2023: The Year in Review
2023: The Year in Review – Pete Garcia - https://www.rev310.net/post/2023-the-year-in-review
“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness, how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” —Dr. Seuss
Here we are at that time again where I get out my prediction hat and give my replay of the year past, but also my predictions for the year ahead. These are just MY predictions based on my understanding of both geopolitical and biblical goings-on. I'm not a prophet, nor the son of a prophet. Neither am I a date-setter, or the son of a date-setter (as Andy Woods would say). Again, I'm just giving you my opinion as to where I think things are heading for the upcoming year.
Fear of the Unknown
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring..." Luke 21:25
As we close out the Year of our Lord 2022 and get ready to enter into 2023, we do so with perhaps the greatest trepidation that I've ever witnessed in my short time here on the planet.
It seems the longer we remain here, the more things people are becoming fearful of, and yet, they are afraid of all the wrong things. They are afraid that global temperatures will rise a degree or two in the next hundred years. They are afraid of climate change. They are afraid of misgendering people. They are afraid of the public backlash that will come if they don't toe the line of wokeness. But they aren't afraid of the horrific hour of testing (Daniel's 70th Week) that will be coming upon the earth. People aren't afraid of dying in their sins and spending eternity in pain and darkness. Well, for those who remain on the earth (the left behind) this fear is only going to get worse.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
I don't know if you've felt this way, but it's something I addressed back in the 2023 Perspectives Roundtable. It just feels like we are losing the battle for our civilization. It feels this way, at least on a political and cultural level, because we are starting to wake up to the reality the Republicans aren't much better than the Democrats. Sure they talk a good game about this and that, but they don't DO much to stop it. It also feels this way because of how relentless the left is in cramming in their agendas despite setbacks like a federal judge blocking them or losing a court case. They just keep on working on new angles to push it thru, all the while, Republicans and Conservatives are becoming worn down at trying to stop every new wave of evil. In fact, this feeling of losing is so pervasive and smothering, it's become this blanket of overwhelming oppressiveness. It's hard to explain, but this spiritual oppressiveness feels very much the same way as it did when I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 and 2013. It's almost palpable.
Well, let me just tell you upfront that this "feeling" of losing, is every bit a part of the spirit of Antichrist. It is a demonically-designed spiritual psyop to both oppress and discourage you (the believer) from living in the victory Christ already won at the Cross. Thanks to the non-stop Operation Mockingbird style of media propaganda, weak-kneed politicians, woke pastors, and silent pulpits, this perpetual tsunami of bad news is designed to keep you in a perpetual state of depression and deflation. Conversely, it is also very much a battle of distractions so that you focus on the never-ending litany of drama coming out of Washington D.C., New York City, Hollywood, and everywhere else.
Do not fall for it! We've not just won the battle, we've already won the war!
At the darkest point of the Tribulation and presumably at the very height of the Antichrist's power, we see this oddly placed declaration long before the 70th Week is even over. It is placed there (at the seventh trumpet judgment) strategically and intentionally to remind everyone that even though things appear at their very darkest, Christ has already won.
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” Revelation 11:15
THE TOP ISSUES OF 2022
I think of time much like a conveyor belt that we are all on, except the time markers are on the sides not actually moving us, but there to simply let us know how far we've come. Time is a construct we superimpose over our reality (via our cosmic movement which produces the cycle of the seasons), yet, if we had no concept of time, these events would continue on unabated as if reading a book with no chapters or verses. So let's say a natural disaster happened on December 31st, the reality on the ground is the same regardless of the day on the calendar. In other words, we come to categorize all manner of events as being associated with a particular year, even though their ramifications are still being felt in real-time regardless of the date if that makes sense. So as we look back into 2022, let's remember many of these are continuations from previous years; not stand-alone events that happened at this point in time.
