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The Anti-Christ Removes the Right to Bear Arms - By Pastor Mike Taylor - https://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2021/12/the-anti-christ-removes-right-to-bear.html
15 “These six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them: that every one that killeth any person unawares may flee thither.
16 And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.
17 And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.
18 Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.
19 The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him.
20 But if he thrust him of hatred, or hurl at him by laying of wait, that he die;
21 Or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die: he that smote him shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer: the revenger of blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him.” (Numbers 35:15-21)
2 “If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.
3 If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
4 If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double.” (Exodus 22:2-4)
We are in the middle of a great debate that has been going on, back and forth for many years. God in His Word is pretty clear on what is commanded according to murder and accidentally killing someone. It all comes down to self defense and how a person is able to protect themselves from the deeds of evil men.
There has been a discussion in this country over what the parameters for using lethal force during the commission of a crime by an evil intruder into our quiet lives. Many are of the mind that it is wrong to kill in every instance and that God does not give us the right to use deadly force to stop a would be assassin from taking your life, or the life of those around you, including your own family members. Those who are opposed to using weapons for self defense are what are called “pacifist” and are against every instance of harming another human being, even to their own demise. I had a member tell me that if an intruder came and broke into her home, she would allow the intruder to do whatever he was there to do, either to steal, rape, or even murder and she called it martyrdom...really? Our forefathers addressed this when this country was founded.
OUR FOREFATHERS HAD A BETTER IDEA
''A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.'' (US Constitution, 2nd Amendment, ratified December 15th, 1791)
They were not only concerned with the individual's ability to protect one's self from an assassin among us that would kill with impunity, but also to protect from a government that could in the future infringe on the rights of individual members of society and the ability to keep and bear arms was the foundation that was forged when this nation was in its infancy.
Apparently with the use of our young people in this nation as pawns for abolishing this God given right for self defense, the left has young people that travel all over the country advocating the removal of our right to bear arms in the name of “March for our Lives”. It seems that some people read the 2nd amendment to the Constitution with a different interpretation than the next person who believes that that right shall not be infringed. The language of the 2nd amendment is pretty clear, as the people wanted guarantees that their rights would be protected in the future from a possible, coming despotic government. When asked by a woman concerning what had just been formed in this nation, Ben Franklin told her right out “A Republic, if you can keep it”. Can we?
I see young people, such as David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, and Naomi Wadler that seem to pop up at every tragedy that involves gun violence and parrot the same lines of “gun control” and I wonder, “who is paying these kids off and what and who is behind this big push to outlaw guns in this country?”
Anybody who can do a little research, knows that the outlawing of the ability to bear arms, does not nothing but give the criminals more encouragement to obtain an illegal weapon and feel comfortable committing any crime his or her twisted mind can think of. I think right off the top of my head, the cities of Baltimore and Chicago, who have the most stringent laws concerning guns in their cities, and the murder rate and crime rate did not decrease, but increased exponentially.
Our Constitution, including the Bill of Rights that embody the 2nd Amendment changes as we move along in our time, that it is interpreted and re-interpreted as if there were an ongoing contest for the most original interpretation of a sentence that, to the ignorant and uninitiated masses, seems to make perfect sense just the way it reads on the surface.
For the first 200 years of the formation of this Republic, the intent of the 2nd Amendment has functioned as it was intended, and that is to keep the government at bay. Historically, the Constitution did not address concerns of the people, who felt they needed more protection for individual rights then they wanted protection by amendments. So the Bill of Rights was born.
Among the rights the states sought to enshrine as Constitutionally-protected were the rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the right to keep and bear arms. Our forefather's who founded this country, were concerned that the newly created government would someday be over-run by a dictator that could take away those rights that they had fought and died for. What follows are some of the statements that men who advocated for this freedom that shall not be infringed upon.
Richard Henry Lee, the Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress, noted at the time that,
"to preserve Liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
James Madison said in the Federalist Papers that the 2nd Amendment preserves,
"the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation...(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
Noah Webster observed that,
"before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive."
Patrick Henry argued that the power to resist oppression rested entirely on the right to bear arms, saying,
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined."
The possession of individual arms by the citizens of this country was the last line of defense against an evil government. It was reported that during the 2nd World War, that Japan dared not invade the continental United States, as they knew that there would be a gun behind every blade of grass. Census of gun owners in this country has put the amount of guns in the possession of ordinary citizens in the neighborhood of 300 million firearms of different calibers.
If you look down through history, the only way that a dictatorship could rise to power was to disarm its citizen. Nazi Germany understood this concept early in the coming to power of Adolf Hiter. Likewise, Stalin and Lenin also recognized the need to remove any effectual resistance to their tyranny.
