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The Perfect Numbers in the Day of the Lord - Randy Nettles - https://www.rev310.net/post/the-perfect-numbers-in-the-day-of-the-lord
The last seven years of Daniel’s prophecy of Seventy Weeks/Sevens (490 years) are mentioned in Daniel 9:27 and Daniel 12. It is also discussed in more detail in Revelation 4-19. These last seven years of the end times before Jesus returns at His 2nd Advent is also known as Jacob’s Trouble or the Tribulation.
The Tribulation’s duration, from the confirming of the covenant between the Antichrist and the many (Israel and others) to the beginning of Jesus’ millennium kingdom, will be for exactly 2520 days. The solar/Gregorian calendar of 365.2425 days is not used to calculate these last 7 years (and the other 483 years of Daniel’s prophecy) but rather the prophetic/biblical calendar (Noah’s calendar) of 360 days per year.
Whether you break down the Tribulation into two equal halves of 1260 days each or into two parts of 1230 and 1290 days (as described in In the Midst:: by Randy Nettles - Rapture Ready), most eschatologists agree the total duration is for 2520 days.
2520 is a special number in several ways. It is the smallest number divisible by all integers from 1 to 10, i.e., it is their least common multiple. It is a colossally abundant number with many factors or divisors, including: 12, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 24, 28, 30, 35, 36, 40, 42, 45, 56, 60, 63, 70, 72, 84, 90, 105, 120, 126, 140, 168, 180, 210, 252, 280, 315, 360, 420, 504, 630, 840, 1260, and 2520. It is half of 7! (5040), meaning 7 factorial, or 1 X 2 X 3 X 4 X 5 X 6 X 7.
2520 is also a number of the proportion of creation, especially the heavens. Here are a few examples:
King David realized and appreciated God’s creation when he wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them, He has set a tabernacle for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat” (Psalm 19:1-6).
Last but not least is the fact that 2520 is the product of the four great numbers of completion or perfection (God’s “perfect” numbers), 3 X 7 X 10 X 12 = 2520.
There is also an amazing correlation between the numbers 430 and 2520 regarding Jewish history and their servitude/tribulation by enemy kingdoms. The first 430 years began when God made a covenant with Abram (Abraham) regarding the ownership of the land of Canaan (by Abraham and his seed) in 1876 BC. The affliction of Abraham’s seed (Isaac and descendants) began in 1846 BC, 30 years after Abram’s original covenant, when Ishmael was 19 years old. The event that started this tribulation was when Ismael jealously mocked Isaac on the celebratory day he was weaned as described in Genesis 21:8-20.
The affliction of Isaac continued in the land of Canaan until his death in 1671 BC. That same year, Isaac’s grandson, Joseph, was standing in front of the Pharaoh of Egypt, interpreting his dream. Isaac’s son, Jacob, and his family relocated to Egypt in 1661 BC. The children of Israel stayed in Egypt for 215 years until the Exodus in 1446 BC, which would be the end of the 430-year timeline. This timeline confirms the prophecy of 400 years (1846 BC – 1446 BC) mentioned in Genesis 15:13 and the 430 years (1876- 1446 BC) mentioned in Exodus 12:40-41. Paul reaffirms the 430 years in Galatians 3:17-18.
The next prophetic 430 year period is mentioned in Ezekiel 4:3-6 when God gave Ezekiel a prophecy concerning the judgment and punishment for Israel in lieu of her wickedness. Each day that Ezekiel was to lay on his side represented one biblical year (of 360 days) for Israel and Judah’s punishment. The start of this prophecy begins in 586-585 BC with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Babylonians.
God deducted 70 years of captivity in Babylon, as prophesied by Jeremiah, so now there remained a total of 360 years of further punishment beyond 536 BC, which marked the end of the Babylonian captivity. It should be noted that, historically, Israel did not repent of its sin, at the end of the 70 years. For this sin, God’s divine principle for disobedience found in Leviticus 26 took effect. “And if you will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.” So now, instead of 360 years of further punishment, Israel would undergo 2520 biblical years of punishment, and then, and only then, would final restoration to the land be accomplished.
