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It is no coincidence that the Acts model lifestyle we see in the first century church is also the best preparation a Christian can make to sustain life and continue in ministry even in the hardest of times as well as in the best of times. By "Acts model" I am referring to the entire book of Acts, not just chapters 2 and 3.
A Christian does not have to practice this "Acts Model" concept of Christian community to be saved or to continue in ministry, but we argue that it is a good gift from God to us. Jesus taught this brotherhood concept of living to His Apostles, and they continued in these teachings.
The ultimate and future goal and vision of ArkHaven is to form a totally self sufficient, “Acts model, Christian community of intentional neighbors” who live off the grid and farm the natural and organic way so we can provide food for ourselves and for the poor and needy. We call this "intentional neighbors getting off the grid before the grid goes off." And we will also sell our food products (for as long as conditions allow).
Here are some things we are NOT: We will not practice the "common purse" concept where one person owns everything and dispense food and housing, etc., as the owner sees fit. We will not be an armed, militant camp. Every family will live in their own quarters and rule their own household. We are not isolationists who are running for the hills to hide in fear. We are not a doomsday survivalist group.
We do believe in complete reliance on God’s provision for our daily living based on the principle of self-sufficiency by growing our own food, raising our own cattle, sheep, horses, chicken and fish in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Bible. In short, we are describing the Acts model life style. [Article continued below]
Introduction by TribNet: – Ken’s guest article uncovers a world going on out there among Christians and survivalists who, quite frankly, have much in common; however, Ken sets a tone that is spiritually dynamic and sets its sights on witness and testimony in the Last Days while being diligent before the Lord to prepare our hearts and lives for – at least – the Birth Pangs mentioned in Matthew 24:3-7. Not only is this article of great interest to many believers, but unbelievers as well – frankly, we don’t have much time to prepare…Ken’s pragmatic insights are as remarkable as his keen sense of the spiritual dynamic.
Looking For A Safe Place to Move To?
One of the very best things you can do to live and survive hard times is to move where the likelihood of major events affecting you is minimized.
There are plenty of places like that in the United States ... as long as you think critically and evaluate your options using the right criteria.
READ HERE why so many preppers and homesteaders are moving to the Ozark mountains. See if this call bears witness with your spirit!
What People Call Preparation, God Sees as the Goal Itself
Here is a listing of terms commonly used by people who are preparing
for an anticipated depression and hard times:
Christian farm community
Christian Prepper community
Christian community co-op
lay Christian community
A Kibbutz Commune?
RV'er Christian Community
Christian Prepper Community
Christian Doomsday Preppers
Off the Grid shelters
The Coming “Best of Times”Will Prove To Be
the “Worst of Times”
… according to Matthew 24: 37-39
I keep looking for better ways for end-time Christians to hide in plain sight, to go underground and become invisible to the coming Antichrist system; when that day comes.
Now to most folks such talk is silly, and will contentiously exclaim, "that's stupid!" They rage at us! And many of them are Christians. Go figure.
But many Bible believers do know a time of persecution is coming, and most probably in our lifetime. Not just in China and other far away places, but in our beloved America as well; in the land of the free. We just never thought about defending the idea of taking care of ourselves before, by hiding in plain sight; when that day comes, that's all.
Think about it this way. Going underground is in fact hiding from an enemy, and hiding in plain sight is one such tactic.
Many Preppers and Survivalists are working towards being prepared for hard times, whether short term (as in a crash of the economy) or long term (as in the seven year tribulation). Of course, a lot depends on the eschatological belief system one prefers to believe as to how (or if) they prepare. Whatever our end-time beliefs are, we all are taking the risk that the eschatology we prefer to believe is correct, and then we subconsciously base all our planning on that. And whether we realize it or not, we all plan that way. I have written other articles on that subject, so I won't write at length about it here.
The Best of Times vs The Worst of Times
Of course I am making a play on a quote we all know from the famous book by Charles Dickens called "A Tale of Two Cities," as I bring out a Scriptural truth here.
Have you noticed that Jesus said He will come at a time that seems most unlikely to Christians, and certainly to the world. It seems confusing and contradictory to say the best of times can in fact be the worst of times; it depends on whether you are a discerning, mature Christian or not. The discerning will have understanding and will prepare. The blind (the oblivious) and the silent will lead the blind to destruction.
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends." ~Martin Luther
Let me explain that comparison by referring to these verses in Matthew 24 and 1 Thessalonians.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.~Matthew 24
In verse 39 Jesus said people would be enjoying their prosperity and peaceful times; eating, drinking and marrying and going on as if nothing sinister was happening, right up to the day He breaks up their party-- big time.
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
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.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. ~1 Thessalonians 5
According to these passages Jesus will come in what seems to the world like the best of times when there is peace and safety, and not what we perceive to be, the worst of times, when we so desperately need Him to rescue us. That's still as clear as mud, so let me show you what many Premillennial Christians are already saying.
Jesus said He was coming at an hour 'you do not expect,' and He also gave specific signs to watch for; saying 'when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. And as we have seen, what seems to be the best of times when there is peace and safety, will in fact be the worst of times, because it will be the Antichrist who brings this deceptive peace and safety. Who will expect Jesus to appear in the sky to rapture us when things are really going great? This peace and prosperity will blind many.
Most Christian Preppers believe that the Antichrist system will progressively replace all world currencies with a one-world currency. (I wrote a popular article on this years ago that you might want to see.) The conspiratorial process of bringing down all the currencies in the world will bring hard economic times. But once the one-world currency has been in place for awhile, great prosperity and peace will spread world-wide.
Then comes the contract. "Dear World citizen, it is now necessary to establish World Unity, and to show our appreciation and loyalty to our beloved world president who came as a God to established this peace and unity out of chaos and deprivation." So these brief "best of times" for the world turn out to be the dreaded "worst of times" for discerning Christians. This is what Bible prophecy is warning us about, is it not?
"Peace if possible, truth at all costs." ~Martin Luther
Any erroneous teachings we prefer to believe; I'm talking about our eschatological beliefs...can kill us. So, what will you do with this warning? Ignore it? Be offended? That prophecy is just too negative. Pay no attention to it! Or are you not a bit sure what you should do? But it is now clear that what we all must do (now that our eyes have been opened) is plead with God to make it clear to us just where He would have us, and what He would have us do. (Jesus is our Ark).
"Oh well, I chose to believe that God will protect me just like He did Moses in the wilderness."
But why did God protect Moses in the wilderness?
The reason was obvious! God protected them because, (don't miss this point) they were where God led them (by the pillar of fire by night and the pillar of smoke by day). Your survival may be contingent upon you being where God has chosen to protect you. It is presumptuous to assume God will protect you if you chose to go where your career or your interests lead you rather than where He wants you to be.
May I say lovingly and cautiously that we really hope the pre-tribulation rapture teaching is correct. But what if they are wrong? Millions could die because of trusting completely in a belief that left them naked in a fire storm.
"And for most believers, that's their take on prophecy. It's just too negative! Who needs it! Most of us have enough trouble plaguing our lives without having to sit through a sermon on prophecy that's all about doom and gloom!
But a danger sign is not meant to demoralize anyone. Nor is prophecy. The purpose of both is to save us from harm - to rescue us and our loved ones from catastrophe." ~Douglas Shearer – Urban Hope Ministries
Jesus said the season of His return would be distinguishable, and in fact commands that we be watchful and in prayer; to encourage each other all the more as that Day approaches. It is possible, is it not, for American Christians to come into a time of tribulation when true believers will be killed or imprisoned for remaining faithful to Jesus.
So, how does one prepare for such oppressive times?
We have to consider all the areas of preparation to truly be prepared both physically and spiritually; and emotionally. A lot of people will break down emotionally when victimized by various pressures for an extended time; something many American soldiers have experienced in combat. Remaining in God's word, staying humble before Him, and putting aside the temptations of our materialistic environment will be paramount to being attuned as to where He would lead us.
