By J.W. Caesar
For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. Zechariah 4:10
In the beginning, God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. Within the righteous bloodline of Adam, there has always been small groups that have kept the Creator’s NAME, Vision, Testimony of HIS Mercy, Redemption forecasts, and Covenant plans alive from generation to generation. As we look through the Bible and Israeli history, there is a clear pattern of a remnant(select group) of people that are called out from the world to seek and fulfill God’s Will. From the ancient Patriarchs, Noah’s family, Abraham, Issac, Joseph(Jacob), 12 tribes of IsraEl, GOD’s chosen men of valor, David’s mighty men, Judah and Benjamin after the diasapora, Judah Maccabbee ‘s family and loyal followers of Torah, Remnants of the lost tribes in different cultures, Jewish minion fellowships(groups of 10), houses of study(synagogues) set up after the diaspera to re-educate the community on the worship of YHWH, Y’shua(Jesus) and HIS 12 apostles, the early Judeo Nazarene-Christian sects and Greco-Roman churches, and the various denominations that stream from them today(Genesis 17:7).
The real issue is that God the Father has entrusted His enormous will to a few to make many. This cannot and could not be done by man’s abilities. He is the ultimate Change Agent and Multiplyer of Himself! “Only” YAHUAH(GOD) can do this kind of miracle es though the Great commission( Matt 28:19-20). (Matt 18:20) states that God is in midst of two or three assembled in HIS NAME.
In Hebrew culture the word Yahudah or Yehudah means Jew in modern terms. The word can mean YHWH’s Joyous acclamation,” it could also be interpreted as “in union with YHWH. Because Hebrew is expressed in ancient word pictures and modern script, there are other definitions that the word can take shape into. The name Yahod can mean a” joyous responsible community of togetherness in HIS NAME”.
This relates to modern day Christian and Messianic Hebrew groups in that they should be connected to HIS Will, use covenant concepts to make willing disciples aligned in the royal blood of the 2nd Adam( Yahushua) Jesus, and use the same small group methods and practices seen in the ancient and early called out assemblies.
(Judges 7:1 and 1 Cor 1:27-29)
It is important to understand that God uses small numbers and what is considered weak to accomplish his Work in the earth so people will know its HIM. God’s reduction of a 32,000 member Gideon’s army to 300 proves that, through the faithfulness of a few, many can be delivered and become conquerors. With God the outcome doesn’t depend on human might and strength. This is a perfect example of God’s grace being made perfect in the weakness of 300 men against thousands. In (Proverbs 21:30), It notes that no wisdom insight nor plan can stand against God’s will. The Jewish Sage GamaliEl agreed with this scripture when addressed the Sanhedrien about the Apostles preaching the Gospel of Christ. (Acts 5 Chapter)
At the beginning of Christ ministry, He had 70 disciples, but 12 made the cut, yet one was not truly converted. This small group made a powerful impact on the nation of IsraEl. Later when the resurrected Y’shua( Jesus) gave the Great Commission(Matt 28:18-20) His following grew among the Jewish community. Over a hundred disciples male and female were told to wait in Jerusalem, until endowed with power of authority to communicate and change the hearts and minds of people to accept Christ as their Savior. We see the number multiplying into the thousands after the Holy Spirit fell on the believers. Those whom were witnessed too in their own languages, were Jews visiting Jerusalem during the required feast visitation for the Spring Holi-days. They in turn, took the Gospel back to their Jewish(Yehudah) communities and Gentile nations. Many Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman small groups in the first century started out with a few anointed members. These small groups grew to take over many city centers and the Roman Empire by the 3rd century. They same can be done today.
Small Groups impacts
The central work of a small group Christian ministry is mentoring and evangelism. Historic Christian small groups became active in discipleship, mentorship, and relationship, and community building for Christ. Their targets were non-Christians, Christians and back-slidden Christians. They transferred their skills and spiritual maturity to faithful Christians. In turn, those faithful small group disciples multiplied the Kingdom of Christ in their generation. Our Creator, time and time again shows us that he does not need a large number of spiritually weak people in the flesh to move spiritual strongholds. He only needs a small number of strong spiritual covenant keeping beleivers.
How do Christian small groups relate to Disaster preparedness?
