Signs of the Times Update: November 28, 2022

November 28, 2022

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:15-17)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child will deliver its 200 millionth shoebox filled with toys this season to a child in Ukraine. The Christian missionary program partners with churches throughout the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and South Korea to deliver shoeboxes filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies for children in countries suffering from war, disease, poverty and disaster. Founded by evangelist Franklin Graham in 1993, the ministry has delivered Christmas gifts and the Gospel to more than 198 million children in over 170 countries and territories over the last three decades. In December, the 200 millionth shoebox will be packed and hand-delivered to a Ukrainian child impacted by war by former Ukrainian shoebox recipient Elizabeth Groff.

A longtime Christian ministry in Wyoming that the government had ordered to hire non-Christians for positions teaching the Christian faith has won a court battle over its employment requirements. According to officials with the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Wyoming Rescue Mission last year served nearly 61,000 free meals to the public, provided 41,000 beds for men, women and children, enrolled 92 Discipleship Recovery Program participants and handed out 1,200 thrift store vouchers worth nearly $40,000. But government bureaucrats claimed that the mission likely violated the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act of 1965 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for refusing to hire an applicant who openly rejected Christian ideals. Now a settlement has been reached under which “state officials acknowledged that the rescue mission, as a religious organization, is free to hire like-minded employees who share the ministry’s religious beliefs and mission to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through its homeless shelter, clothing voucher service, faith-based recovery programs, and life-rebuilding assistance to Casper residents.”

The Bible-based television series The Chosen launched on Netflix last week and quickly became one of its most popular titles, garnering a tag as one of the platform’s “Most Liked” shows. The series is widely available for free on multiple platforms – including on The Chosen app, Peacock and Amazon Prime Video – but had never appeared on Netflix until now. Netflix is the world’s most popular paid streaming service, with more than 220 million paying subscribers. The series, in its third season, is the “first multi-season television series” about Jesus and His followers, according to its creators.

A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a contempt order by a federal judge that landed True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht and veteran election-fraud investigator Gregg Phillips in jail for more than a week. The ruling Tuesday came three weeks after U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt ordered Engelbrecht and Phillips jailed without bond in Houston, Texas, for refusing to disclose a confidential source in their probe of evidence that a Michigan-based election software company, Konnech, was storing the personal data of U.S. poll workers on servers in China. True the Vote – whose investigation of ballot trafficking was featured in the film “2000 Mules” – said the rights of Engelbrecht and Phillips “to openly speak on matters of public interest were impeded under the color of authority.”

California’s Fourth District Court of Appeals rejected an appeal from San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) that asked it to uphold the district’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. A three-judge panel from the court released its opinion Tuesday, concurring with a previous ruling made in December. According to Tuesday’s ruling, a San Diego Unified School District mandate “unlawfully seeks to usurp that authority (of the state legislature).”

Pseudo Christianity: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (Matthew 15:8) They claim to know God, but they deny him by what they do. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit to do anything good. (Titus 1:16)

Over 200 congregations in North Carolina have announced their departure from the United Methodist Church over the denomination’s support of gay marriage and electing gay bishops. On Saturday, during a special session of the UMC North Carolina Conference, delegates voted 957-165 in favor of the disaffiliation of 249 churches from the mainline denomination. Earlier this year, 41 of 990 congregations in the Western North Carolina Conference voted to leave the UMC. In May of this year, theologically conservative Methodists launched a new denomination, The Global Methodist Church.

Satanic Deception: 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) The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone wherethe beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10)

A new series called the “Santa Clauses,” on Disney+ reboots the earlier “Santa Clause” feature films by Tim Allen. A report at the Gateway Pundit noted, “Defenders of the series claim the scene where children are holding the letters which spell out ‘We Love You Satan’ is supposed to say ‘We Love You Santa’ and is just one of the many comedic scenes in the movies but parents aren’t laughing.” The report noted that Disney’s direct-to-consumer division has reported some $1.5 billion in losses during a recent quarter. “Many parents canceled their Disney+ subscription after Disney went on a ‘woke’ brigade and even reportedly offered financial help to its employees’ children who wanted gender reassignment surgery.”

Mass Delusions: The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie. (2Thessalonians 2:9-11)

The Daily Telegraph has obtained a leaked email in which Ministry of Justice employees in the United Kingdom were told to clean up their language so as not to offend the transgender ideologists. Workers were told by the HM Prison and Probation Service that phrases like “protecting women and girls” could be offensive. Further, even “adult human female” is a form of “supporting bigotry while creating hostility towards trans people and their allies,” the memo said.

  • The so-called ‘woke’ agenda is so insane that it is clearly latter-day Satanic deception and delusion.

New World Order – One-World Government: It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:7-8) The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. (Daniel 7:23)

At the CPO27 climate conference in Egypt, wealthy countries agreed early Sunday morning to help developing nations pay for the catastrophic consequences of climate change. Negotiators approved plans for a “loss and damage fund” that represented a significant shift for the United States, which had previously opposed such financing. But the summit has yet to approve a final deal, and other aspects of the pact did little to put pressure on nations to make deeper cuts in planet-warming emissions.

  • A lot of the steps leading toward the prophesied one-world government seem fine and noble on the surface, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with a global government, except the Bible says evil people will be in charge enforcing anti-Christian secular humanism as the one-world religion and persecuting those who resist.

Central to a global government is a global digital currency which will facilitate much greater control (and abuse) over finances – government, business and individual. The Federal Reserve of New York along with major lenders such as Bank of America and HSBC have launched a pilot program for a digital dollar that will test the use of such tokens in the U.S. banking system. Utilizing the fundamentals of cryptocurrency known as blockchain, the pilot project will “experiment with wholesale digital asset transactions and settlements” and involve Citi, Bank of America, BNY Mellon, HSBC and payment specialists Mastercard and Swift.

Finland’s planned border fence with Russia looks to be a major geopolitical statement. The wall could fuel even greater tensions between the Kremlin and the West while signaling that Russia’s war in Ukraine may have forever altered Europe’s attitude toward its hostile neighbor. Finnish border guard officials have announced that they will begin construction in the spring on a nearly 2-mile stretch of fence along the Finland-Russia border near the eastern town of Imatra, according to Euronews and other media outlets. Beyond that initial construction, Finnish leaders this month proposed spending up to $143 million to build many more miles of fence along the boundary with Russia that eventually would stretch well over 100 miles.

The Demise of America: The first was like a lion (Britain) and had eagle’s wings (America). I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7:4)

The relationship between the European Union and the United States is showing signs of strain, according to Politico, which writes that senior EU officials are “furious” with the Biden Administration and are accusing the U.S. of making profits off the Ukraine war while Europe suffers. They claim that the U.S. is selling guns and gas at exorbitant prices, while the laughably-named Inflation Reduction Act—Biden’s massive, inflationary climate, tax, and health care package—is threatening their industries at the same time Putin’s Ukraine war is choking their energy supply. “America needs to realize that public opinion is shifting in many EU countries,” said a senior EU official.

Politics: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. (Romans 13:1-2)

About 200 protesters claiming voter disenfranchisement and a stolen election rallied near the Arizona state Capitol on Friday, demanding that the planned Nov. 28 certification of the 2022 election be halted and a new election take place in December, according to local media. At issue are claims around voter disenfranchisement related to polling-place problems in Maricopa County. Problems with printer ink kept ballots from being accepted by tabulator machines, leading to a number of spoiled votes or people who abandoned the process after trying to cast their vote.

Republican House candidates gained over 3 million more votes than Democrats in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, but barely secured a GOP majority in the lower chamber. Recent data published by the Cook Political Report show that Republicans lead by some 3.5 million votes when all 435 House races are combined. As of Friday morning, Republicans had 54.13 million votes as compared with Democrats’ 50.79 million votes. With several races called this week, the GOP has 220 seats to Democrats’ 213, giving Republicans the majority. Two House races—one in Colorado and one in California—remain uncalled, although Republicans are leading in both. But Democrats were able to maintain their majority in the Senate with at least 50 seats and are waiting for the conclusion of the Georgia Senate runoff to determine if the upper chamber be an even 50–50 split or not. Vice President Kamala Harris would cast the tie-breaking vote for Democrats if that is the case.

  • “Simply put, Republicans picked up the votes they needed, just not where they needed them most,” Charlie Cook, a longtime analyst and founder of the Cook Political Report, wrote.

Censorship: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

Twitter has banned the account of CrimethInc, a far-leftist group known for inciting arson and other forms of political violence on the platform. The move comes after CEO Elon Musk began targeting users who call for violent aggression. The international group operates like ISIS: makes propaganda & training material to radicalize militants toward violence. Though the main account was suspended, they operate a dozen other accounts

A video in which Democrat Hillary Clinton unleashed a wide range of unsupported claims that the 2016 presidential race, won by Donald Trump, was “stolen,” has been censored by YouTube.

New Twitter owner Elon Musk tweeted Saturday night that “the people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated.” The news came after a Musk poll on Twitter poll found a 72.8% majority from over 15 million respondents supported bringing Trump back on Twitter. Former President Donald Trump, who has vowed never to return after he was banned after Jan. 6, has yet to make a statement.

  • The undercover investigative group Project Veritas returned to Twitter Sunday evening after Twitter CEO Elon Musk ended its 21-month exile that began under previous ownership.

Persecution: Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. (Matthew 24:9) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

Police arrested two men at Penn Station early Saturday after threats to shoot up a synagogue appeared on Twitter on Thursday and Friday. A description of two men connected to the threats went out to police. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officers spotted the two at Penn Station and arrested them. Christopher Brown, 21, and Matthew Mahrer, 22, are both charged with weapons possession charges. Brown faces additional charges of making terrorist threats—police said he admitted to running a white supremacist Twitter group and that Mahrer is one of his followers.

Persecution of Christians is on the rise in at least 18 countries, especially in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, due to growing jihadism and nationalism, according to a report released by a Catholic group that examined human rights violations against Christians in 24 countries where it is particularly difficult to be a Christian. An analysis of the persecution of Christians in 2020-2022, compared with 2017-2019, shows that the situation for Christians has become worse, or “slightly worse,” in at least 18 countries, said the report released by Aid to the Church in Need. These countries include Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Russia, North Korea, China, Vietnam, India and Qatar.

  • Around the world, more than 360 million Christians live in places where they experience high levels of persecution just for following Jesus — that’s one in seven believers worldwide, according to Open Doors USA’s World Watch List.

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

The Georgia Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated protections for unborn babies after six weeks of pregnancy. It is still considering whether the state’s heartbeat law is constitutional. Georgia passed a law in 2019 protecting babies after six weeks when the first cardiac activity can be detected in a baby. A lower court on Nov. 15 overturned that law and immediately allowed abortions after six weeks to restart. The state attorney general appealed that ruling and asked for it to be put on hold while the appeal moved forward. Seven of the nine justices agreed with the opinion that put the lower court’s ruling on hold.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal group, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of multiple medical professionals and organizations, alleging that the Food and Drug Administration overstepped its authority by approving and repeatedly loosening restrictions on the abortion pill.  “The only way the FDA could have approved chemical abortion drugs was to use its accelerated drug approval authority, necessitating the FDA to call pregnancy an ‘illness’ and argue that these dangerous drugs provide a ‘meaningful therapeutic benefit’ over existing treatments,” the lawsuit reads, adding, “But pregnancy is not an illness, nor do chemical abortion drugs provide a therapeutic benefit over surgical abortion. In asserting these transparently false conclusions, the FDA exceeded its regulatory authority to approve the drugs.”

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

COVID-19: There is something “mysterious” going on in Africa that is puzzling scientists, said Wafaa El-Sadr, chair of global health at Columbia University. “Africa doesn’t have the vaccines and the resources to fight COVID-19 that they have in Europe and the U.S., but somehow they seem to be doing better,” she said. Fewer than 6% of people in Africa are vaccinated, yet for months, the World Health Organization has described Africa as “one of the least affected regions in the world” in its weekly pandemic reports. Some researchers say the continent’s younger population — the average age is 20 versus about 43 in Western Europe — in addition to their lower rates of urbanization and tendency to spend time outdoors, may have spared it the more lethal effects of the virus so far. Several studies are probing whether there might be other explanations, including genetic reasons or past infection with parasitic diseases.

New cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. are up 6% over the past two weeks, with hospitalizations up 3% and deaths up 4%. However, there is wide variation among states, with Arizona up 82% and Michigan up 77% over the past two weeks, while Nebraska is down 65% with Oklahoma down 40%. Worldwide, new cases are up 21% and deaths up 1%.

During seven hours of questioning in a landmark lawsuit alleging the federal government colluded with social media companies to censor speech, Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed that the communist Chinese government convinced him to press for the crippling COVID-19 lockdowns, according to attorneys and plaintiffs who were at the deposition Wednesday. Fauci, who is retiring as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases after 38 years, also was unable to cite any study backing his sudden change of position on the effectiveness of masks in curbing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is once again recommending masking in public. Masking and social distancing should be encouraged or even mandated once more in public in order to protect people from COVID-19 and from the possibility of suffering from “Long COVID.” The new report, commissioned by HHS and produced by research agency Coforma, also calls for a broad range of government policies to help people who continue to deal with the lingering effects of COVID. Those policies include an awareness campaign, funding for long COVID support groups, financial support for students and workers, and new health benefits for COVID victims.

While most clear out their COVID-19 symptoms in days to a few weeks, recent studies estimate that about 1 in 8 people who have been infected will have persistent COVID symptoms, despite testing negative for COVID-19. Doctors still don’t understand the drivers behind these symptoms, or why these people are affected. Many long COVID patients are younger in age and previously had no underlying health conditions. However, many are hit with a myriad of mental and physiological conditions, including symptoms common to acute COVID such as cough, fevers, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, and muscle aches, as well as less common COVID symptoms, including brain fog, severe fatigue, chest pains, depression and anxiety, pins and needles sensations, heart palpitations, and sleep problems, along with other strange conditions.

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

As of November 11, 2022, the CDC has reported through VAERS that 13,487 Americans have been hospitalized after COVID-19 vaccination with life-threatening problems like pulmonary embolism.

Violence/Murder: When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, the person in custody for murdering five people and injuring many others at Club Q in Colorado last Saturday is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns Aldrich’s lawyers said in new court filings Tuesday. The court filing said: “Anderson Aldrich is non-binary. They use they/them pronouns, and for the purposes of all formal filings, will be addressed as Mx. Aldrich.” Aldrich has a troubled past. He changed his name from Nicholas Franklin Brink to Anderson Lee Aldrich to distance himself from birth father, Aaron Brink. The Daily Mail reports that Aldrich’s father is an ex-con porn star.

At least seven people died, including the gunman, in a mass shooting event in the break room at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Tuesday. Four more were hospitalized. According to one employee, the suspected gunman also worked at Walmart. In a video posted online, the witness said he had just left the staff room when the manager entered and opened fire. The shooter apparently killed himself.

Protests: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

Massive protests erupted in China’s far western Xinjiang region on Friday as long-simmering frustrations over the country’s strict COVID-19 policies hit a boiling point when claims circulated online blaming lockdown restrictions for hindering escape from a deadly apartment building fire. Crowds chanted “End the lockdown!” pumping their fists in the air as they walked down a main thoroughfare. Hundreds of demonstrators in Shanghai shouted and jostled with police on Sunday evening as protests over China’s stringent COVID restrictions flared for a third day, The wave of civil disobedience, which has spread to other cities including Beijing, is unprecedented in mainland China since President Xi Jinping assumed power a decade ago and comes amid mounting frustration over his signature zero-COVID policy.

  • As numbers swelled at demonstrations in multiple major cities over the weekend, so too have the range of grievances voiced – with some calling for greater democracy and freedom, while many called for President Jinping to resign.

