When God gives you something, your first responsibility is to find a use for it – for the sake of His kingdom. If you have a car, you help people get to where they need to go. If you have time, you help those without any. If you have a house, you provide a roof for those who need it. Everything we have is for God, His glory and His kingdom.
But, there are times when God has given you something that you don’t know what to do with. If you’ve asked God for what to do, and He doesn’t tell you… there’s only one thing to do. And, that goes for survival situations.
You Have Money Left Over
There is a good chance that many of you have money in the bank. Hopefully, you’ve been tithing to your church. Hopefully, you’ve been using your money to meet the needs of others – especially, brothers and sisters in Christ. Hopefully, you’ve been seeking the Lord to use that money for His sake, and not yours.
Get Close To God
If you have not been doing that… well, I think that we’ll hafta stop here.
If you have not been giving a portion of your earnings to your church, then you must not think much of your church. If that’s the case, find a new church until you CAN give to your church. Unfortunately, the problem might not be with your church.
The problem might be with you. If you have been ‘holding out’ on God and not giving that minimum tithe to your church… or, at least giving it to something that is truly of God… then, you are holding back on God.
If that is you, I am witness to the fact that God is holding back on you.
The only way that we are going to survive what is coming is if we are truly and whole-heartedly in God’s hands. If you aren’t completely and utterly trusting God for everything, then you aren’t going to make it. It’s that simple.
You’re money isn’t going to save you.
God is going to save you.
If you can’t see that, then there’s nothing that I can do for you. None of the advice that I’ve offered you so far will do you any good. I’m sorry.
But, maybe you realize that you’ve been on the wrong path, and you want to get back to the faith and closeness to God that you once had. Here’s a promise that you can trust in:
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.
Start now. I don’t know how much time we have, so you must begin immediately. Get close to God. Help those who need help. Tithe to your church. Open your heart to God.
If you’re still reading this, you have my respect and admiration. Keep up the good work.
If you are doing all that, and you STILL have extra resources, then you have been given the job of being a good steward. You have the awesome responsibility of making sure that God’s resources (i.e., what you have) are ready for His work at the time and place that He wants them used.
Let’s look into how to do that.
The first principle is…
Don’t Lose It
If God has given you something valuable to hold onto (at least until it’s needed), you have the responsibility to NOT LOSE IT.
What is the first principle of investing?
Don’t lose money.
What is one of the most important principles for surviving a disaster?
Own something of value that can be used to obtain what you need. (But, let’s wait a moment on that one.)
They are failing. They are going to collapse. Any money that you have in the bank is going to disappear. Period.
ANY money that you have in ANY kind of bank, ANY kind of investment company, ANY kind of insurance company… ANYwhere… is going to be gone when the financial collapse hits us. That is a 100% guarantee – backed by the US Federal Reserve and the US government. That means…
YOU. MUST. GET. YOUR. MONEY. OUT.
Do you have a retirement fund?
Get it out.
Do you have a savings account?
Get it out.
Do you have a 401k?
Get it out.
Seriously. Get. It. Out.
I cannot tell you exactly when the crash is going to happen. No one can say exactly. BUT, it is horrifyingly close, and most of us are surprised that it hasn’t happened already. And, once it starts, it will be too late to save what you have.
Bank failures and financial resets always, ALWAYS happen in the wee hours of the night. The day before will be financial sweetness and light, and the morning after will be complete devastation. Do not get caught by this.
So, get your money out and…
What was my point about one of the most important principles for surviving a disaster? Oh yes…
Have something of value.
Tangibles Have Real Value.
Now, I haven’t forgotten that this is an article about preparing for disaster. And, just as the need for food, water and security will differ according to your situation, the same is true here.
If you know that you are in a really safe place and able to ride out the coming social upheavals in the comfort of your home, then your options are wide open.
However, if you know that you’re going to need to make a run for safety, you are extremely limited in what you can do.
Sticking it out.
So, you made the right decision and located yourself properly and securely. You are sitting pretty out in The American Redoubt. You cannot imagine any scenario that would require you to leave your home.