In the first century, the Christians were given the message of preparation for Christ Return and the sign of the times. This relates to disaster preparedness in that it will take modern Christian small groups to notify the world to prepare physically, mentally, and spiritually for the Endtimes. It requires small groups to spread the correct message of Christ’s Return which pertains to a global deception, lawlessness, earth changes and visible signs in outer space that affect all realms of life existence.
Christian small groups also must communicate the message of peaceful, law abiding, and co-existent preparation without selfishness and violence. They should watch and pray as directed by Christ in Matthew 24th chapter. These groups should not be involved with theories, mysteries or speculation. Christian small groups should be reporting facts as stated in the word of God, special revelation & instructions, and current events that match the intent of enduring until the end. Billions of people’s lives will depend on the “correct message” at the “right time” ministered to them based on compassion and caution. God will surely hold false teachers responsible for the deaths of people, confusion, and anyone taking the mark of the beast. All New Covenant believers are accountable to ”YHWH” for checking their sources of revelation so that they are not deceived.
In conclusion, modern small group Christian disaster preparation is the same pattern followed by the early church. The Apostolic writings of the New Covenant record that they multiplied themselves and spread the correct message as well as built each other up financially, physically and spiritually. They worked to combat lack and provided disaster aid to those in Jerusalem as well as resupplied Paul and his disciples on their journeys. These small groups were part of one big unified sustainable system that grew to become the Christian Church, and Messianic Israelite/Jewish groups today. In order for these New Covenant small groups to function effectively during the Endtimes, it is vital to understand that God keeps using the simplicity of small groups from the bloodline of Adamic covenant keepers to advance HIS Redemption plans and Protection to those that want to come into His ark of protection through the mighty Name and blood of Yahushua(Jesus). Without fostering GOD’S PRESENCE of covenant connection in small groups, no fruitful work of Salvation or Preparedness can take place.
By J.W. Caesar
Hosea 4: 6 (KJV) My people perish from a lack of knowledge.
Knowledge is power for survival when it comes to overcoming disasters. It is vital to get educated on how to survive in the event of a myriad disaster scenerios. Many people die or get injured because they did not adequately plan, prepare or mitigate for unseen emergencies. In order to win the war on disasters; American citizens must take disaster preparation seriously and strengthen themselves mentally, spiritually, and physically to overcome the challenges in the future.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency states on their website that there are actions that should be taken before, during, and after an event that are unique to each hazard. Each person or group should identify the hazards that have happened or could happen in their area and plan for the unique actions for each hazard. They further note that mitigation can be defined as actions to reduce loss of life and property by decreasing the impact of disasters. What this means is” taking action now”—before the next disaster—to reduce human and financial consequences later (analyzing risk, reducing risk, insuring against risk). Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Without these actions, people jeopardize their safety, financial security, and self-reliance and quality of life.
Building an emergency kit with first aid equipment and taking medical classes are best practices in mitigation that can assist in reducing risk and loss to families and the community. It is important to analyze what type of hazards would affect the community during a disaster, as well the decision to shelter in place or evacuate to a safe location. By following this risk analysis process, it would help clarify what type and size of container or bag to place first aid items inside, the quantity, what too and what not to pack, where to pack it, the environment, hazard scenario and number of people it can provide care too. Your first aid kit or emergency supplies should be designed around an all hazards approach that insures against the risk of not being able to treat or prevent hazards from overtaking you and your group. These hazards can cause temporary or permanent damage to the critical infrastructure of this nation. Therefore everyone should be a stakeholder in public safety and security of this nation. As a result, many are designing their first aid kits around temporary disaster events where there is a short recovery period, while others are preparing their kits for a total collapse of the system where medical resources will be hard to find.
Caution: for medical legal and health safety reasons-Disaster Preparers should think about:
- Preparing physically, mentally, and spiritually now to adapt to changes caused by impact of disasters and continuity of civil and infastructure recovery.
- Familiarizing with their local, state and federal laws on the boundaries of giving care to humans, pets and livestock.
- Getting prior training on how to use the items in the first aid kit.
- Working as a trained and covenant group, not loner.
- Trying to get written certification or medical authority to perform certain procedures.
- Not going beyond their scope of practice or their medical certifications.
- Abiding by the local laws of what is allowed in your first aid or medical kit.
