New Defender's Study Bible Notes
12:14 great eagle. This indicates angelic, miraculous help to the fleeing Israelites, evidently intending to remind them of similar divine help when they fled Pharaoh in the days of the Exodus (note the reference to “eagles’ wings” in Exodus 19:4).
12:14 nourished. Same word as “fed.” Just as God miraculously fed the Israelites in the wilderness under Moses, so He will again nourish these last-day Israelites in the wilderness as they await the Messiah.
12:14 a time, and times, and half a time. This duration is obviously the same as the 1260 days, or 3½ years, of Revelation 12:6. A “time” here clearly means a “year.” The use of this terminology here probably is used to tie it to the prophecies of Daniel 7:25 and 12:7.