July 2011 Yavoh

Trib Trooper Survival Kit

The Bible speaks of a time when the believers will have to flee their homes and cities and survive in the “wilderness of the peoples.” It a time referred to as the Great Tribulation. It begins at a future Passover and concludes three-and-a-half years later at the fall holiday of the Feast of Trumpets. Those who do not escape, survive, and endure to the end do not see the physical return of the Lord. Instead, they perish earlier attempting to fight or being taken captive by the enemy. The prophet Ezekiel describes this greater exodus of the nations and our survival during that time.

"As I live," declares the Lord God, "surely with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out, I shall be king over you. And I shall bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out; and I shall bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I shall enter into judgment with you face to face. As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you," declares the Lord God. "And I shall make you pass under the rod, and I shall bring you into the bond of the covenant; and I shall purge from you the rebels and those who transgress against Me; I shall bring them out of the land where they sojourn, but they will not enter the land of Israel. Thus you will know that I am the Lord. EZE 20:33-38

As a soothing aroma I shall accept you, when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered; and I shall prove Myself holy among you in the sight of the nations. And you will know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the land which I swore to give to your forefathers. And there you will remember your ways and all your deeds, with which you have defiled yourselves; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for all the evil things that you have done. Then you will know that I am the Lord when I have dealt with you for My name's sake, not according to your evil ways or according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel," declares the Lord God. EZE 20:41-44

For thus says the Lord God, “How much more when I send My four severe judgments against Jerusalem: sword, famine, wild beasts, and plague to cut off man and beast from it! Yet, behold, survivors will be left in it who will be brought out, both sons and daughters. Behold, they are going to come forth to you and you will see their conduct and actions; then you will be comforted for the calamity which I have brought against Jerusalem for everything which I have brought upon it.” EZE 14:21-22

"Therefore behold, days are coming," declares the Lord, "when it will no longer be said, 'As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,' but, 'As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.' For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers." JER 16:14-15

"Therefore behold, the days are coming," declares the Lord, "when they will no longer say, 'As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,' but, 'As the Lord lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.' Then they will live on their own soil." JER 23:7-8

If you have ever taken a survival course, you know that the three basics of survival are shelter, water, and food (in that order). One could add defense as a fourth item if you are in a hostile environment. Shelter is the first priority. The outside elements of the world are harsh to human beings varying from very hot to very cold. In warmer temperatures sunstroke and sunburn can make you very miserable. A shelter from the sun is essential to protect yourself from the sun’s radiation. In cooler temperatures the most dangerous temperature zone is 30 to 50 degrees which can bring on hypothermia (loss of core body temperature). A shelter from the wind is essential to survive in those conditions. Freezing temperatures demand shelter protection to avoid frostbite. Survival experts will tell you that failing to find or build a shelter can endanger your life in two to three hours, whereas a lack of water can cause death by dehydration in two to three days. The lack of food can cause death in two to three weeks. Therefore, shelter is the first priority in a survival situation.

Interestingly, God has promised us that He will provide water and food and help defend us in the Great Tribulation, but He does not promise to give each of us a tent or shelter (sukkah). We are to learn this while attending the Feast of Tabernacles. We are to remember how God helped our ancestors in the wilderness when they left Egypt and journeyed toward the Promised Land. In that instance, the children of Israel set up their sukkahs (tents) and God supplied the water (from the rock) and the food (manna from heaven). He even helped them when they confronted enemies along the way. Yes, you need to be ready to defend yourself and your family and this involves firearms. However, you should only bring and use a firearm if you are trained to use one. It is your choice as to what type of firearm is appropriate for you to bring. I will not address that matter at this time.

If we are to survive the Great Tribulation for three-and-a-half years then we must trust the Lord. No matter how much preparation we do, it will not be enough. Our hope is to follow His plan. So, let us assume that God can be trusted and that He will not leave us or forsake us. What else should we bring for our survival in addition to our sukkah?

