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Tranquility Base, Houston, The Turkey Has Landed

If American revolutionary statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) had his way, Neil Armstrong's famous 1969 first moon landing radio message back to Mission Control in Houston, "Tranquility Base, Houston, the Eagle has landed" ("Tranquility Base" was the name given to the site where the lunar lander touched down on the moon; the "Eagle" was the name given to the moon-landing spacecraft) might instead have been "Tranquility Base, Houston, the Turkey has landed" because Mr. Franklin reportedly wanted the turkey to be the symbol of the US, rather than the eagle. He regarded turkeys to be symbols of peace and prosperity - as still made evident today at millions of Thanksgiving dinners each year.

Eagles are beautiful and magnificent birds, but Mr. Franklin reportedly disliked eagles, as a national symbol, because they were, besides being powerful killers, also, at times, carrion eaters, just like vultures. The Holy Bible alludes to this fact of nature by sometimes, depending on the translation, interchangeably using eagles with vultures. Whether Ben Franklin based his choice on the Bible, in whole or in part, is unknown. God however does regard turkeys as "clean" and eagles as among the "unclean" i.e. "And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle ... the vulture" (Leviticus 11:13-14 KJV)

"wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together"

Jesus Christ nevertheless used eagles and vultures, because of how they can circle in the air above a body, as an analogy for those of God's people who will be resurrected and meet the returning Christ in the air:

The Return Of Jesus Christ

"For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles [vultures in NIV] and be gathered together."

"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." (Matthew 24:27-28, 30-31 KJV)

The Bible plainly describes how the people of God will be resurrected from the dead, or changed to spirit if alive that day, at His return:

"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [see What Happens When You Die?], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet The Lord in the air" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 KJV)

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in The Clouds of Heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together [see also Spiritual and Physical Gatherings] His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." (Matthew 24:29-31 KJV)

"And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west [see Earthquake!], and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south." (Matthew 14:4 KJV)

"This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:5-6 (KJV)

Fact Finder: Why are there different times of resurrection?
See When Will You Be Judged?


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