A place where the eagles will be gathered together
The table below compares the two accounts of the woman’s flight to the wilderness in Revelation 12:6 and 14.
|First flight to the wilderness||Second flight to the wilderness|
|Part of the vision of Revelation 12||Part of the vision of Revelation 12|
|Involves the woman in heaven, Rev. 12:1||Involves the woman in heaven, Rev. 12:1|
|The woman is nourished for 1,260 days||The woman is nourished for “a time, times and a half”|
|Her place is prepared by God||Her place is prepared by God|
|She flees before the great war in heaven||She flees after the great war in heaven|
|A third of the stars follow the tail of the dragon||She is persecuted by the dragon|
|The woman’s perspective is from ground level||She soars high with two wings of an eagle|
The two accounts of the woman’s flight to the wilderness describe the church, and saints with two different perspectives. The first is a limited, human point of view. A human viewpoint is represented by the little horn with eyes like the eyes of a man, which dominates the saints, in the vision of Daniel 7. The expression “a time, times and a half” in verse 14 links the prophecy of Revelation 12 to Daniel 7. In the second case, when she possesses two wings of an eagle, the woman is empowered to soar high above the earth. This image pictures the perspective provided by a good understanding of prophecy, and the divine point of view.
These two accounts of the woman’s flight the wilderness depict Christians before and after they are enlightened with an understanding of prophecy from God. The wings of the eagle allude to Exodus 19:4 and Deuteronomy 32:9-12, where God is pictured as an eagle who bears Israel on his wings, bringing the nation to himself in the wilderness. In several psalms, David alludes to the wings of God. [Psalm 17:8; 57:1; 61:4; 63:7; 91:1, 4] Isaiah wrote:
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Jesus referred to the place of the saints as the place where “the eagles will be gathered together.” [Luke 17:37; Matthew 24:28]