No Fear for the Tribulation
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. He promised, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalm 32:8). God’s Word assures us that the believer, who plans in his heart that he will do nothing in any way that will displease his Savior, will know just what course to take in the time of the final Tribulation.
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 remaining faithful will not see death and will go through the tribulation and the plagues. The death degree will be issued against them, who will refuse to accept the Mark of the Beast. The book of Revelation tells us that the Antichrist will “cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed” (Revelation 13:15).
End Time Promise for the Remnant
When the time comes when the believer, will not be able to buy or sell unless he receives the mark, the Lord promised in Isaiah 33:16 that the believer “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 due to the various disasters that will take place on earth (Revelation 16:4–9) the saints will have life’s necessities provided them in the 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 (Psalms 61:2, 3; 91:1, 2). The Lord promised, “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling” (Psalms 91:10).
God will defend and protect His children just as He protected the Israelites from all the plagues that fell on the Egyptians. The faithful will claim God’s promise, “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).
Refuge in the Mountains
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). As God’s people formerly came out of literal Babylon in order that they might return to Jerusalem, so His people today are called out of mystical cities of Babylon in order that they may be accounted worthy to enter the New Jerusalem.
During the darkness of the Middle Ages, God provided a refuge to the faithful Waldensians in the Cottian Alps of Italy and France. There they stayed for a thousand years away from the persecution of the Roman Catholic Church. They were grateful to God, who He had given them an asylum from the hate and cruelty of men.
In His service,
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