To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!
I’m back on the road, to care for an elderly relative. As usual, I’ve put the ordering apparatus of Elk Creek Company on hiatus. If you want to order anything, then mark your calendar for March 31st. Ordering should resume then. Please note that I’m now in the process of cataloging about 20 percussion blackpowder revolvers of recent manufacture. Just as with pre-1899 cartridge guns, NO paperwork is required, in most States! Oh, and you can easily find cartridge conversion cylinders for many of those models. (A hint for those of you who live in gun-deprived States.) Sorry, no overseas sales.
Now, over to my dear wife, Avalanche Lily…
Avalanche Lily Reports:
The beginning of the week was terribly rainy. Mid-week, we had sun. I made sure to lay out in it for at least a half hour for two days on my inflatable sleeping pad wearing shorts. (If the wind isn’t blowing, the sun keeps one warm enough, even if the air is only forty degrees.) Then we had three days of continuous snowfall.
At the beginning of the week, I heard the chickadees singing their spring song for the first time this week. A couple of Red Shafted Flickers (pictured) checked out the beams on the porch this week, looking for insects. The Tundra swans returned to our river this week after the severe freezing temperatures abated.
Jim departed midweek to dodge the two incoming snowstorms, and arrived safely just before the latest storm hit the Cascades.
I did not do much if any prepping this week, just maintaining the ranch. There aren’t any good stories to tell you this week. ;-( I’m sorry.
I spent time reorganizing kitchen cupboards — refilling jars of salt, sugar, flour, etc. with the stockpile. I also deep cleaned our bedroom, kept up with laundry, vacuuming, dishes, cooking, and of course kept the pets and livestock fed.
Miss Eloise and I went to town for an appointment and some shopping. She bought some stuff in preparation for acquiring a dog this coming summer. She bought early in case there were supply chain issues, later. We’ve tracked down a breeder with the kind of dog she’s looking for and the pups are due in June.
I plowed after an eight-inch snowstorm struck us at the end of the week.
Each day, I hiked either, around the ranch outside for about an hour, when not pouring rain, or spent time hiking around the kitchen island with my weighted backpack on while listening to scripture. Most recently I’ve been listening to the book of John, and some informative YouTube videos. I spent a lot of time reading websites looking for news of current events. One morning after our family Bible Study, we were looking at the book of Revelation, after everybody arose and went their own way, I kept reading and studying for about another hour and a half. I want to share with you some things I have learned about the book of Revelation from our Bible Study Leader: This was a letter I was writing to one of our readers who was questioning: The different biblical interpretation of whether the Lord Jesus returns pre-, mid-, or post-tribulation, let me help you interpret the book of Revelation from our understanding.
Briefly, Hebrew (Old Testament) thought is cyclical and parallel. This means a writer will write about the same events several times, but focus on a different aspect with more detail at successive tellings. This is what happens in the book of Revelation. There is one telling of the first Six seals and then the Sixth and Seventh seals are spoken of again twice more while focusing in detail on certain events.
(The major and minor prophets do this to a degree, also. All of them, when speaking of the Last days are speaking of their visions of the same events. as John the revelator and what Jesus said in the Gospels in Matthew Chapter 24 and 25, Mark 13, and Luke 21.)
We believe that the Tribulation and the Wrath Of God are two different series of events. The Tribulation is Satan’s Wrath Against man, God’s Crown of Creation. God’s Wrath is the punishment of Satan and the men who have partnered with him and his Beast System.
Those who are in Christ and refuse the Mark of the Beast, and are still alive at His second coming at the Sixth Trump are not destined for God’s Wrath. Rather, we will be taken out of the earth before God’s Wrath, through the Rapture.
In the book of Revelation in Chapters 5 and 6 we see the first Six Seals. The first Six Seals are The Beginning of Sorrows and the Great Tribulation. We will be here to see it, unless we die of natural causes or are martyred for refusing the “Mark” (possibly the vaccine and it’s Green Passport/digital bio-certficate
) placed upon the skin of a persn’s forehead or wrist for the Testimony of Jesus.
