Tuesday, August 21, 2007

America Babylon - continued

Jer 51:7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.

What other nation, besides America, has so influenced the world with her affluent lifestyle, decadence, and drunkeness?

Jer 51:8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

Again, ancient Babylon fell in leadership to Alexander the Great, but it wasn't physically destroyed. Instead it was gradually abandoned which then resulted in it physically falling into disrepair and desolation. But this verse describes something "sudden" and "painful".

Jer 51:9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.

Will those who have immigrated to the US (America Babylon) decide to return to their own lands after the fall? "Judgment reaches to the heaven...lifted up to the skies" could that be describing a mushroom cloud or clouds?

Jer 51:13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.

If you will look at a map of ancient Babylon there was only a short strip of land at the southeast tip of the empire that actually made contact with water. The US on the other hand "dwells on many waters": the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Mexico.

"Abundant in treasures" certainly describes the vast wealth that has come out of the US, not only natural resources like minerals, oil, natural gas, gold, silver, woods, but incredible paper wealth has been generated in the US. "The measure of thy covetousness" the US has set the standard for covetousness in the world. Is there any other nation in the world for which the term "conspicuous consumption" could apply?

Monday, August 20, 2007

America Babylon - Continued

Jer 50:46 At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.

Since ancient Babylon more or less died with a wimper and over a period of time, I believe that this verse describes the fall of the US. "At the noise...the earth is moved" could be describing something absolutely catycalismic. And "the cry is heard among the nations" only in modern times could the cry of a nation's destruction be heard around the world.

Jer 51:6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense.

Again, "Flee out of the midst of Babylon," is this a reference to "spiritual Babylon" as some teach, meaning to get out of the organized, 501C3, government-recognized religions and denominations? Again, "time of the LORD's vengeance" is a term associated with end times.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

America Babylon, continued

Jer 50:32 And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.

Remember when ancient Babylon was finally defeated by Alexander the Great, the city itself was not destroyed, it just fell into ruin. How would a "fire" be kindled in the cities of the US? By rioting? By nuclear attack...it does say "cities"?

Jer 50:37 A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.

America is a land of "mingled people"

Jer 50:38 A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.

Parts of the US have been in the midst of terrible drought in the past few years. It is possible that this verse also has a spiritual meaning in that there is a drought for good foundational teaching in many of the churches.

"Mad upon their idols"...if that doesn't describe how caught up the American people are with their celebrities. There are cable channels that are devoted 24/7 to telling us about our idols; the movie stars, the television divas, the rock stars, the sports heroes...our American idols. We are a land of idols and we love them.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

America Babylon - Part 6

Jer 50:25 The LORD hath opened his armory, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans. "indignation" is another term often associated with end-time events. So whether America Babylon will be destroyed before the Wrath of God or will be spared that final destruction until the Wrath is poured out.

Jer 50:26 Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses: cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of her be left. What would be considered the "utmost border" of the US? My first thought was Alaska and the fact that Russia could so easily cross the Bering Sea into Alaska. Just an idea.

Jer 50:27 Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter: woe unto them! for their day is come, the time of their visitation. end-time phrase...could this "woe" be one of the "woes" mentioned in Revelations?

Friday, August 10, 2007

America Babylon - Part 5

Jer 50:20 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve. Again reference to future end-time events.

Jer 50:21 Go up against the land of Merathaim, even against it, and against the inhabitants of Pekod: waste and utterly destroy after them, saith the LORD, and do according to all that I have commanded thee.

According to the Bible Encyclopedia:
Meaning: double rebellion
probably a symbolical name given to Babylon (
Jer. 50:21), denoting rebellion exceeding that of other nations

According to Eastons Bible:
- probably a place in Babylonia (Jer. 50:21; Ezek. 23:23). It is the opinion, however, of some that this word signifies "visitation," "punishment," and allegorically "designates Babylon as the city which was to be destroyed."

"...utterly destory them" is a command which for ancient Babylon took place over an extended period of time. It is therefore conceivable that for future "Babylon" her destruction could occur in a single act or a single series of events that occur simultaneously.

Jer 50:22 A sound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction. While the army/government of ancient Babylon was defeated in battle by Alexander the Great, there was no "great destruction". In fact the armies of Alexander were specifically forbidden to enter the homes of the residents of Babylon. So once again this is a prophecy with a future fulfillment.

Jer 50:23 How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! What other nation has been a "hammer of the whole earth" imposing her will with "hammer-fisted" force and authority? The mighty United States of America, of course. But this indicates that that "hammer" will eventuallyl be destroyed.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

America Babylon - Part 4

Jer 50:15 Shout against her round about: she hath given her hand: her foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down: for it is the vengeance of the LORD: take vengeance upon her; as she hath done, do unto her.

Again, "vengence of the Lord" is a recognized "end-times" phrase. "As she hath done, do unto her" could be an indication that just as we have arbitrarily entered other countries to impose our will on them that the US will be invaded. Possible? Afterall how many countries have we entered in the past 50 years?

Here's a short list of just a few that I can remember: Cuba, Korea, Vietnam, Serbia/Croatia, Granada, Afganastan, Iraq...and I'm sure there are more. How many of those actually asked the US to step onto their soil (and I don't see much difference between the US and the UN, because in most cases the US military has lead)

Jer 50:16 Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land.

Is it possible that "time of harvest" indicates the actual timing of the destruction of America Babylon as being the fall of the year? Even "sower" which usually indicates spring sowing, could also apply to the fall as there are some crops that are sown in the fall.