The starting date for the 2520 biblical years is 536 BC. 2520 biblical (prophetic) years X 360 = 907,200 days. Converting this figure into our Gregorian calendar of 365.2425 days and dividing 365.2425 into 907,200 days, we reach a total of 2483.8 calendar years. If you add 2483.8 years to 536 BC you come to the year AD 1948. On May 14, 1948, the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel was proclaimed to the world and the Jewish kingdom/nation was reborn, fulfilling the prophecies of Ezekiel 4:3-6, Leviticus 26, and Ezekiel 37:1-14.
It appears the numbers 7, 360, and 2520 are not only prevalent in creation but also when it comes to God’s chosen (and not forgotten) people – the children of Israel. There is little doubt that the Tribulation mainly revolves around Israel and its restoration and conversion; even when it comes to the duration of “Jacob’s Trouble,” 2520 days.
These numbers make me, as a Bible numbers guy, wonder where God’s perfect numbers fit into God’s timeline for the end times known as the Day of the Lord. For those of you who aren’t familiar with these numbers, please refer to God’s Perfect Number: Part 1:: By Randy Nettles:: Rapture Ready. In this article/s we examine the biblical significance of four special numbers, 3, 7, 10, and 12 that God uses repeatedly in a manner that quite often connotes perfection and/or completion. The number 3 signifies divine perfection, 7 is the number for spiritual perfection, 10 is the number for ordinal perfection, and 12 is the number for government perfection.
The number 7 has already been mentioned frequently throughout this article in relation to the numbers 360 and 2520 and the duration of the Tribulation, which is 7 biblical years. These last 7 years of human history before Jesus returns to the earth to establish His Millennial Kingdom is the long-delayed 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27) given to him by the angel Gabriel.
This prophecy gives the duration for 6 (the number for man) objectives for Israel and Jerusalem before Jesus will return as their Messiah: 1) To finish the transgression. 2) To make an end of sins. 3) To make reconciliation for iniquity. 4) To bring in everlasting righteousness. 5) To seal up vision and prophecy 6) To anoint the Most Holy. Once these deeds are accomplished, Jesus will begin His 1000 year reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
The Day of the Lord begins with the Rapture of the Church as mentioned in But of that Day and Hour :: By Randy Nettles - Rapture Ready. No one knows the day and hour of the Rapture and no one ever will until it happens. Jesus said even the angels of heaven didn’t know and only God the Father knew the date and time, according to Matthew 24:36. When the Rapture happens (in the twinkling of an eye), I believe it will come as a surprise to every living human being on the planet, unbelievers as well as believers. Everybody will be going about their daily earthly routine with no thought of heavenly matters, such as the Rapture.
In my estimation, there will be a gap of time that transpires between the start of the Day of the Lord (Rapture) and the start of the Tribulation (confirming of the covenant by the Antichrist and Israel/many). Perhaps that is where the perfect numbers of 3, 7, 10, and 12 come into play. I think (hypothetically) that the Rapture might occur either 3 or 5 (number of grace) years before the start of the 7 year Tribulation. That would place the timing of the Rapture at either 10 or 12 years before Jesus’ 2nd Coming.
Many astute Bible teachers believe the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 (war of Gog/Magog) and the prophecy of Isaiah 17 (destruction of Damascus) will be fulfilled either slightly before or after the Rapture which would also place the timing at 10 or 12 years before the 2nd Advent. Of course, this is only an educated hypothesis (definition: a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation) concerning the timing of the Day of the Lord.
We do know a few certain facts concerning the Tribulation. It will last for 7 years and it is getting close. We know it is getting close as apostasy and lawlessness is abounding in all areas of society, including government institutions and municipalities (local, state, and national), politics, media, social media, religion, sports, entertainment, financial institutions, schools, and universities, business and corporations, and the family unit. Crime is rampant and getting worse. Socialism and Communism are rearing their ugly heads as the New World Order is beginning to take form.
Lies and fake news are the main sources of information we get from politicians, media, and health organizations. Satan must be proud as he is called the father of lies, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). Even nature and the animal kingdom seem to be rebelling as the end draws near.
