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“He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure” (Isaiah 33:16).
To those who love
and serve the Lord, He offers a place of escape and protection in the high places of the earth and the mountains. The promise here given will prove of special comfort to God
’s people during the great crisis of the last days, when places of safety will be provided for them out of reach from those who are set on their destruction (Psalms 61:2, 3). While the wicked suffer from lack of food and water (Revelation 16:4–9), the saints will have life’s necessities provided them.
The Lord will make it clear as to when to escape to the mountains, caves, or forests. But without a relationship with the Lord, a person cannot possibly be able to discern His will or know when to leave at the time of trouble.
Legislation in matters of religion has ever been followed by persecution. This did happen during the Middle Ages, prompted by the dominant church
of the day. As for the future, in its attempt to make all earth’s inhabitants give allegiance to the first beast
(the papacy- Revelation 13:8), the second beast (USA- Revelation 13:15
) will issue a decree threatening with death
all who maintain their loyalty to God
and His laws. Everyone will be affected by this legislation but only the faithful remnant will refuse compliance (Revelation 12:17
). Also, the death
sentence will be a major clue as to when this time of tribulation for God
’s people will reach its peak. Praise the Lord, He has promised protection for the final survivors (144,000) of that persecution:
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust. Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. Because he has set his love
upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation” (Psalm 91).
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