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The Eagle Wings Of God And The Guidance Of His People

20.08.2018, Daniel Glimm


Introduction

In Exodus 19:4 we are told that the LORD carried the people of Israel on eagles' wings to lead them into His presence.
 
Exodus 19:4:
4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.

God used the attributes of this bird of prey to describe the pulling into His presence in the spiritual context representing the prophetic anointing or ministry of the prophet.

The Eagle And Its Meaning

=> The eagle is a sign of heaven which symbolizes spiritual and divine omniscience and victory. He is also called the Lord of the skies.
In Ezekiel 17:3 the eagle represents great and powerful kings.
In Isaiah 40:31 they are connected with spiritual acceleration and earthly renewal (see Psalm 103:5). The eagle distinguishes itself as a powerful bird of prey and is also caring towards its young.
Eagles are extraordinary providers who contribute very precisely to the development of their young. These are two other characteristics found in real prophets.
They are represented in Ezekiel 1:10 as eternal beings and in Job 39:27 partly as executors of the voice of God.
The eagle is also a symbol for a messenger; furthermore, it is today applied to God's prophets. Aquila is the Greek word for eagle (see Acts 18:2; Romans 16:3).
<= (analogous part excerpt of the “Prophet's Dictionary” by Paula A. Price, Ph. D.; page 189)

Furthermore, the eagle is a bird that uses the thermal to ascend higher and higher into the sky in a spiral form. Eagles are able to look directly into the sun as an indication of the prophets' ability to dwell in a higher spiritual realm and to see God's glory as an expression of prophetic instruction in order to share God's plans with His people to guide them. Like the eagle and many birds are destined to stay in the air and land on earth, the people of God are destined to dwell where God is.

The Importance Of Being Connected To Prophets

It is clear that it is very helpful if fellowships as the people of God are connected with prophets who are close to the heart of God, in order to share straight from the heart of God what is important to focus on at certain times.
 
As a principle this is the bearing on eagles' wings as it is written in Exodus 19:4. In communicating with the people of Israel, God has consciously chosen the eagle's design to illustrate His leading and carrying power, which would lead them into His presence.

This was not about leading a single person, but about leading the entire people of Israel. This means that the qualitative prophetic guidance of the Lord is represented by the term of the wings of the eagle, which is related to the united movement of the people of God.

The guidance of the Lord by His prophets and the obedience of the people of God would lead to a special status from God's point of view. This particular condition enables the people of the Lord to stand before God in a royal-priestly authority (see Exodus 19:5-6).
 
Exodus 19:5-6:
5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

The Wings

In connection with the wings of the eagle, it is good to know what the meaning of the Hebrew word for “wing” is. The Hebrew word used for “wing” is “kānāṗ” and means “an edge or extremity; specifically (of a bird or army) a wing, (of a garment or bed clothing) a flap, (of the earth) a quarter, (of a building) a pinnacle. A corner of a garment that is connected to God in the form of protection, as well as the spreading of a man's garment, who spreads it in a legally binding manner over his chosen wife (see Rut 3:9).
Furthermore, it were the tassels at the hem of the garment intended by God to remember His commands. The tassels were attached to the four ends of the garment (see Numbers 15:38-39 i.c.w. Deuteronomy 22:12).”
(part excerpt of the of the Strong's concordance with the word key number: H3671)
 
The statement makes it clear that the prophets of the Lord are called to bring the people of God to a spiritually higher, secure and intimate place which includes the realm of the Lord's throne room presence. It is therefore important that we, as people of God, hear what the Lord speaks to us as one united people through His prophets.

The Spirit Of Prophecy

Exodus 19:4 explains that it is the Spirit of prophecy who can unite people as one folk in order to lead them into a higher sphere.

It is the Spirit of prophecy who is the testimony of Jesus Christ. In the power of this testimony, the prophets act and communicate this testimony to whom they are sent to, so that a unified formation of the fellowship by God would enter the presence of the Lord's throne room (see Revelation 19:10e).
 
Revelation 19:10e:
… 19e for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

The Sacrifice Of Jesus Christ And The Throne Room Presence Of The Father

Only through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ it is possible to enter into the presence of the Father's throne room (see John 10:9 i.c.w. John 14:6; Revelation 4:1).
 
John 10:9:
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
 
John 14:6:
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
 
Revelation 4:1:
1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

So it is God's desire to bring us as His people into His presence, which includes His whole being. This is what Jesus prayed in John 17:20-23, saying that we should all be one as He is one with the Father.
 