I have given several theoretical examples of possible future timelines for the Tribulation and Jesus’ 2nd Coming in my article series In The Midst- Parts I – V. Based on limited evidence, I believe Part IV: Return of the King has the most merit, with 2026 as the start and 2033 as the finish. Hypothetically, in the year 2033, Jesus will return physically to the earth after a 2,000-year absence since he was crucified in the year AD 33. 2,000 years is as two days for the Lord according to the apostle Peter. “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).
The Old Testament prophet Hosea had this to say about the subject, in my opinion: “After two days (2000 years) He will revive us: in the third day (beginning of the 1000 year reign of Jesus) He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Then we shall know, if we follow on to know the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter (spring rain – 1st Advent) and former rain (fall rain – 2nd Advent) unto the earth” (Hosea 6:2-3). For more (limited) evidence go to: https://www.raptureready.com/2020/06/20/in-the-midst-part-iv-return-of-the-king-by-randy-nettles/
According to my recent article/s Chronology of Mankind – 6000 Years of History, we are currently (AD 2021) 19 years away from the 6,000 year anniversary of mankind. Many Bible scholars are of the belief that there will be 6,000 years of recorded history for mankind before Jesus returns and establishes His millennial kingdom on planet Earth. They believe that just as the original creation week took 6 days of work and 1 day of rest (for a total of 7 days), so mankind will work on the earth for 6,000 years and will then rest for 1,000 years during the millennial reign of Jesus Christ. After 7,000 years, God will create a new heaven and earth for the faithful angels and redeemed man. By my reckoning, in 2033 we will be 7 years shy of the benchmark 6,000 years of human history. However, we could be closer than that due to insufficient data regarding the exact age of the antediluvian and post-flood patriarchs at the time of their son’s birth, as recorded in the Bible…years are given but not years + months.
As mentioned before, the only one who knows for certain the exact timing of these end-time events is God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) and He is silent on the subject. For those left behind after the Rapture, the start of the Tribulation will be known once the Antichrist confirms a 7 year (2520 days) covenant with Israel. His name in Greek or Hebrew gematria will have a numerical value that adds up to 666. The A.C. will break the covenant “in the midst” of the 7 years and that is when all hell breaks loose on planet earth and his true intentions will become known. His absolute reign over the entire earth will be short-lived, however, as it will only last for 3.5 biblical years or 1260 days. This is about the same duration as Jesus’ earthly ministry.
“And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:8). “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day there shall be one LORD and his name one” (Zechariah 14:9).
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
A New State of Segregation: Vaccine Cards Are Just the Beginning – John Whitehead - https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4880
Imagine it: a national classification system that not only categorizes you according to your health status but also allows the government to sort you in a hundred other ways: by gender, orientation, wealth, medical condition, religious beliefs, political viewpoint, legal status, etc.
This is the slippery slope upon which we are embarking, one that begins with vaccine passports and ends with a national system of segregation.
It has already begun.
With every passing day, more and more private businesses and government agencies on both the state and federal level are requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccination in order for individuals to work, travel, shop, attend school, and generally participate in the life of the country.
No matter what one's views may be regarding the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is an unnerving proposition for a country that claims to prize the rights of the individual and whose Bill of Rights was written in such a way as to favor the rights of the minority.
By allowing government agents to establish a litmus test for individuals to be able to engage in commerce, movement and any other right that corresponds to life in a supposedly free society, it lays the groundwork for a "show me your papers" society in which you are required to identify yourself at any time to any government worker who demands it for any reason.
Such tactics can quickly escalate into a power-grab that empowers government agents to force anyone and everyone to prove they are in compliance with every statute and regulation on the books. Mind you, there are thousands of statutes and regulations on the books. Indeed, in this era of overcriminalization, it is estimated that the average American unknowingly breaks at least three laws a day.
This is also how the right to move about freely has been undermined, overtaken and rewritten into a privilege granted by the government to those citizens who are prepared to toe the line.
It used to be that "we the people" had the right to come and go as we please without the fear of being stopped, questioned by police or forced to identify ourselves. In other words, unless police had a reasonable suspicion that a person was guilty of wrongdoing, they had no legal authority to stop the person and require identification.
