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It’s Over - By Daymond Duck - https://www.raptureready.com/2021/08/15/its-over-by-daymond-duck/
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come” (II Tim. 3:1).
Be aware that “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (II Tim. 3:13).
The right of U.S. citizens to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to buy and sell, etc., is being challenged by the shadow government’s desire to restrict and/or control American’s freedom of religion, speech, right to buy and sell, etc.
Covid is a global medical crisis that the godless shadow government created to justify the establishment of a world government, world religion, and worldwide tracking system to enslave everyone on earth.
The public is being told that proof of vaccination (passports, I.D. cards, or whatever) is needed to bring Covid-19 under control when the truth of the matter is that Covid-19 and the variants are a tool that the rich and powerful are using to bring all people under their control.
It is possible and perhaps likely that this proof of vaccination will eventually be followed by the lockdown and persecution of Christian groups and institutions based on their support for Bible teaching and lack of support for the globalist agenda (the godless world government, godless world religion, abortion, gay rights, etc.).
Before the persecution reaches its peak, Christians will be removed (Raptured) from this earth, and the door will be thrown wide open for the godless shadow government to select a leader to take dictatorial power on earth.
Following his appearance, their so-called proof of vaccination will probably evolve into a data system that will be used to determine who can buy and sell, who can live or die, etc. (Don’t overlook the fact that some of the leaders that want to force everyone to be vaccinated are the same people that want to reduce the population of the earth from almost 8 billion to about half a billion; many support abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, etc.).
God will allow these godless globalists to select a leader to rule for seven years, but God will ultimately cause them to regret what they have done for all eternity.
A reader recently sent an e-mail to this writer containing part of a message that Dr. Franklin Graham delivered at a Baptist Church in Florida.
Dr. Graham said, “The American Dream has ended.”
Readers need to understand that the one who said “The American Dream has ended” is one of the most highly respected preachers in the world, not a fanatic and not a prophecy teacher, but America must decline if the globalists are going to meet their goal of a world government and a world religion by 2030 or before.
Here is a repeat from the article I wrote last week: On July 27, 2021, former Sec. of State Mike Pompeo said, “Collapse from within is possible… Immigration without assimilation, illicit drugs, human trafficking, disputed elections, inflationary risks have become the tools to disassemble our republic in what must surely be an attempt at national suicide.”
I want to close my opening remarks this way: We are not seeing the Mark of the Beast yet (people are not being jabbed in their right hand or forehead; people are not taking the name, number, or Mark of the Beast; unvaccinated people can still buy and sell in most places; etc.).
On the other hand, we are seeing the global development and advancement of technology and policies that many excellent Bible prophecy teachers believe will lead to the Mark of the Beast (forced compliance, loss of one’s job, development of passports or passes, a demand for government databases to track people, a demand to prevent the unvaccinated from entering stores to buy or sell, the spread of anti-Christian rhetoric, etc.).
Also, keep in mind the fact that the Church will be Raptured a minimum of 3 ½ years (and perhaps more) before the global development and advancement of the technology and policies goes into effect as the Mark of the Beast (the Gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church).
Here are other reasons to believe that history is approaching end of the age Bible predictions and the American Dream is over.
One, when Jesus was asked about the signs of His coming, He listed famines, pestilences, earthquakes, etc. (notice that the words are plural as in more than one famine, more than one pestilence, etc.; Matt. 24:7).
Today, the world is trying to deal with Covid-19, the Delta (India variant), Lambda (Peru variant), and Epsilon variant (pestilences plural).
Two, on Aug. 6, 2021, California announced that a low water level caused by drought has forced the shutdown of the state’s second largest hydroelectric plant for the first time since the dam was completed in 1977.
The state will be able to get electricity from other systems.
More: On Aug. 4, 2021, the Dixie wildfire destroyed Greenville, Cal., a gold rush town of about 1,200 people (5 days later, Fox News reported that about 600 buildings have burned and about 13,000 are in danger).
More: On Aug. 6, 2021, it was reported that Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona border, the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and Lake Mead in Nevada have hit record lows this summer.
FYI: Drought is having a devastating impact on crops, cattle, hog, and sheep production in the U.S. (a very large part of America’s food supply).
