One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?”
Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you. ”
Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see the day when the Son of Man returns but you won’t see it. People will tell you, ‘Look, there is the Son of Man,’ or ‘Here he is,’ but don’t go out and follow them. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so it will be on the day when the Son of Man comes. But first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation.
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all.
“And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed. On that day a person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return home. Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it. That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. ”
“Where will this happen, Lord?”the disciples asked.
Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”
People being people, doing what is natural to them and their society, this is what it was like during the time of Noah and Lot. People living their lives, best they knew how. One thing they lacked. An awareness of and response to the God who created them. They lived by their wants and desires. They did not consider, did not recognize the God of the universe and they were destroyed. Those who remained were those within whom the kingdom of God could be found. The kingdom of God cannot be seen, it is not bound has no boundaries. Jesus says the kingdom of God is already among you, other translations say it is within you. Those who possess the kingdom of God are not bound by geographical borders, language, heritage, culture not even society. They are found throughout the world in all flesh, those who, unlike the people of Noah’s time, have responded to the God of the universe, the Creator who loves us and requires love and obedience in return. They are those who do not live by the codes, creeds, rituals and traditions of their societies but live by the living Word of God.
Mankind’s evil practiced against mankind is like a vulture eating the carcass. We see the practices of evil prevalent in our world. We can see signs of the time. That should not instill fear in us, but expectation. Feel sadness for the victims but joy for the soon return of the Lord. Be found serving the Lord, exercising the kingdom of God within; be found faithful. Vultures are scavengers, living on death; if we are not alive in Christ, we are dead.