Most Christians assume they automatically qualify to escape the Great Tribulation by a "pretrib rapture." But if that’s so, then why did Jesus command us to “pray for the strength to escape...and stand” as if escaping takes, not mere belief, but faith and action? Find out how God’s end-times escape plan will indeed require something few Christians have: unwavering mental strength to obey in the face of adversity. Identify which out of ten areas you are vulnerable in now so you can start working on them. This is the only way to not give in to pressure and disobey God's difficult escape command in the end times like Lot's wife did.
Jesus: You Need “Strength” (Not Just Faith) To Escape End Time Events
When visiting my website, I wonder how many of you are conscious that its domain name EscapeAllTheseThings.com comes from these words of Jesus:
Luke 21:36 — But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.
What about that verse inspired me? It was early 2004 near the peak of the popularity of the Left Behind book and movie series. I was struck by how clearly Jesus' emphasis on “strength” contradicted the prevailing “pretribulation rapture” doctrine of popular Christian eschatology portrayed by Left Behind. After all, why would we need “strength to escape” end-time events if our mere belief in Jesus guarantees our evacuation to Heaven before all the bad events occurred, as pretrib doctrine teaches?
Answer: Scripture indicates that the rapture comes after the tribulation (“post-trib”) and before that the escape for believers is an unappealing place here on earth you will have to choose to travel to, against common sense and public opinion. This action requires strength, not just belief.
Years ago I had regretted my choice of domain name because of its excessive length. (How many sites do you go to regularly that have longer domain names than my 20 characters?) Nevertheless, lately, I'm proud of how my choice emphasizes words of Jesus that have only grown in importance to me.
I now understand much better why this “strength” is so important—and also elusive—that Jesus would command believers to be alert and pray “at all times” for it. I only now see how many and great the psychological barriers to escaping the end times events are.
Escape Requirements in Review
To put this need for strength into perspective let's review the other ideas that are out there or lead up to this one. Here are four concepts of what it takes to escape the end:
- Only Salvation? - As mentioned above, according to popular Christian theology, “you only need to accept Jesus” to escape in “the pretrib rapture.” Unfortunately, it's a fantasy that there is a pretrib rapture. It's also a fantasy that God is so tickled by our mere “acceptance of the need for a Savior” that he spares us from global tribulation after he already promised tribulation on an individual basis (John 16:33). Personal/spiritual salvation does not also automatically qualify you for physical salvation in the end times.
- Only Information? - Based on their questions to me, I know that many readers have the idea that “if only they could get this information to their loved ones" or "if only they could get them to read one of Tim's articles or his book” then their loved ones could be safe. But as I've stressed for years, getting them exposed to the information won't be a problem with Elijah coming. Jesus' “Good News of the Kingdom” will return and go out globally (Mt 24:14) and it includes the “call” to “escape” WW3 and Wormwood (Joel 2:32). What's needed beyond receiving information is the faith needed to make sense of it and want to act on it. That means just being a researcher with all the information does not make you any safer.
- Only Faith? - That's why up until recently, my advice to readers for escaping the end times centered on faith...faith in God's word, his coming prophet, and him being good and also good to you. I talked about preparing mentally for the sacrifices you'll have to make and praying for strength, but I lacked the fuller picture of the ten areas below that directly require that strength. Now I know that faith is not enough...
- Strength! - I finally see now how mental toughness or strength is going to be the real limiting factor. Many saints have faith in God to obey him during normal times and normal requests like today, but in extreme circumstances, most will come up short. Why? Because they do not have the mental strength to obey very difficult commands that faith tells them are true. The resistance and pressures are too much. This is why Jesus did not say, “pray for faith.” He told people of faith to pray for strength, too.
Strength vs. Faith: Illustrated by Lot's Wife
What's the practical difference between having faith and having faith with strength? I think we find a good illustration of this in the story of the destruction of Sodom. The angels told Lot to flee with his family, which they did. Although Lot, his wife, and his two daughters delayed and eventually each had to be dragged out by hand (two angels = four hands, enough to save four people), it still took faith to believe their word, consent to leaving and not go back into the city.
However, they were strictly commanded not to look back at the city while they were fleeing. Famously, Lot's wife looked back, causing her to turn into a pillar of salt for her disobedience to a direct command of God. Why did she look back? In short, she lacked the strength needed to obey that command. She probably had strong attachments to the city, her home, her life and/or the people there. She may have been curious to see what would happen to them or to catch one last glimpse of their home. This overpowered her and she did not have the strength to resist and obey the command of God. She died for that lack of strength. Lot and his daughters were stronger or had less attachment or temptation than she did so they did not look back as instructed.
The same situation is facing us. We're going to be given a command to flee home to an unfamiliar place, but many attachments detailed below will pull on us. We will need strength to overcome them and obey what our faith tells us is true. We need to "remember Lot's wife"...starting now (Luke 17:32)!
Note: The featured image above of the "Lot's Wife" pillar at Mt. Sodom was chosen for exactly this reason.
Why You Haven't Begun to “Pray Daily For Strength to Escape” Yet
If you are not a new reader, you have probably seen in previous articles how I remind the reader about Jesus' words to “pray daily for strength” (Lk 21:36). So far have you been able to get yourself to start obeying that command daily? Probably not. But why not?
It's our human nature to be apathetic about threats that are too vague. They must become specific and therefore real or tangible. Otherwise more pressing needs and desires will take priority and we never prioritize this vague prayer.
In talking with supporters, I have noticed that they, too, mostly have not adopted this prayer and attitude. That's why I wrote this article.
When you read the ten challenge areas below, I hope it helps you to see why you personally will need strength to escape as Jesus said. It will help get you praying what Jesus told us to pray. After that, I'll share more specifics on how to expand that prayer and make it work for you to increase your chances of keeping it up and having it answered.
Right now give each area below consideration to see if it applies to you. As you go, build your own list of the specific factors in your life that are weaknesses or could work against you. It will help you with the prayer list at the end.
Ten Obstacles For Going to Judea
- Israel will become the world's most despised nation
- Inhospitable conditions in Judea
- Astronomers will denounce Elijah's Wormwood prediction
- Poor health and medical system dependency
- Finances and possessions
- Religious Condemnation
- The “Doomsday Cult” Perception
- Peer Pressure
- Family: Heartbreak, Guilt Trips and Legal Action?
- God's Intervention (or Lack Thereof)
- Lack of Bible Belief?
Obstacle #1 – Israel Will Become the World's Most Despised Nation
Today, the most hated country in the world is the repressive, authoritarian state of North Korea. Kim Jong Un forces North Koreans to obey through public executions, arbitrary detention, and forced labor. The government commits numerous human rights violations including murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortion, and other sexual violence. Travel restrictions prevent North Koreans from leaving. Finally, North Korea’s nuclear program and nuclear missile threats round out the profile of a villainous nation.
Would you move to North Korea if someone said they would pay all your expenses to go and live there? Not a very attractive offer, right? (Even if you were guaranteed that N.Korea's infamous famines would never touch you.)
Now picture a world where Israel takes NKorea's place as the most despised nation. That's what's coming.
The End In 2026? It's Now Possible
Since learning in 2001 that Yeshua must return in a Sabbath year, I've had to rule out three Sabbath year cycle windows for the final 7 years (2003-2009, 2010-2016, 2017-2023). With the next window (2024-2030) less than 7 years away, I'm ready to share why I believe, based on the real end time sign of Mt 24:14, that this can be the one. If it is, the "birth pains" (WW3 + Wormwood, Lk 21:10-11) would hit near its middle in 2026 with Yeshua returning in 2030. Find out what's changed to convince me about 2026 and what you can do about it...
Israel is already in the top three or five hated nations in the world because of antisemitism and the Palestinian Conflict. Just imagine when Israel nukes the oldest city in the world, Damascus, along with other major Arab cities, leading (I think) to the evacuation of Jordan? That's what the burdens of Isaiah describe as explained in my book and article on the coming M.E. nuclear war.
How would you like a paid invitation to move to a post-nuclear-holocaust Israel who eclipses NKorea as the most despised and hated nation? You may love Israel now, but you may find it hard to maintain that adoration when you see Israel execute a nuclear holocaust on other nations.
It reminds me of how many Christians who love God (or profess they do) feel after finally getting around to reading the Old Testament. When confronted with the accounts of God's killing of armies and entire cities and his commands directing Israel to wipe out entire nations including the women and children or the commands against women that seem misogynistic today, they have a crisis of faith. Many do lose their faith from the crisis.
Faith in Israel is even easier to lose. (Even if you do not lose it, what do you think people will say and do when they find out you are moving to a country they literally hate? See Obstacle #8 for more on that.)
Obstacle #2 – Inhospitable Conditions in Judea
As my 2014 article covered and as you can deduce from what I wrote above, Israel will not be an attractive destination for another reason: nuclear fallout in the area. There may be other “fallout” as well, the normal consequences of warlike food shortages and disease.
Israel will win this fourth war against her neighboring confederate Arab enemies (1948, 1967, 1973, 2022?). But she will not escape devastation herself. It may even be classified as a Pyrrhic victory. When you review the first verses of Isaiah 17, it does not sound pretty for Israel:
Isaiah 17:3-6 — 3 The fortress disappears from Ephraim [Tel Aviv area], and a kingdom from Damascus. The remnant of Aram will be like the splendor of the Israelites. … 4 On that day the splendor of Jacob will fade [Jacob = Israel], and his healthy body will become emaciated. 6 Only gleanings will be left in Israel, as if an olive tree had been beaten-- two or three berries at the very top of the tree, four or five on its fruitful branches.
When I read that passage I get a picture of severe casualties. Is it just me, or does that part about an “emaciated body” remind you of radiation sickness, too?
If there is fallout there, how likely would you be to move there? Would you have moved to Fukushima in 2011 if a prophet of God invited you to go after the nuclear meltdown? Right...
It may be worse than that. What if there are news reports of people continuing to die after the war in significant numbers due to the post-war conditions? Could you get yourself to move to a place where people are dying regularly from unsafe water or lack of food, water, and medication? Remember when AIDS/HIV was the leading cause of death in Africa? Would you have moved to Africa then if a prophet of God says to? That's a tough ask.
Of course, the Judean place of safety is already going to be a step down for most of my readers in Western, First World countries. If you're like me, you don't like camping. Even if you do, I bet you don't like camping for years or even months straight. That alone makes Elijah's commanded move an unappealing sacrifice. Yet to have such a camp be in a war-torn possibly radioactive area? It's not anyone's dream of a good time or even an adventure.
