Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Doomsday Prepping

Apparently, the world is scheduled to end on December 21, 2012.  Remind me to mark that down in my DayTimer.  It appears that the fever-pitch paranoia surrounding End Time theories is so severe that the U.S. Government (through NASA) actually felt it necessary to issue this statement:

“The world will not end in 2012… and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012"
Wow…As someone wryly and succinctly noted on Twitter:  “I wasn’t really worried about it UNTIL the government told me NOT to worry—NOW I’m really worried”. 

The other night on TV, Fox News Channel aired a special report.  It portrayed a captivating, albeit non-scriptural, documentary on the current fascination with Doomsday scenarios.  According to the report, much of the human race is living under the imminent feeling that the proverbial hammer is about to fall.  Highly “educated” PHD professors were interviewed, all concluding with the most dim-witted, outlandish theories I have ever heard in my life.  These included speculations about aliens from outer space and a black-hole time continuum.  No wonder all knowledge outside of the Bible is deemed to be utter nonsense:

Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
~1 Corinthians 1:20

The saddest part of the TV special showed real-life “doomsday preppers” themselves.  They constantly live in abject fear and terror.  Furthermore, their obsession with survival has decimated their bank accounts and caused major dysfunction within their families.  With ironic insight, I realized that even if doomsday never comes for them—they have already pre-doomed their present life right now!  Such is life “off the grid”. 

Then, I had another eye-opening revelation:  Besides ruining their present life, they were not going to be successful in preserving their future life either.  For instance, the EMP prepper would be dead meat in a nuclear attack.  The nuclear attack prepper would not be fully prepared for an EMP disaster.  ALL would be destroyed by an earthquake or tsunami flooding.  How in the world can you successfully doomsday prep for an unknown disaster?  What about multiple, simultaneous disasters like the one we just recently witnessed in Japan?  The Japanese people experienced an Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown all in rapid succession!  Obviously, this was a real scenario played out in front of our very eyes on TV.  Doomsday Prepping, therefore, becomes completely absurd and impossible when confronted with the very real possibility of an unknown variable.

This year my family and I have begun to celebrate the Feasts in the Old Testament.  It occurred to me that God never said anywhere in the scripture to discontinue these Feasts.  It was like one of those “oh wow”….moments I have had since re-reading the Bible again last year without any preconceived notions.  Why we, as Christians, ever stopped these fantastic opportunities to commune with God Almighty—I cannot even begin to fathom.  Think about it:  The Most High God, Master of the Universe has decreed “You and I have an anointed rendezvous for special communion together on this exact day” and we have “stood Him up” for the last 2000 years or so.  What were we thinking???

Thankfully, there is a huge movement in the Christian and Messianic Community to recapture these precious pre-scheduled “dates with God”. In fact, Moses said that The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) shall be a statute forever:

This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.
~Lev 23:31

 Five days later, Sukkot, or the “Festival of Booths” is observed.  This is also a date that God said should continue for all generations:

This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come
~Lev 23:41

Sukkot is also widely believed to be the true birthday of Jesus Christ by Biblical scholars and Messianic Jews.  If you are interested, continue studying this topic on the Internet along with scripture.  Trust me…You will be amazed when you discover the linkage between the Old Testament Feasts and the foreshadowing of the Messiah. 

Sukkot, or the Festival of Booths, is a Feast in which God’s people were required to construct fragile abodes in order that they might be able to see the sky through the palms and branches that comprised their covering.  This was to REMIND them, that any manmade structure would be flimsy indeed.  While observing Sukkot this past year (In 2012 it began at Sundown on September 30 through Nightfall on October 7th), my family and I appropriately enjoyed dinner at a semi-outdoor restaurant. This particular evening the torrential downpour included one of the WORST thunder and lightning displays I had ever seen.  Florida is considered the “thunderstorm capital of the world” but this one was a DOOZY, even my teenagers were actually frightened.  However, it was the perfect setting to teach them about Sukkot.  It was obvious to me that God was confirming to us through His dramatic light show that…There is NO SAFE PLACE except under God’s protection. 

So, fellow Americans:  don’t wait until disaster strikes.  Do the only truly effective “doomsday prepping” right now…

                                 Drop to your knees and repent.    

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble
~Psalm 32:7

History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline.  There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.
 ~Douglas MacArthur (Army General, Medal of Honor Recipient)


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