Q. My question is in regard to Matthew 24:28: “For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles [vultures] will be gathered together.” Is the carcass Jerusalem during the Great Tribulation and the vultures all the nations that come against her?
A. Beginning in Matt. 24:23 Jesus spoke of different rumors that would circulate about His return at the end of the age. He said there would be false messiahs and false prophets who would deceive many. Some would say He has already returned and is hidden away. But Jesus said His return would be like lightning, visible from the east to the west.
Then in Matt. 24:28 He quoted a popular saying that means if you’re out in the fields looking for a dead carcass, you don’t look on the ground. You look up into the sky. If you see vultures circling overhead, you know the carcass is nearby.
In like manner if you’re looking for the 2nd coming you don’t look in a hidden place, you look up into the sky because that’s where He’ll be coming from.