Why Prepare For
These Prophetic 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. We don't ... yet, but we now have a team that
is making plans. And we are asking the Lord to provide the
means by which to acquire an ideal property we have had our
eyes on for a year now. It is more than just idealistic, it
is a veritable garden of Eden!
Do you want to
check into what has been done so far?
NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE!
Now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation. 2
Jesus is Coming Again!
that we're on the cusp of the Tribulation,
that prophetic time that immediately precedes the 70 weeks of
How much time is left in your estimation? And
we know that after the Tribulation comes the millennium ... and
These fact are an inviolable absolute, an immutable certainty.
Considering how much society has deteriorated in the last 50 year, do
we have 20, or maybe 50 years left before slipping into the 70 weeks
We must wake up and acknowledge that to be the truth. Men can deny, reject, or ignore that
truth; but they cannot change it. And who would want to?
Whatever you do,
don't miss this point:
This being true, is it not obvious that there is
time left to save our beloved nation? Therefore there is
no sensible options left other than to save what CAN be saved,
and that is peoples souls and lives. To do that we will need to prepare physically,
mentally, and especially spiritually.
I would rather be prepared
a year too early than 10 minutes too late. How much time
do we have left?
That was a
short introduction. Now we need to know HOW to prepare
... so please read on.
truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance
may deride it, but in the end, there it is." ~Winston
“...In the last
days difficult times will come.”
2 Timothy 3:1
"When the righteous triumph, there is great glory. But
when the wicked rise, men hide themselves."
Today I See Our Beloved United States of
As Lost and
Bible is replete with history that mirrors the situation in
America today. Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel and most of the prophets
are clear on this point. We would do well to read these
historical narratives again looking specifically for what
conditions brought down the judgment of God. And, what brought
His mercy. This watchman believes that without the mercy of God
this nation is doomed.
It is our
responsibility as good citizens to vote responsibly, and as
good Christians to pray for our elected officials and our
So let's do that faithfully.
students of Bible prophecy we also need to wake up to the
in the prophetic end-times when the Antichrist system is
manifesting itself as the enemy of all we stand for.
Scripture makes it clear that Satan does dominate the world
for a short time before Jesus comes again and destroys His
restoring the constitution, stopping abortions and gay rights
and gun confiscation, paying off the
17+ trillion dollar
national debit, nor revolution can change that. If you are
a premillennialist you know this to be true.
Face it, we are on the cusp of the Tribulation.
And again I
say, there is
not enough time left for any other option than to prepare
physically, mentally, and especially spiritually for
the clear alternative we do have.
Issachar, we as Believers need to understand the times and
then know what to do about it.
"And of the children of Issachar, which were men that
had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought
to do...." ~1 Chronicles 12:32
For spirit filled Christians that alternative is to prepare for the coming Kingdom of God.
Let's prepare for what God has promised us in His infallible Word. That has always been our mandate since Adam anyhow.
Let us now
look at how God would have us to rebuke and counter Satan's
agenda against us in these last days. As you read these
six web pages may the Holy Spirit confirm in your heart what He
would have you do!
Now lets look at some other incontrovertible truths that our
very lives may depend on.
Here is another sure signs we are in the end-times is the prophesied
falling away taking place in Christendom today, and there is no
reversing that either.
As scripture says:
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day
shall not come, except there come a falling away first...
~2 Thessalonians 2 (KJV)
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.
Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith
on the earth?
1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some
will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things
taught by demons.
~1 Timothy 4
sure prophetic sign that we are in the last days was when
became a nation again. God said through His
prophets almost 3000 years ago that He would bring them back to
their land in the end times to restore it. The nation of Israel
has existed since 1948 and it is blooming. (Isaiah 11:13)
(Isaiah 68:8) (Ezekiel 36:1, 8, 24) (Ezekiel 37:21)
And there simply is not enough time left before going into the
Tribulation to change anything in society anyhow.
If all this is true, then what are we to do? It would make
no sense to continue as we have, as if none of this was true.
Albert Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing
the same thing over and over again and expecting different
Think about this quote for a second and ask yourself, does this
quote apply to the way you run your life and your ministry
today? Are you of the, “If It Ain’t Broke Then Don’t Fix It!"
Mentality? Society might just be broke and you haven't admitted
So, we need to ask God
how He would have us prepare for this prophetic age that
precedes the soon coming Tribulation period? These Last Days
demand a new approach to the fellowship of God's people. How do
we fellowship? How do we equip the saints? How do we prosper in
the worst of bad times?
Is God prompting us (you and me) to prepared physically,
mentally and spiritually for this prophetic era we are now in?
That is where the covering and protection we will need will come
military manual, as well as every serious book on survival,
talks about the importance of maintaining a positive mental
attitude. You must make sure that your survival plans include
some means of keeping yourself “UP” emotionally. Otherwise, the
you’ll lose the motivation to keep trying. That could be fatal.