- (Personal, Force, Asset Protection)Avoiding making themselves a target for thieves, murderers, drug addicts that use false emergency scenes or requests for help.
A first aid kit can be purchased at many stores, disaster preparedness organizations and online merchants. Medical supplies can also be purchased individually to build your own kit. Some have also combined the two as one mitigation measure. Others have crafted their own replacement first aid products by improvising. They use tampons for bleeding, card board for splints, and other homemade items, or pet supplies for their kit’s inventory. The real issue is finding the right items and kit skin for your needs. There are many questionable claims to first kits such as the number of people that it can actually treat in an emergency, the quality, sterility and durability of items, the protective covering of the container or bag and excessive prices for minimal supplies. This is why it is vital to do a risk analysis and make appropriate mitigation decisions for your own needs from an all hazards approach.
Non exhaustive Example of items for Emergency First aid Survival Kit:
Airway Control Kit
_____ Pocket Mask kit
_____ Breathing Barrier with gloves kit
_____ First aid booklet _____Trauma/Bandage scissors _____Protective Face masks
_____12 hour Cyalume Lightsticks _____Candles_____Straws
_____ Scissors, fine point_____ Splinter Forceps _____Nail clippers ____Tweezers
_____ Disposable Penlight or flashlight _____Head Lamp _____ Flashlight
_____Permanent Markers_____Pen _____Pencil_____Writing Paper Tablet _____
_____ Disposable Gloves_____ Splints_____Trash bags ______Ziploc bags
_____Duct Tape_____Clear tape____Painter’s tape____Scotch tape
_____Lockman tool_____Knife_____Razor_____ Box Cutter
_____Cable ties______Rope______String_____Plastic Wrap______Foil
______Belts______Straps____Batteries____Heavy protective gloves
Circulation/Bleeding Control Shock Kit
_____ Triangular Bandages(Cravats)______Rubber Latex gloves_______ Eye protection
______Military Field Dressing bandages______Abdominal bandages___Burn Kit
______ Large Absorbent pad dressings _____ Elastic Bandages
______Gauze Roll Bandages______ Adhesive Bandages
______ Tourniquets______ Gauze Pads, 4”x4”______ Gauze Pads, 2”x2”
______ Bandage tape_____ Disposable Rescue Blanket for shock
Sickcall /First Aid items
____Band Aids____Salt____Pepper____Sugar____Ammonia Inhalents
____Tongue depressors____Tempa-dots Thermometers____Eyewash kit____Eye drops
_____Eye pads_____KY-Jelly ____ Aspirin____Tylenol____Cough drops
_____Cold Med.Tablets_____Nasal spray_____Immodium Tablets ____Anaphalaxis kit
____Anti-biotic Ointment______Antifungal cream______Iodine wipes._____Betadine wipes.
_____Alcohol wipes._____Cleaning wipes. ______Anti-bacterial Soap solution
Alcohol Bottle. ____Hydrogen Peroxide Bottle. _____Hand cleaning solution Bottle.
_____Ice Pack______Heat Packs____Moleskin cover bandage
Medical Supplies and their Skins
Medical supplies for a first aid kit can be put inside of a various items that are all weather resistant, waterproof, durable, floatable, not previously had any toxic or corrosive materials stored inside of it, and clearly marked as a first aid or medical kit. Ziploc bags and plastic trash bags can give extra all weather protection and longetivity of items. The kit should also be easy to carry with straps or handles, have reasonable space or compartments for medical items, and easy to open or secure during an emergency. The size and type of first aid emergency kit may be based on varied factors such as the personal needs of the individual, group, or community, different hazards, medical training, number of sick and injured, terrain, response time, life cycle of disaster, use with vehicles, walking distance, evacuation, and weather.
