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Without our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you have nothing. There is no hope and no future without God the Son. If you have not made Him the purpose and center of your life, then there’s nothing else to talk about. I cannot imagine any kind of worthwhile survival plan that doesn’t have eternity as the ultimate goal.
If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior – or if you are unsure of your connection to Him – I strongly encourage you to find someone who does. There is nothing, NOTHING more important than being a son or daughter of God. There is no hope without Jesus Christ.
If I had to make a choice between salvation and survival, I wouldn't spend a second thinking about it. Salvation trumps survival - always.
Life Is Short. Eternity Is Long.
Eternity is long. Life is short. The fact that life might be shorter for some of us, than others, means nothing. It doesn't matter how short your life is.
What matters is what you did with the short life that you had.
So, take a moment, right now, to ask yourself if you know where you will be when this life is over.
Are you sure?
If there is ANY hint of a question in your mind, then the FIRST thing that you must do is pray and ask God to confirm your salvation and His presence in your life. That answer will not come quickly or in an obvious way, if you have not dedicated your life to serving God. And, you will not know how to serve God without devoting yourself to Godly things.
That's why you must open your Bible and read it. ALL of it. And, when you've finished reading ALL of it, do it again. And again... until your dying breath.
The Bible is the single most important channel of communication between you and God. It is the words of God for YOU. You cannot expect God to do miracles in your life, if you haven't placed the words of God in your life.
And, it will take a miracle for ANY of us to survive.
If you don't understand the Bible, that's okay. If you have the Holy Spirit, you will be taught what you need to know - when the need for such knowledge arrives. Just keep reading.
Many of you will want to turn to a commentary. I strongly advise against that. I do not know which commentaries are good. And, I can tell you that none are without error. I, myself, am not without error in my understanding of the Bible.
I have been wrong in the past, so I am sure that I hold erroneous beliefs, even now. I hate the thought of that, but there isn't much that I can do about it, other than to search the scriptures and pray.
And, in the final analysis, it is the Holy Spirit that will teach us what we need to know. It is HE that is our teacher. Not me. Not anyone else.
Find A Good Church
So, now that you are convinced to seek words of God within the pages of the Bible, your next step is to make sure that you have a good church. None of us can survive without the Body of Christ.
Is your church helping you grow spiritually?
If not, then it is time to find a new one.
Now, for some of you who are mature in faith, your need for spiritual growth won't be as great as your need to help others grow. So, for such mature Christians, the question is different.
Is your church helping you serve the Lord?
If not, then it is time to find a new one.
I will be talking about relocation later on in this chapter, and the most important point about relocation will be your service to the Lord. Unless you know that you are being called to a place where there is no church, you need to make sure that wherever you go, there will be a good church for you to be a part of.
Oh, and if there IS no church where God calls you to go... well ...guess what you are going to need to do?
That's right. If you find a place without a church, then it is your job to start one.
But, this is only for the truly mature in faith. Those who are NOT mature need to seek out a good church to be a part of.
Do You Really Believe in God?
Now, I'm going to ask you an important question:
Do you REALLY believe in God?
I spend a lot of time talking about a dismal future and how to prepare for it. The next five to ten years will shake men’s – and women’s – souls. It will be the most awful period of time in world history. And, it has already started.
I am relieved when brothers and sisters in Christ take steps to get out of the way of this horrifying juggernaut. But, some of you have forgotten something very, very important.
The minions of Satan plan to murder billions of people over the next few years. And, your preparations will not be enough, if you don’t have a complete trust in God.
Unfortunately, a complete trust is God is a rare thing. In fact, it is so rare that no one will understand you - or believe you - when you prepare for what is coming. In short, you will be unique.
I find that strange, because what is coming seems so obvious. Even fellow expats here in Taiwan consider my perspective to be rather odd. There are others out there who share this same perspective, but there aren’t many of us. And, it’s strange because it’s so very, very obvious.
Why can’t people see what is right out in the open?
Of course, I know the answer, because I too was asleep in my own corner of the world. It’s as natural as it is deadly. But, when shown the incontrovertible facts, I did respond in the appropriately hysterical way.
I started writing – hysterically.
And yes, hysteria is a perfectly natural response to shocking, horrifying and startling news. We all do it. Expecting otherwise is unreasonable. And, the only thing that you can do for people caught in the midst of such hysteria, is to let them be hysterical for a bit – before telling them to snap out of it.