~The Collapse of Western Civilization
~The Russian invasion of Ukraine (Feb 24, 2022)
Implications and Provocations
a. The Russian invasion exposes deep levels of corruption between the West and Ukraine
b. The Russian invasion exposes the inadequacy and impotence of NATO
c. The war triggers fuel and energy crises around the EU and the world
d. This will likely expand into a greater conflict as one side or the other trips some NATO Article 5 condition dragging in other countries. It could also expand from the Russian side if they are attacked in some manner that prompts them to expand the conflict beyond the Donbas Region. They could either expand the military conflict or execute their petro-gold option (this would collapse our economy)
~Death of Queen Elizabeth (Sep 8, 2022, at age of 96)
Implications and Provocations
a. The second longest-serving monarch in history (behind French Louis XIV) at 70 years
b. This now frees up the British monarchy under King Charles to pursue WEF-backed globalist agenda
c. At 73, King Charles III will not rule long, and will likely hand over the reins to Prince William who is (as far as we can tell) both religiously indifferent (he is politically required to be Anglican) and politically apolitical. However, his charities lean left and are environmentalist in nature.
d. Given King Charle's political, economic, and environmentalist leanings, the Queen's death, and the political turmoil in the UK PMs, it may likely lead to their reversing the BREXIT decision from several years ago
~Iranian nationwide protests (began Sep 13, 2022)
Implications and Provocations
a. Began after the death of Mahsa Amini by the morality police for violating rules on wearing the hijab
b. Protest highlight the growing disconnect between Ayatollah's regime and the people
c. Protests still continuing to force Iranian leadership to wag the dog (vs. Israel)
d. The internal turmoil, as well as the geopolitical positioning with Russia and Turkey seem to be pointing toward a strengthening of the Gog-Magog coalition. An attack by Israel on their nuclear facilities may be that final nudge they need to go 'all in' on cementing this prophetic partnership
~Globalism vs. Regionalism
Implications and Provocations
a. Numerous nations under the thumb of WEF influence have begun implementing globalist-aligned policies of sustainable development, depopulation, politically weaponized migration, carbon-footprint reduction policies, and open borders. These have been disastrous, and are designed as such to create the necessary chaos that provides the globalists with opportunities to consolidate their power
1. Sri Lanka (tried to implement green agenda and began suffering lengthy blackouts, food and fuel shortages, and inflation)
2. Pakistan (Imran Khan ousted in April)
3. Netherlands (farmers' protests)
4. Canada trucker's protests (Feb 2022)
5. French (Yellow Vest) protests against Macron
6. The collapse of FTX ahead of the CBDC 12-Week Trials (November 2022)
7. COP 27 New Climate Ten Commandments (Nov 2022)
b. There are political and economic unrest not necessarily related to the WEF policies, but are also feeding into the overall global unrest
1. Liz Truss steps down as UK PM after serving for only 44 days
2. Turkey's currency collapse
3. Turkey-Greece potential military conflict
4. Azerbaijan-Armenia military conflict
5. Ethiopia-Tigray military conflict
6. Haiti's political unrest
7. North Korea's saber-rattling against its neighbors
8. Netanyahu's third reelection as Israeli PM (globalists don't like this)
9. Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44B (the deep state doesn't like this)
10. Assassination of former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe (July 2022)
11. The destruction of the Georgia Guidestones (July 2022)
c. Xi Jinping was reelected (for life) in China
1. The only other General Secretary "elected" for a record third time was Mao Zedong
2. Chinese ambitions increasingly became antagonistic toward the US and the West as they sided with Russia over the Ukraine conflict and their general lack of disrespect toward the Biden Administration
3. China's population protests over the draconian zero-covid policy have the potential to flare up into even greater nationwide protests and potentially, a civil war, should the Xi regime not loosen up on its policies
THE TOP ISSUES FOR 2023
1. Globalism vs. Regionalism: The continued push for WEF policies and candidates will provide unpopular top-down control over participating nations. Contrastingly, bottom-up support will be for nationalism and nationalist political leaders ultimately meeting in the middle to create regional power blocs. Think about it like this. If a one-world government was the intent all along, it should fall in line with the Hegelian dialectic model for implementation:
Thesis: How to get to a one-world government?
