Sunday, August 17, 2014

Does He Really Mean It ?!

When you, therefore, shall see the abomination[*] of desolation[**], spoken of by Daniel the prophet, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, then you shall stand in the holy place; whoso readeth let him understand.

[Understand what? The timing? the coded references? the latter-day places?]

Then let them who are in Judea [?] flee into the mountains; Let him who is on the housetop flee, and not return to take anything out of his house; Neither let him who is in the field return back to take his clothes; (Pearl of Great Price JS-Matthew 1:12-15; see also New Testament Matthew 24:15-18 and Mark 13:14-16, provided in footnote † below).
When that time of the AoD comes, what are we going to be tempted to “return back” to retrieve?
▪ Purse / wallet / ID?
▪ Cash reserves?
▪ Vehicle keys?
▪ 72-hr. emergency kit?
▪ Food storage?
▪ Camping gear?
▪ A weapon?
▪ Better shoes / clothes?
▪ Some electronic device?
▪ Scriptures?
▪ Medicine?
▪ Some irreplaceable treasure: ________________?
Will the urge to “return back” be dictated by common sense, rationality, “necessity,” preconditioning, emergency management training? Is the “thing” retrieved going to be something telestial? terrestrial? Is it going to be worth it? Or will this command to “flee, and not return to take anything” constitute a test of infinite trust—to flee from everything lesser toward something greater? a choice of confidence between the visible and the invisible?

NOTE: the above questions relate to the time when we “shall see the abomination of desolation.” In this case, it appears we are to follow the command to flee without turning back for anything. For other emergencies, I think we are to follow the Spirit. So, the critical question seems to be: Will we know the AoD when we see it??

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* Abomination synonyms: ? atrocity, disgrace, horror, obscenity, outrage, evil, crime, monstrosity, anathema, bane; detestation, loathing, hatred, aversion, antipathy, revulsion, repugnance, abhorrence, odium, execration, disgust, horror, hostility
** Desolation synonyms: ? misery, sadness, unhappiness, despondency, sorrow, depression, grief, woe, bleakness, starkness, barrenness, sterility; wildness; isolation, loneliness, remoteness;

New Testament Matthew 24:15-18 ~ When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judæa flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
New Testament Mark 13:14-16 ~ But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judæa flee to the mountains: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.

 
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