Wrong Thinking Can
Get You Killed. True Spiritual Preparation is Critical
often have we been brought under conviction by the Holy Spirit
for being biased, opinionated, and contemptuous of things we
didn't understand? This being true, it is therefore probable
that we are still guilty of other things we need to
repent of once the Holy Spirit has enlightened us. Until then
we will be blind and asleep to what is often critical issues,
even life threatening issues.
Preppers, Survivors, Survivalists
There is one principle that can keep a man in everlasting
That is contempt prior to investigation.
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) English philosopher, biologist
the last days
difficult times will come.”
~ 2 Timothy 3:1
Are hard times coming?
Are hard times already here?
How would God have Christians prepare for such a time as this?
How can we doubt that
“...In the last days
difficult times will come.” — 2 Timothy 3:1
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Proposals on How to Prepare For These End-Times
At the present time we do not
have a community. We are waiting upon the Lord's timing and call to meet that
critical goal. We do not want to mislead anyone into thinking we have an
operational community they can move to right away.
And we are asking the
Lord to provide the means by which to acquire an ideal property to build on.
Do you want to
check into what has been done so far?
Consider this; if you are
intentionally preparing for the tribulation you are inadvertently and
simultaneously prepaying for any natural or human catastrophe that may happen
before then. But the opposite is equally true, isn't it? That term sort of
absorbs other terms we throw around, like Pan tribulationists (it will all pan
out in the end).
Since no one knows when the
period called “the 70 weeks of Daniel” will start, we can only know IT IS
COMING... and hard times will precede it. Logic says we need to be prepared for
the coming hard times, and by doing so we will also be prepared for the
tribulation period… IF… we are called to go into it.
God wants his born-again Christians in a position where he can use us.
So, whether we live or whether we die, we are to serve the Lord with our
life – and in our death – enduring unto the end. Unless we are
ministering Jesus Christ to others, we are just serving self – and our
survival is just selfishness ... worthless dung.
One can get dangerously out-of-balance with the idea of serving the Lord
only; and still miss God. One Post-tribulation Rapture pastor told me he
has never yet found anywhere in the Bible where we, as Christians, are
told to prepare in any way other than spiritually.
But, I found some Bible passages this dear brother conveniently
overlooked. For instance: Noah building the Ark and Joseph storing
enough wheat to feed everyone in Egypt for seven years. They were
instructed by God to prepare for life: for what they knew was coming –
Let’s take Noah's and Joseph's examples a little further.
God brought the flood and put Noah in place to prepare it. God brought
the drought and put Joseph in place to prepare for it. God is bringing
the Tribulation and is putting people like you and me in place to
prepare for it. If you can get the big picture here, God is preparing
some of us to prepare for the needs of others he will send to us to
didn’t want a flood; and Joseph sure didn’t want a famine – and who among
us would want Tribulation? Not me! But, what did not seem good to Joseph
and Noah at the time turned out to be exactly what was needed. I think
these precedents are in place for us to expect God to prepare an Ark: a
Goshen for his people in the coming Tribulation. We can experience that
kind of covering and provision too… if we are as able to hear God – and are
as able to obey his directions – as Paul, Noah and Joseph were.
These heroes of the faith show us that being in the will of God is required
in order to be under his covering. This is a profound truth that gets
overlooked. They learned that the more they cut themselves off from the
help of men, the more they opened the way for God to help them be able to
help multitudes. We may – or may not – know what God has called us to do
today; but it will be for the sake of many others much more so than just
Prepared for Their Place in History
Before these men of God could be the “man of the hour,” they first had to
be rejected and humiliated. They were each put
through many tests; and were made into the kind of man God was looking for.
Joseph did not have to suffer like he did, but he choose suffering rather
than compromising his honor and dignity. This was the kind of man needed to
supervise the wealth and prosperity of Egypt in order to save that nation
during the crisis ahead. God is calling such men and women as these today.
Are you one of those that God is putting in a position where he can use
If we acknowledge him, we will acknowledge what he tells us to do – and
where to go – not using our understanding to procrastinate, or question, or
disobey him. If we do this, our paths will have fewer kinks in them – and we will be in those safe places – our Goshen, our Ark that he has
provided for us individually. No “amens” till
Noah and Joseph, you and I are in the right time and place in
prophetic history to be used of God in an unprecedented way. We are
living at the very threshold of the Tribulation, the Second Coming,
and the Millennium! We are about to be personally involved in one of
the greatest episodes in human history! How fortunate and blessed we
There is a Goshen – an Ark – waiting for you, too; but there is a
price to pay to gain it – as many heroes of the faith can testify.
But, many Survivalists won’t pay the price; and will end up “paying
the price” – forgive the parody. By now, I trust that the name of
this article is beginning to make sense. In God’s eyes, Survivalism
is not necessarily about you surviving; but about your obedience
that comes out of your love for Christ – giving you this kind of
God’s Purpose for the 70 Weeks of Daniel
Perhaps many Preppers and Survivalists do not fully understand and
appreciate God’s purpose for the 70 Weeks of Daniel… the 7 year
tribulation period. Yet, in my estimation, that is the very focus of
The Tribulation Network ministry where this article was first
true Christian Survivalist is Christ-minded, Kingdom-minded and
eternity-minded. Is not the purpose of life to be the Bride without
spot or wrinkle… to prepare for eternity with Christ? Read all of
Hebrews 11 – the “faith” chapter – again to get the mindset of first
century Christianity before reading more of what I hope to say here.
