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Making Your Escape
A number of different Greek words of the New Testament are translated as "escape."
Regardless of the slight differences in specific applied meanings, all of the words mean to make a way out of something i.e. those who "escape" do so because they did the right thing, while others won't escape because they did the wrong thing, or nothing at all. Consider how those who reject the true "prophets, and wise men, and scribes" of the LORD will not escape "the damnation of hell."
"23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the Damnation of hell? [see also Where or What is Hell? and Through The Gates Of Hell] 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar." (Matthew 23:33-35 KJV)
On the other hand, according to the Messiah's own words, those who do the right things "may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."
"21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away [see God The Conservative, Satan The Liberal].
"By these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world"
Salvation or damnation is a matter of "them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life" or "them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath."
"2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things [see Parables Of Jesus Christ: The Self Righteous]. 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 2:3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
The Exodus was actually an object lesson ("these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come") in "coming out of the world" and living according to the Messiah's Law. Nothing has changed from that time because it was Christ then too i.e. "that Rock was Christ." Notice however that it was also Christ who destroyed those who refused to truly follow Him ("Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents") - just as He's going to do when He returns to Judge and Rule the world (see Baptism Of Fire).
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ [see Christ The Creator and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM']. 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Physical life has the purpose of preparing for eternal life - that will begin on the day of Christ's return (see Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
It is through the knowledge of the truth that the escape can be "made" - "according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue."
"1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
The journey to salvation is however as one-way escape, "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning." That doesn't refer to human weakness (see Concupiscence), but a defiant disregard for the gift of salvation.
"2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." (2 Peter 2:18-22 KJV)