I was reading some comments on a YouTube video that I was watching today. The comments were talking about "bugging out" vs. actually moving away from the city. When all of a sudden, the words, "When you see the abomination of desolation" flashed in my mind. Of course, I knew that scripture is referring to the End Times. So, I looked it up and read it.
Matthew 24:15 & 16, When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (KJV)
Wow. Talk about a revelation! You see, the video was of an older gentleman who was living in the mountains. Living off grid. He said that bugging out wasn't really the answer and that if you want to do something to ensure that you "make it" you need to move out of the city now, not wait for stuff to happen. My thinking was, most people (including myself) can't afford to do that! And that's when I saw the scripture above.
I know, I know...I'm taking these verses slightly out of context. But, what really stood out to me was the words, "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation". To "see" something is to see it with your eyes and having the knowledge of what is happening. Oh, how can I put this into words that people can understand? You know, it's just... a "knowing".
Okay, first, let's look at what the words "abomination" and "desolation" mean.
1. a thing that causes disgust or hatred.
2. a feeling of hatred.
1. a state of complete emptiness or destruction.
2. anguished misery or loneliness.
When you look around at the world today, what do you see? Do you see a world that is living in harmony, peace and happiness? Or, do you see a world that is corrupt, full of hatred, and heading for destruction? Prepping is becoming more acceptable in the modern world and is very close to being main stream. Not just in the United States, but basically world wide. There are the goings on in Venezuela, the Brexit in the UK, the slaughtering going on in South Africa, and the uproar of the people in France. Then, there's the Middle East, Russia, China, and North Korea all wanting to kill or take over the U.S. and become the world leader. Add to that the fact that Christians and Jews are being slaughtered all over the world; even right here in the United States! And, these are the reasons people are beginning to see the need to be prepared. For something. For anything.
I don't mean to be a Debby Downer, but people, it's time we wake up and take a look at what's going on in this world. Not just in the world, but in our own back yards right here in America. Right now, there is so much hatred in America that we are on the verge of another civil war. Neighbors want to kill their neighbors simply because they are of a different political party than they are! Our own government is at war within itself. I have never seen a president take so much anger and hatred from his peers as I'm seeing today. The man can't eat without someone criticizing him for chewing with his mouth closed. And, the strongest countries that have been the thread holding the world together for the longest time are starting to fall apart. They are literally ripping at the seams.
Do you see it now? The hatred (abomination) that is running rampant in our world? It's gotten to the point that none of us can do anything about it. Seriously. The only way it is going to get any better is for someone to act in the role of a parent to step in and declare, "silence!" or "stop!" and try and pull us back together. Hmmm.
And, what would happen when that "parent" steps in and takes over? We would all lose every single freedom we have fought so hard for. We would no longer be able to act or think for ourselves. We would be like sheep being led to the slaughter. We would be desolate. Whoa! Wait a minute! That would never happen! Really? Because it is happening right now. We are being set up for this very thing to happen. Never, in the history of mankind, have things been to such a boiling point as they are today. And who would be the first to be slaughtered? Christians and Jews.
Do you see it yet? Are your eyes open? If so, please know that there is no need to fear. It has to happen. But what are we to do? How can we even consider that we will be able to survive what is to come? According to Matthew 24:15 & 16, when we see these things happening, we are to "stand in the holy place". Does that mean we are all to run to a church building or a synagogue? To hide out and stay there? I don't think so. You see, the holy place is not a building. The buildings are meeting places. They, in of themselves, are not holy. But, our bodies are the Temple of God. That makes them holy.
1 Corinthians, 6:19, What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (KJV)
I believe it means that we are to stand firm in our faith. Have a strong faith. To not let the things that are happening all around us throw us into a panic. We are to put our trust in God, not ourselves or other humans.
So far, we have "seen" an abomination and what it may cause. We know we are to stand firm in our faith and trust in God. What about fleeing to the mountains? Is that just for those who actually live in Judea? Maybe. Maybe not. Judea isn't even actually a city, it is a mountainous region. Of which Jerusalem is basically in the center of. I'm only saying this because I always thought Judea was an ancient city. So maybe, just maybe this could be meaning that if you are near mountains then you should go into the mountains. Away from the populous of the city. At least that makes sense to me.
When should we do this? When should we strengthen our faith? When should we go to the mountains? When we "see" the hatred (abomination) and destruction (desolation) happening. Not after it happens. But when you see that it is happening.
Jesus also tells those who cannot flee, to remain where they are. Matthew 24:17, Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: (KJV). So, for those of us who can, now is the time to make a possibly significant change and move to the mountains (out of the city). And, for those of us who can't, make provision to stand your ground where you are.
When you look around, truly stop and look, do you see the abomination? Do you see the desolation it will cause? I do. And, if you are honest with yourself, you see it too. It is time that we stop procrastinating and actually DO something. It is time that we get our "house" in order. It is time that we prepare for what is to come. To prepare first spiritually and then physically.
Some may agree, some may disagree. All I'm saying is that which God put upon my heart to say. I pray that He will open your eyes to have an understanding, and that you will heed His warning. The time is at hand.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!
Proverbs 3:5 & 6, Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (KJV)