Being in fellowship in a community of like minded brethren who
are centered on Jesus and the Bible will do wonders for your
Yet in face of these self
evident facts most churches aren't
warning or preparing you and me for what MUST
come in these uncertain times ... most probably BEFORE
the Rapture takes place ... and most definitely after.
When was the last sermon you
heard that addresses in depth the End Days? I know several
pastors who are addressing this issue, and hopefully you do to.
The whole world is turning
upside down. And yet the question most churches are avoiding -- the
question most pastors are going out of their way to sidestep -- is
"What's the prophetic significance of it all?" What
would a prudent man do?
"A prudent man sees evil and hides himself,
The naive proceed and pay the penalty." Proverbs 27:12
I speak out against all the false doctrines and heresies in
the church today. But I seldom speak out any more against
in our government and social, cultural and political matters (and best I can tell,
neither did Jesus nor His Apostles).
But I do vote (for the lesser of two evils it would seem
I still love America, my
temporal country, and I am not a
pacifist, but now days my focus is on the Kingdom that
eternal and on the saints that
inhabit that Kingdom; the Kingdom of God. This earth shall
pass away but the Kingdom of God is eternal (Rev. 21:1-3).
To be involved in those world arenas is to not help
anything that potentially targets God's saints.
Again; after the
70 weeks of Daniel comes the Millennium ... and
then eternity. So trying to save our nation and the
church in these last days is like trying to put a fire out
on a gasoline soaked straw scarecrow. Even if we save
it, what will we have?
lays the blame not at the feet of the wicked world leaders
or of the leaders of the false, pseudo-church. God holds the
remnant, the true Church, fully accountable for this state
where has the true Church been in all this? Thought you
would never ask. The true Church laments the condition of
this mighty nation and wonder what has gone wrong. However,
we fold our hands, close our eyes, cross our fingers and
simply hope things will get better. The church has been fast
asleep while Satan has been rocking the cradle.
watchman now gives the Church what may be the final warning.
Return unto God while there is yet time. It is time to put
away the pleasures of sin for a season, being caught up in
the cares of this life, and being deceived by riches. It is
time to BE the representatives of God that we were meant to
the true Church has direct access to God. Only God can
remedy the mess in this nation. This pattern of problem and
solution is throughout the entire Bible. Let us look only at
what Jesus (our Lord and King) did while He walked the
earth. His method of operation, His pattern of living, is
abundantly clear. He did nothing on His own and put no
confidence in the flesh including His own abilities or those
of His disciples, or the religious leaders or Rome. A simple
example of this is in John 17:11. Jesus identifies the
problem and gives the solution. What is the solution? I come
to thee [Holy Father]!
have so few believed our report? Could it be because we do
not practice what we say we believe? Is it because we see no
real faith in God demonstrated in our own lives? I pray not.
Nevertheless, I say unto you all, the true Church, turn to
God while it is yet day for soon the night comes. Wake up!
Clearly see that all these ills befalling America are the
judgment of God.
that God’s judgment always comes with mercy. Cry out to God
in repentance and seek mercy for this nation (the very
people you love). If the true Church will not cry out to
Almighty God in this dark hour who will?
So, what are we Christians to do? Has God provided us
covering and instructions for these dark, prophetic times?
has, and we will discuss them in this series of 6 articles.
I urge you
not to wait. Start today, right now, right where you are.
Set aside some time everyday and intercede for America.
God’s hand of love, mercy and grace is stretched out still.
Lets think on these things.
Premillennialism teaches that the Second
coming will occur before a literal thousand-year reign of
Christ from Jerusalem upon the earth. This
view is most often contrasted with Postmillennialism and
Amillennialism, otherwise know as Partial Pretersis and
Preterist views that basically say the Second coming
happened way back in 70 AD.
MY ESCHATOLOGY ARTICLE
EXPLAINS ALL THESE TERMS FOR YOU.
NOT GLOOM & DOOM NEGATIVISM
TO PREPARE FOR PROPHESIED TIMES
The majority was wrong in Eden (Gen. 3), in Noah's time before the Flood (Gen.
6:1-13), at Babel (Gen. 11:1-9), in Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen.
18:16-19:30), when David went against Goliath (1 Sam. 17), in the
churches in Sardis (Rev. 3:1-6), and Laodicea (Rev. 3:14-22), and
in the entire world between the Fall and the Final Judgment
(Mt. 7:13-14). Similar Biblical examples may be multiplied beyond
truth of this matter were to be told, the majority is usually wrong
this side of glory. It is a rare exception when it is
otherwise. Righteousness is not determined by the majority
anyway. Truth is not decided by popular vote, and "belief"
is not "truth". The last two presidential
elections are a case in point. God's Kingdom is not a democracy. The
three Persons of the Triune God is the only majority that matters
when it comes to righteousness and truth.
Gloom and doom
is promised prophetically to the lost world in these end-times,
but not to the Bride of Christ.
INDEED THE LAST DAYS?
What are the specific events that
will herald the approach of the Last Days? Does the Bible
really spell them out?
What is the
spiritual significance of Israel? What role is she called
upon to play in the Last Days?
