John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
The Place of Safety?
Where is the PLACE OF SAFETY?
by Robert G. Ardis
The Bible is the Word of God and is Spiritual knowledge that can be understood only by those called of God to do His Will. Therefore, the world as a whole, cannot understand the Bible. Jesus Christ, declares this in Matthew 13:15: "For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."
However, the called-out ones of the Church of God, should understand the Bible and the revealed Will of God. When plain statements in the Bible are misunderstood there are usually three reasons for the misunderstanding:
First, it is very possible to have a misconception or a pre-conceived idea about certain scriptures that blinds our minds to the PLAIN TRUTH of what is being stated. We think we understand, but deceive ourselves through our misconception.
Secondly, God can use the misconception or pre-conceived idea to HIDE a particular TRUTH until the specific time when he wants the scripture to be thoroughly understood.
And the third reason was often emphasized by God's servant Herbert W. Armstrong as he thundered aloud to the Church many times: "Don't believe me or any man; believe your Bible"! Nevertheless, history proves people will believe the ideas of a man more readily than they will believe the Bible. Preconceived ideas can easily cloud Mr. Armstrong's succinct warning.
The location of the Place of Safety is an example of the three reasons just stated. The Church of God has had preconceived ideas about the geographical location of the Place of Safety! Where did our belief of Petra being the Place of Safety originate? Have you ever looked into this belief? What does the Bible really say about the area where Petra is located? Could you believe that God has used our misconception of Petra being the Place of Safety to HIDE the true location of the Place He has prepared?
The location of the Place of Safety has been a secret place until immediately prior to the vital NEED for protection from the Great Tribulation! Therefore, we must prayerfully look to the Word of God for guidance!
As you study this article, please understand that this is another point of truth that proves the CHURCH OF GOD'S FAITHFUL (CGF) is the Church of Jesus Christ and is SET APART BY TRUTH!
Please understand that the pagan, rose-red city of Petra, located in the modern Nation of Jordan (ancient Edom or Idumea of the Bible) will not be the Place of Safety! The idea of Petra being the Place of Safety is a total misconception. For the biblical explanation of this call or write for our free booklet, Petra, Place of Safety or Place of Slaughter. The Word of God is PLAIN in its description of Petra becoming an utter devastation, even similar to Sodom and Gomorrah.
Just two short portions of scripture should prompt a sincere study into this important subject. Look at Jeremiah 49:17-18:
"Also Edom shall be a desolation: every one that goeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof. As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD, no man shall abide there, neither shall a son of man dwell in it."
Also, Isaiah vividly writes in chapter 34: 5-6: "For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment. The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea."
Believe the Bible
Due to our misconceptions and preconceived ideas, we have paid no attention to PLAIN scriptures that strongly indicate WHERE the Place of Safety is located! This leads me to believe God has kept this SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE a closely guarded secret until this very time.
And we must believe the Bible!
To prove the point that we have paid little attention to other vital scriptures, let me ask a few questions---and then give the answers from the Word of God.
1) Into which country did Moses FLEE to escape from the Pharaoh of Egypt?
Answer: Exodus 2:15: "…But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the Land of Midian…"
2) The man who would become Moses' father-in-law was Jethro. What was his title?
Answer: Exodus 2:16 and 3:1: "Now the Priest of Midian had seven daughters…Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in -law, the Priest of Midian…"
3) What was the name of the mountain on which Moses spied the "burning bush?"
Answer: Exodus 3:1-2: "…and came to the mountain of God, even Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of the bush…" And God instructed Moses to bring Israel to that specific mountain: "And He said, certainly I will be with you; and this shall be a token unto you, that I have sent you, When you have brought forth the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God upon this mountain", verse 12.
4) What is another more common name for that mountain instead of Horeb?
Answer: Exodus 19:1 & 18: "In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day they came into the wilderness of Sinai… And Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire…" The more familiar name for Horeb, the Mountain of God, is SINAI!
5) Where is SINAI / HOREB located? Where is Mt. Sinai?
This question requires a more comprehensive historical and biblical answer: WHERE is SINAI? Notice carefully that these biblical and historical facts are a perfect example of a misconception due to a pre-conceived idea. Haven't you always believed that Mt. Sinai is on the Sinai Peninsula? Of course, you have! But that is a misconception! It is not true! Mt. Sinai is NOT on the Sinai Peninsula, and the Bible unmistakably declares that it is not! The scripture is very PLAINLY stated, but we have NOT paid attention to the TRUTH of the Word of God! So often we believe men rather than God's Word!
