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Matthew 3:7-10 NASB

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;

9 and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.

10 The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
April 28, 2020

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8232533/Eerie-photos-pack-vultures-circling-New-York-City-amid-coronavirus-pandemic.html


The above link is to an article that was published in the Daily Mail last week. It references a flock of Vultures that were circling New York City. A pretty "eerie" site, says the news paper. 

It reminded me of a scripture that I was gleaning around the same time.
I am sure that many have read the two or three scriptures in the Gospel where Jesus was referring to the last days and then mentions not to return for your coat..
I have always said, that "we read about all of these so called theologians who are 'experts' on Eschatology, but in the end, when these scriptures are going to be fulfilled, probably ninety per cent of what they have been preaching will be found to be totally false." 

I state this fact because the Lord has given us a consistent pattern in the Bible and by taking the entire Bible into context we learn and witness various glimpses of the Father's will and his ways. 

Just as when Jesus made his appearance as man, there was a pattern throughout his life where no one really had a clue, even when he straight forward told them what to expect.  

You see, most theologians can't see this and neither can most "so called church leaders."
This is the reason why the churches have been transformed into multi level corporate Boards of Business, rather than the image of a church caring for it's neighbor and the poor.  

Anyway, the scriptures that I was reading last week, in light of the pandemic,  before the article of the Vultures had caught my eye was concerning a few statements spoken by Jesus. 

In particular there is a scripture in Luke 17, that had caught my eye. Traditionally, this is a scripture relating to the "Rapture," however, I was reading it with the "Pandemic," heavily on my mind, and it took on a whole new meaning.
Now, I am not a foremost authority on "Eschatology" or Theological issues, but rather, I like to think of myself more as Paul did of himself. You see, Paul always claimed that he didn't get the gospel from man, but by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.
"Well, what are you saying John?
That you know more than all of these church leaders, who when God pulled the church reset button, they were all caught with their hands in the Fort Knox Cookie Jar with millions and millions of dollars in their multiple Bank Accounts?"
"Oh, goodness me, not in a few million years, would I ever even imply that!"

Anyways, here is a scripture, instead of reading it with the presumption of a Rapture to come, why not read it with the understanding that the Lord might have been referring to a Pandemic?

 Luke 17:22-37 (NASB)

22 And He said to the disciples, "The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 They will say to you, 'Look there! Look here!' Do not go away, and do not run after them. 24 For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day. 25 But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; 29 but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. 35 There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left. 36 [Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left."] 37 And answering they *said to Him, "Where, Lord?" And He said to them, "Where the body is, there also the vultures will be gathered."



Please note: if these passages were about one being taken to heaven and one being left, why would the Lord end the passage as referring to Vultures that are lying in wait to consume fleshly bodies?
So, as I have said, there are going to be all kinds of theologians speculating on the End Times, and on the Rapture, correct?
Well, right here, in these passages Jesus warns about false preachers and false preaching.
Perhaps, He was warning against some "Pie in the Sky" type of "Rapture Theology?"
"Oh, we don't have anything to worry about, we will be taken up by the Lord cause were the good people."
Or, how about, "We don't have to warn our neighbor, or prepare for the 'Coming of Christ,' through any type of repentance, God is going to take us up in the Rapture."
Well, what if instead of the Rapture, Jesus was talking here about a Pandemic that will sweep the world in the very last days.
He says, "if you are in the field, don't go back in the house to get your coat."
Could Jesus be talking about a Pandemic where a house is in quarantine?
In the following passage it refers to people who will betray people with high temperatures and who sneeze or cough because they don't want to become infected?

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/22/europe/netherlands-euthanasia-dementia-intl-scli/index.html

The same week, I read this article, Dutch court allows euthanasia in advanced dementia cases. 


Mark 13:12-19 NASB
12 Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. 13 You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
14 "But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 15 The one who is on the housetop must not go down, or go in to get anything out of his house; 16 and the one who is in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 17 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 18 But pray that it may not happen in the winter. 19 For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will. 



You see, while many of our preachers are just waiting for church to go back to Usual, so they can add annexes to their huge buildings and increase their million dollar salaries, I believe that God has a new agenda for the church. It is called repentance and return to your first love.
Typically, whenever we have a war, a 9/11, a catastrophic hurricane, or a recession, the church leaders all call for the nation to gather for a 2nd Chronicles gathering of united repentance.
Of course, they never repent, but they share the podiums among themselves to lead our nation (you know, the nasty citizen sinners to repent) in a number of prayers of deep repentance and then things just go back to the same "Church as Usual."
Well, after so long, God has just gotten very tired of it. Thus, He created a situation, so as the church will not be able to go back to "Church as Usual."
Yes, Pastors and Leaders, it's true.
Gone are the millions of dollars in yearly salaries, the billions of dollars spent on brick and mortar, the rising tide of artists or little gods that you have created for the masses financial gains.
Gone are the concerts, the Solo Performing Artists, the Preacher Super Stars, and even the payroll for all of the Coffee Shops.
Gone are the Main Churches with the twenty one satellite churches created for the sole purpose of duplicating multi level Corporations.
I mean, just look around, will you, God has brought every man low. In a sense, he pulled a reset on the church and the only people who look out of place to me are these million dollar salaried Preachers and Church leaders?
In fact, every Sunday, I go on the internet and listen to various churches across the country. Nevertheless, I have seen a pattern start to emerge, I think?
I have noticed that some of these million dollar preachers apparently don't like to preach any more. I guess preaching is only fun when you can pass around a few hundred buckets, in order to watch them be filled to overflowing with money?
Or perhaps, they can't preach unless they feel all of those "Amen and Hallelujahs," coming from a congregation where the people would follow them over a cliff?
So, what are you saying John?
I am saying that if the church is going to repent, then it needs to acknowledge that it has "missed the Mark," and has been led in error.
It needs to change it's present course and drastically change the existing pattern of liking itself to multi level corporations and to return to the pattern that Jesus laid down in the Bible as example.
A few days ago, I witnessed on the news a church in the Dallas metroplex which gathered at a local hospital to support the First Responders and to bless them. Personally, I have witnessed Charismatic church after Charismatic church for forty years and I have never seen that kind of enthusiasm to serve and honor another group of people other than their own within the four walls of a church.
One time, the Lord even audibly spoke to me and told me that the Charismatic church had no works and that all they ever cared about was themselves.
I spent the next few years preaching about how God loved the poor and was so disappointed in the Charismatic Church.
In all my Christianity, I was as never persecuted from the church as I was when I began preaching that truth. It was only when I began to share my personal revelation from Jesus concerning the "Tithe" that I was more ostracized, slandered, and more hated among the brethren.
Well, now I am calling for a John the Baptist type of repentance among all of these million dollar salaried Preachers, so I am expecting even more "Religious love," to come my way?
What can I say?  


Luke 17:37  NASB
And answering they *said to Him, "Where, Lord?" And He said to them, "Where the body is, there also the vultures will be gathered."
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