Christians can avoid the Great
God has always protected
his people without removing them from the planet, as happened in
Christians can avoid the Great Tribulation according to what Jesus says. In truth, Christians can stay away from the Great Tribulation. If that were not the case the Lord would not have advised us to pray that we may be held worthy to escape all these things.
therefore, and pray
that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that
shall come to pass, and to
stand before the Son of
By using the phrase "stand before the Son of Man", he lets us see that in this verse Jesus is referring to the last generation, just before his Second Coming; not to the generation of the Apostles. Referring to that generation which will see the Second Coming, He exhorts to pray and watch. In other words, he advises to ask God, and to act accordingly, so that they may avoid the Great Tribulation and stand before Christ.
If such were not the case, that is, that the last generation of Christians could avoid the Great Tribulation, the Lord would not have urged us to pray requesting such a thing.
Jesus again mentions that Christians can avoid the antiChrist. In Rev 3:10, we see the Lord asserting again that the Church can be freed of the Great Tribulation. It is not an outlandish idea that Christians can avoid it. Notice that He is referring to end-time Christians
"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the Earth." (Rev 3:10)
When God protected his own
"22 And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth. 23 And I will put a division between my people and thy people; to morrow shall this sign be." (Ex 8:22-23)
And the LORD shall sever between
the cattle of
And the hail
smote throughout all the
"They saw not one
rose any from his place for three
but all the children of
From the reading of these portions,
we see that the divine protection is full and complete. Nowhere have
we seen that His people in
This same thing will happen at the End of this Era, when the foretold plagues come. The people of God shall be protected, at the very least, those that allow themselves to be protected. Those that persist on waiting for a "secret rapture", may not see the opportunity of escape, and will be prevented from getting refuge in the "wilderness".
At that future time, the best advice that Christians can receive is not to cling to their properties nor to others that may not want to leave for the "wilderness" that God provided. Not only that, but also in many cases they may have to leave without their material goods, leaving everything, so that the people surrounding them may not suspect that they are fleeing and not planning to return, and may try to retain them. Things like that I have seen in countries under tyrannies.
Where will the Christians that listen to God's voice and not sit to wait for the supposed Rapture previous to the Great Tribulation, find refuge? We have already seen several biblical examples of how God always provides an escape for His own and a place of refuge. Where would that refuge during the Great Tribulation be? It will definitely be what in Rev 12:14 is called "the wilderness".
"And 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)
It is not misguided to believe that in this portion of Revelation, the eagle that lends the woman its two wings, symbolizes a powerful government, since He does call it a "great eagle". The act of giving the two wings to the woman, can be due to that nation lending its power to facilitate the transfer of Christians to the refuge or "wilderness" prepared by God for them.
I do not believe that the transfer of the Christians would be something compulsory. In other words, that the Christians will be forced to go to the "wilderness" or refuge. But rather that they will allow them to go. Perhaps as a way of getting the more controversial citizens of that future society out of the way.
I also doubt that all the Christians will desire to be transferred to the wilderness or refuge. There may be thousands that for various motives will not desire to take refuge and will ignorantly prefer to remain in the society of the nascent antiChrist .
The possible motives that many may have in remaining where they are, could be:
a) They believe in Jesus, but they are un-aware of the prophecies. The propaganda that currently prepares the coming of the antiChrist will make them think that going to a "wilderness" to seek refuge is an exaggeration and a "fanaticism". Many will believe it, because those brothers have not read the Bible sufficiently. Ask the Christians you know what is the antiChrist. The majority do not know much about him and confidently expect that they will be "secretly raptured" before the antiChrist and the Great Tribulation .
b) Their emotions: Christians in love with persons that does not wish to leave their nation. Christians that love their wealth and possessions and are holding on to them. Those that think they are too "clever", and figure they will be able to deal with problems without having to leave their place. Those that are afraid of starting a brand new life from scratch. The procrastinators that always leave everything for later. Those that do not want to separate from their unbelieving relatives; etc..
I am not talking of things
that do not happen. Each and every one of the
examples just mentioned, were
reasons why, in a certain country
where tyranny reigned, hundreds
of thousands remained which could have left on time and
however, did not.
Nevertheless, these that did not
leave on time, would later torment
their relatives in the
c) Those that have God's duty to fulfill in the place where they are; and those that do not have it, but think that they have it.
d) Those that disguise their true motives to remain, with the pretext of the duty that they say they need to fulfill.
e) Those that have two or more of the aforementioned motives, etc..
not believe that all the Christians of the World will go to the
refuge, due to the previously
mentioned facts. Perhaps it may
be only those that make up the description given in Rev
3:7-13 (the Church at
else to have in mind is that when it says that the woman will
be given two wings of a great
eagle, it is referring to the times of the end. In these days
of the End there is only one powerful country that
has as its national symbol the
eagle, and that country is the
United States of North America. It may be that this country may hold the
"wilderness" which is spoken of by the
prophecy, or it may be that the
be elsewhere, but that the