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The Three Witnesses to Jacob’s Trouble, Part IV - By Randy Nettles - https://www.raptureready.com/2021/05/11/the-three-witnesses-to-jacobs-trouble-part-iv-by-randy-nettles/
(Daniel, Jesus, and John)
Revelation 18 describes the fall of Babylon, the capital city of the Antichrist. Babylon will become the world political and economic capital during the second half of Jacob’s trouble, according to Revelation 18:9-17. This city is not a symbolic “Babylon” but is the actual Babylon that is located in Iraq as portrayed in the vision of Zechariah 5:5-11. It will be rebuilt during the Tribulation.
The proclamation of the destruction of Babylon the Great is given by another angel coming down from heaven. He is said to have great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. “The angel cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury'” (Revelation 18:2-3).
Another voice from heaven tells the Tribulation saints to come out of her lest they share in her sins and plagues. The voice from heaven declares Babylon’s plagues (death, mourning, and famine) will come in one day, for she will be utterly burned with fire. Several Old Testament prophets speak about Babylon’s destruction as well. Isaiah 13:1-8 explains the means by which this destruction will occur. I believe verse 8 could be describing a nuclear bomb, perhaps a small mini-suitcase nuclear or dirty bomb. “And they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; they will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; they will be amazed at one another; their faces will be like flames.”
Isaiah compares Babylon’s fate to that of Sodom and Gomorrah, which burned with fire that was rained down from heaven upon them. “And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, The beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It will never be inhabited, nor will it be settled from generation to generation; nor will the Arabian pitch tents there, nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there” (Isaiah 13:19-20).
Babylon was built on land that is a fine clay mingled with sand with a large amount of asphalt underneath. This asphalt, when ignited, could burn for a very long time at an extremely hot temperature. This asphalt was used instead of mortar for the making of clay bricks in the time of Nimrod and the building of the Tower of Babel.
Revelation 18:9-19 describes the mourning of the destruction of Babylon from the kings of the earth (and especially the Antichrist, I would assume) and the merchants of the earth. “They cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’ They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.'”
Meanwhile, in heaven, the Tribulation saints and the two witnesses who were martyred will be rejoicing as they watch the death of those who persecuted and murdered them, for God will avenge them. For the final touch, “a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, ‘Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore'” (Revelation 18:21).
When Jeremiah, the Old Testament (weeping) prophet, went with Zedekiah, the king of Judah, into Babylon, he wrote his book/scroll (Jeremiah) and commanded Seraiah to bind a stone to the scroll and cast it into the midst of the Euphrates River. He told Seraiah, “Thus Babylon shall sink and not rise from the catastrophe that I will bring upon her. And they shall be weary” (Jeremiah 51:64). The stone is symbolic of the great millstone that is cast into the sea by the angel in John’s account. This prophecy was spoken by Jeremiah over two and a half millennia ago. Babylon will cease to be inhabited again (except for demons, it will be a prison for every foul spirit) even through the Millennium Kingdom of Jesus.
Revelation 19 describes the events in heaven immediately preceding Jesus’ 2nd Coming to the earth. The inhabitants of heaven are celebrating four events on the earth and respond with shouts of ‘hallelujah’ each time. The first hallelujah is for the fall of Ecclesiastical Babylon, which occurred earlier during the mid-point of Jacob’s trouble. “After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, ‘Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her'” (Revelation 19:1-2).
The 2nd hallelujah, in verse 3, is shouted out for the destruction of the city of Babylon, which is described in the previous chapter. The 3rd hallelujah, in verses 4 and 5, is given by the 24 elders and the 4 beasts/cherubim who fall down and worship God who is on the throne. The 4th hallelujah, in verses 6-8 is for the marriage of the Lamb, which takes place in heaven at this time. This joyous event will occur after the Judgment Seat of Christ. This is evident from verses 7 and 8, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife [the Church] has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”
After the Church saints are raptured and are then found righteous (for their faith), they will be given their wedding apparel of fine linen, bright and pure.
The marriage feast of the Lamb will take place on earth after the Millennium Kingdom of Jesus begins. This event is described in Revelation 19:9, “Blessed are they who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” The blessed ‘they’ is referring to the Old Testament saints and Tribulation saints, who will be the guests at this wedding feast. I believe it will occur on the 1,335th day that is mentioned in Daniel 12:12: “Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.”
