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A Dozen Prophetic Signs That Tell Us We Live on the Edge of Eternity – Jonathan Brentner - https://www.jonathanbrentner.com/https/jonathan-brentner-g8fgsquarespacecom/config/2021/12/8/a-dozen-signs-of-the-end-times
We live on the edge if eternity. For those who know Jesus as their Savior, it will start when He catches us up to meet Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:3-17). Those left behind will face the horrors of the seven-year Tribulation.
As many of you know, I often write about the signs of the time. However, I feel compelled to do so again as reminder both to myself as well as to others of the nearness of Jesus’ appearing.
Apart from the first sign listed below, they appear in no particular order. Together, however, they shout to us that we indeed live in biblical times. We live on the edge of the start of our exciting adventure that begins with Jesus’ appearing to take us home.
1. REBIRTH OF ISRAEL
The rebirth of Israel forms the bedrock of our conviction that we live in the last days of human history as we know it. Most, if not all, other end time prophecies depend on a restored Israel. For example, according to Jesus, the antichrist’s future defilement of the temple happens during the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15). This could not happen apart from the rebirth of Israel as a nation.
The reemergence of Israel in 1948 as nation after two thousand years was an astounding miracle and it happened precisely as the prophet Isaiah predicted (66:8). It sets the stage for the rest of the signs regarding the end of the age.
2. THIRD TEMPLE PREPARATIONS
In AD 180, church father Irenaeus wrote that someday the antichrist would defile a rebuilt temple.[i] Isaac Newton, known for his great scientific mind and discoveries, predicted over two hundred years in advance that Israel would again become a nation. Not only that, but he also predicted that the antichrist would desecrate the temple during the Tribulation period.
Today, this third temple is far along in the planning phase. Based on over thirty years of research, the Temple Institute in Israel has prepared most of furnishings for it, procured the architectural plans for it, and is training Levites to serve as its priests. The fervor for building this temple is strong within the nation. Israel has already begun planning the infrastructure to deal with the large crowd of visitors once it’s completed.
3. VACCINE MANDATES/PASSPORTS
The vaccine mandates, along with the issuing of vaccine passports, foreshadow the coming mark of the beast as depicted in Revelation 13:16-18. In several places in America and around the world, one cannot eat in restaurants or attend public events without proof of vaccination.
In a previous post, Transhumanism: The Path to the Mark of the Beast, I demonstrate how current technology, meant to enforce vaccinations, will later lead directly to the fulfillment of Revelation 13:16-18.
What we see today with the mask and vaccine mandates is conditioning people to accept the future mark of the beast. The push for transhumanism on the part of the most powerful people in world lies behind the vaccine mandates of so many governments around the world.
4. WORLDWIDE OBSESSION WITH THE COVID-19 VACCINES
In Revelation 18, which speaks to the destruction of Babylon, we find these words, “and all nations were deceived by your sorcery” (v. 23). The word for “sorcery” in the Greek is Pharmakeia from which we get our English word “pharmaceuticals.” It’s more than a little interesting that during the tribulation, drugs will be a key means of deception.
As JD Farag points out, there has never been a time when all the nations of the world are promoting a vaccine. Some are more forceful than others, but that does not diminish the prophesied worldwide obsession over them that we already witness.
Peter Koenig, a geopolitical analyst and a former Senior Economist at the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), wrote the following about universal push for the COVID-19 injections.
What these measures do – “Vaccination Certificate / Passport” for the jabbed – is to separate society into the “good ones”, the “vaccinated” ones; and the “bad guys”, those who are not vaccinated, do not intend to get the deadly jab . . . .
. . . all 193 UN member countries whose governments have been co-opted in a long preparation period – would like you to believe that the non-vaccinated are a danger for society.[ii]
Just as John predicted in Revelation 18:23 in regard to the seven-year Tribulation, we find that all the nations of the world are already hooked on a Pharmakeia, or what we know as the COVID-19 vaccines.
5. THE GREAT RESET/BUILD BACK BETTER
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the phrases “Great Reset” and “build back better” have become a part of our vocabulary, but so few recognize the sinister agenda behind them.
