Q&A – What is the Shelf Life of Flour?

By Ray Gano

Hi Ray & Tracye,

Do you know what the shelf-life is of flour, and how do you keep it from getting weevils? – Peg

Hello Peg,

This is a great question, especially for folks who are setting up their food storage.

To give you a short answer, it depends on where you store it.

You can store it in your freezer for up to 12 months.

You can store it in your refrigerator for up to 6 months

Or you can store it at room temperature (your cupboards / pantry) for  up to 3 months

GETTING THE MOST FROM FOOD STORAGE

Before tackling the question, I want to talk a little bit about food storage.

When you store any sort of food, it is oxygen that is the enemy.  The more air you can take out of your food storage containers, the better.

One of the greatest investments Tracye and I have made is our FoodSaver. The one we own is the FoodSaver FM2435, and we love it. This one also has the ability to do wet / moist foods where older versions could not do that. These run about $100.00 and they are worth every penny.

You can get one on Amazon w/Prime for $96.47 – https://amzn.to/2XVmIfI

You do not know how much leftovers we have saved and not gone to waste because of this. This was one of the first “preparedness” products that we purchased.

I mention this product because with this you can help prevent getting those weevils in your flour and possibly even extend the food items you are storing.

If you do not have a FoodSaver, then you can also use 1-gallon Zip Lock Freezer Bags.

Don’t go cheap and get the regular 1-gallon storage bags, get the thicker freezer bags. They will prevent punctures a lot better instead of the regular bags.

Another item I want to mention are Oxygen Absorbers. These are the little packets you find in vitamin bottles, specialty chips, dried seaweed, basically anything that needs to maintain zero humidity in the package.

What these packets do is “absorb” the left-over oxygen in the package and helps prevent oxidization of the food product, which makes it stale and then rot.

Here are the ones we use – Oxygen Absorbers – https://amzn.to/2VRg74i

These come in two vacuum sealed bags. Just open one bag and use it and leave the other sealed. To protect the already opened bag of absorbers, put them in a mason jar and they will last a long time. When they turn pink, they are used up.

STORING FLOUR – WHAT YOU WILL NEED

With the FoodSaver
FoodSaver Vacuum Food Sealer
1 FoodSaver Bag cut to size and sealed on the bottom.
1 Oxygen absorber (optional)
1 Bag of Flour

Without the FoodSaver
1 Gallon Zip Lock Freezer Bag
1 Drink Straw
1 Oxygen absorber
1 Bag of Flour

HOW TO…

  1. Keep your flour in the packaging. This is yet another barrier to help keep your food safe and bug free.
    2. Put your bag of flour into a FoodSaver bag.
    3.  Add your oxygen absorber packet
    4 Suck the air out and seal the bag

Once you have done this your bag of flour has a pretty dense feel to it because almost all the air has been taken out of the package.

Now that you have this, you can store it in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer.

If you do not have a FoodSaver, you can achieve something close to these results by putting your flour in the freezer Zip Lock bag and zip it just about all the way.

Put your drink straw into the un-zipped portion of the bag and try to suck out as much air as you can. You can put your fingers around the straw and zipper opening and that will help you keep a better seal.

As you are sucking the air out and once you have gotten to the point where you are ready to seal, you need to pull the straw out while sucking and zip the bag all in one motion.

You may not get this on the first try, so do the best you can.

SAVING IN BULK

In today’s world I have been telling people to start looking at food as an investment. I have been tracking the commerce department’s Personal Consumption Expenditures Index and guess what, food and energy prices have risen about 15% + every year. So, the food you buy and store today, will be worth more tomorrow. This is a fact. Think about it, that is a good rate of return for your money. Money saved is money earned.

Folks, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the prices are only going to continue to go up further as the years progress.

So not only is buying in bulk wise, it is also prudent of you to do so.

BULK STORAGE – WHAT YOU NEED

1 5-gallon Plastic Storage Container- this needs to be HDPE, which stands for High Density Polyethylene. If you look on the bottom of the bucket you will see the recycle symbol, a triangle of arrows surrounding the number 2.

If the bucket has this, it is food grade.

Now check what was stored in the bucket prior to storing your flour. Often dill pickles are stored in these, if you get them used. To check, just smell the bucket. You can tell what was stored usually by the smell. It might smell like maple syrup, ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles, there are a lot of things. If they smell, you may want to find a different bucket because your flour may absorb some of the smell.

1 5-6-gallon mylar bag
1 2×4 approximately 12- 14 inches long
1 cotton bath towel
4-5 oxygen absorbers
6-7 whole dried bay leaves

A cheap or used standard iron for ironing clothes – if you have a FoodSaver, you can use this as well.

You can get a great 10 Bag Mylar Bag Kit here — https://amzn.to/2Cf7CZn

The kit contains the following…

  • 10 – each 20″x30″ Foil lined, 4.3 mil Thick
  • Sealable With Hot Iron-Can Reseal After Opening
  • Ideal for Long Term Food Storage
  • 2,000cc Oxygen Absorbers made by Oxy-Sorb with indicator pill/eye
  • Light, Moisture, Oxygen Barrier and Puncture Resistant

You can use these for rice, beans, noodles, lentils, as well as flour. If you go with the kit, you will not need the smaller oxygen absorbers, but it isn’t a bad idea to add a few of these to the flour for extra added safety.

HOW TO…

Take your bucket and make sure it is cleaned out. In the bottom of the bucket put 1 oxygen absorber and 3-4 bay leaves.

Next, open your mylar bag and put it in the bucket. Push it down to the bottom and get a good fit.

Put an oxygen absorber into the mylar bag

Add your flour to half way

Add another oxygen absorber

Fill the rest of the bag to about 3 inches from the rim of the bucket

NOTE: You should have a good amount of bag left.

Put an 1-2 oxygen absorbers on top of the flour and close up the bag.

Make sure the bag is NOT folded but both sides of the bag can touch each other.

Wrap the 2×4 in the towel and put it across the rim of the bucket

Lay a part of the bag on the 2×4 and with the hot iron, quickly seal the bag.

Depending on how your bag is situated, you can seal 2-3 places.

Cut off any excess mylar bag

Put 1-2 more oxygen absorbers on top of the bag with 4-5 bay leaves.

Put the lid onto your bucket and seal it up tight.

On the lid or on the side tape a label telling you the contents as well as the date you sealed the flour.

If you have the room, store it in your freezer and it will keep up to a year, 6 months in your refrigerator or 3-6 months in your pantry depending upon the temperature.

Above all, make sure you rotate your stock and eat off of your food stores. In the end you will see your grocery bill start to go down because you are not shopping as much because you have purchased in bulk.

Now you can use this same method in storing dry goods like beans, lentils, rice and wheat. These items will keep for years.

Just to make a point, wheat discovered in King Tut’s tomb was still edible and able to make flour from it even after being over a thousand years old.

Finally, if you want to get flour with a 5 year shelf life, then look at purchasing some flour from our Thrive Life store.

https://www.thrivelife.com/Gano

A one gallon can (#10 can) is $13.29 per can.

We also have a gluten free flour and a whole wheat flour.

I hope that this has helped answer some of your food storage questions.

I enjoy answering these sort of emails, because it often leads to creating a great article that I get to share with all of you.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.

Realistic Prepper Shopping

By Ray Gano

When you’re walking around a store – any store – and you’re doing your shopping, how often do you think about your survival supplies?

Is it something you make a list of and make a special trip to town?

Or do you incorporate your survival supplies shopping into your everyday life?

You want to know our secret? We try to buy at least $5 of something every time we go to the store.

Let’s take the other day for example, Tracye and I went shopping at the local Walmart here in Conroe.

While we were walking through the store, I picked up a 2 pack of strike on box matches. At 250 matches per box, that is 500 matches. I took inventory of my matches a while back, and it came to like 6 or 7 boxes of 250 matches per box. So that equals out to around 1,500 – 1,700 matches.

I am one who believes you can never have to many means to make fire, so I picked up another 500. I also got a box of Federal 9mm ammo & 12-gauge #4 shot.