My family has many law enforcement personal within the ranks of police and the highway patrol, but that does not preclude a runaway police that do not follow their oath to “Protect and to Serve”. Even the innocent people of New York and Los Angeles have reason to fear the police. Not just the criminals who break laws, but the average citizen. As we know, not all people in law enforcement follow the rules of the law, as one bad apple can spoil the whole barrel in the eyes of the people.
Communities around this country are justifiably hesitant to give up their weapons and allow only the police to protect them, or to be at the mercy of law enforcement. Let me clarify that statement. By definition, law enforcement is powerless to act UNTIL after the crime has been committed. Police cannot protect individuals in every case, but prosecute after the crime has already been committed. Which in the case of murder, is little comfort to the victim.
In America, burglars aren't sure if homeowners are armed or not, but the odds favor there being at least one gun in the house. So they avoid burglarizing occupied homes. Only thirteen percent of US burglaries are against occupied homes. Burglars are reluctant to invade an occupied home because they might get shot. One out of every 31 burglars gets shot. That is about the equal to the burglar's odds of being sent to prison.
North of the border in countries like Canada and across the big pond to England, citizens are most vulnerable in their own homes. Home invasions (burglaries) became the crime of choice among criminals who became the embodiment of the slogan, 'when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.'
We could enumerate many modern civilizations who have been conquered by dictators who removed their ability to defend themselves against a despotic government. I say all this, to say this. There is coming a end time power that will take away all the rights of every human being on this planet. What is it that keeps that power at bay, at least in this country?
THE COMING RISE OF THE ANTI-CHRIST.
We know that the Bible speaks of an end time authority that will rule over this whole earth. So how does these two men take on the whole world and conquer the common man? I submit that the power of personal protection being taken away by repealing individual rights. That would be the beginning of the end of this Republic, should the nation fall for the lie of guns kill people, not people kill people, by whatever means they can devise. Be it not a gun, then they have a knife, a blunt instrument, or even pushing someone off a cliff to fulfill their evil desire of mayhem. The coming dictator will impose laws to rule every man or woman without opposition.
14 “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:14-17)
We can see the beginning of the end for the democracies across the Atlantic, that are being overrun with lawlessness. Muslim invasion is causing untold personal destruction of individual liberties that is changing how the governments of many European countries that ignore laws that bring on tyranny. The gun control crowd advocates argue that the 2nd Amendment gives the right to keep and bear arms to a well regulated MILITIA, and not to the 'people'. According to this interpretation, the 2nd Amendment gives the government the right to keep and bear arms via the National Guard, but not the people. As it is in Europe, the slippery slope to locale tyranny begins with disarming the population so there is no active opposition to their rule.
The active desire to abolish the ability of this country to protect itself from lawlessness is the goal of the One World advocates to remove the last obstacle to their nefarious designs of a Globalist “utopia”. The United States stands astride that path that leads to their “socialist/communist” desires. Every time that something bad happens that involves a gun of any kind, they are the first to jump on the bandwagon, even before the victims families have even had time to mourn their loss. “Never let a crisis go to waste” was and is their battle cry. The silliness of the argument to destroy the 2nd amendment is obvious to anybody but a liberal or an activist judge. Why would the government give itself the right to bear arms by Constitutional amendment, since the Constitution already gives it the right to do so in order to 'provide for the common defense'?
But that has been the prevailing legal opinion since the passage of the Brady Bill. That the right to bear arms is granted to the government via a 'well-regulated militia' by the 2nd Amendment.
According to Title 10 of the United States Code:
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are--
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
In other words, the 'militia' and 'the people' mean the same thing.
TEN REGIONS OF THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT.
We read in the Bible, that in the end of days that this world will divided up into 10 regions that will be ruled eventually, by one man, who the Bible calls the Anti-Christ. Daniel prophesied of this coming 10 regions when he interpreted the dream of King Nebuchadnezzer and his great image of an idol.
31 “Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.” (Daniel 2:31-34)
The dream interpreted to be ten regions of this end time world that will have 10 kings that will rule over them, but they will give their rule to one man with absolute power.
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” (Revelation 13:1-3)
TRIBULATION COVERS THE WHOLE EARTH.
The rise of the Anti-Christ begins the escalating terror that will cover the whole earth. Many will be enamored with this false god on earth, who, with Satan's help, will deceive those whose only desire is to continue in their lawless ways. But what about those who defy the man, or the authorities who do the bidding of the Beast Power? These are those who refuse his mark and refuse to bow the knee to his image and those who do not follow the demands of the false prophet.
