Unrest is growing worldwide. So is violence and terrorism. Bad news is replacing good news everywhere. World troubles and conditions now worsen daily. People are unsure of what the future holds. Many fear the arrival of end-time prophecies and World War III. Most are largely unaware of what the Bible says, but do hope to escape the dreaded Great Tribulation, leading to Armageddon.
What does the future hold? All want to know what lies ahead. Many have opinions, but few recognize where to find real answers. Others think they understand the prophecies of the Bible—and this is probably most true of the book of Revelation. Yet all popular human interpretations of the Bible’s biggest prophecies border on ridiculous. They are a jumble of ideas where a little truth is invariably mixed with much error. These are almost painful to read—yet major magazines report that great numbers do believe these dangerous, counterfeit scenarios.
Adding to the confusion, a culture of “end-of-the-world” prophecy scholars has arisen. These supposed experts manipulate and twist Bible prophecy to feed the public’s hunger for “understanding.”
Even Christ’s disciples, who heard His Matthew 24 Olivet Prophecy, did not at first grasp the timing of events preceding His Return. Similarly, the prophet Daniel did not understand what he was inspired to record: “And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go your way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end” (12:8-9).
The end of this age looms much closer! Daniel’s prophecies are no longer “sealed”—their meaning has been made known. It has become God’s time to reveal what lies ahead. The stage is set and God has lifted the curtain on the future. Certain great nations must be warned while there is still time. So must you be warned!
Revelation describes soon-coming terrible plagues and earth-shaking events! Take heed. If you do, God’s Word also reveals that you can escape—and, as you have seen, it will not be by a secret rapture! (To learn more about the book of Revelation, read our booklet Revelation Explained at Last!)
The Great Tribulation
God promises to protect His people from the terrible suffering that will be unleashed on the world during the Great Tribulation. His statements are real. Will you take them to heart?
First notice Christ’s admonition: “Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36). The phrase “all these things” means all end-time events—those just before Christ’s Return. Recall that verse 35 states, “For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.” It is God’s purpose that some be spared—that they can escape—global calamity.
Matthew 24:21-22 shows the coming cataclysm will be worldwide—and unprecedented in severity: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved [alive]: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
Daniel adds, “There shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time...” (12:1). Of this same time of extreme global troubles, Jeremiah 30:4-5 reveals, “And these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus says the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.” Then, in verse 7: “Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.”
Only a remnant—a tenth—of Jacob (the modern descendants of Israel) will survive these tumultuous times (Ezek. 6:8; Isa. 6:11-13; Amos 5:1-3).
Overview of the True Church
Another of God’s explicit promises of safety is found in Revelation 3:10, addressing what is the Philadelphian era of His Church: “Because you have kept the word of My patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation [trial, meaning the Tribulation], which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” This has to be the same as the “snare” of Luke 21:35. Yet, rapturists actually cite Revelation 3:10 as proof of a secret rapture. You will soon see it to be proof of ignorance.
Jesus Christ built one Church (Matt. 16:18). This Church does His Work of announcing the true gospel around the world and warning great nations of impending punishment. It also holds to and declares all of the many truths of the Bible. And this Church exists and functions under God’s government. (To understand the true Church, its teachings, its government, its work—and its eras—read the fascinating book Where Is the True Church? – and Its Incredible History!)
All of Revelation 12 briefly overviews the 2,000-year history of the true Church of God. Verses 1-4 reveal that Satan attempted to destroy Christ when He was born of a “woman” depicted there. This woman symbolizes the Old Testament Church that was ancient Israel. Read Acts 7:38.
Revelation 12:6 adds, “And the woman [now spiritual Israel, the New Testament Church] fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” We will see that, on several occasions—this is one—history demonstrates that God sent His people into hiding in a special place to protect them.