When we got to the food section, we checked our grocery list and as I was walking around, I grabbed 2 jars of peanut butter to put up. One can never have to much peanut butter.

Tracye picked up some Jiffy corn bread mix. These are great. One box is good for one meal and all you have to do is add water. They cost some thing like $1.00 each. Our Walmart has them on sale all the time so you can pick them up for .75 cents a box at times.

While we were standing there in the isle, I was wondering “how well corn bread mix would store in vacuum sealed bags with oxygen absorbers? The mix has an expiration date of 2020. So, I bet storing them like that we can extend the life. That is the kind of stuff I think about when shopping. We got $5.00 worth of corn bread mix.

Here is what I added to my preps from this trip –

  • 50 rounds of Federal 9mm ammo
  • 25 rounds 12-gauge #4 shot – #4 is great for small game – rabbit – squirrel – etc
  • 2 jars of peanut butter
  • 5 boxes of corn bread mix
  • 2 boxes strike on box matches

The ammo is going to be put in their boxes and stored, peanut butter, corn bread mix and matches will be stored.

If I did not get the ammo, the cost of the food and matches was under $10.00.

Easy-peasie, you just have to think about it every time you go to the store. After a while it becomes habit.

I am mentioning this because I see new preppers / survivalist that put a lot of time an effort into their preps. If I put a “lot” of time and effort into it, I would probably get burned out. So, I try to take the slow and steady approach. This is why it has to be a lifestyle. Prepping is what you do all the time, and you do this by taking baby steps. An item here, jar of something there and once you do this for a month or two, you will be amazed at how much supplies you have on hand.

One of the problems that I see especially today, is that people put “too” much time and effort into survivalism. Yea, I know this is an “oxymoron” statement, but hear me out. They feel like they are behind the “8 ball” and they are trying to play catch up. They are prepping in a panic and always on the “go” with their preps. It’s like they jump in with both feet, take off running, but after a while get tired and drop out of the race. This is why I say take baby steps. Think like a turtle and be slow yet steady. Or think like a squirrel, a squirrel buries 1 nut at a time.

It is never too late to start, in fact right now with Easter approaching, it is an excellent time to start. There are many great deals on food as well as supplies. You can save a lot of money because all the stores are competing for your Easter food and gift dollars.

In the prepping world January is when many of the Mormon churches start the preps. Because of this many, prepping companies, like Thrive Life have great sales on their shelves and supplies.  In fact, Thrive Life should be ramping up their Super Sale they have every year around this time. This is a great time to buy and get some incredible deals and really stock up.

Now is a great time to start your preps, things are on sale and the ability to take baby steps will allow you to really make a good prepping effort in a short amount of time without burning out. Remember the corn bread mix? When you see sales like that, buy extra, you will be glad you did.

When I find good deals, I will try to share them with you so that you can take advantage of the savings as well.

In the meantime – check out my Thrive Life Store at …

http://www.thrivelife.com/Gano

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be glad to answer your questions.

Gray Man – The Art of Blending Into Your Surroundings

By Ray Gano

Gray Man – A man who can blend in to any scene or situation without standing out , hiding his skills and qualities. Source – urbandictionary.com

Becoming the gray man, it will be an important skill; a skill you will need in the future days to come. You will need to learn how to blend into your environment, look like everyone else, and become the “average looking Joe.”

But what makes you different is that you are alert to your surroundings, you suspect everyone that comes within your 20-foot perimeter and you are ready to react if need be. The real mission is to just be left alone while putting off that “sheepdog” disposition instead of being one of the sheep.

You are not some weekend warrior or paramilitary nut, you are just like everyone else except your everyday carry gear probably includes keys, cell phone, wallet, wrist watch…. a folding lock blade knife, multi-tool, pepper spray, maybe even a flashlight and if you are C&C licensed, a handgun with an extra loaded magazine.

This is today and you have adapted to the “new normal” that we now call America.

Radicalized Antifa members conducting crime, looting, blocked roads, creating riots, muggings, theft, rape and murder. These are more common place today than the days of yesteryear.

Luke 22:36 (KJV) Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

We live in a time where going to the mega-mart or the grocery store is an act of bravery, determination, logistics and security. No longer is it just running to get a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs.

Not that way in your area yet? Just wait.

How To Be The Gray Man

Look around, what are all the guys wearing? Now I am focusing on the guys because I am a guy. Ladies, this is for you also, take my examples and adapt them to what you would wear and so forth.

Here in the Houston Tx area, the majority of men wear some sort of “cargo” shorts or jeans. They go above the knee and tend to be a little baggy. Beige, brownish red, or blue jeans tend to be the color of choice. If not shorts, then blue jeans are the norm.

For a shirt, one will wear a common “T” shirt that is lose fitting sometimes with a pocket on the left breast. Or if they want to dress it up a little, a button up short sleeve or a golf polo shirt will do.

When it gets close to hunting season, around the beginning of August, the “Real Tree” cammo “T” shirts become the norm. See here in Texas, hunting is a big deal, and everyone gets in the mode. It also helps that the local Walmart sells these cammo “Beefy T’s” for only $8.00 each.

On his feet, are ankle socks or rolled over tube socks, he wears hiking shoes, or some form of work boots.

If he is wearing jeans, then cowboy boots are usually the norm.

Finally, the common baseball cap on top of the head and sporting sunglasses.

This is what an “average Joe” looks like when he is in his casual dress out on the street.

This is how I dress, except I try not to wear loud logo-based shirts or something that has verbiage on it. I wear an over-sized survival bracelet on my left arm with my watch, my wedding ring on my left hand and a crusader’s ring on my right.

Now some of you may be asking why an oversized survival bracelet? This as well as my watch could help deflect a knife cut if I had to block a blow with my arm.

Now, of someone asked about you, could they describe you or would they be describing just about everyone else, the average Joe?

How you DON’T want to dress

Like I said You don’t want to attract attention towards yourself. Don’t wear bright colors or “haute de couture” fashion, nothing that makes you stand out.

Example: Here in Texas everyone thinks of the cowboy. We have a lot of cowboys walking around, but they are not dressed in the “A” typical cowboy dress.

The cowboys here are not wearing the long-sleeved shirt with fringes dangling, no 10 gallon cowboy hat, nor fancy rhinestone pants. Everyone imagines the average cowboy looks like Roy Rogers or Hop-along Cassidy, but they don’t.

The average cowboy looks just like the person that I described above except that he probably wears some sort of work jeans. Come fall and winter here in Texas, we all look like the average “cowboy.”

Once in a while you will see someone wearing a cowboy hat. Straw cowboy hats are acceptable for guys over fifty during the summer time. During the winter everyone switches from straw to a black felt hat or baseball cap.

Believe me, if you step out of this mold, you will get noticed and that is not what you want to do.

If you are a prepper, you do not want to be dressing in some sort of combat BDU pants, army boots, and definitely no shirts with paramilitary sayings like “death from above” or pictures that you see at all the gun shows. This is a dead give-away and shouts “HEY… Look at me, I am a weekend warrior.”

Become The Gray Man

Become the average Joe, blend into your surroundings. But walk with a purpose and be alert to what is going on around you.

While you want to look like the average person, you want to project a demeanor about you that tells the wolves “to leave you alone, you are not one of the sheep, don’t mess with me.”

See, the sheep will not notice you, just like real sheep, they do not really notice the sheepdog. But the wolves will see you. Wolves are cowards and seek out the weak, frail and innocent. They do not want to have to work too hard, they want to be in and out and be done with the job.

So, while you don’t what to be wearing some neon sign blinking ” GUN… GUN…. GUN … KNIFE … KNIFE … KNIFE … with an arrow pointing at you; you want to be acknowledged as someone who is alert, aware and not some soft target.

How you achieve this is by training yourself. Look like you are someone alive, not some drained zombie who stairs at the ground, shoulders slumped as if he has the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Make eye contact and smile at people, greet them and wish them a good day or just a simple nod of the head will do.