Chaos hit the streets of the German city of Leipzig on Saturday after an attempt by Antifa to violently disrupt a march protesting the Western sanctions war with Russia, their impact on citizens, and the war in Ukraine more generally. It comes as many in the country are struggling with the rocketing costs of food and fuel brought about by tensions between the West and Moscow, with Germany in particular having traditionally been heavily reliant on Russian gas exports and vulnerable to supply shocks.

Justice (or lack thereof): Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. (Jeremiah 23:5)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Congress can access six years’ worth of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Lower courts had already concluded that the House Ways and Means Committee had broad authority to obtain any individual’s returns. Trump and his attorneys appealed to the Supreme Court, but the court lifted that order on Tuesday with no notable dissent. However, when Congress reconvenes on Jan. 3, Republicans will have control of the House, and likely will not take any further action on the matter.

Lawlessness: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Thessalonians 2;7)

  • As God’s hand of restraint is gradually lifting, spirits of lawlessness are stirring up lawlessness which will increase all the more as the end-times ramp up.

Target, the large American retail chain, said on Wednesday that the massive wave of crime is causing devastating losses for the company. The retail giant said they are getting looted at an alarming rate. It has hurt the bottom line by an estimated $400 million so far this year. Target is not alone in this issue. CVS has suffered a 300% increase in loss by theft. Rite-Aid has suffered a loss of $5 million in losses due to the theft in their New York City stores alone. Home Depot has opted to lock more products up to battle theft.

A Portland, Oregon, clothing shop permanently shut down this month after facing a string of break-ins that has left the store financially gutted, according to a note posted to the front of the store. “Our city is in peril,” a printed note posted on Rains PDX store reads, according to KATU2. “Small businesses (and large) cannot sustain doing business, in our city’s current state. We have no protection, or recourse, against the criminal behavior that goes unpunished. Do not be fooled into thinking that insurance companies cover losses. We have sustained 15 break-ins … we have not received any financial reimbursement since the 3rd.”

Cyber Security: He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. (Psalm 40:2)

U.S. regulators have imposed a ban on electronic equipment created by several major Chinese tech corporations, citing national security concerns. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules on Nov. 25 that will prohibit the import or sale of Chinese communications equipment deemed to pose an unacceptable risk to national security. The new rules will bar equipment from Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE from being imported into or sold in the United States. The order will also prohibit telecommunications equipment and video surveillance equipment produced by Hytera, Hikvision, and Dahua, as well as the companies’ subsidiaries or affiliates

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., says former President Donald Trump “was right” to go after the China-owned videosharing app TikTok. “All of that data that your child is inputting and receiving is being stored somewhere in Beijing.” Warner is only the most recent in a series of U.S. politicians and officials to call for a crackdown on TikTok. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr called on regulators to ban the app in the U.S., and FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that it contributes to China’s status as the number one theft of U.S. data in the world. “China’s vast hacking program is the world’s largest, and they have stolen more Americans’ personal and business data than every other nation combined,” Wray told lawmakers last week.

Hundreds of Chinese-manufactured drones have been detected in restricted airspace over Washington, D.C., in recent months, a trend that national security agencies fear could become a new means for foreign espionage.    The recreational drones made by Chinese company DJI, which are designed with “geofencing” restrictions to keep them out of sensitive locations, are being manipulated by users with simple workarounds to fly over no-go zones around the nation’s capital.

Health: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2)

More than 1 in every 10 births in the United States now occur prematurely, and the number of these more dangerous deliveries jumped by 4% during 2021, a new report from the March of Dimes shows. The premature birth rate has now reached 10.5% of all births — the highest level since 2007. The premature birth rate for Black women rose from 14.4% in 2020 to 14.7% in 2021, while it increased from 11.6% to 12.3% for Native American women. Overall, American women now live in one of the most dangerous developed nations in the world when it comes to childbirth.

Drugs: And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries [Greek: pharmakeia, i.e. pharmacy, drugs].

While marijuana legalization in some U.S. states and Canada may send a message that weed is harmless, that’s not necessarily so, according to a new study that found lung damage was more common in marijuana smokers than tobacco users. Researchers at the University of Ottawa in Canada compared chest CT results from 56 marijuana smokers, including some who also used tobacco, with 33 who smoked only tobacco and 57 nonsmokers. Roughly 75% of the weed smokers had emphysema compared to 67% of the tobacco-only smokers and 5% of nonsmokers.

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

For the second time in a week, a woman who has detransitioned from a gender-nonconforming lifestyle is suing the health care professionals who advised her to undergo gender transition procedures, including the surgical removal of both breasts. The lawsuit highlights a growing trend of formerly gender-confused individuals who are suing the health care industry over what they say is medical malpractice for leaving them with disfigured bodies because of medical misdiagnosis.

There are more than 130 gender, sexual orientation and pronoun options listed on the San Francisco’s Guaranteed Income For Transgender People (GIFT) program application. Under the GIFT program, 55 San Francisco residents who earn less than $600 monthly and identify as one of the many genders listed will receive $1,200 per month. “The lengthy list of possible ‘gender identity’ and sexual orientation labels is an apparent attempt to be ‘inclusive,’” Mary Hasson, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, which focuses on promoting the Catholic vision while responding to the challenges of gender ideology. “But it really exposes the meaninglessness of these labels – and of the concept of ‘gender identity’ itself. ‘Gender identity’ means nothing more than one’s ‘perception of self’ or identity feelings – it can be fluid, and can change at any time.”

Election Integrity: He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become knownThe integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. (Proverbs 10:9,11:3)

Two Arizona counties have delayed certifying the election results until November 28. The Mohave County board of supervisors explicitly promised during a meeting they would certify the results by the Nov. 28 deadline, saying their decision to push certification back until the deadline was a political statement about the voting issues encountered in Maricopa country, the state’s largest county by far. Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward, a Mohave County resident, praised the decision to delay, saying rural voters were being disenfranchised by what happened in Maricopa. However, unlike Mohave, the Cochise County board of supervisors did not promise to certify the result by the deadline.

A Republican candidate for Arizona’s attorney general position on Nov. 22 sued his opponent and a slew of election officials, including officials in Maricopa County, alleging that widespread “errors and inaccuracies” caused voter disenfranchisement. Officials in at least 15 counties have “caused the unlawful denial of the franchise to certain qualified electors, erroneously tallied certain ballots, and included for tabulation in the canvass certain illegal votes in connection with the election for the office of Arizona Attorney General,” Abe Hamadeh, the candidate, said in the complaint.

A memo detailing the findings of nearly a dozen attorneys who visited voting sites in Maricopa County, Arizona, on election day describes widespread problems with tabulation equipment, long lines, and voters leaving in frustration. According to the memo, 72 of the 115 vote centers the attorneys visited, 62.61 percent, experienced “material problems.” “It seems very clear that the printer/tabulator failures on election day at 62.61 percent of the vote centers observed by 11 roving attorneys, and the resulting long lines at a majority of vote centers, led to substantial voter suppression,” the memo said.

An overlooked memory card with uncounted ballots changed the final results of a special election in Cobb County, Georgia. Madelyn Orochena was originally declared the winner of the special election. However, when additional ballots were located on the memory card, Lynette Burnette was shown as the winner of the race by 31 votes. Orochena told WSB-TV that she is “just doing all that I can do that’s within my rights to regain some confidence that this was a fair election.”

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

Border Patrol agents are preparing for a massive migration push at the U.S.-Mexico border when Title 42 ends just four days before Christmas, the Washington Examiner reported. A federal judge on Nov. 16 gave the Biden administration until Dec. 21 to wind down its use of Title 42 to expel migrants. The Trump-era policy allowed U.S. authorities to keep migrants from seeking asylum at the border, based on the need to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “When Title 42 ends we are going to see an already broken immigration system become completely inundated across all sectors,” one Border Patrol agent wrote in a message to the Examiner.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) claims that the 11 million illegal immigrants and “Dreamers” from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are badly needed. “Now more than ever, we’re short of workers. We have a population that is not reproducing on its own with the same level that it used to. The only way we’re going to have a good future in America is if we welcome and embrace immigrants.”

The U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency announced on Thursday that they apprehended 138 sex offenders who entered the country illegally. The agency added that the arrests were made as part of its nationwide Enforcement and Removal Operations that ran from Oct. 22-Nov. 4. Those arrested during the operation included people who had an executable final order of removal from the United States, according to ICE. While some had been convicted of sex crimes in 2022, others had been convicted of offenses years ago, including an individual in New York who was found guilty of first-degree rape in April 2002, as well as an individual in Chicago who was found guilty of predatory criminal sexual assault of a minor in October 2017.

A third bus of immigrants arrived in Philadelphia from Texas early Friday morning, with a fourth one expected soon after, to bring a total of 81 more migrants into the sanctuary city as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s efforts to send asylum-seeking immigrants to cities led by Democrats. City and immigration leaders transferred the arrivals to a city bus and took them to a city-run welcome center in North Philadelphia. Over the past 10 days, about 150 immigrants will have been sent to Philadelphia, arriving at the bus station in what Mayor Jim Kenney and other advocates are calling a cheap political stunt.

Travel: The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121:8)

Airlines and airports were scrambling to get people home Monday after a swath of bad weather helped force thousands of flight cancellations and delays over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. More than 7,000 flights within, into or out of the U.S. were delayed or canceled Sunday, one of the year’s busiest travel days, according to the tracking website flightaware.com. Over 800 more flights were already delayed or canceled early Monday. Travel is back in a big way after the crushing impact of COVID-19. AAA estimated that 54.6 million people were traveling 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving weekend. That’s 98% of pre-pandemic levels.

Food Supplies: Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. (2Corinthians 9:10)

The Netherlands is the second-largest exporter of agricultural products in the world. The tiny nation, which is a little larger than Maryland, has figured out how to mass-produce vegetables and meat using vertical farming, seed technology and robotics. The advances could serve as a model for feeding a world in which millions are starving to death..

Energy Supplies: He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. (Isaiah 44:14-15)

U.S. oil prices have fallen to their lowest level since December 2021 on concerns that protests in China against Covid-19 lockdowns will dent demand. Global oil prices have fallen about 35% since June as strict coronavirus restrictions in China have kept demand weak, and as some of the world’s major economies have signaled they are heading toward a recession, further reducing demand. The U.S. average cost of a gallon of gas is now $3.55, down 5.7% from last month, according to the AAA.

Debt:  The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. (Proverbs 22:7) Owe no one anything except to love one another, (Romans 13:8)

The White House is extending the pause on student loan payments until as late as June 30, 2023, President Joe Biden said Tuesday, as his plan for wider student loan debt forgiveness remains tied up in the courts. Biden defended his plan for far-reaching student debt forgiveness and said the extension of the moratorium was a way to address the ongoing legal challenges. “I’m confident that our student debt relief plan is legal. But it’s on hold because Republican officials want to block it,” he said.

Homelessness: Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:19-20)

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, announced on Instagram Tuesday that he has recently awarded 40 grants as part of his Bezos Day 1 Families Fund initiative, which he launched in 2018. The donations are part of a $2 billion total commitment to combat homelessness.

Business: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)

HP Inc. announced on Tuesday that it will lay off thousands of workers over the next three years, becoming the latest tech company to significantly downsize staffing amid a souring economic climate. The computer maker disclosed the major job cuts in a statement accompanying its lackluster quarterly earnings report on Tuesday afternoon, where it also said sales dropped more than 11% compared to the same period last year.

Globalization of the United States economy has had a crippling impact on American towns as free trade makes it easier for companies to move production and jobs overseas, a report from the U.S. International Trade Commission details. The report, which assembled union representatives, economists, and others to discuss the impact of decades-long U.S. free trade policy, was requested by U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and conducted in March and April of this year. Among other findings, the report found that U.S. free trade policy has allowed companies to more readily move American jobs overseas and keep wages low for jobs that remain in the U.S.

Mississippi-based United Furniture Industries laid off nearly its entire workforce before Thanksgiving. Around 2,700 workers lost their jobs on Monday, according to a report from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. The company, which had become one of the largest furniture businesses in the country, sent a memo via email and text message to workers late Monday night and instructed them not to report to work the next morning. In a follow-up email, United Furniture Industries said the layoff is “expected to be permanent and all benefits will be terminated immediately without provision of COBRA.” Truck drivers who were out making deliveries were told to return to a United Furniture location immediately to turn in their vehicles. The reason for the layoffs – made at the behest of the company’s board of directors – was “unforeseen business circumstances.”

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of what for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits ticked higher last week, hitting the highest level in three months. Figures released Wednesday by the Labor Department show initial claims for the week ended Nov. 19 rose to 240,000 from the upwardly revised 223,000 recorded a week earlier. That is above the 2019 pre-pandemic average of 218,000 claims and marks the highest level since mid-August. Continuing claims rose slightly to 1.55 million for the week ended Nov. 12, up by 48,000 from the previous week’s revised level. One year ago, nearly 2.28 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits.

The Leading Economic Indicators index from the Conference Board indicated that things continued to get worse in October, falling 0.8% from the prior month. This comes after a decrease of 0.5% in September. The index has fallen for eight consecutive months and indicates that the U.S. economy is headed toward, or already in, a recession.

A Thanksgiving meal for 10 will cost $64.05, a 20% increase from last year’s average of $53.31, the American Farm Bureau reported. The Farm Bureau’s survey of prices show:     16-pound turkey: $28.96 or $1.81 per pound (up 21%); 14-ounce bag of cubed stuffing mix: $3.88 (up 69%); 1 pound of frozen peas: $1.90 (up 23%);     1 dozen dinner rolls: $3.73 (up 22%); 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix: $4.28 (up 18%); 1 gallon of whole milk: $3.84 (up 16%); 3 pounds of sweet potatoes: $3.96 (up 11%). However, A 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries is just $2.57, down 14% from a year ago.

Mortgage rates dropped again this week, after plunging nearly half a percentage point last week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.58% in the week ending November 23, down from 6.61% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago, the 30-year fixed rate was 3.10%.

House prices in the United States — which rose during the pandemic by the most since the 1970s — are falling too. Economists at Goldman Sachs expect a decline of around 5%-10% from the peak reached in June through to March 2024. In a “pessimistic” scenario, .US. prices could plunge as much as 20%, Dallas Fed economist Enrique Martinez-Garcia wrote in a blog post recently.

New home sales in the U.S. defied expectations and rose in October, government data showed Wednesday, despite mortgage rates remaining high. Although sales surged during the pandemic, the sector cooled with the central bank raising the benchmark lending rate multiple times this year to ease demand and tamp down soaring inflation. But sales of new single-family houses picked up 7.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 632,000 in October, said the Commerce Department.

Online sales for Black Friday set a record this year with consumers spending $9.12 billion, according to Adobe Analytics. That is a gain of 2.3% year-over-year. Tech gifts have been very popular so far with sales rising 221% above a regular day in October this year. Among the top sellers were smart home items and audio equipment. More shoppers are also taking advantage of buy now, pay later services; such orders were up 78% compared to the previous week. Cyber Monday is also expected to set records, with Adobe Analytics expecting sales up 5.1% over last year at $11.2 billion. 

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

At least 19 people were injured in a pair of terrorist bombings in Jerusalem Wednesday morning. Bombs went off at bus stops near the city entrance off of Weizmann Boulevard and at Ramot Junction, where three people were reported injured. Four of the victims of the Weizmann Boulevard bombing are listed in critical condition, with two more in serious condition. All three of the victims of the Ramot bombing are listed in light condition.

Despite earlier promises to the contrary, Qatar is preventing Jewish visitors to the FIFA World Cup from attaining kosher cooked food or praying in a public venue during their stay, sources told The Jerusalem Post. “We were promised to be allowed to create prayer spaces in order for religious Jews who came to see the games to have a place of worship,” a Jewish organization representative said. “We were recently told that they banned places of worship for Jews because they cannot secure them.” The tournament began Sunday and continues until December 18. An estimated 10,000 religiously observant Jews are expected to attend.

