Title: VULTURES -- BIRDS THAT FEED ON CARRION -- ARE SUDDENLY INCREASING DRAMATICALLY IN ISRAEL BECAUSE ISRAELIS ARE FEEDING THEM, CARING FOR THEM
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The Jews of Israel are suddenly showing great concern and affection for vultures, to the point where the population is increasing dramatically! Is Revelation prophecy about to be fulfilled? While some might consider this possibility to be an unwarranted leap of speculation, you must admit that Israel today is moving inexorably toward the final fulfillment of numerous End of the Age prophecies. Cutting Edge has devoted much time and space chronicling this exciting record. She was reborn as nation on May 14, 1948, despite the overwhelming opposition of Arabs and Europeans alike. She has fought five major wars since then, most of them against considerable odds. Israel today numbers 6.6 million citizens living amidst 300+ million Arabs who universally want to kill her once and for all and throw her out of the Middle East. The very fact that tiny Israel can withstand this kind of opposition is proof positive of the Omnipotent power of Almighty God. God gets the glory when He defends tiny Israel against overwhelming foes. Listen:
"The Lord did not set His love upon you and choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the fewest of all people. But because the Lord loves you and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations ..." [Deut. 7:7-9; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary; this parallel feature also available in the Thompson Chain Reference Computer Library]
God gets the glory when He delivers a tiny Israel from such a host of her enemies that no one in their right mind could ever anticipate victory. Keep this Biblical fact in mind as we go through the rest of this article.
FINAL CALL TO FEASTING ON THE FLESH OF THE FALLEN
Now, what are we
to make of the fact that Israelites are suddenly protecting these ugly, filthy,
disgusting vultures with a zeal akin to environmentalists protecting a bird on
the Endangered Species list? Let us review our news article, written by a Christian
author, Noah Hutchings, whose books we carry in our bookstore.
NEWS BRIEF: "Israeli Love Birds", by Dr. Noah W. Hutchings, Prophetic Observor, July 4, 2004
The buzzards of Israel are displaying affection for each other in multiplying and also, the Israeli people have a rather strange affection for the buzzards ... The birds of prey are frequently poisoned by Israeli farmers. Israel's 'Spreading Wings' program to resuscitate the vulture population has set up 20 feeding and nesting stations around the country.
When the Jews were absent from the land during the Diaspora, the land became a virtual desert. With no trees or grain crops, the wild animal and bird population of Israel, including the vultures, disappeared. Now that Israel is back, trees cover the land and extensive farming of all kinds provides food for the birds and wild animals once more. The vulture population at Gamla on the east side of the Sea of Galilee has been increasing in recent years, but pesticides and eating deer and other animals which have been shot has also poisoned some vultures.
But, setting up nesting and feeding stations for vultures throughout Israel is increasing the vulture population. Now, even mating vultures that have been injured and cannot fly are mating because of the scientific effort which has made this type of mating possible. Why does Israel have such an affinity for vultures? Prophetic Scriptures assign a very important function to the fowls of the air who feast primarily on carrion, like vultures, after Jesus has slaughtered untold millions of the army of Antichrist. Listen:
"Then I saw a single angel stationed in the sun's light, and with a mighty voice he shouted to all the birds that fly across the sky, Come, gather yourselves together for the great supper of God, That you may feast on the flesh of rulers, the flesh of generals and captains, the flesh of powerful and mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all humanity, both free and slave, both small and great!"
"... And the rest were killed with the sword that issues from the mouth of Him Who is mounted on the horse, and all the birds fed ravenously and glutted themselves with their flesh." [Rev. 19:17-18, 21; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible; this parallel feature also available in the Thompson Chain Reference Computer Library]
This description is of the so-called "Battle of Armageddon". I do not use the word, "battle" for the "Battle of Armageddon" shall be a complete slaughter of the soldiers and leaders of the army of Antichrist, with no casualties amongst the Armies of Heaven led by Jesus Christ (Rev 19:14-15). The Bible says that Jesus shall simply say one word and they shall all fall slain. The unsaved world has recreated what the Battle of Armageddon really is, teaching that it is a final battle fought between the mighty nations of the earth at the very End of the Age. The Bible cannot allow this interpretation as you can see for yourself by reading Revelation 16:16 and 19:11-21.
Let us take a moment now to read an interesting commentary on these verses.
"The carcasses of God's enemies shall be food for all the fowls of heaven. This is according to a Jewish tradition, Synopsis Sohar, p. 114, n. 25: "In the time when God shall execute vengeance for the people of Israel, he shall feed all the beasts of the earth for twelve months with their flesh and all the fowls for seven years." It is well known that both beasts and birds of prey are accustomed to frequent fields of battle, and live upon the slain. There shall be a universal destruction; the kings, generals, captains, and all their host, shall be slain." Adam Clarke's Commentary
The emphasis in this verse is upon the general term, "birds of prey", birds that feed on the flesh of the dead. In this case, as noted above, the dead shall be lying in great numbers on a field of slaughter.
Notice also the words, "... a single angel stationed in the sun's light, and with a mighty voice he shouted to all the birds that fly across the sky, Come, gather yourselves together for the great supper of God ..." This prophecy sounds very much like God Himself, or this mighty angel, shall issue forth some kind of divine signal to all birds of prey, especially calling them to this field of final slaughter of the soldiers of Antichrist's army. Easton's Illustrated Bible Dictionary states that, in the Israel of old, birds of prey were, "excepting during the winter three months, so numerous everywhere in Palestine as to be almost gregarious (flocking together)".
Since 1948, rainfall has returned to normal ancient levels in Israel, and much of the original type of vegetation has returned; therefore, it should not be too surprising her ancient flocks of birds of prey should return. However, as Dr. Hutchings pointed out, what is really remarkable is that the Jewish citizens of Israel are showing unusual signs of care for these carrion-feasting birds.
