Survival Guide

Posted on May 20 , 2014 in Salvation

Survival Guide

© By Brad L Hodges

Matthew 24:32-44 (NIV)

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivalism) describes survivalism as follows:

Survivalism is a movement of individuals or groups (called survivalists or preppers) who are actively preparing for emergencies, including possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales from local to international. Survivalists often acquire emergency medical and self-defense training, stockpile food and water, prepare to become self-sufficient, and build structures (e.g., a survival retreat or an underground shelter) that may help them survive a catastrophe.

Anticipated disruptions may include:

Clusters of natural disasters, patterns of apocalyptic planetary crises, or “Earth Changes” (tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, solar storms, severe thunderstorms, floods, tsunamis).

Anthropogenic disasters (chemical spills, release of radioactive materials, nuclear or conventional war, oppressive governments).

The general collapse of society caused by the shortage or unavailability of resources such as electricity, fuel, food, or water.

Financial disruption or economic collapse (caused by monetary manipulation, hyperinflation, deflation, or depression).

A global pandemic.

Widespread chaos or some other unexplained apocalyptic event.

While the above “disruptions” may all be legitimate occurrences to be concerned about and prepare for, sadly a substantial segment of the world is ill prepared for the ultimate disruption of life as we know it on earth.

That ultimate disruption is the return of the King; Jesus Christ.

No one knows when this will occur, although there are many signs set forth in the Bible that will precede the impending event. Even Jesus said he did not know the time of his return, only God does.

While survivalist’s and prepper’s can speculate all they want about major disruptions to the world or society and even reasonably prepare themselves to cope with them with large stores of supplies and equipment, preparing for the return of Christ depends on a completely different approach.

Jesus provided us the ultimate survivalists guide to his return:

Matthew 6:19-20 (NIV)

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

If you accept Christ as your personal savior and abide in Him you have done everything you need to in the way of preparation for his return and eternal survival.

In Colossians 3:1-4 (ESV) The Apostle Paul expounds on this preeminent survival technique:

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

While there are volumes of books written, websites created, products developed and training programs in existence for survivalists to deal with the disasters of the world, the survival guide for the return of Jesus Christ can be summed up in one small paragraph:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16 NIV).

While having a certain amount of preparedness for natural disasters and possible social dishevels is not without merit, which survival guide do you think is the most important one to read?

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