Middle East: When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. (Luke 21:20-22)

Iran has reportedly reached 60% enrichment of uranium at its Fordow enrichment plant, marking a dangerous step closer to the country’s goal of obtaining nuclear weapons. Iran has begun to enrich uranium to higher levels of purity at the underground Fordow site, the country’s nuclear chief said Tuesday. “We had said that Iran will seriously react to any resolution and political pressure … that is why Iran has started enriching uranium to 60% purity from Monday at the Fordow site,” said Mohammad Eslami, according to Iranian media. Iran has done so at other sites, but the Fordow site is an underground facility where Iran will likely test its most sensitive nuclear work. The original JCPOA nuclear deal capped enrichment at 3.67%.

Iranian hackers on Thursday released a series of videos taken from street security cameras from Wednesday’s twin bombings at bus stops in Jerusalem that killed one person and injured two dozen others. The hackers, who go by the name “Moses Staff,” also published personal documents allegedly taken from Israeli companies. They also claimed on Telegram to have access to high-quality satellite images of Israel. “For a long time we have had control over all your activities, step by step and moment by moment,” read a Hebrew-language caption on one of the videos. It is not yet known whether the footage came from cameras belonging to the police, the municipality or another entity.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

Russia/Ukraine: The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted a resolution declaring Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism because of Moscow’s strikes on civilian targets. “The deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by Russian forces and their proxies against civilians in Ukraine, the destruction of civilian infrastructure and other serious violations of international and humanitarian law amount to acts of terror and constitute war crimes,” the Parliament said. The resolution was adopted with 494 votes in favor, 58 against and 44 abstentions.

The United States has authorized an additional $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, which will include weapons, munitions and air defense equipment, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. President Joe Biden has said he expects U.S. aid to Ukraine will continue without interruption despite skepticism by Republicans, who are expected to use their new majority in the House of Representatives to more closely monitor the flow of aid. The Biden administration has so far provided $19.7 billion in military assistance to Ukraine.

  • President Biden’s administration is scrambling to track the nearly $20 billion in military aid it has sent to Ukraine as Republicans warn of impending audits when they take control of the House in January. A potential audit would determine how much, if any, of the U.S. aid is ending up in the wrong hands. The Biden administration’s previous tracking efforts have inspected only a fraction of the aid provided to the country.

As the Ukrainian government worked to restore power and water following recent Russian military strikes, Ukrainians were mourning a Moscow-backed atrocity that began 90 years ago: the Holodomor. The Holodomor, which translates roughly to “death by hunger” in Ukrainian, is also known as the Great Famine. More than 3 million people died over two years as the Soviet government under Josef Stalin confiscated food and grain supplies and deported many Ukrainians.

Satellite images of Europe show Ukraine sitting mainly in darkness, while other countries and capitals, including Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia, remain strongly lit. The contrast comes after the barrage of missile strikes from Russia have left tens of millions of Ukrainians without power and water as winter sets in. This past Wednesday, strikes targeting critical infrastructure killed 10 people while causing power outages across Ukraine and more than half of neighboring Moldova. According to Ukraine Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko, “the vast majority of electricity consumers were cut off” in his country. 

An attack last week by Russian forces on Ukraine’s power grid caused “colossal” damage, leaving no thermal or hydroelectric power plant in Ukraine intact, according to the head of the government-owned electricity transmission system operator. “This was the biggest attack, the biggest in history. Over 100 heavy missiles were launched. Their targets were Ukrainian energy system facilities, mainly, Ukrenergo substations and Ukrainian thermal power stations producing energy for Ukrainian consumers,” Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, CEO of Ukrenergo, said Tuesday. “To understand the scale of these attacks, what we’re dealing with, almost all thermal and power generation from large power plants suffered damage from missile strikes. There are almost no Ukrenergo hub substations that are intact. Practically every key substation has been hit at least once, and some three, five or eight times,” he added.  

Ethiopia/Tigray: When Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, he was lauded as a regional peacemaker. Now, he is presiding over a protracted civil war that by many accounts bears the hallmarks of genocide. Tigray has been under assault from Ethiopian forces led by PM Ahmed, Eritrean forces led by President Isaias Afwerki and various militias accused of extrajudicial executions, sexual violence and indiscriminate shelling. An estimated 383,000 to 600,000 civilians died in Tigray between November 2020 and August 2022, according to Professor Jan Nyssen and a team of researchers at Ghent University, in Belgium, who are authorities on Tigray’s geography and agriculture. The estimates represent deaths from atrocities, lack of medicines and health care, and hunger.

Yemen/Houthis: Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeted a ship at an oil terminal in the south of the country on Monday in the latest in a series of recent attacks that threaten to escalate conflict after months of relative calm. The government, which controls the territory where the terminal is located, said in a statement that the strike took place while a commercial ship was in the port of Al-Dabah, near the city of Mukalla, and that it had been carried out by drones. It did not say whether any damage had been sustained or to which nation the vessel belonged. The Houthis takes issue with its rivals receiving funds from oil exports. Yemen’s warring parties failed last month to renew a months-long truce that had spurred hopes for a longer peace. In October, the rebels targeted several other ships in drone attacks. War has raged since 2014 in Yemen between the Houthi rebels and pro-government forces backed by a coalition of Sunni Gulf Arab states. The Iran-backed Houthis swept down from the mountains in 2014, occupied northern Yemen and the country’s capital and forced the internationally recognized government to flee into exile to Saudi Arabia.

Turkey/Syria: There is significant concern that Turkey’s planned ground invasion into Syria to root out the U.S.-allied Kurds could open the floodgates for the release of thousands of imprisoned Islamic State terrorists. Syrian Kurdish forces have incarcerated thousands of ISIS terrorists from more than 50 countries in prisons in northeastern Syrian. Brigadier Gen. Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, said Wednesday, “Recent air strikes in Syria directly threatened the safety of U.S. personnel who are working in Syria with local partners to defeat ISIS and maintain custody of more than 10,000 ISIS detainees.”

Earthquakes: And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7b) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12)

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake on Monday hit Indonesia’s main island, Java. By Tuesday, at least 268 were reported dead, with 151 missing and more than 1,000 wounded. The earthquake damaged 22,000 homes and displaced more than 58,000 people. Many of the dead were public school students who were taking extra lessons at Islamic schools when the buildings collapsed. Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency recorded at least 25 aftershocks. The country is situated on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. It was hit with a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in February, killing 25 people and injuring 460. In January 2021, another magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit and killed more than 100 people and injured almost 6,500 more. 

An area in northwestern Turkey that was devastated by earthquakes 23 years ago, was hit by a magnitude 5.9 quake and several strong aftershocks that sent residents into a panic Wednesday. At least 68 people were injured, mostly while trying to flee homes. The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said that the earthquake was centered in the town of Golkaya, in Duzce province, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) east of Istanbul.

Volcanoes: Bow down Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. (Psalm 144:5); The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, (Psalms 97:5)

For the first time in nearly four decades, Mauna Loa erupted Sunday on the Big Island of Hawaii. The eruption of the world’s largest active volcano began late Sunday night. Early Monday, the USGS said lava flows were contained within the summit area and weren’t threatening nearby communities. The eruption sparked an ashfall advisory Monday for Hawaii’s Big Island and surrounding waters.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

The mega-drought in the southwestern U.S. continues to decline, with the proportion of the area in severe to exceptional drought dropping from 71% at the beginning of 2022 to 45% last week. However, there are wide differences among individual states. California experienced just a negligible decline from 86% to 85%, while Utah also improved just a little from 94% to 91%. Nevada actually worsened from 89% to 99% over the year thus far. In contrast, New Mexico improved from 76% to 21%, while Arizona improved from 26% to 12%, with Colorado dropping from 67% to 25%.

Heavy rainfall triggered landslides early Saturday on the southern Italian island of Ischia that killed two and left as many as 12 people missing as it cut a muddy swath through a port town, collapsing buildings and sweeping cars and buses into the sea. Streets were impassable and mayors on the island urged people to stay at home. At least 100 people were reported stranded.

Signs of the Times Update: November 19, 2022

November 19, 2022

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. (1Peter 1:3-9)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

In a victory for female athletes and health care providers, a federal district court rejected the Biden administration’s reinterpretation of the word “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in federal statutes. “Female athletes deserve to compete on a fair and level playing field with other women, and federal law protects equal opportunity for women to excel in sports,” said ADF Legal Counsel Rachel Csutoros. “We’re pleased the court ruled to not only protect female athletes, but also doctors who should never be forced to perform controversial and medically dangerous procedures that violate their conscience and religious beliefs.

A federal appeals court on Nov. 14 entered a ruling against the student loan forgiveness program announced by President Joe Biden’s administration earlier this year. The panel consisted of U.S. Circuit Judges Bobby Shepherd, a George W. Bush appointee; Ralph Erickson, a Donald Trump appointee; and Steven Grasz, another Trump appointee. They sided with Missouri and five other Republican-led states that had sued Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona after the announcement of the program, alleging that it was illegal for the executive branch to enact such widespread loan relief. The ruling follows a separate appeals court decision to temporarily block the program in which U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman, a Trump appointee, found it unconstitutional and vacated it.

A lawsuit challenging a scheme in a Michigan town to suppress the First Amendment-protected speech of pro-lifers has succeeded in record-setting time. That’s because the city attorney, after reviewing the case before it started court hearings, has decided to dismiss all criminal charges against the pro-lifers, with prejudice. The AG also would “issue official policy guidance to the city’s police officers to stop enforcing the city sign ordinance against the pro-lifers for peacefully holding signs outside of the abortion center.”

A total of nine municipalities in the states of Texas and Nebraska have passed measures outlawing abortion within their jurisdictions, making them “Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn.” During the November 8 elections, citizens in five Nebraska villages and four Texas cities voted on a local ballot for abortion restrictions in their cities. The ordinances passed also prohibit abortions from being performed on residents of these cities, regardless of the state they might seek them in.

Pseudo Christianity: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (Matthew 15:8) They claim to know God, but they deny him by what they do. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit to do anything good. (Titus 1:16)

The Church of England in the Western world is rapidly losing members in its attempt to remain culturally relevant, according to multiple conservative Anglicans and former Anglicans. “They’re reflecting the culture,” Andrea Williams, chief executive of the London-based nonprofit Christian Legal Centre, told Fox News Digital. “So in order to be in step with the culture, they’re looking to appease the culture instead of looking to what the Bible says and to what the church should be saying.” Multiple bishops in the Church of England publicly called last month for the institution to begin conducting same-sex weddings, and the church is slated to vote on the issue during their general synod next year.

Election Results: Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves. (Romans 13:1-2)

Republicans seized the majority in the House earlier this week, effectively giving the party a veto on President Biden’s agenda for the next two years. However, Democrats kept control of the Senate with 50 seats theirs and another one subject to a runoff in Georgia on Dec 6.

Republican women made history during the 2022 midterm election cycle, winning seats in both the House and Senate never before held by women. Katie Britt became the first woman ever elected to Senate in the state of Alabama. Lori Chavez-DeRemer also made history when she flipped an Oregon House seat. She is the first Republican woman and first Hispanic woman elected to Congress in the state.

Election Integrity: He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become knownThe integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. (Proverbs 10:9,11:3)

A Georgia judge on Friday ruled that early voting in the Dec. 6 Senate runoff election between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Republican Herschel Walker can take place on the Saturday two days after Thanksgiving. The state’s election code requires counties to start early voting for runoff elections as soon as possible after a general or primary election and mandates when they can take place.

A poll conducted during and after the 2022 U.S. midterm elections found that a majority of U.S. voters believe cheating probably affected the outcome of “some elections this year.” According to Rasmussen poll results released Monday, 57 percent of those surveyed said they think it is likely that cheating affected election outcomes, including 30 percent who believe that it is “very likely.” Forty percent of respondents indicated they do not believe cheating is likely to have affected election results, including 18 percent who believe it is “not at all likely.”

Election Day didn’t go as planned for some polling places that experienced and are still experiencing ballot-counting issues. Despite the varying election-related difficulties, multiple jurisdictions share one foreseen commonality. The commonality connecting the five counties spread across several states that were in disarray on Election Day: federal “monitors. On the eve of the elections, the Biden administration’s Department of Justice announced Monday it would be dispatching such monitors to as many as 64 jurisdictions in almost half of U.S. states on Election Day to oversee federal election law “compliance.” These five jurisdictions supposedly under in-person DOJ supervision throughout Tuesday nevertheless suffered major problems.

  • These five counties are Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; Harris County, Texas; Maricopa County and Pima County, Arizona; and Washoe County, Nevada.

New World Order – One-World Government: It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:7-8) The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. (Daniel 7:23)

In another step toward the creation of a new global order, world leaders at this year’s G20 Summit are throwing their support behind the adoption of an internationally recognized digital vaccine passport system to “facilitate seamless” movement during “future pandemics.” The G20 explained that “the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transformation of the digital ecosystem and digital economy,” and that they “recognize the importance of digital transformation in reaching the SDGs (United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals).”

  • Vaccine passports could ultimately become the ‘mark of the beast’ if they are also used to prevent people from buying and selling. (Revelation 13:16-17)

There are nearly eight billion people in the world now, all of whom will be affected by the COP27 climate change convention. Of those, 800 million people still live in dire poverty without access to any electricity. 3.3 billion people have access to less electricity than the average American refrigerator, reports RealClearEnergy. Despite this, countries—developed and undeveloped—have jumped on the climate bandwagon and are demanding trillions of dollars for climate finance and reparations. “Globalist political leaders demonizing affordable, reliable energy from fossil fuels and nuclear may find themselves on the road begging for amnesty when their people weary of freezing and starving,” notes Jason Isaac, Director of Life:Powered.

  • The globalists don’t care how many people die because they view human beings, especially those lower-class, poverty-stricken third-worlders as a scourge of the planet. “By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths.” (Revelation 9:18)

Former President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that “globalization” has “disrupted a lot of traditional societies.” Speaking on “The Daily Show,” the 44th president acknowledged that globalism and “modernity” have forced a lot of change down many traditional societies’ throats. He claimed that this is one of the big reasons that there is a rise of “autocracies” throughout the globe, as they are a response to the uncomfortable changes of a world being knit closer together via a “global economy.”

  • Foremost among the ‘traditional societies’ Obama references are religions, most specifically Christianity, which is undergoing rapidly increasing discrimination and persecution.

The Demise of America: The first was like a lion (Britain) and had eagle’s wings (America). I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7:4)

Public officials across the country sometimes call the recovery from a federally declared major disaster the “disaster after the disaster.” Navigating the maze of federal programs that offer assistance and funding can be complicated, frustrating and prolonged. More than 30 federal entities play some role in disaster recovery, helping state, local and tribal governments to rebuild and redevelop. Functioning under a hodgepodge of rules, regulations and policies, they’ve doled out $593 billion of assistance since 2005. Assistance is further complicated by limited data sharing between agencies. Researchers were frustrated that they couldn’t determine the cost of a declared disaster in any particular area.

  • Regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats have been in charge, the size, scope and complexity of the federal bureaucracy continues to grow, bogging itself down in a myriad of regulations and antiquated computer systems as well as strangling the economy with an overload of debt.

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Kazakhstan had become the 37th nation to sign onto the Geneva Consensus Declaration, a document that explicitly states that “there is no international right to abortion.” The document was crafted at the 2020 World Health Assembly. Lawmakers, pro-life activists and representatives of governments worldwide gathered on Capitol Hill Thursday to commemorate the second anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family. The Institute for Women’s Health, a nonprofit that works to “advocate for the optimal health and thriving of women throughout every phase of life,” hosted a ceremony in the Russell Senate Office Building featuring remarks from U.S. lawmakers and diplomats from nations that have signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration discussing the efforts made by their countries to improve health outcomes for women and girls while rejecting the idea that abortion constitutes a form of women’s healthcare.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey on June 24, 2022, the landscape of abortion in the U.S. has dramatically changed. According to a survey of all abortion facilities nationwide conducted by Operation Rescue in October and November, there are currently 683 abortion facilities/businesses operating in 36 states and the District of Columbia. This represents the lowest number of abortion facilities in the U.S. in nearly five decades. In 1991, there were 2,176 abortion facilities in the U.S. Since that time, the number of abortion facilities have decreased a remarkable 68 percent.