In Revelation 19:11-16, we see why the inhabitants of heaven are singing hallelujahs and worshipping God in such a jubilant manner; for these verses describe the return of Jesus Christ to the earth at the battle of Armageddon and the results thereof.
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
There are two heavenly armies that come with the Lord to the earth. One army is known as hosts of the Lord, or the angelic army, as described in Matthew 16:27. The other army that will return with Jesus is the Church saints. Jude 14-15 describes this army. These armies will not participate in this war against the armies of the earth led by the Antichrist. Jesus will fight and win this battle by Himself.
The coming of the Messiah was very important to the beliefs of the Jewish people in the Old Testament days. Ever since the first prophecy was given by the Lord to Satan (in the form of a serpent) in the Garden of Eden, and recorded by Moses, the Jews have been looking for their Messiah. If you don’t remember, here is that prophecy:
“And I will put enmity between you [Satan] and the woman [mankind as represented by Israel], and between your seed [Antichrist] and her Seed [Jesus]; he [Antichrist in the form of ungodly man/Judas Iscariot, religious elites of Israel, Romans] shall bruise your [Jesus’] head, and you [Jesus] shall bruise His [Antichrist/Satan] heel” (Genesis 3:15).
The Jews didn’t even recognize their promised Messiah when He came the first time as the suffering servant of Isaiah 53. They are still looking for Him to this day. Many Old Testament prophets have prophesied about His coming. They just didn’t realize He would come twice… once to save mankind from sin, death, and the grave; and the second time to judge mankind and save the faithful remnant of Israel and the Gentiles. Most of these prophecies are referring to the 2nd Coming of Jesus. Here are a few of them that describe this awesome and supernatural Day of the Lord:
1. “O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. God [Jesus] came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, and there His power was
“Before Him went pestilence, and fever followed at His feet. The sun and moon stood still in their habitation; at the light of Your arrows they went, at the shining of Your glittering spear. You marched through the land in indignation; you trampled the nations in anger. You went forth for the salvation of Your people, for salvation with Your Anointed. You struck the head from the house of the wicked, by laying bare from foundation to neck” (Habakkuk 3:2-5;11-13).
2. “Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet. And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
“From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire. The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them. Then the channels of the sea were seen, the foundations of the world were uncovered at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils” (Psalm 18:7-15).
Many Bible eschatologists believe this day of the Lord will occur on the 5th Feast of the Lord, known as Trumpets. This day will transpire (in my humble opinion) on the 2,490th day after the start of Jacob’s trouble (7-year Tribulation) when the Antichrist confirms the covenant with the many for 7 years (2,520 days).
The end of Daniel’s 70th Week/Seven does not end with the battle of Armageddon but rather 30 days later. This extra 30 days takes into account enough time for the last two Feasts of the Lord, Atonement and Tabernacles, to be fulfilled by Jesus after His return to the earth on the Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah.
According to Daniel 9:24, six things must occur before the last ‘week’ (7 years) of the Tribulation/Jacob’s trouble/Daniel’s 70th seven/Day of the Lord will end. 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. There is no time for all of this to happen if the Tribulation is over when Jesus returns at Armageddon on Trumpets. However, there is sufficient time for the before-mentioned six results to occur if given another 30 days after Trumpets. Also, there will still be enough time for Jesus to fulfill the prophecies of Matthew 24:30-31 as well as Matthew 25:31-46. Please see In the Midst :: by Randy Nettles – Rapture Ready for more information.
30 days after the last Feast of Trumpets, Daniel’s Seventieth 7 will have ended, and the Millennium reign of Jesus Christ will begin. 1,290 days will have passed from the Abomination of Desolation to the end of the Great Tribulation (as mentioned in Daniel 12:11). And 2,520 days will have passed from the start to the end of the 7-year Tribulation.
Most Bible scholars believe there will be 6,000 years of recorded history for mankind, and then Jesus will return and reign for 1,000 years on the earth. The Bible says that a thousand years is as one day with the Lord. “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). Just as the original creation week took 6 days of work and 1 day of rest (Genesis 2:1-3) 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 earthly reign of Jesus Christ. We are advancing rapidly towards those 6,000 years, according to biblical chronologists. See https://www.rev310.com/2018/12/epochs-in-bible-chronology-6000-years-of-mankind
Six millennia will have passed from the creation, when the first created man, Adam, ruled the earth. Now, 6,000 years later, the second Adam (as described in 1 Corinthians 15:45-49), Jesus, will rule the earth, and the 1,000-year glorious reign of Jesus Christ as King of the earth will have begun, and we who love Him will rule with Him. Hallelujah!
