“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
According to this passage, these events will affect all. Jesus talks to all in Judea, those in the city, those in the country, he tells them to flee, take action and then… He calls it a time of punishment and fulfillment of prophecy. Not only will mankind be agitated, all the creation will show agitation. That will only increase the fear in mankind. This is the time of Christ’s return to earth. We are told to not react in fear, we are to take the necessary steps to protect and defend but not in fear, out of necessity. We are told to stand, lift up our heads because redemption is near. Fear does not control, God does.
Lift up your heads… we are not a depressed people. Stand…we have a strength that goes beyond the natural, it is His. When one knows they are about to be rescued, they are filled with anticipation and joy. We, as believers, have no reason to fear.