In due season, there comes a time when an eagle has to shed its old feathers in order to grow new, stronger feathers. It soars to a high place of isolation, for when it beats off its old wings, it is most vulnerable. But sheltered in that high place, waiting, its youth is renewed. The new feathers give it renewed power.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31
In the last blog we focused on the waiting part—earnestly expecting. But there’s more to this than waiting for Christ’s literal return. In the original Hebrew of the Old Testament, the phrase in bold type reads, “those expecting pass to power.”
We rise with prevailing strength, passing to power. That power overcomes death. We mount up to Heaven with wings like eagles and stand before the throne declaring the praises of the Captain of our salvation. The Apostle John describes the heavenly chorus as noises, voices, thunderings, and lightnings. We have passed to power as the immortal government of Heaven, reigning as joint-heirs with our Lord.
This passing to power is the point of the rapture. Yes, we escape the wrath of that Day, and we escape the evil mark of the beast and the command to worship him. Yet that timely deliverance and our prevailing strength to overcome, is what places us in the position of power. As we stand and speak, and stand and sing, we unleash God’s vengeance on evil. Our passing to power destroys the work of the Antichrist and binds the spiritual force behind him—Satan.