Also "flee every one to his own land..." could this indicate that as America Babylon is invaded (the oppressing sword) that many of the immigrants will flee back to their own countries?

According to Wikipedia ancient Babylon was never "destroyed" in one incident. Instead, after being conquered by Alexander the Great, and upon his death being divided between his three generals, the people eventually began leaving Babylon, until eventually the city was empty and desolate and fell in ruin.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

American Babylon, Part 3

Jer 50:8 Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks.

There is some that believe that the "Babylon" of the end times is two different entities. One is physical Babylon which they believe is the USA. The second is spiritual Babylon which is the organized religions and denominations which have descended from the Roman Catholic church. Therefore "remove out of the midst of Babylon" here is referring to getting out of the spiritual Babylon.

Jer 50:9 For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country (depending on your location in the US, going straight north over the pole one will come to either Russia or China): and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows (missles) shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain.

At one point it seems I saw a map of how Russia had her missles aimed at points in the US and the trajectory of those missles was over the North Pole.

Jer 50:13 Because of the wrath of the LORD (again a phrase associated with end times) it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues.

While ancient Babylon was totally devastated and has not been inhabited since, the plagues may reference the US and future biological and post-devastation outbreaks of disease.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

America Babylon, Part 2

From Jeremiah

Jer 50:4 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.

"those days" "that time" often are phrases associated with end-of-the-world or end-times occurences. When found here it signifies the duality of the prophecy about Babylon; near (old Babylon) and far (future "Babylon").

Jer 50:6 My people (christians) hath been lost sheep: their shepherds (pastors) have caused them to go astray (false teaching), they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place (Jesus).

Nowhere is this more evident than in the America today. We are a "christian" nation who have forgotten Jesus and instead are seeking the dollar and prosperity. It is even more evident in that we now have all manner of sinful lifestyle being represented in the pulpit by the very pastors that are supposed to lead the sheep.

They're leading the sheep, all right! Leading them straight to hell! Judgment is coming on America, otherwise God is going to have to beg forgiveness of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Monday, August 6, 2007

America Babylon

Is it possible that even though the United States of America doesn't appear identifiably spelled out as the "USA" or "America" that she is nonetheless in the Bible? Could God have failed to mention what has become the most powerful nation on earth, especially in regards to end-times prophecy? Not likely. But it may be necessary to look for dual prophecy.

Since Babylon was totally destroyed in ancient times, yet there are references to Babylon in regards to end-times prophecy, maybe we need to see if there are some similarities or differences to point to Babylon.

One of the most powerful passages and prophecies about Babylon, both ancient and future, is located in Jeremiah. Let's look and see if we can find the America Babylon in the Bible.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Getting Prepared to be Nuked

Although it's Saturday, and I don't ususally blog on the weekends, I wanted to give you a link. This site offers great advice on getting prepare to be nuked. This is practical advice on preparation, when and when not to bugout, water, food, shelter, etc.

Personally I believe that the US is on the brink of some widespread devastation and that could take the form of nuclear explosions on US soil. If you think that is possible, then you need to read the information below and do what you can to get ready.


Friday, August 3, 2007

A Coincidence or a Consequence

Last night I read a report that said that Condaleeza Rice on behalf of the US is once again supporting the enemies of Israel and encouraging Israel to exchange (give up) land to those whose whole purpose is to wipe the nation of Israel off the map.

This latest move by the US happened one day before the tragic collapse of a bridge in Minneapolis. I was reminded of the number of tragic events that have followed the US's previous attempts to broker peace in the Middle East by forcing Israel to give away land or make concessions that would have been detrimental to her national security.

Was the bridge incident another example of that? There have been some amazing links between tragic events like tornadoes, hurricanes, terrorist bombings, etc happening within hours of the US-led peace initiative for Israel. Every time the US has encouraged (or forced) Israel to make concessions something terrible has happened in the US.

Remember, one or two or even three times might be a coincidence. More than that and it might lead one to think "consequence". You decide. Is it coincidence or consequence?

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Minneapolis Bridge Collapses - Terrorists?

The main bridge on I-35W that crosses the Mississippi River and connects Minneapolis and St. Paul collapsed during last evening. At this point there are seven confirmed dead.

What I find somewhat interesting is that this happened one day after the interview I mentioned yesterday, where some kind of terrorist attack was being planned within the next ninety days. This rumored attack would have something to do with transportation.

The question came up in my home last night as we were watching the news coverage of the bridge collapse if it could have possibly been a terrorist attack...maybe a run through. Interesting thought? I mean who would think of Minneapolis as a target for a terrorist hit?

Side Note: I went to North Central Bible College in downtown Minneapolis (oh, wow! 30 years ago!!) (and no, I don't feel that old!) about a mile or so (if that) from where that bridge collapsed.

There's nothing on the news today to even hint at the possibility of a terrorist attack on the bridge, but I do wonder. I mean, what would cause a structurally sound bridge to collapse in multiple points.

My next wonder is: will the American people even been told if it is determined that it was indeed a terrorist attack? Or will the fear of causing a panic (what a great excuse!) make the powers that be keep quiet?

I guess there's nothing to do right now but keep our ears to the ground to listen for even a hint of "terrorism" attached to the bridge collapse.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

90 Days "at most"? Really??

U.S. Terror Attack — 'Ninety Days at Most'

This was the title of a report on FoxNews. I thought it rather interesting. According to the terrorism expert that was interviewed, he felt that a widespread terrorist attack on the US was "imminent" and "just around the corner".

