

Revelation 17:16

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and BURN HER WITH FIRE.

We know that the Lord does nothing without revealing to His servants the prophets His intentions beforehand [Amos 3:7]. We therefore exhort whosoever reads this vision and its interpretation to be duly warned by the gravity of the message that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Be prepared for rapture 4. How?

 
RAFFAELLO Sanzio Study for St Paul Preaching in Athens 1514-15 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Web Gallery of Art
Mark 16:15
15 And he (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel (the good news) to every creature. 

What is the gospel Jesus wants preached? It's the good news that God's love has reconciled every man, woman, and child to Himself and all sins are forgiven. He judged sin at the crucifixion of Jesus [2 Corinthians 5:18-19]. Mercy and truth...met together... (and) ... righteousness and peace...kissed each other [Psalms 85:10]. When? At the cross. No one need go to hell to pay for their sins. But you can, and you will if you do not take Jesus' payment in substitution for your own payment.

 
1 John 4:10
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 

Propitiation means the punishment for sin was satisfied when Jesus died. Because He was sinless and did not need a savior, Jesus' death was therefore a satisfactory substitution in the eyes of God for the claims of holiness and justice. Furthermore, Apostle John was a firsthand witness attesting to God's love and satisfaction:

1 John 4:14
14 …(W)e have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
1 John 2:2
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Why do people go to hell then? Hear Jesus clearly state the reason before He ascended to heaven after His resurrection from the dead:

Mark 16:16
16 He that believeth (that Jesus is God’s Son and Savior) and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
 

 

Prologue

Because the background for the last vision entitled “Linen Cloths” is applicable for this one and indeed is important to fully understand the choreography of the eagle’s transformation, I refer you to it before reading further 5. In a short synopsis, “Linen Cloths” reveals God at work reviving His people, Israel, from out of a centuries-long, death-dealing stupor so that He can complete the last seven years of the Age of Israel 6. In this vision, God shows us what the outcome will be of Jesus' Laodicean 7 people who complete the Age of Grace .

During His 3½ years of ministry while fulfilling the demands of the law and finishing it, Jesus taught His disciples the principles upon which the forthcoming Age of Grace would be established. These years overlapped the end of one age with the beginning of another. Similarly, today as the last apostate church winds up the Age of Grace, God is reviving His chosen nation of Israel from which He will rule earth during the Millennium. The Millennial or Kingdom Age is next on God's agenda.

Here is a list of the Biblical Ages 8 as derived from Scripture:
1. Age of the Gentiles (Adam to Abraham)
2. Age of the Israel (Abraham to Jesus)
3. Age of Grace (Jesus to the Tribulation Period)
4. Age of God’s Kingdom (1,000 years from the Tribulation to creation of a brand new universe).

 

Is The Church Past The Point of No Return To Righteousness?

According to this vision and "Linen Cloths", we are. We might postpone judgment, but the die is cast as Israel learned in her era as God's agent. Kingdom Now proponents say that because Christians are kings and have been given dominion and authority over all things due to Jesus' conquest of satan at the cross, they can decree into existence the Kingdom now through intercession. Without doubt we can. But our decrees cannot abrogate Biblical prophecy that reveals a terrible time of tribulation for the world before Jesus sets up His Kingdom. This tribulation period comprises the birth pangs for the Kingdom's manifestation. Therefore, intercession for the Kingdom's appearance now before Jesus returns to set it up Himself is actually pleading for the time of Jacob's trouble (the birthing process).

Jeremiah 30:6-7
6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

During this time of trouble, as we saw in "Linen Cloths", Jesus selects and awakens those Jewish nationalists that He wants to populate His land in Palestine during His Kingdom rule. He is at work changing stony hearts into hearts of flesh. Why is He doing this? He's working to produce "the remnant" of believers who will repopulate earth after the fire bath of God's judgment.

Throughout Scripture God speaks of a remnant of believers among God's people in both His Old Testament Hebrew nation and in His New Testament church at large. Significantly, the remnant is a reference to a special group of people of a certain size. Because the syntactical article "the" precedes the word 'remnant', it constitutes a particular number. In the Kingdom Age,...

Zephaniah 3:13
13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

This remnant will be the third part of Jews who make it through the tribulation period to enter the Millennial Kingdom.

Zephaniah 13:8-9
8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

As we saw in "Linen Cloths", Jews are ripening for plucking to make up the elect remnant. Ripening is the result of intercessory prayers for Israel's awakening. Through these prayers, the pressures of the uniting nations against them are softening Jewish hearts to cry out to God for His Messiah to come. Desire for their Messiah will increase now that the USA, her faithful ally, is turning her back on Israel and favoring Israel's enemies – to America's hurt.

There is none so blind as those who refuse to see. History attests to the fact that God curses those who curse Israel [Genesis 12:3]. The BP oil incident in the Gulf of Mexico is the latest in a litany of curses upon America. Our leadership's policy of pressuring Israel to give up their right to make sovereign choices for their own welfare is unwittingly but assuredly destroying us. Jerusalem has become today the burdensome stone to all nations exactly like Zechariah prophesied she would be in the last days [12:3]. Fortunately, Messianic Jews are gathering momentum as the Grace Age closes, and they will mushroom into a large body of believers when the 144,000 Jews are sealed for their evangelistic work during the tribulation 9.

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1
A conceptual framework a person uses to confront life's challenges. (of)
 
2
THE PEW FORUM | On Religion & Public Life | A Project of the Pew Research Center (which)
 
3
One News Now (George)
 
4
At the very beginning of this website, there is a synopsis about the rapture and the Scriptures from where it is taught in the Bible. (How)
 
5
Click on the following words to read the background of “Linen Cloths”, and after reading it, click your back arrow in the upper left of your web page to return back to this webpage. (In)
 
6
See the webpage on this website entitled "Daniel's Seventh Week Prophecy" for an explanation of these 7 years, and after reading it, click your back arrow in the upper left of your web page to return back to this webpage. (In)
 
7
God’s estimation of the Laodiceans is found in Revelation 3:14-22.(people)
 
8
Click on the following words for the webpage viewing of "Charts" showing these ages. Afterward, click on the back arrow on the address bar to return to this page.(as)
 
9
See the vision entitled "Wailing Wall" on this website for more about these 144,000 Jews. Afterward, click on the back arrow on the address bar to return to this page. (Please)
 

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