Many claim they want to prepare for the end times.
Few are willing to do what the Bible says is necessary.
Instead, men substitute their own preparation, using earthly materials and carnal methods.
IF the reader prepares BIBLICALLY, then he will soon begin discerning the many, many false ways which others promote in lieu of God’s Word.
IF the reader prepares BIBLICALLY, he will never again have make another list of things to store.
15 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR THE END TIMES
1- PROTECTION IS TO BE FOUND in GOD, NOT ONESELF.
This is the basis of all EFFECTIVE end times preparation.
“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”
2- PREPARE SPIRITUALLY, NOT PHYSICALLY
There are no physical preparations one can take for the end times. Physical preparations will make the flesh feel more secure–temporarily.
Spiritual preparations take longer–but they are more secure. By “spiritual” it’s meant biblical preparations, not relying on false religions, false teachers, false prophets, false spirits.
IF the reader has prepared spiritually and is uneasy, perhaps he should re-examine what he is doing.
Prepare spiritually through Jesus Christ and God Almighty only.
- Do not use false spiritual methods.
- Do not use false religions.
- Do not put your faith in science.
- Do not prepare using demonic power and/or familiar spirits.
- Do not trust illegitimate supernatural power, no matter how friendly or helpful it appears to be.
Use the power of God, not physical power.
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3- PAY ATTENTION TO GOD’S WARNINGS
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4- DO NOT BE DECEIVED
The most important end times warning from the Bible.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
5- FEAR GOD
Without a fear of God, the reader will fear men.
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”
“And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”
A healthy fear of the LORD is essential for effective end times preparation.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
“In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.”
“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”
“Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.”
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
6- TRUST IN GOD, NOT MAN.
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes”
“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.”
“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.”
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:”
7- LISTEN TO GOD, NOT YOURSELF
“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
8- SEPARATE FROM THE WORLD
This is not flashy ascetic denial. This action involves loosening oneself from the entanglements of this world.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon [money].”
Effective spiritual preparation REQUIRES separation from the things of this world. This usually will take a little time, so it’s important to start this as soon as possible.
IF separating from the things of this world is not possible, the reader needs to re-examine his beliefs.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
9- MERCY FOR ALL THOSE WHO SINCERELY SEEK THE LORD
There will be mercy for all those who sincerely seek the LORD. Those who wait and seek the LORD LATER–when there is no other alternative–will be disappointed.
NOW is the time to seek the LORD, not later.
“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
Once one begins to separate from the things of the world, trusting to the mercy of Almighty God (and not oneself) will become easier.
10- PRAY WITHOUT CEASING
“Pray without ceasing.”
11- GET A GOOD BIBLE AND STUDY IT EVERY DAY
Don’t just read the Bible: study it.
Get a King James Version. They are harder to find and are sometimes more expensive. The KJV has mistakes, but the mistakes are the exception rather than the rule. The reason a person is commanded to study is because God’s Word falls into the hands of mortal, many times wicked, men.
The newer versions are very much corrupted and in many cases, omit entire portions and words, as well as change the meaning to contradict God’s Word.
In too many cases, the words of man have been substituted for the words of God.
Some versions are almost completely useless.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
12- PEACE, NOT FEAR
Praying without ceasing, trusting to God, separating from the world: all contribute to the believer’s “peace that passeth all understanding.”
By itself, this peace makes preparing for the end times worth it.
13- SUFFERING FOR THE NAME OF JESUS IS GLORY
Persecution, trials, tribulation and affliction are reasons for the believer to celebrate.
Suffering for Jesus is temporary; the rewards for those who do suffer in His name are eternal.
Some persecution will be easily noticeable: many of those considered “friends” by the reader will disappear; family members who once engaged in conversations suddenly become busy; meetings in public become shorter and more perfunctory; one’s social circle becomes unresponsive and unsocial.
Other forms of persecution will perhaps pass more or less unnoticed: job opportunities dry up or diminish considerably; the reader may find himself stumbling onto more hushed conversations which suddenly cease when he enters a room; for some reason, the reader is spending much more time with himself.
This second group is much harder to detail because they are many times successfully hidden from the reader.
14- BEWARE OF FALSE SIGNS AND LYING WONDERS
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15- PREACH THE GOSPEL
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
And do it NOW, not later.
Later may be too late…
…For more than one reason.
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.”
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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