He went on to say that it could happen "tomorrow" or "a few months" and "90 days at the most".

There are some valid points raised in this interview/report of the threat level, and the bottom-line response for all Americans should be to 1) be alert, 2) not be predictable, and 3) GET PREPARED!

To read the entire interview for yourself click on the link below.


Monday, July 30, 2007

Review of FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer

Just wanted to give my review of the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer.

I bought it brand new two months ago. Used it to seal up about 10 seal bags when it quit working. First it stopped removing the air and then the heating strip failed to close the bag.

So a couple of days ago I called the company and told them what was going on. The CSR (customer service rep) had me plug in the unit and try it. This time it didn't even come on.

So she had me remove the rubber gasket and turn it over and replace it. I did. Nothing. Then she had me take a couple of pens and push in on the buttons that are held down when the lid is closed and pressed on. Again, nothing. Then suddenly it came on! Wow! Yipee!

The CSR had me create a bag and then attempt to vacuum seal it. Created the bag, put something in and sealed it. It worked perfectly! Yeah! Yipee! Not so fast...

She hung up. I got to work sealing some food I'd dehydrated. On the sixth bag it failed to suck the air out. I tried repeatedly to get it to work. Nothing. I finally gave up.

So now I've got to call the FoodSaver company again and see what they will do. I don't think I'm going to settle for the "phone fix" this time.

The whole thing is, I read some reviews before buying the FS unit and most of them were quite negative. Evidently FS has a real problem with the reliability of their machines.

And before you ask, yes, I'm using the real FS bags. So buyer beware when you go to purchase a vacuum sealer.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Psalms 91, Part 5

Psa 91:14 Because (truly, surely) he hath set his love (delight in) upon me, therefore will I deliver (slip out, escape, carry away safe) him: I will set him on high (lofty) , because he hath known (familiar friend, discern, endued with) my name (authority, character).

This is the Father saying, because he (you or I) take delight in Him, then He will carry us to safety or help us escape to a high (out of the way of danger) place because we have discerned (understood and acted upon) His name and authority.

Psa 91:15 He shall call upon (address by name, pronounce, proclaim) me, and I will answer (pay attention, respond, shout) him: I will be with (before, beside) him in trouble (tribulation, affliction, distress) ; I will deliver (pull off, equip for fight, strengthen, loose, prepare) him, and honor (numerous, rich, honorable) him.

Again, He promises to pay attention/shout (implies a "jump to it" kind of response) when we address Him by name. He will be beside and before us in tribulation (the Tribulation?); He will equip and prepare us to fight and will enrich and honor us.

Psa 91:16 With long life (forever, sunrise to sunset) will I satisfy (have plenty of, satisfy, sate) him, and show (appear, joyfully look, visions) him my salvation (deliverance, victory, prosperity) .

We will have a long satisfying life, and He promises to show us deliverance, victory and prosperity.

Hey, folks! We WIN!!!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Psalms 91, Part 4

Psa 91:11 For he shall give his angels (dispatch a deputy, messenger, ambassador) charge (enjoin, command, set in order) over thee, to keep (guard, protect, attend to) thee in all thy ways. (course of life, journey, manner)

What a wonderful promise of protection! The angels are dispatched or sent to guard, protect and attend to us the entire course of life. That tells me that this promise is for right now.

Psa 91:12 They shall bear thee up (lift, raise, help) in their hands (palm of hand, hollow), lest thou dash (plague, gore, defeat, stub, hurt) thy foot (step, be able to endure, possession) against a stone.

These angels will help and hold us in the palm or hollow, which implies protection so that we can endure any plague or hurt.

Psa 91:13 Thou shalt tread (go over, tread down) upon the lion (roar) and adder (twist) : the young lion (walled village) and the dragon (serpent, monster, jackal) shalt thou trample under feet (tread upon or down)

We will (and do now) go over the roaring lion, no matter how strong and invincible the enemy (walled village) (satan is described as the "dragon" and "serpent") may appear, we can and shall walk all over and tread the enemy under our feet!

We do not have to fear the enemy.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Psalms 91 - Part 3

Psa 91:7 A thousand shall fall (die, fail, perish, rot) at thy side, and ten thousand (abundance, myriad, millions) at thy right hand (south?) ; but it shall not come nigh thee (bring near, attack, approach, overtake).

I don't usually remember my dreams, but I do remember one I had years ago. I was living in a city and some major disaster (manmade) had occurred. I was walking down the streets looking for someone and people were literally lying in the streets, sidewalks and yards dead or dying. Yet I was totally unaffected by whatever it was that was bringing them down. When I woke up I remembered this verse.

Psa 91:8 Only (merely, although) with thine eyes shalt thou behold (consider, look down) and see the reward (retribution) of the wicked (condemned, ungodly) .

We will see the downfall of the wicked. In the times ahead, we will see the wicked literally taken down.

Psa 91:9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge (shelter), even the most High, thy habitation (abode, temple, retreat);

We will only see this and not experience it ourselves if we under the shelter of the Lord.

Psa 91:10 There shall no evil (bad, sorrow, adversity, great grief) befall thee, neither shall any plague (blow, infliction, stripe, stroke wound) come nigh (approach, bring near) thy dwelling (covering, home, tabernacle, tent).