Unfortunately, in this age of COVID-19, that unrestricted right to move about freely is being pitted against the government's power to lock down communities at a moment's notice. And in this tug-of-war between individual freedoms and government power, "we the people" have been on the losing end of the deal.
Now vaccine passports, vaccine admission requirements, and travel restrictions may seem like small, necessary steps in winning the war against the COVID-19 virus, but that's just so much propaganda. They're only necessary to the police state in its efforts to further brainwash the populace into believing that the government legitimately has the power to enforce such blatant acts of authoritarianism.
This is how you imprison a populace and lock down a nation.
It makes no difference if such police state tactics are carried out in the name of national security or protecting America's borders or making America healthy again: the philosophy remains the same, and it is a mindset that is not friendly to freedom.
You can't have it both ways.
You can't live in a constitutional republic if you allow the government to act like a police state.
You can't claim to value freedom if you allow the government to operate like a dictatorship.
You can't expect to have your rights respected if you allow the government to treat whomever it pleases with disrespect and an utter disregard for the rule of law.
If you're tempted to justify these draconian measures for whatever reason--for the sake of health concerns, the economy, or national security--beware: there's always a boomerang effect.
Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now, rest assured, these same practices can and will be used against you when the government decides to set its sights on you.
The war on drugs turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with SWAT teams and militarized police. The war on terror turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with warrantless surveillance and indefinite detention for those who dare to disagree.
The war on immigration turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with roving government agents demanding "papers, please."
This war on COVID-19 is turning out to be yet another war on the American people, waged with all of the surveillance weaponry and tracking mechanisms at the government's disposal. You see, when you talk about empowering government agents to screen the populace in order to control and prevent spread of this virus, what you're really talking about is creating a society in which ID cards, round ups, checkpoints and detention centers become routine weapons used by the government to control and suppress the populace, no matter the threat.
No one is safe.
No one is immune.
That's the message being broadcast 24/7 with every new piece of government propaganda, every new law that criminalizes otherwise lawful activity, every new policeman on the beat, every new surveillance camera casting a watchful eye, every sensationalist news story that titillates and distracts, every new prison or detention center built to house troublemakers and other undesirables, every new court ruling that gives government agents a green light to strip and steal and rape and ravage the citizenry, every school that opts to indoctrinate rather than educate, and every new justification for why Americans should comply with the government's attempts to trample the Constitution underfoot.
Yes, COVID-19 has taken a significant toll on the nation emotionally, physically, and economically, but there are still greater dangers on the horizon.
As long as "we the people" continue to allow the government to trample our rights in the so-called name of national security, things will get worse, not better.
It's already worse.
We've been having this same debate about the perils of government overreach for the past 50-plus years, and still we don't seem to learn, or if we learn, we learn too late.
Curiously enough, these COVID-19 mandates, restrictions and vaccine card requirements dovetail conveniently with a national timeline for states to comply with the Real ID Act, which imposes federal standards on identity documents such as state drivers' licenses, a prelude to a national identification system.
Talk about a perfect storm for bringing about a national ID card, the ultimate human tracking device.
In the absence of a national ID card, which would make the police state's task of monitoring, tracking and singling out individual suspects far simpler, "we the people" are already being tracked in a myriad of ways: through our state driver's licenses, Social Security numbers, bank accounts, purchases and electronic transactions; biometrics; by way of our correspondence and communication devices (email, phone calls and mobile phones); through chips implanted in our vehicles, identification documents, even our clothing.
Add to this the fact that businesses, schools and other facilities are relying more and more on fingerprints and facial recognition to identify us. All the while, data companies such as Acxiom are capturing vast caches of personal information to help airports, retailers, police and other government authorities instantly determine whether someone is the person he or she claims to be.
This informational glut--used to great advantage by both the government and corporate sectors--has converged into a mandate for "an internal passport," a.k.a., a national ID card that would store information as basic as a person's name, birth date and place of birth, as well as private information, including a Social Security number, fingerprint, retinal scan and personal, criminal and financial records.
