Amazing Truths Hidden in Israeli Feasts - By Gene Lawley - https://www.raptureready.com/2022/07/02/amazing-truths-hidden-in-israeli-feasts-by-gene-lawley/
The seven feasts of the Lord, which God had Moses put on the Jewish calendar for celebration year after year, turned out to be an amazing arrangement for the Jews to perform throughout the centuries. It is especially remarkable when the feasts are called convocations, meaning rehearsals of the festival’s purpose and fulfillment.
What about that? That is the amazing thing that has happened over these centuries. The Jews were rehearsing events of the Christian era that were yet to come. That is the crux of this article, to look at those aspects of the feasts.
The first feast, Passover, is remembered by the Jews of their exodus from Egypt, and even so, the Scriptures constantly reminded them of that departure with Moses’ leadership. But it is the first of the three-part gospel that began the Christian era or age. The other two are Unleavened Bread and First Fruits. Leviticus 23 introduces them like this:
“These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times” (Leviticus 23:4).
The next day after Passover began seven days of unleavened bread, but the first day of the seven especially pinpointed the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Then, on the third day, the Feast of First Fruits. The directions for this one are tied to the future when they enter the promised land.
Look how the feasts, now and forward, follow the seasonal calendar. But more importantly, compare these three feasts with the identification the Apostle Paul made of the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4:
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”
The Scriptures Paul had were Old Testament scrolls, yet the prophecies are there. See Psalm 16:10 and Isaiah 53. Jesus compared His three days and nights with Jonah’s experience in the belly of the great fish, saying, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40).
All three of those first feasts are not recognized by the Jews as Christian era events, but they have been celebrating them unknowingly for many centuries. It is also interesting how the Lord relates that third feast to their coming into the promised land, just as the new believer of the gospel enters “the promised land of salvation and peace with God.”
The next feast is the Feast of Weeks, also called Pentecost, but celebrated as the “early harvest festival.” It occurs between mid-May and mid-June at the time of the barley harvest. The Jews have related it to their seasonal harvesting of crops, but there are four major events that occurred on that feast day, as reported by Luke in Acts 2 and told in prophecy by Joel in Joel 2.
In a recent article, I wrote of those four major events of the Christian era. They are 1) the prophesied indwelling of the Holy Spirit in each believer’s life; 2) the launching of the new church based on Peter’s testimony of the identity of Christ in Matthew 16:16: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” 3) the introduction of the Great Commission to take the gospel to the ends of the earth; 4) the beginning of God’s set-aside of the Jews while He takes out of the Gentiles a people for His name (Romans 11:25).
Again, is it not amazing that the Jews would have been celebrating those Christian events for centuries unknowingly? Truly remarkable! But we are not finished with this marvelous turn of events!
Just as the variable agriculture season moves through the year to the fall harvest, there is no other of the seven festivals until the late harvest, which is set for the first two days in the seventh month of Tishrei, the beginning of the Jewish civil year. It has a couple of names, such as Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year) and Yom Teru’ah (Feast of Trumpets). The directions for its celebration are told in Leviticus 23:24-25, saying, “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.”
Further directions are given in Numbers 29:1b-6, after repeating the setting aside of the day as special to the Lord, a holy convocation:
“For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets. You shall offer a burnt offering as a sweet aroma to the Lord: one young bull, one ram, and seven lambs in their first year, without blemish. Their grain offering shall be fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for the ram, and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs; also one kid of the goats as a sin offering, to make atonement for you; besides the burnt offering with its grain offering for the New Moon, the regular burnt offering with its grain offering, and their drink offerings, according to their ordinance, as a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord.”
Not much is added except the New Moon starts the day, and more offerings are added. But what about the late harvest? Jesus seems to point to that matter when He spoke of the harvest time coming, in John 4:35: “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”
Four months until harvest—June, July, August, September. Right on time for the Feast of Trumpets. Jesus was talking about a harvest of redeemed souls, but the Jews are given to unleavened bread and repentance, pointing to the next feast that also centered on fasting in sackcloth and ashes, and repentance in readiness for the Feast of Atonement next.
