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Preachers That Are Saying It Is ‘Anti-Christian’ To Get Prepared Are Being Exceedingly Irresponsible

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Time Globe Abstract - Public DomainIs it “anti-faith” to prepare for the very hard times that are coming?  You would be surprised at how many Christians believe that this is true.  Recently, I have been reading a number of articles by Christian leaders that take the position that Christians should not be preppers, and not too long ago I watched two very well known ministers actually mock the idea of preparing for the future on a major Christian television show.  To me, this is exceedingly irresponsible.  If you don’t want to do anything to get prepared for the very difficult years that are coming that is your business, but don’t urge multitudes of your fellow believers to go down that road with you.

In Matthew 24, Jesus describes what conditions will be like just prior to His return, and He told us that one of the things that we can expect is famine…

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, epidemics, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Jesus promises us that famine is coming, and if we truly are entering the period of time that the Bible refers to as “the last days”, this is one of the things that we should fully expect to see.

And yet there are very prominent preachers out there that have taken the liberty to mock other preachers that are actually encouraging their flocks to store up food and supplies.

Well, what are those mocking preachers going to do when things get really crazy and the people in their own congregations don’t have anything to eat?

Are those preachers going to personally feed all of them?

If you can see what is coming and you don’t warn the people, you are going to be responsible for what happens to them.

Without a doubt, it is very clear in the Scriptures that we are not to fear and that we are not to worry.  We are repeatedly commanded to trust God with everything in our lives, but does “having faith” mean that we sit back on our couches watching television while we wait for God to do everything for us?

Of course not.

Radical faith almost always involves radical action.  God tells us what to do, and then He expects us to trust Him enough to do what He has instructed us to do.

If faith really means doing nothing while God does everything, then why would any of us ever go to work?

Why wouldn’t we just sit back and wait for God to miraculously zap the money that we need into our bank accounts for us?

And why do those that are “living by faith” ever fill up their vehicles with gasoline?

Why don’t they just “trust God” to fill up their tanks every time?

Look, without a doubt God can do incredible supernatural things that require absolutely no participation on our part.  I know that this is true, because it has happened to me many times.  But the vast majority of the time God works with us and through us.  He requires us to take challenging steps of faith and obedience, and in the process He leads us, He guides us, He blesses us and He opens doors for us.

Just look at the example of Noah.  God could have certainly built an ark for Noah, or He could have zapped Noah up to some sort of “heavenly waiting area” while the flood happened.

But He didn’t do either of those things.

Instead, God ordered Noah to build a boat that was approximately the size of a World War II aircraft carrier, and then He watched as Noah and his family spent years doing exactly that.

Noah was the very first “prepper” in the Bible, and his radical faith resulted in radical action.  In Hebrews 11:7, Noah is commended for this…

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 which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Unfortunately, many Christian leaders today mock this kind of effort.  They seem to believe that if God wants them to survive what is coming then He will do everything for them.

Another example that we see in the Scriptures is Joseph.  In Genesis chapter 41, God showed Joseph that there would be seven good years followed by seven lean years in the land of Egypt.

So how did Joseph respond?

He didn’t sit back and relax knowing that seven good years were ahead.  Instead, he implemented the greatest “emergency food storage project” that the world had seen up until that time.

By heeding God’s warning and taking radical action, he ended up saving the nation of Egypt and his entire family as well.

I don’t get why more Christians can’t seem to understand these things.  So many of them even admit that incredibly hard times are coming, and yet they accuse me of being “anti-faith” because I am constantly urging my readers to get prepared.

The following is an excerpt from one email that was sent to me by a fellow believer some time ago…

“Now, although I agree with you about the things you write about the corruption of the financial system, and that there will be a collapse, yet I do not agree with you in promoting people to be self-sufficient contrary to the Lord’s teaching. If you truly have God then no provision needs to be made at all for yourself, just trust in God’s providence alone.”

Just consider the implications of what this person was saying.  If “no provision needs to be made at all for yourself”, then we should all quit our jobs, empty our bank accounts, quit saving for retirement and cancel our health insurance.

Personally, I want to be radical in trusting God, but trusting God almost always involves doing something.

There are so many passages in the Bible that speak about working hard and preparing for the future.  For instance, the following bit of wisdom found in Proverbs 6:6-11 comes from the Modern English Version

Go to the ant, you sluggard!
    Consider her ways and be wise.
Which, having no guide,
    overseer, or ruler,
provides her bread in the summer,
    and gathers her food in the harvest.

How long will you sleep, O sluggard?
    When will you arise out of your sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to sleep—
11 so will your poverty come upon you like a stalker,
    and your need as an armed man.

Approximately one out of every 25 verses in the New Testament is about the last days.  God obviously wants us to understand what we are going to be facing, and just like Noah and Joseph, He expects us to take appropriate action.

Unfortunately, most evangelical Christians have been taught that there isn’t any need to get prepared for the future because they are going to be taken off the planet before anything really bad happens.  For the first 1800 years of the Christian era, the church did not teach this, but over the past 200 years this new doctrine has become dominant in the western world.  It is called “the pre-Tribulation rapture”, and I grew up believing it too.

But you won’t find it anywhere in the Bible.  In my new book entitled “The Rapture Verdict“, I spend 37 chapters conclusively proving that Jesus does not come back and gather His bride until the Tribulation is over.  It is the clearest and most comprehensive work on the subject anywhere out there, and it is turning out to be one of the most controversial Christian books of 2016.

And even if you believe that a pre-Tribulation rapture is coming, the truth is that America is going to fall before we even get to the Tribulation.  This is something that I also cover in my book.

So no matter what your view on Christian eschatology is, we all need to be getting prepared to face the exceedingly difficult times that are immediately ahead of us.

But just like in the days of Noah, most people are going to ignore the warnings, and the mockers are going to continue to mock until judgment begins.

I always expected that unbelievers would mock, but I never expected that so many Christian leaders would gleefully join the mocking.

In the end, they and their followers will pay a very great price for not listening to the warnings and not getting prepared while they still had time.

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

 
  • Mike Smithy

    God helps those that help themselves.–Ben Franklin

    • SunnyFlaSnotress

      there is no god

      • enough is enough

        Why don’t you take your bull$h!t opinion some place else?!

        • SunnyFlaSnotress

          “Why don’t you take your bull$h!t opinion some place else?!”

        • SunnyFlaSnotress

          “Why don’t you take your bull$h!t opinion some place else?!”

        • L. A. McDonough

          Sunny is a troll freak like others on blogs, which is why I never join a blog or support any site. Too many losers on comment sections (and morons to boot)

      • Richard O. Mann

        There is no SunnyFlaSnotress.

        • SunnyFlaSnotress

          Don’t get cross w/me young man.

          • David the Bidr Clngr

            Jesus already did. You should think it over and talk to him about it.

      • Mondobeyondo

        “First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is.” – Donovan

        • SunnyFlaSnotress

          “The caterpillar sheds his skin to find a butterfly within(2x)”

          • Ricardo

            That is God’s way of showing how we can all change.

          • SunnyFlaSnotress

            it’s part of the Donovan song Mondobeyondo quoted

    • Beverly Higgins

      That saying is idiotic and unbiblical. God helps the poor, the orphans, and the widows. He helps those who can’t help themselves too you righteous moron!

      • Mike Smithy

        OK Shortbus, here is a sampling of biblical passages supporting the aforementioned. Proverbs tells us what awaits a lazy person: A lazy person becomes a servant (or debtor): “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor” (12:24); his future is bleak: “A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing” (20:4); he may come to poverty: “The soul of the lazy man desires and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich” (13:4 KJV). Therefore, quit expecting God to wipe your posterior and show some initiative for once in your pathetic life.

        • Beverly Higgins

          Eat my bloomers you self righteous dunce.

          • Creepy Pedro

            relax

          • SunnyFlaSnotress

            kinky 🙂

          • michael malachi

            The reason to prepare is to help protect from being put into a very difficult situation when thins do get bad.
            Example 1: when the government offers you food but says that you can only have it as long as you take the mark of the beast chip.
            Example 2: a loved one is being tortured by the governing authority if you do not comply.
            When you are self sufficient – then you wont need to expose yourself + your family to those who would try to force you to take the mark or completely deny Christ.
            Though you will find much difficulty when the hard times come and much heartache, I will pray for you.

        • Ron Parks

          Respectfully Mike, you are using the term shortbus to insult those who disagree with you. What you have really done is to insult people who do indeed ride a “shortbus” who have nothing to deserve it. While you are correct that God wants us to be ready to act in obedience to His command, He wants us to depend on Him. The book of Isaiah contains a good lesson in depending on ourselves and others instead of the Lord. That’s not to say that God’s provision won’t require action on our part. Our part is obedience.

        • Ron

          WoW…you would get along great with the Pharisees. Guys like you need to do a self-check and read and memorize 1 Corinthians 13. Yes, ALL of it.

      • Joltin Joe

        He he’s been doing great there huh?

      • Gay Veteran

        “…God helps the poor….”

        obviously not enough

        and not very Christian of you to call someone a moron

        • Gay therapy treatment

          You need to go to gay therapy.

          • Gay Veteran

            you need to get back on your meds

        • David the Bidr Clngr

          What do you mean “not enough”? You have found fault with God?

          • Gay Veteran

            I’m not the one claiming “god” helps the poor, or anyone for that matter

          • David the Bidr Clngr

            So your comment was meaningless. Why would someone who does not believe in God criticize someone for not being Christian? That would make you a hypocrite.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…Why would someone who does not believe in God criticize someone for not being Christian? That would make you a hypocrite….”

            you’ll have to explain that one

          • David the Bidr Clngr

            Ok. How can you criticize someone for not being Christian when you believe it’s better to not be Christian? You should either be applauding or at worst be ambiguous. It is disingenuous at best to use standards you don’t agree with to judge someone.

          • Gay Veteran

            thy shalt not bear false witness.

            WHERE did I say it’s better to not be Christian???

            I said: “…and not very Christian of you to call someone a moron”

            do you think a Christian should do that?
            and it is not “disingenuous” to point out someone’s hypocrisy

          • David the Bidr Clngr

            Thy? There you go again playing a false part. You said its better to not be a Christian when you wrote God as “god” and said he doesn’t help anyone. It is hypocritical when you point out what you think is someone else’s hypocrisy based on principles you don’t hold. Holding others to a standard you don’t hold yourself to.

          • Gay Veteran

            you need to learn how to READ!

            “…You said its better to not be a Christian when you wrote God as “god” and said he doesn’t help anyone…..”

            only a bible thumper could make any sense out of that drivel

            “…Holding others to a standard you don’t hold yourself to.”

            are you high? they aren’t living up to THEIR standard, what I believe is irrelevant

          • David the Bidr Clngr

            You just keep doing the same thing and throwing out more proof that you are against Christianity and against its application all the while accusing Christians of not living up to a standard that you wouldn’t dare try to live up to. I’m sorry you can’t make sense out of it. It is really very very hard to see your own hypocrisy

          • Gay Veteran

            YOU have consistently shown that you do NOT understand the meaning of the word “hypocrisy”:

            noun.
            the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.

            now AGAIN, explain how I’m being a hypocrite.

            “You just keep doing the same thing and throwing out more proof that you are against Christianity….”

            LIAR. Thy shalt not bear false witness.
            Based on the definition of “hypocrisy”, YOU are the hypocrite!

          • David the Bidr Clngr

            Bible thumper
            “god” doesn’t help the poor or anyone for that matter
            Their standard
            Gay veteran

            You expose yourself with your words. That’s not bearing false witness. That’s calling a spade a spade. Your coped and pasted definition of hypocrisy is not an all encompassing and exclusive definition. Trying to parse words won’t help you avoid the truth. Holding people to a standard that you don’t hold yourself to. One set of rules for you and one set for others. If you aren’t Hindu, you can’t call someone else out for being a bad Hindu. That makes you a hypocrite. I don’t tell you how to be a gay veteran.

      • disqus_LATgE14cG2

        Call people an ignorant moron, that’s definitely scriptural.

      • Bob Smith

        He instructs us to help the poor, the orphans, and the widows. Sure He helps them, but we are instructed to also help them. On the sample principle, we must Help him help us.

      • TheLulzWarrior

        False, reality prooves otherwise.

        You will soon discover that God does hate fools like you.

    • Scott

      Nothing in scripture supports that statement. In fact, Jeremiah 10:23 states the opposite: “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”

      However, God does reward those who diligently seek Him. “Hebrews 11:6”

    • Lumberjack

      I believe the opposite – “God helps those who know they are helpless.” If you help yourself then you don’t need God. God wants to know we need HIS help!

      • “If you help yourself then you don’t need God.”

        Thank you. I’m quitting my job today. Why should I keep defying God by working to support myself?

      • Texas Arcane

        Doctrines of devils. Stop waiting for pedestrian walk lights to change from red to green. God will protect you, just step on out there.

      • michael malachi

        do you remember the parable of the talents. If you don’t use what you have you will lose it all.
        Work (prepare) like it all depends on you and pray like it all depends on God.

      • TheLulzWarrior

        Tell that to Ethiopia.

      • stephen

        So God is buying your emergency food? How do I get on that list?

        God gave us the ability to learn and do things such as prepare before the storm. If you have nothing and the economy collapses, its you who is responsible for taking care of your family. Scripture says to love your family and that includes (IMO) to have extra food, water, guns, ammo and medical supplies to help them and others.

        Just saying.

        P.S. I believe and live the scriptures as best I can – and we are to repent, confess, believe and do good works.

    • txtomt

      The instructions for the end time are in Matt. 24:44-51, also, is the penalty for not following these directives is very severe. As Jesus fed the thousands, He started with a few fish and loaves of bread – multiplication. However, if we have nothing to multiply (0x0=0) we have failed in our mission and will not be set over all His possessions. That is enough incentive for me.

    • Ron

      That quote you give is Darwinism at its finest. Sadly, many Christians have this as their favorite verse from the Bible….which reveals the epidemic of the Biblical illiteracy rate that gets worse and worse in Evangelicalism.

      • Mike Smithy

        Believe it or not, Ben Franklin was an insightful and observant man of many talents. You should read more about him. If you’re not careful, you just might learn something.

        • Ron

          Quote more from God and not men. We hear too much from men, and not enough from God. Quote and memorize Scripture.

  • aldownunder

    Way to religious related for me today,I can imagine the trash that’s gunna be banged on about today.
    Until tomorrow
    Bye

    • SunnyFlaSnotress

      Yeah, this article is like Michael’s invitation to endless drivel

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        See ya

        • Gay Veteran

          interesting, Sunny finally got one right

    • Skram one

      Can I have an AMEN!

      Michael has just laid out, in almost perfect prose, why NO ONE should “take heed” to anything Iron Age Monotheistic religions have to say about almost anything. It can’t be trusted, it contradicts everything it says ( as Michael has shown by Christians being hopelessly incapable of “Rightly dividing the Word of Truth”) , and leads good intentioned people to make the most awful decisions affecting, themselves, their own loved ones, and neighbors.

      As a former Bible thumper myself, I’m with the late George Carlin in saying that “ALL religion is BS and its bad for ya!” 🙂

      • Richard O. Mann

        Truthfully, it does make sense to have some goodies stashed in case of major diaster, such as flood, fire, tornado, blizzard, etc. You don’t have to try to put back enough to last for seven years, but having enough around for a month or two is a good idea. Now, the question is, where to store it.

