The Galileo Initiative - By The Gospelist - https://www.raptureready.com/2022/11/05/the-galileo-initiative-by-the-gospelist/
Merriam-Webster defines science as “knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method.” The scientific method is designed to seek the truth in the natural world for the betterment of humanity. This has been the objective of science since we transitioned from the Dark Ages to the Age of Enlightenment.
There are two primary elements to this method of inquiry.
We know that the law of gravity is a rock-solid principle because we can observe it and repeat it under laboratory conditions. Any phenomenon that cannot be observed cannot be scientifically established. Also, if an experiment cannot be repeated by other researchers under controlled conditions, then any conclusion made about that phenomenon is a theory or a pseudo-science.
In the late 1700s, a German physician named Franz Gall developed a new ‘science’ that he called Phrenology. Gall believed that since the cerebral cortex was what made man superior to other creatures, any bumps on the cortex would cause bumps on the surface of the skull. These bumps could then be read by a skilled physician who could then assess a person’s abilities, character and personality.
The problem with this new ‘science’ was that no one else could read the bumps on people’s heads to evaluate their personality. When other scientists tried, they failed to come up with an agreed-upon assessment of their subject’s character. Since it was not repeatable, the new science of Phrenology failed and fell into the category of pseudo-science.
When free inquiry is allowed, science is an excellent tool for determining the truth. However, when a powerful, totalitarian authority inserts itself into the scientific method, it becomes nearly impossible to arrive at the truth. Instead, truth is defined as what pleases the autocrats and empowers them rather than what is best for society. Phrenology would have become a science if a powerful agency had been able to punish anyone who rejected it.
It was hostility to free inquiry that kept western civilization in the Dark Ages for centuries. The papal system of the Roman Church had become adroit at ensuring that no other ideology be allowed to compete with their stated positions. It was not until the power of these tyrants was broken by the Protestant Reformation that we entered into the Age of Enlightenment.
There are numerous examples of how despots fight against free inquiry in history, such as book burnings (as in Nazi Germany), imprisonment (like Galileo and Jan Hus), and even genocide (as in the case of the Waldenses and the Huguenots). One of the more famous examples occurred at the height of the power of the Vatican.
In 1633, Pope Urban VIII forced Galileo to reaffirm the false idea that the stars revolved around the earth which was fixed. Galileo complied but was kept on house arrest for the rest of his life. The Roman church did not recant its condemnation of Galileo until 1992.
The ‘infallible’ church’s position was, “The proposition that the sun is the center of the world and does not move from its place is absurd and false philosophically and formally heretical because it is expressly contrary to the Holy Scripture.”
This assessment was centered on a misinterpretation of Ecclesiastes 1:5, which is an observation based on appearance that we all use to this day.
The infallible church further opined, “The proposition that the earth is not the center of the world and immovable, but that it moves, and also with a diurnal motion, is equally absurd and false philosophically and theologically considered, erroneous in faith.”
Along with this proclamation came the following penalty: “We order that by a public edict the book of Dialogues of Galileo Galilei be prohibited, and We condemn thee to the prison of this Holy Office during Our will and pleasure; and as a salutary penance We enjoin on thee that for the space of three years thou shalt recite once a week the Seven Penitential Psalms.”
Galileo was kept on house arrest for the rest of his life and was forced to agree never to teach his ‘heresy’ again. In case he decided to change his mind, he was shown the instruments of torture of the inquisition. The message of the Dark Ages was simple: the narrative of the ruling class takes precedence over science, or else.
This message was extremely effective. Galileo was convinced that holding true to his scientific findings was not worth being subjected to the Iron Maiden or the rack.
It is remarkable how an inquisition, with the threat of extreme pain, can change the course of science. This same process is occurring today. Those in power have discovered that all they need to do is ‘kneecap’ those with opposing theories that threaten their dominance. After enough pain is inflicted, the narrative that the ruling class demands is the one published in our most prestigious scientific journals and becomes ‘truth.’
We may find it amusing how the cultlike papal system of the Roman Church could make such an arrogant, disastrous decision. What is even more telling is that it took them 359 years to correct their foolish error. This is what happens when incompetent people have delusions of infallibility.