Carefully observe the following very important account in the New Testament! Saul, prior to being renamed and commissioned as the Apostle Paul, had to FLEE for his life! He had to flee for his life shortly after the risen Jesus Christ had struck him blind and brought him to repentance and conversion. Then, Paul became a powerful instrument for Christ. Acts 9:22-25 reads: "But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him: but their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket."
Paul continues his story in chronological order in Galatians 1:16-18 after he fled for his life: "…immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood" (see vv. 11 -12 and II Cor.12: 1-7): "…Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into ARABIA, (Saudi Arabia, anciently known as Midian) and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem…" Paul is then inspired to write in Galatians 4:25: "Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the Mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children."
Read it again in your Bible: Mount Sinai is in ARABIA!
The Bible says ARABIA is the location of Mt. Sinai---not the Sinai Peninsula. But WHERE IS ARABIA? Please, carefully study these maps.
Map #1 "Lands of the Bible During the Exodus"
Map #2 "Lands of the Bible in Modern Times"
Images courtesy of the Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov
This is the answer to question #5! Notice carefully that the ancient Land of Midian is the modern nation of SAUDI ARABIA! Also, please note that the "Sinai Peninsula," at the time of the Exodus, was a part of the land of EGYPT! It was not called the Sinai Peninsula until centuries later.
Helena, the mother of Roman Emperor Constantine, in the forth century A.D., evidently believed the local tradition that the mountain in the southern part of the peninsula, erroneously named Jebal Musa, was the "mountain of Moses." Exactly when this tradition began is unclear, but Helena built a chapel and a tower there to commemorate the place where Moses, supposedly, had seen the "burning bush." Emperor Justinian, in the sixth century, recognized Jebal Musa as a holy place by building a fortress-monastery to protect the monks of his new church dedicated to the "Virgin Mary." Later, it was rededicated to the Roman Catholic, "Saint Catherine," and is still located at this site. This mountain has become the "traditional" Mt Sinai and the entire peninsula from ancient times has been incorrectly named the Sinai Peninsula, but definitely it is not the true biblical Mount Sinai. The biblical Mt. SINAI is in the Land of Midian…SAUDI ARABIA of today!
The Bible says so!
6) Where is the geographical location of the area into which God had Moses bring the Nation of Israel?
Answer: Moses fled from Pharaoh into Midian (Ex 2:15). Forty years later, Moses and the slave Nation of Israel fled from Pharaoh (Ex. 14:5). God led them by a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day (Ex. 13: 21-22). God brought them completely OUT of EGYPT on the last Day of Unleavened Bread. The huge multitude of Israelites, men, women, and children, their flocks and herds were miraculous brought to SAFETY by the Eternal God. They crossed the Red Sea at the Gulf of Aquaba---and entered the Land of Midian---Saudi Arabia of today! Completely out of Egypt. Exodus 19:4 allegorically illustrates how God performed this mighty miracle: "… and bare them on eagle's wings and brought you unto myself." Verse one tells us the location to which they were brought. "In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the Land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai."
We have seen from the Bible that Moses and ancient Israel FLED to Sinai-Horeb, the Mountain of God. The Apostle Paul FLED to ARABIA where the Mountain of God is located. There was another great man of God that FLED for his life to this same location. This man was the great prophet, ELIJAH!
7) To what location did Elijah FLEE to hide from Jezebel?
Answer: Read about him FLEEING for his life in I Kings 19:1,2,3 & 8-9: "And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, so let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life (he FLED), and came to Beersheba…And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto HOREB, THE MOUNT OF GOD."
Isn't it very interesting that THREE of the GREATEST SERVANTS of GOD, EACH FLED TO ARABIA! Isn't it very likely that God's Spirit led Paul to the same identical area of ARABIA to which Moses and Elijah were led---to the Mountain of God, HOREB / SINAI?
IS GOD TELLING US SOMETHING?
God Is Instructing Us…But Are We Listening?
