by John Greene
You don’t need to be a prophet to realize that the world as we know it hangs on a precipice, with world events that are potentially catastrophic, and if not that, then truly challenging. (1 Peter 5:7-8) Multitudes of Christians have become accustomed to living in the pattern of the world, not realizing or appreciating that facing trial and tribulation from man-made and natural crisis is part of the dark kingdom where disciples are commanded to shine the light of trust in truth, (Matthew 5:14-16; James 2:14; Romans 4:5) as well as to remove the roots of the world from our lives. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Hebrews 12:15; Romans 4; Matthew 16:9; Ephesians 6:12) Millions that have always had physical security have had it wrested from them through the loss of work, loss of home and the loss of medical insurance. Others face a life-threatening illness or have been forced to live in shelters or with friends and family to survive. During these times, you must examine what you trust and look to Yahshua [Jesus] and the quickening of the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit] as your provision and freedom. You must be set apart to your Heavenly Father and His Kingdom. (Psalm 139:23-24; Proverbs 4:18-19; Isaiah 61:1; John 16:33; 2 Corinthians 13:5; “Healing Scriptures“; “The Great Tribulation & End Time Rapture“; “Facing Adversity in Faith“; “How to Receive the Holy Spirit“)
Only the ignorant would ignore the reality of Biblical signs that are clearly evident, and that will be more clearly evident through this decade. The potential for the escalation of cataclysmic events is very real. While Father YHWH promises some protection for His ‘saints,’ disciples of the Messiah do have the need to prepare to the degree possible, especially when there is advance notice. Advance notice is already a reality for many. For example, earlier this year, the Holy Spirit told us that we needed to begin to make preparations in our home for shortages because of upcoming events. We don’t know many details. This hasn’t been easy or convenient, just as it may not be easy for you, but making some physical preparations is simple physical wisdom. Even a week’s worth of extra provision can help you greatly when the flu is raging outside your front door. Spiritual preparation is more important, which can allow you to survive situations and to benefit others in the process. The Bible doesn’t suggest that you sell out today for an unknown future as the world sometimes does, but simply plan ahead to minimize problems that you may encounter during times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1-3, 7; 55:22; 119:116: Isaiah 41:10: Hosea 4:6; Philippians 4:19; “YHWH’s Prayer Shawl of Protection“; “YHWH’s Protection in Difficult Times“; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“; “Listening to the Holy Spirit“)
“YAHWEH knows the days of the upright; yea, their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in an evil time; and they shall be full in days of famine.” – Psalm 37:18-19, HRB
Millions worry. What would happen if your nation experienced a nuclear disaster through terrorist activities? What would happen if hyperinflation began to run rampant? What would happen if the internet or the banking system was disabled or mail service was suspended? What would happen if your government check didn’t arrive on time or at all? What would happen if supplies were disrupted? Are you ready to any degree for a natural disaster? Every man and woman, even in modern society, can be extremely vulnerable. How should you prepare for tougher times that are coming? (2 Timothy 1:7; Psalm 16:8; 55:22; 62:6; “Overcoming Fear during Tough Times“; “Opposing Fear“)
“And Elohim [‘God’] is able to make all favor overflow toward you, that you, always having all you need in every way, have plenty for every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8, ISR98
“Draw near to YAHWEH, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners! And purify your hearts, double minded ones!” – James 4:8, HRB
“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:36, NKJV
You need a close relationship with your Heavenly Father, or at the minimum the willingness for immediate action in this area. But, what does this mean? Most people look to their personal conditions where they live. It can be reasonable to examine physical conditions where you live as part of a short-term physical approach. Do you live in an urban or rural area, small town or large city? Do you live in a home, an apartment or townhouse? Do you know your neighbors and who can you trust? Could you trust your neighbors if electricity was off and food was scarce? Do you have ready access to water? How can you secure your home? Are you able to grow your own food? How long can you stay warm during the winter without electricity or fuel of any kind? Without modern conveniences, you will quickly find yourself in pre-industrial times, as if you are living in the early 1800’s. These are physical concerns to consider as you continue to trust in YHWH’s provision, free from panic. (“Trust YHWH, Not World Leaders“; “Abiding in Trust“; “Abiding With YHWH in Quiet Places“)
