In a series of encounters over the past week, the Lord has been speaking to me of His “Eagles”: those believers and warriors who have taken the time to rest deeply in the Lord, heal, listen, and prepare themselves for the future.
These Eagles are trained to soar! Like great birds perched on the Master Falconer’s arm, they are awaiting His signal and ready to be released.
I believe there will be a time very soon when these Eagles are corporately released. They will know by the Spirit what they are to do, both individually and in collaboration with each other. Their visionary leadership and heightened perspective in stormy times will be a great asset to the Body of Christ!
In recurring visions, I saw the Lord’s Bride in the form of a mature Eagle, perfectly perched on His right arm. She was at rest, and she faced inward, not outward. She was looking intently into her Master’s eyes, awaiting His commands.
Like a skilled Master Falconer, Jesus had found and trained this Eagle at just the right time.
At her feet, I saw a dark rope - a “cord of compassion” which the Lord had used to rescue her, which became a “tether” to her when she flew. This cord did not restrict the Eagle’s freedom in any way, but symbolized the spiritual connection between His heart and hers: His, in rescue; hers, in flight.
Like every one of the Lord’s Eagles, I knew that she had her own testimony of redemption or rehabilitation. Her feathers were beautiful, soft and perfect; she had no wounds or flaws.
I knew from a previous vision that the Eagle’s hiddenness and subsequent emergence to maturity had gone almost unnoticed by the world. She was a skilled, obedient hunter who responded immediately to the Lord’s voice.
Looking closely, I saw that the Lord had placed blinders over her eyes (like a falconer’s hood) to calm and protect this Eagle from the noise of change and the sudden sights of chaos happening around the world. He meant to keep the Eagle from flying off too quickly to her demise.
While these blinders shielded the Eagle from the warfare happening all around her, they did not prevent her from gazing at Him! The Eagle’s focus was completely on the Lord. It was her ability to seek Him first, above all, that kept her from being destroyed by mounting anxieties and battles taking place in the world around her. (Matthew 6:25-34.)
This Eagle was abiding in the powerful place of stillness Isaiah describes, where rest becomes salvation and trust becomes strength.
As I experienced these encounters I felt so strongly that they contained deep wisdom from the Lord. I saw that for some believers at this time, REST could mean the difference between life and death.
God is calling His Eagle-Bride to fix her gaze steadily on Him for two reasons: first, so that she is absolutely certain of who He is and her strengths in Him; second, to allow the fog of deceptive warfare to pass so that better strategic perspective can be gained.
"WHILE EVIL MEN RUN AND HIDE, THE RIGHTEOUS ARE GOING TO SOAR AND RISE!"
In another prayer time the Holy Spirit brought me into a new vision. He took me to the wilderness, and showed me what appeared to be caves.
I saw that those who were plotting greedily for their own gain thought they were safe hiding inside the tunnels of these rocky caves. They were digging themselves deeper and deeper into darkness.
The Holy Spirit said: “While evil men run and hide, the righteous are going to soar and rise!”
I saw those who were planning evil on the earth were encountering the Fear of the Lord in such a measure that they were now running deeper and deeper into these caves created for their secret schemes. They thought they were protected, but as the judgments of the Lord increased, they cried out for the rocks to fall and hide them:
“I watched as He opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
“Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” ~Revelation 6:12-17
I heard the Spirit say that earthquakes around the world are meant to be a sign that God is able to break open even the deepest recesses of the earth, exposing to all what has been maliciously hidden.
“I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hidden riches of secret places.” ~Isaiah 45:3
I saw hoarded “treasures” of the wicked inside these caves, stored up for one purpose yet designated for another! This was so that the righteous could know and rejoice in the Lord, their just and merciful King!
I heard the Lord say: “I am orchestrating a transfer of wealth from the wicked even as I transform the righteous!”