I don't know how no "great grief" will befall, because if tens of thousands are dying around me, I know that I'm going to experience sorrow. But perhaps this is a promise that the Lord will supernaturally protect us from being debilitated by grief?

Since the Word says that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and that we are to "tabernacle" or rest in the Lord, I don't know if this is saying that our physical home or dwelling will be protected or that only our physical body will be safe from the surrounding plague that is afflicting others?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Psalms 91, Part 2

Psa 91:4 He shall cover (screen, fence in, hedge in, defend) thee with his feathers, (wing) and under (below) his wings (army, quarter of the earth, pinnacle) shalt thou trust: (flee for protection, confide in) his truth shall be thy shield (hook, prickliness) and buckler (something surrounding the person).

The Lord promises to be our defense, to surround us in protection under his wings/army...could that mean that an army of angels will be deployed on our behalf?

"Pinnacle" usually indicates a high point, could that indicate the idea of fleeing to the mountains? His truth will surround...which means the only way to do that is if a person has already learned the Truth (the Word).

Psa 91:5 Thou shalt not be afraid (fear, dread) for the terror (sudden alarm, great fear) by night (twist, adversity) ; nor for the arrow (piercer, thunder bolt, wound) that flieth (swooning, faith, flee away, cover) by day (daily) ;

It's interesting that we are told not to fear "terror", when "terrorism" has become such a common household word now.

I once heard someone liken the "arrow" to the missles ... reading in this verse the implication of nuclear exchange, with the instruction that we are not to be afraid of that.

Psa 91:6 Nor for the pestilence (plague) that walketh (haunts, march, leads, travels, whirl) in darkness (dusk, obscurity) ; nor for the destruction (cut off, ruin, destroying) that wasteth (devastate, swell up) at noonday (light, window) .

We are also told that we don't have to fear the plague or supergerms, which I like to biological warfare and the threat of various germ agents that will be let loose on the public.

"Destruction" "swell up" "light" could those all be describing a mushroom cloud? Whatever form it takes, there's a destruction coming that we are told we do not have to fear. That if we will run to God, he will protect us.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Psalms 91 for the Future

There's a promise in Psalms 91 that I believe applies to the coming tribulation of the Saints. The works in (red) are taken from the Hebrew, further clarifying the meaning of the word just before.

Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth (sits down) in the secret place (disguise) of the most High shall abide (stay all night) under the shadow (defense) of the Almighty.

For the one who will sit down (implies relaxing) in the disguise provided by the Lord, he can stay all night (remember the verse that says something about the "night being long in which no man can work") and will be defended by the Almighty

Psa 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge (shelter, hope) and my fortress: (stronghold) my God; in him will I trust. (confident, secure, safe)

We can rest in the Lord because He will be our shelter and stronghold or fort, and we can be absolutely confident of that

Psa 91:3 Surely he shall deliver (preserve) thee from the snare of the fowler (entangled, elsewhere by implication = demons), and from the noisome (calamity,wickedness,rushing upon) pestilence (destroying plague).

I think we are seeing more and more evidence of demonic attack on people. Here we are promised that the Lord will deliver and preserve us from the entanglement of demons and from the rapidly approaching plague. Whether the plague is a plague of evil spirits or a plague of filth or an actualy physical plague that brings physical death, we are promised that the Lord will preserve us from it.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Dehydrating Cheese

I discovered a way to dehydrate cheese. It's actually quite simple and much cheaper than buying the commercially-prepared long-term storage cheese powder. Of course there's some time involved, so all things may indeed be relative.

Take a paper towel and lay it on a drying tray. Because I have round drying trays with the hole in the middle, I first folded the paper towel in half and then in half again, and round cut the inside corner. That way when I opened the paper towel I have a perfect circle in the center than fit over the hole in the middle of my dehydrating trays.

Spread shredded cheddar cheese (sharp is best) onto the papertowel. A thin layer is best. Then dehydrate at about 135 degrees. Very quickly the paper towels will become saturated with grease. When that happens put down new paper towels and transfer the shredded cheese to the new towels.

I had to replace the paper towels twice. The last time the cheese had hardened enough that I was able to remove them from the paper towels and spread them on the plastic-canvas (see below) covered trays to finish processing.

Once the cheese is completely hard, remove and allow to cool. Then grind to a fine powder in your food processor. The powder can then be vacuum-packed in jars or bags for long-term storage.

I'm going to use my powder to add to several dehydrated soup and entree recipes, such as the chicken/rice/broccoli casserole.

The powder can also be used now to sprinkle on popcorn. Yum!

Plastic canvas as a insert to dehydrating trays. I got tired of small bits and pieces of drying food falling through the slots in the trays. So I went to the craft store and bought some plastic canvas. I then cut and plastic canvas to fit the inside of each tray. It works great for keeping small bits of drying food from slipping through the spaces. It can also go into the dishwasher (just don't use the heat drying function) along with the drying trays.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

When Will the Day of the Lord Occur?

While the Bible says that no man knows the day or the hour of the Lord's return, we are also warned to be watchful that the day doesn't catch us unaware. We can know the season, and the Bible actually give some very specific markers for knowing when the Day of the Lord will occur.