Regarding hiding in plain view...lately I have been considering some old terms that were around before the word "Prepper" became so popular. It may be a toss-up as to which term is the most controversial, Prepper or Homesteader, but in my thinking their goals are very similar and maybe even interchangeable. But for sure the term "Christian Community" really gets people's attention. That term always sounds a little strange, don't you know! One instantly gets a little suspicious. "Must be a cult of some kind," they say. And even I cringe at the militant term "Survivalist."
Another old term we should mention is tenant farmers. A tenant farmer is one who resides on land owned by a landlord. Tenant farming is an agricultural production system in which landowners contribute their land and often a measure of operating capital and management; while tenant farmers contribute their labor along with, at times, varying amounts of capital and management. We sure do not want to use that demeaning term any more, but it does show us the workability of the concept. For instance, J.B. Hunt's parents were tenant farmers and he only had a 6th grade education. Yet he became a billionaire.
Today, a homesteader is one who has chosen the simple agrarian life style and hopes to become completely self sufficient. They want to make their own buildings and power sources, and grow all their food and raise a family in a manner reminiscent of our forefathers hundreds of years ago. This is a lifestyle that has taken societies through the best of times and the worst of times for 6,000 years. It works, but sometimes we first need to be apprentices and learn how to do it. But believe me, it takes hard physical labor and we will need committed helpers.
In " the good old days", a lot of sons and daughters were needed to run the farm. Today, with smaller families, we need farm hands (apprentices?). Do you remember the old saying, many hands make light work? People get sick, they get injured, and they need some time off. A farm can work a husband and wife to death, so never think you can do it alone. Over the long hall you cannot...period!
So back to the argument for farm hands (community members, or apprentices).
An apprentice in this setting is one who may have all the skills and aspirations the homesteader has but doesn't necessarily have the funds to get a start. So the apprentice lives on the homesteader's land and works for, and with, the family. For their own peace of mind they should have most views in common about every social, economic and political view. But their theological views and heart desires must center on Jesus Christ.
In simplest of terms, they are preparing for the eschatological culmination of Bible prophecy in what they perceive to be in their life time. Since the terms Homesteader and Apprentices are so accepted these days, you can call your guests apprentices even though what really is happening is Christian community.
To take it to another level, (hey let's get real) why not just call yourself a farmer (a word everyone is comfortable with) and call those people working with you farm hands, even though you all are in fact (discretely) living in Christian community.
Here is my thinking on this. Let's invite like minded people (who have no money to buy land for themselves) to help us help them. Whether they live on your land or close by makes no difference. And whether or not they have an outside income source to supplement their income makes no difference. The fact that they are helping you in order to help themselves is what makes the difference. Together we can reach our mutual goal to serve and be secure in these end-times.
In other words, we are talking about a stealth, underground, hidden in plain sight; Christian community of like minded believers in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!
These are some ways to hide in plain view, to blend into the ethnicity of the area, to go … underground. Just be a common farmer amongst a community of common farmers. Yep, that tall old man out at the "Carrot Patch" is me ... Ken! No one is sure though. LOL. Oh, and those guys moseying out to help the old man gather eggs and juice carrots, or something, are friends.
This will fly in the face of the Survivalist mentality; but, it does not matter whether we survive or not. What matters is whether we are obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and whether we are laying up treasures in Heaven … in eternity.
As I often say, the purpose of life is to prepare for eternity. Success is measured by treasures we have laid up in eternity, not here in this lifetime. Or as Leonard Ravenhill once said: "This life is a dressing room for eternity - THAT'S ALL IT IS!" Ref: 1 John 2:15-17"
Whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's and He will gather first the dead in Christ, and then the living at the time of the catching away. And we will live with Him for eternity. So don't fret the small stuff brethren.
BIBLE PRECEDENTS FOR THE ARKHAVEN MODEL:
These precedents need little introduction.
Moses showed us that we must accept the possibility that we may eventually and ultimately be living by miracles alone as his people did in the wilderness. Keep in mind that as long as they followed the pillar of fire by night and the pillar of smoke by day they were protected because they were where God placed them. God provided physical protection, provision, and promise so long as they were under His covering by being obedient to follow the pillar of fire.
Joseph is another model for us. He had seven good years to prepare Egypt and his family for seven bad years. Whatever time we have left we need to be preparing for the eventuality of the coming bad years, however many years that may be. Goshen was a protected area that stayed green during those 7 bad years, and it was protected again during the time of Moses and the plagues. They were under God's covering by being where God placed them. May God lead each of us into a Goshen land.
Noah was instructed by God to prepare a place (Ark) that was totally self sufficient so he and his family could survive the flood. They were under God's covering because they were obedient to make the Ark and to go into it when God instructed them to. The Ark was God's place of promise, provision and protection. ArkHaven was named after the Ark model, but incorporates the insight these three models give us.
Elijah was instructed by the Lord to go to the brook Cherith, and there God sent ravens to feed him. Then the Lord told Elijah to go to Zarephath to be fed by a widow. God instructs some to prepare and others He instructs to go where God has arranged things so they will be provided for. He was under God's covering by being where God placed him, and doing what he was instructed to do.
Our Concept of an Intentional Neighbor
When we refer to an Acts Model Christian community, we think in terms of Intentional Neighbors rather than the above terms (even though most of them can be incorporated into the Intentional Neighbor and apprentice concept).
Intentional Neighbors means people intentionally moving as close to each other as possible, wither next door or within easy walking distance. In this lifestyle each family is independent and lives in their own housing, and can barter with and support all their intentional neighbors. We will talk more about this further down on this page.
We all like the Boy Scout motto that says "Be Prepared", so in a sense of the word we are all preppers of some sort. But prepping is not about FEAR. It's not about being CRAZY! It's about a practical preparedness lifestyle. It's responsible living! See my article Preppers, Survivors, Survivalists and Eschatology
We consider this to be the lifestyle we prefer for ourselves, no matter the times or conditions. Many who identify with the above terms live in fear and in a premature, self imposed deprivation, not discerning the Lord's timing and will for them.
Having "intentional neighbors" to work with sure will be a big help. It is hard to do all this by yourself. Building a self sufficient Christian community is in many ways just another building project or program. Our vision must be greater than the limits of just being in community.
If you already see that you also believe what is being shown here, please consider emailing us to say so. Dozens of people have wrote to say they don't know anyone that sees what they see, and were wondering if they were going crazy. Our forum will give you a lot of instant friends who are likeminded and who will encourage you.
We Must Want to Survive
Survival and self-reliance are trendy topics even among the general population today. Just look at the popularity of Discovery Channel’s Survivorman and Man vs. Wild.
But when there really is a crisis in America and we all have to fend for ourselves, will we have the will – not to mention the knowledge – to survive? How will we handle the stress?
It’s not enough simply to know how to survive. We must want to survive. We must know why we want to survive. We must have that core desire. Don’t miss this key part of survival preparation that often is overlooked. In past articles this most important of all keys to survival – namely spiritual preparation – is discussed at length. We make a big point of that in this article as well.
Always! Always! The purpose of life is to prepare for eternity! So prepare prepare!
Of course, knowledge is key, too, and that comes by doing our research and making a check list to organize our preparation. The mañana philosophy doesn't work here. When a sky diver steps to the airplane door he doesn't put on his parachute tomorrow, it's either on today or its going to be a fast trip with a bad ending. Today is the right time to take that big first step and start your own prospectus check list!
A Bugout Plan – Versus – A Lifetime Lifestyle
Back to the question, why do we want to survive, and how do we prepare for this difficult, anticipated future? If we are born again Christians we are committed to live so we can propagate our faith, and so we can serve others and our Savior. Survival is not about us (you and me), it is about God's commission for our lives. Consequently this prospectus is much more than a long term survivalist or prepper ideal. I advocate going beyond that.
