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Where the Eagles are Gathered…

Posted in PROPHECY by Uncle Jaque on 03/19/2017
This Morning’s Bible Meditation:
 
Luke 17:26 .. .“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.”
27 . “They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.”
28 . “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;”
29. “But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.”
30. “Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”
 
[Notice how those saved were given multiple warnings, yet when the critical time arrived they availed themselves of the escape provided for them of their own free will. No one came along and grabbed them, put them in handcuffs and dragged them aboard the Ark or hustled them off over the hill – although they might have been “strongly encouraged” by divine intermediaries. Attending to and obeying the warning was a voluntary option, as was ignoring it.
When crunch time is upon us, will there be Angels in our midst strongly encouraging us to listen up and get our proverbial lamps re fueled? Look around – are they here already?]
31. “In that day, ….
 
[As many times as I’ve read this portion, this hit me for the first time;
Some of the Master’s metaphors refer to “day” while others “night”. So which is it going to be when the prophetic shofar sounds to gather up the quick and the dead?
The “hunch” I’m getting is that it’s both.
We know not the day or the hour, but when it happens it will be instantaneous. It won’t be at 3 in the morning in Jerusalem or 6 at night in Siberia. If it’s noon in Jerusalem we won’t have to wait for mid day to work it’s way around the planet in order to “rapture” all the Children of the Covenant off. It won’t be a process so much as an event, and it will go down simultaneously all over the planet.]
 
…he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.”
 
[I don’t see any suggestion as to where those people are supposed to go after they abandon their homes, possessions and locations. Do they run to take refuge in the caves of Petra? Should we duck and cover… or jump up in the air, not expecting to come back down?]
 
32. “Remember Lot’s wife.”
 
[Disobedience has consequences. ‘Nuff said.]
 
33. “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”
 
[One of those divine enigmas our Lord was famous for…]
 
34. “I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed;
 
[Now here we have people in bed… at night, when you’d expect to find most folk in bed – while others are out working their fields or processing grain, which you’d normally do when the sun shines. So depending where you are on the surface of the planet, it could happen at any time of the day or night.]
 
… the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.”
35. “Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”
36. “Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”
37. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, “Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.”
 
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This Chapter is frequently referred to in regards to the eschatological phenomenon widely known as “The Rapture” or the in-gathering of the Church at the advent of Yeshua at the “end of days”.
[I don’t see any suggestion as to where those people are supposed to go after they abandon their homes, possessions and locations. Do they run to take refuge in the caves of Petra? Should we duck and cover… or jump up in the air, not expecting to come back down?]
 
The popular “Left Behind” theory suggests that those not taken up in the Rapture are stuck here on Earth to endure, if not perish in, the Tribulation period. Not everyone, or even a majority of people, I gather, are expected to survive it. Some are expected to “get saved” and become “Tribulation Saints” during this Hell on Earth 7 year period under the tyrannical rule of Antechrist, or the counterfeit Messiah.
 
In conversations with some Seventh Day Advent Friends and reading some of their literature recently, I discovered that they don’t share that eschatological perspective – I know that not everyone does.
They seem to fall into the “Post Trib” category, and back it up with plenty of Scriptural references – one of which is this Chapter of Luke.
 
Every Rapture theorist (to whom it’s not a theory at all, but a fact… no matter which one it is) can make a pretty compelling argument to confirm their position based on the Bible.
If their understanding of it isn’t true, then Jesus must be a liar.
How are ye gonna argue with that?
 
In the instance of two of the Biblical examples Yeshua uses – Noah and Lot – whoever did not avail themselves of the escape option provided didn’t survive very long after the window of opportunity finally closed.
 
According to the Adventist, there isn’t going to be any “Left Behind” population to have a “second chance” to “get saved”. You’re either saved or you’re dead; badda bing, badda boom!
 
The term “eagles” in Greek (Strongs: G105) v. 37b may well refer to a large avian scavenger and carrion eater similar to our vulture or buzzard, indigenous to the Middle East.
Immediately after the “rapture” or whatever you want to call it there is apparently going to be plenty of dead corpses lying around for the buzzards to feast on.
When you see a flock of buzzards circling around, chances are you’ll find something dying or dead on the ground underneath them.
So if all the Saints are in Heaven with Jesus, why are all these dead people lying around?
 
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