In the Beginning was the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God.
From Genesis to Revelation we read about the redeeming plan of God. A world created, falls into sin, God delivers, and God restores. It is a beautiful unfolding narrative not about a deserving people, but a loving and merciful God.
The scriptures also warn us that things are going to get tougher for Christians as the day of the Lord’s return grows closer. We will see it in the physical world as natural disasters will increase in frequency and destructive force. We will see it in the living world, as man will be prone to greater sin. It will be evident in the church when people are no longer interested in sound doctrine, but instead seek teachers who will tell them what they want to hear. All of these are signs that the age is coming to a close, the return of Christ is on the horizon.
At the same time, we are also warned that we will never know the day or the hour that it will happen, but instead we are to be ready at all times.
Some are looking to the signs and in fear they are beginning to stockpile supplies of all kinds. They believe that Christians will face part (if not all) of the tribulation. There are those who believe that God will call His children home before the tribulation, and they are making no preparations at all. Instead, they are going on with life as usual… but perhaps have a little more fervor in their step when evangelizing to nonbelievers and praying for the world.
Then there are those who believe stockpiles will only last so long, all things will have a shelf life. They are evangelizing a lot more, praying a lot harder too. However they have made the decision that in preparing for the end times, their greatest investment will be knowledge. For some it means having a skill set that will make you valuable in an apocalyptic age, because that knowledge will keep you safe. Others think the value of knowledge will come from self sufficiency. To be able to build and repair their own homes and furniture, grow their own food, tend to livestock of some manner, and to live off the land will be a necessity as Christians flee to the mountains to avoid persecution.
For myself, I believe a little bit of all of the above is going to be a great commodity for survival… assuming that we will face at least some of the tribulation. I’m a prepare for the worst, hope for the best type of gal. If the Lord takes us pre-tribulation … great. If not, I won’t be completely lost.
However, something I think is being overlooked (and this is based off of reading and conversations I have) is the importance of knowing the scriptures FOR YOURSELF. As the times grow more corrupt, as the world turns it’s collective back on the Lord, there may be a day when owning a Bible is illegal, or where they are confiscated.
— I am not trying to build up fear, and if this is freaking you out…. stop reading. —
There may be a day, where we can no longer gather at the church down the street to worship as a collective body of believers. We cannot be solely dependent on our Pastor’s message every Sunday, nor our weekly women’s bible study. We cannot find be dependent on the devotion that pops into our email daily, or the local Christian radio station. As the days grow more evil, these things may diminish or disappear completely.
What do we do?
We depend at that point on our knowledge of the scriptures to carry us through that time, to teach others after the scales fall of their eyes and they see the truth before them, and to evangelize to those who are still in the dark. If you don’t know the scriptures FOR YOURSELF, how can you lead others? You won’t be able to rely upon your Pastor or Bible Study leader to do it for you. The job will be yours.
If Bible are banned and confiscated, what will you do then?
This is why I think it is imperative that every believer should have a sound understanding of the scriptures, cover to cover. You don’t need to recite it word for word, but you must have basic knowledge of what you believe, why you believe it, and how to share it.
It begins by choosing to do more than own a bible and attend church weekly. It is more than reading the bible a few times a week or month. It’s taking the extra step and truly STUDYING the scripture.
They can not confiscate what is hidden in your mind and heart.