Soul Prep

Are you prepared?

That is a question that you hear a lot these days. You can’t help but notice the growing apocalyptic awareness and interest in our culture. We now have shows like Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Bunkers which show measures people are taking to “prepare themselves” for either the end of the world or hard times ahead.

The Mayan’s have predicted the ‘end of the world’ on December 12th this year, and with the growing natural disasters and economic peril faced by many governments one could logically conclude that a true reformation is needed.

But what I can’t help but notice is this message of prepare.

It is everywhere.

Recent natural disasters, economic peril, drought, etc have governments and even prepping evangelists shouting from the mountaintops to prepare. But what is significant about this isn’t the conclusion observant spectators or paranoid fanatics have come to, it is the underlying spiritual message.

Before Jesus came the first time there was a man named John the Baptist. He lived in the wilderness away from Jerusalem, wore camel hair clothing and ate locust/wild honey. The point is he was not trendy, culturally relevant or ‘normal’ even for his time. But since God likes to speak through simple, lowly, and “despised things to confound the wise” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29) it makes sense that He would choose John.

Those who know Bible history know that John was referenced as being the Elijah figure mentioned in Micah 4:6. Also Jesus identifies him as Elijah in Matthew 11:14, 17:10-13 and Mark 9:11-13. Although John the Baptist did not use Micah 4:6 to reference himself, he did quote Isaiah 40:3 to describe his purpose. And Isaiah 40:3 states this:

A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

John’s message and purpose was to prepare people to ‘meet the Lord’ in both a spiritual and literal sense. He was preparing the way for the Lord and preparing people to meet Him. Jesus, who was actually related to John through the family relationship of Mary and Elizabeth, would eventually be baptized by John and it was after this that Jesus started His ministry on earth at the age of 30.

But John’s message resonates in this society.

John the Baptist was the original ‘prepper’, not in the physical sense but a spiritual sense. And keeping with his message of preparation, what steps are you taking?

I was talking with a friend about the Rapture and the varying beliefs Christians have in relation to the Tribulation and when we will be caught up with Christ in the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:17). In that conversation I asked two questions:

  • If you believe we are going through the Tribulation what steps are you taking to prepare or prep so that you become the ‘Joseph’ figure that stores food for 7 years of famine (the length of the famine Joseph was to save up for in Egypt and the identical length of the Tribulation).
  • What benefit is it for someone to prepare to save their life but lose their soul? How are you prepared spiritually to meet Christ and are you helping others prepare themselves?

Ultimately, our goal is to be ready in and out of season for that time when the field owner comes back to check on us. (Ref Matthew 20:1-16)

And regardless of your faith and belief about the Last Days we are all called to be prepared to meet Christ any day, and to prepare others for their Judgement Day.

I have taken some time off from posting but plan to post the next 4 or 5 entries on the end times. What the Bible says, what is going on right now, and what to expect in the future. No predictions just illustrations, examples and Biblical truth.

I want you to be prepared.

If you have read my blog at any point you will not be able to say, “No one told me”.

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