Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Is Preparedness Biblical?
Some "Christians" debate whether or not preparedness is Biblical. They are not interested in preparing, it would interfere with their theology of prosperity and treating God like some good luck charm. Their heads are buried in the sand and they justify their position by saying, "Well, I'm just going to trust God to take care of me."
Or they are like those three legendary monkeys: "See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil". Too many Christians see any information that does not "feel good", "promise prosperity or blessing" as evil. How ridiculous!
Have they forgotten Noah? Even Jesus points back to Noah when he's speaking about the end times: "As it was in the days of Noah..." I don't really think that He was simply referring to the wickedness of the times, if that was the case he could have said "as it was in the days before the flood". Instead He mentions Noah specifically. Why? Because "Noah prepared to the saving of his household".
Here are some scriptures that I believe speak directly to the question of whether we should prepare:
Exo 16:5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare (make) preparation, prepare (self), provide, make provision, (be, make) ready) that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. This is very important; They are commanded to prepare on the sixth day. Remember the Word says that "a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day". We are living at the end of the 6000 years and the beginning of the next thousand years of peace. While we're not going to have to worry about anything once the Millennium starts, that transitional period between the 6th day and the start of the 7th day will be a very dark period, and we'd better be prepared.
Jos 1:11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare (make) preparation, prepare (self), provide, make provision, (be, make) ready) you victuals (meat, provision, venison, victuals); for within three days (day, (full) year) ye shall pass (deliver, escape) over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.
Pro 30:25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
Isa 21:5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield. Prepare food, keep alert watching for what's coming. Then eat and drink to keep up your strength. Then get up, stand up and anoint with the oil of the Holy Spirit the shield of faith. First comes physical preparation and then come spiritual readiness. They go together.
We are told to watch. Why would one watch for danger? For the purpose of being prepared.:
Mar 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
Mar 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Luk 12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
Act 20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
1Th 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
Rev 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Luk 12:46-47 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. The servant KNEW his Master's will, but decided NOT to prepare anyway, but did what he wanted. What did he get? Punishment. That is what will happen to those Christians who blithely go about their feel-good, rapture-gonna-happen-before-anything-bad-does, gonna-be-rich lives.
Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Noah was NOT moved by physical fear, but by fear of the Lord. Fear of the Lord causes us to be obedient. God told Noah to build an ark and prepare and Noah obeyed.
Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. This is Israel that flees to a place God has prepared for her.
If you are just realizing that you need to get prepared, and realize that the window of opportunity to prepare may be closing, you can get prepared in one fell-swoop. I'm going to share some links to information that will help you get prepared if you don't have the time to run around shopping and organizing and hoping you don't forget something.
The fastest way to get as prepared as possible, check out: Ultimate Family Preparedness
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Perhaps you've been preparing, but most of your food is in metal cans or glass canning jars. What are you going to do if the Holy Spirit leads you to bugout before the destruction of your home or city? Remember Lot was led out just ahead of the destruction of his city. Having a supply of lightweight nutritious meals in a couple of go bags or bugout bags might be a very wise idea.
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