Flee to the Mountains

Written by: Christopher Sernaque

Dear Readers,

Current events are all pointing to the fact that the world is coming to a soon end. Ellen White has a beautiful quote that sets the theme for this study. For those of you who do not know her, Ellen White is the most translated female author in the entire world, and she is an inspired prophet of God. Ellen White’s book “Early Writings” contains the question of the hour:

“Time is almost finished. Do you reflect the lovely image of Jesus as you should?” -EW 64.1

This post in not going to be too long, because it is trying to make one salient point. We need to have the character of Christ to make it in these last days. Meditate upon the following statement from the Gospel of Matthew:

“Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:”-Matthew 24:16

That verse shouts “Country Living” loud and clear, but by comparing scripture with scripture (Isaiah 28:10), we will discover that this verse is also indicating that we need to reflect the character of Jesus Christ. Let’s have a look at the verse again:

“Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:”-Matthew 24:16

I hope that you noticed I bolded, italicized, and underlined the word “mountains.” Let’s see what the book of Isaiah tells us we are to lift up upon the high mountains:

“Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain…”-Isaiah 13:2

Follow me carefully. I bolded the word “banner” in the previous verse. Let’s see how the Bible defines the “banner” that we are to lift up upon the high mountains. Check out this verse in the book of Psalms:

“We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.”-Psalm 20:5

Isn’t that just beautiful! The name of God is to be set up on our banners! What exactly is the “name of God” that we need to have on our banners? The book of Exodus has the answer for us:

“And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” -Exodus 34:4-7

What a scene! These verses from Exodus define the name of the Lord, as the character of the Lord. In the Bible names were used to signify character. Titus 2:11-14 states that by God’s grace we can have the character of God right now-in this present world:

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

Additional information on the name of God will be provided after the resources listed at the end of this article. Let’s recap what we have so far:

  1. We are to “flee to the mountains.” While this verse is speaking about country living, this signifies that we must have the character of God.

  2. We are to lift up the banner of the Lord on the high mountains. This means we are to manifest the character of Jesus Christ.

  3. The name of God is the character of God. We must have the character of God to make it in these last days.

Do not by any means get discouraged. Having a Christlike character is not an impossibility. The banner with the name of God on the high mountain not only instructs us to have a Christlike character, it also has bountiful promises to help us conquer sin and triumph with Christ. Here are some precious promises that you can claim:

  1. The banner points to God’s salvation: “Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.”-Psalm 60:4

  2. The banner points to God’s love for you: “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.”-Song of Solomon 2:4

  3. The banner points to Jesus Christ: “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse (Jesus is the root of Jesse see Matthew 1:1,5,6,16), which shall stand for an ensign (ensign means banner. See Strong’s #H5251) of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.”-Isaiah 11:10

Jesus Christ is the banner, and He can help you overcome sin. That is why He was born. His name represents His character as our Saviour:

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”-Matthew 1:21

“Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.”-Psalm 79:9

Jesus died to save you because He loves you. The Bible says in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus wants to be your friend, and he tells you exactly how you can be His friend in John 15:14: “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” Are you worried you may fall into sin? Don’t worry, Jesus promises He will keep you from falling!

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” -Jude 1:24-25

We truly serve and amazing God. I think that this verse from Psalms provides a fitting close to our study. “Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.”-Psalm 113:1

Praise be to God! May the Lord bless you and your family. Maranatha.

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