        • Skram one

          I totally agree and this I do. But I don’t do it because I think the Bible is forecasting the current predicament we find ourselves possibility facing. . I do it because of being a rational thinker and just putting two and two together.

      • Gay Veteran

        religion exists for 2 reasons:
        1. man fears death
        2. as a means of social control (obey the king or you’ll go to he ll)

        heck, there’s a 3rd reason:
        3. as a means for priests and preachers to obtain money and power

        • Bill G Wilminton NC

          The Bible is not religion but The Word of God………..

          • Gay Veteran

            EVERY “holy” book on the planet claims to be THE word of “god” or “gods”

  • Nicholas Fowler

    Forget Christianity, it is only another of the brainwashing mechansisms, and has no validty.. it is a crutch.. think of spirituality which is entirely different.. and think of all people, not just those who are part of a two millenia old cult..I say this for information only I emphasise …it is vital we learn to help each other, live as a small community, the word fo it is communalism NOT communism.. we must be self sufficient, sovereing people Grow our own vegetables and fruits, live a simple and natural lifestryle. You talk of buying gold and silver.. I vehemently disagree… we need food, and the basics of survival.. in your country far more than mine. I live in the UK.. I am still growing an awful lot of food, have boxes and boxes of supplies, am almost vegan now, not quite.. peooke need educating, not braiwashing by the mainstream media, hopefull they will learn to read the excellent stuff you write and others such as Zero hedge and such…

    • Sweet T

      While I agree and applaud your attitude towards self sufficiency, I fear that like many Europeans, you have been brainwashed by cultural Marxism to believe that Christianity is brainwashing.
      Christianity has no validity to who exactly?

    • aliceinwonder

      Christianity is not brainwashing, it’s the people in control of it that warp it so badly. Read your Bible, follow the Golden Rule. If you do not already listen, you would like The Survival Podcast. Much in there on multiple subjects. Check it out.

      • Steeve Girard

        Christianity is a tool of power designed by Constantine and the Council of Nicea, to replace a useless polytheism system at the time. He chose the easiest exit, by making a new religion law, rather than waiting for the natural evolution.
        .
        But like all artificial things, it caused huge environmental disasters over time. Constantine was s.o.b. who put the idea of the superiority of “man” over Nature in the religion

        • Bill G Wilminton NC

          So what was it that was found with the dead sea scrolls the fake genesis….

          You are clueless….and a joke.

          • Steeve Girard

            Most likely the Gnostic form, which is very different from the Christian form, which was written to be understood by Greeks.
            .
            I even took the time to mention the Christian form, you do not read properly do you?

          • Bill G Wilminton NC

            You really are an uninformed, unread, unwise man.

            The dead sea scrolls were written mostly in HEBREW…..

          • Steeve Girard

            Do you frankly think that only Israelites understand hebrew?

          • Bill G Wilminton NC

            The dead sea scrolls documented that not one dot or tittle was different in the Hebrew TORAH book of Genesis of today.

  • mtntrek3

    Good article, Michael. I’m not seeing the rapture happening until the end the Trib. as well….. according to what I read in the Bible. We can prepare in various degrees as we are able and can afford. Some preparation is better than none at all. We do what we can, and God takes care of the rest.

    • mtntrek3

      The wife and I are going to buy your book. We have certain family members and friends that we want to read this. We are concerned about this and other things to come. Thanks.

      • Stock Market Billy

        That is wasted money. Buy stocks instead!

        • mtntrek3

          Well…….. I’m speaking of the eternal. Some stocks may be attractive and provide some earthly income in the near future, but I’m more concerned about the eternal.

          • Steve Hartwell

            Then skip Michael’s book and read the only book you need – the Bible.

          • mtntrek3

            The Bible is indeed where we should go to for our information first of all. I think Michael has condensed pertinent scripture into a smaller format concerning the rapture. We’re interested in that in particular. You’re right, however…… the Bible is the go to book first and foremost.

        • JF

          Worst investment you can make. When the bubble bursts you’ll be so sorry.

      • Jerry C

        Long-term food storage: food-grade buckets, mylar bags, 2000cc oxygen aborbers & heat-sealed.

  • Erik Bergum

    While I believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, I do not believe we have the right to sit back and be lazy. I always use your articles to warn people though they may take the warning seriously!!!!!

  • Shara Bingham Mills

    Grew up with women who have always kept a large pantry full of home canned goods.. Or they were part of the Mormon family side who make sure they have enough for ten other families besides their own. Nobody goes away hungry. I got the book from here on prepping. Been one, am doing it but I’m not going to be happy to have to give away food that will be closer to dump date because nothing was needed when I could have just waited to pick the dead clean latter and had no cost or waste to begin with. The East Coast folks will have it harder than most I think because in the Pacific Northwest we have camped in our lifetimes. I still say that we still have it in our power to right the future. That a day to the Lord is as a thousand years to man meaning, the fat lady isn’t done singing yet. We get peace and prosperity before things turn to hell. We’re too fired up for change out here to feel anywhere near defeat against everything that’s broken right now. We are over commers.

    • df NJ

      Take amount of food and water needed by each person times the number of people times the number of days equals never enough.

      • Shara Bingham Mills

        I watch The Walking dead for all things apocalyptic outside of the good book. There will be thousands of dead if Seattle or Vancouver or Portland and LA get hit with the big one. That’s tens of thousands of people to be shopping off of. I’m feeding squirrels right now to eat later. I’m not above eating lost pets either, so…There will always be room for others at my table. Ha!

  • afchief

    Every verse you quote Michael is Old Testament except Matt 24 which says nothing about preparing. Jesus said just the opposite;

    Matthew 6:34 (NASB) “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

    If Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow then why should we prep? Prepping is the opposite of faith!!!

    Also, in the verse before this one Jesus said;

    Matthew 6:33 (NASB) But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

    As Christians we are to seek Christ first in our lifes and all our needs will be met.

    Prepping is the opposite of faith.

    • Dave

      So, don’t prep and we will see how you fare and how God sends you manna when the SHTF. Simple, eh?

      • GSOB

        He sends it, we gather it.

    • Jabedio

      Right on! Can I get a fist bump? Most of the dribble on this site is sensationalism. Be controversial so you can get a rise out of people. Guess it’s working cuz his traffic numbers are off the hook.

    • JF

      He provides but you have to work at getting it. He’ll let the plants in your veggie garden grow, that doesn’t mean you neglect the garden – get it!

      • afchief

        Poor analogy. “He provides but you have to work at getting it”. That does not make any sense.

        When Jesus said we are not to worry about tomorrow, he meant it!!!! Jesus also said for us not to store up treasures here on earth.

        How long are you going to prep for? 6 months? A year? 5 years? What if all your neighbors know you have extra food and water, will you turn them away?

        • GSOB

          That line of reasoning does not square with Noah.

          • afchief

            We do not live in the OT times. Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow. Why do Christians lack so much faith and still want to live by the law?

          • watchmannonthewall

            Because Malachi, the LAST book of the NT says, “REMEMBER the Law of Moses MY servant, even the statutes and ordinances WHICH I COMMMANDED HIM at Horeb for ALL Israel.” (Malachi 4:4) God goes on to state He will smite the earth with a curse, if they don’t “remember”. (v.6).
            Paul, supporting Malachi’s statement writes, “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumsion is nothing, BUT WHAT MATTERS IS the keeping of the commandments of God” (which were stated at Siani!). (1 Cor. 7:19)
            Paul also states in Galatians 6:15-16, “For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, AND upon the Israel of God.”
            So, Malachi tells us ALL Israel is to remember the commandments of God given to Moses. Paul tells us keeping the commandments (the “Law”) is what is important and also tells us those who keep the commandments are “a new creation” and these comprise “the Israel of God”, which is the same people Malachi said are to remember the commandments, right?
            If you doubt this, remember Moses told us God would send a prophet like unto himself that we MUST hear, or God would require it of us. (Deut. 18:15-19) Peter told us Jesus is the prophet like unto Moses and if we do not hear what He says God will “utterly destroy” [send to the Lake of Fire] us. (Acts 3:22-23) The writer of Hebrews says the same. (Heb. 10:26-31)
            So, the question, one which determines our life or death, is, “What did Jesus teach?” (Luke 10:25-28) He taught you have to follow the Law of Moses. Two witnessees establish facts. Jesus and Moses agree!

          • afchief

            For one the law applied and was written for the Jews. Not us. Two, Jesus came to replace the law. We are under Grace now. Not the law. The law is DEAD!!!

            Romans 7:6 (NASB) But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

          • watchmannonthewall

            Interesting you have chosen that passage. A perfect one!
            Paul begins by saying he is speaking to those who know the law, v.1. The Law he is speaking of is in Deut 24:24:1-4 where God says if a man has a wife and divorces her and she goes out and marries another man, if her second husband dies, she can’t return to the first because it defiles the Land.
            We are the wife and Paul is explaining how we are reconciled to God. This is a continuation of the argument Paul was making back in chapter 6, which we will get to, but first some history.
            God issued a bill of divorcement to the northern 10 tribes in Jeremiah 3:6-10 (Jeremaih 2 speaks of the wedding at Sinai) and also states there Judah was a harlot wife. Both went to other lovers but Israel, since she was divorced, married into paganism and was scattered around the world. The northern 10 tribes, according to God’s OWN Law cannot return to Him, her first husband unless she is released from the Law (your verse 7:6)
            Paul is explaining in this portion of Romans how that reconciliation takes place. We have left paganism though some trappings still remain but are retuning to Him. Paganism is the second husband that has died; for some, those who chose to leave it completely.
            In Romans 6:1-9 Paul tells us that through the death of the first husband, Jesus, in fulfillment of the Covenant of the Pieces made with Abraham where He gave Himself as a guarantee of the fulfillment of the covenant, we can chose to be married to the new Jesus who lives forever. We can be baptised into His death and raised in newness of life! However, we also have to die. Paul explains this process in Romans 6:1-9. We do this when we chose to lay our lives down and pick up His. He is a new man and we are a new creation in Him.
            In Romans 7 Paul explains how what he just wrote to them in chapter 6 is seen in the Law of God, hence, I am speaking to those who know the law. He explains to these that God abides by His own Law and how the exiles of the northern 10 tribes are able to return to Jesus. Before this the Jews thought the northern 10 tribes couldn’t be reconciled to God. For the Jew, they have to die also since their first husband is dead too. They also need to be “washed in the blood”.
            Romans 7 is not about the Law passiing away, like gentiles of today teach, but rather about how the Law is spiritual and how God used the Law to restore an avenue to a proper relationship to all His people!
            Now you know why Jesus said He was only sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, why he told His discples to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and why Paul said ALL of Israel will be saved. ONLY Israel, those washed in the blood and walking in the righteousness of God in Christ, are saved.

          • GSOB

            Very good.
            And may we also add….

            The sentence of the law against us is vacated and reversed by the death of Christ, to all true believers.

            The law said, The soul that sins shall die; but we are delivered from the law.

            redeemed from the curse of the law,

            Gal. 3:13

            Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us– for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE “–…

          • GSOB

            The Ten Commandments
            (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
            1“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.

            2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.

            3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

            4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

            5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

            6 “You shall not murder.
            7 “You shall not commit adultery.
            8 “You shall not steal.
            9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

            10 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

          • watchmannonthewall

            As you say…”Very good!” Amen!! Better than I could ever have said it!

          • ISA41:10

            WOW! Is you theology wacked. The law is not spiritual. It is of the flesh. It brings forth death. It is impossible to keep. Galatians 3:12 (NASB) However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “He who practices them shall live by them.”

            The law is NOT of faith (spiritual). It is flesh and death. It is no longer valid. We do not live by it. It was ONLY for the Jews and no one else!!!

            Galatians 3:19 (NASB) Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.

            “until the seed would come” The key word there being “until”. Jesus is the seed who came to abolish the law. We live by Grace now and NOT the law.

            I feel sorry for Christians like you. You have no freedom.

          • watchmannonthewall

            On the contrary, like James, the brother of Jesus said, as he quoted David, “The one who looks intently at the perfect Law, the LAW OF LIBERTY, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:25. Ps. 119:45) I walk in liberty, according to James and David.

            Those who refuse to understand what God says is sin (1 John 3:4. Ex 20:20) are the ones in bondage, even as Paul says that by what a man is overcome, he is in bondage to.

            You need to take up your argument with Paul: “For we KNOW the Law is spiritual [some of us do], but I am of the flesh, sold into bondage to sin.” Romans 7:14

            Paul: Romans 2:13- “For not the hearers of the Law are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.”

            Paul: Romans 3:31- “Do we nullify the Law through faith? MAY IT NEVER BE! On the contrary, we establish the Law.” Faith doesn’t trump the law, it works hand in glove with it. Saved by the blood and walking in God’s righeousness.

            Paul: Romans 6:1-2- “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin [breaking God’s Law] that grace may abound? MAY IT NEVER BE! How shall we who died to sin still live in it [still commit sin]?” Grace doesn’t trump, nullify God’s law either!

            Paul says the Law defines sin for us: Romans 7:7- “Is the Law sin? MAY IT NEVER BE! [I’ve noticed a lot of Christians think Paul said, “Yes, absolutely” but he didn’t!] I would not have come to know [be able to identify] sin except through the Law.”

            Paul: 1 Cor. 7:19- “Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumsion is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.” Where are these found? In the OT and Paul kept them!

            Jesus quoted them extensively in His ministry and lived them out to become your and my acceptable sacrifice for our sin. Now it is your turn! “By this we know we are in Him; the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner in which He walked.” (1 John 2:5b-6) How did Jesus walk?

            Sometimes we need to go back to the beginning and start over again so we can get rid of bad doctrine, and bad teachers, and really see what God’s Word says. It is a great journey!!

          • ISA41:10

            You are going in circles and making NO sense. Galatians 3:25(NASB)

            25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

            The tutor being the law. It is dead.

            Romans 4:15 (NASB) for the Law brings about wrath

            If you want to live under the law, then go ahead. As for me and my house we will NOT!!!!

          • watchmannonthewall

            You are certainly free to ignore all the very plain statements Paul made about how the Law is applicable to God’s people. Peter warned those who he wrote to about this very thing in 2 Peter 3:14-17.

            As I said in a different post, God’s Word says we ae to do what Jesus said, not what we think Paul said. Jesus, God, and Moses all said we will be judged by whether we do what Jesus said. Obedience to Paul isn’t mentioned by those three.

            For those who think Paul said the Law is dead, I recommend putting any actions contrary to the Law on hold until one has done an in depth study of the words of Jesus and compared them to those of Moses. Jesus said if one doesn’t understand what Moses said, one can’t understand what He says either. Of course, He was only God so He could be wrong?

            “For if you believed [obeyed- because one does what one believes] Moses, you would believe [obey] Me; for he wrote of Me. But if you don’t believe [obey] his writings, how will you believe [obey] My words?” (John 5:46-47)

            It is still a great journey! Hope to see you there!

          • ISA41:10

            Are you keeping the whole law? If you fail one part, you are guilty of all. The law is flesh. It is death.

            Romans 7:4 (NASB) Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

            You can remain in bondage, but for me and my house we will live under Grace!!!