This feast follows the Feast of Trumpets, on the tenth day after the beginning of Rosh Hashanah. God directed Moses like this: “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord” (Leviticus 23:26-27).
Note the directive, “You shall afflict your souls,” and again, calling it a convocation, defined as a rehearsal in their culture. A great sense of sorrow for their sins was to be in mind. The religious Jews seemed to have turned fully to their animal sacrifices and grain offerings for their atonement for sins, but the rehearsal was for the atonement provided by the coming Messiah. Zechariah 12:10 actually foretells this eventual recognition of Jesus Christ as their true Messiah: “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
The setting aside of Israel while the Lord “takes out of the Gentiles a people for His name” (Romans 11:25) ends with this discovery by Israel. For all these centuries, Jews have been looking for a Messiah who does not have nail holes in His hands, but for one who comes to them as a king of deliverance, just as their final question to Jesus at His ascension: “Lord, will you restore the kingdom to Israel at this time?” (Acts 1:6).
According to Daniel 9:27, one who seems to befriend Israel shows up and provides for seven years of peace in a covenant and then allows them to rebuild their temple. He does not have nail holes in his hands, and his deception takes them into looking to him, the Antichrist, as their long-awaited Messiah. Not so, for halfway through the seven years, he steps in and cancels their temple activities, declares himself as God, and demands their worship of him as God.
In that context of Daniel 9:27, this action of the Antichrist is called the “abomination of desolation” and is shown in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 as a coming event in end-time prophecy fulfillments. It has not happened yet.
Finally, the seventh festival comes fifteen days later, called the Feast of Tabernacles or the Feast of Booths by reference to the manner of its celebration.
In that Leviticus 23 context, there is no mention of God’s dwelling with mankind, but as John writes his gospel record of this eternal One coming into the world as the Living Word, he notes in John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” His identity with mankind became visible, and the fulfillment of that in this seventh celebration completes seven high points of the Christian era.
Revelation 19 tells of Christ’s Second Coming with His saints in an evil-conquering mode that smashes the Antichrist, the false prophet – and Satan himself for a thousand years.
Zechariah 14:4 tells us of an actual physical return of Christ to the earth at the time of His Second Coming. It says Jesus will appear on the Mount of Olives, planting His feet there, and that mountain will split in two halves, one side moving north and the opposite side moving south.
It likewise is astounding that the Preterists, who believe all prophecy was fulfilled at the 70 A.D. destruction of Jerusalem and the new temple, cannot explain how the Second Coming has been hidden for centuries when this passage in Zechariah 14:4 tells of such massive physical things happening at the time of His coming again. It proves that false doctrines are hard to reject once embedded in one’s mind.
Believers have been told by well-meaning Bible teachers, no doubt, that Jesus could come at any time, even “this afternoon.” But a careful search of the whole counsel of God will reveal that the Lord has never made a promise that He did not intend to keep. That is the simple meaning of Solomon’s declaration in Proverbs 9:10b, “And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” That knowledge of the Holy One turns us to all of His attributes and that God will never contradict Himself nor change His mind on His eternal plan. However, there is an Appointed Day which will come “as a thief in the night” and in the twinkling of an eye for its suddenness.
Therefore, watch for the signs of the times. Jesus said, in Luke 21:28, “When these things begin to happen, look up, for your redemption draws near.” Those things are those turbulent upheavals in the physical world, but also the blooming of the fig tree (verse 29), a parable telling of the restoration of Israel to its land and the establishing of Israel’s sovereign statehood among the nations.
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The 'Two-State Solution' to Destroy Israel - by Khaled Abu Toameh - https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/18680/the-two-state-solution-to-destroy-israel
While the Biden administration continues to talk about its commitment to the "two-state solution," a majority of the Palestinians are saying that they support the Islamist Hamas terror group and want to see more terrorist attacks against Jews.
The Biden administration is living under the illusion that the "two-state solution," which would see the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state alongside Israel, is the only way to achieve peace, security and stability in the Middle East.