As my previous article explained, it will take great faith to move there; faith that God will keep you safe from any radiation and other post-war issues. (Remember, it took two tries for the Israelites to go up to claim their land inhabited by the giants.)
Side note: have you ever thought about what it might have felt like for the ancient Israelites to walk through the parted Red Sea with gravity-defying walls of water on either side? Yes, at first it was awesome and thrilling to see a way of escape from Pharaoh's army appear in an unexpected place. However, once you start walking in the sea bed with the water towering a few hundred feet above you, I'd imagine you start praying, “Please stay up until I pass through. Please stay up. Please stay up...”
A command to move to a place where you could die because people recently died there and continue to die is just like that I think.
Obstacle #3 – Astronomers Will Denounce Elijah's Wormwood Prediction
I covered this issue already in my previous article on why NASA won't see Wormwood coming and be able to warn people.
I believe Elijah will do well for a few years preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and repentance (Mt 24:14) and leading the initial developing camp in Judea to learn to live and love like Jesus. I believe a group gathered by God with teaching on repentance will again result in a great reputation or “favor with all the people” (Acts 2:47).
But once Elijah starts warning people about Wormwood and calling them to Judea, the knives will come out. Like has happened with Planet X and Nibiru theories, astronomers will be overwhelmed with questions from people wanting an expert opinion. Just as they debunked those space doomsday theories, they will soundly debunk a Wormwood doomsday scenario.
They will declare that their surveys prove Wormwood is simply not out there. Elijah is wrong to say a dwarf planet is going to pass by the earth anytime in the next couple of decades. To understand this see my article for the full story of how Wormwood must come suddenly from another dimension (Heaven) to sneak up on earth.
Again I ask you, how down are you for moving to a despised, inhospitable place to escape a threat which clear scientific evidence proves does not exist?
In the face of that kind of dissenting scientific opinion, you will need to be strong to maintain belief this threat from space is real. That it is able to break the laws of physics and supernaturally appear to fulfill the end of civilization Elijah predicts which so many have failed to predict so far...
Obstacle #4 – Poor Health and Medical System Dependency
As if there were not already enough reasons that make moving to Judea sound like a bad idea, a person's own health can make it seem outright impossible if you want to live or have any quality of life. Poor health can cause difficulty in traveling or even restrict you from air travel. I had one supporter share the following about his immune, autistic and thyroid challenged family members:
My children are on full replacement thyroid medication. Absent divine healing, taking them out of the modern world is literally a death sentence for them. They will need divine healing simply to survive the flight from America. My wife and my child...have immune deficiency (and will get dangerously sick when not treated with monthly immune IVs), but even more critically, they are both on full thyroid replacement pills. Without daily doses of replacement thyroid medicine they can't live.
The situation described above is more common and real than you might think. According to a 2017 Consumer Reports survey, more than half of you reading this from America are on a prescription drug, at an average of a whopping four drugs per person. As someone who avoids medications and gets off them as soon as possible through adopting diet and lifestyle changes to avoid complicating my life with another dependency, that's a shocking statistic.
Dependency on a drug manifests as a real complication the minute you try to live outside your home country for any period of time beyond your supply of prescription drugs. With how regulated and restricted prescription drugs are, it's not a simple matter to get your needed medications in another nation. I saw that firsthand when I moved to Costa Rica. I was never on medication there myself, but I observed how my fellow American retirees struggled with getting their needed medications. Often their drug was simply not available in Costa Rica, so they would resort to mailing it from the US. But import restrictions soon prohibited that. That's the case here in Germany, as well, and I imagine most countries these days. Moving is an anxiety-inducing scenario for anyone dependent on a prescription.
That's not to say God does not have a solution for this. As I covered earlier, I'm convinced that God must provide divine healing for anyone who wishes to obey the command to flee (Rev 18:4), just as he did for Israelites in the exodus from Egypt. It's just common sense following the rule that "where there is commission there is provision." (Just be aware that often the provision does not appear until you start moving in obedience, just like how it went with the exodus from Egypt and the Red Sea parting last minute!) Unfortunately, I can point to no prophetic Scripture making an ironclad promise about this.
And there lies the rub. It will take faith to go and trust God will take care of your health. I personally have had multiple instances of divine healing manifest in my body so I have no trouble believing for healing. Unfortunately, I know I’m in the minority of Christians in this regard.
When I prayed for confirmation that healing and more specifically restored youth was going to be available to those who flee to Judea, God gave me a dream that did so. I still have no Scripture, but what he showed me makes sense and is consistent with how God operates. I encourage you to read it and know exactly how and where “advanced healing” will happen if you choose to obey.
Obstacle #5 – Finances and Possessions
Finances present a challenge similar to that of poor health: it's apparently a major problem which God must help most people with—and will...or would. The real problem is the faith required to take hold of that divine assistance. Like with healing, you probably have to make your decision before you get the help.
As I shared in an earlier article, it seems unavoidable that if God does not set up an “aliyah program” for the saints to move to Judea like Israel has done for Jews to move to Israel, then few would be able to obey due to a simple lack of money. Most people, even in America, are living paycheck to paycheck. It's expensive to fly overseas, pay for hotels and food along the way. This does not compute without God's help through some kind of advertised program associated with Elijah.
If I'm wrong about that then the other way God may handle it is you will need to sell everything and pray for God to bless you financially with the rest of what you need to move. This means you basically have to be “all in” before God helps you and you must trust that your needs will be taken care of in your new home, the kibbutz—just like how medical needs will be taken care of.
You would think this makes it much easier for rich people. Less risk and less faith required because they have plenty of funds for flying to Judea, checking it out and flying back if they don't like it. However, rich people have the problem of attachment to many more possessions and a more comfortable lifestyle. The wealthier you are, the more you have acquired. Wealthy people tend to have businesses and properties they have spent decades developing. They have more to liquidate and loose and therefore more attachments to maintaining the status quo. Perhaps it balances out.
You Are The "Rich"
By the way, if you are a middle-class American, Canadian, Brit, Aussie, German, etc., you are rich or wealthy at least compared to the average world citizen. You're in the top 5% of the world in terms of earnings. When, as a middle-class American, I used to read the words of Jesus and James about “woe to the rich,” I would automatically filter them out as not applicable to me, thinking, “I'm not rich; that's Bill Gates or Donald Trump.” Compared to the people of the Bible, all Westerners today are rich. We all suffer from the issues that are brought up about the rich like being spiritually naked, poor and blind (Rev 3:17). It's something to pray about (read Rev 3:18 for how).
Regardless of one's financial status or how we see it, we all will be walking away from almost everything we have. We cannot take it all. We would have to sell most things at a loss compared to what you paid. This leaves two possible outcomes:
- If the world is really going to end, then you're a financial genius to be paid money for things that are going to burn.
- But if the world does not really end, you're a fool who only created their own isolated personal financial disaster.
This again takes great faith and great mental strength to pull the trigger on your life and potentially flush it down the drain for a loss in exchange for the gain Elijah is promising.
Side note: How many people buying your stuff who suspect or know you are moving to Judea and give you their honest, negative opinion of your plan will you be able to take?
Obstacle #6 – Religious Condemnation
If you have ever tried sharing any of the radical things you learn on this site or in my book Know the Future with co-workers or loved ones, then you've already experienced this obstacle on a small scale. You know that Christians do not react well to Bible interpretations or teaching different from what their trusted denomination or pastors teach.
Frankly, it scares them. Despite Jesus' teachings being focused on Scripture and right actions, Christianity ended up based on traditions, beliefs, and doctrines. Although it is never stated as such, most Christians understand that their salvation is based on right beliefs (orthodoxy). In other words, they think they may not be saved if they end up with the wrong or heretical beliefs in their heads. This leads to unloving responses such as condemnation and judgment against those whose beliefs scare them.
I have heard the story hundreds of times of how an excited reader shared too much of what they were learning from me with a loved one. They experienced shaming, disapproval, warning, and rejection. (Because I know this all-too-well I have in my book a warning about curbing your enthusiasm about the book's thrilling insights.)
For an example, try sharing with a typical Christian that you don't believe in the pretrib rapture because Jesus described the rapture as coming “after the tribulation of those days” (Mt 24:29-31). Because this is not the mainstream accepted doctrine, it immediately will set off a typical Christian, conditioned to avoid and fear heresy. Even worse is how the post-tribulation rapture doctrine scares them because they frankly do not want to even think about “going through the Great Tribulation.” Not to mention the trouble that idea creates for maintaining belief in God's goodness? It's enough to cause a crisis of faith. Having an acquaintance who believes in such a disturbing doctrine brings these issues to mind every time you see or think of the person. When threatened or agitated, people tend to not be their nice normal selves.
Elijah's Recipe For Rejection
Elijah's teachings will be full of such agitating “heresies.” He will not only be teaching the post-tribulation rapture but also a “pretrib” Wormwood cataclysm beforehand. (Even a pretrib rapture won't save you from a pretrib “end of the world as we know it.”) It's buzzkill city already, but then throw in that believers must decide to leave home to be gathered at a single place on earth for God's protection and you have the makings of the craziest heresy Christians have ever heard! (“After all there are two billion Christians and how can they all fit in one place?” “God can protect us all wherever we are” “God would never make it so hard to survive.”)
Just as the astronomers will denounce Elijah's prediction on scientific grounds, the religious leaders will denounce his prediction on theological ones, labeling him a false prophet because what he's predicting will be “disproven” from the Bible (just as they “prove” a pretrib rapture from the Bible also). As such, your pastors and denomination leaders will label Elijah a heretic and his teaching “heresy.” Naturally, you will be a heretic as well, for accepting a heretic's teaching.
Therefore, when Christians find out that you believe what Elijah teaches, they will at first try to save the “poor, deceived soul.” They will plead with you and promise to pray for you (which does not feel as encouraging the way they do it as one might think!). If you don't respond, they will then reject you, partly fearing for their own safety in catching your “cooties.”
This will be especially hard if your family or area has a strong Christian and church-going culture. It won't be easy to hide your beliefs or positive opinion about Elijah. Where you used to fit in, now you are a pariah.
If you are not used to religious folks condemning you constantly, take it from me as someone who gets condemnation all the time because of my website, it can wear on you.
