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Flight Not In The Winter

What does this mean "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day" Matthew 24:20?

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Your Flight be not in the winter neither on the Sabbath I believe can be understood this way. The winter is when there is no harvest. The Sabbath here meaning the Lord's day or the day of the Lord (Judgement day) Your flight is speaking of fleeing. Pray your fleeing is not in winter no one being saved (last day holy spirit taken out of the world) or on Judgement day. It is too late to become saved. Hope this helps.
---paul on 4/25/14


I forgot that Paul wrote that He knows a Man who ascended and received Revelation.
---Johannes_Davsidon on 4/11/14

\\Revelation was held to written after The Apostles went into the arena.\\

I don't know what you mean by this.

St. Thomas died in India.

St. John died of fullness of years and he had not yet written his Gospel when he wrote Revelation.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 4/11/14

Revelation was held to written after The Apostles went into the arena.

The Prophecy shows what happens at Seal/Trumpet/Bowl 7...
---Johannes_Davsidon on 4/11/14

I have determined, it is in the Bible, therefore, without question I will pray that my flight not be in Winter or on the Sabbath day. No man it seems is capable of answering why, so I will just do as I am asked.
---Muriel_Belcher on 1/16/14

Matthew 24:20 is addressed to the Jews.

The winter weather would make it difficult to travel. A natural fortress is in the ancient city of Petra.

The Jews are restricted by law not to travel farther than a sabbath day's journey (1.7/2 miles).

There flight is regarding the abomination of desolation. The apostle Paul states in 2Thess 2:4 of the lawless (antichrist) who will go into the rebuilt Jewish temple (Daniel 9:27) and claim that he is God.
---jan4378 on 12/6/12

Christ was speaking of and warning of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, 40 years after his crucifixion. (Note verse 16). He was warning them to flee to the mountains rather than to the cities that would surely be destroyed by the Romans.

Note: Matt 24:2 Christ speaks of the destruction of the temple - occured in 70AD.

Note: He is speaking directly to his disciples concerning their fate: verse 9.

Compare verse 14 with what Paul states in Col 1:23 and Rom 10:18.

Note verse 28: Eagles - Romans

Note verse 34: This generation: A biblical generation is 40 years.
---trey on 12/5/12

This passage is referring to the time right before the Lord's Second Coming. It is yet future time in which God's wrath shall be poured out upon the earth ((Rev. 7:14) Jesus description of the cataclysms that follow closely resemble the outpouring of divine wrath described in the bowl judgments of (Rev. 16) and His subsequent appearing in (Rev. 19:30).
In that time before the Second Coming all hell will be poured out and unless those days were shortened, and if the afflictions of this time were to continue, no flesh would be saved, no one would survive. But for the elect's sake (so then redeemed do not suffer more then they can bear, the time is shortened, held short of total distruction.
---Mark_V. on 12/5/12

What does this mean "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day" Matthew 24:20?
---Sherrie on 10/28/06

It is very difficult for people fleee to safety during the winter.
you could not hide out on the forest, desert or mountains because of the cold, and because you would be spotted easily. It would also be difficult to travel in the snow.
People who keep sabbath are not prepared for long journeys on the sabbath. Thier beast of burdens would be at rest, and they would be gathered together in one place which would make it easy to round them up for what ever reason ( in this case percicution)
---francis on 12/2/12

VI just gotta say since all of you have something to argue about it sounds like your all not telling sound doctrin i got on here only to find why jesus said that about pray your flight not be in winter im trying to picture my spirit going to the clouds with no clothes on hmmmmm
---donald on 12/2/12

It could also be looked at as a figure of speech,a way of emphasising the seriousness of the situation,this is a real "flight" to escape,deadly and dangerous to those involved..a warning stressed perhaps?
---richard on 12/26/09

20. But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Israel has bad winter weather, under sabbath law travel was restricted,
---michael_e on 12/23/09

The whole chapter of Matt 24 is about three time periods.

Matt 24:3 "As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"

The first question "When will these things happen" refers back to Jesus statement about the temple being torn down.

Therefore, the three time periods in Matt 24 are: destruction of the temple, Jesus return, and the end of the age.

The verse is about one or all of these time periods.
---Mark_Eaton on 12/22/09

Michael, you are mistaken, for currently today the winters are recorded as cold and wet in Bethlehem, and the average temperatures during the last week of December in Bethlehem in the winter ranges between 33 to 45 degrees farenheit, with occassional snow.
---Eloy on 12/21/09

Actually this does refer to The event of 70 AD and Josephus records that the Christians ran when the armies pulled back and the Jews thought it was over . A reference is in Hebrews 10:25. Jews were ripped open to get the precious things they'd awallowed out. But NO christians!
---Will on 12/22/09

Matt 24 is part of propecy(acts 3:21) and nothing to do with rapture(catching away) revealed only to paul as part of the mystery(rom.16:25) matt 24 takes place in israel, and they do have bad weather.
---michael_e on 12/21/09

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It is common sense that it is more difficult to run away in the winter time or to run when people are at rest: therefore in contrast it would be a lot easier if this antiChrist abomination was set up at another time of the year when running would be less difficult.
---Eloy on 12/21/09

Rosalie .... So the Rapture will come at different times in various parts of the world?

