Prepare for Difficult Times Ahead!
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Commentary By: Gordon King
The world is becoming darker by the day and uncertainty is knocking at the door. No one really knows just how bad things will get before the rapture of the church, nor do we know when Jesus Christ will come to take us home. However, I do believe that things in this world are going to get very difficult for all of us, and it seems to me sooner than later!
As a believer in Jesus Christ I trust Him for all of my needs, that’s not to say that we shouldn’t be prudent about the future. We are told in the bible to be prepared, Jesus even told the disciples to sell their clothes and buy a sword, why? In order to prepare for what is coming.
Not only do I think that it’s a good thing to do, but it’s a wise thing to do as well. Being prepared for hard times is prudent, and all of us should be doing it.
The signs are all around us my friends, signs of the times, signs of soon coming difficulties. Food prices are already rising, the fear of inflation is knocking on the door as the government is recklessly printing unthinkable amounts of money as if it will have no adverse effect on our economy. However, this can only go on for so long before things go South in a hurry! And the economy effects everything!
We have seen the price of lumber skyrocket, a shortage of computer chips, new homes and automobiles, of gasoline, etc. All of this will carry over into every single item that we purchase, every service that we use and seek, all aspects of our lives, nothing will be exempt from it, unless of course we prepare ourselves beforehand.
Don’t be one of those that believes the government will come to our rescue, they are the ones causing all of this mess in the first place! Don’t be fooled into believing that everything will just work itself out and return to normal, there is no “normal” anymore, those times are long gone!
Prepare, prepare, prepare!!! Don’t be caught with no food on your shelves, no water to drink, no first aid or medical supplies. The time to prepare is now before it’s too late!
I’ve found myself in such situations before, in places with natural disasters, and the first thing to go on the shelves was food and water. So this is what you should be stocking up on first, food and water first and foremost. Not just any, but long term storage food, food that will last on the shelves for years to come, just in case. There are many places right now where you can purchase long term food storage online, but that may not last long. It wasn’t too long ago when it was very difficult to find, they were mostly out of stock and many if not most items, they were also back logged.
There are many other things that might be needed during such difficult times, I will list a few that I believe may be necessary, this is only a short list, as there will probably be many more items you can think of.
- Water storage and purification methods.
- Warm clothing, blankets.
- First aid and medical supplies, as well as medications that you may need in case you can’t get them anywhere else.
- Fire starters, matches, lighters, and things to burn such as firewood if you are able. Have alternate ways to heat food, water, and yourself.
- Alternate sources of lighting, such as flashlights, solar powered is good, and/or candles.
- Cooking utensils, as well as knives, axes, shovels, also rope would come in hand as well as duct tape.
- Seeds for a vegetable garden
- Weapons for self defense, I know all of you don’t agree with me on this, however I think it to be essential in order to protect your loved ones.
And another thing to really think about are your finances. If money becomes worthless due to hyperinflation then what are you to do? Precious metals seem to do well during these difficult times. If you can afford it then purchasing some might be a good idea. I’m not an economic expert by any means, so please at least do some research on this now ahead of time. I don’t know what the value of these metals will be in the future, but the way things are headed it seems as if they can only go up in the near future. There is a shortage of these metals, I am speaking of mainly gold and silver. Most of us cannot afford to purchase gold, but silver is still relatively inexpensive, at least for now. However it has doubled in price already since this time last year. These metals have been used for thousands of years as currency, and they will always be around.
There are many more items which could be added to this list, such as two way radios, solar emergency radios, solar powered back up systems, etc. And as we have seen last year the supply of toilet paper ran out, but you will also need toothpaste, soap, laundry soap, etc. It’s probably not a bad idea to have a few extra of each of these stocked away if you can.
If you’ve been putting things away slowly over the past several years as I have then it doesn’t seem so overwhelming, but if you are just starting out then it can be quite daunting. Start out slow, and at the very least put away a some long term food storage, it’s a good place to begin.
And what if I am wrong in saying that things will get much worse? Then I am wrong and you will have some supplies put away for any hardship. But, what if I am right? What if I am right and you have not prepared at all? Then what? What will you do then? When the store shelves run bare, when your shelves run bare? Who will you turn to? The government? Your neighbor? What if they are in the same boat that you are, unprepared? Then what?
I’ve been there my friends, I grew up rather poor, and at times our shelves did run bare, and it wasn’t a very pleasant experience, living on crumbs, stretching out what was left of a small box of corn meal to make corn meal and water cakes until we had enough money to buy some groceries, yum! Or sifting the weevils out of an old box of rice in the pantry so that we could make a pot of rice (little did we know that the weevils actually live inside of the rice grains, ewww!) And perhaps that is why I am so adamant now about preparing for difficult times ahead!
We need to be prepared for the coming of the Lord, but I believe with all of my heart that He also wants us to prepare ourselves for difficult times, it’s in the bible!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!
The following video is to prepare you for survival skills which may be needed in the event of an emergency.
