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Tuesday, November 10 2015
Ezekiel 17: The Two Eagles Parable
"Put forth a riddle, and speak a parable ... A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon ... There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers"
The English-language word "eagle" originated from a Latin word, aquila, that meant dark colored. There are about 75 varieties of eagles around the world, with most of them, over 60, native to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa (see also Amazing Bible Facts About Animals). As such, they were very familiar to the people of Bible history.
Two words of the Holy Bible have been translated into English as "eagle" - the Hebrew word, pronounced nay-sher, that means to lacerate (an apparent reference to birds that have powerful beaks and talons), and the Hebrew word, pronounced raw-caw-maw, which is variously translated as either eagle or vulture because both eagles and vultures will feed on carrion - the reason that the LORD classified eagles as unclean (see the Fact Finder question below). It was the carrion-eating behavior of eagles that the Messiah used in a prophecy of His return:
"24:27 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. 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 24:29 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: 24:30 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" (Matthew 24:27-30 KJV)
Abstract eagles are also found in other earlier prophecies. The riddle of the two eagles in the book of Ezekiel describes two kings of Judah and the kings of Babylon and Egypt.
The first eagle was the king of Babylon ("Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon" Ezekiel 17:12 KJV) when he took King Jehoiachin (see Kings of Israel and Judah) into exile in the earlier deportation of Judah (most of those people survived to form the "seed" for the return 70 years later; see also How The Messianic Line Survived In Babylon).
The other eagle was the king of Egypt that King Zedekiah (see Zedekiah's Twilight Prophecy) looked to for protection from the king of Babylon. The "tender twig" represented the restored monarchy of Judah from which the Messiah would come.
"17:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Fact Finder: Why did the LORD create "unclean" creatures?
This Day In History, November 10
1202: During the Fourth Crusade, Church of Rome "crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) began a siege of Zara (now Zadar, Croatia).
1444: The Battle of Varna. "Crusaders" under King Vladislaus III of Varna were defeated by the Turks under Sultan Murad II. Roman Catholic Europe and the Muslim Middle East are the historic and end-time "kings of the north and south" (see The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1483: Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, Germany. Although Luther rebelled against the immorality of the pope during his time, Luther (and most "Protestant" churches today) maintained most of the Church of Rome's anti-Biblical doctrines (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1493: Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Antigua on his second voyage to "America" (the name given to the continents that extend from northern Canada to southern Chile - 35 nations and 1 billion people). All of the voyages of Columbus were within the Caribbean Sea islands, Central America (i.e. what is today Mexico) and South America (i.e. what is today Venezuela). Columbus never landed in North America. For a map of his actual voyages, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy.
1674: The Dutch formally ceded New Netherlands to the English, who renamed it New York.
1766: William Franklin, the Colonial Governor of New Jersey, signed the charter for the establishment of Queen's College (after the rebellion of the New England colonies, it was renamed Rutgers University).
1871: Henry Morton Stanley located the missing explorer Dr. David Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika and uttered his famous "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
1928: Hirohito was crowned emperor of Japan. He ruled for 61 years, until his death in 1989.
1938: Benito Mussolini's Fascist Italy enacted its first anti-Semitic legislation.
1942: After the British victory at El Alamein during the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Winston Churchill said, "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
1970: The Soviet Lunar probe Lunokhod 1 was launched.
1975: The 729-foot freighter Edmund Fitzgerald was lost during a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew on board. The sinking was made famous by Gordon Lightfoot's song The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
1975: Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat addressed the United Nations General Assembly while wearing a holstered pistol. Barely 28 years after voting to establish a Jewish state, the UN General Assembly then endorsed a resolution (67 to 55 with 15 abstentions) describing Israel as "the racist regime in occupied Palestine" (see Where Is Palestine?) and stigmatizing Zionism (a term that actually refers to A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism) as "a form of racialism and racial discrimination." The resolution's preamble additionally singled out Zionism as "a threat to world peace and security," and called upon "all countries to oppose this racist and imperialist ideology."
1979: 250,000 residents of Mississauga, Ontario (a city adjacent to Toronto) were evacuated for 6 days after a 106-car Canadian Pacific Rail freight train carrying explosive and poisonous chemicals derailed, rupturing and burning some of the tankers. It was the largest peacetime evacuation in the history of North America until the 2005 evacuation of New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina.
1982: Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, died at age 76.
1989: The Berlin wall began to be dismantled.