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Payday Has Arrived - By Daymond Duck - https://www.raptureready.com/2021/02/06/payday-has-arrived-by-daymond-duck/
In 1926, a great Baptist preacher, Dr. R.G. Lee, published his sermon called “Payday Someday.”
“Payday Someday” became famous worldwide, it has been reported that Dr. Lee preached it once a year in his home church, and he preached it about 1,275 times altogether.
A friend sent me an article titled “What Has America Become” that appeared on the Editorial Page of a small Michigan newspaper called the Iosco County News Herald on June 9, 2010.
The article, written by Ken Huber, has received nationwide attention, it reminded me of “Payday Someday,” and I want to pass along some of Huber’s thoughts plus some of the thoughts of my friend that sent the article.
Almost 10 years ago, Huber asked, “Has America become the land of special interests and the home of the double standard?” Here is a partial list of what he said:
· If we lie to the Congress, it’s a felony, and if the Congress lies to us, it’s just politics.
· If we dislike a black person, we’re racist, and if a black dislikes whites, it’s their First Amendment right.
· The government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals, and they do almost nothing for the victims.
· In public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you’d better not use the word God in the process.
· You can kill an unborn child, but it is wrong to execute a mass murderer.
· You can have pornography on TV or the Internet, but you’d better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas.
· We can use a human fetus for medical research, but it’s wrong to use an animal.
· We still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being “politically correct.”
Here is part of what my friend added:
· We threw God out of our schools.
· We threw God out of our courts.
· We threw God out of our government.
· We threw God out of our homes.
· We’ve thrown God out of our churches.
· We’ve drowned our land with the blood of innocents (abortion).
· We have elected people to lead us who are pagans.
· We have openly blasphemed our Father Creator for ages, in books, movies, and the media, but even Christians have come to regard it as ‘normal.’
· What should we expect?
My answer is, “I believe America’s payday has arrived, and it is our own fault, but it is more than America; it is the whole world.”
Here are some stories that recently made the news:
One, an article dated Jan. 26, 2021, by a strategic risk consultant and lecturer named F. William Engdahl called the Great Reset “a new form of global total control.”
Engdahl predicted that “2021 will be a decisive year for this anti-human agenda.”
Two, very little information has come out of the recent “Davos Dialogues” meeting, but on Jan. 29, 2021, it was reported that the May 25-28 World Economic Forum (WEF) “Great Reset” meeting has been moved from Davos to Singapore.
Information on the WEF website says no institution or individual can address the world’s problems alone.
WEF globalists want to rebuild the world by changing the world’s economic, environmental, social, and technological policies.
In their mind, this will require a world government.
God has already said they can have one for 7 years.
Three, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog in the latter years and latter days (Ezek. 38-39), on Jan. 26, 2021, the head of Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) warned that Israel will not tolerate a return to the original Iranian nuclear deal.
Two days later, it was reported that Israel is clearly letting the U.S. and Iran know that the IDF will act alone if Israel must, and Israel’s IDF is making plans to do just that.
Just a reminder that an Israeli attack on Iran is not the Battle of Gog and Magog, but it could trigger that world-changing war.
Also, know that Israel acting alone may be God’s will.
That way, God will get the glory for Israel’s victory, not the U.S. or any other.
Four, on Jan. 26, 2021, it was reported that a Biden official said the Biden administration will “support a mutually good, two-state solution, in which Israel lives in peace and security (peace and safety), alongside a viable Palestinian State.”
The Tribulation Period will begin when the Antichrist confirms a 7-year covenant with many for “peace and safety” in the Middle East.
Dividing Israel will eventually trigger the Battle of Armageddon (Joel 3:2).
Five, on Jan. 26, 2021, it was reported that Gay Pride flags will be going back up at U.S. Embassies around the world because the Biden Administration feels an urgent need to support the rights of LGBTQI people.
This is a denial of God’s Word and reprobate thinking (Rom.1:28).
Six, on Jan. 27, 2021, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a nationwide terrorist alert in the U.S.
The DHS identified the potential terrorists as anti-government extremists that are opposed to the presidency of Joe Biden.
It is hard to believe that the DHS would label an entire political party as terrorists, but facts are facts, and the hate speech that is directed toward Republicans is growing louder by the day.
In response to the DHS terrorist alert, MSNBC political analyst Jason Johnson said, “Democrats should declare that all Republicans are terrorists.”
He added, “You can’t negotiate, you can’t legislate, and you can’t work with terrorists.”
Biden and others say they want to unite the nation, but they appear to be trying to divide it even more.
