THE LION AND THE EAGLE
by Bill Burns
As I was reading the scriptures the Lord spoke and said, "I am the Lion of Judah. The first time I came as the Lamb, but now I come to the people of praise as the Lion of Judah. Can you hear My roar? I am calling you to rise up and lift up your voice like a lion. Declare My word in boldness and in power. Declare to the nations that I come quickly. I have been waiting for these days, for these are the days in which My people will have victory over the evil one."
"It is true, My people, that Satan is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, but I say now the loudness of My roar shall overwhelm the voice of the enemy and his accusations against My people. Roar back, My people, for is it not written that you shall condemn every tongue that rises up against you in judgment?"
This word reminded me of the prophetic sign that the Lord showed me yesterday as I drove to church. I saw a magnificent golden eagle by the side of the road on a freshly killed rabbit. Several crows were waiting a short distance from the eagle, but they dared not challenge the mighty eagle for the prey.
And, the Lord says, "I am the Lion of Judah, but I am also the swift eagle who has come to take a prey. I have come to destroy the works of the evil one and take his food away from him, for he has been feeding upon My people."
For the last several weeks I have been seeing large groups of crows feeding on the road kill. Last Sunday on our way to church I saw three different places where the crows (representing demonic activity) were gathered.
Once again the Master speaks, "Watch now, for the enemy has come to steal the third-day anointing of resurrection power. You, My people, must be swifter than eagles to perceive the works of the enemy. And, you must be stronger than lions so that you may stand against the schemes of the enemy. It is time for you to roar against the enemy. It is time to take the prey and feed upon the blessings that I have come to give you."
In Revelation 5:5 Jesus is called the "Lion of the tribe of Judah." But, the symbol of the fullness of His work is given in Revelation 4:6-7. This vision of the living creatures that the Apostle John saw is the same as the one that the Prophet Ezekiel saw in Ezekiel 1:10.
These living creatures represent a double image. The first applies to Jesus Christ and the second to those who belong to Him and are being conformed to His image.
The faces of the living creature:
1. The face of the lion -- first represents Jesus as the Lion of Judah (people who praise Him). The lion is the symbol of power and dominion and represents apostolic power and authority. We as a people have been given power to rule over the enemy. Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." The Lion of Judah is roaring for His sons to come forth. Hosea 11:10 "They shall walk after the LORD. He will roar like a lion. When He roars, then His sons shall come trembling from the west." It is now time for the sons of God to receive apostolic power and rule over the enemy. We must turn the table on Satan, and he must become our prey. Psalm 104:21, "The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their food from God."
2. The face of the calf -- this represents Jesus as the sacrifice that fulfilled the law and set us free from sin and death. Hebrews 9:12, "Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption." The sacrifice of Jesus also gives us power as we become His stall fed calves. Malachi 4:2-3, "But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this," Says the LORD of hosts. That day is this day, the Third Day of Jesus Christ.
3. The face of a man -- Jesus took on flesh, and He became the Son of Man, the first born who rose from the dead on the Third Day and came forth victorious over death, hell and the grave. This is also our promise, for He is bringing many sons into glory. In Revelation 4:8 the living creatures have six wings (the number of man) with eyes around and within (full of the Holy Spirit). These are those men who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They do not rest, and they worship the Lord. They give Him glory and honor and thanksgiving (Revelation 4:8-11).
4. The face of the eagle -- John sees the face of the eagle as an eagle flying (in the Spirit). This represents Jesus as the greatest prophet who ever lived. It also represents the prophetic vision that is now being given to those who will serve Him only. Jesus has now come to restore His people in this the Third Day. Hosea 6:2, "After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight." The promise is also given by another prophet of the Lord: Isaiah 40:31, "But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
This is the prophecy of the Lion and the Eagle as the Lord would have us to understand it in this, the day of His power, which has been birthed from the womb of the morning. Let us worship Him in the beauty of holiness. Amen.