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I Still Believe in Jesus’ Imminent Appearing – Jonathan Brentner - https://www.jonathanbrentner.com/https/jonathan-brentner-g8fgsquarespacecom/config/2021/10/15/i-still-believe-in-jesus-imminent-appearing
I feel like I have awakened in the midst of a dystopian nightmare. The horror movies that I have avoided in the past have suddenly become reality.
I have read or listened to at least a hundred and fifty accounts of death or serious injuries brought about by the so-called COVID “vaccines.” I have reached the point of not wanting any more of the grief that I feel as a result of hearing these tragic stories. The mandating of these injections that kill and disable people for life is pure evil; there’s no other way to describe it.
The nation I love teeters on the brink of an economic ruin unlike anything in our history. It’s difficult to know if America will fall as the result of an internal implosion or an external attack, but one or the other seems likely in the coming years, if not much sooner, apart from a major change of direction away from the murder of innocents, the LBGTQ movement that destroys the lives of so many children, and the rampant lawlessness at the highest levels of our government that obstructs justice for so many and rewards the guilty.
It’s more than a little easy these days to fall into despair and wonder if Jesus is really coming for us anytime soon. Are there not days when it seems as though we are already experiencing Tribulation conditions?
At a time of great discouragement and much heartache in my distant past, I focused on biblical promises and wrote several reasons in my journal of why I still believed in the Lord in spite of my awful circumstances. Perhaps it’s time for another declaration of faith, this time concerning why I still believe that Jesus will come for us before the start of the Tribulation.
I still believe in a pretribulation Rapture!! I say this because of these biblical truths:
PREMILLENNIALISM IS A BIBLICAL CERTAINTY
Any case for a pretribulation Rapture must begin with the biblical certainty of premillennialism, which includes beliefs in a literal seven-year Tribulation, the return of Jesus to setup His thousand-year reign on the earth, and the glorious future restoration of a kingdom for Israel. One cannot get to a pretribulation Rapture if one begins by denying these basic scriptural truths.
Those who reject such truths utilize allegory, which retrofits biblical prophecy with interpretations foreign to the purpose of the authors at the time they wrote. Because belief in Jesus’ imminent appearing depends on interpreting passages according to their meaning at the time the Lord inspired them, coding passages with symbolic meanings blocks all paths to convictions regarding this hope.
I wrote about my conviction regarding this in another post, 7 Reasons Why Premillennialism is a Biblical Necessity.
THE CHURCH AND ISRAEL ARE SEPARATE ENTITIES
Another fundamental error made by amillennial pastors (those who deny the glorious restoration of Israel) is that of equating Israel with the church. If one starts with the assumption that Israel and the church are the same entity, it again washes out the road to a pretribulation Rapture.
If one errs in confusing the two, then seventieth week of Daniel 9:24-27 becomes a moot point. However, since there’s coming a time when God is going to deal with Israel to bring about the repentance that the prophet Zechariah wrote about in 12:10-13:1, then it makes perfect sense for the Lord to remove His church before this time begins and turn His attention to bringing the Israelites to salvation.
There are still many more reasons why I still believe in a pretribulation rapture.
THE RAPTURE CANNOT BE THE SAME EVENT AS THE SECOND COMING
Once we establish premillennialism and reject the misleading allegorical interpretations of biblical prophecy that confuse the church with Israel, it becomes clear that the Rapture and Second Coming are distinct, separate events. They cannot occur at the same time.
With the Rapture, the resurrection of the dead in Christ happens first; but when Jesus returns to the earth, the resurrection of Tribulation saints happens after a series of many time-consuming events; it may not even occur on the same day as the Second Coming. This is just one of many key differences.
Since there is a millennium, which we established as essential to even begin making a case for a pretribulation Rapture, this necessitates that a separation of time must exist between the two events so that tribulation believers can enter the Lord’s kingdom in their natural bodies. If the Rapture and Second Coming are the same, then all believers would receive resurrected glorified bodies. If this is the case, then who does Jesus rule over with a rod of iron (Psalm 2)?
