Thoughts on SHTF

Final

What will you do when Stuff Hits The Fan and military vehicles block your street and you can’t get out?

Oh, you live in the country, you say? Well then your road is blocked, at least at main junctions, and there is no way to go anywhere. Congratulations. You are no longer free.

The headlines on T.V. say, “For your own safety, stay in your homes. Martial Law has been declared by the President (Because of terror threat, natural disaster, it’s a couple of months before the next election and he doesn’t want to leave office yet, or some other unforeseen crazy thing). Please do not panic. This is for your safety and it is only temporary.”

Temporary…Riiiiiiiight.

Then there is a knock at your door. Military or Para-Military personnel inform you that all firearms are to be accounted for and temporarily confiscated (This exercise has already been practiced in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina…even in high and dry neighborhoods where there was really no need. See LINK. Go ahead, watch it. It’s only 2 minutes).

I subscribe to several channels on YouTube of folks who are either preppers, off-grid and self-sufficient, or survivalists.

Why do I subscribe to such channels, you ask?

Because my wife and I have felt in our spirits for quite some time now that something along these lines is coming. It may not go down as I described it above but rest assured, something is going to happen that will radically change our way of life. I watch these channels to get some ideas on food storage and so on (Here is a nice lady to start with, as an example…LINK).

When will this happen?

I don’t know. But it may be sooner than any of us would like to think.

What should we do?

The second thing you should is prepare physically. Learn to be a little more self-sufficient. Fill your pantry with some extra food and water. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom in this.

The FIRST thing you should do is get right with God!

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You have all (I’m sure) read my posts on 2015 being a Sabbath Year. The final day of this Sabbath Year is September 13th (Elul 29th on the Hebrew Calendar) and it is on this day that big things have happened in years past. But not always on just this day. Sometimes it is before or after.

This is a special Sabbath Year that happens only every 49 years. After this Sabbath Year a Jubilee Year begins and continues through September of 2016 (You can go back a few posts and read about this in a little more detail).

Tonight…

At sundown (August 17th, 2015) Teshuvah begins. You can read my previous post on that.

I implore you to take advantage of this season of reflection and repentance.

Elul is the 6th month of the Biblical calendar (late summer/early fall), the month set apart for repentance, or Teshuvah, in spiritual preparation for the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). If you were to count from Tishri as the first month of the calendar (as the Rabbinic tradition does), Elul would be the last month of the year — a time to make “New Year’s Resolutions” and to turn away from sin before the start of the New Year. The month of Elul is therefore a time each year to prepare for the Days of Awe, by getting our spiritual house in order.

Every year the “Season of Teshuvah” runs forty days from the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. During this time we make every effort to repent, or turn toward God. In Jewish tradition, these 40 days are called “Days of Favor,” since it was during this time that the LORD forgave the Jewish nation after the sin of the Golden Calf. Some have likened these 40 days to the number of days it takes for the human baby to be formed within the womb.

According to Jewish tradition, then, the month of Elul represents the time that Moses spent on Sinai preparing the second set of tablets after the idolatrous incident of the Golden Calf. Moses ascended on the first of Elul and then descended 40 days later on the 10th of Tishri, the end of Yom Kippur, when the repentance of the people was complete. The month of Elul therefore represents the time of national sin and forgiveness obtained by means of repentance (Teshuvah) before the LORD.

Teshuvah is a sort of death and rebirth: a death of the past life and the birth of a new life and a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). It is an awakening from the sleep induced by sin, and manifests itself as the power of the Holy Spirit working in the heart of the believer who trusts in God’s salvation through Jesus.

Therefore the Holy Spirit gives us spiritual life that enables us to be “conformed” with Jesus’ purpose in this world (Rom. 8:28-30). God’s Favor is most fully revealed in the character of His Son (Heb. 1:3).

Whatever our future holds, God holds our future. Whatever happens in this life and in this world is only temporary. After this life begins eternity.

THAT is the most important thing we can prepare for!

What does God have for you…just around the corner?

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