There is a scripture in the bible that says that those who try to save themselves will lose their lives in the process.
(Luk 17:30) Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
(Luk 17:31) In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
(Luk 17:32) Remember Lot’s wife.
(Luk 17:33) Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
(Luk 17:34) I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
When I talk to people about the place of safety, many want to quote this scripture as if wanting to be in the place of safety is tantamount to trying to save your life and might, therefore, disqualify you from being taken to a place of safety. But if you read the scripture carefully you will see that is not what it is saying.
Is that scripture saying that they should not want to save their lives? He just told them to remember Lot’s wife. She lost out because she was looking back on her old life. Before that, they had been told to leave everything they had and flee. So obviously the life they are trying to preserve here is their goods their possessions, not their lives. The whole point of prophecy is for our sakes so we can prepare for it and not be caught up in what is going to happen.
(Amo 3:7) Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Prophecy is a warning to God’s people, given for their sakes. God even tells us to pray that we would be counted worthy to escape what is coming.
Luk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Luk 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Notice brethren, these are the words of Christ himself telling us to watch ourselves and stay ready for him and that we “pray always” sounds to me that this should be on our minds constantly. We should not ignore it because we are afraid that he will think we are trying to “save our lives”.
In fact, it is my belief that Christ’s Knock is a wake-up call for all of us to begin to watch ourselves and world events that we might be ready for what is coming. The sooner we recognize that Christ is trying to get our attention after all isn’t that what a person does when we knock on a door?
Christ wants you to want to escape and it would be rather foolish not to. Those scriptures above that make it seem when heard out of context, that it is wrong to want to save our lives are not talking about the same thing at all.
In fact, Christ is saving His Church from the Great Tribulation. He is the one who said that the “Gates of Hell” would not prevail against His church. That means there must be some alive when He returns physically at the Resurrection.
The whole purpose of the Knock of Jesus Christ to the Laodiceans is, in fact, save as many of His people as possible from the great tribulation.
Remember Matthew 25:1-13 shows that half of us who go through the tribulation will not be prepared and consequently will lose our eternal life.
So yes it is ok to want to escape the Tribulation, pray for it always, Repent and turn back to God as a real turnaround in your life and begin to watch for the signs that will bring Christ to His church to gather them to a place of safety, at least those who have been deemed worthy of such. And watch yourselves as well so we are not burdened down with a Laodicean attitude that thinks they have no need of anything.
They are not worried about anything, they think they have it made. But do they?