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Storm Warning – Jonathan Brentner - https://www.jonathanbrentner.com/https/jonathan-brentner-g8fgsquarespacecom/config/2022/1/27/storm-warning
The weather fascinates me. Some say I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to tracking storms (others say I’m a total nerd). I enjoy keeping up to date with the latest forecasts.
Did you know that Jesus also referred to the weather watchers of His day? Luke 12:54-56 records the words he spoke to a crowd;
“When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”
In the above text, Jesus scolds the Jews for their ability to discern weather patterns, but not the signs telling them their Messiah stood in their midst.
Might Jesus make a similar statement today regarding Christians and pastors who remain blind to the numerous prophetic indicators of the last days that abound around us? I believe He would.
The prophetic signs of our day resemble a storm warning. The dark threatening clouds on our horizon point to nearness of the time when the four horses of Revelation 6:1-8 will burst out of their stalls and gallop across the earth.
For us as believers, the black clouds on the horizon signal the nearness of Jesus’ appearing; we will be in heaven with Jesus when He opens the seals.
THE WHITE HORSE WITH THE RIDER THAT CONQUERS
The rider upon the white horse in Revelation 6:2 may be the antichrist or someone who conquers in advance of his tyrannical rule over the nations. The lack of an arrow in the bow indicates that this rider will conquer without the use of military might, though he may possess such strength.
And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.
Klaus Schwab, the founder and head of the World Economic Forum (WEF), provides us with an example of someone wielding considerable clout without an army. Support for his radical Great Reset comes from leaders from all across the world. I recently watched a video where he bragged that Immanuel Macron of France and Justin Trudeau of Canada had been to his leadership school along with half of Canada’s cabinet.
The following world leaders took part, via video conference, in the recent Davos Agenda 2022 sponsored by the WEF (Klaus Schwab moderated all sessions): [i]
I am not saying that Klaus Schwab will be the rider on the white horse; I do not believe he will be the one. However, the worldwide support he has garnered for his vision of a one world communistic government certainly lays a foundation for the future rider of the white horse to work with.
THE RED HORSE SIGNIFYING WAR
The apostle John describes the second horse and rider in Revelation 6:4:
And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.
It’s clear that what we now see in our world shouts loudly that this horse is about to romp through the earth. Consider just a few of the hotspots in our world that might explode into much larger conflicts:
We are not yet at the time when this horse will leave its stall; that will happen after the Rapture. However, it seems clear that the stage is set for major wars across the planet.
THE BLACK HORSE OF GREAT ECONOMIC TURMOIL
The alarm bells are also sounding for the great economic turmoil that will come on the heels of the black horse pictured in Revelation 6:5-6:
When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”
The conditions described above depict great inflation where a “quart of wheat,” a relatively small amount, would cost an entire day’s wages. This is extreme inflation.
Many economists warn that trouble lies ahead for the world in the form of a depression that will be much worse than what happened during the 1930’s.[ii]
Michael Snyder, who often writes about the dire state of the U.S. economy, recently sounded an alarm about the inflation numbers for December 2021, which showed the consumer price index rising by 7%. He concluded his article, The Dollar Has Entered A Death Spiral, And A Lot More Inflation Is On The Way, with these words:
This truly is the beginning of the end for the U.S. economy, and I would recommend that you prepare accordingly. [iii]
Where I live, the cost of natural gas for heating my home has gone up by 80% and the price of gas per gallon is up about 33%. These factors will continue to push grocery bills higher and severely hurt those living on fixed incomes.
I believe the Lord will continue to sovereignly hold back the worst of the coming economic disaster until after the Rapture (as He has already done for several years). Please know, however, that it’s only a matter of time before this turmoil explodes in the U. S. and brings the world’s economy down with it. This has already started to happen.
THE PALE HORSE OF DEATH
When the Lord opens the fourth seal, death envelopes the world as never before in human history. In Revelation 6:8, John writes about what he saw next:
And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
One-fourth of the world’s current population would amount to close to two billion people. The great wars and famine of the future will result in a death toll not seen since the Genesis 6 flood.
The previous riders will contribute to this enormously high death toll. We have already seen the tragic result of tampering with the COVID virus to make it much more contagious and deadly.
