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Tranquility Base, Houston, The Turkey Has Landed
by Wayne Blank
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:
"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."
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)
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