Antithesis: Force impractical and dysfunctional (and highly unpopular) globalist policies (courtesy WEF, Great Reset, Agenda 2030, 4th Industrial Revolution, etc.) on nations to create chaos and unrest. Simultaneously, destroy successful capitalist markets by imposing politically driven (and completely untenable) socialist policies that bend capitalism towards fascism. Then add a programmable, surveillance-based digital currency to the world economic infrastructure to replace the ailing US Dollar as the world's reserve currency
Synthesis: Regional government will be the meet-in-the-middle solution that reduces the total number of individual autonomous nations, and diminishes individual national sovereignty, but is not so far overreaching that is immediately rejected as geopolitically unnatural. Nevertheless, achieving seven, ten, or even twenty regions is far more manageable (from a one-world-government perspective) than 193 individual nation-states. Ultimately, we know where the world ends up by Revelation 13, so it seems that this is the approach they are running with to achieve those ends
2. Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC): CBDCs are programmable, 100% digital, surveillance-based currencies. The rapid strengthening of CBDC policies and technologies across the world is (along with AI and Quantum supremacy) the new 'arm's races' for the 21st century. World powers will use the current inflation (they created), failing legacy fiat currencies (they enabled), and massive national debt (they created) as excuses to expedite the implementation of digital centralized currencies. Spectacular and even, patsy-like collapses of companies like FTX (and perhaps later Tether) will only highlight the need for more government control over decentralized cryptocurrencies
Again, the two main problems going forward are this: If the US goes along with a CBDC, free-market capitalism will end and the Constitution will be forever broken no matter who gets elected. However, if the US doesn't convert to a national CBDC, it will be left behind by all the other nations that do. We know the world ends up with one form of currency, the Mark of the Beast, so we know this is heading in that direction. Apart from the Rapture, this may explain in part the US absence (or at least, prominence) in the last days' sequence of events
3. The EU Army: The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the disastrous 2021 Afghanistan withdrawal, continues to highlight the deteriorating US-EU relationship, as well as the decline of US global power. There is a movement already in progress to expedite the realignment/transition of NATO into becoming a eurocentric EU Defence Force (See also PESCO and here), and with high youth unemployment rates, it will not be difficult to begin to draft their army.
Ultimately, the failure of the NATO structure, as well as the continued decline of the United States, will by necessity, force a defense-based realignment within the European Union. Some might think that building an EU army might take decades. Might I remind everyone of the condition of the US military just before WWII, and how quickly we overcame that deficit to become the world's superpower in less than six years (1939-45). Watch as the EU begins to embrace its' ancient identity and take back on the mantel of its former self, the old Roman Empire
4. Global Religion: With the completion of the Abrahamic House in Abu Dhabi this coming May, the world will have its first, truly ecumenical, globalist-endorsed, religious headquarters. At present, it seems powerless and even laughable to most of Christendom (as I'm sure it does also to Jews and Muslims) but think about it this way. Think about how much power and influence the World Health Organization (WHO) had before Covid 19. Not much really, especially as it relates to Americans. The WHO was a medical advisory organization that worked with other national Centers for Disease Control (CDCs) and other similar organizations to promote global health initiatives. Then think about how much power and influence it's had since 2020. Now it seems every major medical decision (wrt pandemics and vaccines) has to have the backing of the WHO in order to gain traction. Furthermore, global medical policies (e.g., global vaccine passports) are being crafted by the WHO and are being enforced by nations who submit to their medical authority.
So that was a medical crisis, and it greatly bolstered the WHO's standing with regard to global authority. Consider economic crises and how global authorities (not national) are being used as the 'final word' in matters pertaining to economics and currency. Now think about the world's next major crisis (the Rapture), and how much influence this new house of Chrislam will have after that religious/supernatural crisis.
4. Depopulation: World leaders are increasingly convinced (or so they say publicly) that climate change is the world's greatest, existential threat. At the same time, the world's population just passed the eight-billion persons. As 2023 opens up, we are going to see a greater push to reduce the carbon footprint of humans by endorsing (and enforcing) things like abortion, euthanasia, and medically induced "died suddenly" medical experiments that will continue killing millions.
Paradoxically, the world's global leadership is now more concerned than ever about our health and security and has offered Orwellian-type medical surveillance (even under the skin) to keep us safe. They are saying this out of one side of their mouths, while equally and aggressively pushing policies designed to kill off the human population. Ironic eh? Not to worry though, if depopulation is their chief concern, the 21 judgments inside the 70th Week will correct that problem supernaturally.
5. Changing of the Guard: The world's two major superpowers (the US and China) are both in bad shape economically and societally and are presumably in their final stages before collapse. China suffers from a significant female-to-male deficit (thanks in part to a decades-long one-child policy and abortion), and a rising (and massive) geriatric population, all built upon a house-of-cards economy.
