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For over 230 years America, with the only major interruption being the Depression of the 1930s, has enjoyed prosperity, freedom, unmatched opportunity, and a sense of economic and physical security like no other people or nation in history. Terrorism and 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, as well as other hurricanes, tornados, floods, earth quakes, and the current recession and melt down of our financial markets that hit this nation have rocked American confidence, as well as its sense of invulnerability, power and security. God said He would shake everything that could be shaken. So we should not be surprised or fearful; we should be excited and encouraged that God is doing exactly what He said He would do. We must be careful to be watchful and understand the signs and the times.

 

I Thessalonians 5:2-6:  “For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying ‘peace and safety,’ destruction will come upon them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you brothers are not in darkness so that this day should not surprise you like a thief. You are sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.” Luke 21:9-11 continues in this vein, "When you hear of wars and revolutions do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away. Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.”

 

 

 

What to Expect and How to Prepare

 

If God is going to shake everything that can be shaken, then we should plan on everything getting shook. We should plan and prepare physically and spiritually for natural disasters, economic chaos, temporary breakdowns in services, pestilences and pandemics, terrorist attacks and wars. Joseph came up with a plan, as God led him, and was able to save himself, his family, his city, his own nation, and all the nations which surrounded Egypt in that day. We need to be the Josephs of our day to our families, employers, churches and communities.

 

FIRST of all, we need to consider where we live and, if any of these things happen, what the effect might be; what resources do you have, and what do you lack? What provisions should you have in your home, and how long do you want them to last? If a disaster strikes, what would you do as a family? You need to come up with a family plan; how would you gather everyone together, what would each family member do, and how quickly would they have to do it? You should discuss and train for personal emergencies like a severe storm, fire, loss of power, or injury, as well as any other possibilities.

 

SECOND, what would the church do; how does your church want to position themselves in the event of a disaster? How can they be a light, a resource, a witness to their community? How can the congregation be trained, prepared, and ready to assist? How would you communicate with other members, what would be the order of priorities, what and who are your greatest resources and door keepers? Contact your County Emergency Director or groups like Isaiah 58:12 and ask them for suggestions and how you can help.

 

THIRD, what position would you like to be in relation to helping your neighbors and local community? Is a neighborhood plan feasible? Who has resources; can any of those resources be shared?

 

We should not be in any fear or anxiety over all that is happening or could happen, because God will show us how to plan and what to do, if we seek Him. Preparing for such events is a response to what the Word of God said “must happen” and so that we “are not in darkness so that this day should not surprise us." Luke 21:34-36 says, "Be careful or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on watch and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen…”

 

I do not know when the Lord will return or whether we have 5 years or 50 years left, but I do believe we are in the end times. As I watch the events unfolding all around me there is a sense of urgency, which I have never experienced before. In Matthew 24:3 the apostles asked Jesus, “…what would the sign of your coming and of the end of the age,” he listed a litany of signs and events, but he said in Matt 24:32-33 “Now learn the lesson of the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.” These are tumultuous times, but that only means God is going to have to do more miracles, signs and wonders than ever before. So lets make ourselves available to be a part of that move. You can go all over this web page for all kinds of guides, resources, web links, and training programs which are available to help you prepare personally, corporately, or as a trained FEMA certified community volunteer.

 

Proverbs 1:33 says, “But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease without fear of harm.” Every prophet and Biblical figure prayed for, hoped for, and longed to see the times we are living in right now. So let us be alert, watchful, in prayer, and understand the times and the seasons we are privileged to be living in.