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Why Do We Display
an EAGLE on MM Literature?
By Malcolm B Heap, Midnight Ministries
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From time to time, people ask us why we put an eagle on the front cover of our publications. What symbolism does it portray?
The answer is simple in principle:
1) It is a reminder of God's protection (Rev 12:14)
2) A symbolic portrayal of God's purpose with MM.
1. A reminder of God's protection.
God protectively brought Israel out of Egypt on Eagle's wings. He said to Israel:
You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself (Exodus 19:4).
Israel was the apple of God's eye at that time (Duet 32:10) because she was the carrier of His Truth. So, He protected her in order to protect His Truth. An eagle is fiercely protective of its young, so was God jealous for His truth's sake and protect Israel [Jacob]:
As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the Lord alone led them (Duet 32:11,12).
2. For the purposes of God alone.
The purpose of God is unstoppable. No one can thwart what God intends.
People can hinder God's work temporarily. They can hold it back for a while. They can cause problems and difficulties for God's servants. They can persecute and even kill the prophets He sends. But they cannot defeat God's objective.
God will be victorious and supreme. His plan is like the soaring of the eagle in the sky. No bird is seen flying as high as the eagle. (To the naked eye that is - some birds on flight migrations have been found to fly at very high altitudes, but this was not known in biblical times, and you can't see them without visual aids.)
This is why the wise man wrote:
There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yes, four which I do not understand:
The way of an eagle in the air... (Prov 30:18,19)
God's plan is higher than man's understanding. And those whom He uses soar in the heavenlies, beyond the reach of mortal minds. I do not mean physically, but spiritually.
God uses people to do things that defy the human intellect. Likewise, God's plan is unfathomable without the Spirit of God enlightening the human mind. So, it is likened to the flight of the eagle in the sky:
His understanding is unsearchable (Is 40:28)
He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; the shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Is 40:30, 31).
God's purpose with those whom He has called to perform a prophetic task shall not fail. The eagle is a reminder of His indomitable purpose with MM. This work will not fail, because it is not a work of man. It is a work of God, through man, unperceived for what it is or where it is going, like the eagle high up in the sky.
God's promise to those who bear His truth is this:
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Is 41:10).
Those who strive with you shall perish (Is 41:11).
That is the promise to God's true servants, whose motive is right, whose God IS God.
In contrast, those who have wrong motives - the false prophets and false teachers - will eventually fail:
Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord deceitfully (Jer 48:10).
A marginal note says of the word deceitfully: "ramah can be so rendered, but here it probably carries an idea of 'slackness' or 'idleness' in fulfilling the wishes of another."
Those who are slack or negligent in fulfilling their part in God's work on earth come under a spiritual curse.
But, not so God's true servants, fully committed to the purpose of God. They soar like eagles and go where no human foot can tread. They are carried on the wings of the Spirit, and perform God's will.
God spoke to a man in Kenya – for his benefit, as well as for everyone else's. God said: "Tell Malcolm that the books he is publishing are not his, they are Mine."
I already knew that. I know that I could not write these things by myself! I don't have it in me! So God did not say that for my benefit. God has spoken to me many times about how He has carried me by His Spirit in compiling MM literature to prepare the Bride of Christ.
They contain gems from the throne of God, for those who treasure spiritual riches. When you have received them, you should run with them, too (Hab 2:2).
Prophets and Prophesying (PP)
God's Church – Whose Authority? (GC)
Meetings With Jesus (MWJ)
Witnessing For Christ (Wit)
Who Is The End-Time Elijah? (E)
The Truth About Easter (Eas)
Witnessing For Christ (Wit)
Articles of Faith, volumes 1-5 (F1 - F5)
Dreams and Visions From God (DV)
How Soon Will Jesus Come? (How)
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