The people who slander the truth are falsely testifying that the eagle from the east does not represent the Second Coming Christ. They insist on the following; According to the Bible, “the eagle [a bird of prey]” is an animal that feeds on the carcasses of other animals and has an inclination to attack and conquer its prey. This is the reason why the eagle is used to represent Cyrus, the king of Persia, who attacked and conquered Babylon. So the eagle, which feeds on the carcasses of other animals, cannot be interpreted as God.
Let’s see the reason why their argument is?not considered biblical.
Here is the reason why their argument is not reasonable:?
First, they said that God cannot be interpreted as an eagle that feeds on the carcasses of other animals. If their reasoning is correct, then God cannot be compared to a lion that attacks and conquers its prey and feeds on the carcasses of other animals. How then can they explain the following verse written by Apostle John?
- Revelation 5:5?Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Second, when the prophet Ezekiel saw the glory of God,?he said that the cherubim had the face of an eagle.?How can the face of an eagle, which feeds on the carcasses of other animals, be with the most holy glory of God?
- Ezekiel 1:10?Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle.
- Ezekiel 10:14?Each of the cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
Through the above examples, we can conclude that the people who slander our church do not have basic knowledge about commonly used figurative expressions (parabolic meanings).
In order to understand a parable correctly, we should try to understand its meaning in relation to the parable, not in a way which is not related to the original intention of the parable. Their ridiculous logic is similar to Jesus comparing Himself to a vine… How can He move when a vine is a plant that is stuck to the ground and cannot move.”
Then in what way is the Bible comparing God, our Savior, to an eagle? Among the many characteristics of an eagle, is the Bible comparing God, our Savior, to an eagle in the sense that it attacks its prey and feeds on the carcasses of other animals? No.
We need to understand the reason why God compared Himself to an eagle [a bird of prey]. The reason God compared Himself to an eagle was to let us understand that an eagle has the characteristic to nurture and protect its young; in the same way, God has the characteristic of saving and protecting His people.
- Exodus 19:4?“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.”
- Deuteronomy 32:10-12?In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft. The LORD alone led him; no foreign god was with him.
Likewise, the Bible compares God, our Savior, who delivered His people from Egypt, protected them in the desert and led them safely to the land of Canaan, as an eagle that protects its young.
As the Israelites suffered as slaves in Egypt, similarly many souls are suffering from the agony of death, being captured in the spiritual Babylon today (false churches, Rev 17:1-5, 13:1-8).
This is why God, the Savior, who gives us salvation and protects us on the way to the kingdom of heaven, is represented as an eagle.
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