I am preparing for the tribulation (not a disaster), but that thought comes from the perspective of the post-tribulation and pre-wrath eschatological view. Advocates of the pre-tribulation (pre-tribers) and Partial Preterists have no such perspective. They don’t need to. But they wisely see the need to prepare for future disasters because they happen all too frequently.
To be prepared for the tribulation is to inadvertently be prepared for any disaster that God will allow to happen in the meantime. And if the pre-tribers are right (and we all hope they are) then a week’s supply of food and water in the pantry may be all they will ever need. But I feel compelled to ask; what if they are wrong?
I advocate an ancient, peaceful agrarian lifestyle that historically has sustained people since Adam and Eve. Those who operate out of fear and paranoia are operating out of the wrong spirit. In Christ, there is peace… no fear. I am not trying to save my life or possessions. I invite death. But, more importantly, I just want to be able to minister Christ to those God sends to my camp.
I do not speculate much on eschatology. To me, they all are wrong to some degree or another. The question is… which one is the wrongist and which one is the rightest. LOL. So I say… be informed… know them all… don’t depend on any of them. If you take this advice then you are more likely to see what REALLY is happening and won’t be caught off guard… as so many will be. He who has it all figured out DOESN’T. LOL!
Ultimately I am preparing to be in the Bridal company when Jesus comes at some future midnight hour to catch us away. If that be so, then preparing for the tribulation period is just preliminary to that biggy.
The major difference between the pre-trib and post-trib views is over the timing of God’s wrath. Does it come early on or at the end of the seven-year period? And will God’s people experience it? In both views, it is clear that God’s people are raptured out before His wrath is poured out on those who rejected Him.
This verse makes it clear that the seventh trumpet is… the LAST trumpet. And it is clear that Jesus comes at that time.
Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” ~Revelation 11:15
If we are on the very cusp of the tribulation, and if we think Christians will go through the tribulation then this agrarian lifestyle sounds more than sane, it sounds desirable. I was raised in the country and long to be back in the country raising my own food. People lived off the grid for centuries before there was a grid, and they can live off the grid again —IF— they prepare for that eventuality.
Oh, and something I think will throw some Christians off is what I sense will be a coming time of peace and prosperity in the tribulation period when Christians are marrying and partying again.
37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark… ~Matthew 24
Most presume that the tribulation will be an ever-intensifying hell on earth, when in fact the Antichrist wants to counterfeit the second coming and millennium.
If a one-world currency comes on the scene to correct an imposed economic crash, that would bring on a false peace and prosperity… and a mandatory contract or covenant. When this happens the Antichrist will have gained world dominance. He who controls the money controls the government and the people. And it will make no difference whether that currency is printed currency or cryptocurrency… or more probably a debit card (chip?). This anticipated currency will be issued by the One-World Bank system.
For people to share in this peace and prosperity, everyone will be required to sign a contract or oath (so to speak) in order to get the “mark” (password) that will give them access to their own plastic card or chip, their driver’s license, travel permits, and anything else they want. Many “Christians” will rejoice and will mock fools like me for not taking the mark. But those who are off the grid will not need to buy or sell to live. They just go out to their garden to shop.
Oversimplified, I know, but I know you got it.
There is another necessity. Without that Rev 7:3 mark/seal, few will survive till the end… till the time of the catching away… very few! As you can see, this is my speculation, but give it some thought. And consider joining our Intentional Neighbor Christian Community.
Sooooo my focus nowadays is more on preparing the bride (Rev. 19:7), which includes preparing myself for our coming husband, King, and God. LOL. So, how do we do that? If I am not mistaken, this all falls under spiritual maturity… being prepared spiritually.
To the point: we all must know what is coming down and how God would have each of us be prepared for that time… physically, mentally, and especially spiritually. Obedience entails knowing His voice and then obeying His instructions. Again, the safest place on earth is in the center of God’s will for us.
In case you didn’t know… Preterist eschatology teaches that the tribulation, the antichrist, and the second coming all happened in the remote past (68 – 70 AD). It might surprise you to know that this teaching has more believers than any other school of eschatology. If the history of the origins of Preterism and Premillennialism interest you, READ THIS ARTICLE.