I’m certainly past that stage, and I hope that you are too. So, hopefully this will allow us to treat God with the seriousness that He deserves.
So, Do You Believe?
So, let me ask you again:
Do you really believe in God?
No. Really. That was a serious question.
Satan has plans for humanity. Those plans include killing all of us off, while reserving just a few of his minions to be reshaped into his own image. These self-same minions have told us what they’re going to do, and have even left clues as to how they will do it.
Do you think that there is any way that you will be able to stand against such a diabolically clever plan?
Not without God.
So, why haven’t you made Him the chief cornerstone of your plans to survive?
Yes, I know that this is all so overwhelming, and the urge is to rush about – getting your food, your bug-out location and your silver. That seems far more necessary, right now, than sitting down with your Bible and reading it.
I get that, but it’s wrong.
It is precisely in the midst of such situations that we must hold God even more tightly. It will take a miracle for ANY of us to survive, and there is only one shop where miracles are sold.
But, that ‘shop’ only accepts the currency of faith.
And no, knowledge does not equal faith. Knowledge is necessary, but not sufficient.
Okay, I see that you get the concept, but I don’t think that you get the point.
Faith In Action
Faith isn’t a thought. It’s an action.
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
In fact, the whole chapter is a discussion of faith in action.
What are these works that he’s talking about?
Are you truly obeying God?
So, I can assume that you have truly forgiven everyone – and that you harbor no bad feelings towards ANYONE.
And, there’s no one in your church or neighborhood that needs a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on. No one needs financial help. No one is in a desperate situation that you can help with.
Well, I’ve been getting emails from people in desperate need, who know what’s coming – but, don’t have the ability to prepare. I’m wondering… as you go about your own preparations
…what you are ready to do – to help?
Ask the Lord what He wants you to do, and then do it.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
I think that a few of you have stepped up to the plate. God bless you for doing that.
Obedience is an amazing thing. The more you step out in faith to obey what God has told you to do, the more that faith grows.
We American Christians haven’t been very good at obedience, which is why we are facing the catastrophe that we face, right now. But, it’s not too late to start being obedient, right now. Today.
But, there’s a problem. Obedience will require stepping away from the adultery and fornication on television. You’ll have to give up on the pleasures of this life and do things like read your Bible.
Are you ready to do that?
If you aren’t ready to even TRY to conform your life to the standard that Jesus set for us… well …there’s no hope for you.
Read Your Bible
You must have faith in God to survive what is coming, but you can’t have faith – if you don’t obey. And, you aren’t going to know how to obey if you aren’t reading your Bible – every day, all year, cover-to-cover. Over and over.
Are you up for that?
Hold God Close
Look, I know that this is hard. If it wasn't so hard, we wouldn't be in the mess that we are in. We have all these desires. We want to escape our suffering, and the pain of this life.
Believing in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ doesn't change all that, unless you place God first in your life. He IS the best refuge from the pain in our life that anyone can have.
So, the first thing that you must do right now is draw close to God. If you are a child of God the Father, then He is ALWAYS the first answer in times of trouble. But, can you really expect His help, if you do not draw close to Him?
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.
Please remember that this disaster is coming upon us because of our sin. We Christians have drifted away from God and have greatly sinned against Him. The only way that we are going to survive His judgment upon the world is to clean up our lives and seek His righteousness with all our heart.
But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.
You MUST disentangle yourself from the evils of our society. Our culture has become unbelievably corrupt, and we enjoy that corruption far, far too much. So, get rid of your television. Stop watching movies. Get away from the mainstream.
Remember that it is the ‘mainstream’ that got us into this mess. Getting away from the mainstream is the only way out.
And, get a better church. If your church isn’t clued-in to what is happening, it’s time to find one that is. Yes, I know that this means giving up friends and even family, but time is up. You do not have the luxury of wasting time on those who have chosen to ignore the coming storm. Show them that you’re serious by taking action. What you do will always be more impressive than what you say.
Let me say that again:
Deeds always impress more than words
If people aren't listening to you, it may be because they don't see you doing anything. So, if you love your friends and family, practice what you preach.
Read. Your. Bible. If you aren’t reading your Bible every day, you need to ask yourself whether you are serious about being a follower of Christ. What we do now has a direct impact on eternity, which means that we are completely insane if we aren’t taking this opportunity to allow God to speak to us each and every day.