          • watchmannonthewall

            I am trying to keep it just like our friend Paul: James, the brother of Jesus told Paul:

            “Therefore do this that we tell you [Paul]. We have four men who are under a vow [Num 6:13-21]; take them and purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses in order that they may shave their heads; and ALL will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that YOU YOURSELF ALSO WALK ORDERLY, KEEPING THE LAW.” (Acts 21:23-24)

            This was over 30 years after Jesus died and rose again.
            If I don’t walk properly sometimes, John writes, “My little chhildren, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous…the one who PRACTICES sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that he might destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God PRACTICES sin, because His seed [the Holy Spirit] is in him.” (1 John 2:1 & 3:8-9a)
            If we reject God’s Law which defines what sin is, even Paul stated this fact, what standard are we supposed to use to determine if we are obeying God and walking in His righteousness? Didn’t Jesus say we are to obey Moses? The Pharisees made up their own standard called, the “Oral Law”. Jesus was pretty clear, that it was not acceptable! As I said, it is a great journey.

          • GSOB

            The third purpose of the law is to reveal what is pleasing to God.

          • GSOB

            A second purpose for the law is the restraint of evil

          • watchmannonthewall

            Galatians 3:19 is not a real good translation and many have problems understanding what Paul says here. The law was ordained in the hands of a mediator, Moses, but was not given by angels, but rather by a “messenger”, an alternative meaning often translated as “angel(s)”, the pre-incarnate Christ at Sinai and in the wilderness.
            The Son spoke face to face with Moses. (Ex 33:11) Also in chapter 33 verse 20 the Father tells Moses he can’t see His face or Moses will die. So which is it? Does he speak face to face or not? One speaks of Moses speaking with the Son, the other speaks of his relationship to the Father.
            Later paul speaks of how the Law was our “tutor” to lead us to Christ to be justified by faith. This also is taught improperly.
            If I am a rich man overseeing a business and have a son I eventually want to inherit the business, I hire a “tutor” to teach my son until he has learned what is necessary for him to begin working with me and learn the rest of the business. Everything the tutor teaches him is in preparation for beginning to work with me.
            The Church teaches us we are to throw out everything we learned frond the tutor, the Law, once Jesus died and rose again. That is foolish!
            Rather, the lessons of the tutor take on deepeer meaning as we enter into the business of the Father and in our maturity we can see the value of our earlier lessons, which we hated as we were learning. This is how the Law was our tutor. Now the Spirit teaches us how to work with the spiritual Law in its fullness to continue and build the Father’s business, the Kingdom.

          • GSOB

            The first purpose of the law is to be a mirror.

    • Mike Smithy

      Even so, that does not mean that we as Christians should completely diminish the relevancy of the old testament.

      • GSOB

        Old & new, equally precious.

    • Jerry C

      God doesn’t change, does He? I’ll take precautionary measures over burying my face in the sand any day.

    • GSOB

      Please change your picture to something more respectful
      afchief.
      The former one looks much better too.

      • afchief

        Someone hacked my account and avatar and uses it posting as me on thehillcom.

        • GSOB

          Ok… but still…..

        • Gay Veteran

          your avatar is appropriate

    • Gay Veteran

      funny, Azazel possessed afchief talking about the bible

    • watchmannonthewall

      In the NT, in Acts 8:1 it reads, “And Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him [Stephen] to death. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.”

      What form of being “scattered” do you think occurred? Do you think they were all chased out of the city by the persecutors? OR, did the persection arise, the believers become aware of it and and they began to initiate their own removal from the city before the persecution came for them?

      There is actually evidence that this second happened in ancient Israel as many from the northern 10 tribes left the boundries of the nation BEFORE the Assyrians took them over. It isn’t menioned in Scripture but is mentioned in the encyclopedias, hence, recorded history.

      I have prepped. I understand it may not be for my own benefit, but for my children and grandchildren who do not quite believe as I do. For some reason they believe they will be raptured out of here (their pastor told them they would be and what I said didn’t matter, nor what God said either!).

      If I happen to be privilaged to be a member of the Philidelphia Church, what I leave behind may be for their benefit. No harm done, right?

    • Thanks, I’m quitting my job today.

      • ISA41:10

        Really? Please don’t be this ignorant.

        2 Thessalonians 3:10 (NASB) For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.

    • jaxon64

      Agreed–and his 2 examples of Noah and Joseph are horrible examples that do not correlate to the prepping he is advocating.
      In the case of both Noah and Joseph, God told them specifically when to prepare, what event was coming, specifics for grain storage, the length of the famine, the amount of animals to assemble etc etc…
      Conversely, there is no direct message to Michael that there is an impending famine or shortage coming in XX days ( unless Michael’s been getting revelations/visions)

      • jaxon64

        Also worth noting–and I do keep a few months supply of food, grow and can my own veggies, applesauce and jams etc, have chickens, many packs of TP, a water source and bottled water–
        worth noting that I see more of the “my interpretation and Christian belief is right and yours is wrong” from Michael. This is how the Mormons and Jehovah’s witnesses cults started…..

      • ISA41:10

        Correct! Unless God specifically speaks to you and tells you to store goods, then do it. And if he does it is usually to help others and not yourself.

        I’m amazed at the lack of faith in the Body of Christ today. What Jesus said in Matt 6:33 and 34 is for us to stand on. Not to operate out of the flesh.

        We look just like the world when we do this.

  • Jazz

    Prepare for what? More stock market gains? Times are decent for most folks here in the US. My neighbor just bought a brand new F150. He is a teacher. Things can’t be that bad if a teacher can buy a 45k car. Aren’t we being just a lil dramatic?

    I admit we should all have sufficent emergency supplies – cash, food, water, flashlights, etc in case of a natural disaster or what not, but it’s not going to turn into a Walking Dead episode anytime soon. Things are A-Ok here in America in 2016.

    • JF

      You are among the brainwashed with your eyes shut. Find out how many Title 1 schools there are in your vicinity and that will give you a great indication of how things really are.

    • kfilly

      Yep, the economy is just booming right along. That’s why nearly 40 percent of all Amerikans make $20k a year or less. What source did I quote? The Social Security Administration’s income statistics.

    • Jerry C

      Normalcy Bias. It’s great until it’s not.

    • Gay Veteran

      “…Things can’t be that bad if a teacher can buy a 45k car….”

      did he pay cash or did he get a SEVEN year loan?
      sub-prime auto loans going up just like sub-prime mortgages did

    • ALWAYSTOMORROW

      This is the first time I have thought differently than you.

      I would only define things as OK for most not “A-OK” as you did.

      Now as for me, A-OK sums it up. 😉

  • Steeve Girard

    I do not know much about the Christian stuff, safe the links to primal natural history of humanity, as known by science and historical tradition. But naturally speaking, there is one certainty: Prepping makes you a target, because you have what others will wants in the future, and desperate people do desperate things, that are outside the realm of any scriptures, and more into my more familiar realm of Nature, as humans being also animals.
    .
    Additional: I expect Bill’s “Willy” to snap a cable just right here….

    • JF

      You’re only a target if you let everyone know. I have one neighbor I’m sure is only because of a few things I’ve seen. But then again, we’ve talked in general terms about preparing for emergencies, etc.

    • Bill G Wilminton NC

      No but it is sad just how clueless you are….humans are not animals and nature was created by God.

  • Jazz

    Guns stop people from taking what’s not theirs. Just saying 😉

    • Steeve Girard

      Numbers can submerge guns.

      • Jazz

        Not if the whole family has them and you have semi automatics.

        • Steeve Girard

          Guns can ran out ammo, guns can jam, guns more conspicuous than arrows or quarrels. Also in close combat they are almost worthless.

          additional: sorry had problems with conspicuous… it’s not a word I use often.

          • Jazz

            Well guns and machetes! Protect that house.

    • aliceinwonder

      That depends on who has the most guns, ammunition and man power. The U.S. is going to become one big huge episode of The Walking Dead.

      • Jazz

        Yeah okay.. I think the zombies already ate your brains. Times are great in my neighborhood.

  • Paul Ivanoff

    wow … Abrahamic mythology rubbish much today.
    Hard to take a site seriously when it dribbles this sort of nonsense.
    lol … gods and prophecy

    • Steeve Girard

      Welcome to the club…
      Now sick him “willy” Bill… woof woof Jesus.
      (I guess you have not met Bill Willmington, I know the feeling).

      • Sic em Fido

        Bill is the village idiot for sure.

    • Charlie Levinson

      Well you are here reading so it worked! Eyeballs equals trafficking.

      • Kim

        Soon “eyeballs” will not be enough to keep the revenue streaming in. Conversion is what’s it all about and the big Internet ad companies are waking up to that. 1 billion (eyeballs) X 0 (ad conversion rate or sales) is still 0. But if this is a religious preaching site, and the “conversion” is spiritual, it should be offered by donation only and should be explicitly posted at the top. You can’t have it both ways (serve two masters).

    • Jerry C

      Instead of insults, why not offer something positive to the conversation?

    • Bill G Wilminton NC

      Maybe you will disappear into wicca wyrd gaia world….

  • Harry Merkin

    I’m not a Christian but not preparing and providing for yourself and your family is idiotic.

    • Whackos for hire

      Well what if a flood or hurricane hits? The basics is fine but you’re right these “preppers” are nut jobs.

      • HeyAHuman

        I think you missed the “not” part…

      • JF

        And when the SHTF who are you going to run to?

    • Steeve Girard

      During the Kathrina Hurricane, the targets of FEMA, police and army were not the one who fled New-Orleans. They were the ones who stay and defend their homes.

    • df NJ

      Just like Obama was supposed to come and take your guns many far left Democrats think if Ted Cruz gets elected the Christian Braunhemdens are going to search every home looking for the cross. If you do not have any Christian symbols on display you will be declared an enemy of the state and taken away to a concentration camp for re-conditioning. Everyone knows its the non-Christians in this country which is why everything has gone to Hell. Just look at New Jersey.

  • New World Order Coming Soon

    The NWO is coming! You people need to listen to Mike. Get real and get prepared. The elites are planning your demise so you better heed Mike’s warnings.

  • HeyAHuman

    The Powers That Be are trying to misinform and mislead people via their religious beliefs? That’s a shocker….

  • K

    I see Satan has been busy this Morning. Luke 4/9. The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully.
    11 They will lift you up in their hands,so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 12.Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.
    I expect such foolishness from unbelievers. But it truly saddens me to see believers agree with them.God gave you a brain, try to use it. Can you not see, by taking no action of your own. You are not showing faith,you are testing the Lord your God. If the Lord has shown you hard times are coming. Where is your faith? When you do not prepare for them? The Lord gave you common sense, use it.
    Now for you unbelievers. History teaches the crowd is a crazed beast. If the crowd says do not prepare. Then history should teach you, do just the opposite.

    • df NJ

      The Bible is like the government. I think it has been corrupted by man to serve the purpose of centralizing power. I very much doubt Jesus was crucified over splitting hairs of church doctrine. I believe Jesus was advocating an egalitarian loving God. Not a authoritative “Lord” type god. You can’t have a Lord without Slaves. The language in the Bible is all about “serving” the “master”. I really think the Bible is really the book of Satan. If you truly believe in Jesus, I just cannot imagine its about submission to authority.

      I think Jesus’s ultimate message was not about death and the end of the world. I think Jesus was advocating nothing bad will happen as long as we truly love and take care of each other. I think Jesus was advocating we should have faith in each other, a strong union of community, and the strength to build a commonwealth shared by all. Jesus was not advocating war and violence which seems to be the most popular interpretation of his teachings. All we have in the Bible is a death Lord of never ending war, violence, hatred, and sin. You all say love is the message but its not to be found in Christian’s actions.

      Most Christians I know have no love in the hearts. They have absolutely no faith in their fellow man. And would prefer cutting taxes over trying to do anything that would alleviate poverty in this country. Satan wins!

      • K

        I can agree with you, God is love. But God is also judgement. You can not have one without the other. Since sin entered the world. Man has needed laws, the Ten Commandments are the highest and best example. If you find the Christians around you unloving, let me point out two things. 1. Christians are not perfect, just forgiven.2. Just because someone says they are a Christian, does not mean they are. Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers. As to be a servant. I serve the Lord, and am glad for the opportunity.

        • df NJ

          You think you serve the “Lord” but you serve Satan. Satan is all about centralizing power. Love is about giving away power. Your words are so twisted you really don’t have any idea who you really serve.

          “Judgement” is for God to decide and no one else. Pretending to speak for God is probably man’s greatest possible sin. Judging others is the height of human hubris because we are pretending to be God. Who are you, we, or anyone to judge anyone else? Every Christian I know is full of hate and never stops judging the people around them. I guarantee you right now, right as you read this post, you are judging me and the resulting conclusion has nothing to do love.

          • K

            I am sorry you feel that way. I have already explained about the Christians, you say you encounter. God speaks for himself, through the Bible, and sometimes directly to a person. The problem is many refuse to hear.

          • df NJ

            Don’t be sorry, it’s not your fault. My faith in God to forgive me is absolute.

            Please understand I am not irreverent to you or your faith God. However, I think the Bible was written by man NOT by God. The Bible is full of verses that do NOT serve what I would call divine purposes. For example:

            Ezekiel 23:20

            “There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.”

            You want to worship something. Then worship making other people happy by giving them what they need to have self-esteem. But worshiping the “Lord” for he sake of centralizing authority is Satan worship.

          • K

            On this, we will have to agree, to disagree. God through men of faith, is the author of the Bible. Are there some less than perfect translation, yes. Example, Thou shalt not kill. Really should read, Thou shalt not murder. Man has often used the Bible, to try to justify some evil he has committed. But that does not make the Bible evil. Just the man misusing it.

          • df NJ

            I appreciate your way of thinking.

          • Skram one

            See my comment above. I rest my case.

          • K

            I do not agree. I believe there are Christians, that have it right. I also believe The Lord has given us discernment, to tell those that have it right, from those that have it wrong.

          • watchmannonthewall

            All great points made in this thread, K! And absolutly correct that even the editors of many modern day translations, and may I say, even specific spots in the KJV, have been “bent” to fit the doctrines of of the translators. This is precisely why one must also be ready to go back to a lexicon or concordence such as Strong’s to look up the word in the original language.
            God said He would restore a pure language to His people at the end of this age. “‘Therefore wait ye upon Me.’ saith the LORD, ‘until the day that I rise up to the prey; for My determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms and pour upon them Mine indignaion, even all My fierce anger; for all the earth shall be devoured by the fire of My jealousy. FOR THEN will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may call upon the name of the LORD and serve Him with one consent.” (Zep. 3:8-9) He unites what He scattered at Babel!
            Finally, for those who may doubt that Christian DOCTRINE has been corrupted by leaders, two points: First, scripture details over and over how the leadership, spiritual or political, has made up their own methods of obedience to God rather thatn followed His, and second, Jeremiah (16:19) prophesies we will come into the Millennial Kingdom speaking the following: “O LORD, my strength and my stonghold, and my refuge in the day of distress [GreatTribulation] to Thee the nations [Israel] will come from the ends of the earth [Deut. 30:4] and say, ‘Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood , futility and things of no profit.'”
            God is moving in a mighty way to restore the proper understanding of His Word, TODAY! But we can’t simply listen to “Church” leaders.