You don’t want to seem like some bodyguard type either. You know the guys with the little curly tube sticking out of their ear, dark Ray-Ban glasses, constantly scanning, ready to pounce at a moment’s notice. That is going overboard.

I bring up the Mega-stores because that is where America shops, it is also where the wolves hang out for some quick prey.

When walking in the parking lot, have a determination to your step, enter Mega-Store and look the greeter in the eye, nod your head say hello and smile. Then take a basket, eye the cashier and the customers checking out, assess if anyone is out of place then move on for that gallon of milk, dozen eggs and a few extra boxes of ammo.

BUT for example, if you enter the store, scan the area and notice someone wearing a trench coat and it is 90 degrees outside. This should raise your red flags. If this happens, step up the pace and move into the store, get out of the general area and do your shopping.

Every Day Carry – What I wear

I do not want to go into much detail in this article as to Every Day Carry (EDC), that is for another article, but for your E.D.C. kit carry what you want. The items above are what I carry, and I don’t look like I am wearing Batman’s utility belt either. My clothes do not scream “Hey.. It’s Mr. Tactical Guy here” either.

I wear Wrangler brand cargo shorts. These have cargo pockets on each side as well as a cell phone pocket that opens above the cargo flap. They have side pockets which the right pocket has a coin pocket inside the deep right. Finally, there are left and right rear pockets.

As for a shirt, I wear a common black, blue, beige, Fruit of the Loom pocket “T” shirt or a short sleeve button up with a left breast pocket. If it is hunting season, which at the time of this writing it is. I also wear cammo “Real Tree Beefy T” shirts because just about every other guy is wearing them also.

An important item that I want to touch on is your belt. I wear a double thick “Justin Boots” black leather belt with a common cowboy belt buckle. Your belt needs to be sturdy enough to carry all your gear if you do not put the items in your pockets as well as hold up your pants. So, you do not want some inexpensive belt from the big mega stores. Invest some money in this and you will not be sorry. You would be surprised how much a cell phone, buck knife, and a Multi-tool weighs when you are carrying it on your hip. With a heavy-duty belt, it will also help distribute the weight of these items more evenly and honestly once you get used to them, you forget they are even there. Another thing, my belt is also a last-ditch defensive weapon. The buckle weighs a good 10-12 ounces and makes for a mean bludgeon and can help keep someone at arms distance if need be.

How I developed my EDC was that I slowly carried one item, then added another and another. It took time in getting used to carrying gear, finding the spot where it is easy to access and not have it banging around on my leg or chest. You will find that some things work, and some things don’t. Carry what tools and gear you need but don’t make it obvious that you are a prepper, or you will look like some paramilitary tactical guy.

If you can get away with it, use a back pack or messenger bag. Look at what others are carrying in your area and adapt to the look. If everyone carries a back pack, carry a back pack. If they carry a messenger bag, well then messenger bag. With this you can also carry a water bottle, small first aid kit and any other gear that is important to you.

Just remember to keep it light, you do not want to turn yourself into some pack mule.

When I dress up, I usually wear black jeans, black cowboy boots, a black long sleeve shirt and a tie. If need be and I need to dress up more, I wear a beige twill sport coat and in all of this, I can still carry most of my gear. This is what the average guy wears here when they dress up, so I am still blending in and looking good too.

If someone would describe me, they would say he had on black shirt, pants and cowboy boots. In other words, I look like every other Joe that walks into a nice restaurant or business meeting.

Becoming the gray man will be an important skill for you to develop, especially with crime on the rise, thanks to the socialist Marxist left pushing the “hate whitey” narrative.

You will need to be equipped to protect yourself and possibly others if needed. You will also want to blend in the background.

Above all, your goal is to get home safely that day. You are not some super hero nor are you there to protect the world. You are ready to defend yourself if you must, but your goal is not having to resort to that.

Finally…

Tactical retreats, AKA running away is totally acceptable. The only one who didn’t walk away was John Wayne and that was in the movies. You are not bullet proof nor knife proof, so run don’t walk if you think you need to get out of the area fast. Your spouse will be glad you did and so will you.

And as a last resort, always remember it is better to face 12 than to be carried out by 6.

So, if you have to protect yourself, fight to win because you will be fighting for your life.

 

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Society Breaks Down – Wolves ,Sheep and Sheepdogs

By Ray Gano

If you have not been paying attention to what is going on in France & England, you need to be.

Why?

Because this is a foreshadow of things to come here in the US.

Here is a new acronym you need to learn. SHTF = Shcumar (crap) Hits The Fan.

Folks, many people out there have bought into the Hollywood scenario of the apocalyptic world of Mad Max and the Thunder Dome.

When the SHTF, we are not going to resort to being Will Smith in “I am Legend” world.

You know what is going to happen?

Life will go on as soon as the main crisis slows down.

What people do not realize, it will be a completely different world from the one you used to live in.

Those who have prepared will make the transition, those who don’t will fall by the way side and become a casualty of the crisis.

Everyone is worried about EMP, or a Nuke attack and zombies. Can these things happen? Sure, well not the zombies, but the odds are pretty high to possibly not happening at all.

But the odds of a financial crisis hitting this country is very good. In fact, I am going to say that it isn’t a matter of “IF”, it is a matter of “WHEN.”

One of the greatest teachers is history.

It is a teacher we often ignore.

Scripture says…

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV)  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

What we are seeing taking place in Europe is a repeat of history. This is the same thing took place in Bolivia, Zimbabwe and in Argentina just in the last decade.

Folks, a financial crisis is here, the masses just don’t know it yet.

It isn’t zombies that you will be fighting, it will the crime, the high price of everything, sporadic water services, sporadic electricity, all the while everything is breaking down around you and nothing getting fixed or replaced.

Looking at history and those countries that have come before us we see what will take place.

But out of all of it, it is the crime that will sooner or later be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. History and just knowing the sin nature of man will show this to be true.

When the SHTF,  you’ll feel a real, urgent need to increase your security habits and find means of self-defense.  Problem is that the million or so other people that live in your general area will have the same real urgent need.

You want to get a gun? The shelves will be empty. That or the cost will be so high that it will be basically impossible. Those who are prepared will have already taken their personal, family and home security into consideration and have already acted. This is why I highly encourage you to get a Carry & Conceal license now. On top of that, take at least some basic fundamental classes on how to handle the weapon and even some close quarter tactics. They are out there, call your local gun shop owner and they can usually hook you up.

What about any sort of home alarm system, security system, even automatic lights? You will see the prices go through the roof. But not only because the money you are using is basically worthless, but the fact that you are now competing against the million or so masses who are looking for the same things you are. Those who are prepared have already set this up as well.

When the SHTF you will not be able to make ignorant mistakes, they will cost you in money and God forbid, possibly your life if you are too foolish.

In his book “On Killing” Lt. Col David Grossman noted that people are divided into three groups. There will be the “sheepdogs” and there will be the “sheep.” The third group, they are the wolves. It is the wolves who the sheep and the sheepdogs will need to contend with.

What About a Job and Food?

Like during the great depression, people will be job hunting for months, even years. Competing for a job will become an art form of its own. Monster and the classified ads in the newspapers will be a joke. Those who are prepared will already have friends of friends, networks and abilities to help secure a much-coveted job.

In fact, just getting to and from work will be an exercise in logic, tactics and nerves of steel. You will have riots, roadblocks, fires, carjacking, kidnappings, shootings and looters to contend with. That’s just to name a few of the obstacles.

Grocery stores will have very limited supplies and when they do, getting in and purchasing food will be like walking the gauntlet. You will be on alert getting to and from your car with pepper spray or other means to keep the wolves at bay in hand.

Once inside you will have to contend with the prices being 200%, 300%, possibly even 700% higher.

Do you know that today it costs 32 billion Zimbabwe dollars just for a dozen eggs?

But that is not all.

The banks are going to be closed and when they do open, they will limit how much you can withdrawal.

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, the equivalent to our own Fed Reserve has fixed the daily withdrawal limit at Z$100 billion. Folks, that is roughly US$1.25 per day for individuals. Newsflash –  that doesn’t even cover the average day to day cost of living for people. Not to mention that they are living in the world’s most inflationary country on the globe today.