The US is now at $31.5 trillion in debt and is increasingly suffering under the weight of a bloated bureaucracy (a voracious deep state), failing currency, out-of-control political polarization, chaos at its borders, drug epidemics, and numerous other national and global challenges. Seeing as we can't even control what's going on within our nation, how are we expected to maintain law and order around the world? The truth is, we can't.
China sees this and is quickly attempting to diversify its economic dependence upon the US, but the ties are too deep, and when the US collapses, it will drag China down with it. Perhaps this is why we don't hear much from them in Bible prophecy until the end. Nevertheless, China will continue to dominate in their region until they collapse, but I don't expect them to achieve all the grandiose global aspirations they have planned (Belt and Road Initiative, global control of the economy, etc.). Rather, I see, through a series of unfortunate and prophetically predicted events, Europe rising to take back control of the global stage as both the US and China suffer under the weight of their own makings
6. Rapid advancement of Technology: The world is continuing to race ahead in every spectrum of technology. This is both quickly outpacing our ability to defend against all of the threats, and is moving beyond the technological capabilities as described in the book of Revelation (e.g., artificial superintelligence, colonizing the moon and Mars, etc.). Mankind has reached (or is about to reach) the Tower of Babel moment where God puts His thumb down and stops mankind in his tracks through a sudden, calamitous event known as the Rapture of the Church. Consider the race is afoot in all the below categories:
Human cloning and genetic manipulation
7. Quantum Technology: Speaking of out-of-control technology...the real arms race in the 21st century will not be found in nuclear weapons, aerospace, or even outer space, but in quantum technology. The term is 'quantum supremacy' and the goal is to create a stable, usable, system that everything is linked to and can run everything (thus fulfilling the NWO prophetic mandate of achieving the Internet of Things). The crazy thing is, one quantum computer is capable of doing just that. While there are races concurrent with CBDCs and AI, achieving Quantum Supremacy will be the edge that puts whoever gets to it first, victorious. Currently, the big three American companies in the race toward quantum supremacy are IBM, Google, and Microsoft. These companies all have European-based headquarters as well, so if the US goes down, these transnational companies will just shift their immense resources to Europe. Consider these possibilities from the following articles here and here if interested. Quantum technology will:
1. Make medical experiments no longer necessary as Quantum programs will be able to model every conceivable scenario (except the supernatural!)
2. To conceive and create new building materials (ex. graphene oxide) at an increasingly faster pace
3. Answer the cosmic riddles that once plagued mankind
4. Enable artificial intelligence to rapidly outpace man's ability to control it. Don't worry though, demonic forces will do this
5. Be used to enhance cybersecurity through a merger between nanotechnology and biometrics
6. Render cryptocurrency (encrypted currencies) useless. Will require biometrics be implemented for security (i.e., hence in part, why the Mark of the Beast has to be put into humans)
7. Be used for military applications
8. Be used to enhance machine learning
9. Be used to forecast the weather
10. Be used to enhance investment portfolios (think Blackrock's A.L.A.D.D.I.N)
11 Quantum transportation (as the Seal, Trumpet, and Bowl judgments continue to hinder global movement, this may become the primary mode of transportation)
So what is the big deal with quantum?
Essentially, quantum computing, which uses subatomic particles to create new ways of processing and storing information, is a technological leap that’s expected to bring us computers capable of operating a trillion times more quickly than the fastest traditional processors available today. The potential danger of quantum computing is that it could render our current encryption practices useless — so any nation that develops quantum computing at scale could break the encryption of other nations, businesses, security systems, and more. This is a trend to watch carefully in 2023 as countries like the US, UK, China, and Russia pour money into developing quantum computing technology.