- Military Unfolding zippered Aid Bag M-3 & M-17
- Military Chest with handles
- Military Aid Station chest containers
- Military hard plastic or metal containers
- Nylon, Leather or Canvas Back Packs
- Luggage with wheels and handle
- Purse or designer bag
- Lunch box
- Square or rectangle storage containers
- Tupperware containers
- Plastic Ice Cream or used Food Containers
- Hunting vests
- Belt Pouches
A well-stocked and well maintained list of items in the first aid kit should be kept up to date at all times by rotating and replacing items. A best practice for maintaining the mitigation investment of life saving equipment is doing inventory and preventative maintenance checks before and after using the kit. It can take place on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly cycle. The outside and inside of the emergency kit should be inspected for damage such as cracks, tears or holes. Mitigations measures such as health safety inspections for spoilage and expiration dates of items are important also. However, some questions have been raised about keeping items regardless of expiration dates because of future scarcity of items during extreme disaster periods. These questions should be addressed by medical authorities who are expert in disasters and laws of the land. In any case, some items can lose their shelf life, sterility, durability, and may become toxic because of the hot storage temperatures. Another temperature issue is freezing. Solutions can freeze causing the containers to crack and break causing contamination of other items or damaging the first aid container.
The kit should work as expected: treat injuries and save life when you need it and cause no harm when it is not needed. It is vital to verify that the items consisting within the kit still function as expected, including the batteries in the medical equipment. The first aid kit should be stored in a place that is of the right temperature for medical supplies, in a safe location, away from pests, where no damage can occur, can be accessible to adults, but not to children or pets that can be poisoned and injured.
In summary, disasters can happen at anytime and anyplace. The consequences of not preparing for them may be immeasurable. To minimize this risk, it is vital to mitigate these impacts by building an emergency first aid kit based on analyzing, reducing, and insuring against future risks. It would be wise to assemble an emergency first aid kit that is adaptable and maintainable for your needs, take first aid classes, get familiarized with medical – legal laws, learn how to take protective measures in emergency situations, and establish mutual-aid and covenant partnerships well in advance of an emergency situation. All of these steps help reduce the impact of hazards associated with future events and improve the chances of winning the war over disasters. Americans, must remember that everyone is a stakeholder in public safety, God given freedoms, continuity of civil government, and protecting the critical infastructure and key resources of this nation.
By J.W. Caesar
Since the 1990’s, the world has seen an increase of abnormal social, geological, weather and astrological patterns. Along with this has been the speed and increase of high technology, geopolitical unrest and weaponology. Yet, the moral aptitude to endure and balance these situations has decreased. Much has been given and revealed in our age, but it takes much wisdom to handle it correctly. As a result, Post modern Christian leaders need to ask themselves how they would respond in the event of a disaster: Is my flock ready mentally, physically, and spiritually to endure and overcome? Are we prepared to evacuate and relocate nationally or globally? Do we have the necessities stocked up to shelter in place, and are we trained to receive wounded and give competent care? Do we have a continuity plan for our essential operations to continue?
Building a Culture of Preparedness
Projected Disasters and Crisis:
1. Astrological: Solar Storms, Asteroid Impact, Lunar changes, Comets, Plantary castrophe, Dying stars, Alien attack
2. Weather: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Blizzards & Ice Storms, Lighting strikes
3. Geological: Volcanos, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Sink Holes, Tidal waves, Continental plate shifts
4. Man-made: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Electronic, Weather, Psychological, Spiritual, Conventional Warfare, Pandemic, Zombies, Terrorism, Power outage, Mass Violence, Continental Invasion, Mass Food shortage, Economic, Government Information, Infastructure, and Spiritual Collapse and Mass Deception
Matthew 24 Chapter outlines all this clearly. Therefore, it is vital for Christians living during these uncertain times to prepare themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually for the times ahead by not being dismayed( Jeremiah 10:2, Isaiah 41:10, Matt 28:20). They should not overestimate or underestimate the power of traumatic situations to test their faith. Christian leaders should not prepare for disasters by seeking mediums, spirits, survival of the fittest teachers nor science-fiction. They should support their preparedness vision by praying for wisdom from God to develop an all hazards approach that ensures plans are in places that define the survivability of ministry and congregations by:
1. Learning the requirement of sheltering in place like Noah and Israelites in Egypt when death angel came through
2. Defining capabilities required to address threats, Prioritize needs to solve problem, and their ability to provide resources,
3. Providing assistance to the community and globally like Joseph in Egypt, after being forewarned by God to prepare.
4. Training for split team operations where congregation members have to survive apart from the group like the prophets and Jesus’s disciples and early Christian assemblies.
5. Protecting property and assets like Joshua, Gideon, and Nehemiah.
6. Preparing for mass evacuation and relocations like the mobile evangelistic mission work like Abraham, ancient Israel, Moses and apostles.