In Bible prophecy, a day often represents a year, as revealed in Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6. With the Nicene Council in A.D. 325, the Roman Empire forbade the true Church from functioning within its domain, forcing God’s people to flee into northwestern Europe. Ultimately, this allowed God’s Church somewhat greater religious freedom. Catholic domination ended in Britain in about 1585 (and shortly afterward in Holland). Thus, 1,260 years of suppression and martyrdom came to an end.
Revelation 12 continues, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Rev. 12:9). This leads to the event described in verse 13: “When the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman [the true Church] which brought forth the man child.” The timing of this persecution is in the near future.
Notice how the woman is to be protected: “To the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent” (Rev. 12:14).
A biblical “time” is equal to a prophetic year of 360 days. Revelation 12:14 refers to the same period, that of three and a half times—Revelation 11:2 says 42 months—or 1,260 days (3½ x 360 days). In this case, the context of time is in units of literal days. (This will be important when we examine Daniel 12:11-12 because the 1,260 days correspond with verses there.) The Revelation 12 woman was taken into “her place” in the wilderness for three and a half years—the length of the Tribulation. This is inconsistent with a secret rapture.
Some have misunderstood the phrase “she might fly into the wilderness.” This does not indicate the mode of transportation, but rather that the woman escapes, or flees—“flies”—from Satan’s persecution. Notice that Exodus 19:4 uses this same term: “You have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto Myself.” Israel did not literally fly out of Egypt—they walked! Yet God still carried them on “eagles’ wings”—He provided for and protected them in their journey.
The providing of a place for the Church (Rev. 12:14) corresponds directly to the promise given to Philadelphians (Rev. 3:10). Revelation 12:15-16 continues this prophetic account: “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman [the Church], that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.”
This paints a dramatic picture, with miraculous delivery necessary for God’s people to survive. The term “flood” represents an army sent to destroy the Church. A number of scriptures use this analogy. For example, notice Isaiah 59:19: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” Speaking of Korah’s rebellion against Moses’ authority, Numbers 16:32 gives the following account: “And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.”
The account of the earth swallowing up the flood is also analogous to the Red Sea closing in and drowning the Egyptian army pursuing the Israelites. The parallels are clear. Revelation 12:15-16 points to God’s deliverance of His Church during the time of protection when the woman is “in her place, where she is nourished” (vs. 14). The timeframe indicates Satan’s attempt to destroy the woman.
Revelation 12:17 shows what happens next: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” This occurs during the Tribulation—the time of Satan’s wrath against the modern nations of Israel and the true Church. The “remnant of her seed” are brethren who will not be protected. The Greek word loipoi translated “remnant” also means “remaining ones,” “residue,” or the “rest.” These are those of the lukewarm Laodicean seventh era—who have not stressed personal growth and overcoming in their lives as they should. But they do still keep God’s Law—His Commandments.
Thus, Revelation 12 gives a 2,000-year overview of the true Church until the Return of Christ.
Church Eras and the Place of Safety
The place of safety is directly tied to the biblical understanding of Church eras—that Christ has guided His Church through seven successive eras, described in Revelation 2 and 3. Those who dismiss the plain scriptural record that the sixth era—Philadelphia—is promised protection, also dismiss the existence of seven literal Church eras. Conversely, those who reject this doctrine inevitably reject the belief in a literal, single place of safety.
Overview of Church Eras
Below is a listing of the seven successive eras along with the approximate dates and key events of each era. (The term “RC” in the chart is an abbreviation for Roman Catholic.)
A general overview of the subject of Church eras, represented in the preceding chart, is helpful in grasping the historical perspective recorded in Revelation 2 and 3.
The passage appears to state that there will be people of three different eras who could still be alive when Christ Returns—but this is only true IF individual members within the two eras described next have repented and long since become part of the one, undivided true Church of God under His government and doing His Work.
First, in Revelation 2:25, Christ addresses the Thyatiran Era: “But that which you have already hold fast till I come.” This short statement shows that there will be a remnant (however tiny) from this era alive when Christ returns.