FYI: Unprecedented wildfires are also taking place in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Lebanon, and Russia.
Three, during the Tribulation Period, the world will be divided into two groups: those that take the Mark of the Beast and those that refuse to take the Mark of the Beast.
Today, the world is being divided into two groups: those that have been vaccinated and those that have not been vaccinated.
Four, on Aug. 9, 2021, World Net Daily posted an article by Wayne Allen Root that said:
Note: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said the U.S. is at a crossroads, and he is urging U.S. citizens to “resist the mandates, lockdowns, and the harmful policies of the petty tyrants and bureaucrats.”
Five, on Aug. 6, 2021, Natural News reported that the U.K. has admitted that it is building storage areas for bodies in the 32 boroughs of London and the city itself.
These storage areas are being built because the government expects an increase in deaths over the next five years due to their attempts to force people to be vaccinated (some people that are not allowed to buy and sell will go hungry, get sick, etc.).
Writer’s Comment: It is common for some people to ask how bad will God let it get before He Raptures His Church. No one knows the answer to this, but the situation is worsening, and Christians everywhere need to pray about it.
Six, on July 31, 2021, the Carnival Cruise Ship Vista left Galveston, TX with everyone or board vaccinated (every guest, every crew member, every staff member, everyone vaccinated; no unvaccinated people on board).
On Aug. 8, 2021, it was reported that a small number of people on the ship have tested positive for Covid.
Seven, God promised to bless those that bless Israel and to curse those that curse Israel (Gen. 12:3).
Writer’s Comment: This could easily get out of hand and lead to the fulfillment of several prophecies (Psa. 83 if that is a war; the Destruction of Damascus as prophesied in Isa. 17; the Battle of Gog and Magog as prophesied in Ezek. 38-39; time will tell.).
Eight, violence is on the increase, and some politicians want to defund the police and take the guns away from law-abiding citizens, but the globalist goal is only partly to prevent citizens from defending themselves against criminals.
The globalist goal is primarily to prevent citizens from defending the U.S. against the shadow government’s takeover of the U.S.
For whatever it is worth, thousands of people have marched in Paris and other French cities four weeks in a row to protest the loss of their freedoms.
On Aug. 6, protests erupted in Turin, Italy.
Nine, on Aug. 6, 2021, a guest on Fox & Friends said the strongest outbreak of the Covid Delta Variant is in Texas and Florida, and those two states are where the Biden administration has taken the largest number of Covid-infected migrants.
Ten, concerning global pandemics and the Mark of the Beast, on July 25, 2021, The Times of Israel reported on a study that found that people vaccinated before Feb. 2021 are twice as likely to get Covid as those vaccinated in June 2021 for two reasons: 1) Their vaccine effectiveness decreases over time and is becoming less effective every day; and 2) The Delta Variant is more contagious than the original Covid-19, and therefore more able to overcome the resistance of their declining vaccination.
The doctor that headed up the study said, “We definitely need to think about a third vaccine.”
It is the opinion of this writer that the globalists will want people to take a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. vaccination until they bring in the Mark of the Beast.
Update: On Aug. 5, 2021, Moderna said data shows a noticeable drop in antibody levels 6-8 months after a vaccinated person’s second jab, so vaccinated people will need to get a booster shot this fall.
Writer’s Comment: Just a reminder to U.S. citizens that Pres. Biden said, “You’re not going to get Covid if you have these vaccines.”
Eleven, concerning world government: it is widely known that the World Economic Forum (WEF) wants to establish a world government and eliminate private property ownership by 2030 or before.
The WEF even produced a video saying, “You will own nothing, and you will be happy.”
My article “Developing Now,” posted two weeks ago, quoted Tony Koretz who said, “A global medical dictatorship is rising.”
I added that “It is hard to deny that the shadow government is using unelected individuals to dictate policies to nations all over the world.”
On Aug. 3, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the U.S. government’s eviction moratorium, a document that allows renters in areas that have a high level of Covid to not pay their rent.
Put another way, property owners that have rented their house, apartment, etc., to someone else must make the mortgage payments (if the property owner has a mortgage payment), pay to keep the house, apartment, etc., repaired, and the property owner cannot evict the renter for not paying their rent (the renter can live in the house free, and the property owner must pay the bills).