7. Getting certified in basic and advanced Survival, First aid, Crisis care, Spiritual care, Medicine, Gardening, Communications, and building Faith based covenant relationships with similar ethics and beliefs like early Israeli and Christian communities.
8. Avoid dangerous groups that sow fear mongering, doubt, false doctrine, division, are lawless, have plans to overthrow authority and follow survival of the fittest and cannibalism. God calls us to be orderly and follow his commandments in all situations god or bad (Ancient Israel personality conflicts with God and their leaders in the Wilderness, Amalekites Duet 25:15-19, David vs. Nabel).
The development of a “Christian culture of preparedness” will lessen the impact of future crisis as a destructive force on the physical, emotional, spiritual dimensions of human life. Furthermore, today many Christian communities have sought training in how to prepare and create response covenants with public officials and other help agencies. These actions have helped create group frameworks that will mitigate disasterous effects and decrease hazards when a disaster occurs. This prevents loss and supports the goal of recovery and resilience of the community after a disaster.
Disaster Preparedness Training: Basic Preparedness & Advanced Training
- Family, Group, Ministry, and Biblical Spiritual Ethics in different crisis situations
- American Red Cross or American Heart First Aid, CERT(Community Emergency Response Training) and CISM(Critical Incident Stress Management)
- Emergency Management, Christian Community Continuity plans
These classes assist in the education and planning of Christian communities to be involved in local and national critical incidents. However, some may find themselves seperated from Christian groups and will need to take other self supporting classes that relate to urban and wilderness survival. It is further important to develop a simple, flexible, and realistic plan based on the Christian group’s resources, spiritual gifts, experience, needs, and limitations. The Christian leader should also consider the risk managment assessment approach of being involved in short or long term disaster response operations. Many risk factors such as knowledge of where and what type of disaster the Christian team will support i.e. ( nuclear, pandemic, mass violence, tornado or power outage), when and how long they can be called up for duty, nature of duties, onsite and post disaster operation safety, legal liabilities, and governing rules of commitment to abide by under the Emergency Management System. Another risk is the possiblity of a christian community’s leadership, business operations and buildings being destroyed as a result of a disaster situation. A reccomendation for this problem would be a continuity plan with legal succession, delegation of authority, reconstituion, and devolution instructions to continue the Christian community’s essential operations to minister the Gospel like the netzer sprout(root of Jesse) that branches out from the ground or stump when the tree is cut down (Isaiah 6:13, 11:1-4).
No matter the Christian denominational issue or belief system. All Christian groups responding to disasters should look and act like the body of Christ. The care performed should be of the same quality given in John 3:16. It should look like the same nail scared hand of Jesus Christ whereby there is a spirit of love and sacrifice that shows power in decreasing the tradgedy in this fallen world by fullfilling the great commission(Matt 28:19-20). It is vital to get every chrisitan in the mission of mitigating the effects of the disaster. Every member of the body of Christ is vital to decreasing the power of a disaster, restoring the strength, and fostering recovery of a community. It takes a team effort to win the war on tragedy: from the Christian church member, prayer warriors, pastoral staff, administrative staff, maintenance workers, supply and cooking staff, to the Christian responder team working with emergency managers, firefighters, elected officials and other emergency responders.
Everyone in the Fight: Christian Responder network work produces fruit
A good example of the 5 fold Christian ministries(Ephesians 4:11-13) working as a collaborative team and producing spiritual fruit is when a disaster occurs, the scene is secured, victims leave the disaster and are processed by the Emergency Management (Incident Command System), Christian responders supporting the Incident by performing triage and care functions, then get demographic information and needs of the victims, the victims are referred to their Christian communities and other certified safe ministries that are trained to come alongside the survivors to assist them in overcoming the impact and post effects of the disaster. Elected officials and other Emergency management staff work together with the needs and also may use the spiritual services employed by the Christian community.
