Extreme Weather in Prophecy: Part 2 of 3 - By Nathan Jones - https://www.raptureready.com/2022/12/10/extreme-weather-in-prophecy-part-2-of-3-by-nathan-jones/
In Part 1 of this teaching about the end-times sign of nature as it relates to extreme weather, we looked to the Bible to see that God does indeed exhibit a pattern of using extreme weather to get a wayward people’s attention and call them back to a right relationship with Him. In this part, we will scour the data to see if, in truth, natural disasters are indeed increasing in frequency and intensity.
Today’s Extreme Weather
What are we witnessing happening all around the world today? All sorts of weather calamities! Out-of-control hurricanes, record numbers of tornadoes, increasing earthquakes, devastating floods, and destructive forest fires are occurring more and more frequently and causing greater and greater damage with each and every passing year. We can all admit that we recognize nature has been getting out of hand, and it’s been getting worse.
Natural News released an article by David Gutierrez titled “Natural Disasters Up More Than 400 Percent in Two Decades.” The article notes that: “natural disasters are increasing in frequency, ravaging the world, our countries, and even our own homes…. The number of natural disasters around the world has increased by more than four times in the last 20 years, according to a report released by the British charity Oxfam.” The earth is currently experiencing approximately 500 natural disasters per year, compared with 120 per year in the early 1980s.
A report by The Weather Channel titled “Nine Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters So Far In 2022,” written by Jan Wesner Childs, notes that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that the past two years saw record lists of billion-dollar disasters, thanks largely to drought plus devastating wildfire and hurricane seasons in the second half of the year. Other recent years have also been active. From 1980 to 2017, there was an average of $7.7 billion-dollar weather disasters per year. But, in just the past five years, that number has gone up to $17.8.
Here are the nine-billion-dollar weather disasters that have occurred so far in 2022:
1. Tornado Outbreak — On March 30, a string of 83 tornadoes hit several Gulf Coast states. Homes, businesses, schools, and other buildings were damaged or destroyed at a cost of $1.3 billion.
2. Tornado Outbreak — On April 4-6, a combined 100 tornadoes were reported rampaging across Texas to South Carolina over the course of three days. The strongest, rated EF4, destroyed several neighborhoods in Pembroke, Georgia. Total damage added up to $1.3 billion.
3. Severe Weather Outbreak — From April 11-13, an outbreak of severe weather swept across several southern states due to damaging winds and dozens of tornadoes. $2.2 billion in damages.
4. Hail — On May 9, in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, baseball-sized hail pummeled cars and homes, leading to $1.2 billion in damage.
5. Severe Weather Outbreak — On May 11-12, tornadoes, hail, and high winds targeted several northern central states including South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, causing $1.3 billion in damage.
6. Hail — On May 19, severe hail storms, including several reports of golf-ball-sized hail, pounded homes, vehicles, and businesses in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Total damages added up to $1.3 billion.
7. Severe Weather Outbreak — On June 7-8, damaging winds, hail, and more than two dozen tornadoes caused $1.4 billion in damage across Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, and Ohio. Nebraska was hit especially hard with hail and wind damage to homes, businesses, vehicles, and farms.
8. Derecho — On June 13, a line of thunderstorms ripped across several states including Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. Winds reached an estimated 90 mph to 95 mph.
9. Drought — Drought in the western and southern plains. Last year, drought in the west racked up nearly $10 billion in damages, including crop losses.
Not only has severe weather plagued the world in increasing destruction over the past few years, but so too have earthquakes. NBC News wrote in their article “Worldwide Surge in ‘Great’ Earthquakes Seen in Past 10 Years” that the annual number of “great” earthquakes has nearly tripled over the last decade, “providing a reminder to Americans that unruptured faults like those in the northwest United States might be due for a Big One.” The article notes that between 2004 and 2014, 18 earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.0 or more rattled subduction zones around the globe. “That’s an increase of 265 percent over the average rate of the previous century, which saw 71 great quakes, according to a report to the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.”
The report concludes that, on average, there are normally only 16 major earthquakes (M 7.0-8.0+) worldwide per year. In addition, we experience an average of 142 strong earthquakes (M 6.0-7.0) worldwide annually.
