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Desert Wings

An eagle sighting is a rare occurrence, and yet I saw an eagle twice yesterday. The first sighting was from my front porch, and the second was after we climbed to the top of Sharp Top Mountain. This past week, I’ve been reflecting on verses referring to eagle’s wings. So when I saw the dual eagle sightings, I knew God was telling me to share what I had learned.

I have been contemplating the significance of Revelation 12:6, 14. Before I share those verses, I am fully aware that John is describing end time events and most scholars agree that “the woman” represents Israel. Most of the book of Revelation can be taken as literal or symbolic events (or both). Regardless of your gender, make these words your own, because the hope that can be found here is undeniable!

The woman fled to the desert to a place prepared for her by God,

where she might be taken care of for 1, 260 days.

-Revelation 12:6

The woman was given the 2 wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her by God in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times, and half a time*,

out of the serpent’s reach.

-Revelation 12:14

* The book of Daniel explains this to mean 3 and ½ years or 1,260 in the pre-Roman calendar

When I think of a desert, I think of a barren, hot, dry place. A place of isolation and extreme thirst. But as I continued to study and research Revelation, deserts, and eagle’s wings I discovered that sometimes God uses a desert in our life to get us alone so He can provide a fresh revelation!

As I reflected of the above verses I noted that:

The woman is being taken care of

She is taken to a place prepared in advance by God

She will be there for a specific time, perhaps only know by God (ex. 1,260 days)

She will be protected out of the serpent’s reach!

I go to prepare a place for you.-Jesus

-John 14:2

I think about Hagar who ran away from Abraham and Sarah. She ran into the desert and God found her there (Genesis 16:7,14 and 21:17). There in the desert God gave her a fresh revelation. She called that place “El Roi” which is translated “The God who sees me!” Did you know that is the only place in the Bible where that name of God is used. Yes, it is that important to know that God sees us even in a desert place!

I will allure her and lead her to the desert and speak tenderly to her. …I will give her back her vineyards and will make the Valley of Achor (which means trouble) a door of hope!

-Hosea 2:14

Perhaps you feel like you are in a desert place. Just remember that God sees you! In fact He has already prepared this time in advance to take care of you and to speak tenderly to you. You won’t be there forever, but God knows the exact specific number of days you will be isolated and protected from the serpent’s reach. You may have arrived into the desert through the Valley of trouble, but know you will exit on the wings of an eagle through the door of hope!

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

-Isaiah 40.31

Today, I leave you with one question. Are you ready to soar?


“May you and I be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”- Romans 1:12

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