My pastor in St. Louis taught that every Christian has a calling, a ministry of our very own. That was news to me, so for many nights I went for a walk to ask the Lord what mine was. When He finally told me it didn’t seem believable at the time, and over the years I rejected it several times, only for the Lord to rebuke me and give me even more direction.
In the summer of 1971, when I lived in St. Louis, the Lord told me that an economic crash was coming. I was told it would be much worse than the great depression of the 30’s, and would involve much more than just the economy.
This will be a progressive social, economic and political… and spiritual crash, unprecedented in history. Society will fall apart into chaos.
My mandate came in just three words; “Feed My Sheep.” I knew that meant both physically and spiritually. At the time it never occurred to me that this coming calamity sounded like the seven year Tribulation period.
I was told that the church would not be prepared in any way for such a time, and they will not believe it until it actually fell upon them and left them cold, hungry and desperate. I got the impression that a lot of people may die when this calamity hits, like when those two planes –SUDDENLY– flew into the unsuspecting occupants in twin towers in Manhattan.
My instructions were to put out the warning until that time. But I was to be ready to comfort and rescue that multitude who would not receive the warning before the crash dose come.
Many will feel that their pre-trib-rap & Partial Preterist teachers lied to them, and they will leave their teachers and churches in droves. Some will leave the faith, blaming Jesus for not telling them the truth. This will be a desperate time for them and the worldly who did not hear or heed the warning.
But this message was way over my head at that time
It took another 10 years for me to comprehend it. It didn’t seem real to me for the same reason it doesn’t sound real to most Pre Tribulation Rapture & Partial Preterists believers.
The only part I understood at the time was to turn my back yard into a large natural and organic garden. Why? Because food and gardening chemicals would become scarce in such a time. No Wal-Mart’s. No farmers markets. No pharmacies.
It took a rebuke to open my eyes to what the Holy Spirit had told me so many years before. This happened when my pastor and mentor, Dr. Charles Schism, gave me permission to give this testimony to the church deacon board. As I was waxing elegant, the senior board member interrupted me and said mockingly, “Well Ken, it sounds like you plan on missing the rapture.”
What!!!? Absolutely not!!
My pastor could see I was in trouble, so he drew me aside and handed me a book that changed my life and opened up my ministry to me. He handed me a book published in 1978 by Jim Mc Keever titled, “Christians Will Go Through the Tribulation, And How To Prepare For it”. It turns out that when Mc Keever came into this revelation he bought a ranch in Oregon (as I recall) and prepped it so he could live completely off the grid.
With Mc Keever’s book I suddenly realized why my calling hadn’t made much sense to me. I had no idea—till then—that the church would go into the Tribulation; the Seventieth Week of Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27). This contradicted everything I had been taught about the Second Coming.
I then understood why I was called to warn and prepare God’s people before this prophetic time was upon us. That’s when I started teaching and practicing a homesteader lifestyle as best I could, and could see the need to establish a self-sustaining community of like minded Christians for the times we are in… and are coming into.
[See my footnotes at the bottom of this article where I give some reference material and further explanation]
Very few Christians believed this prepper message from the Lord in 1971, 1981, or 1991, but in 2001 some did, and now millions do. Many professing Christians are now aware of the imploding of our economy and corrupt government, as well as the impending wars and worldwide economic collapse. Pitifully… very few see the coming persecution and the need to prepare spiritually for that. But how does not prepare for that? Think on this warning from Jesus…
But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
~Matthew 24:8-10 (NASB)