The Week released an article titled “The World’s Most Extreme Weather Events of 2021,” written by Julia O’Driscoll, that lists the top ten most devastating natural disasters that happened during 2021.
1. Record-breaking Snowfall, Madrid — Snow Storm Filomena created record-breaking snow, which left many people stranded. The storm ended up causing 1.6 billion dollars of damage. Madrid just doesn’t see weather events like this lately. Reports say this storm was the worst snowstorm Madrid has experienced in 50 years.
2. Storm Christoph, UK — Reports say this storm caused one of the wettest three-day periods on record, affecting both northern Wales and northwest England. Residents there claimed the storm caused a tremendous atmosphere of anxiety and disbelief.
3. Cyclone Ana, Fiji — Fiji was hit by Cyclone Ana just after they had already been hit by another cyclone. The cyclone caused 10,000 people to take refuge. Some 318 evacuation centers across the country had to be opened to help the people who’d been hurt by the storm.
4. Polar Vortex, Texas — Texas was affected by a natural disaster involving a tremendous cold snap due to a weather anomaly called a polar vortex. Temperatures dropped to a chilling -5 degrees Fahrenheit, or -15 degrees Celsius, which is unheard of in this hot area of the country. Many, many people lost power and had their pipes burst, leaving them without heat and water for days. Some people even froze to death.
5. Dust Storm, China — A huge dust storm engulfed China. It totally blacked out the skies, causing hazardous breathing conditions for the people who live in that area of the world. The residents of Beijing said the sky turned orange.
6. Flooding, Sydney and New South Wales, Australia — Australian residents felt the devastating effects of extreme flooding due to heavy downpours, which lead to rivers and dams overflowing. Thousands had to be evacuated from their homes.
7. Cyclone Seroja, Indonesia — Indonesia was hit by Cyclone Seroja, causing dramatic flooding and landslides. Residents claim they hadn’t seen anything like it in decades. Over 22,000 people were displaced and had to flee from their homes because of this natural disaster.
8. Record Temperatures, Moscow — Russia residents were scorched by a record-breaking heatwave.
9. Heat Dome, Pacific Northwest — A heat dome formed over the U.S. and Canada in the Pacific region of our country. People there experienced a record heatwave with temperatures nearing a blistering 115 degrees Fahrenheit. While that wouldn’t be too weird for people in some parts of the world, there it was devastating. People living in those milder climates were just not prepared for that sort of hot weather.
10. Bootleg Fire, Oregon — Horrific fires raging across the Pacific area of the United States in California and Oregon. The Bootleg Fire was the biggest fire that Oregon claims to have ever experienced. Last reported, the wildfire had destroyed 160 homes and ranches.
11. Flooding, West Germany — Western Germany endured floods that engulfed whole streets and swallowed up homes.
12. Flooding, China — The floods China experienced were quite awful. Some weathermen said it was the most rain that area of the world has seen in a thousand years.
13. Wildfires, Greece — Wildfires raged across Greece, killing 12 people. Not just Greece but Turkey and Italy also were plagued by wildfires spreading all over the Mediterranean due to a heatwave.
14. Hurricane Ida, US — Hurricane Ida left a tremendous amount of damage, especially terrible flooding in New York. The storms were so intense that the floodwaters filled up New York City subway stations. Millions of people were without power.
15. Monsoon Flooding, India and Nepal — Several Nepalese regions and two Indian states were hit by “heavy late monsoon rains” in October, Reuters reported. Deadly flash floods took the lives of more than 180 people as homes were submerged or crushed by rocks.
16. Tornadoes, Kentucky — More than 30 tornadoes tore through Kentucky and seven other states, claiming the lives of at least 90 people and leaving thousands of residents homeless. The state’s governor said that this was the most devastating, most deadly tornado event in Kentucky’s history.
17. Typhoons, Philippines — The Philippine Red Cross described complete carnage in coastal areas of the country after Super Typhoon Rai sent some 400,000 people running for safety on December 16th. Winds at around 120 mph ripped through the nation’s southeastern islands, injuring at least 500 people. A further 375 people are known to have died.
