Christian Survivalism 4


Tools. Here’s where everyone gets big eyed. There’s a lot of survival tools. I’m going to go out on a limb and say… learn to use them.

SURVIVALISM credo – “Two is one. One is none.” Technically, if I only have one folding shovel, I have to consider myself as not owning one!
Paracord. Lots of uses. You need three times more than what you think.
Multitool. Gerber or Leatherman. I got one from walmart last year, and it was a cheap one. Not bad, but the knife blade turned out to not be that good. So you do get what you pay for to a certain extent.

Folding Shovel. Heavy. And the waterproof container it comes in makes things stink. DON’T keep this in your survival tub. It will make everything smell like… fish. Keep this in your backpacks.
Folding saw. A must have.
Survival knife. This is not a pocket knife. This is something with a longer blade, several inches long. You’ll need it for many things.
Pocket knife. I just got one, a Tac Force 764 assist open knife. It seemed to me like whenever I needed a knife, I always have one hand pulling something tight, or one hand full. Click the button, knife opens. These are illegal in some states. You can use a Balisong (”butterfly knife”) in those states where the assist open knife is illegal. Use the survival knife for big jobs, the pocket knife for the little ones.

Whetstone. You need this to sharpen your knives and hatchet.
Signal Mirror and whistle. For communication and rescue. Three of anything is an emergency sign. Three whistle calls of equal length is a distress call.
Compass. You need one, and need to learn to use. Trust me, these things are important.
Flint striker. I just buy Coughlans stuff. It’s inexpensive and good quality. I use a magnesium stick and a flint striker. Both work.
Waterproof ponchos. Again, when disaster strikes, it’s rarely a warm sunny day.
Survival blankets. A million uses. You can use them to insulate as well as keep warm.
Tent. I can make a survival shelter out of branches, and also out of tarps. But nothing beats a good waterproof tent. Coleman’s sells large capacity camping tents. Get the waterproofing kits. You can use tarps to help insulate for winter survival. Buy them when they’re onsale. Like…Christmas.
Tarps. You need more than you think.
Sleeping bags or cots. Or both.
Trash bags.
Camp Axe. Really, these are hatchets. I have a Coleman’s, and I’m going to get a Coughlan’s as well.
Candles, lanterns, flashlights.
Empty soup cans and spoons. Do you live in a state with bears? The United States had a bear shortage years ago. Suddenly they’re everywhere! If you make a German Noisemaker (no kidding, they did this in WWII), the sound often scares the bears off when they blunder into them, If not… now you’re awake. I’ll just mention Timothy Treadwell’s name about why you don’t want to be asleep when a bear finds you. Before you make jokes, Treadwell lived among Alaskan brown bears for years without incident until that last night. Truly horrendous.

Do you really need all this? I have most of this, and will be getting the rest soon. If you’re caught in a survival situation where you have to GO and Go NOW… you’ll wish you had all this.

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Christian Survivalism 3


Okay, now that the mindset is explained, what do you buy?

Food. 3 days minimum. 7 days better. Canned goods are heavy. Just a warning. MRE’s and survival type foods such as Mountain House and Wise foods are lighter, but they seem to not really count 3+ meals as being a “Day’s rations”. Rather, they intend for you to eat twice a day. That’s not going to work in a survival situation. I recommend peanut butter, and survival bars. By the way, those “one day” survival bars really have two days’ calories in them. Learn to ration. If you’re going on foot (how do you carry the stuff? I’ll explain soon…) break off some of the survival bar, stick it in the peanut butter, and eat. Remember to close the bar wrapper and the peanut butter, and put it back between mini-meals! (ONE SURVIVAL BAR PER PERSON PER DAY = 6 bars in my house). Remember, they’re sugary. You can’t eat just these indefinitely!

Canned foods are good – in moderation. Get cans from the scratch and dent aisle. Be prepared to constantly review. I’d make a list and keep it in Evernote. Everything must be in backpacks and waterproof tubs. Sodas for travel energy, and that’s it.

Water. As I explain in the Surviving the Tribulation website, water is INCREDIBLY HEAVY. 2 water bottles equals 21/2 pounds of weight added to whatever you’re carrying!1 pint of water per person per day is MINIMUM survival rations. Better instead to LEARN some water purification techniques and carry emergency water bags. They come deflated, and as you purify water, you can add it to the bags. It’s as simple as taking a t-shirt, sand and charcoal. Where do you get charcoal from? Make it! Start a fire, burn wood, don’t let it burn all the way. Crumble it into a t-shirt. Add sand. Add more charcoal. Add sand. Add charcoal. Add sand. Scoop water, and pour it through that. Socks work really good for this. By the way, scooping damp sand into a sock turns the sock into a sipping device. Just… carry clean, dry socks in your back pack. You don’t want to take the sock on your smelly foot, and…

Boiling Water is the primary method of purifying the water. What do you boil it in? Swiss Army Mess Kit is the coolest invention ever. I bought one years ago, and we’ve used it when we’ve been without power to boil water and make coffee. You can also use a Coughlans or Coleman’s Camp Coffee pot, or even a Coughlans or Coleman’s Enamel Coffee cup (You want one anyway, to replace your knife sharpening stone if you lose it!). Boil the water, pour it into the bags at your camp site.

