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The Top 3 Prophetic News Headlines of 2021 - Britt Gillette - http://www.end-times-bible-prophecy.com/the-top-3-prophetic-news-headlines-of-2021.html
The number one sign of the Second Coming is the convergence of all the signs Jesus and the prophets said to look for. Jesus said, "When you see all these things take place, look up! Your salvation draws near" (Luke 21:28). What are the things Jesus and the prophets said to look for? Israel back in the land (Jeremiah 23:7-8)... The Jewish people back in control of Jerusalem (Luke 21:24)... The Gospel being preached to the whole world (Matthew 24:14)... And more. Today, we see these signs. Because we do, we can be confident we live in the season of His return. But Jesus cited other signs too. So did the prophets. And we see those signs as well. As 2021 draws to a close, what were the biggest prophetic news stories? Below is a list of what I believe were the top three:
1) Big Tech Censorship
For much of its existence, Google promoted the corporate motto "Don't be evil." Following its corporate restructuring under the banner of Alphabet Inc. in 2015, the company changed its motto to "Do the right thing." The people who built Google probably viewed consumer privacy violations, corporate-government censorship, and data manipulation in pursuit of a social or political agenda as evil. But for today's crop of Google employees? It's all part of "doing the right thing."
As people become more reliant on smart devices and the Internet for daily living, the power of Big Tech companies like Google has grown exponentially. These companies have the power to control the news and information flow for billions of people. This hasn't gone unnoticed by power hungry politicians across the globe. They long to wield this power for their own benefit. Unfortunately, Big Tech has been more than willing to help. For example, back in July, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced White House officials were "meeting with social media platforms" and had "increased disinformation research and tracking." She said the administration was "flagging problematic posts from Facebook that spread disinformation" and working to "connect doctors and medical professionals who are popular with their audiences with accurate information" so as to "boost trusted content."
The U.S. Surgeon General followed with his own lecture on the dangers of free thought. According to Dr. Vivek Murthy, "We live in a world where misinformation poses an imminent and insidious threat to our nation's health. Health misinformation is false, inaccurate, or misleading information about health according to the best evidence of the time. And while it often appears innocuous on social media apps, on retail sites or search engines, the truth is that misinformation takes away our freedom to make informed decisions about our health and the health of our loved ones."
Think about that. The Surgeon General thinks if you have access to uncensored information, it takes away your freedom. Only in a dystopian 1984 society does an assertion like that make any sense.
In the same month, Politico reported "Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are also planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages." This means government authorities might "fact-check" future private text messages between you and your friends. Imagine being in the middle of a phone call with a friend, and the government cuts off your call because the two of you are discussing "disinformation." Most people would be outraged. Yet, that's exactly what the government is doing with this social media disinformation censorship campaign.
All this is a threat to human freedom and liberty. In an age when social media dominates public discourse, access to these platforms is vital to get a message out. Don't believe me? Try getting your message out to a large audience without using Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, Amazon, YouTube, or Netflix. It's nearly impossible. If they can de-platform the sitting President of the United States (which they did to Donald Trump), then they can de-platform you as well.
We now live in a world where the largest technology firms have more power than most totalitarian governments had in bygone eras. Since the police power of government rules over these Big Tech companies, that means governments around the world are now more powerful than they've ever been. The power and reach of Big Tech is global in nature, and they've shown their willingness to use this power to silence you.
In 2021, Big Tech continued to cancel people and organizations deemed "dangerous" or not sufficiently "woke." YouTube channels were demonized, demonetized, and shut down. Twitter and Facebook accounts were suspended. Hosting companies dropped websites, and businesses were frozen out of using PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard.
As technology continues to advance, every aspect of human life becomes reliant on and intertwined with digital payments and the Internet. If access to those utilities is cut off, an individual's ability to participate in modern day society is also cut off. This means large corporations (and governments by default) can cut you off from society for any reason. And they can do so without due process, a trial, or the ability to defend yourself. If large corporations "cancel" you and refuse to provide you with basic services, how can you exist in the modern world? You can't. At least, not as effectively as before. Big Tech now has the power to cancel people. The power of Big Tech sets the stage for the Antichrist to control all buy/sell transactions on the planet (Revelation 13:17) and to determine at his whim who can or cannot participate in modern society.