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Authors note: This article only covers the Tribulation part of Revelation (as well as Matthew and Daniel). You need to read and study Revelation 20-22, which covers Satan’s fate, the Millennium Kingdom of Jesus, Satan’s last rebellion, the Great White Throne Judgment, the new Earth and Heaven, the New Jerusalem, and the River of Life. Revelation is the only book of the Bible that guarantees a blessing for those who read and study and believe it. Actually, the blessing is mentioned twice (which means it is important), once at the start and once at the finish of Revelation.
“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3).
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:7).
Iran's Proxy War Against Israel - by Khaled Abu Toameh - https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17364/iran-proxy-war-israel
The Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) organization announced on May 11 that its members fired a burst of "Badr-3" missiles into Israel, killing two women and injuring dozens others. The announcement was made by PIJ's military wing, Al-Quds Brigades, after the group and other terror factions in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas, fired hundreds of rockets into Israel within 24 hours.
The "Badr-3" missile is an Iranian-made missile that appeared for the first time on the battlefields of the Middle East in April 2019, when the Iranian-backed Houthi militia used it during the fighting in war-torn Yemen.
The "Badr-3" missile carries an explosive warhead weighing 250 kg, and has a range of more than 160 km, according to Debka, an Israeli website that reports on military issues. "The missile explodes within 20m of target and releases a 1,400-piece shower of shrapnel fragments," the website reported.
PIJ was the first terrorist organization to use the Iranian missile against Israel in 2019.
Until a few years ago, PIJ, Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist groups used to receive rockets and other weapons directly from Iran -- smuggled in by sea or across the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. For some years now, however, according to Israeli intelligence sources, these terrorist groups have used years of experience with Iranian and other rockets to develop their own versions.
Over the past 15 years, Iran became the most dominant weapon supplier to Hamas and PIJ. The major smuggling route was from Iran to Sudan, on to Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula, and from there to the Gaza Strip. These weapons include long range rockets, mortar shells, anti-tank missiles, tons of standard explosives and raw materials for explosive production.
Last year, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei admitted for the first time that his country was supplying the Palestinian terrorist groups with weapons. "Iran realized Palestinian fighters' only problem was lack of access to weapons," Khamenei said in an online speech.
"With divine guidance and assistance, we planned, and the balance of power has been transformed in Palestine, and today the Gaza Strip can stand against the aggression of the Zionist enemy and defeat it."
Khamenei went on to offer the reason why Iran was sending rockets, missiles and tons of explosives to the Gaza Strip: "The Zionist regime is a deadly, cancerous tumor in the region. It will undoubtedly be uprooted and destroyed."
Khamenei's admission shows how the mullahs in Tehran have been lying to the West for many years. In 2011, Mohammad Khazaee, the Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations, sent a letter to the President of the United Nations Security Council in which he vehemently denied that Iran was smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip:
"The Islamic Republic of Iran categorically rejects the allegations concerning the so-called smuggling of advanced weapons into the Gaza Strip, which are based on false and misleading information provided by the Zionist regime. Iran's support for the peoples of Palestine has been of a moral, humanitarian and political nature."
The denial exposes the extent of Iran's scheme to deceive the international community not only regarding its supply of weapons to the Palestinian terrorist groups, but also concerning its plan to acquire nuclear weapons and bolster its production of nuclear material.
So while the Obama administration was sending $400 million of cash to Iran, the Iranians were continuing to supply rockets and missiles to their proxies in the Gaza Strip so that they could use them to destroy the "Zionist entity."
In 2015, the Obama administration, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany reached a deal with Iran, whereby it agreed to limit its nuclear activities and allow in international inspectors in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. Iran, however, repeatedly violated the terms of the nuclear deal, according to the UN's nuclear monitoring Atomic Energy Agency.
The same Iran that lied about the smuggling of the weapons into the Gaza Strip also managed to deceive the US and the world powers regarding its willingness to adhere to the nuclear deal.
Last month, a report published by the Israeli Walla news website revealed that in 2006, Iran opened a route to smuggle missiles and ammunition to the Palestinian terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip through Yemen and Sudan. The smuggling operations were led by Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was assassinated by Israel in 2010.
