Within Christianity there are true God-fearing, Bible believing individuals who are ill-prepared for what soon must happen. The reason is simple: there is little understanding of prophecy. Many shy away from the prophetic by claiming that it’s too difficult to comprehend. This is a lie from Satan.
“Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10b NRSV).
Everything that Jesus says should be understood from a prophetic context. If it is not, than its true meaning will elude even the most devout follower. Properly interpreting prophecy becomes much easier when a person submits to the teaching of the Holy Spirit and employs “The 5 Rules of Interpretation”. (See “Rules of Interpretation” under “Book Excerpts” category).
Case in point: Jesus is carrying His cross and the women of Jerusalem are beating their breasts and wailing for Him. The King of Kings tells them to cry for themselves and their children because the time is coming where they will say: “Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed. Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’ and the hills, ‘Cover us.’ (Luke 23:29-30 NRSV)
History shows that in 70 AD the Roman General Titus tore down Jerusalem’s temple prompting a great exodus of the Judean people from the Holy Land. The scattering meant great hardship for pregnant women and nursing mothers. This event was a “near” fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24.
“So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the Holy Place, as was spoken by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; the one on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house; the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days!” (Matthew 24:15-19 NRSV).
The “far” fulfillment is understood in light of Daniel 9:27. In this verse we learn that the beast (anti-Christ) causes Jewish sacrifice to cease at the mid-point of the final seven years. This is the catalyst for women to say that the barren are blessed. People will be crying for the mountains to hide them. Hide them from what? Revelation 6:15-17 provides the answer. They want to hide from the One seated on the throne and from the Lamb. After the opening of the 6th seal, the year long Day of the Lord will begin.
When prophecy is properly interpreted, Christians with a true love for Jesus and the heart of an overcomer will be prepared for dark days to come. EJ