Want a shocker, a loaf of bread costs Z$100 billion, meat sells for Z$450 billion a pound. (about US$5.60) and a half-gallon of milk costs Z$200 billion (about US$2.50). These items are all fixed priced by the government by law too. If they weren’t the cost would be astronomical.

In Zimbabwe, local shops that are open associate a fee just for using Z-dollars, and although these fees differ, most charge about 15% commission for cash.

Why? Because the hyperinflation is so bad that within 24 hours, they have lost money due to prices going up higher and higher.

Those who have prepared have protected their wealth by putting it into silver, gold, jewelry, hard based assets. They may even have other hard currencies on hand like the Swiss Francs, Chinese Yuan or other currency that has not lost value in the world’s economy.

They in turn can trade these items in and will be able to afford food to feed the family, gas to go to work, and other day to day expenses and not have to worry to much about the bank limits set upon them.

People, you have time right now to decide who you will be. Take this opportunity so that you can prepare for this situation now.

Life will go on after the SHTF, but it will be the end of the world as you know it and be an entirely different world the next morning with new rules and new attitudes.

Those who have prepared now will have the upper hand and be able to transition. They will have already seen the writing on the wall for a while now.  These people will be the sheepdogs

Here is what they have already done…

They have purchased food and have a well-stocked pantry – they see food as an investment.

They have provided means to protect themselves, their family, their home with as many means as possible.

They have chosen to be the “sheepdog” instead of being the “sheep.”

They blend into the crowd, walk with a purpose and completely alert to their surroundings before they even step outside their front door.

They prepared knowing that this situation was coming not only because they have learned from history, the bible told them also told them too.

There is nothing new under the sun.

The key is will you take the time to learn and be a sheepdog or will you ignore it and become one of the sheep.

The wolves will be out there, and you will have to learn how to contend with them either way you look at it.

Take the time now and learn from Greece, Zimbabwe, Argentina and the others. It is not a matter of “IF” it is only a matter of “WHEN.”

Special Thanks to Lt Col Dave Grossman for his insight and his great article On sheepdogs, Wolves and Sheep.

Surviving The Emergency No One Ever Plans For

By Ray Gano

Hmmm, I am ready for earthquakes, tornadoes and floods. I even have NBC gear, KI Pills and my trusty radiation meter just in case of a nuke.

What can hit me now that I am not ready for?

Can you say Pink Slip?

I have been writing now about preparedness and stewardship for close to 6 years now and this is the weak link I see in most people’s preparedness plans. They have not prepared for being fired, laid-off, or unemployed for long periods of time.

Except for suffering serious illness like cancer, that and unemployment for a long period of time seems to be never thought about.

Even most folks who are preparedness minded say “it can’t happen to me.”

See many folks out there have been watching way too many “Mad Max” or “I am Legend” movies and think that when “the schumar hits the fan” the world will melt down and turn into” apocalypse now.”

Folks, history as well as what is going on currently in the world show it in a completely different picture.

Just look at the war in Iraq. People are going about their day to day business, kids going to school ect. But there is also high unemployment, high crime, terrorism, sickness, and in spite of all of this, life goes on.

The key question that you need to ask is what level of quality of life will you have if you get the pink slip?

Can earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and even nukes happen? Sure, they can, but the odds of them effecting you are actually pretty slim. But the odds of you getting a pink slip are very good. In fact, in today’s economy, the odds are against you.

Person 1 or Person 2 – Which One Are You?

There are two types of employee. Ask yourself, which one of these people are you?

One has a good idea of what they do, who they are and what position they play in the company. They are alert to their environment, their position, their subordinates and supervisors. When they see the beginnings of the ship starting to go down, they are under no delusions, and will no doubt have already had other irons in the fire; jumping ship for another job long before they are ever considered for the pink slip.

And then there’s the other kind people out there. You know who I am talking about. What about that person who lives to text, chatting on the phone to friends all the while surfing the web doing online shopping?

Or what about this scenario, you got Joe down in sales who is completely oblivious that the recent merger means his job is now obsolete.

How about the person who thinks they are the only one who can perform their job, therefore making them irreplaceable?

Is this you?

All these folks have what I call Ostrich Syndrome. They couldn’t see a pink slip coming if it was as big as the broad side of a barn screaming “you’re fired!”

Here is a little hint, you want to avoid being in that 2nd category at all costs.

To really be prepared, you have to keep an eye on the horizon. In the military there was an old saying that I still use today. “Stay Alert – Stay Alive”

One of the first things you can do is to is pay attention to your environment and watch for tell tale signs of a possible job loss.

Here are some things you need to personally look out for…

  • Are you no longer in the loop about, well, anything?
  • Did you recently screw up big-time?
  • Are people avoiding you at all costs?
  • Did your last performance review read like a train wreck?
  • Has your company recently been sold or merged?
  • Are you being given impossible jobs with no chance of success?
  • Do you now have less responsibility than the intern?
  • Has your office, cubicle or working space recently been down-sized?
  • Do people whisper more, or does the conversation change as you approach?
  • Did your recently receive a pay freeze or, worse still, a pay cut?
  • Have you seen a job posting for your company that matches your job description?
  • Does everyone hate you? I mean really dislike you with a passion?

And sometimes there is no warning at all!

Folks, if you can answer “YES” to three or more, you may want to drag out the resume and start bookmarking those job websites like Monster.com or Dice.com. Why, because the odds are that you are on the way out.

Something that you need to realize is that this has happened to the best of us and there are times that the odds are just against you, things happen that you have no control over. It is what you do about it that matters.

Or better yet, what contingency plans did you have in place knowing that sooner or later this would happen to you.

What you need to do is take control over those things that benefit you and your family now before you see that pink slip. Thing is that if you have said yes to at least three of those things above, you don’t have much time and should have been prepping for this when times were “good.”

What you need to do now is address the coming problems that will be coming no matter what.

Problem #1 – Food & Water

If you are reading this, then you are probably a “prepper” like me.

With that said, the odds are good that you have already started your food storage.

Folks, this is called “insurance.”

We have car insurance, home insurance, renter’s insurance, health insurance, but it amazes me how many people have all these different insurances, and yet refuse to insure that their family can eat three square meals a day if the store shelves went empty after three days.

If you lose your job and you have no more money, what will you eat?

When money is short, 6-12 months’ worth of food is a wise idea. Is it too much to insure that your family has enough to eat?

It is hard, especially for a man to get fired or laid off. The stress is up there, add to that the problem of not having enough food for your family and having the problem of finding another job and the stress levels have reached stratospheric levels.

On the flip side of that, if you have 6 – 12 months of food stores laid up, that means you have at least that amount of “breathing room” time and that is less money going out that you can retain in your pocket.

Think that you could sleep a little easier at night knowing that you have this sort of “insurance / safety net” already in place? Would having the knowledge that your family will not go hungry help in lowering that stress level instead of it going through the roof?

The answer is clearly “YES.”

Using the rule of 80-20-10-2, I can bet that 80% of you reading this do not even have a single months’ worth of food stored up.

20% have at least a month to three months…

10% have 6 months …

and 2% have 12 months’ worth of food stored up.

Let me spell this out for you.

For 80 % of you, the dreaded PINK SLIP equals NO MONEY which equals NO FOOD, which means you and your family will be standing in the soup kitchen lines, begging for food or eating out of a dumpster in less than a week.

This is not the movies, Mad Max or make believe. In today’s world, this is reality and with the economy going south in the good ol’ US of A, odds are very good that things are going to get worse and take you right along with it for the ride.

Solution… start today in creating that food insurance plan. You don’t have to go out right now and buy 6 months. Start out small with getting the basics.