We should not operate under the illusion that, in this modern age, we are more enlightened than the papists. The idea of inflicting pain as a means of arresting scientific inquiry continues to this day. We have recently emerged from a two-year-long hysteria in which we were forced to quarantine, throwing away our freedom and our livelihoods in order to live by the dictates of incompetent people who claimed to be authorities on science.
This ‘science,’ which looked suspiciously like a totalitarian ideology, to deal with the pandemic flu bug dictated that we:
The number of absurd decrees by federal and world authorities were legion, but these were the top three. According to the CDC, quarantines helped to protect the public by preventing exposure to others who have a contagious disease. Of course, all it did was delay the inevitable, and almost everyone wound up catching the C-19 flu anyway (or never showed any symptoms of this ‘deadly’ virus when they did catch it).
This silly advice was advanced even though ‘herd immunity,’ in conjunction with proper therapeutics, prevention practices (such as exercise, Zinc and Vitamin D), and good hygiene practices, is the scientific way of dealing with a flu pandemic. No society can survive if it tries to quarantine until a virus is gone.
Masks and social distancing are almost completely worthless in stopping an airborne pathogen. These strategies were completely useless during the Spanish Flu of 1918 and were equally ineffective for the present, far less severe virus.
Apparently, people who were protesting for left-wing causes (a.k.a. rioters), or illegal immigrants crossing the border, were not a danger in spreading the flu.
In fact, they seemed to have some immunity that the rest of us lacked. Also, those involved in the sex trade and other vices were equally immune to the virus.
They even received an endorsement from the epitome of science himself, Dr. Fauci. It seems the only people who were ‘super spreaders’ were those who worked for small businesses, who wanted to go to the gym to work out, or those who wished to go to church.
The ‘pandemic flu’ seemed to only affect those who vote for Republicans.
It is almost as if a more powerful interest was purchasing ‘science’ and then distributing it to benefit themselves. When those who purchased science worldwide delivered their narrative, anyone who disputed it was guilty of spreading ‘misinformation.’ They were a threat to the ‘public.’ This is how the Galileo Initiative begins, by demonizing those who dare to seek the truth.
The term ‘misinformation’ has become a euphemism for the truth when used by the Globalists and their minions. Those who refuse to join in the suppression of the truth find themselves enrolled in the Galileo Initiative. Those who dared to dispute the new paid-for ‘science’ revolving around the ‘pandemic’ would have their livelihoods threatened. If they persisted, they were then shown the instruments of torture, namely censorship, bankruptcy or prison, that would be used against them if they did not get their minds right.
We all should know by now that each of the three strategies to deal with the flu pandemic was a complete disaster. The social costs of quarantining far outweighed the danger of a virus that had a 98% recovery rate. Some of these social costs included distress from loneliness and not being available to loved ones who were ill, the creation of communication deficits in young people, food insecurity, the inability to pay one’s bills, the inability to get needed health care, and more domestic violence due to stress, just to name a few.
However, the CDC still considers quarantining an excellent strategy for dealing with viruses. I am very confident they will recommend it again for the next ‘pandemic.’ This strategy was extremely successful, not in eradicating the pandemic but in further eroding freedom.
This type of exploitation of science was only the beginning. The medical field was further corrupted when legitimate medication to treat the pandemic flu bug was banned by the FDA. Hydroxychloroquine had been used for years to treat malaria, Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was also found to be highly successful in treating those with C-19 flu.
Many doctors claimed that they were having great success in treating their patients with this highly effective, cheap drug. However, this did not stop the bureaucrats who have no medical experience dictating to them that their observations were ‘heresy.’ The bureaucrats falsely claimed that this medication caused heart rhythm problems but only when taken for C-19. Millions of people have been taking this drug for malaria for the last seventy years while suffering few, if any, ill effects. However, for some convenient reason, it resulted in ‘heart problems’ when taken for C-19.
According to Dr. Pierre Kory who wrote The War on Ivermectin: The Medicine That Saved Millions and Could Have Ended the C-19 Pandemic, cheap drugs like Hydroxychloroquine were a huge threat to the pharmaceutical business. They were also a threat to the portfolios of politicians who were heavily invested in these pharmaceutical industries. Suddenly, science and the public well-being began to take a back seat to other considerations, like greed.
Fortunately, those who stood to profit from the death of thousands by recommending ineffective strategies did not have access to an Iron Maiden or the rack. Even without these tools of torture, they were able to kill off Hydroxychloroquine in 2020. This was done just in time to enhance the portfolios of the wealthy and help eliminate some of the more ‘useless’ people in society.