If that’s you, then the world is your oyster. You can invest in anything of value. Buy a farm. Buy old cars and fix ‘em up. Become an inn-keeper. Get sheep. You have lots of options. Go for it.
For the rest of us…
If You Need To Carry It…
We will probably only escape this disaster with what we can carry – especially those of us who live in (or near) a city. And, if our financial resources need to fit in our backpacks… We are stuck with some pretty limited options.
Please remember that we are looking for something that is a store of value. That is portable. That everyone will recognize as valuable. And, something that will KEEP its value.
As I sit here, staring at the screen, I honestly can’t think of anything better than…
Gold and Silver
If you HAVEN’T seen all the reasons why Gold and Silver are a good idea, I strongly urge you to look through the articles in the Gold and Silver category on my other website, omegashock.com. There are some great resources there.
But… you’re afraid, right?
You’ve heard the horror stories about FDR and the gold confiscation.
You’ve heard the high priests of investment preach against the heresy of buying precious metals.
Even your neighbor and the kid who mows your lawn are against the idea of gold.
Doesn’t that maybe tell you something?
Please remember that we are in this situation because we chose to ignore the lessons of history and listen to the liars who lied to us. Every currency that lost its gold or silver foundation failed within 40 years. Would you believe that it has been just over 40 years since the US dollar lost its heart of gold?
And, that fear of confiscation?
Back then, lots of people owned gold, and FDR knew that he couldn’t devalue the dollar unless he could get his hands on everyone’s gold.
Now, the situation is different. There’s no gold connected to the dollar, so it can be freely devalued. So, there should be no immediate fear of confiscation.
But, should the government choose to take your gold, I personally believe that you’ll be able to see it coming and switch to something else.
And, there IS something else
Those of you who are still afraid of gold, should try silver. It is cheaper. It has awesome fundamentals supporting it as a store of value. Most of it has been consumed by the electronics industry, and continues to be consumed. And, it’s price has suffered even more manipulation than gold, so it should rise much faster than gold – when the financial crash wipes out the manipulators.
For centuries, about 10 to 20 ounces of silver would buy one ounce of gold. Today, it takes more than 60 ounces of silver to buy that ounce of gold, and there is less silver in the world today, than at any other time in the last hundred years. You can bet that the price of silver is going to return to a 20-to-1 ratio.
So, silver is an AWESOME idea. Except… well… if you’ve got lots of money… that much silver is hard to lug around.
Seriously, that is the only downside to silver – luggable-ness.
My personal recommendation?
Buy as much silver as you can carry, and then as much gold as you can afford.
Let me say that again:
Buy as much silver as you can carry, and then as much gold as you can afford.
This idea is important, so let me talk about it some more.
Buy As Much Silver As You Can Carry
I received an email from someone that got me thinking about coins vs bars and silver vs gold – and talking to your neighbors. All of this is pretty heavy stuff – in some cases, literally. And, we jump into all of it with a great degree of trepidation.
I mean, do we REALLY understand what we’re getting into?
There really is a lot that we don’t understand, so we have to take a lot on faith as we decide to prepare for an uncertain future. In fact, I’m here to tell you that I myself approach all this with a great deal of fear – the fear of leading you astray.
Could I be wrong about all this?
Yes, I could be wrong, but the chance of that is pretty slim. As I look around at the insanity of what is going on in our world, I cannot imagine how everything could work out in the way that the talking heads of the mainstream media seem to imply. So, let’s talk about one of the few, sane options that you and I have.
A 10 Ounce Bar
A friend of mine was leaving Taiwan for the US, so I bought him a 10 oz. bar of silver. And, I was amazed at how heavy it was. That chunk of metal had some serious heft to it. And, that made me realize that you wouldn’t be able to get very far, if you put any serious amount of money into silver, and then had to run for the hills with it in your backpack.
