“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
I have to admit that these words seem so preposterous to me that I would blow them off if Jesus had not spoken them. And if these words were not spoken in the context of the close of the age I might think that they applied to the times of the siege of Jerusalem by the Roman Empire in 70 AD. Jesus describes in part a time of cataclysmic tribulation that will precede the end of the world as we know it. It is a sobering and very serious passage.
Yet, the Lord offers a beacon of hope in midst of all this darkness. He tells of how God will cut those days short for the sake of his people. I find much encouragement in that sentiment. It speaks to me of how God is sovereign and reigns even in the darkest of times. And it shouts loudly of how God considers his children in world events. For our sakes the world is a different place.. for our sakes suffering is cut short. Praise the Lord!
I do not comprehend the extent and complexity of your sovereignty Lord. Yet, I worship you.