The vast majority of the Palestinians, however, make it abundantly clear that they do not believe in the "two-state solution" and would rather see Hamas, the Iranian-backed terror group whose charter calls for the elimination of Israel, replace the Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas.
On June 30, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Abbas to discuss President Joe Biden's upcoming trip to the Middle East.
"Secretary Blinken stressed the US commitment to improving the quality of life of the Palestinian people in tangible ways and the Administration's support for a negotiated two-state solution," said State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.
On the eve of Biden's visit to Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia, a public opinion poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research indicated a significant drop in support among the Palestinians for the "two-state solution" and a rise in support for a return to an armed intifada (uprising) and terrorist attacks inside Israel.
According to the results of the poll, opposition to the concept of the "two-state solution" stands at 69%. Another 75% of respondents also expressed opposition to the idea of a one-state solution, where Israelis and Palestinians would live together and enjoy equal rights.
The poll found that 55% of the Palestinians support a return to armed confrontations and an intifada, an increase from 51% who supported a return to violence three months ago.
In addition, a majority of 59% said that they supported terrorist attacks carried out inside Israel by Palestinians during the past few months.
The vast majority of the Palestinians (69%) are also opposed to an unconditional resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations. Another 65% are opposed to dialogue with the Biden administration.
The poll found that a majority of the Palestinians do not have confidence in Abbas, with whom the Biden administration is dealing with.
If new presidential elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would receive 55% of the votes, while Abbas would get only 33%, the poll showed.
Seventy-three percent of the Palestinians expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of Abbas, while another 77% said that they want him to resign.
Most Palestinians said that Hamas is the most deserving to represent and lead the Palestinian people.
Hamas's rising popularity among the Palestinians means that the Palestinian state the Biden administration is seeking to establish next to Israel would soon be ruled by an Islamist group whose covenant states that "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as Islam obliterated others before it."
As a majority of the Palestinians want to replace Abbas with a Hamas leader, it means that the proposed Palestinian state will be committed to the covenant of the terror group, which does not believe in Israel's right to exist.
In case the Biden administration and the rest of the international community are not aware of Hamas's agenda, they need to take a look at what the terror group's covenant says.
Article 11 of the covenant states:
"The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered; it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king of president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that."
The covenant (article seven) reminds Muslims of the famous hadith (saying) attributed to the prophet Mohammed:
"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him."
The Palestinian state that the Biden administration is pushing for will undoubtedly be used by Hamas and its patrons in Iran as a launching pad to obliterate Israel.
Hamas leaders have never been anything but clear and consistent about their intention to eliminate Israel and kill Jews.
During a recent visit to Lebanon, Haniyeh, the Palestinians' preferred candidate for president, stated that there is "no future" for Israel on "the land of Palestine."
Haniyeh announced that Hamas was preparing for a "strategic battle" with Israel. "The Zionist entity is facing a dark future because of the Islamic resistance," he said, praising Palestinians who carry out terrorist attacks against Israel.
Haniyeh said that in the event of a new military confrontation with Israel, Hamas will destroy the "Zionist entity" in a matter of minutes. "The Zionist entity will be struck with 150 rockets in less than five minutes," he threatened.
During his visit to Lebanon, the Hamas leader participated in a meeting of the so-called National Islamic Conference together with leaders of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror militia. The conference was also attended by representatives from several Arab countries, including Egypt, Libya, Kuwait, Syria, Morocco, Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, and Algeria.
The conference expressed full support for Hamas and terrorism against Israel and lashed out at Arab countries that established normalization with Israel.
"The conference notes the achievements and heroisms made by the Palestinian resistance in the against the Zionist enemy," read a statement issued by the participants at the end of the meeting. "The conference supports all forms of resistance in the face of the Zionist enemy."
The conference condemned some Arab countries' efforts "to normalize with the Zionist enemy and open their countries to its army, economy, settlers and politicians." It further denounced the efforts of Arab countries "to enter into military alliances with the Zionist enemy," and called for canceling the Oslo Accords signed in 1993 between Israel and the PLO. The conference said that it "affirms the right of the Palestinian people to their historical land from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea."