According to Dr. Kory, cheap drugs such as Ivermectin and Methylene Blue were shown to be excellent treatments for those few who were suffering long-term effects of C-19. However, these were inexpensive also and had to be dispatched to ensure greedy pharmaceutical executives and politicians could gain power and wealth through the ineffective and possibly dangerous vaccines.
Even medical journals that were once respected joined the rush to return to the days before free inquiry. These journals are now controlled by the pharmaceutical industry, which puts profit before medical well-being. The New England Journal of Medicine, once thought to be a legitimate source of medical information, is said to have brazenly published fraudulent and false articles showing that Ivermectin was ineffective or even dangerous.
When Galileo made his incredible discovery, he thought the world would be grateful for his findings. He had managed to singlehandedly advance the cause of science, contribute to the well-being of his fellow man, and increase the knowledge of humanity regarding the cosmos. Dr. Kory was under the same illusion when he discovered the beneficial effects of Ivermectin. He mistakenly believed he would be hailed as a hero who could have saved thousands of lives with his new discovery.
What he learned was that the wealth and power of the elite takes precedence over the health and well-being of the public.
When it comes to evil, no good deed goes unpunished. Instead of being hailed as a hero, the American Board for Internal Medicine (ABIM) threatened to pull his license so he could no longer practice medicine.
In other words, he became enrolled in the Galileo Initiative, which began by attempting to deny him the ability to make a living.
Fortunately, his lawyer argued that, to destroy his reputation and bear false witness against him, the ABIM would have to show evidence that Dr. Kory was wrong and misinformed. Since they were unable to do this, they were forced to ignore him and allow him to speak freely. These frauds quickly discovered that mindless false accusations do not pass for science in many courts of law, at least not yet.
Like Galileo, Dr. Kory did not know that poking the pharmaceutical industry was like ‘poking a bear.’ When a bear feels threatened, he rises up and wreaks havoc on the offender. It seems that the pharmaceutical industry is not all that different from the Vatican or any other beast that feels vulnerable when its malfeasance is exposed.
This attack on free inquiry continued to plague the world with the promulgation of C-19 vaccines. There was never any evidence that the vaccines actually worked to curb the virus, but we were assured by the ‘experts’ that they were safe.
During a hearing on October 12, 2022, on the European Union’s C-19 response, Pfizer’s president of international developed markets, Janine Small, admitted that its vaccine had never been tested before its release to the public on its ability to prevent the transmission of C-19. It is doubtful that any of the vaccines were tested before implementation. The reason is the European Union did not care if it prevented the virus, as its primary purpose was to curb freedom.
Despite this fact, the world was treated to the relentless propaganda that the vaccines were effective at stopping the pandemic. We now know that there was no science behind this assertion at all. The vaccines were never about stopping C-19 but rather about stopping freedom. The mandate was what was most important as it was needed so the government could control what goes into our bodies and so they could put limitations on travel.
We have now found that the vaccines are actually dangerous to a significant number of people, causing myocarditis and other injuries, especially among the young. This is interesting since the youth are most resistant to the effects of C-19, so there is no reason to demand that they all be immunized. Herd immunity with proper hygiene and therapeutics should have been sufficient for the vast majority of young people. Since there is no real science behind having K-12 or university students be immunized, this has led many to rightly suspect nefarious motives for vaccinating our youth.
This became evident when the Florida Surgeon General released a shocking report in October of 2022. According to Dr. Joseph Ladapo, there was an 84% increase in the incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination. Instead of investigating the claims of Dr. Ladapo, he was instead enrolled in the Galileo Initiative. If it were not for Governor DeSantis, he would have been dispatched and ruined not long after he issued his report.
The sad fact is that young people were not particularly susceptible to succumbing to C-19, so there was no real reason for all of them to take the ‘vaccine.’ We may never know how many young people died from the vaccine that was unnecessary for the vast majority of them to take. Many of these youth would be alive today if greed, rather than free inquiry, had not replaced science.
We were told by the ‘professionals’ that we need to ‘follow the science’ and listen to the experts when it comes to the pandemic. “Follow the science” has now become a euphemism for “follow whatever crazy orders our overlords issue because it empowers them and makes us subservient.” If you do not “follow the science,” you will be registered for the Galileo Initiative so you can be punished for your disobedience.
