A very interesting debate is whether you can be Christian and be a prepper. There are surely aspects of prepping that are Godly.
I have seen many arguments where people get all caught up in the minutiae of the prepper activities and beliefs and how they align with the Bible.
No matter where you fall on this argument there are clearly prepper projects from the Bible. There are texts that read like something out of a modern-day prepping blog. I think that is because the human condition and experience requires a level of preparedness.
Only recently has our society decided the best way to live is to have next to nothing and a few days’ worth of food around. This is not sustainable, and we are feeling it now.
Let’s look at some of these projects from the Bible. You will see the prepper in them, but you will also see that mankind’s story has not changed much overtime.
Every prepper can understand and appreciate a good stockpile. Joseph was gifted with the foresight that there would be years of hard times. Have you not been gifted with similar foresight?
Maybe your prepper visions did not come from God himself, but you know that hard times are coming.
Joseph created a massive stockpile of food that was so abundant he handed it out to others when the leans times came. Now wouldn’t it be great if we could all help in the coming lean times?
Genesis 41: 48-49
48 He gathered up all the food of the seven years when there was plenty in the land of Egypt, and stored up food in the cities; he stored up in every city the food from the fields around it.
49 So Joseph stored up grain in such abundance—like the sand of the sea—that he stopped measuring it; it was beyond measure.
Noah’s Bug Out Vehicle
The greatest bug out vehicle in history had to be Noah’s Ark.
Prompted by God, Noah built a BOV capable of hauling massive amounts of supplies and creatures.
Your bug out vehicle is probably not as impressive as something biblical.
No matter how you feel about the story of Noah and his ark, we know about floods. Archeology and historical texts have proven that our world faces massive floods.
In fact, there are floods that hit this planet which are so massive there is limited high ground to survive them.
These could come from impacts, melting ice caps, massive tidal waves, or even the rapid changing of the magnetic poles.
The importance of a reliable bug out vehicle is reiterated in these passages. A BOV might be an important prepping project for you to undertake.
14 Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms and shall cover it inside and out with pitch.
15 This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.
16 You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks…
A window shall you make to the ark, and in a cubit shall you finish it above, and the door of the ark shall you set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shall you make it.
Gideon’s battle against the Midianites takes many strange turns. He is internally battling his own doubts, he is struggling with God, and he is even dwindling his forces at a time when he seemingly needs them most. However, the battle is won in the hearts and minds of Gideon and his warriors when he spies on the Midianite camp.
While he doesn’t recover strategic intel it is undoubtedly his ability to gather intel that wins the battle for him.
If you are dealing with human threats in your area, then gathering as much intel as possible will give you a massive advantage over them. In a collapse situation there will be forces that look to prey upon the weak.
Gathering intel on those forces can clue you in on how much power they have, how many people, guns and what plans they are making.
In a fallen world the successful survival will always be gathering intel.
Now the camp of Midian lay below him in the valley. 9 During that night the Lord said to Gideon, “Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands. 10 If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah.
Moses’ Evacuation Plan
Moses may have created the best bugout or evacuation plan in all of history. He led 600,000 people out of Egypt and freed them from the shackles of slavery.
The good news for us is that we only need to deliver our family to safety in the event of an emergency.
Having a quality evacuation plan and a bug out plan, these are not the same thing, will make your life much easier when you must rush out of your home to survive.
One of the most important prepping projects from the Bible is the creation of an evacuation plan. I wouldn’t plan on parting the red sea you could certainly include a boat in your evacuation or bugout plans.
37 The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Sukkoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. 38 Many other people went up with them, and also large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.
39 With the dough the Israelites had brought from Egypt, they baked loaves of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves.
It’s also worth noting that food and livestock were included on this journey. If you are planning a bugout then you should have food you can eat on the way and food you can eat when you get there.
King Solomon’s Diversity Of Preps
Ecclesiastes is by far my favorite book in the Bible. It is very clear that King Solomon was incredibly wise.
In this biblical phrase it is very clear that he understands the importance of diversity in preps. He wasn’t the kind of king to hoard only arrowheads and swords.
Diversification in your preps is imperative. This was the King’s project and advice.
Apply PACE to your preps and be sure that you are always gaining new skills and practicing old ones.
You need more than just beans and bullets if you want to be truly prepared. For the economic collapse that is upon us, many people are thinking about things like gold, land, and other ventures.
Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
It has taken me the better part of 10 years to build a solid base of prepping skills and resources. I still have so much further to go. That said, the thing that pushed me so hard was my mindset. I think the mindset of a prepper counts for so much.
In truth it is what drives a prepper forward. Even if you have the money and the knowledge you still must get up and get to work!
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
It was a very different world during biblical times. People were so different its hard to comprehend.
Still, they used survival and prepping basics to overcome massive obstacles. Each one of the prepping projects from the Bible will help you along your preparedness journey.
As preppers we like things that have been practiced and proven. While the Bible is where many of these things have turned up first in the written word, these are survival skills that would be used time and time again throughout history.
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