          • K

            Thank-you watchmannonthewall. I truly feel time is short. And there are things that need to be said. So I will say them, while it is still possible.

          • Jerry C

            ROFLMAO. You don’t believe the verses serve a divine purpose!? Who the hell made you God? Are the verses false or truth? I’d wager the verses are telling the truth and that’s the problem you have with them. You. Can’t. Handle. The. Truth.

          • GSOB

            LOL

          • enough is enough

            Did you forget, God gave us the power of discernment? Let us not confuse the two. Discernment to decide whether or not we want to associate with a particular person or not. Are the a moral and righteous person? ECT…

          • Jerry C

            Does love in your book mean you accept sin?

      • Jerry C

        Yeshua (Jesus Christ) was born a Jew, to Jewish parents, who followed Jewish Holy Days & customs and was Crucified on Passover (as our Passover Lamb). Yeshua fulfilled the spring Holy Feast Days perfectly under the Law of Moses. Yeshua is God in human flesh who died for our sins as our perfect Lamb of God sacrifice. You. Are. Completely. Clueless.

        • Bill G Wilminton NC

          Well said brother……..Shalom

      • knifemare69

        You had me until “And would prefer cutting taxes over trying to do anything that would alleviate poverty in this country.”

        Taxes don’t alleviate poverty ANYWHERE; they only make the government and the bankers who own it richer. Now if your god is government then you might think taxes are a good thing, but if read the Book of Samuel you would know G-d’s actual feelings about government:

        Samuel 8:10 – “So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking for a king from him. 11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men[a] and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

        • watchmannonthewall

          There was a already a set heirarchy within the nation by tribe and family, and judges within cities and so on. We see this in Ruth, from whence came David.
          I believe God was making a point here that He was not at all pleased about what the people wanted, AT THAT TIME. Under Moses He had already told them the day would come when they would want a king to rule over them, so they could be like the nations surrounding them (v. 18 “…of YOUR king, of whom YOU have chosen for yourselves”). Sound like anything that is going on in this country today, where our leaders want to be like the other European nations instead of simply following God and letting Him rule? God’s way for this nation is not like His plan for others.
          It is actually a prophetic story for us, in that the precise time they decided they wanted a king to rule over them God was already in the process of preparing the king (David) He had decided to bring forth to give deliverance from the enemies of Israel.
          This is another pattern in Scripture of which we need to be aware: God will wait to do something until the point where we feel we can’t take it any longer and strike out on our own to solve a problem. When we do that we just missed His plan! We are going to be tested this way in the days to come. Believe me, I am quite good at this! I am trying to become worse at it!

      • Bill G Wilminton NC

        You obviously have not read nor do you read the Bible…….but you speak of it incessantly

    • SunnyFlaSnotress

      there is no god

      • “V”

        Rather than spout nonsense could you provide proof your statement is true?

        • SunnyFlaSnotress

          nonsense is yours

  • smaragdos7

    Here’s the balance:
    – Work as though everything depends upon you.
    – Trust as though everything depends upon God.

    To not work and only trust is presumption.

    • Mike Smithy

      Excellent advice. +10.

  • df NJ

    Prepping is the ultimate expression of fear and having no faith in your fellow man. The word “commonwealth” has absolutely no meaning in this country anymore. The word “union” has absolutely no meaning either. Everyone is isolated, full of fear, and distrustful of their fellow man. We have absolutely nothing in this country that unites us, other than professional sports, in a common purpose to serve each other in any way that improves our lives. What does it mean to be an American? Hoarding guns, ammo, and food? “Man is the measure of all things.”

    • JF

      If you place your trust in man you will be sorely disappointed.

      • df NJ

        People will behave exactly according to your expectations of them. Having faith in an omnipotent being is easy, how can you lose? Having faith in your fellow man, now that takes some real serious faith. My faith is stronger than yours.

        • Jerry C

          Your faith? Blind faith. Blind leading the blind. All fall short from the glory of God.

    • grumpyhillbilly

      Yep! No faith in the likes of Hillary Clinton.

    • Jerry C

      Faith without works is dead.-Timothy

    • GSOB

      …”Prepping is the ultimate expression of fear and having no faith in your fellow man. “…

      You are blinded by Satan and can’t see your sin.

  • JF

    Even in the old testament Joseph helped the Egytians to prepare for a seven year famine.

    • Jerry C

      Joseph exchanged the wheat & corn for everything they owned even themselves became servants of Pharaoh. Food & water is as precious as gold & silver when you’re starving to death. Paslow’s laws or something rather.

  • ncmist

    Thanks for the message Michael. It is tragic that it falls upon the uncomprehending ears of so many swine.

    • df NJ

      Another fine Christian message of love.

      • ncmist

        Jesus was not a big advocate of throwing pearls before swine. Just because you are incapable of discernment does not mean I love you any less, In fact, I pity you more.

  • Black

    I don’t need to prep. I’m just gonna take what everybody else has accumulated. Easy Peezy Lemon Squeezy

    • df NJ

      Groups of thuggery always win in the end.

      • enough is enough

        Yeah sure, tell that to the gang bangers in Chicago

        • df NJ

          One man’s gang banger is another man’s freedom fighter.

      • Kim

        Especially if their name starts with FED chairman. . .

    • Kim

      Is your name Neagan?

    • grumpyhillbilly

      I was going to be nice, and not say this. 🙂

  • ProclaimingGodsTruth

    Good article Michael … on the prepping that is. Now the exception…

    On the rapture – you are 100% off-target. How can I say that? Four words – “Ancient Jewish Wedding Ceremony”. Research this as you magnificently do other things and find out that the wedding of the Lord’s bride (church – real believers) will be exactly like the ancient wedding between the bride and groom. Read about the seven days and how it parallels the 7 years we will be hid away with the groom.

    Remember, the Bible written by Jews, about Jews and clearly all about Jesus who was a Jew. If we fail to inject the Jewish roots into our hermenutics we fail at fully understanding Bible Prophecy.

    This is an amazing eye-opening parallel that solidified my firm believe that the Lord will remove us before He brings His wrath. Also read Isa 26:20.

    Michael, how can you even believe that the Lord’s bride could be presented to Him as spotless, holy and blameless (Eph 5:26-27) if being dragged and beat up through the perils of the Tribulation?

    Daniel’s “Seventy Sevens” including the 7-year Tribulation was meant for the Jews i.e. Dan 9:24, and not for His bride or the church.

    • enough is enough

      Read his book first, then get back him on that
      God bless

      • ProclaimingGodsTruth

        Don’t have to and most likely will not. The catching away of the saints will not be into the Trib. This is not scriptural when you look at all of scripture. There are many scriptures that say we (bride) will not go through His wrath. This is really not left up for our reinterpretation. It is very clear.

        Have you researched the Ancient Jewish Wedding Ceremony? If not, please do and get back to me.
        Shalom

        • enough is enough

          I will and Shalom to you

        • victor

          I agree.
          Also the thousand year reign of Christ.
          A day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day.
          On the seventh day, he rested from his
          work.
          This would fulfill the seventh day.
          .I heard this years ago, and it made sense to me.

    • df NJ

      The Rapture already happened in 2000. The rest of us still here are just in denial.

      • enough is enough

        Proof?

        • df NJ

          Well, I live in New Jersey. I see the signs.

          • enough is enough

            Huh, how exactly is that answering the question?

          • df NJ

            A lot people went missing in 2000.

          • enough is enough

            Got a link?

          • df NJ

            You would not know because our omnipotent God could have erased your memory of the people he raptured.

          • enough is enough

            Yeah… That was totally made sense…
            Good day to you

          • df NJ

            No, good day to you!

        • df NJ

          You are still here.

      • Kim

        The rapture teaching makes zero sense. It’s not even found in the bible. Christ never remotely taught the doctrine of the rapture in any of his sermons and teachings.

        • Scott

          Matthew 24:36, and it was revealed in the Epistles after Pentecost.

    • Skram one

      See my comments above. I rest my case.

    • Scott

      Correct. In addition, no one knows the day or time of the rapture of the saints as stated in Matthew, and Thessalonians where Christ will come in the twinkling of an eye. But halfway through the tribulation when the anti-Christ is seated, a 1260 day countdown will begin to Christ’s return to mt Olives, which reveals the exact return day. So there are clearly two returns, two separate events, one where the time of Christ’s return is revealed and one where it is not.

  • SunnyFlaSnotress

    “You up graded to Gerber Graduates”

  • df NJ

    Take amount of food and water needed by each person times the number of people times the number of days equals never enough. No one is an island. We will always be forced to depend on each other to survive.

  • df NJ

    Freedom from authority.

  • ICFubar

    Religion as a whole is just another form of institutionalized control mechanism over the people. Why next the religious CEOs will be telling us which hand we have to use when wiping our butts or withdrawing the promise of eternal life if we do use the “wrong” hand.

    • Kim

      I agree. Articles like this are good but they don’t go far enough. I ask: what has any of the mainstream religions ever done for the good of mankind? I am not talking about what Jesus Christ taught or did. I am talking about institutionalized, mainstream religion (Islam and its various sects and offshoots; Catholicism and its sects and offshoots). What have these EVER EVER done for mankind but foment murderuous hatred and division and greed?

      • ICFubar

        I agree…if put on a scale, balancing between good and evil, you and I and many others already know the result.

        • Kim

          Death and destruction? Misery?

          • ICFubar

            Amen.

      • Guest

        Well first you can’t compare Christianity to Islam, or even Catholicism for that fact. All religions except Christianity have one thing in common: you finish the game by doing works and then your “in”. Christianity is the Knut religion that has a savior that died for us and so we get to heaven NOT by what we do but by what GOD did(sacrificing Jesus)

        As a side note, as we remove “religion” from society wouldn’t you say things get progressively worse, socially speaking?

        Better yet let me ask you this, what would you say, since “religion” hasn’t worked, has contributed to making “EVER EVER” made things better for mankind?

        The problem is all arguments tie Christianity to every other one yet it is distinctly different. Some basic research and you too can learn the difference.

        • Kim

          Blah blah blah

    • Guest

      Boy hats an original argument that hasn’t been made for centuries. As out good friend gay vet would say, “think for yourself”.

      What it is is a cop out that many claim so they can alleviate themselves and their conscience from following God…all with the hope that someday they will be proven right. The problem is that it’s gambling with eternity. It’s a gamble no one should take!!

      So keep on believing that it’s all a “control” game but someday when you stand before God you won’t have the luxury of saying “but God, I thought it was all about control, sorry!” Because sorry is what you and every other person will be! Good luck with that though, hope it works out for you!

      • Gay Veteran

        every other religion on this planet thinks THEIR religion is the only true religion.

        so yes, think for yourself

      • ICFubar

        It is the original control game, (now switched somewhat since the omnipotense of money has arrived to control people)….to which your beliefs are held in exchange for a promise from another living human person that if you believe in a certain way, and act in a certain way, you will stand before a certain belief after you die…. Myself I hold myself responsible for my actions and have no fear of death, the very ending of my and someday your existence…. so take your delusional fear mongering and watch out that your beliefs aren’t used against another human being by those in control of your beliefs…..but each to their own I always say.

  • Kim

    “Shrewd is the one that has seen the calamity and proceeds to conceal himself, but the inexperienced have passed along and must suffer the penalty.”

    Proverbs 22:3

    • Jacynthia Read

      Amen.

  • gfmucci

    One critical “prepping” philosophy I recently adopted is this:

    It is a thousand times more likely that a non-end times cataclysmic event will disrupt our lives than the likelihood of an end of days event. Said another way, it is more likely that we will have a severe economic recession, an EMP event of some magnitude, or a health pandemic than total destruction and hell on earth following a rapture, even if you believe in a rapture preceeding end times.

    Every decade or so there is a cataclysmic event that kills thousands. Every century there is a cataclysmic event that kills millions. It has been this way throughout history. Whether a plague or a war or an act of nature, there have been and will be life threatening events that are absolutely worthwhile to prepare for to the extent that we believe the probability of such event impacting where we live. It is foolish to be blind and unresponsive to this reality.

  • Joltin Joe

    Don’t they believe God will save them, why do they need to prep? They will die and go to heaven, isn’t that what they want?

    • Daddyotis

      Gotta get there first, Joey. And that can be quite unpleasant unless you’re prepared (starvation, rape, torture, disease aren’t fun ways to go). I’m not afraid to die, but I will at the same time take reasonable measures to protect my family & I from what I see is coming. We’re all gonna go some day and stand and be judged. However, all Michael is arguing is that while we’re here we should take prudent measures to protect & comfort ourselves & families.

      • Joltin Joe

        So your not 100% sure in your faith, got it 🙂

        • Daddyotis

          LoL. That’s a stretch. If it makes you feel better to think that, however, have at it.

          • Joltin Joe

            I’m trying to understand. If those things (hunger, rape etc) happen, would that not be ‘god’s will’ for you? Seems like you’re hedging your ‘bet’ in religion.

          • Daddyotis

            Michael addresses this very point in the article (and I agree with his analysis). Please read it before you belittle and admonish others to prop up your own worldview.

          • Mike Smithy

            The book of Job offers insight to your premise.

  • Daddyotis

    Michael: Again I will encourage you to ban SunnyFlaSnotress from commenting on this site. SunnyFlaSnotress is being intentionally disruptive and does not care about the important topics being discussed here. Virtually every article you post has SunnyFlaSnotress gleefully posting “There is no God” and other purposely divisive commentary which doesn’t add anything to the conversation and breaks down any discussion. I don’t care whether
    SunnyFlaSnotress believes in the God of the Bible or not. SunnyFlaSnotress will stand and be judged someday and will have to explain away all of the arrogant elitist BS its been posting. In the meantime, perhaps you could do a favor to the many patrons who come here to seriously discuss your threads and ban SunnyFlaSnotress.

    Thank you

    • Gay Veteran

      “…SunnyFlaSnotress will stand and be judged someday….”

      or not

      • James Staten

        Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!!!!

        • Steeve Girard

          meh? damn patriarchs.

          • James Staten

            God Bless the Patriarchs!!!!

          • Bill G Wilminton NC

            God Bless the Patriarchs

          • James Staten

            Bill, I hadn’t read your reply before I commented. I believe in the Scripture the number 2 is an adequate witness!!!!

          • Bill G Wilminton NC

            Shalom

          • James Staten

            Keep Looking Up

        • Gay Veteran

          EVERY religion on the planet claims to be THE one true religion

          • James Staten

            Religion is man’s attempt to reach God, but Christianity is God reaching down to man. The Creator became the Creature. He took on a tent of human flesh. Christianity is a relationship!!! Plus He got up and walked out of that Tomb, and because He did, I am going to live forever.

          • Gay Veteran

            fixed your sentence: We were told he got up and walked out of that Tomb, and I believe that because I fear death.

          • James Staten

            His Spirit confirms to my spirit that I am a Child of God. I am a Witness

          • James Staten

            One more fact: You wanta go to Heaven? Trust Jesus Christ You wanta go to hell? Trust something else!!!!!

          • Gay Veteran

            how many OTHER religions on this planet have a “heaven” to go to?

          • James Staten

            Well GV, You could bet on 72 Virgins, but that would be foolish!!!! You wanta to go to Heaven? Trust Jesus Christ. You wanta go to hell? Trust something else.

          • Gay Veteran

            and they would say YOU are being foolish

          • James Staten

            Do you think they will be Muslim Virgins?

