HOST: Ron House
“But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that it may not happen in winter. For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.
The prophet Daniel had foretold a progression of kingdoms and empires that would come, conquering and possessing the land. It was a foregone conclusion that Jerusalem would be invaded and destroyed. Beginning in the mid 60s A.D., the city was partially surrounded and was ultimately completely overrun and destroyed in A.D. 70. It is this event that Jesus is warning about in this text. He gives His disciples (who will be Christians at the time of the invasion) instructions of what to do in order to survive: don’t take time to gather your things and flee the city. Jesus’ sole interest is in the preservation of His people. That was true of the destruction of Jerusalem, and it is true today. The New Testament warns us of an enemy with a mission of destroying us. It is not a physical enemy but a spiritual one. But Jesus gives us instructions concerning how to survive the attacks, just as He did for those living in His own day. If we will listen to His teaching and follow His precepts, we will survive and stand victorious in the end.
What has Jesus instructed us to do to survive our enemies’ attacks?
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