The COVID-19 injections are already contributing to a high death toll in the world. As of January 14, 2022, medical personnel have reported a total of 22,193 deaths as the result of the mRNA to the CDC in America along with 39,150 permanently disabled. We know from previous years that at the very most, doctors report only ten percent of vaccine injuries to the CDC; it’s actually much closer to one percent.[iv]
The true death toll from the mRNA injections likely stands at 221,930, at an absolute minimum. The true number is almost certainly in the millions worldwide; so many have died and suffered greatly because of these shots.
According the Revelation 6:8, the worst is yet to come. I cannot imagine the horror of what lies ahead for this world after we depart.
THE GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE WHO KNOW CHRIST
I cannot finish on such a woeful note as the enormously high death toll that will occur early in the early part of the Day of the Lord. For those of us who know Jesus as our Savior, our anticipation is most decidedly not the Lord’s wrath that will soon fall on this world. Ours is the “blessed hope of Titus 2:11-14. Pause for a minute or two and think about our wonderful and joyful anticipation of the Lord’s appearing to take us home us to the place He’s preparing for us (John 14:1-3).
Jesus is our future, not the coming time of Tribulation that will soon overtake the world.
For those of us in Christ, the storm warning signifies the need to hold the things of this life loosely knowing that we may soon be in the presence of our Savior. No one knows the day or the hour of Jesus’ appearing, but the storm clouds on the horizon of our world tell us that it’s ever so close. We surely live in biblical times. He could come for us any day now; it could be a day just like today!
If you are reading this and have not yet turned to Jesus in faith, now is the time to heed the storm warnings and run to the Savior who promises eternal life to all who call upon Him.
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[i] Taken from the WEF Website: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/01/davos-agenda-2022-highlights-key-takeaways/
[ii] F. William Engdahl, a strategic risk consultant and lecturer, is one such person. In late 2021, he warned of a coming economic meltdown that’s he says is coming to the U.S. and world. @ https://www.globalresearch.ca/will-the-federal-reserve-crash-global-financial-markets-as-a-means-to-implementing-their-great-reset/5764816
[iii] Michael Snyder, The Dollar Has Entered A Death Spiral, And A Lot More Inflation Is On The Way, January 12, 2022, on the Economic Collapse website @ http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/the-dollar-has-entered-a-death-spiral-and-a-lot-more-inflation-is-on-the-way/
[iv] These numbers come from searches on the CDC VAERS database and include some numbers from other countries as well. The latest numbers from this database search can be found at: https://openvaers.com/
Nearing Midnight: Valley of Derision – Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
The Lord tells, through the prophet Joel, the dire recompense for the rebellious evil of opposing His righteousness:
Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. (Joel 9–14)
We are at this moment very near the beginning of that time, at the end of which everyone will be gathered into the Valley of Jehoshaphat–the killing field of Armageddon.
As Joel declares, we now see wickedness growing daily—even hourly. It is indeed an exponential growth of evil directed primarily at God’s prescribed order of things for planet earth.
Armies of the world, particularly those of nations primary to prophetic fulfillment, have already turned pruning hooks and ploughshares into swords and spears that are the incredibly powerful instruments of modern warfare. They have awakened the men of war and gathered them, as witnessed by Russia’s threatened invasion of Ukraine and China’s voracious glances at Taiwan. The world is, to any observer with a rational eye for developments, preparing to make war.
It is just a matter of time until the multitudes will gather to oppose God and storm toward His touchstone to humanity, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. They will at first rage against one another, each wanting to make that satanic prize–Jerusalem and the Mount Moriah—their conquest. They will be filled with the madness that their father, the devil, has planted in their reprobate minds. They will then see the black skies above earth split apart and the glory of Heaven beaming through as the Lord of Lord and King of kings and His army of redeemed saints begin their descent.
Today we are in a valley of decision, of sorts. The decision is whether to be on the side of the heathens destined to oppose God and His righteousness, thus be in colleague with those who will face Christ the King in the Valley of Jehoshaphat or whether to be on God’s side by accepting His only way to redemption, thus to be on the side that opposes the wickedness we see proliferating in every direction we look.
Another valley I think we can see very plainly at this time is a valley of derision.
It is a place of profound struggle against the powers and principalities in high places of Ephesians 6: 12. Christians who determine to fight the evil that opposes God’s righteousness comprise the nucleus of this force. While many others who do not know Christ as their Lord also fight in this arena against wickedness, God’s people are the glue that holds fast the frontline resistance to the assaults by Lucifer’s minions, both demonic and human.
