A Voice in the
September 6, 1998
Perhaps I'm wrong and have my head in the sand, but I thought as Christians we were not to worry about tomorrow and what ills it might bring. But rather to trust Him to deliver us. By stockpiling food etc, are we not looking unto ourselves and not unto the Lord? Is He not faithful to his children?. I am not aware of Christ teaching us anywhere in the scriptures to hoard food and stockpile supplies. We are to focus on being pure of heart and doing His work... The Christian communities will lose, because they have taken their eyes off Jesus , the only one who can deliver them if He so wills.
Even some of the churches here are stockpiling rather than looking to Christ. What a sad state Our Lord's Church is in.
Just wanted to share our thoughts with you.
I've heard both views from "reputable" sources. Some say prepare and store up water, food and an alternate source of power. Some say there will not be ANY crisis TO prepare for.
I personally think preparing is OK and compare it to being ready for ANY natural disaster, such as having insurance and savings on hand for unexpected emergencies. I mean, we are not hording to endure the Trib. We are just storing what we need for a crisis such as they did in the Bible when there was a famine and such.
What do you think?
Until that moment, there are going to be storms, earthquakes and other various catastrophes. A couple years ago when we had the ice storm, I was glad I had a generator to plug the house into. At that time I also bought a kerosene heater as well as a gas lantern. But these are somewhat "normal" precautions to take for disaster preparedness.
However, I am not going to be storing up food for 7 years. I won't be here when that time comes. As for Y2K ...I keep hearing all the disastrous things that will happen, but I haven't heard anybody say what a solution might be. I suppose, if a person has a secure safe, taking one's money out of the bank would alleviate the hassles at the teller machines...until they issue an edict that the paper money has become worthless.
It is probably likely the Rapture will occur before Y2K...but there are no guarantees. Recently we considered the possibility that Y2K might be related to Daniel 7:25. But even that verse does not indicate that the "plot to change times" is at the beginning of the 70th week. The "confirm a covenant..for one week" (Dan9:27) is at the beginning of that. It doesn't indicate "when" he will plot to change times. And is that the "Y2K" issue? We "don't know." While we might experience some chaos initially if we are still here after Y2K, we can be sure the Believing Christian won't be here when the AntiChrist is set up, and subsequently, the "mark."
When Noah and family went into the ark, the "waters of the flood" had begun. (Gen 7:7) It was on the "very day" that God rained fire and brimstone, that Lot came out of Sodom. (Lk17:29) And yet, Enoch was taken up aprox 700 years before the flood. So, what will be the coordinating circumstances, if any, when the Church is raptured? We don't know.
But yes...disaster preparedness is a wise thing, no matter "what" period one lives in. That's just using the brains God gave us, as we exist on this earth.
But in terms of utilities...I really have to wonder if computers will actually shut those services down...? Don't such things have manual overrides? (what did they do before computers?) Isn't Y2K going to only affect the "billing" for those services? And I don't think airplanes are going to crash...they haven't done away with seeing-eye pilots yet, to my knowledge. Financial things, yes...that could be disastrous. However, there is such a paranoia thing about Y2K, while I am sure there will be problems, I have to wonder if survival will be all "that" affected...immediately. How much is just that? ...paranoia and "manufactured" mass hysteria? I don't know. For instance, look at how the media scares everybody about little meat contaminations, and all such things...making it seem like a "major outbreak," where meat must be recalled, and meat plants shut down...when all that people would really have to do is make sure they "cook" it. How much of Y2K is like that? You can be pretty sure that we, the general public, don't know the whole truth on the matter... and those who do, certainly aren't telling us...