Now, the experts in the fields of quantum physics and technologies, are more conservative in their expectations for where they see that capability being in both 2023 and 2030. However, as we all know, crisis is the mother of invention, and it's likely, that a great global crisis (such as the Rapture) would allow for the fast-tracking of these technologies on a scale we've not seen since World War I by removing the restraints for demonic intelligence to make it happen
8. Black Swan Events and Wildcard Options
Last but not least, is the innumerable wildcard and black swan events that we mortals either can't know or can't see coming. In no particular order:
a. Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities (I expected this for 2022) but with Netanyahu's ouster that seemed to diminish. Now with his return, I expect them to do this in 2023 because Israel has run out of time
b. China's invasion of Taiwan. The worse China becomes economically and societally the more likely this will become a reality as China uses this as both a distraction for their population, as well as a focal point for their military
c. The deaths of aging world leaders. I fully expect that globalists like Kissinger (99 years old), and George Soros (92 years old) to pass this year. Perhaps it's why they've been so invested in passing on their globalist agendas to the next generation. Other notables are Klaus Schwab is 84. Joe Biden is 80 but in failing mental health. Pope Francis is 86. Will these be the leaders to carry on into the seven-year tribulation?
d. New pandemic planning event (copied from here)
Quote: Evidence is piling up that this “pandemic” had been scheduled long in advance. This article refers to 3 “simulations” that the Gates-funded Johns Hopkins undertook in the last 2 decades. This is on top of what has already been covered.
Now add this to the list: Catastrophic Contagion (2022)
e. Natural calamity of global consequence. The earth is groaning and we are starting to get these "once in a generation" storms and events happening more and more frequently. I don't expect this trend to suddenly reverse or end in 2023
f. Last but not least, is the Rapture of the Church. Although it does not start the 70th Week, it certainly sets the conditions for all that follows
Indeed, how did it get so late so soon? I don't know if it's because I'm 48 or we as a human race are just that much busier, but 2022 flew by very quickly. I reckon the longer we wait on the Lord, the faster things here on terra firma will continue to speed up, thus adding new understanding to the Lord's return coming quickly. And while much of what we see is coming at us like a freight train, just remember what Christ's words were to the church of Philadelphia, and by extension, to all believers alive in the last generation.
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’
Revelation 3:10-13 (my emphasis)
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Days Of Noah: The Entire World Is Shaking Its Fist At God – By Tim Moore - https://harbingersdaily.com/days-of-noah-the-entire-world-is-shaking-its-fist-at-god/
Jesus said that in the end days the world would return to being like the days of Noah. We have certainly arrived because we are thwarting God’s design at every turn. What do I mean by that?
Today, I want to talk about God’s admission that in the end days the world would become like the days of Noah. That reference comes from Matthew 24:37. We recognize that Jesus is saying that in the end days men will be evil and evil will be multiplied all over the earth. We can also recognize that in the days of Noah that everyone except Noah and his family was in complete rebellion against God.
Let’s look back to the beginning of human history, even before the era of Noah, and look at how God laid out His plan for mankind, particularly His unveiling of the distinctions between Himself and His creation, meaning the created order. We could go all the way back to Genesis 1:1 where it says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”. The Lord Himself provided this distinction between God as the Creator and the created order.
Moving forward into Genesis 1:26-28, He declared a distinction between humanity and the animal kingdom. He said, “Let’s make man in our own image… and let him have dominion over all the rest of the animal kingdom.”
Then God created woman to be a helpmate for man (Gen. 2:18). And so, man and woman were created to be co-equal in the eyes of God, both made in the image of God, but distinct in terms of their biological sexes. In terms of relationships, God established marriage as a union between one man and one woman. It would serve to be a distinct relationship different from all of the other relationships that man would have. Men and women have relationships with their pets and animals. They have relationships with friends. They have relationships with groups. But, there is something special about a man and woman coming together in marriage as ordained by God.
And yet, in our day, we have come to find ourselves living in the days of Noah in terms of an immoral world and degraded society. People are rejecting God as Creator saying there’s no outside entity that created all of the known universe. They are rejecting man as being special and apart from all of the animal kingdom. Too many times today we hear people claim that man is just an animal. They deny that mankind has been made in the image of God.
Worst of all, we now have many people hell-bent on destroying the idea of man and woman being two distinct sexes — two biological kinds created by God. Men and women are complementary to one another but unique and separate.
Added to that lie, there’s a whole wave of people who have denigrated the institution of marriage. True, that has been happening for many years, but now our society has almost totally denied God’s establishment of the ordination of marriage as a union of a man and a woman.
Folks, our society has devolved back to Romans 1! The entire world is shaking its fist at God and rebelling, just as fallen humanity did back in the days of Noah.