  • “The falling number of abortion facilities translates into lives saved,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “However, we remain troubled by the rise in the use of abortion drugs and the irresponsible increase in the distribution of those dangerous pills through the mail.”

President Biden acknowledged Monday that the next Congress would not have enough votes to codify a “right” to abortion-on-demand in federal law. Biden had previously declared that if Democrats kept the House of Representatives and expanded their Senate majority, “the first bill I will send to the Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade,” which the U.S. Supreme Court overturned in June. Instead, Republicans are projected to narrowly retake the House, while Democrats keep the Senate.

The FBI director announced this week that nearly 70% of abortion-related violence after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision was targeted against pro-life centers. Christopher Wray spoke briefly about the attacks that have taken place across the country in the wake and aftermath of the Court’s ruling on abortion during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing earlier this week.

A judge blocked Georgia’s six-week abortion ban, saying parts of the law are unconstitutional. In the ruling, the Fulton County judge wrote that two key parts of the law “were plainly unconstitutional when drafted, voted upon, and enacted” and said the law cannot be enforced. State officials are expected to appeal.

A week of major Election Day losses for the pro-life community was capped Thursday with one more defeat: Montana voters rejected a measure that would have required medical care for infants who survive abortion

Suicide/Assisted Suicide: No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. (Ecclesiastes 8:8 ESV)

Four soldiers in Alaska died by suicide in the past month, an alarming spike that came despite a surge in mental health resources to the Army posts there. In May, the Army sent more than 40 counselors and chaplains to Alaska after soldiers with suicidal issues had waited weeks for appointments with mental health providers. In 2021, 17 soldiers died by suicide, including eight over four months late in the year as winter descended on the state, daylight shortened, and despair deepened.

There has been a steady increase in the number of children who are seen in emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts, according to a new study – and the increase started even before the Covid-19 pandemic, which brought record high demand for psychological services for children. The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, found that visits to the ER with suicidal thoughts increased 59% from 2016-17 to 2019-21. There was a corresponding increase in cases in which suicidal ideation was the principal diagnosis, which rose from 34.6% to 44.3%.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

Covid-19: New daily cases of Covid-19 increased by 3% over the past two weeks, with deaths down 10%. Hospitalizations, however, were up 2%. With the availability of home testing, the number of cases is most likely an undercount of unknown proportions. Cases are rising in about half the states and falling in the other half. Arizona i1 up 110% and California up 53% while Kentucky is down 54% and Michigan down 48%.

On Tuesday night, the Senate voted in a bipartisan fashion of 62-36 to end President Joe Biden’s pandemic emergency. Not only did every Republican senator vote to get rid of the emergency, so did 12 Democrats. The Biden administration’s Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) had extended the emergency last month, which will last at least until January 11. That extension came less than a month after the president himself said during a “60 Minutes” interview that “the pandemic is over.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has publicly warned that COVID is one of the Top 10 causes of death in children aged 5 to 11, yet when asked to produce the data, they admitted they never conducted an analysis for that age group, reports the Epoch Times. The CDC has also lied about Pfizer’s study results. While claiming the Pfizer jab was 92% effective for those with previous COVID infection, the actual trial data found NO evidence of efficacy in those with previous infection. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention jointly run and, allegedly, monitor the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) for safety signals. Both agencies have been blatantly derelict in their duties in this regard, as the safety signals in VAERS have been screaming for attention since the first quarter of 2021. Yet both the FDA and CDC claim they’ve found nothing of concern.

  • This, of course, begs the question why are they being do derelict in duty? Because the New World Order folks will use any global disruption, spontaneous or manufactured, to move toward the one-world authoritarian government they seek, all of which fulfills Biblical prophecy (Revelation 13)

Everyone in a district of 1.8 million people in China’s southern metropolis of Guangzhou was ordered to stay home for virus testing Saturday and a major city in the southwest closed schools as another rise in infections was reported. Nationwide, a total of 11,773 infections were reported over the previous 24 hours, including 10,351 people with no symptoms. China’s numbers are low, but the past week’s increase is challenging their “zero-COVID” strategy that aims to isolate every infected person.

A cruise ship carrying at least 800 passengers infected with COVID-19 has docked in Sydney, Australia. The Majestic Princess, which returned from New Zealand, was carrying more than 4,000 people aboard. Princess Cruises said a large number of cases started to be detected about halfway through the 12-day voyage.

Flu: A rising number of flu cases has forced California hospitals in treat patients in auxiliary triage tents, as the flu has seen a 259% increase from a year ago. Emergency rooms in San Diego County have been filling up, requiring the tents at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas, Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health in La Jolla and Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. H3N2 is the dominant strain of the severe cases. Flu season tends to be December through February, but the uptick in cases coming early in the Southern states have left experts on alert.

  • Flu cases are already 10 times higher statewide than this time last year and nearly five times higher than a typical flu season.

RSV: Some hospitals are running out of beds as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the flu, and COVID-19 cases have started coming in with the cooler weather. Doctors typically expect RSV to start surging in late November and start tapering off in January. So far, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection showed that the hospitalization rate for RSV peaked at 3.4 per 100,000 people the week ending Oct. 30. It was down to 3.0 by Nov. 5. Last season during the same week it was at 1.1 per 100,000 people, peaking at 1.3 per 100,000 in early December.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association on Friday called on the Biden administration to declare an emergency to support a national response to an “alarming surge of pediatric respiratory illnesses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza.”

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

In a sign of a potential shift in the mainstream media’s coverage of the issue, NBC News has published a report acknowledging a possible link between COVID-19 vaccines and myocarditis. “Myocarditis is a condition that has long been linked to a number of viral infections, including influenza, coxsackieviruses, as well as Covid,” the report says. “It has also been observed as an infrequent but worrisome side effect of the mRNA Covid vaccines. There have been around 1,000 reports of vaccine-related myocarditis or pericarditis in children under age 18, primarily young males, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Vaccine developer Moderna shared trial data this week showing its new COVID-19 bivalent booster is effective at protecting against the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants. But the news may have come too little, too late. BA.5 — once the dominant variant during the summer months — now makes up less than a third of new COVID-19 cases heading into the holidays. Edging it out are sublineages BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, which make up nearly half of new cases and appear to be gaining ground. Little is yet known about these sublineages.

Health Care:  Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored? (Jeremiah 8:22)

With so many shortages in the United States occurring over the past year or more, there is yet another shortage for American parents to worry about: amoxicillin, an antibiotic used to treat many bacterial infections. “After you have a population, a generation of children who are raised in masks and during lockdown, they have really no immune system and they are just catching every single cold that’s out there,” Dr. Dyan Hes told Fox News Monday. “So when they need amoxicillin for an ear infection and they don’t have it, it’s very frustrating because we have to choose something a little stronger.”

Private equity is rapidly moving to reshape health care in America, coming off a banner year in 2021, when the deep-pocketed firms plowed $206 billion into more than 1,400 health care acquisitions, according to industry tracker PitchBook. Seeking quick returns, these investors are buying into eye care clinics, dental management chains, physician practices, hospices, pet care providers, and thousands of other companies that render medical care nearly from cradle to grave. As private equity extends its reach into health care, evidence is mounting that the penetration has led to higher prices and diminished quality of care, a KHN investigation has found.

Health: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2)

Sperm counts and concentration are down all over the world, according to a new study that updates previous research and raises questions about exposures and men’s health. From 1973 to 2000, sperm counts dropped by 1.2% per year, “which is a lot,” said Hagai Levine, who helped lead the research. From 2000 to 2018, the decline was 2.6% per year, “which is an amazing pace.” It’s unclear why sperm counts have been falling. But Amy Sparks, a reproductive physiologist at the University of Iowa, cautioned that sperm counts are falling, but not enough to affect the human population – yet.

The rate of weight loss procedures among adolescents aged between 12 and 19 has doubled from 2010 to 2017, according to a study published Monday in Pediatrics, a journal by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The rate increased from 2.29 procedures per 100,000 population to 4.62. Patients were primarily white (45%), female (75.4%) and privately insured (53.4%). The percentage of teens with a BMI (body mass index) greater than 50 grew from 4.2% to 16.2% .

Johns Hopkins researchers found that people who ate a low-carb diet lost more weight (an average of 10 lbs. more) than people who ate a low-fat diet. Strength training in addition to moderate aerobic exercise can help you lose weight through building lean muscle mass, which makes you burn more calories throughout the day.

Violence/Murder: When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

A Just Facts study examining murders in 2021 based on death certificate data projects that one out 179 Americans will eventually be murdered over the course of their lifetimes if the country’s murder rate remains at 2021 levels. Violent crimes rose in 2020 when murders spiked by nearly 30% compared to the prior year. 2021 FBI data was not available because of a change in reporting systems and nearly 40% of police departments nationwide did not provide complete data on 2021 crime to the FBI by the March deadline of this year. 

At least 25 law enforcement recruits have been injured, at least two critically, after a vehicle plowed into them while out on a morning run in California on Wednesday. The recruits have been rushed to hospitals, and authorities detained a suspect believed to be the driver of the vehicle. The recruits are attendees of the Sheriff’s Training Academy and Regional Services Center in Whittier, California. Whittier is a suburb of Los Angeles. Citing the need for further investigation, authorities released from custody a 22-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer. Nicholas Joseph Gutierrez, of Diamond Bar, was released late Thursday. Authorities had identified Gutierrez as the driver of the SUV that veered onto the wrong side of the road early Wednesday at a high rate of speed.

The University of Virginia lifted a campus wide lockdown Monday, hours after three student football players were killed and two injured in a shooting rampage on a charter bus that had returned from a field trip, authorities said. Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a student at the 22,000-student school. The suspect was taken into custody Monday. He had previously been investigated by the university’s threat-assessment team after someone reported a comment he made about owning a gun in September; that tip came as part of a separate hazing investigation also involving the suspect. The case was escalated for disciplinary action late last month, but there was no report of a specific threat associated with the comment about a gun. Jones Jr. did not know the players he allegedly killed and wounded, according to witnesses.

Police are investigating the homicide of four University of Idaho students who were found dead Sunday near campus. Police haven’t publicly identified the victims or said how they died. Not much is clear about the tragedy except that all four students found dead are considered homicide victims; police ruled out a murder-suicide scenario, and they are still searching for a suspect. Police are calling it an “isolated, targeted” attack over the weekend in which the four victims were apparently stabbed to death while asleep in bad. Two other students in the house were not attacked.

A group of Philadelphia college students, eight females and three males, who were living in an off-campus apartment when armed robbers broke into their home, robbed them at gunpoint, and locked them in the basement last Friday morning. The Temple University students told WPVI-TV that they were woken up in the early hours of the morning by a knock at the door by two masked men.

Tragedy: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

A bus fell into a canal in Egypt’s Nile River Delta region Saturday killing at least 21 people, the country’s Health Ministry said. Dr. Sherif Makeen, a health ministry official, said three children were among the dead. Other injured passengers were transported to a local hospital. Deadly traffic accidents claim thousands of lives every year in Egypt, which has a poor transportation safety record. Crashes and collisions are mostly caused by speeding, bad roads or poor enforcement of traffic laws.

Six people were killed during a Dallas air show over the weekend when two historic World War II aircraft collided in midair. The Commemorative Air Force confirmed the names of the B-17 Flying Fortress and P-63 Kingcobra flight crews killed in the accident at the Wings Over Dallas World War II Airshow on Saturday. Investigators said Monday that it was still too early to tell what caused the accident.

Protests: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

The F.B.I. had as many as eight informants inside the far-right Proud Boys in the months surrounding the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, recent court papers indicate, raising questions about how much federal investigators were able to learn from them about the violent mob attack both before and after it took place. The existence of the informants came to light over the past few days in a flurry of veiled court filings by defense lawyers for five members of the Proud Boys who are set to go on trial next month on seditious conspiracy charges connected to the Capitol attack. In the papers, some of which were heavily redacted, the lawyers claimed that some of the information the confidential sources had provided to the government was favorable to their efforts to defend their clients against sedition charges and was improperly withheld by prosecutors until several days ago.

Gun Control: When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. (Luke 11:21-22,ESV)

The organization Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO), a project of the Second Amendment Foundation, has released a new study showing there is “no association between increased lawful firearm sales and rates of crime or homicide.” It was done by DRGO member Mark Hamill, an M.D., and was published in the Journal of Surgical Research by Hamill and a team of nine more doctors. Hamill’s work is online at ScienceDirect.com. It’s titled, “Legal Firearm Sales at State Level and Rates of Violent Crime, Property Crime, and Homicides.”

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away another challenge to a federal ban imposed under former President Donald Trump on devices called “bump stocks” that enable a semi-automatic weapon to fire like a machine gun. The justices declined to review an appeal by a group of firearms dealers and individuals in Minnesota, Texas, and Kentucky after a lower court rejected their arguments that the government had violated the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment “takings clause” by effectively taking their private property without just compensation.

County sheriffs in Oregon are taking a stand against the state’s newly adopted gun law and say they will not enforce a major piece of the law that sets limits on magazine capacity because it violates the Second Amendment, wastes law enforcement resources and is the product of “pure anti-gun politics.” Measure 114, known as the Reduction of Gun Violence Act, was approved by Oregon voters in last week’s midterm election. The new law outlaws ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and requires police to maintain an electronic, searchable database of all firearm permits, provide additional hands-on firearm training, and collect fingerprints from people before issuing permits to purchase a gun.

Justice (or lack thereof): Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. (Jeremiah 23:5)

Four “Red Rose Rescuers” were sentenced to 45 days in jail Friday, three years after their arrest at an abortion clinic where they were defending the right to life of the unborn. Lauren Handy and three other defendants have been sentenced to 45 days in Flint jail for a Rescue in 2019. “Thank you to everyone who came to the sentencing today. Solidarity with political prisoners everywhere and with the victims of the abortion genocide,” announced the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), of which Lauren Handy is the director of activism.

A federal judge threw the book at a BLM rioter who threw a Molotov cocktail at a police car during the George Floyd riots. Samantha Shader was sentenced by United States District Judge Dora L. Irizarry to 72 months imprisonment for using an improvised incendiary device in an attempt to set fire to a New York City Police Department (NYPD) van occupied by four police officers in Brooklyn on the night of May 29, 2020. 

A Dutch court on Thursday convicted two Russians and a pro-Moscow Ukrainian separatist in absentia of the murders of 298 people who died in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine. One Russian was acquitted because of a lack of evidence. Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said that evidence presented by prosecutors proved that the Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was brought down by a Buk missile fired by pro-Moscow Ukrainian fighters on July 17, 2014. None of the defendants appeared for the trial that began in March 2020 and it’s unlikely they will serve any sentence anytime soon.

Lawlessness: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Thessalonians 2;7)

  • As God’s hand of restraint is gradually lifting, spirits of lawlessness are stirring up lawlessness which will increase all the more as the end-times ramp up.

Police have arrested seven people since October in connection with a theft ring that stole donations out of church mailboxes in Georgia, according to Fox 5 in Atlanta. Investigators believe the ring is made up of 17 people, 10 of whom still need to be arrested. Officers also say the ring stole around $1.5 million from churches across 14 states, including California. Fox 5 in Atlanta reported the names of those who have been arrested thus far: Roberto Toboso-Morodo, Mayrelis Rodriguez-Roldan, Arian Ochoa-Agular, Eduardo Antelo-Gonzalez, Dayani Antelo-Gonzalez, Jose Leyva-Guerrero, and Pedro Ramirez-Camillo. All the suspects are in their thirties, and all of them are from Houston, except for Ramirez-Camillo, who is from Tampa.

