Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. – Matthew 24:15-22 NKJV
The Bible warns of terrible times ahead. Many believe that the times described in Matthew 24(The Great Tribulation) are after believers have been taken up to Heaven in the rapture. Others believe believers will have to go through the tribulation period. Whether the Great Tribulation awaits Christians or not, uncertain times certainly lie ahead.
During the Cold War, many Americans built bomb shelters and stored up non-perishable food and water to prepare for nuclear fallout. While we may not face the same Cold War threat, what lies ahead may be even more dangerous and less predictable:
Nuclear threats from the likes of North Korea and Iran
Threats of mass destruction by terrorist groups
Uncertainty of monetary policy and currency devaluation
Growing persecution of Christians and intolerance of the Christian world view
There are practical steps we can take to be as ready as possible for what lies ahead. In a worst case scenario, we will need to find food, clean water, and an exchangeable commodity. And we will need to be able to protect it.
Step 1: Establish a Defensible Position
While most of us don’t have a bomb shelter in our backyards, you will need a place of shelter that is defensible against theft and the elements where you can store your supplies. If building a bomb shelter sounds too extreme for you, a basement may be the most practical place, or even a crawl space. It needs to be a place that would have the best chance of surviving an initial attack so you can access your supplies from Step 2.
Step 2: Store up the Necessities
Stock up on at least a month’s worth of the following:
Canned or non-perishable food. Websites such as Survival Warehouseor even Amazon or Ebay sell military rations or meals ready to eat. Go with the high calorie meals with a long shelf life. If you go the canned route, don’t forget the can opener. Some sites sell these little indoor gardens that are supposed to allow you to grow your own food during a crisis. I don’t think it would work. It might work if you started growing it long before the crisis hits. But who has the time to maintain an indoor garden. If you do, more power to you. If you wait until after the disaster hits, it will take too long to grow and use too much precious water to be practical. Let me know if you disagree with me on this one.
Bottled water and lots of it.
A water filter. These little filters are amazing! They can purify a ridiculous amount of water without needing replacement. They’re portable, easily cleaned, relatively inexpensive and they could literally be life savers. Get at least one per person. Many websites carry them. We got the Sawyer all in one filter on Amazon.
Toilet paper for obvious reasons.
A First Aid kit (medicines, hydrogen peroxide to fight infections, etc.) One per person at a minimum.
The Step 3 items
Step 3: Arm Yourself
You will need at least one firearm per adult and lots of ammunition. Depending on the situation, ammunition may become the currency of choice. Buy as much as you can store. I recommend a shotgun for hunting and a hand gun you can conceal. Now would be the time to look into your state’s conceal carry rules. Granted, in a crisis, today’s laws might not apply, but you will need to comply in the meantime. If the situation is dire, your gun may be your prized possession and ammunition may be worth its weight in… Step 4.
Step 4: Stock up on Gold and Silver
Gold has historically been the stable form of exchangeable currency above anything else. In a time of crisis, you will likely need some to be able to buy everything from bread, to a train or plane ride to safer territory. If the situation gets to the point where gold is the primary form of currency, its value will skyrocket, so purchase it in small denominations. Buy gold in grams. No one will be able to make change for you, and you don’t want to be stuck with a full ounce of gold trying to buy bread.
SD Bullion and JM Bullion are a couple of websites where you can buy precious metals. Both of these sites are easy to navigate and both deliver as advertised. When the product is delivered, it comes in discrete packaging so no one will know what you purchased. Your purchase price will be market price for the metal plus a mark-up. The mark-up is higher for coins than bullion.
Even if disaster never comes, it is a good idea to have some precious metal in your investment portfolio as a hedge against currency devaluation. If prices rise, you can sell it at a profit.
Step 5: Trust God and Share Your Faith
It goes without saying that prayer will be essential during such a difficult time. We will need God’s strength and guidance more than ever. Rely on your faith, but also share it. People are receptive to the gospel during times of crisis. Don’t focus only on your situation. Take advantage of the opportunity to witness to those hurting and without hope.
Tell me what you think? Can I pray for you? Contact me.
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