Eagle Symbolism

I’ve recently been listening to (who else!) James Jordan’s talks on Revelation and have a question about the symbology of the Eagle in the Bible.

Eagles seem to be symbolic of Rome’s destruction of Jerusalem (Deuteronomy 28:49, Matthew 24:28)

And eagles also seem to have more positive streams of symbolism: Eagles as symbolic of angels, prophets, the association with Gospel of John.

Is there a way to merge these streams?

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Why Does Revelation Use So Much Symbolism?

Why does the Book of Revelation use so much symbolism? Some reasons might perhaps include: to hide its meaning from outsiders, to describe the ineffable, to point out the inner reality of what’s being described, and so on. Are these correct? What other purposes might there be for the symbolism in Revelation? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

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