SURVIVOR PART ONE

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When I first sent this out to an email group several years ago, a friend expressed concern that I was “playing into the fear.” I believe she was so sick (as am I) of fearmongering, that she did not read past the first few paragraphs and thus got the wrong impression of where I was going with the post.  Let me ask you to read on a bit before you make that determination. All may not be as it at first seems.

 I don’t know about you, but it seems that once or twice every year, I receive emails warning of some end-of-times event predicted to happen “soon.”   I’ve noticed that these warnings generally precede Pesach (Passover) and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).  It seems some are always on high alert, anticipating the “last thing” to happen before the Messiah returns.  And there do seem to be more and more signs almost daily.  Personally, I do not know when it will actually happen.  I do know that it will happen eventually. I do know that we are one day closer today than we were yesterday and tomorrow we will be one day closer still. SOMEDAY, it will be THE day, but perhaps it will not be this year or next, or even this decade.  I do, however, see the following in Scripture.

Proverbs 22:3     The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

To that end, I have been compiling a list of what I believe to be the essentials of survival.  Indeed, even if no shaking takes place in the immediate future and we continue on as per usual, I am convinced that obtaining these supplies will mean the difference between life and death to us in the future and we should make them our top priority. 

Here is an admittedly non-comprehensive list of what one would need to survive through a disaster.

Water

Food       

Shelter

Communication device  

Basic clothing         

Antibiotics

Emergency Medical Supplies     

Light source  

Money       

Air source

Protection from enemies      

Waste disposal system

Leadership         

Rallying point

Green (no, I am not using this as a synonym for money)

Okay, let’s get started.

From livescience.com I quote

“If you’re ever stuck out in the wilderness, remember what survival experts call ‘the Rule of Threes’. You can live 3 minutes without air, though we don’t recommend trying. In a harsh environment — it’s snowing, say — you have 3 hours to survive without shelter. After 3 days, you need water, or you’ll perish. You can make it 3 weeks without food, though we promise you that won’t be fun. Despite this possibly helpful rule, some people have survived 8 to 10 days without water. Again, leave such shenanigans to the truly desperate.” 

As 65 percent of the human body, water is essential to people. Water flows through the blood, carrying oxygen and nutrients to cells and flushing wastes out of our bodies. It cushions our joints and soft tissues. Without water as a routine part of our intake, we cannot digest or absorb food.

In light of the above information revealing that we can survive only 3 minutes without air, we will move an air source to the top of the list followed by shelter (3 hours in a harsh climate), water (3 days), and then food (3 weeks). Now it will begin like this…

Air source           

Shelter

Water

Food

 AIR SOURCE

With only 3 minutes to survive without it, it seems that we should first make certain that we have  access to an air supply. Otherwise, no other preparations will matter. We will not be here to benefit from them. Once ,my husband and I were on a dive trip in Cozumel when the unexpected happened.  My husband, an expert diver, was typically able to stay under much longer than other non-expert level divers, certainly including me. Nervous and inexperienced divers tend to breathe more rapidly and thus consume more air. So, it was surprising to me when, on a diving excursion with a group of divers exploring a ship wreck, and somehow having found ourselves separated from our group, Leo grabbed me by the shoulders, turned me around, and showed me his air gauge. He was out of air.  OUT OF AIR!  We were more than 100 feet below the surface!!!!! Thankfully we were equipped with octopus rigs and Leo and I shared “my” air as we made our slow ascent to the surface with several acclimation stops along the way. I am thankful there is no video to document this terrifying excursion. I feel certain my eyes belied the terror I was feeling. So, I can tell you from experience, air is of the utmost importance. And it is interesting to note that He has designed it so. After all, did we need to need air?  Or did He purposely design us with this need? And if He did want us to need air, why would that be so?  Selah (pause and think about that).

Here’s a quote from Nobel prize winner, Dr. Warburg, extracted from an article about the body’s need for oxygen.

Cancer cells cannot grow in an oxygen rich environment. So, says Dr Otto Warburg, Nobel prize winner. Dr Warburg says that when oxygen is deficient within our cells and fermentation is exchanged for a cell’s energy, the pathway to cancer is opened. When the normal respiration of body cells is replaced by cell respiration deficient in oxygen, the road to cancer has been opened.

All functions of our body are regulated by oxygen. It must be replaced every moment because 90% of our lives depends on it. Oxygen energizes cells so they can regenerate. Our body. uses oxygen to metabolise food and to eliminate toxins and waste through oxidation. Our brain needs oxygen each second to process information. All of our organs need a great deal of oxygen to function efficiently. The ability to think, feel, move, eat, sleep, and even talk all depend on energy generated from oxygen.

Oxygen is the only element capable of combining with almost every other element to form the essentials components necessary to build and maintain our body. For example oxygen + nitrogen+ hydrogen= protein : oxygen+ carbon+ hydrogen=carbohydrates : oxygen +hydrogen=water.