Jesus returns during the Sixth Trump. The events describe what is happening during the Sixth Trump just before He returns.
Those who are alive and remained in Him, did not take the mark, are caught up into the sky with Him. This is the Rapture.
(So I am what you would call a Pre-Wrath Rapture believer.)
Chapter 7 is the prelude to the opening of the Seventh Seal. The Seventh Seal is the Wrath of God being poured out on Satan and unrepentant men, and all who took his mark. The Seventh Seal consists of the Trumpet and vial judgments. These two judgments are the same thing and parallel each other, they are just told a little bit differently. The 144,000 virgins from the tribes of Israel are sealed with the Mark of God and will be protected through his wrath
By the way, there are two visions from two different perspectives of the same events taking place on earth. One of of them is the view from the heavens and the other is the view from down on the earth
Chapter 8:1 – 11:18-19 Is the Seventh Seal and is the telling of God’s Wrath, and are the Seven Trumpets. These are seen from the perspective of Heaven. The vision is of the censers, hail and fire, mountain burning, great star falls sun, moon stars darkened woes, bottomless pit, Euphrates river dried up,
Little book, Measure the temple, Two witnesses, God reigns!
At Chapter 11:18-15:2 John the writer circles back his storytelling to the Sixth Trump, to tell another aspect and give more details of what is happening before and the Sixth Trump before Jesus returns. The Opening of the Sixth Seal Ends the Great Tribulation. Jesus has returned to earth to pour out His Wrath. The vision explains what the Whore is, the Beast, and His Mark. The Woman clothed with the sun, War in Heaven, Beast from the Sea, False Prophet, 666 Mark of the Beast. Again it talks about the sealing of the 144,000, then the three angels sound: the gospel is preached, before Jesus returns, Babylon falls. And a reminder not to take the Mark of the Beast.
Verse 14:14 The first sickle is the Rapture at Jesus’ return at the sounding of the Sixth Trump
The Second Sickle is the Wrath of God it is Seventh Trump/The seven Vials which is the second telling of the Wrath of God. This parallels the first telling of the of the wrath’s events, they’re very similar, with some different details being added to the scenario as now being seen from the earth.
At 15:17-16:16 Wrath
Angels hold the vials and are told to go their ways and pour them out onto the earth: grievous sores appear on all who have taken the Mark and worshipped his image, sea becomes blood, rivers and fountains become blood, sun scorches, men, darkness, Euphrates is dried up,
At 16:17 God says “It is Done”
16:18 returns John to the Sixth Seal for the third telling. In this telling, He discusses the Great Whore, The beast and the Ten Horns, Babylon is fallen.
Verses 19:7-9 is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (after the second coming and the Rapture at Jesus’ return.)
Verses 19:11-17 Shows Jesus going to war at Armageddon and then skips ahead to Lake of Fire and Satan is bound for 1,000 years. Indicating that God is now Reigning.
So then, there is so much more to the study of the Last Days that are a part of this understanding. We haven’t even touched on the parallel events in Daniel, Zechariah, Joel, the first three gospels and other books. The Last Week of Daniel, the timeline, etc.
But this is a start. I am no expert and I am continually studying. Please look at the scriptures carefully and follow the cycling around (re-telling) that I’ve described and see if this gives you a better understanding of what may happen.
Jesus comes once, takes up His bride, then judges the Beast and his followers with His wrath, then reigns on earth for a thousand years. We will live here on Earth to see the Time of Sorrows and the Great Tribulation, but not God’s Wrath.
Please don’t argue with me about pre-mid-post in the comment section. Just read this and think about these tools of understanding that I have presented to you and read the scriptures and ask God for His revelation. It is the time for Him to bring out much understanding of these scriptures.
May you all have a very blessed and safe week.
– Avalanche Lily, Rawles
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As always, please share your own successes and hard-earned wisdom in the Comments.