The reference is to the last verse of the 8th chapter in Revelation. We aren’t going to spend a lot of time on Revelation, but I want to draw out the significance from it and try to parallel it to us.
Note from Kip…
I looked and heard an eagle flying high overhead, crying out in a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth, because of the remaining trumpet blasts that the three angels are about to sound! ”
Revelation 8:13 (CSB)
The fourth of seven angels sounds their trumpet. When a third of all light is extinguished from the heaven’s and the earth.
Revelation ends in chapter 22:19-20 with the positive note of Christs ultimate return and victory over darkness and the culmination of the marriage of His Bride the Church, the love that He pursued from before Creation.
He who testifies about these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with everyone. Amen.
Revelation 22:20-21 (CSB)
The contrast that I would like us to take away from this is the Type/Shadow relationship that exists in this and the way in witch God consistently interacts with us.
This isn’t literally a Type/Shadow like those shadows found in the Old Testament pointing to Christ and His fulfillment in the New Testament. Instead here, we have in the last book of the Bible something which appears as a Type that points toward Shadows of that truth in our day to day lives. So this is somewhat the reverse of that which we see in the old testament projecting a representation of what is coming in the future recorded in scripture, casting a shadow upon what we experience today.
In the eighth chapter we see that as the 4th trumpet sounds the all natural light sources are diminished by 1/3rd. This include the visible universe, moon, sun; day and night.
If we consider this ‘growth of darkness’ and how those who are impacted by this event would see their darkness increase dramatically, then pair that to the final consummation of this love pursuit that started with the breath of God forming the universe in which we exist today.
The Shadow Today
This isn’t something new. As a matter of fact, this shadow has been present and repeated perhaps more than almost any other shadow that presents itself in scripture.
It is repeated every time in our lives when we see the insurmountable challenge present itself to us and then when we believe that there isn’t any more that we can endure, it turns into an even more serious set of circumstances. It is then, that God steps in and from out of nowhere provides the ultimate resolution of the challenge totally outside of our grasp of how that resolution could possibly come to be.
I think if you consider this scenario you will realize that God does this over and over again for us.
I’m going to call these shadows of ‘ The Eagle Crying’, because of the reference in Revelation as the 4th trumpet sounds “I looked and heard an eagle flying high overhead, crying out in a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe“. This is exactly what we feel when the insurmountable becomes the impossible.
Let’s look at a few Shadows that match up with this loosely defined Type.
The Eagle Crying Type/Shadow References
I will not belabor this because there are perhaps hundreds of occurrences that are in scripture which fit this Type. I’ll touch on some of the more common ones and would challenge you to be on the look out for others, because they are numerous.
Job’s experience perhaps mirrors the Type established in Revelation better than any other shadow found in scripture. It wasn’t just a singular event that escalated from insurmountable to impossible. This escalation went from unfortunate, to tragic, to insurmountable, to impossible! To the point that Job says to his antagonist:
Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry for help find no resting place. Even now my witness is in heaven, and my advocate is in the heights!
My friends scoff at me as I weep before God. I wish that someone might argue for a man with God just as anyone would for a friend.
For only a few years will pass before I go the way of no return.
Job 16:18-22 (CSB)
Clearly Job’s plight had escalated from the insurmountable to the impossible. His concern for his condition had crossed from his concern over his condition in this life to his ultimate destination in what he perceived was his impending death.
Then, the restoration. God taking the impossible and demonstrating His Glory in the revelation of His Grace and mercy.
Elijah and the Prophets of Baal
This starts out as Elijah issuing a challenge to Ahab regarding the one true God and the false god Baal at Mount Carmel.
Then Elijah said to the people, “I am the only remaining prophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men. Let two bulls be given to us.
They are to choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and place it on the wood but not light the fire. I will prepare the other bull and place it on the wood but not light the fire.
Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The God who answers with fire, he is God.”
1 Kings 18:22-24 (CSB)
The challenge on the outset defines that which is insurmountable in human terms.
So the challenge is agreed to and the prophets of Baal go through repeated attempts to call on Baal to send down fire to consume their sacrifice, while Elijah taunts them relentlessly. Ultimately Baal fails to respond.
Then Elijah takes it from insurmountable to impossible by drenching his alter with water not once but three times!
Finally Elijah calls upon the Lord to consume the sacrifice and the Lord God response with fire so intense that it consumes the sacrifice, the alter, the water and the sand.
Then the Lord’s fire fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.
When all the people saw it, they fell facedown and said, “The Lord, he is God! The Lord, he is God! ”
Then Elijah ordered them, “Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let even one of them escape.” So they seized them, and Elijah brought them down to the Wadi Kishon and slaughtered them there.
1 Kings 18:38-40 (CSB)
The result was not only God performing the impossible, but the destruction of the the challengers that were before Elijah as well.
The final example I’ll share with you is Jesus being informed of His friend Lazarus sick to the point of death.
Upon hearing the news Jesus remained two more days.
When Jesus heard it, he said, “This sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Now Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus. So when he heard that he was sick, he stayed two more days in the place where he was.
John 11:4-6 (CSB)
It’s apparent that Lazarus died about the time that this message was received by Jesus. But look at what is says in the last half of this passage. Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus. As a result, He waited two more days where he was before heading back to see Lazarus. Thus making the insurmountable become the impossible.
The interesting difference in this Shadow is that Jesus orchestrated this in such a way to illustrate the Type found in Revelation.
When He arrived Martha was beside herself and was upset with Jesus telling Him, “Lord if you would have been here my brother would not have died”. So obviously, Martha saw the impossibility of Lazarus’s recovery from the state he was in.
After he said this, he shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out! ”
The dead man came out bound hand and foot with linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him and let him go.”
John 11:43-44 (CSB)
With three words, Jesus transformed the impossible into the reality of God’s Glory.
Observe the same sequence taking place in our lives as God interacts with us. We go along smoothly and then the insurmountable is presented before us. We pray and present before the Lord the problem and so very often that problem became an impossible challenge. Then, Jesus calls out ‘come!’ and we rise from our tomb of doubt and fear into the light of His power and Grace.
And we hear the “Eagle Crying”.