After the Tribulation

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Jesus saying that AFTER the tribulation the sun will be darkened which describes the WRATH

It Comes As a Thief to them (the wicked)

1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

But It is Not a Secret to the "Brethren"

1Th 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
1Th 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Here Paul is identifying exactly who he is writing to and who he is warning not to be caught unaware
1Th 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1Th 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
1Th 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. To "put on" something suggests "getting ready" or "preparing"
1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

At the Trumpet

Joe 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; "Blow the trumpet?" As in the 7th trumpet?
Joe 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
Joe 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Is this the description of the "Rapture"? I believe so, since Jesus is described as the Bridegroom and the Church as the Bride
Zep 1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. "Rapture?"

Coincide with a "Battle?"

Zec 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. "Spoil" is something that is taken by the victor in a battle
Zec 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. This is evidently describing a time in the future when Jerusalem will be overrun
Zec 14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. This perfectly agrees with scriptures describing the "nations" that go to battle at Armegeddon

The Second Coming Fulfilled

Zec 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. Is this the same battle spoken of in Revelations? This is also the point upon which Jesus Christ sets foot upon the earth again.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Who is The Day of the Lord for?

Pro 11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

Oba 1:15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

Zep 1:8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD's sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel (this is not a dislike of fashion! Instead we are to be "clothed with righteousness" and to "put on the armor of God").

1Th 5:3 For when they (the unsaved) shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, The Day of the Lord/the Wrath of God is Not for the "Brethren" (which is how Paul addresses the readers of this letter).

This is a good indication that Believers will not suffer the Wrath of God, which is why many believe that the Word shows a different timing for the rapture of the church than that which is popularly taught. Instead of a pre-tribulation catching away, leaving before the appearance of the anti-christ and the great tribultion, they believe the Word shows that Christians will go thru tribulation and will suffer Satan's wrath (look it up!). However, when God decides that enough is enough and begins to pour out His wrath that that will be the time of the gathering of the saints.

2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

The "wrath" of the "day of the Lord" is clearly for the unjust people of the world...those who have turned their back on Jesus and rejected Him.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Day is Compared to Winepress

Isa 63:3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.

Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

No one can read any of those verses above and not get a picture of how angry God gets. He's finally had it. He's fed up. The Holy loving eternally patient God finally reaches the point where He's not going to take it any more!

Picture all the defiant, rebellious, blasphemous humans who have shaken their fist in the face of God being tossed like grapes into a big wooden vat and then crushed so that their blood flows out like wine. Sounds horrible?

It is horrible. But, look at it this way for just a moment: sin requires blood. From the time Adam and Eve sinned ("thanks for nothing Grandpa!") and God killed animals to cloth them (cover them) to the moment Jesus died on the cross, blood has been sacrificed to cover sin.

However, for those that refuse to acknowledge the blood covering for their sin, and instead rebel and spit in God's face, they will have to shed their own blood and it will not be enough to cover their sin! When Jesus died and shed His blood, God said "it is finished" no more blood would be shed, no more blood could be shed that would be enough to cover sin. The ultimate Holy blood had been shed.

So when the Day of the Lord arrives, it's going to be a time of rejoicing and victory for saints and believers, but for the rest of the world it's going to be a crushing and bloody time of facing God's wrath.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Day of the Lord - What Happens

Here are a couple of other phrases used to describe the Day of the Lord. Fire and heat are also elements associated with the Day of the Lord's Wrath.

Day of Fire/Heat
Psa 21:9 Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them. Although this doesn't specifically say "Day of the Lord" it does mention "time of thine anger" and "Lord...wrath" both phrases directly associated with describing the "Day of the Lord"

Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. Those (especially Christians) who are focusing their attention on things and wealth are going to have a rude awakening. The fire of God's judgment is going to level the playing field making everyone equal and subject to the same judgment.

Isa 34:9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. Kind of sounds like a Supervolcano

Joe 2:30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. Nuclear mushroom clouds or supervolcano???

2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. "fervent heat", "pillars of smoke"...could all of this be describing a world-wide nuclear exchange at the end?

Joe 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What's the Day Look Like?

Day of Darkness/Clouds

Joe 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

Joe 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: Sounds like Jesus description

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: (Jesus saying that AFTER the tribulation the sun will be darkened which describes the WRATH)

Mar 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

Joe 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. Doesn't Rev speak of the moon into blood? Yes...see below.

Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Eze 30:3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

Amo 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. "Woe"? One of the 3 woes referred to in Rev 8:13?

Amo 5:20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

Zep 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

Monday, July 16, 2007

Day of the Lord In Other Words

Below are some other words and descriptions of the Day of the Lord

Day of the Trumpet
Zep 1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. Could this be talking about "the last trump"?

Day of Visitation
Mic 7:4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

Day of Calamity
Jer 18:17 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

Day of Vengence
Pro 6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

Isa 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

Isa 34:8 For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.

Isa 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

Jer 46:10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.

Day of Slaughter
Isa 30:25 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

Jer 12:3 But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

Day of Evil
Jer 17:17 Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil.

Amo 6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Indignation of God
Psa 69:24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them. "Pour out" as in 7 vials?

"Day of the Trumpet" would again indicate that the Day of the Lord begins at the sounding of a trumpet, while "Pour out" indicates that the the Day of the Lord also encompasses the entire 7 vial judgments. The seven vials are "filled up" with the wrath of God.

Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth forever and ever.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Day of Wrath/Anger

Isa 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Lam 2:21 The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied.

Lam 2:22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the LORD's anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.

Job 20:28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.

Psa 110:5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.

Zep 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Job 21:30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.

Psa 21:9 Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.

Pro 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

Zep 2:2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD's anger come upon you.