As bad as 2021 turned out to be, 2022 continued the crazy weather onslaught. People, in their article titled “The Most Extreme Weather Events of 2022 (So Far),” written by Diane J. Cho, reported the natural disasters plaguing the world during the first four months of 2022.
1. Winter Storm Izzy — In January, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky were hit particularly hard by winter storm Izzy, which brought on freezing temperatures, high winds, snow, and ice to the southeast region of the United States. The frigid weather event left more than 100,000 people without power, and places like North Carolina saw up to 10 inches of snow. North Carolina highway patrol responded to 300 car crashes.
2. Snow Storm Malik — In January, in Northern Europe, the storm brought on hurricane-level winds, floods, and at least 130,000 homes in England lost power. One was a nine-year-old boy who died when a tree fell on him, and a person in the Czech Republic was killed after sustaining injuries from a wall that was blown down by the wind.
3. Malaysia Hit by Massive Flood — In January, more than 125,000 people had to evacuate as heavy rain caused massive floods in Malaysia. The country’s annual monsoon season usually brings a lot of rain, but this year’s unusually heavy rainfall displaced more than 8,000 people and filled up more than a hundred relief centers. At least 50 people died in the floods.
4. Texas Icing — In February, the Northeast was pounded with snow, sleet, and ice. Moving from New Mexico to New England, the freezing cold front buried neighborhoods with more than a foot of snow in New York and New England. Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the winter storm “one of the most significant icing events that we’ve had in the State of Texas in at least several decades.”
5. Antarctic Heatwave — In March, the coldest location on the planet had reached up to 70 degrees above normal for more than three days in March. From minus 63 degrees to 0 degrees. The staggering leap broke the record for hottest ever in the region so far.
6. India’s Heatwave — March was the hottest month on record for India in 122 years. The country basically skipped spring and zoomed right into summer.
7. Tropical Cyclone Gombe — The death toll rose to at least 50 people after Tropical Cyclone Gombe pummeled Mozambique in March. Southern Africa has seen a rise in cyclones that have become more deadly over time.
8. Alabama Tornadoes — In April, the southern states endured floods, hail storms, and dangerous winds, but the National Weather Service announced that Alabama had the most tornado warnings out of all the states this year, 115 to be exact, as of April 18. Coming in second was Mississippi with 110, Texas with 104, and Arkansas with 88.
9. Tropical Storm Megi — In April, Tropical Storm Megi ravaged the Philippines, where landslides from the relentless rain buried a remote community, killing at least 123 people.
The summer of 2022 continued to see the ongoing collapse of the Australian Reef. In recent years, Australia has suffered severe drought, historic bushfires, successive years of record-breaking floods, and six mass bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef.
Gizmodo reported on what’s being called “America’s Mega-Drought.” The western and southwestern U.S. is wilting under the biggest drought in 1,200 years.” As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces what some are calling an “Environmental Nuclear Bomb.” Long-sunken history and even evidence of past crimes are emerging from the receding waters. First, a barrel containing a body showed up in Lake Mead. Less than a week later, separate skeletal remains surfaced. Elsewhere where droughts are occurring, similar dead bodies are literally popping up out of the earth.
In the third and last part of this teaching about the end-times sign of nature as it relates to extreme weather, we will look to the book of Revelation to see how God will use natural disasters to judge the world during the coming Tribulation period.
5 Global Flashpoints Which Could Absolutely Explode During The Early Stages Of 2023 - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/5-global-flashpoints-which-could-absolutely-explode-during-the-early-stages-of-2023/
Will 2023 be a year when extremely destructive conflicts erupt all over the world? We are certainly already living in a time of “wars and rumors of wars”, and tensions are approaching the boiling point in a number of key global flashpoints right now. If several more major conflicts were to suddenly begin next year, we could potentially witness an extended period of geopolitical instability that would be unlike anything that we have ever witnessed. It is easy to start wars, but it is much harder to end them. If you doubt this, just look at what is going on in Ukraine. There is no end in sight for that conflict, and there are several other wars that could literally erupt at any time. The following are 5 global flashpoints which could absolutely explode during the early stages of 2023…
Are you ready for another war in the Balkans? Ethnic tensions have risen to the highest level in more than two decades, and the president of Serbia just convened an emergency gathering of his national security council…
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has met his national security council as tensions rise in Kosovo between the authorities there and ethnic Serbs.