John 17:20-23:
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – 23 I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Since God is Spirit and Jesus Christ is seated at His right hand, the prayer of Jesus makes it unambiguous that He draws our spirit into His presence.

The Alliance Of Saints In Front Of The Throne Of God And The High Praise

There are times when we personally stand before the Lord and then there are times when we come as an alliance of saints to the throne of God. These times of appearing as an alliance of saints means that we stand united in adoration before the throne of God to worship Him as Father in Spirit and in the presence of His Word (note: truth) (see John 4:23).
 
John 4:23:
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

It is important to comprehend that we do not need to make great effort to enter into the presence of heavenly worship before the throne of God. The “elevator” that we should take advantage of is our faith, which gives us access to enter into this high worship before the throne of God and to worship together with the four beings, the twenty-four elders (note: the saints as spiritual beings in the royal priestly order) and the angels (see Hebrews 11:1.6 i.c.w. Revelation 4:8-11).
 
Hebrews 11:1.6:
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. …
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
 
Revelation 4:8-11:
8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

The high praise before the throne of God simply never ends and that is why we living on earth in the temporary time are destined to tune in to the high eternal praise of Heaven.

It is not us creating the high praise, but it is already there surrounding the throne of God so that it is our task to enter into the high praise of Heaven by submission.

In the throne room of God, there is His eternal unity, perfection and surrender represented. People from all tribes, tongues and nations worship the Lord united in the Spirit with the beings and the angels of God before the throne (see Revelation 5:8-10).
 
Revelation 5:8-10:
8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.
9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

United Praise In Front Of The Throne Of God

When we are in a worship meeting, it is important that we would not worship for ourselves alone, but rather join in the united worship. If we come together as saints as one body in praise before the throne of God, we join in the eternal high praise of God, which surrounds Him in adoration.
 
The Door Of The Throne Room of God

Only by entering through the door of the throne room, we get authorized to stand in front of the Father's throne. There is a door in the spiritual realm in front of God's throne room, which we must pass through by looking away from ourselves and looking up with steadfast confidence in order to being able to stand before the throne of God in the higher spiritual realm (see Revelation 4:1-2) of His holiness.
 
Revelation 4:1-2:
1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.

This door is Jesus Christ and implies His perfect sacrifice and surrender on the cross of Calvary.

The Blood Of The Lamb And The Door

It is no coincidence that the blood of the Lamb has been connected with the door at the time of the people of Israel in Egypt. The people of Israel were instructed to smear the blood of a slaughtered Lamb on the door posts and the upper threshold of the door in order to be protected in the midst of judgment and to secure the life of the firstborn (see Exodus 12:7.13).
 
Exodus 12:5.7.13:
5 The animals (note: lambs) you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.
7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. …
13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

Therefore it is revelation that Jesus Christ spoke of Himself that He is the door leading to the green pasture, representing the presence of His Father's throne room, whose throne is surrounded by a greenish light (see John 10:9 i.c.w. Revelation 4:3).
 
John 10:9:
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
 
Revelation 4:3:
3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.

The Open Door In Heaven

The seer John had seen the open door in heaven which is also a representation of an appointed time frame that the Heavenly Father has woven into the spirit realm in order to give access to His throne room. This is obvious by the fact that John had to look upwards in the spirit to see the door and in order to enter the open door, he had to climb up.

The Structure Of Time

In eternity, the time of eternity is like a globe filled with light. This round shape of a globe encloses the structure of eternity, because something round shaped has no explicit beginning or end.

Whenever God appoints certain point of times within the temporary time, like the biblical feast times, then time is given a structured framework. Time is thereby brought into a divine order that is similar to a square or rectangle filled with light. This body of time being shaped is connected with the opportunity of gaining access.

The Alpha And The Omega

God, the Father and His son identify themselves with the temporary time, so evidently by the fact that they call themselves Alpha and Omega (see Revelation 1:8; Revelation 21:6) although this is associated with eternity.
 
Revelation 1:8:
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
 
Revelation 21:6:
6 He (note: Jesus Christ) said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.
This title bears a linear time, whereby the title of the Lord as “The Ancient of Days” includes a circular time (see Hebrews 13:8; Revelation 1:17b-18; Psalm 90:2; Daniel 7:9a).
 