We have now learned that the definition of ‘science’ is whatever the evil globalists say that it is. According to James Murphy at the New American, “During the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Sustainable Development Impact Meetings in September, UN Undersecretary-General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming made some frightening comments regarding what she referred to as “disinformation” and “fake news” as it pertains to climate change, C-19, and social media.
“You know, we own the science, and we think that the world should know it, and the platforms themselves also do,” Fleming said. “But again, it’s a huge, huge challenge that I think all sectors of society need to be very active in.” It seems her English is about as good as her science.
Just as the Vatican ‘owned the science’ during the Dark Ages, so now the evil globalists own the scientific narrative and the means of dispensing it. No unapproved ‘science’ can make it to the public if it interferes with the totalitarian designs of the globalists.
We certainly saw this with the vaccine propaganda that was designed to create hysteria rather than treat a virus. We were treated to false accusations that the unvaccinated were killing people and that there was now a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated.’ If you failed to get the vaccine (unless you were an immigrant or a rioter), you were a super spreader and a threat to your neighbors.
What we really discovered is that if we do not participate in a globalist-inspired hysteria, we will meet the same fate as Galileo.
If this were not bad enough, we now have the science of ‘transgenderism.’ Even though it is biologically impossible to ‘transcend your gender,’ we are assured that this new ‘social construct’ is completely scientific.
We are now treated to the science of gender-affirming surgery. Gender-affirming simply means that a child is experiencing emotional turmoil and is now being propagandized, for profit, to believe he/she is the opposite sex.
These surgeries include operations and chemicals that turn children into eunuchs for the rest of their lives. How this is gender-affirming care is a mystery to anyone who is not a deluded moron. This ‘science’ is instituted by people who believe there is no difference between males and females. They apparently failed basic biology and have no understanding of the effects that the X and Y chromosomes have on a person.
Seattle Children’s Hospital has been bragging about being… “the only pediatric academic medical center with fellowship-trained plastic surgeons who provide gender-affirming surgery” in their region. They stated, “We will continue to offer evidence-based gender-affirming care because it is lifesaving care and is aligned with our mission to help every patient live their healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.”
As a rule of thumb, if you ever hear a finding is ‘evidence-based’ or ‘gender-affirming,’ you can safely assume it is neither.
What these frauds are saying is that if the sexuality of a child is not ruined, they are likely to commit suicide. Apparently, turning a boy’s penis into a vagina or cutting off a girl’s breasts facilitates the good mental health of youth. If they can get this false narrative to stick, they will then be ready to enroll those of us who resist this idiocy in the Galileo Initiative.
Standing at the ready to implement the Galileo Initiative, the American Medical Association, the Children’s Hospital Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting that the Injustice Department (formally the U.S. Department of Justice) “take swift action to investigate and prosecute” “high-profile users on social media” who have allegedly created a “campaign of disinformation” against children’s hospitals that offer “gender-affirming health care,” leading to threats and harassment, including a bomb-threat hoax at Boston Children’s Hospital.
These faithless fiends apparently gleaned their ‘science’ from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.’ They then move to accuse the law-abiding of plotting against them.
This ‘bomb threat,’ if there even was one, was probably perpetrated at their request.
The fact is that the scientific method is completely worthless when God is taken out of the equation. When Godless evil owns science, science becomes nothing more than a doctrine of demons.
So here we are, bathed in evil and headed for the Dark Ages, and we have not heard a peep out of our churches. I thought we were supposed to be salt and light.
I wonder what the Laodiceans think of “gender-affirming care.” What is their position on the idea of American doctors administering puberty blockers, hormone therapies, and experimental gender surgeries on minors—including double-mastectomies for girls, which involves surgically removing the breasts, and vaginoplasties for boys, which involves surgically removing the penis and turning the tissue into an artificial vagina?
Are they appalled that there is not even a working definition of “disinformation?” Are the Laodiceans on board with the descent into the Dark Ages that the Protestant Reformation rescued us from so many years ago? I guess they are too busy fighting climate change to notice these trivial matters.
It will not be long before Scripture is called “disinformation,” but I doubt they will be bothered by that in the least.
