Revelations 6 “1Then I watched as the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say in a thunderous voice, “Come!” 2So I looked and saw a white horse, and its rider had a bow. And he was given a crown, and rode out to conquer and defeat.…”
The end times, thought of as the most challenging survival experience. When conquest sets out, it is a change in the world. Conflict and strife will abound and overtake everyone. Everyone looks at the world and sees the signs, whether it is or these things have always been around does not really matter as much as some people will have you believe. The truth is no one will know when Jesus returns, but no one knows when you are going to die either. You shouldn’t wait to get right with God. But anyway….
Yes, Conflict is on the rise. It seems like everyone wants to play the victim. Everyone is the underdog ans has to stand up and fight for something. Especially true for religious zealots that want to beat down christianity. This includes atheists who want to do away with anyone’s beliefs. As things get worse christians will end up going into hiding in an underground church and hiding their beliefs as the anti-christ takes power.
Learning different forms of communications will be a must so you can communicate with your trusted allies. You will need to know who those are you can trust. Learn to recognise the signs of other believers. Where they are going to gather and worship. Remember Where believers gather, there Jesus is among them.
Now, as conflict and disgruntled feelings rise you can expect more violent outlashes to increase. Look at ferguson Missouri, all the rioting and fighting was not all the result of the cop shooting the young black man. There was already civil unrest permeating the area waiting for something to trigger it. That unrest is growing everywhere and we will see more and more of it as time goes on.
So what can you do to prep for it. Well, to start with check your own emotions. Do you feel any of this unrest building inside you? Be honest with yourself. If you do pray about it and meditate. Go to confession or confess to your pastor or someone you can confide in. That is what they are there for. After all remove the plank from your own eye first…..
So after that, there isn’t much you can do about the rest of your community. Learn to defend yourself. Keep your pepper spray and such with you. Pay attention to your surroundings. Train your instincts to spot anything that might feel hinky or unsafe. If you get the feeling something isn’t safe don’t wait around. If you see someone suspicious hanging around and you feel unsafe, report it to whoever and proceed to the closest exit. It is always good to know where the exits are. Know where they are at your place of work.
It is something you hear about all the time. A pissed off ex employee comes in with a weapon and tries to kill or hurt someone. Or just shoot up the place. Something happened not at my place of work, but one of our sister factories. Someone brought a gun to work and freaked out the bosses. We now have tighter security at all our facilities. No one got hurt, but it is a wake up call. You don’t want to wait until something happens to start thinking about these things. If something did happen, know where your exits are and anyplace you can hide. My best friend has a bad hip. She can’t run. So if someone did come in with a gun, what could she do. We discussed this and she pointed out that there were places she could get down into where she couldn’t be seen. She could do it relatively fast and could not be easily shot at. Clever.
You have to remember though being prepared is not the same as being scared. It is just the opposite. Having a plan gives you the feeling of confidence and takes away fear. This can be a good way to keep your kids calm and help them to control fear in a scary situation. If they feel like they know what to do. You just have to approach it the right way. Also to teach them about stranger danger. The more the world descends into chaos the scarier and more dangerous it is becoming for children.
The hearts of many will grow cold. The Bible says this. People will become more selfish and care less about others. Thinking only about their own wants and needs. They will take what they want and hurt who they want without thinking about the consequences. People don’t fear prison anymore and really they get little more that a slap on the wrist and get to stay out on the streets for a while, while the prisons are over crowded. When people don’t fear consequences there is nothing to stop them from doing anything.
So keep your friends close and connected. Build trust with each other. There are trust exercises you can google.