Isaiah 46:10,11 “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things are not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,” calling a [ravenous] bird of prey from the east, the man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.”
God has a plan and purpose He will fulfill. God calls the ravenous bird of prey to execute His purposes. The ravenous bird is the Hebrew word ayit or hawk. It also means to swoop down upon. The hawk is a symbol of war, representing the militaristic aspect of the apostle.
The Apostle is a Hawk
Isaiah 55:4 “Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, a leader and commander for the people.”
Although every believer has rank to cast out devils, apostles walk and minister in the highest rank. Evil spirits and angels recognize this rank. Apostles are the spiritual commanders of the Church. “Commander,” as used in Isaiah 55:4, is the Hebrew word tsavah, meaning to command, send a message, to put or set in order. The Church needs apostles to help set it in order. They help organize and mobilize the believers into an army.
Apostolic ministry is a ministry of warfare. It entails commanding, mobilizing, rallying, and gathering the army of God to challenge and pull down the strongholds of the enemy.
The apostolic invades new territories and breaks through. It has the ability and anointing to go first. This ministry is absolutely necessary to keep the Church advancing toward the completion of the Great Commission.
Today a contemporary definition for a person who is a “hawk” is one who has an aggressive or combative attitude. It is a person who favors military action to carry out foreign policy. This is a powerful, apostolic symbol.
The Church has a “foreign policy”. We are commissioned to go into the entire world and preach the gospel. Therefore, we must have an aggressive, warlike attitude against the forces of darkness that would try to stop us.
The hawk symbolizes sharpness, keen vision, and quickness. It represents discernment and insight into the plans and purposes of God. The hawk is a swift bird that suddenly seizes its prey. It is a ravenous bird which means it is extremely hungry, voracious, or greedy for gratification. This bird symbolizes the militant, aggressive, and warlike aspect of the apostolic ministry. It is needed to execute the plans of God.
As an officer in the Church, the apostle is also an executive. He is a person who executes power in the Church. In other words, he has the power and authority to execute the plans and purposes of God. To execute means to put into effect, to carry out, to perform, to fulfill, and to finish. The purposes of God will not be fulfilled or carried out without the apostolic ministry being restored throughout the whole Church.
For too long the Church has tried to carry out the plan of God while ignoring the vital ministry. God calls the ravenous bird to execute His counsel. These are military generals and commanders who will mobilize the people of God for the fulfillment of God’s purposes. They have an appetite and an authority to execute. We need people who do more than talk and sing. They must do and act. They have the ability to finish and complete the commissions given to them by the Lord. The hawk symbolizes quickness and the Lord desires to do a quick work.