|Luke 17:33-37 |
33 Whoever tries to preserve his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. [If you love your current life, and avoid the inward cross of self-denial, you will lose the small measure of the life of God, the light of men, that all men have who come into the world; but if you bear the inward cross of self-denial to lose you selfish, fleshly life, you will preserve and increase the life of God in you, to be restored into the spiritual image of God, which Adam lost for all men in the garden of Eden.]
34 I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left.
35 Two women will be grinding together; one will be taken and the other left. [The second coming and the day of the Lord are one in the same personal experience, which occurs for all men in every generation. For those who are crucified to spiritually die on the inward cross of self-denial, the second coming occurs as the Lord appears to burn by baptism of fire the remaining sin in them. Their body dies in this baptism of death, but the believer is raised (resurrected) with Christ and translated into the kingdom of God. Though raised with Christ to live in the heavens, they still walk the earth as a new creature. For those who physically die without having been purified on the inward cross and who are still slaves to sin, the appearance of the Lord when they physically die is a terror for they will suddenly see how hopelessly evil they are.]
36 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left." [This verse does not appear in earlier manuscripts, apparently borrowed from Mat 24:40.]
37 And in response they said to him, "Where, Lord?' And he said to them, "Wherever the body is, there the vultures will be gathered together."4 [Jesus refers to demons as vultures or eagles, fowls, birds, unclean/hateful birds, etc.]
4 And in response they said to him, "Where, Lord?" And he said to them, "Wherever the body is, there the vultures will be gathered together." The disciples assumed the body was taken, and they asked where it was taken; so Christ's answer was about the body, deepening the mystery of the return or appearance or revealing of Christ; but the body is not taken anywhere. The Lord appears, (is seen, is revealed), in a purified believer, joins with the soul of the purified believer, and raises their joined spirit/soul to heaven; but the body remains on earth, and the body is then made alive with Christ living, not the old man of the flesh, who is dead. The body looks the same, but it is an entirely new creature with Christ ruling its every thought, word, and deed. The body has been crucified and dies through tribulation, through suffering, through obedience to the Lord condemning the sins within the believer's flesh, (the Ministry of Condemnation); and the demons, (vultures, unclean and hateful birds), are gathered around all such true seekers — the demons being the source of several supernatural sufferings, trials, and tribulations.