Next, in Revelation 3:3-4, Christ addresses the Sardis Era: “Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore you shall not watch, I will come on you as a thief, and you shall not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy.” Christ is obviously correcting a Sardis remnant alive at His Return.
Then, in Revelation 3:10, is Christ’s promise to Philadelphians to protect them from the hour of temptation, the Tribulation, which does not begin until late in the Laodicean era. The Philadelphians existing at that time will be a remnant of the Philadelphian era—including those who “anointed their eyes” (vs. 18).
Revelation 2 and 3 show that there will be remnants of Thyatira, Sardis and Philadelphia in existence at the time of Christ’s Return. It is evident, however, that only those of Philadelphia will actually be Spirit-led people. So what this means is that those of Thyatira and Sardis are being warned that they need to repent long before Christ’s Return to have any hope of being protected through the Tribulation, as well as the more important hope of achieving final salvation in the kingdom of God.
Scripture shows that none of Laodicea survive the Tribulation. Those who purchased “gold tried in the fire” (Rev. 3:18) will die physically, but survive spiritually. Those who yield under pressure and take the mark of the Beast (13:15-17), to save their physical lives, will lose out on eternal life.
The above scriptures make obvious how interrelated the understanding of Church eras is with the place of safety. Anyone rejecting either one of these doctrines inevitably abandons the other.
Ezekiel 5 records a truly stunning prophecy concerning the nations of modern Israel in the coming Tribulation. We must carefully examine it for God’s promised protection of His faithful servants.
Verse 1 states, “And you, son of man, take you a sharp knife, take you a barber’s razor, and cause it to pass upon your head and upon your beard: then take you balances to weigh, and divide the hair.”
Verse 2 shows what is to happen to the portions of thirds: “You shall burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and you shall take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part you shall scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.”
Verse 3 introduces a fascinating detail: “You shall also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in your skirts.” Verse 4 expounds on this: “Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.”
To understand this passage, we must allow the Bible to interpret itself. Verse 1 is thoroughly explained in verse 12: “A third part of you shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of you: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about you; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.”
The first third of the populations of all modern Israelitish nations are foretold to perish from disease and famine. The second third will die from military invasion. Then, the final third attempt to escape—unsuccessfully. The majority of this surviving third are taken into captivity.
Notice the clarity with which Jeremiah records their fate: “And it shall come to pass, if they say unto you, Where shall we go forth? Then you shall tell them, Thus says the Lord; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity” (15:2).
The term “skirts” in Ezekiel 5:3 is from the Hebrew word kanaph, better translated “wings” (as noted in most Bible margins). This is the very same Hebrew word translated “wings” in Exodus 19:4, where God bore Israel on “eagles’ wings”! This parallels Revelation 12:14, in which the Church is taken to “her place” by the wings of an eagle.
“Blessed is he that waits…”
A passage in Daniel 12 reveals God’s Plan with His people: “Many shall be purified, and made white [righteous], and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand” (vs. 10). There are two times of trial to understand. One is already taking place and the other is future. The first involves God’s people, who are all being spiritually “purified, made white, and tried.” Their conversion is being purified. This process continues into the second trial—the Tribulation—which, recall, “shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Rev. 3:10), and the modern nations of Israel in particular—“the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7). Also recall the Revelation 12:13 persecution of God’s Church by the devil.
Let’s look at three critical time periods. The Tribulation and Day of the Lord together last 1,260 days, or three and a half years before Christ’s Return. The others are “1,290 days” and “1,335 days.”
The 1,290 appears in Daniel 12:11: “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” These are obviously also literal days, beginning with the setting up of the abomination of desolation—which includes armies around Jerusalem. So then, with the Church to be protected for only 1,260 days, there are 30 days before it arrives at its designated place.
The 1,335-day period is introduced one verse later: “Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days” (vs. 12). What is this?
