Survivng after the Rapture
So You Made It (Or Didn't)
All depends on how you look at it. The Rapture has been predicted to come for thousands of years. Well the fact is it has come and your here reading this and you want to know what to do to survive in a post apocalyptic world. Well your in luck this can be a very profitable time for you, or a very bad one.
First things first, I should hope you had enough sense to put away some supplies in case this happened such as food, water and batteries. Now many different variations can be taking place outside you need to assess which one it is.
One variation can be that zombies are running around outside. If this is the case then it is a very complicated one, one which you will probably not have much luck with. My suggestion for this is to find a bomb shelter with thick doors and stay quiet. It won't be a very enjoyable life but at least you will survive for awhile. Not to mention probably alot better then being eaten by zombies.
Another variation is the rapture came and its a chaotic world outside. In this case the first thing you need to do is secure your dwelling. A safe house is always important so that you can protect yourself and your stores of food and water. Now that you've protected yourself its time to build your own army. A cool calm leader will thrive during this time, considering the government is more then likely defunct. Start by recruiting your neighbors, this idea works just like a pyramid scheme. It's better to be at the ground level then getting stuck at the end after everyone else has signed up. I'm sure alot of people know how that feels. If you sign up 10 people and they sign up 10 people and they sign up 10 more and it continues you will make boatloads of money. Well setting up your new government will work the same way. You will be the leader and if you recruit 10 Generals and they sign up 10 more people to be Let. Generals and they sign up 10 more to be Maj. Generals all the way down to your foot soldiers, next thing you know you have a regime. Being a leader with an army at this time will provide you some protection. Not to mention you can set your own laws, may I suggest getting rid of some laws that will kinda be pointless afterwards: J-Walking, Parking on the wrong side of the street, no smoking in public, you get the idea. Now also as the leader a good suggestion would be to set up key businesses to be controlled by your new government and protected by it. Such as the local grocery store (btw learn to love the asparagus), fuel, and farms. Banks are pointless because your former governments currency will be null and void. Welcome to a time of bartering and those three key points will secure you the best vantage point for bartering for what you want. Now another key thing you must do within your army is assess who can do what, you will need cooks, doctors, blacksmiths, woodworkers etc... Once you have your neighborhood set up and you feel comfortable with it feel free to start expanding, just not to fast any great regime can spread themselves to far to fast and thin out the loyalty and collapse back into chaos.
Now if you have a calm scenario outside after the rapture this will make for the easiest path. You do not have to worry so much about securing your shelter and food. Good chance in a calm society the value of the dollar will still remain and any missing elements in the government will be filled in. Your best bet is to find out what business owners were raptured and take over shop. Find yourself a nice empty house to move into and loot some empty ones of anything you might want. You could potentially be living in a half million dollar house driving a 65k car, and mom said you'd have to get a 6 year degree to accomplish that. You ought to call her and brag, if she's still around after the rapture. Some suggestions of business's to take over after a rapture would include owning your own supermarket, gather lots of lands and start a large farm, or some other opportunity in high demand. Chances are luxury items will be available in excess and worth next to nothing since the population will significantly be down.
Oh and the last option you realise that after the prediction comes and pass you look outside and everyone is still there. The rapture didn't really take place as another person predicted and you will just save this guide for a later use. Enjoy your rapture!