“Fleeing into the wilderness”… in Bulgaria

Bulgarian town scene-aDuring my recent trip, an intriguing verse came to mind about where I was in Bulgaria and it’s possible place in the future, especially related to the events prophesied to come before the return of Jesus. A few of you know this verse well but probably most will have little or no idea what it means. It’s Revelation 12:6 “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there one thousand, two hundred and sixty days.

You may ask, “How in the world could that verse have anything to do with southern Bulgaria where you were?”

Let’s see if I can simplify this to where most everyone can get the idea. According to Scripture and His Own words, Jesus will return to earth at some future time to establish His rule in our world. But, again according to Scripture, there are a number of things we’re told will happen in the time very near to this return of the Lord. And things get particularly specific about the last 3½ years, leading up to His return.

Some of you know all this like the back of your hand but the vast majority of folks don’t. So, speaking to that vast majority, I can tell you that Jesus called that last 3½ years before His return a time of “great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world”. (Matthew 24:21) Not good news at all, it seems. But at least we’ve been informed about it and can prepare in the ways we can, as He leads.

And that verse which came to my mind in Bulgaria, Revelation 12:6, is actually talking about that last 3½ year period. The “1260 days”, spoken of in Revelation 12:6, when divided by 360 days (the length a year was considered to be in ancient times) comes out to 3½ years. So who is “the woman” who is “fleeing into the wilderness” during that final 3½ years before the return of Jesus?

can we stay- flatA large group of people who study these things feel that “the woman in the wilderness” is the Christian “body of Christ”, the believers and receivers of Him and His love who will be persecuted like never before during that last 3½ years. The Bible calls God’s people His Bride, both in the Old and New Testaments. (Isiah 62:5, Revelation 19:7) This woman fleeing into the wilderness represents what we could call the collective church and overall congregation of believers throughout the earth.

“Mark, why would the Christians be ‘fleeing into the wilderness’ during that last 3½ years?”

One major reason will be that, by that time, a world-wide economic system will be in place, according to Revelation 13, where each participating citizen will be required to have some kind of “mark in their hand or forehead.Mark of the Beast(Revelation 13:16 & 17) This is what I was talking about the with the Kurdish women on my trip that I wrote about in “Tea and Endtime with the Kurds.” In my visit with them, they were telling me that they could see how they would have to flee out to their villages in order to escape the bestial totalitarian Anti-God, Anti-Christ government and its Satanic leader. So even those Muslim women could see a time where “the woman fled into the wilderness” would be the best path for them in this time to come.

“But Mark, it says, that the womanhas a place prepared of God that they should feed her there 1260 days from the face of the serpent.’ God has some place prepared and ‘they’ shall feed her there?”

time to flee- flat-1That was what I was seeing and feeling in those towns in rural Bulgaria [Here’s a link to a blog post that tells more about the details of my recent trip to there.] They were already almost totally self-sustained and self-sufficient economically. From where I was, it was close to a three hour drive through the mountains to even get to a city of 100,000. In the final endtime, the Antichrist world government will aim to control every nation and every city they can.

But they won’t be omnipotent. The eleventh chapter of Daniel speaks of a number of wars the Antichrist and his forces will be having, even during the last 3½ years. I believe God will lead multitudes of Christians to flee into the wildernesses of their nations where they’ll be helped by the simple, Godly people who so often live in places like that. “They” shall “feed her there” during this last horrific time in the history of mankind before the return of the Lord when “the cities of the nations fell” (Revelation 16:19) and then His Millennial rule will begin. It’s like the verse “the people that were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness.” (Jeremiah 31:2)

Bulgarian town scene-2God always cares for His own. Even during this future time of great tribulation, when so many Christians will be uprooted from the comfortable surroundings they live in now. They still will be helped, through God’s pre-vision, by the simple, Godly rural peoples around the world to whom we will flee for help and shelter during that time.

 

5 thoughts on ““Fleeing into the wilderness”… in Bulgaria

  1. Hi Mark.I certainly am no Bible scholar nor have I had the same experiences of the majority of missionaries who’ve literally gone into all the world.I would like to share what I felt about the wilderness verse.For years I heard that it would be Petra as a place of refuge.The Lord has put me in the city for many years now although it wasn’t my choosing. So it was hard for me to believe that large populations of Christians during that time would actually even have the means to do what very likely could happen for those who are in places like Bulgaria or other similar situations. There have been times when I was protected from others when I knew the Lord had blinded their eyes. In Psalm 27:4,5,6, He says He would hide us in His pavilion. So I felt it could be possible that the verse was more of a spiritual place rather than a physical place, especially since our main job is to continue to witness. I would really appreciate hearing your opinion on this. God bless.

    • Hi Claire and thanks for your note and comments about what I wrote about fleeing into the wilderness. The nature of these blog posts is that they are usually not really long so it’s difficult to get all the angles of a big subject in one post. I certainly agree with you that it’s not like everyone all over the world will flee to the coutrysides. What you wrote is certainly a valid point and the main thing is that “where sin does abound, grace does much more abound.” I’ve had some other comments similar but different from yours and probably I will end up doing another article to bring up these points and to bring in some of these other sides. Thanks so much for writing and sending your thoughts on this, I appreciate it.
      Your friend in Him, Mark

  2. I am very appreciative for your articles and sharing your expecriences. Just recently I have been asking the Lord about this very article…fleeing into the wilderness…..etc.
    So this was an answer to prayer. Love you so much and am praying for you….
    Joanna

  3. So, in other words, one could conclude that when some believers are busy “prepping”, other believers should not be mocking them?

    • Yeah, that sounds right to me. Just that “prepping” may not be as important as being an even greater witness for Him in these times and the even darker ones soon to come.

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