The Dark Ages are upon us, and the word of God is under assault. The Gospel is the light of the world, and it is time for the church to dust it off and use it. The doctors, parents, government officials and bureaucrats who perpetuate these evils need to be called to repent in the name of Jesus.
We are not far away from a new ‘Council of Tarragona’ or ‘Council of Trent’ in which owning a Bible, or its proper interpretation, will be a serious offense.
The Bible stands in opposition to the suppression of truth, false accusations of racism, the pagan notion of climate change, and the various sexual perversions that are breaking down our society. These are the avenues of power for those who love evil, and they will not abandon their ways until they are dealt with by the Lord of Heaven.
Soon all the faithful will be subject to the Galileo Initiative. We are the target of this Satanic madness, and no person of faith should ever feel comfortable surrendering to it. Let us make sure that when we are persecuted, it is for Christ’s sake. When the world turns against us because we proclaim God’s law and his Gospel, then our reward will be great in heaven.
Prophetically Appointed Day and Hour – Terry James - https://terryjamesprophecyline.com/2022/11/07/prophetically-appointed-day-and-hour/
Each passing second, advancing history goes deeper into the unknown for much—maybe for most—of the world’s population. From that unknown boils fear. The fear Is steeped in self-conjured premonition that the evilest things imaginable will soon engulf life, bringing devastation and even death.
It is the feeling of impending doom, of something dreadful lurking just ahead. In terms of Greek mythology, it’s the sword of Damocles hanging overhead threatening to decapitate the fearful.
Probably you’ve had that feeling, but maybe not as intensely as described above. I’ve certainly had moments when I had a sense that something bad is about to happen.
For me, the dread, thankfully, has never played out. The anxiety soon passes, and sometimes even a sense of joyful anticipation resides where the fear sat just a short time before.
For others, the premonitions have seemed to play out in worst-case scenario.
At this moment, even for those who are Bible-believing, born again people of God, the times are producing such fear. I know this because I get emails in which people share their worries about what’s on the horizon that will affect their lives and the lives of those they love.
Usually the alarm is expressed through questions such as: Do you think there will be a time of martyrdom for Christians before the Rapture?
Of course, what most writers really mean by that question, I suppose, is: Do you think Christians in America will face martyrdom before the Rapture?
Another question I often get is: Do you think there will be a World War III before we are raptured?
With all the reports of some of America’s powerful enemies preparing for war, we’ll think about that last question in particular a bit more deeply.
As we’ve looked at more than once in this column, it looks like the current American government and the so-called Western allies are doing much to provoke such a nuclear conflict. Rather than looking to ask Mr. Putin to sit down with the Ukrainian leadership—which itself seems to be a complicit partner in poking the nuclear bear—the United States is sending elite forces such as the 101st Airborne into places near the bear’s cave.
And, while that once-unthinkable move—provoking toward war rather than toward peace—brings the world closer to unleashing the nuclear genie, China leers Westward.
As amazing as this administration’s actions are in seeming to make Russia do something Putin obviously doesn’t want to do at this time, even more amazingly, the entire US diplomatic machinery all but totally ignores the threat China poses.
The US Navy has a presence in the South China Sea and purports to be a buffer against China invading Taiwan. But, in reality, with Taiwan being just miles from the Chinese mainland, it would take nothing short of nuclear weapons to offer any hope of dealing with such an assault. And, in that regard, China is as equipped as American forces. So it is feared that the US couldn’t win such a conflict due to having to confront China in its own backyard.
There’s good reason for many of us to be anxious, as that deadly sword is indeed hanging over our heads, based upon just these geopolitical realities. It seems as if everything is out of control—as if even the top leaders on both sides of the nuclear threat have little interest in a peaceful resolution to prevent WWIII.
But for those who know what God’s Word has to say about how things end up, the fears of nuclear holocaust this side of the Rapture don’t need to reach the level of trepidation I described earlier. That’s because of the thought wrapped up in the title: “Prophetically Appointed Day and Hour.”
We’ve incessantly gone over the Gog-Magog war prophesied by Ezekiel and how Russia is destined to lead that assault. There has even been speculation that Putin might be the one who will be indwelt by the Gog spirit at the time of that invasion against Israel. Although I have to say here that while he is a known dictator and a KGB operative from the Soviet days, Putin seems in many ways more honorable than a number of the Western leaders who foment globalist surreptition.
