The Year of Jubilee concludes this Sunday. PLEASE PREPARE

Wow, that is a heavy word…. next please!
Well, the current Jewish year, that ends on Oct 2nd 2016, is officially a Jubilee Year. Of course it is fair to say that in Christ, the year of the Lords favor is Now, and we are always at liberty to enter His rest (Heb 4), but it is with confirmed historical confidence that we should expect God to honor his established days and years in some manner.

I have been prompted in prayer about this all summer, and here we are. I have been so, so thankful (in jubilation even) that we have been spared problems and granted great favor over the course of 2016 in what is otherwise a world-wide house of cards. With that backdrop however I have felt a strong warning from the Holy Spirit about this next season. Not to bring us to fear or fall into escapism, but simply to be prepared. For what exactly? I don’t know. Let’s be sober-minded, full of love and grace, and pray — and we’ll hear! We long for His return first and foremost, and yet we also keep our lamps fueled in this world.

Although I know a good amount of preppers and consider some to be among my dearest friends, preparing myself for future setbacks of any kind has been very difficult to prioritize. I am not known for being the most disciplined saver and most of my adult life so far has been spent just trying to make ends meet raising 5 kids in California. Not that I am complaining, but just being open about my own difficulty with securing back up resources over the years. Not only that, but my affinity has always been more in living for each day, content with daily manna, and trusting God for the future, which makes preparing even less of a natural tendency for me.

Fortunately or unfortunately, I am not alone. When I lift my eyes to look around, I see the lack of reserves and debt in our culture is not just a common individual story, but a systemic one. Governments are overleveraged in debt and going the way of all failed civilizations of the past — debasing their currency to extract the wealth of her citizens. Gee, it would be nice to do that as well… A little quantitative easing from a basement printing press is always tempting, but I digress. Plus, the FED hates the competition.

You, like me, may not be used to hearing the voice of God telling you to prepare for a future negative event, so before you dismiss this warning, spend a little time in Matt 24:15-22 just knowing that God in His mercy, does warn his people in practical matters to spare them calamity.

So what am I doing to prepare?
In a word: Light. I bought a solar lantern and am thinking of turning off the electricity tomorrow for a day at the house just to see what else I would need if power was down for a spell. I am preparing to be content to read and pray in new situations that are outside of the norm, and I have to believe that my fellow believers are doing the same.
As you may know, I have been tending a small food supply in the back yard with chickens for eggs, fish and veggies in the greenhouse and have plenty of water stored up that I can use if needed that I can use with my berkey filter in the house.

I’ll do more this weekend as the Spirit leads and as we watch daily. Please do the same, and NEVER NEVER get caught up in to fear!

In closing, as I shared with my brothers on Wednesday, remember that CHRIST IN YOU is the hope of glory for the world today, and that is why we are still here. With that in mind, please meditate on this verse, knowing that God is still working through CHRIST IN YOU to declare these things in our generation.

Isaiah 61
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

Thanks to Mike Moore for encouraging me to write this down.
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