But the first "comment" is "right on!" Except for the part of it being "our Lord's Church." It is not the "Church" that is thus engaged, but rather, the counterfeit pretend-christians. These people have not been "perfected in [God's] love" as evidenced by their "fear." (1Jn4:18) They are not "looking for.. [His] glorious appearing" (Tit2:13) Since they refuse to "watch" He will "[violently] come upon [them]" (Rev 3:3)
After teaching how we really have no control over worldly events, Jesus said, "but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things [worldly necessities] shall be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow; for tomorrow shall be anxious for its own things. Sufficient to the day is the evil of it." (Mt6:33-34)
We trust the Lord for His care over us, and as human participants on this earth as long as the Lord tarries, we "walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is." (Eph5:15-17)
Y2K preparedness -addendum:
The Y2K Q/A (above) stirred a few responses, and so it's in order to make a couple more comments. But I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this topic. 'Don't want to get too Y2K-crazy here!
The comment summaries and suggestions to visit "XYZ" websites seem to be based on information from, primarily, Ankerberg who, in turn, quotes a lot from Missler. And Missler is supposed to be some hot-shot "expert" with secret information sources; having worked for major corporations in intelligence fields, etc. My own experience with Missler is that his "sources" can be greatly flawed and terribly inaccurate. (Maybe "he's" the one who advised the president to fire those missiles recently?! 'just kidding) Besides, we've spoken of him over a year ago. 'Won't do moreso here.
These sources "use" Proverbs 22:3 & 27:12 as their proof-text foundations for why Christians should stock up and hord food and supplies. Of course, they misinterpret these verses for their own purposes. I'm not going to go into that here, either, as it is possible for anyone to teach just about anything they want, and "support it" with Scripture.
However, just a couple more little thoughts about this Y2K hysteria. Yes, it is quite possible that all the worst-case scenarios will result. (Remember, the experts don't "really know" the full extent of what to expect.)
But True Christians have no excuse to become paranoid and fearful over it! If the Church is "still here" when it happens, as earth-dwelling humans, we should take reasonable precautions, as we might for any other kind of dissaster we may foresee and participate in... resting in our Heavenly Father Who "knows that [we] have need of these things." (Mt6:32) But our primary dependence is to "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness..."(vs33)
Should it be the case that the Church is still here January 1, 2000, and all the worst-case problems actually do occur; be assured that it is merely part of "the beginning of sorrows." (Mt24:8) Things will get MUCH WORSE for the world during the time of Wrath, for which the Church will NOT be here. If you recall from your readings, before all is said and done, over half the earth's population will be decimated. Even tiny little Israel will lose two thirds of its population. (Zec13:8)
For those of you who have been duped by some of the false prophets into believing that we have been "in" the "tribulation" since 1993, and that 2000 will usher in the millenial "kingdom age", you ain't seen nothin' yet!! Y2K is "nothing" compared to everything which will transpire before it's all over. The Wrath hasn't even yet begun!!! For a clearer picture, read the Scriptures.
Christian, keep your eyes focused on Jesus! Yes, take "reasonable" precautions for day-to-day living until Christ comes. But don't worry yourself about that which is coming on the earth. What will they do when those horded stockpiles are destroyed by that which God is sending; earthquakes, asteroids, fire, warfare, etc? What will they do then?! ...when God says, "Fool! this night your soul shall be required of you, then whose shall be those things which you have prepared?" (Lk12:20)
"When you see all these things, [you] shall know that it is near... therefore watch... also be ready... looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith... looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearance of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." (Mt24:33,42,44,Heb12:2,Tit2:13)
Abomination of desolation:
SOMETHING WILL BE PLACED, SET UP, STANDING UP, IN THE HOLY PLACE THAT THE WORLD WILL DISLIKE STRONGLY AND IT WILL MAKE PEOPLE FLEE. A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION.
Please let me know what you think.
Dan 7:11 speaks of "great words" the "horn" speaks.
Dan 9:27 in the middle of the seven years causes the [Jewish] sacrifices to cease and places something "abominable" on the corner of the altar.
Rev 13:5 the "beast" speaks blasphemes
Rev 13:14~ an "image" of the beast is made.
Is it possible that this "image" is the "abomination" which is placed on the altar?
I don't know if these details are something we can know, until it happens. But what Scripture does say is given, so that when it does happen, people "at that time" will recognize it for what it is.