Pray. When Jesus told His disciples about all the terrible things that are in OUR future, they were dismayed and asked Jesus what they should do – expecting Him to give useful tips on survival. Here is what Christ said:
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
That’s why Luke 21:36 will always be the touchstone for this book. It is the single most important message you need for your survival.
And, for those of you who claim to know Jesus. Please remember that it doesn’t matter if you know Him. The demons know Jesus.
What matters is if He knows YOU.
Does Jesus know you?
What’s Wrong with You?!
Now, I see that you've been nodding your head at all of this. You are pious and pure. You've got the prayer thing down pat. You are doing everything that you need to do. You are right with God and ready for anything.
I was on a radio program a year ago and of all the things that I said, the most important was this:
If you don’t have every fiber of your being… struggling and straining towards serving the Lord to the best of your absolute ability…
What’s wrong with you?
There’s something wrong with you, if you don’t want to serve God with every part of your self.
You need to ask yourself about your goals for your life. You need to take a good hard look at what and who you really are. You need to hold a mirror up to your soul, to see whether it’s acceptable to God. You need to ask yourself:
What’s wrong with you?
Our cowardly pastors stand before us and quail at the thought of preaching the whole truth. If you are such a pastor…
What’s wrong with you?
Of course, when I stand in front of the mirror, I sometimes remember the young man who launched out into the world, wanting to grab hold of it with both hands and wring out as much benefit as he could. I had God in my pocket, and a career on my heart.
What was wrong with me?
I was a double-minded young man that had forgotten how important Jesus was, and why He should have been the commander of my life. I had Him in a corner, instead of at the controls.
Well, I may have forgotten the promises that I made to Him, but He hadn’t. So, He dragged me off to Asia. It was a bumpy ride, but I survived. And, I find myself where I should have been all along.
How about you?
If serving God isn’t THE consuming ambition for your life, then you need to ask yourself:
What’s wrong with you?
Jesus came, suffered an eternity of torment and then died – for you. His Father sent Him to do all that – for you. And, when Jesus ascended to heaven, God the Father sent the Holy Spirit – for you. And, when you die, there is a heaven that waits – for you.
Now, I see that you know all that, but when I look at your life, I see a problem. What you know and what you do aren’t connected to each other. You know God and believe in Him, but you don’t act like it. So…
What’s wrong with you?
Well, I can tell you what’s wrong, because I’ve suffered the same problem:
You’ve allowed yourself to be distracted by your own desire.
The world beckons with tantalizing glimpses of desires yet-to-be-fulfilled. And, you pursue those desires with all the strength and effort that our magnificent culture has bestowed upon us.
(We Americans are so very, very good at chasing desire.)
But, it’s so very, very empty.
And, it’s time to stop the chase.
You stand at a crossroads. The world teeters on the brink of apocalypse, and you have a choice to make. The way that you make that choice will probably make the difference between life and death.
Will you choose to serve God?
Will you choose to serve yourself?
If you are having difficulty with those choices, then I need to ask:
What’s wrong with you?!
Do You Love God?
After looking at what I’ve said up to this point, I wondered about what I should say next. So, I thought that I would ask you a question:
Do you love God?
But, let me talk about a more down-to-Earth example, first.
I love my wife. There is no person, being or thing that I love more – except God. In fact, I tell everyone that my wife is the second-best thing that has EVER happened to me.
And, when you love someone that much, what that person wants… that person gets. (And yes, I am lucky to be married to a woman who is wise with money.)
Is that how you feel about God?
If God wants something from you…
Are you going to give it to Him?
And, there is one thing that He wants more than any other:
He wants you to love Him. And, He wants that because it is good for you - not because of any benefit that He gets. In fact, you will not escape the evil plans of Satan, unless you love God more than anything – or anyone – else.
You Must Love God
Please, let me emphasize this:
IF you do not love God with every fiber of your being, you will NOT escape what is coming.
You MUST love God. You MUST.
Your love for God must control every part of your life, and when you love someone that much, what they say and what they write and how they write is fantastically important. In fact, how they are doing and what they are doing are of consuming interest.
If they are sad, you are sad. If they are happy, you are happy. If they want to go somewhere, you will find yourself wanting the same thing.
