Some have asked why I think they start on a preparedness plan, but never seem to get anywhere, no matter how much effort they put into it. There are a lot of reasons for failing to prepare, and I believe that once you see the validity, as well as the urgency to prepare, you will. Unfortunately, that paradigm arrives much too late for the majority of people. And when it does, it is too late to prepare for anything.

Why is that? in a word, fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. Fear of being ridiculed. Fear of the future. Fear of criticism. You name a fear and put it here, and it will be valid, I assure you. We Americans like to be winners, not losers. And in a sense, by preparing for a failed future, we sometimes think that maybe we are failures.

And a failed future is exactly what we are preparing for. When you realize that the status quo may be over in a few short years, or possibly sooner, what reason do we give for that to happen? The reason is the we, as a society, nation, or world will have failed. Whether that failure is self inflicted, or comes from afar makes little difference. The fact is that if a total meltdown, or even a partial meltdown occurs, as some have predicted, we will have failed.

Or at least that is the obvious conclusion of the issue. But is it true? In part, maybe. But then we have to consider the possibility that maybe such a collapse has been preordained to happen. Why would that be the case? Because certain things must occur for the will of God to be fulfilled, that’s why.

If it is the will of God that society breakdown, and the world as we know it become altered to such a state as to require a drastic step backward in the way we live, why then should we prepare for the possibility? Because we have been instructed to do so, that is why. Huh? Where in the Bible does it say that? That’s what popped into your mind isn’t it?

Plenty of places, but not blatantly so. You have to be open to hear the message of the Spirit. I’ve spoken many times of the possibility of many different forms of calamity and catastrophe, and how they can happen anytime, anywhere. Take this weekend’s snowstorm in DC for instance. Nicknamed Snowzilla by some, the storm has dumped some three plus feet of snow in the area, as of the time of this writing, but what I’ve read.

That kind of storm happens up here in the Northeast, or in the mountainous west perhaps, but not Washington, DC. Or does it? Anything is possible, remember? I think one of the reasons for the idea that we needn’t prepare is because Scripture tells us all of our needs will be met, and this is true. All of our needs will be met, but the problem is, so many or our wants have somehow become our needs, and thus when we go without something we feel as our needs are not being met.

And because we feel our needs are not being met, we presume that something is missing. At least on the physical plane. And to an extent, the spiritual plane as well. Things were never meant to be a bed of roses, and the closer we get to the end of days, the thornier things will become. Remember Matthew 10:24 says; Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. There will be wars and rumors of wars. And again in Matthew 24:7; For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

If we know that war is coming, should we not prepare for it? If we know there are to be famines, should we not store up food against famines? If we know that there will be pestilence, should we not prepare against them? And if we know there will be earthquakes, should we not prepare for them?

Some will say that the elect will be raptured before these trials, but Matthew 24:29-31says; 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Immediately after the tribulation wondrous and terrifying signs will occur, and then the elect will be gathered from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Not before, but after the tribulation. So we know that whether you are a true believer of Christ or not, whether you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour or not, there will be some incredibly tough times for all ahead.

We could say on the one hand that being prepared for the evil to come is not something a Christian should do, for many reasons, but the reality of the situation is that if we do not have sufficient stores on hand to provide for our own needs, how are we to avoid the temptation to succumb to what may be required of us if we do not have these stores, as well as supplies and equipment to sustain our lives?

If in fact we have no food, how will we feed our families? Remember that in the end, we will be required to possess the mark of the beast to buy and sell. Yes, do not forget Revelation 13: 16-17 which says; 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. We’ll have little choice in the matter, and already we are falling under the spell of this coming mark.

So, in a nutshell sort of way, hard times are coming, brother, watcha gonna do about ’em? We cannot change what is to be, but we can learn to be prepared for the coming times. We can do this by learning to do without the many things we have come to look upon as needs, and instead, build upon our stores of supplies, equipment and knowledge to get through what is to be. It’s funny, but most of the main stream media suggest the idea that the recession is over, and that things are going to be getting much better now.

The reality is that even though the employment numbers look good on paper, they’re not. Yes, jobless claims are down, and there are fewer people on the unemployment roster. However, many of those people are off the roster because their time is up, and they have taken lower paid part time positions, so they are unable to buy as they had before being unemployed.

Europe has a continuing decline in economy as well, and the value and solid reputation the Euro had obtained as being a secure currency is faltering. Some analysts suggest that later this year we will see a return to lower numbers, and a renewed recessionary economy, to be followed by another depression the likes of, or possibly worse than we saw during the 1930s depression era.

The warning bells have been sounded, brother. Watcha gonna do about it? If you are prepared for the coming times, both physically as well as spiritually, you have no need to fear anything.

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