The “Great Reset” represents the building back of sustainable economic and environmental systems to replace the current failed system; i.e., capitalism. Klaus Schwab, the founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), unveiled his Marxist agenda in May of 2020 hoping to capitalize on the turmoil caused by COVID-19.
Klaus Schwab said this in July of 2020, “The pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.”[iii] Here “reimagine” equals the merging of humans with machines and “reset” refers to the Marxist regime that the WEF promotes via its build back better campaign. The Great Reset is the economic side of the New World Order envisioned under the UN’s agenda 2030.
Prophetically speaking, these phrases point to the coming kingdom of the antichrist that’s already forming throughout the world. Do not be deceived by benign-sounding terms such as “build back better,” they foreshadow a wicked tyranny that will be far worse than anything the world has ever experienced.
6. PRINCE CHARLES’ SPEECH AT COP26
Prince Charles, speaking about climate action at the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 1, 2021, made a startling statement regarding “economic transition,” which is the Great Reset advocated by the WEF that helped sponsor the event. Here is a quote from his speech:
We also know that countries, many of whom are burdened by growing levels of debt, simply cannot afford to go green. Here we need a vast military style campaign to marshal the strength of the global private sector, with trillions at his disposal far beyond global GDP, and with the greatest respect, beyond even the governments of the world’s leaders. It offers the only real prospect of achieving fundamental economic transition.[iv] (My emphasis)
Many students of biblical prophecy wonder about Charles’ reference to having trillions of dollars at “his disposal.” Who is this mysterious person? Could it be the coming “lawless one” waiting in the wings for the right time to step onto the world stage?
How eerie is it that Prince Charles may have actually referred to the antichrist as someone already alive and able to demand such allegiance?
He inadvertently confirmed that the massive transfer of wealth to corporations and the rich taking place through the climate change emergency and the COVID-19 vaccines is all about the coming New World Order.
The inflation that’s sweeping across America and much of the world is just a small sampling of what lies ahead in the not-too-distant future. For many years, I have suspected that the economic turmoil described in Revelation 6:5-6 was just around the corner. In several ways, the fact that it has not yet happened defies some of the things I learned about economics in my MBA classes at the University of Iowa.
I believe the Lord is sovereignly holding back the fulfillment of the economic chaos predicted in Revelation 6. At some future point, however, the Lamb will open this seal and unleash the monetary crisis that many financial experts predict will happen as the result of the massive worldwide debt and printing of money.
Scripture also tells us that the Tribulation period will be a time of widespread deception upon the earth (Matthew 24:23-25; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Revelation 13:11-15). The antichrist will deceive multitudes of people who will in turn worship him.
The amount of deception present in our world takes my breath away; it’s staggering. The duplicity already rampant in our world tells me that the Lord is already preparing the world for the future “wicked deception” that will pave the way for the rule of the antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2:10).
In Matthew 24:12, Jesus predicted that during the Tribulation the world would see an increase in “lawlessness.” In 2 Thessalonians 2:3-9, Paul refers to the antichrist as the “lawless one” and the “man of lawlessness.” Lawlessness will define both the antichrist and his kingdom.
With enough time and research, I could write a very long post detailing the multitude of evidence pertaining to the increased lawlessness in our world. In the U.S., we read of flash mobs that overwhelm stores and steal vast amounts of valuable merchandise. Calls to defund the police and the virtual elimination of bail for arrested criminals all add fuel to the fire of the anarchy and violence present in some cities in the U.S. A dozen cities have already broken records for murders in a year’s time.
We also see lawlessness at the government level in America and across the world as elected officials defy written laws and constitutions and impose their own selfish will upon those they govern.
10. THE RISE OF A ONE-WORLD RELIGION
Under the guidance of Pope Francis and many other religious leaders, the One World Religion complex in the United Arab Emirates will open in 2022. The website for this initiative describes it as follows:
The Abrahamic Family House will be a beacon of mutual understanding, harmonious coexistence, and peace among people of faith and goodwill. It consists of a mosque, church, synagogue, and educational center to be built on Saadiyat Island, the cultural heart of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Through its design, it captures the values shared between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and serves as a powerful platform for inspiring and nurturing understanding and acceptance between people of goodwill. The vision for the Abrahamic Family House originated after the signing of the Document on Human Fraternity by Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb in February 2019.[v]
Could there be a clearer indicator of the nearness of one-world religion that will emerge during the Tribulation? I don’t think so.