A federalized, computerized, cross-referenced, databased system of identification policed by government agents would be the final nail in the coffin for privacy (not to mention a logistical security nightmare that would leave Americans even more vulnerable to every hacker in the cybersphere).
Americans have always resisted adopting a national ID card for good reason: National ID card systems have been used before, by other oppressive governments, in the name of national security, invariably with horrifying results. After all, such a system gives the government and its agents the ultimate power to target, track and terrorize the populace according to the government's own nefarious purposes.
For instance, in Germany, the Nazis required all Jews to carry special stamped ID cards for travel within the country. A prelude to the yellow Star of David badges, these stamped cards were instrumental in identifying Jews for deportation to death camps in Poland.
Author Raul Hilberg summarizes the impact that such a system had on the Jews:
The whole identification system, with its personal documents, specially assigned names, and conspicuous tagging in public, was a powerful weapon in the hands of the police. First, the system was an auxiliary device that facilitated the enforcement of residence and movement restrictions. Second, it was an independent control measure in that it enabled the police to pick up any Jew, anywhere, anytime. Third, and perhaps most important, identification had a paralyzing effect on its victims.
In South Africa during apartheid, pass books were used to regulate the movement of black citizens and segregate the population. The Pass Laws Act of 1952 stipulated where, when and for how long a black African could remain in certain areas. Any government employee could strike out entries, which cancelled the permission to remain in an area. A pass book that did not have a valid entry resulted in the arrest and imprisonment of the bearer.
Identity cards played a crucial role in the genocide of the Tutsis in the central African country of Rwanda. The assault, carried out by extremist Hutu militia groups, lasted around 100 days and resulted in close to a million deaths. While the ID cards were not a precondition to the genocide, they were a facilitating factor. Once the genocide began, the production of an identity card with the designation "Tutsi" spelled a death sentence at any roadblock.
Identity cards have also helped oppressive regimes carry out eliminationist policies such as mass expulsion, forced relocation and group denationalization. Through the use of identity cards, Ethiopian authorities were able to identify people with Eritrean affiliation during the mass expulsion of 1998. The Vietnamese government was able to locate ethnic Chinese more easily during their 1978-79 expulsion. The USSR used identity cards to force the relocation of ethnic Koreans (1937), Volga Germans (1941), Kamyks and Karachai (1943), Crimean Tartars, Meshkhetian Turks, Chechens, Ingush and Balkars (1944) and ethnic Greeks (1949). And ethnic Vietnamese were identified for group denationalization through identity cards in Cambodia in 1993, as were the Kurds in Syria in 1962.
Moreover, laws such as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) empower the government to arrest and detain indefinitely anyone they "suspect" of being an enemy of the state.
So you see, you may be innocent of wrongdoing now, but when the standard for innocence is set by the government, no one is safe.
Everyone is a suspect.
And anyone can be a criminal when it's the government determining what is a crime.
It's no longer a matter of if, but when.
Remember, the police state does not discriminate.
At some point, it will not matter whether your skin is black or yellow or brown or white. It will not matter whether you're an immigrant or a citizen. It will not matter whether you're rich or poor. It won't even matter whether you've been properly medicated, vaccinated or indoctrinated.
Government jails will hold you just as easily whether you've obeyed every law or broken a dozen. And whether or not you've done anything wrong, government agents will treat you like a suspect simply because they have been trained to view and treat everyone like potential criminals.
Eventually, when the police state has turned that final screw and slammed that final door, all that will matter is whether some government agent chooses to single you out for special treatment.
Nearing Midnight: Those Attacking Children – Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
Some weeks ago in an article titled “Millstone Milestone,” I addressed the matter of children below the age of accountability going to be with the Lord in the Rapture when He calls believers to Himself. I won’t repeat the reasons ’m convinced God’s Word teaches this truth. Suffice it to say I’ve covered it in lengthy articles, probably to the irritation of some who would disagree with me.
This piece is to try to get our minds around why the tremendous assault on the most innocent among us is raging in culture and society today. By innocent, I mean those too young to be aware of their rebellion and to know they need a Savior to redeem them from the penalty of sin.
