Today I hope to point you in the right direction. This just might keep you alive. Or I might get you killed. Depends on the situation. You might want to pay close attention.
The attitude making it's way to television and movies reflects what a lot of people feel is brewing in world events currently. We may truly be on the brink of a collapse of civilization as we know it. The fact is, a lot of people are feeling that way; that we may see widespread disaster in the next few years; catastrophic disaster. News stories of massive natural disasters and threats from terrorists and rogue governments each year continue to add fuel to the fire.
More and more people expect a catastrophe of some sort to take place -- and many people are preparing for that, maybe a bit like Noah prepared when God told him to build an Ark several thousand years ago because a flood was coming.
Life will be all about survival.
Right now I can tell you about great survival tools but these are useless if you don't have any knowledge about what it takes to actually survive.
What I'm going to talk about next is an important survival skill that if used effectively may keep you alive and out of danger again and again.
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Massive terror attacks. Natural disasters. Riots. Looting.
It's important to know this -- even if disaster and terror attacks and riots and looting are taking place many miles away, your life may still be in danger -- though you may not feel like it at first.
Expect danger to be headed your way. That way it doesn't catch you off guard when it arrives.
It might be a weapon-wielding mob of 5,000 pissed off gang-members and their cohorts from a nearby city abandoning their neighborhood having heard that there would be food and shelter in the suburbs.
Or you may find out that a terrorist cell had been planted in your community (one of many across the U.S.) -- communicating with one another prior to the day of disaster through multiple jihadist websites -- and now they were systematically going from house to house, dragging families out and executing them, one by one... Until the town or city was theirs; local police hunted down and executed -- no match for the firepower wielded by these jihadist terror groups, many with military training from nations such as Iran and Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq, Somalia and Libya.
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So at the first sign or sound of chaos coming to your community, take a step back, find a place of concealment, and survey the situation.
What you're going to see is anarchy. These people causing mayhem have been waiting for this moment all their lives. These people are evil and all they want to do is hurt and maim and kill.
Are you armed, can you fight, do you know how to shoot, and can you save people from a dangerous mob?
Be in prayer about that -- the Bible calls us to love our enemies but it also calls us to protect the weak, care for the sick, help the needy. Look to God in prayer -- maybe he's calling you go to the aid of that person who needs help -- or maybe he's not. If you're one man with just one gun and you're facing a mob of 50 men that is terrorizing a family -- what can you do? You're just one man. You've got just one gun.
As hard as it is to accept -- this family is at the mercy of God. You're not going to be able to save them. Not unless you're Rambo. And that's still not a promise. Don't blow your cover. Stay out of sight.
As they're beaten by the mob the best thing you can do is make a retreat to safe ground. The mob may leave and maybe later in the day or evening you can return to see if there's anything you can do to help the family that's been beaten and left for dead.
But if they're being murdered one by one don't hesitate to come to their aid, but do so with a plan of attack in mind.
Don't take this course of action unless it's clear that the lives of these people are in danger. No need to kill if it's just a standard beating, as strange as that is to consider. But if they're being murdered, about to be murdered, that's a different story.
There's an old saying "strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter". If this mob has worked itself into a frenzy and their attention is on the family being attacked, they may not see you walk up, take aim, and start shooting.
Some of them are going to scatter, fearing for their lives. Some may pull guns and shoot back (always assume someone has a gun).
Are some of the men keeping watch? You'll never get close enough to shoot the ring leader(s). Don't even try. Stay hidden.
However, are none of them looking, are all of them caught up with the beating taking place?
Quickly figure out who the most dangerous men are in the group and if you've got the guts (and God on your side) make the decision to take aim at two or three and then fire -- but don't waste all your ammo -- you may need it to help your get-away.
Take 3 - 5 quick shots at the ring leaders you've decided to take aim at and then make a run for it (by the way, you better be fast on your feet... today if you're not into jogging, running and sprinting as a regular way to stay in shape, re-think that as soon as possible -- especially if you're serious about survival, especially in a widespread catastrophe as has been written about so many times on this website).
If you can escape on foot after taking your shots speed to a place where you can then shoot from cover. What I mean is after taking your opening shots, you turn around and high-tail it for a nearby house or building, turn the corner, stop, and start shooting from the corner at the mob now chasing you. If you can hit the first guy, maybe the second guy, they may scatter and run in different directions, trying to avoid being shot.
