Monday, December 6, 2010

The Biblical Principle of OPSEC



This morning, as I read my Bible, I made a startling discovery.  The Bible, in the book of Isaiah, makes a case for Operational Security.

Now, in my feeble thinking, I always equated OPSEC with military maneuvers.  Little did I know this concept had its origins in the Old Testament.

I was reading the account of King Hezekiah in Isaiah 38.  He had suffered an illness unto death and Isaiah went to him and told him to put his house in order because he would die.  But Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall and began to pray.  He reminded God that he had walked before Him with a perfect heart and had done that which was good in God's sight and he wept sore.  God then spoke to Isaiah, saying that He had heard Hezekiah's prayer and seen his tears and would add 15 years unto his days!  What an incredible story!

Now for Chapter 39:

At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letter and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered.


And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all him dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.


Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee?  And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon.


Then said he, What have they seen in thine house?  And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them. 


Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord of hosts:


Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord.


And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

Wow.  I was stunned to say the least.  Here, good king Hezekiah made the mistake of showing the sons of the Babylon king his treasures, his stores of goods.  He blew is operational security.  He lost his kingdom over this one indiscretion!  Not only were all of his treasures carried away, his sons were taken to become eunuchs in the palace at Babylon!

If there ever was a call to be discreet about what you have in your storehouse and what your armouries contain - this is it.  Use wisdom when talking about your preparedness efforts.  In your desire to help others prepare, maintain a healthy level of security regarding the state of your own house.  Don't blow your OPSEC.  Both you and your children may pay the consequences!

Beware of the sons of Babylon bearing gifts!

12 comments:

  1. It's so hard when trying to help others. I have so many I care about that dismiss any type of preparation. It is my nature to try and help others.

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  2. Enola, what you say about OpSec is so true. I can provide some charity without making myself vulnerable. I can help others without endangering my own safety. How? By keeping my mouth shut and my ears open.

    The marxists in this country believe in income redistribution. Soon, they will want to redistribute food, also. To try to combat the coming confiscation of food, pay cash and shop various stores - don't leave a paper trail and don't make yourself obvious.

    If loose lips sink ships, then be discreet and keep what you eat.

    NoCal Gal

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  3. I have a "few nieghbors" I can talk with, so if a hurricane (I live in the gulf coast) or something else occurs, I am not feeding them. Two others are starting to get onboard with prepardness. I am amazed at how many out there in the real world are starting to pay attention and make a few extra purchases of canned food at the very least.

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  4. Wow! Just what I needed to hear! I hate to lie to anyone, but this is the encouragement I need to not share all my info with others. Thanks!

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  5. Arrgh! I do believe I know whose armory that is!

    Bill Smith

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  6. I love that pic of a gun loaded man cave. HUURAW!

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  7. Sorry, gentlement, but that "man cave" is actually a photo of my basement. You're welcome to drool over it, but it's all mine!!!! hehehe

    NoCal Gal

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  8. Then I was wrong!

    Nevertheless, I admire your taste in weapons, and in decor!

    Bill Smith

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  9. Bill, if you think my gun room is nice, you should see the ammo room. Bert Gummer's my brother. hehehehe

    NoCal Gal

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  10. you all are holiness folk aren't you?

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  11. Michelle;
    I'm not entirely sure what you mean! Our's is a Christian family, trusting Jesus with our lives and our salvation. Are "holiness folk" something specific?

    Enola

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  12. According to your dress and hair...looks like biblical modesty. Are you pentecostal? I am and have been for fourteen years and that is how pentecostal/holiness folk dress is all.

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