A reader asked how does one spiritually prepare for what is coming besides watching. I am not sure if there is a specific way to spiritually prepare that can be equally effective for everyone. However, I’ll tell you some of the things I do to spiritually prepare so you have an understanding of what I mean by spiritually preparing and an understanding of how I approach things.
I view spiritual preparation as conditioning yourself so you are ready spiritually to face the spiritual challenges that we face between now and the Rapture. Spiritually preparing yourself is not the same as physically preparing yourself. Physically preparing yourself means that you have the physical resources to endure the physical challenges ahead.
- What good is it to have the physical resources to endure the challenges ahead if you are not spiritually prepared? You risk being deceived if you are not spiritually prepared, and being deceived could cost you relationships, possessions, money, and even your life in extreme circumstances.
Obviously, one of the things I do to spiritually prepare is to watch events. I am not really looking for a sign of the end times when I watch events because I do not expect the end times to begin for awhile. I am instead looking for certain trends and developments that could lead to something important in the long-term-something that could prepare the world for the start of the end times.
I also spiritually prepare by educating myself. I obviously study Bible prophecy because that is the best resource of information for the spiritual challenges we face and events we will see. I also study politics, finance, economics, and science because these subjects help me understand how the world can get to the point where some Bible prophecy events can be fulfilled.
I also spiritually prepare by thinking about all the tricks that Satan could use in the future. For instance, here is a small list of tricks and tactics I expect Satan is going to use in the future to deceive people:
- A major UFO/Alien invasion on Earth
- A False Prophet who will bear a striking resemblance to Christians’ conceptions of what Christ looks like.
- An Antichrist who will appear to be resurrected from the dead when he really will not be.
- Fallen angels posing as major religious figures to persuade people to follow the Antichrist.
- Lying signs and wonders
By thinking about the tricks that Satan could use, I drastically reduce the possibility of me being overwhelmed emotionally by these tricks when they are performed. People who succumb to these tricks are likely going to be thinking emotionally rather than with a skeptical mind. Eliminate the emotion and think with your mind.
Finally, I do not spend 100% of my time watching what is going on or thinking about the future. I believe it is important for people to have different interests that are completely unrelated to studying the Bible, watching the news, thinking about the future, etc. For instance, I am a huge sports fan who spends a lot of time following sports like soccer, basketball, American football, baseball, etc. It is important for me to have an outside interest like sports because it keeps me from becoming burned out from watching and studying the future. When I pursue or follow an outside interest my mind completely changes to the point where I feel like any other normal person and not feel like a worrywart. Thinking about a single subject a 100% of the time is unhealthy.
When you have other interests it helps you to enjoy some of the things this world has to offer. I know the Bible says do not love the world. I am not saying to love the world. I am just saying that there are some things in life that you can enjoy during the time you take a break from spiritually preparing.
I believe it is important to pursue your interests now because a time will come when pursuing your interests may be much harder to do…
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What you don’t follow rugby, i’m outraged, the apostles would have played rugby,you’ve lost all credibility, oh could i get a big mac and large fries and coke zero, i’ve got a 24hr fast coming up, i’ll let this one slide, catch ya after the next prayer meeting and we’ll sit down together and watch a game, keep up the good work.
Rugby isn’t on TV much where I live. It’s hard for the sport to compete against the NFL, college football the NBA, MLB, soccer, etc. in America.
I do watch a Youtube series featuring a professional rugby player reacting to American football highlights and documentaries. That has to count for something!
Yes that counts, love your stuff, people get too hung up with the timing aspect, it’s more about the being ready, about character, about the fruits, we take nothing with us except our character, it is the most exciting time to be alive, to see prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes and to know that we are in the final daysssss!!! or maybe year or two, still waiting for the tabernacle to be rebuilt.
I am watching with interest in the world economic situation and know that a one world money system is in place and going thru final testing and awaiting for the next crash and political upheaval to be forced down our throats. Most of the countries in the world are in debt over their heads and are hanging by their fingernails over the cliff of economic disaster therefore the economic crash that is coming will be fertile ground for implementing of one world money, digital at that. The ten kings with no kingdom are in place, the beast is in the vatican, the antichrist will come back soon he is a man of charisma!! Gog and MayGog are aligning. America will fall,”civil war”, THE DON will serve two terms part way thru his second term turmoil will strike 2021+. If the one world currency is not in place by 2024 if one world govt is not in place by 2024 all bets are off.
Still it is hard not to get caught up in this timing thing. The most significant event i am waiting for is the building of the Tabernacle in Jerusalem that is pivotal. Some of the Prophecies are of no concern, i mean by that, is to make sure you are not around when it happens, yes i do believe that the church or the Bride will under go suffering or trials, because it is what GOD uses to test our character, ” yet i consider it all joy to suffer various trials James 1: 1-4, that we may ready. That is the main thing is to be ready not right, so to speak.
Why do you believe you can lose your salvation (eternal life)? Haven’t you come to the Savior, believing in His finished work of redemption from sin as full payment for your sins? Haven’t you seen your lost, hopeless and helpless condition to save yourself? “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Your cross I cling.” Haven’t you believed that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead and He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father? You can call on Him, the living God, to save you. Ro. 10:9,10,13. If not, do it today and you will be eternally secure.
I didn’t mean to imply that someone could lose their salvation. I was making a statement in general to people who may be unsaved. Rereading one section in particular, I realized that someone might interpret what I wrote the way you did. Sorry about that. I revised that section.
10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Physical exercise is a good example for your spiritual exercise. Before your spirit was reborne, you´ve been eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (1.Mose). This means, before you believed in Jesus Christ all your decisions you´ve been making were considering good and evil. After your salvation you should learn eating from the tree of life. You have to eat Jesus!!! Jesus is alive and he is a stream of living water. The Holy Spirit must flow from Jesus in your spirit to your soul effecting your mind, emotion and will.
Call on the name of the Lord Jesus, read in the Bible as it is food, pray to Jesus to fill you up with Holy Spirit.
Find out, exercise, how to walk through your Spirit! Eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil is your spiritual death.
(See also my comment about the virgins and the Oil)
Jesus bless you all