Hebrews 13:8:
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
 
Revelation 1:17b-18:
… 17b “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. …”
 
Psalm 90:2:
2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
 
Daniel 7:9a:
9a “As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. …”

The Door Opened In Heaven And The Two Time Frames

That particular appointed point of time represented by the open door in heaven includes two time frames representing the seven days of Passover of the first biblical month in the redemption cycle of God (see Exodus 13:6; Numbers 28:16) and also the day of Yom Kippur (note: The Day of Atonement; see Leviticus 16), in the seventh month of the redemption cycle of God (see Numbers 29:7).
 
Exodus 13:6:
6 For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival to the Lord.
 
Numbers 28:16:
16 “ ‘On the fourteenth day of the first month the Lord’s Passover is to be held. …”
 
Numbers 29:7:
7 “ ‘On the tenth day of this seventh month hold a sacred assembly. You must deny yourselves and do no work. …”

Yom Kippur is a day of great spiritual significance in the biblical calendar because it is associated with the power of forgiveness by the blood of Jesus and with fasting (see Hebrews 9:7.11-15).
 
Hebrews 9:7.11-15:
7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. …
11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation.
12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.
14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

The time of Passover reveals the redeeming power of Jesus Christ and Yom Kippur (note: The Day of Atonement) reveals the forgiving power of Jesus Christ, both made available through His sacrifice on the cross.

Not Living Yourself

This means that one can no longer live oneself if one wishes to enter into the presence of God's government in order to worship the Heavenly Father in Spirit and in truth, as well as to see the unknown things of God (see Galatians 2:20 i.c.w. John 4:23-24; Isaiah 48:6b-7).
 
Galatians 2:20:
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
 
John 4:23-24:
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
 
Isaiah 48:6b-7:
… 6b “From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you.
7 They are created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, ‘Yes, I knew of them.’
 
The Day Of The Lord
 
When the Word of God speaks of the day of the Lord, as revealed in Revelation 1:10, this contains a certain time or time frame which has the fullness of the Lord in it, that means Jesus Christ.
 
Revelation 1:10:
10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, …
 
Since Jesus Christ had come to earth in flesh and blood, according to the will of the Heavenly Father, and has fulfilled everything (see Matthew 5:17), He now carries within Himself every time frame and every appointed time of His Father. So, Jesus Christ encircles the temporary time by His eternal body (see Revelation 21:6), who grants us as His people access to the presence of God if we do honor Him and acknowledge Him in our lives.
 
The Anointed Heavenly City And Its Structure
 
With regard to the structure of time in eternity, I also would like to refer to the anointed city of Jerusalem. This city comes down from heaven to earth in the form of the gloriously filled cube equipped with twelve pearl gates (see Revelation 21:2.9b-11.16.21).
 
Revelation 21:2.9b-11.21:
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. …
… 9b “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. …
16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. …
21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
Since the pearl has a round shape and the anointed city of Jerusalem is a cube, as the bride or wife of the Lamb, it can be interpreted that its cube structure represents the relationship of the saints lived in the temporary time to their bridegroom Jesus Christ.
 
People can only become a part of the anointed “cube capital” of eternity if they recognize Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and His sacrifice and choose to live with Him in a love relationship (see Matthew 22:37-38).
 
Matthew 22:37-38:
37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
 
Life in Jesus Christ grants access to the eternal kingdom as well as the ability to see the kingdom of God (see John 3:3 i.c.w. Matthew 13:45-46; Revelation 21:21; John 10:9).
 
John 3:3:
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
 
Matthew 13:45-46:
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. …”
 
Revelation 21:21:
21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
 
John 10:9:
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
 
Jesus Christ And The Twelve Tribes Of Israel
 
It is Jesus Christ, the eternal bridegroom, who is represented by the twelve tribes of Israel in His bride or wife. The twelve tribes of Israel are associated with the twelve biblical months of the temporary time to reveal the variety of Jesus Christ as the living Eternal One (see Revelation 1:17b-18).
 
Revelation 1:17b-18:
… 17b “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.
18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
 
The twelve tribes of Israel linked to the months is related to the camp order of the people of Israel from Numbers 2, because God's chosen people are on the way of and to the kingdom (see Hebrews 13:14).
 
Hebrews 13:14:
14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
 
Therefore, we are privileged to know that we are carried by the prophetic instruction of God to Him as our Savior, which implies a deeper revelation of His eternal presence and glory.
 
Amen and Amen.
 
In His Wisdom,
 
Daniel Glimm




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