The fact that the CDC (a medical group) can force private property owners to make the property payments and let renters live in the property free sure looks like a global medical dictatorship has taken over.
The real owners of the property are not happy with making the payments and receiving no rent.
Twelve, on Aug. 4, 2021, concerning a Mark on the forehead to buy and sell, it was reported that Amazon is now using palm scanners at 53 Amazon-owned stores, and it plans to expand the program to other stores in the U.S.
Customers can use a simple hand scan to pay, enter or I.D. themselves, and Amazon will give them a $10 promotional credit to sign up.
Before my final word, pastor Keith Watts asked me to include this paragraph in my article (something I can’t start doing for ministries all over the world): “I am asking all prayer warriors from around the world to join with us for a day of prayer, fasting, and repentance on August 16, 2021, for the sake of the Philippines and on behalf of over 110,950,213 precious souls. We will be fasting from the time we wake up until we go to bed, interceding on behalf of the lost souls in the Philippines.”
Finally, are you Rapture Ready?
If you want to be rapture ready and go to heaven, you must be born again (John 3:3). God loves you, and if you have not done so, sincerely admit that you are a sinner; believe that Jesus is the virgin-born, sinless Son of God who died for the sins of the world, was buried, and raised from the dead; ask Him to forgive your sins, cleanse you, come into your heart and be your Saviour; then tell someone that you have done this.
Discrimination Against the Unvaccinated Is About to Make Life Very Difficult – Daisy Luther - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4905
All over the world, the hot-button subject of the moment is the Covid vaccination. Many governments discuss making it mandatory, a terrifying concept for people who believe that the vaccine is unsafe. But perhaps even more appalling are the shocking things that people are saying about those who are unvaccinated.
This article isn't about whether the vaccine is safe or not. I'm not urging anyone to get the vaccine, nor am I urging anyone to avoid it. I believe that my health decisions are my choice, and yours are your choice.
I hope that when you read these comments, whatever side of the debate you are on, you stop and think about your humanity. If this were done to any other group of people, it would be considered hate speech. Because the mainstream media and the narrative are tightly controlled right now, this isn't just thought of as acceptable but a signal of superior virtue.
The danger of "othering"
We already talked about how people would be "encouraged" to get the vaccine through a loss of liberty "privileges." By now, those eager to get the vaccine have done so. Also, those with valid reasons (like loss of income) have also gotten the jab. Therefore, holdouts who remain adamant they won't get the vaccine are now being exposed to a whole new level of "encouragement" via extreme social pressure.
A phenomenon called "othering" is used in both the violence dynamics world and in brainwashing. Othering is when a person determines that another person is unworthy, threatening, or all-around inadequate and hardly even the same species.
Othering is a process whereby a group of people is made to seem fundamentally different, even to the point of making that group seem less than human. This process can trigger instinctive emotional reactions towards members of that group. In many instances, othering has been used to degrade, isolate, and render possible a group's discrimination, abuse, or persecution.
Those who don't learn from history...
It has happened many times in history: when human beings were used as slaves and property, when human beings were the subject of horrific experiments when the media and people in power deliberately manipulated human beings to believe that other humans weren't like them and, therefore, it was permissible to mistreat or abuse them.
As the saying goes, those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And repeat it, they are. I think, regardless of our stance, we can all agree that fervently wishing for bad things to happen to those who believe differently and dehumanizing them for their beliefs is pretty awful.
People have come out with appalling suggestions for those who aren't vaccinated.
Don Lemon of CNN believes the unvaccinated should not be allowed to buy food or work. Does this mean he believes that they should starve to death?
"How many people have to die," Lemon asked, saying "if behavior is idiotic and nonsensical, I think that you need to tell people that their behavior is idiotic and nonsensical."
CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner says that unvaccinated people shouldn't go to bars and restaurants. A doctor pondered the ethics of whether he could refuse to see unvaccinated patients in The New York Times.
It's becoming popular to blame the unvaccinated for all future cases of Covid
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's Big Kahuna of Covid, blames those not vaccinated for a new spike in cases.
"We have 100 million people in this country ... who are eligible to be vaccinated, who are not vaccinated," Fauci said in an interview with "Face the Nation." "We've really got to get those people to change their minds, make it easy for them, convince them, do something to get them to be vaccinated because they are the ones that are propagating this outbreak."
