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Assessing Prepper Vulnerabilities

This is an excerpt from my PDF ‘The Preparedness Encyclopedia (TPE)’.
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You’re bound to have at least one weakness in your preparedness plan or preps. This section will shore up those weaknesses so one small mistake won’t leave you stranded. Risk management involves taking into consideration the likelihood of any risks coupled with the damage the risk will deal if it occurs.

Gear Vulnerability
Your gear or types of gear that might have adverse affects.

● Consumable Gear: You have a limited supply of consumable gear such as one use glowsticks. You should have calculated how many consumables are required to reach your destination plus 15% as a general rule.
● Broken Gear: Gear may break with use or on the way to your destination. Check the state of your BOB gear every month in case an item has accidentally been broken or crushed during storage. You should have a redundancy or partial redundancy for all gear in your bag, so if something breaks on the way there’s another item that can take its place even temporarily.
● Spoilable Gear: Some gear may be already spoiled by the time you open it such as canned food or freeze dried food. Take into account items that go off and have an extra 30% spare for edibles such as food and water.
● Electricity: You can’t depend on electricity in a disaster as it would likely to be the first amenity to be taken out. Therefore you shouldn’t entirely depend on your electronics such as your mobile, GPS or torch, particularly if you have no way of generating your own electricity. Not to mention that in an extended disaster, rechargeable batteries could reach their end of life before civilization returns to normal and you can’t exactly replace the battery in a phone yourself even if you had a spare.
● EMPs: Electronics have the potential to be rendered useless by an EMP, therefore you should always have a way to perform the same function which isn’t reliant on that device. An example is having physical maps and a compass instead of using a mobile device and if possible – having a way of communicating distances without electricity such as semaphore.

Environmental Vulnerability
Your location could be your biggest vulnerability, such as having an active volcano nearby or you might be living on a tectonic plate.

● Location: Living in a precarious location such as on a fault line only increases the likelihood of a disaster. As preppers it’s recommended to live in a stable environment where the fewest disasters are likely to happen.
● Climate: A harsh climate will make it much more difficult to reach an end destination. However the flip side is that few people will want to actively live in a harsh climate such as the arctic or a desert so you’ll have less threat of people.
● Creatures: Some locations have a higher than normal percentage of dangerous creatures such as Australia. It may be best to avoid these places as it falls under the same considerations as avoiding potential natural disasters.

Medical Vulnerability
Any known medically related issues that might affect your disaster plans.

● Health Conditions: Some people in your party could have a health condition ranging from minor such as hay fever to diabetes which requires constant medication. Your bug out plans should take all conditions into account no matter how minor as even something as hay fever could be dangerous if your route goes past huge fields of flowers.
● Accessibility: If one of your party is confined to a wheelchair or temporary crutches you may need special equipment or alternative plans to bug out safely. Be sure to account for any situations that may arise when they happen such as the broken leg of your primary bug out driver.

Team Vulnerability
Any problems that may arise with your family or bug out party.

● Age: Very young or old party members won’t have as much stamina or flexibility as the others in the party and may need special requirements. You’re only as strong as your weakest member so make sure they are able to keep up with everyone else.
● Complaints: Any complaints from other people in the party, but particularly children who aren’t used to a sudden change in lifestyle. Have a method to deal with restless kids whether it’s music, activities or games. Complaints by adults are harder to address as you may have justified reasons why you can’t solve it straight away, this causes them to grow more discontent over time which may spread to other party members.
● Betrayal: Some members of your party may choose to desert you due to poor leadership or just a change in heart. It’s important to keep the loyalty of your party members or a mutiny could happen which may leave you without anything. Be sure to address concerns from party members before they become a big issue. You should know each party member intimately and have a unique relationship with each one. If possible – have an insider mole who you trust completely and will tell you any news that people are gossiping about behind your back.

Unexpected Vulnerabilities
These are vulnerabilities to your party which you cannot realistically foresee or predict. They can range from minor to catastrophic. You may be preparing for an asteroid to hit within 1,000 kms (621 mi) of your area, but you would never expect it to actually hit your house directly. This is an extreme example of the unexpected. Another example would be a 20-something party member with no history of medical problems suddenly have a major heart attack.