    • Steeve Girard

      There is no Abrahamic “God”. G.o.d.s. and G.o.d.d.e.s.s.e.s. are what legendary pagans become after a long while, like Odin and Zeus… but in the beginning of their legend they were human just like you and me. Their story being distorted by the passage of time.
      .
      For Abrahamics, God is the name given to Abraham’s “wiener”, because it was the cult of his time… people actually venerated the male organ as the source of life and power to the tribe. Quote from Sir Ian McKellen from Da Vinci Code: “The more “wieners” the higher in the hierarchy you are.”

      • Bill G Wilminton NC

        Now you quote from A MOVIE and call it historical fact. The Da Vinci Code movie is a FICTION. You are a laugh… a buffoon !

        And again you speak of the ” God “of Abraham Isaac and Jacob…..

        Where do the likes of people like you slither around during the day.

        • Steeve Girard

          He said it before the movie… that was included in the scenario afterwards, because it was a great line… look at the making of documentaries.

          (come on “willy” Bill shout some more… troll this thread out of existence like you usually do)

          • Bill G Wilminton NC

            You are a buffoon…..

          • Steeve Girard

            And you are narrow minded.

          • Bill G Wilminton NC

            I deal in facts you come to a blog site and deal in BS

          • Steeve Girard

            “Facts” that are written in a book of fiction made into law, to control masses and habits. In my mind Belief + Fact = Belief

          • Bill G Wilminton NC

            Listen you buffoon go back to the movies get a popcorn front row Da Vinci Code

          • Steeve Girard

            I mentioned a quote that an actor said, that was so good, that they included it into the movie. Past tense… not conditional present tense… nor conditional future tense.

          • Bill G Wilminton NC

            Fiction is Fiction..a fabrication is a fabrication also called a LIE.

            Stay at the movies maybe be the popcorn maker

          • Steeve Girard

            You really do not get it.

          • Bill G Wilminton NC

            NO you dont get it 90 % of the people on this blog do not agree with you….you got snotnose, paul ivanhoff, always tomorro, gay veteran, some group

          • SunnyFlaSnotress

            Pill and his ilk are very frightened. They are neither the 1% nor the 90%.

          • Bill G Wilminton NC

            A book of facts is not a book of fiction

        • watchmannonthewall

          May I offer a suggestion? Perhaps read Daddyotis above and my response to him? I am also working on the same issues!

    • SunnyFlaSnotress

      What makes you so sure that I post gleefully? I post matter-of-factly. And why shouldn’t I express my beliefs?

    • alan

      Sadly I would say his opinion is free speech. This is an economic collapse blog not the Islamic jihad blog. I come here hoping to catch some interesting news or opinions. People around the country and world may see something happening and we would be able to have an advanced warning something is up. Just my 2 cents for what they are worth.

      • SunnyFlaSnotress

        her..and thank you

    • watchmannonthewall

      I agree Sunny is here as a disrupter. I think her main, but not only, purpose is to keep threads with her name going on for as long as possible. It is rather annoying to need to page down 10-15 posts to get to the next post related to an initial comment.
      If we simply refuse to play her game by ignoring her, though it will not eliminate her comments, we will be able to more quickly get past them to valid comments.
      I have to wonder if she doesn’t have a painful event in her background that makes her want to declare God is dead, since she feels He failed her. Just a thought!

  • Rosemary Martin

    Father warned us of what would be. So be prepared and put the rest in His hands. I love You Father.

  • tribtruth

    THESE PREACHERS UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE CLEARLY STATES THAT THE RAPTURE COMES BEFORE THE GREAT TRIBULATION. WE ARE NOT CONFUSED! You mock us with what we know is false doctrine by people consumed in darkness. We walk in LIGHT, disagree with you, and you take it as MOCKING. WIERD! We are MORE prepared than you because we know the rapture truth. Perry Stone’s new book overrules your misguided “verdict.” HE IS NOT A MOCKER. Gary Stearman’s book will be out by September. Take a look at his brilliant body of work re pretrib. THESE PREACHERS DO NOT WANT THEIR FLOCK TO MISS THE RAPTURE SO THEY FEEL THEY MUST PREACH THE TRUTH WHICH OPPOSES YOUR MISGUIDED FALSE DOCTRINE.
    WAKE UP.

    • Gay Veteran

      LOL

  • tribtruth

    Stored food will not save anyone from nukes, earthquakes, tsunamis, Yellow Stone blowing up, astroids, etc. So if Ameica is doomed as you say, WHAT GOOD IS YOUR STORED FOOD? Prepping is a fools’ errand. LUKE 21:36 “Pray you will beworthy to ESCAPE all these things” which is in Rev 3:10 to the Church of Philadelphia “I will keep you FROM the hour of trial.” The faithful church leaves in the rapture escaping the hour of trial. The true “mockers’ actually appear to be the preppers who deny what the Bible clearly states demeaning anyone who disagrees with them.

    • Jacynthia Read

      Proverbs 22:3

      • tribtruth

        Ten Virgins BUT only 5 LEFT with the Lord to be in the marriage supper while the other 5 stayed for the Tribulation. The Door is shutting soon; food storage is not the solution. Preparation is faith in His coming to take His sheep out of harm’s way and being READY for Him. Same with the 7 churches; only ONE leaves in the rapture (Philadelphia). People are making $ on fear mongering. There is no fear in Christ.

        • Jacynthia Read

          None of the people putting back food that I have met are fearful. Here in the south we just do that every year as a matter of lifestyle. My people have been doing it for hundreds of years. I never knew any of my grandparents or great aunts and uncles to not be trusting in the Lord. Quite the contrary. They prayed for rain and a good crop.

          It is not your place or mine to judge people’s hearts. Neither is it the place of dead preachers who care more about the collection plate than they do the souls of the lost. And don’t tell me about the Rapture. Tell it to the 2.5 million Christians in the Middle East. Many, if not most, lost their lives. They did not get raptured. Are we more Godly than them? I don’t think so. We should be praying for what is left of them and sending relief for their plight.

          There will be a rapture, but in God’s time, not ours. In the meantime, we should prepare because something is coming, be it an economic collapse, putting thousands out of work, a mega earth quake, a (super) volcano eruption, or just another weather condition that closes down stores for weeks.Listening to the Holy Spirit is key, and the Holy Spirit is telling many to put back provisions, including me.

    • Maddog

      The reason the country and the church are in such miserable shape is because of ideas like yours. Only pampered self-righteous Americans would believe they will somehow escape the punishment they so deserve.

    • Gay Veteran

      you left out space aliens

    • Gay Veteran

      why have fire insurance on your house?
      trust the Lord!

  • Mondobeyondo

    Anti-faith? Nah. It wasn’t anti-faith for Joseph to prepare for those years of famine in Egypt.

  • Olga Maria Castañeda

    While people are dying TODAY from famish you are stoking food for TOMORROW , thats contradictory , Lots of preppers are making money selling survival kits taking advantage of ignorance. The only survival kit we need is JESUS

    • Guest

      You’re wrong, plain and simple. God wants willing participants, not lazy couch slobs. It’s pretty straightforward Olga.

  • grumpyhillbilly

    I prepare for life without electricity. The grid is slapped together, and linemen on call seem to few and far between. Since electricity is not in the Bible, guess I’m spared admonishment. Seriously I don’t understand why some clergy are so anti prepping. They should worry more about empty pews.

    • Jacynthia Read

      They should worry about the spiritual condition of those in the pews, and for that matter, the spiritual condition of our nation.

  • Jerry C

    Hence why I always quote from the King James. Of course, godless folks love to quote from the perverted modern translations to justify their hate of God’s Word.

    • Gay Veteran

      so many translations, so much for the unchanging word of “god”

      • Jerry C

        The Dead Sea Scrolls found in 1947 prove the accuracy of translation to 99.8% going back almost 2,000 years to the original ancient manuscripts; of which are well over 50,000 copies. Of course, all modern translations are perversions of the original. So, you can disagree as to whether or not you believe the scriptures are the inspired Word of God, but you cannot say that the words have not been preserved. In addition, unless you can read Hebrew, Greek & Aramaic, you’ll have to depend upon another translation. I’d suggest the King James Version (KJV) along with a Strong’s Concordance to ensure that you’re being diligent in your studies. You are being diligent, no?

        • Gay Veteran

          when I read fiction I usually read science fiction

      • stev

        A translation does not mean that the meaning is changed to the opposite of the original.

        I can say “Sit down in a chair” and translate into hundreds of different languages but it still means the same thing.

        😉

    • GSOB

      ….’godless folks love to quote from the perverted modern translations to justify their hate of God’s Word’….
      You are carnal, fleshy and sectarian.

  • Jerry C

    Grasshopper or ant. To be, or not to be. That is the question.

  • GSOB

    …”So no matter what your view on Christian eschatology is, we all need to be getting prepared to face the exceedingly difficult times that are immediately ahead of us.”….

    Amen

    • Kim

      I would say these exceedingly difficult times are upon us right at this moment. And those that have failed to prepare are feeling the pain right now. Of course there is only so much one can do. These difficult times are felt no matter what, which makes spiritual preparation the most important of all.

  • Tom Angle

    Here are some more verses.

    Proverbs 6:6-11
    6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
    7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
    8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
    9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
    10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
    11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

    Proverbs 21:20
    20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

    Proverbs 27:12
    12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

    2 Thessalonians 3:9-11
    9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
    10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
    11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

    Proverbs 13:16
    16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

    Proverbs 22:3
    3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

    Proverbs 28:19
    19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

  • Gay Veteran

    would be NICE if you limited the Christian articles to your other website endoftheamericandream so here we would be spared the tidal wave of crazy comments.

    BUT your website, your rules.

    “…Instead, God ordered Noah to build a boat that was approximately the size of a World War II aircraft carrier, and then He watched as Noah and his family spent years doing exactly that….”

    so how did the animals from South America make it to the ark? or the 10s of 1000s of other animal, insect, and plant species on this planet

    • Bill G Wilminton NC

      As for the flood…. one land mass includes of S and N America….do your own research.

      • Gay Veteran

        you didn’t answer the questions:

        so how did the animals from South America make it to the ark? or the 10s of 1000s of other animal, insect, and plant species on this planet?

        Crazy comments come from Bathhouse Bill

  • Guest

    No collection plates at my church…blows that social theory! Oopsy daisy hey Mike? 😉
    Next…

    • Mike Henseler

      Don’t take the words “collection plate” so literal. Does your church generate income? if yes, then How ?….and how much of it is re-distributed to the needy?

  • Gay Veteran

    “…You have taken Ezekiel 23:20 out of context….”

    jeebus, Christians arguing over bible verses, again

    God speaks to a man, that is revelation.
    That man speaks to another man, that is hearsay

    • Ricardo

      They were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write, hence it is the Holy Spirit speaking through man.

      • Gay Veteran

        God speaks to a man, that is revelation.
        That man speaks to another man, that is hearsay

    • Bill G Wilminton NC

      Wrong again……

      • Gay Veteran

        oh, we’ll just have to trust Bathhouse Bill

  • Chris

    So at my church a good portion of the collection went to help a family in the Colorado foothills rebuild their entire home after last years floods. Their insurance didn’t cover the damage. Try and convince that family that collections went to the leaders bank accounts, bet they would argue that one!! Best part, the receiving family doesn’t even go to our church! Just one hitch doing good for the community and disproving week after week after week that there is good in this world when you really follow God and his will!

    • Gay Veteran

      great, you provided ONE example

  • Gay Veteran

    LOL

  • Preacher62

    Matthew 6:31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

    • GSOB

      Smart people worry.
      Smart Christians take their worries to the Lord in prayer.

  • Jazz

    Stocks hit new highs again today folks. You’re missing out. Draghi speaking tomorrow. Can you say BIG TIME rally? Haven’t done this in a while but….. PUT YOUR RALLY CAPS ON KIDS!

    The firework show is just about to begin. I called Dow 18K. Now we will melt up to 18.5K and 19-20K by year end. Watch and learn 😉

    • ALWAYSTOMORROW

      JAZZ has issued a BIG TIME DOW rally alarm for the last 8 months of 2016. Lets do a descending count each day and see if the DOW gets to 19-20K by years end.

      It is interesting why certain words are not allowed without moderator approval. I wonder if it is because it brings certain past predictions to readers minds.

  • Dave of OK

    Hi, Michael:
    Good comments about this interesting paradox of the Christian life. I am a pastor and I am also a prepper and a stacker. How do I justify the seeming paradox between the examples of Noah and Joseph and Jesus’ admonition in Matthew 6:19-34. First God orders Noah to build the Ark and Joseph was interpreting the dream of the Pharaoh from God. But is God telling me to stock my cabinets full of food, have a shotgun and pistol ready with enough ammo, and stack silver coins? Is it wrong to have a retirement account as a pastor? Our healthcare plan of our denomination encourages us pastors also to have a savings plan for retirement. Is that a sin? Is that in violation of Matthew 6:19-34? I want to save for retirement, but I believe that within a few short years, all the money in that account will buy is a loaf of bread. So I am merely saving for the future in a medium of exchange that I know will be a store of value for the future: silver, canned food, and bullets. If I survive I can be available to help others not so fortunate.
    Those so-called preachers that mock preppers, better read Ezek 33 again. I hint at it in sermons when the subject comes up. But I do not preach a lifestyle of prepping. I had a preacher a few years back that used to hype Y2K and nothing happened. So I do not want to make that same mistake. But as things begin to fall apart, I am not going to hold back. Besides most of the people in my congregation are in their 70’s and 80’s and will not survive a catastrophic event, but I know I will be doing a lot of funerals when it happens. So I do not want to worry them unnecessarily. Good topic.

    • Poor Richard

      Taking care of yourself and those you are responsible for is both Biblical and American! I see we agree on silver, canned goods, and other items; just don’t forget some extra Bibles. Of course that might go without needing to be said between us. I only bring it up for those who are yet blind to the truth.

  • John E

    Church’s are dying. Even in the bible belt attendance is way down. Some of this is cultural as with the spiritually dead millennials, that worship their Iphones….but what about the rest?

    There are 95 million on food stamps. They live check to check, spend lots of time waiting in lines and the rest of it on their Obama phones looking for non existent ways to rise out of poverty. Church? What is that? I have to go take a guilt trip for wearing second hand cloths and not donating generously on the collection plate?

    Call me cynical Mister Preacher man, for calling you out. Is it not true that if poor people prepare and spend their minuscule disposable incomes on cans of spaghetti O’s and flashlight batteries, there will be less to donate to at collection plate? If this is the end of times, then the bible warns us of an increase in false prophets.

    • SunnyFlaSnotress

      there is no god

      • Maddog

        keep telling yourself that

  • Jesus didn’t pull any punches when he told the Jews their father was a liar, thief, pimp and a murderer.

  • Poor Richard

    I do notice that a certain TV preacher has “minions” who say that any prep is showing a lack of faith, going so far as to call 20+ year shelf life food dangerous; yet the same preacher has a monthly “beg-a-thon” to raise money for their TV time. Is that also “not faithing” on God, not trusting everything to Him? Resorting to works to get by on shows nothing but common sense? I do not see any difference between asking for cash to pay ministry bills and having some extra groceries on hand just in case of trouble; both show your determination to persevere through hardships, and to be a light to the lost in those times. I have a little food put by, as well as some extra Bibles. Perhaps one can feed the flesh and the spirit of their neighbors during hard times. God is in control.