The expression "on eagles wings" in Exodus 19 is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation, chapter 12, verse 14: "And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
At the determined time God will have His Church to FLEE "into her place" from the persecution caused by the devil (Rev. 12:13-14). This place is "into the wilderness" according to verses 6 and 14. In this place she is protected from Satan for "a time, times, and a half a time"---3 ½ years!
Where is this Place of Safety, described as a "wilderness" in which God's people, men, women, and children, will be protected for 3 ½ years? Exodus 19:1 quoted above states that Israel came "…into the wilderness of Sinai." Israel FLED Egypt and God brought them to the "wilderness of Sinai." There they were safe! There, Moses presented them to God, dressed in their very best, clean clothes. And as all of us learned from The Ambassador College Correspondence Course and other reliable sources, Israel appeared before God on the Day of Firstfruits, or Pentecost. "And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes…And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp TO MEET WITH GOD…"(Ex. 19: 14 & 17).
In a fantastic display of POWER on that Day of Pentecost 1487 BC, the Eternal God descended to the top of Mt. Horeb/Sinai. There HE thundered forth the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20: 18-19 records this amazing event: "And all the people saw the thunderings and the lightenings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it they removed and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die."
God gave Moses many instructions on how the Israelites were to live as His model nation. Great blessings would come upon them if they were obedient. This was a COVENANT between God and Israel---a MARRIAGE COVENANT! "And he [Moses] took the Book of the Covenant and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord has said will we do, and be obedient."(Ex.24: 7). Of course, they were not obedient for long, as we know. Our Lord laments for His wife later as Jeremiah records in chapter 3, verse 14: "Turn O backsliding children says the Lord; for I am MARRIED unto you…"
Types and Comparisons
How exciting! Those Followers of Christ who have watched and prayed and have been "…accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man…" will soon FLEE into the Place in the wilderness that God has prepared (see Luke 21:36 and Rev. 12:14).
Consider the types and parallels we can see when comparing ancient Israel with the New Testament Israel of God (Gal. 6:16).
Israel was enslaved to Pharaoh of Egypt. The great majority of Spiritual Israelites today are captives in the synagogue of Satan.
God rescued ancient Israel by directing TWO MEN in the use of awesome miracles, signs, and wonders to back up the WORDS they spoke. The Two Witnesses are to be brought on the scene for their "training period" in miracles, signs, and wonders. The New Truths you are reading are part of the WORDS they will speak, supported by the same great power of God. This "training period" lasting 113- ½ days before the Fifth Seal is opened, will afford opportunity to our Spiritual Israelite brethren lost in the Synagogue of Satan to seek us out.
God took physical Israel "on the wings of an eagle" to the "wilderness of Sinai." Revelation 12:14 emphatically declares that God will take the Woman [Spiritual Israel] "… on two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place…"
Moses presented Israel to God in their clean clothes. Christ, our Lord, will present us, the Israel of God "…faultless before the presence of His Glory…" (Jude 24). He will present us to God the Father without "…spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Eph.5: 27).
Old Israel was gathered together facing Mt. HOREB / SINAI and had made themselves ready to become God's Wife as HE descended to the top of the Mountain. Spiritual Israel shall be gathered together in the Place of Safety and shall "…have made herself ready" as the Wife of Christ (Rev. 19:7).
Ancient Israel was presented to God with the sound of a trumpet on the Day of Pentecost. Spiritual Israel will be presented to God at the sound of the Last Trumpet. That GREAT TRUMPET will sound and "…in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye the dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed" (I Cor. 15:52). This will also happen on the DAY of PENTECOST---the Day of FIRSTFRUITS.
We do not definitely know if the Place of Safety is in the area of Mt. Horeb/Sinai, or as the Arabs call it today, JABAL AL LAWZ. Jesus Christ is the HEAD of this Church and knows exactly WHERE the Place of Safety is located, because he has prepared it. The Church of God's Faithful is SET APART BY TRUTH! Christ will give us this TRUTH, also. He will let us KNOW definitely as the time to FLEE draws nearer.
As of this moment, we definitely have a "good indication" of where God's Place of Safety is located!
Write, call or link to our booklets: Petra: Place of Safety or Place of Slaughter, and The Feast of Trumpets or Pentecost: Which? Our address is: Church of God's Faithful, PO Box 279, Eutawville, SC 29048. Telephone numbers 803-492-9061 and 843-462-7977.
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