Obstacle #7 – The “Doomsday Cult” Perception
This leads right into how quite likely the developing camp of the saints led by Elijah in Judea will be labeled a “doomsday cult.” Unlike the religious condemnation above, this warning will come most strongly from the secular world. Yes, Christians are known for labeling other denominations they consider heretical as “cults” (such as they do with the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses), however when a group is considered a dangerous doomsday cult, then the condemnation comes from across society.
Certainly, the Jonestown cult massacre in 1978 comes to mind in this regard, but there is a closer parallel to what Elijah will be building. Remember that doomsday cult that expected a UFO to accompany Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997? It was in San Diego and called Heaven's Gate. 39 people committed suicide including the leader, Marshall Applewhite.
Now forever after, if ever again people are gathering to one place because of something approaching in space, it will remind everyone of the Heaven's Gate massacre. If you don't remember, they will remind you as the comparisons will be made in the news. Wormwood is pretty much a UFO, an unidentified flying object that astronomers will be unable to see until the last minute, so it won't be such a stretch. Wormwood will be just as imaginary to the world as the Heaven's Gate comet UFO was.
Naturally, the public opinion of the camp will be cynical, suspicious and negative as can be. I know that many of my readers are fans of Israel and therefore excited about the idea of God opening things up for us to move there. For many, this has been a long-held dream stopped only by current political conditions. Yet, when the door finally opens to live there, it will not be like any of us imagined if the place God has set up for us will be considered a strange cult. It won't be the dream-come-true we hoped for.
So how strong are you, really? How confident are you in your conclusions to join a group that the world sees as a dangerous and risky group with unhealthy beliefs about the “end of the world?” Are you strong enough to move to and live there?
Yes, this is another unexpected reason to “pray daily that you may have the strength to escape all these things” (Lk 21:36).
Obstacle #8 – Peer Pressure
When you take into account all the scientific, religious and secular arguments above against Elijah, his teachings and his group it's conceivable that every single person you meet in your life will have a negative opinion of it all.
That's staggering when you stop and consider it: This means the minute just about anyone around you finds out you are slightly sympathetic to Elijah or even considering joining his group, you could be in the hot seat. They will be alarmed and make sure you understand all the negative things above. They will ask you if you are crazy or suggest you are stupid. Minimally, they will think you're in danger of making a costly error by moving to the outback of a hated country. But with the cult rumors, they may fear for your physical life or, with Christians, fear for your salvation.
When people think someone they know is making a big mistake, they want to save them. They will bring out all the arguments and rhetoric. They may apply other pressure or manipulation, all in your best interests. There could even be persecution.
My point is the peer pressure against anyone planning on going to Judea can be significant. You may do your research and end up steadfastly convinced that God is with Elijah and calling you to go. But when your acquaintances learn of your thinking or decision, you will have your resolve tested mightily. It won't be as easy as you think.
Certainly, it's nothing any of us have experienced personally—unless you happen to be a registered sex offender living in a neighborhood with families. Check out this account of what it's like to be the known sex offender in the neighborhood:
My neighbor is one. We immediate people on the street don’t treat her differently because we know and trust her, but around Halloween her house gets pelted with eggs from “good” people. Once in a while some new neighbor will post posters on the phone poles around the neighborhood after they move in and discover that she lives here. “Good” people will throw trash on her yard. Maybe once a year her tires will be slashed from “good” people. No one will hire her so we neighbors, instead of giving money to the church, give it to her. I actually left my church because when the membership discovered that I supported her, they kind of abandoned me so, I’m better off without “Christians” in my life. My kids and hers play together and when “good” people see the kids in her yard playing they call the police, who don’t even come anymore. I’ve been reported to CPS three times for putting the lives of my children in danger by letting them play over there. A lot of cars slowly drive by and turn around, usually in my driveway. Sometimes cars drive by and people scream things. The best was when one idiot screamer drove off the road and hit a fence of the one neighbor who hates her. He almost hit a child on a bike but, he wasn’t a sex offender so the child was safe. We called the police and since he didn’t want to admit to a hate crime, he said he was texting and got fined and a moving violation. We have it all on camera but we are happy with his lie and mark on his licence. … Her four cats have been poisoned by “good” people.
I don't know it will be that bad. Just drawing a worst-case scenario here. But if it does get that bad for an Elijah-apologist, intent on joining him in Judea, are you ready for it? Are you ready for that kind of rejection, condemnation, and persecution? Can you maintain the belief that you are right to listen to Elijah in the face of everyone you have known and respected in the Christian world saying you're deceived by a false prophet?
Are you praying daily for the strength to escape yet?
Obstacle #9 – Family: Heartbreak, Guilt Trips and Legal Action?
Family can be a blessing or a curse; they eventually play both roles, given enough time. I have my stories on both accounts and I'm sure you have yours. I have had my share of disappointments at the hand of family members and have had to distance myself from family for my own sanity or safety. I trust that doesn't sound so radical to you. I believe all families are dysfunctional to some degree. (Even the first family when you think about it with Cain slaying Abel.)
During the sixteen years we lived in Costa Rica we observed roughly half of our fellow expatriates who we met end up going back home. Among the top two or three reasons for this were family concerns. They often missed family, had grandchildren to see or had someone in the family who was sick or otherwise needed them back.
That's why I can say I understand the powerful pull family has on people; to the point of moving internationally or deciding against an international move, as the case may be.
You might categorize this deterrent under the previous peer pressure challenge, but I list it separately because it has its own special stronger pulls beyond just the pressure from friends, acquaintances, and strangers.
- There is nothing like the heartbreak of having to leave family behind, even family who simply do not understand your decision and can see no good in it. If you are close to your family, this is likely your area of toughest challenge to leaving.
- No one can put a major guilt trip on you like family can! Since I've been separated from my family since moving out of state in 1995, I had to be reminded of this from a supporter. She related how for her, the hard part of leaving for Judea is not persecution of family as from peers, but rather the accusations of abandonment of aged parents or others dependent on us, such as, “How could you leave me? After all that I have done for you! Surely God would not want you to leave your own family high and dry. What kind of a God do you believe in if he would have you do this to your own family?”
- Lastly, emergency psychiatric holds (24 – 72 hrs) are real. Someone we know was having seizures and the state of NY put her in a psych ward that her spouse had to break her out of. Twice. Family has that power. It would not be enough on its own to keep someone from Judea, but it could lead to being committed to a facility. (More on impossible situations like in the next point.)
For those who are not close because you have been deeply hurt or betrayed by family, perhaps this perspective can provide some consolation to you. Lack of strong family ties is an advantage when God's radical command to flee comes.
If you're close to your family, I would begin praying about that being a potential obstacle. My advice is to practice seeing things from God's perspective who is creating this very situation with Wormwood that forces all to make a choice. He knows it's for the best and that those who don't agree with or even understand your choice to leave and who die because of this will all be resurrected later when you're already a glorified, ruling king. Then they will understand and congratulate you for having the strength to leave them and obey God for such a reward in the Kingdom. Think about that and keep praying for the strength to escape.
Obstacle #10 – God's Intervention (or Lack Thereof)
This obstacle ties directly into the prayer for strength that Jesus commanded us to pray and how that may materialize not just in new internal strength, but also unexpected external help or outside strength.
“Why did only eight people end up on Noah's Ark?”
I only saw this point after a debate with, of all people, my mother-in-law during our supporters' fellowship. The group had wandered onto the topic of “why did nobody else go on Noah's ark apart from his family?” I was of the opinion that, as already covered, people had every reason to think Noah was crazy and that his theory about a global flood impossible. It had never rained or flooded before so what Noah was predicting was unprecedented and even “unscientific.” To uproot and damage one's life to leave to live in a boat for an implausible end of the world scenario was not something anyone would be interested in.
My mother-in-law pointed out that there are always odd or radical people with nothing to lose who would find an adventure like that appealing: it's a job, after all, building the ark and being part of the escape on it. After a few minutes of debate, it finally started to sink in. She was right. Something more had to be at work for only eight people out of millions alive to board that ark.
What was it? Quite simply, God's sovereign will. Noah “found favor with God” (Gen 6:8) and was found “perfect in his generations” (Gen 6:9). He was approved and his family with him to be on the ark. But it appears from Scripture that God invited no one else to escape the antediluvian world. He didn't want anyone else on the ark but those eight. (That's a radical statement and a new insight for me also.) The facts to support this are that there is no record of Noah being commanded to offer passage on the ark to others or him doing so. There is no record of any other righteous person alive at that time being invited by God. (While he was a "preacher of righteousness" (2Pt 2:5) that's not the same as a prophet or preacher of warning.) The Book of Jasher records that God actually guided the lives of righteous men like Methuselah to pass away before the flood, to spare them from it. This may sound odd but it is a Biblical principle recorded by Isaiah (Isaiah 57:1).
If someone outside Noah's family had tried to fight their way onto the ark, they probably would have died. I believe, however, there was no such scene or incident. I think God simply kept people away through prejudice, fear or forces. Anyone impressed by what Noah was doing and becoming convinced the world was indeed ending, would quickly have that idea snatched away (Mt 13:4=Mt 13:19).
Do You Find God's “Favor” (Gen 6:8)?
My point is this: if God kept people off the ark who did not belong or have the favor to be there, then I believe if you do not belong in the ark for our time—the Judean kibbutz—God may make sure that the myriad forces against you listed above will keep you out as well.
In other words, contrary to what many may think:
- It does not matter how long you have been reading my material about Wormwood and no pretrib rapture...
- It does not matter how long you have known about the coming place of safety or Elijah's coming and call to safety there...
- It won't matter how much you love Israel or would like to be in Judea...
...because if you are not righteous, faithful and fit for Judea then you simply won't make it. (And those who do make it still may die there if they have not learned to avoid sins against the Holy Spirit.)
Note that if you are the family of the righteous, that would seem to cover you based on the precedents of Lot's and Noah's families. We are not told that any of them stood out in the righteousness department. But they escaped with a righteous husband or father. Apparently, as the spouse or children of a righteous man, you are covered. Paul talks about a similar principle that the unbelieving spouse and the children are sanctified by the believing spouse (1Cor 7:14).
That may be depressing to hear, but the corollary should be encouraging: conversely, if you are seeking to please God, seeking his Kingdom and righteousness (Mt 6:33) and praying for strength like Jesus said (Lk 21:36), then perhaps nothing can keep you away from Judea. Even with everything above against you, things will work out beyond your understanding or natural ability.