● Management: You can’t risk manage what you don’t expect to happen, therefore as preppers it’s best to prepare both for bugging in and out for as wide a range of scenarios as possible.

SHTF Gear Grabbing

This is an excerpt from my PDF ‘The Preparedness Encyclopedia (TPE)’.
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In general your BOB should be packed and ready to grab and go at a moments notice, however there’s a few reasons why some items won’t always be stored in the bag. Some of the below items are stored in containers and therefore require a key.

You do NOT want to waste time searching for a key to your safe or weapons locker in an emergency because it could cost you your life. Ensure you either have your keys on you at all times or you know exactly where they are and can easily get to them without going through multiple security barriers.

Essential Gear
● Borrowed Items: If you’re the type to borrow items from your pack when you go camping or hiking you should be sure to return them immediately afterwards.
● On Display: Some items such as family pictures will be displayed on mantles and desks, so be sure you know where they are and grab them before you go if you want them. An alternative is to have digital versions or duplicates in your pack.
● Refrigerated Items: Medicines and drugs should be stored at a cooler ambient temperature, therefore you should only grab these at the last minute to maximise their life.
● Valuables: You may have a separate location for your valuables such as a safe or they could be diversified around your home or work office, or even perhaps a safety deposit box.
● SCAR Bags: You may have specific bags for this type of emergency stored around the house, in addition to your primary BOB like pandemic medical gear.
● Weapons: Weapons are generally stored in special containers to ensure their compliance with the law, therefore you have to remember to grab them before you leave.
● Volatiles: Volatiles are items which have to be stored separately from general living quarters due to the hazard they pose to general safety. These kinds of items can include: Gas Canisters, Fuel (Petrol, Diesel, LPG) and dangerous chemicals such as kerosene, calcium hypochlorite (used in water purification) and shellite.

Unessential Gear
Before you need to bug-out there may be a bit of spare time to grab a few extra items around your home, particularly if you’re never coming back. The following list provides ideas on the most important non-essential items.

● Digital Records: Computer hard drives and other storage media could prove useful if you aren’t ever coming home and you rely on your files. There may also be personal files on them which shouldn’t get into the hands of anyone else.
● Memories: Photographs, memorabilia, personal items etc can provide a vital function in keeping up morale.
● Important Documents: Leaving any important documents (such as your birth certificate) in your home could end in a stolen identity. You should either bring these documents with you, including copies or burn them – in the case of copies.
● Spares: Grab any spare pantry snacks, food, water, gas canisters, batteries and candles you have around your home if you’re bugging out via car and have some spare time.

Prepper Burnout

This is an excerpt from my PDF ‘The Preparedness Encyclopedia (TPE)’.
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The Signs
The following are signs of prepper burnout. Prepper burnout is the becoming frustrated, tired or wanting to give up prepping for various reasons.

Sign 1: They only read pessimistic new articles and ignore an encouraging outlook.
Sign 2: They don’t see the beauty or pleasure in daily life, being focused on the end.
Sign 3: They spend all their money on securing goods and nothing for themselves or their entertainment.
Sign 4: They visit preparedness websites daily which can slowly reduce their optimism and outlook.

Resolutions
These are some simple ideas on how you can fix prepper burnout if you see it occurring.

Resolution 1: Realize that the world ending tomorrow is possible but not very likely.
Resolution 2: View prepping as a hobby and the skills you gain through it. Hobbies should be worked on in your free time and generally aren’t thought about every second of every day.
Resolution 3: Find a healthy balance between prepping and enjoying life.
Resolution 4: Focus on buying food and gear you will use in daily life and which won’t be just stored on a shelf.
Resolution 5: Take a break and focus on other activities or a skill that has links to prepping such as archery.

Prepping Deficiencies

This is an excerpt from my PDF ‘The Preparedness Encyclopedia (TPE)’.
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Becoming a complacent prepper is one of the pitfalls of prepping. The following will discuss a few reasons we can become complacent and how to prevent them.

No Urgency
When things are going well we may tend to overlook the fact that anything bad could ever happen to us. We just have to turn on the news to see how much of a delusion this could be, especially today. Just because things are going well in your corner of the globe doesn’t mean the violence on the other side can’t affect us.