  • Buy 5-6 boxes of oatmeal and 5-6 boxes of Cream of Wheat – there… 30 days of breakfast
  • 6 – 7 cases of assorted Rami-noodles – there, 30 days of lunch
  • 20 boxes of Mac & Cheese
  • 10 lbs of pasta
  • 10-20 cans of spaghetti sauce
  • 2-3 spiral sliced Hams
  • 2-3 cooked Turkeys
  • Couple cases each of canned green beans, corn, peas
  • Get 20-30 boxes each of instant pudding and instant jello
  • 10 cans of Instant drink mix in different flavors
  • 10-20 boxes of instant milk

This is just an example, but you see what I mean. Here is a rough menu that you could feed a family of four on for almost 30 days.

Now is it the greatest meal plan and menu? No, it isn’t, but it is a start and the total cost is about $200 – $300.00. The Ham, Turkey and Instant Milk will be the costliest. If you replaced that with other alternatives, you could probably get away with 30 days of food for around $100 – $150.00. If you used coupons and shopped the sales, you would save even more.

Now if you cannot purchase this all right now, then purchase a little every week. Plan it out and then work your plan.

Next, clean out that closet that every home has and that no one really uses except to store junk in. Add some shelving to it and that will be your food storage pantry. Once you have place to store your food, and you keep adding to it every time you go to the grocery store, you will be amazed how fast you can then fill it up.

The key is taking concerted steps forward and buying at least one item for your food storage every time you go to the grocery store.

Problem #2 – No Place To Live

This is already happening at an alarming rate. In Southern California, tent cities are popping up all over the place. Why? Loss of income / unemployment.

Because of very unwise lending practices coupled with personal greed and the need to keep up with the Jones’s; people got in over their heads with huge mortgages that they could not afford.

Do you realize that most Americans today are one flat tire away from bankruptcy?

People have stretched their financial budget so thin that just about any unexpected event will cause a major cascade of financial loss. In other words, people are simply losing their homes because they can’t keep up with the payments. This is happening right here right now…today.

Local authorities say the number of families seeking help has risen in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and Washington.

USA TODAY found:

In New York City, 2,747 families applied for shelter in September 2008, up from 2,087 in September 2007.

In Hennepin County, including Minneapolis, 880 families were in shelters from January through August 2008, up from 698 in that period last year. At least 10% this year came from foreclosed properties where most had been renters, says Cathy ten Broeke, county coordinator to end homelessness.

Dennis Culhane, a University of Pennsylvania professor of social policy, expects foreclosures to cause a “big increase” in homeless families.

Mangano says a new federal law gives communities $3.9 billion to buy foreclosed properties or provide services to the homeless.

What is happening today? We are beginning to see multi-family homes come together. In other words kids and their families are moving back in with “Mom & Dad.” And that is normal, family needs to help and work together. Times are getting tough and it is a strong family unit that will survive. Everyone brings their assets together for the good of the family. It is what our great grand parents did during the depression, we can do it also.

Now the real problems happen when you don’t have that family safety net and the need for some sort of shelter becomes more primal.

A tent isn’t much of a home, but it is better than nothing for a couple days or even a couple of weeks. It is wise for every family to have several tents for “just in case.” If you have a camper or motor home, then you are living in luxury.

Here in the Texas Hill country we have what we refer to as “snow birds.” These are retired folk who come down from the north during the winter and leave back home in the spring. We see trailers, campers and RVs of all sorts and sizes.

So in a survival situation a family can get by for several weeks and even longer periods of time in an RV, trailer or camper. Living in one of these also are a lot more safer and solid than that of a tent. Living in one of these will also boost your moral verses having to crawl in and out of a small camping tent.

Bottom line is when you have no job, you have no funds; no funds mean no roof over your head. Go out and at least get a 7-man multi-room dome tent. Spend the money now for something with lots of room, compact and easy to set up. During the spring you will see camping gear start to go on sale, that is a great time to purchase a good dome tent for around $150 plus.

Becoming homeless is a real issue and it can happen to you if you got the pink slip. Is a $150.00 tent too much to spend for this type of “insurance” for you and your family?

Don’t believe it can happen to you?

Look at all the people who lost their homes due to foreclosures and living in tent cities all over the US.

Problem #3 – No Jobs To Be Found

The job just doesn’t appear. You pour over the daily newspaper, search all your on-line job websites, but there’s just no job to be found.

In the corporate world when there are more workers than there are jobs, it goes in the favor of the company. In fact during hard times it works greatly in favor for the company.

They can pay you want they want, not what you are worth

They can make higher demands upon you for less

They can cut back on benefits or have no benefits what so ever

And the list goes on …

Basically they can turn you into a company slave and if you need the money, there is nothing that you can do about it either because there is a line a mile long of people who will be more than happy to do what you are doing and agree to do more of it for less.

So what do you do?

If you are one of those people who are proactive and alert to your environment, the best thing to do is create a home-based business now.

Like food storage and having that “just in case” roof over your head, these are things that you do not need “right now” but need to put in place for “insurance” sake.

If you have not figured it out by now, self-sustainability is what you need to work towards. You need to build a means of cash flow coming into your home right now.

What is the old saying? The best time to look for a job is when you have a job. Well, the best time to create a home-based business is when you have a job already that can “subsidize” you while you are building this secondary form of cash flow.

This in and of itself is a whole article, which I will write at a later time because it is needed. But the key point of having a successful home-based business is that you have got to truly love what it is you are doing.

For example, my primary source of income is writing about Bible Prophecy and World Events. I have a website that I started back in 1991 called Prophezine. I send out a 30-40 page newsletter, daily news and commentary, produce a weekly podcast and even produce videos I post on You Tube, I do all of this for a subscription of only $20.00 a month. Now I have only about 120 monthly subscribers and it is slowly growing.

In doing the math, you can see that I bring in about $1200.00 a month from subscriptions.

Does this cover our family expenses? No, it does not, so I create more streams of cash flow.

For example, I try to produce a book, audio CD or video DVD once a month and then sell it to my website members and visitors.

Now, I love what I do and it is what God has called me to do, that is what is commonly referred to as a “watchman on the wall.”

Because I love what I do, it is that love that pushes me to get up every day, commute to the computer, answer hundreds of emails, search the news, research the bible, pray for people, update my website, mail out products, write articles, blog, produce podcasts, produce you tube videos, ect, ect, ect.

On average, I spend from 7:00 AM to about 9:00PM working at my home-based business. That is 6 days and almost 7 days a week.

Now, here is where the rubber meets the road.

As I stated I earn about $1200 in monthly subscriptions and about another $300.00 in product sales. That is about $1500.00 a month.

Let’s just average and say I work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. That is 27 days in a month, 12 hours a day. That comes to be about $55.00 a day or roughly $4.62 an hour.

This is why you have got to love what you do with great passion, because otherwise, you will not work yourself hard for $4.62 an hour. But it is the passion that you have that will get you through the hard times and it is your passion that will help you grow your home-based cash flow.

Add more forms of cash flow into your home and you can see that you can create a home-based business that you can live off of.

Another thing that you can do is get the whole family involved and create a family run home based business. Invest in your kids and help them create a home-based business.

For example my son enjoys the outdoors and is considering going into business with our other son and do a pool cleaning business. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

The Catch – Lowering Your Expenses… A LOT!

I need to caveat all of this by saying that one of the primary things that you need to do is also cut way back on your family expenses. You need to go through your budget and really ask yourself do you really need 250 cable channels or will 150 do just as well for half the price. Or better yet, do you need cable at all?

Do you need a land line phone as well as cell phones? Can you get rid of one over the other? Can you sell that car you still are making payments on and go out and get a “cash car” for a couple thousand dollars that you then own outright?

These are just some of the things and there are even more that you need to start doing now while you have a job that can “subsidize” your home-based business.

You need to also realize that it takes years to grow a solid cash flow home based business. That is why you need to start now instead of being behind the “8-ball” and trying to start one when you are out of work.

Finally, you need to have patients and allow your efforts to compound.

Often, I tell people I advise that you cannot go out into the yard this week and plant tomatoes and expect next week to go out and harvest tomatoes.

It takes time and patients. You have got to nurture your cash flow and allow it to grow. You will have set backs, obstacles and even lose money. But it is the love of what you do that will help you push through a lot of this and keep going on growing your home-based cash flow.