The Apostle Peter warned about scoffers who would arrive on the scene during the last days asking this question, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation” (2 Pet. 3:4).
Jude echoes this sentiment in regard to latter day scoffers in verses 17-19:
But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.
During much of twentieth century, Bible-believing churches proclaimed our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:11-14) as the pretribulation Rapture and no one laughed. Today, it’s mocked from many pulpits and ridiculed by a great many people both within and outside the church just as the apostles said would happen in the last days.
12. GOG/MAGOG WAR
It’s staggering to contemplate how the prophet Ezekiel, who lived 2,600 years ago, could have so accurately predicted the current situation in the Middle East. Only God could reveal the future with such precision.
Consider three key aspects of his prophecy in chapter 38:
Russia, Iran, and Turkey will form a close alliance that will lead the future invasion of Israel (see 38:1-6; it’s based on ancient names for these nations).
The prosperity of Israel will cause this group to invade (38:10-12). Israel has incredible wealth through natural gas and oil, among other things.
Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia will merely protest the greed of the invaders rather than join with them (38:13).
Who could possibly have predicted these three things just twenty-five years ago apart from the words Ezekiel wrote long, long ago?
We see tensions continually rising as Israel repeatedly bombs Iran installations in Syria and sabotages nuclear facilities within Iran.
Today, everything is in place for the spark that will ignite this war. I believe it will happen when the Lord puts into the heart of Gog to go after the current riches in Israel (Ezekiel 38:4, 16).
IT’S TIME TO LOOK UP
It’s the sum total of these signs, along with others, that tell us we live in the last moments before our Lord Jesus intervenes in world history. As believers, it’s time to live with the awareness that Jesus’ return to take us home is ever so close. It’s time to look up in eager anticipation of the completion of our adoption into God’s family and the redemption of our physical bodies (Romans 8:23-25).
I am not saying He will come for us this year or the next, although that is entirely possible. I am saying that the biblical signs of the last day tell us that we already live in the shadow of the rapidly approaching Tribulation period, which signifies that our homegoing must also be close.
If you do not yet know the Lord as your Savior, please know that the time is short. Turn to the Savior today for the forgiveness of your sins and eternal life.
Romans 10:13 says, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Such faith recognizes that one is a sinner and that Jesus’ death on the cross suffices to pay the debt for one’s sins. It’s just as John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
This gift of eternal life comes as the result of faith, not of works. See my post, Salvation in No Other Name, for more information on so great a salvation that comes freely as the result of grace and how you can know you are an heir of eternal life.
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[i] Irenaeus, Against Heresies, in The Ante-Nicene Fathers, 10 vols. (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1979) Vol. 1, p. 560.
[ii] Peter Koenig, Video: Digital Tyranny and the Rockefeller-Gates WHO “Vaxx-Certificate Passport”: Towards a World War III Scenario, November 28, 2021 @ https://www.globalresearch.ca/worldwide-resistance-against-vaccine-covid-fraud/5755538
[iii] Quote from the WEF website: https://www.weforum.org/focus/the-great-reset
[iv] Prince Charles COP26 Climate Summit Glasgow Speech Transcript, November 1, 2021. @ https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/prince-charles-cop26-climate-summit-glasgow-speech-transcript
[v] About the Abrahamic Family House, @ https://www.forhumanfraternity.org/abrahamic-family-house/
DARPA uses mainstream media to flaunt implantable microchip “to stop coronavirus in its tracks” – Nolan Barton - https://www.naturalnews.com/2021-12-13-darpa-uses-mainstream-media-to-promote-microchip.html
Dr. Matt Hepburn of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) flaunted on national television an implantable microchip, which he claimed is designed to stop coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in its track.
“That tiny green thing in there, you put it underneath your skin and what that tells you is that there are chemical reactions going on inside the body and that signal means you are going to have symptoms tomorrow,” Hepburn told Bill Whitaker of CBS news program “60 Minutes.”
