THE EAGLE AND THE LION!
Exodus 19:4-6 (NLT) ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now if you will obey Me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to Me. And you will be My kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’
Amos 3:7,8- Surely the LORD God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the LORD God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
It is clearly seen and without a doubt, that the EAGLE is the symbolic logo that we use on the forum! Nobody can miss that! smile emoticon
And, the second most symbol would certainly be the LION! We go through times that the Lion is used a lot, and then we go back almost exclusively to the eagle!
That is not the way the forum started, and it wasn’t an intentional thought of mine that the eagle would be primarily used to represent our ATF group! Yes, I have always loved eagles and believe the mighty eagle is so symbolic of the Father Himself, in the way that He reveals Himself to his people! Although the nature of the church is always a “prophetic people”, the mission and purpose of the kingdom and the church is apostolic! With that being said, the church without apostolic foundation will not be able to bring forth a KINGDOM of PRIESTS!!
The Father is always bringing a people out, always calling us out of the called out, just as ‘deep calls unto deep!’ He brings us out of the world and also out of the religious system, ‘on eagles wings’, because He must not only give us revelation of ‘who we are’, He must give us a ‘foundation’ to stand upon! His desire in His people has always been a “kingdom of priests!” Rev.. 1:6 says in some translations, “He has made us kings and priests unto God and his Father…” The literal in the Greek says, “He’s made unto us a KINGDOM, PRIESTS unto our God…”
This kingdom of priests is an “apostolic/prophetic” people who have the ‘kingly/priestly’ ministry of Jesus Christ! “And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation… and has committed to the “word of reconciliation.” Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, or literally ambassadors of the kingdom, sent on an apostolic commission to reconcile all men back to God, that ALL may see what is the ‘fellowship (stewardship) of the mystery…( 2 Co. 5:18-20; Eph. 3:9)
Eph. 3:10,11 (NLT) “…God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which He carried out through Jesus Christ our Lord. ” When the church matures, the ‘priestly ministry’ and the ‘kingly ministry’ will be in perfect harmony, and the counsel of peace will be between them both. (Ze. 6:12) It will be an “apostolic/prophetic” church!! It will represent both the EAGLE and the LION!!
I know many believe that the eagle relates solely to the prophetic, and that the lion relates solely to the apostolic! I actually believe, that although they can relate to both, that the EAGLE relates more to the apostolic and the LION relates more to the prophetic! However I do not make it an issue, because in the end, the eagle and lion come together in Jesus Christ, and the apostles and prophets are joined together until you cannot tell the difference! The lion and lamb are going to lay down together!!
One of the clinchers for me is the verse in Amos we started off with: “The lion (of Judah) has roared…. who can but prophesy? Surely the LORD God DOES NOTHING unless He first reveals it ot his servants, THE PROPHETS!”
THE LION ROARS, (bold as lions) and THE EAGLE SOARS, (high in the heavenlies…)
Eph. 1:17,18 to me speaks of “eagles vision!” “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the “spirit of wisdom and revelation” in the knowledge of Him: The eyes of your understanding (heart) being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints….”
Rev. 10:7- But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants, THE PROPHETS!!
Apostles———– Prophets————- Teachers…
Prov. 24:3,4- Through wisdom (apostle) is an house built; and by understanding (Prophets) it is established: And by knowledge (teachers) shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Isa. 28:9- Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breast.
Amen and Amen!!! King of Zion, Judah’s Lion!!!
Grace and Peace,