Expecting Disaster
A lot of preppers are so ready and expectant for a disaster to occur that they actively want one to happen in the back of their mind so they can finally use their preps. They spend so long researching disasters and looking at the worst of humanity that they forget to enjoy life and have fun while the going is easy. Don’t forget to take time and enjoy the world around you while it’s intact.

Ebb and Flow
There’s a natural cycle between hard times and times when a disaster is the last thing on your mind. Sometimes we have to look past the best times and keep on prepping, as well as not becoming fearful if the worst looks like it will happen.

Attention to Detail
Always keep in mind the big picture as well as the small things such as remembering to have breakfast. You won’t be very effective without keeping yourself running smoothly. In a similar way keep checking the basics of preparedness to ensure you aren’t missing a critical area, or forgot you borrowed your gas stove when camping and forgot to put it back.

Self Interest
Preppers can get so caught up preparing for themselves and their family that they forget there will be a lot of other people such as friends and family who won’t be prepared in a disaster. When one does strike, these people will be looking to anyone and everyone on how to proceed in these tough situations. Without any assistance they may have to resort to theft and violence to be able to stay alive which is the last thing you need from your neighbours and friends.

Besides preparing for ourselves we should think about putting together a small collection of gear for our neighbours, friends and family. Not only will this help ease their survival situation, but it could turn a potential threat in a disaster into an ally. You could include long life food, water purification equipment, a torch with spare batteries or candles, some firelighters, a radio, a bible as well as a few survival guides both on a USB or physically printed. You don’t even have to make contact with them on your way to bug-out, just drop it off at their door, ring their doorbell and then bug-out.

The Easy Life
We’ve had such an easy life compared to the other periods of time and regions where nearly everyone sees death, violence and theft daily. Very few of us have lived through a world war or any war for that matter and with other countries boosting their arsenal we should stop being complacent and prepare like these events will happen. Although America is beginning to wake up from this easy-going lifestyle lately with a potential downfall of their entire constitution in the future.

Crying Wolf
Often we’re sure a collapse is imminent or it looks like a disastrous cyclone is heading right for you but then dissipates before anything happening. After these events we can often question our preps and ask ourselves “Is this really necessary?”. We should always remain steadfast in prepping and can’t change our minds because of false warnings. But when you’ve let your guard down is potentially when disaster could happen, and then you would wish you never did.

Local Disasters
We often focus on the large scale world-changing disasters and end-times scenarios but tend to focus less on the common local disasters such as job loss, financial difficulty or the loss of a family member. We can’t lose sight of preparing for the smaller things life can throw at us when we tend to only focus on the large scale disasters.

Situational Awareness
Throughout our often mundane lives are fixed patterns of repeated actions which we often automate because we do them so often. This generally happens at work when we have fixed tasks to complete over and over again and sometimes we take these actions home with us. We often don’t pay attention to our surroundings during these times as it’s a normal, dull day, but keeping an active mind will ensure our situational awareness is always active and alert for any trouble coming our way.

Health
We can easily become complacent about our health which may slip out of our control when we aren’t taking note of what we’re putting into our bodies or how much exercise we’re getting. This will definitely affect our ability to survive in SHTF when the time does arise, and a person with poor health will be a risk to their prepping group and themselves.

Overconfidence
When you’re sitting on a mountain of preps, months of food and enough guns to arm a small country. You may feel the need to sit back and survey the mighty empire you’ve constructed and become overconfident with your prepping. You may think you know it all, but I can guarantee there’s always more you can learn and more research to undertake to improve your skills. Often the more you learn about preparedness the more your BOB changes. Don’t let your number of possessions halt your prepping or your desire to learn.

Accepting Jesus

This is the blog version of my PDF ‘The Rapture Survival Guide (TRSG)’.
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What is Salvation?
Salvation is the deliverance from sin. To save means to deliver or protect. Jesus equated being saved with entering the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:24-25).

What are we saved from? We are saved from God’s wrath, that is, His judgment of our sin when we meet Him face to face (Romans 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:9). Our sin has separated us from God, and the consequence of this violation of God’s law is death (Romans 6:23). Biblical salvation refers to our deliverance from the consequences of sin and therefore involves the removal of sin which is already paid for by Jesus on the cross.