In this way, the tragedy is not allowed to embed itself in the lives of the victims or rescuers. The tragedy can be used to affect mass evangelism and soul care to survivors, their families, public officials and responders thus mitigating the power of disaster into a life-giving tool and bridge to the community to come to Jesus Christ. It is important to note that all Christian responders should be trained and screened so that they are not operating in a spirit of error in disaster situations, whereby they preach emotionally charged messages that conflict with the goal of recovery. The initial period of a disaster and its other phases are times to show compassion and mercy while the person(s) are recovering their normal state of mind and adjusting to their new normal (Matt 22:36-40, Jude 1:22-33).
Community Strengthening Operations
No one will escape having a crisis in this life (John 16:33). Biblical believers know that crisis can hit suddenly without warning at any time or place in our life time. Some crisis situations can occur over time building up steam, then exploding without warning on the scene. If unprepared for the initial impact of the event, a person or group will incur worse consequences, than those that were prepared with mitigated defenses. The vital issues are how we emotionally react, think to define the situation, respond from our given perspectives can make the difference in being a permanent victim or eternal overcomer through Jesus Christ.
The Christian ministry in disaster operations should be shaped from the resurrection power and Kingdom work of Jesus Christ on the crucifix. Preparedness, Mitigation, Protection, Response, and Recovery are all biblical goals and priorities for mankind. Providing care, reducing the effects suffering, grief, loss, and mitigating loss of life and property are strengthening operations that Christ calls all believers to support within the biblical framework of Love.
In summary, Bible believers have known for centuries that disastrous signs in the society, the environment and sky would come as a warning sign that the earth was spinning down toward the coming of his Son Y’shua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) and later final judgment day with the Creator. For 2000 years every generation has had its warning signs to prepare their souls and help others in the simplicity of repentance from wrong doings according to God’s word, accepting Jesus Christ as their only savior from judgment, being baptized and filled with his Holy Spirit and doing good works worthy of calling them sons and daughters of God. We cannot allow high technology to take the place of GOD by denying the Creator’s spark of humanity in our thinking, thus allowing wrong decisions to lead to more poverty, suffering, and disease. The lessons learned from scripture and best practices that improve the quality of life are seen in Jesus Christ and his disciples working in the world to make a difference and establish His kingdom in and from the most evil of situations.
By developing a Christian culture of preparedness and response to different disasters and seeking training will lessen the future impact of crisis as a destructive force. Because of the varied hazards and their effects, Christian communities need to view themselves not only as a sheltering community, but remain flexible to adjust to the situations whereby they could be part of a mass evacuation that may relocate them globally or in local security camps. Careful consideration should be taken to research and make a realistic assessment of their capabilities, assets, limitations, duties that conflict with their beleifs, legal oaths and commitments to governing authorities during the life of a disaster.
Everyone is important in supporting the Kingdom work of Christ in mitigating disasters at all levels of Christian social groups. No matter the race, creed, color, gender or Christian doctrine; the nail scared hands of Christ reaching out to help should look the same in all Christian disaster responses. The resurrection power of Christ flowing to the victim should be the target. Christian responders should also be working to decrease the power of tragedy, not increase it. Many disasters have been turned around for God’s glory, in that victims were approached in the right manner, treated with timely and dignified care, given respect, referred to safe Christian communities trained in competent crisis care and recovery. Christians should focus their attention to community strengthening operations whereby they prepare themselves and others for the impact of critical incidents by aligning their hearts and mind to trust God in all situations. In doing this,we are strengthening the Kingdom of God. Messiah did not promise we’d be taken out of the world, but that HE told us to endure and HE would be with us until the end ( John 17:15-18/ Matt 24:18/Rev. 2:10/3:5/12:11). He taught his disciples to prepare, mitigate, protect, respond, and recover as part of the biblical lifestyle of Love as Christian believer. If we are to plan and prepare, let’s do it according to the simplicity of His words…..Love GOD with all your heart, mind and resources and Love your neighbor as yourself.
“Jesus warned His Disciples, These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. John 16:33 KJV.
