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Where The Dead Bodies Lay, There Will The Eagles Gather

John Collins12/31/2012We continue our study of the "Evening Light" with Luke 17, specifically the description that Jesus Himself gave of the Gospel of the Kingdom, which is the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God.

In combination with the scriptures we've already examined in Zechariah 14 and Revelation 10, we find that Luke 17 is also twisted by cult leaders to point the text to their own ministry.  Rather than elevate Christ in His coming Glory by proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, they proclaim that their own ministry is the "gospel of the kingdom," by pointing these scriptures to their own 'message'.

In The Early Writings of Charles Taze Russell,  Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses claims that Luke 17 was mistranslated.  In an article entitled, "Wherein Did We Err", he describes the actual "kingdom of heaven" timeline which coincides with his own ministry.  William Branham applied Luke 17:30 to his own ministry over thirty times in 1965 alone.  In fact, if we examine all of the men claiming to be the "end time messenger" who gave a date prediction of the end of days, we find most of them applied the "Kingdom of Heaven Gospel" to their own ministry.  

In scriptures, we find that the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come, but the reply Jesus gave confused them.  While He was standing in their midst, He said that the "kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed," and that it "is in the midst of you."  

Alone to his disciples, he gives a fuller description.  Jesus told His disciples that the day would come when you would want to see one of the "days" of the Son of Man [Jesus], but would not see it.  Jesus was telling his disciples that people would one day rise and try to predict the "day" of His coming.

These men would lead you astray with this desire to see one of the days.  Jesus said that they will say to you, "Look there," or "Look here!  Do not go out and follow them.  As Jesus said in other scriptures, no man knows the day nor the hour.

Then, Jesus gives clear description of what events to look for.  They match John's description in Revelation 10 exactly.  Jesus said to look for lightening that flashes and lights up the sky from one side of the other.  This is what it will be like when the Son of Man comes.

Jesus reminds them that they are not in the generation of the Kingdom of God.  He told his disciples that he would suffer many things and be rejected by this [their] generation.  

Jesus then speaks of the dreadful events that Zechariah describe.  He warned them that the time would catch people unawares, many would be celebrating just as it was in the days of Noah when they were taken by surprise.  John writes in Revelation 10 that there would be a great celebration at the killing of the two witnesses.  Jesus said it was also like the days of Lot, when they were celebrating and building.  Fire and sulfur caught them unaware.

But Jesus gives a good hint:  "Remember Lot's wife."  He reminded His disciples that Lot's wife paused to look back, and that was her demise.  She was turned into a pillar of salt because she did not flee with decisiveness.  Jesus said, "let the one on the housetop not go inside to gather his goods when he flees.  Let the one who is in the field not turn back to his own house when he flees.  

Jesus confirms Zechariah's description of half the city of Jerusalem destroyed.  Jesus said there would be two women grinding at the mill, one taken and the other left.  Two will be sleeping in their beds, the one taken and the other left.

His disciples asked him where these people, half of the city of Jerusalem, would be taken.  Jesus gave them clear description of what would happen to them:  Where the corpse is, the vultures will gather.

Some translations describe this is where the "carcass" is, the "eagles" will gather, and cult leaders take this verse out of context to point to their own ministry.  If they realized that it was speaking of where the dead bodies will go after Armegeddon, how that the eagles, vultures, and other birds of prey would be feeding on the dead, they would surely change their doctrine.  ...unless their doctrine is simply that: feeding upon the dead.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Has Luke 17 pointed to the ministry of any single cult leader from the beginning of time until today?  Do we see half of the city of Jerusalem destroyed?  Have we seen vultures feeding upon the dead corpses of those who did not flee?  Have we even seen an event within Jerusalem strong enough to make the citizens desire to flee?  Have we been listening to a different "kingdom of heaven" gospel than Jesus taught?  Are we even looking for the real "Kingdom of Heaven?"  Or do we plan to be left behind?