7 “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:7-8)
Think for a minute, how would a power that comes to rule over the United States, whatever its form, would be able to stand against 300 million guns trained at them? How would a citizenry be taken hostage by a despot that rules from headquarters somewhere in this world, be it Rome, Mecca, or even New York? All have been investigated as possible centers of power. If history is any indication of what becomes of a nation that is unarmed to prevent tyranny, then that history is staring us right in the face and is played out on our electronic connections to what is happening in this country and around the world.
In my 65 plus years, I have seen many things that have befallen this country, and see its slow spiral into oblivion, but until recently, she has risen to combat the forces of evil, BUT in the last 15 years, we have seen the downward spiral accelerate to unmanageable levels that only seem to get worse as time goes by. I have seen the call for a One World Government in this symbol of world unity known as the United Nations. The idea and the proclamation of Agenda 30 and Sustainable Development that proposes decreasing the population of this earth to no more than 500 million people, worldwide. To accomplish that, they would have to exterminate 6.5 billion people. To me, and I pray you who are reading this, is madness and genocide of whole races of people. How are those who will die in the coming Tribulation stand up against such madness? Without the ability to resist the evil that will cover this whole earth, they will have nothing at their disposal to even mount a weak defense.
OUR RIGHTS ON THE CHOPPPING BLOCK
I have studied the history of anti-gun legislation and anti-gun court cases and reached the following conclusion:
"Our examination of the original meaning of the Amendment provides extensive reasons to conclude that the Second Amendment secures an individual right, and no persuasive basis for either the collective-right or quasi-collective-right views."
The memorandum was titled; "Whether the 2nd Amendment Secures an Individual Right" and conspicuously put the conclusion in the subtitle; "The right of the individual is to bear arms."
Other than that, the media seems to have spiked the story. To the liberal left, gun control is more than an issue, it is a matter of doctrine.
Gun control is once again on the radar screen for the advancement of the coming socialist agenda and the seed for the furtherance of the coming One World Government. Many people realize the closeness of the hour and how in your next breath, the rise of the Anti-Christ will be here, BUT praise God, that something else will come before the time rears its ugly head to rule for 7 years.
6 “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” (2nd Thessalonians 6-9)
The Holy Spirit is the only Spirit that withholds back the coming revealing of the Anti-Christ and his Satanic rule and is found in every born again Christian still on earth.
….we are inching closer with every tragedy or lawless deed by evil men, and the evil men that are housed in Congress that fill this swamp known as Washington D.C. Since it is near an impossible feat to drain the cesspool swamp we have allowed to fester beyond of any ability to turn back the page to a happier, more secure time, we are becoming ripe for the downfall of this nation...Many forces are trying to accomplish that, but the Holy Spirit is not allowing that until one event causes the implosion of this countrie's economic stability and that of the world.
50 “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1st Corinthians 15:50-54)
The destruction of the freedoms we have enjoyed for all my life, and the life of anyone who is reading this message is on the call for its removal from the life of every man and woman on this planet, and will succumb to the coming New World Order, when, I believe the Bride of Christ is removed from this earth. Then the realization of Sustainable Development and Agenda 2030 will be on the road to fulfillment as the earth is cleansed of what we have been called “the deplorables”. Life will change dramatically for anyone who is left on this earth to whether the coming changes to your way of life.
The worldview is rapidly changing, and the removal of our freedoms is the avenue to accomplish the coming rule of the Anti-Christ. I believe it will start with disarming Americans, followed by freedom of religion, which is also under attack. Gun control is a front for the advancement of the socialist agenda. Giving in to the idea that guns are dangerous concedes to the notion that it is better to let some lowlife steal your property, rape your wife, and beat you half to death than it is to expedite his passage into the next world.
(Your property was all gained at his expense anyway, so in a moral sense, he's entitled to it as much as you are.) That is their belief by their actions in those who oppose our God given freedoms.
A NEW WORLD IS ON THE HORIZON
Although the world is becoming more lawless and evil abounds within our shores, it beckons the belief that the return of Jesus is right at the door. ….Jesus said that when the fig tree blooms, then those who are alive at this time will not pass away until Jesus is back on earth, reigning and ruling for a thousand years.
32 “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:32-34)
That generation of those who saw the fig tree bloom, which is Israel is now in its 73th year and ended in May of this year, 2021. That is what God told us in Psalm 90 was the years of a generation, only 80 years, by strength which is full of sorrow and then we fly away. The symptoms of our soon removal from this earth keep stacking up every where we look....it doesn't matter what part of the world you look at, as the words of your Bible cry out to us, SOON, VERY SOON.
