Question: I fear the coming Tribulation. Should I then escape to the mountains?
Answer: The Lord “hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). As you Keep your eyes on Christ through daily study of His Word and prayer, He will guide you as to what to do and where to go especially at the last crisis. “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalm 32:8).
At the final crisis, the Lord in His mercy will allow some of His saints to lay to rest in order to escape the great tribulation that will come upon the earth. The rest will not see death and will go through the tribulation and the plagues. The death degree will be issued against the believers who will refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast “and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed” (Revelation 13:15).
For these faithful, the Lord promises, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17). These will face difficult times but the Lord assures them saying, “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling” (Psalms 91:10). The Lord will defend and protect His children just as He protected the Israelites from all the plagues that fell on the Egyptians.
And when the time comes when the believers, will not be able to buy or sell unless they have the mark, the Lord promises in Isaiah 33:16 that their “He will dwell on high; his place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; bread will be given him, his water will be sure.” While the wicked will suffer for lack of food and water (Rev. 16:4–9) the saints will have life’s necessities provided them in the high places of the earth and mountains.
These promises will prove of special relief to God’s people, when places of safety will be provided for them out of reach of their persecutors (Ps. 61:2, 3; 91:1, 2). Fleeing to the mountains is always the safer place to be as the cities will be filled with violence, crime and evil. God calls His end time people to abandon those places where sin abounds “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).
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