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He replied, ‘All right, I agree to what you have asked. I won’t overthrow the city of which you have spoken. Hurry, and escape to that place, because I can’t do anything until you arrive there.’ For this reason the city was named Tzo‘ar [small]. ~ Genesis 19:21-22, CJB (underlined word is this blogger’s emphasis)
Lot went up from Tzo‘ar and lived in the hills with his two daughters, because he was afraid to stay in Tzo‘ar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. ~ Genesis 19:30, CJB
‘So when you see the abomination that causes devastation spoken about through the prophet Dani’el standing in the Holy Place’ (let the reader understand the allusion), ‘that will be the time for those in Y’hudah to escape to the hills.’ ~ Matthew 24:15-17, CJB (underlined word is this blogger’s emphasis)
discipleship offerings spanning two thousand years,
accepters removed, no trace no fears;
raptured without a fight
taken by mysterious thief in the night…
centuries’ promised supernatural event
triggers the predicted advent—
those horrific times to follow,
surpassing Ichabod Crane’s sleepy hollow
Young Goodman Brown’s evil omen dream—
a time when “life” will be just as it seems…
final call to escape the coming nightmare;
this is not a test of truth or dare,
but a hope that eleventh-hour, redeemed delight in David’s dance
rather than reject this proposed last chance….
~ from Montage of Poetic Imaginations (composed 2001)
Note on 11th-hour reference:
This blogger uses the 11th-hour idiom to highlight what Christ Jesus Himself means when he says:
Also, at the time of the Son of Man, it will be just as it was at the time of Noach. People ate and drank, and men and women married, right up until the day Noach entered the ark; then the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, as it was in the time of Lot — people ate and drank, bought and sold, planted and built; but the day Lot left S’dom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. That is how it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. ~ Luke 17:26-30, CJB
For the record, the Rapture apostle Paul describes involves the Lord rescuing His Bride so She won’t experience ANY of the Tribulation Period. Thus, just like Enoch is translated/raptured long before the Flood starts, the genuinely faithful, obedient, and righteous Bride, who is walking with God, also will be raptured before the Tribulation Period begins.
Obviously, based on the context of the above Luke 17:26-30 passage, the Lord is not talking about His Bride, for these verses are comparing a faithful and righteous Noah and his family, the participants in a kind of Pre-Wrath 11th hour (at the last possible moment) rescue, who are provided safety from the Flood by being allowed to enter the Ark, with the Tribulation Period’s Jewish elect (a remnant of Holy Spirit led, faithful, and righteous left-behinders). These Jewish 144,000 evangelists (Gospel teachers and preachers) also are going to be rescued via a Rapture—a kind of Ark—right before the Time of Jacob’s Trouble begins. Even though their Rapture is not at the same time as the Rapture of the Bride of Christ, it will be in like manner! More important, during the first half of the Tribulation Period, this remnant neither is harmed by the Antichrist’s wrath nor contaminated by the Antichrist’s rule. The members of this remnant also are not swayed to adhere to the Antichrist’s laws.
Then too, there’s another predominantly Jewish remnant, one similar to Lot and his family. Unlike Noah, Lot is a wayward, backslidden, carnal believer in God. Lot, thus, represents the end time wayward, backslidden, carnal Jewish and Gentile remnants that are going to experience the satanic Antichrist’s wrath during the first half of the Tribulation Period. However, right before the Time of Jacob’s Trouble starts, the converted righteous believing Jewish remnant is going to find safety from God’s Wrath in a sheltered place He has provided for them. The place where they are going to be safe from the Wrath of God and any additional wrath of the Antichrist is located in the Judean hills—specifically, in Bozrah, which is a region in southwest Jordan. Bozrah is where the ancient fortress city of Petra is found (see Jeremiah 49:13-14; also see Isaiah 63:1-3).
No doubt, because the abovementioned lifestyles in Luke 17:26-30 were practiced during the days of Noah and Lot, AND because they are going to be repeated in the last days and end times, causing God to pour out His Wrath again on a sinful world, this Divine Truth is why the Lord Jesus also tells His true disciples to:
…keep watch on yourselves, or your hearts will become dulled by carousing, drunkenness and the worries of everyday living, and that Day [Lord’s Day of Vengeance] will be sprung upon you suddenly like a trap! For it will close in on everyone, no matter where they live, throughout the whole world. Stay alert, always praying that you will have the strength to escape all the things that will happen and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man. ~ Luke 21:34-36, CJB (inserted bracketed words and the underlined word are this blogger’s emphasis)
A word to the wise should be sufficient. Shalom . . . .