Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 8, 2020

“Come, my people, enter into your rooms And close your doors behind you; Hide for a little while Until indignation runs its course.”

This is a special devotion to present Scriptures to show that God’s provision for the righteous in end times is consistent with His provision for the righteous through all the times.

Eschatology is the study of end times.  We can study the signs of the end times.

Consider the following from “ESSENTIALS OF REFORMED DOCTRINE – A Guide in Catechetical Instruction” by Rev. H. Hoeksema (revised by Prof. H. Hanko).

Lesson 29: The Second Coming of the Lord

  1. How will this world come to an end?
    By the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:7.
  2. When will the Lord come again?
    The day and the hour we know not, but all things must first be fulfilled according to God’s counsel. Matthew 24:36Mark 13:32.
  3. Do we know what things must first be fulfilled before the Lord will come?
    We do in general, for God has revealed them to us in order that we may watch and pray. Matthew 24:42.
  4. How has God revealed these things to us?
    He has told us in Scripture what are the signs of Christ’s coming.
  5. Mention some of these signs which appear in creation.
    Famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in many places. Matthew 24:7.
  6. Mention some signs which appear in the church.
    The gospel must be preached to all the world; there will be terrible apostasy from the faith; and the church will be persecuted. Matthew 24:9-14, 16-23.
  7. Mention some signs which appear in the history of the world.
    There will be terrible wickedness, and Antichrist shall reign over the whole world. II Thessalonians 2:7Revelation 13.
  8. How will the Lord come?
    He will come personally and in the body, visible to all, and with great power and glory. Matthew 24:30I Thessalonians 4:16.
  9. What is the church’s calling while she waits for Christ’s return?
    To watch and pray and to live in the hope of her final salvation. II Peter 3:13-14.

We know that we should be alert, watch, pray, and be prepared.  But, what is God’s provision for us in the end times?  Do we stand by ourselves and bear the brunt of the storm of end times until Christ comes?  Or, is God’s provision for us the same through all times?

Consider that through all times the LORD is our hiding place, our shelter, our shield, our refuge, our stronghold, our tower of strength, and our fortress. 

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”

5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
7 A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
8 You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
9 For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
12 They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 “With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation.”  Psalm chapter 91.

“Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”  Psalm 2:12.

“7 Wondrously show Your lovingkindness,
O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand
From those who rise up against them.
8 Keep me as the apple of the eye;
Hide me in the shadow of Your wings
9 From the wicked who despoil me,
My deadly enemies who surround me.”  Psalm 17:7-9.

“2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
And I am saved from my enemies.”  Psalm 18:2-3.

“For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.”  Psalm 27:5.

“You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man;
You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.”  Psalm 31:20.

“You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance.  Selah.”  Psalm 32:7.

“39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
He is their strength in time of trouble.
40 The LORD helps them and delivers them;
He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
Because they take refuge in Him.”  Psalm 37:39-40.

“Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge
Until destruction passes by.”  Psalm 57:1.

“But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress.”  Psalm 59:15.

“3 For You have been a refuge for me,
A tower of strength against the enemy.
4 Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.  Selah.”  Psalm 61:3-4.

“5 My soul, wait in silence for God only,
For my hope is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold;  I shall not be shaken.
7 On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.  Selah.”  Psalm 62:5-8.

“Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers,
From the tumult of those who do iniquity,”  Psalm 64:2.

“The righteous man will be glad in the LORD and will take refuge in Him;
And all the upright in heart will glory.”  Psalm 64:10.

“In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed.
2 In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
Incline Your ear to me and save me.
3 Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come;
You have given commandment to save me,
For You are my rock and my fortress.
4 Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
Out of the grasp of the wrongdoer and ruthless man,
5 For You are my hope;
O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth.
6 By You I have been sustained from my birth;
You are He who took me from my mother’s womb;
My praise is continually of You.

7 I have become a marvel to many,
For You are my strong refuge.
8 My mouth is filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all day long.
9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
10 For my enemies have spoken against me;
And those who watch for my life have consulted together,
11 Saying, “God has forsaken him;
Pursue and seize him, for there is no one to deliver.”

12 O God, do not be far from me;
O my God, hasten to my help!
13 Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed;
Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor, who seek to injure me.
14 But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.
15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And of Your salvation all day long;
For I do not know the sum of them.
16 I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord God;
I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.”  Psalm 71:1-16.

“22 But the LORD has been my stronghold,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
23 He has brought back their wickedness upon them
And will destroy them in their evil;
The LORD our God will destroy them.”  Psalm 94:22-23.

“8 For my eyes are toward You, O God, the Lord;
In You I take refuge; do not leave me defenseless.
9 Keep me from the jaws of the trap which they have set for me,
And from the snares of those who do iniquity.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
While I pass by safely.”  Psalm 141:8-10.

“5 I cried out to You, O LORD;
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
6 “Give heed to my cry,
For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are too strong for me.
7 “Bring my soul out of prison,
So that I may give thanks to Your name;
The righteous will surround me,
For You will deal bountifully with me.”  Psalm 142:5-7.

“You are my hiding place and my shield;
I wait for Your word.”  Psalm 119:114.

“Every word of God is tested;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”  Proverbs 30:5.

“Lift up a standard toward Zion!
Seek refuge, do not stand still,
For I am bringing evil from the north,
And great destruction.”  Jeremiah 4:6.

“12 Let the nations be aroused
And come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat,
For there I will sit to judge
All the surrounding nations.
13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.
Come, tread, for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and moon grow dark
And the stars lose their brightness.
16 The LORD roars from Zion
And utters His voice from Jerusalem,
And the heavens and the earth tremble.
But the LORD is a refuge for His people
And a stronghold to the sons of Israel.”  Joel 3:12-16.

“6 Who can stand before His indignation?
Who can endure the burning of His anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire
And the rocks are broken up by Him.
7 The LORD is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble,
And He knows those who take refuge in Him.
8 But with an overflowing flood
He will make a complete end of its site,
And will pursue His enemies into darkness.”  Nahum 1:6-8.

“Seek the LORD,
All you humble of the earth
Who have carried out His ordinances;
Seek righteousness, seek humility.
Perhaps you will be hidden
In the day of the LORD’s anger.”  Zephaniah 2:3.

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him (Christ).”  Romans 5:9.

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”  Colossians 3:2-4.

Consider the faith of the righteous in God.

“By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”  Hebrews 11:7.

“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.”  Hebrews 11:23.

“Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord *appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up!  Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you;  for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.”  Matthew 2:13.

“But when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.”  Mark 13:14.

“The prudent sees the evil and hides himself,
But the naive go on, and are punished for it.”  Proverbs 22:3.

In summary, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge”.  Yet, some think it is their duty to bear the brunt of the storm of the end times.  But, Scripture is clear that throughout all times, God is faithful to hide and protect and preserve His people.  In end times, like all times, we can continue to trust God and seek refuge in Him.   

“20 Come, my people, enter into your rooms
And close your doors behind you;
Hide for a little while
Until indignation runs its course.
21 For behold, the LORD is about to come out from His place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
And the earth will reveal her bloodshed
And will no longer cover her slain.”  Isaiah 26:20-21.

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