For example, you may have been blessed with a loving, supportive family who you are attached to. That's great and healthy under everyday circumstances. In the end-time, you probably will not have the strength on your own to overcome that healthy attachment to leave your family behind. They will not all be coming with you because they will not see Elijah as someone credible to follow. Nevertheless, because you have been praying consistently for God to help you with end time strength, something unexpected happens: your family betrays you. Perhaps you get wind that they are trying to turn you in or you simply get disowned and cut-off. You realize from their actions or their rejection that it's time to leave. Someone else in your life may suddenly tell you, “I'm going now without my family. Come with me, let's go together...” in a way that jolts you from your wavering and sentimental feelings into action mode. You depart. God saw your heart and efforts for strength and made it work out somehow unexpectedly.
I imagine many who make it to Judea will be telling testimonies of how God clearly orchestrated events to help them escape despite their weakness and impotence to pull themselves out.
Therefore, as you pray for strength to escape, don't lose heart if you don't see progress in all the challenge areas that apply to you above. It may be invisible progress that God is keeping track of. God may make up for your weaknesses later if you are diligent in doing what he says today, now because you did your part and kept praying and struggling in your weak areas by faith.
Obstacle #11 - Not Believing the Bible?
A supporter emailed me after reading this article to suggest another obstacle: "lack of Bible belief." Had I not missed how much harder it is for people who dismiss the Bible, such as atheists, to accept what Elijah predicts? Elijah's references to Matthew and Revelation to support his message will surely be lost on them. Isn't this a disadvantage?
The answer to this question is actually already hinted at in Obstacle #6 above, about the religious condemnation of Elijah. In my experience, as that condemnation will demonstrate when it plays out, "Bible-belief" is not automatically an advantage for seeing the truth of God. Christians by definition have faith in the Bible, yet most will reject Elijah's prediction after their Bible-thumping leaders decree it as unscriptural and heretical.
As already stated, most believe in an easy "pretrib rapture" so they are prejudiced when they hear a hard post-trib rapture reality being taught. Ultimately, regardless of the rapture position they have, they will find evidence in the Bible against what Elijah is teaching. Yes, their faith in the Bible will help them to deny Elijah's teaching.
My supporter went on to say:
I was speaking with an atheist recently, who was asking good questions as to why the Bible was a trustworthy source. The conversation turned to evidence (atheists always take the no evidence path, and I don't blame them), and I eventually said that while the Bible does not offer any evidence for us now, it will in the future, when unfulfilled prophecies comes to pass. The three points I mentioned were the fall of Damascus, the rebuilding of the temple, and the coming of Elijah. His responses:
1) On Damascus: It will not be impressive if Damascus is destroyed and the Bible predicted it thousands of years ago, for Damascus is a city in a part of the world that never seems to be able to escape war or conflict for a long period of time. Therefore, he says, if something is extremely likely to happen at some point (a city destroyed in a conflict filled country), then any prophecy predicting it is not impressive.
2) On the temple: Same as above, he sees it as very likely that a religious temple would be built in a very religious part of the world, so it will not be impressive when it happens.
3) On Elijah: Anyone can predict the end of the world, many do it already and they are wrong all the time, so it will not be impressive when it happens.
Of course, when all the destruction starts he will regret taking this stance, but by then it will be too late. My point is that unless you have rock solid faith in the Bible as a trustworthy source, you will find reasons that seem quite rational not to put your trust in the word of the Bible, and you won't leave to Judea.
In a past life, I might have dismissed the atheist's critical comments about the Bible and chalked it up to his sad lack of faith. But now that I sport a grey beard, I have to say he's not wrong in his responses to why a Christian thinks prophecy proves the Bible is reliable. What Bible prophecy predicts is not unprecedented or wholly unexpected on its own. If it were to somehow include a specific timing attached to each event, that would help matters greatly. Unfortunately, the current numbered year anno domini system did not exist until almost five centuries after even the last prophetic book of Revelation was written.
For perspective, I think it helps to remember that none of the peoples who God's prophets prophesied to in the past had the luxury of being able to confirm what they were saying in a trusted personal copy of the Bible. They had to decide based on any signs the prophet gave and essentially their own intuition whether the prophet's word was from God and reliable or not.
Given all of these considerations, I hope it's clear why I don't consider having firm Bible belief as important as Christians might think it is for recognizing God's Word when it is broadcast by his end-time prophet.
By the way, speaking of signs, there is a mystery regarding when Lot tried to warn his sons-in-law about Sodom's impending doom that the two angels of God had predicted. Genesis says they thought he was joking. What's curious about their response is had they not heard that the night before the whole town had tried to have sex with the two angels and were miraculously blinded (apparently only temporarily) for it? With that remarkable event fresh in their minds, why did they not believe that these same angels had delivered news of a trustworthy judgment on Sodom for its wickedness that had just been on display? I think it's because even an indirect sign like that (which a demonstration of the angel's power was) is also not specific enough to convince people that God has spoken through his messenger.
I hope everyone who believes in the Bible and trusts that they won't reject someone who comes speaking in conformity with the Bible takes this to heart. It's not enough. Pray for the strength to escape...
“Only 1 in 10,000 Make It? Does God love us or not?!”
With the new understanding above about how much strength it will take to survive the end, comes a depressing realization that you need to hear and, well, feel. For your own good. This may hurt a bit...
I believe that due to all the major obstacles to escaping that probably less than one million people will opt to obey God's call to move to his protection in Judea. Sadly, that comes out to only one in 10,000 people or one person per town given the expected global population of 8 billion in 2026.
When I shared this thought on Facebook, it elicited the following honest expression of, frankly, despair.
Wow Tim. Really? Where’s that number come from? Sure leaves me with no hope. If it’s true I don’t want to know anymore. I want bliss until I don’t make it. I guess ALL Christians are lowly developed. Not sure I like where you are going. Will this prophet convince or not? Will God move in any supernatural way or not? Does HE love us or not?
Yes, I don't fully like “where I'm going” either. Ever since Trump announced Jerusalem would be recognized as Israel's capital by moving the US embassy there, new insights on the end times have been coming to me fast. Some have been exciting but others have helped me to see the disturbing picture shared above. That some of us will be moving to Israel sooner than we thought (2022 vs 2024-2026) is one of the exciting ones. At the same time, that can create anxiety for those who do not feel ready. The other insights above have helped me to come to the unhappy conclusion that the task of getting our loved ones to listen and come with us to safety will be harder than I ever imagined.
“Will this prophet convince or not?” is a great question. I used to say that Elijah would be more convincing than any of us so to not worry about trying to wake up your family now with information they don't want to hear. Another insight this year has been seeing how when great convincing information about the truth is released, then through YouTube and social media, a wave of equally convincing information denying the truth and promoting falsehoods is released. The convincing evidence truth gets undermined as if it was never released. (I saw this play out when Nehemia Gordon got much attention for reaching a milestone of 1000 Hebrew manuscripts proving “Yehovah” is the documented pronunciation of YHVH. That attention inspired his detractors to release new videos undermining his latest evidence or attacking him even worse as an “antichrist Jew.”)
So while Elijah will be indeed very convincing for Bereans seeking Scripture-verifiable truth (Acts 17:11), those who have not received a love for the truth will find the backlash of anti-Elijah propaganda equally or more convincing.
That's why in the end I think one million tops will make it to God's safety in Judea before Wormwood comes in 2026. With an expected world population of 8 billion that year, if say, 800,000 make it, that works out to only 1/10,000. That's basically one person out of an average town deciding to do what Elijah says.
Finally, why do I say such an unpopular, depressing thing? Because let's face it, it's hard to get ourselves to pray daily or even consistently about a decision coming years in the future that we already feel we will do today. Most of us tend to be positively biased towards seeing ourselves as good and succeeding. We need a sense of urgency for ourselves and loved ones or we won't make it out of the powerful grip of this world.
Don't Be Discouraged – Not a “Salvation Issue”
In case you despair about your chances just like the person above, remember this is not a salvation issue. Yes, it is about salvation in the physical sense or how long you live but not spiritual salvation. If you don't make it to Judea it doesn't mean that you're not saved or do not have faith. It just means you lacked the focus, will, faith or strength to pass a very, very hard test. Just like in school, passing this test is for extra credit. We're all mortal and will die anyway. When the end comes, rather than going up in a ridiculously easy pretrib rapture, we have to pass a ridiculously hard test of leaving all behind and moving to safety by sheer force of will.
You might even say the test is unfair. I've had that thought about it, just as I did when reading in Genesis about Lot's wife. It seemed awfully unrealistic and unfair for God to instruct Lot and his family fleeing Sodom that, as part of their escape plan, they were not allowed to look back. Out of four people, one found that command too hard: Lot's unnamed wife. It does not mean she was not righteous or faithful or a good person. It just means in a doomsday situation with an extreme requirement from God to escape it, she did not measure up.
Just like Lot's wife who looked back longingly at home on her way to God's escape, we too may fall short. We are not necessarily unsaved or bad if this happens. It's up to us if we get offended at God on that day and lose our faith in his goodness in what he allows us to go through (Heb 11:6). Best case it only means we die prematurely and end up in the first resurrection instead of staying alive to go up in the rapture. Worst case we survive until the mark comes and feel compelled to take it. Then we certainly miss the first resurrection, as well.
So again, as already emphasized, pray as Jesus said to so you won't be limited to your own strength at that time. You can count on God's strength in that day in unexpected ways.
How to Pray To Escape
I went to all the trouble of listing every obstacle I could think of above to help you obey Jesus' prayer instruction. It's hard to pray for vague strength. It's easy to pray for strength after being shown areas of weakness or vulnerability you have.
My hope is this helps you to pray daily as Jesus said. He was not kidding around when he said that.
It may help to look at your challenge areas as your “Isaacs.” Just like Abraham, we have to be willing to slay our Isaacs. Isaac was family and Abraham was called to slay him. Family may be your Isaac, or it may be your wealth and lifestyle you have today at home. Or being considered deceived or a heretic by your believing family. We all have our weak points and sensitivities.
Once you identify them you can ask God to help you give them up or make sure they do not come before God if you do have to give them up. Ask God to help you slay your own Isaac(s) in the time we have left.