Will you be ready for the coming of the One who was prophesied to come when the world is in the condition you see her?
36 “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.”(Hebrews 10:36-37)
Yes, Jesus will come and not tarry, even though there are some who scoff at such a thought. But will you believe that Jesus is the Source of the Victory over this sinful world and the Rapture of the Church of the Living God and to dwell with our Blessed Hope?
11 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:11-14)
How will you be ready for the appearing of our Blessed Hope? Only one way that you can have the assurance of being found in His grace and mercy.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
And then confess to those around you what God has done for you, through Jesus Christ our Lord....for we must confess Jesus to others, and never deny Him.
8 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”(Romans 10:8-10)
GET READY, FOLKS. The time of our departure is only a heart beat away. Ask youself....ARE YOU READY??? Make sure that you are following Jesus as your Lord and Savior, having repented of your sins, THEN, my friend..you are indeed...READY...
Come Lord Jesus.
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, warning of the closeness of the hour of our Lord's return. If you need counseling, prayer, or just a listening ear, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, , God bless you all.. TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET.
Now There Is Talk In Washington That A Nuclear First Strike Against Russia Should Be “On The Table” - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/now-there-is-talk-in-washington-that-a-nuclear-first-strike-against-russia-should-be-on-the-table/
59 years after the Cuban missile crisis, a new source of tension threatens to bring the United States and Russia to the brink of war. But instead of John F. Kennedy, we have Joe Biden and his hapless minions in the White House. I wouldn’t trust Biden and his national security team to navigate us through a pancake crisis at the local Waffle House, and so I am definitely not optimistic that they will be able to handle the crisis in Ukraine. Unfortunately, at this point there isn’t much wisdom in the halls of Congress either. For example, on Tuesday U.S. Senator Roger Wicker went on television and told Fox News viewers that a nuclear first strike against the Russians should be an “option” that the Biden administration should keep open…
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) told Neil Cavuto on Tuesday that the United States should keep all options available when dealing with potential Russian aggression against Ukraine. That even includes a first-use nuclear strike against.
That will definitely calm nerves in Moscow.
I can’t believe that any member of Congress would be so reckless. Relations with Russia are now the most tense that they have been since the height of the Cuban missile crisis, and Wicker is talking about sending our military vessels into the Black Sea and raining “destruction on Russian military capability”…
Well, military action could mean that we standoff with our ships in the Black Sea and we rain destruction on Russian military capability,” the senator said. “It could mean that. It could mean that we participate – and I would not rule that out. I would not rule out American troops on the ground.”
Is he insane?
Because any rational U.S. Senator would not speak like that.
But what was even worse was when Wicker starting talking about “first-use nuclear action”…
He added that as a matter of policy, in the U.S. “we don’t rule out first-use nuclear action. We don’t think it will happen. But there’s certain things in negotiations – if you’re going to be tough – that you don’t take off the table. And so I think the president should say that everything is on the table.”
This is the kind of talk that can start a war.
And when the time comes, I guarantee you that Russia will not hesitate to pull the trigger on a first strike if they believe that we are about to launch one.
So we should be doing all that we can to bring emotions down.
Wicker’s appearance on television came just hours after a very tense video call between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.
When the video call began, Putin was ready to roll, but Biden forgot to turn his microphone on…
“I welcome you, Mr. President!” Putin said at the start of the call, according to a brief video of the opening moments.
Biden experienced some technical difficulties on the call, apparently forgetting to switch his microphone on.
During the call, Putin specifically asked for two things…
And, in its readout of the two leaders’ call, the Kremlin said that Putin asked Biden for guarantees that NATO would neither expand in an Eastern direction nor deploy ‘offensive strike weapons systems in the states adjacent to Russia.’
Putin keeps making these points over and over again.
Just like we didn’t want Russian missiles in Cuba in 1962, he doesn’t want western missiles in Ukraine.
Also, Putin is absolutely determined to keep Ukraine out of NATO.
If Biden and other western leaders would agree to those two things, the crisis would be over.
Unfortunately, Biden has no intention of ever giving Putin anything that he wants. Biden wants to show U.S. voters that he can be “tough” with the guy that Democrats have been demonizing for years, and so there will be no compromises.
When he was asked about Putin’s red lines, Biden responded by saying “I don’t accept anybody’s red lines”.
But Putin isn’t bluffing, and concern that his red lines will be crossed has motivated him to send large numbers of Russian troops to the border with Ukraine.