On April 9, Mahmoud Mardawi, a Hamas leader and former member of the group's military wing, Izaddin al-Qassam Brigades, told the Al-Monitor news website:
"Hamas wants to explore all sources of military supplies from every country and movement, mainly from Iran. We will not stop knocking on doors to find parties to provide us with weapons."
An arms smuggler who deals with Hamas told Al-Monitor that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps sent weapons to the Palestinian terrorist groups through the Suez Canal all the way to the Mediterranean Sea, where Iranian ships dock off the coast of the Gaza Strip in Egyptian territorial waters. When night sets, he revealed, Hamas frogmen transport the weapons in closed containers.
Earlier this year, the secretary-general of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziyad al-Nakhaleh, disclosed that Qassem Soleimani, the slain commander of Iran's Quds Force, "personally" managed a complex operation to send weapons to the Gaza Strip. Nakhaleh said that Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone attack on January 3, 2020 near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, traveled to several countries to supply weapons for the Palestinian terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip.
Were it not for Iran's financial and military aid, the Palestinian terrorist groups would not have been able to attack Israel with thousands of rockets and missiles. Like their patrons in Tehran, Hamas and PIJ do not recognize Israel's right to exist and are committed to its destruction.
In the past, Iran used its proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah, to attack Israel. Iran is now using its Palestinian proxies to achieve its goal of eliminating Israel and killing Jews. This is a war not only between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist groups. Rather, it is a war waged by Iran against Israel.
The Western powers that are currently negotiating with Iran about the revival of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal are emboldening the mullahs and allowing them to continue their war of "kill[ing] all the Jews."
Do You Get the Feeling That Events Happening Now Are Leading Us into An Endless Global Nightmare? - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/do-you-get-the-feeling-that-events-happening-now-are-leading-us-into-an-endless-national-nightmare/
2021 was supposed to be the year that life went back to normal. Obviously, that is not happening, and so a lot of prominent voices out there are going to be forced to update their narratives. Global events have really started to accelerate, and so many of the things that the “doom and gloomers” have been warning about are starting to happen right in front of our eyes. For example, on my websites I have been talking about Israel a lot in recent months, and now it appears that the region is on the brink of war. So far, more than 700 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza, but by the time you read this article that number will probably be even higher. In response, the IDF has conducted a series of dramatic strikes inside Gaza, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is promising “to attack harder and increase the pace of attacks”…
‘Hamas will be hit in ways that it does not expect,’ Netanyahu said. ‘We have eliminated commanders, hit many important targets and we have decided to attack harder and increase the pace of attacks.’
Joe Biden and other world leaders are begging for peace, but neither side appears to be inclined to back down.
Every time Israel retaliates, Hamas just launches even more rockets at Israeli cities, and they are insisting that this is their “right”…
“We have the right to respond to the Israeli offensive and protect the interests of our people as long as the Israeli occupation continues the escalation,” Hamas said in a statement.
So here we go.
As I discussed yesterday, this situation has the potential to get wildly out of control very rapidly.
On Tuesday, the skies above Tel Aviv looked like something out of a science fiction movie as Israel’s Iron Dome intercepted countless incoming rockets from Gaza. Could you imagine living in fear that a rocket could explode right next to you at any moment?
If that was happening in this country, millions of Americans would be screaming for Biden to nuke somebody.
Meanwhile, the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack has caused massive gasoline shortages up and down the east coast of the United States. On Tuesday evening, the Drudge Report breathlessly declared that more than 1,000 gas stations had run out of gasoline, and Zero Hedge was reporting that some people were waiting in line for up to five hours in a desperate attempt to fill up their vehicles.
Up until recently, just about the only thing that we were missing from the economy of the 1970s was the long gas lines, but now here we are.
North America’s largest petroleum pipeline has been shut down for just a few days, and now much of the southeastern quadrant of the country is absolutely paralyzed.
Do you think that there is a lesson to be learned here?
Of course there is. Once again we see how incredibly vulnerable we are to any sort of a major disruption. If the unprecedented power grid failure in Texas a few months ago was not enough of a wake up call for you, this definitely should be.
At this point, we are being told it is uncertain whether or not the Colonial Pipeline will be able to restore operations by this weekend…
If the Colonial Pipeline is not back in business by the weekend, prices could continue to rise at the pump and there will be broader localized fuel shortages across the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions.