What is being proposed here is a time tested, lifetime lifestyle that best prepares one for any eventuality in life. In fact this lifestyle is something like 6,000 years old … from Adam to us.
My concept is to already be there in your safe place – already being well established on your homestead – not having to go there (making a desperate run for cover at the last moment hoping you make it) when the proverbial crash comes. By being prepared for a long term disaster long before it comes, we are by default prepared for all short term disasters as well. So, why not be there, live there, and work there rather than making a desperate run for your life at the last moment hoping that you can get ready in time for what is yet to come?
In this lifestyle you can become self-sufficient, growing or harvesting your own food, making or building what you need instead of buying it. Your not busy making $ any more, your busy living your more secure lifestyle.
We are talking about a lifestyle that prepares us for any short term crises as well as any long term crises such as a devastating economic collapse; or perhaps being faced with the terrible “T”… the Tribulation period. This Homesteader concept is much wiser than the prepper and survivalist mentality because this ancient lifestyle extends from Adam into eternity, not just the here and now. To me this is all so logical and self evident to be true.
This lifestyle we advocate can be labeled as homesteading or Christian community, depending on whether you go it alone or together with like minded friends. Going it alone has the huge disadvantage of not having any backup or support. In a community or intentional neighbor setting you do not have to work every day of the year, and it you get sick or injured you have someone to take your place until you can get back on the job. And there is safety in numbers. Going it alone will invariably prove to be a terrible mistake.
I passionately believe it's going to take a minimum of 2 or 3 families to survive in the coming American New World Order beast system. Not just for work and economical reasons, but most importantly for emotional and spiritual support. As Jesus said, before the coming of the Son of Man, many will fall away and the love of many will grow cold! I know I can't keep going it alone forever. Plus those of us who stand true to the faith to the end, some of us can expect to be martyred and I sure don't want my family to be alone if I were to go. The concept of “God parents” came from the first century when one or two other Christian parents were asked to parent your children in the event of your martyrdom.
The threat of martyrdom or becoming disabled gives credibility to my suggestion that we hide in plain sight by being indistinguishable from the sheeple while in public. It might be wise to ask the Lord to send the people to us that He would have us minister to, preferably in the small communities we set up a ministry outreach. There is no winning back the world or the United States, just some individuals.
In the 1970's I served as a leader in the John Burch Society, I ran for political office in St. Louis, I served in the Military for 3 years...and...I found that none of my labors helped our nation one bit. My website (www.arkhaven.org) has accomplished more for Christ many times over.
What is being proposed here is a time tested, lifetime lifestyle that best prepares one for any eventuality in life. In fact this lifestyle is something like 6,000 years old … from Adam to us.
THE HOMESTEADER WHO INVITES APPRENTICES CONCEPT
Please help me evaluate and develop on the trend I see developing in Christian community. In short, the people I know who are buying land and moving onto it have the intentions of going it alone for awhile and working to become self sufficient.
I have used several terms in the past that describe or define this trend. Terms such as intentional neighbors and homesteading fit pretty good. Since this is the way things are going lets discuss how to make this trend work better.
First, lets use the word Homesteader and then suggest that homesteaders bring in apprentices to help them develop their farm operation. The apprentices can live on or off the property, and they can have outside jobs to sustain themselves while the relationship is building. In a few months it will be clear to both the apprentice and the homesteader whether this is working for both parties. We wouldn't say so publicly, but the apprentices are actually becoming community members, and the farm is becoming self sufficient and endeavoring to be able to go off the grid before the grid goes off.
Lora and I know two or three dear single brothers in the Lord we would love to make such an invitation to. That is what this farmer, Paul Barry in Canada, is doing that will inspire you. You will love this family and their seemingly utopian farm!
He has called twice now, and we had wonderful conversations. A couple that writes to me contacted Paul at my request and may be able to join them for a season. That is what inspired this letter.
Tell me what you think. What are your thoughts on all this?
My thanks to Pastor Joe Fox for talking about ArkHaven.org and our plans in this video to start an off-the-grid Christian community of like minded believers. As Pastor Joe Fox said, we now have enough people who have some funds to start getting organized and buy land in the north west corner of Arkansas...specifically in either Madison or Carroll counties.
Pastor Joe Fox puts up a video on YouTube every week to talk about the Christian community he has formed here in NW AR not so far from where I live. You might want to see some of them at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22Pastor+Joe+Fox%22&sm=12
THESE WEBSITES PROVIDE PREPPER INFORMATION YOU WILL FIND VALUABLE
THE NORMALCY BIAS
"Normalcy bias refers to the state of mind we enter when facing a disaster. It causes us to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its potential effects. The result is failure to prepare personally. On a larger scale, it can lead a government to exclude its citizens in disaster preparedness planning.
In essence, normalcy bias is created by the assumption that because something has not occurred, it will never occur. As the intensity and convergence of many strategic trends is becoming personal on many levels, the boundaries of our normalcy bias are being stretched, and in many cases, broken."
[Excerpt from article by Mary Miller, Director of Issachar Studies and IDB in the News Journal of Koinonia House] [The normalcy bias is also discussed in the book: AFTERSHOCK ... Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown, by David Wiedemer, Robert Wiedemer, & Cindy Spitzer]
We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.
See this look at the Normalcy Bias at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quos1dxW7gI
Ignorance is not always the problem. The illusion of knowledge is often the real problem. The Bible is infallible, but we aren't. And sometimes one of our doctrines isn't infallible either (considering how many denominations there are). Our doctrines can be an illusion of knowledge sometimes. For instance, not every eschatological doctrine can be correct, and those that are not, are most likely an illusion of knowledge that can result in not preparing properly for end-time events as they actually occur.
Our doctrines seem normal to us, but that may prove to be an illusion. Again, we don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. Our perspective is our reality. So, what are we ... you and me?
Ignorance is an unguarded door for the enemy to come through unawares, so we need to learn how to guard the door to our faith like the Bereans did. We CAN judge doctrine by the Word of God, and we're required to test ourselves to see if we're in the faith.
If we believe we are in the prophetic last days just prior to the Second Coming and Tribulation period, then surely we can assume that the hard times we are presently in will get much worse BEFORE these climatic events happen. This continent has experienced three wars, a depression, 9/11 and many horrendous natural disasters in the past. What makes us think such things CAN'T happen again ... BEFORE the rapture and tribulation period?
My 40 years of experience shows me that over 90% of the people who will even reads this article will be either mid or post tribulation rapture believers, or some variation thereof. It seems to take this mindset to be able to see this truth. Very few will be pre trib, and none will be postmillennial or amillennial.
In my lifetime over 50 million Christians have been martyred world wide. Why do we think it CAN'T happen in America? We are facing a series of end-time disasters prophesied in the Old and New Testament. But, of course we all want to live our lives as we always have.
Discerning the times is just inconvenient. 1 Peter 4:16-18 (NAS) says Judgment will come first to the church, and then to the world.
16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.
17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
18 AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER?
Matthew 24:22 says: "Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
Proverbs 22:3 warns: "A prudent [man] fore seeth the evil, and hideth himself:
but the simple pass on, and are punished."
Matthew 13 gives us a good example of this normalcy bias in that time, and in the church today. In the parable of the sower. Jesus said:
9" He who has ears, let him hear."
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"
11 Jesus answered them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.
12"For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.
13"Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
In verse twelve, speaking to "whoever has", is referring to those who have a revelation of who the Messiah actually is; they comprehend that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and what that means in relation to His Kingdom, and our part in it.
In context with the parable of the sower, Jesus reiterates vs. 11 in vs. 12, saying something like this: Since it has been granted to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, to you shall more of the mysteries of the kingdom be given, and you shall have an abundance of knowledge of these mysteries.