  • MeMadMax

    Ok so i’m more like a freethinker(not atheist), and what these preachers say confounds me. Their religion disappoints them time and time again. There are examples abound of these let downs, but the most recent is the whole 2000 thing where alot of them expected the resurrection of jesus, end of the world, etc etc…
    You would think that with all these examples of things that may or may not happen that all events as predicted by this religion or are perceived to happen(end of the world/rapture), that it would be a safe bet that things just won’t go as according to plan(in the bible) and that it would be a good idea to prepare for it either or…
    This leads me to the idea that when things do get bad(economically induced famine for example), that it would be a good idea to prepare in order to preserve the religion and themselves in order to carry on said religion…

    Oh well, back to playing world of warcraft…

    ^.^

    • Steeve Girard

      Fascinating perspective +1

      Not mine though, but yet fascinating.

  • SunnyFlaSnotress

    ick 🙂

  • alan

    Not being a religious person I remember hearing something like… in the end god kills everyone and earth becomes heaven or something like that.

    I figure better prep because god might not show up again. Being a father I do not want the death of my family to fall on me and my failure.

  • Pablo Sepulveda

    A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but fool rageth, and is confident. Proverbs 14:16

    God is warning us about what is gonna happen just to protect those you love

  • James Staten

    I haven’t looked at every comment, so perhaps someone has mentioned this?Jesus said in Matt 24:21 that great tribulation is coming and if my understanding is correct he states that it will be the worst time in history. If I am understanding Him correctly then it will be worst than the flood. Other than being in Christ like Noah was in the Ark, how do you possibly prepare?

    • Rhialto the Marvellous

      James, not to be redundant, but besides being in Christ, make sure you have plenty of oil/Holy Spirit. Don’t get caught walking after the flesh.

      Other than that?
      Gold/silver and weapons/ammo.

      • James Staten

        Thank you, Keep Looking Up!!!!

    • watchmannonthewall

      We need to know how He wants to be worshipped and OBEY His word. (See Ezekiel 14:12-23) He tells us here that our righteousness MUST be like that of Noah, Daniel, and Job.

      • James Staten

        Not trying to start an argument, but Paul says that it is my Gospel, and one day every man will be judged by it.

        • watchmannonthewall

          Not sure what you are saying, but I will try to provide some more information that might help. The gospel [good news] is not strictly limited to Jesus Christ though He underlays all of it. Paul said the gospel was preaced unto Abraham by the statement, “All the nations shall be blessed in you.” (Gal. 3:8) We can see this is is eventually through Jesus.
          But how do we see this one from Hebrews 4:2? “For indeed we had the gospel preached unto us, just as they [those at the foot of Mt Sinai] also; but the Word they heard did not profit them, because it was not mixed with faith in those who heard?” We don;t usually think of Jesus as being in the 10 commandments so we need to expand our understanding of Him. He is the Living Word of God, The Word of God spoken at Sinai and the wilderness lived out for all to see. He spoke face to face with Moses as it says in Exodus but the Father did not, the Father only allowed Moses to see His backside.
          From this we can understand Jesus’ statement recorded by John, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings [OT and NT- because He came living out the OT and properly explaining it] has one who judges him; the word I spoke [past tense- hence OT] is what will judge him at the last day. For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say and what to speak.” (John 12:48-49)
          With this last statement made in verse 49, those to whom He was speaking understood He was claiming to fulfill the prophesy given by Moses in Deuteronomy 19:15-19 and very specifically verses 18-19: “I [God] will raise up a Prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My Words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall come about that whoever will not listen [Hebrew “shema”- hear and do] to My words which He shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.” Peter, Acts 3:22-23, informs us that “require it of him” actually means, “utterly destroy”,meaning the second death.
          Many think Paul preached a different message than the OT or Jesus. God and Jesus both agree that we will be judged by what Jesus said, not what people think Paul said. He has no authority to change anything from God.
          God says we will be judged by what Jesus said, because He put those words in Jesus’ mouth. For those who think Paul preached something different and they live something different, they need to study Jesus’ words, and ignore Paul’s seemingly contradictory statements (because they aren’t) until they properly understand Paul. They also need to keep in mind Peter warned us against those who twist the things Paul said “to their own destruction.” (2 Peter 3:14-17) Again, Peter makes a reference to the second death.
          We are to walk in the same righteousness Noah, Daniel, and Job walked in to be delivered. That righteousness was spoken of at Mt Sinai and in the wildeness. The temple wasn’t around during the lives of these three men, nor it it today!
          I know this is not what our shepherds are teaching us today but it is the Word.

          • James Staten

            Let me give just a few examples of what I am making reference. The Apostle Paul was given “Mysteries” revealed to him from the Risen Savior from glory. If a mystery is a secret in the mind of the Lord until He reveals it, then there are several He gave to Paul that He never revealed in His earthly ministry. I said this to gsob on this blog a few days ago, and most people don’t understand this. 1st Corinthians 10:32 Paul makes reference to Three groups of people during this dispensation of grace. While it is true that it breaks down to two groups the Saved and the Unsaved. Paul speaks of Three, Why? Because the Body of Christ is one of the mysteries revealed to Paul, and I believe you can search the scriptures, and if i am not mistaken Paul is the only person to ever speak about this New Creation composed of Jews and Gentiles? What is another of those mysteries the Catching Away of the Body of Christ. Another mystery is the Blinding of Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. What happens after the completion of the Body of Christ? After the Body of Christ is removed, what do you have left? The Jews in Jerusalem, and a Christ rejecting Jew hating Gentile world that basically says “Let’s destroy them and take that Land”…This is a short version. What is Paul’s Gospel…1st Corinthians 15:1-4

          • watchmannonthewall

            Again, I am not sure I understand your question or comment. Does this cover it?

            Paul was given “Mysteries” revealed to him by Jesus Christ that Jesus did not reveal in His earthly ministry. Yes. These “Mysteries” are all seen in the “shadow” of the OT. None of them is, strictly, “new”.

            “Paul was probably the worlds and history’s foremost expert on the OT. In 1 Cor. 10:32 Paul instructs those in Messiah not to offend either the Jew or Gentile by their practices, which is further elaboration of 9:19-23.

            Paul does speak of the “New Creation” composed of Jews and Gentiles but that pattern is already set in Genesis where it was prophesied of Ephraim he would become a multitude of “nations”, Hebrew- “goy”, in the midst of the earth. (Gen. 48:16-19) (This is why the Great Tribulation will encompass ALL Israel, not just the Jews! Satan understands this prophesy, God’s people don’t!)

            Jacob, aka Israel, adopted Ephraim and Manasseh as his own sons. Joseph’s additional offspring would be his own. Their offspring are Gentile Israelites. God split them out, to bring them back to be one with the rest, just as Adam’s side was opened, a rib taken to form Eve and she was brought back to him and, “The two shall become one flesh.” We will become one with Messiah one day, also. This is a consistent pattern in Scripture.

            The catching away, or regathering, of the Body of Christ, Israel, is all over the OT. Deut. 30:1-5, Ps. 126, Is. 27:12-13, Jer. 16:14-19, Ez. 20:33-44, Hosea 14, Joel 3:12-17, Amos 9:11-15, etc. Nearly all the prophets spoke of it and the patriarchs lived it out as they returned to the Land from Egypt.

            The blinding of Israel until the fullness
            of the Gentiles come in is a branch of the prophesies connected to Ephraim. The restoration of Ephraim is the sign all the Gentiles have come in because Ephraim, the leader of the Gentiles, holds the firstborn birthright of Israel through Joseph. (1 Chr. 5:1, Jer. 31:9) Go on UTube and watch “Passion for Truth’s” video, “Identity Crisis”.

            After the removal of the body of Christ, you have those left on earth whom the LORD will destroy by the brightness of His coming. This is Armageddon and is also in numerous places in the OT. It is not a NT doctrine. The first shadow of it in the OT (I believe) are the events that occurred at Shechem regarding Dinah.

            Since God declares the end from the
            beginning (Is 46:10), the gospel Paul declared has to be found in the OT. Paul just gave us better understanding of the shadows hidden there. More will come when God pours out His Spirit for the last of the last days! Paul’s gospel is a clarification of some of the mysteries spoken of in the OT.

          • James Staten

            My original comment was directed at the title to this article. If we are in the last days then my comment was the Lord said literally this time will be the worst time in human history? Even worst than the flood. So how is it possible to prepare? Other than basic items from a worldly perspective, the only place to be hid is in Christ. There is no bug out plan to survive by whatever name one wishes to call this time period coming upon the world. I would ask you though, if my understanding of a biblical mystery is correct, that it is a secret in the mind of the Lord until the Lord chooses to reveal it, and if Jews and Gentiles compose a New Creation never spoken in the Lord’s earthly ministry, then it is different. Sure there can be types and shadows, but this is New Revelation. The Church in the Wilderness is not the same as the Church which is His Body. We are under a different dispensation. I believe Paul addresses dispensations four times?.I guess I can end my side of this by saying that the Apostle Paul wrote literally half the NT, and just as Peter states in one of his epistles, “Paul writings are hard to understand, but listen to Paul”. Paul writes to the Body of Christ during this dispensation of Grace.

          • watchmannonthewall

            How do we prepare? I think we are doing it by sharing various viewpoints of the Word. No one has it all right or has thought of eveything. As you say, a mystery will remain so until God unveils it. He is taking off a layer here and there. We have to keep allowing others to speak to us about the Word, within reason. Who knows when He will open the floodgates?

          • James Staten

            Amen..2 Timothy 2:15…Keep Studying and Keep Looking Up …the Day of Christ is coming for us, regardless what trials and tribulation come first!!!

  • larrythelogger

    Michael, in context in Matthew 24, I believe that context is important. Jesus was talking to Jews in the dispensation of the age of Israel and not the church. With that in mind, He was specifically referring to the last seven years of the age of Israel which occurs AFTER the rapture and He mentions Daniel’s seventieth week in verse 19. So the end times Jesus is talking about is NOT the end of the Church Age dispensation nor the end of the United States but the end of the Age of Israel. In my opinion, no church age believer will witness or experience any of this because they won’t be here on earth. Jesus is talking about stuff that will happen just before He returns which is NOT at the end of the Church Age.

    All that said, Paul warned Timothy regarding what the Church would look like at the end. Paul also warned believers about the consequences of their actions in Romans 1 with the three “gave them over” promises. Jesus DID mention prudence in observing the seasons and taking appropriate action. So preparing for the certain end of the United States because of the failure of Christians per Romans 1 through Romans 2:5 is a smart thing to do. Many verses in Proverbs say the same thing.

    What the Bible says for Christians to do regarding any and every circumstance is found in Romans 12:1-2 as well as many other passages. Sadly, most Christians in the United States are satisfying the conditions for the three “gave them over” promises in Romans 1 which means the United States and its certain demise is being fulfilled because God promised it. He promised deception, lawlessness, homosexuality, etc. Read the chapter. God promised all that for unbelievers but more importantly for believers per Rom 2:1. If a believer is satisfying the conditions of Romans 1, prepping is the least of his concerns because God WILL GIVE THEM OVER TO regardless of how much prepping he does. 2 Chronicles 7:14 doesn’t mention prepping at all by the way. The downfall and end of the United States we are witnessing now is a PROMISE of God being fulfilled per Romans 1. Prepping WILL NOT stop God from fulfilling His three “gave them over” promises.

    Is it smart to get ready, to prepare for what is certain to happen to this nation? Sure. But if the marking angel per Ezekiel passes you by because you’re more interested in self preservation than fellowship with God and your attitude is not one who seeks fellowship with God resulting in producing the fruit of the Spirit in Gal 5:22-23, prepping isn’t the most important thing to be doing.

    • Bill G Wilminton NC

      Yes in Mathew 24 Yeshua was talking to the Jews in the dispensation of the age of Israel and not the church… with that in mind he was referring to the last seven years of the age of Israel after the rapture.

  • BeenThere

    I don’t know where Micheal stands on the rapture, but this pernicious doctrine is behind it. After all according to that doctrine, the true believers don’t have to prepare because God is going to “whisk” them away before all the bad stuff happens.

  • sigTRUTH

    Good article. You may want to consider the negative impact of prepping on the church offering plate. I’m hearing the anti prepping message just before the call to up the tithing (which is a false teaching).

  • ..did you know that Bill Maher (tv host and historian), has a blog (and documentary on YOU TUBE…”Religulous”), that claims that Jesus Christ NEVER existed!…he has a large college student following!…what to do?

    • Bill G Wilminton NC

      PRAY……….

  • max gon

    The best thing about the invention of God is that it has made a lot of people very rich.

  • watchmannonthewall

    Michael, great article and vey much appropriate for today. I am shocked at the response of many Christians, including specifically Christian leadership, when a discussion turns to preparing for difficult times and the prediction/prophesies given by God, Jesus Christ, before His return in Matthew 24, which you mentioned above.

    Many do not accept that these words are for His very own people! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Jesus will not put His bride through the Great Tribulation.” It’s as if no one from any previous generation, including all those who died for Him through the ages, not to mention those in the M.E. today, were/are included in the Bride!

    Not only did Paul tell us that there would come a great falling away, but he also told us about its characteristics: “But the Spirit explicitly says that in the later times some will fall away from faith, PAYING HEED to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons (1 Tim. 4:1). In 2 Tim. 4:3-4 Paul adds, “For the time will come when they [God’s people] will NOT endure sound doctrine [a choice they make]. but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers [leaders, influencers] in accordance with THEIR OWN desires, and will turn away their ears from the Truth [His Word], and will turn aside to myths.”

    Paul is simply calling us to remember that what has happened before will again, even as Solomon stated, “That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecc. 1:9) Paul is, at the same time, reminding us of Isaiah’s words, in 30:9-10: “For this is a rebellious people, false sons, sons who refuse to listen to the instruction [Strong’s #8451- Torah] of the LORD; who say to the seers, ‘You must not see visions’, and to the prophets, ‘You must not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth words, prophesy illusions.'”

    Note it is the people who are telling those God called to warn His people about their sin and coming discipline that they do not want to hear the message! They WANT to be lied to! They do not love the Truth! They rejected the ones God gave His message to and went off and found those who spoke what they wanted to hear. So it is today.

    But what about those of today who do speak “smooth words” and “prophesy illusions” the people want to hear? His Word says He will judge them before/during His return.

    In Jer. 23 and Ez. 34 God speaks to “the shepherds of Israel” and then He speaks of His return to shepherd His own people. But there is a problem with these two chapters: the nation of Israel, the northern 10 tribes had been scattered over 100 years before both Ezekiel and Jeremiah prophesied these prophesies, therefore we know it has a future fulfillment for BOTH houses of Israel (Ez. 37:15-23).

    In these passages He says He is going to come against these false shepherds who have taken advantage of HIS sheep, and not fed and cared for them properly. (John 10:1-18 is a NT reference to these passages.) From the fact both speak of how God (Jesus) is going to search out His sheep wherever they have been scattered and gather them back into the land [Israel], we understand their judgment happens at or just prior to His return. We need to stay away from such “shepherds”!

