Though a lot of people like Trump's tough talk, America's enemies are very probably, and rightly so, worried. They are talking to each other about what to do and what might happen if or when Trump is finally president.
Though no large scale attacks on the U.S. have happened to date, other than a few localized terrorist attacks (9-11, San Bernadino, etc.), the rise of Trump may signify that America's "doomsday clock" is now ticking down at a faster pace. Those widescale terrorist attacks promised by Radical Islam may finally erupt, government and infrastructure collapse, and we face an All Hell Breaks Loose fall of the United States of America.
Government is gone. A few major cities are gone.
A lot of people run for the hills.
But where do you go?
Is it high time for a lot more people to finally make that decision today? I think so. But as with anything else in life, it is something to be praying about and asking God direction on. I'm a Christian by faith and this is what I believe. You might not be on that page yet -- but I caution you this -- the terrorist attacks, natural disasters, rise of Radical Islam, spread of violence, murder, and mayhem in several parts of the world sound a lot like warnings from the last pages of the Bible about the end of days to come.
As a lot of people are realizing, those days may finally be here. One day, sooner than we realize, things may get worse. A lot worse. Death, pain, and suffering are headed to our world, as the Bible cautions us.
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Here's how that can be helpful to you:
If these believers you meet are true to their faith, they are likely to appreciate and seek after good morals; so you, not being a believer, might consider it wise to befriend a few believers who you can trust with your life, rather than making the wrong friends post-collapse and getting stabbed in the back (or raped, especially women), or held captive and imprisoned, or worse.
Though some Christians are "wolves in sheep's clothing" (this is something that Jesus warned would occur), many are sincere to what they believe and good people to have on your side in a bad situation.
What do we do to prepare?
Where do we go if the crap hits the fan?
Will it actually happen that way? That is hard to say for sure. Many Christians have their own beliefs, and my belief is that if a rapture happens this way, a lot of people can expect to be "left behind." Why is that? Too many people, Christians included, are too caught up in "SIN" and a lack of real faith in God. If that's you, it's time to repent.
Whether a rapture happens this way or not, don't let it shake your faith in God either way.
Whatever is going to take place in the days ahead, a lot of people would be smart to start thinking about that remote location to escape to with your family when or if All Hell Breaks Loose.
What it comes down to is this: We should live our lives today as though today could be our last day, fully ready to meet the Lord, because the fact is we don't know when our own last day is. As you're reading this several people have probably lost their lives somewhere. Every second someone dies somewhere.
Any of us can die at any moment. Here's a fact to consider: 10 out of 10 people die (at some point in life). Whether we are raptured, or left behind, or die in an accident or at the hand of a terrorist, we should all get our lives right with the Lord while we still have time.
Instead, a small purchase of lumber from your local lumberyard can get you started.
You also don't need to hire a general contractor (though you can if you prefer to spend the kind of money a general contractor will likely ask for).
Do not have a mailbox installed -- ever. So, let's say you decide to build a home, with a permit, etc., I would suggest that you do not have a mailbox for your residence anywhere that would mark your land as someone having a residence there.
Build on the other side of a hill, or hills, and plant a lot of thick brush throughout the area. By building on the far side of a hill, from any roads, you reduce the odds of anyone knowing that you have a home back there. Most people travel through areas by vehicle; those who may be on foot (or horseback, or motorcycle or ATV) may choose to stick to well traveled paths, and paths that offer the most ease of travel. By building in an area of heavy trees, and brush, though it may be difficult to get supplies in and out, you end up using the terrain, woods, and brush in the area to your advantage and as a natural camouflage of sorts.
In the end, you can increase the odds that no one will ever "accidentally" discover your retreat in the years ahead. Only those you invite or tell about the retreat ever need to know.
It is for your safety, and the safety of your family, that you don't want to be easily discovered during a time of collapse.
Even though you can build a cabin without a permit in most areas, it would still be wise to put a cement slab in place, for a foundation, and that's not an expensive thing to do. You can hire a local excavator to come in and clear out a small section of land, and then hire a cement company directly (the excavation company may be able to recommend someone), to come and pour your cement.
Forget about a basement -- it's a lot more expensive and makes building a cabin a lot more complicated in the end. Just go with a cement slab to put your cabin on.
Talk to a cement company in your area, about what you'd like to do. When you talk to a cement company (or any sub contractors you hire), don't call it a survival retreat, just call it a cabin; no one needs to realize that you may be a "prepper" (you don't want that kind of attention, because it could make you a target for a robbery following a collapse).
Of course, if there is no gravel driveway leading to your building site, then a cement truck will not be able to drive in. You'll need to haul in bags of cement on your own, and do your own mixing (you'll need water), and then build your cement slab in small sections.
Sand will go down first, over the dirt, then gravel on top, and then a protective water proof barrier that will keep your cement slab from being weakened by ground moisture. Refer to books like Compact Cabins and Tiny House Living for specific instructions (it's too much detail to go into in one article) on everything from simple foundations to building a small home or cabin that can withstand the elements, is energy efficient, and even has some modern design in some cases.
Not all of the cabins on these websites are remote, so you'll have to do your homework if browsing each site. When you find a property that looks and sounds remote, book a few days, or even just two, and take your family there for your next "vacation".