In summary, if you have been prudent and you have created these multiple “insurance” plans such as food storage, a “just in case” roof over your head, and home-based cash flow. You are well prepared for that one emergency that about 95% of the population says “can’t happen to them.”

When you boil all this down, it is just practical and biblical stewardship put into action.

Do the right thing, hold a family meeting and put goals in place and then start taking baby steps to achieve those goals. It is amazing how far you can go when just taking baby steps forward and not look back.

Please start today.

 

 

Really? You Sure You’re Prepared For The Inevitable?

By Ray Gano

Don’t wait until it’s too late.

We have started another year. 2019, who would have thought? At lease if you listen to all the doom and gloom folks, which at times I get lumped into that pile myself.

Much has been written and published by a host of commentators about the ominous signs ahead for our country’s government, economy, health and spirituality. In all my years of writing, I can safely say that things have dramatically changed in all four of these categories – and not for the better. But, that’s not really news.

There seem to be two kinds of people in our world today: those who are preparing for the inevitable and those who are, for whatever reason, ignoring it.

Folks, the warnings are everywhere. They’re like blaring civil defense sirens that never shut off.

You would think everyone could hear them – but only a few have responded. The rest just continue on as they always have, unaffected by the unrelenting sound of the sirens.

Have you ever considered what your life would be like without just one modern day element, like electricity? In the 1800s it wouldn’t have been a big deal; but here in 2019, it would be catastrophic.

Remember when that strange missile soared through the sky unannounced and undeterred off the coast of California a few years ago? If a small nuclear device had been aboard one of those and detonated high enough over Middle America, chances are, most, if not all of our country would have gone dark and stayed dark for months or years. And, many of the things we take for granted every day that are powered by electricity would have been indefinitely shut down, having had the insides fried by an electromagnetic pulse generated from the explosion.

Just look at the crazy talk coming out of Iran. They are ramping up their missiles and they have come right out and said that they want to put America in the cross hairs.

Think if they actually did it.

Forget the abrupt halt that would have come to Wall Street and Main Street, not to mention our out-of-service cell phones, telephones, televisions, radios, computers, traffic lights, streetlights, coffee makers, microwave ovens, hairdryers and all those plug-in appliances we rely on each day to keep and prepare food for our families.

What do you think powers all the pumps and filtering systems that keep “clean” water coming into your house, condominium or apartment?

Imagine life without drinking water and running water for showers and flushing toilets. Guess you could build a little outhouse in the back yard or alleyway if you’re not the shy type and your neighbors don’t object. But, don’t build it around any nearby creeks or ditches because that may be where you have to go for water to drink – that is, if you don’t mind the taste of fertilizer, weed killer and animal feces.

Think there will be plenty of bottled water for you to buy at the grocery store when the power goes out? Even if any are open for business or have anything left on the shelves, you’ll need lots of cash to make your purchases since today’s registers and payment card systems are all electronic and computerized.

Remember, those ATM machines are electronic and computerized too, so if you don’t already have plenty of cash on hand, you’ll probably be without the means to purchase food, water or anything else when the grid goes down.

Maybe you have some non-electronic items around the house you could take with you to the store to barter with. Not really sure you’ll have many takers though. After all – it is food and water we’re talking about here and supplies would be limited. And, that’s assuming your highly computerized automobile will even start or run to get you there. I suppose you could ride your bicycle to the store if you have one – if it’s not freezing or icy outside. But, I really don’t think you’d be able to carry much back home with you on that bike anyway.

Logic suggests that when the power goes out for an extended period of time, desperation will eventually lead to growing violence and theft as a means to survive.

Are you prepared for that?

I’m not trying to frighten anyone here. I’m just trying to point out how easily, quickly and dramatically things can change under certain circumstances and how important it is that we all thoughtfully and carefully prepare ahead of time – not wait to see what happens.

And if you think the government will help you under these conditions, remember, they’re going to be without electricity too and many of the electronic and computerized systems, equipment and devices it runs.

But the most important inevitability we should prepare for is our own demise.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior – the One who gave His life on that cross 2000 years ago to pay for your sins and mine, then I encourage you to get on your knees right now in repentance and faith and confess that you are lost, dead in your sins and in desperate need of His salvation. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and receive the forgiveness of sins and the everlasting life only He can provide.

None of us know how much time we have left in this life or whether we will even survive another night – much less the difficult years ahead. Heed the call right now and surrender your heart and life over to the only begotten Son of God. Don’t wait for another time, another invitation or another opportunity, because it may not come.

Faith doesn’t procrastinate or panic – it prepares.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:13

 

 

‘The Left Tries to Ban Christianity in Texas’: Sudden Spate of Bills Exalts LGBTQ Ideology Over Rights of Christians

A possible showdown over religious freedom is coming to the Lone Star state where, as one conservative columnist puts it, the Left is trying “to ban Christianity in Texas.”

Some conservative Texas pastors are speaking out against upcoming state bills that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Texas discrimination laws.

LGBTQ advocates say they’ll enhance the rights of gay Texans.

But Dave Welch, president of the Texas Pastors Council warns, “The mad dash by some Democrat House and Senate members to push false narratives that sexual behavior is the same as skin color and that mental illness deserves the same honored status as religious belief is ominous evidence that the criminalization of religious faith and common sense are on the horizon.”

Erick Erickson explains further in The Resurgent, listing half a dozen bills aimed squarely at muzzling Christians.

“They want to ban Christianity in all but name. This continues a long line of thought first advocated by the Obama Administration, which sought to restrict the ‘free exercise’ clause of the First Amendment to a ‘freedom of worship’ standard. In other words, be a Christian in church on Sunday, but nowhere else,” he says.

Four of the Texas bills, numbered HB 224, HB 254, HB 850, and SB 151, would force Christian business owners to affirm homosexuality and transgenderism with their business practices, Erickson says.

Two other bills take the LGBTQ activism straight into the health care field. HB 517 forces Christian counselors to affirm transgenderism, and SB 154 would force doctors to violate their conscience by creating retroactive birth certificates with new gender identities for patients.

Source – http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2019/january/the-left-tries-to-ban-christianity-in-texas-sudden-spate-of-bills-exalts-lgbtq-ideology-over-rights-of-christians

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Facebook Did It To Me – Odds Are, They Are Now Doing It To You

By Ray Gano

As you know, Facebook works at putting me in Facebook jail, deleting my posts, banning me from posting, and stops me from posting in groups.

If they do not like what you write, it seems they get rid of it somehow.

What Facebook is doing to me, odds are very good that they are doing it to you.

What is that? They are censoring you!

They are actually preventing you from your voice be heard. What’s going on? They released a new algorithm this weekend and they are saying that if you have not been active in a group you are being deleted out of these groups.

Now I know several people who have been kicked out of groups and they were active in these groups. I find it very interesting that these people were kicked out for no reason.

I’m finding it very interesting that Christian conservatives / Trump supporters seem to be targeted as well as their groups they might own.

We have several groups that we own, and we have lost probably around 500 people out of the groups that we own.

One of the reasons this is troubling to me and other group owners because this is one of the ways that helps us earn an income.

But since Facebook has pulled 500+ people from our groups, those are eyeballs that are no longer have.

Here is what one group admin said…

“Facebook has decided it wants to have some say in our groups. They have begun kicking people out who do not participate. This is not my choice and I am extremely upset about it. They put the booted people back in the invite list. So what I need you guys to do is respond to the post and participate in group as much as you can if you want to stay. Let’s not let facebook dictate who we can and cannot have in this group. -Admin Sara “

In unrelated news also pertaining to Facebook groups, the company reported on 17 January 2019 that it removed “multiple Pages, groups and accounts originating that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.”

So, what is “inauthentic behavior”?

Use our savior’s name in a post, Jesus Christ in a positive promoting way and odds are your post will get deleted because it is “not conforming to Facebook community standards.”

Tracye has been tracking our numbers and it’s interesting to see that we are losing people now on a consistent basis and this did not happen before.

I have not seen any pro liberal Democrat groups voicing concerns or losing people.

Coincidence?

