End Times?

Now, I fully understand the fact that every generation believes it is living in the *real* end times. That's right, the last heaving groans of civilization before... du du duu... the battle of Armageddon!!

I don't know if any of that is true. I did join the "No, stupid, the world's not going to end on 12/21/2012" group on Facebook. But whether it is nearing the end of the world, or not, crazy stuff is happening in our country and our world. Take the natural disasters, for instance. Katrina, tsunami, Haiti, flooding, earthquakes, crazy snow, solar flares... whether or not Jesus come back in our lifetime, or not, our lives are changing, and I think the consensus is that it's not for the better.

If you don't know what on earth I am talking about, or wondering what Jesus has to do with Berkey water filters and prepping, think back to the once-popular "Left Behind" series and the hardscrabble lifestyle they led. There's talk of such high near-future inflation that you essentially can't purchase things here in America. In the Bible, in end times, unless you take the mark which aligns you with the antichrist, you will be unable to buy or sell things. There are many things that align well in the vastly different prepper/ end times blogs and websites.

More importantly, getting to know the son of God can change your life for the better, today. It's not just fire insurance for the afterlife, it's supernatural help to get through this life. If you're a visual learner, watch this old You Tube video that demonstrates how he loves us. What Jesus takes on himself for us: our sins, our bad choices. We can't get to him! He had to come to us!



Now if you want to know more, or if you do not feel secure in your salvation, check out this link.

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In regards to the rapture (an event that takes all believers up to Heaven to avoid the total wrath of God poured onto the earth during Armegeddon), here's what I thought until recently:

Beth Moore, a popular Christian women's Bible teacher, says she believes in a pre-trib rapture partially because of Revelations 3:10 "Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth."

But she said in her study that she finds more reassurance in Luke 17:26-29 "Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all." (Here's Beth:) "In both cases, the "righteous" were removed or secured before the judgment of God fell. The imputed righteousness we have been granted in Christ may very well enable Christians to escape the time of tribulation. All (she) knows for certain is this: "whenever the trumpet sounds-- before the tribulation, midway through, or at the end-- I'm going to meet my Christ in the air."

Then, I read these things (below) and I realized that Beth's idea also works for a post-trib rapture, when Jesus takes believers to heaven after 7 years of very hard times in which many people die from hunger, disease, war and natural disasters, but the survivors are spared the worst wrath (the battle of Armegeddon).

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I want you to go to this blog, Arkansas Soaper, and read this post. It talks about these points from the Bible, and explains why you can be a Bible-believing Christian and still prepare for hard times, and not wait for "the Lord to provide."
  • the ant stores food for winter
  • Joseph stored food for years of famine
  • a few signs of "end times," such as high cost of food
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The next article is very, very long, and a lot to digest in one sitting. It took me three tries to finish it. However, it is exciting to me that some people get really excited about doing the math and aligning the calendars of different cultures and such. It's an old article which has an update 4/09. Very interesting reading, really, in which a nun deciphers Daniel and Revelation to try to find the right time frame for end times. Very interesting. (In sum, she thinks the 2300 days of end times starts in spring of 2010 and that the rapture/ armageddon will occur in the fall of 2016 or spring 2017.) It held a lot more weight when I started reading prepper blogs who are watching the signs of the times and hastening their preps because of what they see.

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This website has very interesting and thorough chapters about many different topics. Starts off in a discussion of why the author doesn't believe in a pre-trib Rapture. Moves to prepping at end. Many chapters; informative; very focused on a few odd things but seems Biblically based. 

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Although I don't believe in a pre-trib rapture, THIS SITE is a good indicator of the global situation in regards to fulfilling "end times prophecies."


"It is amazing to live in a time when the signs of the last days have become a regular occurrence. "Mother Nature" has gone crazy, and yet most people take these events in stride. Because it has always been part of man’s nature to speculate about the root cause of calamity, the sudden silence would seem indicate a spirit of delusion is at work here. Jesus said the day of His return would be marked by a lack of awareness. Because the "think-not hour" is so unique to our time, I consider it to be one the greatest signs of the times." Click on the link above, and then "Home" and then "Nearing Midnight" to read a weekly summary/commentary on world events. It's updated every Monday.

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Jewish End times?! "The world was created in six days and every day was 1,000 years. Right now we are in the year 5770. Right now is Erev Shabbos in time – Friday noon. There is no way of knowing when this Shabbos will come. But one thing is for Jewish Theological Seminary certain; we are the generation when the footsteps [of the Messiah] can be heard. All the signs are here. It says in the Torah that this last generation will see all the icons collapse so people can come to understand that God is one and his name is one. If someone had told you that the giants of industry, the giants of Wall Street would collapse overnight, you would have thought they were crazy." From a Jewish prepper blog.

Here's another good one. Saved from God's wrath.

Luke 12:38 says It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.