Eventually, the flow of gasoline will be restored and everyone along the east coast will be able to fill up their vehicles again.
But the crazy inflation that we are witnessing right is not going to go away.
For years, economic “doom and gloomers” have been warning that if we kept recklessly creating, borrowing and spending money that really bad things would happen.
How many times have we heard about “the death of the dollar” and the dangers of wildly inflating our currency?
Well, it turns out that the “doom and gloomers” were dead on accurate. Inflation is one of the biggest stories of 2021 so far, and we just got another confirmation of how bad things are getting out there…
The median price for a single-family home in the U.S. rose the most on record in the first quarter, as buyers fought over a dearth of inventory, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Prices jumped 16.2% from a year earlier to a record high of $319,200. The growth eclipsed the 14.8% rate in the fourth quarter, which was the highest in data going back to 1989, the group said in a report Tuesday.
But at least home prices are not rising as fast as the price of cotton is.
If you can believe it, the price of cotton is up more than 50 percent over the past year.
Of course the price of corn is rising even more rapidly. As I discussed the other day, the price of corn is up about 50 percent just since the turn of the year.
Needless to say, lumber still has everyone else beat. The price of lumber has actually risen more than 200 percent over the past 12 months.
A lot of comparisons have been made to the horrible inflation that the U.S. experienced during the 1970s, but really I think that we need to go all the way back to the 1930s for a more accurate parallel to our current situation.
At this point, we are becoming more like the Weimar Republic with each passing day.
But if you think that things are really bad now, just wait, because you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Everywhere you look, systems are failing, society is crumbling and evil is growing. Even the Secret Service, who are supposed to be the best of the best, are now plagued by endless scandals and widespread incompetence.
This is not a drill. A widespread societal collapse is now underway, and it is going to get progressively worse.
This is the time of our endless nightmare, but nobody is going to ever be allowed to wake up from it.
Nearing Midnight: Washington Post Sees No Reason to Fact-Check Biden’s Lies – Todd Strandberg - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler drew fierce criticism last week after saying he did not plan to maintain a “database” for President Biden’s falsehoods beyond his first 100 days in office. “I have learned my lesson,” Kessler tweeted. “‘Learned my lesson’ means who knows what the next four years will bring.”
Kessler compares Biden’s (67 false or misleading claims) to Trump’s first 100 days (511 claims.) In the last 100 days before the 2020 election, he counted 8,859 claims made by Trump. Being as it’s a leftist reporter determining if Trump had lied, the numbers don’t mean anything.
The reason why Kessler is shutting down his database is because he’s not doing his job. President Biden’s senile mind hardly knows fact from fiction. He naturally presents false information because of his age.
A person on Twitter reminded Kessler that fact-checking is part of his job:
“DO A DATABASE. This is your job. A database for every single president and politician. It is YOUR job to fact-check them & keep them handy for everyone. Come on, man. But go ahead and enjoy your 4-year vacation. Thanks for confirming your bias.”
The Washington Post appears to be quite selective when it comes to the urgency of its “fact-checks” of certain prominent politicians. Senator Tim Scott, R-S.C., was the subject of a lengthy hit piece by Mr fact-checker, Glenn Kessler. He went after Scott because he was chosen to give the Republican response to Biden’s address to Congress. Also, because he’s black, and liberals hate it when an African American leaves the Democratic plantation.
Tim Scott often talks about being the descendant of slaves. Scott has said his grandfather dropped out of elementary school to pick cotton, so the liberal newspaper enlisted its fact-checker to get to the bottom of the claim.
Kessler declared he “dug into the South Carolina census records” to “close this gap in Scott’s narrative” despite admitting “census data is historically questionable at best — and at times unreliable.”
Despite the fact that Kessler does not have any solid evidence to counter Scott’s claim, he argued that the senator was creating a narrative of Scott moving up from humble circumstances to reach a position of political power in the U.S. Senate. But Scott separately has acknowledged that his great-great-grandfather, Lawrence Ware, once owned 900 acres in South Carolina. Because wealth can come and go, it’s understandable that Scott’s grandfather could have fallen on hard times.
However, the Washington Post has yet to look into the “tale” from Vice President Harris, which has been accused of outright lies. Harris has repeatedly boasted of her parents’ involvement in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
In an Elle magazine interview that was published in October, she recalled accompanying them to marches as a toddler in a stroller. The left doesn’t care at all if some of Harris’ claims are not historically possible. She could say she was the first Black woman to land on the moon.