Backpacks we covered yesterday.

Waterproof plastic tubs we covered yesterday.

Transportation. Car, Boat, cart or travois. No kidding, I can build a simple device in ten minutes using tree branches and 500 pound Paracord that I can load my stuff on if my car got knocked out, and drag it. I have a swiss army knife with a corkscrew that can make life really liveable, if you find flat wood, perhaps broken off of something from a storm. Use the corckscrew to make screw holes, open up the flat blade and screw the pieces of wood together (assuming you have drywall screws! And I have some in my survival kit!). If not… take two long branches and lash them together (use a slip knot… make a loop, wind the paracord around something, slip it through the loop, pull tight, now begin tying it off – use twice as much cord as you think you need) at the TOP. Now, add ladder rungs from other tree branches, so that it;’s shaped like a capital A. This is called a travois. Now tie EVERYTHING onto the travois, Start walking.
My wife and I began to think about inflatable rafts this year. These are not cheap. Not at all.. Expect to pay about $125-150. But floods are happening where they’ve never happened before. You retreat to the second floor of your house as flood waters begin to rise. Now you have a choice as the water begins to reach the second floor… get into the attic (better have a tire iron or crowbar, or you can drown!), or open a window, tie the raft in place, push the raft out the window, inflate, get in it, cut the line, go!
Get into the habit of never letting your cars get below half a tank. I write this, and I’m under that right now. Get determined, get ready, and make it a habit.

Clothing. Keep extra clothing in your backpack or tub. Learn to ROLL tightly the clothing. Clothes, underwear, socks. You’ve already seen that socks have extra uses besides clothing, as does t-shirts. Put pants, shirt socks and underwear (in that order), and ROLL tightly into a roll. Stuff in the tub, and pack things around it.

Tools… we’ll discuss tomorrow!

 

 

Christian Survivalism 2


Mobile thinking. The first thing you need to change is the mindset. Having survival closets is a good idea, until you’re in a “stay/go” decision.

“Stay/go” is a big decision. The wife should understand her job is to ask every six hours from the announcement of a coming disaster” stay/go?” The husband should look at the situation and decide. “Stay.” “Go.”

By the way, if you’re seeing storm surge from a hurricane, the decision is now taken from you. You now must stay. Let’s say you see an inch of water at the foot of your driveway, and you decide to “Go.” You run to the car, leave everything behind, start the car, back out… and the car is dead. The floodwaters from storm surge are now so high you can’t get out. The water has choked out the car engine, and it’s too late. Now getting back into the house is becoming life threatening.

“Stay/go” is a crucial decision, and it’s a gamble.

Here’s a question… I keep seeing states where a lot of people who own boats and all the boats are crushed from the storm, in one giant pile. Doesn’t anyone ever think of loading their boat and getting out of dodge, rather than risk being stranded on the highway? Florida has two highways. In evacuations, they end up with cars stuck, moving a few inches at a time. So.. Why not take your boat? Go up the coast in a straight line? Avoid the storm?

Putting tons of cans into cupboards and leaving them there means when you decide “we go”… usually it means you have to leave all that behind. Waterproof tubs, and a couple of backpacks. I’ll say it again. Waterproof tubs and a couple of backpacks! Three hurried running trips to the car, grab the backpack and toss it in the back seat, and GO!

By the way, a defensive driving course is a good idea prior to this.

So.. What do you need? A lot. Let’s talk about the Bug out bag. We inherited a GREAT bug out bag from someone after 9/11, and we added our own stuff to it. I have literally almost two dozen soaps and shampoos from various hotels across the southeast United States, tucked into ziplock bags in my survival kit. Ziplock bags… why?
For some reason, impending disasters always seem to have some kind of moisture falling from the skies. Rain or snow. Waterproof your backpack, and keep everything wrapped and rolled!

There’s several kinds of backpacks. DO NOT BUY THEM FROM THE THRIFT STORE! Meth users often create mobile labs by buying backpacks and putting their “Gear” inside, and walk to the meth house wearing them. If you buy one of those from a thrift store and throw your survival stuff in them, then guess what? You’re an addict to crystal meth all of a sudden. You’ll know because you’re zoning out, and you keep feeling like something under your skin is moving.