While you're there, make it a point to not bring any phones, or turn on cable television, and perhaps for the first time in your children's lives (if you have children), experience a weekend without electronics or video games.
Build a campfire out back, find a good and safe place to swim and bathe in a nearby stream, hike some trails and scout a few game trails, playing a game of "hunter/gatherer" with the kids. Finally, watch out for any bears or dangerous wildlife that may be in the area.
Talk to your family about what it means to live off the land and just maybe it won't be such a shock if and when you actually have to bug out one day soon.
Since your cabin isn't going to be the same size as a regular house, you can start buying lumber now, and building walls one at a time, and do this spread out over several months.
In fact, this is a great way to learn and get hands on experience building a home on a small scale.
First, you will need to get a good idea of what the measurements are for nailing 2x4s together so that your walls are structurally sound (be sure to research framing -- there are many free online tutorials that will show you how and it's too much detail to go into here).
When you decide how big your cabin is going to be (just make it one level, it will make things a lot easier and cheaper in the end), then you can decide how many walls you need to build.
What are you going to do with these walls once built? Simply store them in a garage or large storage unit, the same place you are nailing these 2x4s together; just be sure they are protected from the weather.
If you don't have a backyard to build in currently you can even assemble them (and of course store them) in a large storage unit (as long as the management of that storage unit is okay with you hammering nails on site; some are more lenient than others).
Once you've made that land purchase and poured a cement slab, find a local trucking company from the Yellow Pages and have a trucker with a flatbed haul your fully assembled walls to the new location you've purchased for your retreat. (You may need 3 - 4 friends to help carry each wall in).
In the end, your home can go together like a simple prefabricated home, but for thousands of dollars less.
When considering land to buy, drive around and go knock on doors and meet your prospective neighbors. This will give you an idea of the kind of people who populate the area around the land you want to buy and whether or not they may be a threat (try to run you off your land) post collapse.
As an ice breaker, you can ask if they've ever had a problem with vandals and if they'd give you a phone call if they ever see anyone snooping around your land where you are building a vacation cabin. (Right now, this is just a vacation cabin. No sense in alarming people by calling it a survival retreat for a post collapse).
Besides, you're not lying if you take a few short vacations at your cabin following construction.
Also keep your eyes open for likeminded believers, if you're one of this website's many Christian readers who drop by.
Be wary of neighbors who look like they or their friends may be crooks or have kids who are crooks; even if they're good people, if their kids are crooks, there's a good chance their kids might ransack your place while you're away.
River systems are also good regions for hunting as large game often travels in and around these rivers during many months of the year.
You can build your retreat on higher ground, behind a hillside if possible, that is not in plain view from down in the valley. At the same time you are not so high in elevation that you have a long snow season) and you are close enough to farmland down in the valley that it's not a hard walk to go down to the lower elevations for supplies and food.
Regarding California, though the Sierra Nevada mountain range encompasses thousands of square miles, with hundreds of remote communities that may make good survival retreats, these mountains also hold a few prisons in different parts of the state.
Following a government collapse, expect mass escapes of dangerous criminals in several areas. The last thing you want is an escaped prisoner and his buddies breaking down your doors and claiming your place as their own.
If America falls into ruin, these same major powers will likely make a grab for our natural resources (we are rich in natural resources) and our nation will never rise from the ashes. Instead, we can expect a post apocalyptic wasteland as many regions are mined and drilled for natural resources (the Chinese don't care about the EPA -- Environmental Protection Agency); concentration camps go up, slavery returns from the pages of history (the Chinese and Russians would need laborers to harvest our natural resources), and America is conquered.
As Donald Trump rises to claim the U.S. Presidency, and many wonder about his true intentions, we have to consider that Trump may be a sign of the times we are living in. If he ran against Ronald Reagan, people would see the clear difference in character. Most would feel a lot better about Reagan than Trump.
But there are several things that I see as red flags and don't like about Trump. I also don't like Hillary. (I don't think we have any great candidates for president currently, though one or two in the race with conservative values could bring some good character to the Presidency; but America, when it comes to the majority who will cast their votes, doesn't want that -- they're not looking for a leader with good character; they're looking for a leader like Trump.)
If and when that happens, America's doomsday clock just ticked down again, perhaps just a hair's distance from zero hour.
We better get prepared. For many, that means having a plan to get out of Dodge if it all hits the fan, having friends you can count on, and having a survival retreat that can help you and your family escape the madness down in the cities and suburbs.
God decides our future. What we decide to do with our lives, for His name's sake, is a big factor in the eternal decision that God makes for us. Do we put our faith in Jesus, repent (as a way of life, not just something you do once and forget about), and be saved today "from the coming wrath"?
Or do we shrug out shoulders, proclaim that the Bible isn't real, it's just a bunch of made up stories, and it's every man for himself in the end.
With all the evidence and testimonials from around the world over the centuries, that point to faith, that faith is real, and that God is real -- I think that shrugging our shoulders at God is a decision that a lot of people are going to regret in the end. Let's repent while we still have time.
Then, if God is leading you, get that survival retreat built and have a plan for getting out of Dodge when it all hits the fan.