God's Chosen Place of Refuge
God's Place Of Refuge must have the
Model of the First Apostolic Community
The first and original Christian Community is clearly described in Acts of the Apostles. Here are the main characteristics of the community.
With One Accord in Prayer
“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.” (Acts 1:14)
With One Accord in One Place
“Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Acts 2:1)
Filled with the Holy Spirit
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4)
Four Main Activities
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42)
Had all things in common
“Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,” (Acts 2:44)
Meet in the Worship Center and in Members' Homes
“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking of bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart.” (Acts 2:46)
Preach the Lord Jesus Christ and Baptize Believers
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:36-39)
- God's Place Of Refuge must keep the Commandments of God and have the Testimony of Jesus Christ
“Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. . . . But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.” (Rev. 12:6,14)
God's Place of Refuge in the wilderness is described as the one “who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 12:17) Keeping the Seventh Day Sabbath holy is the Fourth Commandment given by the One True God
The Seventh Day Sabbath is the Fourth Commandment. God would protect His people from harm's way and also give them provisions when they obey His commandment to keep the Sabbath Day holy (Ex. 20:8-11).
Basic Beliefs of God's Chosen Place of Refuge
There is Only One True God who manifested Himself as the Father (Creator), Son (Savior) and Holy Spirit (Comforter).
Salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, His death and atonement for our sins by the shedding of His blood on the cross, His burial and resurrection on the third day.
Baptism is for the remission of sin and is administered in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ by full immersion in the living water with His precious blood, and in the likeness of His death with head bowed.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit has the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. The Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Holy Communion is to commemorate the death of the Lord Jesus Christ by partaking of His flesh (spiritual) and blood (spiritual) in using one unleavened bread and grape juice.
Washing of Feet is to have a part with the Lord Jesus Christ. It teaches mutual love, holiness, humility, service and forgiveness.
Obey and keep all the Ten Commandments including worshiping God in Spirit and truth on the Seventh Day Sabbath (Saturday). Maintain a pure and holy life.
The Place of Refuge must not
have a Severe Winter Weather
The Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples, “And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.” (Mt. 24:20)
The climate in Washington County, southern part of Texas is classified as humid sub-tropical with hot summers. Average annual temperature is 68 degrees with average humidity at 71%. Winters are mild, with short spells of cold weather, lasting two to three days.
The Place of Refuge has to be
in a Hurricane Safety Zone
We are located beyond the Hurricane Safety Line which is the minimum distance of 100 miles from the Gulf Coast that is prescribed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) that operates hurricane shelters in Huntsville, College Station and Brenham. This area has not been affected by previous hurricanes such as Rita and Ike. Many Houstonians have purchased land in this area and some have even settled down here.
The Place of Refuge should be in
a Location that is commutable
Our location is about 80 miles north of Houston, about 30 miles south of Texas A & M University in College Station, 8 miles west of Navasota and 20 miles east of Brenham.
The Place of Refuge must
have a good infrastructure
The Place of Refuge is located at the intersection of two fully paved County roads. Electricity grids and telecommunications are available. A spring-fed creek is within five minutes walk from the site.
God's Place of Refuge is in the
Valley of Two Rivers and a Creek
God placed the first man and woman in the Garden of Eden where four rivers flowed (Gen 2:8-14) The early pioneers came to an area where two rivers and a creek flowed, and they called it Washington - the Birthplace of Texas. This is the location of God's Place of Refuge.
The Place of Refuge has to have
a Fertile Land for Agriculture
The Holy Bible states, "If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey.” (Num. 14:8)
Our property is located in Washington-on-the-Brazos in Washington County, Texas, "a land which flows with milk and honey”. We are right in the heart of the Texas dairy country and also where honey is produced by the local folks as a home-based industry.
Our Land is Very Fertile
The previous owner, who is a Houston geological engineer, wanted to test the survivability of this place, stayed and worked from this trailer house for three months.
He used his portable lap-top computer and communicated with his office in Houston through the Internet. He planted a vegetable garden and practically lived on the land. Self-sufficiency in this place is not only a possibility but can also be a way of life.
NOTE: The land that is for sale has short trees, shrubs and bushes. Texas has one of the worst droughts in years and yet the vegetation continues to flourish. Trees are assets because they provide cool shades to the future homes.
The Place of Refuge must have
a Natural Source of Water
Water is absolutely essential for life, and humans will normally be unable to survive for more than a few days without it. An access to a natural source of water is the most valuable asset a Christian Preppers Community can have. It is God’s gift to the Place of Refuge.
This is Coles Creek which is public domain, and is only five minutes walk from the Place of Refuge
NOTE: Some parts of our land have a high water table, which means only a hand pump may be needed to draw water to the surface. Again, our land is truly blessed by God.
God is our True Refuge and Fortress
- “In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge.” (Pro. 14:26)
- Here is God's promise to His faithful children to provide a “Place of Refuge” during the time of the Great Tribulation.
- “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." (Psm. 91:1-2)
We must always remember that “God is our true Refuge and Fortress”, and not the physical place and community that we live in during the Great Tribulation.
- “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psm. 127:1)
We may live in what we think is an ideal Place of Refuge, but if we only use our human ingenuity to build it we are doing it in vain. We must let God guide us to build the Place of Refuge in accordance to His will.
This is what God is saying to His faithful chldren: “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation." (Psm. 91:14-16)
to a Christian Preppers group in Bryan, Texas on May 21, 2011.
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Paul Wong is a Christian minister and the President of ARK International.
His ministry also serves as an architectural service company in Houston.
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