Who does the saving? Only God can remove sin and deliver us from sin’s penalty (2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5). How does God save? God has rescued us through Jesus’s death on the cross and subsequent resurrection which achieved our salvation (Romans 5:10; Ephesians 1:7). Scripture is clear that salvation is the gracious, undeserved gift of God (Ephesians 2:5, 8) which is ours for the taking through faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). How do we receive salvation? We are saved by faith. First, we must hear the gospel—the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection (Ephesians 1:13).

Then, we must believe—fully trust the Lord Jesus (Romans 1:16). This involves repentance, a changing of mind about sin and Christ (Acts 3:19), and calling on the name of the Lord (Romans 10:9-10, 13). A definition of salvation would be “The deliverance, by the grace of God, from eternal punishment for sin which is granted to those who accept by faith God’s conditions of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus.” Salvation is available in Jesus alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) and is dependent on God alone for provision, assurance, and security.

Your acceptance or denial of Jesus will affect where you spend eternity, and every soul lives forever it’s just a matter of location. A prerequisite for becoming saved is knowing that God exists and that He created you, the universe and heavens. God wrote the bible to further prove His existence to us alongside the wondrous and spectacular world around us. There are countless incredible facts about the Bible that prove it had to be designed outside of space and time. For a few of these amazing insights read the ‘Evidence for God’ section in ‘Christianity’.

A B Cs to Salvation
The ABCs of Salvation

To Become Saved
A
Admit that you are a sinner. Any gap between God’s perfect law and our imperfect obedience is called sin, which everyone has committed.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)
“There is none righteous, no, not one;” (Romans 3:10)
“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

B
Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and that God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day, taking the punishment you deserved. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6) Your own good works cannot save you, no matter how good a person you are, and wouldn’t the creator of heaven set the bar for entry?

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

C
Call upon the name of the Lord and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your heart to become your personal Lord and Saviour. There is an example prayer below.

“If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

Pray
“Dear God, I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sins. I am willing and ready to change and turn from my sin. I now invite Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life, as my personal Saviour.”

“Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Joel 2:32 / Acts 2:21 / Romans 10:13

You’re Saved!
Once you’ve prayed this prayer, believing it with all your heart, your debt has been paid and you’re now saved by the power of the blood of Jesus! He paid that ultimate price of our sin, sacrificing Himself so that we may live. However it’s easy to say something with your mouth, what takes real effort is living out a life in pursuit of Jesus, walking according to His will for you and leaving your old sinful ways behind.

Below are some more verses related to salvation and justification, as well as some next steps you should take as a new Christian to help cement your faith. If there’s one thing that Satan despises, it’s new Christians. So be prepared to battle against the spiritual forces of wickedness by praying and reading your bible daily as well as putting on your spiritual armour.

● “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
● “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
● “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)
● “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” (Galatians 2:16)
● “How that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

What to do now
● Talk to God in prayer every day
“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:22)
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” (Philippians 4:6)
“But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:16-17)

● Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority on everything.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19)
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16)

● Tell others about Christ
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
“For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16)
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

● Walking with Jesus
If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, as a Christian you should Read your Bible daily to get to know Christ better. Read the Holy Bible (KJV, NKJV, ESV), the guide and tool to kindness and the right path to eternal life. If you encounter questions, resolve them by asking someone at your church or another steadfast Christian to help you with them. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalms 119:105)

● Seek Earnestly
As always if you wish to find answers out for yourself you should search God’s word. If you’re told something, search the scriptures to ensure that is what they say and the wording isn’t twisted. Take caution not to be fooled by what others claim the bible says but do your own research. There will be great apostasy and a falling away from Christianity in the end times. The word of God is living and he can speak to you through his words. So find a bible.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

● Godly Armour
You need to equip your spiritual armour. For more information read the Christianity section in ‘The Rapture Survival Guide (TRSG)’.
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Next Steps
You should research what the bible has to say on prophecy and the end times. Take a look at the ‘The Rapture’ section in TRSG for more information, but if you have already I recommend watching some of the videos in the ‘Christian Content’ section also within the same document.