JESUS’ PROMISE TO THE CHURCH AT PHILADELPHIA
During the past several months, Jesus’ promise to the church at Philadelphia in Revelation 3:10-11a has risen in importance regarding my conviction that the Lord is coming for us before the Tribulation begins.
Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon.
Please notice that the “trial” Jesus refers to is not a persecution of the church; it’s something that comes upon “the whole world.” Because most of the following chapters in Revelation describe a time of God’s wrath on the earth, I believe they depict the “trial” that will someday impact the entire planet (chapter 6-18).
The next phrase, “those who dwell on the earth” also emphasizes that this time of tribulation is not for the New Testament church. John uses this phrase eight other times in the book of Revelation (6:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8–12, 14; 14:6; and 17:8) and in each and every occurrence after Revelation 3:10, it refers to either people impacted by the Tribulation or to those refusing to repent of their sins during it.
John never refers to the church as being on the earth during this time, but instead uses this phrase to identify people living during the Tribulation.
Jesus’ words, “I am coming soon,” depicts the quickness of his appearing rather than nearness in the sense of time. Jesus will deliver us from this global time of wrath by taking us to heaven (John 14:2-3). Why would He refer to His coming in this context if not to keep His church out of the “trial” that will impact the entire planet, the tribulation?
THE NEW TESTAMENT POSTURE OF IMMINENCY
New Testament passages that refer to Jesus’ return for His church have one prominent theme in common: They characterize it as the eager anticipation of the saints. In other words, they regarded Jesus’ appearing as something imminent that could happen at any time.
In Philippians 3:20–21 Paul wrote:
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him to subject all things to himself.
The Greek word for “await” in verse 20 points to an “intense anticipation” or an “excited expectation” of a future event.[i]
In 1 Corinthians 1:7, Paul used the same Greek word for “wait” as he did in Philippians 3:20 to indicate his readers’ heartfelt longing for Jesus’ appearing, “so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Despite the immaturity of the saints in Corinth, they excitedly awaited Jesus’ return for them.
In 1 Corinthians 16:22, Paul prayed, “Our Lord, come.” The word for this phrase in the original text is the Aramaic maranatha. This signifies “a petition to Christ that He should return now—at any moment. Paul used it in this letter to Greek-speaking (mostly Gentile) Christians in Corinth because it expressed an idea that had become universal in the early church. Christ could come at any moment, and Christians called upon him to do so.”[ii] The early church belief in imminency became a prayer for Jesus to appear in the immediate future.
THE GRIEF OF THE THESSALONIANS
A close look at 1 Thessalonians 4:13–17 reveals the recipients of Paul’s letter not only believed that the Rapture could happen in their lifetime, but mistakenly assumed that it would happen before they died.
We see this in the way that Paul addresses the unnecessary grieving of the new converts in Thessalonica over the deaths of some in their midst.
If their grief had stemmed from a lack of belief in the future resurrection of their loved ones, Paul would have responded in much the same way that he addressed this issue with those in Corinth (see 1 Corinthians chapter 15). Instead, he attributes their sorrow to a lack of information about the Rapture rather than an absence of faith in the promise of a future resurrection.
The apostle answers their lingering sadness by giving them further revelation regarding the Rapture, emphasizing the role of the “dead in Christ” during Jesus’ appearing (1 Thessalonians 4:13–16). Not only would their departed loved ones not miss the Rapture, but they would also be the first participants in it.
Paul’s emphasis in these verses reveals the source of the problem: The Thessalonians mistakenly thought that the dead in Christ would miss out on the joy of the Rapture.
“GOD HAS NOT DESTINED US FOR WRATH”
In 1 Thessalonians 5:2–3, Paul tells his readers that the start of the Day of the Lord will surprise people on the earth “like a thief in the night” with its “sudden destruction” from which “they will not escape.” The day of Lord, primarily Old Testament term, refers to an extended time of the Lord’s wrath on the earth leading up to and including Jesus’ return and His reign over the nations.