If there is all-out nuclear war, neither Putin nor Russia would be available to take part in that Gog-Magog attack—that is, not if the assault is scheduled to take place soon. God, Himself, is going to take care of that invasion force. And, while He could use nuclear force to take care of business, the description given by Ezekiel seems to be that God has scheduled a supernatural fire from Heaven, like in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah.
God’s schedule is key in considering why believers don’t need to sense that dreaded sword of destructiveness.
We see this by looking at the great book of prophecy that God has given us so we can know how things play out.
China is at the heart of God’s final dealing with humankind’s rebellion, I’m convinced. We can see clearly that the massive nation continues to build in every way toward becoming the head of the hegemonic force that will kill a third of the world’s population during the Tribulation. John, the prophet chosen to present the Revelation, terms this force “the kings of the East.”
I call China the “king of the kings of the East.” That nation is, I believe, scheduled to gather all others within its Oriental orbit for the movement to the Euphrates—the apparent barrier separating the Oriental and Occidental worlds.
Their 200-million-man army will, John said, be possessed by demons that have been kept beneath that area for a certain prophetic moment. It will be the time appointed by God, who knows and controls all things from beginning to end. Here is what He says about that horrendous army from the East:
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. (Revelation 6:13–16)
John also said:
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. (Revelation 16:12)
The reason believers shouldn’t fear all-out nuclear war is tied up in John’s following statement:
And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year.
Just as Russia is scheduled to come against Israel, the kings of the East have been scheduled by God Himself to cause—because of His righteous judgment—massive deaths across the world. He has appointed the “hour,” “day,” “month,” and “year” when it will happen. It is the God of all there is, not human warmongers, who will control when death and destruction on a massive scale will occur.
Meantime, we have been promised that we’ll be kept from that appointed time:
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (Revelation 3:10)
It becomes more evident by the hour that the world is quickly headed toward the Tribulation storm. That’s what our new book, TRAJECTORY: Tracking the Approaching Tribulation Storm, is all about HERE
You don’t want to be left on this judgment-bound planet when that storm begins. Here’s how to go to Jesus Christ and heavenly shelter before that judgment falls.
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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)
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11 Signs That Economic Activity Is Plunging Off A Cliff - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/11-signs-that-economic-activity-is-plunging-off-a-cliff/
Have you noticed it too? There has been a dramatic shift in the economy in recent days. It has been sudden and it has been severe. All over the country, sales are falling like a rock, inventories are piling up to alarming levels, and large companies are beginning to conduct mass layoffs. Perhaps it was inevitable that such a downturn would arrive, but the Federal Reserve has made things far worse by rapidly hiking interest rates. Every other time the Fed has engaged in such a rate hiking binge it has resulted in a recession, and there is no way that we are going to escape unscathed this time around. The following are 11 signs that economic activity is plunging off a cliff…
#1 This year, only 74 percent of Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving because so many people are skipping the holiday in order to save money…
In 2021, researchers note that an IPSOS survey found that nine in 10 Americans planned to celebrate Thanksgiving. This year, the new poll of 1,000 people found that number has fallen to just 74 percent. In fact, 47 percent say they’re celebrating “Friendsgiving” because of its more budget-friendly menu. Specifically, just 24 percent of Friendsgiving celebrations will even have a turkey on the table, with 33 percent opting for a pizza instead!
#2 Used vehicle prices have just plunged at the fastest pace that we have seen since 2008.
#3 A Dollar General assistant manager named Travis Bennett recently posted a video on TikTok that showed unsold inventory at his store literally piling up to the roof…
In a video with over 380,000 views addressed to “anyone inside this company that actually cares,” TikTok user Travis Bennett shows the conditions of his Dollar General. This includes boxes filling the aisles and numerous crates that have not been unpacked. Bennett says this is typical for “most Dollar General stores across the country.”
#4 Consumer confidence in the housing market just hit an all-time record low.
#5 All over America, companies are seeing depressingly low sales numbers. In fact, it is being reported that the Net Rising Index “is getting close to a level which corresponds to several past recessions”…
A closely watched survey from the National Association for Business Economics has shown a decline in sales for companies that hasn’t been this sharp since the mid-2020 Covid crash and is getting close to a level which corresponds to several past recessions. The Net Rising Index (NRI) for sales — the percentage of survey respondents reporting rising sales minus the percentage reporting falling sales — peaked at 74% of firms in April 2021. As of October, it’s down to 36%.