In these modern times, The world lives in times of uncertainty and crisis since the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New York Twin Towers. Jerimiah 30, book of Daniel, Matthew 24, 1st Thessalonians Ch. 5, 2nd Thessalonians Ch. 2 & book Revelations details several disaster scenerios and deceptions before the authentic return of Jesus Christ(Y’SHUA HaMASHIACH). This period of times will be filled with much tribulation like a woman having a baby. It is known as Jacob’s trouble or birth pains. After the appearance of the evil figure known as the anti-christ and mass departing from the true gospel, false peace, false restoration of Israel, false call to come to various anti-christs geographically. There will also be a pre and post time period of intensity that will increase with times of psychological & spiritual warfare, suffering, terrorism, fear mongering, crisis, social deterioraton, loss of relationship bonds, world wars, starvation, disease, lawlessness, false prophetic messages that call for a false Christ and religious government, and other disaster scenerios as we near the end of times. Christ notes that He that endures until the end will be saved. Therefore, the intensity of the chaos & confusion must be so great that one would have to be endowed with a double annointing of the Holy Spirit to overcome those future crisis times.
It is vital to plan now to be mentally, spiritually and physically fit for those days ahead. We know that Christ has given us His intervention of grace in these times of crisis. He has has given the power of grace by trusting in His POWER in us to overcome through HIS blood and Holy Spirit Acts 2:38 /Revelations 12:11. We are called to be overcomers. How? By HIS power of mercy(grace) that gives the supernatural ability to forgive others, ones self, turn and stop sinning, start doing righteousness, restores from the inside out, and have peace, love and joy Psalm 51:10, Phillipians 2:14, Romans 6 & 12 chapters.
The real issue is that Jesus intervened for mankind with His statement in
John 16:33 “ that you may peace”. He is not promising that Christians will have a home and garden religion or prosperous platitudes living in this world of spiritual warfare. HE is giving them an early intervention into the future matters of living in a A.D. After HIS suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ world, having only the “trust in His work and power of the Holy Spirit Presence”. It is a known fact that living in those times in the middle east were very stressful and filled with supernatural social and environmental stressors. Many early Christians died as martyers with the same comprehension of being baptized and professing their faith was a death warrant. Never the less, they endured supernatural crisis by early intervention techniques of prayer, fasting, singing and group fellowship with others sharing the “circles of impact”. It did not slow down their functioning in the Holy Spirit.
We read about the Apostle Paul he was called to suffer much for God’s name (YHWH) Acts 9:16 & 20:23. Orignally, he was a harsh persecutor of early Nazarene believers and was adversarily present when Stephan the deacon was killed for Christ name. He was later physically blinded by Christ, rebuked, healed, corrected, and called into Christ’s service where he persecuted by Jews he used to work for and believers who thought he was trying to trick them. Later, in His letters to the assemblies, He explains that he and his missionary group dispared of life when they were pressed beyond their limits ( 2 Corinthians 1:8). He further endured beatings, stoned, shipwrecks, lost at sea adrift, danger from multiple environmental, criminal plots, from his ethnicity, urban and wilderness hazards, false brothers and sisters, work and hardship, sleepless nights, hunger, thirst, without resources, cold naked, “daily anxiety” as a leader about his assemblies he had started (2 Corinthians 11:24-29). The Scriptures also teach us he suffered in sickness also but remained firm in His trust in God and ministry work ( 2 Corinthians 12:7,10,Colossians 4:14, & 2Timothy 4:11). Therefore, we all can agree this man of God knew crisis, but not defeat.
All these events described in Paul’s life were critical incidents, that cause emotional, spiritual, and physical reactions. We can see in the aftermath of his “debriefing narrative”, that he is having obvious signs and symptoms of Post traumatic stress and depression. He is definitely not ashamed of his emotional response and defends himself that it is not a sign of weakness, but is picturing himself as a survivor reacting to the critical incidents that plagued him as a result of his work for Christ. He felt safe describing that he was not ok, but had the expectancy to get better and finish his life mission regardless the future trials. His faith in God was challenged, but grew as a result of crisis.
Jennifer Cisney, American Association of Christian Counselors outlines that the normal reactions to a stressful event that is beyond normal everyday stress causes blood to be increased throughout the body with adrenaline, endorphines and other chemicals where strength and mental sharpness is increased and pain lessoned. Normally, there is a fight or flight reaction in the center of the brain from the amygdala which releases chemicals that disables the frontal lobe of the brain that manages decision making and balance occur. This means that the person is controlled by impulses like an animal to act and not think. It is a normal reaction to any stressor.