One consistent thing that I have seen is Christian Conservative Trump supporters seem to be affected more by this algorithm change vs non-Christian liberal anti-Trump people.

Facebook deletes my posts, prevents me from posting in groups, throws me in Facebook jail and now, it seems they are slowly taking your voice away as well by kicking you out of groups.

I need your input to see if this is true or not. Do me a favor and email me letting me know if you have been kicked out of any Facebook groups without your knowledge. Specifically, groups that you’ve actually been active in.

I am seeing a trend, but I want to know if it really is a trend or what.

Like it or not, my observations do not see some sort of randomness taking place. I am possibly seeing a targeted approach targeting people who are Christian Conservative or Trump supporters

Tracye and I are very upset as well as many other Facebook Group owners.

Is Facebook being fair and eliminating people across the board or are they targeting specific people and specific groups?

That is what I would like to find out.

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Speculation – Are the Tribulation Judgments Caused By A Magnetic Pole Shift?

By Ray Gano

A few days ago I was studying the judgments we read about in Revelation.

Here is a quick chart to help you see all the judgements and what chapters they are found in.

7 SEALS
(Rev 6)

 

7 TRUMPETS
(Rev 8,9,11)

7 BOWLS
(Rev 15, 16)

1 ANTI-CHRIST – FALSE PEACE

 1/3 TREES, GRASS DESTROYED

BOILS

2 WAR

1/3 SEA LIFE, SHIPS DESTROYED

 ALL SEA LIFE IS DESTROYED

3 FAMINE

 1/3 FRESH WATER POISONED

 ALL WATER POISONED

4 DEATH

 1/3 SUN, MOON, STARS DARKENED

 SCORCHING SUN

5 DEATH
1/4 POPUL. DESTROYED)

 1ST WOE – DEMONIC LOCUSTS

DEEP DARKNESS –

REBELLIOUS

MANKIND CURSES GOD

 

6 EARTH, HEAVEN SHAKEN
(Massive Earthquake)

144,000 SEALED

 2ND WOE – FIRE & BRIMSTONE

1/3 OF THE PEOPLE LEFT ARE KILLED 

2 PROPHETS PREACH & DO MIRACLES

 

 EUPHRATES RIVER DRY

 

BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON

7 SILENCE IN HEAVEN

 CHRIST’S REIGN FORSEEN

 WORLDWIDE EARTHQUAKE

BABYLON DESTROYED

HUGE HAILSTONES

 

It was this week that I also noticed an article on Drudge talking about “Pole Shift.”

Now this is something that I have been keeping an eye on ever since I have been involved in the prepper community.

Here is an article from Nature.com …

The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move.

On 15 January, they are set to update the World Magnetic Model, which describes the planet’s magnetic field and underlies all modern navigation, from the systems that steer ships at sea to Google Maps on smartphones.

The most recent version of the model came out in 2015 and was supposed to last until 2020 — but the magnetic field is changing so rapidly that researchers have to fix the model now.

“The error is increasing all the time,” says Arnaud Chulliat, a geomagnetist at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Centers for Environmental Information.

 

The problem lies partly with the moving pole and partly with other shifts deep within the planet. Liquid churning in Earth’s core generates most of the magnetic field, which varies over time as the deep flows change. In 2016, for instance, part of the magnetic field temporarily accelerated deep under northern South America and the eastern Pacific Ocean. Satellites such as the European Space Agency’s Swarm mission tracked the shift.

First, that 2016 geomagnetic pulse beneath South America came at the worst possible time, just after the 2015 update to the World Magnetic Model. This meant that the magnetic field had lurched just after the latest update, in ways that planners had not anticipated.

Second, the motion of the north magnetic pole made the problem worse. The pole wanders in unpredictable ways that have fascinated explorers and scientists since James Clark Ross first measured it in 1831 in the Canadian Arctic. In the mid-1990s it picked up speed, from around 15 kilometres per year to around 55 kilometres per year. By 2001, it had entered the Arctic Ocean — where, in 2007, a team including Chulliat landed an aeroplane on the sea ice in an attempt to locate the pole.

In 2018, the pole crossed the International Date Line into the Eastern Hemisphere. It is currently making a beeline for Siberia.

Source – https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00007-1

If I was not paying attention to both of these topics, odds are I would not have correlated the two. But because I was doing study on the judgments, I looked at the judgements and realized that a good number of them could be the result of a pole shift.

There is concern with the speed that the magnetic pole is moving that IF it picks up enough speed that the poles will actually shift.

What does that mean?

It means that the north and south pole will actually flip and exchange places.

Have you every played with magnets and watch them flip?

Same thing could happen on a much grander scale.

The reason I say this is one of the first natural disasters that takes place with the judgements is this massive earthquake.

Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Then there is a silence in Heaven.

All is quiet.

Remember when 9-11 took place and everyone was sent home, no airplanes flew, all trucking stopped?

The one thing that struck me is how quiet suddenly become.

People were not moving about, travel was basically halted unless you held a critical / emergency position. It was quiet.

NOW… imagine a global earthquake. Think of everything that would stop.

1/3 TREES, GRASS DESTROYED

If a pole shift took place, it is presumed that it would affect the atmosphere as well as different layers of the atmosphere. The ozone layer could thin out, we know that there is a hole above the north pole. Could the ozone layer be “pulled” so that “hole” now is exposing landmass further down in latitude and thus burn up trees and grass?

1/3 SEA LIFE, SHIPS DESTROYED

If a huge earthquake took place it would totally rock the seas. Catastrophic storms could definitely destroy ships and also impact sea life. The magnetic shift could also affect many fish that use the earth’s magnetism to navigate and know where they are and where they are going.

1/3 FRESH WATER POISONED

With a pole shift and earthquake something could bust open the great lakes which if you do the math, that much water is about 1/3 of the earth’s fresh water.

1/3 SUN, MOON, STARS DARKENED

With a pole shift and earthquake is it possible the atmospheric layers do cause the sun moon and stars to become darkened. Maybe so much dust is thrown up in the air from the quake that it impedes the light/s from the sky.

DEMONIC LOCUSTS

Locust do use the earth’s magnetic force to guide and direct. Now a lot of people think of helicopters with this verse. But what happens if something does happen to locus due to a pole shift?

FIRE & BRIMSTONE

Fire & Brimstone falling from heaven. I can totally see this take place because earth’s magnetic fields have been altered. Gravitational forces change and somehow meteors or maybe satellites start falling, who knows what chemicals, and such are on a lot of those.

1/3 THE PEOPLE LEFT KILLED

Yes, with an earthquake and pole shift, I could easily see 1/3 of people dying. In looking at this, I think that people in the northern hemisphere would be greatly affected as well as the oceans, seas, forests and grasslands. If the ozone layer hole is pulled down to start effecting the upper US, Canada, Upper Europe, Russia and China. How many people do you think are there? Yeah, about 1/3.

BOILS

With our atmosphere being affected and possibly the ozone layer shifting, yes boils, skin cancer, ect are very plausible.

ALL SEA LIFE IS DESTROYED

NOTE this is NOT talking about the oceans. It is talking about seas. There are many inland seas. For example, the great lakes are considered inland seas. The Caspian, Baltic and Northern are all inland seas. Fire & brimstone could affect these large bodies of water. We know that they are easily susceptible to pollution, just look at the great lakes and the water pollution problems that took place there.

ALL WATER POISONED

Again, fire and brimstone. Dust, dirt and other things are falling to the earth after the great earthquake. Ozone layer is shifted, and water is being over radiated, thus killing fish and wildlife. Want to poison water, dump a lot of dead bodies into it.

SCORCHING SUN

With the pole shift, the ozone and other layers may also shift. Without the ozone or other layer protecting man, the sun is much brighter. We do not feel it right now with regards of the ozone layer. But holes are sitting over the norther areas that are not populated.

You can go to the NASA website and look at an animation of the ozone layers in motion.

https://ozonewatch.gsfc.nasa.gov/ozone_maps/movies/OZONE_D1979-01%25P1Y_G%5e360X240.IOMPS_PNPP_V21_MMERRA2_LSH.mp4

What would happen if those holes shifted further south? Would it affect man, beast, water, trees and landscape?