A principle I know well from walking with God all my life is that he always makes your sufferings and sacrifices for him worth it (Rom 8:18). That's why I'm more bullish and excited about what awaits us in Judea than ever before. When I see how incredibly hard it will be to make it there and how I have underestimated the difficulty level so far, I also realize that I have underestimated as well the reward level for those very few who make it there. In many ways, it will be like the Millennium has come early for those who make it to Judea. Fountain of youth rejuvenation, bodily renewal, dissolution of fillings, pins, plates and other foreign implants in your body are just a taste of what is awaiting us. So while I'm sad about the new realization of how few will make it, I'm excited about what God has in store for those who do.
In conclusion, between the fear of one of the challenges above overpowering your strength and the excitement of what kind of new life God will bless you within Judea, I hope you can make it a point to pray daily for the strength to escape until we see each other there.
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From Isaiah 17, it seems that Israel, although wins the war, will suffer a great loss.
Verse 6: Yet some gleanings will remain,
as when an olive tree is beaten,
leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches,
; four or five on the fruitful. …
A fruitful olive branch may have tens or at least more than 20 olive fruits, and there is the gleaning (of grains) words too. The loss of facilities/resources/lives in Israel may be even greater than 70% or 80%.
Isaiah 17 didn’t mention another nation or city suffering “loss of a kingdom”. Only Syria mentioned it will ceased to exist. Many enemy nations may be losing the war, but still able to form an alliance to strike again (but will take some time).
If this is what will happen, Israel will be significantly weaken to the point unable to face/stand a following war anymore.
This may be the reason why they will change the immigration policy allowing many people to enter Judea region. Hopefully this drastic change in ethnical/nationality composition will lessen the the probability of subsequent war/attack (as what is the point attacking a nation which was of Jews but not anymore?)
If so, as people moving to Israel as world’s top hated nations, this much hatred still can translate to a fair probability of real, not-so-far Middle East War again. This will be discouraging for most people.Reply
I have read many of your articles in this site for past 3 weeks. It brings me clarity on many important things of end times.
Raised as a christian, some parts of Bible still brings confusion for me, especially the story of Noah Flood and Days of Creation.
I know your site was meant to focus on end-time prophecy, but could you give your view about both stories above? At least could you recommend good website(s) on those topics?
Many things about Noah’s Ark and the Flood only can make sense only if held miraculously. But Genesis doesn’t tell much about the miraculous aspects if any.
As for days of creation, Gerald Schroeder’s view about time dilation – that is, about 15,75 billion years is exactly 6 days from the Creator’s perspective – make sense of it somehow (but the creation of plants before Celestial bodies still bugging me).Reply
Tim, I am sorry to have to disagree with you regarding the earlier comment about Yahshua’s rejection those who are torah-less (Lawless). This is exactly what the scripture is saying. The covenant with the Jews was never done away with. Look up these words in the hebrew for their more correct meaning. The hebrew word for New (as in covenant) does not mean brand new as though it replaced the old one but means renewed as in the moon renews itself each month. You don’t get a brand new moon each month or a replaced moon either, You have the same old one that has just been renewed. The scripture also teaches that believers of ANY race once converted are grafted into Israel and are required to follow the same moral teachings that have always been expected by YHWH. Not to achieve salvation but because of their salvation they obey Him because they love him. YHWH is not wishy-washy having one moral code for the Jews then an all together different one for believer’s born after AD 30 or so. The scripture says He does not change,Reply
Patricia, disagreement never hurts my feelings =). Thanks for your note. To your points, I never saw any value in the whole new vs. “renewed” covenant argument given, like you rightly said, 1. the OC was made with ancient Israel, (not anyone else) and only applied to anyone else when they actually lived among Israel. (Are you doing that?) and 2. the new covenant is not even here yet to replace the one ancient Israel broke! Finally, 3. Torah Keepers consider the Torah a (personal)/”moral code” when, in fact, it was mostly a “holiness code” on how to be a “holy nation” (Ex 19:6; Lev 19:2) that merited staying in the land instead of being “vomited out like the wicked nations before you” (Lev 18:28). Israel did not remain holy and was expelled, not sent to hell or purgatory for personal sin. That was the point of the Torah staying in Canaan, not individual morality/personal salvation! So when modern TK/Messianics attempt to keep Torah, they show they do not understand the stated purpose of the Torah! This is fine with me if you want to do it. However, I find as long as you focus on the wrong thing, you cannot focus on the right thing, what Yeshua said to do in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7) “hear and do these words of mine” which were about morality of loving your neighbor (Mt 7:21), not holiness or rituals like Sabbath.Reply
“…because if you are not righteous, faithful and fit for Judea then you simply won’t make it.”
Don’t you think it may be possible that Yehovah keeps at least a few righteous believers from going to Judea, because he has already chosen them to die as a martyr?
Just a thought…
Silke, in the article, I am not addressing people who want to die but those who want to survive and what it will take to do so. God works with our free will so if a saint/righteous person says they want to stay and die with family he may indeed work with that.Reply
I am very concerned. I’m 82 yrs old I’m on a nebulizer every 4 hrs for COPD & on OX 24/7. Am I doomed. I was saved at 15 &. I have been serving God all these years. All I can do is to do church pianist sometimes & secretary Will I just have to stay & give my life. I can’t hardly walk. What can I look forward to.?Reply
Mary, like I wrote in the article above, God has to help anyone with health issues who wants to go, because, in the Judean desert, there are no pharmacies or at least not ones that know your doctor and your prescription from the US. In fact, among the dreams God has given me, a fountain of youth time restoration is planned for those who have the strength to escape to Judea. So you can look forward to that if you keep praying daily for strength to escape and work on any faith issues raised above that might cause you to give up before you attain your salvation (physical, healing, and spiritual).Reply
Mary I would have advised you to read Tim’s article on the fountain of youth though it seems that has been covered. As Tim said we are to pray for strength and to not be distracted by the world from our walk with Yehovah.
The biggest obstacle to moving to the safe zone is that it will appear to be the most unappealing place you could ever live in. Think North Korea with radioactive fallout in the land as an example of how unappealing it would appear to move there.Reply
Hello Tim, I am in the process of rereading your articles and just thought to add something that might help to explain how in the end before the flood only 8 people were worthy of getting into the Ark.
A few years ago a friend of mine referred me to this article on Google called the First and Second book of Adam and Eve. It is called a “Pseudepigrapha”.
It describes the life of Adam and Eve once they were kicked out of Eden and also how Satan continuously try to kill them.
It is a very sad story and gives a different perception and outlook of what they went through and how the story develops until the time of Noah.
It is amazing to see how much Satan hates the humans and his everts to try and destroy the human race.
This is a good read for those readers who are curious about other insights.
Perhaps you have answered this somewhere, but who do you think are the people “who had been beheaded for their testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image, and had not received its mark on their foreheads or hands. And they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years”? (Rev. 20:4 , BSB) It seems they are at least as virtuous as those who “escape all these things” by going to Judea.Reply
Peter, I wrote this article specifically to address who Rev 20:4 talks about. Enjoy.Reply
Well all of this is a bit scary and although my husband and I are praying to escape we will be 72 and 75 by then, we have a plan, however it is all up to YHVH GOD and Yeshua our Messiah if we get that far at all. All I can say is that we are going to continue to trust and if we do get there our heavenly Father will make us strong enough and healthy enough to be of some use. Living one day at a time in HIM. Shalom M:)Reply
Marion, I understand what you’re saying, but the whole point of this article is it’s up to you whether you make it or not starting with what you do today to achieve the strength needed to escape. Jesus wouldn’t have told us to pray if it was all up to God, yes? Age is just a number and solid longevity research is available to all on the internet…Reply
In Noah’s time it was 8 out of how many? Let’s say a million, probably more. One article I read put it at 750 million. In any case, even with a million, that was one person saved for every 125,000 people alive. That’s far less than the 1 in 10,000 being put forward by Tim. Tim, I think your 1 in 10,000 figure may be too high.
A reader above quoted Jeremiah 3:14. “…I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.” Sure, this was a Word from the Lord for a historic time, but can it also play out as a prophecy for a time yet to come?
“One from a city” such as from Tokyo with 38 million, is a far more scary ratio than 1 in 10,000.
All the same, I think it has less to do with “numbers” and ratios as such, but rather the heart of the matter is our walk with God, not whether or not a certain quota of the “called” is met for any given city or region.
Keep up the awesome job of being God’s special person – that’s my opinion of you Tim – encouraging many others to consider these things before it is too late.Reply
Hope this message find you well.
I’ve been thinking of another way that some of the saints can rule in the millennium and not go to Judea then Jordan: death. Perhaps the Lord can allow some of the saints to make their appointment with death before the 70th Week of Daniel if they can’t make it to Judea and yet are chosen as one of the glorified kings in the Millennium. Your comments would be appreciated.
Tim, you are a Godsend of the Highest Order! Appreciate you so much. I pray for you and family.Reply
I think you missed Mat 7:23 “I never knew you, you who are without Torah” and Exo 31:13 Above all else keep the sabbaths as they are a sign between God and his people.Reply
Laurence, Mt 7:23 has nothing to do with Moses’ law for ancient Israel and everything to do with Jesus’ law of love, the “law of Christ” as NT calls it. Keeping Sabbath is not a moral command that makes peace among people in eternal life like the love your neighbor command alone does. That’s why Yeshua in Mt 19:17-19 purposely left out the Sabbath when answering how to have eternal life. It’s not a moral/love command and therefore not a requirement for eternal life. In fact, Torah keeping has not been a requirement for anyone since Israel and Judah were exiled and the covenant ended (Eze 10:18=Heb 8:13).Reply
Tim, concerning some of the earlier comments and worries. It makes sense that if unbelieving or underage family flees with us to the place of safety and are not qualified to be translated into spirit beings at the Messiah’s return, then they would simply continue to live their physical lives in the place of safety and continue to “work our their salvation” over into the Millennium. Assuming of course that “we” are qualified! By that time, they will have witnessed some astounding events and should be ready candidates… Also, please allow me express my deepest appreciation for your work. 🙂Reply
Hi Everyone and Thanks Tim for your articles. Although I have not read Tim’s book (yet) I have done much study since I became a Christian, regarding the coming of the Lord. I was indoctrinated with A-millennial, preterist view of the end times. I have and still am studying the end times my conclusion which I think the Scriptures are clear about is that the coming of the Lord is post-tribulational. I believe this must be be taken seriously because it is not about a view but preparing the church to be ready to face all things. I have in fact published a book in my country (Malaysia) a book on this entitled “Riding on the Clouds.” Those who have been baited with a so-called pre-tribulation rapture I would encourage you to do your unbiased study and may the Lord lead you. BlessingsReply
Hi Tim. This is a sobering, prayer-provoking article. When I was reading “Obstacle #5–Finances & Possessions” I was reminded about Jesus’ encounter with the rich young man (Mtt. 19: 16-30). Jesus’ directive to the man was to sell his possessions, give to the poor & follow Him but the man refused. Jesus’ words to his troubled disciples can be encouraging for us…”with God all things are possible…many who are first will be last and many who are last will be first”. I suppose that downsizing in this meantime, until the prophet’s appearance, would be wise. Thank you, Tim, for your diligence with Bible-based teaching & warning about what’s coming in the days ahead. Blessings.Reply
I renounce Christ Jesus, in Jesus name, amen. It’s become clear to me that (your version of) Christianity is all about manipulating people with threats of torture. I think it’s morally reprehensible.Reply
Dr.Dave, I don’t have a version of Christianity, but what you describe sounds spot on for the Christianity I left 20 years ago with the threat of hell, etc. If “threats of torture” are not to your taste then don’t read Revelation 9=Joel 2 about the locusts God allows to be sent to torture mankind into taking the mark. Now there’s a threat of torture!Reply
To be fair Dave I used to think similarly as you talked about here when I was an atheist. We do live in a fallen world yes though if you want to point fingers don’t point them at God the Heavenly Father that would be Satan the original rebel.Reply
I was seriously considering proposing another #11, something like your love of camping which I share with you, namely sacrificing most of one’s personal space, privacy, quiet, etc. in the camp of the saints….