RUSSIAN-LED INVASION OF ISRAEL
However, before this climactic slaughter, when Jesus kills the armies of Antichrist, God prophesies similarly against the Russian-led armies attacking Israel (Ezekiel 38-39)
"And you, son of man, thus says the Lord God: Say to the birds of prey of every sort and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves and come, gather from every side to the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you, even a great sacrificial feast on the mountains of Israel at which you may eat flesh and drink blood. You shall eat the flesh of the mighty and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, of goats, and of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan [east of the Jordan]. And you shall eat fat till you are filled and drink blood till you are drunk at the sacrificial feast which I am preparing for you." [Ezekiel 39:17-18; Ibid.]
Once again, let us check with the Adam Clarke Commentary as to the meaning of these verses. However, we shall pick up the explanation in verse 12 of Ezekiel 39:
"It shall require a long time to bury the dead ... This slow process of burying is distinctly related in the three following verses, and extended even to a bone, ver. 15; which, when it was found by a passenger, the place was marked, that the buriers might see and inter it. Seven months was little time enough for all this work; and in that country putrescence does not easily take place: the scorching winds serving to desiccate the flesh, and preserve it from decomposition ..."
"Gather yourselves to my sacrifice" - This is an allusion to a custom common in the east: when a sacrifice is made, the friends and neighbors of the party sacrificing are invited to come and feast on the sacrifice.
"Ye shall drink the blood of the princes of the earth" -- this is spoken of fowls and beasts here -- rams, lambs, and goats. The feast shall be as grateful and as plenteous to the fowls and beasts, as one made of the above animals, the fattest and best of their kind ... would be to the guests of him who makes a sacrifice.
"And ye shall eat fat and drink blood" - Who shall eat and drink, etc.? Not the Jews ... It is the fowls and the beasts that God invites, ver. 17: "Speak to every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, assemble yourselves-that ye may eat flesh and drink blood;" Adam Clarke's Commentary
When God supernaturally destroys the armies surrounding Israel (Ezekiel 38-39), they shall lay in great number, so great a number that the persons who would try to bury them shall need some help from on high. God provides this help by sending a Divine call to the birds of prey throughout the Middle East, to come to the battlefield to sumptuously dine on the dead carcasses of the wicked army which attempted to destroy Israel, the "apple of His eye".
As Adam Clarke noted, above, the wording "Gather yourselves to my sacrifice" alludes to an invitation common in the Middle East to invite friends over for a very specially prepared feast. God is celebrating His victory here in this wording, a victory over the enemies of Israel, made certain by His Omnipotent power!
SLAUGHTER OF THE HOUSE OF ESAU
Finally, God plans to give the birds of prey a similar feast of human flesh in the slaughter of the House of Esau in Isaiah 34.
Let us now examine pertinent passages from Isaiah 34:1-15 as God describes the slaughter He has prophesied against the House of Esau, which are today the Palestinians led by Yassir Arafat in Israel plus an even larger contingent of Palestinians residing in the Jordanian province of Edom and Moab.
"For the Lord is indignant against all nations, and His wrath is against all their host. He has utterly doomed them, He has given them over to slaughter. Their slain also shall be cast out, and the stench of their dead bodies shall rise, and the mountains shall flow with their blood ... The sword of the Lord is filled with blood of sacrifices, it is gorged and greased with fatnesswith the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams. For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah [capital of Edom] and a great slaughter in the land of Edom ... For the Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense, for the cause of Zion. And the streams of Edom will be turned into pitch and its dust into brimstone, and its land will become burning pitch. The burning of Edom shall not be quenched night or day; its smoke shall go up forever. From generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it forever and ever.
"But the pelican and the porcupine will possess it; the owl and the bittern and the raven will dwell in it ..." [Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible; this parallel feature also available in the Thompson Chain Reference Computer Library]
Dr. Hutchings says that the vulture is certainly in view here, even though not specifically mentioned. Indeed, my Mirriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary says this about "vultures" -- "any of various large birds families ... that subsist chiefly or entirely on carrion." Dr. Hutchings may very well be right: the "raven" mentioned in Isaiah 34 includes the vulture.
Cutting Edge has long believed that Israel's slaughter of the House of Esau as foretold in Obadiah 15-18 and in Ezekiel 34 will be the first major battle fought and will result in the fulfillment of these prophetic passages (Read NEWS1422, NEWS1620, and NEWS1625 for full details). The current "unilateral disengagement" plan which Prime Minister Sharon is pushing will provide the required separation of Jewish/Palestinian populations necessary before this slaughter can commence. This war will trigger the "final birth pangs" world war which will produce Antichrist.
Thus, we have three times in End of the Age prophetic Scripture where God prophesies that He is going to kill so many of Israel's enemies that He is going to call all the birds of the air which feed on carrion to come to the field of slaughter to eat the bodies. Is the fact that the Jews of Israel have suddenly developed a love for the most unlovely vulture another "sign of the times"? I certainly believe so.
Thus, we have two major End of the Age developments in Israel right now:
1) Israel is preparing to carry out God's annihilating judgment against the Palestinians (House of Esau). The separation of population is simply a practical development prior to the annihilation because Jewish leaders do not want to kill their own people.
2) God is miraculously rebuilding the flocks of birds of prey who feast primarily on carrion, the vulture being most common.
While these two events seem unrelated, both point to the reality that God is bringing all details of His prophetic Word to a climax in the Middle East as a single unit. In God's good timing, the first war in which God will call the vultures in the Middle East to come to feast upon the slain; we believe this first annihilating war will occur between Israel and the Palestinians, as we note above.
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