yourselves erect and lift your heads up, because your deliverance is getting near.—Luke 21:28.
World events indicate that soon Jehovah will move the world’s political elements to unite in efforts to expose and devastate the spiritual harlot Babylon the Great. (Rev. 17:15-17; 18:21) Should true Christians fear that event and the other aspects of the "great tribulation" that will follow? (Matt. 24:21) Not at all! They will actually have reasons to rejoice when God acts against the wicked. (Rev. 18:20; 19:1, 2) Consider: When Roman forces besieged Jerusalem in 66 C.E., spiritually alert Christians were neither shocked nor terrified. They knew ‘that the desolating of her had drawn near.’ (Luke 21:20) They also knew that God would open the way for them to flee to safety. (Dan. 9:26; Matt. 24:15-19; Luke 21:21) Likewise today, those who know God and who obey his Son can face this system’s end with confidence.—2 Thess. 1:6-9. yes thrilling times indeed.