Weigh these four distinctions I’ve just gone through:
1. God as distinct and separate from His created order.
2. Man as distinct and separate from all of the other creatures that God created.
3. Man and woman as separate and distinct from one another; complimentary and created in the image of God, and yet separate and distinct.
4. That special relationship ordained by God of a man and woman coming together in marriage to be unified for the obvious purpose of producing children.
Those are the established distinctions of God, and we would be wise to heed them even in our day and age. I know our culture is going to push back. The secular culture is shaking its fist at God and in complete rebellion. But, those who know God — those who have eyes to see and ears to hear and are discerning — have to determine to stand on the Word of God and recognize and appreciate those distinctions.
We should be praising our all-loving Heavenly Father for the distinctions He has made. May He be praised and glorified in your life today.
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Why Do So Many Bad Things Keep Happening to Us? - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/why-do-so-many-bad-things-keep-happening-to-us/
I suppose that this is a fitting way to end the year. 2022 has been a year of war, plagues, natural disasters, shortages and severe economic troubles, but up until this month we had not been able to add “an apocalyptic winter storm” to the list yet. Unfortunately, what we have just been through over the last week definitely qualifies. A “monster storm” that covered almost the entire country at one point brought blizzard conditions to much of the U.S. over the past several days. Temperatures dipped down to minus 50 degrees in some areas, and extremely high winds and heavy snow combined to create truly nightmarish conditions in certain cities. For example, we are being told that this was the “most devastating storm in Buffalo’s long storied history”…
“We had to send specialized rescue crews to go get the rescuers,” Poloncarz told “CNN This Morning” Monday, adding it was the worst storm he could remember. “It was just horrendous, and it was horrendous for 24 hours in a row.”
“We’re used to snow here, we can handle snow,” he said. “But with the wind, the blinding views – it was complete whiteouts – and the extreme cold, it was some of the worst conditions that any of us have ever seen.”
The storm has drawn widespread comparisons to Buffalo’s famous blizzard of 1977. Poloncarz said in Monday’s news conference the current storm’s “ferocity … was worse than the blizzard of ’77.” And in a news conference Sunday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul called this storm the “most devastating storm in Buffalo’s long storied history.”
Buffalo has had a lot of really bad storms over the years.
But this one takes the cake.
According to a local news report, Buffalo has already received about 4 feet of snow, and snow is going to continue to fall until the middle of the day on Tuesday…
The blizzard began Friday, dumping nearly 4 feet of snow in the Buffalo area and making many roads impassable.
The snow is still falling. Some parts of the county could see another 8 to 12 inches by 1 p.m. Tuesday.
I have never seen anything quite like this.
Of course I have been using that phrase a lot lately.
So far, at least 27 people have been killed by the storm in Erie County, and the overall national death toll from the storm is up to 55.
But both of those numbers will inevitably go much higher because right now there are countless drivers stranded in their vehicles on highways all over the United States.
What part of “don’t drive during this storm” did people not understand?
Many others are without power and are slowly freezing as they find themselves trapped inside their own homes by colossal mountains of snow.
Those that are in need of rescue could use our prayers right about now.
Sadly, it seems like whenever there is some sort of a major natural disaster in this country there are hordes of looters ready to take advantage of it.
On Monday, the rampant looting that we just witnessed in Buffalo made headlines all over the globe…
Videos posted online show brazen thieves taking advantage of the chaos, trudging over mounds of snow to get into abandoned storefronts — like a Dollar General where shelves were overturned and items were scattered across the ground.
Residents filmed some of the thieves as they entered the store and left with handfuls of items like paper towels and toilet paper, as one shameless woman even posted a Facebook Live of her and her friends grabbing items from the store.
Others were filmed hauling televisions out of stores, and security footage caught one man breaking the glass of a liquor store door, where he allegedly stole $500 worth of goods.
Zero Hedge has posted lots of videos of the vicious looting, and those videos are prime examples of just how far we have fallen as a society.
As I have said so many times before, the thin veneer of civilization that we all depend upon on a daily basis is rapidly disappearing.
If a truly horrific long-term disaster were to erupt that causes law and order to break down on a widespread basis, we will devolve into a “Mad Max society” very quickly.