We will need that “Pauline” mindset if we hope to be mentally and
is an exhortation from Hebrews 11 to hold fast the faith with
patience and thanksgiving:
ye have need of patience,
that, after ye have done the will of God,
might receive the promise.
yet a little while,
he that shall come will come,
will not tarry.
the just shall live by faith:
if any man draw back,
soul shall have no pleasure in him.
we are not of them who draw back unto perdition;
of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
Those who are truly Yeshua’s – and have humbled themselves – and
have asked for forgiveness for all their false doctrines and
personal sins will be led and guided by Yeshua through these
terrible times to come. The name of the Lord is a strong tower and
the righteous run into it and are safe (Prov. 18:10). He will lead
some to safe places to escape physical harm; and others to glorious
martyrdom as he did with Steven (See Acts 7:59).
Moses set the precedent for living by miracles alone when his
supplies brought from Egypt ran out. Think “tons of quail and manna”
for a moment… and lest we forget… the land flowing with milk and
honey. Canaan land was complete with the buildings, the crops, the
warehouses, the roads – everything they could ask for. Yet, they did
not deserve it, or buy it, or even ask for it. God just provided!
But, as Moses found out, whether we live or we die, we are the
False Converts, False Doctrines will be Judged
of our most renowned preachers, such as David Wilkerson, Leonard
Ravenhill and Paul Washer have said that 80 to 90% (or far less?) of
those who say they are Christians have had a false conversion; and
are not Christians at all. They think they are Christians; but they
are not. The Tribulation we see coming will begin to reveal the
false Christians and the false doctrines. Yes, all doctrines – and
especially all Eschatologies – will be tested. Time tests all
this 7 year period – the 70th Week of Daniel – God will bring
judgment first to his church; then to the world.
(Yahweh) also will choose their delusions,
will bring their fears upon them;
because when I called, none did answer;
I spake, they did not hear:
they did evil before mine eyes,
chose that in which I delighted not.”
Jesus will purge his Church to bring forth a Bride pure and ready
for the Bridegroom – and to separate the clean from the unclean.
Perhaps some of the “goats” and “tares” will get saved; but the rest
will viciously turn against God – and against his “wheat”… his
“sheep” – the “called out” ones. They will be compelled to reveal
what they really are! It will soon be obvious who took the Mark of
the Beast; and who didn’t. Hebrews 11 makes it really clear. They
lived it, brethren!
what shall I more say?
the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak,
of Samson, and of Jephthae;
David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness,
obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
were stoned, they were sawn asunder,
tempted, were slain with the sword:
wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins;
being destitute, afflicted, tormented.”
Hebrews 11:32-33, 37
describes the purging and cleansing pretty well, I’d say. And, it
pretty well dispels the “we’re outta here, sorry about you” Pre-trib
Rapture delusion. Boy, what will they say when they step into this
unexpected Hebrews 11 arena they will be totally unprepared for?
hear talk about a hoped-for reformation and revival in the Last
Days; but if and when it comes, it will probably look more like a
prelude to the separation of the sheep and goats and the wheat and
tares we see in the parables Jesus taught in Matthew, chapters 13
Since the year 2004, I have noticed that the eyes of many have been
opened. Research indicates there are over 4 million Preppers and
Survivalists today. But, when the Lord called me to this Prepper
ministry in 1972, I could not find a single Christian who understood
this calling. And the terms “Prepper” and “Survivalist” were not
invented for several more decades. Their awakening is wonderful and
welcome; but I predict that any coming revival will be primarily
among Christians who were sleeping and needed to be revived. So,
rather than expecting a great harvest of souls – “quantity” – I
fully expect to see the next great move of God – “quality!”
Divine Protection and Provision
Brethren, the Lord still provides divine protection and provision
for some of his own – for his true ones.
is a modern testimony. A friend of mine in Texas told me that he had
a lucrative job in the twin towers in New York City when the Holy
Spirit told him to quit his job and go home. He wasn’t told why –
and he didn’t have a clue. His colleagues ridiculed him and thought
he was fool; but, two weeks later, they (and some 3,000 others) were
smoldering ashes sifting through a horrendous mountain of rubble.
Fortunately, he was home in Texas – with his grateful family, safe
and sound – watching the horror on Fox News and grieving over his
we are Holy Spirit led, we can hope for such an early warning as
this brother had; and be on the road to our “bug-out” refuge –
unhurried and stress free. Again, are you that much “in-tune” to the
Holy Spirit’s prompting?
these Bible passages encourage you:
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. I am coming quickly;
hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown” –
that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under
the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge
and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” – Psalm 91:1-2.
prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and
suffer for it” – Proverbs 22:12.
Best and Worst of Times
Borrowing from the introduction in Charles Dickens book, “A Tale of
Two Cities,” we need to understand right now that we are quickly
entering into the most prophetic time in the history of mankind.
Dickens said, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the
epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season
of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had
nothing before us…”
Today, we live in such an epic time as this: you and me! Consider
that in our lifetime we may well see the culmination of human
history. In this dark time, we shall see the rise and fall of the
Antichrist – and the long-awaited, glorious arrival of Jesus Christ:
the eternal King of Kings the world has awaited for 6,000 years. We
will experience his Millennial rule; and his love for us for
eternity. It is incredulous: can we believe this is happening?
we focus on the good news in the midst of the bad news? Can we
endure the temporary testing and hardship we may experience in the
next few years – knowing we will also see eternal blessings and
rewards not so long from now? If we decide now that we will be
prepared for that day, we will complete our mission. But, keep in
mind that we will need to be training for this lifestyle, this
culture – long before it is needed. Talk about culture shock!
God today to show you your private Goshen – your invincible Ark –
you are to dwell in. Mine is in the Ozark Mountains. Where is yours?
and I will see what the Prophets and Apostles wrote about – and
longed to see ages ago. How exciting and privileged is that
perspective? I look forward to preparing physically, mentally and
spiritually for what the Lord is bringing in my lifetime. How about
is the Survivalism God is calling you to. This is the mental
preparation that will see you through into the Millennium – and then
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