Following is quite possibly the most well known verse from the book of Habakkuk: “The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places” [Habakkuk 3:19].
Now I have seen deer tracks in interesting places, even in relatively small places where people would be surprised to see deer. Your own personal high places, those areas where you gain outdoor experience, do not have to be in remote wilderness areas. Be creative and enjoy your outdoor life as much as possible in times of relative peace.
Through the 42 month storm you can basically choose your battles. Not so much in the great tribulation, for then you either accept martyrdom or you resist martyrdom. Whether you resist by running away from civilization or by literally fighting those who would detain and incarcerate you, the fact is that every minute, every hour, and every day is a small victory.
To think of the great tribulation survival challenge as an all-or-nothing endeavor, saying, “I could never last six weeks” and for that reason you would make no effort to escape the abomination of desolation, you are not only limiting your potential to feel good about the fact that at least you tried, but you are also underestimating the value of your hourly efforts to endure: for you may find the motivation to surprisingly go far beyond anything you thought possible, and if nothing else you could at least pass the baton (of your gear), to other survivors who would gain a lot by what you share or leave behind for them to find.
During the great tribulation, it might help to remember some stories of David, who had the capacity to get small when being pursued. In his own words, he compared himself to a dead-dog, a flea, and a partridge (1 Samuel 24:14, and 26:20). Moreover, his behaviors while in hiding could be seen as inspiration for the saying “wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove.” Though an unbeatable swordsman in battle, David often chooses flight over fight.
Likewise, during the great tribulation we need to know when fighting may be expedient and when it may be counterproductive. Putting up resistance may be advantageous if you are unable to break free of the grid-lock of civilization on the day of evacuation. On the other hand, once you are in the woods and things have settled down a bit, fighting may be counterproductive.
For example, let’s say I am hiding in a region where there are a number of other survivors not far away, and one of those has brought unwanted attention by having a dangerously large fire too close to private land or valuable timber. Now the authorities have put a high priority target on all the survivors in the area.
Logistically they face a bigger challenge at the prospect of apprehending me than if I give them some excuse to shoot me, leaving my dead body as food for the ravens. I may run to make apprehension more difficult; however, if cornered I would rather surrender peacefully, compelling them to take me into town. In contrast, if I put up firm resistance I may just gain a bullet for my troubles; hindered but a moment and now with the adrenaline of the kill in their veins, they would lose no time tracking down other survivors in the area.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of a six-week survival challenge through the great tribulation. Besides, it is not really a question of whether or not you could survive six-plus weeks without going into town for supplies. The real question is: Could you regard six days as a victory? And could you regard six hours as a victory?
You have over seven years to gain experience, perhaps considerably more than seven years, depending on how long before we see a conclusion to the War on Terror. In the process of gaining outdoor skills there is no need to be overambitious, for every hour spent in the outdoors adds to your skill; and you do not have to go for a multi-week excursion to gain it. Right now the emphasis is on the value of each and every ounce of experience, not necessarily gained in marathon efforts but in simple steps, one day at a time.
And, this goes without saying, but I will say it anyhow. For those with limited ability, for whatever reason, who just cannot take part in any outdoor aspect of great tribulation survival, do not think for a moment that you are helpless to do something for those who are. They would benefit immensely from your help in one form or another…