I read an article recently in The Sun Newspaper on the "Survival Guide to the Apocalypse" by Father Charles O'Shaugnessy and I thought it might be of interest to others. The article starts with information on preparedness for the Apocalypse and offers up a survival guide with the help of a panel of respected Bible scholars, doctors and rugged outdoorsman. The information is disseminated under various headings; The Beginning of the End; Find a Safe Place; Secure Your Shelter; Defend Against Demonic People and Animals; Avoid the Mark of the Beast and, finally, Stay Strong in Spirit.
Father O'Shaugnessy's words tie in with the last two sections in particular. Avoiding the mark of the beast has a reference to Revelations 13:15-18. In a nutshell if talks about the evil world leader who will pressure you to accept his identifying mark, possible a computerized credit chip placed beneath the skin on either your forehead or hand. Without it you will have difficulty getting the goods and services that your require. The end of this section offers up the following quote from Father O'Shaugnessy:
"The most important lesson will be self-reliance. Stay strong in your heart and you will not need the tainted fruits of the Anti-Christ's social order. If your resolve weakens and you allow yourself to be marked - to partake in the conveniences and false pleasures of a corrupt society - you face eternal destruction when the seven years of Tribulation come to an end."
Under the final heading, which refers to Revelations 20:4, "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." KJV. To maintain your faith in the face of demonic attacks and the temptations of the beast, Father O'Shaugnessy says:
"Keep a copy of the Bible close at hand and consult it often. Every evening before sleeping, recite the following prayer for protection:
O, Lord, the Hidden Mystery, the Inner God: the angels adore You, I adore You, seated within the Shrine of my heart. I greet You and thank You, the Creator of Life. I adore the Holy souls that come forth from You and share Your being. O You that are hidden, yet all around us, we worship You in greeting each righteous soul that comes from You and lives in us. Remember us as we remember You, and lead us out of darkness and into your light. Amen."
I found the article quite powerful and tied in with other discussions and conversations which I have participated in or listened to in the past about the End of Days. I also thought that some of your would enjoy the Protection Prayer.