I’m a Prepper, They’re a Prepper, He’s a Prepper, We’re a Prepper….Wouldn’t You like to be a Prepper Too?

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I’m a Prepper, They’re a Prepper, He’s a Prepper, We’re a Prepper….Wouldn’t You like to be a Prepper Too?

Ha ha ha!  (Now I’m craving a Dr. Pepper).

Prepper.  It is the BUZZWORD for the decade isn’t it?  So many You Tube videos (some of them, I’m sorry, are really out there – have you seen them?).  So many new businesses trying to cash-in on the “survivalist” rush for hardware and sporting goods.  Even a cable TV show devoted to the pandemic.  Yes, I write this a little tongue-in-cheek if you are sensing some sarcasm, but it’s really not all bad.  In fact, I’m a big fan of being prepared. Most of that stuff is great for camping, just saying .  And it is nice to know that, in a pinch, I could eat a pine tree, if I were really starving (and thank you Euell Gibbons of my generationBear Grylls of this one).

I totally agree that we are all just a little bit irresponsible if we aren’t prepared, at least in some small ways, for a major weather event or power outage, or whatever.  It’s the Boy Scout motto to “be prepared,” don’t ya know.  Our elders who lived through the Great Depression, and trailing back for centuries, are surely rolling over in their graves over our generation’s lackadaisical apathy towards hunting-gathering.  Even squirrels stash away nuts for winter.  Do I really want to be stampeded at the grocery store when the next hurricane hits?  If we think “Black Friday” after Thanksgiving is violent…

On the other hand, I was thinking the other day about the houses that have gotten washed away in floods, or blown apart by tornadoes, or  burned to the ground by lightening or faulty wiring.  Like, so much for their well-stocked pantries.  What a waste of time and money, for them?  As the saying goes, you’re damned if  you do and damned if you don’t.  And we could probably go back and forth on that until the cows come home and still end up at the same place: just because something like a house-specific fire or a flood COULD happen, a well-stocked pantry, a first aid kit, lanterns, a heat source, and water are still all good things to have on hand, for all the OTHER general, wide-spread things that COULD happen!  It’s like carrying a jack and a spare tire, and jumper cables, for our cars.  It’s just good sense.

Of course there’s the DREAM PREP presented in the TV shows.  For heaven’s sakes, who of us doesn’t want to live “off the grid,” just for living, right?  Do I want a water catchment system for watering my yard and garden?  Heck yeah.  Would I like to have a water well and a solar powered pump, and a holding tank to supply my house?  Of course.  How about a windmill and solar panels to power my home for heat, cold, cooking, etc.? Uh…for sure!!!  Would I like to have a storm cellar? Oh baby, and for more reasons than one.  Do I want to recycle everything, compost, and have an incinerator to burn the rest?  You bet your bippy!  But, can you say, LOTTO PLEASE?  Who wouldn’t love to tell the gas and electric and waste disposal companies to hit the road?  Who doesn’t want to save the planet and live green, and leave a minimal footprint.  Greeeeeeen acres IS the place to be.  Greeeeen livin’ IS the life for me.  Land stretchin’ out so far and wide…forget Manhatten, just give me that countryside.  Right on?

Yes I want chickens, and a huge year-round garden, and I want to know how to make soap, and churn butter, and keep bees, and all that stuff that people have known for centuries up until this last two generations.  What an awesome hobby that would be to learn all those “pioneer skills.”  One thing’s for certain, Baby Boomers, their kids and their grandkids don’t have a clue how to do any of that stuff.  There have been grocery stores for our whole lives.

But a “doomsday” prepper… can there be such a thing, really?

And that’s what I want to talk about today.  While I applaud their fortitude and ambition for survival, and have enjoyed learning all the ways one can make fire, I question whether there is really a way to prep for that?

Oh my Lord, we are talking “DOOMSDAY:” pandemic plague, cruel civil wars, collapsed economies, unpresedented natural disasters, poisoned waters, epic air pollution, food shortages leading to complete famine and starvation, massive military invasions, prison camps, terrorism, the mark of the beast.  These are things that don’t pass in a few weeks or months or even a few years. These are woes like no woes we’ve ever known.

Honestly, the only way I see to prep for THAT… is spiritually.  And so I ask, Mr. and Mrs. Prepared-for-anything (and little miss/mr NOT-prepared-for-anything), are  you prepped for that?

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wise and foolish

  “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish

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Colleen picUsing scripture to teach scripture let’s see if 2 Timothy 3 can shed a little light on who these foolish virgins might be.