In turn, this has raised fears in the western world that a potential invasion of Ukraine could be imminent. During his call with Putin, Biden warned that any attack would result in more military resources being sent into Ukraine…
In a high-stakes video teleconference, Biden emphasized that he preferred a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. But he warned that the U.S. would send additional defense resources to Ukraine above what it is already providing and would be looking to deploy additional forces to fortify its NATO allies in the area in response to a Russian incursion in Ukraine.
In addition, the Biden administration is threatening that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline could be shut off…
Sullivan would not confirm reports that the U.S. has an agreement with Germany’s incoming government to cut off the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a much-disputed underseas gas pipeline planned to run from Russia to Germany, if Russia escalates its conflict with Ukraine.
But, “if Vladimir Putin wants to see gas flow through that pipeline, he may not want to take the risk of invading Ukraine,” he said.
Both sides keep raising the stakes.
So what happens if one side decides to push all of their chips into the middle of the table?
Following the call with Biden, the Kremlin placed the blame for the escalating crisis squarely on Biden and NATO…
The Kremlin, in its summary of the call, described the conversation between Biden and Putin as “candid and businesslike.”
“Putin emphasized that it’s wrong to put the responsibility on Russia, since it is NATO that has been making dangerous attempts to expand its presence on the Ukrainian territory and has been expanding its military potential near Russian borders,” the Kremlin said.
Let us hope that cooler heads prevail.
Because one false move could send us tumbling into World War III.
At this moment, it is being reported that the Russians have approximately 175,000 troops massed on the Ukrainian border…
“What we continue to see, and what we continue to see is added capability that President Putin continues to add, added military capability in the western part of his country and around Ukraine,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told CNN.
US intelligence forces detected that Russia is massing around 175,000 troops on the border in preparation for a “massive offensive” as soon as early next year.
Unlike many in the mainstream media, I do not believe that a Russian invasion is imminent.
But if Biden and other western leaders decide to try to show how tough they are by crossing one of Putin’s red lines, that could change things really quickly.
Ever since the 2016 presidential election, politicians in Washington have been relentlessly demonizing Russia, and now our relations with the Russians are at an all-time low.
At some point there will be war, but let us hope that it can be put off for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, Biden is surrounded by the worst national security team that any U.S. president has ever had, and every time they try to “solve” a problem they always seem to make it even worse.
This Christmas the Surveillance State Knows Whether You've Been Naughty or Nice – John Whitehead - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=5107
"He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows when you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness' sake!"
--"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
Santa's got a new helper.
No longer does the all-knowing, all-seeing, jolly Old St. Nick need to rely on antiquated elves on shelves and other seasonal snitches in order to know when you're sleeping or awake, and if you've been naughty or nice.
Thanks to the government's almost limitless powers made possible by a domestic army of techno-tyrants, fusion centers and Peeping Toms, Santa can get real-time reports on who's been good or bad this year. This creepy new era of government/corporate spying--in which we're being listened to, watched, tracked, followed, mapped, bought, sold and targeted--makes the NSA's rudimentary phone and metadata surveillance appear almost antiquated in comparison.
Consider just a small sampling of the tools being used to track our movements, monitor our spending, and sniff out all the ways in which our thoughts, actions and social circles might land us on the government's naughty list.
Tracking you based on your health status. In the age of COVID-19, digital health passports are gaining traction as gatekeepers of a sort, restricting access to travel, entertainment, etc., based on one's vaccine status. Whether or not one has a vaccine passport, however, individuals may still have to prove themselves "healthy" enough to be part of society.
For instance, in the wake of Supreme Court rulings that paved the way for police to use drug-sniffing dogs as "search warrants on leashes," government agencies are preparing to use virus-detecting canine squads to carry out mass screenings to detect individuals who may have COVID-19. Researchers claim the COVID-sniffing dogs have a 95% success rate of identifying individuals with the virus (except when they're hungry, tired or distracted).
Tracking you based on your face: Facial recognition software aims to create a society in which every individual who steps out into public is tracked and recorded as they go about their daily business. Coupled with surveillance cameras that blanket the country, facial recognition technology allows the government and its corporate partners to identify and track someone's movements in real-time.
One particularly controversial software program created by Clearview AI has been used by police, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to collect photos on social media sites for inclusion in a massive facial recognition database. Similarly, biometric software, which relies on one's unique identifiers (fingerprints, irises, voice prints), is becoming the standard for navigating security lines, as well as bypassing digital locks and gaining access to phones, computers, office buildings, etc.
In fact, greater numbers of travelers are opting into programs that rely on their biometrics in order to avoid long waits at airport security. Scientists are also developing lasers that can identify and surveil individuals based on their heartbeats, scent and microbiome.
