sermonette: Where the Eagles Are Gathered
A Shameful Judgement on the Rebellious
David C. Grabbe
Given 25-Sep-14; Sermon #1233bs; 17 minutes
David Grabbe, cuing in on verses in Matthew 24 and Luke 17, referring to the sign of eagles or vultures gathering together in the wake of God's impending judgment, corrects some misapplications of these verses, wherein people believe it refers to the Rapture. These pictures refer to the judgment against sin, providing a banquet for the vultures feasting upon those who have rebelled against God. As God's called-out ones, our biggest concern is not the Great Tribulation or the Beast, but instead it is being unprepared for Christ's return, and hence becoming food for the physical vultures or the symbolic demonic carrion. We dare not push off the time we seek God; we must not be like the foolish virgins who thought they had more time to get ready. Judgment is coming on the world, but it is coming on the church of God right now; let us be sure the vultures do not mistake us for the nearly dead.
Being deceived Deceitfulness of riches Deuteronomy 28 Dwelling place for demons False returns Foolish virgin s Hour you don't expect Judgment Luke 17: 22-37 Mat 24.28-36 Olivet prophecy Parable of the virgins Parable of the wedding garment Rapture Revelation 18:2 19: 17 Unexpected hour Taken for judgment Theory of the rapture Vulture Where the vultures gather Where there is a carcass Wicked taken away