Buy your backpacks from BJ’s Wholesale, Walmart, Amazon. There’s two schools of thought on this – Tacti-cool and Gray Man.
Tacti-cool is often the best solution. You get a Molle Gear type backpack. It holds a lot, is tough, has a waist strap (good when you’re carrying 65 pounds of survival stuff), and you can strap stuff to the outside when you’ve got bulky stuff inside it like food and clothes. Water bottles, flashlights etc can be strapped to the outside.

Gray Man is in the “breakdown of civilization” mode. In that situation, walking out of town wearing all cammo clothes, a boonie hat, and a cool tactical Molle military backpack will get you mobbed. Everyone knows you’ve got stuff, and they think they want it. And if you don’t give it, you’ll die. “Gray man” tells you look like everyone else. Regular clothes, regular backpacks. Walk in the same direction as everyone else. If they look like a riot’s about to break out, look angry. Until you can duck out and head a different way, and get AWAY from everyone else.

Which decision you make is up to you. I live in an area where probably30% of the population literally owns MOLLE tactical military backpacks, because 30% of the population in my area literally is Military!

The Soon Coming Rapture 2


Yay! Another Rapture article. These cheer me up.

Let’s say that I could list every Bible verse proving the Rapture is Pre-trib. Let’s say I can do expository Bible study on the ENTIRE BIBLE, proving the Pre-Trib rapture – and don’t convince a single person (which is what would happen, because people love ideologies, not truth).

What then?

I’m counting on all of you post-trib, mid-trib, no-trib and Pre-wrath believers to stock up food. Supplies. Ammo. Tools.

Why?

Because when, to your embarassment, you are raptured.. all those supplies will be left behind.

For people who within a few months… are going to desperately need them.

If you stock up for them now… lives will be saved. If you don’t… people will die.

Horrible to meet someone in heaven, and ask… “how did you die?”

“I starved to death. And there was no water.”

And you hang your head thinking, “I meant to stockpile for people left behind.” Well, don’t open your mouth and admit it, I guess!

And if you REALLY believe that despite the Bible, you believe you personally are going through the Tribulation… buddy, you’d better get busy and stockpile now. Because after the midpoint, you need the Number of the Beast to buy food.

So, how long is it going to take for you to buy everything you need? quite a while.

You may not have that much time to do it.

The Soon Coming Rapture


It takes roughly 45-90 minutes to write articles on how to do sermons, so those who’ve been interested in the series, my apologies – but I’ve been so busy that lately I’ve only been able to keep up because I can write seven articles quickly on a weekend.

To mention the Rapture in modern Christianity is like pulling a knife and darking people to fight you! I can think of few topics that engender such arguments and name caling as… this topic.

To those who do not agree… you have the absolute right to be wrong. I’ll tell you you’re wrong. I’ve described the issue of the Rapture as being the canary that coal miners in Wales used to detect deadly gas in the mines. If the birds collapsed, everyone knew to get out as fast as possible.

SAme here. When your eschatology (doctrines of the end times) begins to wander, it’s a sign EVERYTHING is beginning to wander. Am I saying the myriads of Independent, Fundamentalist Baptist preachers who have adopted an unScriptural Mid-Trib position are losing a pure doctrinal stance?

Why… yes. That’s exactly what I’m saying. You have not kept your doctrine without spot. You’ve listened to vain and foolish tales, and adopted the vain philosohpy of this world, instead of a reliance upon pure Scripture.

I’ve mentioned before the explanation of a man who had the right viewpoint of the Rapture. He was asked by his nephew if he was SURE the Rapture was before the Tribulation. His response was classic, and one that those who hold incorrect Eschatologies always miss…

“What is the point of the Tribulation?”

For many Christians, they’ll suddenly go quiet, and all you’ll hear is, “Uhhhh……”

The way I’ve described it is this. I’ve pointed to a church congregation (nicely split down the middle thanks to the aisle…) That… God spoke and dealt with this side over here, for 2,000 years. But that means THAT side isn’t being dealt with. Okay, God’s temporarily turning to THAT side. But the book of Revelation (not Revelations) shows that suddenly God’s focus is back on THIS group again, and THAT group suddenly seems to be missing.

Why is THAT group missing? Because God’s now returning to THIS group, who’s been somewhat rebellious. So, to reach them, He’s going to give the only thing they respond to…

…signs.

Okay, when you substitute the words “Gentiles” and “Jews” for THAT and THIS, it makes perfect sense. God dealt with the Jews for 2,000 years. Then the Lord came ,and the Jews are temporarily put away.

Note the word temporary.

“Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:12–15, KJV)

Read verse 15 and verse 12 again. How much more their fulness? What shall the receiving of them be?

God is not “Through with the Jew.”

