The end times. The rapture. The when and the where.
Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed all of them —it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it. I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left.’ Then they asked him, ‘Where, Lord?’ He said to them, ‘Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.’ Luke 17:26-37
I was reading this today and was stumbling – and then tripped over that last verse:
Then they asked him, ‘Where, Lord?’ He said to them, ‘Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.’
Don’t know about you, but these little conundrums make me itch: the good guys (us) fly, and the bad guys (them) die. Capture the rapture and buckle yourselves in (does God Soft Hands Jesus really make everything that twee?).
Corpse. Vultures. My reading is the disciples were asking where the “taken” end up. And if the taken are the good guys – then corpse and vultures isn’t the rapture I see others drool over. What if we (the good guys) are left and they (the bad guys) are taken?
So, I itched a little and went exploring. And found the theology tea leaves have been well and truly swirled … all nicely settled and read. And the verdict?
The corpse is a good thing. Because it is really a wondrous living holy body! And the vultures are also good things. Because they are really heroic heavenly eagles. We good guys can rest safe in the knowledge we will raptured and dispatched as expected.
And whilst that may be true (with enough hindsight of the sort we never will have). What if …
What if we are presented with “garden … tree … don’t touch” moments more often than we like to admit? What if this is another such moment?
What if our response is the crucial part in these “moments”? What if we “capture the rapture” only to find ourselves the corpse? Might that not also be true – with hindsight like we will never have?
Because what purpose does it serve to know? Whose purpose does it serve? And what might be the consequences?
Yesterday’s whisper works for me. Or else we miss so much squinting beyond the horizon.
Yesterday’s whisper works for me. Seeing the wonder that is today, right now, this second and the next.
”Just get on with it … “