The issue is that although this is a positive and protective reaction, it is harmful in various ways. If a person stays in this state of intensity for a long or short time, depending their response level: 1. damage can happen to their overall health. 2. more serious psychological damage and disease can occur. 3. cause behavior that is dangerous to others and themselves. If a person stays in this “state of mind” their amygdala enlarges and can trigger protective reactions even in less stressful events causing the negative reactions above. In essence, taking over control from the frontal lobe before it can react to think.
Cisney also stated that early intervention after critical incident is vital to return the person to their normal baseline functioning. She explains that the goals in critical incident stress management are to A. stabilize the victim of their symptoms B. symptom relief and reduction C. seek higher level care. It is a form of psychological first aid. Furthermore, the she outlines that the US military in various wars used the PIE method to treat combat soldiers: Proximity of trauma scene, Immediate care given after incident, Expectancy to get better.
Cisney further quoted from NIMH article Mental Health and Mass Violence Report, 2002
“While most survivors of violence and mass disaster will recover normally from their psychological post-traumatic stress, it is important to do early pyshchological interventions to those who are in need. The interventions should be phasic multi-component intergrated intervention systems.”
This means that a person in crisis should be treated early after impact of critical incident with various psycho-social methods and support systems, over a period of time based on the needs not just one intervention method such as monitoring, measurement diagnostics, applications, controls and multi-support problem solvers.
As New Covenant believers, we can clearly understand that our faith was birthed in crisis from Y’shua(Jesus) who went through Crisis turned into victory. Many of the early Apostles were crisis counselors themselves taking the good news of Jesus Christ to the world, yet becoming injured, enduring many critical incidents, crisis responses to persecution, and spiritual warfare as they were used by the Holy Spirit to build the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ himself took time for himself away from HIS crisis and healing work (Mark 1:8, Luke 5th & 9th chapters). He tells beleivers to do the same daily in prayer Matthew 6:6. When there was no one to intervene in there crisis, the believers relied on pouring out their heart to God in emotional prayers, psalms, lamentations and hyms, receiving an answer they would only understand and feelings of peace that surpasses understanding. Romans 8:26 & Ephesians 6: 18 notes the same self early intervention process of the Holy Spirit as the Counselor ( John 14:26). Not all their questions or comments were answered, yet symptoms were reduced and even relieved after this exchange of spiritual dynamics of trust in the Father.
The early believers and their leaders used basic soul care principles from the scriptural Judeo-Christian community heritage where the OT(Tankh) & Christian interpretations of Law (TORAH) commanded believers to assist one another. These actions of help interventions after impact of a critical event was a form of psychological first aid by the community that was used to stabilize and provide symptom reduction, and referral to higher level care by the Presence of Creator. In esscense, a covenant community of care was the basic command in the scriptures that fostered love, expectation of restoration, recovery and daily functioning. When a believer is surrounded by: “competent peer support and laws” that support their brain trust, grief and loss time, recovery time, mercy, understanding, safe places to recover, and counseling to heal, a loving God that cares and sent His Son as a suffering servant Isaiah 53, the expectation for wellness, and return to functioning; supports the ethos of crisis intervention.
There is a large list of biblical prophecy and US defense analylists project future disasters scenerios to occur. Jennifer Cisney has described this picture as that it is not a matter of “if” another act of violence will occur that could shock the pyschi of America, but “when”. In these end days, it is vital to re-study the scriptures to get a complete picture of our faith as a crisis intervention and overcoming tool, work as teams of community care ministries showing forth the glory and love of God in our actions with the power of the nail scarred hands of Y’SHUA(JESUS) VICTORY over death, hell and the grave and all the works of the advesary’s crisis weapons. We can learn from Paul’s life journey of complicated grief, loss, and crisis with the firm hope of glory all the way to heavan. Early intervention by God, His messengers, and servants assisted many of the Christian communities to survive and overcome their trials and crisis to this present day. In the last days, we will need that same ordination plus. We pray for God’s Presence to fill us up and intervene for us when those times come for us to stand. With this Hope, we can have Peace to prepare to be courageous like Y’shua, when faced with critical incidents of life and death and come out on the other side of crisis victorious!
Romans 8: 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present , nor things to come , 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. KJV
1. KJV BIBLE
2. Jennifer Cisney, Impact Dynamics of Crisis and Trauma, CCCT 201, Stress and Trauma Care, American Association of Christian Counselors, 2009.