Devotional 2/22: Doomsday Preppers
I know that people have been saying this for at least 2,016 years but, I have heard a lot of people on TV saying that we are in the last of the last days. I do not know if it is true or not, but I am pretty sure that next year there will be someone else who thinks he has figured out when the end will be. He (or she) will raise their voice and the TV will report on him or her. I am not sure how they will receive national news coverage but somehow they will. Non-believers will laugh at him or her and people will throw Apocalypse-Now themed parties. The doomsayers will all ignore our Lord’s admonition in Matthew 24:36 that we will not know the day or the hour.
Even today , we wonder how our new president is going to fit into end-times prophecy. However, it is my opinion that no historical event (except for maybe the formation of the state of Israel and that was 68 years ago) can we really be assured is a definite sign of the “end-times”.
Now, I also realize that some people take this very seriously, nonetheless. Some study the scriptures say that we should expect a post-tribulation rapture and others fight tooth and nail for a pre-tribulation rapture. I consider those ideas to be pure speculation and not worth considering. They are an expression of trying to control the uncontrollable.
So too are the preppers shown on a TV show like Doomsday Preppers or those who are prepping for a zombie apocalypse, trying to control the uncontrollable (but only to an extent). Now, I am not knocking preppers but if you really believe that a zombie apocalypse is possible you have been watching too many episodes of Walking Dead and need to have your head examined because zombies are not real. Also, preppers are incorrect to think that a bunker in the ground will exclude you from the Lord’s judgement. The only preparation you need for that is to be bathed in the blood of the Lamb. However, building a bunker for an economic collapse, a terrorist attack on a city like Paris, a conflict with Russia, a meteor impact, makes a lot more sense. Maybe to some extent you can prep for those events.
However, you need to realize that death itself is a cessation of control in our bodies and in our worlds. You can see this in older people. Their bodies get weaker and they start to lose control over them but they do everything they can to micromanage and control what is going on around them. This they do to the exasperation and chagrin of those around them.
So too, will the rapture be. During that time, we will definitely NOT be in control. Satan’s forces will seem to be so much stronger than our wills and hearts and faith. However, during that time and right now, we are not to combat the Devil on our own. We are fools if we think we can. We are supposed to live today and tomorrow in the Lord’s strength. That we can be prepared for whatever may come. How does one do this? Just ask Him for the strength to make it today. It worked for MC Hammer!
Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.