Chapter forty-eight. Should we "just" trust in God?

A lot of people seem to believe that as long as they are abiding by their religious beliefs that everything will be fine. They feel there is no need to do anything more than maintain their faith.  Some religions have predicted the end times as many as six different times now! But, we're still here!

From a purely physical standpoint, this is absurd. But what about from a religious standpoint? Does the Bible say just trust in the Lord and forget about taking care of yourself or your family because God will provide for you? If it says that - where is the scripture? 

To find out what is going to happen we need to turn to Matthew chapter 24. All direct quotes in RED:

"Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?"

"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this Gospel of The Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all Nations, and then the end will come."

Those who hang in there will then be saved. Salvation is to come at that time. It is not gained in some spiritual manner before that.

The message, the good news (Gospel) of the coming Kingdom of God will be preached throughout the world before the end.

"So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel - let the reader understand - then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect - if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time."

Continuing we saw:

1. The end is a time to flee and flee ASAP!
2. Pray that this isn't in the winter or on the Sabbath day - which is obviously still in effect at that time!
3. It will be the worst time ever on earth.
4. All of human kind would die except that God intervenes to stop it for the elect - the true Church.
5. Many false teachers, even performing (what appears to be) miracles,  will come out trying to deceive people (even the Church if it were possible). Apparently, it wont be possible.

"Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time the sign of The Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see The Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other." 

(Matthew 24:1-31)

So nothing in this description says anything about "not" providing for yourself and family ahead of time with food, seeds, guns or precious metals. In fact, it stresses preparedness.

There are parables describing how some saved wisely and others just put money under a pillow. Which one are you? 

I could go on and on with chapters and verses showing how it is wise to prepare for what we know is about to happen. My challenge here is:

For any of you to show any place where God's word says we need not be prepared ahead of the great and dreadful time which is coming.

It is all well and good to trust in the Eternal God. But, He expects us to be stewards of our lives physically and to be prepared as well as we can.

As for me I shall do what is prudent and obtain enough food and water to get by for a period of time. Guns and ammunition enough to protect myself and my family. Plus, as anyone who knows me, I will be prepared for the total collapse of the monetary system, should that happen. And, I believe it will happen - very soon!

I never set dates.