Seven, many Christians are familiar with the story about Joseph being sold into slavery, winding up in Egypt, and becoming the second most powerful man in Egypt when he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream about the seven fat years and seven lean years.
It turns out that Joseph believed in the resurrection of the body, and he wanted to be raised from the dead in Israel.
The Bible says, “Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he [Joseph] had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you” (Ex. 13:19).
Some Jews want to be raised from the dead in Israel because they believe the Messiah will raise the dead in Israel, and they want to be among the first to see Him when that happens.
On Feb. 1, 2021, it was reported that Israel recently normalized ties with Sudan and will allow Ethiopians in Israel to bring the remains of loved ones that died in Sudan to Israel for burial.
Eight, on Feb. 1, 2021, LifeSiteNews reported that the vaccine injury tracking system (VAERS) managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is showing that as of Jan. 22, 2021:
· More than 25 million Americans have been vaccinated.
· At least 273 Americans have died (most within 48 hours of being vaccinated).
· 9,845 have had an adverse reaction that is possibly related to the vaccination (and the actual number could be higher).
· 8 seemingly healthy unborn babies were miscarried or stillborn.
· The vaccine manufacturers and FDA have total immunity.
Finally, if you want to 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.
Prophecy Plus Ministries, Inc.
Biden’s drive to war in the Middle East – Caroline Glick - https://www.jns.org/opinion/bidens-drive-to-war-in-the-middle-east/
President Joe Biden’s Iran policy was conceived and is being implemented by the same people who negotiated the JCPOA under Obama, who argued in favor of empowering Iran.
On Monday, Iran tested the Zuljanah, a 25-meter (82-foot), three-stage rocket with a solid fuel engine for its first two stages and a liquid fuel rocket for its third stage. It can carry a 225 kg (496 pound) payload.
The Zuljanah’s thrust is 75 kilotons, far more than required to launch a satellite into orbit. The high thrust makes the Zuljanah more comparable to an intercontinental ballistic missile than a space launch vehicle. The United States’ LGM-30G Minuteman-III land-based ICBM, for instance, has 90 kiloton thrust. The Zuljanah can rise to a height of 500 kilometers (311 miles) for low-earth orbit. If launched as a missile, its range is 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles)—far enough to reach Britain from Iran.
Israeli missile experts estimate that Iran has paid $250 million to develop the Zuljanah project. Monday’s rocket launch itself likely cost tens of millions of dollars.
Iran is in deep economic distress today. Between the COVID-19 global recession, Iran’s endemic corruption and mismanagement and U.S. economic sanctions, 35 percent of Iranians live in abject poverty today. Iran’s rial has lost 80 percent of its value over the past four years. Official data place the unemployment rate at 25 percent but the number is thought to be much higher. Inflation last year stood at 44 percent overall. Food prices have risen 59 percent.
When viewed in the context of Iran’s impoverishment, the government’s investment in a thinly disguised ICBM program is all the more revealing. With 35 percent of the population living in utter destitution and food prices rising steeply, the regime has chosen ICBMs over feeding its people.
Most of the media coverage of the Zuljanah launch failed to register the significance of the project, both what it says about Iran’s capabilities and about the regime’s intentions. Instead, the coverage focused on the timing of the test. The Iranians conducted the test as they flamboyantly breach the limitations on their nuclear activities which they accepted when they agreed to the 2015 nuclear deal.
The Iranians are now enriching uranium to 20 percent purity—well beyond the 3.67 percent permitted under the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, (JCPOA). They are using prohibited advanced centrifuges for enrichment in cascades at their Natanz nuclear installation. They are beginning uranium cascades with sixth-generation centrifuges at their underground Fordo nuclear reactor in total defiance of the JCPOA. They are stockpiling uranium yellowcake far beyond the quantities permitted in the deal. They are producing uranium metal in breach of the deal. And they are test-firing rockets that can easily be converted to nuclear-capable ICBMs.
Reportage of Iran’s aggressive nuclear program has presented it in the context of the new Biden administration in Washington. It is argued that Iran is taking these aggressive steps to pressure the Biden administration to keep its word to return the United States to the JCPOA and abrogate economic sanctions on Iran. In 2018, then-President Donald Trump renounced the JCPOA and reimposed the economic sanctions that were abrogated in 2015 with the deal’s implementation. Iran’s idea is that out of fear of its rapid nuclear strides, the Biden team will move urgently to appease it.