2) The Broken Global Supply Chain
The spread of COVID-19 in early 2020 marked the beginning of a global supply chain crisis. That crisis continued throughout all of 2021. The most recent example of the broken supply chain showed up in the form of shipping problems at U.S. ports. For example, on November 11, a record 111 container ships were anchored off the coast of two California ports. This broke the previous record set just 20 days earlier.
In response, Joe Biden promised to strengthen the resiliency of the supply chain by moving to 24/7 operations at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. He was concerned about the Christmas shopping season and public opinion in an era of product shortages and rising inflation. But this is a much more complex issue. The problems involving bottlenecks in these ports are a symptom of a larger systemic breakdown - a breakdown that threatens to collapse the entire global economic system.
Despite the optimistic forecasts of politicians, the broken supply chain didn't repair itself in 2021, and it won't be fixed in 2022 either. 24/7 port operations won't fix the problem. Containers cover every square inch of the ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Before new containers can be offloaded from ships, trucks and trains need to move the existing containers to new locations. The nationwide shortage of truck drivers makes that a tall order. In 2021, the problem wasn't confined to California ports alone. Supply chain problems and shortages plagued almost every industry and factory in the world, covering a wide range of products such as bacon, semiconductors, toilet paper, aluminum, pet food, juice boxes, and a host of other items.
When COVID first struck, the global economy came to an abrupt halt. In 2021, we experienced the trauma from that high speed crash - and the damage was massive. The sudden collapse in global demand led to negative oil futures prices in April 2020. This caused energy producers around the world to cap production. Demand returned in 2021, and producers couldn't simply increase production overnight. As a result, demand increased much faster than supply.
Natural gas prices in Europe tripled in five months. European natural gas is now ten times more expensive than in the United States. European natural gas storage capacity is at a historically low level going into the winter months. Meanwhile, much of Europe is now hostage to Vladimir Putin as they've allowed themselves to become dependent on Russian energy supplies. In China, coal (which generates 50% of the nation's electricity) is becoming harder and harder to source. These higher energy prices mean higher costs for businesses and consumers. It also means energy shortages and rolling blackouts. These energy disruptions then result in additional production shutdowns and manufacturing bottlenecks, further compounding global supply chain problems. And that's where we find ourselves at the end of 2021.
3) Loss of Liberty
If you love freedom and liberty, 2021 was not your year. Many Western nations which traditionally espouse individual freedom and liberty either took steps down the road to totalitarianism or transformed into outright police states. While the list of such nations is long (United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada, New Zealand, etc.), none provides a better example of this transformation than Australia.
In 2021, Australia descended into a police state. In September, the government of South Australia rolled out a new app requiring citizens to take a photo of themselves and report their location on demand within 15 minutes of a government request. Also in September, Australian MP Daniel Andrews vowed to "lock out" the unvaccinated in regard to medical care and conducting commerce. Also in 2021, "Centres for National Resilience" appeared in Australia. These are quarantine centers that could be more accurately labeled as prisons. Those who test positive for COVID (as well as any of their "close contacts") are rounded up and forcibly confined to these camps. Earlier this month, three teenagers escaped from one of these facilities. Their escape launched a full-blown manhunt complete with roadblocks and police officers randomly searching vehicles. Barring a revolutionary pushback, Australia is lost.
Austria isn't far behind. In November, the European nation announced mandatory vaccinations. Germany quickly stated its intent to follow in Austria's footsteps. In countries around the world, society is singling out the unvaccinated for punishment. In addition to vaccine mandates, many nations, states, and cities have implemented vaccine passport systems. Those who refuse the COVID vaccines face potential loss of jobs, healthcare, freedom of movement, and liberty in general. The purpose is to ostracize the unvaccinated from society - to apply maximum pressure and coerce the unvaccinated into compliance.