While living in a large city can be useful during prosperous times, a disaster can turn easier living into a nightmare of what could seem to be of Biblical proportions. Even the USA has faced hurricanes and severe floods this last decade and civil riots in recent times. The inner-city can become a powder keg of civil unrest with little notice. More volcanoes are in active states that ever before, which can affect weather, crops, as well as destroy lives. It makes some sense that you should avoid living in areas that are overcrowded with people, or in areas that deny sound reason, like being too near a volcano or on a low-lying shoreline. Living in an apartment in a high tower may not be a good idea when you consider that you will be required to use the stairs during periods of electrical outage, which can be lengthy during a crisis. If you are blessed to have close family and friends that you trust, you can join together to prepare physical resources for times of tribulation and difficulty. Having close associates can be much easier than going through trials alone under many circumstances. Some folks think that moving out to the plains of Montana and Wyoming is a great plan, but not everyone can move to what is seen as the “perfect place” in the eyes of man. (Nahum 1:7; Isaiah 26:3; Zechariah 4:6) Many Christians overlook the obvious in scripture and begin to look to themselves. YHWH wants you to look to Him first. (“Abiding with Your Heavenly Father“; “YHWH’s Revolution“; “Consenting to Fables of Men“)
“But seek first the kingdom of YAHWEH and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33, HRB
Most likely, you will need to stay where you are unless YHWH provides a way for a special purpose. In this economy, your finances may be quite limited. Who will you trust? You are blessed when you have local brothers and sisters in the Messiah that are close to you. Get to know your neighbor and know who you can trust. Unite with other like-minded disciples in preparing for disaster possibilities. If you have a car, keep extra gasoline on hand in a safe place. If you like, be prepared to leave quickly with a prepared evacuation bag if you have the freedom to do so. Know your way out of town and be prepared to rough it for at least 4 days during any evacuation. (“Christians & Religious Freedom in the Last Days“; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“)
Alternatively, secure your home and consider food, water, medicine, light, climate control and self-defense to the degree possible. During a major disaster, food quickly disappears from grocery store shelves. During a crisis, safe water is worth more than bags of money. A local panic will empty stores quickly. Within hours, you may be unable to find food, water, batteries, candles or generators. Gasoline can quickly sell out through group hysteria, much like what happened in Nashville in the autumn of 2008 after a wave of hurricanes hit the nation. The states that were hit with hurricanes suffered other privations, including evacuation for weeks or more. (2 Corinthians 9:10; “The Thread of Life in Messiah“; “A Branch of the Vine through Trust“)
Many disasters include a loss of power and clean water. Like the Nashville flood in May 2010, the entire city faced a loss of water for a month because one of the processing plants was compromised. Having a freezer full of great food won’t help you if you aren’t prepared with a generator to keep that food frozen. You need canned, packaged and dried foods along with bottled water than can last several weeks at the minimum. Even when money is a premium, you can plan ahead in building up a supply of food using inexpensive products like canned fish, tuna, chicken, peanut butter and crackers. Bread could be a problem because of spoilage unless you can get it in tins. Stock up however you can and keep that supply intact. Secure a package of water purification tablets and keep a water filter around. Growing and canning your own food can also be useful. (Genesis 41:35-48; Luke 4:4; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3; 10:3; Hebrews 5:13-14; Matthew 6:25-31; “YHWH’s Provision“; “Sleepless Nights: Trust for Provision“; “Breaking the Hold of Stress“)
Get a generator and keep a supply of fuel on hand if you can. Have a minimal stock of batteries, candles, portable lights, first aid supplies, and personal hygiene items. Toilet paper is especially valuable during a prolonged disaster. Always keep several working lighters around and keep matches as a backup. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, you have our congratulations.
Consider your clothing, especially during the cold of winter. Do you have clothes suitable for outdoor activity? Will you need boots, long underwear or thermal wear? Do you have suitable blankets? Do you have a pair of gloves for both work and winter wear? Are you spiritually equipped and thinking clearly? (“Renewing Your Mind“; “Mind Control of the Beast“)
Medical provision is no less important. Do you have the basics, including over the counter cold medicine, wound care and prescription drugs on hand? How long can you function if you are cut off from outside supplies? How can you communicate if cell phones and land lines are down? Do you have a meeting plan for disasters if you are part of a family group? Think about it.