14 "In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
16 "But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.
17 "For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
18 "Hear then the parable of the sower.
19 "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.
20 "The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.
The Bible says there will be a great falling away in the end-times, and verse 21 may give us a clue as to why.
Do not underestimate the possibility of these things happening in our near future. Maybe this year, maybe next year, no one knows ... but soon. Remember, when Israel became a nation again, prophecy says the time thereafter is one generation. The theologian, Chuck Missler, says a Bible generation is 70 years. Well, Israel became a nation again in 1948, so that suggests all this can happen by, or before 2018 ... if time is cut short.
The beautiful hope we have is in Jesus! He has told us he would shorten those days for us or no life would be saved (Mark 13:20), and he has promised we are not destined for his wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thes 5:9).
Think on that!
See this look at the Normalcy Bias at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quos1dxW7gI
Waiting for the Lord's timing is quite a discipline and calls for steadfastness of faith. What a wonderful gift from the Lord that He would give us such times to mature us in Him all the more. No matter what minute, hour or day or circumstance ... our desire is to be exactly where the Lord tells me to be. We pray that He will keep us obedient, and we pray that for the body of Christ.
Even if the Lord has given you visions and has spoken to you of disaster coming upon cities (and rural) areas. And even if the Lord has given you visions and has spoken to you of a day when He will command you to flee. Each step must be in obedience to Him.
In our flesh, we could easily try to protect ourselves and leave the city for a "safe" place before the Lord tells us to leave, but what a ridiculous scenario that would be! The only protected place is to be in the center of the will of the Lord. We do believe the Lord is having some people leave certain areas and go to other areas, but for some, He will give that command at a later date. The reason we are not in community yet is because the timing for us is not right ... yet!
The Lord sends us to preach the Gospel, and we pray that none of you abandon that in anticipation of needing to go to a safe place. Each person has to do what the Lord tells them to do, obedience is everything. He may tell someone to remain and preach the Gospel, even at the cost of their life. Paul could attest to that. We are not to fear. We are to trust in the Lord.
Some of those who have gone to remote areas and are preparing to get off the grid before the grid goes off, are not where God was going to send them, and they didn't leave when God wanted them to. Spiritual preparation preempts physical preparation. So such fear/anxiety driven preparation will actually prove to be a disaster for some.
This does mean that we must believe Abba still speaks to His children today, and we must know His voice, and we must be obedient to do what He directs us to do. We heard the testimony of a friend who was working in one of those towers in NY. The Lord told him to quite his lucrative job and go home. The office staff berated him, told him he was a fool. But two days later (on 911) they were all dead, and he was home safe and sound. being in the center of God's will is the safest place on earth.
We think this Acts model also includes the house church fellowship (with no overhead, no salaries, no order of service, and no hierarchy ... just community fellowship. 1 Corinthians 14: 26-40 lets us see inside a church service up close and personal. We do not speak against "church" buildings (keeping in mind that the church is made up of Christians, not a building) and all that, but we do warn that perhaps thousands of "churches" will unfortunately have to close in the next few years due to lack of funds in these financially difficult times. Hopefully that will encourage those congregations to go back to the Acts Model for the house church and Christian community.
ArkHaven will not be an isolationist or hidden paramilitary armed camp. Our protection will be divine or none at all. We are separatists (separated from the world and off the world's grid) but not isolationists who think they can hide from a perceived enemy. If we are not going to where the needy are and ministering Jesus Christ to them, we are not laying down our lives to serve and witness; we are not living the Acts model.
An armed camp invites a challenge from the government or from militant bands (remember Waco). The Bible makes it clear that God allows self defense, and at least in northwest Arkansas most rural people have Deer guns, and Deer are plentiful here. Most people, who were kind and law abiding before they became desperate, will welcome the opportunity to do the right thing. And as you know, the Bible is replete with testimonies of Divine protection and provision. And so is history. Here are some examples:
John Brenz, friend of Martin Luther, remembered this verse from 1 Kings while hiding from the Spanish Cavalry. Emperor Charles V repeatedly tried to assassinate him, and on one occasion Brenz barely heard of the plot in time to grab a loaf of bread and duck into his neighbor's hayloft. There he hid fourteen days. The bread was quickly gone, but the Lord sent a hen who showed up and laid an egg each day for fourteen days. In this way Brenz was kept alive. On the fifteenth day the chicken didn't come, and the reformer wondered what he would do. But from the street below came the cries, "The cavalrymen are gone at last."
In a similar way, a dog provided for the needs of another reformer, John Craig, who was arrested during the Inquisition. On the eve of his scheduled execution, Craig escaped, but while fleeing through the Italian backcountry, he ran out of food and money. Suddenly a dog approached him, a purse in its mouth. Craig tried to drive the animal away; but the dog persisted in bringing the purse to Craig. In it was enough money to take him to freedom.
Robert Bruce of Scotland was running for his life, fleeing persecutors. He ducked into a small cave, and a spider immediately appeared and spun a web over the opening. Bruce's pursuers fanned across the landscape, knowing he was near. Two of them approached the cave, and one of the men started to go in. The other one stopped him, saying, "He could never have gotten in there without breaking that spider's web." Bruce breathed this prayer, "O God, I thank Thee that in the tiny bowels of a spider you can place for me a shelter."
Ravens, chickens, dogs, spiders, and creatures great and small -- as Jesus once said of a donkey, the Master has need of them.
The militant armed camp mentality does not have any Bible support at all, but reasonable self defense does. Anxiety and fear are not of God, but operating out of the fruit of the Spirit and the Beatitudes is. We put more emphasis on growing food than on storing or stockpiling huge stashes of food, water and supplies.
Luke 22:36 -- He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.  It is written: `And he was numbered with the transgressors' ; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.  The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied.
Notice that two swords among 12 men was considered enough. Remember, this is a defensive number.
Survivalists (as a general rule) horde food and supplies and arm themselves to protect their stuff. In contrast, Survivors are able to peacefully bring themselves and others through good and bad times by growing and making everything they need on their own property. They know how to be totally self sufficient while at the same time be totally dependent on God to lead and protect them.
We love the word of God, and will be prepared to reach out into the surrounding community to serve. In Community life each family should feel the freedom to attend the church of their choice, but we believe that having corporate prayer is a way of life.
In my lifetime, America has gone through a depression and several wars. In early American history three wars were fought on this continent. And even as you read this message, millions of Christians in China and other nations are under terrible tribulation, persecution, and martyrdom this very day. In my lifetime at least fifty million Christians have been martyred. Compare that to the holocaust where Hitler killed six million Jews. To say another war or depression can't happen in America is not being realistic. But to say we should prepare for such an eventuality ... as best we can ... is realistic.
Consider this scenario. Let’s say that the foolishness of the world system causes a major depression that the Antichrist can take advantage of. But let’s say God complicates Satan’s plans and makes the depression much worse by bringing on several “natural disasters.” Look at the damage Katrina and Mt. St. Helen did to our economy. Continued...
The subject and question here is; how should we prepare physically and spiritually for the times we are in. But how we discern the times is based upon our worldview and, for Christians, that is always based on our eschatological views. So, our understanding and decisions on how to prepare for our future is solely dependent upon our eschatological world view. Therefore, the value of our supposed solutions is dependant upon the accuracy of our eschatological views ... our worldview. I advise all of us to study them all and be able to answer those who are critical of your views. The Lord has brought me into a lot of repentance over the decades because I want to know the Truth (Jesus) more than my need to be "right" in my own eyes.