This statement is a huge boost to Hamas because the conference actually endorsed the terror group's effort to destroy Israel and replace it with an Iranian-backed Islamist state run by Haniyeh and the mullahs in Tehran.
Hamas and its supporters do not believe in Biden's "two-state solution" or any peace process with Israel. The only solution they want is one that would see Israel and the Jews vanish from this world. Sadly, a majority of the Palestinians (as evidenced by the latest poll) share the ideology of Hamas and want to see even more Jews killed.
The Biden administration needs to understand that, under the current circumstances, advancing the idea of a "two-state solution" is tantamount to advocating bloodshed and violence in the Middle East.
The administration also needs to understand that Abbas, the Palestinian leader it is endeavoring to engage and relying on to make peace, utterly lacks the backing of a majority of his people for any peace plan with Israel.
Are We Witnessing the Formation of the Ten Toes Described In Daniel Chapter 2:42-44??? – A.V. Rauf - https://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2022/06/30/are-we-witnessing-the-formation-of-the-ten-toes-described-in-daniel-chapter-242-44/
Daniel 2:41-44—41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
I believe we have entered a time where the prophetic fulfillment of prophecies written in both the Old and New Testament have already begun to come to pass with an accelerated frequency.
If one is to thoroughly read Matthew Chapter 24 you will come to find that much of what has been written has already been occurring over the past several decades. Howbeit, now many of these prophesied events are occurring simultaneously.
Matthew 24:1-14—24 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
As we enter the month of July, the White House announced that US president Joe Biden will be visiting the Middle East with stops in Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia from July 13 thru 16.
The purpose of these visits will focus on the Jewish state’s “increasing integration into the region through the Abraham Accords .”
The Abraham Accords consist of a series of normalization agreements Jerusalem has signed with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco — through the strengthening of Israel’s ties with Israel and Egypt and through the creation of a new forum established by the Biden administration that includes the US, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and India .
This initiative is also referred to as the I2U2. Of particular note is Ian initiative referred to as the DEFEND ACT. It is described as a joint effort by Congress to develop a strategy for the Abrahamic Accords and other countries to combat Iranian aggression threatening peace and security in the Middle East. See below:
Many prophecy teachers have alluded to a NATO possibly representing the amalgamation of the 10 toes mentioned in the 2nd Chapter of the Book of Daniel.
For example, just a few days ago, NATO announced today that the size of its Rapid Reaction Force will increase in size from 40,000 troops to 320,000 troops. This increase is a direct response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This occurred on June 27th which is just 3 days prior to the promised date (June 30th) of Russia’s announced retaliation for the NATO blockade in Kaliningrad situated between Poland and Lithuania.
NATO is also addressing with this expanding its number of troops eightfold (as mentioned earlier from 40,000 to 320,000 troops)as Communist China’s threats to NATO and its partners is also reaching a critical stage. See below:
How this will pan out we will find out very soon.
However, I want to refer back to the I2U2. This confederacy consists of 10 nations, 9 of which are Arab and 1 which is the nation of Israel:
Now keep in mind that the Abraham Accords is the most transformative agreement between nations as related to Israel, and it was created in large part by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed from the United Arab Emirates, who many call the most powerful man in the Middle East. Then we have Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from Saudi Arabia, who has also been very vocal about ‘peace in the Middle East’ between Israel and the Palestinians. This would also include the establishing of a two state solution, and the dividing of Jerusalem which is prophesied in the Bible.
As we have entered the Summer of 2022 prophetically speaking it is very possible that the following could take place:
War in the Middle East between Iran and Israel, which could inevitably be the prophesied Battle of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel Chapters 38-39.
This could most likely be followed up by “peace” being established in the Middle East. This covenant of peace will lead to the rebuilding of the 3rd Temple in Jerusalem and begin the 7 year-tribulation period otherwise known as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.
