There is a time to stay and a time to run

Matthew Bible Background

03.11.2016 New Testament: Mark 13.14–18

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 13.14–37 on March 11, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Jesus let the apostles and the early church know when it would be time to flee Jerusalem as fast as possible, for He had devoted the city to destruction and they would see the Roman armies approaching,

“So when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not” (let the reader understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter” (Mark 13.14–18).

The Roman armies would not stroll on their way to Jerusalem, nor would they have mercy on stragglers. Therefore, Jesus gave our early brethren signs, and when those signs appeared, they had to get out of there as fast as possible.


  • Is your nation secure?
  • If so, do you thank God for it?

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