preppers

I saw it before, it was 1999 and the world (as well as the church) was beginning to fear the millennium. Economic meltdown, beginning of tribulation, all were beginning to reveal themselves by some of the popular preachers and prophets of the day. Books, DVD’s, CD’s, all relating to Y2K and the end of the world were dominating the marketplace. Prophets such as Bobby Conner, Cindy Jacobs and C. Peter Wagner were all declaring that Y2K was going to be the catalyst to usher in a One World Order, and economic crash (which never came), a world currency, not to mention the planet reeling from the affects of the judgment which was coming. Chuck Missler suggested that there would be a national power outage, where violence will grip the nation. It even got so bad that one particular well known tv evangelist warned his people not to fly on December 31st because he believed that when midnight hit, commercial airliners would fall from the sky. Silly but true.Yet it was the late David Wilkerson, who stated in 1998 for believers not to fear the hype over what was supposed to occur at the turn of the new century (Y2K).

Now, once again, there is a mass exodus of believers being led by mystic pied pipers into causing those in the modern church to fear the coming month of September, mainly September 13th and September 23rd as being the mark where the world will begin to fall into chaos, the Shemitah will end the period of grace and usher us all into the Great Tribulation (source). But I don’t desire to deal with that, instead, I want to speak directly to this false teaching which is leading people astray which says that people need to stay close to home and stock up with food, guns and their bibles.

While in prayer, the Lord began to deal with me over this whole idea of end time prepping for the “end”, and the Lord spoke something into my spirit and it’s found in the word, Matthew 6:34 ““Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” The Lord was proving once again that when we exchange faith for fear, when we begin to walk according to our efforts, then we no longer walk by faith, but by flesh, the result is failure. We see this through the great hall of faith (Heb. 11) where men (and women) trusted the Lord completely, not worrying about the things going on around them. Yet some would point to Joseph and telling the nation of Israel to stock pile food, yet a careful study of that verse showed that Egypt used that means to not only obey the Lord, in the end, it was a means of control over the people. The fact is this, under the new covenant (the cross) we now have something those in the old covenant did not have – the operation of the Holy Spirit.

It is the Holy Spirit which now guides and leads us, but do we allow ourselves to succumb to fear to such a degree that we must buy food which we will quite possibly never use? Where could that money go that many will spend on fruitless prophecies by the latest prophet or tv huckster claiming to hear a “word from God” which is actually not from God, but from flesh? Here is exactly what Jesus said, “”Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25). Yet Jesus continues to remind us that we who are in him should not even remotely be concerned when we see trials and troubles come. Look how Jesus dealt with Martha who was worried and fretting over so many things around her, yet her sister Mary stayed at the feet of Jesus, “But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,
” (Luke 10:41) 

Friend, there are a ton of voices which are ringing out right now as I type out this short letter to you who says that something big is coming and that the church needs to have plenty of food, water and clothing and cash on hand to face it, friend, that is false because it’s rooted in flesh, it’s not God’s way, it’s the way of flesh. Even IF something were to occur (I do not believe nothing will occur as what is being echoed today) but what did the Lord tell us? He tells us in his word that we are not to worry over these things, that he will provide for us, he will supply and meet our very need. The problem is we no longer trust in God’s way, because many are walking by fear and not by faith. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Fear is a powerful thing, it grips the heart and once it roots itself in the spirit of the believer, they no longer hear the whispering guidance of the Holy Spirit, but they are turned over to another spirit, a spirit which will cause them to worry and fret over things which they really have no control over. The fact is, we are never to walk by sight, but by faith (Heb. 11:1). Yet I see countless numbers of Christians falling for once again a spirit of fear and the only ones reaping from it are the proponents who are reaping the money from such fear-mongering. It’s Y2K all over again.

Regardless of the future, ours is to walk in perfect faith, not worrying over things which may or may not happen, instead, ours is to trust the Lord completely, allowing the Lord to lead and guide us by his direction and not by the words of those who would attempt to lead us away from the cross and peace of mind. The bottomline is this, I will walk with perfect faith by his promise found in the word “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19). I won’t be stocking up on tribulation food, guns, water, why? Because my faith will carry me thru because of the cross. Stop listening to every word and start testing the word. I got a feeling everything’s going to be alright.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

Comments
  1. Tammy says:

    While i agree we have no need to fear anything, I do believe we are getting ready to enter the times of troubles that Jesus called the beginning of sorrows. We have to come to the prophecies fulfillments somehow and they have to have a time of the start.