On Saturday a stun grenade was thrown at EU police in north Kosovo, where Serbs form a majority, and local police exchanged fire with unknown groups.
Ethnic Serbs set up road blocks after Kosovan police were deployed in a dispute over car number plates.
Some in the region now believe that war is “inevitable”, and Kosovo is already asking NATO to step in and intervene…
At a news conference in Kosovo’s capital Pristina on Sunday, Prime Minister Albin Kurti asked the Kosovo Force (KFOR), a NATO-led international peacekeeping force, to guarantee “freedom of movement,” as he accused “criminal gangs” of blocking roads.
A fragile peace has been preserved in Kosovo since it declared independence from Serbia in 2008 following the 1998-99 war in which NATO intervened to protect Kosovo’s Albanian majority. Serbia does not recognize Kosovo’s independence.
#2 The Disputed Border Between China And India
On Tuesday, we learned that there has been yet another violent clash along the hotly disputed border between China and India…
Soldiers from India and China clashed last week along their disputed border, India’s defense minister said Tuesday, in the latest violence along the contested frontier since June 2020, when troops from both countries were killed in a deadly brawl.
Rajnath Singh, who addressed lawmakers in parliament, said Friday’s encounter along the Tawang sector of eastern Arunachal Pradesh state started when Chinese troops “encroached into Indian territory” and “unilaterally tried to change the status quo” along the disputed border near Yangtze.
The Chinese just can’t seem to stop provoking India, and a full-blown conflict between the two nations could escalate out of control very rapidly.
Let us hope that does not happen, because both China and India possess nuclear weapons.
For a long time, we have been warned that China will eventually invade Taiwan.
Unfortunately, tensions in the region just continue to escalate, and on Tuesday the Chinese sent more bombers into Taiwan’s air defense zone than ever before…
China sent a record 18 nuclear-capable bombers into Taiwan’s air defence zone, Taipei said on Tuesday (Dec 13), just days after Beijing banned more Taiwanese imports in the latest sign of deteriorating ties.
Democratic Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which sees the self-ruled island as part of its territory to be seized one day.
There will be a war between Iran and Israel.
Of course the IDF has already been regularly hitting Iranian-backed forces inside Syria on a regular basis, but we should be thankful that a full-blown war in which missiles are flying back and forth between the two nations hasn’t started yet.
Unfortunately, we are closer than ever to that point. In fact, it is being reported that Israel is actually warning that it may bomb the airport in Beirut “if it determines that Iran is smuggling weapons on civilian planes”…
According to Israeli media reports, Israel has warned Lebanon that Israel Defense Forces could bomb Beirut’s airport if it determines that Iran is smuggling weapons on civilian planes destined for the terrorist group Hezbollah. The alleged weapons smuggling was reported by a London-based Arabic language newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, which quoted Israeli sources who said Israel issued the warning.
When a full-blown war between Iran and Israel finally starts, there will be no holding back by either side.
The death and destruction such a war will cause will shock the entire world, and the global oil trade will be thrown into a state of complete and utter chaos.
The United States and Russia both continue to escalate the horrifying conflict in Ukraine.
Now that Russia is bombing the living daylights out of Ukraine’s power grid, the U.S. is choosing to respond by giving Patriot missiles systems to the Ukrainians…
Pentagon officials are in the final stages of preparing a plan to send a Patriot air defense missile system to Ukraine to counter Russian aerial assaults, U.S. officials told CBS News.
The plan has not yet been approved by either the Pentagon or the White House, but that could come as early as this week.
This represents a major escalation, and it is also being reported that the Biden administration has given the Ukrainian government the green light to conduct drone strikes deep inside of Russia.
Needless to say, the Russians are not pleased at all about having to deal with drone strikes deep inside their own territory. In fact, some prominent Russian voices are warning that the U.S. and Russia are getting dangerously close to the unthinkable. The following comes from a British news source…
Mad Vlad Putin’s henchmen have fired a warning shot that the Ukraine conflict could turn into a “full-scale nuclear war.”