Tracking you based on your behavior: Rapid advances in behavioral surveillance are not only making it possible for individuals to be monitored and tracked based on their patterns of movement or behavior, including gait recognition (the way one walks), but have given rise to whole industries that revolve around predicting one's behavior based on data and surveillance patterns and are also shaping the behaviors of whole populations. One smart "anti-riot" surveillance system purports to predict mass riots and unauthorized public events by using artificial intelligence to analyze social media, news sources, surveillance video feeds and public transportation data.
Tracking you based on your spending and consumer activities: With every smartphone we buy, every GPS device we install, every Twitter, Facebook, and Google account we open, every frequent buyer card we use for purchases--whether at the grocer's, the yogurt shop, the airlines or the department store--and every credit and debit card we use to pay for our transactions, we're helping Corporate America build a dossier for its government counterparts on who we know, what we think, how we spend our money, and how we spend our time.
Consumer surveillance, by which your activities and data in the physical and online realms are tracked and shared with advertisers, has become big business, a $300 billion industry that routinely harvests your data for profit. Corporations such as Target have not only been tracking and assessing the behavior of their customers, particularly their purchasing patterns, for years, but the retailer has also funded major surveillance in cities across the country and developed behavioral surveillance algorithms that can determine whether someone's mannerisms might fit the profile of a thief.
Tracking you based on your public activities: Private corporations in conjunction with police agencies throughout the country have created a web of surveillance that encompasses all major cities in order to monitor large groups of people seamlessly, as in the case of protests and rallies. They are also engaging in extensive online surveillance, looking for any hints of "large public events, social unrest, gang communications, and criminally predicated individuals."
Defense contractors have been at the forefront of this lucrative market. Fusion centers, $330 million-a-year, information-sharing hubs for federal, state and law enforcement agencies, monitor and report such "suspicious" behavior as people buying pallets of bottled water, photographing government buildings, and applying for a pilot's license as "suspicious activity."
Tracking you based on your social media activities: Every move you make, especially on social media, is monitored, mined for data, crunched, and tabulated in order to form a picture of who you are, what makes you tick, and how best to control you when and if it becomes necessary to bring you in line. As The Intercept reported, the FBI, CIA, NSA and other government agencies are increasingly investing in and relying on corporate surveillance technologies that can mine constitutionally protected speech on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to identify potential extremists and predict who might engage in future acts of anti-government behavior.
This obsession with social media as a form of surveillance will have some frightening consequences in coming years. As Helen A.S. Popkin, writing for NBC News, observed, "We may very well face a future where algorithms bust people en masse for referencing illegal 'Game of Thrones' downloads... the new software has the potential to roll, Terminator-style, targeting every social media user with a shameful confession or questionable sense of humor."
Tracking you based on your phone and online activities: Cell phones have become de facto snitches, offering up a steady stream of digital location data on users' movements and travels. Police have used cell-site simulators to carry out mass surveillance of protests without the need for a warrant. Moreover, federal agents can now employ a number of hacking methods in order to gain access to your computer activities and "see" whatever you're seeing on your monitor. Malicious hacking software can also be used to remotely activate cameras and microphones, offering another means of glimpsing into the personal business of a target.
Tracking you based on your social network: Not content to merely spy on individuals through their online activity, government agencies are now using surveillance technology to track one's social network, the people you might connect with by phone, text message, email or through social message, in order to ferret out possible criminals.
An FBI document obtained by Rolling Stone speaks to the ease with which agents are able to access address book data from Facebook's WhatsApp and Apple's iMessage services from the accounts of targeted individuals and individuals not under investigation who might have a targeted individual within their network. What this creates is a "guilt by association" society in which we are all as guilty as the most culpable person in our address book.
Tracking you based on your car: License plate readers are mass surveillance tools that can photograph over 1,800 license tag numbers per minute, take a picture of every passing license tag number and store the tag number and the date, time, and location of the picture in a searchable database, then share the data with law enforcement, fusion centers and private companies to track the movements of persons in their cars.
With tens of thousands of these license plate readers now in operation throughout the country, affixed to overpasses, cop cars and throughout business sectors and residential neighborhoods, it allows police to track vehicles and run the plates through law enforcement databases for abducted children, stolen cars, missing people and wanted fugitives. While some of that sounds good of course, the technology is not infallible: there have been numerous incidents in which police have mistakenly relied on license plate data to capture out suspects only to end up detaining innocent people at gunpoint.
