14 And [kai] to the woman [gune] were given [didomi] two [duo] wings [pterux] of a great [megas] eagle, [aetos] that [hina] she might fly [petomai]
into [eis] the wilderness, [eremos] into [eis] her [autos] place, [topos] where [hopou] she is nourished [trepho]
for a time [ekei], [kairos] and [kai] times, [kairos] and [kai] half [hemisu] a time, [kairos] from [apo] the face [prosopon] of the
serpent. [ophis] KJV-Interlinear
14 And the
two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, in order that she might
fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and
times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. NASB
The two wings of a great
eagle is symbolism for the logistics which God will provide in order to help
the Jewish people to escape from the anti-christ, and survive in the wilderness
Remember that the woman
is symbolic for the nation of Israel, or more specifically, the Jews who have
or will believe in Christ.
There are not going to
be millions of eagles swopping down to snatch up people and carry them off into
the mountains. Although that would be kind of a neat scene.
The imagery of the eagle
and its wings comes from the Ex. 19:4, whereby God tells of the rescue of the
people from Pharaoh. It is God who delivers the nation, not a bird. The eagle
is a symbol for speed, flight, far sightedness, and protection, Isa 40:31, 2
Sam 22:11; Ps 18:10; 104:3, 32:9-11, Psa 17:8, 36:7, 57:1, 61:4, 63:7, 91:4.
Other than the reference
to their destination in Dan. 11:41, the exact place that the Jews are to run to,
is not revealed. When the time comes, they will simply know where to go. And God
will provide for some miraculous event or method for their escape.
Likewise, since their
escape will be into the mountains, thus separating them from the economies of
the world, God will also provide some form of supplies for nourishing them
during their hiding out period in the mountains during the
For anyone, that would
be a very long time to hide out with absolutely no supplies. But somehow they
will be able to gather or collect, or find food and water to keep them alive as
well as hidden from the anti-christ and his forces.
The phrase, time and
times and half a time reinforces the time table already mentioned in scripture,
Dan. 7:25, Rev. 12:7, Matt. 24:21, Rev. 12:6, 11:2, 3, 13:5. This is a
reference to a period of three-and-a-half-years and does not refer to 2500
years, or 3500 years, or some combination of days and nights or any number of
other weird interpretations that have been made by others. The Bible is very
clear and concise, and guessing or speculating is not necessary.
This further indicates
that when the timing gets close to the vest, so to speak, and when there is
absolutely no time at all to even think or plan, God has already made provision
for those folks who will have to follow His command, by faith alone. They will have
to go and go quickly, without anything but the clothes on their backs. God will
provide for their needs for the next years to come, and despite their being
under the most horrible conditions possible.
Remember our place here
in the Tribulation. This is a future seven year period. At the mid-point Satan will
be evicted from Heaven, and the anti-christ will bring an abomination to the
temple. This will initiate the round up and killing of all Jews.
The signal to the Jewish
peoples, is the abomination in the Temple. They are to run and run right now.
Getting out of town without looking back, without going home first, without
going to the store or whatever. The timing will be such that events will be
unfolding rapidly and the forces of Satan will be racing furiously to gather up