They made the stark comments after the US gave the go-ahead for Kyiv to kick off drone strikes into Russia.
We don’t see such talk on U.S. television.
The Biden administration continues to assure all of us that the risk of nuclear war is extremely low, but the Russians see things very differently…
One source in Putin’s circle said: “This is playing with fire, risking full-scale war which could easily go nuclear.”
Another added: “Who will now give Moscow the green light for strikes against Ukrainian decision-making centres?”
Most people never imagined that World War I would get as bad as it did.
And most people never imagined that World War II would result in tens of millions of deaths.
Now we have entered the early stages of a third world war, and this time the major participants are armed with nuclear weapons.
If we don’t pull back from the brink, the consequences could potentially be far beyond what most people could even imagine right now.
So let us pray for peace, because a global war in which hundreds of millions of people die is not an acceptable option.
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You'd Better Watch Out: The Surveillance State Is Making a List and You're On It – John Whitehead - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=5786
You'd better watch out--you'd better not pout--you'd better not cry--'cos I'm telling you why: this Christmas, it's the Surveillance State that's making a list and checking it twice, and it won't matter whether you've been bad or good.
You'll be on this list whether you like it or not.
Mass surveillance is the Deep State's version of a "gift" that keeps on giving...back to the Deep State.
Geofencing dragnets. Fusion centers. Smart devices. Behavioral threat assessments. Terror watch lists. Facial recognition. Snitch tip lines. Biometric scanners. Pre-crime. DNA databases. Data mining. Precognitive technology. Contact tracing apps.
What these add up to is a world in which, on any given day, the average person is now monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways by both government and corporate eyes and ears.
Big Tech wedded to Big Government has become Big Brother.
Every second of every day, the American people are being spied on by a vast network of digital Peeping Toms, electronic eavesdroppers and robotic snoops.
This creepy new era of government/corporate spying--in which we're being listened to, watched, tracked, followed, mapped, bought, sold and targeted--has been made possible by a global army of techno-tyrants, fusion centers and Peeping Toms.
Consider just a small sampling of the tools being used to track our movements, monitor our spending, and sniff out all the ways in which our thoughts, actions and social circles might land us on the government's naughty list, whether or not you've done anything wrong.
Tracking you based on your phone and movements: Cell phones have become de facto snitches, offering up a steady stream of digital location data on users' movements and travels. For instance, the FBI was able to use geofence data to identify more than 5,000 mobile devices (and their owners) in a 4-acre area around the Capitol on January 6. This latest surveillance tactic could land you in jail for being in the "wrong place and time."
Police are also using cell-site simulators to carry out mass surveillance of protests without the need for a warrant. Moreover, federal agents can now employ a number of hacking methods in order to gain access to your computer activities and "see" whatever you're seeing on your monitor. Malicious hacking software can also be used to remotely activate cameras and microphones, offering another means of glimpsing into the personal business of a target.
Tracking you based on your DNA. DNA technology in the hands of government officials completes our transition to a Surveillance State. If you have the misfortune to leave your DNA traces anywhere a crime has been committed, you've already got a file somewhere in some state or federal database--albeit it may be a file without a name.
By accessing your DNA, the government will soon know everything else about you that they don't already know: your family chart, your ancestry, what you look like, your health history, your inclination to follow orders or chart your own course, etc. After all, a DNA print reveals everything about "who we are, where we come from, and who we will be." It can also be used to predict the physical appearance of potential suspects. It's only a matter of time before the police state's pursuit of criminals expands into genetic profiling and a preemptive hunt for criminals of the future.
Tracking you based on your face: Facial recognition software aims to create a society in which every individual who steps out into public is tracked and recorded as they go about their daily business. Coupled with surveillance cameras that blanket the country, facial recognition technology allows the government and its corporate partners to identify and track someone's movements in real-time. One particularly controversial software program created by Clearview AI has been used by police, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to collect photos on social media sites for inclusion in a massive facial recognition database.