I get rather perturbed at the ignorance of people who say that "God is a god of love" and would "never do anything to harm or hurt people". He would "never send anyone to hell". Wake up and smell the coffee!!! That's not what the Bible says.

It says that God is patient, but that eventually even His vast patience comes to an end, and because He is also a righteous God and Holy, He gets really ticked off at the sinfulness and rebellion of the world. In other words, He's had it!

It's at that point, that the world will experience what it is to face an angry God. There will be no place to hide and God's fierce anger will consume the earth. You do not want to come face-to-face with an angry God. It will not be a pretty sight!

Saturday, July 14, 2007



Zep 1:14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

Isa 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

Isa 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

Isa 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

Isa 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

Isa 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
Take particulare note of how the Day of the Lord is described:
  1. will cause the mighty to cry bitterly
  2. will bring low the proud and lofty
  3. will come as destruction from the Almighty
  4. will be cruel
  5. will come with wrath and fierce anger
  6. will desolate the land
  7. will destroy sinners
  8. stars will not shine
  9. sun will be darkened
  10. moon will not shine (naturally since the sun is darkened)
  11. world will be punished for evil
  12. wicked punished for iniquity
  13. the terrible (persons) will be humbled

Next we'll see the tie between the "Day of the Lord" and phrases regarding the wrath of the Lord.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Prepare for the Day of the Lord

Part of the reason for this blog is not just to help people prepare for disaster, it's to help Christians prepare to live through the tribulation. Now if you are a believer in the pre-tribulation rapture "theory" then you're going to laugh haughtily and say proudly "but I won't be here!"

No? Are you really sure about that? Have you read it for yourself or are you just accepting what you've been taught? And if you say you've read it for yourself have you read the word like you would read any book, one sentence leading to another to another "and then, after that, etc." or is it a verse here and another verse from somewhere else, with an explanation of why it's a stand-alone verse?

Since I was brought up believing that the "catching away" occured before the tribulation I know the scriptures that are used to support the teaching. Believe me, I much prefer the idea of a heavenly escape route than the thought of persecution, torment, hunger, deprivation and martyrdom.

Imagine my shock when the Holy Spirit led me to search the Word for myself and I found that if I read the Word like I would any other book. One phrase after another leading to the next and taking nothing out of context caused a different picture to emerge as to the timing of the event called the "Rapture of the Church".

Over the next few days I'm going to be giving you scriptures that layout what I discovered in the Word. And lest you think that I'm the only one who believes such a thing, there are a host of Believers around the world that recognize the truth of the Word and do not believe the theory of pre-tribulation rapture.

Although there may be many differing ideas as to when the "gathering of the saints" will occur, most agree that it will take place before the Wrath of God is poured out on what the Bible describes as the day of the Lord. Which also corresponds biblically with the "last trump".

Stick around. You might learn something that could reveal on what shaky ground you are building you and your family's future. And if you are in the ministry you may learn something that will change what you teach your flock. Just remember if you learn the Truth, you will then be held accountable as to what you do with the Truth.

In fact, I urge everyone of you to do the research for yourself. What does the Word really say? In fact, do what I did to get started: on a sheet of paper make three columns and write at the top of the first column "pre-trib", the second column "mid-trib" and the third column "post-trib or pre-wrath". Then list every verse in the Bible that could possibly support each of the various positions. Do that and then come back tomorrow as we begin our study of "The Day of the Lord".

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Threat Analysis Indicator

I've added a new feature, the "Threat Analysis Indicator" at the top of the right sidebar. This will help you know what our Nation's threat level is currently. It's interesting that as I write this it is only yellow, when just a day or so ago the head of Homeland Security said on public television that he had a "gut feeling" that there would be another terrorist attack in the US before the end of summer.

You would think that if that were really the case that the threat level would be at least orange. Then again they (meaning the powers that be) don't want to scare us. Duh. Go ahead and scare people! Wake them up to the fact that we are living on the knife's edge of destruction, and that the only way to have a chance of survival is to make some preparations now while they still can.

But the government won't go that far. Instead, the task of sounding a warning is given over to folks that are considered to be alarmists and wackos. Which the news, the media and the "wise" make jokes about. Just remember the phrase "he who laughs last"...although in order to have the last laugh a terrible tragedy would have to occur. So I guess I would rather be laughed at and humbly accept it now, and pray that there is never a chance to have the last laugh.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Other Lightweight Foods

There are a lot of foods that while you might purchase them in cans, are easily dehydrated, turning them into light-weight and more easily portable foods. These are items which are also often on sale.

Chili - Watch for the sales on cans of chili con carne. Recently the local Walmart had their brand on sale for 2/$1. Stock up! I open the cans, spread the chili on the solid tray normally used for making fruit leathers. While the chili does take a long time to dry, the result is a high-protein food that is easily packed. Hint: after drying, before packaging, run it thru a food processor just enough to break up the clumps. It'll vacuum-packed more easily.

Fruit - Canned peaches dry up beautifully. Drain off the syrup and rinse in water, then slice each peach portion lengthwise and spread on the drying trays. Once the peaches are about half-way thru dehydrating, turn them over and finish drying (they tend to stick otherwise). They'll end up as fruit leather.

Canned meat - Any type of canned meat can be drained and dehydrated. It can then be eaten as a type of "jerky" or it can be added to dried cooked rice, potato flakes or ramen to make a tasty soup. (Don't forget the vegetables).

