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Interpretation of The Eagle and The Cross

by

Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.© 2010

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Gathering Eagle
Do Eagles Gather Where A Carcass Is?
 

 

The specific part of the background of “Linen Cloths” that relates to this vision is the section dealing with carrion birds gathering around a dead body. Let’s review the passage of Scripture exactly as Jesus spoke the words.

 
The Gathering

Luke 17:34-37

34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

 

Verses 34-37 in the above, refer to a rapture as was made clear in “Linen Cloths”. Given that it is nighttime in one verse and daytime in another, the action of seizing people at the same time and taking them someplace implies that it is happening all around the globe. It is argued that in verse 31 before these verses, Jesus tells Jews to make haste in departing Jerusalem and escape to the mountains to avoid being caught in the siege. Therefore, the passage must refer to people being separated for destruction by Roman legions who destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. In fact, they say all of Matthew 24 is history. This is someone's personal interpretation which may or may not be true. Rightly dividing the Word can be challenging.

For instance, suddenly changing from discussing one thing and then changing to something else should not surprise anyone familiar with Hebraic linguistic customs. A Jewish writer will occasionally take leaps of thousands of years right in the middle of a sentence. In one breath, Isaiah foretold that the Messiah would come and proclaim the year of Jubilee as well as the year of vengeance of our God, and most Biblicists know that these two events happen two thousand years apart although separated only by a comma [61:2].

It is because of language customs that prophecy can become muddled and confused. Hence, Paul admonishes us to study so that we can rightly divide the Word of God [2 Timothy 2:15]. Even after studying, however, Paul explains that if one is not born again, the inherited Adamic sin-natured spirit of a …natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them …[1 Corinthians 2:14] because they are discerned only by a man who has been born again, who has received a new love-natured spirit from above.

Perhaps that's why such a large number of Christians are deluded by error. Their shepherds are not born again and are incapable of understanding correct doctrine. This is the reason scholarship is not intrinsically right. Hundreds of seminary and Bible college teachers flatly deny basic Bible truths such as the deity of Jesus, His virgin birth, and the Old Testament accounts of the creation and fall. In short, they reject an inerrant Bible.

Book of Eagles
The Book  
 

It was pointed out that the eagle swiftly came down from on high with its eyes fixed upon Jeannette. Because she did not see it circle or fly around as one often sees high flying birds do means that it is bringing a message of great import to us, and it must be done in haste. Why the haste? Because events on earth are quickly reshaping the cosmos, and a critical situation is developing. Since Jeannette heard no words, and since birds do not talk, the message was delivered in mime.

We know that eagles are and have been a popular emblem for nations since patriarchal days. Assyria, Persia, and Rome were powerful empires of the past who thought the eagle would bring them good fortune. Archaeology has unearthed eagles sculptured all over their cultural baggage. And the notion carries over today, for, as noted earlier, at least 28 nations believe the eagle is an omen of success and have selected it to portray their hopes of becoming a great nation.

 

A Chapter For A Nation

Each chapter in the book Jeannette saw showed a picture about one of these birds of prey of which there are many, perhaps dozens, of differing species. Not being schooled in the taxonomy of animals or birds, I hesitate to say how many. Nonetheless, online encyclopedias list many varieties and groups extending around the planet.

Because our visionary saw a picture of a bird of prey on each chapter as the pages flipped, they signified that each chapter denoted a nation. This is the reason the book in the vision was thick. It represents the ubiquitous union of populations on the planet. Ten regional groups inclusive of the whole world are already hooked to a central command. These are the ten toes of the final prophesied Gentile government to control the world. [See Daniel chapter 1 and Revelation chapter 17].

The book, therefore, was a compilation of nations bound together by the meaningful attributes associated with birds of prey. It has been noted that vultures and eagles feed on carrion (dead or decaying flesh). This suggests that these countries are bonded together for some purpose related to a carcass. Could that carcass be a dead church?

Because the eagle is the United States' mascot of choice, and because the USA is God's client nation on earth, it came with a vital warning from God that America is in danger of being 'sold' to their enemies. We cannot deny that America has been God's agent to get the gospel out to the world, for 90-95% of missionary activity in the last couple of centuries has been accomplished by her. Her prosperity has been guarded over by angels for the sole purpose of bringing God's hidden Kingdom to fruition.

As the backbone of the Philadelphian Church, the United States was predestined to work the Lord's will in bringing His secret Kingdom to the point of manifestation. Nations come and go according to the will of God. They rise and fall to meet His purposes [Daniel 4:35], and America is no exception.

Daniel outlined the panorama of political history in short form from God's interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream. Daniel wrote that the final kingdom will be that of the Rock – Jesus 11– cut out of the mountain of nations without man's help. Jesus' Kingdom peppered throughout the nations in the hearts of men will in due time emerge victorious as the final Kingdom consummating world history. However ambitious men are, they cannot control continuously the minds of men with sin natures, and neither can the devil. God can, and Jesus will.