Cyber Security: He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. (Psalm 40:2)

FBI Director Christopher Wray stated in no uncertain terms that when it comes to threats to the United States in areas such as national security and the economy, China is by far the most serious. “On the cyber front, China’s vast hacking program is the world’s largest by a mile, and they have stolen more of American’s personal and business data than every other nation combined,” he said.

Big Tech: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)

Google has agreed to a record $391.5 million settlement with 40 states for allegedly misleading consumers over its location tracking practices, a coalition of attorneys general announced Monday. The attorneys general described it as the largest multi-state privacy settlement in U.S. history. The coalition, which included attorneys general from New York, Kentucky and Oregon, claimed Google had been misleading users about locating tracking in various ways since 2014.

After new owner Elon Musk demanded that Twitter employees agree to work “extremely hardcore” or leave the company by 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, many opted for the latter option, with one former executive referring to the exits as a “mass exodus.” The New York Times said 1200 employees have left or been terminated. “They will struggle just to keep the lights on,” the former executive, who recently exited the company, added. Musk posted a meme seeming to make fun of the fact that people were discussing the death of Twitter on the platform itself. He also said in a separate tweet that “the best people are staying, so I’m not super worried.”

  • Fearful of the “uncertainty” surrounding Elon Musk’s management of Twitter, CBS News announced that it would be suspending its usage of the social media site.
  • Elon Musk started a Twitter poll late on Friday asking followers to vote on whether to reinstate former U.S. President Donald Trump’s account on the platform, with early Saturday results showing roughly 52% voting yes with 9 hours left to vote. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, a Latin phrase that roughly means meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God.” He later tweeted that about 1 million people were voting per hour.

Critical Race Theory: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

A federal judge in Florida on Thursday blocked a law pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that restricts certain race-based conversations and analysis in colleges. Tallahassee U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued a temporary injunction against the so-called “Stop Woke” act in a ruling that called the legislation “positively dystopian.” The law prohibits teaching or business practices that contend members of one ethnic group are inherently racist and should feel guilt for past actions committed by others. It also bars the notion that a person’s status as privileged or oppressed is necessarily determined by their race or gender, or that discrimination is acceptable to achieve diversity.

Marriage/Family:  “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

The Senate has moved forward historic federal protections for same-sex marriage after a 62-37 procedural vote Thursday to overcome a filibuster. Twelve Republican Senators and all of the Democrats supported advancing the bill. The House passed a bill earlier this year so after the Senate votes on the bill sometime after thanksgiving, the final version will become law when President Joe Biden signs it.

After the 62–37 vote in the Senate to enshrine same-sex “marriage” into federal law, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, issued a statement critical of the bill, warning that amendments added to protect religious liberty are “insufficient.” If the bill passes into law, he said discrimination against Christians in the U.S. would likely increase.

Homosexuality:  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:26-27)

The newly elected head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has come under fire from the left for his continuing assertion that there is a link between the clergy sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Church in recent decades and the presence of homosexual priests within her ranks. Archbishop Timothy Broglio, said in 2018 that “There is no question that the crisis of sexual abuse by priests in the USA is directly related to homosexuality.” In a press conference shortly after his election on Tuesday, Broglio indicated that he continues to stand by his 2018 statement. “It’s certainly an aspect of the sexual crisis that can’t be denied.”

  • Just like monkeypox and HIV, the scientific facts can’t be denied that the gay male lifestyle is destructive in many ways. God’s laws cannot be ignored without injurious consequences.

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

A young detransitioned woman is suing Kaiser Permanente over cross-sex medical interventions allegedly she received there as a minor, including a double mastectomy and cross-sex hormones, according to her attorneys. Chloe Cole went on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones and received a double mastectomy to remove her breasts between ages 13 to 17 before she stopped identifying as transgender, according to her attorneys. Cole’s lawsuit alleges that Kaiser Permanente falsely told her and her parents she was at high risk for suicide if she didn’t socially and medically transition to the opposite sex; she is seeking damages for oppression, malice and fraud.

San Francisco is now offering a monthly stimulus program exclusively for transgender residents. The city’s mayor, London Breed, announced that San Francisco would start accepting applications for the Guaranteed Income for Trans People (GIFT) program on Wednesday. GIFT is exclusive to the city’s transgender residents and is led by the Transgender District, a neighborhood of the city for transgender people. The program will pay 55 transgender residents $1,200 per month for up to 18 months.

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott invoked the U.S. and Texas’ constitutions’ invasion clauses to “defend our state against an invasion” to combat the record-setting wave of illegal immigration occurring along the border. Abbott on Tuesday sent a letter to Texas county judges indicating that he would deploy the National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to build a wall along the border. In a letter to the White House, Abbott pointed out that UN declared the border between the United States and Mexico as the deadliest land crossing in the world.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security do not agree on the security of the U.S. southern border, judging by testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security. In sworn testimony, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said ‘Yes’ when he was asked if the border is secure. When FBI Director Christopher Wray was asked the same question, he said, “Well, I can only speak to border security from our narrow lane,” Wray answered. “What I would say is that we see significant criminal threats coming from south of the border — whether it’s guns, drugs, money, violence.” That doesn’t sound like a secure border.

Fifty-seven percent of Hispanics who voted in the midterms say the government is doing too little to reduce illegal borders crossings, according to a new poll by Rasmussen Reports and NumbersUSA. In addition, 44% say the Biden administration is doing a poor job handling illegal immigration, while 21% say it is doing a fair job. Eighteen percent said it is doing a good job, and 13% said it was doing an excellent job.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner Chris Magnus resigned from his position Saturday, according to a White House press release. Magnus, who was appointed to the role in December 2021, submitted his resignation to Biden on Saturday, which was immediately accepted. The former border official had reportedly been asked to resign on Friday by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, else he be fired from his position. The Biden administration has faced significant criticism from Republicans and even some Democrats for the continued increases, with the Senate Republicans calling it “the worst border crisis in our history.” Some observers have ascribed the continued increases to policy changes by the Biden administration, made at the insistence of its left-wing Democratic allies in Congress.

  • It’s always a lower-level employee who pays for the mistakes of the leaders.

Travel: The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121:8)

The Department of Transportation announced Monday that six airlines were slapped with fines and they had to collectively pay more than half a billion dollars to travelers who were owed refunds due to a canceled or significantly altered flight. Frontier Airlines is required to pay $222 million in refunds, Air India must pay $121.5 million, TAP Portugal will have to pay $126.5 million, Aeromexico will shell out $13.6 million, El Al will distribute $61.9 million and Avianca will pay $76.8 million. In the “historic enforcement actions,” DOT said it was also assessing more than $7.25 million in civil penalties against six airlines.

Energy Supplies: He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. (Isaiah 44:14-15)

China is the largest investor in renewable energy in the world, domestically and abroad. Five of the world’s six largest solar-module manufacturing companies and the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer are also owned by China, according to the World Resources Institute. China’s Tainqi Lithium is one of the largest manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries, an important component of electric vehicle batteries. China’s stake in the renewable energy market and its near monopoly over the supply chain of rare earth minerals is indispensable for renewable energy technology production, leaving the U.S. at China’s mercy for achieving its climate change goals and clean energy objectives.

Philanthropy: “Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.” Matthew 5:42 “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Matthew 19:21)

Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos will give away a majority of his $124 billion wealth during his lifetime, the billionaire told CNN in an interview Monday. The billionaire has committed $10 billion to fight climate change and protect nature through the Bezos Earth Fund. And country music star and philanthropist Dolly Parton received $100 million through the “Bezos Courage & Civility Award,” an honor recognizing leaders who “pursue solutions with courage and civility,” he said on Twitter on Saturday.

  • Megadonor and novelist MacKenzie Scott, Bezos ex-wife, announced almost $2 billion in donations to 343 organizations in a short blog post Monday,

Taxes:  He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Luke 20:25)

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt on Thursday announced a new emergency budget. The financial plan calls for budget cuts and about 55 billion pounds of tax increases. The British government aims to demonstrate that it will pay its bills and achieve long-term economic stability. The announcement means millions of people in the United Kingdom now face tax and energy bill increases.

Work: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)

The minimum wage in Nebraska will increase from $9 to $15 an hour by 2026 and in Nevada from $10.50 to $12 an hour by 2024, after voters in both states approved Nov. 8 ballot measures.

Business: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)

Employers are planning to increase their salary budgets by 4.6% next year, the highest expected annual jump in 15 years. That’s according to the latest international survey from consulting firm Willis Towers Watson, which included responses from 1,550 US employers. The survey was conducted from October 3 to November 4. But with inflation still at 7.7%, any raise an employee gets below those levels effectively means they will be earning less because their paycheck won’t buy as much.

The New York Times reported Monday that Amazon plans to slash its workforce, laying off 10,000 workers, the largest reduction in the company’s history. That’s in addition to a previously announced hiring freeze in its corporate workforce. The company is second only to Walmart in the number of people it employs in the United States. FedEx Freight is preparing to furlough an unspecified number of drivers beginning in early December. The layoffs from these two companies are particularly troubling given the fact they are happening just before the holidays.

The Walt Disney Co. is planning to freeze hiring and cut some jobs ahead of the winter holidays following a disappointing quarter. In a memo sent to employees, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said the company would be moving forward with prioritizing cost-saving measures including “some staff reductions.”

Tesla is voluntarily recalling more than 40,000 vehicles that could experience a loss of power steering. The recall involves 2017-2021 Model S and Model X vehicles, according to a Nov. 1 filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made public this week.

Wild inconsistency in vehicles built by General Motors, Ford and Stellantis brands has created endless customer headaches as they navigate problems and challenges, according to the 2022 Annual Auto Reliability Survey from Consumer Reports. The report shows that the Detroit Three are doing too much too fast, introducing technology and new designs that, in some cases, aren’t showroom ready.

  • Stellantis is a multinational automotive manufacturing corporation formed in 2021 on the basis of a 50–50 cross-border merger between the Italian-American conglomerate Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the French PSA Group. The company is headquartered in Amsterdam.

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

A key measure of inflation, wholesale prices, rose by 8% in October from a year before, down from a revise 8.4% in September, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a monthly basis, producer prices rose 0.2%, below expectations and the same as the revised 0.2% increase seen in September.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.61% in the week ending November 17, down from 7.08% the week before, according to Freddie Mac, the largest weekly drop since 1981. A year ago, the 30-year fixed rate stood at 3.10%. Home sales in the United States declined for the ninth month in a row in October as surging mortgage rates and high prices pushed buyers out of the market.

Sales of existing homes — which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops — were down 28.4% in October from a year ago and down 5.9% from September, according to a National Association of Realtors report released Friday.

Foot traffic to restaurants has been falling in recent months As inflation eats into consumers’ budgets, many have been cutting back on their restaurant visits and eating at home more often. However, overall restaurant sales have increase somewhat because of increasing their prices.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

Three men, fathers of eleven children, were murdered by a Palestinian assailant in a stabbing and car ramming attack in the West Bank on Tuesday morning. The killer — identified as Muhammed Souf, 18, from the Palestinian town of Hares in the northern West Bank— also injured several others before being shot dead by Israeli troops who arrived on the scene. Two of the wounded are hospitalized in serious but stable condition, and a third in moderate condition.

Israel condemned Ukraine’s decision to vote in favor of an anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations last Friday, as Kyiv continues to pressure the Jewish state to provide it with advanced weaponry. After Ukraine voted in favor of a draft resolution in the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization Committee backed by the Palestinian Authority’s delegation, Israeli ambassador to Ukraine, Michael Brodsk tweeted, “Supporting anti-Israeli initiatives in the UN doesn’t help to build trust between Israel and Ukraine.”

Middle East: When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. (Luke 21:20-22)

The global push to constrain Iran’s nuclear program has entered uncharted territory as the U.S. and its allies signal that negotiations with Tehran are all but dead, and it’s unclear whether the Biden administration has a viable Plan B to keep Iran’s theocratic regime from getting a nuclear bomb that the agreement was supposed to prevent. The sudden collapse of the high-stakes multilateral talks comes as Iran deepens its diplomatic and military ties with Russia, stoking fears that perhaps the Kremlin may offer covert help with Tehran‘s nuclear program in exchange for more drones and missiles for Russia‘s war in Ukraine.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

Russia/Ukraine: As Ukrainian forces recapture the cities that Russians have occupied since Russia invaded on February 24th, the devastation that is uncovered is hard to imagine. Businesses and even farms where people used to make their livings have been bombed, and many are left jobless, penniless, and without access to food, water, and other basic necessities. With each new liberated city, more stories of torture, mass graves, starvation, death, destroyed homes, and even attacks on children by Russian forces come to light. 

The Ukraine war may be about to enter a new slower phase. The cold, wet fall and coming winter, with its freezing temperatures and snowfall, could pause large offensives. Putin seems to be counting on it to give Russian troops extra time to rebuild and regroup, but he can still launch missiles  from afar.

Russian airstrikes rained down on Ukraine’s power grid in regions as far west as Lviv, some 40 miles from the Polish border, prompting emergency blackouts in the capital Kyiv and elsewhere. The White House on Tuesday condemned Russia’s latest barrage of strikes against critical infrastructure and residential buildings far from the front lines in Ukraine, pledging global unity in the face of the Kremlin’s unrelenting aggression.

The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Monday calling for Russia to be held accountable for violating international law by invading Ukraine including by paying reparations. The vote in the 193-member world body was 94-14 with 73 abstentions. It was the lowest level of support of the five Ukraine-related resolutions adopted by the General Assembly since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of its smaller neighbor.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said Russian missiles crossed into NATO member Poland, killing two people. However, subsequent investigation indicates the missiles came from Ukraine’s anti-missile defense system. Polish media reported that two people died Tuesday afternoon after a projectile struck an area where grain was drying in Przewodów, a Polish village near the border with Ukraine. The strike alerted NATO which is obligated by treaty to defend any member. Russia’s barrage of missiles launched against Ukraine also struck Moldova, knocking out power to much of the country.

  • “Ukraine’s defense was launching their missiles in various directions and it is highly probable that one of these missiles unfortunately fell on Polish territory,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said Wednesday. “There is nothing, absolutely nothing to suggest that it was an intentional attack on Poland.”

China/Taiwan: President Biden said there ‘need not be a new Cold War’ after his meeting with Chinese President Xi. President Biden also told reporters at a news conference that he doesn’t expect an imminent attempt by China to invade Taiwan. Biden held his first in-person meeting Monday with President Xi Jinping in Bali last Sunday.

North Korea: North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed near Japanese waters Friday in its second major weapons test this month that showed a potential ability to launch nuclear strikes on all of the U.S. mainland. The United States quickly condemned the launch and vowed to take “all necessary measures” to guarantee the safety of its mainland and allies South Korea and Japan. Vice President Kamala Harris will separately meet with leaders of allies who are attending a regional forum in Bangkok to discuss the missile launch. “We strongly condemn these actions and we again call for North Korea to stop further unlawful, destabilizing acts. On behalf of the United States, I reaffirm our ironclad commitment to our Indo-Pacific alliances,” Harris said at the start of the meeting.

Terrorism: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me… But You, O God,  shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:4-5.23)

Turkey blamed Kurdish militants on Monday for an explosion that killed six people and wounded 80 on a busy Istanbul shopping street, and police detained a Syrian woman suspected of having planted the bomb among a sweep of 47 arrests. Istanbul police named the suspected bomber as Ahlam Albashir, a Syrian national, who was detained in an overnight raid in the city’s Kucukcekmece district. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia were responsible for the blast on Istiklal Avenue on Sunday, an incident that recalled similar attacks in years past. The suspect allegedly left TNT-type explosives on the crowded avenue and then caught a taxi, police said, based on security footage.