How important is oxygen to a healthy body? Many experts conclude that a lack of oxygen in human cells and tissue is linked to a vast variety of and quite possibly all health problems and disease, and that supplemental oxygen therapies have remarkable physiological benefits. It plays a very important role in the body acting as guardian and protector against unfriendly bacteria and disease organism. Most scientists and doctors reiterate that metabolic disorders are the result of blood deficient in oxygen.

One might conclude, therefore, that God created us with a need for oxygen in order that our bodies might be equipped to carry out all of these functions. But wouldn’t that assume that God was problem solving – figuring out how to give us a way to get rid of cancers and such?  But wait!  Why didn’t He just get rid of cancer from the beginning? He had no need to problem solve with an “after market” solution!  Simply fix the glitch and no more cancer and disease! There could have been no such thing! Couldn’t the Almighty Creator, the Great I Am, have “figured out” how to create us with no possibility of disease at all? 

So, if He did want us to absolutely HAVE to have oxygen, what would be His purpose?  What could He be trying to communicate to us?

If you have been following this site for – well, for ANY length of time, you know by now that most, if not all of the postings reflect the belief that He purposely designed all things physical, to mirror spiritual truths. Will we find that to be the case with our requirements for survival as well?

The word used in Scripture for air is ruach. Here it is from the Strong’s Lexicon.

רוה       roo’-akh   H 7307

From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions): – air, anger, blast, breath, X cool, courage, mind, X quarter, X side, spirit ([-ual]), tempest, X vain, ([whirl-]) wind (-y). Total KJV occurrences: 378

 Some of you may recognize this word, ruach, as being part of the phrase Ruach Hakodesh (the Holy Spirit) or Ruach Elohim, (Spirit of God) in the Scriptures. It first appears in the second verse of Genesis.

Gen 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit (ruach) of God moved upon the face of the waters.

 Gen 6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit (ruach) shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.  

Exo 31:3  And I have filled him with the spirit (ruach) of God, in wisdom, and in nderstanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

 In the Greek of the New Testament, the word is pneuma.

G4151   pneuma    pnyoo’-mah

From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit: – ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590. Total KJV occurrences: 385

 Now perhaps we can see why He might have wanted us to require air! Air is the picture of the Holy Spirit! Air (Holy Spirit) starvation means death. We see that his physical design of the human being which includes our vital requirement for air or breath teaches us a very important principal. We cannot survive without His Ruach!

And, miraculously, this air/breath/wind/ruach/pneuma is readily available near you. Anyone can afford it.  In fact, Yeshua Himself has told us where we can go to immediately receive our life-sustaining supply of Ruach!  He has already paid the bill! 

 Without the Ruach, your survival will not be worth the taking. Oxygen/ruach deprivation results in death of the brain and descent to life in a vegetative state and eventually death of the entire body. Please make certain that you have secured your supply of ruach! (Please scroll back up to the above information regarding the body’s requirement for air. Read again, replacing oxygen with Holy Spirit.  I think you will find it interesting and exciting!) I have bolded some of the functions of air that we can readily see relate also to the Holy Spirit. – guardian, protector, provider, removes waste and toxins (sin), etc.)

 And, astoundingly, within His design of “air” in the physical, our Magnificent Creator has also hidden the secret to keeping and even increasing the Ruach spiritually!  Remembering that His design is meticulous and purposeful in absolutely every aspect, and that absolutely no minute detail is arbitrary, consider this question with me. What is necessary for the earth to maintain its supply of oxygen? Plants! If we can discern how plants produce oxygen, perhaps we will have a better understanding of where the Ruach comes from and how to maintain our supply! After all, haven’t you had periods of life when you could feel the Spirit so strongly and then others when you struggled to feel it at all?  What causes the Spirit to wax and wane and what can be done to keep the waning to a minimum? Let’s see if studying the physical can shed some light on the spiritual.

 Plants produce oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. Simply put, photosynthesis occurs when the plant takes in energy from the sun and water to produce sugar. At the end of this process, the waste product is oxygen. Interestingly, this process cannot happen during the dark, nor can it occur without water. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that man is compared several times in Scripture to plants.  Psalms 128:3 and 144:12 both compare our children to plants. And in 2 Kings 19:26, people are compared to green herbs, vegetation, and grass. We’re also compared to trees, olive shoots, branches, etc. Righteousness, Word of God, and God Himself, are referred to as seed, plants, and the Tree of Life.

 I guess it should therefore come as no surprise that within the design of physical plants, God has hidden treasure. We need oxygen because HE wants us to need oxygen and for no other reason. Within the physical requirement which He ordained for the production of oxygen, He has pictured for us the fact that without the Light of the World, there will be no Ruach. Without the Living Water, there will be no Ruach. Since the Scripture several times compares man to plants (the grass of the field, wheat, trees, etc.), perhaps His design reveals that the Holy Spirit is produced when we spend time in His Light combined with the Water of cleansing.

 Growth?  My mother used to say, “When you’re green you grow; when you’re ripe you rot.”

