The Biblical principle of fleeing persecution
“When I had returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance and saw him [Jesus] saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ ” (Acts 22:17-18 ESV)
These are Paul’s words. He’s standing on the steps of Roman barracks in Jerusalem. The Tribune who had just arrested him had given Paul permission to address the mob of angry Jews who wanted to kill him.
‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ These words, uttered by our Lord Jesus to the apostle Paul, are an example of the Biblical principle of fleeing persecution. I don’t think we could find a more authoritative example: it’s a direct instruction from the Lord’s mouth to flee persecution, to escape from danger and specifically from dangerous people who resist the counsel of God and want to do harm to a follower of Christ.