Notably, the Zuljanah test exposed the strategic insanity at the heart of the deal, which was conceived, advanced and concluded by then-President Barack Obama and his senior advisers.
The main strategic assumption that guided Obama and his advisers was that Iran was a status-quo, responsible power and should be viewed as part of the solution—or “the solution” rather than the problem in the Middle East. Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism, its proxy wars and its nuclear program were unfortunate consequences of a regional power balance that put too much power in the hands of U.S. allies—first and foremost Israel and Saudi Arabia—and too little power in Iran’s hands. To stabilize the Middle East, Obama argued, Iran needed to be empowered and U.S. allies needed to be weakened. As then-Vice President Biden put it in 2013, “Our biggest problem was our allies.”
A new balance of power, Obama argued, would respect Iran’s “equities” in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. As for the nuclear program, which was illegal under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Iran signed, it was totally understandable. Given that Pakistan, India and allegedly Israel have nuclear arsenals, Obama’s advisers said, Iran’s desire for one was reasonable.
With this outlook informing its negotiators, the JCPOA’s legitimization of Iran’s nuclear program makes sense. The purpose of the deal wasn’t to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. It was to “balance” Israel by delegitimizing any Israeli action to block Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
While Israel and America’s other allies would be massively harmed by this new balance of power, Obama and his European partners assessed that they would be more secure. As a secure regional hegemon, Iran wouldn’t attack them.
The deal reflected this view. A non-binding clause in the JCPOA calls for Iran to limit the range of its ballistic missiles to 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles)—taking the United States and most of Europe out of range.
Many commentators view the Biden administration as nothing more than Obama’s third term. And from the perspective of its Iran policies, this is certainly the case. President Biden’s Iran policy was conceived and is being implemented by the same people who negotiated the JCPOA under Obama.
Aside from Obama himself, the official most responsible for the JCPOA was Rob Malley, who spearheaded the negotiations with Iran. In an October 2019 article in Foreign Affairs, Malley set out what the next Democrat administration’s Iran policy should look like. He claimed that Trump’s maximum-pressure strategy was bringing the region to the brink of war because it was based on empowering U.S. allies, led by Israel and Saudi Arabia, to combat Iran’s regional aggression and its nuclear program. In other words, it was based on restoring and reinforcing the regional balance of power that Obama set about undermining to Iran’s benefit and to the detriment of America’s regional allies.
Malley wrote that the only way to prevent war was to go back to the JCPOA and to Obama’s policy of strengthening Iran at the expense of U.S. allies—particularly Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The Zuljanah test on Monday demonstrated that Iran doesn’t share Malley’s view of its position. It didn’t spend $250 million on a rocket/missile that can hit Europe because it is scared of Israel and Saudi Arabia. It developed the Zuljanah because it wants the capacity to attack Europe. And it wants to attack Europe because it is a revolutionary, rather than a status-quo regime, that seeks global domination, not regional stability.
As for the timing, the Zuljanah was tested in February 2021 rather than October 2020 because Iran was deterred by Trump and his maximum-pressure strategy, and is empowered by Biden and his maximum appeasement strategy. The prospect of war decreased under Trump. Now it increases with every pronouncement made by the likes of U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. In recent days, both senior officials have warned that Iran is moving dangerously close to independent military nuclear capabilities. And both have made clear that to deal with the problem, the administration intends to go back to the JCPOA.
This policy is irrational even when assessed from within the closed cognitive circle of the Biden/Obama team. They intend to make an irrevocable concession to Iran—billions of dollars of revenue which will flow into its coffers once the sanctions are removed. And in exchange they are asking Iran to make a revocable gesture. Iran reinstated its nuclear enrichment at Fordo and raised its enrichment level to 20 percent at the drop of a hat. If it turns the switches off to get the sanctions relief, it can turn them right back on after the money starts to flow.
This will almost certainly happen in June at the latest. On June 18, Iran will hold presidential elections. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will both leave office. All of the current viable candidates hail from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and they can all be guaranteed to abandon the JCPOA. So at best, the JCPOA’s remaining shelf life is four months.
Biden, Blinken, Sullivan, Malley and their colleagues all must be aware that this is the case. The fact that they are moving ahead with their failed strategy all the same indicates that they are ideologically committed to their plan and will stay with it even as it drives the region to war.
This brings us to Israel. During the Trump years, Israel and the United States were fully coordinated in their joint and separate actions to undermine Iran’s nuclear program and its operations in Syria and Iraq. As a senior official in Trump’s National Security Council explained recently, “Working together the intelligence agencies of both countries were able to accomplish more than they could on their own.”