Besides your clothing items, sleeping bags, and shovel (God says that every man shall have a shovel to keep the camp sanitary) you must also bring those medical items critical to you for that time period. I am hoping that we will all be healed at the being of the Great Tribulation to make the journey as well.
You should include a couple of obvious things like a Bible, some anointing oil, and a tallit for the men. The need to take a Bible is obvious for believers, but anointing oil is essential for those who will be in shock and dismayed by the events. Fear and mourning the loss of previous things will overwhelm many. Isaiah talks about this oil when he speaks to those believers who see God’s vengeance upon the world (Great Tribulation).

To proclaim ... the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. ISA 61:2-3

The “oil of gladness” is a small amount of olive oil and the “mantle of praise” is a tallit. Lion and Lamb Ministries produces anointing oil made expressly for this purpose.

There are also practical items that every family or adult individual should have. I refer to this collection of items as a “tribulation trooper survival kit.” They are all items that you can acquire from a multitude of sources such as a hardware store, a sporting goods store, or a military surplus store. You can also add to this list, but I have defined this list with the minimums in mind. If everyone in the camp has one, then we will all have enough.

First, you need a small shoulder pack or waist fanny pack to personally transport your kit. Most sporting goods stores have these. Pick one that is large enough for your items and is easily transported on your person.


Then you need to acquire the following items and pack them in your kit accordingly:

1. LED flashlight
    (extra batteries in a sealed container)
2. Hunting Knife (with a sheath and sharpener)
3. Machete (axe)
4. Multipurpose tool (like a Leatherman)
5. Fire starter (with prepared tinder for fire)
6. Nails and screws
    (wrapped with electrical tape)
7. Compass/Thermometer
8. Fishing kit (line, weights, bobber, hooks)
9. Zip-ties (various small sizes)
10. Whistle
11. Tiny LED light
12. Clothes pins
13. Nylon cord for a clothes line (50ft)
14. 550 Parachute Cord (100 ft)
15. Leather work gloves
16. Zip-Lock bags (gallon and quart sizes)
17. 9 x 12 painter’s plastic cloth
18. Sling shot (with extra surgical tubing)
19. Large Steel or Lead Shot
    (ammo for the sling shot)
20. D-rings (carabiner)/ quick rings/
    Safety Pins
21. Water bottle(s)
22. Roll of toilet paper (tube removed)
23. Petroleum jelly
24. Anti-itch cream/insect sting cream
25. Pain reliever (aspirin, ibuprofen,
    naproxen sodium, etc.)
26. Sewing kit with needles and thread
27. Small folding shovel
28. Rubber bands (various large sizes)
29. Mosquito net (hook to hat/strainer)
30. Small amount of coffee/tea bags
31. Food Seasoning (Salt, Pepper, Mrs. Dash)
32. Mess kit, Utensils, and Camp Cookware Kit
33. Fingernail clippers and files
34. Small scissors
35. Small bars of soap
36. Painter’s Mask (aka Germ mask/
    Allergy mask)
37. A manual wind-up clock with alarm

Let me explain the items and why you need them.
LED flashlight
(extra batteries in a sealed container)

Flashlights are rated for how bright they are (lumens) and how long they will last with full batteries. You don’t need a super bright light that is full of batteries. You need a small light that is reliable and there when you need it. Don’t get a cheap plastic light; get one that is rugged and made of metal. I recommend the following brands: Nu Flare, SureFire, Serengeti

I also recommend that you have a very small LED light that can hook on your belt or key ring that will last for years. This is the primary light you will need in the Great Tribulation.

Hunting Knife (with a sheath  and sharpener)

Knives are as numerous as flashlights. Get a good knife made by a knife making company that will not break. I prefer the Buck Company. The model 119 is a mainstay and I have used it backpacking and hunting for many years. Don’t get a sharpening stone; you probably don’t know how to use it and you need oil to do it properly. Instead pick up a small portable ceramic sharper. It weighs less than the stone and actually sharpens your knife instead of making it duller. I prefer a fixed blade that you can hang on your belt in a sheath. A folding knife is more dangerous. You will cut yourself more times with a folding knife putting it away than with a fixed blade.

