There The Vultures Will Gather

And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles (in some texts “vultures”) be gathered together.” Maybe I’m just thick, but what in the world does the part about eagles/vultures mean?

Q. Luke 17:34-37 reads: “I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles (in some texts “vultures”) be gathered together.”

Maybe I’m just thick, but what in the world does the part about eagles/vultures mean?

Thanks so much, as always, for your help.

A. This passage is equivalent to Matt. 24:39b-41. The Lord was talking about the judgment of Tribulation Survivors at the 2nd coming, and using a proverb common to the day. When the disciples asked where the two people in one bed, the two men in the field, and the two women grinding grain were, He replied, “Where there’s a dead body, there the vultures will gather.” He was saying, in effect, that it would happen wherever there were people to whom the event pertains. In other words, it will be world wide.

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