Then I remembered a month I spent a little over a year ago awaiting and recovering from major spinal surgery in the social security hospital system of a third world country (my beloved Costa Rica). It was 24/7 lack of personal space, privacy, quiet, etc. in a round the clock very noisy environment, institution food, sometimes dodgy higiene in bath/restrooms not made for wheelchairs, and staff often overwhelmed. Nonetheless my years of spiritual training kicked in and I immediately organized the men in my ward on the principle of the walking or limping helping the prostrate and everyone cheering everyone else, joking, sharing food and info on how to get along in the hospital, going thru rough spots together etc. Well I even got the chance to carefully share some of my faith with some as they grew curious about who this old gringo was…
THE POINT being that after I returned home, I realized I never felt more energized spiritually and closer to my first love in Yeshua while facing this short adversity since the first years of my quest to follow Him. I mean I think there may be hope for me after all with this personal number eleven.
THE SECRET being the combination of adversity, faith and fellowship called down the HS to strengthen me. Duh! you say, yeah I say, I’m talking about a seclusive almost monklike person that mostly avoids churches or normal fellowship or much social contact.
I felt alone after trying to explain my uplifting experiences in the madhouse hospital to my believing family. They could not quite understand my joy and showed some of the same mistrust as when I used to talk about some of Tim’s teachings….
THE HOPE being that I will remember how the HS gave me strength in this more recent trial when I face the journey….
Bless you Tim, and KatrinaReply
Hmm, food for thought: “Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.” Jude v5Reply
Concerning #8 I would like to mention someone who has gone through this sort of thing. His name is Tommy Robinson. He should get an honourable mention in #8. In case anyone here hasn’t heard of him, he is a journalist and political activist raising awareness of Islam. I suspect that he is a modern day Elijah type as in if you think the same way he does you’ll get persecuted. Any comments on this would be appreciated.Reply
After reading this article, and thinking a lot about it, I’d have to say I agree with nearly all the points that Tim made. I agree that points 1-9 will more than likely prevent nearly everyone from heeding Elijah’s command to flee to Judea. Heck, while bringing this topic up with many family members (yes, I disregarded your advice Tim but I just had to!—more on that latter) I’ve typically encountered general indifference to the concepts taught in Tim’s book. In their mind (I’m guessing) it may just be another “Bible prophecy theory”. There are simply too many zany theories floating around for anyone, without the initiative, to pursue this area of the Bible. Since the “end” has been unsuccessfully predicted more than a handful of times in this current century alone it’s no wonder many “Christian’s” have become relatively complacent about this topic (my opinion). Will that change when the Elijah prophet shows up? I doubt it. And for those who feel it “may” be the end they will likely be dissuaded by points 1-9. Letting go of this “Kingdom”, and all the things/people/property/etc.. that go along with it, for the promise of the “next Kingdom” will simply not be enough to get them to act—That will require a good deal of faith on their part. Besides, many will miss the very purpose of the escape to begin with expecting God to whisk them away from the dangers of this world (via the “rapture”). I think you’ve somewhat missed this concept as well Tim—and it’s about “choice”.
You see, taking the example of Lot’s wife we see that God didn’t “bar” her from exiting the city though I’m sure He knew what she would do anyway. Instead, He told the “escapees” what not to do. He gave them all a “choice” anyway and allowed them to live with the consequences of those choices. Why would God give Lot’s wife a choice to “not look back” when He knew she would do it anyway?? The answer seems clear to me: Because God is always good/moral and He will 1) always give people the ability to make a choice and will 2) always allow people to live with the consequences of that choice. If you apply this concept to those wishing to “flee” to Judea (when the message is given) it makes more sense to conclude that He will allow them to go there because they are following His actual command. However, that does not mean they will somehow make it to the “prepared place” in Jordan—which is roughly 2 years from the time they go to Judea. To say that people won’t be tested in Judea would defy God’s Biblically apparent nature. As you’ve hinted at before people may very die in this environment for attempting to undermine God’s commands (via His prophet). They may even be warned before that Judgement is being handed down (which I could see). I believe God is always willing to see what people will choose and I think He’ll give anyone the chance to “prove their worth”…Could God bar those who are simply coming for “adventure”? Sure, I could see that. However, I do see Him doing that for those who are willing to give up everything just to get there because they believe they are following His command—By the way, this is just one test of many that I’m sure God will use to “weed out” people who simply aren’t “ready”. So even if you make it past this test there will certainly be others: Such as accepting God’s rule when you get there, OR heading into a nuclear radiated area, or who knows what else. The point is, I believe God will give people choices and I believe He will give them chances as well. What forms those take are beyond my ability to see but I believe there is enough Biblical evidence to conclude that God will gives people choices (many for some). Imagine if God killed King David because he committed adultery? Or because he sent his servant to his death because he wanted his wife? In fact, you could toss nearly all of the people in the Bible (except Yeshua) into the fire for the things they’ve done—they’re only redeeming quality was that they kept trying to follow God’s will (however flawed those attempts may have been).
Finally, I think the Noah example you used doesn’t adequately describe the conditions of the end time “escape”. Clearly God didn’t give a “global command” to escape—He just gave it to Noah (and his family). The rest of the world would have considered Noah to be a lunatic and never would have attempted to get onto the boat UNTIL the very last minute (assuming they were nearby). Comparing the Noah example to the “escape” in Judea doesn’t make a lot of sense to me given their differences. Revelation 18:4 (which you’ve mentioned) speaks about “my people” being called out but it doesn’t describe what that means exactly. Could that only mean those “worthy” at the time that message is being given out? Sure. But that contradicts the idea that those, who may not have reached some level of “worthiness” and who believe in God, can’t be given tests (via choices) to prove themselves. Besides, they could always get there and die anyway for doing something wrong or entirely unacceptable. God’s character seems to be one of providing choices WITH consequences rather than eliminating the choice and judging the person anyway—He could have done with Lot’s wife but he allowed her to make the choice anyway. Why God wouldn’t do the same, via the escape to Judea, doesn’t make sense. Were there not “unworthy” people escaping from Egypt? There were probably countless numbers of those (like the ones who began worshiping the golden calf). Why didn’t God just bar them ahead of time when He knew what they would do? Why not just kill some of them off ahead of time? Why go through it all and then threaten to kill all of them and use Mose’s offspring instead? My belief is that God values choice even when the consequences could lead to death. To conclude that God would bar anyone willing to make a sacrifice this large to go to this prepared place because they believe they’re following God’s command seems to contradict the very character of God. If God is about true justice then it seems most consistent to conclude that God would allow them to go there knowing that they may very well die IF they choose to disregard His rules anyway (ie: is deemed unworthy failing to pass the next test, or the one thereafter, etc..). We even see an example of this from those who fail to heed His word to flee to Jordan (ie: they stick around in Judea to see the armies encircling Jerusalem). They’ll have to deal with those consequences by literally running. How could those people be deemed worthy if they fail to later obey another of God’s commands?? See what I mean by testing and choices? These continued tests will do what baring people from the choice could never do: They’re not only fair, but they’re moral AND therefore “good”. It’s true that some people may not be fully “worthy” or “ready” to go to Judea BUT they might be IF they pass the additional tests that I’m sure will come along. I believe that God will do that for those who are genuinely seeking the path regardless of how “worthy” they may be at the time. I could certainly be wrong on this. But at this point, my mind has yet to be changed on point #10. I believe the “baring” of individuals will only apply to those who have no genuine interest to go there for the reasons specified by Elijah (ie: to follow God’s command because you wish to keep God’s commands). In the end I guess time will only tell.Reply
Zachary, thanks for thinking so deeply on my warnings and it’s OK if you don’t agree. I wrote #10 quickly and could have explained it better. By your own words, the fact that God knew Lot’s wife could not resist looking means he set up an obstacle for her to not reach safety. That’s what #10 is talking about. We don’t know why if she was righteous and dedicated to God like her husband was (2Pe 2:7) or not. If you don’t have God’s help like #10 says, you’re in an uphill battle for #1-9 and all the rest that I did not think of covering. Peace.Reply
So if i understand clearly, if you are not righteous, God won’t let you go to Judea? What about those who will want to bring their family along? What if not all of their family members are not righteous?Reply
Jethro, good question; sorry for the vagueness there. I don’t think Noah’s children or Lot’s children and wife were especially righteous but they escaped with him. Apparently as the spouse or children of a righteous man, you are covered. Paul talks about a similar principle in 1Cor 7:14.Reply
A week ago I read about a pastor who wants a donation of 50 millions dollars to buy a plane.Reading your article today makes it true and thanks of your effort,two opposite directions.I think it is getting fast and before 2022.Millions and millions are in a deep darkness about what is coming or non interested or ignorant.Bad theology with false interpretations is going to bring a tragedy.It is not just a big and difficult problem of the pre tribulation and faith by accepting Christ,it is a deadly problem.Thanks for your detail explanation spending time and effort for others.We will meet one day in the desert for I am near of it.I live in Beirut and my native town is in the border with Israel.Reply
If I may, I submit that there might be an 11th reason why people might reject God’s End Time Escape:
Obstacle #11: The Kinds of People Who Are Going and Are Being Accepted There.