The problem with the Biden administration being able to do as it pleases without any check by the liberal media is that it will lead to corruption. The saying, “I’m from the government, and I’m near to help,” is a sure sign of danger because the government causes more problems than it solves.
Ratings for CNN have declined because everyone knows that the network is just a lapdog for the Democratic party. People don’t need to watch this network because they can just assume what type of coverage it will air about Biden.
The only hope we have to avoid America turning into a banana republic is a blowback during the 2022 elections. The Democrats will win in the next election cycle because they will offer people more free money to buy their votes. When the system starts to break down and the value of money becomes nearly worthless, people will vote Democratic just to have a free meal.
If more people put their faith in God, our nation would return to its glory days of prosperity. Because most people trust the government, darker days are in America’s future.
“He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he” (Proverbs 16:20).
Daily Jot: Stupidocrisy: Paying people not to work - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
America always has been a capitalist economy, regulated to protect consumers and some businesses from corporate greed and graft. As the Democratic Party, led by extremist socialists, tries to remake America into a totally socialist economy, and establish itself as “Party for Life,” the rugged individualism of being “American” is the reality check, albeit not as strong as it should be. Many small to medium sized businesses are complaining that they cannot find enough workers to fill jobs because of government-fed COVID relief programs that have essentially turned into a guaranteed minimum wage where there is no incentive to work. This feeds the socialist machine at the expense of every taxpayer.
The wheels of the economy will grind to a halt if the workforce refuses to participate. Figure into the equation that trillions of dollars are being spent. We are witnessing the transition from capitalism to socialism with COVID as the excuse. Print more money. Tax more people. Import more workers from other countries. All this adds up to the Democratic Party’s and big corporate America’s globalist, socialist agenda. The Democratic Party leadership wants a guaranteed minimum wage. Republicans say “No.” So along comes COVID and creates the perfect opportunity to dish out money to people as a safety net for locking them out of their jobs—the precursor to guaranteed minimum wages AND slothfulness.
Now they are getting extra-unemployment and don’t want to go back to work. While denying that the extra $300 a week of federal unemployment benefits, in addition to state benefits, is incentive to stay home, Joe Biden reiterated that if you are offered a suitable job, the law says you have to take it. But the Biden Administration relaxed, even reversed, Trump rules that required workers to take jobs rather than refuse them. State officials, participating in a House Ways and Means Committee roundtable, expressed alarm that fraudulent unemployment claims have seen a 1,500-4,800% increase. Yet businesses are complaining they cannot fill job openings. At the same time, Biden’s immigration policies are importing more “workers” at the request of big corporations—again at taxpayers expense. See the cycle?
The American work ethic has driven innovation, industry, entrepreneurship, and economic success. This ethic is based on biblical principles such as 2 Corinthians 9:6, “…He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12, “…this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.” Remaking the most successful economy in history into a third-world socialist failure for the sake of long-term political power for an elite few, is ungodly. It is also, say it with me…Stupidocrisy.
Daily Devotion: Sacrificial Love - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. —Ephesians 5:32
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Of all the pictures God could have chosen to show His love for the world, and of all of the pictures God could have chosen to show how much His church loves Him, He chose marriage.
How do we know this? Because God says to husbands, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25 NKJV). And He says to wives, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord” (verse 22 NKJV).
Essentially the Lord is saying: “Hey, Planet Earth, do you want to know how much I love My people? Check out the way that Christian husband loves His wife. That’s what it’s like. And do you want to know how much My church loves Me? Look at the way that wife loves her husband. That’s how much my church loves Me.”
Our love for God is a response to God’s love for us. The Bible says, “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NKJV).
Despite our sinfulness, wickedness, and shortcomings, despite all the horrible things we’ve done, God loves us. And His love wins us over.
In the New Testament story of the prodigal son, the father ran to his wayward child. And by the way, in that culture it was considered undignified for an older man to run. That’s not to mention the fact that it’s harder for an older man to run. (I know this from experience.)
Jesus told this story to show us what God is like. Effectively He was saying that God is like a father who’s willing to lose his dignity, if you will, to get to his wayward sons and daughters and forgive them.
It’s because He loves us. God loves us so much that He left his comfort zone to reach us.
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