Eagle Saints Arise!!!!! – Bill Britton, an excerpt
“God is delivering many today from their earthbound existence, lifting them by the Holy Ghost into heavenly places in Christ. Things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. They do not fear the storm. The same persecution and tribulation that shall bring great travail upon a dead, backslidden church filed with earthly efforts, shall cause the eagle saints to soar to heights never before attained by man since the Pattern Son set the example. “Fear not the storm, my little ones, for thou art not children of the storm or of wrath. Look up. Lift up thy heads and rejoice, for thou art children of redemption, and thou hast inherited that heavenly nature. I have loosed the prison doors. Be thou free from thy captivity! Be not ensnared with the evil ways of this world’s systems, but learn thou the ways of thy God, and follow Him alone. Thus shalt thou rise above that which cometh upon the earth, to try them which dwell therein. And thou shalt not fear, for I am with thee, saith the Lord.”
The Image of the Heavenly
“The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” (1 Corinthians 15:47-49)
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open (unveiled) face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed (transformed, transfigured) into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) “Which He wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead and set him at His own right hand in the heavenly places…” (Ephesians 1:20) “And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6) “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers (of darkness) in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ephesians 3:10-11)
“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling…” (Hebrews 3:1) “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:16) “But ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the City of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.” (Hebrews 12:22)
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)
From these scriptures we can readily see that our calling is a heavenly calling. Let others tend the things of the earth. Let the dead bury the dead. Let the few who are called to this High Calling be about their Father’s business. This earthly body, or “house”, is only temporary. What He has prepared for His own is eternal, in the heavens. Praise God! The city of which we are a part, that bride of Christ, is above all a heavenly city, not part of this earth’s systems.
And notice that the place in the heavenlies which we are to inherit, is now occupied by demons, principalities and powers, a place they usurped from Adam. From this place they are “rulers of the darkness of this world”. But God has purposed to bring forth a people that will ascend or be caught up to this place and cast Satan and his army down. Jesus did it, and He was the Pattern. But He purposed not to be alone in this, but was planted as a living seed that should bring forth a great harvest in His likeness.
Notice that the scriptures above show us that the image of the earthy nature we have borne in time past is to be changed. We are to bear the image of the heavenly, the One who has been exalted higher than the heavens, Jesus Christ our Lord. Even now, the beholding of His glory is bringing about a transformation from within us. Glory to God!
Notice that these heavenly places where we are to dwell are not in some geographical location a few billion miles from earth. They are “heavenly places in Christ.” It would be comforting to know, if it were true, that Satan and his army were right now a few million miles away in outer space. But this is not so. You don’t have to look far to discover that the powers of darkness are right here on this earth, working in the hearts and lives of men and women. But as Paul says, they are “wicked spirits in the heavenlies.” Instead of just accepting and believing what the Bible says about these things, the imagination of men has made a fable and a myth out of the truth of God’s Word. But now God is taking the veil away from our minds and revealing His Truth!
The Eyes of the Eagle
“Her eyes behold afar off” (Job 39:29). The eagle is noted for great vision. And so are eagle saints. They can believe for things that others, whose eyes are riveted to things of earth, cannot even see, or conceive of. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18) But there is vision with the eagle saints. They are the pioneers of faith that break through into new realms in the Spirit.
Noah was an eagle saint. He saw the judgment coming, and prepared for it. Others had no such vision, and perished. Enoch had eagle vision, and he saw the Lord coming with ten thousands of His Saints. He prophesied of these things, and he walked with God. Elijah saw the coming of a mighty deluge of life-giving rain, when it was only a little cloud like a man’s hand. Moses saw the deliverance of God’s people and the destruction of their enemies when every natural force and circumstance denied it. The vision of God’s eagle saints has never been limited by the confining limitations of natural circumstances. Isaiah, Joel, Malachi… every prophet of God has had eagle vision.
Jesus had the greatest vision of any eagle saint that ever lived. Nothing escaped the eyes of Him who had come to lead His people to victory. “The heavens were opened” unto Him, and no power of darkness could escape his eye. He saw the hearts of men like no one else ever could. They did not have to voice their doubt, criticisms, or their needs. His eyes searched the inward parts. He was the Captain of the Eagle Saints. He was the Pattern to show us the Way of the Eagles.
Eyes Within and Without
The unveiling of the Spirit that comes to eagle saints works two ways. Revelation 4:6-8 tells us that they were “full of eyes before and behind.” Also “they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.” Ezekiel 1:18 says “their rings were full of eyes round about them four.”
First there are the eyes within, that search the inward parts. The prophet Jeremiah gives a true picture when he says: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” But the answer comes in the next verse: “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)
No man really knows what is in his own heart, until God tries him and puts him to the test. But God is putting a people through the fire today, and the light is revealing the condition of hearts. Saints who had always thought they were so very holy and clean, now are finding out that all the time there have been spirits imbedded deep within their very nature they had never before recognized. Horrible is the revelation, but a very necessary one. For to see one’s self is to draw back in revulsion and disgust and to cry to God for deliverance. And for the work that is to be done in this age, God must have a truly holy people.
In Job chapter 42 the man of God suddenly sees the glory of God and also his own self-righteousness, and his whole attitude changes. Then deliverance comes. He says: “Therefore have I uttered that I understood not: things too wonderful for me, which I knew not… I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. For more than 30 chapters of this book Job steadfastly maintains his innocence and righteousness. But when he meets God face to face, he suddenly sees that his worst sin has been his own self-righteousness. He has blamed God for all his troubles, and has not been able to see himself. But he gets his “eagle vision”, and suddenly the eyes within begin to see his own Adam nature for what it is. Then can God bring him out of all his troubles and difficulties.
Isaiah was a revered prophet of God. He talked with God, was heard by the nation, and walked in king’s courts. But one day (Isaiah 6) he got a vision of God, and also the eyes within saw what Isaiah looked like in the eyes of God. And this godly old man cried out in his misery: “Woe is me! For I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.” Praise God for the eyes within and without, for immediately there came a cleansing and deliverance! Notice the sequence. First came the operation of the eyes within, then the eyes without could do their work. After he had seen his own undone condition and confessed it, then he could see the condition of the people and minister to them. But not before. Too many are trying to cast demons out of others today while their own lives are full of bad spirits… jealousy, envy, greed, malice, fear, etc. See what happened to the sons of Sceva in Acts 19:13 when they tried to cast demons out of someone else before they had been to the Cross for themselves. “Cast the beam out of thine own eye, then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
Think it not strange when you begin to see things in your life which you could never have admitted being guilty of. You see, Hebrews 6:7-8 tells us that the same rain that brings forth “herbs meet for them for whom it is dressed” also brings forth thorns and briars. Plow up a garden spot and you will see what I mean. During the cold, dark winter the frozen ground will produce nothing, either good or bad. But when the good seed is planted and the warm spring rains come, up comes every kind of weed imaginable. Where did they come from? How did they get into the soil if you didn’t plant them? They were there all the time, but needed the plowing and the warm rains to bring them forth. So the same latter rains of revival that bring forth the true fruit of the Spirit in our lives, also brings forth every ugly hidden thing that has lain dormant within and never been exposed or come to light. Then comes true deliverance, as we see our need and call upon God. For God must have and will have a people who will be “holy even as He is holy”.