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———————— Preparation for hard times is essential for our well being and survival. This page is dedicated to helping others prepare in case of catastrophic events. Not only should we prepare physically, we should also prepare spiritually. Make sure you are prepared to meet your maker. Time is so close for the return of Jesus! Make sure you are on the right side – Good or Evil. Not only will you reserve a spot in Heaven, but God will help you now and in times of trouble also. Get Saved! 😉
(This was originally posted on November, 12, 2012. (I feel that this subject is so vital to our times that I made a page dedicated to preparation!)
If you have read many of my posts or know anything of bible prophecy then you should also know that hard times are ahead of us. Jesus himself warns us that there will be famines, plagues, wars and pestilence. Jesus also said that no one knows the day or the hour of his return. If you are a Christian that believes in the rapture then you may think that Jesus will take us away before it gets too bad. But what if hard times hit before the rapture? We are already in hard times, but it will get much worse. Will we as true Christians still be here?
I think Jesus and the bible gives us enough warning through biblical history that warns us to be prepared. Noah filled the Ark with supplies as God commanded. The Egyptians went through a seven year drought and stored enough food as foretold in a dream which the Pharoh had and was interpreted by Joseph. Jesus tells us to prepare for his second coming and all of the signs to watch for. What if these signs get really bad before the rapture? What if the rapture is not pre-tribulation? Then we could be in store for some suffering.
Being prepared is better than not. Storing away supplies for future hard times is a good idea. I believe that God does supply all of our needs, however I also believe that God gives us advance warnings to prepare.
What should you store away? How much do you need to store? When should you begin to store? These are questions we should be asking ourselves. I am no expert on long term food or emergency preparation. I am storing away goods just in case. For expert advice I suggest that you use the internet and / or check out some books on the subject. I will however give you my opinion.
I think the most important items are food and water. You will need to have food that will last for several years. You will need foods which are easy to prepare. Foods that do not need much water. Canned foods are good. Although the shelf life is much less than packaged dried foods. Some foods come dry in a package, use little water and little cooking time. For instance dry flavored rice or beans, dry ramen noodles, dry milk, oats, dry soups, crackers, nuts, seeds and whole grains. There are many places to obtain food for long term storage. I also think that you can obtain many of these items from your local grocery store. Most prepackaged food items will last longer than the expiration date, which is a “best if used by” date.
Water storage and filtration will also be needed. You can purchase pre-bottled water or bottle it yourself. There are also many different types of water filters available. Some are better than others and more expensive also.
Fuel for cooking will be invaluable. There are many types of fuels available. Purchasing a small propane camping stove is a good idea. Sterno is another option. Sterno is a small can of semi-solid liquid that burns slowly and can be placed under pots and pans. You will need something to place the pan on top of also to make room for the sterno underneath. Fuel for warmth is another consideration. Fireplaces and wood burning stoves are a great option. If that is not available, there are propane heaters as well as kerosene heaters available. It is also a good idea to have plenty of extra blankets laying around. Sleeping bags are also a great idea.
First aid supplies are also essential: bandages, band aides, anti-biotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, instant ice packs and hot packs, aspirin or ibuprofen, cotton balls and/or swabs, thermometer. Prescription medications and other meds you might need.
Lighting is also important. Emergency candles are inexpensive and readily available. Hand crank flash lights and lanterns, battery operated lights, solar lights. Batteries for lights and radios.
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Emergency radios are now available which do not use batteries. I have searched the internet and found hand crank radios for under $25 US.
–Cash – It is important to keep some cash on hand. If electricity is out for a while you may not be able to access ATMs or banks.
–Duct Tape – You never know what situation might arise. Duct tape is very useful and can be used for hundreds of different uses.
-Pocket knife – This is also an essential item to carry with you. Just ask any boy scout!
There are plenty of other items which may be necessary during emergency situations. This is just a short list of what I believe to be the most important items for myself. Everyone has different needs and not everyone has money to spend. By preparing ahead of time you can stock away items gradually and not feel overwhelmed to do it all at once.
May God Bless us and keep us from the tribulation period! 🙂
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To add to your advice i would recommend that every christian get involved in farming. Try and buy or lease a plot of land (if your can afford it) where you can grow your own food. Remember, the mark-of-the-breast crisis we read about in our bible study on Revelation will be about an economic boycott where no one will be able to buy or sell unless he/she receives a certain mark.
When you are producing your own food you will be able to survive during the crisis. However, things will get worst where even the very food we grow will be in jeopardy. It is for this purpose that spiritual preparation is vital. As the end of the world approaches, at some point we will have to depend solely on the Lord to provide for us, He promised that our bread and water will be sure.
Personally, I believe the rapture will be post tribulation, that’s the reason why I am advising Christians (including the pre-trib advocates) to be prepared always for any eventuality.
I agree, farming is a great idea. I also believe that owning and knowing how to use fire arms is important. Not only for self defense, but, also for hunting. God Bless. 🙂
I really like your blog. I don’t know if you are aware but in the UK, it is like going towards the end of times. the UK government is turning on its own people. Taking from the poor, disabled and the sick, children, and giving money to the rich. People are really frightened. Its just unbelievable what is happening.
