Yesterday morning, I received a confirmation that the Lord is giving me revelation and visions for the new book I am writing, “A Prepper’s Guide to the Last Days.” I am not writing about gathering food, building hidden dwellings or preparing defensive tools as many others have already written these things. I am writing about the spiritual preparations we need to make to be ready for what is coming in what the Bible calls “the last days.”
Actually, the Lord began to answer my prayer the day before I lifted it up to Him. The Lord’s help began with the visions and revelations which came to me yesterday.
Yesterday morning, I was also aware that I needed to get into better physical condition. At the beginning of my worship time, I did some exercises as I sang some of my usual praise and worship songs. Then I put on my large Tallit and Kepah as I got on my knees to pray. I began by praying for Shalom in Jerusalem and all of Israel. Then I prayed the James 4:7 prayer. Finally, I went face down and prayed in the Spirit for several minutes. I confessed that I needed help writing the new book, and asked for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, counsel and might, understanding and the fear of the Lord to come to me and release what I needed to know and understand. (see Isaiah 11:2) As I wrote the things the Lord revealed to me, I looked up this passage from Isaiah and was led to the next three verses:
3 His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear;
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
5 Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. (Isaiah 11:3-5)
Suddenly, I had another open vision in which I was shown an ancient machine using belts and pulleys to do some kind of heavy work. I was fascinated by the machine and thought about the high level of technology given to the people who built it. Then the Holy Spirit revealed the message to go with this vision. A time is coming when all our technology and tools based on the use of electricity and fossil fuels will come to an end. In that day, we will need to go back to or re-invent the kinds of machine I was seeing this morning. Our dependency on the power grid to run all our devices will soon prove to be useless. Now is the season to learn as much as we can about the ways our ancestors accomplished tasks and provided food for themselves and their families.
As I pondered these things, I was given another vision. I saw a desolated area where many tools were rusted beyond restoration. I was reminded of Daniel 9:26,
“And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.”
In the vision, it appeared that a great fire had swept through the area and melted many tools together so they were no longer usable. I saw piles of computers and smart phones which no longer worked. They were in fairly good condition, but could not be used because there was no power and there was no Internet for connections. All these things will be useless and unavailable for those who live through these times of tribulation.
I wondered if these things were all about the natural world or if they also had a meaning in the spiritual realm. The Lord told me the visions and revelations were for both. We will need to cast off many things which have been useful and convenient in our belief systems. Many of the things held dear by the church and many believers today are based on the doctrines of man rather than on the Word of God. None of these things will be of any use in the season to come as the end draws near.
Spiritual preppers will plan ahead to learn the ways of the Lord and be focused to follow Him closely during this season. This is the only way to survive and thrive during the perilous times to come. I was reminded of what Paul told his spiritual son, Timothy, about these times to come.
1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,
7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-7)
Are you a spiritual prepper? Are you getting ready for the times of desolation to come? Have you cast off the doctrines of man so that you can focus on the Word of God? Are you feeling what I am feeling – that we are drawing perilously close to these days? I encourage you to prepare now for the things to come. Be spiritually ready to serve the Lord faithfully and in divine health during these last days. Be ready in spirit, soul and body.
I pray the Lord will reveal to you all you need to know about the times to come and how He is calling you to serve in this generation. I pray these things in the mighty name of Yeshua ha Messiach! Amen and Amen!
Author: Pastor James Durham
After serving almost 30 years as an active duty army Chaplain, James retired at the rank of Colonel. Before and after his military service, he was a pastor and church planter for more than thirteen years. In 2010, James and his wife, Gloria, moved to Columbia, South Carolina in order to write books, teach seminars, and mentor many spiritual sons and daughters around the world. James is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology; Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas with a Master’s degree in Theology, and the US Army Command and General Staff College.
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