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, 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.
But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet,
standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in
Judaea flee to the mountains: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter
therein, to take any thing out of his house:
And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his
But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the
creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
Strong’s Definition for the word translated as "winter" in the above verse:
χειμών cheimṓn, khi-mone'; from a derivative of χέω chéō (to pour; akin to the
base of G5490 through the idea of a channel), meaning a storm (as pouring
rain); by implication, the rainy season, i.e. winter:—tempest, foul weather,
You ever wonder why the Messiah (Jesus) told us to pray that our flight be not in the winter (bad weather)
or on the sabbath day? I wondered that for quite some time. I figured that it would not be
good to flee in the bad weather, because one might be stuck in the mountains in the cold or rain. The
Messiah even told us (the people who need to flee), not to even go back in your home for
a garment. So, you might be stuck somewhere with poor or no shelter and not enough clothing.
If this time is in bad weather, it will be much harder on you. That reason makes sense to me.
Now, what about praying that our flight be not on the sabbath? Why? Would we be sinning if
we fled from danger on the sabbath? No, that fall under the "Ox in the ditch" category.
Can we, by our prayers, move God's appointed time of the abomination of desolation to
another day? Is the day of the week that this abomination will be on dependent on our prayers?
Well, there are sometimes where Yahweh postpones his judgment or makes a
judgment lighter, but would a sabbath exodus be a harder exodus than a non-sabbath exodus?
I asked myself and others these questions for years. Then one day, it just came to me.
It is simple. This abomination of desolation WILL be on a Sabbath* or at the closing of a preparation day** (and for some part of the
world, it WILL be bad weather). We are NOT to pray that the abomination is not on the sabbath. We
are to pray that our flight is not on the sabbath. We are to pray that Yahweh has already guided us
to the place we need to be, so when this abomination happens, we do not need to flee***, because
we will already be there!
If the above verse is a clue and the abomination of desolation will happen on a
Sabbath, then what Sabbath is most likely? Maybe the one we enter "with your
loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand" (Exodus 12:11)?
*Keep in mind...there are the weekly Sabbaths and High Sabbaths (feast days).
**I always eat the Passover with my primary weapon close by, my truck full of fuel, bug-out bags in the truck.
***It might be
too late for some who have to flee at this time and the rest of those who are fleeing at this time will
be way behind the curve too.