Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.
So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
I believe in the second coming of Christ and in this passage Jesus tells us that he will come again in a way that is quite unlike his first coming. He tells his disciples, and us, to not pay attention to those who say they are a second incarnation of the messiah. This speaks to me about our inclination to allow those with spiritual gifts to influence our lives. I was once such a person and such a person influenced my life because they exercised spiritual gifts. Jesus warns us that such people can lead us astray.
The last two sentences of this passage really engage my imagination. What does Jesus mean when he says that his coming will be like lightening? And what is the deal with corpses and vultures? I checked out other translations and vultures is sometimes translated eagles. In the context of Jesus coming like lightning that seems to make sense. Can you imagine that day when the Son of God comes soaring in the skies? Can you visualize that day when he comes to transform this corpse of humanity?
I long for the day of your coming Lord. My hope is in that day. Hallelujah!