Similarly, biometric software, which relies on one's unique identifiers (fingerprints, irises, voice prints), is becoming the standard for navigating security lines, as well as bypassing digital locks and gaining access to phones, computers, office buildings, etc. In fact, greater numbers of travelers are opting into programs that rely on their biometrics in order to avoid long waits at airport security. Scientists are also developing lasers that can identify and surveil individuals based on their heartbeats, scent and microbiome.
Tracking you based on your behavior: Rapid advances in behavioral surveillance are not only making it possible for individuals to be monitored and tracked based on their patterns of movement or behavior, including gait recognition (the way one walks), but have given rise to whole industries that revolve around predicting one's behavior based on data and surveillance patterns and are also shaping the behaviors of whole populations. One smart "anti-riot" surveillance system purports to predict mass riots and unauthorized public events by using artificial intelligence to analyze social media, news sources, surveillance video feeds and public transportation data.
Tracking you based on your spending and consumer activities: With every smartphone we buy, every GPS device we install, every Twitter, Facebook, and Google account we open, every frequent buyer card we use for purchases--whether at the grocer's, the yogurt shop, the airlines or the department store--and every credit and debit card we use to pay for our transactions, we're helping Corporate America build a dossier for its government counterparts on who we know, what we think, how we spend our money, and how we spend our time.
Consumer surveillance, by which your activities and data in the physical and online realms are tracked and shared with advertisers, has become big business, a $300 billion industry that routinely harvests your data for profit. Corporations such as Target have not only been tracking and assessing the behavior of their customers, particularly their purchasing patterns, for years, but the retailer has also funded major surveillance in cities across the country and developed behavioral surveillance algorithms that can determine whether someone's mannerisms might fit the profile of a thief.
Tracking you based on your public activities: Private corporations in conjunction with police agencies throughout the country have created a web of surveillance that encompasses all major cities in order to monitor large groups of people seamlessly, as in the case of protests and rallies. They are also engaging in extensive online surveillance, looking for any hints of "large public events, social unrest, gang communications, and criminally predicated individuals."
Defense contractors have been at the forefront of this lucrative market. Fusion centers, $330 million-a-year, information-sharing hubs for federal, state and law enforcement agencies, monitor and report such "suspicious" behavior as people buying pallets of bottled water, photographing government buildings, and applying for a pilot's license as "suspicious activity."
Tracking you based on your social media activities: Every move you make, especially on social media, is monitored, mined for data, crunched, and tabulated in order to form a picture of who you are, what makes you tick, and how best to control you when and if it becomes necessary to bring you in line. As The Intercept reported, the FBI, CIA, NSA and other government agencies are increasingly investing in and relying on corporate surveillance technologies that can mine constitutionally protected speech on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to identify potential extremists and predict who might engage in future acts of anti-government behavior.
This obsession with social media as a form of surveillance will have some frightening consequences in coming years. As Helen A.S. Popkin, writing for NBC News, observed, "We may very well face a future where algorithms bust people en masse for referencing illegal 'Game of Thrones' downloads... the new software has the potential to roll, Terminator-style, targeting every social media user with a shameful confession or questionable sense of humor."
Tracking you based on your social network: Not content to merely spy on individuals through their online activity, government agencies are now using surveillance technology to track one's social network, the people you might connect with by phone, text message, email or through social message, in order to ferret out possible criminals.
An FBI document obtained by Rolling Stone speaks to the ease with which agents are able to access address book data from Facebook's WhatsApp and Apple's iMessage services from the accounts of targeted individuals and individuals not under investigation who might have a targeted individual within their network. What this creates is a "guilt by association" society in which we are all as guilty as the most culpable person in our address book.
Tracking you based on your car: License plate readers are mass surveillance tools that can photograph over 1,800 license tag numbers per minute, take a picture of every passing license tag number and store the tag number and the date, time, and location of the picture in a searchable database, then share the data with law enforcement, fusion centers and private companies to track the movements of persons in their cars.
With tens of thousands of these license plate readers now in operation throughout the country, affixed to overpasses, cop cars and throughout business sectors and residential neighborhoods, it allows police to track vehicles and run the plates through law enforcement databases for abducted children, stolen cars, missing people and wanted fugitives. Of course, the technology is not infallible: there have been numerous incidents in which police have mistakenly relied on license plate data to capture out suspects only to end up detaining innocent people at gunpoint.