If you don’t have a bible, you can download one here: King James English Bible

Types of Preppers

This is an excerpt from my PDF ‘The Preparedness Encyclopedia (TPE)’.
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These are the different classes of preppers you may encounter on your preparedness journey. You may fit into one class perfectly or be split up over a few different ones to help shore up some of the weaknesses. Some you want to avoid and others you should aspire to, but they all have their advantages and disadvantages.

The Sheeple
A person who doesn’t prep but can be considered a prepper at level 0. They believe that no large scale disasters will happen to them and that electricity, food and water will always be available on demand.

Pros
● Less worry and stress
● They save a ton of money
● A swift death

Cons
● Thirst/Hunger
● No skills
● No knowledge
● Limited gear
● Potential death during disasters
● May have to join a gang to survie in times of complete disaster

The Hoarder
A prepper who simply stockpiles supplies such as weapons, food and water, neglecting most other things.

Pros
● Tons of supplies
● Ability to share their supplies with others
● May be able to barter their supplies

Cons
● Requires constant stockpile rotation
● Limited skills
● Limited knowledge
● A theft target
● Costly

The Accidental Prepper
People with a natural tendency to be prepared such as INTJs and related personality types. They often prep short term and for multiple scenarios without realizing it.

Pros
● Wise in general
● Prudent thinkers and planners
● ‘Accidentally’ ready for disaster

Cons
● Not prepared for long term disasters
● Not prepared for ‘rare’ disasters
● Limited, or no bug-out plans

The Typical Prepper
Someone with a BOB, a Bug out Plan, a stockpile for a few months and home defences. They watch other preppers online, buy useful preps and take actions to shore up their preparedness skills.

Pros
● Solid baseline for preppers
● Knowledge of a lot of preparedness skills
● Keen interest in survival

Cons
● Still a way to go to learn all the essential skills required
● May suffer from prepper burnout after realizing they are only at the start
● May lose interest in prepping
● May find it hard to spend money on prepping vs entertainment items

The Survivalist
These preppers have honed bushcraft skills and can live off the land if the situation calls for it. They can find wild edibles, craft shelters and purify water with only what they have around them. They are often solo but this helps to greatly increase their stealth and speed up their journey.

Pros
● Can survive in the woods
● Plant/Animal Identification
● Medicinal plant experience
● Natural plant remedies
● Stealthy when solo

Cons
● Loneliness
● No stocks of food
● Plans to only bug out
● No comforts of home
● May not survive in a widespread, nature killing disaster

The Homesteader
They own a house, land and usually a farming plot and animals for self sufficiency. They are self sustainable and can grow, manufacture and recycle what they need at home.

Pros
● General homestead skills
● Surrounded by family
● Can save money
● Self sufficient
● Not dependant on civilization
● Ample storage space
● Can produce what they require

Cons
● Costly to set up
● Large area of land to protect
● Hard work to maintain
● Not inclined to bug out
● Crops can easily be stolen/destroyed
● Cold winters can eradicate their food source
● May not have access to news

The Self-Defence Prepper
In good shape, knows hand to hand combat and is concerned about smaller daily disasters. They have, or are in the armed forces and have military experience.

Pros
● Very fit
● Can protect themselves
● Great at stealth
● Great at teamwork
● Knowledgeable about combat

Cons
● Lacks preps and stockpiles
● Weak against guns
● May not trust others

The Minimalist
They keep their stockpile to a minimum and focuses on skills to further reduce the weight of their pack. They may drill holes in their toothbrush…

Pros
● Spends less money on fewer items
● Great skills
● Light and fast travel
● Knowledge replaces gear
● Can leave their old life easily

Cons
● Spends MUCH more money on ultralightweight gear
● Lack of gear when bugging-in
● May spend a lot of money on their quest for knowledge

The Know-It-All
Gains knowledge about prepping but doesn’t do much to actually prepare. They can spend hours watching YouTube videos getting ideas but rarely puts any of them into action.

Pros
● Good knowledge on prepping
● Can lead others
● Can assist others

Cons
● Unprepared
● Few items
● Needs real world experience

The Economist
Focused on protecting their wealth via precious metals and stockpiles for barter in SHTF. They may also aim to profit from a disaster by bartering essentials for precious metals to sell afterwards.