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

A group of 30 agencies that supply water to homes and businesses throughout the western United States has pledged to rip up lots of decorative grass to help keep water in the over-tapped Colorado River. The agreement signed Tuesday by water agencies in Southern California, Phoenix and Salt Lake City and elsewhere illustrates an accelerating shift in the American West away from well-manicured grass that has long been a totem of suburban life. The grass-removal pledge targets turf that people don’t work on, like in front of strip malls, in street medians or at the entrance to neighborhoods. It doesn’t mean cities plan to rip up grass at golf courses, parks or in backyards, though some may pay homeowners to voluntarily replace their lawns with more drought-resistance landscaping.

Earthquakes: And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7b) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12)

A​ magnitude 5.3 earthquake rattled parts of West Texas late Wednesday afternoon. There were no immediate reports of damage. The quake was centered near the town of Mentone, and was felt as far away as El Paso, about 170 miles to the west. M​entone is in Loving County, which in 2021 had a population of 57 people

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency in New York as a potentially historic lake-effect snowstorm swept through the western part of the state. More than 5 feet of snow has been recorded in western New York as of Saturday morning, with some areas reaching over 6 feet. Orchard Park, where the NFL’s Buffalo Bills play, has picked up 77.0 inches in the last 48 hours, and Natural Bridge, just east of Watertown, has picked up 72.3 inches – historic numbers for the area. New York State Police troopers are enforcing a ban on commercial traffic on parts of the NY Thruway from Exit 46 to the Pennsylvania state line. Airlines are waiving change fees at some airports, and schools and businesses will be closed for some time.

  • As the snowfall intensified, two county residents died from cardiac complications related to shoveling.

A record-breaking drought has caused some rivers in China – including parts of the Yangtze – to dry up, affecting hydropower, halting shipping, and forcing major companies to suspend operations. A nationwide drought alert was issued on Friday as a long-running and severe heatwave in China’s heavily populated south-west was forecast to continue well into September.

Low water levels reveal dry, crusty banks of the Nile River. As one of the longest rivers in the world is threatened by both overuse and climate change, so is the water security of the millions of people who rely on it for daily use in Sudan and Egypt.

Just months after enduring floods that destroyed crops and submerged entire communities, thousands of families in the Brazilian Amazon are now dealing with severe drought that, at least in some areas, is the worst in decades. The low level of the Amazon River, at the center of the largest drainage system in the world, has put dozens of municipalities under alert.

Thousands of U.S. dams could pose a growing threat to nearby communities as the climate changes, a USA TODAY analysis of climate and dam data found. They are in places that make them likely to harm people or property if they fail, and they face increased risk of failing because river-swelling rainfalls have become more common, testing the limits of these structures. Nearly 3,000 are already flagged as being in poor or unsatisfactory condition because they need to repaired or replaced.

Signs of the Times Update: November 11, 2022

November 11, 2022

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one an-other, envying one another. (Galatians 5:22-26)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

A South Carolina woman who recently celebrated her 107th birthday credits the blessings of God for her longevity. “I do what the Bible tells me,” Adell Julie Thompson of Santee, S.C., told WLTX News 19 in Columbia. Thompson was born Oct. 10, 1915 – two years before the United States entered World War I and just three years after the Titanic sank. She was 26 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor (1941). She was 48 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated (1963) and 53 when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon (1969). She has lived through 20 U.S. presidents. “I had no dream of being 107 years,” Thompson told WLTX. “But the Lord spared me, and I try to do the right thing,”

Two leaders of True the Vote organization will be released from jail after an appeals court overruled a judge’s order that they be locked up. Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips were ordered released by a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit late Nov. 6. Engelbrecht and Phillips were imprisoned on Oct. 31 after U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt, a Reagan appointee, found them in contempt of court for not revealing the identities of people who were with them when information was accessed from Konnech, a Michigan-based election management software company whose founder was recently arrested for allegedly stealing poll worker data and hosting it on servers in China.

“I never imagined paying off my loan – ever,” said Hanif. “But when Barnabas Aid paid off my total amount of loan, I literally bowed down to my Savior God thanking Him. For someone who is totally unknown to me had come to me and paid off my loan. This is a miracle for me and my family.” Hanif, who is blind in one eye, had to borrow money for a medical emergency. Like thousands of other Pakistani Christian brick-kiln workers in times of accident, illness or other crisis, he took a loan from the owner of the kiln where he worked. But these debts keep the families bonded to their brick kiln, unable to leave and get another job, with money deducted from their wages to pay the interest. It is virtually impossible, out of their poverty, to pay off the debts. Despised, despairing and trapped, the bonded brick-kiln workers feel like slaves. But Barnabas Aid supporters have donated to set free Hanif and thousands of other Christians by paying off their debts.

A U.S. judge in Texas on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s plan to provide millions of borrowers with up to $20,000 apiece in federal student-loan forgiveness—a program that was already on hold as a federal appeals court in St. Louis considers a separate lawsuit by six states challenging it. District Court Judge Mark Pittman, an appointee of former President Donald Trump based in Fort Worth, said the program usurped Congress’ power to make laws. “In this country, we are not ruled by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone. Instead, we are ruled by a Constitution that provides for three distinct and independent branches of government,” Pittman wrote.

Election Results:

As of mid-afternoon Friday, three seats in the U.S. Senate midterm elections were undecided, with races in Arizona and Nevada still too close to call. Georgia’s race is headed to a December 6 runoff election after neither candidate secured a majority of the vote Tuesday. The Arizona hand count of the remaining 570,000 ballots will take until “early next week” election officials say. However, with Democrat Fetterman flipping Pennsylvania away from the GOP, it seems likely that the Senate will remain under Democrat control.

For the U.S. House of Representatives, 32 seats are still undecided. However, the GOP has already won 211, and need only 7 more out of the 32 to wrest control away from the Democrats. The biggest factor standing in the way of a clear result is the slow count in California, where more than a dozen House races have yet to be called. California’s Secretary of State Shirley Weber says it could still be weeks before it becomes clear who wins these races.

Historically, the president’s party gets trounced in midterm elections. But for the first time in the era of modern polling, dating to the 1930s, the party of a president with an approval rating below 50 percent (President Biden’s is in the low 40s) seems to have fared well. Democrats are favored to retain control of the Senate; they could even still hold on to the House. Republicans fared exceptionally well in some states, including Florida and New York. In others, like Michigan and Pennsylvania, Democrats excelled, notes the New York Times.

Many conservatives put the blame on former President Donald Trump for the GOP’s underwhelming midterm election results, which saw Trump candidates across the country failing to gain office. Many conservative commentators took the election results as a sign it was time for the GOP to move on from Trump. Commentators argued that Trump had endorsed outlandish candidates who turned easy victories into close races, and close races into losses. Others compared Trump’s failure to secure wins across the country with the huge wave of support for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ in Florida.

While voters remain concerned over the economy, the border, and education, strong pro-life policy turned out to be a winning issue for many incumbent Republican governors. In FL, OH, TX, and GA, Republican governors who signed very pro-life laws won handily. However, voters in California, Vermont, and Michigan passed pro-abortion amendments on Tuesday. Those states will now enshrine the right to have an abortion in their constitutions. However, Kentucky has one of the strictest bans in the country, and on Tuesday, the Republican-leaning state rejected a provision that would have amended the state constitution to clarify that it does not protect the right to abortion. The referendum is similar to one that Kansas voters decisively rejected in August.

Support for abortion rights now appears to be one of the big reasons Democrats staved off deep Congressional midterm losses. Democratic campaigns invested more heavily in abortion rights than any other topic, riding a wave of anger after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. In total, Democrats and their allies spent nearly half a billion dollars on ads mentioning abortion — more than twice what they spent on crime, and eight times as much as Republicans spent on abortion, according to AdImpact, an ad-tracking firm.

Voters in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have rebuked gubernatorial candidates who echoed former president Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 presidential race was rigged.

A Pennsylvania state representative who died last month was reelected during the midterm elections. Democrat Anthony “Tony” DeLuca died Oct. 9 after a battle with lymphoma. He was 85.

On an otherwise lackluster night for Republicans, they did show marked improvement among Latino voters, claiming 39% of their vote nationally, according to the networks’ exit polling, which showed a 10-point improvement over the last midterm elections. 

Tiffany Justice, a co-founder of Moms for Liberty, a leading parental rights group, estimates that over half of the 270 school board candidates that they endorsed won their races nationwide. She described it as a “remarkable achievement” since “most of them were first-time candidates up against entrenched incumbents who enjoyed the backing of powerful teachers’ unions.”

Members of the progressive “Squad” were re-elected in their respective seats: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Cori Bush, D-Mo., and Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y.

According to the political action committee LGBTQ Victory Fund, 678 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer candidates were on the ballot Nov. 8 – an 18% increase from 2020, when 574 candidates ran for office. “We are already calling this year a ‘Rainbow Wave’ – with more wins to come,” Albert Fujii, Victory Fund press secretary, told USA TODAY on Wednesday morning.

Midterm election candidates made history as Maryland elected its first Black governor and Massachusetts picked the country’s first lesbian governor. Democrat James Roesener, a bisexual transgender man, was elected to New Hampshire House of Representatives, District 22 Ward 8. He is the first transgender man to win in any state legislature election. Democrat Becca Balint was elected in Vermont to the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the first woman and openly gay person to represent the state in Congress. Democrat Ashley Bland Manlove was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives, District 26. She is the first lesbian in Missouri’s General Assembly.

At age 25, Democrat Maxwell Frost made history Tuesday night when he became the first member of Gen Z to be elected to U.S. Congress. The young African American’s victory marks a crucial moment for the progressive activist who came of voting age over the past decade known for voicing his political stance against gun violence and for LGBTQ rights.

Election Integrity: He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become knownThe integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. (Proverbs 10:9,11:3)

Mississippi officials confirmed that it was hit with a cyber-attack on state election websites on Tuesday. “Yesterday, our offices confirmed an abnormally large increase in traffic volume due to DDoS activity, which caused the public-facing side of our websites to be periodically inaccessible,” Secretary of State Michael Watson said in a press release on Wednesday. “At this time, we do not have confirmation as to where the DDoS activity originated, and more evidence would be required to attribute to any person or group.” Watson added that his office can “confidently say our election system was not compromised.”

Troubling reports of voting machine snafus in counties from Arizona to New Jersey on Tuesday have sparked election integrity anxieties for conservative voters. The worries come amid insistence from top Democrats and the legacy media that the results of many elections won’t be known until long after Election Day, a prediction conservatives argue is merely a coverup for planned election rigging. In Mercer County, New Jersey, election officials reported printing and scanning issues as voters arrived at the polls, causing voters at 130 polling places to fill out paper ballots for hand counting rather than sending them through a scanner to be machine tabulated. In Arizona, election officials reported vote-counting machine outages in about 20% of polling sites in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county. Voters were also instructed to deposit their ballots in a secure box to be counted at a central facility later Tuesday.

Russian mogul Yevgeny Prigozhin said Monday that he interfered in United States elections—something the Justice Department has suspected, but Prigozhin has previously never admitted to doing. More than that, Prigozhin said he planned to continue his interference. Prigozhin is a Russian entrepreneur with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Department of Justice charged him with meddling in the 2016 election using a covert social media campaign meant to increase division in American public opinion. Prigozhim said in a statement on social media that he would continue to interfere in elections “carefully, precisely, and surgically.”

Georgia’s voters set the record for most ballots cast before Election Day in a midterm election, according to state election officials, debunking claims from top Democrats that the state’s election law would lead to voter suppression. The Peach State’s Early Voting period ended Friday night with more than 2,288,889 ballots cast. Early Voting had begun on October 17. More than 75% of absentee ballots have been returned to county election offices as of Friday.

Arizona became the nation’s epicenter of ballot drop box watching and voter intimidation reports in the lead up to the 2022 midterm election, especially in Maricopa County, where the vast majority of voter complaints have originated since Oct. 16. Days after an Arizona federal judge barred a far-right group from taking photos, confronting voters dropping off ballots or wearing body armor and brandishing weapons, 17 reports of voter intimidation at drop boxes were reports with were 14 referred to law enforcement by the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

New World Order – One-World Government: It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:7-8) The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. (Daniel 7:23)

“Cooperate or perish”: U.N. chief declared as world leaders gathered for the COP27climate change conference. In opening remarks U.N. Secretary General António Guterres called for a “climate solidarity pact.” A key flash point during the two weeks of negotiations — this year in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh — will be how wealthy nations will assist vulnerable countries and communities with the fewest resources in coping with climate change. Environmentalists want renewed commitments to tackle global warming from world leaders this week at the annual United Nations climate conference after a year of backsliding on climate pledges amid turmoil in energy markets.

  •  Soaring energy costs have underscored the globe’s reliance on fossil fuels for energy security, frustrating green advocates who increasingly feel the Conference of the Parties, or COP27 as it’s known this year, is nothing more than an annual socializing event to boost countries’ public images.

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the chief of support for Group of 20 events, said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision not to come to the summit next week was “the best for all of us.” The two-day summit in Indonesia could have been the first time U.S. President Joe Biden and Putin came together since the start of the Russian war in Ukraine. Biden plans to meet with China President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Indonesia meeting.

Politics: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. (Romans 13:1-2)

The FBI is investigating what the Kari Lake campaign is calling a “terroristic attack” against the Republican candidate for Arizona governor after white powder in two envelopes and “threatening” messages were placed at her campaign offices in Phoenix Saturday night. The bomb squad and a hazmat team responded, and the substance was taken away by the FBI for analysis. One staffer is currently under medical supervision and the rest of the staff is being checked out.

GOP members of the House Judiciary Committee, led by ranking Republican Jim Jordan of Ohio, released a report of over 1,000 pages on Friday detailing whistleblower testimony of politicization and malpractice at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice. The 1,050-page report lists 11 instances of alleged politicization of the FBI and the DOJ, including the August raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, the suppression on the part of FBI special agent Timothy Thibault of information on Hunter Biden’s laptop and the request that Facebook censor stories related to the laptop, the apparent “purge” of conservative agents from the FBI’s ranks, the inflation of domestic violence extremist terrorism allegations to fit the political narrative around the Capitol riots, and the use of the FACE Act to arrest of pro-lifers.

The new Twitter under the ownership of Elon Musk fact-checked a Sunday post by President Joe Biden over what he dubbed “the most common” gas price—a top voter issue in Tuesday’s midterm elections. “Right now, the most common price at gas stations across the country is $3.19 per gallon,” Biden said in a Nov. 6 post. “That’s progress,” the president added. AAA said the average U.S. price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.80 as of Nov. 6—more than 60 cents higher than that cited by Biden. Only two states across the nation, Georgia and Texas, had an average price of regular gasoline at or under $3.19 on Sunday, while the majority of states were between $3.50 per gallon to $4.00 per gallon, according to the gas prices tracker.

Censorship: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a new state law that allows medical boards to punish physicians who give medical advice that counters the “scientific consensus” on COVID-19. Assembly Bill 2098 states that it “shall constitute unprofessional conduct for a physician and surgeon to disseminate misinformation or disinformation related to COVID-19, including false or misleading information regarding the nature and risks of the virus, its prevention and treatment; and the development, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.”

Accused of spreading “misinformation,” outspoken COVID-19 vaccine critic Dr. Peter McCullough is facing the loss of his board certification in cardiology and internal medicine. In a video interview with WND (embedded below), the world-renowned cardiologist and epidemiologist – with 677 scientific publications to his credit – explained he is now engaged in a rigorous appeal process at great expense personally as well as professionally.” I can tell you this is unprecedented. We’ve never had a federal board like this, recommend that a doctor become decertified because of political reasons,”

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

Daily new cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. have increased by 9% over the past two weeks as of Friday, 11/11. Hospitalizations are up 3%, but deaths are down 9% as the new variants are far less deadly. Thirty-two states have recorded increased cases over the past two weeks, with Nevada up 176%, New Mexico up 62%, Utah up 77% and Arizona up 53%. However, Michigan is down 18%, Maine down 24% with Massachusetts down 24%.