Tracking you based on your mail: Just about every branch of the government--from the Postal Service to the Treasury Department and every agency in between--now has its own surveillance sector, authorized to spy on the American people. For instance, the U.S. Postal Service, which has been photographing the exterior of every piece of paper mail for the past 20 years, is also spying on Americans' texts, emails and social media posts.
Headed up by the Postal Service's law enforcement division, the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) is reportedly using facial recognition technology, combined with fake online identities, to ferret out potential troublemakers with "inflammatory" posts. The agency claims the online surveillance, which falls outside its conventional job scope of processing and delivering paper mail, is necessary to help postal workers avoid "potentially volatile situations."
Now the government wants us to believe that we have nothing to fear from these mass spying programs as long as we've done nothing wrong.
Don't believe it.
The government's definition of a "bad" guy is extraordinarily broad, and it results in the warrantless surveillance of innocent, law-abiding Americans on a staggering scale.
Surveillance, digital stalking and the data mining of the American people--weapons of compliance and control in the government's hands--haven't made America any safer. And they certainly aren't helping to preserve our freedoms.
Indeed, America will never be safe as long as the U.S. government is allowed to shred the Constitution.
‘Complaining And Disputing’ Seem To Have Become An Art Form In These Last Days – By Amir Tsarfati - https://harbingersdaily.com/complaining-and-disputing-seem-to-have-become-an-art-form-in-these-last-days/
What kind of a generation are you going to be? See, we are the greatest generation. There is no doubt about it. We are the generation that can see the fig tree blooming. We are the generation that can see the land of Israel, the people of Israel, the enemies of Israel. We are the generation that can see all the stage for the antichrist ready, all the stage for Ezekiel War to come to pass, all the stage for a third temple to be built right after that, all the stage for the technology and the satanic brainwashing of the world.
But we, we are different. We’re not of this world, all of us. The Bible says in Philippians 2, “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless children of God without fault in the midst of the crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as light in the world, holding fast the Word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”
There are many ways in which Christians are to be different from the world. We are different spiritually, in that we know the one true God and have the Holy Spirit. We are different morally, our moral standards are defined by the word of God. We are different behaviorally, in that we love our enemies and do good to those who hate us and pray for those who spitefully use us (Matthew 5:44).
There is one more area where we can show that we are different from the world. While the situation is nothing new, it seems to have reached fever pitch in recent years:
Philippians 2:14-15 KJV – “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”
We live in a time of unprecedented complaints and disputes. There is a small, yet very loud, group who demand that you think like them and see everything the way they do. For many, it is regarding social issues and topics like gender and human sexuality. Many of these same people are behind identity politics and virtue signaling and just about everything else that is divisive in our world today. But it’s not just out in the world. The recent pandemic and people’s positions on lockdowns and vaccines divided families, split churches, and ended long-time friendships. If you disagree with what any of these people think, to them you are a lost, confused, ignorant person.
Paul says in his letter to the church at Philippi that we are not to be like that. We do all things without complaints and disputes. That doesn’t mean we go with the flow of the world and never speak up. Instead, it is about how we speak up, not if we speak up. Yet, in these unique and unprecedented last days, it seems Christians spend more time complaining and disputing with each other than they do fighting the devil.
Matthew 5:16 KJV – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
The last days are referred to in multiple places as dark times. It is in dark times where the light of good works shines the brightest and God is glorified through them. Complaining and disputing dims the light of good works and makes us look no different than the world.
Isaiah 58:3-8 KJV – “Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.”
Again, complaining and disputing are nothing new, even among God’s people. Yet, it seems to have become an art form in these last days. Paul and Isaiah are in complete agreement with the words of Jesus. Good works are a light to those in darkness and God receives the glory through them.
We, of all peoples, should be cognizant of the lateness of the hour and the shortness of time and opportunity that we have to reach others with the light of God’s truth and the hope of heaven.
We have greater reason than any generation before us to have a sense of urgency for reaching the lost and the expectancy of the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). The Jews are back in their national homeland, the world is collectively turning against them, and the nations who will protest the invasion of Israel are establishing relationships with them. The invading nations are in position to attack from the north as Ezekiel 38 says they will.