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” (Romans 11:25, KJV)

What does this mean? spiritually, it means… blindness is happening in part to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

If anyone wants to argue, here we go with Greek! πλήρωμα Pleroma means fulness, completeness. When the complete number of those Gentiles who will accept Christ is reached before the Tribulation, then the Lord will come. What’s that number? Clearly, we see from other passages of Scripture that the number is… I don’t know.

Does this argue in favor of Calvinism? No it argues in favor of Baptist doctrine (there’s no such thing as a Calvinist Baptist – it’s like saying a Carpenterish plumber) – God predestines according to foreknowledge. God knows in advance who will accept the Gospel and who will not.

Can you imagine being in the Millennium, and attending the Temple, and you’re talking about “I wonder who the last Gentile was to make the Fulness complete?” and at that moment the Lord is standing with you and He says… “Why… it was you.”

We should all feel that way. Well, I can’t, because I’m not a Gentile. But there. You Gentiles should all feel that way – you personally are the one the Lord was waiting eagerly for.

Where am I going with this? God turns His attention from the Jewish people to the Gentiles, then He will return His attention back to Israel during the Tribulation. So… where did the Gentiles go?

It’s a well attested fact – often completely ignored by Mid and Post Tribulationists – that the word church and churches is used 21 times in Revelation 1-3, and then not again until the very end of the book.

The rules of Hermaneuticsc demand we pay attention to that. It tells us something.

“Aha! But Holy omes and Saints can be found!”

Sure. That’s the Jews and all the Gentiles who get saved in the Tribulation. But the fact remains, the word church is missing for most of the book, until after the Lord returns.

There’s two open doors in Revelation – immediately after the final mention of the churches, and then not again until the Lord and His armies begin to travel back to the earth.

And then after that, it’s Israel, and Tribe… the 144,000 are from the tribes of Israel. They are those who “keep the commandments”.

“Matthew 24!”

You’re not understanding Matthew 24. Read it again. You’ll spot that the Lord gatheres His elect from the four corners of HEAVEN. They’re already in Heaven at that point.

The bottom line is this – if you believe in mid trib, post trib, pre-wrath, no-trib… you do not distinguish between the Gentile and the Jew. You confuse the words churches and Israel. Yet an honest reading of Romans differentiates between the two. If the Bible differentiates between Israel and the churches… so should we.

NOW, with that understanding, go read all of Revelation 7 times in a row. Won’t take long. Only 22 chapters. By the time you’re done, here’s your study questions…

Where are the churches?

Who is Israel?

Who is Revelation speaking of and to, mostly?

What is God’s method in the Tribulation?

Does it resemble the manner in which God dealt with Israel in the Old Testament? Or how God communicates with the churches in the New?

If you agree it resembles how God dealt with Israel in the Old Testament when they were Rebellious… what then does this lead you to conclude? Who is Revelation speaking to?

It’s speaking to my people. We’re a little stubborn. And trust me, it’s going to take the seas turning to blood to get most of Israel to admit that the Rabbi’s are wrong, and Jesus is the Messiah.

It’s going to take demonic attacks that leave people in agony for months.

It’s going to take hail that sets fires.

Start comparing Revelation to Exodus.

If you honestly study Revelation (for which there are blessings promised)… you will come to only one conclusion. It’s speaking of the Jewish people.

And the Gentile churches have… vanished.

Sign post up ahead…


Revelation 1:3(KJV)
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

The time is at hand…

The Book of Revelation is a book of prophecy. One chapter was in the past, two chapters are the history of Christianity, and the rest of it is… What’s about to happen.

If you are not saved, this would be the time.

If you think you’re saved by baptism, by what church you belong to, by predestination and you don’t have to do anything about it… then make sure you get saved.

Revelation 1:5-7(KJV)
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

If you’re not familiar with what’s about to happen, try this…

  1. Get a King James Bible
  2. Start reading Revelation

You’re going to start with Revelation 4. Why? If you skipped over all of the above, that’s a good sign you’re going to live through it.

May 25: Revelation 4

May 26: Revelation 5

May 27: Revelation 7

May 28: Revelation 8

May 29: Revelation 9

May 30: Revelation 10

May 31: Revelation 11

June 1: Revelation 12

June 2: Revelation 13

June 3: Revelation 14

June 4: Revelation 15

June 5: Revelation 16

June 6: Revelation 17

June 7: Revelation 18

June 8: Revelation 19

June 9: Revelation 20

June 10: Revelation 21

June 11: Revelation 22

There you go. That’s all about to happen. I can’t say when it starts, but i’ll be amazed if I see retirement before the Rapture.

And keep this in mind – statistically, living through that – you have a 1 in 3 chance of surviving any of the mega-disasters. Odds are better in Russian Roulette!

Over a billion and a quarter people will die in the first seven judgments alone.

Get saved now.

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