If the price of silver was $20/ounce, just $29,166.85 would buy over 100 pounds.
note: there’s a rather complex computation involved in how I got that figure. A troy ounce is NOT equal to a regular ounce. Troy ounces are heavier than a regular ounce (or, International avoirdupois ounce). And, all precious metals are weighed in either troy ounces or grams/kilograms. To give you an idea of the difference between ounces and troy ounces, here’s how they convert into grams:
1 troy ounce = 31.1034768 grams
1 ounce = 28.349523125 grams
Can you carry 100 pounds?
I might be able to lift it, but I wouldn’t get very far with it. So, if I plan on bugging out when everything falls apart, I wouldn’t be able to buy very much silver. However, since I plan on sticking around (i.e., ‘bugging in’) in a collapse situation, I can buy a whole lot more silver.
(You could say that I’ve already ‘bugged out’ by choosing to live in Taiwan. However, Taiwan is a rather densely populated island. If things get really bad here, there’s really nowhere to run to. So, I might as well buy as much silver as I can.)
Those of you with full and heavy ‘bug-out bags’ will still want some silver. Trading a gold coin for a bag of groceries doesn’t sound like a good bargain to me. A silver coin would be a much better deal.
But wait. Is that the only reason why I am so interested in silver?
The Case For Silver
Would you believe that I like silver because I’m stingy?
I don’t like paying full price for ANYTHING. Everything is better when it’s on sale. And, right now, silver is at ‘bargain-basement’ and ‘firesale’ prices. I mean, silver is probably the best deal on the planet.
WARNING: I’M ABOUT TO MEANDER ALL OVER THE PLACE
AND THROW LOTS OF NUMBERS AT YOU!
[scroll down when your eyes glaze over]
Gold/Silver Price Ratio
Normally, the relationship between gold and silver is less than 16-to-1, or one troy ounce of gold would be equal to just under 16 troy ounces of silver. As the industrial revolution took off, as well as the rise of financial markets, that ratio got distorted. Here’s a graph to help illustrate:
What does this graph tell you?
The price of silver is manipulated. And, it’s been manipulated since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 1870s.
Industrial Uses For Silver
Why did they do this?
Well, industry needs silver. Lots of it, so they want to keep the price of silver as low as possible. But, the manipulators have a problem. They’re running out of silver, and the demand for silver is going to take off. But, lets talk a little bit about the uses of silver before going on.
Here are a few pages that talk about silver in greater detail:
All of that is pretty cool, right?
How Much Silver Mined vs. Gold
But, here’s the bottom line. Over half of all the silver being pulled out of the ground is consumed (you saw that right, CONSUMED) by industry. And, by comparison, only about 10% of gold is used by industry. (However, gold doesn’t get consumed since it is virtually inert – meaning that you can almost always get it back.) Okay, so hold onto that fact, because I’m about to throw another bit of information at you.
There are currently 8.52 ounces of silver mined for every ounce of gold.
Available Silver vs. Gold
But, wait. We know that about half of all silver is consumed (never to be seen again) by industry – while just 10% of gold is used (not consumed) by industry. So, what’s the proper ratio?
4.25 vs. .9 or…
[pause for a little algebra]
…3.825 ounces of silver for every ounce of gold
But, there’s ANOTHER fact to pay attention to. (And, it’s VERY important.)
[drum roll, please]
There’s a limited amount of silver in the ground. In fact, we are beginning to see the possibility where we may reach a peak in silver production. When that happens, a decline in production will begin. (Here’s another discussion of Peak Silver:
Do you think that industry is going to stop consuming silver, just because there has been a decline in silver production?
Nope. They’re going to keep consuming it. And, this is an important thing to remember because it points to a decline in the supply of silver – long term.
Price of Silver to Rise
For those of you who remember economics 101…
…what does a decline in supply do to the price of something?
A decline in supply forces the price to go up.
This means that silver has a much brighter future that gold. In fact, it is even possible for silver one day… in the very long term future …for silver to be more valuable than gold. But, let’s get back to the hard numbers.
A Bigger Rise in the Price of Silver – Gold/Silver Ratio
Remember that graph that I showed you?
The gold/silver price ratio?
Right now, it’s just over 65 ounces of silver to an ounce of gold. Since the amount of silver stored in warehouses has declined dramatically (and it has)…
…do you think that this ratio is going to continue?