Tracking you based on your mail: Just about every branch of the government--from the Postal Service to the Treasury Department and every agency in between--now has its own surveillance sector, authorized to spy on the American people. For instance, the U.S. Postal Service, which has been photographing the exterior of every piece of paper mail for the past 20 years, is also spying on Americans' texts, emails and social media posts.
Headed up by the Postal Service's law enforcement division, the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) is reportedly using facial recognition technology, combined with fake online identities, to ferret out potential troublemakers with "inflammatory" posts. The agency claims the online surveillance, which falls outside its conventional job scope of processing and delivering paper mail, is necessary to help postal workers avoid "potentially volatile situations."
Fusion centers. Smart devices. Behavioral threat assessments. Terror watch lists. Facial recognition. Snitch tip lines. Biometric scanners. Pre-crime. DNA databases. Data mining. Precognitive technology. Contact tracing apps.
What these add up to is a world in which, on any given day, the average person is now monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways by both government and corporate eyes and ears.
Big Tech wedded to Big Government has become Big Brother.
Every second of every day, the American people are being spied on by a vast network of digital Peeping Toms, electronic eavesdroppers and robotic snoops.
Surveillance, digital stalking and the data mining of the American people--weapons of compliance and control in the government's hands--add up to a society in which there's little room for indiscretions, imperfections, or acts of independence.
So you'd better watch out--you'd better not pout--you'd better not cry--'cos I'm telling you why: this Christmas, it's the Surveillance State that's coming to town, and you're already on its naughty list.
Nearing Midnight: Comfort One Another… - Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
This is for those who are believers in Christ and who believe what God’s Word says about things to come. Not that I intentionally want to leave out those believers who don’t study God’s prophetic Word, or those who are lost because they haven’t accepted God’s grace offer of salvation through Christ’s sacrifice.
However, without a firm grasp of what the Bible has to say about things to come, and without acceptance of God’s grace gift by those who are spiritually lost, Heaven’s message contained herein cannot assuage the intensifying fear spreading across the globe.
Because of the dire prospects facing the inhabitants of planet earth, many, perhaps most, turn inward and do their best to ignore the darkening foreshadowing that intrudes upon their lives.
That intruding evil includes such things as supposedly the worst pandemic since that of 1918. And the variants of that disease just keep coming, according to the would-be world controllers who want everyone forced to take vaccines that are at best experimental.
Their effects in preventing or making the disease less life-threatening are yet unproven. And the vaccines are not held to the same degree or level of lab testing as others of history. As a matter of fact, some claim they aren’t vaccines at all, but ingestible of unknown materials.
There is credence to this charge, because full disclosure of ingredients is not forthcoming. The vaccine producers are protected against any liability from the proliferating cases of adverse reactions being experienced across the globe.
Because of the COVID paralysis, the nation and world face dire economic prospects. Supply chains for goods are severely disrupted. Deliveries are greatly delayed or not being made at all because of people who refuse to take the vaccines losing their jobs for not complying with governmental and company mandates.
Millions are walking off of their jobs in protest of the threat of loss of personal liberty. Their children are facing diminished education because of the COVID-spawned tyranny.
Education, itself, is in a darkly evolving trajectory. Critical Race Theory and other evil inculcation has caused upheavals across the country, with parents standing up against the cancel culture in schools and the insane rules and restrictions coming from leftist, radical school boards.
Inflation has raised its ugly head to levels near the time of the Carter administration’s “malaise” of the 1970s. This is predicted to get much, much worse as the economy shuts down, fewer products are on the shelves of stores, and inflation explodes.
Energy costs, already increasing day by day, are projected to get much worse in the near future. Gasoline prices at the pumps are entering uncharted territory in rising costs per gallon.
Threats from the “open borders” policy of the Biden administration bodes ill for American life in more ways than can be adequately analyzed. The invasion is being used by those of the leftist mindset to distribute the hordes of illegal aliens in order to, they intend, change the voting of future elections in their favor.
People thus look for hope in direction other than the darkening horizon. But, sadly, most look inward, as stated previously, not in the direction they should look in seeking a brighter prospect for their lives.
Sadly, too, even the pulpits of America are filled by pastors who point congregants to cope with their daily troubles in societal and cultural ways–to the exclusion of prophetic hope.
Teaching to cope is well and good, if done with Christ at the center of the messages on how to best get along in this life on a deteriorating, disintegrating planet. But people in the pews and across the nation and world virtually never are shown the magnificent future that awaits those who truly understand the majesty and promises wrapped up in the name that is above every other.
In that name resides a future of incomprehensible life and prosperity beyond imagination. His is the only name that can comfort the demonically savaged souls of these closing days of the age.