  • Worldwide, new cases are down 10% and deaths are down 20%.

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the requirement for non-U.S. citizen, non-immigrants to show proof of COVID-19 injection in order to enter the country. This makes the U.S. one of the few remaining Western countries to uphold such a mandate.

Researchers with the Food and Drug Administration concluded after an analysis of the agency’s data that there is an elevated risk of myocarditis in children as young as 12 after taking the Pfizer COVID-19 shot. Targeting data for children aged 5 to 17 between 2021 and mid-2022, the study found that myocarditis, a form of heart inflammation, and the related condition pericarditis met the threshold for a safety signal for children aged 12 to 17 after the second and third doses of the mRNA vaccine. A safety signal isn’t proof that a vaccine caused an adverse event. The purpose is to prompt investigation of the cause and determine whether or not the risks of a vaccine outweigh the benefits.

A German study has linked the experimental COVID-19 shots mandated by many governments, companies and institutions over the last two years to a plummeting fertility rate. The results come from Germany’s Federal Institute for Population Research, which reported a “strong association between the onset of vaccination programs and the fertility decline nine months after.” The documentation showed a 14% decline in Total Fertility Rate in Germany from 2021-2022. Sweden’s rate was down 10%.

Pfizer and Moderna, makers of the leading COVID-19 vaccines, have both launched trials of a two-in-one shot that would attack the coronavirus and influenza, hoping a single shot will be more convenient than a poke in both arms.

Protests: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

Thousands of people marched in a 24-hour strike in Athens that started yesterday. Almost simultaneously in Belgium, trade unions staged a walkout. In both countries, people are protesting soaring inflation. The annualized inflation rate hit 10.7 percent last month in the 19 countries that use the euro. Brief clashes broke out in Greece, with protesters trading Molotov cocktails for tear gas with the police in Athens and Thessaloniki. One officer was injured, and ten people were arrested.

Justice (or lack thereof): Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. (Jeremiah 23:5)

Three former Pennsylvania police officers pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 counts of reckless endangerment in connection with the death of an 8-year-old girl who was shot while leaving a high school football game in suburban Philadelphia. Fanta Bility was killed on Aug. 27, 2021, when officers fired dozens of shots at a car moving through a crowd after gunfire broke out near the football field. As part of the plea deals, the more serious charges of manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter against the three former Sharon Hill Borough officers were dropped.

A man accused of vandalizing churches as part of 15 different counts of criminal mischief was released without bail Thursday, due to New York City’s cashless bail laws. Juan Velez, 28, was arrested by the New York City Police Department Warrants Squad on a total of 15 incidents of criminal mischief. Three of the incidents involved churches, including the city’s historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Video footage shows Velez throwing a wrench through the window of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and fleeing the scene.

A federal judge appointed by former president Barack Obama handed Don Trump Jr. a huge win over retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman on Tuesday. Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. dismissed a lawsuit brought by Vindman against Trump Jr, Rudy Giuliani and others accusing them of witness intimidation and retaliation. Boasberg wrote: “Plaintiff’s pled facts, taken as true, certainly suggest that Defendants leveled harsh, meanspirited, and at times misleading attacks against him. But political hackery alone does not violate the law at issue.

Lawlessness: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Thessalonians 2;7)

  • As God’s hand of restraint is gradually lifting, spirits of lawlessness are stirring up lawlessness which will increase all the more as the end-times ramp up.

After seven fires were set across Jackson, Mississippi, on Election Day – including at two black churches and a historically black college – a Democratic congressional candidate characterized the suspected arson as racially motivated acts of terrorism meant to suppress votes. Later Tuesday, however, police arrested a 23-year-old black man they believe to be associated with the fires. The suspect, Devin McLaurin, was charged with six counts of arson and one count of felony malicious mischief in Jackson Municipal Court.

Fraud: “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? (Acts 13:10)

A new whistleblower has come forward speaking to the Daily Mail about his knowledge of Hunter Biden’s business deals during his father Joe Biden’s vice presidency and of how the father was strongly involved in them, even acting as the “chairman of the board.” The whistleblower, who wished to remain anonymous out of fear for reprisals, has identified himself to U.S. Senate investigators and is collaborating with them. He revealed to the Daily Mail in a video-taped interview with altered voice how he witnessed a conference call in 2012 during Biden’s vice presidency. The call was about an online gambling business in Latin America in which Hunter Biden and his partners were getting involved. The whistleblower told the Daily Mail that “Joe Biden was directly involved in this business activity.

Discrimination: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that antisemitism remains “a pervasive and present fact,” and vowed to protect American Jewish communities against unyielding threats of violence. “Jewish people continue to face repeated violence and very real threats, from all kinds of actors … simply for being who they are,” Wray told delegates to an Anti-Defamation League conference in New York, adding that 63% of hate crimes in the U.S. involving religion were motivated by antisemitism.  

Four men shouting antisemitic slurs and doing the Nazi salute stormed a school bus in Chicago packed with Jewish schoolchildren on Wednesday, in an incident that has shocked Jewish groups in the U.S. The driver, who was dropping off the children home at an Orthodox Jewish day school in the city’s West Rogers Park neighborhood, eventually succeeded in forcing the men off the bus. This shocking incident took place on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom that destroyed almost all synagogues across Germany in 1938. Members of the Chicago’s City Council recently passed a resolution reaffirming their commitment to protecting the Jewish community as antisemitism is on the rise.

A Georgia county has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a man whose case was one of three that led to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment. The Clayton County Board of Commissioners this week approved an $825,000 settlement for Gerald Lynn Bostock, his lawyer Ed Buckley said Friday. Bostock had sued the county, which sits just south of Atlanta, saying he was fired in 2013 because he is gay.

Drugs: And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries [Greek: pharmakeia, i.e. pharmacy, drugs].

Recreational marijuana is now legal in 21 states after Maryland and Missouri passed amendments to approve its legalization. Meanwhile, Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota voters rejected their states’ legalization proposals.

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

The Florida Board of Medicine plus the Board of Osteopathic Medicine on Friday both adopted standards of care regarding the treatment of individuals suffering from gender dysphoria. During a joint board meeting, the boards each voted to adopt new Practice Standards for the Treatment of Gender Dysphoria that prevent doctors from performing experimental gender transition procedures on minors, including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and gender transition surgeries.

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 210,000 illegal immigrants at the southern border in October, up 30% over October 2021. Agents tallied another 86,796 “known gotaways” — migrants they spotted crossing, but weren’t able to apprehend. That’s believed to be the highest number ever detected.

The total number of people who have entered the United States illegally since President Biden took office has climbed to 5.5 million, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Nearly 2.8 million illegal border crossers were stopped in the fiscal year ended in September, a record high.

Homeland Security not only put illegal immigrant families up in hotels at taxpayer expense but the contract it signed insisted they be given five-star treatment with laundry service, their choice of mattresses and guards, reports the Washington Times. Immigrants were given the option of meat at every meal, 24-hour access to drinks and snacks, babysitters to watch their children, television with programming in English and Spanish and a choice of mattresses for their beds. The department used the hotels to house migrant families it was still trying to process.

Two decades after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created to protect the U.S. from another 9/11, the agency faces serious management and performance challenges that prevent it from fulfilling its critical mission, according to a federal audit that says DHS must improve how it identifies domestic terrorism threats and better manage its efforts to counter homemade explosive devices. DHS also got slammed for one of its biggest lapses, failing to secure the southern border.

Homelessness: Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:19-20)

The city council of Portland, Oregon, voted Thursday to close homeless encampments in favor of creating six larger campsites with a 250-person capacity. The six sites will be open to the public within 18 months and start with an initial capacity of 150 people. More than 3,000 people currently sleep on Portland streets in roughly 700 encampments.

The homeless people in New York City are complaining that the shelter built for the illegal immigrants being bused up from Texas is a much better facility than theirs.

Work: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Around 58% of U.S. workers expect to continue working either full-time or part-time in retirement, according to a 2022 report from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. Of those who plan to continue working, 75% say that they’re doing so for financial reasons. Nearly half of respondents say they want the extra income, and around 28% say they need to continue working because they don’t have enough money saved to retire.

Business: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)

Layoffs so far in 2022 have accelerated, with only Big Tech companies earning headlines (see below). But many other companies are laying off workers too. Some of the company names associated with layoffs in 2022 include: The Gap, Beyond Meat, Microsoft, Oracle, UBS, Twitter, Ford, Seagate Technology, Philips, Hello Fresh, Intel, Wells Fargo, Google, Warner Bros Discovery, Lyft, Stripe, Amazon, Robinhood, Shopify, Peloton, Netflix, Snap, Inc., Stanley Black and Decker, Corteva, Goldman Sachs, Walmart, Morgan Stanley, Better, RedFin, ReMax, Compass, Wayfair, 7-Eleven, Vimeo, Tesla, Rivian, J.P. Morgan, Carvana, Noom, PayPal, Meta, and Best Buy.

  • PwC’s People & Organization Group ran a survey to learn more about what companies expect in the coming months:50% anticipate layoffs; 52% expect to have hiring freezes;  44% of companies believe they will rescind job offers.

Big Tech: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)

Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, not too long ago were money-making machines for investors. But these companies lost a combined $3.4 trillion in market capitalization so far this year, according to recent findings from market analysis firm Finbold. Tech stocks are getting slammed by the Fed’s interest rate hikes since they tend to rely on outside funding. It, of course, doesn’t help that a recession could be around the corner leading consumers to put off discretionary purchases like a new iPhone.

Facebook parent Meta plans to lay off more than 11,000 employees as the tech industry continues to slash jobs. The layoffs, which will affect 13 percent of the company, are an attempt to rein in costs and refocus its existing workforce on the company’s priorities. It marks a tumultuous new period in Silicon Valley, as tech giants long known as recession-proof and bastions of economic power have shed huge numbers of workers in recent weeks. Snap, the owner of Snapchat, laid off 1,000 workers in August—roughly 20 percent of its staff.

About one week after Elon Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion, the social media platform lost more than 1.3 million users. MIT Technology Review reported the firm Bot Sentinel, which tracks behavior on Twitter by analyzing more than 3.1 million accounts and their daily activity, “believes that around 877,000 accounts were deactivated and a further 497,000 were suspended between Oct. 27 and Nov. 1.” Elon Musk warned of possible bankruptcy Thursday when he addressed Twitter employees for the first time since taking over the company. About one week after Elon Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion, the social media platform lost more than 1.3 million users.

  • Twitter CEO Elon Musk sent an email last week to employees saying they must return to the office for at least 40 hours a week starting immediately. If you can show up in an office and you do not show up at the office: resignation accepted. End of story,” Musk told employees Thursday.

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

Price increases moderated in the United States last month in the latest sign that the inflation pressures that have gripped the nation might be easing as the economy slows and consumers grow more cautious. Consumer inflation was up 7.7% in October from a year earlier and up 0.4% from September, the Labor Department said Thursday. The year-over-year gain was the smallest since January. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, “core” inflation rose 6.3% in the past 12 months and 0.3% from September. The 40-year high was in June, when the inflation rate was up 9.1% over June 2021.

  • A 2.4% decline in used vehicle prices, a 0.7% drop in apparel prices, and a 0.6% decrease in medical care services helped bring inflation down from 8.3% in September.
  • For the year through October, food got 10.9% more expensive, with groceries increasing 12.4% and restaurant prices jumping 8.6%.

Mortgage rates have jumped back above 7%, after dropping last week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 7.08% in the week ending November 10, up from 6.95% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. A year ago, the 30-year fixed rate stood at 2.98%. The housing market is the most interest-rate sensitive segment of the economy causing buyers’ purchasing power to plummet.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

The British-Greek energy company Energean announced the discovery of 13 billion cubic meters of natural gas off the coast of Israel on Monday. The gas was found in a gas field known as Zeus-1. Zeus is one of nine gas fields in an area collectively known as the Olympus bloc. The discovery will be welcome news in Europe, which has been diversifying its energy sources since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Israel will provide the European Union with natural gas shipped via Egypt under the terms of a trilateral agreement signed in June. The Israeli gas will be converted into liquified natural gas (LNG) at Egyptian facilities before being transferred to Europe. Israel does not have its own LNG facilities.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

Russia/Ukraine: National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has held undisclosed talks with top Russian officials in hopes of reducing the risk the war in Ukraine spills over or escalates into a nuclear conflict, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Few high-level contacts between U.S. and Russian officials have been made public in recent months as Washington has insisted that any talks on ending the war in Ukraine be held between Moscow and Kyiv.

As many as 40,000 Ukrainian civilians and “well over” 100,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded since Moscow’s invasion began less than nine months ago, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday. “There has been a tremendous amount of suffering, human suffering,” he said at The Economic Club of New York.

Russian forces have withdrawn from Ukraine’s Kherson region west of the Dnipro River, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday, in one of the biggest setbacks for Moscow since the start of the war. Ukrainian troops have entered Kherson city, the regional capital, and residents have flooded the central square, waving Ukrainian flags and ripping down Russian billboards.

North Korea: North Korea’s military said Monday its recent missile tests were practices to “mercilessly” strike key South Korean and U.S. targets such as air bases and operation command systems with a variety of missiles that likely included nuclear-capable weapons.

ISIS: The U.S. is quietly starting to build infrastructure in Syria for a long-haul fight with the Islamic State. Roughly 900 special forces are still working overtime to help local forces hunt ISIS remnants to keep the terrorist group at bay. The Department of Defense’s latest weapon of choice, though, is improved facilities and services so ISIS can’t break out the 10,000 or so former fighters languishing in crumbling detention centers across Syria. ISIS fighters have targeted these areas multiple times in recent months, most brazenly attacking the Hasakah prison in northeastern Syria in January. Scores of prisoners escaped during the 10-day battle that ensued.

Terrorism: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me… But You, O God,  shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:4-5.23)

At least 21 Christians have been killed by Islamist extremists in violent attacks throughout October in northern Mozambique in late October. Jihadists set fire to a church building and several houses in the Chiure district of Cabo Delgado Province. The Islamists also announced the killing of 20 Christians and the displacement of hundreds more in Cabo Delgado between October 3 and 20.

Four men were wounded as a Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) shell struck the premises of a Bible school in northern Shan State on November 3. Several shells were fired on the school, which is run by the Kachin Baptist Convention in Kutkai Township.

Assailants fatally shot 45-year-old Stephen Edward Troell—an aid worker from Tennessee—on Monday in Baghdad, according to police officials. The assailants cut Troell’s car off while he was driving through his street and shot him while he was still in the vehicle. Officials said the man’s wife was with him but was unhurt.

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

President Biden told a U.N. global summit on climate on Friday that the U.S. is committed to reducing its emissions and leading the fight against mass flooding, droughts and other climate catastrophes around the world. Speaking to the COP27 in Egypt, Biden vowed the U.S. will meet its target of a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. Biden said the U.S. will commit $100 million to the Adaption Fund — up from $50 million — to finance projects that help developing nations grapple with climate change. He also announced $150 million in financial support for African nations that want to expand early-warning systems and adapt their infrastructure to deal with climate change, while helping these nations tap into climate-related financing streams.

Groundwater is the lifeblood of the rural Southwest, but just as the Colorado River Basin is in crisis, aquifers are rapidly depleting from decades of overuse, worsening drought and rampant agricultural growth. Now frustration is growing in Arizona’s La Paz County, as shallower wells run dry amid the Southwest’s worst drought in 1,200 years. Much of the frustration is pointed at the area’s huge, foreign-owned farms growing thirsty crops like alfalfa, which ultimately get shipped to feed cattle and other livestock overseas.

Levels of red tide are rising along Florida’s Gulf Coast in areas hard-hit by Hurricane Ian last month. Water samples collected from Oct. 21 through last week showed high levels of Karenia brevis, the algae responsible for red tide, in and offshore from Lee County, where Ian made landfall on Sept. 28, as well as in areas just to the north in Charlotte and Sarasota counties.