“It’s like a ‘check engine’ light.”
Microchip is now in late-stage testing
Hepburn, recruited by DARPA eight years ago, said the microchip is now in late-stage testing. (Related: DARPA awards $40 million for research into memory-controlling implants.)
“It’s not some dreaded government microchip to track your every move, but a tissue-like gel engineered to continuously test your blood,” said Hepburn, an infectious disease physician and retired army colonel.
Hepburn related that the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt had been hobbled last year when 1,271 crew members tested positive for COVID-19. He hinted that the spread of the virus would have been prevented if everyone on board had their health monitored with the subdermal implant.
“Sailors would get the signal, then self-administer a blood draw and test themselves on site. We can have that information in three to five minutes,” he said. As you truncate that time, as you diagnose and treat, what you do is you stop the infection in its tracks.
DARPA is a research and development agency of the Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military. Thus, its technologies are mostly for military purposes. But with the mainstream media touting the implantable microchip as a way to finally end the pandemic, using it in civilians is very much a possibility.
There lies the problem. DARPA is not exactly a trusted agency.
In 2016, MailOnline reported that DARPA “is already working on microchips that can be implanted into soldiers’ brains to make them more resilient to warfare.” (Related: DARPA rumored to be genetically modifying humans to create zombie super soldiers.)
The agency’s reputation was further damaged the following year when it was found investing $100 million into “gene drive” research in an effort to procure genetic extinction technologies. Andrea Crisanti, an Imperial College London professor who pioneered the gene drive research, admitted that he has been hired by DARPA on a $2.5 million contract.
“Many countries [will] have concerns when this technology comes from DARPA, a US military science agency,” an unnamed United Nations diplomat told the Guardian at the time.
DARPA’s collection of weird and controversial projects over the years
DARPA was created on February 7, 1958, by then-President Dwight Eisenhower in response to the Soviet launching of Sputnik 1 in 1957. The agency collaborates with academia, industry and government partners to formulate and execute research and development projects and expand the frontiers of technology and science.
While the agency is credited with the advent of internet and global positioning system (GPS), it has also been involved in some weird and controversial projects.
DARPA’s Engineering Living Materials program sought to create building materials that can be grown where needed and have the ability to repair themselves when damaged. As researchers make progress with 3D-printed organs and tissues, DARPA hopes to use similar technologies to create hybrid materials that can shape and support the growth of engineered cells.
The agency’s Blood Pharming program was projected to increase the efficiency of production and lower the high costs associated with growing red blood cells. Blood pharming is the process of creating red blood cells from cell sources in a lab rather than inside a human body. The program would have greatly increased access to transfusable blood for soldiers and hospitals around the world and reduced the risk of disease transmission during a transfusion. The program was no longer listed in recent budget documents.
In 2006 DARPA wanted to implant transmitters in insects to use them for surveillance. The Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems program was run by teams from the University of Michigan and Cornell University. In 2009, Cornell engineers revealed a prototype of a radioactively-powered transmitter for cyborg insects.
The agency also funded research on solutions for the negative effects war can have on soldiers. The Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies program is tasked with creating “an implanted, closed-loop diagnostic and therapeutic system for treating, and possibly even curing, neuropsychiatric illness,” according to a DARPA press release. The program wants to make a brain implant that will help soldiers struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, substance abuse and more.
Recognizing the effect the weight of soldiers’ loads can have on them, DARPA began working with robotics company Boston Dynamics to create the Legged Squad Support System (LS3). DARPA’s website states that the program’s goal is “to develop a robot that will go through the same terrain the squad goes through without hindering the squad’s mission.”
DARPA also invested in researching space travel. Project Orion is a program from 1958 intended to research a new means of spaceship propulsion. This hypothetical model of propulsion relied on nuclear bomb detonations to power a craft forward and was supposedly capable of hitting astonishing speeds. However, DARPA officials were worried about nuclear fallout. The project was dropped when the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963 outlawed detonations of nuclear weapons in outer space.
Nearing Midnight: Covid-19: The Worst Possible Outcome at Every Turn – Todd Strandberg - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
I am shocked to see how the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded in the last two years. It seems that this is all part of a plot because the worst possible event always happens with each passing day.