Pros
● Can barter what they need if SHTF without stocking up on anything
● Only have to worry about stocking up on one type of resource.

Cons
● Neglects other preparedness areas such as knowledge and skills
● They rely on the fact that metals and tradables can be used as money and that people will be honourable

The Doomsday Prepper
Prepared for a complete global collapse for an extended period of time. They are often armed to the teeth and occasionally have a heavily fortified castle, bunker or BOL.

Pros
● Prepared for anything
● Comprehensive bug out plans
● Huge stockpiles
● Lots of time to prep
● Rehearses often
● Completely off-grid

Cons
● Costs an absolute fortune
● Often seen as paranoid
● Ridiculed
● Fixated on prepping and not enjoying life
● May quit their job to prep

The Tactical Prepper
Sees the world from a tactical perspective. They have likely been in the army and have planned very carefully for disasters and an attack on their home. They acquire a lot of tactical preps and focus on defence and stealth.

Pros
● Good defence from technology
● Has detailed Topographic maps and other military equipment
● Tactical Gear
● Can survive harsh environments
● Has some survival knowledge

Cons
● May be too tactical
● May not trust people

The Religious Prepper
Committed to their religion and often focuses on religious disasters such as the rapture and armageddon. They generally have goodwill to everyone else and will assist others in need.

Pros
● Community and shared beliefs
● Cares for others
● May share resources
● Won’t take the lives of others

Cons
● Narrow view of potential disasters
● May be taken advantage of due to their goodwill
● May run out of supplies quickly

The Gun Enthusiast
A prepper who focuses on guns and weapons training. They have multiple guns and explosives and a variety of other weapons stockpiled. Generally they will stay and defend their land at all costs.

Pros
● Great gun skills
● Has a ton of ammo stockpiled
● Great marksmanship
● Advanced tactics
● May be able to make their own ammo

Cons
● Often ignores other skills
● May become looters when they run out of supplies
● May kill others unnecessarily

The Getaway Prepper
A prepper who will leave their usual home in the face of any danger. They have a BOL with extensive detailed plans to reach it no matter the scenario. A BOV is at the ready at all times.

Pros
● Always ready if they need to bug out
● Usually physically fit
● Not attached to physical possessions

Cons
● BOL may be looted or destroyed
● Bug in may be more beneficial
● Few supplies at home
● Weather may not permit leaving home

The Defensive Prepper
Believes in defending their home and has taken the necessary steps to stay inside no matter what type of disaster they may face.

Pros
● Extensive stockpiles
● Plenty of weapons for defence
● They know their surroundings well
● They can set up strong home defences and booby traps

Cons
● May not have a BOL
● Possible death if the disaster is heading towards them
● No supplies if they are forced to leave
● Expensive to prep for a hurricane

The Fearful Prepper
A prepper who expects something bad to happen every day and sees the negative in the world. They check the news daily or hourly. They could possibly be into conspiracy theories.

Pros
● Keeps an eye out on the news
● First to know any breaking news and therefore can bug out quickly
● Can see the driving forces behind the world

Cons
● Puts life on hold to prep and doesn’t plan for a regular life
● Always worried about disaster or embraces it and wants it to happen
● Can’t see the good in the world

The Compassionate Prepper
A person who preps for the good of mankind, stocking up on knowledge, resources and skills solely to help others in disasters.

Pros
● Shares resources
● Helps those in need
● Builds great relationships
● Often great leaders

Cons
● May be taken advantage of
● May run out of resources quickly
● May be attacked or mugged

Levels of Preparedness

This is an excerpt from my PDF ‘The Preparedness Encyclopedia (TPE)’.
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This is a classification of all preppers and gives a general idea of how prepared they are, what skills are known and their commitment to prepping.
A lot of assumptions are made such as the amount of space the person has and that they have a job.

Level 0 (Sheeple)
A prepper, but someone who doesn’t participate in disaster preparedness at all. At most they have three days of food in the pantry for power outages or strong storms.

Level 1 (Wannabe)
A person who has been impacted by a disaster, TV series or other media and thought prepping is a good idea and they decide to take a few minor steps and stock a few extra items. At this stage they either fall away from prepping or pursue more information. Generally this stage is about reading, watching and understanding what preparedness is.