If the day of the Lord began at any time after the seal judgments of Revelation 6 commence, this day wouldn’t catch anyone by surprise. No one will be saying “peace and security” (v. 3) after the pestilences, famines, pandemics, and wars of the seal judgments kill one-fourth of the earth’s population, perhaps as many as two billion people.
Furthermore, in 1 Thessalonians 5:9, the apostle assures his readers, and us, that we will not experience this time of God’s judgment upon the earth: “For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Since the seal judgments are a part of God’s wrath, the Lord must come for us before they begin.
This promise seals the deal for me, but there’s much more behind why I still believe in Jesus’ appearing before the seven-year Tribulation.
THE NEED FOR WITNESSES DURING THE TRIBULATION
If the church remains on the earth during the Tribulation, why is there a need for other witnesses to the saving message of the gospel?
In a radio interview with Jan Markell on November 7, 2020, Amir Tsarfati questioned the need for the two witnesses of Revelation 11:1–13 if the church remains present on earth at the start of the Tribulation. Isn’t it the job of the church to bear witness to the good news during this current age?
In Revelation 14:6–7, John adds this:
Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
Why does the Lord need to send an angel to proclaim the gospel to people on the earth during the Tribulation if the church is present on the earth? This only makes sense with the absence of the church during this time. Otherwise, it would remain the task of believers to fulfill the Great Commission.
What about the 144,000 Jews that God will seal during the Tribulation (Revelation 7:1–8), whom many believe will act as evangelists during that time? And, if the church is still present on the earth during the Tribulation period, there could be no distinction between believing Jews and other New Testament saints (Colossians 3:11).
The sealing of the 144,000 witnesses tells us the church cannot be present on the earth during the time in which they serve the Lord. Otherwise, they would be a part of the church that is already sealed by the Holy Spirit in Christ (Ephesians 1:13-14).
I could mention many other reasons why I still believe that all who know Jesus as their Savior will miss the entire seven-year Tribulation, but perhaps the above items are sufficient for now.
I realize that since the majority of my readers are aware of the nearness of the new world order along with the events paving the way to it, I do not have write anything more about the precarious times in which we live. You, like me, already see the grave dangers that underlie the headlines of our day and do not fall for the lies of the mainstream media, although many Christians do and remain unaware of the times in which they live.
I find tremendous reassurance and comfort in the fact that Jesus could snatch me out of this world at any moment and change my body into one that’s imperishable and glorious (Philippians 3:20-21). Yes, I may experience difficult times and great persecution in my remaining time on earth, but I know that I will miss the terrors or the Tribulation.
Can there be any greater hope or encouragement as we face a lawless and violent world? I don’t think so! Paul did not instruct the Thessalonians to “encourage one another” with the truths of Jesus’ appearing because they would have to endure the day of the Lord wrath, but did so because they would miss the terror of that coming time.
Yes, I still believe in a pretribulation Rapture of the church. I feel much better already!
Difficult days may lie ahead for me, but I will not face God’s outpouring of wrath in the coming Tribulation period.
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[i] Colin Brown, ed., Dictionary of New Testament Theology Vol. 2, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1969) p. 244.
[ii] Wayne A. Brindle, “Imminence,” The Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy, eds. Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2004), p. 145.
Turkey Looks to Unite Muslim World Under Islamic Mahdi – Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=5024
A blogger whose father was a Palestinian terrorist that converted to Christianity wrote a detailed report outlining what he claims are preparations by Turkey to create a pan-Islamic military to carry out an anti-Christian/anti-Jewish genocide in order to bring about the Mahdi, the Islamic Messianic era.
