Q. There is something that troubles me a little. I am alarmed now at the number of watchmen who are saying GOD is calling them to leave the country to move outside the USA. Some seem to add that we have just until the end of year to get out. They do say talk to the LORD and seek guidance but I haven’t heard this from the LORD yet. What is your take on all the rhetoric going on right now?
A. It does look like things could be much more difficult for most people by the end of 2012, and I know some are suggesting that those who can should move out of the US as soon as possible. But the fact of the matter is the end times judgments will be world wide. Finding a place to hide won’t be easy. Obviously there are areas where the “long arm” of even a one world government won’t be able to reach and with enough resources and advance preparation a person could go off the grid and hide out almost indefinitely. Of course, if people sincerely believe they hear the Lord calling them to do this they should obey.
The Bible advocates reliance on God, not on ourselves, and as I read it the only people who are advised to run and hide are the believing Jews in Israel at the beginning of the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:15-21). It says the church will be rescued from the time and place of the end times judgments before they begin (1 Thes 1:10).
In my opinion the better course of action is to prepare for what’s ahead by committing our resources to the work of the Kingdom rather than finding a place to hide from the coming judgment. This way we can know we’ll have the Lord’s blessing instead of having to rely totally upon ourselves (Matt. 6:31-34), and we’ll be working toward a permanent move to our heavenly home, not a temporary relocation here on Earth (Matt. 6:19-21).