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.
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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