The fleeing is both literal and figurativeThe first century jews at Jerusalem where told to literally flee from the that city when the roman armies surrounded it. *Luke 21 20"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near*
When jesus Christ destroyed the temple by means of the Roman empire.(John 2 19. Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.")
He then replaced it with a new type of worship.Christ becoming the temple and king and high priest
(Hebrews 7 17.For it is declared: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.") and his followers also becoming living temples.
The symbolism of the literal fleeing is for the call for jewish nation to repent and get out of the soon to be redundant jewish system, which was the old covenant.This was to be replace by the new covenant.(Jeremiah 31 33. "This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.)
The majority of jews rejected Christ and would not benefit from the promises of this new covenant at that time.Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.
Today.any religious system or organisation that resembles the jewish system in the first century really can be a likened to Babylon the Great or the type of rulership which originated with Nimrod.There is a distinct difference between Man rule and Gods Rulership.Mans rulership demands a strict hierarchy, which governs through many written laws from a select leadership.Gods rulership at this time is through Jesus Christ.Christ being the head of every believer, with God writing his laws upon our hearts by means of the Holy spirit. 1 Tim. 2:5, 6. There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all.”
I would just like to let you know at this point.When I stumbled across this web site and felt impelled to answer the original question from one of your members.
I did not realise and now have noticed that you as the moderator seems to lean towards catholic tradition.This worries me a little because, as a Jehovahs Witness who has recently come to an understanding that the watchtower society can not claim to be Gods one and only true organisation.I do not want to get into endless debates with a member of another religious organization which regards itself in a similar way.I apologies beforehand,I dont want to make the presumption that everyone is the same!
I have come to realise that the average Jehovahs Witness can only defend their position as a member of that group.Loyalty to that organisation and its teachings are paramount to each member.This causes a great deal of bias when reading bible texts.
The original poster made a comment. “I do not like Jehovah's Witnesses' explanation that they are the symbolic mountains and that by joining them we are already 'safe”. What the poster has noticed about the watchtower society is that it attempts to promote a sense of security to those who are its members by claiming to be Gods organization.
I was trying to convey in my answer that security or salvation was assured through the new covenant and being a member of it.The redundant jewish system with its priesthood mediator-ship was no longer necessary. To get out and flee is a clear enough instruction.to get out of that system is the symbolic equivalent.
So to clarify.Any religious system or individual that does not promote and strictly adhere or teach that all true believers are to be a holy priesthood through Jesus Christ by means of the new covenant are to be avoided.If you are in such a system, get out and flee,
John 14 6.Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.