“And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!” (Matt. 24:19) Here is what Mr. Flurry wrote about this verse from his Personal in The Philadelphia Trumpet:
The Spiritually Immature
Let’s take a closer look at Matthew 24:19; “And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!”
Why would God be concerned about nursing children and not the sick and the elderly when it is time to flee? Because God is speaking to us spiritually, not physically. The focus here is on the nursing mothers. But if properly translated, it focuses on the nursing children.
Several Greek interlinear translations read “to those suckling” – not “to them that give suck.” One of Webster’s definitions of suckling – is to draw milk from breasts.” So the focus is on the children – not the mothers. Unborn children are also discussed in verse 19. This verse has the same spiritual meaning as Isaiah 28. God is warning His own Laodicean, spiritually immature Church. They shall lack the faith to flee when they see the abomination of desolation! (The Faith to Flee, November 1995 issue)
In Hebrews chapter 5, the apostle Paul contrasted two types of people inside God’s Church: one is a suckling or a babe (spiritually immature) and the other an adult or of full age (spiritually mature): “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (vv. 12-15)
The spiritually immature sucklings use only milk which makes them unskillful in the word of righteousness, while the spiritually mature men eat strong meat which makes them discern both good and evil. This book is full of very STRONG SPIRITUAL MEAT and this is intended only for those who are SPIRITUALLY MATURE.
“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars” (Jer. 17:1).
As what has been discussed in a previous article, the iniquity of spiritual Judah (the people inside the Philadelphia Church of God) has been written with a diamond point iron pen, which means, it has been hardened like an adamant stone (Zech. 7:12). The people look to the power of their ministers more than the power of God. The ministers basically taught and urged the members to look to them for even the smallest and slightest decision in their lives. The members cannot decide for themselves anymore. Every little thing has to be decided by the ministers. This resulted in putting their trust in men which makes their “heart departeth from the Lord.” (Jer. 17:5) – they became “unskillful in the word of righteousness,” i.e., spiritually immature – SUCKLINGS!