Matthew 24:16-20. Has this already happened or is it yet to happen?
Matthew 24:16-20...........16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.
Jesus said these words in response to the question what would be the signs of his return & the end of an age.
Sounds scary stuff . Has this already happened or is it yet to happen ?
If it was to happen tommorrow would you have enough faith to leave everything behind & flee ?
Where would you flee too ?
Can you add any relevent scripture or comment ?
- grnlowLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
I would like to expand on what Barney said.
In 68AD, the Roman army came as far as into the Temple courtyard at Jerusalem. This was "the disgusting thing" Jesus spoke of in his prophecy. Now here is the most important part: The Christians in Jerusalem would be safe as long as they obeyed Jesus' orders. see vs. 17? Run immediately to the mountains of Judea without packing.
Those who obeyed were safe. Bandits along the way did not bother them with nothing to steal. However, there were Christians who delayed to pack their belongings and wealth. They partially obeyed Jesus. These were all murdered by the bandits along the way.
Then of course, there were a few who did not leave at all. They thought like the rest of the Jews. That they had won victory over the Romans. That was fatal. The Romans came back to slaughter every Jew in sight. A mass genocide.
That was the 1st fulfillment. The 2nd is today.
We know just by looking that Satan controls this world. The Bible confirms this at 2 Corinthians 4:4. This will not be allowed to continue much longer. God always provides a way of safety for his true people.
In this case it is at Revelation 18:4. To get out of "Babylon the Great" described in ch.17. This is all the world's false religions combined. It has no future. The political governments are shown to destroy them completely in the near future along with any supporters. In fact it is God who directs them to do this as shown by vs. 17
Back to ch.18. The way to safety is by not just leaving false religion, but finding the one true religion God approves. That is the place of safety. Breaking away today and not dragging the feet or wanting to take some of it with you. Because there is much to learn and unlearn about what real truth of the Bible is.
This destruction of "Babylon the Great" is the last thing noted before the end of this wicked system Satan controls. Once it starts, like the Jews back then in Jerusalem seeing the Roman army the second time, it will be too late!
- freebird76Lv 41 decade ago
What was this "abomination of desolation" mentioned by both Daniel and Jesus? Rather than one specific object, event, or person, it could be seen as any deliberate attempt to mock and deny the reality of God's presence. Daniel's prediction came true in 168 B.C. when Antiochus Epiphanes sacrificed a pig to Zeus on the sacred Temple altar(Daniel 9:27; 11:30,31). Jesus' words were remembered in A.D. 70, when Titus placed an idol on the site of the burned Temple after destroying Jerusalem. In the End Times the Anti-Christ will set up a statue to himself and order everyone to worship it (Revelations 13:14,15; 2 Thess. 2:4). These are all "abominations" that mock God. Jesus talking about end times, telescoped near future and far future events, as did the Old Testament prophets. Many of these persecutions have already come but there is more to come. Always remember that God is in control.
God BlessSource(s): Word of God
- BarneyLv 61 decade ago
Like many Bible prophesies this prophesy has more than one fulfillment. This one had an initial fulfillment when Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed in 70 CE by the Roman armies. It will have a greater, final fulfillment in our day when God put it into the hearts (Revelation 17:15-17) of the political 'kings of the earth' to destroy the world empire of false religion (the harlot).
This is nothing for true Christians to be afraid of because it is what immediately preceeds the complete end of Satan's world and the 1000 year reign of Christ when the earth will be returned to a paradise and mankind cleansed of sin and raised to human perfection (like Adam was) to live forever on the earth as the following verses show:
Psalm 37:29---The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.
Revelation 21:4---And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be not more, neither will mourning nor outcry not pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.
- 'maters GrannyLv 71 decade ago
This is why we keep on the watch and spiritually strong. We know Jehovah delivers those he loves from danger. In time Jehovah will answer these questions you have posed.
You might read the account of Jerusalem being surrounded by the disgusting thing. An unexpected break came and True Christians were escorted out to the mountains before the scourage began. Very interesting. Shows the amount of faith we must possess. You might want to talk to your study conductor about this as it is very interesting and enlightening. A good example for us to remember.
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- Servant ALv 61 decade ago
Yes, these things have already happened, however they have happened many times.
In each of the 7 seal/ages there are 7 Seasons, six seasons of for labor and one the last season is for Rest.
In each of the 6 seasons of labor all generation must die, but they are "born again" into a new body. The last season, the 7th season is for Rest, which means that all in that seal must die except two (2).
In the 7th seal/age "All Time" (A Time, Times, and Half-a-Time) comes to an end, therefore in the 7th season of the 7th seal all living things on the earth are given Rest (no flesh shall be spared).
It is NOT that it will happen tomorrow, it is when it happens to YOU. Will you be willing to give up everthing for Jesus' SAKE, for His words.
Relevent Scripture: (understand) Luke 4:5-7 and Matt 4:8-9 these tell of who it is that has the authority to give riches/wealth/fame/power on earth, an Job 1:12 tells who gave the devil (Satan) this authority.
The Lord (God the Father) said onto my Lord (LORD God, the Christ, Jesus) sit here on my right until I make your enemies your footstool.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
it is a future event. armageddon actually.
Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?" Revelation 6/15
the rulers of the earth are going to rally against isreal and march on jerusalem... everyone will flee or try to at least... because there is going to be a second holocaust. BUT just as destruction is about to fall, God descends from heaven, the mountains melt around His feet, a hailstorm pours out of heaven and falls on His enemies, filling the meggido valley with blood. then God's awful voice transports antichrist and his armies into hell as they live.
- edwah zephaniahLv 51 decade ago
It is clear you are taking to yourself a word from the Lord meant for the house of Israel and do not pertain to the church. The church is on a different track altogether, than that of Israel. They wo have not believed the truth Jew and Gentile are on the same track although God is going to raise 144000 Jews from every tribe out of Israel and they will be the evangelist in those times. We are not in those times but are on the verge of all these things we read of in The book of revelation. Many good reference bibles have scripture references and can aid you in getting a coherent picture instead of guessing and wondering. And if you haven't spent your freewill choosing to do truth you will go through Jacobs trouble and all the tribulation that come with it and upon the rest of the world, with no strength to bear it. Call upon the name of the Lord while you still can taking hold of God's strength Jesus the Christ.
- JP (Jan)Lv 61 decade ago
I believe this is describing the second coming at the end of the 7 year tribulation.
- debbie2243Lv 71 decade ago
We don't know the particulars...and it would be futile to speculate but that is why the assembly was titled...Keep On The Watch.
Be ready for something to happen whether it be a natural disaster or an outward persecution.
- Anonymous4 years ago
No, the commentart is incorrect. These event have already happened, but the Christ has never left us, we have left Him. Coming in a cloud was the first resurrection, the first harvest, the tribulation of the 5th age/seal which took place in the 48 generation of the season of rest, it was the year 273 AD and was fulfilled by the year 313 AD. Coming in His kingdom was the second resurrection, the second harvest, the great tribulation of the 6th age/seal which took place in the 48th generation of the season of rest for the 6th age/seal it was the year 1941 and was fufilled by the year 1960. The great tribulation is known as the Holocoust and the fig tree is known as WW II.