 

The Book's Theme

Wherefore, the eagle from on high represents the USA. The breeze that lifted up the feather on the eagle's head signified that the time has arrived for transformation of the mighty eagle into a vulture. Remember that vultures flock together and like piranha fish voraciously devour flesh. This book is not the book of life. Whatever nations bond together in this book will become goat nations when Jesus judges the nations that turn on tiny Israel.

Matthew 25:31-34, 41
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left (according to how they treated Jesus' brethren {verse 40}).
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world...
41 ...Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

The above account is Jesus' explanation that before He sets up His Kingdom, all nations will be judged according to how they treated His brethren, Israel and Christians, during the tribulation. Read the entire parable for better insight on this. The book of birds catalogues those nations that will be goat nations. Their actions toward Israel and Christians are recorded in the chapters.

These piranha birds in the registry are even now gathering together against tiny Israel. Alas and forsooth the United States is aligning with them. Woe to the nation that curses Israel [Genesis 12:3]. Because of America's might and leadership in the world, our defection from standing alongside God's Jewish people is serious business, and it is the reason God has sent this message to His endtime church in the states. The title of this vision supports this contention. The great seal of the United States has an eagle as its emblem, and the power of the cross has historically undergirded America's might. God loves America and does not want to 'sell' her to her enemies.

An important hidden aspect to the alignment of nations against Israel is the fact that many mainline Christian denominations are anti-Semitic. Replacement theology – the belief that God has no more use for Israel – has been an accepted doctrine of many large groups of Christians for as long as 1700 years. Add to this the Islamic hatred for Israel and you have a huge block of people, billions, who would like to see Israel disappear. Since the United Religions of the world rides the back of the United Nations in Revelation chapter seventeen, I submit that the carcass the vultures are feeding on after the true believers are gone is a dead church.

Given two sets of people, rapture of one group from off earth implies that the other group is left [Luke 17:34-36]. Thus, Jesus answered His disciple's query about where the people went who were taken with this enigmatic statement: Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together [Luke 17:37]. The Holy Spirit left the interpretation of this statement for future disciples to discover because Jesus did not explain it. It requires the unsealing of the book of Daniel so that all prophetic passages in both Testaments can be harmonized with it. Daniel was told that his book would be sealed and shut up to interpretation until the endtimes [12:2]. Furthermore, Jesus said there is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed at the proper time, and I believe the Holy Spirit has revealed this riddle to me.

When the born again believers are taken away, what remains is a dead church. Hence Jesus' answer addresses the fact that eagles (the word is vulture in the Greek) will flock upon the dead Tribulation Church left behind in large numbers to devour it. So Jesus inferred that the ones 'taken' were taken to heaven as reaped grain is taken into a barn awaiting its time of use. When the Kingdom of Heaven is established, these reaped believers will come back with Jesus to rule with Him.

Jesus likened His Kingdom in Matthew 13:32 to a mustard seed plant that having grown to maturity, birds lodge in it and find shade, nourishment, and rest. The inference is that these birds represent ravenous birds because in the parable of the sower they represent satan [Matthew 13:19 with Mark 4:4]. Daniel 4:12 tells us that a tree is a symbol of power. Hence we can deduce that the birds lodging in Jesus' powerful endtime church are voracious and predatory. From all appearances they seem harmless as they seek shelter in the church, but beneath the façade of the church decay is seething and the birds are feasting.

In the early martyrdom years, the Kingdom grew exponentially. Satan was befuddled because he could not snuff it out. After Christianity became the state religion of the Roman empire, the devil found a way to suppress the church and get a foothold in it. He prostituted it by infusing heathen dogma into its tenets. His fowls found rest and worked satan's will until now the church has become a worldwide power with a complex organization supporting large vultures feeding on her wealth. Size does not connote success. The USSR was a dismal failure.

 

Is America Aligning With The Wrong People?

America's defection from being pro-Israel to becoming pro-Arab is no secret. Our president has canceled weaponry needed in Israel for her defense as well as other assistance in vital areas. He has revoked automatic annual renewal of Israeli scientists' visas to America for the purpose of attending conferences, while giving questionable military aid to her enemies. This is indicative of a significant foreign policy change.

Anyone reading the headlines of many news websites can see that the United States' attitude toward Israel is different in this administration's watch in Washington D.C. For the sake of survival, Americans need to repent and pray for God's mercy. Ask the Lord to bring righteousness to our president and our legislative and judicial leaders most of whom seem to be spiritually blind.

Given the current trend of the present administration, can you see why the cross is ablaze at the end of the book? An article dated May 13, 2010 from the Associated Press might shed more light on why the living eagle turned into a dead portrait for the cover of a book that stands for the final episode finishing the times of the Gentiles.