If Jesus Himself did not mention a pretrib rapture but specifically spoke of believers being taken up after tribulation ( Matt 24:29-31), and Paul said after the world leader appears and worldwide apostasy ( departing from the true Faith) 2 Thess 2:1-4, and the Last Trump is mentioned when we are taken, in 1 Corin 15:51-52 (Rev 11:15-18)
then we should prepare for the long haul, ie a tribulation period, to be as selfsufficient as possible and trust Jesus to take care of the rest. We cannot allow ourselves to be deceived by the world or deceived Christians.
During the time the mark has been handed out you won’t be allowed to buy land for one
next you wont be allowed to live without it (rev 13:15)
When the time of tribulation (dan 70th week) if you had food in a field how would you stop the people during a world wide famine thats coming from taking your food…
You either have food and water or you dont… you all should have both even now.
Ann Louise said: If Jesus Himself did not mention a pretrib rapture but specifically spoke of believers being taken up after tribulation ( Matt 24:29-31)
truth be told replys:
The word tribulation only means troubles sorrows pain etc and does NOT mean a timed period….. these verses are saying that after the troubles of that day (preceeding verses) then the sky shall darken etc.. we can see clearly in Rev 6:12 that the 6th seal is this time
we see in verse 14 that the sky opens and This is when everyone see jesus coming on the clouds… the rapture happens at same time the 144,000 are sealed… then after 1/2 hour of silence God pours out his wrath on the unbelieving world….
This is the 1st reference to a great multitude in heaven at 7:9…
remember tribulation in the NT only refers to pain sorrow etc and does not mean end of a 7 year period of revelations end days… according to the greek
rapture happens after mid trib
You are correct in tribulation meaning times of trouble, however, there shall be a “Great Tribulation” period, which is much different. (The time of Jacobs trouble, The great day of the Lord, etc).
Once again you have given me more ideas for posts! Thank you!
Thank you for managing this website and all its contents. I look at it everyday to stay informed. I have been praying without ceasing and talking with my husband and children about these times and to not stop living their lives because of what is eventually to come, but to continue living for Jesus Christ and sharing the good news with others so they might be saved too. God bless you Mr. King.
Thank you for your comments Valerie! I appreciate your kind words. As Christians, we must be aware of what is going on in the world around us. Jesus tells us to keep watch and be ready. Yet I believe that so many Christians are not doing that, very sad.
You are so right Valerie, we must keep on living as if the rapture won’t happen in the immediate future. We must live for Christ everyday, and share the “Good News”!
God bless sister!
No scriptural references?
Thanks for your question Ramsey.
Which references are you looking for? I have given you examples from the bible, you are free to look them up for yourself my friend.
Now, in 2016, things have gotten so much worse! I wish I could get others on board with me about this, but they all think I’m crazy and refuse to even entertain the idea that this could be actually happening in our lifetime. I am fervently working on getting right with God, repenting of all my sins, and preparing for Jesus’ return. I just wish I had someone working with me on this. It’s hard to be doing this alone.
Thanks for your comment godoggydogwalking!
I just spoke with another believer yesterday and he doesn’t believe it either. He thinks that I am overboard on believing that we are in the end times, and even believing in the rapture of the church!
I am pretty much in the same boat you are, living with other family members who are saved, and not many friends who believe the way that I do, at least not living close by. But remember, with Jesus Christ as your Savior you are never alone! He is always with you and will help you along the way if you seek Him first and follow His lead.
I believe we will go through some difficult times. In fact when you read Matthew 24 I don’t see how anyone can believe we will be raptured and not go through some very difficult times. I am also finding that everyone that I talk to about preparing for the end times think I am absolutely crazy! I believed for a long time that Christians would not go through any of the tribulation, but God has opened my eyes. With that being said, I don’t believe it could hurt to prepare even if I am wrong. Whatever I manage to stockpile may be used by whomever is left if I am caught up with The Lord before any disasters begin.
Thanks for your comments Lisa!
I am a Pre-Tribulation believer, I do believe that we will be raptured before the Tribulation period begins. With that being said, we will go through tribulation in this world, we will encounter difficult times. And the closer we get to the Tribulation period, the darker things will become, just as they are now.
And even so, we must prepare ourselves for these difficult times, times which are upon us and only getting worse! It is written in scripture.
I agree, we must prepare, and whatever is left over when we are raptured can be used by those left behind, including letters informing them of what is coming and how to be saved. Amen.
Awesome thanks bro King Maranatha Amen Sanya
Can i point out …..just before the flood Noah was rescued…….just before the fire Lot was rescued……. so just before the antichrist is revealed ushering in the countdown of the seven yr. great tfibulation we the church are raptured. JESUS HIMSELF said so as it was with noah and Lot so shall it be when He returns to rescue us just before impending disaster. So donot fear by focus on doomsday preping cos our GOD will look after us.Bless yas Sanya
You are very welcome Sanya!
Thank you for all the information on how to be prepared for any situation that might arise
You are most welcome Mary Lou!