May is not summer time for Warwick in Australia.
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/21/09

Matthew 24:20 "pray ye that your flight" refers to vs 16 "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains"...who lives in Judea at this time? surely Israel not the church,dont be fooled by I.H.O.P type theology,the church does not need to flee to the wilderness or go through the tribulation. We are not here to Christianise the world and bring back Jesus by our own efforts.There is too much false teaching on this subject and its time to buy some oil!
---richard on 12/21/09

In the Old Testament, Nebuchadnezzar the antiGod set up an idol of himself which was about 100 feet high by 10 feet wide, and he made it compulsory that all should bow down and worship his idol: three Hebrew boys refused and were thrown into the firey furnace, but Jesus saved them from the fire: and Nebuchadnezzar bowed down and acknowledged that the God who saved the three from the fire was indeed God. lit.Gk: "Pray therefore that the flight of you not be in winter, nor at rest." Matthew 24:20. This is speaking of the great tribulation that comes at the time when the antiChrist from the north sets up his abomination of desolation, it would be difficult for God's people to run in the winter time or when the people are at rest.
---Eloy on 12/21/09

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End-time christians are vain to think they are more special than all the other christians in all of earth's history who went through persecution. End-time chrisitans don't have the faith needed to protect them during the coming tribulation, which is now here, and so imagine an escape because they fear the tribulation more than the creator.

Strong christians believe God will handle their circumstances. Weak christians, who believe in an imagined escape (the rapture) will depend on help from christian sympathizers much like the Jewish sympathizers during the holocaust. End-time christians will need to be aware of the christian "underground railroad" to safety that, even now, are being prepared everywhere in the world.
---Steveng on 12/20/09

I don't know what is relationship of that. But Rapture will come at summer because summer is Harvest time. May 21, 2011 is the Judgment Day or Rapture when Jesus will harvest the believers. Look this verse how God used summer related to the harvest.

Jeremiah 8:20The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree, When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

---rosalie on 12/19/09

Jesus could not have been speaking only of the destruction of Jeruselem because the time of trouble which is predicted to be greater than any that "ever has been or will be" is mentioned in context with signs of the times (earthquakes, famines, pestilences, etc.) indicating the nearness of His soon coming.This is a double prophecy relating to the end of time, to the "time of trouble such as there never was".

The Sabbath day was instituted before there was even a Jew. Genesis 2:2. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
---Merrilee on 12/19/09

"neither on the sabbath day" is because the gates of the city would be closed, as it was a Jewish-controlled city, and they wouldn't be able to get out of the city. It's got nothing to do with christians observing the sabbath. Only Jews do this. "Winter" because living outside the city would be less than ideal.
---Gman on 8/16/07

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"Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." (2 Thessalonians 2:3,4)
---Mrs._Morgan on 6/8/07

lorra8, Hello :)

I just wanted to say if (Matt.24:15-22)already happened, why did Jesus mention the abomination of desolation spoken by the prophet Daniel(Dan.9:7)(Dan.11:31)in the temple? That's the [anti-christ]...that hasn't taken place as of yet, it takes place half way through the 7 year tribulation period. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 6/8/07

Actually, that part of Matthew 24 was part of a larger warning relating to the Fall of Jerusalem in the late first century. Atheists have suggested that Matthew was written after the fall of Jerusalem because the prophecy of Matthew 24 matched it so perfectly that they did not think that Jesus could have said it before that event.

Because of the warning, few if any Christians died during the fall of Jerusalem, while huge numbers of Jews died miserable deaths.
---lorra8574 on 6/7/07

(IV.) God will have a secret place of protection in the wilderness(Rev. 12:6) for the Jews, a few Jews will make it to this secret place of protection,once again unfortunately many Jews will be killed. 144,000 of these jews(the man-child)(Rev. 12:5) will be raptured during this time(at the middle of the 7- Year Great Tribulation Period).
---Mrs._Morgan on 6/7/07

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Well...winter because the weather conditions are less favorable for having to live outside and on the sabbath day because of the beliefs of the Jews at that time. A better question is, is this refering to the destruction of Jerusalem (which some believe was the 'end times') or some future end times?
---Leslie on 2/21/07

"during this flight, many jews will be killed. Jesus is telling the Jews, pray that your flight be not in the winter or during the Sabbath, because this will further increase your agony. I hope this helps your understanding. God Bless!"-Mrs Morgan

Another reason why Jesus tells the Jews to pray that their flee isn't on the Sabbath is because Sabbath laws limit the distance that a Jew can travel. Fleeing on the Sabbath day would be nearly impossible.
---Kay on 10/31/06

Mrs.Morgan; That prophecy was fulfilled in 70AD
---1st_cliff on 10/29/06

Mrs. Morgan, I am so glad that I do not believe that the 144,000 is a literal number, in any sense of the word.

It is quite obvious that travelling in winter - especially if on foot - is dangerous. I would want cool, but clear weather to move around in. And with respect to the sabbath day - we are not meant to do lots on the sabbath. Our day is supposed to be focussed on God, and to flee on such a day is to distract our thoughts and actions.
---laure5759 on 10/29/06

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First it means that at the end, those who will refuse to receive the Mark of Beast will suffer grave persecution. Therefore we are told to pray that our fleeing may take place in warm weather rather than cold so we won't freeze. As for the Sabbath let us pray that our pursuers will give give us a break so we might rest on the Sabbath. P.
PS: Rapture and 7 yr not biblical.
---Pierr5358 on 10/29/06

(I.)"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 Judaea 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.And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter,
---Mrs._Morgan on 10/28/06

(II.)neither on the sabbath day:For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be"(Matthew 24:15-21) Jesus is talking about the Jews here, After the Rapture the Anti-Christ will come on the Scene, he will make a covenant with the Jews for seven years, but in the middle of the 7 years their eyes will be opened, when they see him defiling the temple of God, they will flee from him,
---Mrs._Morgan on 10/28/06

(III.) ...during this flight, many jews will be killed. Jesus is telling the Jews, pray that your flight be not in the winter or during the Sabbath, because this will further increase your agony. I hope this helps your understanding. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 10/28/06

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