Speaking of crime, someone just attacked four more electrical substations in Washington state…
Thousands of homes were left in the dark after four electrical substations in western Washington were vandalized on Christmas Day, local authorities said on Sunday, adding that it was unknown if the incidents were connected.
The attacks on Sunday cut power to more than 14,000 utility customers in south Pierce County, near Tacoma, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said.
The burglaries were reported at two substations belonging to Tacoma Public Utilities and two belonging to Puget Sound Energy.
In a previous article, I discussed the fact that the number of these attacks has reached an all-time record high this year, and they are happening all over the nation.
Utility companies are going to have to start hiring 24 hour security to guard their equipment, because this is a problem that isn’t going to go away.
And that will mean even higher utility bills for all of us.
I truly wish that our society was not coming apart at the seams all around us.
But this is where we are at, and denying reality is not going to make things any better.
So why is our society in such bad shape?
And why do so many bad things keep happening to us?
The end of the year is often a time of self-reflection for individuals, and it should also be a time of self-reflection for our nation as a whole.
Because if we stay on the path that we are currently on, the pain that we will experience in the years ahead will be far more severe than what we have been through already.
Good decisions lead to good consequences.
And bad decisions lead to bad consequences.
Wake up America, because time is quickly slipping away.
It Is Finished – Terry James - https://terryjamesprophecyline.com/2022/12/26/it-is-finished/
Have you ever, in a moment of immersion in deep thought, had a question like “When did the existence of God begin?” Or perhaps: “How could God always have existed, and how can He exist forever?”
I’ve had similar questions a number of times over my life as a Christian. Yet it isn’t with doubt, but rather with wonderment that I’ve indulged in these imponderable ponderings. The finite mind is incapable of such infinite cogitation. That is, the human brain is not able to carry out such thought to the point of securing satisfactory answers.
We who are believers in Christ for salvation know that every word in the Bible is absolute truth. We can trust what is written in God’s love letter to mankind to us, His born-again children. John wrote the following regarding his and his fellow disciples’ closeness to Jesus during His time of ministry:
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare us unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:1–3)
So, while it is not just difficult, but impossible, to understand the questions above concerning the eternal existence of Jesus, we trust that every Word is truth.
Another question along this line might be: “Did God the Father Create Jesus?”
This is how we interpret naturally. Everything has a beginning–a moment of coming into existence. Every one of us had our conception, our birth. So it is a natural question for the human mind: “Did Jesus begin when He was born upon planet earth?”
Of course, we who believe God’s Word about our Lord’s earthly incarnation know God didn’t create Jesus Christ, the Son—just as God didn’t create the Holy Spirit. All three are, and have always been, God. They are coequal as the Triune Godhead–the Trinity.
The Bible teaches that Jesus is a separate and distinct God who existed with the Father before anything was created. The Father did not create Jesus; in fact, all three –God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—have existed from eternity past and will exist forever.
I want to delve into…well…into pondering with our finite thinking the infinite matters of that most important statement in all the Scripture so far as mankind is concerned.
We have just passed through another Christmas, a time when we honor the earthly incarnation –the advent/birth—of our Lord Jesus Christ.
While the Apostle John was exiled by the Roman government on the Aegean Island of Patmos, Jesus gave Him a vision–the Revelation, as we know it. The following is what John tells us he heard Jesus say to him at one point very early in the vision.
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Revelation 1:17–18)
Much later in the Revelation, Jesus said: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Revelation 22:13).
The Lord also said:
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 2He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (Revelation 21:6–7)
Wrapped up in those powerful words is Christ’s declaration of His Godhood and eternal existence.
He exclaims that He is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega.
Jesus says without equivocation: “It is done!” He promises further:
To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
You see, He declares He is God and gives eternal life to all who overcome. We know, of course, that we overcome only through our absolute belief and trust in Jesus, who has overcome the world.
The Lord’s declaration, “It is done,” is the most thrilling, greatest promise of all. Since He is the Alpha and Omega–the beginning and the end—He alone can say that salvation of the believer is already done.
It was done as He said while voluntarily giving up His life to death in order to rescue you and me from the penalty of sin: “It is finished!”