There is much profound truth in that little saying.  Whenever we think we are “done,” we are both done and dying!  Continuing to learn and grow through reading of Him, studying Him, spending time with Him, having intimate conversations with Him, keeps our oxygen/Ruach supply coming. Just as plants produce oxygen, so our growth and putting on fruit produces more Ruach. Don’t end up with an empty tank!  Growth and oxygen/ruach are dependent upon one another and our survival is dependent upon both! During the treacherous times in which we live, being 100 feet beneath the surface with no Ruach would be devastating!!!

 Now that we have secured an air supply, let’s turn to the next item on our list.

SHELTER

This shelter must be mobile/portable as we may indeed need to be moving from place to place. It must be durable, affordable, and practically indestructible. Exposed to the elements without shelter for protection, we would surely perish. Let me recommend a Shelter that is mobile/portable, inexpensive, readily available near you and nonperishable. 

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change; And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. Psalms 91:2   

“The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms; And He drove out the enemy from before you, And said, ‘Destroy!’ Exodus 33:22   

For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. Psalms 31:20   

You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues. Psalms 46:1   

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Psalms 71:3   

We could all go out and empty the superstores of super tents and foldable shelters. We could “invest” in underground home shelters constructed from culverts and/or storage pods, and yet, if we are not in the Shelter of the Most High, all would still be for naught.  

Mat 16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  

Last in our list for today is…  

WATER

Again, I quote from lifescience.com.

“After 3 days, you need water or you’ll perish. You can make it 3 weeks without food, though we promise you that won’t be fun. Despite this possibly helpful rule, some people have survived 8 to 10 days without water. Again, leave such shenanigans to the truly desperate. 

As 65 percent of the human body, water is essential to people. Water flows through the blood, carrying oxygen and nutrients to cells and flushing wastes out of our bodies. It cushions our joints and soft tissues. Without water as a routine part of our intake, we cannot digest or absorb food. “

Wow!  Do you realize how important water is!?!  Even if we had food, without water the nutrients could not nourish our bodies. Without water, even if we had air, the oxygen could not reach our brains and the rest of our cells.  Without water, even if we had oxygen and food, the wastes could not be removed and this alone would result in our death by poisoning!  Without water…OH WITHOUT WATER!! 

Devastation!!!!

Thankfully, the particular kind of Water you desperately need can be obtained without cost and is readily available near you. It has stood the test of time, is non-perishable and weightless which makes it very easy to transport when needed.

Joh 4:10  Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

Joh 4:14  but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Again, we should ask ourselves, why did He create us with this insatiable need for water? Why has man always had to settle near a source of water? Why did He design us in such a way that if we have no water, we die? Did He design water (as we have seen that He did air), to mimic aspects of Himself that He desperately wants us to grasp? Can we then look at the design of water and learn about Him?  I am excited to show you a few exciting spiritual/physical parallels implanted within the design of water! 

Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Water is the only element on earth naturally occurring in three forms; liquid, gas, and solid. If any of the three forms was to disappear, the hydrological system would not operate as it does today, and life would be drastically changed, if not impossible.

As rainwater travels through the atmosphere, it picks up dirt and toxins which are then carried beneath the ground with the waterAs the Water rises back up through the ground, the impurities are filtered out as the Pure Water rises from the ground and returns to the heavenlies through the process of evaporation.

Can you BELIEVE how perfect the picture is????? Didn’t Yeshua, our Living Water, descend from the Heavenlies, pick up our “impurities,” pass beneath the ground where the impurities were filtered out, and then return to the Heavenlies spotless, to come again??? And here’s more!

The same amount of water (and indeed the same Water) exists on earth today as at creation!  And now we see that even physical water is “everlasting” and “unchangeable.”  It/He is the same as it/He was in the Garden of Eden! 

Water can come in the form of judgment or blessing.

Of all nutrient laden food and liquids that humans ingest, water, salt and honey are the three which have a peculiarity in common. They never spoil. All three are used to cleanse and heal and all three have significant roles in Scripture. Selah (pause and think about that).

It is interesting to note that scientists indicate that the maximum amount of time humans can survive without water is three days.  Thank God that our Living Water, Yeshua, rose pure and imperishable after three days in the ground or we would have all perished!

Do you see the parallels He has implanted within His design?  Do you see why He desired us to need Water?  Do you see what He has been communicating since the Garden?  We MUST have access to water or we will not survive!  We MUST have access to water or we cannot be cleansed!  We MUST have access to water or we will not be able to use any (spiritual) food we might obtain!  We MUST have WATER! 

Today we will leave it here and continue on with the rest of the list in a day or two. It is impossible to know what the coming days and weeks will bring. But no matter what, with His provision of our Air, our Shelter, and our Water, we have nothing to fear.   

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name (strength, power, character) of the LORD our God.     Psa 20:7

May we all learn to lean on the Everlasting Arms and rest in the Prince of Peace, the Mighty Warrior and the King of Kings. Sam’s and Wal-Mart and the local gun shop will never provide for or protect us, and they certainly do not love us enough to die for us (or at all, for that matter). Thankfully, we have access to a Provider and Sustainer for that!

And with that, we can all be

SURVIVORS!

 

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