The uses for a good sharp knife are too numerous for me to list. A knife is simply indispensable for survival in any setting.

Machete (axe)

I prefer a Kukri Machete. Its shape and weight makes it comparable to a hand axe and more versatile. It serves to clear vegetation and prepare fuel for your fire. It also an excellent weapon when the need arises.
Folding multipurpose tool

The Leatherman is the standard for this device, but there are others with multiple tools and elements which are just as capable. Find one that makes sense for you.

Fire starter (with prepared tinder for fire)
 
Don’t waste your time with matches. Get a fire starter that uses flint/magnesium and a piece of metal or a knife. It will provide plenty of spark. The key is preparing your tinder to get the fire going. I have a small container with cotton balls smeared with petroleum jelly. Shred the tinder and have other natural tinder ready to be burned. A couple sparks into the cotton ball and you will have plenty of flame.

I am reminded of an Oklahoma saying we have that comes from our Native-American brethren. "White man’s fire is large; everyone sits back. Indian fire is small; everyone sits up close." A white man's fire also burns a lot of fuel (that you have to go get).

Nails and Screws
    (wrapped with electrical tape)

Simple nails and screws are more useful than you realize. They can be attached to a sturdy stick to fend off animals and catch fish. They are also invaluable when building a shelter or hanging a clothesline.

Compass and thermometer
I know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. I also know how to find the North Star (Polaris), but what do I do when it is cloudy during the day or night? I need to have a compass. I also recommend a personal thermometer so you know that when it gets below 50 degrees you must cover up.
Fishing kit (line, weights, bobber, hooks)

The ability to catch fish is very important in a survival scenario. It is a primary source of clean protein and is easy to clean and fix for dinner. You can dig for grubs, bugs, and worms which are your best bait. You can also use butterflies and grasshoppers. I am looking forward to a fish fry with manna muffins.

Zip-ties (various small sizes)

Forget tying knots. These babies are a modern miracle for binding items together. You can also connect several together for added length.

Whistle

Every member of your family should have a whistle. Instead of screaming your voice into a low groan, just blow to call or sound an alarm. If you get lost, it draws others to you. If danger comes to the camp, everyone should start sounding the alarm. I recommend the Storm safety whistle as opposed to a standard sports whistle. It makes a much louder sound and it sounds in the higher frequencies. In fact, its shrill notes can be heard from much farther away.

Clothes pins

Not only will they hold up your clothes to dry better, they also hook up sun screens and privacy panels much easier as well.

Nylon cord for a clothesline (50ft)

Nylon will last longer than cotton and holds your clothes just fine.

550 Parachute Cord (100 ft)

The 550 stands for the strength of 550 lbs. Paracord is the most versatile of all lines to use in an open environment. There is no better rope than this for its size, strength, and versatility.
Leather work gloves

Whether it is gathering firewood or handling a hot pot, these gloves eventually conform to your hands and will protect you while accomplishing a lot of work.

Zip-Lock bags (gallon and quart sizes)

These bags can store food, keep things wet or keep things dry. There are a host of uses as well as for food.

9x12 painter’s plastic cloth

This plastic is lightweight but very versatile. It can be cut to different sizes to make a solar still, collect rain water, or protect your equipment and clothes from wet weather. It can also be used for a quick shelter from the wind and rain.

Sling shot (with extra surgical tubing)

This is a real “silent” weapon. It can take down birds and small animals. It also can fend off wild dogs and boars. You can use free ammunition such as pebbles and small stones.

Large Steel or Lead Shot
    (ammo for the sling shot)

This is the preferred ammunition for the sling shot. Flies true and straight and will be effective against intruders and the enemy. In this application, it can have lethal effect.

