Revelation 6:5,6 says "And when he had opened the
third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And
I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had
a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the
midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a
penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see
thou hurt not the oil and the wine."
At the time these verses were written on denarius was
about 1 dayís wages, and a measure of wheat or barley was
about a quart, about enough flour to make 2 loaves of
The balance or scales in the hand of the Rider of the
Black Horse represents commerce and trade and of course
ďBlackĒ means a dark time for the economy.
Do you see the pattern here?
Revelation 13:15, 16 says "He was granted power to
give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of
the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not
worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes
all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave,
to receive a mark on their right hand or on their
foreheads". Now if you cannot buy or sell, then you
will have to do something else.
Now I know many people feel that before this transpires
we, the followers of Messiah will be ďRapturedĒ; and
although I donít agree with this position, that is not my
point here. Some say that God will send manna from heaven
to feed believers. That is a possibility also. But I think
we should keep in mind that God has given us warnings, he
has also given us abilities to take care of ourselves and
our loved ones.
Now, with that said, we will be looking at what God has
taught us, my family.
We started our walk with the Lord in the mid-80ís. It
started with a vision that was given to me, but the vision
had been given to Linda, my wife, in part years before.
The vision was, I think, personal. It was how God
wanted us to live our lives. It was how the end times
would unfold for us. It was for us, our family, a call to
prepare a place of refuge and sanctuary for all those that
the Lord would send.
In this series of articles we will try to help others
to see the pit falls and the obstacles that await them if
and when they try to live their lives off the grid, out of
the main stream of society.
How will you obtain that quart of flour if you donít
make or have enough money to buy it?
First, these articles will be written from my personal
point of view, and God willing, my wife and family will
contribute their own personal thoughts on the topics
Where will you live? We have lived in many areas of the
country. God has lead us into many different areas for our
teaching and to experience different cultures and ways of
life we had not known before. He moved us around for the
sole purpose of learning.
First, and foremost a person needs to know that God is
in all the decisions you are making.
Where you live is not as important as how you live.
Get out of debt.
Try to be debt free before you start on this way of
life. If you have debt you will not be able to live on
your own. You will be tied to this world and the world
Many times a person overloads their ability to become
independent because of debts. A person has to look at
their circumstance and decide how long it is going to take
them to become independent from the world.
2 .Is where you are living gong to work for the task
that is ahead of you? How do you heat your home? If you
live in a cold climate, are you able to heat your home
with a fuel that YOU can provide for yourself? Wood is a
good alternative, but is it available to you? By local
ordinances, are you able to burn wood? How much will you
need? How long will the trees available to you for harvest
last? Could you grow a large garden on the land you own
and trade some of that food for firewood? Living in the
North is more challenging that living in the South for a
number of reasons. We will try to address these issues.
3. How will you pay your land taxes? This is a problem
we will all have to deal with. If we live long enough,
there will come a time when without the ďmarkĒ we wonít be
able to pay our taxes.
So what will you do? Can you get someone else to pay
the taxes on your place? Can you put a large amount of
money in an escrow account to pay your taxes? Will you
trust God to make provision for this problem?
4. Before a person relocates to a new area, it is
important that you check out how local laws will affect
the way of life you are planning to lead. Sometimes moving
isnít any better than staying where you are because of the
local political climate. If your neighbors are opposed to
a self-sufficient life style, you could be in trouble
before you get started.
Along those same lines, your family can be even more of
a problem than neighbors.
We will get into livestock in great detail, but for now
these are some things to consider. Why are you going to
have animals? Food, clothing, to barter with, or as pets.
Or just because you think itís cool to have a bunch of
critters around the farm looking like they are doing
something important? Animals are a lot of work. They take
lots of time and they eat all the time. Speaking from
experience, if you canít provide everything needed to
sustain your animals, donít have them.
Keeping animals seems important, and in some cases it
can be. But in many cases itís just our desire to get out
of the city, have a small farm and animals.
We canít cover EVERYTHING about caring for your animals
here. The idea is to get you to think before you leap. Do
your research, learn everything you can about the animals
you intend to have BEFORE you get them.
We can try to answer questions for you or point you in
the right direction for resources for information you