Tomorrow I'll tell you how to create your own dried cheese powder.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Lightweight Foods for Bugout Bag

If you think that in an emergency you might have to leave your home and stored foods, then you will want to include some lightweight foods in your bugout bag. While some people prefer to include some of those high-energy, calorie-rich emergency food bars, I prefer to include foods that are much more affordable and will fill me up.

The food bars give you all you daily calories in a portion that approximately the size of a Vienna sausage...like that's gonna fill you up! There are some items that I include and that don't strain the budget.

Ramen - light-weight, easily mixed with other ingredients and cheap. I usually watch the sales when they go for 10 cents a package. Then I'll buy several flats. I can use them now, as is, and I also smash a couple of packages and include it with other dehydrated meats and vegetables and vacuum seal to make a nourishing soup.

Jerky - Commercially-prepared jerky is too expensive. However, I watch for beef roasts, etc to go on sale and then stock up. I then make my own jerky, which I can then vacuum seal.

Tuna - I don't buy those foil packages of tuna. I'll watch for the 2/$1 sales and stock up. I then dehydrate the tuna and vacuum seal. Much easier to pack in a bugout bag, and easily rehydrated with a little water.

Monday, July 9, 2007

One Year's Supply of Food

One Year's Supply of Food
storage for 2 people on $10 a week

Someone sent me a list of how to accumulate a one-year supply of food for two people. This can be accomplished by setting aside $10 per week and buying from a proscribed list, certain items each week.

While that's fine in theory, I think you have to be practical about it at the same time. Print off the list and take it with you to the store. If the item this week is two cans of tuna, but you notice that macaroni and cheese is on sale even though it's not on your list to buy for another two weeks.

What do you buy? Duh! Buy what's on sale, then mark it off the list. By watching the sales you can possibly accumulate more for less money.

Only buy it if it's something that your family eats. If you don't eat it now, you'll have a difficult time eating it during a disaster. For instance, I don't eat a lot of tomato-based foods, therefore I am not including those items in my long-term food storage plans.

Of course, if it was a matter of starvation, I would even eat pecans (which I avoid like the plague, now).

Another word of advice: Always check the expiration dates of items that you buy. I was in Kroger a couple of weeks ago and picked up a muffin mix. I was stunned to see that that package had expired six months ago! Curious, I then proceeded to check several of the other packaged mixes. I discovered that was NOT a one-time thing. Always check the expiration date.

To see the list and learn more, click here.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

More Dehydrating Ideas

The other day I purchased a large package of chicken breasts on sale (the only way to buy!). Previously I had roasted chicken and then dehydrated it, but it came out a little too tough, really only useable by chopping it in the food processor and then adding to a soup mix.

So I decided to try something else. I put all of the chicken breasts in my large slow cooker, dumped in a bunch of spices and cooked it on high for about 8 hours. It was falling off the bone, which made it easy to strip the meat off.

I place the meat on the trays and dehydrated for approximately 4 hours. It was crisp and flavorful, almost melt-in-your-mouth good, and not tough or rubbery at all. It is suitable to add to an entree recipe or to simply snack on as chicken jerky.

It did give me a great idea, tho. Next time, once the meat is cooked in the slow cooker, I'll strip the meat off and marinate it in BBQ sauce before putting it in the dehydrater. That will be so yummy!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Is Survival Preparation Costly?

Is survival preparation costly? It can be. And for those who have the means to buy everything necessary for emergency and disaster survival then do it. Especially if it means that your survival plans can be completed in a very short span of time.

However for those who are trying to prepare while living on a budget, they will need to be a little more creative in their plans. Instead of buying a $50 first aid kit here's what I did:

I found a brand new black diaper bag for $1 at a garage sale. I then spent less than $20 stocking it with basic first aid supplies, many of which I picked up at dollar stores, close-out sales and even a few items at garage sales or thrift stores.

A few items were found around the house: scissors, tweezers, thermometer, bandages, vaseline, lip balm and hand sanitizer. I actually ended up with a kit better stocked that those commerially offered first aid kits.

Next I'll give you a list of exactly what should be in your 72-hour BOB. Don't know what a BOB is...I'll explain tomorrow.

How Not to Be a Refugee

We've all seen those pictures of hundreds and thousands of people jamming some dusty road as they flee a pursuing enemy. We say "how sad" and settle back in our recliner happy that we live in the USA and that something like that could never happen here.

Wait a minute! Are you sure??? Have you seen the images of the thousands of cars crammed headlight to taillight on every road out of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? Guaranteed those folks were not out for a leisurely Sunday drive! Those were refugees. So, yes, it can happen in the US.

What do you think is happening now in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas in the wake of weeks of rain and flooding. There are refugees being created everyday and the Red Cross and FEMA are being stretched pretty thin.

What would happen in this country if there was, in one day, a massive earthquake on the West Coast, another Katrina on the Gulf Coast, a super tornado that swept through 10 states in the midwest, and a coordinated terrorist attack that devastated some of our major cities?

Our government is advising us to make some kind of preparation to survive in case of another disaster. Even purchasing a 72-hour emergency survival kit is better than sitting on your butt and waiting for FEMA to rescue you. I can guarantee that should somekind of nationwide disaster occur those relief agencies would not be a lot of help.