 

The Obama administration is preparing to join an international advisory group that the United States generally has shunned due to fears it would adopt anti-Israeli and anti-Western positions U.S. officials said Wednesday. The officials told the Associated Press the administration plans to announce as early as this week that it will begin a formal relationship with the Alliance of Civilizations... The decision to join grows out of Obama's desire to broaden U.S. participation in international groups and improve its standing among Muslims.

Amalgamation into a one-world government will fulfill Biblical prophecy. And this administration seems to want to lead the world into it. What will the end be? You saw the burning cross at the end of the vision. It will be the end of Christianity as we have known it. The church began ablaze with persecution, and it will end ablaze with persecution. What can we do about it? Repent, watch, and pray that you will be among those worthy to escape the things stored up for judgment as Jesus advised.

Luke 12:36
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Why did Jesus exhort His disciples to be diligent to watch and pray so as to escape the tribulation's tribulation? The word "therefore" is the key that answers that question. Jesus had just finished outlining calamitous and appalling events that would transpire prior to the end of the age, events so horrendous He is going to have to shorten the days [Matthew 24:22]. Thus, Jesus pointedly advised that we take steps to avoid being here at that time.

Who will escape? According to Revelation 12:5 only the man-child (true Christians) of the Israeli woman who gave birth to the Christian ethos will be caught up to heaven and escape events on earth 12 . The woman signifies Israel, and she must flee to the wilderness for protection from the dragon during the last half of the tribulation because she is not spiritually alive yet and cannot cross the divide into heaven. Ah, but God is not through with her. Nonetheless, before she is saved as a nation, she will have to undergo another great holocaust.

All professed Christians are not true Christians, and hence will not be in the catching up. Moreover, only Messianic Jews who are converted to Christianity qualify to be caught up. We can conclude from the foregoing, that according to Jesus, being raptured and kept from the hour of temptation [Revelation 3:10] is a high privilege of Christianity.

Paul explained to the Thessalonians that the day of Christ otherwise known as the day of the rapture had not arrived, and they should not think they were in the tribulation [2 Thessalonians 2:2]. Because persecution had heated up, believers in Paul's day thought they had missed the rapture. He comforted them by explaining that things will be much worse when the tribulation occurs, which is the reason you ought to want to be accounted worthy to escape it.

The flaming cross in this vision reveals that every vestige and observance of God in worship will be abolished with fierce vigor like Antiochus Epiphanies did when he set up the first abomination of desolation in the Jerusalem Temple in the second century before Christ came. Jesus prophesied the Antichrist antitype will do no less. There is still time. Repent and be saved 13.

  The Wrath of God

At first glance in scene one, the beautifully lit up clouds in the sky seemed to suggest that Jeannette was going to witness God's pleasure in looking down upon the world. Indeed she saw a magnificent eagle glide down from a beautiful sky, and, as it stood at her feet she anticipated hearing a good word from the Lord since eagles represent God's wisdom through their unparalleled ability to see distant objects miles away, which of course depicts God's omniscience.

After seeing the puzzling transformation of the eagle, Jeannette again saw the sky in scene two only this time she saw bellowing clouds in turmoil as they spiraled together into a cyclonic cone contour out of which popped a cross. The clap of the book as it shut announces that something is over, and the change of scenery illustrates that a new time has started. Things are now different. The deafening silence as the second scene opened reveals that the tribulation era is about to begin for the thunder and shaking of the heavens Jeannette experienced publicizes it has arrived.

MEMLING, Hans St John Altarpiece (Detail) 1474-79 Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges

  Comparing Jeannette's vision with John's in the book of Revelation we discover that this vision is actually a word of wisdom from God warning about what is on the horizon for the church, and it doesn't look good. Before the seals in John's book were opened, there was thunder...
 
Revelation6:1
6 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

The broken seals of the heavenly book disclosed a Table of Contents encapsulating what will happen during the hour of testing which the people must endure who missed the great escape of Luke 21:36. The seals are a roster indexing tribulational events. After all seals were opened, John reports there will be silence in heaven before the actual start of the seven trumpet judgments...

Revelation 8:1

8 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

The silence about which John and Jeannette report corresponds to the intermission between acts in a drama where props and stage paraphernalia are shifted and rearranged to support the next scene. In her vision, Jeannette saw the cross quickly grow at a fast rate from a tiny beginning in the heavenlies into something that covered the whole world. It is accepted that the cross is symbolic of Christianity and the church so the message from heaven beckons the attention of church members.

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Deuteronomy 32 is a song Moses wrote about the Rock of salvation that God would send to save and rule the world. His name is Jesus.(cut)
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The vision "Linen Cloths" gives a detailed description concerning the events in chapter twelve. (The)
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