Starting 45 days before the 1,290-day mile-marker, the 1,335 date also counts down to the Return of Christ. This moment signals the end of God’s Work of preaching the true gospel for this age—the completion of the Matthew 24:14 commission—and the warning of the world’s greatest nations. The 1,335 is when God’s people are “taken” to—gathered in—Judea for flight to safety. Then, when the abomination is set up—45 days later—events culminate in Jerusalem and the Church flees from Judea. The 45-day period permits the Church time to be brought from around the world in what we will see to be Judea.
These periods begin with different events, but end with the same event—Christ’s Return! The following graph illustrates how these three durations of time overlap.
1,335 Days—1,290 Days—1,260 Days
Since Daniel prefixes the event beginning the 1,335 days with “blessed is he that waits,” this is designated as the signal, with a possible accompanying event—at this specific time—for which the Church has patiently waited (Matt. 24:13; 10:22; Luke 21:19; Rev. 14:12).
The arrival of the critical 1,335 moment is something that will only be known to those in God’s one, undivided Church. An internal signal will be given by Jesus Christ, who is the Church’s true Head (Col. 1:18-19; Eph. 1:22-23). Real faith will be required. God’s people will plainly understand when Christ is “revealed” (Luke 17:30). (But it will probably also be at least partially recognized for what it is by certain ones in the world looking for this to happen.) Obviously, miracles, almost certainly many, will have to be involved. Merely recall how God supernaturally eliminates Satan’s army right before the Church arrives at her place. How many other miracles will be needed just for brethren from all over the world to be “taken” to Judea, let alone escape?
The dual event of the daily sacrifices being taken away and the abomination set up is crucial. Matthew describes it: “When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet [Christ validates both Daniel’s prophecy and timing], stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand)” (Matt. 24:15). Luke clarifies this: “When you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is near” (21:20).
The abomination of desolation will involve not only the sacrifices being taken away, and a religious figure standing in the holy place, but also Jerusalem being surrounded by armies. The most evident of these signs would naturally be Jerusalem being encompassed by armies. This seems to be the only part professing Christians notice.
Grasp this. All who believe in the rapture—all of them—are being set up to enter the Tribulation. They have literally been conditioned to patiently wait until the Tribulation falls on them like a snare. And they have been set up for what will be indescribable shock and disappointment. Here’s how.
They have been told that the worst of the Tribulation begins three and a half years after they will have supposedly already been sucked into heaven. In addition, they have been lulled into believing therefore that it would not be something that really concerns them. In truth, the Tribulation will blindside rapturists with a force of a 100-car runaway freight train! They are oblivious to what is coming—and you cannot convince them otherwise. But the Tribulation also awaits other vast millions of professing Christians because virtually all their other beliefs can be proven to be unbiblical human inventions and traditions.
Directly contradicting rapturists, here is what Christ instructed regarding the abomination’s appearance: “Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto” (Luke 21:21). The message is clear: leave quickly! Remember, this warning is so urgent, the need to leave fast so great, that those who flee are told not to return home for anything (Matt. 24:17-18).
The prophet Hosea describes the same 30-day period before the destruction of Judah and certain great nations, as well as why destruction comes: “And the pride of Israel does testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim [their modern descendants] fall in their iniquity [disobedience]; Judah also shall fall with them. They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord; but they shall not find Him [Why? They waited too long.]; He has withdrawn Himself from them. They [the nations of the West] have dealt treacherously against the Lord: for they have begotten strange children [look at today’s generation]: now shall a month devour them with their portions” (Hos. 5:5-7).
This reveals why the Church must flee in great haste. During that short interval—from 1,290 to 1,260 days—God holds back events, just as He did when Noah prepared the ark and when Lot had to leave Sodom. Imminent destruction was apparently delayed until these men and their families had reached safety.
Christ described Noah’s time: “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26-27). Once Noah’s family was safe, the Flood slammed into a disbelieving world!
Let’s now examine Lot’s situation: “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all” (vs. 28-29). As with Noah’s time, destruction came the same day—immediately after Lot had escaped!
