This is a question each of us may ask ourselves, especially given the times. Many will have the notion to store food, ammo for protection, and/or gold and silver for trade if paper currency fails. While we do not suggest not being prepared physically, we must warn you that we could be ignoring the most fundamental protection we can possess – the armor of God!
As the title implies, it seems as though a collapse of some sort is imminent. Simply put and logically speaking, the current path is unsustainable for almost every continent. The only way for any country or person to not be affected by the failing world system is repentance. And assuming this nation as a whole does not heed that warning, we shall lean in the direction of an imminent collapse.
There is a much more important element to the aspect of being prepared however, and that’s our Elohim’s holy word. This is the only place where we gain understanding, faith, wisdom and patience through prayer and guidance. If there were to be a global economic collapse as so many have suspected, our faith will surely be tested.
Never mind an economic collapse, what about world-wide catastrophe and persecution the Bible said is going to happen? This could shake us to the bone if we are not spiritually stable.
One fundamental point the Word tells us is that there may very well be tribulations that come upon believers specifically. If we are to think we will escape all the trials and tribulations that will befall this world, then we are already beaten. To believe this, we will have let down our guard and armor, thus our faith will be weak when we need it most thereby leaving us susceptible to deception.
Are we even going to be here?
A lot of Christians feel as though they will be taken out of here when wrath begins, also known as the rapture. But, we do not hold to that, or rather we wouldn’t bet our life on it. We just don’t know for sure when our Messiah will return, but one thing for certain is that we will and do face tribulations. In other words, we might not know the day or hour, but we will understand the times. And we certainly will be made aware He is close. I don’t believe we are a target of God’s wrath, as we are not meant for that, but Yeshua tells us that really bad things are going to happen, and only after the tribulation in these times is when we will see Him in the clouds. So, we had better be ready in more ways than one.
It is our feeling that going through such a time is not necessarily a bad thing. It will be hard times, don’t get me wrong, but our Lord will be giving us an opportunity to face persecution on His behalf. And others He will protect. Additionally, it’s a sign that we are just that much closer to seeing Him.
In America especially, we don’t face much persecution as of now. Unfortunately, this has made many “warm”, being absolutely unprepared for such a thing because we have lived in comfort and freedom for the most part. Although, we are beginning to see that change, and we had better expect it to only get worse. Based on scripture, there will be a time of separation from the true and false believers. It would make sense then for the Lord to refine His people.
Faith we cannot comprehend
Let’s look to the Bible in reference to what believers have had to endure in the past.
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
(this implies to us that the Lord is waiting patiently to gather the most precious fruit from the earth, but He is waiting for both the early and latter rain. This falls in line with the wheat and tares parable Yeshua spoke of. You do not gather all the wheat, separate the tares, only to go back and gather the wheat the sprang up after you harvested. In other words, the “first fruits” are gathered but one time)
Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. ~ James (Jacob) 5: 1-11 ~ KJV
We are given an example of affliction on the prophets. Their afflictions were not just verbal attacks, they were physical in most cases. Most of the apostles died a gruesome death. And don’t forget Job who lost everything. He was inflicted with sorrow and sickness, yet Job’s faith got him through, even though he experienced weakness. Job was given a lot of advice as to “why” the Lord allowed such affliction, and Job listened. But, the Lord was quick to shut them up and give Job a better understanding of who He is.
I don’t believe we can begin to understand the amount of faith it must have taken for Job, the apostles, or the prophets. Could we do this? What if our children were taken or killed..would we refrain from anger, or could we have the amount of understanding and patience Job did? How much greater are we than Job or the prophets?
We should believe the Word of God over man. The Bible does not say we will not face tribulation, actually quite the opposite on numerous occasions. Wrath and Tribulation in the Bible are not synonymous, and therefore we must not get the two confused.
Many have a feeling that we will see some hard times – whether it’s economic or physical catastrophe, we mustn’t let down our guard or take for granted our Lord’s long-suffering. Stand guard, warn others, and help as many as you can find salvation through our Lord and Savior, Yeshua. That’s the point we are trying to get across. Believing we won’t have to face persecution is naive and dangerous. Many may find themselves being deceived because they were expecting to be gone. That will lead many Christians to question their own faith and even God’s word.
I say this not to disprove any theory or conjecture. I only say these things as the Lord has compelled me. It does seem as though believers will be refined during the time of Great Tribulation. When that time will be remains to be seen, however we do feel it is nearer than ever before. While I do know our Father is merciful, a rapture scenario doesn’t fit the pattern of our Lord by what we’ve been shown thus far. And we may indeed have to endure some very chaotic times. In which case, we should probably get prepared for a possible rough road ahead. Just like you prepare for a Winter storm, we must prepare for the season of our Lord.
First and foremost, store up the knowledge of His word for the sake of your soul, and then tackle what the Lord weighs on your heart to do. Joseph, Noah, and Lot were all given instructions to prepare, but they were already believers before they could receive it. So, how can we be prepared if we don’t first walk with Him? It would be impossible.
I pray that these words find you well and that we will all have the faith and patience needed during very troubled times. We must arm ourselves with the word of our Lord; not just guns, food, silver, and gold.