Does any of this sound familiar? It should. The Book of Revelation describes a similar system whereby the people of the world are forced to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead. Those who refuse to comply will be unable to buy or sell. They'll effectively be cut off from society. Vaccine mandates and passports create the same type of system. They create a social system enabling the mark of the beast. I don't believe vaccine passports are the mark of the beast. However, if they are allowed to stand, they will create a system indistinguishable from the actual mark of the beast. This will pave the way for the rise of the Antichrist and a global dictatorship.
What to Look for in 2022
Hopefully, Jesus will return in the last few days of 2021. But regardless, expect these same trends to continue in 2022. Look for Big Tech to continue its crackdown on any ideas which run counter to the official government narrative. Look for global supply chain problems to get worse. Most of all, look for governments around the world to use every new COVID variant as a convenient excuse to trample freedom and liberty and seize ever greater amounts of power.
Combine these developments with countless others foretold in the Bible, and we can know the rapture, the Tribulation, and the Second Coming are now closer than they've ever been before. This is why the #1 event you should focus on in 2022 is the return of our Savior. As we enter a new year, all the signs tell us, "Jesus is coming!"
This Is Going To Be A REALLY “Dark Winter” For Both America And The Entire Planet - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/this-is-going-to-be-a-really-dark-winter-for-both-america-and-the-entire-planet/
Enjoy the times that you are able to spend with family and friends now, because things are starting to get really crazy out there. The official beginning of winter is upon us, and just in time there is a frightening new COVID variant that is scaring the living daylights out of politicians all over the planet. Of course those deeply frightened politicians are going to respond to this new threat just like they have responded to every other chapter of this crisis so far. They are going to spend even more money, they are going to relentlessly promote the injections that the big pharmaceutical companies are pushing, and they are going to impose more absurd authoritarian measures. Needless to say, that means that this is going to be a really bad winter for the entire globe.
On Monday, the Biden administration stunned people all over the country when it promised a “winter of severe illness and death” for those that have declined to get vaccinated. The following comes from the official White House website…
For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.
So, our message to every American is clear: There is action you can take to protect yourself and your family. Wear a mask in public indoor settings. Get vaccinated, get your kids vaccinated, and get a booster shot when you’re eligible.
Have we ever seen such a bizarre statement come out of the White House?
Those words are seething with contempt for those that have refused to do what Biden wants them to do.
Shortly after this statement was released, critics of Biden started firing back. For example, this is what Tim Murtaugh had to say on Twitter…
Going into the year of the midterm elections, the Biden White House has settled on its slogan.
“A winter of severe illness and death.”
Sounds like a winner.
Actually, it is quite likely that we will see a tremendous amount of illness and death this winter, but it won’t be in the places that Biden is expecting.
Just look at what is happening in New York City. Even though the vast majority of the city is “fully vaccinated”, New York has broken its single day case record for four days in a row…
New York state’s vaccinated health commissioner tested positive for COVID-19 via a rapid test, marking yet another breakthrough case as the Big Apple battles a record-breaking viral surge, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Monday as she acknowledged the open seat next to her. Dr. Mary T. Bassett has also gotten her booster, she added.
News of the positive test for the state’s leading health official came the same day the Empire State broke its own single-day pandemic case record for a fourth straight day, with Hochul reporting nearly 23,400 new cases overnight. The lion’s share of those infections come from New York City, where over 15,000 people tested positive, up nearly 50% since Friday.
As Omicron spreads very rapidly in New York and elsewhere, spooked investors are starting to dump their stocks. On Monday, the Dow was down another 433 points…
U.S. stocks slid Monday, continuing last week’s losses, as the rapid spread of the omicron variant continues to worry investors who fear the new surge could hamper economic growth.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 433 points, or 1.23%, while the S&P 500 index and Nasdaq Composite index declined 1.14% and 1.24%, respectively. At session lows, the Dow was down 699.94 points, or 1.98%.