In September of last year, it looked like we were saved by the extremely rapid development of vaccines. The virus mutated so rapidly, shifting from the delta variant to the omicron variant, that vaccines could be a huge waste of time and money. The world has spent $10 trillion on prevention. In the end, we probably should have just let it burn through the population until we achieved herd immunity the hard way.
People like Bill Gates are saying that this virus may be with us for all eternity. A dozen years from now, some people may be on their 20th booster shot. I’ve already said I don’t care about the current vaccines. The one that has me concerned is the third or fourth generation of the jab that may only have a few weeks of study. When I started recommending the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, 2.5 billion people had already had the shot, and there was 10 months of research.
The omicron variant has 30 mutations on the spike proteins alone. This is such a rapid rate of mutation that we should probably change the name of the virus to COVID-20. The delta variant only had 10 mutations, and fully vaccinated people are being infected with the virus.
How quickly these variants travel across the globe is shocking. We only learned about omicron two weeks ago, and it’s now in 38 countries and ten American states. Since it takes about two weeks for people to develop symptoms, all the travel bans to South Africa were a month too late.
What makes me wonder about the most, if we’re following a game plan, is that every new variant is more contagious than the one before it. The next stage will be that they become more lethal with every new mutation.
The most regrettable outcome from the COVID-19 pandemic is the loss of freedom from the power overreach by various governments. Until recently, Australia was most famous for its sunshine and relaxed attitude. Since the Covid pandemic hit, that country has quickly turned into an Orwellian police state. Australians can’t leave the country, and returning travelers quarantining at home are forced to download an app that combines facial recognition and geolocation. The state will text them at random times, and thereafter they will have 15 minutes to take a picture of their face in the location where they are supposed to be. Aussie Police recently arrested teen ‘Fugitives’ who escaped From a Covid Internment Camp.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has permitted her people to use the bathroom inside their friends’ homes. A few years ago, that sort of statement was seen as a joke. This shows just how bad the world is for people to act so easily like a dictator and for the public to tolerate this absurdity.
The government has already done tremendous damage to the economy with lockdowns and free money handouts. If omicron or another variant triggers a new round of stimmy checks, I think it’s very likely that we will have a supply-chain meltdown. About every time I go to the grocery store, there is at least one item I would like to buy that is out of stock. The American people have no idea how quickly we could degrade into the old Soviet Union, where you go to the store to buy what they have and trade with your neighbors for what you need.
The Soviet Union collapsed because ordinary people who lived under that system understood that it did not work. We are turning into the USSR because the socialist plans we have put in place have failed, and we are turning towards more socialism for the solution. The Soviet Union had a 69-year history. Since America is transforming into a socialist state, it may take decades for our fellow citizens to fully realize it doesn’t work. One possible good thing about Covid is it is rapidly speeding up the process.
“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2).
It’s Like “The Purge”: Murder Records Are Being Shattered All Over America, And Next Year Could Be Even Worse - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/its-like-the-purge-murder-records-are-being-shattered-all-over-america-and-next-year-could-be-even-worse/
It is often said that life imitates art, and these days that is particularly true on the mean streets of our major cities. Violent criminals just keep getting more brazen, and murder rates are soaring all over the nation. As you will see below, one official in Los Angeles is actually comparing what is now happening to a horror movie that came out a number of years ago called “The Purge”. But in that movie, violent criminals only had one night each year to run wild. Unfortunately, in America today they are running wild every single night.
Perhaps some of you think that I am exaggerating, and so let’s look at some hard numbers.
At this point, there are 12 large U.S. cities that have already broken their all-time murder records for an entire year…
At least 12 major U.S. cities have broken annual homicide records in 2021 — and there’s still three weeks to go in the year.
Of the dozen cities that have already surpassed the grim milestones for killings, five topped records that were set or tied just last year.
“It’s terrible to every morning get up and have to go look at the numbers and then look at the news and see the stories. It’s just crazy. It’s just crazy and this needs to stop,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said after his city surpassed its annual homicide record of 500, which stood since 1990.