There are all kinds of survivalists out there. To some it is a wilderness lifestyle. To some it is to hide from an oppressive government. But to me survivalism is all about being able to stay alive to serve and minister Jesus Christ when everyone will be required to take the sign of the Beast to be able to buy or sell. You will need the sign/mark to get paid for working your job, and to buy gas to get to work, and to pay your rent and buy groceries. So, how are we going to be able to do that without the sign/mark of the Beast? Finding real solutions starts with understanding the actual problems.Life is not worth living unless we are willing to die for something. If we are willing to die for a cause, then it behooves us to survive so that we can propagate that which we would live/die for. For me that is Yeshua! This is the kind of survivalist I am. Please consider my research on how I feel led to survive the prophetic time we are now entering.
Almost everyone who even reads this article will be either mid or post tribulation or pre wrath rapture believers. Very few will be pre trib, and none will be postmillennial or amillennial.
I advocate a time tested lifestyle that the Amish and Mennonites have lived for 500 years, a self sufficient community of like-minded brethren living the agrarian life style … living off the grid. This lifestyle will make it possible for you to support your community of believers and those saints who refuse to take the sign of the beast but did not prepare physically for spiritually for such a time. I anticipate that most non-Christians, and many of those who think they are Christians, will go with the very convenient, lucrative, popular ... sign of the beast ... currency system and never show up at your community ... or heaven.
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In 1974, my Lord and Savior gave me my life's commission, my reason to survive … my reason to live. That is when the Lord told me to prepare His people for this prophetic time we are now in, to propagate a survivor’s lifestyle … to establish a self-sustaining community of like minded Christians for the times we are in. Premillennialists call this climatic time the Great Tribulation, or the Seventieth Week of Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27).
Very few Christians believed this prepper message from the Lord in 1974, 1984, 1994 or 2004, but now thousands do. Many professing Christians are now aware of the imploding of our economy and corrupt government, as well as the impending wars and worldwide economic collapse. Sharks look more sinister when you are walking the plank than they do when you are safely on deck. The problem is that millions of blind-folded brethren still don't know they are already walking the plank. At some point, reality will awaken a few of them and they will have spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to hear those Great White sharks biting chucks out of that flimsy plank under their unsure feet (Matthew 13:14-15). We are talking about a small minority, a remnant who will awaken, brethren.
Of course, many survivalists and preppers (and a vast majority of comatose society) are not Christians and could care less what we say here. Now this brings up another point of which we all are painfully aware. All of the Christian preppers and survivalists combined make up but a tiny minority in society. But as Lazarus Long said, “Does history record any case in which the majority was right?” And doesn't the Bible tell us that a huge majority of society rejects Jesus? Think about it, Noah's crew constituted a minority of eight people who prepared (estimated to be around 10 billion by Henry Morris ) that populated the earth then that perished in the flood they were warned about. The truth is most people don't want the truth. I sometimes wonder if I do. How about you?
The pre-flood world population was calculated using the formula given below. This formula was published by Henry Morris and calculates the population of the world at the time of the Flood. P(n) is the population after n generations which begins with one man and one woman. The number of generations is represented by n. A value for n can be obtained by dividing the total time period by the number of years per generation. The Biblical Basis for Modern Science, Baker Book House, 1984, p.417
I believe the Holy Spirit told me to call the church to be prepared physically, mentally, and spiritually for what will transpire in these end times. Without proper spiritual preparation and maturity we will not be prepared for anything life throws at us, much less the events Bible prophecy says are coming, and in fact, are already here. The spiritually mature will be led of the Holy Spirit as to where they are to be and how they are to prepare. The safest place in the world is in the center of God’s will for your life.
At that time He told me I was to prepare His people for a coming financial depression.
This anticipated depression is in all probability going to happen BEFORE the tribulation period begins. There are those who say we are not only in a depression right now, but that we are plummeting downhill towards much worse social, economic, political and spiritual time until we slide into the Tribulation and the time of the Second Coming . Again, keep in mind that our nation has suffered three wars on this continent, as well as a depression, a dust bowl, 9/11, and Katrina. To say any of these historical disasters won't or can't happen again in America is foolishness.
God is not calling all Christians into this kind of a ministry (see David Wilkerson's books on this subject), but God is telling all of us to prepare as He would have us prepare (physically, mentally, and spiritually) for the coming economic meltdown. A time will come in our beloved America when some will be called to the high calling of martyrdom, and others to the terrible task of surviving so as to minister to those Christians who were absolutely sure such things could not happen to Christians in America, and to the lost who were also put to sleep by the system keepers.
To the point: we all must know what is coming down and how God would have each of us be prepared for that time. Obedience entails knowing His voice, and then obeying His instructions. Again, the safest place on earth is in the center of God's will.
See the full length version of this article at The Tribulation Network
The extensive studies I made over a two and a half year period gave me a lot more perspective into the mission of preparing His people. There I saw the Acts model for Christian community and how it helped early Christians cope with severe persecution, tribulation, and martyrdom through the first three centuries. (I should add that when anyone studies church history that extensively, that person’s understanding will then go beyond the boundaries of any given denomination or doctrinal group. And the more anyone learns, the more they become humbled by the magnitude of how much knowledge they don’t and can’t know.)
"A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty." Proverbs 27:12
"When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves." Proverbs 28:12
“But realize this, that in the last days
difficult times will come.” — 2 Timothy 3:1
"The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it" —Proverbs 22:12
As fish are caught in a cruel net, as birds are taken in a snare,
so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly on them." —Ecclesiastes 9:12
5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.
6 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.
7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be? —Ecclesiastes 5
"When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do" —Psalms 11:3
For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when
thou mayest be found:
surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble;
thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye. Psalms 32
through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
nor shall the flame scorch you.” —Isaiah 43:2
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. Psalms 91
114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.
119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover
and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads.
shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be
their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord:
they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity. Ezekiel 7:18-20
10 Because you have kept the word of My
perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing,
that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. Revelation 3
20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers,
21 For, behold, the
cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for
the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. Isaiah 26
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. Rev 3
The Acts (of the Holy Spirit) is God's model for His church in every generation and culture (because neither God nor His Bible ever changes). The Apostles simply practiced the life style and doctrine that Jesus taught them. This model goes beyond the community concept found in chapters 2 and 3, the model includes the entire book of Acts. The book of Acts is more than a history lesson or doctrinal teaching, it is a Holy Spirit inspired life style. Restoring that which the Apostles established will require a restoration process of repentance and reformation. For all that Martin Luther restored and reformed, he did not bring this reformation ... this Apostolic life style called "The Way" throughout the book of Acts. This Christian life style MUST work in every culture and century to be valid. Since these are of the Holy Spirit and since the Holy Spirit is with (in) each of us today, we can accept this Christian model (lifestyle) as being applicable in our (any) culture today. The reason we do not get First Century results today is because we do not practice First Century Christianity. The Reformation and Restoration process will not be complete until we see Him face to face.
I recommend the book "Pagan Christianity" by By Frank Viola and George Barna. This book shows us, vividly and painfully, how far we have drifted from the First Century (Acts model) church. Howard Snyder, Professor of History and Theology of Mission, Asbury Theological Seminary, author of "The Problem of Wineskins" and "The Community of the King," said this about this book:
"Most contemporary Christians are massively ignorant as to how the church got to where it is today and of how much current church practice is due simply to accumulated tradition, with little or no roots in Scripture. This book provides a useful service in peeling back the layers of tradition, showing the origins of much that we today call "church." Christians who want to be biblically faithful, regardless of their particular tradition or church form, can learn and benefit from the book."
I have to warn that Barna holds to the Historist Eschatology and is heavily involved in the Emergent Church movement. The interesting thing about Historist is ... as the name implies, they really know their church history. In short, they believe that (much more than premillennialist believe) that almost all Bible prophecy has been fulfilled and that the antichrist is in the past. They (and the Preterist) call us (premillennialist) Futuresbecause we believe the antichrist is coming in the future.I wrote about these eschatologies at http://arkhaven.org/eschatology.htm if you want to understand this complex subject a little better.