If fear of Omicron continues to grow, that will be very bad news for the financial markets.
Meanwhile, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is warning that Omicron could make the worst supply chain crisis in U.S. history even worse…
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is concerned the Omicron coronavirus variant will exacerbate pressure on the already stressed-out global supply chain.
“It’s way too soon to tell. But I do worry, because we know people are afraid to go to work,” Raimondo told CNN during an interview at her Washington office.
And it appears that a fresh wave of inflation is now upon us.
Lumber prices were on the cutting edge of the last wave, and they are starting to go absolutely nuts once again…
Futures for January delivery ended Friday at $1,089.10 per thousand board feet, twice the price for a prompt delivery in mid-November.
Cash prices are way up as well. Pricing service Random Lengths said that its framing composite index, which tracks on-the-spot sales, has jumped 65% since October, to $915. A $129 gain this week was the biggest on record, eclipsing a $124 jump in May, when lumber prices crested at all-time highs.
In the midst of such a highly inflationary environment, the Democrats wanted to pass the “Build Back Better bill” and spend another gigantic mountain of money.
Thankfully, Senator Joe Manchin has chosen to vote against this ridiculous bill, and that is going to prevent it from getting through Congress.
When asked about his vote, this is how he responded…
Manchin said, “I’ve done everything possible. And you know my concerns I had, and I still have these concerns and where I’m at right now, the inflation but I was concerned about, it’s not transitory, it’s real, it’s harming every West Virginian, making it difficult for them to continue to go to their jobs. The cost of gasoline, the cost of groceries, the cost of utility bills, all of these things are hitting in every aspect of their life.”
He added, “If I can’t go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can’t vote for it. I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t. I’ve tried everything possible. I can’t get there.”
I never thought that I would be thankful for Joe Manchin, and I hope that he continues to maintain his courageous stand.
But of course other governments all over the globe continue to recklessly borrow and spend money, and that is likely to accelerate in 2022.
We really are on the verge of a historic global economic nightmare, and I really like how Egon von Greyerz recently summarized what is about to hit us…
The moral message is that when chaos hits, the destruction will affect everyone, rich and poor, young and old. No one will escape by power or devotion.
The financial, economic and moral devastation which is about to hit the world will for more than 99.5% of the people will come out of the blue like a flash from a clear sky.
For most people the coming events will thus be like the definition of the word CHAOS: “A state of total confusion and disorder”…
Most people blindly trusted that our leaders knew what they were doing.
But they didn’t, and now we are heading into a time of extreme bitterness for the entire planet.
If we would have made much different choices, things could have turned out much differently.
Unfortunately, now we will have to live with the consequences of our decisions, and they will be very painful indeed.
Chosen Control Mechanism Tightening - By Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/2021/12/17/chosen-control-mechanism-tightening-by-terry-james/
It is orchestrated, conducted by a malevolent maestro whose baton continues to direct the downfall of man. The baton has at its supernatural tip the arrangement he has chosen to hold his mesmerized, global audience.
His concert might be headlined “The End-times Pandemic.” Never before has such a disease held the entire world under its control. I can say this with certainty because never before has there been such a worldwide media outreach. Every nation on earth is within the maestro’s evil, deluding influence. Leaderships of the nations, for the most part, fall obediently in line as the maestro points and manipulate the baton of orchestration.
The COVID-19 virus has now mutated, we are told, into a number of strains that will be with humankind forever. The maestro has directed many–perhaps most—leaders around the world that the answer to the problem is vaccination –many vaccinations.
This orchestration is setting the end-times world stage for his finale–the moment he brings his son of perdition onto the scene.
Since it is the opinion of most who hold to the pre-Trib view that Antichrist will come out of Europe, we look to that region to watch for the maestro’s movement in that area of the world. In that regard, there are significant developments. Satan’s apparent chosen mechanism for controlling the masses seems on track for setting the stage for his desired end-times finale.
As the following report makes clear, troubling implementations are being conducted in places where people have experienced such evil control activity in the past.
