Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of a six-week survival challenge. (See Abomination of Desolation: Trigger of Great Tribulation.)
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 experience there is no need to be overambitious, for every hour spent in the outdoors adds to your knowledge. 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.
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?
Through the 42 month storm, (which occurs prior to the bug-out), you may have to choose your battles. Not so much in the great tribulation, for then you either accept martyrdom without hesitation 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. Then, after the initial stages of evacuation have passed, there may be cause to resist the urge to literally fight, as I will try to illustrate in a moment.
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 some deer tracks in interesting places, even in relatively small places where people would be surprised to see deer. Your ‘high places’ do not have to be in remote wilderness areas. Be creative and enjoy your ‘high places’ as much as possible in times of peace, for the day may come that being like a ‘deer’ is not such a good idea.
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.
The authorities are more challenged logistically at the prospect of apprehending me and taking me to town than they would be if I gave them some excuse to shoot me down and leave my body to rot. I may run to make apprehension more difficult; however, if cornered I would rather surrender peacefully and force the “hunters” to take me to town than put up a firm resistance and 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.
You don’t have to take my advice because I do not know every situation. In some cases I would probably not even take this advice of non-resistance myself, yet I would not likely go into a situation without weighing the consequences of my actions and how they will effect other survivors.
With the notion in mind that some stretches of woods are going to contain more “deer” in the great tribulation, it may be worthwhile to base your own evacuation plans on how long you plan to endure: and the shorter you plan on staying out in the woods, the closer you can stay to town and civilization. But if you are planning on going the full six-plus weeks, then naturally you will want to look at more remote locations, not that there is ever any guarantee of success.
You don’t have to follow my standards of gaining outdoor experience. Set your own parameters but stick to them, and you will soon broaden your horizons, and you will be improving your chances to endure and also increasing the odds that you can help others endure. The sooner you start a dedicated outdoor routine, the better off you will be, and the benefits are not only for the future but they are for the present as well. The ability to unplug from society is a skill that will be vital through the great tribulation. For that matter, the ability to unplug once in a while during the forty-two month storm may prove extremely beneficial, as it will give you something of a reset button from the cares of life during that time. Take it even further and the benefits of a reset against the grind of life today would be immediate.
Let us say that you begin now and average 45 dedicated day-trips a year into the outdoors. (That is one day a week, with some exceptions for holidays and pressing family obligations.) Let us say you succeed at this 45 days a year average over the next 7-10-15 years; then, when you add all of these together you would have practically endured the daytime aspects of the great tribulation 7-10-15 times respectively. And say you average 5 overnight stays a year for the next 7-10-15 years. By adding these together you would have the experience to get through the nighttime aspects of the great-tribulation survival challenge at least once, maybe twice, or more.
To think of the 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 surprisingly find the motivation to go far beyond anything you thought possible, and if nothing else you could at least pass the baton (of your survival gear), on to other survivors who would gain a lot by what you could share or leave behind in the wilderness for them to find.