Columnist Leana Wen of Washington Post believes the unvaccinated are dishonorable. Wen called upon the CDC to mandate masks for everyone because of it.
"We need a return to indoor mask mandates not because the vaccinated are suddenly a problem, but because we don't trust the unvaccinated to do the right thing voluntarily. It's not a commentary about the effectiveness of the vaccine or even the trickiness of the delta variant, but rather about the failure of unvaccinated Americans to fulfill their societal obligation to act in the interest of everyone's health.
When the CDC issued its mask guidance two months ago, it got the science right but got the policy and communication wrong. And it has happened again. The Biden administration should clarify that the backsliding of the United States' pandemic progress necessitated the return of indoor masking. This has happened because of those who choose to remain unvaccinated, and the vaccinated are now paying the price."
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey wants everyone to blame the unvaccinated for any cases of Covid that happen to occur.
"Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down," Ivey told reporters in Birmingham.
That'll really be helpful if someone unhinged loses a loved one to Covid and decides to seek vengeance on some "unvaccinated folk." After all, the governor said it was their fault.
How far should "blame" be allowed to go?
Speaking of which, Nick Cohen of The Guardian said that it was only a matter of time before "we turn on the unvaccinated."
The vindictive will start to describe Covid as a sickness of choice. Its victims will be victims of their own stupidity. They might have accepted vaccination. They might have protected themselves and others if, as seems likely, vaccines limit infections.
Rational people will ask why they should continue to accept restrictions on their freedoms because of ignorant delusions. Employers will demand to know what possible argument there is against allowing the owners of pubs, airlines, restaurants, hotels or holiday homes to demand proof of protection when immunity passports might save their business.
To make it personal, how would you feel come the autumn if someone you love contracted cancer and the NHS delayed treatment because it had to look after needlessly ill Covid patients?
Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, says that unvaccinated people are "variant factories."
People want to impose financial penalties
Andy Slavitt, a former medical advisor for President Biden, believes that anyone unvaccinated should be required to be tested daily at their own expense until they finally give in.
"Look, if people say they don't want to be vaccinated, which some people might say, I think it's perfectly reasonable to say that's fine," Slavitt told Anderson Cooper. "We want you to show up every morning an hour before work and get a negative test. Maybe even at your own expense."
Slavitt continued, "Until the point where people will say, you know what? It makes more sense to actually get vaccinated. If you give people that option, I think you're going to see more and more people take the option to get vaccinated."
Some employers are docking peoples' paychecks, according to Forbes.
...But the carrot approach is about to be joined by a stick that could cost employees up to $50 a month, according to Mercer, the large employee benefits consultancy that works with thousands of employers around the world.
"Employers have tried encouraging employees to get vaccinated through offering incentives like paid time off and cash, but with the Delta variant driving up infections and hospitalizations throughout the country - at the same time that vaccination rates have stalled - we have received inquiries from at least 20 employers over the past few weeks who are giving consideration to adding health coverage surcharges for the unvaccinated as a way to drive up vaccination rates in their workforce," said Wade Symons, Mercer's regulatory resources group leader.
Wesleyan College in West Virginia is charging an even more outrageous amount.
The college recently released it's campus arrival guidance for the fall. It states that students who aren't vaccinated will be charged a non-refundable $750 COVID fee for the Fall 2021 semester. It also states that students who get COVID-19 and are unable to quarantine off campus will be charged $250 to finish their quarantine on campus.
And, in the UK...
Pundit Piers Morgan of England tweeted that people who don't get the vaccine should be denied medical care.
"Those who refuse to be vaccinated, with no medical reason not to, should be refused NHS care if they then catch covid. I'm hearing of anti-vaxxers using up ICU beds in London at vast expense to the taxpayer. Let them pay for their own stupidity & selfishness."
They want to literally ruin the lives of the unvaccinated.
The only reason employers cannot (yet) legally force people to be vaccinated as a term of employment is that none of the vaccines have gained more than temporary FDA approval. None of them. Once the vaccines are FDA-approved, you can bet your sweet bootie it will be a requirement in many workplaces.