God is perfect, and you will NEVER need to worry that what He wants will be too much for you. His love is perfect and will NEVER betray you. You will NEVER find yourself regretting ANYTHING that He tells you.
So, why aren’t you reading his letters to you?
Your spiritual inbox is full of letters from God, and it’s sitting on your desk.
Do you treasure what it says?
We are in the most dangerous time in the history of mankind. Satan has prepared layer upon layer of deception, and YOU are the target. And your ONLY defense is the words of God, in partnership with the Holy Spirit.
Of course, that only works for children of God – those of you who have accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. For those of you who don’t and won’t… there is no hope for you.
Accept Jesus As Your Lord And Savior
Please, acknowledge your sins and repent of them. Acknowledge the fact that you are not able to redeem yourself. Acknowledge the fact that you will never be free of your faults and sinful behavior without God. So, confess your sins and acknowledge your inability to do anything for them.
Then accept Jesus as God, who took on the form of a man. Accept Him as one who died to give you Life, who loves you more than even His own creation. Accept His death in place of your own. And accept His forgiveness of you.
God bless you brother or sister, if you have done that.
Now, go and read His love letter that we call The Bible.
Do You have Fear?
Okay, so we've reoriented our lives towards God. We love God with all of our heart, and we have devoted every part of our life towards serving Him.
But... um ...there's a problem.
Some really bad stuff is coming our way. And, to be really honest, you're shaking in your boots. I get that, because I am too. But, that doesn't keep me from doing what needs to be done.
So, let's talk about fear.
When your Dad is rich, you know that you will never need to worry about money. He may not always pay for everything that you want. But, you will never have to worry about what you need.
When your Dad is the God of the Universe…
…you will never need to worry about ANYTHING that you need.
Worry is just another word for fear. And yes, our Father really is the God of the Universe. And, the only thing that we need to fear is our inattention to what God is telling us.
That’s why, even with all that is going on around us, our only fear should be deafness to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Men's Hearts Failing From Fear
Of course, you know that. But, you also know that we live in the most dangerous and awful time in human history. And, as bad as things are now, they are going to get far worse. What lies ahead will shake men’s souls.
Jesus said this, about what’s coming:
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
We WILL be going through that, as I described in my discussion of The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie.
And, we NEED to be concerned about it… but, in the same way that we plan for tonight’s dinner:
We plan as best we can…
…and hope that everyone will be glad that they were there.
But, we don’t need to be afraid.
I Am NOT Afraid
So, when I write about all the evil that is happening in the world, and the plans that many have to kill you…
…I am not afraid, and you shouldn’t be either.
Now, some of us are GOING to be afraid, especially when we first wake up to what is going on. My own brutal awakening to our current situation, happened on the evening of April 5th, 2011.
But, I Have Been A Bit Hysterical
I was in complete shock and went just a teeny, tiny bit hysterical. In fact, one of the reasons why I do not delete previous articles is so that you can track the evolution of my own view of what is going on.
It truly has been an interesting process.
But, my hysterical beginnings did not include fear – at least, not fear for my own safety. I did - and do - fear for YOUR safety.
People have reminded me that I am not in a particularly safe place, because of China’s threat towards Taiwan. I get that, but I don’t mind. I’m not here, in Taipei, to escape danger. In fact, I have two classes that my wife and I teach every week that is part of THE REASON why I am here.
Just Get THE REASON
My concern for you ends when you also find THE REASON. If you know where you are supposed to be, and are willing to accept whatever happens – well, that’s all that I need to know. It really is a blessing to see so many brothers and sisters serving the Lord.
But, for the rest, my fear for you drives me on. I know that God has you in the palm of His hand. And, I know that suffering and death will come for all of us. I get that.
My fear is that you will stand before the Lord one day, and He will ask you why you buried your talent in the ground, and why you allowed yourself to be destroyed by Satan.
Lucifer and his minions, the Luciferians, want you dead, and I don’t intend to make it easy for him to do what he wants.
We Need Only Fear Our Inability To Hear
We truly need only fear our deafness to the Holy Spirit and our lack of willingness to obey. God is truly in control and loves us more than words can express.
Our Dad is the God of the Universe and will deny us nothing that is good for us, which means that our sufferings and affliction are for our good and His glory. So, rejoice in the midst of your distress. May we all be bright and shining lights in The Great Persecution that is coming.