Germany has announced that those who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 will be put on lockdown, with leaders in the European nation indicating that they will support making the COVID jabs mandatory in the future.
The New York Times reported that the new rules will ban the unvaccinated from bars, restaurants, and all stores except for those that carry basic necessities. To get into any of these establishments, German residents must present either proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from a recent COVID-19 infection…
This comes as Europe in general is considering moving to make the COVID-19 shots mandatory. European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke out to say that it’s time to “potentially think about mandatory vaccination” to combat the omicron variant.
“Two or three years ago, I would never have thought to witness what we see right now, that we have this horrible pandemic, we have the vaccines, the life-saving vaccines, but they are not being used adequately everywhere,” von der Leyen said on Wednesday. “How we can encourage and potentially think about mandatory vaccination within the European Union, this needs discussion. This needs a common approach, but it is a discussion that I think has to be led.” (“Germany Effectively Puts the Unvaccinated on Lockdown, Bans Them from Nearly Every Aspect of Public Life,” James Samson, Telegram, December 3, 2021)
There are those in authority in the former land of Nazism who want to go even further in the lockdown measures. Ralf Reintjes, a professor of epidemiology at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, because Germany is the least vaccinated in Europe with a 68.4 percent of the total population vaccinated, declared to CNBC that Germany’s latest restrictions aren’t enough to combat a COVID-19 surge.
“I’m very glad that the first steps in the right direction have been taken. It’s more than urgent that new measures come and contact is reduced and people get vaccinated,” he said. “But on the other hand, I’m not so sure—like many of my colleagues, we’re wondering whether these measures in this critical phase are effective enough to lower this wave. It would have been better to have these measures earlier.”
The vaccine mandate mechanism for control of the masses is being utilized in all parts of the world. The following are a few headlines from Rapture Ready News that make the point.
So, to me, at least, Satan’s mechanism for establishing control over the world’s populations is in place. It is but one element of his blueprint for constructing Antichrist’s platform that will end with billions of deaths during the last seven years leading up to Christ’s Second Advent.
“And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world… And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Revelation 6–8, 15).
To escape the disastrous outcome of what we see developing now with regard to Satan’s mechanism for establishing Antichrist’s control, heed the following from God’s Word:
“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).
Christmas in Revelation? - By Robin Schumacher - https://www.christianpost.com/news/christmas-in-revelation.html
At the end of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown cries out in desperation, “Isn’t there anyone who can tell me what Christmas is all about?” Can you imagine what the audience response would have been if, instead of the passage in Luke 2, Charles Schultz had chosen the following text for Linus to present:
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. (Rev. 12:1-5).
“And that,” says Linus, “is what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
A walk-through Revelation’s Christmas Story
Although certainly not traditional Christmas fare, the above passage from the Bible’s last book provides unique insight into the birth of Christ over what we find in Matthew and Luke. Let’s take a quick walk through the Christmas story via the lens of John (the author of Revelation) in his prophetic work.
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.
There’s no Mary and Joseph in this nativity; instead, the second half of Revelation starts with the first in a series of events called “signs” (12:3; 13:13–14; 15:1; 16:14; 19:20). These are symbols that God reveals, which typically contain an element of prophetic warning.
The woman depicted is the second of four symbolic women in the book (Jezebel, 2:20; the great harlot, 17:1–7; the bride of the Lamb, 19:7–8). Is this Mary as in the gospels or someone else?
There have been both reasonable and bizarre conjectures as to her identity, with perhaps the strangest being the 19th-century cult leader Joanna Southcott who claimed the woman was herself. While some make the case for Mary (Roman Catholicism) or the Church, I believe the biblical evidence points to the woman being Israel.
In the dream of Joseph chronicled in Genesis 37:9–11, the sun and moon refer to Jacob and Rachel, and the 11 stars are Joseph’s brothers. Moreover, the Bible says it was through Israel that Jesus Christ came into the world (Rom. 1:3; 9:4–5) with the nation often being compared to a woman, including one in travail giving birth (Isa. 54:5; 66:7; Micah 4:10; 5:2–3). Being “in pain” is nothing new to Israel; it has suffered satanic anti–Semitism continually right up to our present day.