That will buy you more time. Continue to flee, as fast as you can. Get 100 yards away, find cover to shoot from, turn and take aim. Any pursuers? Pull the trigger. Let them know they're in danger if they follow. Turn and run again.
A great survival skill is knowing how to run away from pursuers ... how to jump fences, how to hide, how to move, move, move and keep on moving.
Doesn't matter if you're in the country or in the city. Get to know the land. Come up with a few different routes should you have to flee the area -- don't just have one exit plan in mind, have more than one should one become compromised, or if you're cut-off by pursuers.
You should make sure you're a fair distance away before going up a tree. It wouldn't be a good idea for your pursuers to hear you in the branches above. Remember, if you're being chased in the dark there's a good chance that your pursuers are going to stop and listen... listen for any sign of you... if they don't hear you running up ahead, they may assume you've found a place to hide, and start searching for you. Don't hide, don't find a tree to climb, until you've put a good distance between you and your pursuers. If you can run quietly / silently you may fool your pursuers into thinking you've chosen to hide somewhere if they can't hear your footsteps up ahead or branches breaking in the woods, etc.
In military terms it's said that a lot of people find Christ when they're in a foxhole and the enemy is closing in or bombs are coming down from the sky. It's going to be a lot like that in America as well should the terrible day of disaster ever begin, perhaps in the coming months or years. Many are likely to seek God in a time of terror and despair prevalent in the land. But that's only part of the story -- you see, if you find God now before all this takes place -- you can escape this time period the Bible says is planned for the world -- what is commonly referred to as "The Tribulation". See: Is the United States in the Bible?
Study this group from a distance before ever making contact. Watch them for a couple days. Notice their habits, how they treat one another; who's the ring leader? What is he like? Of course you're not likely to get close enough to notice these details but if you've managed to get your hands on a good set of binoculars and find a good place of concealment you can study them from a distance before deciding if it's smart to make contact or not.
Be careful though -- traps set to kill / capture wildlife or intruders may have been set around the perimeter of any settlement.
In the end, if you're going to make contact, you may want to do so from the open road, rather than staking them out from the perimeter of their camp. Put all your weapons down and if you have something white (good luck, everything you have is likely to be covered by dirt by now), you can try waiving it over your head in the universal symbol of surrender. Hopefully the group will realize that you don't mean any harm. Don't reach for any weapons or dig through any of your belongings. Stand still with your hands raised high. Let them see that you are harmless.
Start thinking about that tree-fort you always wanted to build back when you were a kid. It might be just the thing you need to keep you high off the ground in the evening hours when predators are prowling the land below.
Finally, if all hell breaks loose, if society falls, I suggest you make yourself some friends as soon as possible, and immediately start talking about ways your new friends can protect each other. Spend a few hours a day in mock drills, a lot like the military, or perhaps a guerrilla force that has rebelled against the powers that be to fight from the mountains. Don't waste too much ammunition on training in the days following disaster but do make sure you can shoot if your group decides to arm itself with guns. Move like trained soldiers. Use hand signals to communicate without words -- when silence is called for.
What? You didn't expect to have to deal with the Chinese, Russian, North Korean, Iranian, or Latin American army? You can bet that if our government falls powerful nations in the world are going to make a grab for as much land as they can get their hands on -- using people and weapons that may already be here.
America is a land rich in resources like oil and natural gas. We are rich. We have resources. You can bet that there are world leaders discussing America's resources even as I write this article, and they've been discussing it for quite some time. You are going to see foreign armies come to power. It might not be immediately but it is likely to occur at some point after America's fall... if that day should come.
Our military is likely to scatter. Some may stay on and swear allegiance to the new powers that be. Some will be executed. Many are likely to be imprisoned. Others will flee for the hills taking their military skills and a few guns with them. Keep an eye out -- just maybe you'll be able to join up with a few former American soldiers. If they have their heads on straight and hearts set on what is right they may make great team members.
If they don't ... if they choose the dark-side rather than living for the Lord ... they may be dangerous. Very dangerous.
May God grant you understanding and strength should you be here for the dark days ahead coming to this world.