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 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.
1. Why is Jesus referred to as a lion?
They said that God cannot be interpreted as an eagle that feeds on the carcasses of other animals. According to their claim, God cannot be compared to a lion that attacks and conquers its prey and feeds on the carcasses of other animals. However, Apostle John said that Jesus Christ is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. How then can they explain this?
- Rev 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.”
2. Why do the cherubim have the face of an eagle?
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?
- Eze 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.
- Eze 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.
3. Basics of the interpretation of parables
The wicked people insist without basic common sense about parables. The parable should be interpreted in the related aspect with the parable, not in a wrong aspect that has nothing to do with the original purpose.
Their insistence is just like this: “Jesus likened Himself to the vine. The vine is fixed on the ground and cannot move, but why did Jesus move?”
4. In what aspect does the Bible liken God who is our Savior to the eagle?
Among many activities of the eagle, did God liken Himself to the eagle that attacks its prey and eats the carcasses of animals? No.
We must know rightly the reason why God likened Himself to the eagle (a bird of prey). God likened Himself to the eagle to express God who saves and protects His people like the eagle that raises and protects its young and carries them on its wings.
- Ex 19:4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.’
- Dt 32:10-12 In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him andcared 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 on its pinions. The LORD alone led him; no foreign god was with him.
Like this, the Savior who saves His people from Egypt and protects and leads them safely to Canaan is likened to the eagle.
Just as the Israelites suffered in Egypt as slaves in the past, in the last age, too, a lot of souls are suffering in death as salves to the spiritual Babylon (false church, Rev 17:1-5; 13:1-8).
That is why the Savior who saves them by Himself and protects and leads them to the kingdom of heaven is likened to the eagle.