SADAT: ERDOGAN'S PARAMILITARY ORGANIZATION TO BRING MAHDI
Blogger, Walid Shoebat, posted a report on Saturday titled "Turkey's Paramilitary Organization That Wants To Exterminate Christians". The article described how, in coordination with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, former Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) brigadier general, Adnan Tanrıverdi, has established an organization called SADAT (International Defense Consultancy) for the purpose of bringing about the Mahdi (the Muslim messianic era) by carrying out a genocide of Christians.
Islam has a strong tradition of Mahdi, a redeemer of Islam who will come as a ruler. The arrival of Mahdi will coincide with the arrival in their eyes of the Christian messiah, who will be the Mahdi's assistant in fighting the Masih ad-Dajjal, the false messiah, or anti-Christ. According to this tradition, the Mahdi will reappear along with Jesus, who will declare himself a Muslim, and kill Christians who refuse to convert.
The rise of the Mahdi is also seen as a time when everyone will convert to Islam. In the Hadith, quotes from Umm Salama, one of Muhammad's wives, states that when the Mahdi arrives, non-Muslims will all convert. According to Shia Islam, the Mahdi will be preceded by an era in which two-thirds of the world's population will die - one-third by plague and one-third by war.
Shoebat's article details the activities of Tanriverdi and his organization. Tanrıverdi was retired from the Turkish army in 1992 and pursued a career as an entrepreneur. He founded SADAT in 2012 as a private security contractor headquartered in Istanbul. He was appointed as Erdogan's chief military advisor after the attempted coup of 2016 but stepped down in early 2020 after claiming that his organization's mission was to "prepare the ground for the coming of the Mahdi".
In his blog post, Shoebat unpacks how the Mahdi mission is to be accomplished:
"By preparing the world for the Mahdi, it is speaking of mass killing," Shoebat wrote. "The Muslims believe that their messiah will come in the midst of utter chaos and conflict. Thus, these Turkish fighters want to partake in war and kill the enemy in the belief that it will in usher in the end times. It is thus a part of an apocalyptic death cult, and like all such groups, they believe that by shedding blood they will commence the end times.
Turkey is in a conflict with Armenia, and already that the Christian nation of the South Caucasus was the victim of Azeri Turkish viciousness; in the future, the storm of blood rage will not abate but only worsen. In the nationalism of the Turk, innocent blood will be spilt, and in the apocalyptic vision of Turkish imperialism, a torrent of blood will ensue."
Shoebat describes Sadat as being much more than a security contractor:
"The goal of this mercenary organization is to help transform the Islamic world into a singular military superpower that would be self-sufficient and strong enough to be ranked with the other global superpowers," Shoebat claims, citing the organization's website which states ominously that it "aims at establishing the cooperation among the Islamic countries in the sense of military and defense industries, in order to assist the Islamic world to take the rank it deserves among the super global powers as a self-sufficient power"
Indeed, some sources claim to document how SADAT is actively training Islamist elements who adhere to an Islamic ideology in Syria and other locations in the Middle East. These locations include Somalia and Qatar, where Turkey has established military training centers and formed cooperative partnerships with the host countries' governments.
SADAT also supports other Islamist extremist organizations. Shoebat writes that one of SADAT's board of directors, Ali Coşar (a retired colonel) praised the Taliban as "members of a resistance movement that fought against colonial America for 20 years to take over the government and establish a state that practices Sharia."
In this respect, SADAT is carrying out Erdogan's agenda who has expressed support for the Taliban by saying, "Turkey has nothing against the Taliban's ideology, and since we aren't in conflict with the Taliban's beliefs, I believe we can better discuss and agree with them on issues."
This is disturbing as Turkey is a NATO member and thus should be an ally of the US. which just left Afghanistan after fighting a 20-year war to wrest control of the country from the terrorist organization.
Shoebat claims that Erdogan's goal is to establish Turkey as the head of a "pan-Islamic force that it would lead against its enemy. It would thus be a new rise of Turkish power, with the full strength of the Islamic world against Turkey's foes."