Obviously, those days are over now. And as Biden’s team makes its presence felt fully, Israel’s options for blocking Iran from becoming a nuclear power are diminishing.
When IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi announced last month that he had ordered the relevant Israel Defense Forces commanders to prepare operational plans to strike Iran’s nuclear installations, most commentators assumed his target audience was the Iranian regime. Others argued he was issuing a warning to the Biden administration. The former claimed he sought to force Iran back from the nuclear brink. The latter argued he was demanding the Biden administration take Israel’s positions seriously before it moves ahead with abrogating the sanctions.
But in the face of the Biden team’s strategic fanaticism and Iran’s race to the nuclear finishing line, it’s at least equally likely that Kochavi’s intended audiences were neither the Iranians nor the Americans. Instead, he may well have been telling the Israeli public to be prepared for what is coming. And he may also have been telling Israel’s regional partners that the time for joint action is now.
Big Brother Is Spying On You In Thousands Of Ways, And All Of That Info Now Goes Into Centralized “Fusion Systems” - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/big-brother-is-spying-on-you-in-thousands-of-ways-and-all-of-that-info-now-goes-into-centralized-fusion-systems/
Big Brother is watching you. Sadly, most people don’t realize how extensive the surveillance grid has now become. As you drive to work or to school, license plate readers are systematically tracking where you travel. In major cities, thousands of highly advanced security cameras (many equipped with facial recognition technology) are monitoring your every move. If authorities detect that you are doing something suspicious, they can quickly pull up your criminal, financial and medical records. Of course if they want to dig deeper, your phone and your computer are constantly producing a treasure trove of surveillance data. Nothing that you do on either one of them is ever private.
In the past, compiling all of that information would take a great deal of time. But now tech giants such as Microsoft, Motorola, Cisco and Palantir are selling “fusion systems” to governments all over the planet. These “fusion systems” can instantly integrate surveillance data from thousands of different sources, and this has totally transformed how law enforcement is conducted in many of our largest cities.
Arthur Holland Michel is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and he was given a tour of a “fusion system” that is used by the city of Chicago called Citigraf…
He clicked “INVESTIGATE,” and Citigraf got to work on the reported assault. The software runs on what Genetec calls a “correlation engine,” a suite of algorithms that trawl through a city’s historical police records and live sensor feeds, looking for patterns and connections. Seconds later, a long list of possible leads appeared onscreen, including a lineup of individuals previously arrested in the neighborhood for violent crimes, the home addresses of parolees living nearby, a catalog of similar recent 911 calls, photographs and license plate numbers of vehicles that had been detected speeding away from the scene, and video feeds from any cameras that might have picked up evidence of the crime itself, including those mounted on passing buses and trains. More than enough information, in other words, for an officer to respond to that original 911 call with a nearly telepathic sense of what has just unfolded.
But these systems are not just used to track down criminals.
In fact, they can be used to investigate literally anyone.
On another occasion, Arthur Holland Michel got the opportunity to test out the “fusion system” that Microsoft had built for New York City…
The NYPD official showed me how he could pull up any city resident’s rap sheet, lists of their known associates, cases in which they were named as a victim of a crime or as a witness, and, if they had a car, a heatmap of where they tended to drive and a full history of their parking violations. Then he handed me the phone. Go ahead, he said; search a name.
A flurry of people came to mind: Friends. Lovers. Enemies. In the end, I chose the victim of a shooting I’d witnessed in Brooklyn a couple of years earlier. He popped right up, along with what felt like more personal information than I, or even perhaps a curious officer, had any right to know without a court order. Feeling a little dizzy, I gave the phone back.
If this is what is going on in major cities such as Chicago and New York, can you imagine the technology that the alphabet agencies of the federal government must now possess?
Of course this isn’t just happening in the United States.
On the other side of the Atlantic, a joint European surveillance project known as ROXANNE is causing a great deal of concern…
An acronym for Real time netwOrk, teXt, and speaker ANalytics for combating orgaNized crimE, it was announced in November the Republic’s involvement in the project currently being developed in Switzerland.
A biometrics based platform ostensibly to monitor and crack down on organised crime, an additional application of ROXANNE which its creators advertise freely is the ability to monitor those guilty of alleged hate speech and political extremism.
Strict new laws against “hate speech” and “political extremism” are being instituted all over Europe, and this new tool will help to track down “thought criminals”.