Paul the apostle says that it is the Restrainer who will hold back the assaults of evil and wickedness until He is taken out of the way. The Holy Spirit is that Restrainer, and He works primarily by indwelling all who know Christ for salvation. So it is the believers of this age who must continue the struggle, empowered by God the Holy Spirit.
And there is plenty of evidence to validate that God is restraining in these times so near His calling the Church out of this doomed world of rebelliousness.
We have witnessed time after time, for example, blockage of legislative efforts that would take America into dictatorship. The evil continues to advance, but is not allowed to completely infect the world with the sin-disease that will cause God’s judgment and wrath to finally fall upon the incorrigible rebels who oppose His righteousness.
The time will come when “earth dwellers” will have their way, mostly unimpeded by God’s governance. But this condition will not last long. Devastating things will begin to happen as God prepares for His Son, Jesus Christ, to return and put an end to all evil, wickedness, and rebellion.
The Lord has these anti-God, anti-Christ forces in derision at this very moment. His Holy Spirit is holding back Satan’s all-out assault until the Church is taken to be with Jesus in the Rapture.
Again, here is what the Lord says about what is going on now and into eternity.
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (Psalms 2:1–12)
Are the Ten Kings Actually Ten Oligarchs? – Mondo Gonzales - https://prophecywatchers.com/are-the-ten-kings-actually-ten-oligarchs/
Those who are watching prophecy closely will discuss often that we are looking for the arrival of the antichrist and most believe that he is alive today. This is fruitful, but we must remember that before the antichrist comes on the scene, he is preceded by what the Bible labels as ten kings. Therefore, it is reasonable to speculate and to be on the lookout for these ten figures.
Gary Stearman wrote an article in the November 2020 monthly magazine where he spent time, not discussing the antichrist figure, but instead asking whether his audience was looking for these ten kings which he called oligarchs. He wrote a paragraph which I think is extremely important to ponder:
Oligarchs are in a constant competition for world domination, and the old political ties of the twentieth century are being steadily altered to fit a “New World Order.” That’s an old term, but now, it is buttressed by high-level digital technology that was only a dream a decade ago. (emphasis mine)
There is quite a diversity of opinion about the role and nature of these ten kings. Here are the main verses that I think are appropriate for this discussion.
Daniel 7:19 “Then I desired to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet, 20 and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head and the other horn which came up, and before which three of them fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts and which was larger in appearance than its associates.” (NASB)
Daniel 7:24 “As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings.” (NASB)
Revelation 17:12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. 13 “These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.” (NASB)
From these Biblical passages we learn several characteristics of these ten kings:
Getting back to Gary’s article, he comments that these ten oligarchs are buttressed by high level technology. I found this to be provocative and want to direct our attention to looking at our current world landscape and to ask ourselves:
Which non-governmental figures are gaining authority, power, and influence that could someday be handed over to the coming antichrist in exchange for a share in his autocratic rule of the entire world?
Before discussing technology, it is relevant to note that technological research and development is expensive. We are witnessing in our day the super-rich not often sticking to the one industry which made them wealthy, but instead spreading their wealth into sometimes completely disparate technologies or fields of research. More on this in the technology section.
Further, it’s not rocket science to recognize that these same people, with staggering amounts of money, are capable of influencing on a worldwide scale. This certainly can include shaping the political landscape through outright bribes or through the political lobby system. This level of indirect, but pervasive and massive impact, doesn’t require them to be the ones in actual power or governmental positions. Instead, they wield their influence through proxies who have been purchased through the greed of politicians to stay in power. Take a look at this chart which gives a summary of the increase in net worth just for the year 2020. You can find the article here. Think of this. These seven companies increased their net worth by $2.433 trillion dollars in one year!
The article goes on to state, “Despite the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google parent Alphabet, Microsoft and Tesla have surged higher as their businesses continue to boom. They have been helped by a shift towards digital services during the pandemic.” Notice that this article says exactly what Gary had mentioned about digital services, but clearly coming from different paradigms.
Technological Oligarchs (technocrats)
When discussing the technological influence of these corporate giants, it would be good to give the definition of a technocrat. A technocrat is a proponent of technocracy which is defined as: “a theory and movement, prominent about 1932, advocating control of industrial resources, reform of financial institutions, and reorganization of the social system, based on the findings of technologists and engineers.” Ultimately, these technocrats seek to influence all areas of society and need not be the direct wielders of governmental power.