TURKEY'S PAST AND FUTURE GENOCIDES
Perhaps the historical precedent is the most disturbing aspect of Shoebat's claim. The Ottoman Empire carried out a genocide, murdering an estimated one million Armenian Christians during World War I. The genocide included mass executions, death marches leading to the Syrian Desert, and the forced Islamization of Armenian women and children.
Shoebat claimed that Erdogan's agenda would continue this. He also detailed that SADAT employs several prominent psychologists in order to further psychological warfare, one aspect of which was to lie about the horrifying activities carried out by the government.
"What this implies is that while enacting a policy of advancing terror, the goal should also be to lie to the world about what your government is doing," Shoebat wrote. "In other words, while you shed blood and instill fear, you should make it out to the world that you are doing something good for humanity.
Its like the Ottoman Empire murdering a million Armenians only for the modern-day Republic of Turkey to deny that it ever happened. It's like Turkey backing Azerbaijan's conquest of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azeri soldiers murdering innocent civilians, only for Turkey and Azerbaijan to never even seriously acknowledge that such evils have taken place."
Nevzat Tarhan, one such psychologist employed by SADAT, wrote that an essential tactic is the "importance of an ideology of martyrdom and instilling it into the soldiers in order to form a unit of warriors willing to die for the state." Another tactic described by Tarhan is "to increase the sense of obedience in society."
Not coincidentally, Tarniverdi is also the head of the "Turkish Strategic Research Center of the Association of Justice Defenders (ASSAM)". ASSAM went on to establish the Islamic Union Congress, which Shoebat described as an attempt to establish an Islamic version of the European Union.
ASSAM has advocated for Turkey to ally with the Taliban in occupying Afghanistan now that the US is no longer in the country supporting the government.
Another explicitly stated goal of ASSAM is the extermination of global Jewry.
PROPHECY DESCRIBING TURKEY'S PLANS
As a Christian, Shoebat cites references in the Bible for Turkey's insidious agenda. He claims that the Biblical references to "ships from Chittim" (Numbers 24:24, Daniel 11:30) are actually referring to invading forces from Turkey.
"Jeremiah also speaks of "Minni Ararat Ashkenaz" (Turkey and its Islamic allies nearby) who invades Ashur (Iraq) then swings by to Arabia and Israel where other prophecies by Ezekiel speaks of God Who destroys the armies of Gog, save the remnants from the Israel of God and destroy Arabia and Eber (Hebrew Israel)," Shoebat wrote.
Shoebat argues that parallels exist between radical Islam and Nazism. He says, "Secular dogma like Nazism is less dangerous than Islamofascism that we see today ... because Islamofascism has a religious twist to it; it says 'God the Almighty ordered you to do this' ... It is trying to grow itself in fifty-five Muslim states. So potentially, you could have a success rate of several Nazi Germanys, if these people get their way.
Nearing Midnight: CRT from God’s Viewpoint – Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
A growing threat in America at this critical moment of US history involves a term we’ve become familiar with; it’s one we hear on an almost daily basis. It involves the most basic element of the nation’s family unit.
The term is CRT—for Critical Race Theory. The threat the term and ideology most represents is aimed at America’s children.
Here is one definition as presented in today’s leftist vernacular.
critical race theory (CRT), intellectual movement and loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of colour. (https://www.britannica.com/topic/critical-race-theory)
CRT is a direct and destructive assault on the foundation of morality and liberty endowed by God and constitutionally assured by the founding fathers. This is because at its black heart is the insidious brainwashing of children in the public classrooms, from kindergarten through graduate levels of higher education.
CRT pits human being against human being. It divides in a most hateful and dangerous way at the God-ordained level of individual personhood, using skin color to do its destructive work.
Luciferian minions among us are rewriting history to paint true champions of God-given human rights as evil tyrants, even though it is those heroes who ultimately did away with slavery and legislated rights that were totally inclusive for all men and women, no matter their gender or the hue of their skin.