Pam Keith, an attorney from Florida suggests that the unvaccinated be denied access to any federal benefits...including things they've paid into their entire working lives like Social Security.
"Here's a good way to move people into getting vaccinated: Condition all federal benefits on proof of vaccination. That includes Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, military pensions, VA benefits, fed subsidized housing... ALL OF IT! I bet THAT will move things along."
Other "tolerant" people chimed in eagerly with replies containing all sorts of other ideas for punishing the unvaccinated:
Or even better, deny any Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance coverage for Covid treatments or meds for unvaccinated. Set a date, say 9/11/21, for vaccination coverage or no insurance.
That's a great idea! Also, add employment, suspension of gun and driving licenses, access to loans. Sporting events, dining out concerts should also require proof of vaccine. It will not be popular, but it is the only way to get people vaccinated.
I still love the idea that every unvaxed person that gets the disease is held personally financially responsible for all testing & if they contract Covid. Not private insurance or Medicare/Medicaid. Only excuse: documented allergy to vaccines/components.
How about if all the health insurance companies just said we'll raise your premiums by, say, $5000/year for each unvaccinated adult on a policy? The chances of getting sick if someone is unvaccinated are much greater than those that are. Make it a financial decision.
I'd rather see their health care suspended for all covid-related treatments.
Imagine having that much hatred and disdain for those who don't share your opinion.
Seeing our country at each other's throats yet again is heartbreaking. The rabid contempt for those who think differently can lead nowhere good.
For those who believe we should all get vaccinated, have you found yourself falling into the mindset of some of the people above? Are you okay with this kind of dehumanization?
For those who are not planning to get the vaccination, if you have not faced discrimination yet you better get ready.
They Have Come Up With Some Ominous New Definitions For What Constitutes “Domestic Terrorism” - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/they-have-come-up-with-some-ominous-new-definitions-for-what-constitutes-domestic-terrorism/
Are you a potential domestic terrorist? You may not think so, but the Department of Homeland Security may see things quite differently. A brand new terrorism advisory has just been issued, and some of the things that it identifies as “potential terror threats” should chill us to the core. You see, the truth is that the definition of a “terrorist” is constantly evolving. In the old days, a Middle Eastern male that dresses in traditional Islamic attire, that grows opium in his field and that carries around an AK-47 would have been considered a “potential terrorist” by U.S. authorities. But now we have lost the war in Afghanistan and the Taliban are partying like it is 1999 in the presidential palace in Kabul. As a result, our spooks need a new group of “potential terrorists” to send to Guantanamo Bay, and so they are setting their sights on you.
You may be tempted to think that I am exaggerating.
I truly wish that I was.
NBC News is telling us that a “terror alert” has just been issued by Homeland Security, and during their report on this new “terror alert” a very alarming graphic was shown to the viewers.
Under the heading “POTENTIAL TERROR THREATS”, the following three categories were listed…
-“OPPOSITION TO COVID MEASURES”
-“CLAIMS OF ELECTION FRAUD, BELIEF TRUMP CAN BE REINSTATED”
-“9/11 ANNIVERSARY AND RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS”
We have never seen anything quite like this before.
Now “opposition to COVID measures” is something that can make you a “potential terrorist”?
So precisely what does that mean?
Does someone become a “potential terrorist” if they speak out against masks, lockdowns or vaccines?
What about sharing information that contradicts the official narratives about COVID? Will that make someone a “potential terrorist” as well?
If that is the case, then researchers at the Mayo Clinic may soon get hauled off to Guantanamo Bay…
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, found that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – the most commonly used shot in the U.S. – was only 42 percent effective against infection, while the Moderna vaccine was only 76 percent effective in July.
For the study, published on pre-printer server medRxiv.org – meaning it has not yet been peer review – the team gathered data on more than 25,000 Minnesotans from January to July.
When Dr. Fauci was asked about that study, he quickly dismissed it as bad information.
And whatever Fauci says must be the gospel truth, because we have been told that any criticism of Fauci is an attack on science itself…
“Attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science,” Fauci said Wednesday. “All of the things I have spoken about, consistently, from the very beginning, have been fundamentally based on science. Sometimes those things were inconvenient truths for people.”
Some have even gone so far as to suggest that any “far-right extremists” that dare to criticize Fauci should be treated like terrorists.