    I haven’t yet been able to verify the following, perhaps you know, but I heard yesterday the Pope and mainline Christian denominations, as well as a number of evangelical organizations, have agreed to a renunification with the Catholic Church in October 2017. Have you heard anything about this? It would fit right in with the peace many (sheep) think would be secured by coming together with others and the current false leaders of God’s people!

  • Bob Smith

    If it is anti-Christian to get prepared for hard times, then why do anything to improve your situation in life? Why go to school? Why get a job? Why not just be a bum and go on welfare? God will take care of you, won’t He? It is really true that God helps those that help themselves.

  • Imakeepit100

    In preparation for the inevitable dollar crash, people are hoarding gold. It seems a wise thing to do, but the Bible says that they would cast their idols of gold and silver to moles and bats.

    • A lot of people would agree, but I think of it this way: I think The Bible is talking about actual “idols” to which people pray as gods (they made those in biblical times, then they knelt down and prayed to their pretend gods). Keeping some precious metal for currency for use in a currency crash only makes good sense because it is the only currency that will have any value, other than barter goods (which may be even better to have). Originally, our paper money should have been backed by precious metal, our coins did incorporate precious metal, but now they are no longer so. Under your interpretation of precious metal representing idols, you shouldn’t use paper money either because it represent(ed) precious metal.

      Just my 2 cents. No offense intended.

  • Michael, good article. Preparedness is a solid philosophy for everyone at all times, Christians included. For Christians, you illustrate here, to anyone with ears to hear, that a philosophy of preparedness has a strong biblical foundation, and a well-founded basis in common sense.

    We live in a time when people are taught to be helpless and dependent. The clergy who teach their congregations not to prepare, and to surrender our freedoms & rights for which our forefathers fought without question are an engineered part of it. Most people in the general population today, well, whatever the tube tells them is automatically accepted as truth despite glaring evidence to the contrary. Subservient, compliant, and ignorant. Seems somebody wants us that way, doesn’t it? That’s how ideological subversion works, and that ‘somebody’ becomes undetectable because it is a cumulative effect spread over many entities, agencies, and years.

    Keep preparing. There’s a storm coming.

  • Willard Ferch

    Those mockers will be coming to us for something to eat! Fiddlin

  • Texas Arcane

    It is tempting God to challenge him to provide for you. As if lifting the scales from your eyes to give you a warning of these things is not enough in itself. If God doesn’t care what happens to you he lets you slumber like these demonic evangelists. The faithful who accept his spirit have their minds renewed and see what is coming. Better a man were cast with a millstone around his neck into the sea who does not think of providing for his loved ones and himself. If God wanted life to be easy he would not have given it to us. Like Noah, the Lord wants to see if you can stand being mocked. Rather, condemn this rotten world and allow your faith to preserve you by showing you the fear of God which is the beginning of all wisdom. God is going to clean some clocks soon and you would be wise to seek shelter while he does so.

  • daniel lee morgan

    A “Godly man watched the news and forcast was heavy rains with possible flooding, he did nothing, stayed in a risky situation!

  • Servaline

    So prepping would apply to everyone in the world except for those in Judea? When the abomination of desolation is seen standing in the holy place the instructions from the Almighty are for all who are in Judea to flee, not to return to their houses to retrieve anything and not to stand with guns to protect what they have stored up. Throughout the entire bible the theme is to depend on the Almighty for everything. You can spend a lifetime prepping, but one torrential rain, one earthquake, one volcano will put you to running to the hills and leaving behind all that you depended on. I hear over and over that the Almighty directs us to prep (or not), but if he can protect us after prepping for many years, he can certainly protect and provide if you are caught with nothing except your spiritual armor. Read the story of the widow of Zarephath in 1 Kings 17. Here’s another thought, if you have stores, even 1 last meal like the widow of Zarephath, and you refuse that last meal to some needy person and instead run them off, you may well be pushing away an Elijah-like witness for the Almighty. Putting on the full armor of the Almighty is spiritual, not physical. Nothing wrong with storing up or keeping a BOB ready.

  • scooter

    Michael, if one takes the position that the Olivet Discourse including Matt.24:7 was all fulfilled in 70AD one would conclude IN ERROR there is no reason to get all excited. But, Jesus gave the book of The Revelation because he knew this was coming, and the consequences would be mislead sheep. So Catholics and Lutherans and myriad old line denominations won’t touch the rapture texts with a 10 foot pole, and the last book is out of bounds, except, perhaps, for the very end, the eternal kingdom passages.
    But, for people who want to be blessed, as the declaration within the book declares, they will readily see great tribulation is GUARANTEED. Moreover, they will see that seals 2-4 of Rev.6 are a pure parallel to Matt.24:7—war, famine and pestilence. No wonder the bible declares, “my people perish for a lack of knowledge”.
    For those holding to a pre-tribulation rapture, so it is of no concern, the likely tribulation/7 year/final week covenant to start it may well happen this Friday evening at the UN, with a resolution to establish Palestine statehood with their capitol also being in a divided Jerusalem to fulfill Dan.9:27. The he in that passage will then be the Italian/Roman Empire centered Holy See prince who has pushed for this. Virtually all the church will be wrong at that point, except for those who have advocated a mid-tribulation rapture, before the WRATH of the Lamb of Rev.6:12-17 and the WRATH of God of Rev.15:1 and 16:1 occurs, as 1Thess.1:10 and 5:9 declare, and as 2Thess.2:1-4 defines. The Friday evening vote will be at the start of Passover, when one should expect God’s clock to start ticking.
    May those seeking truth awaken! Dangerous errors will bring one to erroneous and perhaps spiritually destructive positions due to faulty eschatology. Things like Christian dominion theologies pushing the church to actually be part of the Satan inspired Babel II/New World Order creation which will ultimately declare all faiths can reach God, when Jesus clearly declared, “no man comes to the Father but through me”. Embrace the truth from the word of God or perish!

    • GSOB

      Us versus them and you are the cream of the crop.
      I get it. You got it all figured out. You are the blessed of the blessed.

      LOL

  • CT

    People who promote survival or prepper wares may not like idea of the Rapture. However, storing up for a “rainy” day is wise regardless. Christians are not supposed to just lay around waiting for the catching up. We are to be doing our Father’s business. We must keep spreading the Gospel.

    Here is the “catching up” or Rapture… 1 Thessalonians 4:16:

    16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ
    shall rise first:
    17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with
    the Lord.

    • WarriorWomanForGod

      People could find themselves in the midst of a natural disaster – a la Hurricane Katrina where help is slow in coming. To be prepared, there is nothing wrong with that mentality, you never know what will happen. God Bless…

  • Arizona

    LAST summer,our FATHER paid me a visit,we talked about TWO HOURS,I had visits from him since 1959,and he loves to come and argue with me,about non sense,BUT this last visit was all business,he had a stack of papers he wanted me to see,IT was the JUDGEMENT ON AMERICA,the PREACHERS,he said LESS then 1% would be getting into heaven,and the CHRISTIANS,or those that say they are BUT AREN’T,he said 80% of americans claim to be christians,HE said the truth is only about 12 % really are,the rest are LIERS,and are just pretending,he said imagine how surprised they’ll be when they wakeup in hell,( that was the only time he smiled the whole time he was here)we talked about taking the children,HES GOING TO TAKE most all the kids,HERES a word to the wise,STOP pretending to be a christian,BE ONE go to heaven,LISTEN to GODS PROPHETS their here to warn you,the six seal is about to open,america will be destroyed,the planet is in ruins,CAUSED BY AMERICA,you’ll pay dear for this,get close to the LORD NOW,everyone will be leaving soon,the LORD says earth has gone off the cliff,and needs to be restored,in just a few years the PLANET will become UNINHABITABLE……..NUCLEAR WAR started by america…….

    • WarriorWomanForGod

      Been saying that for years now. People say this is a Christian nation, 75-80% are Christian but that isn’t true. Most are fair-weathered, in-name-only Christians, heck they aren’t even Lukewarm Christians. It is no secret that America is now a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah – a cesspool of “anything goes” without morals, values or ethics. We reap what we sow. Do get right with God, do it now there is no time to waste. God Bless…

      • Bill G Wilminton NC

        Well said………….

  • I am horrified by pastors that rail against those who believe in preparing.

    I don’t know what demonic spirit that they are listening to, but such pastors should be booted out of their churches. Tarred, feathered and run out on a rail.

    Unfortunately, too many Christians are satisfied with heresy.

    John Little
    omegashock dot com

    • GSOB

      Unfortunately, too many Christians can’t recognize heresy.

      • Ron

        Yeah, especially that heresy of replacement theology.

  • CharlesH

    It just must be me but I find absolutely no conflict between being a Christian and someone who values prepping for tough times. Oh well. Have a great, safe and happy day!

    • Sailor Scout for Righteousness

      Their is nothing good about believing in that rubbish, because its all Saturn Sun cult garbage put forth by the negatrash.

  • Alleged Comment

    We are also to told NOT TO TEMPT YAHUAH!

  • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

    The gospel that is preached in the great tribulation is different that the gospel of the death burial and resurrection of Christ. Take you advice, read your bible! The 144,000 along with the two witnesses will preach that gospel and then the end will come. Being confident of this very thing that He who has started a good work in you will perform it until the Day of Jesus Christ. This does not go along with, “those who endure to the end will be saved”. You have replaced verses that are for Israel and given them to the church. This is replacement theology. You do need to read your bible. The church was not even evident in the old covenant. The apostles along with Christ preached the good news of the kingdom of heaven. Since Israel rejected the King, they could not have the kingdom. Christ was raised from the dead and the body of Christ was birthed by the gospel of his death burial and resurrection. The Day of Jesus Christ is not the Day of the Lord, these are two different events. The day of Jesus Christ, the Lord descends from heaven with the voice of the archangel and the TRUMP of GOD and gathers us in the AIR. This is not the same even as when he sends his angels to gather the tares into bundles to be burned and the wheat into the barn. Since these two verses are entirely different, please do not make them the same event. READ YOUR BIBLE

    • GSOB

      LOL

    • michael malachi

      Please read the book of Romans. There is no difference between true followers of Christ and the remnant of true Jews. There is no – that is meant for the Jews. Anyone saying that there is two Gospels is trying to be a deceiver or deceived themselves.

      • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

        In the body of Christ that is true but the word of God also goes on to say that God has not forsaken Israel. The 7 year tribulation is known as “Jacobs trouble”. It is not the “church’s trouble. 2/3 of the nation of Israel will be cut off. Rev: 14:6 6And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; 7and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”…As you can see, that is a different gospel that the death burial and resurrection of the Lord. What you are getting fed in organized religion is mostly poop. They are not preaching the truth. There may be a little following here or there that does but C-3 tax exempt churches are instructed by the government of what they can and cannot preach. Replacement theology where you apply verses that belong to Israel to the body of Christ is a lie. There are some really good teachers out there like Chuck Missler. Look him up. Time to wake up.

        • michael malachi

          I am not a 501c-3 and am not affiliated with one. I can only pray that when your rapture doesn’t happen, that you will have the courage to admit to yourself that you were wrong and by all means don’t throw away your soul for your pride. God Bless you.

          • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

            I used to be a post tribber for many years untilI realized that replacement theology was started by the Roman Catholic church and that I was wrong like a lot of beliefs that you have that are from the great whore that you embrace. Today is the real Passover, but, most people celebrate the great whores easter celebration.

          • michael malachi

            The pre tribulation rapture theory did not even exist until the early 1800’s. That is about the time that the bible began to be rewritten and corrupted. Pre trib rapture theory is nearly nonexistent outside of America.
            Maybe the privileged people of America have found preachers that will tickle their ears.
            I only ask that all of you pre tribulation rapture people, have a backup plan (prepper plan) just in case you are still here in the tribulation. Don’t lose faith, but remember that there are people who are sounding the alarms now – trying to give you what you will need – to look at the rapture in a true Biblical way. The best thing to tell you is – PLEASE read Michael Snyder’s new book and look at the information for yourself.

            God Bless you all.

          • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

            I used to “parrot” the same lie as you just did.

          • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

            Jesus can’t come today, sad day, sad day.

            And I won’t see my friend, danger and troubles won’t end,

            For Jesus can’t come today.

            Chorus

            Sad day, sad day, it’s not the crowning day!

            I’ll live for today and anxious be,

            The false prophet and antichrist I soon shall see,

            Sad day, sad day, for it’s not the crowning day.

          • michael malachi

            replacement theology is a complete farse, crafty creation of pre-tribers. The truth is that if you READ THE BIBLE you will see that the church didn’t replace the JEWS (ISRAEL) but true believers in Christ are grafted in to Israel.
            DID JESUS DIE FOR ALL??? of course he did and all are given a chance/choice to accept Christ.
            You will need to read the Bible for yourself.
            I will not respond again. God Bless you.
            Michael Malachi – messenger of Christ

          • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

            You will have what you believe.

          • michael malachi

            the only reason I have responded to you so many times is that you will not have what you believe and you may lose your faith in Christ because of it.
            You should be praying for God’s will to be done and that God will give you the strength and faith to carry on through the thick and thin until his return. You should be willing to suffer and die if necessary – if it be God’s will. That be before tribulation or during tribulation.
            God Bless you in your journey.

          • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

            What is your testimony? Have you been healed of cancer or any other dreadful illness? Has your marriage been restored from divorce? Have you been delivered of other vices? Where is the power of God in your life? I can say that God has worked powerfully in my life. Our four grown children all serve the Lord. Do you have children that all serve the Lord along with grandchildren? Where is the fruit?

          • michael malachi

            Thank the Lord for your testimony.. I actually have had more miracles happen in my life than can be spoken of in this small forum. The power of Jesus Christ is in my life and can be clearly seen daily..
            I just don’t understand why all you do is attack. You cant give any true statement to which your faith is attributed. I offer truth that the Holy Spirit has given me. You continually make assumptions about me and attack. Your faith clearly shows through this dialogue. You are clearly defensive about that which you believe and if your spirit was truly settled – you wouldn’t need to be so defensive.
            I am finished with this endless dialogue that can not be won with you. Again I will pray that you will find truth in your life and that you will have the success that you desire. God Bless You.

          • michael malachi

            a look at Hebrews chapter 1. AT NO TIME DID GOD CALL THE ANGELS SONS.
            your theory of sons of God in Genesis 6 are NOT angels.
            This is clear to prove one of your theory’s is FALSE. It is super clear. understand that your theory of pretribulation rapture is false also.
            You think that you know it all, however you seem to be full of falsehoods of men.
            How did I know your thoughts sons of God
            Genesis 6???
            God showed me.

          • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

            The word in Job says at the creation of the world the sons of God shouted for joy. Adam was a son of God, Seth was a son of Adam.

          • michael Malachi

            I am completely aware of what Job says and your interpretation of it. In chapter 1 and 2 the sons of God refers to the sons of Job and they were keeping the feast days.
            In job chapter 38 the reference of sons of God refers to the sun, moon and stars and they praised God by shining in the sky.
            Please check the original Hebrew, latin and greek if you really want to understand.
            You have not even tried to challenge me on Hebrews 1 – clearly because God is eternal, the Bible is his word and he can not lie.
            Through this seemingly endless dialogue I pointed out truth and you attacked, I offered God’s Blessing and you called me a liar. I have issued no malice toward you but you challenge my faith and make accusations. You never answer a response. I will pray that God shows you truth, but the major challenge for you will be to get past your pride – the pride that you are always right and can not be challenged. If Jesus came down and corrected you – would you believe him?
            Unstable people will find exciting new ways to interpret the Bible – deceived by others but most will mainly to deceive.

          • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

            Job was way before the Law of God and the feasts, appointed times.

          • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

            Which group are you in? Are you in the group of elect that in Daniel 7:18 and in Revelation 13:7 that the beast prevails against the saints of the most high or are you in Matthew 16:18, The gates of hell will not prevail against the church”? You never answer any of my questions with scripture. You only give me a name of a book and quotes from other people and their beliefs that you parrot.

          • michael malachi

            matthew 16 this is speaking of eternity. in Daniel 7 and revelation 13 this is speaking of the followers of Christ that shall die at the hands of the beast.
            sounds like you are saying that the Bible contradicts itself. We know that can not be.
            Apparently you don’t understand who the church is.
            As for what group I am in – that is not a relevant question – it is a false narrative. I can only pray that I will be protected by God – both now and in the tribulation – if I am still here at that time.
            IF I MUST DIE AT THE HANDS OF THE BEAST to fulfill God’s will – let it be. If I shall be protected to further God’s will – let it be also. JESUS DIED FOR ME AND I WILL BE WILLING TO DIE FOR HIM AS WELL IF HE DESIRES>
            like a sheep.
            Please understand that I can see that you are writing to promote how smart you are and how you are right. I have responded each time to offer you truth that may help you and others find the straight path.

          • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

            The word does not contradict. If scriptures seem to be that way, there is more going on here. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter but honor of kings to seek it out. You really seem to come from a very strong Roman Catholic influence.

          • michael malachi

            you know nothing of which you speak. I have no significant catholic influence and am non-denominational. I do not have any financial interests in spreading the Gospel of Christ.

          • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

            The Laodecian church is very destitute, and poor and blind and naked. God counsels them to buy gold tried in the fire and anoint their eyes with eyesalve so that they can see. Reminds me of the foolish virgins that were told, “go to them that buy and sell”. The wise virgins took extra oil and would not give the foolish any of theirs. Being in Christ, we receive all things freely and as we have freely received, we freely give. No so with the foolish virgins and the Laodecian church. They have to buy gold of Him tried in the fire. During the great tribulation, many will be purified by fire and have to die because they are not the bride, and, it sounds ridiculous that the catching away happens at the end of the tribulation and then God and the bride do a U-turn and come back to earth. The wedding feast is 7 days (7 years) You look at the traditional ancient Jewish wedding and you see the type of Christ and the bride. There will be many tribulation saints that will have to die and give their lives. The bride, God has not appointed us unto wrath but unto salvation and that scripture in context with the rest of the verses is speaking about the ingathering. The first early bibles in Thessalonians instead of “great falling away” used the translation DEPARTING. Because of the breaking away from the great harlot and the reformation, religious politics got into the translation in the King James and it was translated, “great falling away”. The apostacy happened in 300 Ad. One of the early church fathers, Ephraem of Nisibis from 306-373 taught his followers, “For all the saints and elect of God are gathered prior to the tribulation that is to come and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confuision that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins. There were many other early elders in the Lord that taught this too. The dead in Christ will rise first and then we which are alive and remain will be caught up with him in the air, so we shall ever be with the Lord and comfort one another with these words. We are told to “comfort one another “. If you don’t have the blessed hope, what do you comfort with? What is our hope? Being confident of this very thing that he who has started a good work in you, will perform it until the Day of Jesus Christ. That sure is opposite to “They who endure to the end will be saved”. The ones who endure to the end are the foolish virgins who are cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

        • michael malachi

          In your response you quoted revelation 14:6 Don’t you see the word “eternal” before Gospel. eternal means everlasting, unchanging, forever.
          What is written in 14:7 does not tell you what the eternal Gospel is but a response to what is being commanded because of the eternal Gospel.
          You need to read the whole Bible instead of picking a verse here or there that you like. Read the Books of Romans through Revelation. I know that it can be difficult to understand at times but if you throw away your pre conceived ideas and beg God to lead you and give full understanding – you might get there. God Bless You in your studies.

          • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

            The gospel of the death burial and resurrection is for the body of Christ. When the church age is finished, the door of heaven is closed. The 144,000 will evangelize the world. If you are saying that the church has replaced Israel, you are in deep trouble. The church and Israel have two different destinies. You need a really good bible teacher. I would not for the life of me to believe the way you believe. There is no blessed hope. You are looking for the antichrist and the false prophet, not Christ. The Lord will descend from heaven with the Trump of God and the voice of the archangel and the dead in Christ will rise first then we which are alive and remain will be caught up with him in the air. This is at the last trump of the ingathering trumpets, NOT the trumpets of judgment in the book of revelation. The Lord will send his angels with a sounds of a trumpet to gather the tares into bundles to be burned and then the wheat into the barn. This is not the same even as in Thessalonians. If you want to go through the great tribulation and not enter into the rest because of unbelief, that is up to you. It is your choice, that is, if you can withstand the great deception and I don’t think many sunday go the churches are going to make it.

    • Steve Laycock Sr.

      It amazes me still, very few Christians understand rightfully dividing. Im so glad to see you do. Our Apostle today is Paul and we follow him and the risen Saviour. And just as Paul said, most folks today are following Jewish fables and other gospels and other Christ’s. Every church and pastor I know of are still teaching the great commission and the gospels. The entire Bible is for us, (The KJ only) but Paul is To us..

      • disqus_5Crj1x2eA8

        The word of God is being opened up to those who hunger after truth. The kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven are not the same. You have to be born again to enter into the kingdom of God. Christ’s reign upon the earth is the kingdom of heaven. Christ spoke the message of his kingdom when he was on earth but since they rejected Him, you cannot have the kingdom without the King. This is how people get mixed up about being able to defend their lives and families or turn the other cheek. It is good to turn the other cheek but we can sell our cloak and buy a sword too. If people understood about the dispensationalism, they would not twist the word of God into a pretzel.

  • …why does Bill Maher (tv host and historian), have a blog that claims Jesus NEVER existed!……his biggest fans are the college crowd!

  • GSOB

    Where is Christ?

  • GSOB

    Kim is not denying the resurrection you dweeb
    She would agree that the resurrection = the rapture.

  • GSOB

    You speak as an infant.

  • jafo

    If God doesn’t like preppers why did He warn Joseph to store grain for 7 years to provide for his family during the coming 7 year famine?

  • Boni Biggun

    Exactly. Well said brother! That was like poetry! God bless you & yours greatly. Shalom

  • Mike Smithy

    HooRah Devil Dog.

  • jeddai smith

    Small problem…The Sabbath is actually Saturday…the last day of the week. Only since the beginning of the Industrial Age has the Sabbath been on Sunday.

  • Hugo Schonhaar

    Folks, as a premilleniallist and a Baptist preacher, may I remind you that we had WWI, WW2, various famines, depressions, genocides all before the rapture. PREPARE. Don’t bury your heads in the sand.
    Just because you live in the suburbs, drive minivans and have a high speed internet connection does not mean things can’t get very ugly before the LORD returns…

    • GoldenGirl

      I couldn’t agree more, Hugo.

  • H_mmm

    Matthew 7:15

    Beware of false Prophets who come to you in lambs’ clothing, but from within they are plundering wolves.

    John 10:12

    The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.

    Michael asks:

    Are those preachers going to personally feed all of them?

    Please refer to John 10:12

  • Novice

    I preached on preparedness a few years ago citing the same examples of Noah and Joseph listed in this article. The difference is that God told these men specifically to prepare. Therein lies the answer for each of us. We should prayerfully consider what God would have us to do. If you feel led of God to prepare, then you should. If you feel it would be a sin, then you should obey the conviction of the Holy Ghost. No believer ever went wrong by praying for wisdom and following the Lord’s leading.

    • REALIST

      I am prepped for what ever the Lord has planned. I have 2 years of food, water, medicine, guns, beer and ammunition. God led me to prepare. Noah had his Ark to survive the Judgement of God, and so do I. I have prayed for what God would have me do. Thank you. I have prayed for wisdom and followed the Lord’s leading and have massive amounts of 7.62 x 39 Russian ammo (to go with my 2 AR-15 guns), 24 cases of Vodka (bartering), 100 boxes of Tampons for bartering, 250 boxes of Marlboro cigarettes, for bartering and 100 cases of Bud Lite. God has spoken to me to prepare for the time of Judgement. I am ready.

  • Fear not your daily bread, for it is as certain as the day itself.

  • Annette Smith

    Michael, I am not going to read all the comments here. I think that what you posted about common sense stuff is enough. Ask God to zap money into your account…excellent…cancel your health insurance and just trust God to keep you from a traffic accident…and so forth. Those that don’t prep will be crying later on. I am prepping for my family. If others don’t cover their butts, I sure won’t be able to.

  • BJ Giauque

    It says remember the Sabbath to keep it holy. Only trouble is no where in the bible does it say Sunday. Sunday is the venerable day of the sun and is Satan’s day for worshipping him. Or the god Bale. And God’s day is the seventh day sabbath and it is mention hundreds of time throughout the entire bible. Jesus was a Jew and God’s son, so it only comes to reason he would keep his fathers sabbath and not satan’s. Jesus said if you love me you will keep my commandments. So if you are going to church on Sunday you really have to ask yourself which God are you worshipping…… Bale or Yeshua his English name being Jesus,

  • hidflect

    This reminds me of some right wing politician who said about 15 years ago on TV that there was no need for environmental protection because the Rapture was coming soon anyway. What a tool. A tool of the oil industry anyway…

    • REALIST

      The Rapture is coming. Soon. There really is no need for environmental protection. Read your Bible.

  • Michael, you said in this entry, ” I watched two very well known ministers actually mock the idea of preparing for the future on a major Christian television show. To me, this is exceedingly irresponsible.”

    What is irresponsible it the fact that you fail to point these people out. It is not libel nor slander if you can cite the source. You of all people as a former K Street attorney know this. Nor is it “sowing discord among the brethren”. If there are those who are leading the body astray, then you as one whom God has placed in a great sphere of influence have a DUTY and OBLIGATION to point those people out. Consider the ones who just got saved. What do you think those people will do when they hear these preachers? They stand a very good chance of being “washed away” due to little or no discernment.

    While you can stand by your research and compel the reader to “do their homework”, you KNOW most will not. For we both know that we have a generation of people – Americans in particular, that have been programmed WHAT to think and not HOW to think.

    To omit the identification of the wolves in the sheepfold is no different than protecting them.

    • REALIST

      What God?

      • The God of the Bible. If you have an issue with that, we can discuss that on a different thread. It is understood by those who care to read his Michael’s bio that the God of the Bible is whom we both believe in.

  • REALIST

    You need me

  • Aaron

    It comes down to the two ways God works in the lives of his children, miracles and blessings. Miracles are by and large the hand of God, sometimes via his angels, that are clearly supernatural and unexplainable by conventional reasoning and logic. Cancer cured over night, an unseen hand pulls you out of a life threatening situation, the wheel of the car is yanked to the right and a collision is avoided, etc. These are rare and usually don’t involve people so as to stand out as truly God’s actual hands at work. But if you’re waiting for provision via a miracle such as manna in the morning or your lotto numbers come up, sorry, ain’t gonna happen.

    God provides for his children’s everyday needs through blessings and blessings always come via people, either believers or non-believers. As we get closer to turbulent times Christians will have to rely on other believers for help and assistance in all facets of life. When you hear Christians say that “God will provide” they mean, but some may not realize it, that they will be takers and not givers. It won’t be manna from heaven but what others have stored up for hard times. I ask these people what is more “Christian”, to be a recipient of God’s love and provision or to be a conduit of his love and provision? What is more “Christ”, to be served or to serve? How will you feel when the poop hits the prop and you have to go to a brother you know and ask for some beans and rice, some medicine, a warm place to sleep, and so on? Wouldn’t you rather be the one to say “I have plenty my brother. God moved me to be ready for this day. You and your children are welcome.” Or if you and everyone in your circle are prepared how great a witness to others that the Spirit has moved to seek you out and learn about this Jesus.

    When we get into the thick of it we will all have to be relying on God’s blessing through his people in one way or another. None of us can store up or learn everything we will need. You may have chickens, I have potatoes. You may know how to fix my generator, I have some comm gear to trade. You may have medicine, I can repair your roof. And so on.

    It boils down to this, the more you have in goods and skills the more you can serve others. Who is more trusting in God’s promise, the giver or the receiver? I’d say the giver because they trust in God to use them. It’s hard work to prepare to be a well rounded giver. Receiving is passive.

    Which way will Jesus greet you: “Bless you my child. You thankfully accepted every good thing I brought you.” or “Well done my good faithful servant. You fed and clothed my sheep.”

  • MachIV

    Ministers/pastors who foolishly mock prepping might as well condemn the profession of farming as a damnable sin. That is just how stupid it is.

  • David the Bidr Clngr

    What do you know about the start of the final seven years? How much of what you know is backed up by the bible? Did you know that the final seven years(as a term) is only mentioned once in the entire bible? God speaks in detail about the final 3 1/2 years in many books of the bible but only mentions the seven once. Why do we focus so much on the seven and not on the 3 1/2, also called the Great Tribulation? How will we know when the final seven years begins? A covenant will be confirmed, right? And what covenant will it be and who will agree to it? You can find all kinds of answers from lots of different people but the bible only says that it will be confirmed by the antichrist and “many”. Not what it’s about. Not who the many are. Not who the antichrist is. Are you sure you’ll know when it happens? Could you miss it? More importantly, have you missed it? 62cutoff has some very interesting things to say. Check it out.

  • carson

    prepping, vs trusting in preps.
    same as riches, vs trusting in riches.
    Prep, but don’t forget to add a backhoe or digging tools to dig your preps out from under the tons of mud and debris..in other words trust in God and prep as led and prepping is good when kept in perspective.

    A more important but forgotten prep is spiritual, receive the word engrafted which is able to save your soul.

    there’s saving the skin over the bones then there’s saving ones eternal soul, get the horse in front of the cart it works better that way.

    …that part about saving the skin over the bones above any and all things, you see that today in a big way sadly, it’s the way of the worldly huh.

  • Steve Laycock Sr.

    It amazes me still, very few Christians understand rightfully dividing.
    Im so glad to see some of you do. Our Apostle today is Paul and we follow him
    and the risen Saviour. And just as Paul said, most folks today are
    following Jewish fables and other gospels and other Christ’s. Every
    church and pastor I know of are still teaching the great commission, the gospels, the law and the severity of God. The entire Bible is for us, (The KJ only) but Paul is To
    us..

  • roger roger1ber@yahoo.com

    Michael, I usually enjoy your articles, but sometimes you are too soft. If you are going to spend the effort writing an article like this, name names. Its too vague and doesn’t help anyone. its not wrong to name names, its the right thing to do. This is the only way to change what ever you are writing about.

  • Stan_Dillard

    What convinced me of the pre-trib rapture is the order of Reveleations. Chpts 1-3 are a perfect picture of the church age. The tribulation begins in Chpt 4 right after the voice saying “Come up hither!” That is not hard to figure out!

  • Hugo Schonhaar

    Sounds like you’re preparing for a Baacanalian feast not the Lord’s return!

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