#6 CNN is reporting that Facebook could start laying off thousands of workers “as early as this week”.
#7 Other large tech companies are also conducting mass layoffs, and many believe that what we have experienced so far is just the tip of the iceberg.
#8 Credit card debt growth has fallen to the lowest level in 4 months.
#9 20 million U.S. households are behind on paying their power bills.
#10 37 percent of all small business owners were not able to pay their rent on time during the month of October.
#11 A poll that was just released found that a whopping 73 percent of Americans will be “thinking a lot about the economy” when they vote.
The fact that voters are so focused on the economy right now appears to be really bad news for Democrats.
The guy in the White House always gets most of the credit or most of the blame for how the economy is performing, and right now Joe Biden’s approval rating is downright dismal…
Voters’ approval of President Joe Biden remains deep in negative territory and 70 percent of voters say the country is on the wrong track — both results that bode ill for Democrats as Election Day approaches.
Fifty-five percent of registered voters said they disapprove of the job Biden is doing as president, and just 42 percent said they approve in the last POLITICO-Morning Consult poll conducted in advance of Tuesday’s election.
Of course Joe Biden is still going to be in the White House no matter what happens during the midterm elections.
In fact, either he or Kamala Harris will be residing there until at least January 2025.
So there won’t be any major policy changes for the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, economic conditions are just going to continue to deteriorate.
As this new downturn accelerates, a lot of Americans are going to lose their jobs.
In fact, Bank of America is projecting that job losses in this country will soon hit 175,000 a month…
As pressure from the Fed’s war on inflation builds, nonfarm payrolls will begin shrinking early next year, translating to a loss of about 175,000 jobs a month during the first quarter, the bank said. Charts published by Bank of America suggest job losses will continue through much of 2023.
“The premise is a harder landing rather than a softer one,” Michael Gapen, head of US economics at Bank of America, told CNN in a phone interview Monday.
Sadly, that is a wildly optimistic projection.
During times like these, you will want to be carrying as little debt as possible, and you will want to have a sizable emergency fund so that you can continue paying the bills if something happens.
In 2008 and 2009, millions of Americans ended up losing their homes because they couldn’t continue paying the bills once they lost their jobs.
Don’t let that happen to you.
The times that we are moving into won’t be pleasant. Eventually, they will be far worse than anything that we experienced in 2008 and 2009.
But that doesn’t mean that we have to be depressed about what is coming.
When I was growing up, I was often told that “when times get tough, the tough get going”.
Those that choose to be bold and tough are going to have a much better chance of making it through what is ahead.
Unfortunately, boldness and toughness are in short supply in our society today, and the coming economic slowdown is likely to cause a massive national emotional breakdown.
Appealing And Inclusive Lies: Why All Roads Can’t Lead To The Truth – By Bible Bites - https://harbingersdaily.com/appealing-and-inclusive-lies-why-all-roads-cant-lead-to-god/
The world today is trying to convince us that more is better. The more genders, the better. The more pregnancy options, the better. Even the more belief systems there are, the better, because the broader the path that one can follow, the better. While this all may sound appealing and inclusive, it has one major problem – they can’t all be true.
One belief system says you have to have good works outweigh the bad to enter paradise. Another believes paradise is a state of consciousness that can be arrived at only through meditation. Another claims reincarnation and says that the life you live each time can eventually lead you to a higher plane of existence. Others hold that a series of rituals must be diligently practiced in order to arrive in paradise. As much as the world would like to say they are all true, contradiction of belief and practice says they’re not.
Imagine a city where a green light could mean go to some and stop to others. The determining factor as to what a green light meant was up to each individual. What would be the end result? Chaos and catastrophe, and no one would get to where they were attempting to go.
The same is true for the “all roads lead to God” type of thinking. There has to be a universal standard for entering the heavenly kingdom, because contradictory beliefs cannot be a pathway to the same destination. This is why Jesus made it clear to the disciples on multiple occasions that the only way to heaven is through Him.