These minions are inculcating white children with the lies that they are evil perpetrators of hatred against people of color. They are guilty of being white, guilty of association to the founding fathers and all their whiteness. These minions are teaching children of darker-hued skin that they are victims and must do what is necessary to come against all whose skin is determined to be white. It is taught that violence against such whiteness is justified. Black lives matter and white lives don’t is at the center of the CRT curriculum.
The minions have so infiltrated the US government that institutions under the Justice Department, such as the FBI, now insanely threaten to incarcerate and punish in many personal and family ways moms and dads who legally protest school boards that continue to fill the children with such hellish, hateful propaganda.
It looks for the moment that the minions are having their way. The satanic blueprint to bring down the United States of America so that the Antichrist system of global control can be constructed, unhampered, seems to be coming to fruition.
But, as we’ve observed time and time again, God’s restrainer, the Holy Spirit, indwelling all believers who constitute the Church of Jesus Christ, continues to hold back the evil that threatens.
We see this again in the mothers and fathers standing against CRT being taught in the schools of America. A great many of these parents are Christians, and, I believe, are Holy Spirit-inspired to make this stand in these closing days of the Church Age (Age of Grace). God is using these to restrain Satan and his minions’ assault on the children of the nation.
The God of Heaven is not idle. He is at work in many ways we aren’t aware of. He sees the end-times battle against the powers and principalities of Ephesians 6:12 in terms of His Son’s perfect righteousness.
God’s own CRT program is in direct opposition to the wicked CRT campaign on earth we’re witnessing in its attempts to destroy the nation through stealing the minds of our children and youth. I term God’s CRT program “Christ’s Righteousness Theology.” This CRT contains all that is necessary to combat all the wickedness the powers and principalities in high places can throw at our nation—at us.
We as Christians must let the world around us see our Lord’s righteousness—yes, even His righteous anger—against evil that is exploding across culture and society at this closing time for human history.
Christians are a last line of defense at this crucial time just before the Rapture takes us to the dwelling places Jesus has prepared for those who belong to Him (John 14:1–3).
We must stand against the atrocity of abortion, against the madness of anti-God sexual deviancy, against the humanity-destructive things wrapped up in racism, no matter the perpetrators.
All people are equal in our God’s holy eyes, as He offers mankind the righteousness that makes men, women, and children eligible for redemption. The words of His own son, Jesus, says it all about Heaven’s CRT program.
For god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Our Epic Supply Chain Crisis Just Hit Another Level, And Biden Is Considering Calling In The National Guard To Help - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/our-epic-supply-chain-crisis-just-hit-another-level-and-biden-is-considering-calling-in-the-national-guard-to-help/
It is the month of October, and right now many Americans are more scared by the state of our national supply chains than by anything else. Some of the things that I am going to share with you in this article are truly frightening, and I would very much encourage you to take them seriously. Our economic infrastructure is failing on a massive scale, and officials are openly admitting that things will get even worse in the months ahead. We are in uncharted territory, because none of us has ever seen anything like this before. If our leaders cannot get this fixed, 2022 is going to be a truly nightmarish year.
Of course just last week Joe Biden gave a big speech in which he assured all of us that he was implementing measures which would soon turn things around.
Unfortunately, just like with Afghanistan, the southern border, inflation and so many other problems, our supply chain crisis has gotten even worse now that Biden is personally involved. On Tuesday, it was being reported that the number of vessels backed up off the coast of southern California has just hit a brand new record high…
The nation’s largest ports shattered more records Monday as massive bottlenecks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue to wreak supply chain havoc.
The Marine Exchange of Southern California reported 100 vessels berthed October 18, topping the previous record of 97 set September 19.
A single container ship can hold thousands upon thousands of enormous shipping containers, and so we are talking about a backlog of absolutely immense proportions.
It would take many months just to work through a backlog of this magnitude even if the ports in southern California were making progress in paring it down.