The World Economic Forum is dedicated to seeing a complete reset of the way life on planet earth functions. They are unashamed in presenting their vision to be accomplished through technological advancement by the year 2030 (known as Agenda 2030 and the Great Reset). Check it out here. Klaus Schwab wrote his book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution in 2015 and he highlights the technological details in the appendix that cover 21 different up and coming technologies. His book can be found online. He writes, “The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and Society conducted a survey of 800 executives to gauge when business leaders anticipate that these game-changing technologies would break into the public domain to a significant degree, and to understand fully the implications of these shifts to individuals, organizations, government and society.” The following are his list of his game changing technologies found in the appendix:
1. Implantable Technologies; 2. Our Digital Presence; 3. Vision as the New Interface;
4. Wearable Internet; 5. Ubiquitous Computing; 6. A Supercomputer in Your Pocket; 7. Storage for All; 8. The Internet of and for Things; 9. The Connected Home; 10. Smart Cities; 11. Big Data for Decisions; 12. Driverless Cars; 13. Artificial Intelligence and Decision-Making; 14. AI and White-Collar Jobs; 15. Robotics and Services; 16. Bitcoin and the Blockchain; 17. The Sharing Economy; 18. Governments and the Blockchain; 19. 3D Printing and Manufacturing;
20. 3D Printing and Human Health; 21. 3D Printing and Consumer Products
We could add some ancillary technologies which are connected with all the above. These include: nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, the internet of things, the industrial internet of things, decentralized consensus, fifth-generation wireless technologies, satellite internet technology for worldwide distribution.
It is mind boggling to think of the influence that all of these technologies will have on world society. Additionally, it is easy to recognize that most of the big corporate oligarchs listed above are involved in all the research connected with these “game-changing” technologies. They will undoubtedly influence politics and governments around the world. Much more could be said about each of these, but for the sake of brevity here are just a few:
Satellites for broadband, low latency internet service globally
Facial recognition, camera technology, data acquisition through social media and internet.
You will find that almost all the of the top 10 financial and technological oligarchs are involved in the research and advancement of Artificial Intelligence. The top 100 are listed here. I also highly recommend reading Kai Fu Lee’s book, A.I. Superpowers written in 2018 and subtitled, “China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order.” Concerning the wealth which A.I. will bring, Lee writes, “Instead of dispersion of industry profits across different companies and regions, we will begin to see greater and greater concentration of these astronomical sums in the hands of a few” (p.20). This certainly sounds like financial oligarchs who wield incredible power and influence.
According to Kai Fu Lee, A.I. algorithms need three things: big data, computing power, and the work of strong A.I. algorithm engineers. Government policies amenable to A.I. being incorporated across all sphere of society are helpful also. To help accomplish the computing power requirement, many of these same technological oligarchs are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in quantum computers which are billions of times faster than modern supercomputers! (read about it here). It’s no surprise that Google, Microsoft, and IBM are some of the leaders in this field. Here is a list of other leaders.
1. Elon Musk is heavily involved in connecting the human brain to technology. It is known as Neuralink .
2. Vaccine technology. Why is multi-billionaire software developer Bill Gates so interested in vaccine technology? This question is pondered by many, but the truth is that he is very active and it is well known. He is not involved just in vaccine technology, but under the skin microchip implant nano vaccine technology. Moreover, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation “MIT researchers have now developed a novel way to record a patient’s vaccination history: storing the data in a pattern of dye, invisible to the naked eye, that is delivered under the skin at the same time as the vaccine”.
3. Implantable contraception technology is supported by Gates.
4. Genetically Modified Farming- Oligarch Bill Gates has spread his influence farther than any other. He has now become the largest private landowner of farmland in the United States. Robert Kennedy, Jr. writes, “Gates has been using that newfound cash to expand his power over global populations by buying devalued assets at fire-sale prices and maneuvering for monopoly control over public health, privatizing prisons, online education and global communications while promoting digital currencies, high tech surveillance, data harvesting systems and artificial intelligence.” He provides links to all his assertions here.
Once again, many of these financial and technological oligarchs are using their social media platforms and data acquisition to surveille, censor, cancel, de-platform, and shame those using its services when they are not deemed “woke enough” or do not follow their own idiosyncratic rules and politically correct narratives. U.S. lawmakers are now accomplices with Big Tech Oligarchs in encouraging them to police (censor) content more aggressively (here and here).
Nevada governor Steve Sisolak recently proposed giving large corporations who own significant portions of land in Nevada their own status equivalent to “counties.” They would be able to impose taxes, form school districts, courts of law, and provide other “government services” (here). Tesla (Elon Musk) is one of the largest owners of land in Nevada.