Level 2 (Beginner Prepper)
Someone who has a weeks or so worth of food, a BOB and some action plans for disasters. People at this level are starting to get serious and often just buy, buy, buy to fill their BOB and pantry.

Level 3 (Prepper)
This type of person is becoming quite invested in being prepared for disasters with a BOB, skills and knowledge in survivalism and a month to 4 months worth of food and water per person. Usually people at this stage overfill their BOBs and generally have some simple plans for bugging out.

Level 4 (Confident Prepper)
This stage marks an increase in food and water again to around 6 months per person and they are looking into alternative bug out plans and may have a vehicle for it. They look at items critically and only keep what they need. People usually start to spread out into alternative bags such as INCH bags and GH bags. These people spend a lot of their free time preparing.

Level 5 (Hardcore Prepper)
Preppers at level 5 have usually branched out into a working prepper pantry where they use the items they are stocking and replenish every week, have a complete lightweight BOB and extensive plans for bugging out in multiple types of disasters. They still have a job but spend most of their free time preparing.

Level 6 (Devoted Prepper)
These people spend almost all of their free time prepping and have extensive knowledge about most aspects of preparedness. They have a stockpile of food and water from 6m-1y per person and are slowly consuming it and adding to it. They may have a plot of land and a building for a BOL stocked with some food but they definitely have multiple plans to GOOD in a SHTF situation.

Level 7 (Doomsday Prepper)
An extremely prepared person who devotes every waking second to prepping, they often have a job related to prepping or have quit their job to pursue it full time. They have many years worth of food per person, vast amounts of experience and often have bunkers or BOLs filled with supplies and often have family drills for SHTF situations.

Where are you at on your prepping journey?

The Rapture Survival Guide (TRSG) – Part 42 – Eternity

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The New Jerusalem
A new heaven and a new earth is created, where those who love the Lord will dwell with Him forever. There will be no sin, death, pain or sorrow and everything will be perfect. Part of this creation will be a New Jerusalem which has no need for the sun or moon because the glory of God illuminates it. This is described quite thoroughly by John in Revelation 21. Something to note is that the new Jerusalem described below may not be in three dimensions but four, hence the highlighted words in the verse below and the one below that. Breadth is the unit of length/direction which isn’t used in our third dimension world. This phrasing is only found in the KJV and the bolding below is my own.

Ephesians 3:17-19 (KJV)
“17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

2 Peter 3:10-13
“10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Revelation 21:1-27
“1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
6 And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
12 Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.
14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.
17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.
18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.
21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).
26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.
27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Next Steps
This is the end of the Rapture Survival Guide, If you still have questions you should read the Bible for yourself or head back up to the ‘Seeking Truth > Reliable Christian Content’ section and watch some of the videos those pastors have on almost any topic you could imagine. Alternatively you could go to the Christianity section in TRSG and continue reading. If you’re looking for a physical survival guide on topics such as finding food and water, you should download “The Preparedness Encyclopedia” (TPE) created by me (Fluidic Ice) which you can download at www.fluidicice.com/TPE.

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Part 2 – The Term Rapture
Part 3 – Rapture Timing
Part 4 – Date Setters
Part 5 – Rapture Prerequisites
Part 6 – Biblical Raptures
Part 7 – Left Behind?
Part 8 – Seeking Truth
Part 9 – Deception
Part 10 – Post Rapture Steps
Part 11 – Revelation Timeline
Part 12 – Post-Rapture
Part 13 – The Tribulation (First Half)
Part 14 – 1st Seal
Part 15 – 2nd Seal
Part 16 – 3rd Seal
Part 17 – 4th Seal
Part 18 – 5th Seal
Part 19 – 6th Seal
Part 20 – Sealing the 144,000
Part 21 – 7th Seal
Part 22 – 1st Trumpet
Part 23 – 2nd Trumpet
Part 24 – 3rd Trumpet
Part 25 – 4th Trumpet
Part 26 – 5th Trumpet
Part 27 – 6th Trumpet
Part 28 – Intermediate Events
Part 29 – 7th Trumpet
Part 30 – Mid Tribulation
Part 31 – 1st Bowl
Part 32 – 2nd Bowl
Part 33 – 3rd Bowl
Part 34 – 4th Bowl
Part 35 – 5th Bowl
Part 36 – 6th Bowl
Part 37 – 7th Bowl
Part 38 – Armageddon
Part 39 – The Second Coming
Part 40 – The Millennium
Part 41 – The Great White Throne Judgement
Part 42 – Eternity