Daniel 9:26-27–26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Jeremiah 30:7–Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: It is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; But he shall be saved out of it.
The Bible tells us that the coming World Leader otherwise known as Anti-Christ will confirm this peace in the Middle East and ultimately wage war against Israel.
Interesting to note that another allusion is made to the interpretation of the ten toes in the dream of Nebuchadnezzar found in Daniel Chapter 2.
I am referring to the vision given to the disciple John on the Isle of Patmos in Revelation Chapter 17:
Revelation 17: 12-13:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Also, look at the prophetic parallel as mentioned by the prophet Daniel in the 7th Chapter of the Book of Daniel:
Daniel 7:7-8-–7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
So, the real question one must ask is this: Is the world witnessing the Formation of the Ten Toes Described In Daniel Chapter 2:42-44?
Or to be more specific, is the world poised to also witness the advent of the coming prince of Daniel 9:26??????
We will be finding out that answer soon and very soon.
We Are Witnessing A Stunning Breakdown Of Law And Order, And The Overwhelmed Police Seem Powerless To Stop It - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/we-are-witnessing-a-stunning-breakdown-of-law-and-order-and-the-overwhelmed-police-seem-powerless-to-stop-it/
This country is not the same place that it was ten years ago. In fact, it is not even close to the same place that it was five years ago. Violent crime is out of control in many of our major cities, and there aren’t enough police to handle it all. So in many cases a police officer literally never shows up when someone reports a serious crime. Unfortunately, the number of serious crimes just keeps going up. In 2020, we witnessed the worst spike in violent crime in U.S. history, but 2021 was supposed to be a year when rates of violent crime started going back down. Of course that didn’t happen, and now 2022 is on pace to be even worse than either 2020 or 2021…
Violent crimes are on the rise in six of America’s major cities and set to outpace the already historic levels of 2021 violent crime.
Baltimore, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and New York City are all on pace to break their 2021 levels of violent crime halfway through this year, with the nation’s largest city leading the group, according to crime data reviewed by Fox News.
At this point, violent crime is up 25.8 percent in New York City compared to the first half of last year.
That is staggering.
Of course New York City still has a way to go before it gets as bad as Chicago.
In the Windy City, there are hundreds of thousands of “high-priority emergency service calls” each year, and last year there were no police available to respond to those calls 52 percent of the time…
New data uncovered by Wirepoints through public records requests to the Chicago Police Department (CPD) reveal that in 2021 there were 406,829 incidents of high-priority emergency service calls for which there were no police available to respond.
That was 52 percent of the 788,000 high-priority 911 service calls dispatched in 2021.
So if you are the victim of a violent crime in Chicago, your odds of having a police officer available to help you are about the same as guessing a coin flip correctly.
The following is a partial list of “high-priority emergency service calls” for which no police officer was available in 2021…
Despite numbers such as these, there are lots of people out there that are relentlessly calling for the police to be “defunded”.
Do they want total anarchy?
Because that is what would happen.
Our streets are already bad enough. As you can see from this video, police in Chicago are having a really difficult time even protecting themselves at this point.
But Chicago actually doesn’t have the highest murder rate in the nation.
That honor goes to New Orleans…
It’s no secret that New Orleans struggles with violent crime, but new statistics paint a grim picture of the Crescent City being on pace to be the murder capital of the United States if trends don’t change in 2022.
According to data from AH Datalytics, compiled using the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, New Orleans has a per capita year-to-date homicide rate of 72 per 100,000 residents. The next three U.S. cities behind New Orleans are Birmingham with a per capita homicide rate of 59 per 100,000 residents and Baltimore and St. Louis, each with a per capita homicide rate of 58 per 100,000 residents.
So far this year, the murder rate in New Orleans is up 44 percent.
But the corporate media is trying to convince us that all of this is perfectly “normal”, aren’t they?
Do you believe them?