The 12 cities that have already established brand new records in 2021 are Philadelphia, St. Paul, Portland, Indianapolis, Tucson, Louisville, Toledo, Baton Rouge, Austin, Columbus, Rochester and Albuquerque.
And with more than half of December still remaining, more cities will be joining that list by the time the year is finally over.
In Los Angeles, violent crime numbers are going up so fast that it is difficult to believe that the figures are actually real…
The LAPD reports that in the first 24 weeks of 2021, reports of shots fired were up 48 percent. The number of people wounded by gun violence was up 50 percent and homicides were up 26 percent.
The environment in the city has completely changed. During a recent television interview, the head of the LA Police Protective League warned tourists not to come to his city this holiday season…
“My message to anyone thinking about coming to Los Angeles, especially during the holiday season, is don’t,” Jamie McBride, the head of the LA Police Protective League, the union representing LAPD officers, said in a television interview.
What a thing to say.
McBride went on to compare current conditions in Los Angeles to “The Purge”…
“We can’t guarantee your safety. It is really, really out of control. I said it to people before, it’s like that movie ‘Purge,’ you know, instead of 24 hours to commit your crime, these people have 365 days days to commit whatever they want,” McBride said.
This isn’t some random guy on the Internet saying this.
This is the head of the union that represents police officers in Los Angeles.
Crime is so out of control in L.A. that even people that don’t like guns are arming themselves. The following comes from a New York Post article entitled “Beverly Hills residents arming themselves with guns in wake of violence”…
“I’ve always been anti-gun,” said Debbie Mizrahie of Beverly Hills. “But I am right now in the process of getting myself shooting lessons because I now understand that there may be a need for me to know how to defend myself and my family. We’re living in fear.”
Of course things aren’t much different in northern California.
In fact, an atmosphere of “lawlessness” is seemingly everywhere in San Francisco at this point…
The pandemic emptied parts of San Francisco and highlighted some of its drawbacks: human and dog feces smeared across sidewalks, home and vehicle break-ins, overflowing trash cans, and a laissez-faire approach by officials to brazen drug dealing. Parents despaired as public schools stayed closed for most of last year as nearby districts welcomed children back to the classroom.
Meanwhile, residents and visitors scurry past scenes of lawlessness and squalor. Just steps from the Opera House and Symphony Hall, drug dealers carry translucent bags filled with crystal-like rocks or stand outside the public library’s main branch, flashing wads of cash while peddling heroin and methamphetamine.
It should come as no surprise to learn that the number of people that died from drug overdoses in San Francisco last year was nearly three times as high as the number that died from COVID.
During normal times, we rely on the police to protect us from lawless criminals, but in America today the police are under siege.
I really like how Heather Mac Donald recently made this point…
“I can tell you across the country in the United States today, when cops get out of their car to make an inquiry, to question somebody who’s acting like he’s pulling up his gun out of his waistband, to go into a drug set, they find themselves routinely surrounded by hostile jeering crowds throwing things at them,” she said. “They’re assaulted.”
“This is what it’s like to be a cop in America today,” she added.
Every single day, police officers put their lives on the line when they go to work.
314 police officers have been shot so far in 2021, and the final number for this year will inevitably be even higher.
Meanwhile, the mainstream media and many groups on the left continue to relentlessly demonize the police, and this is driving good people out of the profession in record numbers…
A workforce survey released in June by the Police Executive Research Forum found the retirement rate in police departments nationwide jumped 45% over 2020 and 2021. And another 18% of officers resigned, the survey found, a development which coincided with nationwide social justice protests and calls to defund law enforcement agencies following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
As the trends that I have discussed in this article continue to escalate, it is likely that 2022 will be even worse.
But before I end this article, I want to make a very important point.
The worst criminals in America are not the violent thugs in our streets.
Often, the worst criminals dress in suits and walk the halls of power. For example, just check out what a CNN producer was just charged with doing…
The CNN producer charged with luring a mother and her nine-year-old daughter to a rental home in Vermont for ‘sexual subservience’ training also told someone else he’d ‘trained’ girls as young as seven.
John Griffin, a producer on CNN’s New Day and worked for Chris Cuomo, was charged last week by federal prosecutors in Vermont who say he paid for sex with underage girls, including one whose mother he convinced into letting her visit him.