Really, though, it was done–finished—from eternity past. God’s plan for our salvation was already in effect then, as God is outside of time. He had His plan in place back in eternity past, and it is already finished in eternity future. He chose us from the foundation of the world.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:4–6)
When we look around us at things going on–the world seeming to fall apart—we can say along with our friend Jan Markell: Things aren’t falling apart, they are falling together. They are coming together just as our Lord said they would. Everything is right on the heavenly course for redeeming us and rejuvenating planet earth.
The Rapture, too, is going to be right on time–on God’s time! And I, for one, believe it is so close we could reach out and touch it, were that possible. You don’t want to miss it. Here again is how to make sure you are part of Jesus’ profound promise, “It is finished!”
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)
Daily Jot: Government censorship - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
Journalist Matt Taibbi continues to release Twitter Files that document how the federal government coerced Twitter to censor stories that impacted the 2020 presidential election. It also is evident that Twitter personnel were all too eager to withhold information from the Twitter platform at the government’s suggestion. As an example, Taibbi writes, “The files show the FBI acting as doorman to a vast program of social media surveillance and censorship, encompassing agencies across the federal government – from the State Department to the Pentagon to the CIA…Twitter had so much contact with so many agencies that executives lost track. Is today the DOD, and tomorrow the FBI? Is it the weekly call, or the monthly meeting?”
All along, especially when the Hunter Biden story came out, media outlets and social media refused to carry it, saying it was a Russian disinformation campaign. Turns out, it was a true story as many of us who are real journalists were trying to convey, but were being stonewalled. When President Trump said the “deep state” was trying to sway and control America, he was spot on correct. And even if Trump’s efforts to drain the deep state swamp were unsuccessful, this remains an issue that every American should be outraged. Americans must demand an end to the powers assumed by these agencies that interfere with and frustrate Constitutional freedoms such as freedom of speech, of religion, of bodily autonomy.
Otherwise there will be no freedom. While it may be obvious, it is worth noting that the Democratic Party, including the Democratic National Committee, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other actors in conjunction with the FBI used falsified documents to spy on Trump’s campaign and undermine his chances for election in 2016. The plot continued in 2020 and was deeper and far more effective, incorporating social media platforms and willing actors in the corporate world. And as if that wasn’t enough, the entire system was recreated and perfected with the COVID epidemic, where the government used administrative authority to censor even science and life-saving treatment protocols. At the same time, it lied repeatedly about vaccine effectiveness and CDC hospital protocols may have cost more lives than were caused by COVID itself.
The more that the Twitter Files and more scientists and doctors reveal what the government is doing to censor religious and free speech, deprive bodily autonomy, and impair the ability of citizens to choose their representatives, the more it becomes evident that we live in a controlled society. Because of this, our God-given rights are dangling just above hell’s fire on a thin thread. Life, liberty and free will/autonomy are granted, not by government, but by God. They are inalienable. Governments are established to protect those rights from evil. Hence, Romans 13:3, “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.” Until they are not. And it is time for Americans, especially Christian Americans, to reexamine government censorship.
Daily Devotion: Standing Firm - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land —Numbers 14:24
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/standing-firm/ - Listen
When the children of Israel arrived at the edge of the Promised Land, they sent in twelve men to spy out the land. Among them were Joshua and Caleb.
Ten of the spies returned to Kadesh-Barnea terrified by what they’d seen. They looked at the land through eyes of unbelief and concluded, “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” (Numbers 13:31 NLT). They were paralyzed by fear.
Joshua and Caleb, however, brought back a favorable report. Caleb told them, “Let’s go at once to take the land… We can certainly conquer it!” (verse 30 NLT).
But the people were swayed by the majority report. They allowed the fear and paranoia of ten people to influence them rather than the words of faith and belief brought to them by two people. In fact, they were so angry with Joshua and Caleb for even suggesting that they go into the land that they wanted to kill the two.
However, Joshua and Caleb held their ground. They didn’t do what everyone else did and stood firm at the risk of being ostracized and losing their friends, even their lives.
At this point, God had a message for the people: “You will not enter and occupy the land I swore to give you. The only exceptions will be Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun” (Numbers 14:30 NLT).
The Bible says, “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25 NKJV). We can become paranoid about what others think and go along with the crowd instead of being concerned with what God thinks.
If we want to fully follow the Lord and finish well in the race of life, we must refuse to compromise and instead stand our ground. We must be more concerned with God’s approval than with anyone else’s approval.
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