Luke 21:36 NCV “ So be ready all the time. Pray that you will be strong enough to escape all these things that will happen and that you will be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
It’s only the start of the New Year and world events seem to be spinning more out of control.
A slumping stock market. More earthquakes in Oklahoma. Terrorist attacks across the globe.
The Bible has been telling us that these are the signs we need to watch for! Read every verse that says “These are the signs of the last days,” and they are all there. Every single one of them! All of the signs that the Bible said would be happening are unfolding before our eyes in these last days.
God is getting us ready for something major! I’ve been talking about preparing for years. I can’t stress enough how important it is to be prepared spiritually, mentally, physically — every way — right now. Time is running out!
God spoke to me the other night in an unusual way.
One of the things He told me was “It’s time to batten down the hatches.”
Now, when God says something like that, I want to understand it. So I asked him, “God, what do you mean? That’s not the way we talk. Batten down the hatches? That sounds like sailor talk!”
I’m old, but I’ve learned that you can Google anything. All you have to do is type in a question. So I asked “What does batten down the hatches mean?” Right away, some answers popped up.
I learned that hatches are doors you find in boats and submarines, and sailors close them with battens, flat pieces of wood and metal, when they’re expecting storms and rough waters ahead.
But what does that mean? Why did God use those words when he spoke to me? I still didn’t have the answer, so I looked up “batten down the hatches” in the dictionary and I found out more.
Now, in the McGraw-Hill Dictionary it says “batten down the hatches” means “to prepare for difficult times.” The American Heritage dictionary says “to prepare for an imminent disaster or emergency” and the Cambridge Idioms Dictionary says “to prepare yourself for a difficult period by protecting yourself in every possible way.”
Notice anything? Every single one of them is talking about preparing for what’s straight ahead! All of them are talking about getting ready for trouble! And then, I realized something more.
If sailors are battening down the hatches, they’re preparing for what’s coming. But they’re also closing the doorway so that you can no longer get through to the other side. Once the storm comes, you’re stuck in the room you’re in. And God just told me it’s time to batten down now!
I’ve talked about preparing for the great trials ahead and making sure your family has food, emergency supplies and a source of power when disaster strikes. I’ve also talked about how it’ll be too late to get those things once we’re exposed to this whole new way of living that’s coming.
I know that so many people think all they need to do is just trust God. If everybody in the Bible said, “Well we’re just going to trust God” and then did nothing, where would they be? Where would Noah be? Noah just didn’t wait around, trusting in God to make everything alright, he listened to what God said, he took action and built an ark to save his household!
You need to prepare your house. You need to pay attention! It’s time to get things in order.
If you haven’t started buying extra food each week when you go to the store, then begin! You will never be sorry for being ready. You’ll be thrilled when all the food is gone and you’re prepared!
God told me “It’s time for Morningside to batten down the hatches!” This week I stored over 1 million more 20 year shelf life meals in our just completed big red barn. Would you call that battening down the hatches?
I believe it’s time for you to batten down, too.