On May 7th, five days after being released
from the hospital for coronavirus difficulties,
I sat outside and prayed to God
for strength and release from this satanic stronghold.
Out of the corner of my eye,
I saw the wings of a hawk pass by.
They filled my sight and, instantly,
I felt strength from the Lord come upon me.
After this sighting, given by the Lord,
I began to have visions of an eagles head.
Early in the morning, and before going to bed,
the image of an eagle would enter my mind.
Then on May 14th, the Lord gave me a word,
"The Bird is in the Air" is what He said.
What He means, I do not fully understand,
but I believe it has to do with God's vision and His strength for man.
But now, as I sit and write,
I wonder if it has do with Israel's Dome of Defense?
Last week, Israel was attacked by Hamas during the end of Ramadan.
Ramadan is when Muslims fast, everyday from dawn to sunset.
It is meant for them to contemplate one's relationship with God,
through extra prayer and intense study of the Quran.
On May 10th, Hamas said they fired rockets at Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh,
in response to the Israeli police causing injuries to Arabs at the Aqsa Mosque.
"Jerusalem has been on edge over Israel's restrictions
on Palestinian access to parts of the Old City
during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan,
and Israeli authorities' attempted eviction
of several Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood."
While Israel had authority from the common court,
enforcing eviction during Ramadan was probably not best choice.
But nothing happens without the Lord's acknowledgement,
and the Temple Mount is where the unrest began.
The Quran states the mosque is linked
to the story of Muhammad’s “night journey”
which happened around 622 AD, from Mecca to Jerusalem.
The Bible states the Temple Mount was first built in 957 BC,
by King Solomon, the son of King David,
the blood line of Jesus himself.
The first temple was destroyed
by the Neo-Babylonian Empire around 586 BC,
and was rebuilt under the governor of Judah,
whose name was Zerubbabel,
after spending 70 years in exile -
as told through the Word of God to the prophet, Jeremiah.
If you would like to learn a little more,
go to the Book of Ezra found in the Old Testament Bible.
In 167 BC, Antiochus IV Epiphanes ordered an alter to Zeus
to be erected on the Temple Mount.
Antiochus declared himself "God Manifest"
but was known by many as Antiochus Epimanes,
which means "One who is Mad."
Antiochus was a Seleucid king
who ruled and reigned the Hellenistic Syrian kingdom.
He encouraged Greek culture and institutions,
while defying the God of Israel and suppressing Judah.
He brought on the Wars of the Maccabees -
a priestly family of Jewish warriors who came together
to fight against the Seleucid ruler.
The Jews won for a while,
and re-dedicated the Temple of Jerusalem back to our God.
The Second Temple was destroyed by the Roman Empire
in April of 70 AD, about the time of Passover.
The Roman general Titus captured Jerusalem,
and allowed pilgrims to come in.
But they refused to let them go,
and massacred most of the population.
It's important to remember that the Second Temple
was built on the same location as the first Temple Mount;
and scripture points to a third and final Temple that will be built,
in Jerusalem, when Jesus comes to rule His Kingdom.
Unfortunately, the site of the Jewish and Christian Temple is now occupied,
in part, by the Islamic “Dome of the Rock” Mosque.
"The Bird is in the Air" -
these are the words the Holy Spirit gave to me
after seeing an eagle vision and real hawk wings
for close to two weeks.
After hearing the word of the Lord,
Holy Spirit took me to Matthew Chapter 11, verse 20 - 24
where Jesus speaks to the unrepentant towns
and tells them that they can count on
the judgment of God that will be coming down.
"Then Jesus began to denounce the towns
in which most of his miracles had been performed,
because they did not repent.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the miracles that were performed in you
had been performed in Tyre and Sidon,
they would have repented long ago
in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you,
it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon
on the day of judgment than for you.
And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens?
No, you will go down to Hades.
For if the miracles that were performed in you
had been performed in Sodom,
it would have remained to this day.
But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom
on the day of judgment than for you.”
He also encouraged me, in His Word, when He said,
" I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned,
and revealed them to little children.
Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
All things have been committed to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
And then, the Spirit of God took me to Isaiah 40 and said,
"read and agree with the beginning to the end."
I will put the first and the last paragraph, to show you how good our God is!
"Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins." Isaiah 40:1-2
"Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
"My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
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."
You see, the Word of the Lord is right and true,
and Father God is still reigning from Heaven.
His Word is alive and active,
and cuts the spirit from the soul and the bone from the marrow.
The Spirit of God says, "The Bird is in the Air!"
Let us rejoice, for the Day of the Lord is coming soon!