Preparation – HEBREWS 11
By Harrietta Turner
What Christian does not know of the Hebrews 11 Faith Chapter? And what Christian isn’t constantly reminded in current sermons, especially by television evangelists…. of the Victories of the heroes of faith told of in the FAITH chapter in verses 1-35. And they tell us that these victories are to be ours through our faith if we have enough faith.
But how many sermons also mention that maybe we are going to be among those heroes of faith in the last verses of the chapter verses 36-38? “And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still, others had trial of mocking and scourging, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.” Hebrews 11:36-38. They kept their faith and were rewarded in the next life … in eternity with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ our crucified Savior!
Which group are we going to be in? I personally don’t know which group I am to be in. But I do know a few things God has revealed to me through these years. And I have found that fellow Christians usually and understandably don’t want to hear about these things.
When I lived on a high mountain road in my home in Montreat, NC I had a dream one night, that was a little over 30 years ago. I dreamed that enemy troops were fast advancing up the mountain towards my home and I had time to collect some basic necessities and rush out. I was able to escape out through the midst of the upcoming soldier’s unseen. Of course, I pondered the meaning of this dream and what to do about it.
Not much later I heard a report that during a Christian Conference in Ridgecrest, NC, the speaker Barbara Ann Chase, a spirit-filled Christian nun from Louisiana, said as she was speaking she saw enemy troops passing from Ridgecrest over the mountains into Montreat. Later I read that a Swannanoa, NC minister had a dream or vision of enemy troops passing by Swannanoa and headed to Black Mountain.
My mother owned several homes in Montreat, Black Mountain, and Swannanoa. I didn’t see that I could move from Montreat. She had also purchased a vacation house up here in Mitchell County, NC on Deer Park Lake in the very high mountains, not far from Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain peak East of the Mississippi River. And, in the not too distant future, our main house in Montreat, that we lived in burned totally to the ground with all the furnishings and collections of Christian books, musical instruments, etc. From the insurance money, we purchased a large stone home on quite a few acres on a mountaintop in Mitchell County and relocated there.
Since then a Montreat college professor, William Frostchen has published a book called “One Second After”, the story of the after-effects of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States. “One Second After” tells of an EMP attack taking down the electrical grid of the country and the enemy troops filing into Montreat and surrounding areas. He mentioned many of the roads and areas where my parents owned and sold houses they owned. We still owned some after moving to Mitchell County.
I have heard that there is a group of “Preppers” here in Mitchell County, who have even had Professor Fortson here to speak at their meetings. But I haven’t tried to find out who they are. I do that Jim Bakker of the former PTL Club and Community, who is now in the Ozarks with a Christian Community has also had Professor Fortchen as his guest and interviewed him on TV. Lately, Pat Robertson of the 700 Club TV Program has expressed very strong disappointment that our government has not been willing to spend the funds to protect our country against an EMP enemy attack.
Recently I was sharing all this with a renter of mine, who is very gifted with building and repairs, among other things. He wondered why only in that area I mentioned above were these things seen. I just said I thought it was because we all lived in that area. It doesn’t mean it won’t progress higher up into our area here where Prepper Groups are preparing.
I still don’t know which group of Christians told in the faith chapter I will be. But I do know that I am living in a home on the edge of the cliff overlooking the vast mountain areas and part of the land that I own goes partly down the mountain.
The other night the Lord gave me a dream of caves, one cave after another. I believe He is revealing that the time has come to find some of our caves and enlarge them and make others as preparation for what is coming. I feel a bit like I may be that group of faithful Christians who wandered into the mountains and dwelt in caves rather than those who miraculously escaped the miracles of God. Only time will tell, and only God knows best. I felt I should hare this information with others as the prophets have long warned that war, famine and accompanying difficulties are coming to the USA and that our whole county will be affected. We can try to be prepared as God leads us.
Harrietta Turner lives in Spruce Pine. She graduated from Tulane University School of Social Work.