Keep yourself in the best shape possible since a measure of physical fitness may be required for your survival. You need to cultivate some physical stamina to endure trials. The rest is in the hands of your Father and the spiritual provision that you have made. (Proverbs 15:30; “Following the Crowd“; “How Do You Honor YHWH?“; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“)
“But refuse foolish and old-wives tales. And exercise yourself to righteousness. For bodily exercise is profitable to a little, but righteousness is profitable to all things, having promise of the present life now, and of that coming.” – 1 Timothy 4:7-8, HRB
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and by petition with thanksgivings, let your requests be made known to YAHWEH; and the peace of YAHWEH which surpasses all understanding will keep your hearts and your minds through Messiah Yahshua [Jesus]. Finally, my brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honest, whatever is just, whatever pure, whatever lovely, whatever of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things.” – Philippians 4:6-8, HRB
While you have prepared your heart and mind through the Holy Spirit, you also need to consider other factors that may play into any future trial. Worldly wisdom dictates that you keep some cash on hand since you cannot depend on credit cards or an electronic banking system. You’ll need enough to buy the essentials, if they are available, for an unknown period of time. Even cash might be useless or thoroughly devalued, so bartering is likely to come into being during difficult times. Some will advise that you keep gold on hand, but that may be more likely to get you killed when someone discovers that you have it on hand. During times like these, many forget about the wisdom of Elohim. (Revelation 3:17; “Do You Live a Lifestyle of Greed?“; “Christians & Finance“)
The value of any commodity during a disaster can change quickly. Televisions and stereos are of little use during a crisis with floods and extended power interruptions. Simple commodities are often more valuable than cars, video games and entertainment devices. Spiritual provision and upbuilding is always useful and personal. Nobody can take it from you. (“Living in an Apostate World“; “Foundation of Salvation“)
Many fear an EMP or other weapons that can destroy electrical systems. An older car that does not have a computer could be better than a new car during the ultimate crisis that much of the modern world fears. If a pulse weapon or EMP is used, a computer probably won’t hold up to an electromagnetic pulse say many experts.
Preparing for any possibility of disaster is up to you. You cannot count on the authorities to protect you. In fact, you may find that authority will work against your personal safety during civil unrest. As a Christian, you may find yourself on the other side of the law as world or national conditions and outlooks change. During Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, some of the police abandoned their commitment to the people and turned their weapons on the public, along with criminal elements. (“The Role of Authority in Your Life“; “Disciples of Messiah & the Authority of Man“)
Even as a disciple of the Messiah, as a man or woman of peace, you must be prepared to defend yourself and your family the best that you can as a lawless society descends on you. (Romans 3:9-20; Galatians 5:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:8-10; Mark 7:20-23; 2 Corinthians 4:4) This is better done through Bible strategy than through physical warfare. Even so, your sensibilities may suggest that you need a firearm. If so, you and your family will need to know how to use it, as well as how to secure it, never forgetting that the weapons you treasure can be used against you. (Romans 12:18-19) You will also be answerable to Elohim for how you use weapons. (“What is the Standard of Life Conduct in a Disciple of Messiah?“)
As a disciple of Yahshua [Jesus], YHWH is your salvation and provider when you listen to Him. (Isaiah 59:1-2; Ephesians 4:27, 31; 2 Corinthians 6:14; James 4:7) Having the Holy Spirit is essential for this purpose. You also need to fully realize that YHWH is your provider, not yourself or any false god that seeks prominence in your life. (Luke 6:46-49) The world and much of religion doesn’t live this truth, if they even give it lip service. (2 Corinthians 2:14) Their actions prove otherwise as they form their beliefs around the pattern of this world (Romans 12:1-2) instead of developing a personal relationship with YHWH through the Holy Spirit. Your spiritual preparation is more important than your physical preparation. The Bible should always be an important part of your life survival kit and prayer, a daily and frequent event in your life. (James 1:22; 2 Timothy 2:15; “Are You an Effective Listener? Listening & Your Relationships“)
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, NKJV
The bottom line for any Christian is that preparing for adversity is reasonable, but that preparation should not consume your life. You are dedicated to YHWH. Self reliance is not the answer for salvation and in being useful to the Father. Being able to listen the Holy Spirit is able to save you into Elohim’s Kingdom.