In particular, this new tool will be heavily monitoring “social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube as well as normal telecommunications platforms”…
A product of the EU funded Horizon 2020 to foster new surveillance technology, ROXANNE works across social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube as well as normal telecommunications platforms to identify, categorize, and track faces and voices enabling authorities to paint a more in depth picture of the network being investigated, whether it be in relation to criminal activity or those deemed politically extreme.
Enabling authorities to draw on raw data from a variety of sources and platforms in order to recognize common speech patterns, facial features, and geolocation, the end result is both to identify suspects and paint an intricate picture of the networks being put under the microscope.
So if you live in Europe and you think that you might be guilty of “thought crime” at some point, you might want to get rid of your phone and your computer.
Things really have gotten that bad over there, and it is just a matter of time before the madness gets to the same level in the United States, because we are going down the exact same road.
Here in the U.S., more political voices are being “deplatformed” with each passing day. Progressive reporter Jordan Chariton originally cheered when conservatives were being deplatformed, but at this point he regrets his calls for censorship now that YouTube has taken down one of his videos…
However, after YouTube pulled video from his own channel featuring footage of the January 6 riot for violating the platform’s policies against “spam and deceptive practices,” the Chariton reversed his position.
“With time to reflect, & seeing Silicon Valley’s censorship onslaught, I regret this tweet made in [the] heat of moment,” the progressive journalist wrote. “Whether certain cable/YouTube outlets mislead audiences w/ dishonest claims lacking real evidence, they shouldn’t be targeted.”
It is all fun and games when it is happening to “the other side”, but when it happens to you suddenly it becomes real.
They really do want to control what all of us do, say and think, and the Big Brother surveillance grid is becoming more suffocating with each passing year.
If we do not put limits on this technology while we still can, it is just a matter of time before our society becomes a dystopian nightmare far more horrible than anything than George Orwell ever dared to imagine.
God Says Fear Not - By Dennis Huebshman - https://www.raptureready.com/2021/02/06/god-says-fear-not-by-dennis-huebshman/
Looking around the world today, anyone who has studied Bible Prophecy would say we are definitely at the end of this age. Changes have taken place that are being blamed on a “pandemic” that are really a prelude to the one-world government, one-world currency, new world order, and the introduction of the ultimate antichrist. We are not in the tribulation 7-year period yet, but it’s just a step away. (any emphasis mine)
The first step that will happen is the harpazo, Rapture, or “taking up” of all true believers to meet Jesus in the air. To refresh our minds about this process, we need to re-visit 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-53.
First, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17: “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers [and sisters], about those who are asleep [have died], that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a cry of command, and with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the Trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then, we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will always be with the Lord.” (ESV)
One point here: this is not the second coming for the Lord to put down the “rebellion” and to rule from Jerusalem for 1,000 years. What is described above is the removal of all believers, not any certain organized evangelical or other religion, from the earth to avoid the coming wrath. That is mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 and Revelation 3:10, as three promises of the Father to keep us from that 7-year tribulation.
Also, all who have died since Calvary, who received and accepted Jesus as their Savior, will be with Him in the air. Their human remains, no matter how small, will rise up to meet their spirits, and they will receive a new forever immortal body. Those who are alive at the calling up will be transformed into their forever bodies on the way up to meet Jesus.
How long will all this take?
We’re given this answer in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. “Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet [of God] will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”
The term “twinkling of an eye” has been calculated by people definitely more knowledgeable than I, as considerably less than one second. It’s the time that it takes for light to enter the eye and reach the back of the eye. That’s faster than a “blink.” Anyway, some would say this is impossible, but we’re talking about our Creator, and all things are possible with Him.
Luke 21:25-26 states, “And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
This world is being programmed for the “reset” and takeover by the new world order. It is satanically inspired, as the Corona Virus was not an overnight phenomenon. There is documentation available that shows this concept has been planned for at least the last decade. Timing and propaganda were key factors, and most of our so-called news networks put out what the liberal left tells them.
Jesus, Paul, Peter, John and others told us about false prophets and antichrists being here in the last days. Fact is, they were present in their day as well, but the atmosphere of today’s world has allowed them to thrive. Worship of Satan has been brought out into the open, mostly over the last decade. In numerous places, there are even “churches” of Satan; talk about a misnomer! Paul tells about a “deluding influence” in 2 Thessalonians 2, and it’s obvious that a degree of it is here right now.
