A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 NLT
Think About It: For many, the concepts of God, Jesus, heaven, hell, Satan and Armageddon may be difficult to grasp, unimportant or irrelevant and, therefore, not taken seriously. But, if we can imagine that they are "possible", wouldn't it be prudent to prepare on the side of caution to end up in the best situation (heaven instead of hell) if they are real and do happen? With no disrespect intended toward God and Jesus, it's a bit like insurance; we buy insurance just in case it DOES happen with the hope that it DOES NOT happen. Preparing our minds, hearts and souls for God and heaven is our insurance in case Satan and hell are real and Armageddon does happen.
The Ultimate Preparation - Read, Believe, Obey, Fast, Plan, Stand Firm, Rejoice
. . . that Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, died on the cross, was buried and rose from the grave as the replacement for the sacrifice for sin for all people, including you.
16 "For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish (in the fires of hell) but have eternal life (in God's Kingdom).
John 3:16 (New International Version)
18 That's what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others' sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all - was put to death and then made alive (rose from the dead) - to bring us to God.
1 Peter 3:18 (The Message)
9 For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (from hell).
Romans 10:9 (New Living Translation)
21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases Him.
1 John 3:21-22 (New International Version)
3 The proof that we love God comes when we keep his commandments and they are not at all troublesome.
1 John 5:3 (The Message)
16 Someone came to Jesus with this question: "Teacher, what good things must I do to have eternal life?" 17 "Why ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "Only God is good. But to answer your question, you can receive eternal life if you keep the commandments."
Matthew 19:16-17 (New Living Translation)
25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" 27 So he answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." 28 And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live."
Luke 10:25-28 (New King James Version)
Do you fast as part of your training regiment? If you are healthy enough, consider doing this to help prepare the soul, mind and body for the days ahead.
While fasting (ingesting water or tea only) can be beneficial for non-spiritual reasons, it is, usually, a means by which we seek spiritual benefits such as drawing closer to our Maker through improved spiritual insight and creative abilities. However, our motive(s) for fasting must be questionned; to use "good" things to our own [selfish] end is a sure sign of self-centeredness and a false religion.
For those seeking to improve their physical survivability as well as their spiritual growth, fasting helps detoxify the body, speeds up healing, due to the inactivity of digestion, and has other health benefits. Additionally, it helps the body and mind train for the possibility of having no access to food due to some kind of emergency situation, giving us the confidence to know that survival is possible through our fasting experience (view the video The Benefits of Fasting for Survival).
. . . for the appearance of the Anti-Christ and return of Jesus.
1 "God's kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. 2 Five were silly and five were smart. 3 The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil. 4 The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps. 5 The bridegroom didn't show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep. 6 "In the middle of the night someone yelled out, 'He's here! The bridegroom's here! Go out and greet him!' 7 "The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready. 8 The silly virgins said to the smart ones, 'Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil.' 9 "They answered, 'There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.' 10 "They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked. 11 "Much later, the other virgins, the silly ones, showed up and knocked on the door, saying, 'Master, we're here. Let us in.' 12 "He answered, 'Do I know you? I don't think I know you.' 13 "So stay alert. You have no idea when He might arrive.
Matthew 25:1-13 (The Message)
. . . against Satan, the anti-christ, who will come as the ultimate con artist, deceiving those who are not true Christians into believing that he is Jesus by performing "miracles" (tricks, magic) and bringing a false peace to the world. True Christians (those who do not have the "mark of the beast") will experience persecution and death during this time because they will not be tricked into believing that this deceiver is Jesus. (Revelation 13:15-17).