Come out of Babylon
On the forums recently, a Viking asked what would be the sign for the chaos that is coming so that he could tell his friends, they could be alert for that sign, and – when the time was right, they could flee the city for safer regions. For our purposes, “city” need not be NYC - it is any place there are a whole lot of people crowded together. It includes "suburbia".
There are a few problems with this line of thinking:
1. There is more than one potential scenario
Our world could change significantly due to a number of situations: Real Pandemic Flu; Nuclear strike “Out of the Blue”; Comet Strike or Yellowstone Caldera, or Krakatoa; Foreign Invasion – be it Chinese, or Venezuelans, or Aliens. Hey, the list goes on – pick YOUR poison.
Each scenario, while being life changing, is also unique. Each contains its own problem sets and each presents with different indications and warnings. One could develop a watch matrix for each potential threat (what I consider potential threat will differ from what you do) and monitor all of them. But the sheeple won’t…which leads us to…
2. By the time a sheeple gets his sign – all the other sheeple will get it also and it won’t do them any good – it will be too late
The Life Changing Event will make our so called “shock and awe” at the start of the current iteration of the Iraqi war look like a kumbaya sing-along. To paraphrase one of the Wayans brothers – it’s gonna rock our world, Baby!
By the time those living in the cities get a clue (even those looking for signs) it will be way too late. Google OODA Loop and do some reading. People living in cities are, in vast percentages, “sheeple”. They are all going to realize nearly simultaneously that something is up and panic will ensue. Those who thought they had a plan will find it is severely impacted by the chaos around them.
Here’s another little tidbit: There are people in higher places (.gov, industry and private organizations) that are paid to watch for signs. They will see these indicators before the masses do. That is their intent. That is what they are paid to do. When their little indicator board lights up they will inform their superiors who will take action before the masses even know something is happening. In short, the masses will be acted upon.
3. They want it all and they want it now!
This is the problem of the people asking the original question, “What will be the sign for which I must watch so that I can flee this city ahead of all of those who do not get it?” The sad fact is THEY don’t get it.
They think they are wise – they live where they can have Ethiopian, or Thai or whatever kind of ethnic food they want delivered to the house in 20 minutes; they make “better money here than I can out in the sticks”; they have to live near their family who lives in the city – and yet they think they can flee in time to stay ahead of the Four Horsemen.
Most people have an idea of some idealized retreat or bug out location – a little cabin in the woods; a working ranch/farm on which live a few families; a small town nestled out there in the boonies…what it is, is not germane to this post – the point is they KNOW that where they are will not work in their envisioned scenario and yet they don’t want to move “out there” for a variety of reasons. So their plan is to flee there at the last safe moment.
4. Bad boy, bad boy – whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
“I’m gonna bug out!”
See – that cabin, that ranch and that small town – they don’t really exist. Not for the majority of the sheeple who are just awake enough to ask, “What will be the sign…?”
They don’t exist because they would divert funds from other pursuits, they would divert time from other activities and quite simply – most don’t have enough of either.
The Real Answer
The real answer flows from this precept: Real preparedness does not happen overnight and there is no easy, instantaneous solution. It is costly in terms of money, time, and most importantly for some – ego.
No, Mr Capitalist…
No, Ms Consumer – you cannot buy your way out of this.
You CANNOT have it all, Baby.
You cannot live in the city surrounded by pretty shiny things.
You cannot drive your SAAB Turbo to work, drink lattes by the gallon, and dine out at a different restaurant every evening.
You cannot maintain your current lifestyle.
Not if you want to survive what is coming down the pike.
See, real preparedness is a lifestyle. It encompasses everything we do. It guides our daily actions. If one is truly concerned with surviving the turmoil ahead, one will change one’s lifestyle to reflect that.
If one was truly aware, one would move, get a different job, value different things.
Real preparedness is a lifestyle
If you want to survive the calamities that are just over the horizon – if you truly want it – you will change your behavior. You will change your lifestyle.
While you have time.
If you want to survive that – let your actions mirror your words. Don’t just talk about getting out – get out.
If you want to survive eternity, if you truly want it – you will change your mindset. If you want to survive what is coming after the Horsemen ride though – you will allow your heart to be changed – and your actions will follow.
Either way, you need to come out of Babylon.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. – 1 John 2:15 - 17
Life is about choices
Choices have consequences
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. – Revelation 18:4 - 5
If you have any comments I’d love to hear them.
If they really interest me, I may even post them.
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