Nope. That ratio of 65-to-1 is going to dramatically change over the next few years. The next question is…
…what the proper ratio is going to be?
Remember that before the Industrial Revolution, that ratio was 16-to-1.
What would the price of silver be right now at that ratio? Today?
About $78 per ounce.
The price today?
About $16 per ounce.
The Rise in Gold and the Rise in Silver
But, wait a second. The price of gold is being manipulated HORRIBLY!
So, what’s the proper price of gold?
Well, it’s hard to apply a ‘proper’ price to gold, but let’s look at it like this. The amount of money in the world (i.e., global M2) is over $66 trillion. If we took all that money and traded it in for gold…
…what would the fair price of gold need to be set at, to make such a transaction possible?
Well, let’s see, there are… wait… determining how much gold there is in the world is incredibly difficult – partly, because so many people are hiding it.
- The Gold Standard Institute says that there are between 1.2 to 2.5 MILLION metric tons of gold in the world above ground.
I’m suspicious of BOTH the World Gold Council and the Gold Standard Institute. The World Gold Council would like to calculate as low a number as possible because it supports a high valuation for gold. The Gold Standard Institute would like to calculate as high a number because this supports their argument for a more ‘liquid’ gold standard for currency.
Having said that, I suspect that the Gold Standard Institute has the more accurate figure – for a lot of reasons that I won’t get into here. So, let’s just assume that there are a million metric tons of gold hidden in vaults around the world. Let’s calculate this:
- Multiply 32,151 by 1,000,000 (1 million), and you get a figure of 32,151,000,000, or 32.151 billion troy ounces of gold.
Again, that’s all the gold that has ever been mined in all the history of the world – and hidden away in secret vaults.
The amount of money in the world is $66 trillion – or $66,000 billon. Divide the amount of money in the world by the number of troy ounces of gold, and you get…
$2052.80 per troy ounce of gold
But, you’re only going to get that figure if you raided all the vaults in all the world – assuming that the ‘Gold Standard Institute’ was calculating everything properly.
However, if we calculate using the World Gold Council estimates, there are 5.6 billion troy ounces of gold above ground. Dividing that into our $66,000 billion money supply, and we have a price of…
$11,785.71 per troy ounce of gold
That’s quite a difference, and one day we’ll know which is the true figure. When the price of gold goes up, more and more of the gold hidden away in secret vaults will start to see the ‘light of day’.
Oh, and let’s not forget that the COST of mining gold is going up… and Up… and UP!
But, let’s get back to figuring out a ‘reasonable price’ for silver in the future.
Estimating the Future Price of Silver
I believe that we will rapidly get back to the 16-to-1 ratio of silver to gold, in terms of price. And, I believe that the price of gold is going to double – at a minimum. If the US dollar value of gold doubles, we will see a gold price of $2500 per troy ounce. A 16-to-1 ratio of silver to gold will give us a gold price of…
$156 per troy ounce of silver
The current price of silver is $19.18 per troy ounce, or one eighth the price.
But, what if silver rises to a 4-to-1 ratio, which is FAR more reasonable if you look at the amount of silver that is currently above ground, along with how much is being produced. At a 4-to-1 ratio for silver, the proper value would be:
$625 per troy ounce of silver
Pretty fantastic, right?
[MATH AND MEANDERING IS OVER]
Case for Silver Conclusion
Will we ever see those kinds of prices?
I don’t know, but that’s not all that important right now. The important point is that buying silver is a great idea for three great reasons:
- It’s MUCH more difficult to steal, and therefore less of a target for thieves. (It’s HEAVY.)
- It’s more useful for everyday life, like buying food and fuel.
- It has an incredibly bright future.
The only downside is that it’s difficult to carry around.
So, buy as much silver as you can carry.
And, if you expect to ‘shelter in place’ when things fall apart… well, take all of your money and buy silver. Seriously, get lots and lots.
But, all of this is a calculation that only you can make.
