24:28 eagles be gathered. See also Luke 17:37. The “eagles” are actually vultures, so the metaphor describes carrion-eating birds swarming over a dead body. In this context, it must refer to the slaughter of all who have rebelled against God. The destruction of Gog’s multitudes in Israel near the beginning of the tribulation period is foreshadowed in the scene of fowls feasting on their flesh (Ezekiel 38:17-20), and fully activated at Armageddon when all the armies of the Beast are slain with the verbal “sword” of Christ (Revelation 19:21).