Thursday, September 15, 2016

Why are Preppers and Christians Moving Northwest?

This is an interesting article that seeks to explain why certain Christians and conservatives are moving into "America's Redoubt" area in the Northwest USA.

It seems lots of folks are getting the idea that something big is cooking in America...possibly something they want to live in a place that they can survive in when the "SHTF".

Thousands of Americans are flocking to "Big Sky" country, and this movement has become so prominent that it has even caught the attention of the mainstream media. Within the last several weeks, both The Washington Post and The Economist have done major articles on this phenomenon. 

From all over the country, conservatives, preppers and Bible-believing Christians are moving to Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and the eastern portions of Oregon and Washington. As you will see below, this region has become known as the "American Redoubt", and for a variety of reasons it is considered by many survivalists to be one of the top "safe zones" for when things really start falling apart in this nation.

Many of you that are reading this article may think that it is quite strange that families are quitting their jobs, packing up everything they own and moving to the middle of nowhere, but for those that are doing it this actually make perfect sense. 

A recent Washington Post article on this phenomenon began by profiling an ex-California couple that decided to flee the state for the friendly confines of north Idaho...

Don and Jonna Bradway recently cashed out of the stock market and invested in gold and silver. They have stockpiled food and ammunition in the event of a total economic collapse or some other calamity commonly known around here as "The End of the World As We Know It" or "SHTF" - the day something hits the fan.

The Bradways fled California, a state they said is run by "leftists and non-Constitutionalists and anti-freedom people," and settled on several wooded acres of north Idaho five years ago. They live among like-minded conservative neighbors, host Monday night Bible study around their fire pit, hike in the mountains and fish from their boat. They melt lead to make their own bullets for sport shooting and hunting - or to defend themselves against marauders in a world-ending cataclysm.

And of course the Bradways are far from alone. Over the past 10 years, approximately five million people have fled the state of California. If I was living there, I would want to move out too. Once upon a time, countless numbers of young people were "California Dreaming", but those days are long gone. At this point, the California Dream has become a California Nightmare.

Only a very small percentage of those leaving California have come up to the Great Northwest, but it is a sizable enough number to make a huge impact. Unfortunately, many of those that have come from California want to turn their new areas into another version of what they just left, and that is often firmly resisted by the locals.

But it isn't just California - there are people streaming into the "American Redoubt" from all over the nation, and many of them are some of the finest people that you could ever hope to meet.

An article in The Economist points to a 2011 manifesto posted by James Wesley Rawles as the beginning of the "American Redoubt" movement...


We believe that America IS NOT going to go through a major meltdown, civil war or total collapse of our financial system.  We believe the Bible is clear in that, as Christians, we are NOT supposed to have a spirit of fear. Moving to Montana and digging a bunker filled with fishing gear, guns and canned goods certainly would show other non-believers that we are harboring a spirit of we can't condone this behavior.

However, we DO believe that it is prudent to have some days or weeks of preparations in our homes so that if a flood, ice storm, power outage, earthquake, etc....were to strike your neighborhood that you would not be reliant on your local Walmart having all the supplies you need.

We will repeat what we have already said numerous times on this blog:  Jesus said that when He comes for His bride in the rapture that the conditions on planet earth will be pretty much running as that people will be eating, drinking, marrying, giving in marriage, planting and building.  He said as much when He told us that it will be as it was in the days of Noah preceding the flood.

Finally, we believe that The Lord will continue to call believers to do many different things just as He always has.  Maybe He is calling some people to mover to Montana, but maybe it's because he wants them to start a church, or work in an orphanage or meet someone there to share the Gospel....NOT to dig a bunker and prepare to shoot people looking for food.

Let's be joyful and excited as we WATCH for our Savior to appear in the sky and say "Come up here!"

No doubt, conditions on planet earth will deteriorate very quickly following this event...but we are promised that NO WRATH OF GOD will be coming upon Christ's bride, The Church.

Romans 5:9
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!



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