First God protected Lot’s family in the little city of Zoar, but they later also took refuge in nearby mountains. Here is God’s directive to Lot: “Haste you, escape there [Zoar]; for I cannot do anything till you be come there...” (Gen. 19:22). Regardless of Lot’s location, God could have destroyed Sodom, but He held back events until certain individuals were taken out of harm’s way!
Likewise, Christ indicated that His people will flee in great haste without returning for their possessions or anything that would slow them down. Events are apparently held back until His people have left Judea (Hos. 5:5-7; Matt. 24:16; Luke 21:21).
Two incredible passages in Isaiah speak of those whom God will protect from Satan’s army: “Let Mine outcasts [God’s people] dwell with you, Moab; be you a covert [a cover] to them from the face of the spoiler [the devil]” (Isa. 16:4). (The location of Moab introduces a fascinating key to identifying the place of safety. The Bible does offer certain real clues—but precisely where God may choose to protect His people is not the subject of this booklet.) When understood in full context, Christians being “cast out” of their nations through persecution harmonizes with passages about also being “taken” to safety.
Now God’s direct promise, 10 chapters later, to these outcasts who will be protected during the three and a half years of the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord: “Come, My people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors about you: hide yourself as it were for a little moment [three and a half years], until the indignation [God’s wrath during the Day of the Lord] be overpast. For, behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity [again, lawlessness, the breaking of the Ten Commandments, including God’s weekly Sabbath]: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain” (Isa. 26:20-21).
The Fall of Jerusalem
Now let’s examine an extraordinary—and truly fascinating—parallel event in the first century when God protected the Jerusalem congregation. This was just before another time of great trial for that city and Judea.
Provocations by Roman procurators against the Jewish priesthood starting in A.D. 60 finally led to a revolt by Jewish separatists. This brought escalating Jewish military reprisals, which resulted in miraculous delivery of God’s people.
Some may find it embarrassing to believe in a literal place of safety. They associate it with religious fanaticism, such as the Jim Jones cult, who retreated to Guyana in the late 1970s, and the crisis at Waco, Texas in the 1990s under David Koresh, and other religious groups with fanatical or bizarre conduct.
The actions of such leaders, and the groups following them, distort and taint the Bible’s teachings, repelling many from the truth. Such fanatics personify this prophetic scripture: “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you...And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of ” (II Pet. 2:1-2).
Some who have been called, and who became aware of growing world trouble, have expressed that they do not want their relatives, friends, neighbors or associates to look upon them as religious fanatics. They seem to prefer to suffer the greatest time of trouble the world has ever known, rather than obey God and risk suffering ridicule and scorn.
What about those who fled Jerusalem in AD 69, who may have been considered traitors, fanatics or cowards? Then, what about those who stayed behind, concerned about what friends and associates would think? In the end, these were victims of starvation, crucifixion and other horrors of war. Those who obeyed and trusted God—following His instructions to flee—survived. Certainly many around them would have thought them fanatical.
Obedience and faith in God will again be crucial in the prophesied flight to come!
In Judea, A.D. 66, intending to crush the rebellion, the Roman army under General Cestius approached the walls of Jerusalem to capture the city. For unknown reasons, Cestius lost his momentum and turned back. The Jews took heart. Cestius had missed his chance. Later, a second Roman advance, this time under General Vespasian, also suddenly halted so he could race back to Rome to become Emperor. Upon his departure, his son Titus assumed command.
These two delays were not random events. God’s people—the true Church!—were still in Jerusalem! Of course, it was only a matter of time before Rome’s mighty armies inevitably defeated Jerusalem. But Christ, who oversees His Church, was guiding and altering events to allow His people to vacate Jerusalem before the city was besieged and finally devastated by the Roman armies.
The famous Jewish historian Josephus gave a detailed account of various signs that occurred at the time of Pentecost A.D. 69. He related that many had witnessed, shortly before Pentecost, what seemed to be formations in the clouds that took the form of troops and chariots surrounding cities. Josephus continued: “Moreover, at that feast which we call Pentecost, as the priests were going by night into the inner [court of the] temple...they said that, in the first place, they felt a quaking, and heard a great noise, and after that they heard a sound as of a multitude, saying, ‘LET US REMOVE HENCE’” (Wars of the Jews, bk. VI, ch. V, sec. 3).