One man that will never be fooled is World War II veteran Carl Spurlin Deke. He just turned 100 years old on June 29th, and when he was interviewed by a local news outlet he boldly declared that the U.S. “is going to hell in a handbasket”…
Deke’s gratitude for his life quickly turned into an emotional confession about his concern about the entitlement and ungrateful grievance erupting from younger generations saying, “People don’t realize what they have. They b*tch about it. And then nowadays, I am so upset because the things we did, the things we fought for, and the boys that died for it, it’s all going down the drain.” Deke began weeping as he added “Our country is going to hell in a handbasket. We haven’t got the country we had when I was raised, not at all.”
The 100-year-old WWII vet cried for those growing up in America today saying, “Nobody will have the opportunity I had. It’s just not the same. That’s not what our boys, that’s not what they died for.”
Sadly, he is 100 percent correct.
We are in an advanced state of decline, and it is getting worse with each passing day.
If things are this bad now, what will this country look like once economic conditions deteriorate quite a bit more?
Previous generations of young Americans were equipped to handle adversity.
This generation of young Americans is not.
The thin veneer of civilization that we all used to be able to take for granted is steadily disappearing, and our society is evolving into a horror show that would have been unrecognizable to previous generations.
If we would have done things differently, we could have gotten much different results.
Our choices have consequences, and now most of our major cities are being transformed into crime-infested hellholes right in front of our eyes.
Daily Jot: Of silence and treason - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
As we stand in aftermath of the annual celebration of our national Liberty, I wonder what firebrand statesman will arise and proclaim to this nation that God’s Liberty is perfect liberty and that humanist freedom is akin to slavery. Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” The bondage spoken herein is the bondage of sin from which Christ’s death and resurrection freed all believers. Yet, in the name of freedom, it is the humanist sin that continues to wrap itself around the very existence of this nation and is squeezing out the lifeblood of liberty.
Have we become a nation where the grace of God in His perfect Liberty is laid as an excuse to become enslaved in humanistic bondage because what God judges as unrighteous, man judges as righteous? Have we become a silent kingdom of God’s people, betraying our Father in Heaven in tolerance of human correctness? Are we to remain with a mouth to speak, but our words are empty and powerless because we fear man rather than God? The doctrines of men are the deceptions to freedom and the chains of bondage. If you have ears to hear, and know the truth of that Liberty which frees all, to keep silent upon it is shear treason.
Patrick Henry in his speech to the Virginia House of Commons on March 23, 1775 said, “For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.”
Christ said in Matthew 15:9, “but in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” If God’s word is the standard to govern heaven, then those of us who profess Christianity should accept nothing less than God’s precepts to govern our lives and our nation which was founded in His name. It is the responsibility of being Christian and American. Therefore, speak forth Liberty in its truth and totality. As Patrick Henry said, “Give me Liberty or give me death.” Liberty is of freedom in Christ, death is slavery to sin and humanism.
Daily Devotion: The Greatest Joy of All - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/the-greatest-joy-of-all/ - Listen
I believe that sharing your faith can be exciting, joyful, and—dare I use the word—fun. Psalm 126:6 says, “They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest” (NLT).
You go out with sadness, concerned for people who don’t know the Lord. But you come back with joy, because people have come to Christ. As C S Lewis pointed out, “Joy is the serious business of Heaven.”
Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35 NLT). That is certainly true when we share the message of the gospel.
There’s joy in Heaven every time someone puts their faith in Jesus Christ. In the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus said, “There is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!” (Luke 15:7 NLT).
So, if there’s joy in Heaven, there ought to be joy on Earth and in our hearts as well.
Next to personally knowing the Lord, the greatest joy I know is bringing others to Him and then watching them grow and be transformed. The apostle John wrote, “I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth” (3 John 1:4 NLT).
There is joy in telling people about Jesus and seeing them grow in Him. Paul wrote to the believers in Thessalonica about the great joy he was experiencing as he watched them grow spiritually. He said, “After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you!” (1 Thessalonians 2:19 nNLTlt).
The happiest Christians I know are evangelistic Christians. When you’re pointing someone to Christ and they come to believe in Him, that’s the greatest joy of all.
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