1.  Archangel Michael said that we need to identify the Eagle before we name the Lion of Daniel 7: 4

As I  read the previous post titled “Nations That Are Represented As Lions”  in order to get my bearings for today’s study, I heard Archangel Michael say, “the Lion had eagle’s wings.”

I laughed because I was deep in thought and was absolutely delighted to hear Michael speak. Therefore today, we will attempt to answer the questions:

  1. Which nation is represented by the Eagle?
  2. Nations that are represented as Eagles

 

2. The usage of eagle’s in Daniel 7: 4 shows an immediate comparison between King Nebuchadnezzar and the Lion

a. Hebrew usage of eagle’s

Neshar (H 5403), is the Hebrew word used for eagle’s in Daniel 7: 4.  It is used only twice in scripture:

The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ H5403 feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws (Daniel 4: 33)

The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s H5403 wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it (Daniel 7: 4).

I saw these comparisons as I read these two texts, the first of which refers to the great King Nebuchadnezzar, who, for seven years,  was driven from among men, ate grass, lived outdoors and who looked like an eagle in appearance.   In contrast, the lion had eagle’s wings which were plucked off, after which, the lion looked and behaved like a human.

b. The judgment in which King Nebuchadnezzar grew his hair like an eagle’s feathers and got long claws

Because of this contrast, I need to examine the scenario preceding the judgment of Nebuchadnezzar in order to determine if there are any similarities.  King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream in which he saw a great tree in the midst of the earth. The tree was so tall that it reached up to heaven. It was a source of food and shelter for animals, birds and humans.

In the dream, King Nebuchadnezzar saw “a watcher and a holy one” descend from heaven. This watcher and holy one gave a decree from God which was intended to show humans alive in the earth that God rules over the kingdoms of men and gives rulership to whoever He chooses.

The watcher and holy one:

cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches

Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth

Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him

This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men  (Daniel 4: 14 – 17).

Puzzled by the dream which his magicians were unable to interpret, the King asked for  Prophet Daniel who gave the interpretation:

  • King Nebuchadnezzar was the tree.
  • He had grown great and became so strong that his greatness reached to heaven, and his dominion to the end of the earth.
  • he would be driven from men to live with the beasts of the field and eat grass like an oxen until he learnt that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will (Daniel 4: 25).
  • The stump of the tree remained to indicate that Nebuchadnezzar would not lose his kingdom (Daniel 4: 26).
  • Daniel then counseled the King to escape this judgment by living righteously and by showing MERCY TO THE POOR (Daniel 4: 27).

c. Fulfillment of the prophecy

Twelve months later, King Nebuchadnezzar walked in his palace and boasted about his great kingdom as if he had gotten this greatness in his own strength. God immediately judged him and he was driven from human habitations to live with animals. He ate grass, his hairs grew like eagle’s feathers and he grew long claws.

Just as God decreed, Nebuchadnezzar regained his reason seven years later and confessed that GOD IS THE GREATEST POWER, (according to Heaven).  He repented of his pride and glorified and praised the God of Heaven.

Here is the full text for greater clarity:

At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon

Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?

While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee

And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will

the same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws…

And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation

And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me

Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase (Daniel 4: 29 – 37).

Daniel 4 – NIV

 

d. Meaning of the comparison

Scriptures show that King Nebuchadnezzar ruled over a great and mighty kingdom that consisted of “people, nations, and languages” (Daniel 4: 1).  However, God humbled him due to pride and he took on the spirit and behavior of an oxen, losing his throne for a seven year period. He ate grass like an oxen and looked like an eagle, which is a great majestic bird, ruler of the sky and bird of prey. However, this parallel was paradoxical since the king lost his kingdom and throne for seven years and became like a farm animal which was usually harnessed to a yoke and made to labor in the fields.

The Lion, in contrast, had eagle’s wings, which implies that it was ruled by another nation and was in a state of  subservience. The wings were plucked, which means that the eagle lost dominion over the lion.

This is an interesting comparison between the lion, the greatest of the beasts of prey, and the eagle, the greatest of birds of prey.

This tells us that the nation that is represented by the eagle is extremely ferocious.  However, Nebuchadnezzar became like an eagle, somewhat paradoxically, during the seven-year period of abasement.

God reveals in this paradox that a nation can look like an eagle and yet be weak, just as the greatest beast of the forest looked like a lion, but had to gain the spirit of a man in order to prevail over the eagle and rule.

The paradox is so interesting because eagles usually build their nests high in rocks. This must have been a great and mighty nation to prevail over the lion. However, the nation that was the lion must have been in a crouching position during the period of rule, waiting for the moment when it could seize dominion over the eagle.

Scriptures did not describe the lion as a whelp or cub, so it was not young and inexperienced and seems to have had some degree of power. However, the lion could not prevail until it began to think and behave like a man.

King Nebuchadnezzar ruled over many kingdoms because he had a man’s heart or spirit. In other words,  God endowed him with the spirit to rule and to have dominion over nations of the earth, although he did not understand or acknowledge that his power came from God.

The lion did not have that spirit of dominion over nations. Remember that dominion, rulership or the power to subdue was given to Adam by God, although He never intended for humans to rule over each other in a godless manner.

God took this spirit of dominion and kingship  from Nebuchadnezzar and he became like a farm animal with the potential to rule in the sky like the eagle that he resembled.  The Lion, the greatest of the beasts, was ruled by a bird of prey because it did not understand the principles of dominion and did not have the spirit to rule over nations. This dominion only came when God lifted it up and gave it this spirit to rule, reign and become a mighty Kingdom or SuperPower in the earth:

Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him (Daniel 4: 16)

The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s H5403 wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it (Daniel 7: 4).

 

3. Nations that represent themselves as eagles – which one was a SuperPower that ruled the Lion?

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5. AND THE ANSWER IS …

The LION – UNITED KINGDOM, says Heaven. History shows that the British Empire was the  largest empire in history.

The EAGLE  –  HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE.

NB: The USA, represented by the Bald Headed Eagle, escaped from the Lion, which is the United Kingdom.

 

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