Just look back at what happened in New Orleans in the days immediately following the hurricane. If you don't want to be one of the masses waiting in some filthy congested stadium, then make your plans now before it's too late.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Barter Goods

When the day comes that Christians won't be able to buy or sell, or that the nation suffers massive upheaval, many believe that bartering will once again be vital to survival. To that end those that are preparing are collecting items that might be useful as "trade goods". These are based on what items have been sought after in other countries around the world.

alcohol(medicinal ONLY) knives, hatchets, axes
aluminum foil magnifying glasses
ammunition, mainly 22 and 12g nails and screws
band-aids(all sizes) needle and thread
batteries and/or solar chargers non-electric hand tools
bleach OTC medicines
books, general
books on food prep/storage pigs
books on gardening card or boardgames
books on medicinal plants pocket knives
bows and arrows Bibles
bug repellent peroxide or rubbing alcohol
candles rabbits
candy razors
canned and dried food rubber bands
canning jars, lids, spare rubber safety pins
cattle salt
chickens scissors
cigarettes (sadly) shields
cloth diapers shoes and laces
coffee filters as water filters silicon spray
coffee or tea simple water filters
combs soap
cooking oil socks and underwear
cordage spices, esp. pepper
disposable gloves storage buckets w/lids
drink flavors swords
duct tape tarps
eating & cooking utensils toilet paper
eye glass repair kits toothbrushes
feminine products toothpaste
finger nail clippers tweezers
fish hooks and line utility knives
flint veggie seeds(heirloom)
flipflops cooking pots or bowls
garden tools(hoe, shovel, rake) windup radios
glues(any kind) winter or rain coats
goats work gloves
Gold ziplock baggies
horses matches

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Sooner Than You Think?

I know some people believe that there are another 20 or more years before we see the tribulation and all it's horrible events. I disagree. I believe we are standing on the rim and looking into the center of a volcano. It's been dormant for millenia and many believe that it won't erupt for years, but it's going to explode in our faces with a force that most of us can't even imagine.
Yesterday I promised to give you a recipe: This is one that I've made recently and it is very easy to put together and reconstitutes very well.

3 pkg ramen - chicken flavored (crushed)
1 pkg frozen kernal corn, dehydrated
1 pkg frozen peas, dehydrated
3 chicken breasts from a roasted chicken, dehydrated, chopped in a food processor.
1 T chicken buillion
1 T minced onions
1 t basil or marjoram
1 t black pepper
1 T garlic powder

Mix this all together in a large bowl. Using a 1 cup measure, pour 1 cup into a zippered, heavy-duty freezer bag (pint or quart size). Seal the bag forcing all the air out. These can be kept in the freezer, as is, and cooked by reconstituting with 2 cups of boiling water. The freezer bag can also be used as the cooking pot, by adding the hot water in the bag.

For long-term storage: use vacuum sealer bags instead of freezer bags and vacuum seal. Once vacuum sealed they will last for at least a year, probably longer.

You can also use those oxygen-remover packets in the freezer bags to increase their shelf-life. Just remove the ORPs before adding the hot water.

This makes one good hearty serving of chicken vegetable soup or can even be divided into two servings in a survival situation.


Monday, July 2, 2007

My Preps Last Week

Mostly I spent this week dehydrating food for long-term storage. Usually I'll dehydrate a lot of food, place it in freezer bags. Then once I have a good amount, I get out the vacuum sealer and package it all at once.

I also bought a small food processor at a garage sale ($4). I used that to chop up the dried roast chicken and dried fish. Next I'm going to package the chicken with rice and vegetables, the fish is going into a chowder. Both of these will reconstitute in about five minutes with a cup or two of hot water.

Tomorrow I'll give you my recipe for one of those soups. Have a good day.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Is Preparation Biblical?

Well, I don't know what Bible you're reading, but the best example of disaster preparation was actually ordered by God. What do you think the story of Noah is all about? It was about getting prepared to the "saving of his house".

Most of us don't have God speaking to us in an audible voice, saying "Get ready". For most of us we look at the state of the world (the signs of the times), we read the word where it says "as it was in the days of Noah", and we go with that urging within us.

Some people are saving strictly for the "saving of their house", complete with locks, traps and weapons guaranteed to keep outsiders out. While others are also preparing for those that come their way and are in need of help.

We live in an unstable world. One would have to be blind or in complete denial not to realize that the world is in a state of fluctuation. Nature is going crazy, rain, drought, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis and tornadoes. And if you forget about the devastation that nature can bring, what about the disaster that would follow a wide-spread terrorist attack?

Six years ago the government was telling people NOT to prepare. Since 9/11 the advice has changed to at least have supplies to see you through a 72-hour period. From my point of view that's a little too little, but then again it's better than nothing.

The Time is Now

Even though I was raised to believe in an event most evangelical Christians call the "Rapture", I have since come to believe that the event will not occur as I was taught.

In other words, I don't really believe that the Bible teaches that the "catching away" will occur before the event call the Tribulation. Now, I know this puts me at odds with every member of my family and everyone I know.

However, once I saw what the Word really said, then I couldn't just go backward and accept what I considered a lie. While I can't expect to change anyone's mind, I can try to convey how I came to believe that the Word actually teaches a catching-away that occurs pre-wrath.

I've also come to believe that just as God told Noah to prepare for the saving of his household that I've been told to do what I can to prepare.

It helps to know that I'm not the only person out there who is preparing. While the reasons may vary, everyone who is preparing is doing so because they realize that the world as we know it is changing and the changes are such that eventually our very survival may depend on what we do today.

So stick around and see what I have to say. Later.