We’ve catalogued a number of stories about the debauched human minions who are intent on bringing to the minds of small children and teenagers the most salacious and degrading sensual presentations. I won’t go into detail, because such activity makes any parent or grandparent cringe at the thought of things going on today in this regard. No longer is such activity taking place only within cults or other auspices. Now the activity is right in the face of those of us who want to protect children from the pedophiles who are the perpetrators of this evil.
We recently reported the San Francisco GLBTQ organization that put out the song lauding their cause that has as its lyrics, “We are coming for your children…”. We reported on numerous occasions the transvestites who, with and without parent’s permission, hold readings in libraries and, in some public-school settings, offer presentations that graphically display and verbally describe every sort of perverted sexual activity of their wicked practitioners—some even doing so while dressed in costume that partially expose their nudity.
School boards, in some cases, have approved this assault on children. Thankfully, there are parents who are organizing against this sort of evil.
With regard to the transgender perversions going on, even die-hard feminists are beginning to see the insanity and detriment caused by the satanic attempts to blend the genders. I say “satanic,” because Satan places the ideas from which these perversions flow into activity that is meant to take children’s innocence—to take them from God and his prescription for righteous living.
The attack on children has taken on much more sinister movement toward satanic control. And, again, it is the strange, sudden interjection of the COVID-19 so-called pandemic that is at the heart of the assault.
The following news excerpt gives more about this movement.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently announced that kids over two years of age should be “masked up” for the upcoming school year. Under the new “guidance” children (including babies in nurseries) will be forced to wear masks until all children can collectively prove they are FULLY VACCINATED with experimental spike proteins. Many parents saw this coercion coming, which is why they appealed to local school officials over the past year to drop the mask mandate in their county.
Now it turns out, the AAP receives the bulk of its funding from Pfizer, a prominent covid-19 vaccine manufacturer. With financial control over the AAP, Pfizer is using medical organizations to gain parental trust, control families and force its products on children.
Pfizer is using the authority of regulatory agencies and medical organizations to enforce mass obedience to their VAX-all agenda. The AAP, bribed and brainwashed into compliance, is taking drug company money and doing as they are told – formalizing the abuse of children and bastardizing medical ethics, parental rights and informed consent. (“Terror and abuse: Pfizer is using the corrupt AAP to push mask mandates on children until they’re all vaccinated,” Lance B. Johnson, Rapture Ready News, July 22, 2021)
I will concede that the above excerpt is taken from a website (Natural News) that is in total opposition to vaccinations the way they have been produced and implemented without sufficient safety measures, in their view, before being injected in the whole population. However, I agree that to force vaccinations of any sort on any free people is counter to the US Constitution and is a thing what only a luciferian mindset would fully embrace. (I’m talking about the mindset of giving the injections to children without their parent’s permission or knowledge.) This is evil, because it takes children out of parental control, responsibility given by God.
When considering the millions of babies murdered in their mothers’ wombs each year, the assaults on the human race can’t be missed by the spiritually attuned mind. If the creature who hates humanity—Satan—wants to destroy humankind (and the Bible plainly says he wants to)—there is compiling evidence of his attempts to carry out that hellish mission.
Those who are wittingly compliant with this attack on children as this Age of Grace dispensation comes to a close are under a most terrifying condemnation. (I speak of those deliberately wanting to harm children, not women who fall for lies about right to choose, etc.)
The Lord Jesus, Himself, makes clear His love for the children He entrusts to the care of earthly parents. He also makes clear condemnation for harm perpetrated upon children if repentance is not forthcoming.
Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:3–6)
Americans Are Taking On Debt As If Tomorrow Will Never Come - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/americans-are-taking-on-debt-as-if-tomorrow-will-never-come/
If you make a conscious choice to ignore all long-term consequences, managing your personal finances can be a lot of fun. For example, instead of rationally evaluating what sort of mortgage payment you can actually afford, why not take a plunge and buy a $600,000 house? You only live once, right? And instead of making your current dumpy vehicle last another year or two, why not take out a huge loan on a brand new $60,000 SUV? You know you deserve it. While you are at it, why don’t you go on another huge spending spree and max out all of your credit cards again. Paying off those credit cards will be very painful in the long run, but nobody thinks much about long-term consequences these days.