For those who are believers in our Lord and Savior, we are concerned about all the evil influence that is spreading worldwide, but we should not be in total fear or despair. In fact, as Jesus said in Luke 21:28, “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Every sign and every attitude given has gone beyond the “begin” phase. Weather patterns, plagues of locusts over a large area, worldwide pandemic, people hating anything to do with Jesus, and so-called evangelical churches changing God’s word to fit today’s activities that God called abominations, are now common occurrences. Paul spoke of people being lovers of self, proud, arrogant, abusive and many other negative traits that we see all around us.
Whatever are we to do? How about Isaiah 41:10; “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
It’s natural to feel dismayed by all the negativity around us, but inside, we should actually be getting excited. Our Jesus is going to call soon, and all who have truly called on Him to be their Savior will be taken away from all this nonsense. We don’t know the exact day or hour, or even minute, but as it is, He could be here any second now. Don’t forget the speed of “twinkling of an eye.”
Those who have Jesus right now will be taken. Those who wait until the Rapture takes place will enter the tribulation. From the Bible’s description of that time, it will be worse than any other time this earth has experienced.
Sadly, it is estimated that only about 10% of the total world’s population will be raptured. Only about 1% to 2% of the Jewish people are Messianic and will miss the Wrath Period. Join the “limited” total, and be assured a place with the Savior. See Romans 10:9-13 for the process.
No matter what, no one should want to stay and try to accept Jesus later. The cost will be martyrdom in very unpleasant ways.
He’s waiting for your call but won’t wait much longer. This would be the absolute most important decision you will ever make. Call out today, and He promises He will accept all who truly call on Him (Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13).
Daily Jot: Silence the lambs – Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
It’s never good to have one political party in control of everything. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, not that the party in power needs any lessons on corruption. The Democratic Party is usurping the power of the people with its cancel culture and censorship. Voting to remove Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from her committee assignments is denying the voters of her Georgia congressional district equal representation in Congress. It is no less than political intolerance, ideological bigotry. Granted, Green has said some questionable things and has beliefs that are contrary to a lot of people, but to deny her the ability to represent her constituents is tyranny. But there is more.
The power party also has suggested censoring Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO). The Senate Ethics Committee will conduct a secretive investigation into whether the two senators, who were champions of questioning election integrity, had a role inciting the assault on Capitol Hill—which the media and the Democratic Party are labeling an insurrection and coup attempt. The Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, Chris Coons, who holds President Joe Biden’s* old senate seat in Delaware, previously has called for Cruz and Hawley to resign because of their positions on election fraud. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) doesn’t support Cruz’ and Hawley’s positions, but said, “It’s a very slippery slope if you start punishing senators for holding unpopular views and exercising their rights on the Senate floor.”
The Democrats abhor Greene’s viewpoints on conspiracy theories, global warming, election fraud, QAnon and 911. They also want to make sure that everyone is silenced who disagrees with their opinions on the assault on Capitol Hill and whether Joe Biden* was the victor due to election fraud. This is where the tyranny is underscored. Think about the outrageous exhortations Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other Democrats have made to “punish” Trump supporters, which in some cases have excited violence, bullying, and threats. But that’s OK to the party in power because the party in power believes they are right and their targets deserving.
These ideological bigots want total compliance with their viewpoints. They are going so far as to deny people their rightful elected representation in Congress, and they have taken steps to prevent Trump Administration workers from getting jobs, and have labeled as “domestic terrorists” all 74 million people who voted for Trump. It’s the attempt to silence dissent, just as China has done with political and religious intolerance. Dissent toward the power party could be likened to the situation described in Jeremiah 11:19, “But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, ‘Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.” Their goal: Silence history, silence opposition, silence the lambs.
Daily Devotion: He’s Praying for Us - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. —Hebrews 7:25
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When people ask me to pray for them, I always try to do it immediately. That way, I don’t forget. It’s also a good thing to ask other Christians to remember us in prayer when we’re facing a crisis. Without question, there’s power in unified prayer.
Jesus said, “If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:19–20 NLT).
He’s also in Heaven interceding for us right now. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ “is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf” (Hebrews 7:25 NLT).
And the apostle Paul wrote, “Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us” (Romans 8:34 NLT).
Robert Murray M’Cheyne, a 19th-century Scottish pastor, said, “If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet the distance makes no difference; he is praying for me.”
By the way, Jesus Christ prayed a lot when He walked among us. He was always praying to the Father. We see Him praying all night on a mountain, praying before He chose the 12 apostles, and praying in the Garden of Gethsemane as He contemplated the horrors of the cross. We also see Him praying from the cross.
So if Jesus, being God, felt the necessity to pray, then how much more should we? With all of our shortcomings and weaknesses, how much more should we follow the example that Jesus set for us?