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“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.”   2 Tim.3:1-9

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Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 

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Colleen picOil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit; the kings and priests in the old Testament were anointed with oil for the work of their office, in the new Testament WE are kings and priests (Rev.1:6; 5:9,10), and are anointed with the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:20,27) for the work of our office.

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Visit these websites to learn more: http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/1107/Oil-as-Symbol.htm 
http://www.jackhayford.org/teaching/articles/symbols-of-the-holy-spirit/ 
https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_433.cfm 
http://www.loyolapress.com/symbols-of-the-holy-spirit.htm

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Colleen picI know you know the song, “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let it Shine…” again using scripture to teach scripture let’s go to Acts 19 and Acts 1 to see how the Holy Spirit becomes that light in our lamps.

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And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”  So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”  And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?”  So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”  Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”  When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.   Acts 19:1-6

But you shall receive power (boldness) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”   Acts 1:8

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But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept

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Colleen picHave you ever gotten tired of waiting for something?  A check that was supposed to come in the mail perhaps?  A friend who said she’d be over to pick you up in a little while?  An airplane that was delayed for whatever reason?  What do you do to pass the time?  Surf social networks?  Grab something to eat?  Take a little cat-nap?  I thought it would be cool to look up those two words in my Word Study New Testament reference books.  Here’s what I found:

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The word Slumbered (verb) in this verse is the English translation of the Greek word nustazo, (Strongs #3573), and means to nod off, but its grammatical notation is “aorist indicative active” which means it is not a continuous action as actual sleeping would be, also it is voluntary on the part of the person or people, in other words they weren’t shot with a tranquilizer dart, they just drifted off and closed their heavy eyelids for a moment of their own will.

The word Slept (verb) in this verse is the English translation of the Greek word katheudo, (Strongs #2518), and means exactly “sleep.”  Its grammatical notation is “imperfect tense” (actually: imperfect 3-person plural to be specific), which, not being a Bible scholar by any stretch, appears to me to mean “to sleep in every sense of the word.”  What is “every sense of the word?” Thayer’s Greek Lexicon lists (crazily enough) “three” senses of the word and here are the explanations for each:

a. properly (sleep): Matthew 8:24; Matthew 9:24 (on this and its parallels, cf. B. D. American edition, p. 1198{a}); ; Mark 4:27, 38; Mark 5:39; Mark 13:36; Mark 14:37, 40; Luke 8:52; Luke 22:46; 1 Thessalonians 5:7.

b. euphemistically, (to be dead): 1 Thessalonians 5:10; (Psalm 87:6 (); Daniel 12:2).

c. metaphorically, (to yield to sloth and sin, and be indifferent to one’s salvation): Ephesians 5:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:6.

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Colleen picWhat? Whoa!  So since slumbered comes first I’m guessing it applies to the wise virgins, who are always listed first, and the foolish, who are always listed second, must be the ones who flat out slept — in not only the proper sense of the word, but the euphemistic, and metaphorical senses as well, which totally confirms what 2 Timothy 3 said all the way up there at the start of this Bible Study, and very much double defines their “foolishness.”

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13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.[b]   15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.   1 Thessalonians 4:13-15

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.  11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.   1 Thessalonians 5:4-11

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“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ 

 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.   1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

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Colleen picOh praise Jesus, so if we die, or if we nod off He’ll wake us up?

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Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 

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Colleen picThe foolish virgins should have known that the Holy Spirit cannot be purchased, it is a gift given without merit by Jesus – not of works lest any man should boast; but in not knowing they showed that they were not really His.  They were of the same spirit as Simon.

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And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”   20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”    Acts 8:18-23

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10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.  11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’   Matthew 7:21-23

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Colleen picDoes Jesus know me?  Do I know Him?  Do I practice lawlessness, or do I do the will of My Father?

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13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming. 

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only.  But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,  and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[f] your Lord is coming.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.    Matthew 24:36-44

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.   1 Thessalonians 5:1-4

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Colleen picLet me just say that Noah didn’t know the exact day or hour that God would flood the earth either, but he knew it would be when he got the ark built…

(Do  I do the will of my Father?  “My sheep hear My voice” John 10:27.  “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” John 16:13) 

The Bible tells us that the gospel shall be preached in all the world, and then the end will come!  Matthew 24:14 & Revelation 14:6,7. 

Has the gospel been preached in all the earth?  I don’t know.  But it has certainly been preached in YOUR hearing today.  Are you ready for His return?

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 “…choose you this day whom ye will serve; …   Joshua 24:15 (KJV)

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