So be very careful about what you say about beloved Lord Fauci.
At one time we actually had freedom of speech in America, but now those days are long gone.
Even if you don’t get into trouble with the government, the big tech companies may decide to censor you into oblivion if you start saying the wrong things.
And most Americans can never actually keep up with the latest speech standards, because they are constantly in a state of evolution.
For example, earlier today I was absolutely shocked to learn that you can get banned on YouTube for offering to pray for someone that has COVID. Apparently that can qualify as “content” that encourages people to avoid needed medical treatment…
“Content that encourages the use of home remedies, prayer, or rituals in place of medical treatment such as consulting a doctor or going to the hospital”
We really are becoming a “1984 society”, and it is only going to get worse.
If your goal is to conform as much as possible, you are in luck, because the Department of Homeland Security has issued some key information guidelines for you to follow so that you can “stay safe” while you are online…
Rely on trusted sources. For situational updates on COVID-19 and stay-at-home guidelines, rely on information provided by state and local health officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at coronavirus.gov and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) atcisa.gov/coronavirus.
Think before you link. Slow down. Don’t immediately click to share posts, memes, videos, or other content you see online. Some of the most damaging disinformation spreads rapidly via shared posts. Check your sources before sharing.
Be careful what you post. The information you share online can be misunderstood or repurposed via manipulation. Do a privacy check on your social media accounts and make sure you are not sharing content broadly that you mean only for close family and friends. Be aware that agents of disinformation often steal identities of real people, profile photos, and other information.
Be wary of manipulative content. Agents of disinformation are known to create or repurpose emotional videos and photos, and to use sensational terms to divide us. Be especially careful of content that attempts to make people angry or sad or create division.
In other words, embrace whatever they tell you to believe, and don’t you dare share anything online that even looks like it might contradict any of their narratives.
Personally, I am stunned at how rapidly our society is changing. As I discussed a few days ago, a bill has actually been introduced in Congress which would permanently ban those that have not been fully vaccinated from ever flying again.
That is completely insane, and hopefully that bill never becomes a law, but the Biden administration has already pushed things way too far. Each week we take even more steps into authoritarianism, and that should deeply alarm all of us.
If our leaders are willing to get so extreme during a relatively minor crisis like this pandemic, what are they going to do when things start getting really, really crazy?
Freedom is such a fragile and precious thing.
Previous generations of Americans understood this, and they were extremely diligent to make sure that future generations of Americans would live free too.
But now dark times are here, and if you express your love for freedom too loudly you may soon discover that authorities have identified you as a “potential terrorist” too.
Alas, Common Sense - By Hal Lindsey - https://www.hallindsey.com/ww-8-15-2021/
Common sense… straight thinking… seeing the obvious. The whole world seems to find these things more and more difficult. And the Bible tells us why. 2 Timothy 3:8 speaks of men who “oppose the truth, men of depraved mind.”
It makes sense. The more people oppose truth, the more difficult it becomes to think straight.
Romans 1:18-32 takes that same concept and elaborates it on a large scale. It speaks of peoples and nations turning against God. Romans 1:18 says they “suppress the truth in unrighteous.” Verse 21 speaks of people refusing to honor God, then becoming “futile in their speculations.” Romans 1:22 says, “Professing to be wise, they became fools.”
The 24th verse says that because of decisions to reject God in favor of evil, “God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity.” Verse 25 says, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie.” The verses that follow give specific details of the kinds of sin such deteriorating civilizations fall into.
The sad story crescendos in Romans 1:28. “Just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind.”
The King James Version says, “reprobate mind.” The New King James and the English Standard Versions say, “debased mind.” The New American Standard Bible and the New International Version say, “depraved mind.” The Greek here carries the connotation of “worthlessness.”
The mind loses worth because it no longer does its job. People stop being able to think in their own best interests. Consider massive capitalist firms trying to appease socialists by adopting socialist rhetoric and values. Somehow it never occurs to them that the monster they’re now helping to nourish and grow, will one day see them as lunch.
Another example would be when the freest, fairest, most prosperous nation in the history of the world decides to rip itself into pieces because it was never perfect. The examples could go on all day. Read any news site on any day. You’ll see examples everywhere of individuals, companies, nations, and groups of nations acting against their own self-interests.
