Preparing for the end times is like politics, everyone has a different opinion about what we need to do to fix everything. Mindsets about preparing for the end times really differ based on the spiritual condition of the person. Actually, knowing how the world thinks about the end of the world is helpful. One of the ways for us as believers to prepare is to know how the lost man thinks about the End times.
Knowing that a lost man thinks in the flesh of the old Adamic nature and thinks in the terms of self-survival gives us an idea of what not to do. This will help us not get caught in the trap of worldly thinking and it will help in our approach of witnessing in these last days.
Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
Romans 8:7 ESV For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.
1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
There are basically two mindsets of the lost person concerning End Times: PARTY HARD before the coming storm or PREPARE HARD for the coming storm.
PARTY HARD: In the first option of PARTY HARD, they would say, “Make love, party hard, and go out with a bang.” This group of people really do not believe that the end of the world is upon us. However to be safe they would typically say "If the world ends" when addressing the topic. This way of thinking about the End Times says that if the whole world is going to end, then you should enjoy the last few days or hours with everything you can. In this scenario, stocking up with guns and food is stupid since we'll all be dead anyway. So make love, enjoy some good food and wine, and call your family to say goodbye. Or just put together a wild party and celebrate the end of life as we know it! If you know anything about the Bible, does this not sound like the people in the days of Noah, when their plan was to eat, drink and marry.
PREPARE HARD: The second option of the lost person is to prepare, survive, and thrive to live another day. This lost person acknowledges that the end of the world as we know it is coming. This line of PREPARE HARD reasoning concerning End Times says that by proper preparing now you can survive almost any catastrophe that "mother nature" can throw at us. If you stock up now with the right supplies; like weapons, ammunition, survival gear, toiletries, water, food and energy generators then you'll be able to protect yourself and your family in the event there happens to be a "Day After." The mindset that drives these survivalists is that those who properly prepare will not only be ready for a major world-wide crisis but will rule in the “day after”. It is amazing the number of TV series that have come out of Hollywood over the last 6 years with this type of scenario. However, it is a misinformed attitude that the end of world will really be nothing more than surviving a bad hurricane.
Ecclesiastes 8:12-13 ESV (12) Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him. (13) But it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear before God.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.