How many of today’s Christians/Followers of Christ will be excited about fleeing to the place of safety with a bunch of people of different sexual or gender orientations than they?
What if some of the accepted strong and faithful are among those despised. derided, and discarded by mainstream Christianity today? It might be “kind of” ok if the gay or transgendered person is preparing food, working in the fields, or cleaning toilets. But, what if that person is given a position of visible leadership, like a minister, work foreperson, or healthcare giver?
What if Elijah says, “These are exactly the neighbors Jeshua was talking about you loving?” I potentially see travel plans being canceled right and left!Reply
Concerning #11 that you’ve talked about I think you’ve got a point there.
The only thing I’m not so sure about is the gays and transgenders having leadership roles. They are the sort of people that in the presence of the Holy Spirit would be in danger of being killed by the Holy Spirt. I suspect it is more likely people who have been convicted for various crimes, have repented, taken up the cross and following Yeshua through thick and thin. Then again I might be wrong about the gays and transgenders..Reply
Isn’t there a difference between a homosexual person and a person who is habitually sinning by sexual behavior that is in defiance of Biblical moral teachings? There are celibate gay and “transgender” people who are choosing to make personal sacrifices in order to abide by Biblical principles regarding sexual behavior. Could someone like that be in leadership roles? I think so. I used to have a mentor who said, regarding homosexuals in the church, that it mattered to her whether or not they consider their own homosexuality to be a problem. That’s the simplest way I can express the perspective that I’m offering.Reply
Yes it is possible that gays may be taking leadership role in the camp of the saints. They would undoubtedly have been chosen and screened by the Lord so that they don’t sin against the Holy Spirit, which would have dire consequences in the camp of the saints.Reply
When I think of grace I think how GOD loved me a sinner who not much different than a person of perverse ways, and with HIS love has washed me clean. The lesbian, gay, transgender people who come to faith in Christ come as they are just as we all do,and Christ washes them and HIS Word transforms them. We must stop looking at the outer person because GOD sees the heart. If they have come to Christ they are HIS servants as we all are.Reply
Thanks for your insight. It appears I wrote off gays and “transgenders” too soon because of the Leviticus prohibition against homosexuality which prescribes the death penalty.Reply
My comments to your post, William Douglas, is that mature believers will sincerely love any transgender or gay person. But since the Bible is specific about living holy, any transgender or gay person must live holy to be accepted by God and it would be a must in order to be in Kingdom leadership. Are you saying you believe gay or transgender people who practice sex outside of marriage are accepted by God and can be in Kingdom leadership? Your thought wasn’t clear on what you believe in that matter. God surely expects every believer to love one another and that includes all people. But we aren’t to accept everyone’s behavior just as God doesn’t. God taught me this year to learn to separate people from their behavior. If there is ungodly behavior, which we all could have, we are to dislike wrong behaviors but not the person. I love gay and transgender people as much as I love anyone. But I don’t embrace a gay or transgender sexual lifestyle if the person is sexually active, which God doesn’t approve of. Neither do I embrace sexual behavior outside of marry from heterosexual believers. Blessings, Helen.Reply
Hi Tim, I remember that discussion about Noah. Afterward, I did some research on why only Noah and his family boarded the ark. I found a couple of passages in 1 & 2 Peter, of all places.
1 Peter 3:18-20, “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.”
2 Peter 2:4-5, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;”
It took many years to build the ark. It appears to me from these scriptures that Noah was preaching righteousness to all who would listen and God was very patient waiting for anyone and everyone’s repentance. It never came.
I know God led me to your website because it has given me discernment into why I have been separated from my family and old friends with no explanation or reason why. I was brokenhearted about these relationships. Knowing how hard things will get, I see it now as a bittersweet blessing and God’s favor on me to make what’s coming easier to bear. And who knows? Maybe being apart for a long time (4.5 years at this point), we could be reunited and I will have grown spiritually to the point where they will see Christ through me and wonder at the change. Maybe they will come with me. God knows, I don’t.
I do know that I believe the scriptures and know with certainty that if I worship God, seek His kingdom diligently with my whole heart, might, and soul, love and forgive others as I love and forgive myself, all other things that I need will be provided by my God. He has never let me down and my life would have no purpose without Him.Reply
Denise, well said. Just one point: “a preacher of righteousness” (2Pt) sounds just like a modern church preacher we all know is not the same as a “prophet of doom” or someone warning people to repent and join him on God’s ark. 1Peter also says nothing about Noah warning people but rather Christ warning the souls who died in Noah’s time (probably Nephilim). “The patience of God waiting” was not for people to repent, but for the 120 years given to build the ark that he allotted to pass (Gen 6:3).Reply
Jeremiah 3:14 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
14 “Return, backsliding children,” says Adonai;
“for I am your master.
I will take you, one from a city,
two from a family, and bring you to Tziyon.
Tim – You haven’t posted the second half of the 10 Reasons yet and wanted to see if you and Katrina are ok?Reply
Robert, my life is not just full-time ministry. With my “special needs” family (that goes for all three of them in some sense of the phrase) I have curve balls and trials regularly to keep me on my toes learning God’s character so I can minister with it.Reply
Yes indeed we all have special needs! Glad you are otherwise doing ok and keeping your priorities straight.Reply
The second half of the article was well worth the short wait and I hope I didn’t sound impatient. I really appreciate your honesty in #10 even though it can be depressing to realize there’s a good chance that I won’t be “invited” to the party in Judea. However, no matter what happens, if this information helps me to trust and obey God more (whether I make it or not), isn’t that the true goal of life here on earth? And just to be clear most of my 25 years as a “Christian” has been very self centered and frustrating and I have never felt close to God. Only recently have things begun to change in the way I think (and hopefully act.)
May God bless you richly Tim and Katrina and all the other readers on this site
Tim lol won’t God do it? I was one of the commentators who had stated how sad I was that I couldn’t read your support team articles because I didn’t have the means to do so… at that time as well I was praying and hoping for a better job / monetary pay off..mind you I did get a better job however the means to pay to become a support team member still was not in my lap..I still hoped and prayed for the means to do so…the job I had landed at that time was the job of an administrative assistant (temp)…I had finished working that job and was once more out of a good working pay..couple weeks later I get a call from someone for a job as an administrator *the experience i gained from the temp job was AWESOMELY USED!* One of the requirements was I had to set up an account with this company’s bank ..I did and along with doing so the lady at the teller asked me if I wanted a debit card. I received the debit card a couple days ago and all I can say is WONT HE DO IT?
I not only am in a better job but have the means to join the support team! As soon as I get home *I activated the card and tested it yesterday* I’ll be sure to join the support team! BLESSINGS~Reply
Tim – Regarding the idea that God gives provision with commision
On the one hand you are saying that people will need the faith and strength to move into a radioactive warzone and that few will have the strength and faith to do so
But then you mention people on big pharma like thyroid or insulin medication that “could die on the flight leaving the US”
It seems like these are one and the same. They both require taking a first step, in obedience, that most would figure would be unsafe.
To me the ‘provision with commision” maxim is usually interpreted as FIRST God gives me the provision THEN I will obey.
But in reality the order biblically seems to be obey FIRST and THEN God gives the provision.
Abram was just told to “go”. Wasnt even given a destination…Abram had to first obey and then God gave provision later while he was already on the journey
Which order do you expect readers to understand the provision and commision go in when you mention this?Reply
Mem, of course; it can be no other way with God who values faith so much. I’ve updated the article to include this point explicitly.Reply
Tim, it’s crossed my mind that although you’ve only recently (some number of years of research and refinement) received revelation about Jordan being God’s place of refuge, others have held this knowledge for many centuries, and have been carefully working to thwart God’s plans, if such a thing were possible.
What better way to deter people following God’s will but to make it as unlikely as possible that His message could be true. That is to say, if Jordan appears to be as inhospitable as possible, and one of the last places on earth to migrate to, then it gives rise to more compelling arguments against a cry to move there for refuge.
Who would want to do such a thing? Who would work to oppose God?!
Jordan is running out of drinking water and has over the years become more and more like a desert with very little land suitable to agriculture and the production of food.
I know man cannot overcome anything put in play by God, but certain influences over the centuries certainly seem to have conspired to bring about a very unappealing environment into which to migrate come time to move out of harms way.
It seems like there are a few players in the game when it comes to the end-time plans for Jordan.
Once again, your article gives me confirmation of the changes being made in my life. It also give me encouragement that I am moving in the right direction- God’s Will for my life. My faith in God has grown so much, but I have so much more to prepare for! Thank you for your diligent service to proclaiming His Word as He reveals it to you and your wife!
Wow! This website is a live stream of revelations! Am almost through with ‘know the future ‘, though I have to go through it repeatedly over and over again to begin to assimilate the nuggets of wisdom in it. Is it not possible Tim is the Elijah who will show us the way to Judea. I have not heard of the escape to Judea (pre rapture) through any other person living or dead. Correct me if am wrong. John the Baptist was described as Elijah yet he didn’t perform any miracle BUT revealed the MESSIAH to the whole world. Similarly Tim is revealing this ‘way of escape so that we can bear’the thought of being contemporaries with the Antichrist. Joseph was sent to preserve his family and the then known world. Noah was sent deliver people from impending calamity. Thanks for this great work.Reply
Obiajulu, your assessment is correct that my teaching is pretty unique as I persevere to share literal explanations of prophecy which requires special wisdom and help from God. But how do we know you’re not Elijah? =) Thanks for your support.Reply
Great points (1~5) Tim. I’m keenly anticipating the remaining 5 additional “challenges”.Reply
Tim, Great article that gets us all thinking and seeking God for transformation especially in the areas of our weakness. Whether or not “end-time/tribulation” all works out according to your scripture knowledge and “straight forward logic” we will all be better “Christ followers” if we do as you so aptly point out Christ commands us to do.
It is very hard to do, but when we do not understand or like what God commands or does, like personal sacrifice requirements, we need to just get to a place that says, God is 100% right 100% of the time so I am going with it! It helps with the reduction of complaining and the dying to self concept. Those things are key to being a disciple of Christ.Reply
Tim, How will 2 Corinthians 12:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
“9 And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” fit into this?