But back to the book. History wise, it is an excellent book. When he gets into theology ... watch out. But I have read a lot of church history, so I know his history lessons are solid.
By Christian community we really mean a Christian life style designed after the Acts model and the historic first, second and third century model for the church. The following passages from Acts 2 indicate that these believers were hearing from the Spirit of God, and were in unity as to what to do.
44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;
45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.
46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,
47 praising God and having favor with all the people And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
We should not assume that all these first century Christians sold everything they had, or that they gave all the money for whatever they sold, to the Apostles. They continued to live in their own houses (whether owned or rented) and being the heads of their households. The statement in Acts 2 that they held all things in common (common purse) was not a doctrine, it was what they were led to do at that time. We do not advocate the common purse practice for our pending community. It simply does not work today in our society (as you will see in a few paragraphs down). This was not socialism as some charge. They were free to participate or NOT participate (freedom of choice), whereas in a Socialist state you have no such freedom of choice, you are FORCED under penalty of law to participate.
In Acts 5 Ananias and Sapphira's sin was lying about what they did, not over what they did.
1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
Many prophetic people have moved into NW ARK because the Holy Spirit has shown them that this area is especially protected. There have been numerous confirmations – Corry ten Boom and David Wilkerson among them. You can read what both of them saidHERE.
When I drove into this area for the first time, the Lord told me that this is “A green island of survival.” Read more about this athttp://arkhaven.org/the_arkhaven_story.htm .
We want to go into community because it is the best answer to all that ails the church and the world. Community is the New Testament way to live...the scripture says that we will be known by our love for each other. Some charge that this is a socialist principle, not realizing they just said they do not believe the Bible and miss the message God is giving us in Acts 5.
As a living example, the Amish think of themselves as a community of believers. They own their own farms, but they work together to meet all the needs within the community, so between them all, they are almost totally self sufficient. Despite their success for centuries, the problem is, their doctrinal stance limits their ability to reach outside their community to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of others. They miss the Acts 2: 47 model of “praising God and having favor with all the people, And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Years ago most farming communities looked after each other much like the Amish do.
This quote came to me in an email from a trusted friend on my forum:
Ordnung (a set of rules for Amish and Old Order Mennonite living). Having a big Christian group instead of many smaller ones will likely attract Big Brother sooner to kidnap your children (FLDS fashion) or flame your project (Davidian fashion). There already has been sheriffs taking Mennonites hostage for 8 hours because they didn't have a 'business license" for their coop.
In Practice, most Amish don't live exclusively in a communal group. They have 80 acre farms interspersed among "English" farms. And are personally responsible for choosing their crops and farming practices as observed within the
The English colony at Jamestown, Virginia learned this lesson the hard way 400 years ago. One of the most important lessons of economics, which helped to set the course of America, was demonstrated in that colony. For the first two years, the colonists had a communal garden, and in those first two years, 50 percent of the colonists died each winter from starvation. The third year, they decided to give a plot of ground to every person, and let them each eat what they grew personally. No one ever starved at Jamestown again. Socialism doesn’t work because Socialists don’t work. And as Paul said in2 Thessalonians 3:10, “if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.”
church. There was no such thing as 'cathedrals' or church buildings for centuries. She fed the widows, she clothed the orphans, she preached a pure gospel to the poor. She did miracles in the open air.
"If you have read our stuff for awhile you will know that I am not just a believer in "Revival". And not just "Reformation" either. I am a believer in the fullness of Christ's glorious Church - the Bride of Christ displayed before all the world in her full purity and power.
The sad thing is, we have never seen anything like that in our lifetime.
Of course we see this glorious church in the Book of Acts - in places like Jerusalem and Antioch. And we get glimpses of her again down through history - in times of "Great Awakening".
The glorious Bride of Christ tends not to meet in 'cathedrals'. She does not shut herself away from the world behind four walls. She is out amongst the poor and needy - preaching the pure gospel, helping the widows, praying for the sick. Just like Jesus was not hidden away, she is not hidden away.
A lot of people think that "House churches" are the most biblical form of church structure. (I am a fan of House churches myself).
But we need to realize that the true church was born in the open air.
She was born in "Solomon's Porch". She was born in the 'Courtyard of the Gentiles'. A lot of people do not understand this - and so miss something very significant.
The Bible says that the early church in Jerusalem met every day in the huge temple courtyard - a massive open-air space about the size of five football fields. There were "porticos" all around the edge - and "Solomon's Porch" was the one where the apostles would stand and preach. Where do you think all those miracles were done? Where do you think the 'Gate Beautiful' was - where the lame man was healed? Where do you think Jesus drove out the money-changers? Where do you think Jesus Himself preached when He was in Jerusalem? -In the 'Courtyard of the Gentiles'.
The early church was an "open air" church and a "house meeting"
This is the glorious church that Jesus is wanting to display again before the end. This is His beautiful Bride - in all her fullness. And my friends, we simply cannot afford to settle for less.
What got me thinking again along these lines was this earthquake in the city of Christchurch. A lot of the old cathedrals and church buildings there have been seriously damaged. Maybe it is time to leave them behind. Maybe it is time for Christ's glorious church to come forth again - outside the walls that are blocking us from the very world we are called to reach."
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To the point, the Acts model we see in chapters 2 and 3 is not Socialistic or a commune, it is as Jesus said in Matthew 25: 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' Here is the whole quote:
31"But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
32"All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;
33and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
34"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
36naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'
37"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?
38'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
39'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'
40"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'
41"Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
42for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;
43I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.'
44"Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?'
45"Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'
46"These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
So, the Acts model is to minister to Jesus by ministering to the needs of the brethren so we can be counted amongst the sheep rather than the goats.
In my opinion we are in the last days prophesied in the Bible. The Antichrist, the Beast System, and the One World Government WILL arise, and it will NOT be DEFEATABLE until God defeats it at the battle of Armageddon so the notions expressed in the below letter for activist political and armed resistance planning and organization will only walk into the enemies plans. Therefore we are in a time when this entire end-time scenario is being staged, and there are no social, economic, political or government solutions.
Realizing we are undoubtedly coming into the worst economic depression in history, I also hope to become totally self sufficient so we can go off the grid before the grid goes off, but not just for the selfish, self preservation purpose of surviving. We intend to minister to our own community members, and be able to go into local towns and minister to others, even if our lives are at risk … as were the first, second, and third century Christians. I am willing to live or die for my Jesus. Accomplishing these two goals will have us prepared for any other eventualities that are seen by so many (tribulation, all kinds of disasters, antichrist, etc).
That is what the Apostles did. They were involved in Kingdom of God matters only. Jesus said, “Give unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s,” and so we abide by the laws of the land. I used to be an activist, but God took me out of all that and showed me the only solution is Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.
By nature I am a quiet spoken diplomat, but when it comes to gathering in the core group of our community, I need to not only really be understood, but I need to clearly understand those that write to me. This year, a lady in NY City called me, and I had to tell her she is a New Ager and is not saved. But she is not the first one.
I see no comparison what-so-ever between First century Christians and the Branch Davidian mentality. Many people think they were Christians but if one studies their leader and doctrine you will see they were a demonic, sexually perverted, heretical cult living in a heavily armed fortress. Their well publicized prophecy that they would be attacked by government forces some day, and might have to fight to the death to defend themselves from persecution became a self-fulfilling prophecy (Yes, it is also true that the Government attack on them was unwarranted and illegal). In contrast, the Mennonite’s pacifist prophecy over themselves has preserved them for all these centuries.
Why be a loan wolf homesteader where few if anyone near you is a prepper when you can homestead with like minded preppers?
Statistically, nearly three quarters of Americans move every five years ... so chances are pretty good that you could be relocating again. Obviously, moves are often driven by major life transitions, like a new job, a marriage, or retirement. And sometimes you don't really have much of a choice in your destination.