As we look at end time prophetic events coming to pass, it is becoming increasingly obvious that some of the largest movers and shakers, both policy or societal changes, are not found in governments at all. Instead in this world, multi-national financial and technological oligarchs are eager to conform the world to their own technocratic purposes. Could these figures be the Ten Kings (influencers) who give their “authority and power to the beast (antichrist)” and in return “receive authority to rule as kings with the beast for one hour” (Rev 17:12-13)?
Time will tell, but I think a compelling case can certainly be made that the ever-increasing technological value these Ten Figures have will be very appealing to the antichrist, making it easier for him to enforce his tyrannical rule over the entire earth.
America’s Infrastructure Is Crumbling Right Under Our Feet - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/americas-infrastructure-is-crumbling-right-under-our-feet/
You may have noticed that our nation is crumbling. In this case, I am not actually referring to the moral decay which is eating away at the foundations of our society like cancer. In this article I am going to specifically focus on the physical infrastructure which is literally crumbling directly under our feet. At one time, the infrastructure in the United States was unrivaled anywhere in the world. Previous generations of Americans built this country from the ground up, and I am very thankful for the hard work that they put into constructing our infrastructure, but now it is rotting and decaying all around us.
Our politicians in Washington finally decided to take action by passing the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Unfortunately, most of that money is not actually going to spent on infrastructure. According to Newsweek, only 44 percent of the money in the bill is going to be spent on infrastructure even if you use the broadest definition of “infrastructure” possible.
So we were bamboozled.
But at least some money is going to be spent on infrastructure, and that is a good thing because roads and bridges are literally collapsing all around us.
In fact, the Forbes Avenue bridge in Pittsburgh collapsed on Friday just hours before Joe Biden visited the city…
Immediately upon landing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Friday, President Joe Biden visited the Forbes Avenue bridge over Fern Hollow Creek. The bridge collapsed about 6:50 a.m. Friday, just hours ahead of his planned visit to underscore the need to improve the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
“We’re going to fix them all,” Biden said to emergency personnel and local officials at the site, referring to the more than 40,000 bridges across the nation that are considered in poor condition. “This is going to be a gigantic change.”
Biden claims that we are “going to fix them all”, but he is not telling us the truth.
It is being reported that there is 27.5 billion dollars in the infrastructure bill that is allocated for the construction and repair of bridges…
The infrastructure law that President Biden passed last year contains $27.5 billion specifically for the construction and repair of bridges. The law distributes the funds proportionally according to the scale of need, so Pennsylvania will get the third most of any state despite being fifth largest by population. The first $327 million was distributed to the state just two weeks ago.
Unfortunately, the Federal Highway Administration is telling us that it would take approximately 125 billion dollars to fix or replace America’s deficient bridges…
The American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) regularly reports on the soundness of American bridges, while the Federal Highway Administration estimates the cost to repair or replace them at around $125 billion. These are not hidden deficiencies. They are hiding in plain sight. There is no excuse to worry that the next time we cross our bridges it might be the last.
So why was such little money allocated to our bridges in the infrastructure bill?
Someone should ask that question to Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
Because if we are going to spend 1.2 trillion dollars that we do not have, we should at least be able to fix our roads and bridges.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are almost 44,000 bridges in the United States that are currently in “poor condition”…
There are over 3,300 bridges in a poor state of repair across Pennsylvania, and as a result the state is getting $1.6 billion. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Allegheny County has the largest number of bridges in poor condition in the state, and that 20 percent of locally controlled bridges — like the Forbes Avenue structure — are in poor shape.
Nationwide, the country has nearly 44,000 bridges in poor condition, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Our roads are in horrendous shape as well. At this point, hundreds of thousands of miles of roads in our country are in poor condition. Texas and California are the two states that lead the pack…
GlassBYTEs.com reported on a state-by-state breakdown of the best and worst roads in the nation last year. Pennsylvania received a C- in the report with 7,540 miles of bad roads which cost motorists an additional $620 in repair costs. The highest cost was reported in Washington D.C. with $1,000. The nation’s capital also received a C- rating. The most miles of bad roads are 19,400 in Texas, followed by 14,200 in California.
So far in this article, I have only talked about roads and bridges, but we are facing many other challenges as well.
Our power grid was never designed to handle so many people, and we all saw the epic disaster that played out in Texas last winter.