Just look at the federal government. They are 28 trillion dollars in debt and yet our politicians continue to throw money around like a bunch of drunken sailors.
Of course the federal government is far from alone. State and local governments have never been so deep in debt, we are in the midst of the greatest corporate debt binge of all time, and U.S. consumers are certainly doing their part. In fact, last quarter we witnessed the largest increase in consumer debt since just before the last financial crisis…
Americans have more debt than ever before.
A surge in credit card spending and home purchases caused US household debt to increase by $313 billion, or 2.1%, in the second quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
That’s the largest nominal jump since 2007 and the biggest percentage increase in seven and a half years.
Overall, U.S. consumers are now $14,960,000,000,000 in debt.
We will shortly hit the 15 trillion dollar mark, and I think that we should commemorate the crossing of that threshold with some sort of celebration.
Of course any celebration should involve going into even more debt, because there are few things that Americans enjoy more than getting even deeper into debt.
Mortgage debt is rising particularly quickly. Housing prices have been going through the roof recently, and this has created a frenzy on a scale that we haven’t seen since just before the subprime mortgage meltdown of 2008…
Mortgage debt, the single biggest contributor to overall household debt, rose $282 billion to $10.44 trillion. A whopping 44% of the outstanding balances were originated over the past year, accounting for both new mortgages and refinancings.
But even though the US housing market is red hot and borrowing to purchase homes is through the roof, “there are still 2 million borrowers in mortgage forbearance who are vulnerable to financial distress once the forbearance programs come to an end,” said Joelle Scally administrator of the Center of Microeconomic Data at the New York Fed.
Is it just me, or does it seem like we have been here before?
All of this just seems so oddly familiar.
Of course the experts are assuring us that this even bigger housing bubble will end so much more nicely than the last one did.
You believe them, don’t you?
After being showered with trillions upon trillions of dollars by the federal government, you would think that most Americans should be in pretty good financial condition these days.
Unfortunately, it turns out that all of that money just made the gap between the wealthy and the rest of us even larger…
Americans added nearly $4 trillion to their savings during the coronavirus pandemic, but most of the gains went to the wealthy, according to a new study.
Stimulus checks, rising stock markets and fewer spending choices led to a massive savings boom over the past year, with Americans saving about $3.7 trillion, according to a study from Oxford Economics. Yet 70% of the gain went to the wealthiest 20% of Americans, the study found.
As I discussed the other day, there are millions and millions of Americans that were in danger of being thrown out into the streets once the eviction moratorium ended, but now Joe Biden has decided to come to the rescue…
President Joe Biden’s administration Tuesday issued a targeted moratorium on evictions in areas hardest hit by COVID-19, replacing a nationwide evictions freeze that expired Saturday despite legal concerns about doing so unilaterally.
The new action, in effect for 60 days, bans evictions in counties with high rates of COVID-19 transmission, reflecting where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccinated residents mask indoors and in public settings.
But is this legal?
After all, we have already seen several courts rule on this, and they have said that it isn’t.
Well, just like any good career politician, Biden isn’t going to let a little thing like “legality” stand in the way…
The president said he sought input from constitutional scholars to determine whether the CDC had the legal authority to issue a new evictions action but it was unclear whether it could pass constitutional muster.
“There are several key scholars who think that it may, and it’s worth the effort,” Biden said.
Biden says that even if the courts strike this new moratorium down, it will buy some time for his administration to get aid money to those that need it.
Needless to say, what Biden has decided to do has absolutely horrified those that still actually have respect for the U.S. Constitution. Here is an excerpt from Jonathan Turley’s reaction…
…What was astonishing is that Biden acknowledged that it is still likely unconstitutional but that they could tie it up in courts to get the money out in the interim…
Sadly, Biden’s approach is typical of how most Americans deal with things.
Most of us do whatever we feel like doing in the moment, and we don’t really give too much consideration to the long-term consequences.
Let us party today, because tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us!
Of course the truth is that “tomorrow” always arrives eventually, and our “tomorrow” is going to be more painful than most people would dare to imagine.
