as for Eagles- Im sure Nate will not mind me reposting this -
Eagles . . I love the study of eagles!
One of the coolest things I learned about them is when they molt. When an eagle molts, it searches out an isolated place of solitude. It's beak becomes dull, it's wings won't let it fly, it can easily die in it's "earth bound" condition. It's vulnerable now to animals of prey. It can no longer fly above in the safey of the invisible wind. Then an awesome thing happens . . .other eagles appear overhead with fresh meat . . .as they fly over, they drop the meat to the molting one. They keep watch for prey . .and what's coolest of all for me is, they scream down at the molting eagle to let it know that it's not alone . . that it's being watched over, that it's being protected until it's NEW FEATHERS can grow back IN PLACE OF THE OLD ONES.
They say after an eagle has gone through the molting stage, he comes out stronger than he ever was before he went in.
In Matthew 24, when Jesus just described the events that were to unfold . .in fact, it's the next breath after talking about the lightning going from east to west . . many choose to apply this to be literal . . .but they're cutting out this next verse that the disciples themselves are asking "where" will this happen?
27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
We are the eagles . . this is not saying that when you literally see natural eagles congregating together you're going to see Jesus appear there . . this is saying that Jesus reveals himself to those who come together and feast on the carcass, the body of Christ. Christ MUST be my centerpiece in all things. And as it closes out with verse 29, the sun, moon and stars are representative of the nation of Israel, her light went out when she was destroyed in A.D. 70 and the powers of heaven. . .Israel's entire belief system, was totally shaken . . there was even a literal earthquake at the death of Christ. What we see in the natural are things that have already transpired in the spirit.
Gotta love the eagles. There is no effort in flying, you just simply open your wings of faith and let the invisible things elevate you above all the earth-ridden noise into the limitless glory of his Truth and light.