But instead of making progress, the backlog just continues to get even deeper.
As the supply chain crisis escalates, the Biden administration has actively been considering using the National Guard on an emergency basis…
White House officials have explored in recent weeks whether the National Guard could be deployed to help address the nation’s mounting supply chain backlog, three people with knowledge of the matter said.
The idea appears unlikely to proceed as of now, the people said, but reflects the extent to which internal administration deliberations about America’s overwhelmed supply chain have sparked outside-the-box proposals to leverage government resources to address the issue.
This is how serious things have become.
Our supply chains are in such a state of chaos that the Biden administration is actually thinking of doing something that has never been done before in American history.
Of course publicly they are still trying to put a happy face on things, but privately administration officials are really freaking out.
And things could soon get a lot worse.
Today, approximately 85 percent of all magnesium production in the world happens in China. We should have never allowed ourselves to become so dependent on China, because now we are facing a critical shortage of magnesium, and that could result in a nightmarish shortage of aluminum…
The source of the shortage is China’s monopoly on global magnesium production. Production curbs of energy-intensive smelters have reduced the industrial metal’s output, resulting in dwindling stockpiles in Europe and North America.
Barclays analyst Amos Fletcher told clients in a note that “there are no substitutes for magnesium in aluminum sheet and billet production.” He warned if “magnesium supply stops,” the entire auto industry will grind to a halt.
That is bad.
What I first read that, I just sat there stunned for a moment.
Are things really that crazy already?
Yes, they are. In fact, we are being told that magnesium reserves in Europe will be completely exhausted “at the end of November 2021 at the latest”…
“It is expected that the current magnesium reserves in Germany and throughout Europe will be exhausted in a few weeks at the end of November 2021 at the latest,” the group said. “In the event of a supply bottleneck of this magnitude, there is a risk of massive production losses.”
Needless to say, it wouldn’t just be the auto industry that grinds to a halt.
Just think of how many food and beverage products come in aluminum cans.
I don’t know if I even have sufficient words to describe how serious this is.
Meanwhile, it is also being reported that we are potentially facing a propane “armageddon” this winter…
The expanding energy crisis is causing propane to rocket higher (read: here) as supplies dwindle to below seasonal levels as research firm IHS Markit Ltd. warns of “armageddon” during the Northern Hemisphere winter.
IHS analyst Edgar Ang told attendees during a virtual presentation on Tuesday that US propane inventories are at a record low and will be extremely tight as cold weather is ahead.
That isn’t good.
Millions of Americans use propane to heat their homes. So what are those millions of Americans going to do when supplies of propane run out?
If you use propane to heat your home and you don’t have a back up plan, you need to start developing one right now.
As if things weren’t bad enough already, the absurd mandates that our politicians are pushing on all of us threaten to make things far, far worse.
Let me give you just one example…
Union Pacific Railroad is the latest company to board the mandatory vaccine train.
The company’s 31,000 employees across 23 states have been given just under two months to comply or face additional consequences.
We are already having enormous problems getting things transported across the country, and trains are a key part of that equation.
So what would happen if thousands upon thousands of highly experienced railroad workers are suddenly railroaded out of their jobs?
Of course similar scenarios will be playing out in industry after industry in the months ahead.
The stage is perfectly being set for so many of the things that I have been warning about, and I am entirely convinced that we will soon see extreme economic pain all across the nation.
In this sort of an economic environment, there is no way that our politicians should even be considering any sort of mandates.
But they are pushing ahead anyway, and we are all going to feel the consequences very deeply.
Daily Jot: Stupidocrisy: A whole lot of stupid going on - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
In 1955, Roy Hall and Dave “Curly” Williams wrote a song when they were fishing on Lake Okeechobee in Florida. Big Maybelle first recorded it in March 1955 on an arrangement by Quincy Jones. Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Levi Kreis also recorded versions of the song “A whole lot of shakin going on.” The radically-altered Lewis version of the song was considered quite risqué at the time with its boogie piano and spirited drumming. So much so that when Sun released the Lewis single, it reached Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1957 and Number 1 on the R & B and country charts. Accompanied by body gyrations never done before, Lewis and his rock and roll version ushered in a new genre.