Of all the generations of church history, we have the greatest reasons to go all out for God’s kingdom and glory, and we can’t do that while complaining and disputing about each other. No former generation has had so much evidence that the Rapture and Tribulation are at hand, and the evidence goes beyond the things we mentioned about Israel.
The times are perilous. A mass defection from truth is underway. Sound doctrine is not endured, the expectation of Jesus’ return is low, false prophets abound, ethnic tensions run high, wars and rumors of wars are everywhere, pestilence and famine are rampant, and the list goes on and on.
We are living in the greatest generation of prophetic fulfillment since Jesus walked the earth. He’s coming for us soon and others all around us need to know this truth. But they can’t see the light through us when Christians are acting like they’re of the darkness, complaining and disputing with one another.
Jesus is coming soon.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus
Daily Jot: The Disinformation Age - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
One thing that historians may well document is the roaring 20’s of disinformation—that is, the 2020s. The public was fed a steady diet that information was disinformation and disinformation was information. There was information that mail in ballots were used to defraud elections. There was information that a presidential candidate was involved in illegal activities with his son. There was information that the FBI and other government agencies were collaborating with a political party. There was information of better science to prevent and treat what became a worldwide pandemic. All this was characterized as disinformation by government, media, and big business. Now the truth is coming out.
The Twitter files are clearly demonstrating a pattern of deceit and disinformation that can be readily applied to several of the big time lies that government, media, and big business have perpetrated on the public to forward their agendas. That pattern is to overwhelm truth with a very loud and consistent media and public relations campaign that establishes agendas as the prevailing thought. It is so insidious that it suppresses truth, censors those bringing the truth, and labels truth-bearers with derogatory terms, like racist, bigot, denier, homophobe, misogynist, hatemonger, religious fanatic, white supremacist, whatever. As Americans, we have witnessed this brainwashing repeatedly during this decade.
This is what happens when institutionalized unelected government agencies align with a political party to protect and grow their influence and power. It is the result of weaponizing issues and enlisting businesses who benefit from those issues. It is the outcome of media that has been trained to measure all events against a certain political ideal rather than reporting truth. These alignments have caused the world to go mad. Ideas that would have been confirmed as insane just years ago are now flipped on end to characterize anyone who points out their folly as the insane ones. From doctors assigning sex at birth to the CDC dictating protocols that are known to kill people to denying clear evidence of corruption, all these and more are part of the post-truth era where disinformation is become information.
Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Ephesians 5:6 says, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” It means that if people deceive you into acting against the precepts of God, bad things are going to happen. And they are. The collective results of these lies to society are bringing not only our nation down, but also the rest of the world. When the corrupt and immoral are in control, corrupt and immoral things will happen. These evildoers will use all their efforts to convince you that their good is not evil, but good for you. It is, at least in this world, good for them. But it is bad for a moral people. In this age, when the majority says disinformation, your discernment antennae should activate. Otherwise it may have dire consequences.
Daily Devotion: The Only Gift That Keeps on Giving - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. —Mark 10:45
At this time of year, a lot of people get excited about what will be waiting for them under the Christmas tree, thinking that these things will somehow bring them fulfillment.
But how many of us remember what we received last Christmas? A few months after the coming Christmas, we probably will also have forgotten about the gifts we will open on Christmas day. Christmas is really not about gifts under a tree; it’s about a relationship with God. Jesus came to give us life in all its fullness.
Jesus said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10 NLT). Jesus came to this earth to bring us a meaningful life, a life with purpose. Medical science may add years to our lives, but Christ adds life to our years. He gives us a life that’s worth living.
Jesus also came to give His life as a ransom for many. He was born to die so that we might live. Jesus came with a rescue mission. He came to die on a cross. He said of himself, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 NLT).
Jesus was born in a manger so that we could come into a relationship with God through Him. And He offers us the gift of eternal life. The Bible calls this the unspeakable gift.
What drew me to Christ at age 17 was the hope of finding the meaning of life. I wanted to know why I was on Earth. And I found that in Him. Truly, what Christ gives us is the only gift that keeps on giving. We only need to receive it.
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