It’s incredible how God works through symbols and signs even in our generation today.
One of my favourites is the sign of the Eagle.
The symbol of the Eagle in scripture is typically associated with the enemy nation which wreaks havoc on Israel as part of Gods judgement.
Any Israelite who read the law in Deuteronomy would have known that if Israel did not obey the law that the following would happen:
The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand… a nation of fierce countenance.
And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.
~ Deut 28:49-51
This is a nation which would attack and rob the people of Israel with unprecedented brutality.
Is it possible to look back upon Jewish history and see evidence of this?
Yes, probably the two most notable moments of history were the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70 and the Nazi Holocaust of the 1940s, in both cases the instigators were Roman manifestations who had eagles as their emblems.
Furthermore, the prophecy of Daniel shows us through the image of Nebuchadnezzar that another manifestation of the Roman Empire will be revived in the latter days once Israel has been established in their land.
So where do we look if we want to find this latter day manifestation? – to Russia.
The Russian federation has not just an eagle, but a double headed eagle for its emblem which we will discuss later.
The emblems from each of the manifestations are shown below.
|Time period||Event||Instigator||National emblem|
|AD 70||Destruction of Jerusalem||The Romans|
|1940s||Jewish Holocaust||The Third Reich|
|Yet to happen||Invasion of Israel||Russia (Gogian autocracy)|
Each of these empires are manifestations of the Roman Empire, and each manifestation sought or will seek the ‘swift destruction’ of Gods people.
The First Manifestation of the Roman Empire
The first manifestation of the Roman Empire was seen in AD 70 in the destruction of Jerusalem.
Yahweh explained to Daniel in language similar to Deuteronomy 28, that such a kingdom would arise, and that it would destroy his people:
And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
The Empire of the ancient Romans was the empire of fierce countenance as described earlier in Duet 28.
It was an empire, known for its speed, ferocity and brutality and it carried out Gods judgement upon Israel by destroying Jerusalem in AD 70.
Why? because Israel knew not the time of their visitation (Luke 19:44)
The Second Manifestation of the Roman Empire
The German word ‘Reich’ stands for ‘Empire’ and so in English the phrase reads, the ‘Third Empire’.
Why was the Nazi regime called the ‘Third Empire’?
It was named in succession of what it considered to be the two previous and greatest empires:
- The first greatest ‘Reich’ was the ancient Roman Empire.
- The second ‘Reich’ was the Hohenzollern Empire which existed prior to WWI.
- The third ‘Reich’ was the Nazi Regime of WWII
Hitlers Empire was very similar to the Roman Empire in so many ways but one thing that stands out for the purpose of this article is its emblematic use of the Eagle which sat above the Swastika.
In the case of the 1940’s, the same eagle of Deuteronomy 28 presided over the swift destruction of 6 million Jews.
It was an unprecedented ethnic cleansing as far as history is concerned, but one which brought about the Jewish state.
And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the Lord, and are gone forth out of his land.
For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
The Third Manifestation of the Roman Empire:
The third manifestation of the Roman Empire will be seen in the Gogian autocracy with the militant component of the Empire led by Russia.
Interestingly the eagle emblem of Russia has two heads – this is because the heads represent the Eastern and the Western components. See here to find out more about the Eastern & Western Empires.
In Luke 17, the disciples asked Jesus for a sign of the days of the coming of the son of man.
For as the lightning, when it lighteneth out of the one part under the heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall the Son of man be in his day.
But first must he suffer many things and be rejected of this generation.
And as it came to pass in the days of Noah, even so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Likewise even as it came to pass in the days of Lot; they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all:
after the same manner shall it be in the day that the Son of man is revealed.
…And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
~ Luke 17:37