So, while in Matthew and Luke’s Christmas story we have Mary giving birth to Jesus, in Revelation John pictures the persecuted nation of Israel doing so.
Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems.
In the gospel accounts, it takes several chapters for Satan to explicitly appear, but in Revelation’s Christmas story, he’s immediately front and center.
The second “sign” in Revelation is “great” only in the respect of it being large and monstrous. The Bible clearly says the dragon is Satan (Rev. 12:9), with the color red (pyrros) depicting death (cf. the 2nd rider in Rev. 6:4) and the fact that the devil is a murderer (John 8:44).
While there’s no debate as to the dragon’s identity, there is disagreement over what his multiple heads, horns, and crowns mean. Yet, later in Revelation, we’re told that the heads represent mountains (Rev. 17:9), and the horns represent kings (Rev. 17:12). In all likelihood, the Antichrist’s future kingdom is being depicted: one of a renewed Roman empire consisting of a ten-nation confederacy with the ten horns representing leaders who will rule under Antichrist (cf. Rev. 13:1; Dan. 7:23–25).
Pastor and commentator R.C.H. Lenski sums up the imagery in this verse as Satan wearing “symbols of arrogated dominion.”
And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.
We’re given a quick understanding of the magnitude of spiritual evil and its formation against the Christ child with this verse. Literally, one-third of the angelic host followed Satan in his rebellion against God and now operate as demons who work against Jesus.
While some try to argue that the stars represent something other than angels, Rev. 12:9 and Dan. 8:10 indicate these are members of the rebellious angelic host.
And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.
Satan has been forever trying to kill Jesus.
Here in Revelation, John shows his reader a picture of the struggle between the woman and Satan, which is a throwback to the beginning of human history where God addressed the woman and the serpent (Gen. 3:14–16). Ever since God told Satan that the woman’s offspring would crush his head, there has always been a “dragon” standing by, waiting to destroy Israel and the ancestors of the Messiah.
In Matthew’s Christmas story, we see just one attempt: the satanically-inspired campaign of Herod to murder all the young male children (Matt. 2:16), who are the first Christian martyrs. But there have been plenty of other efforts made by the devil to stop Jesus from coming and fulfilling His mission.
Influenced by Satan, Cain killed his brother Abel, and Pharaoh (called a “dragon” in Ezek. 29:3 as is Nebuchadnezzar in Jer. 51:34) drowned the male children of the Hebrews. With murderous intent, Saul hurled his spear at David (1 Sam. 20:33), and Haman plotted to exterminate the Jewish people living in the provinces of Persia (Est. 3). At one point, the Messiah’s line was limited to one young boy (2 Kings 11:1–3).
All the devil’s work has proven fruitless, though, because Jesus Christ has conquered the dragon through His birth, life, and ascension, as the next verse indicates.
And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.
The Christmas story’s trinitarian score concludes at, God: 3; Satan: 0.
Satan fails at his attempts to stop Christ from coming, fails at his attempts to stop Jesus from accomplishing His mission, and fails at his attempts to stop Jesus from being glorified.
And to remind his readers of Christ’s firm reign, three times in Revelation John quotes words from Psalm 2:9, “You shall break them with a rod of iron” (2:27; 12:5; 19:15). The imagery is the exact opposite of a helpless baby in a manager in this version of Christ’s birth.
Note that God is the agent in the passive voice of the phrase “her child was caught up to God.” The catching up of the Child refers to His Ascension, not to the later Rapture of the church as some propose (the Rapture of the church would not constitute a deliverance of the male Child from Satan).
And so there you have it – the Christmas story as told by John in Revelation. It is the unveiling of the ascended Christ, the exalted Christ, and the Christ who is coming again in glory. Just as in Luke’s Christmas account, the only proper response to all this is, “Glory to God in the highest” (2:14).