When nations and people purge their minds of God, they begin to think self-destructively.
For those who hold fast to God and His word, it can all be dismaying. How do we respond? Do we become outraged or fearful? No. When Jesus said to preach the Gospel everywhere and to everyone, He included these very people. Christ died for them. He loved them that much, so we should love them, too.
1 John 4:18 explains the amazing result of such love. “Perfect love casts out fear.” 2 Timothy 1:7 puts it like this. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Daily Jot: Islam and Democrat Presidents - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
Everyone is dissecting the latest failure of a Democratic President—Joe Biden and Afghanistan. The media is already towing the Democratic Party line that it is former President Donald Trump’s fault that the terrorist group Taliban has easily overrun and taken control of Afghanistan. Biden, in a White House statement, started the Trump blame game rolling when he said on Saturday, August 14, “When I came to office, I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor.” This is in stark contrast to his July 8 statement referring to 1975 Saigon: “There’s going to be no circumstance where you are going to see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States from Afghanistan.” But he sent troops to evacuate the Embassy.
Biden, in that same July 8 presser, said the Taliban was not competent enough to take over Afghanistan. He emphatically said several times that the Taliban was no threat to a military takeover. Today he is hiding out at Camp David on some sort of “vacation” while thousands of Americans are stranded in Afghanistan, the Afghani president has run for his life, and the Taliban have captured the country, now named the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. That was the name of the country when the Taliban were in control 20 years ago. Lest we forget, the Taliban was in cahoots with al-Qaeda in orchestrating the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers in New York and on the Pentagon. Today, every decent person in Afghanistan is fearing for their lives; all the sacrifice by American soldiers appears to be in vain; and Biden is hiding out at Camp David blaming Trump.
Trump set the record straight in a Saturday statement, saying, “Joe Biden gets it wrong every time on foreign policy, and many other issues. Everyone knew he couldn’t handle the pressure. Even Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, said as much. He [Biden] ran out of Afghanistan instead of following the plan our Administration had left for him—a plan that protected our people and our property, and ensured the Taliban would never dream of taking our Embassy or providing a base for new attacks against America. The withdrawal would be guided by facts on the ground. After I took out ISIS, I established a credible deterrent. That deterrent is now gone. The Taliban no longer has fear or respect for America, or America’s power…This is complete failure through weakness, incompetence, and total strategic incoherence.”
Here is the kicker: What is it with Democrat Presidents and radical Islam? Jimmy Carter destabilizing Iran in favor of the terrorist-sponsoring Ayatollahs and supporting terrorist Yassir Arafat…Bill Clinton’s support for the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army…Barack Obama’s support of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood’s Arab Spring that destabilized the Middle East…and now Biden looking the other way as the Taliban takeover Afghanistan in a week. Do these Democrat leaders ever learn? Or do they favor evil? Or both? Proverbs 17:13 says, “Whoso rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.” Is this specific to America’s leaders or to those voting them into office or to America as a nation when these enemies of God are favored? All the above? Remember it rains on the just and the unjust alike. What’s next?
Daily Devotion: The Unique Call of Discipleship - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. —Matthew 16:25
C. S. Lewis said, “The real test of being in the presence of God is, that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object. It is better to forget about yourself altogether.”
If we’re going to follow Jesus, we need to deny ourselves. And that simply means wanting His will more than our own.
Jesus gave the unique call of discipleship in Matthew 16: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (verses 24–25 NKJV).
He tells us that if we want to be His disciples, then we must deny ourselves. This is a foundational issue. But we’re living in a time when there is a great obsession with self, especially in the United States.
The Bible warns that in the last days, “People will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred” (2 Timothy 3:2 NLT).
However, this obsession with self isn’t unique to our generation. This emphasis has its roots in the Garden of Eden, where Satan came to Eve and essentially appealed to her selfish nature, telling her to disobey God (see Genesis 3:1–5).
Really, we all have a choice in life. Either we can live for ourselves or deny ourselves. We can seek to save our lives and ultimately lose them, or we can invest our lives and ultimately find them.
The great barrier to being a disciple of Jesus Christ comes down to one word: self. If you want to be His disciple, then you must deny yourself.
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