DEEP DARKNESS

This one has me, but again what would happen if one of the atmospheric layers shifted somehow, much like polarized glass. You turn the glass one way you can see through the glass, turn it another way and it is black, and you cannot see through it. We know that this takes place for a limited amount of time, so if some of the layers of atmosphere were shifted / shuffled could there be some sort of polarized effect that would take place?

Maybe the pole shift causes volcanoes erupt. If Yellowstone blows, the ash would block out the sun in much of the US and also effect the world as a whole.

EUPHRATES RIVER DRY

Hot sun and shifted atmospheric layers, I could totally see this taking place as well as some of the other major rivers in the world that are part of the northern hemisphere.

MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE

I would think that if there is a pole shift, earthquake would become common, probably volcanoes also. Earth’s magnetism is trying to right itself again. There is a lot of movement taking place.

HUGE HAILSTONES

With our atmosphere being affected by a literal pole shift, I could totally see this take place. Earth’s magnetic / gravitational pull affects a lot of our weather patterns. Huge hail stones falling from the sky would wreak a lot of havoc. Just look at some of the hail storms we have had recently.

IN FACT, there was a total fluke hailstorm with baseball sized hail in Panama, Central America.  That hail storm destroyed a lot of crops, killed animals and a few people and destroyed a lot of people’s personal property.

18 OUT OF 29 ARE POLE SHIFT RELATED

It is pretty interesting when you look at all the judgements and what takes place, 16 out of 29 events could be attributed to a pole shift.

There are some other things that you could be attributed to the Pole Shift…

CHRIST’S REIGN FORSEEN – With these “end of the world” events, the return of Christ is seen.

REBELLIOUS MANKIND CURSES GOD – Again, people upset at God for allowing this to happen.

So that is now 18 out of 29 events and that is almost 2/3 of the biblical events that could be tied to a possible pole shift.

Is a Pole Shift something unusual?

According to NASA, no.

Magnetic Pole Reversal Happens All The (Geologic) Time

Scientists understand that Earth’s magnetic field has flipped its polarity many times over the millennia. In other words, if you were alive about 800,000 years ago, and facing what we call north with a magnetic compass in your hand, the needle would point to ‘south.’ This is because a magnetic compass is calibrated based on Earth’s poles. The N-S markings of a compass would be 180 degrees wrong if the polarity of today’s magnetic field were reversed. Many doomsday theorists have tried to take this natural geological occurrence and suggest it could lead to Earth’s destruction. But would there be any dramatic effects? The answer, from the geologic and fossil records we have from hundreds of past magnetic polarity reversals, seems to be ‘no.’

Reversals are the rule, not the exception.

Earth’s polarity is not a constant. Unlike a classic bar magnet, or the decorative magnets on your refrigerator, the matter governing Earth’s magnetic field moves around. Geophysicists are pretty sure that the reason Earth has a magnetic field is because its solid iron core is surrounded by a fluid ocean of hot, liquid metal.

Source – https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012-poleReversal.html

In some of the other scientific research, it stated that to come to a pole shift would take a millennium, but the shift itself would actually take place rather quickly.

What would it feel like if all the hot liquid metal suddenly did a tweek, spin or jerk adjustment?

I know it would get man’s attention in a big way.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

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SPECULATING The End Days in Light of a Biblical Generation?

By Ray Gano

I want to state right up front that this is pure speculation.  I say that because God can flip the hourglass over and let the sands of time run on.

The one thing that I have noticed is that man seems to repeat himself about every 100 years or so, give or take a few years. This is also backed up in scripture in Ecclesiastes 1.

For example, do you know that we are over due for a global pandemic? The last major killer was in 1918 and it was the Spanish Flu.

What is The Spanish Flu?

The Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus. It infected 500 million people around the world, including people on remote Pacific islands and in the Arctic, and resulted in the deaths of over 100 million people, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history.

Source – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu

Just to give you an idea, the population of the United States is 327,973,452. So close to 1/3 of the people living in America today died. That means that if you pick yourself and two other people. One of you would have died in the Spanish Flu pandemic.

When you start looking at history and statistics, you start to seeing generational trends. Since the time of Paul and the Apostles, around the end of a 100 years cycle, people thought that the end of the world was coming.

In a lot of cases wars, plague and ruthless leaders caused many to think the end was near.  But it seemed that God would flip over the hourglass of time and let the sands run another 100 years.

How Long is A Biblical Generation?

Readers Digest answer – 70-80 years.

Scripture says…

Psalms  90:10 (KJV) “ The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

In other words, the number of years people live on the average is 70, possibly 80 if they are strong and of good constitution.

As we can see, this holds true…

According to United Nations World Population Prospects

Worldwide, the average life expectancy at birth was 71.5 years (68 years and 4 months for males and 72 years and 8 months for females) over the period 2010–2015 according to United Nations World Population Prospects 2015 Revision, or 69 years (67 years for males and 71.1 years for females) for 2016 according to The World Factbook. According to the 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) data, women on average live longer than men in all major regions and in all individual countries.
Source – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy

We also see that Matthew maintains this definition as well. The apostle Matthew and in his reciting of Christ’s generations follow the Psalms 90:10 definition of a generation, 70 years.

Matthew  1:17 (KJV) “ So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.”

Matthew is using the Psalm 90 definitions of generation in order to tell a specific chronological time story of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, if Matthew is using it pertaining to and qualifying our Lord, we should use it also.

With all that said, and just doing simple math, 1948 70 years comes to 2018.

But it is now 2019 and are we living in the end of the age?

What About The Tribulation?

Odds are very good that you have been taught that the tribulation is going to last 7 years.  This is an idea that has been promote by a number of well-known authors.

But what does the bible say?

Believe it or not, the Bible specifically shows us that the tribulation is 3 ½ years.

I challenge you to look up the following…

  • Daniel 7:25
  • Daniel 12:7
  • Revelation 11:1-3
  • Revelation 12:6
  • Revelation 12:14
  • Revelation 13:5

All these verses point to the fact that the tribulation lasts for 3 ½ years. Yes, a lot of people like to play word games and all that claiming 7 but its there for real… 3.5 years.

NOW…there is a 7 year period, and we can see that Matthew 24:15-21 and Daniel 9:27.

Many authors and teachers say this is the tribulation and then there is the GREAT tribulation. Yes there are some bad things happening during this first 3.5 years. But nothing like the Great Tribulation.

We know that there is a 7 year period because of the abomination of desolation that takes place in the middle of this time period, we read that in Daniel 9:27.

Looking at all of this, the time that is left is 3 ½ years for the tribulation period.

Remember it is the abomination of desolation that starts the tribulation.

So why do I bring all this up?

2029 – The End

But will it be the end or not?

Will the great tribulation start in 2029?

Will the battle of Armageddon take place in 2029?

Will the rapture happen and then the whole world goes into a tail spin and the great tribulation starts then?

Will the great tribulation take place in half way through 2025?

If President Trump wins a second term and I pray he does, his term will end in 2024.

Then there are these little-known verses that point to something happening…

Micah 5:5-6 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.

6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

I have shared these before, in fact Micah 5 basically describes the battle of Armageddon when Christ returns.

Who are the seven shepherds and eight principle men?

I believe they are nations or nation states or groups of people who stand against the antichrist.

Will all this happen around 2029?

What happens if it is sooner rather than later?

Or will God choose to turn the hourglass over for another 100 years?

The question is no matter what takes place. What are YOU going to do?

Are you going to hide in some corner laying in the fetal position wishing it will all go away?

Or will you use this time that God has given us to make a difference?

Personally, I think it is exciting to be living during this time and literally see bible prophecy come about.

There have been a lot of things take place showing that we are living in the last days.

But with a mere thought God could change the course of time and we could continue on.

Speculation…it is an interesting thing to do from time to time.

What do you speculate about what I have presented?

I would be interested in hearing from you, so please comment below and give me your thoughts.