Needless to say, his case in not an isolated incident.
In all my years, I have never seen such utter lawlessness in America.
And if you have read my most recent book, then you know that I believe that things are going to be getting a lot worse.
Just about every form of evil that you can possibly imagine is exploding in our society, and our country has now become unrecognizable.
Decades of incredibly bad decisions have brought us to this point, and the years ahead are going to be more chaotic than most people would dare to imagine.
Daily Jot: Seeing through the gaslight - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
Does America really think that runaway gas, food, home heating, and consumer goods prices combined with soaring crime and murder rates and rumors of war with Russia, China, and Iran are good for them? Apparently not, since Joe Biden’s approval level is hitting rock bottom. So what does Biden do about it? He calls all the lapdog corporate media that has been censuring all the dissenting information on vaccine mandates to beg them to do the same thing with news related to the economy. And you know what? It worked. Almost immediately, the headlines changed. Biden’s overseeing the most roaring and robust economy of any president in recent memory.
CNN Business reporter Oliver Darcey on Monday, December 6 wrote: “The White House, not happy with the news media’s coverage of the supply chain and economy, has been working behind the scenes trying to reshape coverage in its favor. Senior White House and admin officials–including NEC Deputy Directors David Kamin and Bharat Ramamurti, along with Ports Envoy John Porcari–have been briefing major newsrooms over the past week, a source tells me. The officials have been discussing with newsrooms trends pertaining to job creation, economic growth, supply chains, and more. The basic argument that has been made: That the country’s economy is in much better shape than it was last year. I’m told the conversations have been productive, with anchors and reporters and producers getting to talk with the officials.”
Almost on cue, The Hill’s Max Burns on December 9 headlined “Biden is delivering the fastest economic recovery in history. Why hasn’t anyone noticed?” There were stories about full employment. There were stories about how inflation is temporary. But Joe Biden can’t sidestep the money hole drain from American’s pockets. Despite the help of the news media, American’s aren’t buying it. An ABC News/Ipsos poll, which in my experience skews results to favor Democrats, indicates that 69% disapprove of how Biden is handline inflation, 57% disapprove of how he is handling the economic recovery—the highest disapproval rate from this particular poll Biden has received during his presidency. Some 61% disapprove of Biden’s handling of the crime rate. This presidency so far has been an unmitigated disaster.
Even the uninformed sheeple that gobble up the propaganda and use gaslighting to navigate through their dark lives are starting to see the problem. Now the White House is wanting to use federal money to fund police forces in the large crime-ridden cities—this, after those very cities defunded the police. If I see another commercial about how Biden’s Build Back Better program won’t cost me one cent, I think I will run out of the room screaming. When you add trillions of dollars in spending and tax increase among the job creators and businesses, it’s going to cost everyone, especially the poor. This seems to America like how the enemies of Israel are described in Psalm 83:3-4, “They have taken crafty counsel against your people, and consulted against your hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation.”
Daily Devotion: Living in Frightening Times - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. —Luke 2:10–11
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/living-in-frightening-times/ - Listen
The shepherds in first-century Israel were living in frightening times. Everyone was afraid, because they were under the iron fist of Rome. Rome established what was known as Pax Romana, which had conquered most of the civilized world at that point.
Many Jewish people were wondering, “Will the Romans ever leave our land? Will we ever be free again? Will the Messiah ever come?”
Then suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere but right on schedule, an angel appeared one night to some shepherds with this message: “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10–11 NKV).
I find it interesting that whenever angels appeared, they usually began by saying, “Don’t be afraid!” That’s because when an angel appears, people are generally pretty afraid. Angels are powerful, beautiful, magnificent spirit beings.
Whatever you’re afraid of today, God’s message is this: Fear not. In fact, an important part of the Christmas message is that you can get rid of your fear and replace it with joy. However, the condition of joy is to let go of your fear, because God came to this earth, born as a baby, in a small town called Bethlehem.
But let’s also notice that the message was “to all people.” It’s for you and for me.
The Bible tells us that “all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us’” (Matthew 1:22–23 NKJV).
Wherever you are right now, God is with you.
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