D-rings (carabiners)/ quick rings/Safety Pins

You need an assortment of these devices. The D-rings work great for hooking and unhooking different loads to a suspension line. Quick rings are perfect for fixed points to use a D-ring. Safety pins are great for quick repairs, especially for clothes and fabrics.
Water bottle(s)

These are not your primary water sources but serve you personally. They should have large openings so that other items can be stored internally or easily filled and emptied. Use them for items that must stay clean and be food ready.  I recommend solid plastic or metal water bottles. Polycarbonate bottles can break when dropped. 

Toilet paper (center tube removed)

Initially, most folks would not be accustomed to using natural elements and/or their hand to clean themselves. It won’t last long but it will help you or others in the transition.

Petroleum Jelly

This is your personal salve for scrapes and chapped lips and it also helps to light tinder in making fires. Better than band-aids for minor first aid on kids.

Anti-itch cream/insect sting cream

The great outdoors is full of things that sting you and make you itch. These items will help you get acclimated and make intolerable things almost tolerable. If you don’t need it yourself, then get it for others so they don’t drive you crazy.

Pain relievers
      (aspirin, ibuprofen, Naproxen sodium, etc.)

All of these pain relievers will help with inflammation, fever, and muscle pain. This should be your own personal supply and is not a substitute for a well-planned medical kit.

Sewing kit with needles and thread

The children of Israel did not wear out their clothes in forty years. I am hopeful for the same benefit for our exodus, but the Bible says nothing about the different sizes the people went through. You can plan on losing weight in the Great Tribulation and should plan on altering some items for yourself and others.
Small folding shovel

This is your personal shovel when doing your business or hunting for fish bait. It is also invaluable in preparing shelter and a fire pit. I recommend a military-grade entrenching tool (E-tool).  It needs to be sturdier than a $10 camp shovel. 
 
Rubber bands (various large sizes)

These are small, light-weight, and used for a variety of reasons. They are like personal bungee cords.

Mosquito net (hook to hat/strainer)

There are kits for hooking onto your hat to protect your face and neck. You can also rig a net above you to sit in or cover your bed. The material also makes for a greater strainer and fish trap (net). If the bugs are out in force, this is your only defense.

Small amount of coffee/tea bags

Cowboy coffee is made in a pan of boiling water and a handful of grounds. Once it is off the fire, let it settle and enjoy a cup of joe. Throw a family tea bag in the same pot and sip your way to a moment of personal pleasure. Or show hospitality and ask a friend to join you around your campfire. You will make friends forever.

Food Seasoning (Salt, Pepper, Mrs. Dash®)

Use this to make your food more palatable. Mrs. Dash adds spice to all foods including fish and game. Back woods experts swear by this stuff and don’t go into the field without it.

Mess kit, Utensils, and Camp Cookware Kit

If you are going to cook your fish or drink your coffee/tea, you need something to do it with. You need the kit to be metal with a metal fork and spoon.
Fingernail clippers and files

A torn fingernail can make your life miserable while trying to work. Use these to keep your fingernails clean and free from injury.

Small scissors

Eventually, you will need a haircut or some help with grooming. A pair of scissors works much better than a knife. Useful for many other tasks.

Small bars of soap

Take one of your Zip-Lock plastic bags and store your bars of soap. Washing your face, hands, and hair makes for a better camp for you and others. It also stops the spread of disease in the camp.

Painter’s Mask

Whether it is smoke or dirt, it is cleaner to breathe with this mask. It also prevents the spread of disease in the camp. The metal bar conforms to your nose and the straps keep it on your head.

Manual Wind-up alarm clock

You won’t have your cell phone or an electric clock out there. This will help you keep track of coordinated events.

These are my recommendations for a personal survival kit. By no means is it a comprehensive "go-bag." You can add to this list to suit your needs. As you reviewed it I am sure that you saw the benefit of these small items that will help your family in a survival situation. Most importantly, a little encouragement goes a long way in helping others to cooperate with one another. Remember the lessons from the wilderness with our ancestors. Let us be like Joshua and Caleb who looked forward to the Promised Land.