Matthew 24:15-22 (NIV)
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand–
16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house.
18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak.
19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!
20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.
21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again.
22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
If you are looking for a religion that will make your life better here and now I certainly do not suggest the Christian life. Just a quick read through the Bible and one discovers that the people of God never really had a lot of great peace and quiet. Most of those who followed the Lord throughout Biblical history and even modern Church history did not have things go very well for them.
Our Lord even tells us beforehand that the coming of the Son of Man will be accompanied by all sorts of signs and wonders, many of which will be used by the enemy to deceive the elect if that were possible.
Let us take a lesson from the animal kingdom as to how to prepare for hard times ahead. One of the ways you can tell there is hard winter ahead is when the squirrels work overtime gathering as many nuts to bury and store up before the hard cold days of winter arrive. So we must be like the squirrels, we too should be about gathering as much of God’s Word in our hearts and minds so that when hard times arrive we will have a continual feast.
Our Lord has done his job to warn us by saying, “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive . . .” Look around and you will notice there is a storm that is gatheirng, may we be found ready when it arrives.