Sunday 15 March 2020


Dear Friend,

On reading your blog entitled The Carcasses, the Eagles and the Taken, I did get the first real breakthrough in drawing closer to right understanding about Jesus’ saying to His disciples: “For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”

Immediately preceding this verse, we read about one person taken and another left. Just like you I also have been thinking that the taken are those people whom Jesus will catch up in mid-air at the time of Rapture. I thought they would be taken to be with Jesus where He was in the Kingdom of Heaven. By relating it to what happened in Noah’s time, as described in Luke 17 and Matthew 24, you provided a fresh viewpoint regarding who the taken were and what was the meaning of being taken.

However, yesterday morning, while taking bath, all of a sudden, it occurred to me that comparison of the people who would be taken, according to Luke 17 and Matthew 24, to the people who were taken by the flood in Noah’s time, opened up my eyes to another fact which, I think, I should bring to your notice.
Towards the end of your blog you made this remark: If we don’t see the bodies of the Lord’s enemies being eaten by birds, it’s not His coming. Now it needs to be made clear, here, what you mean when you talk about His coming. Do you mean the Rapture or the Second Coming? The Rapture is surely not His Second Coming; because Jesus does not literally descend on earth at the time of the Rapture. He appears in heaven and His people are caught up to Him to be where He is. The Second Coming is the event during which Jesus literally descends on the earth. And it is at the time of His Second Coming that the enemies of His will be destroyed and eaten by vultures. There is a gap between the Rapture and the Second Coming.

At the time of Noah’s Flood, the people who were ungodly were indeed taken by the Flood, but before the Flood came, God took Noah and his family out from among them into the Ark. It is only after the calamity had passed that Noah and his family came out of the Ark and took possession of the earth. The whole sequence of events related to Noah’s Flood make us think that just before God pours out His wrath on the world during the Great Tribulation, He takes His people out of the earth to be with Him, isn’t it? When Jesus leads His army to fight in the Battle of Armageddon, it is His Second Coming.

This line of thinking forced me to rethink over the meaning of “For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.” It made me question, “Who Jesus was actually referring to when He talked about the carcass?” Was He referring to ‘the taken’ of ‘the left’? It seems quite possible the taken were taken to Heaven in Rapture. And when the Great Tribulation starts after the Rapture, the left, who are spiritually dead, will be facing the time of God’s wrath. The whole thing culminates in the event of the Battle of Armageddon, which shows Jesus leading the army of the saints against the ungodly. In the aftermath of the battle, the world will see the earth filled with carcasses of those killed by Jesus, and the vultures feeding on them.

I would like to know what do you think about it.


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