Many people are able to read the signs of the times to recognize that extremely difficult and dangerous events will soon unfold. Among these are wars, natural disasters, man-made disasters, famines, economic collapse and biological and chemical pestilence; just as foretold in the Bible to come in the last days.
Luke 21:25-26, 34-36 – And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. ….But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man
The “dooms-day preppers” are making all kinds of physical preparations in order to endure and survive what is approaching. Many people mock such preparation thinking such things cannot or will not happen. Christians who know the Bible see that such events were prophesied by Christ to occur before His return. However, most Christians have neither the money nor any other means to make such preparation.
The fact is that even what the “dooms-day preppers” are doing will not suffice because what is coming will be more than just physical events. There is one key means of preparation for the days of darkness that are coming. This is a means of preparation that any and all people can, and should, make. That is the spiritual preparation which is trusting in God, through Christ, who knows exactly what is coming and whose loving care makes all needed provision and protection for His people. God’s promises are contingent on our trust, not on our situations or circumstances.
How do we build our trust in God, especially when we see all of nature, and man’s institutions, shaking and crumbling around us? People need to repent of their own selfish and sinful ways and turn to God, who is our source. Get to know Him by knowing His Word (the Holy Bible) and what He promised; know how much He loves you and cares for you. Spend intimate time with Him in prayer by which you establish close communion (communication) with Him.
Consider the following scriptures as just a beginning place to know and recognize God’s love and what He has promised to provide to those who trust in Him.
Hebrews 12:25-27 – See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Isaiah 26:3 – Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
Psalm 91:1-7 – He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers,and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Romans 8:31, 35-39 - What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? … Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Psalm 24:4-10 - I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him,
anddelivereth them. 8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. … The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
and his ears are open unto their cry. 16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
Psalm 37:18-19 – The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Matthew 6:31-32 – Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Our Heavenly Father knows how to protect and provide for His own who put their trust in Him. To learn more about God’s promises and His Word, and to build your trust in God, utilize the lessons in the Logos Bible Study on this website.