But quite often, you do have a choice. And that's important, because ...
One of the very best things you can do to live and survive hard times is to move where the likelihood of major events affecting you is minimized.
There are plenty of places like that in the United States ... as long as you think critically and evaluate your options using the right criteria.
READ HERE why so many preppers and homesteaders are moving to the Ozark mountains. See if this call bears witness with your spirit!
Develop Self Sufficiency Skills
Divide and Conquer various Projects
Privacy, but with Intentional neighbors in sight
Like Minded Prepper Neighbors
Thrive in Good Times & Bad in a lifestyle
Far Easier to Take Vacations
People are Social Creatures
Permaculture as a self sufficiency technique
Aquaponics - Hydroponics - gardening intended
Self Reliant - self sufficient - Christ Centered
Security - in numbers and divine covering
Ozark mountains most ideal location in world
MUCH Cheaper than doing it alone
The Mennonites success in Community living comes from their emphasis on the Beatitudes, so I am studying Matthew 5 again. That is the mindset that works for them. I have never been a Mennonite and have no interest in becoming one (most of them are pacifists and Post Millennial), but they do have this (just a servant of God) Christian quality/virtue about them. ArkHaven will be neither pacifistic nor an armed fortress, but we can embrace these blessings from our Lord Jesus:
1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
VISION: God has compelled me to believe that ArkHaven is an ark, as in Noah's Ark and Ark of the covenant...God's promise to protect and provide for His called out ones. No one location is big enough or close enough for everyone to come to, so ArkHaven hopes to train, equip, and mentor other committed believers with the same vision to set up other communities all over the world. We will not form this community for the sole purpose of living this life style, but to be in a position to survive so we can help others survive when a depression and/or national disaster strikes. But survival is not our ultimate goal either, our goal is to minister Jesus Christ. That is our vision.
The purpose of life is to prepare for eternity. Therefore, success is measured by treasures we have laid up in eternity, not here in this lifetime.
I would like for the community to assemble at least 5 mornings a week for prayer and praise … and to schedule our day … but I also think it will be healthy for us to be in local churches on Saturdays or Sundays. That keeps down the gossip that we are a weird cult group, and in fact keeps us from becoming one. I learned this from the YWAM’ers years ago (my wife was YWAM trained in Hawaii).
It will be essential for the core group of each community to mature in their Christian walk, as we will be involved in hard work as well as being of one heart from God's perspective. It will make no difference what the people we serve believe, as we are there to be a witness for them. But it will be very important that everyone in any one given community to be as like-minded as possible for the sake of unity. The hard truth is that 90% of all communities, no matter what their core beliefs may be, fail!
By starting out with these goals in place we will be more able to start moving into living by miracles alone ... if it comes to that. We can’t start there, but we had better be able to end there ... just in case there are no options.
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Too many are so desirous of this community ideal that they think doctrinal agreement isn't a big deal. Sadly when they jump in without regard to doctrine, they end up hurt. We all require doctrinal purity (as we understand it), but we also are more comfortable within our own culture group, so it is important to find like minded people who we can be comfortable with to join in a community. In short, everyone in the community must be like-minded if it is to work.
(1Pe.3:8) Finally, be ye all likeminded, compassionate, loving as brethren, tenderhearted, humble minded: (9) not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but contrariwise blessing; for hereunto were ye called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
The smallest concept of community is marriage between a man and a woman. Unless the man and woman can agree, they will certainly have marital problems. So if this is desirable or mandatory for a husband and wife, how much more so with a group of people?
The name "ArkHaven" is in reference to the Ark of the Covenant and to Noah's Ark. Both of these Arks were covered with God's promise, protection, and provision. Read the ArkHaven story.
The Lord is certainly pressing His preparation into the hearts and minds of those who have an ear to hear. Are you one of them?
My vision is to form a community of "intentional neighbors" that will be totally self sufficient, self reliant, and able to operate outside the system when the economy crashes. Some use terms like "Christian sanctuary", or "Christian covenant" or "Christian centered", to describe this lifestyle.
We use such thoughts as self sufficient, frugal, frugality, self-reliance, and sustainability to define what ArkHaven is all about, but ArkHaven is Christ centered and therefore much bigger than what those words can convey.
· TAKEN DOWN, the page that showed a map purported to be the location of five "Green islands of survival," North West Arkansas being one of them. Here is why:
Since I can not confirm who the five persons are who made this map, or whether they truly are prophets of God, I have taken down this link. Over the years people have contacted me who called themselves "Christians who are very intuitive," but they proved to be New Age practitioners with a Christian front. When someone tells me they are very intuitive I ask some questions to see if they are . They use all the correct Christian words but have a different definition for those words than the Bible does. They have prophesied to me with great accuracy concerning the ArkHaven ministry and this map. Since I do not know whether the five who made this map are Christian prophets or New Age intuitives I have taken the precaution of taking down this map.
· CLICK HERE to read the prophetic, miraculous story behind the ArkHaven name.
· CLICK HERE to read the biography and testimony of the founder of ArkHaven Ministries, Kenneth Uptegrove.
· CLICK HERE to find a FORUM for self sufficient living. What advice, what testimonies, what links do you offer the rest of us who are living or want to live the self sufficient lifestyle? You do not have to be interested in Christian community or preparing for hard times to be qualified to share with this group. You will find a listing of everything needed for self sufficient living, such as heirloom seeds, foam domes, generators, and many other things.
· CLICK HERE to read a prophetic article on Christian community by Jeanette Reed that says God is telling us difficult times are upon us. David Wilkerson wrote two books proclaiming a coming economic collapse.
· CLICK HERE to see a listing of people who may live in your area who are looking for others to join together with to prepare for the coming hard times.
· CLICK HERE to hear Kenneth Uptegrove on archived radio talk shows he has been interviewed on about this subject.
All that has been said on this page incorporates our vision, but now I need to summarize it in a minimum of words.
God has compelled me to believe that ArkHaven is (in typology) an ark, as in Noah's Ark and Ark of the covenant...God's promise to protect and provide for His called out ones. No one location is big enough or close enough for everyone to come to, so ArkHaven hopes to train, equip, and mentor other committed believers with the same vision to set up other communities all over the world. We will not form this community for the sole purpose of living this life style, but to be in a position to survive so we can help others survive when a depression and/or national disaster strikes. But survival is not our ultimate goal either, our goal is to minister Jesus Christ. That is our vision.
ArkHaven Ministries seeks to form a community of intentional neighbors in north west Arkansas that is totally self sufficient. By self sufficient we mean that we will provide our own food and energy sources, build our own buildings, and not need to buy, sell, or trade in order to sustain ourselves. The goal is to not need any public utilities or merchandise of any kind because we are providing our own. The reason is, either they will not be available anyhow, or they will require us to agree to conditions we find contrary to the Bible, the Word of God (i.e., the sign of the beast) to buy, sell, or trade.
Among those who believe God has called them to prepare, there seems to be two distinct groups. One group has the resources to purchase all they need but do not have the time and/or skills, and/or fellow participants to make it happen. The other group has the skills and an income that will sustains their present standard of living but lack the funds to prepare adequately.
I am wondering why these two groups can't each give what the other needs.
In our family Lora loves to work with livestock and I am the horticulturist. Even though I am a computer professional I am also proficient in most of the building skills and have a lot of gardening experience. Oh, and I have been in excellent health all my life, and still am. Read my testimony here.
In reference to our doctrinal group, we define ourselves simply as born again, Spirit filled, pre millennial, Acts Model believers who have laid down our lives to our Lord and Savior, and who believe the Bible is the Holy, infallible Word of God. We are Bible oriented, not experience oriented. That alone separates us from some doctrinal groups, but at the same time identifies us with others.