    We have to see the one world government and the one world currency and the one world religion before we see the tribulation. We also have to see the Temple in Israel rebuilt for the tribulation period to come about. Right now the jews just paid an architect to make the plans for that temple. They have their red heifer and every piece of everything they need to make that building into a reality.

    We are going to see a reset of things, what was done before by God will be done again. If we look back through History even after the cross and look at the past jubilees, and shemitah’s and the resets of the past, we can clearly see the pattern of years that have been in play, since the Lord began time. All that said no fear!! There is no need or place for fear in the blood bought trusting child of God.

    The pattern throughout the word is trust and obey trust and obey! While I have some water put aside, the Lord did tell me to do so, as we live in a highly volatile earthquake area and are surrounded by volcanoes as well. We have had no money to stock pile anything and the Lord assures us He has us under His wing and there is the only place to be. Psalm 91 is His promises of protection to the church of Philadelphia.
    Great article even if i do not agree entirely. I do not listen to men over the Lord and His word, so no man is telling me to prepare for doom. But i do enjoy knowing what could be happening, and seek out that truth in His word.

    • Tammy, I am not doubting the prophetic end times which are to come, far from it. I am putting doubt on the rhetoric coming from many that says it will come next month.Yes, there will come a final period of time where perilous times will indeed come, but not right now.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You sit in judgement of others while not knowing yourself what will happen. Many, if not most of the people talking about September believe in Christ as strongly as you, me & the rest. Some of your message is good, yet some of it is arrogant & judgmental. Judgement is best left to the Lord.

    • I know this much, September will be a nice fall month, the leaves will start to turn, and apple cider will be as abundant as it was last year.

      • Sasha Smith says:

        As I have sat down numerous times recently and pondered about what is all this hype about September. Due to all of the garbage that is out there, I think that LORD JESUS has answered me by leading me to an article about the Pope’s message this month at the United Nations which will include the implementation of the NWO and the NWO currency will be introduced in October. We should all know by now that the NWO is not a conspiracy theory. Nothing should ever replace the gospel of LORD JESUS, but we as Christians should not bury our heads in the sand when it comes to the issues of the end times. Hey, if you are a Christian that is walking in the SPIRIT at most, what I know from personal experience, is that LORD JESUS will send people your way to witness to them about HIM. One should also pray to LORD JESUS and ask HIM “who would you like for me to witness to?”, but in the mean time while one is not spreading the gospel, sound the trumpet about CHRIST’S return.

  3. Maria Thangaraj says:

    Nothing worries me as I walk in faith too and the Holy Spirit walks with me! Why worry about the tribulation, when there is so much more to worry about – every day! Life is challenging, but through all my challenges I have learnt in trusting my God to see me through and He works in miraculous ways. Not once has he let go of me and my family…He loves me and we love him. When God guides, He provides and we have no fear. Sorrows come, pain comes, troubles come…but they dont last forever! With faith comes victory and joy and the power of our mighty God shines through! My life is a testimony to His faithfulness, love and grace. Thanks for sharing this reading.

  4. Kevin says:

    I am glad there is a voice of reason and an understanding that we are to rely on God. My pastor preached last weekend on how he believes “something big” is going to happen and will most likely be this month. He advised all the members of the church to stock up on food and cash. He said that he has a special closet already stocked full of provisions. (He even referenced guns) He advised all his adult children that if anything happens they should all immediately come home. He suggested we right all write letters to family members (not email).

    He then mentioned he had read the book, “The Four Blood Moons” and I suspect he also read Jonathan Cahn’s apocalyptic books. What was suppose to be a sermon from Matthew 24 turned into how we should be prepared for impending ambiguous crisis that will soon strike America and how we need to immediately stock up on food and water. My reading of Matthew 24 does not come to that conclusion. I am surprised he read verse 4 “…Watch out that no one deceives you” and did not think about it before giving his sermon.

    Like you stated, it sounds like the Y2K scare repeating itself. I am saddened that my pastor is so ignorant, gullible and un-trusting of God that he would jump on the latest P.T. Barnum paranoia band-wagon.

    This is not the first time our pastor preached from questionable books written by men who claim to have special insights, know better than the rest of us what the bible says, or what is the best way to make your church into a mega church. He is like a kid who has ADHD whose attention span is very short and is distracted by every shiny new wind of doctrine. Because we are missionaries on the mission field, I listen to his sermons on line and when necessary, I can back up and replay the message to make sure I heard what I thought I heard. I wonder if anyone sitting in the sanctuary is seriously listening to the sermons, or if the words just float over people’s heads while they are thinking about what to do once the sermon is finally over.

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