The lack of investment in our ports is one of the factors which has precipitated the most severe supply chain crisis that the U.S. has ever experienced.
When it comes to mass transit, we are falling way, way behind China and other major industrialized nations.
Our natural gas lines are in such poor shape that explosive “accidents” have become a regular occurrence.
Our water systems and our sewer systems desperately need some attention. In Sacramento, California the water coming out of the taps often tastes like dirt at this point.
Needless to say, our railroads are severely outdated and could really use some investment as well.
And please don’t get me started on our airports. Compared to airports in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, many of our airports are a bad joke.
If all of the money in the “infrastructure bill” was going to be spent to address these needs, a lot of good could be done.
But instead, hundreds of billions of dollars will be going to social causes favored by Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden.
So our infrastructure will continue to crumble, and that is extremely unfortunate.
Daily Jot: The global cabal of destruction - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
The Bidens, Pelosis, Bushs, Clintons, and a host of former Senators and Representatives have all had close financial ties and business dealings with communist China, many of which have been lobbying on behalf of communist military and intelligence agencies. It’s a bipartisan betrayal of the United States. Corporate America, the same. An extensive investigative expose, “Red Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win,” by Breitbart News senior contributor and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer, is revealing how American politicians and executives are selling out the United States to the communist Chinese. Sadly, it seems this is just the tip of the ice berg.
When you look at the entire handling of COVID, it began with China. But it extended quickly to a global entity, the World Health Organization (WHO), that set the standard for “defeating” COVID—A historic global lockdown of healthy people and the control of their actions. WHO’s tentacles extended to the US, where the government dictated that there was no treatment for the disease, except for remdesivir and ventilators, which it mandated. This mandated treatment resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands, while life-saving treatments were denied by the US government and governments around the world. Then came the Emergency Use Authorized vaccines and the propaganda campaign that demonized anyone who refused to take the serum. All this, for a disease with a 99% survival rate. Fearmongering for health.
All throughout these lockdowns online stores like Amazon and Wal Mart made billions—both having strong connections with China. Big pharma made billions because governments refused effective treatments and mandated big pharma’s protocols and financially incentivized hospitals to use them, while threatening healthcare workers who suggested alternatives. Corporate media, many who have ties to China, also acted on behalf of governments to carry the “safe and effective” propaganda, ignoring all the common sense warning signs that lockdowns, failed protocols, and vaccine efficacy were suggesting a failing and deadly approach. Dissenters were censored. The protocols, lockdown mandates, vaccine mandates and more all resulted in a tremendous wealth transfer. This was a case where the rich very much so, got richer.
The cabal behind these actions, and those who assist in carrying them out, are motivated by greed, power and pride. Whatever they do, they do to the benefit of their own personal interests, the foundation of which is laid upon the lap of satan. 1 Timothy 6:9-10 says, “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” These people will surely get their reward. Unfortunately, because of their power and foolish pursuit of the wind, they force many sorrows on others. We need to stand firm for what is right and just to counter the global cabal of destruction.
Daily Devotion: There’s Always a Way Out - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him —James 1:12
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/theres-always-a-way-out/ - Listen
We may think that if we’re really spiritual, we never will be tempted. But that isn’t true. Every Christian will be tempted. The fact is that if you’re really living a godly life, you will be tempted. That’s because the Devil doesn’t want you to succeed. He will oppose you.
As my friend Erwin Lutzer has said, “Temptation is not a sin; it is a call to battle.” Just because the bait is dangled before you, it doesn’t mean that you’re sinning. It isn’t the bait that constitutes temptation and sin. It’s the bite. It isn’t a sin to be tempted.
You might be saying “I get tempted all the time. What’s wrong with me?”
Maybe it’s not what’s wrong with you but what’s right with you. In the book of Job, we find an instance where God was bragging about his servant Job (1:8 NLT). And what happened next? A series of attacks came against him.
This reminds us that sometimes the attacks we’re facing actually are a result of living a godly life, not an ungodly one.
So can temptation be resisted? Yes. In fact, God will not allow you to be tempted above your capacity to resist (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). Sometimes the way out is as simple as walking out the door, hitting the off button, or terminating a conversation. But there is always a way out.
And not only is there a way out, but there’s a blessing attached for the person who resists temptation. James 1:12 says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him” (NLT).
So if you’re going through a trial right now, if you’re going through a time of testing or temptation, know this: You can grow stronger through it instead of weaker.
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