I was quite interested in all of your responses to the last UnBlog. There really are several correct mindsets regarding preparedness. One is store and prepare like squirrels. Store everything possible. I don’t see a thing wrong with doing that unless it causes us to feel “at ease in Zion” and overlook the essential journey it takes to obtain the Holy Spirit as your guide.
The other mindset is to proceed with physical preparations, but to seek foremost to wrap ourselves in the safety of the Holy Spirit, and to depend upon Christ only, not first upon our food storage, and then upon the Lord if that fails.
I perhaps gave the impression that I was discounting physical preparation, or proposing that it was not an inspired necessity. I personally have a preparedness program and hope to have more. The point I was making is that nothing can take the place of taking the Holy Spirit to be our guide. No physical preparation will substitute, or become so great and protecting that we outgrow the need for the guiding hand of the Lord.
There will certainly be some among the wealthy and some governments who will dig mile-deep holes in the ground and fill them with biscuits and bullets, and the prophetic word is that they shall all perish.
The promise is that those who have taken the Holy Spirit to be their guide, and not been deceived, these will “abide the day”. It is quite possible that one of those deceptions is that food storage alone will save us. I fully expect that anyone with the Holy Spirit as their guide will make wise and appropriate physical preparations as they execute the Lord’s plan for them personally. I also expect that there will be those on the Lord’s errand who do great things in preparing for their neighbors, making preparations for places of refuge and other tasks necessary to the Lord’s latter-day work.
The transition of this world from Telestial to Terrestrial will shake our world until there is nothing left of the Telestial. In the Terrestrial day there will be no hunger – which means we don’t need food. There will be no disease, illness, injury or death – which eliminates a large part of our present struggles and needs. All things will become new. The laws of nature will be altered to aid us rather than oppose us. The earth will no longer withhold her bounty, and all enmity will cease. There will be no government but Christ, and hence no conflict or war. In short, we won’t need anything we presently depend upon in the Telestial world.
When these changes begin, those who are clinging to something in the Telestial world, like wealth, power, comfort, land, politics, fame or even food storage, will find those things to be an anchor to their souls.
The only way to voluntarily change from the telestial to the terrestrial is to do as the Temple teaches us, and consecrate everything we have to Christ. You and I both know that there is a vast spiritual evolution such simple words can’t capture. We will discuss this more in coming UnBlogs. The point is that by appropriately, through this process of spiritual triumph, giving all things to Christ unfetters us from them and provides us a true safety. We still possess those things, but we no longer depend upon them, covet them, seek safety from them, or withhold them from our neighbor – we depend upon Christ alone.
Like the widow woman who obediently gave her last meal to the prophet Elijah, and thereafter her cruise of oil never failed, and her barrel of meal never wasted away. Our only safety is in giving it all away and trusting God to work the miracles that save us.
This is the process that voluntarily brings us into the millennial state.
Next on the UnBlog: Consecration Made Easy
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