But for the moment, the consequences of our actions have not caught up with us quite yet, and so it is still party time.
Most Americans fully intend to enjoy this party for as long as they possibly can, but at this point time is not on our side.
Daily Jot: Stupidocrisy: Cuomo resigning to choices - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
It’s a rare moment in history when the Democratic Party leadership calls for the resignation of one of their own governors. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) led Democratic governors in handling COVID-19 with directives to send infected people to nursing homes, giving the death sentence to over 16,000 people in New York alone—a figure his aides tried to remove from a report written by state health officials. A politically-motivated Justice Department absolved Cuomo and other Democrat governors of that sin. But now President Biden and other key Democrats are demanding Cuomo resign—not for sending beloved seniors to their untimely death, but because Cuomo is a serial sexual harasser of women.
So now, the sharks are in the water. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) nobly called for Cuomo’s ouster, saying, “As always, I commend the women who came forward to speak their truth. Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign.” Biden, after admitting that some of Cuomo’s unwanted embraces were misunderstood, said, “I think he should resign.” Cuomo, in an 85-page defense of his actions, showed photos of prominent democrats, including Biden and Barack Obama, hugging women. Here is the choice for the Democratic Party: a media blitz of governors being charged with killing seniors, of which they used the Justice Department to absolve, or a few stories of sexual harassment, for which they made a governor resign.
After all, what would people think if Cuomo and four other Democrat governors were brought up on mass murder charges for systematically killing old people? And how does one get rid of a political liability going into the next election cycle without damaging an entire stable of candidates? Sex charges. That’s the Democrats’ “go to.” This is not to minimize the mental and physical consequences of Cuomo’s actions against dozens of women. He is deplorable. Given that, Cuomo should be facing criminal charges on both sexually harassing women AND killing New York’s senior citizens. Cuomo saw all this coming and that’s why his cunning staff hastily set up a task to inoculate the Governor against sexual assault by “reimagining” services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims.
On June 11, 2020, Cuomo “accepted” the task force’s recommendations, saying, “The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a drastic increase in the number of reported domestic violence cases in the state, leaving many survivors trapped at home with their abusers without access to help or resources.” He might now add, “and trapped in my office” as scores of women testified. It seems that whenever a politician becomes a liability, sexual accusations are the downfall, not necessarily the original egregious act—in this case making citizens carry death to nursing homes. As Christ said in Luke 12:2, “For there is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed.” In this case, it’s a shell game of hidden atrocities and in the eyes of politicians, who may be guilty of similar things, it’s better Cuomo resign for sex issues than death issues. Say it with me…Stupidocrisy.
Daily Devotion: When It’s Time to Walk Away - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. —Matthew 7:6
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/when-its-time-to-walk-away/ - Listen
When I was a brand-new Christian, I went out sharing my faith with a guy who was younger than me. We walked up to a really big biker who was all tatted up and wearing a vest with no shirt.
So when the guy who was with me started sharing the gospel with this biker, the biker looked at him and said, “Shut up, man! I’ll punch your face in!”
I said, “Okay, let’s go.”
But this guy was determined, and he kept preaching to the biker. Meanwhile, the biker was getting really irritated. Finally, he said to the biker, “Okay, we’ll leave, because we’re casting our pearls before pigs!”
We made it out of there alive. But I realized that some verses are in-house verses, like the one my fellow Christian boldly referred to that day: “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you” (Matthew 7:6 NLT).
This is the type of verse we quote to explain something to another believer; it’s not one we quote to the nonbeliever we’re speaking with. It may be relevant, but there’s a time and a place for everything.
Sometimes when you’re sharing with people, they’ll turn on you. And throwing “your pearls to pigs” means giving something valuable to someone who doesn’t care.
Pigs like to live in slop and filth. That’s how pigs roll. It’s where they’re comfortable. So if you give some pearls to a pig, the pig isn’t going to appreciate those pearls. Now, if you give that pig some fresh garbage, you’ll have one happy pig.
In the same way, there are some people who simply don’t want to hear the gospel. And there may come a moment when you need to just walk away.
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