Miraculous Intervention Necessary
God’s people did flee Jerusalem at that time. But without God’s intervention, they would have never been able to leave. While the Roman army was readying for siege, the congregation exited in full view of the soldiers, before crossing the Jordan River. The brethren also had to contend with patrolling Jewish fighters who considered them traitors. With God’s protection, the new exiles went northeast to another little town—Pella. Within months, after horrible suffering and starvation, Jerusalem fell to the Romans. The Temple was destroyed.
The all-powerful God is unlimited in His ability to choose any form of miraculous intervention—whether an earthquake, cloud formations or the loud noise of a multitude. Without His divine intervention, the Jerusalem congregation would have perished during the destruction of the city. Quite possibly, the voices of the multitude were discernable only to God’s people—just as Paul heard a voice in Acts 22:6-9, when others with him did not. Those in tune with God both heard and heeded. Others may not have heard the warning. Obviously, the Temple priests did.
Some ridicule the promise of a flight to a place of protection on the premise that “there is no way to know the time to flee” or “one cannot know that the signal is valid,” among others. These are but shallow excuses to those who serve and believe the true God!
God’s servants must steadfastly look to Him to know what to do, and when to do it. Timing is vital to God’s protection. Suppose some in the congregation learned beforehand that Pella would be their place of protection. Suppose they fled there even just a little in advance. The result? They would have been killed by the Roman armies that had devastated Pella just months previous. God sent His people there only after that city was destroyed!
Also, critics might have insisted at the time that Pella was the worst possible choice because it was within territory easily accessible to the Romans. And Jewish patriots also patrolled the region around Pella. But God protected the Jerusalem/Pella congregation exactly where He led them. They survived, and even thrived there for decades. This is connected to why—of all places—God’s people are to gather in Judea.
God can reveal all necessary events to His people. The first-century leadership of His Church eventually would have known their destination, as well as other important details. The Bible does reveal what the sign will be for the Church’s flight in the years just ahead. (Read Luke 17:30!) There will be no doubt among those willing to trust God’s instructions.
Do You Believe God?
Those who reject a place of safety deny all of God’s explicit promises to protect His people. Keep this simple! You have seen that Scripture emphatically proves there will be a specific, physical place of safety! This extensive booklet should have made this abundantly clear. And Part 1 proved conclusively that there will be no secret rapture.
Remember Christ’s admonition: “But pray you that your flight be not in the winter [again, meaning in wintry conditions], neither on the Sabbath day” (Matt. 24:20). Verse 15 reveals the signal for God’s people to flee—the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place. Those in Judea at that time are to flee into nearby mountains.
Verses 4-15 follow with Christ listing a series of events to occur sequentially until just before His Return. Verse 15 concludes, “whoso reads, let him understand.”
Most today do not—and will not!—understand the shocking crush of events soon to smash into civilization. Here is why. God’s servants obey Him. Acts 5:32 speaks of “the Holy Spirit, [that] God has given to them that obey Him.” Understanding flows directly from having God’s Spirit and obedience: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments” (Ps. 111:10).
All who yield themselves to obey God, and strive to serve Him in all points, will understand these great events, and will be found worthy to escape this worst time of trouble ever (Luke 21:36)!
The masses of professing Christianity refuse to obey God, they reject plain truths of His Word and reject His authority over their lives. Thus, they remain blind. These have no hope of unlocking God’s Purpose. Stuck in confusion, they misunderstand and mangle the prophecies about terrible, civilization-shattering events to soon impact every human being on this planet!
God will supernaturally hide and protect His people in a specific location. Will you trust Him? Will you believe His promises? Will you qualify for deliverance and protection?—or await a rapture that will never come?