After you have bought all of the silver that you can carry…
Buy As Much Gold As You Can Afford
Please remember that we aren’t trying to make a fortune here. What we’re trying to do is lay the foundation for your survival so that you can continue doing the job that God called you to do. We all have a purpose for being on this planet, and our job is to continue fulfilling that purpose until the Lord calls us home.
And, survival may mean relocation on short notice, and you might not be able to take anything more than what you can carry on your back.
Remember what I said about how much $30,000 of silver weighs?
Yeah, it’s more than a hundred pounds.
Do you want to carry all that in your backpack?
Take it with you on an airplane?
By comparison, that same $30,000 will buy you less than two pounds of gold.
So, figure out the proper ratio, and then buy as much gold as you can with the money left over (after you have invested in all the other survival essentials).
Please remember that a gold coin may one day save your life. Those fleeing Nazi Germany were able to use gold to get past checkpoints and onto trains and ships that carried them (or just their children) to freedom. You might one day be forced into such a situation. So, think about that as you make your calculations.
As you prepare for what is coming, remember this order of needs:
- Get as close to God as you can. Only HE can see you through.
- Prepare for physical needs – food, water, shelter, etc.
- Buy as much silver as you can carry
- Buy as much gold as you can afford.
Oh, and one more thing…
Do NOT tell ANYONE about your preparations.
- Do not tell them about your silver.
- Do not tell them about your gold.
- Do not tell them about how much food, water, etc. that you have.
That means family, neighbors or even church members. Please only share this information with people you ABSOLUTELY trust. And, when I say ‘absolute’, I mean that you would trust them with your life and the lives of your family.
It really is that serious.
Does that make it hard to talk about preparation?
Yes, so please feel free to pass this article around, along with any other article that you see on this website.
note – I am not offering financial or disaster preparation advice in a professional capacity. These are merely my own thoughts on what I would do in these situations.
Silver – Miracle Metal and Where to Buy It
Once I discovered the true value of silver, I quickly adopted this slogan:
Buy as much silver as you can carry, and as much gold as you can afford.
Basically, once you’ve completed your preparations, take any money left over and buy as much silver as you could carry in your bug-out bag. Then, buy as much gold as you can – with what’s left of your fake fiat dollars. And, if you don’t intend to ‘bug out’, forget the gold and just buy silver.
Silver is vital to industry, in incredibly short supply and tremendously undervalued. I can’t think of a better deal, right now, than silver.
I Was A Skeptic
When I was in the investment industry in the ’90s, I was like every other investment manager out there:
a precious metals skeptic
Well, I stopped being a skeptic when I realized the danger of our current situation. We are in it deep, and sinking fast. If we are to have ANY future, we must check out of the fake financial system, and get into something real.
Now, that doesn’t need to be precious metals. It could be anything like farmland, copper ingots, or really pretty rocks. If you have special knowledge in such areas, and feel that it would hold value in the midst of chaos… go for it.
My own knowledge is pretty much limited to the Bible, finance, technology and war. So, don’t take my silver recommendation as gospel truth. In fact, take EVERYTHING that I say to the Lord in prayer. There’s no hope for any of us without God’s direction.
Silver – The Miracle Metal
But, why do I call silver a miracle metal?
Well, take a look at this picture:
The above picture comes from:
If you want a closer look, here’s a direct link to the picture itself:
Silver Is More Rare Than Gold
Never in the history of mankind have we consumed so much silver. And, when I say ‘consume’, it literally is being devoured by industry. Very little of the silver that we use to produce our electronics, solar panels and other products is recoverable. This means that it is disappearing.
Did you know that there is ten times more gold in the world, than silver?
It used to be the other way around.
According to the Silver Institute, inventories of silver are declining by about 100 million ounces a year. And, last I checked, we only had 450 million ounces in our inventories. (And, that’s assuming that JP Morgan, et al., aren’t lying about their inventories.)
Compare that with the five BILLION ounces of gold in precious metals inventories, and you see that silver is… interesting.