RESCUES AND RECKONING: A CONTRAST BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
Isaiah describes a day of reckoning this way:
“For the Lord will have a day of reckoning against all who are proud and arrogant… that they may be degraded… and the idols will completely vanish. They will go into the caves of the rocks and into the holes of the ground (fleeing) from the terror and dread of the Lord and from the splendor of His majesty, when He arises to terrify the earth. In that day… men will go into the caverns of the rocks and into the clefts of the cliffs as they flee from the terror and dread of the Lord.” ~Isaiah 2:12;19;21
As I watched in the vision, I feared for those who chose to remain in such situations. Yet I heard the Spirit say that there was still time for some to be rescued!
I saw the Lord Jesus walking through the wilderness, actively seeking those who were caught as victims of evil schemes; going in the caves Himself to pull them out. I felt the Lord’s strong desire for us to continue to intercede as this reckoning and rescuing continues.
At the same time, I heard the Spirit say that those who have remained in the Lord and been purified will be safe in times of reckoning. Contrasting the righteous and the wicked, the Lord reminded me of Isaiah’s words:
“Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, for they will eat the fruit of their (righteous) actions. Woe is coming to the wicked! It shall go badly for him, for what his hand has done shall be done to him.” ~Isaiah 3:10-11
KEY APPLICATIONS FOR GOD’S "EAGLES"
Like the Master Falconer, the Lord’s desire is to continue to care for and nourish His waiting Bride even as He breaks open evil plots and brings down corrupt leaders in every sector of our society.
Rest is meant to empower you, not to limit you! A corporate empowerment for God’s Eagle-Bride is coming. Use times of inactivity to feast on the Lord’s goodness and replenish for future battles. Trust in the Lord’s timing and await His signal to soar on fresh winds!
The Eagle in this vision becomes stronger in her love relationship with Christ as she rests, holding tightly with her “talons” around His arm. Her firm grip is meant to remind us of the Shulammite’s, leaning on the Beloved’s arm as she emerges from the wilderness!
Allow the Lord to continue to feed and care for you as you gaze intently and only at His face. I hear the Lord saying: "The direction of your gaze will determine the height to which you can soar!
Know that God sees the ungodly, even in their obscure hiding places. He knows how to rescue those who are still trapped in captivity.
Understand that divine rescue missions are underway right now even as holy reckonings occur. Wars, famines, and earthquakes are simply indicators of the redemption and awakening being made available through Christ.
Pray for the captives who are still being rescued in mind, body, and spirit. Nothing is too hard for God; no area is too “unreached” for Him to seek and find the lost!
May the Lord’s Bride become that Eagle untouched by terror, who arises only at Christ’s command, clothed in the splendor of His majesty!
I hear the Lord saying to His Bride:
“You thought I abandoned you, but I have not forsaken you! You thought I left you in the wilderness, but you did not perceive what I was doing behind the scenes as you learned to depend entirely on Me.
“For here I have given you the gifts of My Presence and provision, which will carry you out beyond the wilderness and into a world at war. I am taking My cup of wrath and placing it in the hands of your tormentors, who took you captive and made you like dirt for them to walk on. I am pleading your cause and rendering justice in your case. Your justice will become a testimony to your tormentors!”
I see the Lord’s Bride emerging from the wilderness with spiritual power and authority that can come only from the Throne of God. This Throne is firmly founded on justice, holiness, and righteousness.
I hear the Lord saying to the weary: “I am your Lifeline and your Rescuer!”
In a vision this week, I saw the Lord Jesus holding a thick rope which extended from heaven to earth. His desire was to rescue His people by drawing them up higher with Him in the Spirit.
The ones who took hold of the Lord to ascend in this way were deposited on a cloud in the heavens. All around them was darkness. I heard the Lord say that He was a “Lifeline” and a “Rescuer.”
When I asked the Lord about the cloud, which was very high above earth and surrounded by a vast space, He spoke into my ears a verse from Psalm 18:19: “He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.”
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.