Preachers who are truly messengers of Jesus Christ should be shouting from the elevated platforms of their pulpits. We should be doing the same at every opportunity.
All the things surrounding us that point to planet earth’s most wicked time of destruction are a holy siren of alert. Jesus is about to step onto the clouds of glory and shout, “Come up here!” When we see all these things we have seen–and continue to see—we are to look up and lift up our heads. For He is on the way for His own. This is the ultimate promise from the Creator-God—from Jesus Himself.
What promise! What incomparable comfort!
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16–18)
Daily Jot: Stupidocrisy: Education’s war on parents - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
Images last month of parents being dragged out of school board meetings in Virginia and Texas for simply questioning school board policies that enabled rape, sexually explicit books in school libraries, the teaching of the revisionist history Critical Race Theory, vaccine and mask mandates, and the grooming of grade school students by LGBTQ+ activists were not enough to continue the war on parents by the National Education Association and its close allies. Now, an NEA board member and teacher in the General McLane School District of Erie County, PA, has posted that those claiming a religious exemption to avoid COVID shots deserve to lose their jobs, get sick, and die. The NEA’s silence on this reveals much.
Mollie Mumau, identifying as an Educator, Union Advocate, Semi-pro Wine Drinker, LGBTQ+ ally, and Team Pfizer, wrote: “Screw this guy and screw them all who are all about hiding behind religious exemptions because they don’t want anybody to tell them what to do. People tell you what to do all the time, and you do it. This is such BS. He and his ilk deserve whatever comes their way, including losing jobs, getting sick, and perhaps dying from this virus. But in the meantime, he’s going to put all the people around him in danger. I don’t know why the GOP doesn’t just take those guns they profess to love so much and just start shooting all of their constituents who think this way. It would be quicker and ultimately safer than putting me and my friends and family at risk.” Since, she and her post have disappeared. A screenshot has been reported.
The General McLane School District website states: “The district is aware of a potentially inappropriate social media comment by a staff member. The district will investigate the matter and act accordingly. In all situations, the district’s utmost concern is the safety of our students and staff.” According to ABC27 in Harrisburg, PA, “An initial update from the district claims that the teacher involved was not in class either Monday or Tuesday. By Tuesday afternoon, that sentence had been removed from the district website.” Listed as an NEA Board member in the 2020-2021 NEA Handbook, there is no mention of Mumau on neither the NEA nor its Pennsylvania affiliate websites. According to news reports, the websites scrubbed her name after the hateful post. In short, Mumau has been “canceled” without comment from the organizations.
Yes, many, if not most, teachers are dedicated to their craft. But this incident shows clearly where the teachers’ union aligns with the National Association of School Boards, who requested the Biden Administration to designate dissenting parents as domestic terrorists, which Biden happily accommodated. Notice the media response. The school district said it was aware of a “potentially inappropriate media comment.” The NEA and the PSEA refused comment and have removed any mention of Mumau from their websites. None of them denounced what was said at all. Proverbs 10:18 says, “He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.” These people promote hate and teach our children to hate as disguised in lofty ideals. In doing so, these fools are waging war on the parents who pay them. Say it with me…Stupidocracy.
Daily Devotion: Only One Meaning - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. —Mark 8:34
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/only-one-meaning/ - Listen
We adorn our churches with massive crosses, we get into lawsuits about where we can display crosses, and we turn crosses into fashion accessories and even tattoos. But I think we have a lot of misconceptions today about the cross.
In the first century, the cross was a repulsive symbol. In fact, it wasn’t a symbol of the church in the beginning, though it did become one later. Back then, a cross was a despicable image, because it was an incredibly horrible way to die. To even use a picture of a cross was repugnant and repulsive in that culture.
The Romans didn’t invent crucifixion, but we could say they perfected it. They saved crucifixion for the worst of criminals.
So when Jesus said, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Mark 8:34 NKJV), the meaning wasn’t lost on His first-century audience. And although He spoke these words some 2,000 years ago, they still ring true for us today.
So what does it actually mean to take up our cross and follow Him? First, it means to deny ourselves. That means saying no to ourselves. It means to put God’s will above our own.
And what is this cross that were all called to bear? I think we need to first understand what it isn’t. We tend to use the phrase in ways that aren’t actually biblical. For instance, a mother might say, “My cross to bear is my children.” And the children of that mother might say, “Our cross to bear is our mother.”
Someone else may identify a certain affliction, difficulty, or issue as their cross to bear. But that is not what Jesus meant when He spoke of bearing the cross. To bear the cross means one thing: deny yourself and put God first.
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