Silver Inventories Rapidly Tightening
But, don’t take my word for it. Take a look at a few articles that have appeared recently:
One of the biggest reasons why silver inventories are being depleted is price suppression. Eventually, this manipulation of the price of silver will fail, and I talked about that in this article:
(of course, the system did NOT collapse in 2014)
The question, of course, is all about WHEN. Well, that shouldn’t matter to you. The time to prepare is NOW.
Where To Buy Silver
If you have extra cash on hand, and your bills are covered, go out and buy silver. We don’t know when the price of silver will stop being manipulated. So NOW is the time to buy silver. Not tomorrow, or the next day.
Who should you buy it from?
I believe in doing business with sincere brothers and sisters in Christ who have proven their devotion to God. The only one that I know of, who is in the precious metals business, is Steve Quayle:
Steve has been a tireless watchman for the Body of Christ, and he deserves any and all business that you send his way. We are called by God to support each other, and that means working with fellow believers in Christ.
(And no, I do NOT get anything from Steve for saying that.)
I asked my Omega Shock readers to share with me the names of those Christians that they know who deal in precious metals, and I got some great comments in return. So, here are the dealers that many of you told me about.
Spud Webb left a comment that said:
Franklin and his family have always been great to deal with!!!
and Tom M said:
I can vouch for Franklin Sanders (aka “The Moneychanger”)…very easy to work with AND a lay preacher to boot!
Our goal is to help Christians prosper with their principles intact in an age of monetary and moral chaos. Yes, we are Christian—but we should not have to tell you that. It is our sincere hope and desire that you experience something in the way we speak to you and serve you that demonstrates we are Christian.
THAT is very, very impressive.
You can find The Moneychanger, here:
ty left a comment that said:
the owner of Lear capital is another brother in Christ who supports Christian ministries thru his precious metal business.
Lear Capital doesn’t advertise itself as a Christian company, and that is perfectly fine. I think that we know of far too many who try to pass themselves off as Christian, while lying and stealing you blind. That’s happened to me, so I tend to be a bit cynical about ‘protestations of piety’.
You can find Lear Capital, here:
Cloud Hard Assets
Dave Kean left a comment that said:
For several years I have been buying bullion (silver and gold eagles) from Tom Cloud of National Numismatic Associates in Georgia (I live in Oregon). Tom is a believer and has been in the precious metals business since the late 1970’s. He deals in all types of coins and precious metals including platinum and palladium, and his pricing includes insurance and shipping costs. It takes about two weeks to receive my orders after his company’s bank has processed my check. He can be contacted at 800-247-2812 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I did a search for the website of National Numismatic Associates and couldn’t find anything, until I stumbled across this:
I also stumbled across some interviews on Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com, and these interviews should give you some idea of the kind of person Tom Cloud is:
And, his links page has compass.org on it. So, he’s not shy about his faith.
Again, please leave a comment and tell us about a Christian dealer in precious metals that you personally know. I would be more than happy to add to the list.
Choose One Of Those Four
So, you have four gold and silver dealers to choose from.
Now, go out there and get some silver.
Wrapping It Up
I’ve thrown a lot at you in this section, so let me remind you of the four points that you MUST remember.
- Draw close to God – HE is the One who will save you in the coming days, months and years. If you have been holding out on God (and we all do), stop now. Get back your faith. Walk with Him. He will never fail you.
- Get your money OUT – I don’t care what you have to pay or do, but get your money into your own hands. Otherwise, it WILL disappear. This is guaranteed. And, good servants of God seek to walk wisely and preserve what God has entrusted to them.
- Get something of value – It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it fits with your survival plan. Seriously, you need to get to the other side of the coming disaster so that you can be in a position to serve God. Get something of value that will help you stay alive… that you can use to help others stay alive.
- Gold and Silver – When I was a financial adviser in the ’90s, it was the dumbest idea in the world. Now it’s not. Buy as much silver as you can carry. Then, buy gold.
I hope that what I’ve written here helps you.
May God bless you.
I earnestly pray for you all.
note – I am not offering financial or disaster preparation advice in a professional capacity. These are merely my own thoughts on what I would do in these situations.
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