We’re told in Hebrews 12:2 that we look: “unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
And that is what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
Daily Jot: Biden’s fear port industry - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
Joe Biden is giving another speech using fear porn to further divide the American people along the lines of those who have taken the government-sponsored COVID 19 serum and those who have not. Biden already has said that the “unvaccinated,” as he calls them, are facing a winter of death and sickness. One has to wonder if this is a statement of concern for the unvaccinated or a Christmas wish. Let us be clear. The emergency use authorized shot does protect against severe illness and death of COVID 19. It does not guarantee that one will not contract or transmit the disease. In fact, the vaccinated are responsible for shedding the Delta and Omicron variants to others. Do not fear what Biden says.
The general population has a 99% chance of surviving COVID 19 and its weaker, yet more transmissible variants. Those over 60 are impacted most by the disease, but even they fall prey to a Catch 22. The mRNA vaccine may prevent severe illness or death in their age group, but it also has many known side effects of which seniors should be very cautious. Additionally, the younger the age group, the less likely COVID 19 or its variants will claim their lives. Therefore, the higher the risk of the long-term side effects, such as myocarditis and blood clots. The International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice, and Research (IJVTPR) states that the mRNA may last long enough in the body to cause autoimmune disorders, neurodegeneration, and long-term permanent damage to the spleen, kidney and brain. So beware.
When the government has an all out pressure campaign to force or bully people into putting something experimental into their bodies over a disease with a 99% survival rate, intelligent people would call this into question. Fear, however, is a powerful motivator. The government and corporate media have successfully established fear through the threat of not being able to have a job, go to a store, enjoy personal freedom unless you have the jab. The trade-off is a long-term play: You will give up your freedoms if you allow the government to control you by fear. Tyranny is the trade-off. The precedent of giving up your bodily autonomy for some convenience and a false peace of mind is exchanging your Constitutionally guaranteed freedom for ultimate tyranny. This is a calculated risk on the part of the political handlers. How so?
The CDC says that 72.1% of the US population has received at least one dose of the COVID 19 shot. As of October, the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 60% of the unvaccinated are mostly conservative Republican. The Public Religion Research Group polling suggests that Republicans are twice as likely to say that the shot goes against their religious beliefs. Demonizing the unvaccinated as a public health risk further isolates the primary resistance to tyrannical Marxist (Democratic Party) policies—conservative Republicans and Christians. See where this persecution is headed? Don’t buy Biden’s fear porn. As Ephesians 6:19 says, “And for me that utterance may be given unto me that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.” Christ is the anecdote to tyranny.
Daily Devotion: Mighty God - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
And His name will be called . . . Mighty God, Everlasting Father —Isaiah 9:6
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It’s kind of hard to wrap our minds around the idea that a beautiful little baby, born in a manger in Bethlehem, was God Almighty. He was deity in diapers. My friend Max Lucado put it this way: “Divinity arrived. Heaven opened herself and placed her most precious one in a human womb. The omnipotent, in one instant, made himself breakable.”
Jesus was fully God and fully man. He was not just a good man; He was the God-man. God came to this earth and walked among us. Jesus became one of us without ceasing to be Himself. He became human without ceasing to be God. And Isaiah 9:6 tells us that He is the Mighty God.
That takes care of the demands of life. He has all the power that you need. Whatever you’re facing, whatever challenge or difficulty you’re going through, the Almighty God has taken residence in your heart if you have given your life to Jesus Christ.
In addition, Isaiah calls him Everlasting Father. This brings hope and encouragement to those of us who grew up without a father or who perhaps had a harsh, abusive father.
When I was growing up, my mother was married and divorced seven different times, so I didn’t have a father figure. But when I became a believer in Jesus Christ, I suddenly had a heavenly Father looking out for me and with whom I could come into a relationship.
We have a Father in Heaven who loves us. Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, we can now call God our Father if we’ve put our faith in Jesus Christ. Not only is He our Father, but He’s our Everlasting Father. That means He’s not only our Father on Earth, but He also will receive us into Heaven one day.
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