True Evil Exists and YOU Are the Target
Aside from wanting you to be blessed by God, the other reason why I have written all the above is due to the true evil that stalks the world and seeks your life. There really is such a vile and awful evil. And, you probably don't understand it.
I've been confronted by true evil, and the shock is overwhelming. It is almost beyond comprehension that ANYTHING can be that vile. So, I completely understand why you would also struggle with understanding how truly awful, evil is.
Take the Ukrainian genocide. We call it the Holodomor, and its author was Joseph Stalin. Ukrainian farmers were resisting the Soviet Union's collectivism. So, 'Uncle Joe' took their food and forced them to die of starvation. And, in the process, murdered almost ten million people.
And he murdered far more than just the Ukrainians. By the time he died, some 50 million people had been killed by that vile and evil leader of the Soviet Union. The only thing that kept him from killing even more was time and ability.
How could ANYONE be so evil?
It's so very hard to grasp the possibility of this. It’s too vast. It’s too big. So, it’s just…
…a number on a page.
Concerning the Ukrainian Genocide, Stalin is reported to have said:
“If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics.”
Joseph Stalin knew that he could plan the genocide of millions upon millions, and it wouldn’t matter – because after a certain point, they’re just numbers on a page.
We just cannot conceive of this level of evil. It’s too much for us. And, the truly evil understand our dilemma very, very well and have based their success on it.
When Jesus was concluding the parable of the ‘unjust steward’, He said this:
…for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
A good person CANNOT understand true evil. There’s something inside of you that cannot imagine doing what Stalin did. You’re completely and utterly repulsed by it, and you don’t even want to think about it.
I have spent a long, long time considering the insanity of true evil, and even I struggle to believe the truth of these things. My wife can tell you that I’ve spent a lot of time raging at the complete insanity of the evil that is happening. How can evil be so thoroughly vile?
How is this even possible?
The problem is that it’s not just possible, it’s being planned. And, YOU are the target.
YOU are the Target!
I do not understand the conflict between God and Satan. I really don’t. I don’t even understand why Satan could do something so insane as to oppose God in the first place. LA Marzulli refers to it as The Cosmic Chess Match, and that sounds like a good name for it. Unfortunately, most of the pieces on God’s side of the board don’t understand the enemy.
Here’s Sun Tzu‘s comment about knowing the enemy:
If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.
I know that Sun Tzu is NOT a prophet of God, and his rules of war are not the Bible. But, his words are still true.
Do you know our enemy?
Do you even know yourself?
The problem is that most of us do not know our enemy. We don’t even know that we HAVE an enemy – let alone having the understanding of who he is and what he’s like. Worse, deep down, we don’t believe God’s description of how vile and evil our enemy is.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
You must understand how implacable and evil our enemy is. His desire is to steal everything, kill everyone and then destroy what’s left. And, our churches have failed in their duty to help us understand that.
They have also failed in their duty to help us understand our sinfulness and show us how vulnerable we are to sin.
When was the last time your pastor talked about how vulnerable to sin, you are?
When was the last time your pastor even mentioned the WORD sin?
Is it any wonder that, in the words of Sun Tzu, we are imperiled in EVERY battle?
So, let me tell you right here, right now, that you have an enemy that wants to destroy everything you have – and your soul. He wants to corrupt every connection with God that you have. He wants to infect you - with himself - into every part of your life…
…he wants to kill you.
Do you get that?
The problem is that I don’t know if we have enough time for you to get it before Satan’s plans sweep you away. You may just have to find someone who does understand what Satan is up to… and then do what he tells you to do.
Don’t wait to understand what’s happening. There’s no time for that. Just get to safety, and try to figure it all out later.
Planned Financial Collapse
Remember what FDR said:
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
Don’t worry about understanding that. Just understand that complete catastrophe is on its way, and it is aimed at destroying everything that you have.
This is planned, and it is truly evil.
A Final Thought
Just remember that there is a God, and He offers a safe place from the evil that seeks your life. If you will devote yourself to Him, first, then you need fear nothing and no one - except God.
Please, PLEASE devote every fiber of your being to God. Love Him with all of your heart. Read your Bible and seek His will, every day. Make all of that the first step in preparedness.
You have no hope, if you do not have God.
© John Little. November 2021. All rights reserved.
May God preserve the words that are true
and cast away those that are not.