End Times Revealed Through Birds

Throughout His Creation, the Most Elegant Book, God reveals many truths to us about Himself and other things. For example, the rain reveals more about God’s providence. Not a single raindrop falls without God’s total control and knowledge. Similar to how He does with rain, God reveals deeper truths about the end times through other forms of nature like animals. Cowbirds, killdeer, and ducks exemplify 3 different truths of the end times.  

A handful of years ago, my family had a cowbird problem. We had noticed a nest in a tree near our house. Three out of the five eggs in that nest were light blue and the other two were colored light brown with darker brown speckles. We thought this was unusual, since we observed a robin, which laid blue eggs, regulate the nest. Later, we found out that a cowbird had laid her eggs in the robin’s nest. Cowbirds are brood parasites, meaning they lay their eggs in another bird’s nest so they don’t have to raise their own offspring. Deceived by the cowbird, the robin cared for the cowbird’s eggs.  

Just as this robin was deceived by the cowbird, we, too, will be deceived by people, beliefs, and values as we race towards the end times. With the signs of the end times, God will send false prophets as Judgement Day approaches. These false prophets “shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:11). False prophets and people with values and beliefs that look “good” will deceive many Christians, just as the cowbird deceives the robin. We must be ready to differentiate false prophets from true prophets by trusting in God to guide us, just as the robin must be able to tell apart her eggs from the cowbirds’ eggs. Rather than “taking care” of the beliefs of the false prophets, we must “take heed that no man deceive you […] saying that [they] are Christ” (Matthew 24:4-5). If we act as the robin who takes care of the cowbird’s eggs, then we are giving in to the teachings of false prophets and are not standing firm in the end times.  

The second bird that reveals the truth of God about the end times is lesser known than the cowbird. Still common in Western Michigan, killdeer are known for their way of protecting their young. If a killdeer senses danger, she lays on the ground far from her nest, pretending to have a broken wing. She draws the attention away from her nest to protect her offspring from harm. Her goal is to take the predator’s attention off the target, her babies, to herself as a way to protect them.  

Just as a mother killdeer uses this tactic to distract from the true target, Antichrist will barrage the Church with earthly prosperity and peace in a way to distract the children of God from preparing for the second coming of Christ. The killdeer pretends to be hurt to do this, but the Antichrist will show his power by “do[ing] great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiv[ing] them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast” (Revelation 13:13-14). If we look away from the coming of Christ and do not prepare as five of the 10 virgins didn’t in Matthew 25:1-13 did, then we will not be ready for it and will be caught unawares.  

Lastly, ducks reveal truths of the end times. We see a duck and her ducklings waddling around our front yard oftentimes. Collectively, my family has named her Mrs. Mallard. Mrs. Mallard leads her ducklings through the water in search of a safe place to eat and to instruct her young. When her ducklings dip below the surface of the water to eat the algae, Mrs. Mallard stays vigilant above the surface, scanning the surroundings for any harm that could come to her babies. At the time of Jesus’s arrival, the church will be like the ducklings, unaware of the dangers that lurk beyond; they have been given a false sense of security from false doctrines, false prophets, and apostasy. The church’s calling at the end of time is to vigilantly watch for the signs of Christ and His coming, unlike unbelievers, and not be lulled to sleep, unprepared for as one is when a thief comes in the night (I Thes. 5:2-4). Just as Mrs. Mallard stays alert to guard her young, we must also “watch and be sober” to watch for Christ (I Thess. 5:6). Being caught unawares as ducklings might be will lead us to be snatched up by the Antichrist and ill prepared for Christ’s second coming.  

By the example of these three birds, we can see the importance of staying sober and watching for Christ’s coming. Antichrist will attempt to deceive us and draw our attention away from Christ’s coming to test our faith. Rather than be unaware like ducklings or by getting distracted by temptations of this world, we must trust that God will help us prepare, will protect us, and will invigorate us for the coming of His Son. It is our time now to watch and wait eagerly for our Savior Jesus Christ to return. 


Archivist’s note:

This article was submitted to a Beacon Lights writing contest, with the prompt to “Explore an aspect of creation that you find especially beautiful or interesting. Describe how that aspect leads you and Christians in general to a greater knowledge of the Creator.” The article above was selected as one of the top 5 submissions in its category.