The Black Horse of Revelation: How to Prepare for FamineAug 04, 2022
"And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying: Come, and see. And behold a black horse, and he that sat on him had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard as it were a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying: Two pounds of wheat for a penny, and thrice two pounds of barley for a penny, and see thou hurt not the wine and the oil." –Revelation 6:5-6
The signs are everywhere that a catastrophic global famine is imminent. Worldwide food shortages, fertilizer shortages, grocery prices on the rise due to inflation, countries cutting back on their food production, severe droughts and increased restrictions on farmers are all working together to create the perfect storm. Are you prepared to feed your family when such a crisis hits?
Just prior to the passage from the Book of Revelation quoted above, St. John the Apostle had seen the second seal being opened and the red horse riding forth. The red horse signifies war:
"And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature, saying: Come, and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and to him that sat thereon, it was given that he should take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another, and a great sword was given to him." –Revelation 6:3-4
Could the war between Russia and the Ukraine be the red horse? I don't know for sure, but looking at the headlines, it is interesting to note how this war is threatening the wheat and barley supply– the two commodities that the Book of Revelation says will become exceedingly expensive.
Seems a bit like the red horse is riding out and the black horse isn't far behind, doesn't it?
A message of Our Lady to Luz de Maria from Argentina on July 24, 2022 supports the idea that maybe the seals of the Apocalypse are being opened, without humanity realizing it:
"People of My Son, war is progressing and humanity does not see it... Pray, People of My Son: war is positioning itself to pounce forcefully and unexpectedly. Pray, People of My Son, pray: a new plague will be the cry of the powerful. Homes will again become shelters for their inhabitants and borders will be closed. Pray, People of My Son, pray; you will be offered the mark* when you are hungry. REFUSE!"
*The Mark of the Beast: Rev. 13:11, 16:2, 19:20
As Jesus says in Luke 21:10-11, we are supposed to watch out for the signs:
"Then he said to them: Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there shall be great earthquakes in diverse places, and pestilences, and famines, and terrors from heaven; and there shall be great signs."
Again, in Matthew 24:7-8, Jesus says:
"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be pestilences, and famines, and earthquakes in places: Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows."
We are certainly seeing pestilence and famine, earthquakes and wars... those are all signs that the Tribulation (the Passion of the Church and the reign of the Antichrist) is near.
Another message from Jesus to Anna Marie on August 1, 2022 seems to indicate that the prophesied events from the Book of Revelation are just on the horizon:
"My Angels are preparing for the Battle of Armageddon [Revelation 16:16] and so should you! Prepare your food and water supplies today, while you still have time. I will always remain with you, leading you and will encourage you during the war which will soon take place in your countries."
How to Prepare for the Black Horse of Famine in 2022
So how do we prepare food and water supplies? This is something I've been thinking about and researching for quite some time now. I'm no expert, but here are a few things I've learned from my research and from friends who have graciously offered to help:
1. You Need a Water Tank
Every family should have an emergency water supply. It is recommended to store at least one gallon of water per person per day. So if you want your supply to last you for 30 days, and you are a family of 5, you should store at least 150 gallons of water. This is for drinking and cleaning. However, children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more water. You may also need more water if you are in a warm climate.
Even when we were living in a small apartment with just a tiny porch, we were able to store 500 gallons of water (split between two, 250 gal tanks), which should have lasted us roughly 2 months for our family of 7. So you don't need a whole lot of room. Just make sure the tank you get is opaque, so that the sunlight doesn't penetrate into it. You want your water to stay dark and cool as much as possible, so storing it underneath a roof or overhang is a good idea (we had ours inside a garden shed).
If you live in a rainy climate, consider placing your water tank underneath the gutter on your roof and attaching it with PVC pipe and a filter (to remove any debris that came off your roof). This way, you'll not only have an emergency supply but you'll also have a way to replenish it.
To treat the water before drinking, the safest method is to boil it. There are other more high-tech ways to do it, but that's a simple and safe way that anyone can do.
2. Start Canning Food
Canning your own food may seem scary and overwhelming, but once you know what you are doing it is really not that complicated. You don't need a lot of supplies either. A good book to learn everything you need to know about canning is the Ball Blue Book: Guide to Home Canning, Freezing & Dehydration. You can also learn from articles like this one or on YouTube, or maybe you have a friend who knows how to do it and can show you.
Once you've learned how to can, buy some good produce (locally grown, if possible, so you know where it came from and what's been sprayed on it) and meat too, and just start canning until you fill up your pantry!
3. Start Growing Your Own Food
This is a vegetable garden in a front lawn.
It may not be the right season to start planting right now, but you can certainly start to make a list of plants that you want to plant in the Spring.
Think outside the box: what do you actually want to EAT? Then figure out what you want to grow from there. If you love peanut butter, grow peanuts! If you like pancakes, grow some indian corn and grind it into flour (it's a lot easier than wheat)! Plan out your garden now so that you can hit the ground running next Spring.
By the way, you don't need to have a lot of land to grow food, or even any land at all. If all you have is concrete, do a container garden!
How to Get Started
Our ancestors had all of these skills, but today most of us are completely ignorant and we simply aren't equipped with the knowledge to be self-sufficient. So where on earth do you start in order to learn these skills?
There are lots of wonderful teachers out there to help you, but one place where they have combined forces is the School of Traditional Skills. I highly recommend signing up for their free training, and if you need more help you can sign up for their online courses too.
One of my favorite teachers is Paul Gautschi. His "Back to Eden" gardening method (watch the documentary here) makes perfect sense from a Catholic perspective... and it really works! With very little effort too. I highly recommend watching his garden tours on YouTube– these are jam packed with valuable information.
Hopefully that helps give you some ideas for how to feed feed your family in a time of food shortages. But remember: you don't have to do it all. All you have to do is use whatever resources God has made available to you in your own unique situation, and let Him take care of the rest.
The most important form of preparation is always spiritual. As long as we are obeying God's commands, we can always trust Him to "give us this day our daily bread."
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