John 10:1 KJV – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”
John 10:7-10 KJV – “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Later, Jesus further highlighted the exclusivity of the means by which one can be saved and thus spend eternity in heaven when He said to the disciples:
John 14:6 KJV – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Again, to say all paths lead to one destination is the practical equivalent of saying all freeways take you to the same city, or all flights end at the same destination. You have to get on the right freeway or board the right flight that coincides with your desired destination. It might be appealing to think that no matter what you believe you’ll end up in heaven, but it’s not true.
Revelation 2:7 KJV – “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
The word “overcomes” means to subdue, conquer, or, simply, get the victory. The Greek term actually comes from a word almost everyone has heard – nike – the word for victory.
If those who overcome eat of the tree of life in the midst of the Paradise of God, what is it that they “get the victory” over? Can it be a different answer for each person?
Revelation 22:14-15 KJV – “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”
Remember Jesus said in John 3 that you must be born again. This implies that those born again are also those who do His commandments, and are, thus, the overcomers. This scene in Revelation 22 is not implying a works righteousness (salvation by works), but rather it is exposing the destination of unrighteousness – those on a different path who are described as “dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”
The truth that those who do His commandments are the exclusive group who have access to the tree of life tells us that more is not better. There is only one way to heaven, and, while ultimately all roads do lead to God, many will meet Him for sentencing and not blessing.
Philippians 2:5-11 KJV – Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Someday the “more is better” crowd is going to meet the King of Heaven and bow and confess that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father but through Him. Sadly, it will not be a confession that leads to salvation, but one of condemnation. The best thing for anyone to do is make that confession now, for after death it will be too late.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.
Daily Jot: It’s time - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
A friend of mine who is long passed on was very wise. He was once a Democrat, but finished his life as a Republican. He achieved much in his lifetime. Some of the things he wrote and said ring true today just the same as they were back in his time. For example, he said, “This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can ourselves.” Obviously, he was against big government, but more importantly, he was against controlling government, overreaching government. Such things lead to corruption and tyranny.
He said, “You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down- up, man’s old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.” We have seen this in how the Democratic Party has consistently defunded the police to no good end with crime rapidly rising in all those cities. We also see how the same party has taken our freedoms “for the good of the masses” during COVID.
He said, “Well, I, for one, resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me, the free men and women of this country, as “the masses.” This is a term we haven’t applied to ourselves in America. But beyond that, “the full power of centralized government” this was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don’t control things. A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.”
We now see the results of what a powerful team of government, media and the private sector are when it comes to controlling people and an economy. When these three horses pull together, we have lockdowns, censorship, deadly mandates, sexual deviants preying on our children in schools and out of control inflation. The things my friend said in a speech titled “A time for choosing” aired on national television October 27, 1964 ring true today. My friend, Ronald Reagan, was ahead of his time in predicting what happens when Democrat socialists get in power. Some 58 years ago, he saw today’s America coming if people didn’t stand up and choose. Ecclesiastes 3:7 says there is “A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” It is most definitely time to speak, time to choose, and time to act. It’s time.
Daily Devotion: The Safest Place to Be - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. - Matthew 8:23
When I read through the Gospels, I find it interesting how many times storms hit the Sea of Galilee. In a technical sense, Galilee isn’t a sea; it’s a large freshwater lake about thirteen miles long and seven miles wide.
However, the perils in the Sea of Galilee are infamous. One moment it can be sunny and calm, and moments later, a storm is brewing. This is due to its unique geography. Mountains with deep ravines surround the sea, which is well below sea level. The ravines serve as gigantic funnels that bring winds whirling down on the lake without notice. These gales, strengthened by a thermal buildup in the low valley, violently suck the cold air downward. This simply means that it can be smooth sailing one moment and horrendously stormy the next.
That was exactly what happened in chapter 8 of Matthew’s Gospel. As Jesus and the disciples made their way across this lake, a violent storm suddenly came upon them.
In the same way, storms will unexpectedly come into our lives, spoiling our plans. Most of us don’t like storms: they hit with great force, and we don’t know how long they will last. We call on the Lord to stop the storms, and sometimes He does. However, sometimes, instead of calming the storms, the Lord strengthens us through them.
The disciples had no reason to panic that day because Jesus was with them on the boat. When Jesus Christ is in your life, you have no reason to be afraid. You’re safer with Him in the night than you would be alone in the daytime. You’re safer with Him in the storm than you would be in a quiet, restful place.
It’s better to be with Jesus in any circumstance than to be anywhere else without Him.
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