I was looking at the lyrics of the song and thought that a parody was in order—so I hope you enjoy the new version: Come along America, whole lotta stupid goin’ on…Yes, I said come along America, baby it’s all goin’ wrong…We ain’t fakin’, while a lotta stupid goin’ on… Well, I said come along America, we got Biden an his mandates…Woo-huh, come along America, Buttigieg shuttin down the interstates…We ain’t fakin’, whole lotta stupid goin’ on… Well, I said shake, baby, shake…I said shake, baby, shake…I said shake it, baby, shake it…And then shake, baby, shake…Come on over, whole lotta stupid goin’ on…Oh, let’s go!…Alright…Well, I said come along America, we got Kamala on the border…Whose border? What border? Our border…Come along America, Kamala can’t restore order…We ain’t fakin’, whole lotta stupid goin’ on…
Easy now,,,Shake it…Ah, shake it, baby…Yeah…You can shake it one time for me…Ye-ah-ha-ah, I said come on over, China…Whole lotta stupid goin’ on…Now, let’s get down real low one time now…Shake, China, shake…All you gotta do, Hunter, is kinda paint one dot…Wiggle around just a little bit, an some big money you got, yeah…Come on America, whole lotta stupid goin’ on…Now let’s go one time…Shake it Joe, shake, shake it Kamala, shake…Woo, shake Buttigieg, come on Hunter, shake it, America, shake…Come on over, whole lotta stupid goin’ on. Yes, my friends there is a whole lot of stupid going on. It starts at the top with Biden mandating masks and vaccines, but he doesn’t even try to set the example. Biden and his wife were caught carrying their masks in and out of a Washington DC restaurant, violating the DC mask mandate.
But press secretary Jenn Psaki brushed it off. She said, “…there are moments when we all don’t put masks back on as quickly as we should…our objective here is to get more people vaccinated, make sure that that schools and companies around the country can put in place requirements to save more lives and keep people safer and not overly focus on moments in time that don’t reflect overarching policy.” Maybe she misstated and really meant “overreaching” policy. Food and gas prices skyrocketing, China threatening, civil rights being violated with COVID mandates, no border security and more. Ecclesiastes 10:1 says, “Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, And cause it to give off a foul odor; So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.” Such goes America under Biden. Say it with me…Stupidocrisy.
Daily Devotion: Storm Tossed - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. —Matthew 14:24
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Storms will come into our lives as Christians—and they come in the form of calamities, hardships, medical issues, marital problems, legal issues, and more. There are three kinds of storms we’ll face: perfecting storms, protecting storms, and correcting storms.
When God allows hardship in your life to make you stronger spiritually, that’s a perfecting storm. It’s what Job went through. The Bible tells us how to face this kind of storm: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2 NKJV).
Next, there are protecting storms. That’s the type of storm the disciples experienced when they were on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had just performed His most popular miracle to date, the feeding of the five thousand. But He essentially told his disciples, “Get into the boat. We’re getting out of here.”
Then Matthew tells us, “But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary” (14:24 NKJV).
Jesus had delivered His disciples from what would have been a great deal of adulation, which would have created a lot of problems. As a result, they endured a protecting storm.
Lastly, correcting storms are what we effectively bring upon ourselves as we reap the consequences of our actions. Jonah was in a correcting storm, and he brought it upon himself by disobeying the Lord. As a result, he spent three days and three nights in the belly of a massive fish.
Maybe you’re in a storm right now. Here’s the good news about storms: they have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Maybe your storm has been raging for a while. But you know what? You might be at the end of it. So don’t give up. Don’t lose hope.
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