The Rapture Survival Guide (TRSG) – Part 41 – The Great White Throne Judgement

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The Rebellion
After the thousand years of Jesus’ peaceful reign satan is released to deceive the nations once again. He deceives them with a lie and then brings them against God, and against His people, surrounding the city of Jerusalem. The army he musters will number as many as the sand of the sea which just shows how many people will be alive at the end of the millennium when people don’t die as early. God then destroys this army by fire from the sky.

Revelation 20:3
“But after these things he [satan] must be released for a little while.”

Revelation 20:7-9
“7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.”

Satan’s Demise
The devil is thrown into hell to be tormented for ever and ever after God destroys the rebellion. He will be joining the antichrist and the false prophet who have been there burning for the past thousand years already.

Revelation 20:10
“The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.””

Great White Throne Judgement
At the Great White Throne Judgement the dead who had not believed in God or followed his word are resurrected to be judged. Heaven and earth will flee away from the face of Him who sits on the throne, which is hard to imagine since we always picture something physical. Those not found in the book of life are thrown into the lake of fire. Death and Hades are then thrown into the lake of fire, meaning nobody will be able to die from this point forward. This is the last and final judgement.

Revelation 20:11-15
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

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Part 30 – Mid Tribulation
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The Rapture Survival Guide (TRSG) – Part 40 – The Millennium

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The Millennium
The millennium is the period of 1,000 years when Jesus reigns over the entire earth with a rod of iron. (Revelation 19:15) Nations must travel to Jerusalem once a year to maintain blessings from God or he will withhold rain on that nation. During the millennium there will be births and deaths as we know them now, however the average age of a person is much longer, greatly exceeding 100 years old. Animals will no longer harm people and a child can play with a cobra without fear. However those who don’t worship or follow God will be cursed and have shorter lives.

Those who were loyal to Christ during their life and walked closely with Him will reign with Christ for the millennium with glorified bodies. Those who were saved but didn’t walk the path set for them by God will likely just live in the millennium. Glorified bodies are bodies which can’t sin and include multi-dimensional abilities likely allowing instant transportation and the ability to appear within a closed room such as Jesus’ movements after His resurrection.

Revelation 20:4-6
“4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”

The verse above describes those who died in the tribulation for their testimony of Jesus and who did not take the mark will live and reign with Jesus for the 1,000 years. Those who did not believe aren’t resurrected until the Great White Throne Judgement which occurs after the millennium is complete.

Isaiah 65:20-25
“20 “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old, But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed. 21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 They shall not build and another inhabit; They shall not plant and another eat; For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They shall not labor in vain, Nor bring forth children for trouble; For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, And their offspring with them. 24 “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, The lion shall eat straw like the ox, And dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” Says the Lord.”

This verse shows the greatly increased maximum age in the millennium. Someone who is 100 years old will be considered a child with most of their life ahead of them. The sinners however will be cursed with a shorter life. This implies that there will still be personal choice and sin in the world, even without the deceiver – satan. The world will also be much more fruitful and crops will be easier to take care of and produce much more food. Children will be raised righteously with a love of God, yet they will have free will and will be able to choose between right and wrong as evidenced by some nations not coming to Jerusalem for the feast of tabernacles each year. (Zechariah 14:17-19)

Zechariah 14:16-21
“16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 20 In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the Lord of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.”

This passage says that the nations of the world will come to Jerusalem each year to worship the Lord and to take past in the feast of tabernacles. For those nations that don’t however, the Lord will withhold the rain on their lands.

Isaiah 11:6-9
“6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

Isaiah 11 is an interesting passage describing what living in the millennium will be like. Animals will settle down and won’t harm each other, or humans during the millennium. Children won’t have any fear of snakes – or any other animal for that matter.

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