by Don Koenig
I have indicated that this is the generation that will likely see Bible prophecy fulfilled. I been asked what we should be doing as Christians to prepare for the time of trouble ahead. There is both spiritual preparation and physical preparation that we need to do and sometimes they will overlap but I will try to separate them out the best I can.
Spiritual preparation for these last days
Get serious about your relationship with Jesus Christ. In other words, make Him the number one priority in your life. Obviously, if Jesus is the number one priority, you will communicate with Him daily and read the words Jesus gave to you in the Bible for your instruction and edification.
Especially pay attention to the New Testament which is the instructions for the New Covenant Assembly born of the Spirit. Also spend a good deal of time in the Psalms and Proverbs because they give valuable wisdom for good living and fellowship with the Lord.
Walk by the Spirit and not by sight. God will make it clear enough what He wants from you. However, if your in His will you must step out in faith and actually start doing something. If you do, He will guide your paths.
Pray for wisdom to understand your calling in these last days and then do it with all the strength with the spiritual gifts that God will give you to complete His good work in you. Be open to correction from sincere Christians because we all get off track now and then. Let no one judge your motives if they truly came from a sincere desire to please the Lord and out of love for others.
Be separate from the world. Do not be enslaved to the many enticements and distractions that are in the world. That probably means changing some habits that are impacting your relationship with God even though doing these things might seem quite normal to the world. You may need to get rid of material things and worldly influences that are hindering you. Find spiritual substitutes, for example, fill your mind with Christian teachings, music, meditation on the word and with thinking on what God would have you to do with your talents.
Times of trouble, persecution, and testing will come to all Christians; some will be very subtle and some will be very obvious. You will not like them when they come but each will help build your faith and your character if you remain steadfast by trusting in God.
Attend a Bible believing congregation regularly. As things grow worse in this world this might mean that you will meet much more often than you do now, possibly in homes. In some places in the world where there is much persecution Christians meet almost daily.
Fellowship with other Christians. The spiritual Body of Christ has many different functions, each member with different gifts and purposes. The parts were designed to work together for the common good. If you do not have Christian friends, you probably need to find a home fellowship or you need to attend small group functions in your local church.
Don't expect that the Rapture will occur before any time of trouble in the West or in America. There could be great calamities in the nations before that event, as there were many times on earth in history. Many Christians are going through tribulation right now and there is no reason to think that Christians in the West will escape tribulations while their nations are rejecting God and the peoples of these nations living in evil. Those who even try to change their nation may be hated and persecuted just for telling them the truth.
Take wise advice that your government gives you for your physical well-being. If you think that shows lack of faith in God you are wrong. Governments are used by God as His servants on the earth.
The U.S. Government as well as local governments are telling you to have at least three months of reserve food on hand. So be wise and start acquiring it. Have twice that amount for you and every member of your family. If a deadly pandemic or an EMP attack were to strike in early fall you might need to get through to the harvest of the next growing season. You do not need MRI's or bulk dried food. Packaged and canned non perishable foods found on the shelves in your local supermarket will last for years, are cheaper, and taste better. You can continually rotate the older stock so that your food supply stays fresh.
In these days of just-in-time inventory, any major disruption will cause food shortages. You don't want to put yourself and your family in the situation where you will have to depend on the military for your survival. Even your ancestors knew enough to store up for the lean times. Joseph did in Egypt. Early American Farmers canned several years of food in case of a lean year. The Amish still do. Today's American Christians think they are unique in this world and will never see troubles like Christians in the rest of the world. They are also uniquely wrong.
Don't forget you also need a source of water and a way to purify it. Five drops of laundry bleach per gallon will do the job in a few hours. There are many other ways to purify water as well.
Home school your children or send them to a private Christian school. You might think that you cannot afford to do that but you really cannot afford to expose your children to the blatant anti Christian amoral humainistic brainwashing that is taught in public schools. Better to go without some things than to find out your child has become brainwashed, perverted, and corrupted. I assure you, most who go through our public school system of today will not come out of it with Christian beliefs.
You might think you will need to save money or gold for the end days. I don't think much of that is necessary. You should get out of debt and stay out of debt and try to have enough savings to keep you going for six months. If a complete collapse of the system happens, whatever money you have might become worthless and commodities like gold may become illegal and be confiscated. The best physical preparation anyone can make for these last days or any days is to have an indispensable skill that others need. If you have a usable indispensable skill, your family will never lack what you need to survive. Of course, not everyone can acquire such skills, but if you have the opportunity to learn one, do so. I do not consider many service and clerical office jobs to be indispensable skills in a time of national troubles.
You might consider having a small cache of items that you can barter with should money becomes worthless. Basically that could be anything that people always need. Again, don't get carried away with this. If you have too much stuff on hand, you are a target for someone to come and take it away.
If a deadly pandemic hits - like the bird flu or worse - you are going to have to stay out of public places. Most airborne flu will not spread above 86 degrees F. or when relative humidity is above 80 percent. Keep that in mind. You may have to keep yourself and your family in one of those two environments until the deadly pandemic runs its course. Be aware that flu spreads rapidly in cold dry climates. If you fly in an airplane during a pandemic, you have put yourself in an ideal environment to catch it. If you pile into a cold car with other people, you most certainly will catch it if one of the others in the car is carrying it. If deadly flu or germ warfare happens, you are really going to have to think things through before you do anything. Do what the government tells you in health related matters.
The government will have safety equipment for emergency personnel but they will not have the safety equipment for the general population. They may have a vaccine or anti virals that you might have to go somewhere to get. You are going to have to use your own judgment on the information that the government gives you. Certainly have a multi-band radio that runs on batteries.
If possible, do not choose to live in big cites. If there is any civil breakdown, things will get rather nasty in the cities at least until troops come in. Even then, you will be under martial law and you will not be allowed to travel freely. If you are in a city, you need to network with people in your own neighborhood that are trustworthy Christians.
If you are totally dependent on electric, you need to get a generator and have fuel on hand. If you live in a cold climate, you might not have heat for an entire winter. For example: gas lines could be empty, electric could be off and propane deliveries might never come. Therefore, try to have one wood source of heat and a stock of wood even if you never intend to use it. If you have no way to do that, you might consider buying a kerosene heater and keeping some fuel on hand. It is not the safest source of heat so you will have to keep some windows cracked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, but the 22,000 BTU's most kerosene heaters produce will keep a large room warm in any house.
If you cannot do these things know where you can go in a time of crisis. Perhaps that will be a friend, relative or a church that is prepared. Don't count on any significant help from casual acquaintances or neighbors. They will have their own hands full. There will be government public shelters as a last resort, but if there is an airborne pandemic going around public shelters may be deadly.
In any situation God gives wisdom to His children that ask.
Don't just believe or follow those with their own radical agendas. There will be anti government groups. If you follow them they will only get you killed or jailed. The prime objective is for you and your family to survive the crises. The objective is not to fight the inevitable globalization or new world order that is coming. As good as the U.S. Constitution is, in time of world crises, the government is not going to abide by it. So quoting the Constitution to those in authority or taking up arms against the government is not going to accomplish your prime objective. Global government is inevitable or the Bible is wrong. If it is inevitable, there will not be anything that you can do about it when the god of this age is allowed to implement it. Make the God of creation your refuge and you will not be disappointed. He knows how to take care of His own.
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