Story of the 10 Virgins
Mat 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Mat 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mat 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
Mat 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Mat 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
This story has a simple meaning, in my opinion. Ten virgins means pious or religious women. The first five do not have oil in their lamps, which represents the presence of God in their hearts through the new birth, and are religious by works. The second five, who have oil in their lamps, have the new birth and know the Lord in their hearts.
Midnight, when the cry is made, is the moment of death when it is too late for salvation and the second coming of the Lord. Most believers assume the story is only about the His second coming, but why give a message that only applies to one generation? When we die, we meet our maker. So the very first act of preparation is salvation.
Above all else, we need to stay close to the Lord in our sensitivity to his Spirit. The more we put our mind on the world, the more insensitive we become to the still small voice of the Lord.
Nor should we count on our understanding of end time doctrines. Specifically, the teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture. I am not arguing the doctrine. I am saying that it is imprudent to assume the teaching is correct. The Jews believed the Messiah would come to rule as their King by overthrowing Rome. They were wrong and misunderstood who he was when He stood in front of them. If the doctrine is right, then we all will escape the tribulation that precedes His second coming. If wrong, then many are going to be woefully unprepared for the tyranny of the Anti-Christ.
The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.
This proverb shows that we have a part to prepare for battle, but our trust has to remain upon the Lord for our deliverance. Jesus told us to seek, and we shall find, knock and it will be opened. Our lives in Christ require personal responsibility on our part. We have to prepare for the day of disaster, but it will be God who brings us through those disasters.
This is the challenging part for all of us. And I believe it is an individual matter. For example, many Christian preppers believe we need guns to defend ourselves. But in my life I had never used a gun until recently. I shot and killed two squirrels and it devastated me. I don’t have the temperament to kill. I did it and I am heart broken.
So there is no one size fits all approach to preparation. It is between you and God to determine in what ways you prepare. There are many considerations in determining how you prepare. Where you live; whether you have a family and its size or if you are single; your age and physical health; your skill sets; your wealth or debt are just a few examples.
The Mark of the Beast
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev_13:16 -17
And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. Rev_16:2
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: Rev 14:9 -10
The heart of the global government will be financial. If you are in debt, get out of debt. We are already very close to a global financial system. The money we use has moved from asset backed currency, to monetized debt currency, and is already extensively digital currency. The privately owned central bankers want to move currency further away from physical money to an RFID chip which may be the precursor, or even, the mark of the beast itself.
What are you going to do? If you accept the mark, then you will suffer the plagues that God sends during that tribulation time, and worse, it seems, you might lose your salvation and spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.
One point of preparation is to stock up on food and water. We should do this, anyway for two reasons. The first reason is financial. Inflation (the increase in circulation of money) will make supplies more expensive in time. Buy in bulk items you use that have long shelf lives to save you money in the long run. The second reason is to have the supplies when no longer available.
Some people think that they will garden and hunt for food. However, if you are not doing that now, you will have a hard time in the future. Why? Because there are steep learning curves to gardening and it takes time for plants to grow. Some plants won’t be edible until after several growing seasons of maturity. As for hunting, if you are not doing that now you won’t be able to when the need arises. On top of that, there will be many others with the same thing in mind, competing for the creature you are hunting, too.
There are many websites that address prepping. I encourage all believers to start researching them. Even if the Lord does not come in our lifetime and we are not in the Great Tribulation, there are still earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, job losses, recessions, emergencies and other events that can turn your world upside down. Being prepared is a wise course of action.
Here is the website I subscribe to their RSS feed. Ask a Prepper. They have a variety of writers who specialize in specific topics.