How can I know
for sure that Israel - this Israel - is a
fulfillment of Biblical prophecy - and is not simply a
fluke of history?
Does the Bible
really tell us that the Jews will return to Israel in
How can I use
prophecy to reach the unsaved and bring them to Christ?
What does the
Bible have to say about apostasy in the Last Days?
Does the Bible call upon the church to engage in social,
cultural, and political reformation?
Do adherents of the Christian and Islamic faiths worship
the same God - as we're being told by so many of today's
Why are so many Christian pastors emphasizing what the
Christian and Islamic faiths share in common when it's
what they don't share in common that is of such eternal
Why are so many church leaders redefining sin and playing
down its consequences; e.g., homosexuality?
Why has the
church lapsed into silence regarding these questions?
Are you prepared physically, mentally and spiritually for
the coming crash of our economy and nation ... terrorists
attacks ... Ebola and other plagues ... mega natural
disasters ... all these approaching Last days events?
AND YET THE CHURCH REMAINS SILENT! When was the last
sermon you heard that addresses in depth the End Days?
Who is pleading and preparing the church for such a time as
Now is the time
“Worst of Times”
Will Prove To Be the
… 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.
This is the lesson of history. The church has always gone
underground in times of persecution and tribulation.
Amazing as it may seem, the church always grows in numbers and
purity in such hard times.
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)
to 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
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
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 oblivious) and the
will lead the blind to
"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
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.
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
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
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
10 Who died for
us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together
comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as
also ye do.
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
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
Can you say with
me, "I want the truth, no matter the cost!"
Any erroneous teachings we
prefer to believe; I'm
talking about our
(end time) beliefs...can kill us. Our eschatological views are the colored lenses
we see the world through. Our world view comes from this
biased perspective. Depending on how accurate it proves
to me --and time will test it-- as to how safe you will be.
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
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 unprepared, confused, angry and
Warnings Are Not Meant to Demoralize You.
THEY'RE MEANT TO SAVE YOU!"
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!
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.
20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy
and shut thy doors about thee:
as it were for a little
until the indignation be overpast.
21 For, behold, the Lord
cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants
of the earth for
their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and
shall no more cover her
slain. Isaiah 26
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.
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
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! Have you ever heard the old saying, "He
bought the farm"? That means the farmer died and his
life insurance paid off the loan on the farm.
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
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 to be the lifestyle we prefer for ourselves, no matter the
times or conditions. Many who call themselves Preppers and
live in fear and in a premature, self imposed deprivation, not
discerning the Lord's timing and will for them.
When we refer to an
Acts Model Christian community,
we think in terms of a "Fellowship of Intentional Neighbors"
farmers (as described above) buying adjacent property, or living
within walking distance of each other. They would live in
community only in a general sense of the term. I grew up in
the plains area of Colorado among farmers and ranchers in the 40's
and 50's and that is how they lived. But that community
concept is unknown to most Americans today and needs to be revived.
This Fellowship of Intentional Neighbors
are people intentionally moving as close to each other as possible,
whether 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. They
grow food in the warm months to store and live on until the next
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
to be about living in 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
"Fellowship of Intentional Neighbors" to work with sure will be a big help.
It is hard to do all that work 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.
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.
What Is the
Purpose of Life In These End Times?
This will fly in the face of the average 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
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.
many preppers and homesteaders are moving to the Ozark mountains.
See if this call bears witness with your spirit!
WRITE TO US
If God Is Moving You To The Ozark Mountains
and share your testimony.
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]
don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.
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
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 (since receiving my calling in 1974) 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
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
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
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
14 "In their case the prophecy of
Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
'YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;
15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.'
blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they
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.
"Hear then the parable of the sower.
"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.
one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who
hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when
affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he
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 version of the
Normalcy Bias at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quos1dxW7gI
BIBLE PRECEDENTS FOR THE ARKHAVEN
The safest place on earth is in
the center of God's will for your life
THESE PRECEDENTS NEED LITTLE
instructed by God to prepare a place (Ark) that was totally
self sufficient so he and his family could survive the flood
and carry the linage of Jesus untained.
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.
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.
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.
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.
was told by God's angles to flee Sodom before God judged the
city with fire and brimstone. The angels escorted him
and his wife and daughters out of the city safely. But
Lot's wife just had to look back at their home and city she
loved. (Genesis 19:26)
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SCRIPTURE SUPPORT FOR THESE ARTICLES
"A prudent man sees evil and hides himself,
The naive proceed and pay
the penalty." —
righteous triumph, there is great glory,
But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves."
“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."
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"
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
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
And 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
He 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
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from
the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou
trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow
that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the
destruction that wasteth at noonday. ~Psalms 91
art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my
me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be
ashamed of my hope.
thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto
thy statutes continually.
hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for
their deceit is falsehood.
puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore
I love thy testimonies. ~Psalms 119
shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall
cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness
upon all their heads.
shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall
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
and shut thy doors about thee:
hide thyself as it were for a little
until the indignation be overpast.
21 For, behold, the
cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for
their iniquity: 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