Kathryn, obviously Paul was not suffering infirmities that prevented him from doing his mission. No prescription drugs either. Many people today are unable to move overseas without such things being fixed by God, yes?Reply
Why are you telling people to flee TO Judea, when Jesus says to flee FROM Judea? (Matt 24:16)
Judea & Jerusalem will be killing the prophets until Jesus takes it over.Reply
Dennis, because Judea is the same place as Mt.Zion/Jerusalem that Joel 2:32 says we’ll be gathered to for safety from Wormwood (Joel 2:30-31=Rev 6:12-16; Joel 2:32=Rev 6:17). Saints have to gathered to Judea first to flee from there (Mt 24:16), yes? Or do you think Jesus was interested in giving wicked people who don’t listen to him instructions on where to go from Judea when the abomination happens?Reply
I appreciate your perspective and sharing about your dreams and the possible scenario of many needing to “escape” to Judea. I don’t know if that instruction in scripture isn’t meant for all believers all I’ve the world or those in Israel.
The most important “escaping” we must do daily and min by min is escaping from temptation to sin. To be holy as our Father is Holy..
If some from all over the world choose not to flee to Judea, if that scenario is the case, I don’t think it will matter where they go or stay. Some may be called to stay back and reach the ones who survive wormwood for a time and do not know Christ yet.
I think it would be very believable that God can do what your sceneario speaks of though.
Marilyn, Joel 2:23 says “everyone” who calls upon God’s name shall be saved in Mt.Zion/Judea from Wormwood so it is for everyone just as the command to “pray for strength” is for everyone as is “remember Lot’s wife” who also did not obey the instructions on fleeing to God’s safety. Don’t worry, if people do not obey, they won’t lose their salvation; just their lives. If they stay behind to try to “reach” the unfaithful, that’s fine, but they’re in disobedience and will just be turned in by them (Mt 24:10). If they take the mark instead of martyrdom, then it will cost them salvation.Reply
Thanks again Tim for for a prayer inspiring article. I believe its past time we all took this to heart. You are truly a blessing!Reply
It seems that if you don’t have the strength and faith to obey you are going to be under God’s wrath.Reply
Michael, if you survive WW3, Wormwood, Satan’s wrath (the Great Tribulation – Rev 12:12), then yes you can be under God’s ten days of the seven bowls of wrath.Reply
Michael, God’s wrath comes at the end. You have to survive WW3, Wormwood, the Antichrist’s wrath (Great Tribulation) before you get to God’s seven bowls of wrath lasting ten days. So most likely if you don’t have the strength to obey God’s commandment to receive protection, then you will simply die prematurely and await the first resurrection instead of going up in the rapture with those “who escape all these things to stand before the son of man” (Lk 21:36).Reply
In that case, who all will be eligible to be raptured in the post trib rapture ? All those who escape WW3, Wormwood & GT will have to face GOD’s wrath. May be those 144000, who are appointed to preach during those times ?Reply
Joseph, yes, basically the rapture will only come from two of four groups: Group #1 is yes the 144,000 out in the world two by two and group #2 is the gathered woman in Jordan.Reply
Do you know of any scripture that rules out the possibility of there being multiple places of protection, in addition to Judea, during the Tribulation?
Stephen, sorry, there is no indication of “multiple safe sites” in the end. Only one place is named as escaping the Antichrist’s global control (Rev 13:7): Jordan (Dan 11:41) and only one place is named for the gathering of saints for safety from Wormwood before that (Joel 2:30-31=Rev 6:12-16; Joel 2:32=Rev 6:17) Judea, which happens to be close enough to Jordan to get there on foot after Wormwood ruins infrastructure (Jer 51:50, 49=Rev 18:4=Joel 2:32=Mt 24:16). If God has plans to train his people under prophetic leadership for the Kingdom, then gathering them to a single place for a single community makes perfect sense.Reply
In Revelation it talks about a number beyond count that have been washed in the blood of the lamb who will be saved. I can’t imagine that many people in one place. I’ve also been told by people who study the Bible that a tenth of the world’s population will survive. That is a LOT of people to have in one small area. I know — nothing is impossible for God. It’s just hard for my small brain to imagine or comprehend.
Personally I don’t think I will still be around by the dates in your article. My spine is collapsing and causing all kinds of other problems. I’ll be lucky if I can walk by next year. I do know and believe in miracle healings because I’ve been healed twice in my life already, but this time I somehow don’t have the faith I need to even ask. Maybe it’s just being tired of living in this world with all the evil that seems to be mounting by the day.
Another thing about #5 and being rich. I inherited quite a bit when my mother passed away five years ago, but my only child and her boyfriend have stolen or conned me out of most of it through my love for her. I realized that my only real attachment to this world was my love for my daughter and not money or things. Now that she has destroyed the trust and love I had for her I have nothing to hold me here if God decides to call me to leave here and go somewhere else — IF I’m still alive by then. I’m not feeling very “worthy” to survive all these things at the present.
Some lessons are just harder to learn than others.Reply
Paulette, the “innumerable multitude” (Rev 7:9) you refer to shows not physical people in Judea or Jordan but glorified saints in the Kingdom later in the Millennium as the palm branches and lack of sunlight striking them indicate (Rev 7:16). As I explain above and in previous articles, I expect less than a million of the faithful to have the strength to escape.
Your story of betrayal is unfortunately one of the ways that the family obstacle will be resolved for people. They did you a favor if it helps you to leave Babylon.Reply
So true Tim. My only child’s betrayal has made me ready not only to leave Babylon, but the whole world behind. As the saying goes — it’s in God’s hands now whether or not I survive long enough to even make it to Judea.Reply
Hey Paulette that kind of thing is so hard, I have been going though stuff to with losing friends and being treated crazy even though I am very charitable and always trying to help in ways that I can. I slipped a disc a few years ago and the crazy spine people said it would never be fine until I had surgery, I opted to allow the pain to draw me closer to Yeshua, and prob 6 weeks later I was healed. I do go to a Christian Chriopractor. I know the Lord can heal us, and I know it’s depressing cause I had to watch my sister take away my MOther’s Grandchildren for no reason other than pride, my sister is a unbeliever and we haven’t talked for several years. I don’t have children so I can’t imagine how much that hurts. I hope you can find comfort. And hopefully I will remember to include you in my prayers. I am terrible about all that and wanting to get better.Reply
Tim, I have a question about the great multitude. It says that they came out of the great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white, “in the blood of the lamb.” To me it sounds like these people had to face the anti-christ and prevailed. Also, they have palms in their hand. Would this be the Last Day of Tabernacles?Reply
Julie, right. The Great Multitude (Rev 14:9-14) is a counterpoint to the preceding 144,000 section (Rev 14:1-8) I think to demonstrate that not only 144,000 will make it through the Great Tribulation to the Milennium (Sukkot=palm branches). I touch on that and other topics in my glossary.Reply
It’s hard for sensitive people not to become overwhelmed and weary from the horrors in this world. I understand not wanting to be here.
Keep going, girl.
May Yehovah give you strength and peace and joy!
I took care of my mother for the last ten years of her life until she passed away at ninety years old. It was a good life and I was happy taking care of my mother.
When my daughter told me she wanted to take care of me like I took care of my mother I believed her. All she really wanted was all that I had inherited. I had already come to the same conclusion as Tim that God is separating me from my love for my daughter for a reason. The hardest thing for a mother to do is to turn away from your child and walk away, but she has left me no choice. I can never trust her again and to stay in this situation is like committing suicide bit by bit. I have to turn my back on her and walk away for my own survival.
What keeps going through my mind is 1 John 2:15 love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
What I’ve gone through the last five years has definitely stopped me from loving the things of this world. I’m ready for a life that will: Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.Reply
Wow, I better start doubling down on that prayer for strength every morning. You’ve given me so much to consider in terms of the obstacles. WoW!Reply
I am on the fence when it comes to being pre trib or post trib — I was taught pre trib and see how people agree with it — but I also see through your sight how post trib makes sense as well — at the beginning of your article you ask “After all, why would we need ‘strength to escape’ end time events if our mere belief in Jesus guarantees our evacuation to Heaven before all the bad events occurred, as pretrib doctrine teaches?”
If someone believes in pretrib rapture your right believers on earth before the rapture would be with the Lord but after the rapture there is preaching going on and people are getting saved — Jesus would be speaking to these people — they would need the strength to escape — I am logically looking at things trying to answer your question — not trying to persuade anyone one way or another because I am not sure.
Joseph, that’s a common thought, but Jesus was speaking to his followers when he said to pray for strength, not to “those who are not my followers and will be left behind after my followers are taken.” It’s quite plain and simple that his followers, like Lot’s wife, would need strength to escape. Or was “remember Lot’s wife” also directed to another group other than who it was given: faithful followers? I trust you see the problem with such mental gymnastics and imaginary audiences for Jesus’ words.Reply
Joseph…you and I think alike. However, Tim has helped me understand a post trib perspective. Not all who call upon the name of Yeshua will be raptured or saved. Many will be deceived with false doctrines (praise & prosperity, cheap grace, etc). We must have a personal relationship with God in Yeshua’s name. Daily prayer is an excellent way to draw closer to God, Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit. Once the restrainer is lifted, people will be easily deceived as their hearts will grow colder & increasingly bitter. If we cannot make the journey to Jordan, then we must remain strong and not accept the mark of the beast. This could result in starvation, torture, and/or beheadings. We should remember how Yeshua’s disciples died horrific deaths. John survived being immersed in burning oil by Romans. John died later on the remote island of Patmos as a political prisoner. The other disciples were crucified, beheaded, stoned, and suffered horrific deaths. We must mentally prepare ourselves for a similar fate if we remain in our home countries and don’t accept global control and the Anti-Christ’s demands & policies should a pretrib or midtrib rapture fail to occur in our lifetime.Reply
Ps 91:7-8, which you have referenced elsewhere, says 1,000 will fall at your side and 10,000 at your right hand. That’s 11,000 falling within the field of view. How many more tens, or hundreds, of thousands fall outside this field of view used as a reference in these verses? It could be that the ratio is far lower than 1 in 10,000 making it to Judea. If so, this translates to the bar being set very high, the road will be very narrow and the way there will be extremely difficult to navigate.
I live in a town of around 35,000. It could be just a few, or no one at all, will make it from here. When I pause and meditate on this reality it raises the hairs on my arms.
Now is definitely the best time to build mental and spiritual fitness (the strength to escape all these things) according to the various Bible verses referenced in the posts you’ve written on this topic.Reply