WHY: We anticipate the coming of troubled times happening BEFORE the official "Great Tribulation" comes. Even as you read this message, millions of Christians in China and other nations are under terrible tribulation and persecution and martyrdom on this very day. To say it can't happen in America is not being realistic. After all, have we forgotten that there have been three wars and one depression in the continental United States, so why can't there be another one? But to say we should prepare for such an eventuality as best we can is realistic.
It will take a lot of Godly wisdom to know what to prepare for, and how to prepare for it. Understanding how to prepare will take Christians like you receiving a revelatory word from God, and then being obedient to move on the direction God has given you. We have to live it before we can give it.
I (Kenneth Uptegrove) am reporting on what my wife (Lora) and I feel God has shown us and many others. There are hundreds of like-minded people on our email list.
How: Providing our own food, water, power and septic system, such as....
· Truck farming: Hydroponics, greenhouses, gardens, berry bushes, fruit trees, grains,, all done by the natural and organic method. We anticipate that insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, gasoline, and just about everything needed to do conventional farming will no longer be available. We will have to revert back to the way farming was done, centuries ago, before all these things became available, and that is the natural and organic method.
· Animal husbandry: Chickens, ducks and geese, fish farm, milking and meat goats, draft horses, etc.
We are considering selling eggs and live chickens to health food stores and farmers markets and other pick-up points. Free range, natural and organic chickens and eggs sell very well. Here is an example of such such an operation. We buy their eggs from a natural foods store they deliver to.
· Either an artesian well or a large spring with our own water tower and pipelines. A lake that has an outlet to keep it clear is ideal.
· Either a large wooded area or a natural gas well on the land for an energy source.
· Several 500 gal. propane gas tanks are an option.
· Solar panels and large Stirling engines to power generators and equipment work well here, but 50 ft. wind generators don't work here because of the mountains.
· The kind of septic system that purifies waste water so well that it can be used to water a lawn. It must be admitted that many poor people in these hill only use a 50 gallon tank and a drain field for a septic system.
· We will always be dependant upon God as our source and our hope, utilizing what He makes available for us to use to survive and to serve all who come to us.
·Buying food, seeds, gasoline, and many other things in bulk greatly reduces the price of things. This will be needed until we are (or are forced to be) self sufficient.
·Christian agricultural cooperatives: Different local communities or families (within walking distance from each other?) interacting and working with each other.
Again, this is part of the Intentional neighbor concept.
We will not only provide food for ourselves and sell it on the market, but we hope to also have food for the poor and needy in the area.
WHERE:Somewhere in the extreme Northwest corner of Arkansas (Carroll, Madison counties). We are bargaining with the owner of a remote 80 acre tract in Carroll county. The owner (a friend and brother in the Lord) will do owner financing for us. It has a year around spring fed creek that runs to a pond just feet from the spring. There is another small pond that is rain fed. There are a lot of mature trees and good meadow grass as well. There is a dirt grade county road on both ends of the property. To get the land in our hands we need a down payment. So we are asking the Lord for some like minded people to buy 3 or 5 acres on the 80 so we can secure this property.
See this 3 minute YouTube video showing the spring and pond on the 80 acres we would like to buy. My friend Vic gives a brief description on what we hope to do there.
If you are interested, please contact us:
Here are some pictures of Northwest Arkansas:
BIBLE PRECEDENT FOR THE ARKHAVEN MODEL:
These precedents need little introduction.
Moses showed us that we must accept the possibility that we may eventually and ultimately be living by miracles alone as his people did in the wilderness. God provided physical protection, provision, and promise.
Joseph is another model for us. He had seven good years to prepare Egypt and his family for seven bad years. Whatever time we have left we need to be preparing for the eventuality of the coming bad years, however many years that may be. Goshen was a protected area that stayed green during those 7 bad years, and it was protected again during the time of Moses and the plagues. May God lead each of us into a Goshen land.
Noah was instructed by God to prepare a place (Ark) that was totally self sufficient so he and his family could survive the flood. The Ark was God's place of promise, provision and protection. ArkHaven was named after the Ark model, but incorporates the insight these three models give us.
Elijah was instructed by the Lord to go to the brook Cherith, and there God sent ravens to feed him. Then the Lord told Elijah to go to Zarephath to be fed by a widow. God instructs some to prepare and others He instructs to go where God has arranged things so they will be provided for.
IS GOD PROMPTING YOU TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT US?
Would you like to participate with us in our common vision with your prayers and financial support?
Would you like to contact Ken to talk about and pray over what the Lord is showing you?
BOOKS BY DAVID WILKERSON: God gave me this vision in 1974,actually 24 years before Wilkerson wrote these books. If you find David Wilkerson a credible man of God that speaks the truth of God, these books should be on your "must read" list. Read more about these books CLICK HERE
· America's Last Call. On the Brink of a Financial Holocaust (1998)
· God’s Plan To Protect His People In The Coming Depression (1998)
CLICK HERE to read about survival and community aspects such as "Intentional Neighbors."
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You are invited to join a new forum called the Acts Model Community, put up by ArkHaven Ministries.
We see the need to prepare our families (physically, mentally, and spiritually) for the hard times we see rushing in on America and the world … very soon.
Worse yet, we feel alone and misunderstood. The church, our family and friends, and indeed the whole world, seems to be asleep and oblivious.
We are looking for like minded Christians who are being led of the Lord as we are (being like minded), so we can encourage and assist each other. We encourage those of other mind sets to form their own forums and stay out of this one.
To minimize disagreements and maximize the potential of helping form communities (including our own), we will continue to be like the Bereans, and study the scripture daily. Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.
We believe in the whole counsel of God, that the Word of God reveals Christ Jesus and His character and nature. We find it hard to improve upon Chuck Missler's description: "The great discovery is that the Bible is a message system: it’s not simply 66 books penned by 40 authors over thousands of years, the Bible is an integrated whole which bears evidence of supernatural engineering in every detail"!
We do not identify with, nor accept the aberrant doctrines of Dominionism, the Emergent Church, New Age philosophy, Hyper- Charismatic, Preterism, or Replacement Theology.
Amos 3:3 -Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
See footnotes for a definition of these doctrines.
We are basically conservative Pentecostal, however we have no definite denomination that we adhere to. But we identify with, and are largely in agreement with Art Katz, David Wilkerson, Leonard Ravenhill, Chuck Missler, Dave Hunt, Watchman Nee, and Isaac Presch.
For news commentary and world view we often listen to Ingrid Schluter, and Tom Horn.
The ultimate and future goal of ArkHaven (and perhaps you) is to form a totally self sufficient, “Acts model, Christian community of intentional neighbors” who live off the grid and farm the natural and organic way so we can provide food for ourselves and for the poor and needy. We call this "getting off the grid before the grid goes off."
We see that Christianity without community is not Christianity as the Apostles taught. It is no coincidence that the Acts model lifestyle we see in the first century church is also the best preparation a Christian can make to sustain life and continue in ministry even in the hardest of times as well as in the best of times. By "Acts model" I am referring to the entire book of Acts. A Christian does not have to practice this concept of Christian community to be saved or to continue in ministry, but we argue that it is a good gift from God to us. Jesus taught this brotherhood concept of giving to His Apostles, and they continued in these teachings. (Most scholars agree that he common purse concept seen in Acts 2 is not a doctrine.)
We hope you are one of those we would love to have join us.
Acts Model Community Forum Links
· Dominionism & Preterism: http://arkhaven.org/eschatology.htm
· Hyper Charismania: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWeUNoR30_0
· Emergent church: http://www.cicministry.org
·New Age spirituality: http://radiofreechurch.com
·Spiritual Gifts -- three chapters from my book
oCessationism: Did spiritual gifts cease when the last of the 12 Apostles died? Or are they still valid for today?
·Related subjects: http://radiofreechurch.com