Earthquakes: And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7b) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12)

A large earthquake hit Tonga on Friday, triggering a tsunami warning and an immediate evacuation order from the government of the island nation. The government initially asked locals to flee to high ground following what it said was a 7.9 magnitude earthquake originating near the town of Neiafu, on the island of Vava’u, before downgrading the alert and urging the public to take “special caution.” Due to the tsunami wave being less than 1 foot, “it is expected that these tsunami waves will only affect our coastlines at this point of time,” authorities said.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

More than 300,000 homes and businesses across central Florida were without power Thursday as Hurricane Nicole, downgraded to a tropical storm but still large and dangerous, slammed the region with powerful winds and heavy rain.  The rare November hurricane made landfall south of Vero Beach on Thursday as a Category 1 storm. Nicole killed at least two people and sent coastal homes toppling into the ocean and damaged many others, including hotels and a row of high-rise condominiums.. Wind, rain, and floods pounded areas that Hurricane Ian assaulted earlier this year. The storm covered nearly all of Florida and reached up into the Carolinas and Georgia on Thursday.

Homes and buildings are collapsing into the ocean along Florida’s east coast and authorities have issued warnings to evacuate some areas as Nicole pushed a huge volume of ocean water onshore in southeast Florida. Video from Volusia County shows homes crumbling, reduced to wreckage, as Nicole’s waves erode the coastline. “The structural damage along our coastline is unprecedented,” Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald said in a news conference, adding more buildings will likely be identified as compromised.

  • Tropical Depression Nicole was moving north into Georgia on Friday morning. The storm could dump as much as 6 inches of rain over the Blue Ridge Mountains on Friday. Flash and urban flooding will be possible as the rain spreads into the eastern Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic and New England through Saturday.

There were multiple reports of damage and dozens of injuries and at least one person died as tornadoes and storms ripped across parts of Texas and Oklahoma last Friday. The town of Idabel, Oklahoma, was heavily damaged by a tornado Friday night. Elsewhere in Oklahoma,, injuries included a​ truck driver who was taken to the hospital when his semi blew over and a person who was hit by a falling tree. Dozens of homes are estimated to be damaged in northeast Texas, trees and power lines were down across the region and hundreds of flights canceled at Dallas area airports.

Signs of the Times Update: November 4, 2022

November 4, 2022

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

The 40 Days for Life campaign has reported 228 babies saved in barely more than a month, as of October 31st. In Clearwater, Florida, a woman carrying an unborn baby at 14 weeks passed by a 40 Days for Life vigil, “displayed a sonogram image of her baby, and softly said, ‘I chose life today’.” The ultrasound was a result of a Florida law which “requires abortion providers to offer clients an opportunity to meet their babies on the ultrasound machine.”

A Texas-based Christian ministry that once smuggled Bibles into the Soviet Union delivered over 225,000 children’s Bibles to the Eastern European country of North Macedonia, where many children don’t have access to Scripture in their own language. Founded in 1961, Eastern European Missions (EEM) prints and distributes free Bibles to Eastern Europe and surrounding nations, delivering them to youth camps, schools, refugee centers and other places in need of the Holy Scripture. The organization began when a small group of missionaries started sneaking Bibles into the Soviet Union and has continued providing access to Scripture in seemingly unreachable places.

Statewide pro-life laws have saved more than 10,000 unborn babies in the first two months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, according to data shared exclusively with statistical analysis site FiveThirtyEight. “In the two months after the Supreme Court decision, there were 10,570 fewer abortions as compared to pre-Dobbs estimates,” the outlet noted in an October 30 report. According to the report, states whose abortion rates declined in the months after the rollback of Roe v. Wade accounted for roughly 22,000 fewer abortions, and pro-abortion states saw their abortions go up “by an aggregate of about 12,000” as women apparently traveled outside their pro-life states to kill their preborn babies.

A popular social media influencer has undergone a radical transformation after he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ during a season when he identified as a transgender woman. According to CBN News, Oli London underwent 32 plastic surgeries totaling over $300,000 to make him look like a Korean woman despite being born a white man. He had further planned to travel to Bangkok, Thailand, to undergo gender reassignment surgery and to receive breast implants, but was convicted by God to stop. “I was going to church, and I was thinking, ‘Why am I doing this? What’s the reason behind this?’ God made me the way I am, and I shouldn’t be chasing this, it’s not right,” he told the outlet.

Kroger has agreed to pay $180,000 to settle a lawsuit that involved two employees who say they were fired for refusing to wear LGBT-themed aprons due to their religious beliefs. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the women by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the final months of the Trump administration. The EEOC is a bipartisan commission that includes appointees of both President Biden and former President Donald Trump.

The unemployment rate among Native Americans has dropped close to its lowest level in more than two decades, according to a report from Wells Fargo’s Economics Group. The Native American jobless rate has averaged 6.2% so far this year, down from nearly 29% in April 2020. The downward trend likely reflects in part the disproportionate number of Native Americans working in production and construction – industries that did well during much of the pandemic.

The Demise of America: The first was like a lion (Britain) and had eagle’s wings (America). I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7:4)

A new survey by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University found that fewer people are taking their traditional moral values from biblical principles. Less than half of adults consider biblical morality a core value. Another finding is that 42 percent of Americans say that “what you feel in your heart” is their absolute moral guide to life instead of the Bible. Among those who rely on their feelings are 53 percent of people with no religious affiliation who say that their emotions are the arbiter of right and wrong, 51 percent whose core values are happiness, comfort and equality and half of self-identified LGBTQ adults.

During a divisive speech in Washington’s crime-ridden Union Station Wednesday night, President Joe Biden declared all people of goodwill “must unite to make it absolutely clear that violence and intimidation have no place in America.” He could begin by protecting pro-life centers, which are 22 times more likely to suffer violent attacks than abortion facilities, a new study has found.

A women’s rally was shut down after pro-transgender activists repeatedly interrupted the event, attacking and injuring at least one participant. The “Let Women Speak” rally was held October 26 in Tacoma, Washington, with the purpose of reclaiming women’s voices from the transgender and gender ideology movement. However, the event was met with hostility from those with opposing views. Participants moved to another part of the location because of the noise created by trans activists, and then were forced to end the event following multiple acts of violence.

Over a dozen corporations are lobbying the U.S. Senate to enact legislation that would enshrine same-sex “marriage” in federal law and open the door to forced legal recognition of polygamy, according to financial disclosures from the third quarter of 2022. Politico reports that Toyota, Dell, General Mills, Altria, UPS, Procter & Gamble, HP, Dow Chemical, Micron, and TechNet (the trade association representing Amazon, Google, Apple, and other tech giants) are among the companies that have urged senators to support the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act.”

Politics: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. (Romans 13:1-2)

“How many of you know somebody with diabetes, and needs insulin,” President Biden rhetorically asked a Florida audience in an election campaign stop Tuesday. “Do you know how much it costs to make that insulin drug for diabetes? “It was invented by a man who did not patent it because he wanted it available for everyone. I spoke to him, OK?” The problem with the president’s anecdote: Banting died at age 49 on Feb. 20, 1941 — or 21 months before Biden was born. Biden incorrectly stated during the speech that his son died while serving in Iraq. Beau, a two-term attorney general of Delaware and a decorated war veteran passed away in May 2015 at the age of 46 after a battle with brain cancer at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Biden believes that his son died due to exposure to toxic burn pits in Iraq.

  • President Biden is also taking heat for incorrectly claiming the U.S. has the lowest inflation rate, misstating the location of his son’s death and incorrectly saying the local candidate was in the Senate, not the House – all in one short speech.

International: Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak plans to crack down on “woke” policing, pushing authorities to be “fighting actual crime in people’s neighborhoods, and not policing bad jokes on Twitter.” Recent incidents have seen UK police arresting citizens for social media posts determined to “cause anxiety,” among other things. Shocking footage revealed in August showed Hampshire police arriving at a British Army veteran’s home to arrest him after the man had shared a social media post criticizing the LGBT Pride movement.

Brazil’s former leftist president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, is set to return to power after defeating incumbent conservative Jair Bolsonaro in a tight runoff election on Oct. 30. The runoff election was held after both presidential candidates failed to get more than half of the votes in the first round of voting on Oct. 2 that eliminated other candidates. Da Silva and his Workers’ Party governed Brazil for two terms from 2003 to 2010. In 2018, he was banned from reelection after being sentenced to 12 years in jail for money laundering and corruption involving state-owned energy company Petrobrás.

Civic/Religious Freedom: Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:36)

Pray for the church in Karnataka, India, as the state has now passed its long-expected anti-conversion law. The law, known formally as the Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, was passed by the upper house of the state legislature on September 15. The law criminalizes religious conversions solicited through force, fraud or allurement, but can be interpreted in such a way that genuine evangelism and missionary work is also criminalized. Extremists often use the law as a means to disrupt any prayer meeting or worship service.

Censorship: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

Social media giants essentially granted government officials the ability to censor and suppress speech in the name of fighting “misinformation,” by providing them direct access to flag posts and an open line of communication with senior executives, according to a report by The Intercept. According to leaked records, meeting minutes, and a lawsuit filed by a pair of Republican attorney generals obtained by The Intercept, top-ranking Biden administration officials seemingly worked hand-in-hand with Big Tech to censor content that the federal government deemed misinformation. Executives from Facebook and Twitter, including the recently fired head of trust & safety Vijaya Gadde, held regular meetings with the Department of Homeland Security to discuss censorship on a wide range of topics, including the withdrawal from Afghanistan, coronavirus, and “racial justice,” according to leaked documents.

  • The short-lived Disinformation Governance Board wasn’t the Biden administration’s only attempt at censoring political speech and posts that ran contrary to their preferred narratives.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

The number of daily new cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. is up 6% over the past two weeks, whereas cases in the world are down 25%. In contrast, deaths are down 6% in the U.S. but up 8% worldwide. Hospitalizations in the U.S. are up 2%. Cases are up in 27 states, and down in 25, ranging from +96% in Nevada and  +69% in Tennessee to -85% in Nebraska and -54% in Hawaii.

For the third winter in a row, we are facing the very real threat of our emergency departments and hospitals becoming overwhelmed. This year, however, things look a bit different, as the main virus behind this threat is not COVID-19 but rather RSV and the flu. The U.S. has experienced a rapid increase in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other viral respiratory infections in children. On Monday, Southern California’s Orange County declared a state of emergency due to record numbers of pediatric hospitalizations. RSV is a common respiratory virus that causes mild, cold-like symptoms but can be serious in older adults and infants.

Cases of influenza led by the Flu A (H3N2) strain have also increased faster than in previous years – and a full two months earlier than usual – particularly in the south and southeast states. Fortunately, the quadrivalent flu vaccines this year do include this strain, and early data from Chile show an approximately 50% vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization. The early fall spike in influenza cases has pushed U.S. hospitalization rates for the illness to the highest in a decade for this time of year, U.S. health officials said on Friday, noting that vaccination rates are down.

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

A Swiss study found elevated levels of the protein troponin in all of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine recipients it analyzed, indicating the shots are routinely causing heart injury. Up to 1 in 27 of the vaccinated people in the study showed levels associated with subclinical myocarditis, the British website Daily Sceptic reported. Similarly, a Thai study published in August found elevated troponin levels or cardiac symptoms after COVID vaccination indicative of myocarditis or pericarditis in seven (3.5%) of 200 boys. A study published in January by the Journal of the American Medical Association based on data from the CDC’s Vaccine and Adverse Events Reporting System, or VAERS, found 1,991 reports of myocarditis after receipt of at least one shot and 684 separate reports of pericarditis.

  • In September, the CDC’s analysis of its own Vaccine Safety Datalink surveillance data showed the incidence of myocarditis after vaccination is three to five times higher for young men than what the agency was reporting at that time last year

International:

In a major victory for transhumanism, the first British man has been implanted with a bank card microchip, enabling him to make purchases with only the tap of his hand. Arnie Szoke, 40, said, ‘It’s like a normal card but you have to be more precise where you tap,” the NHS healthcare assistant told The Sun. “It means I don’t have to keep a wallet with me all the time.” Like a normal bank card, his microchip will eventually expire, and will need a £130 replacement procedure in 2029.

  • The technology for the Mark of the Beast is close, but the implementation worldwide awaits the one-world government of Revelation 13.

Violence/Murder: When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked on Friday morning in their Pacific Heights home in San Francisco. David DePape assaulted Pelosi, 82, with a hammer just before 2:30 a.m. last Friday at the couple’s multimillion-dollar San Francisco estate. DePape, 42, was shouting “Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?” The assailant reportedly was trying to tie up Paul Pelosi “until Nancy got home.” David Depape was in his underwear when the police arrived. He also had a list of other people he wanted to attack and said he was on a “suicide mission.”. DePape told officers he wanted to tie up Pelosi and break her kneecaps so that she would have to be wheeled into Congress, which would show her fellow lawmakers what the consequences of their actions were. Capitol Police cameras caught the violent break-in, but no one was watching. San Francisco’s top prosecutor confirmed Wednesday her office will not release police body camera footage or 911 calls from the attack.

  • DePape has a complicated profile since arriving in the U.S. illegally from Canada. He is known as a nudist protester, a hemp jewelry maker and conspiracy theorist who lived in a rundown bus in a hippie commune. People who knew him say he is an odd man who seemed “out of touch with reality.” DePape’s daughter  alleged that her father sexually abused her and her siblings and that he “was consumed by darkness.” Despite Pelosi and the media suggesting DePape was a “MAGA Trumper, DePape’s former girlfriend Oxane Gypsy Taub said, “I don’t think he became a Trump supporter,” Taub said.

Six people were injured amid a spray of gunfire outside a Pittsburgh church Friday as a funeral service was underway for a shooting victim, authorities said. At least 15 shots rang out just before noon near the Destiny of Faith Church in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood of Brighton Heights. Two people of interest were detained late Friday, Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Safety said. The shooting appeared to be targeted.

Thirty-five people were shot, five of them fatally, over last weekend in Chicago. The Sun-Times noted that 578 people have been killed in Chicago from January 1, 2022, through October 30, 2022. Chicago is seated in Cook County, Illinois, which has an “assault weapons” ban that also prohibits “high capacity” magazines. Chicago, like all of Illinois, also has a 72-hour waiting period for gun purchases, a red flag law, and a licensing requirement for anyone who wishes to legally possess a gun.

Tragedy: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

At least 153 people were killed and 100 more injured when they were crushed by a large crowd pushing forward on a narrow street during Halloween festivities Saturday night in Seoul, South Korea. The death toll could rise and an unspecified number among the injured were in critical condition following the stampede in the leisure district of Itaewon.

At least 132 people were killed after a century-old cable suspension bridge collapsed into a river Sunday evening in the western Indian state of Gujarat, sending hundreds plunging in the water in one of the worst accidents in the country in the past decade. Many more people were in hospitals in critical condition. Police made nine arrests included managerial staff, ticketing clerks and three security guards for failing to regulate crowds before the bridge crumbled.

Protests: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

Iranian authorities said on Monday that they put dissidents on trial in the country’s capital of Tehran. Authorities have announced charges against hundreds of people in other Iranian provinces. Some of those individuals have been accused of “corruption on Earth” and “war against God,” offenses that carry the death penalty in Iran. This marks the first major legal action since protests broke out six weeks ago. Over that time, at least 270 people have been killed and 14,000 arrested, according to the group Human Rights Activists in Iran.

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan, 70, was holding an anti-government protest convoy Thursday when a gunman attacked. The attacker shot Khan in the leg, killed one supporter, and wounded at least nine other people. Police arrested the shooter at the scene, but no group has claimed responsibility. Leaders from Khan’s party said the attack was meant to take Khan’s life. Current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the shooting and ordered an immediate investigation.

Gun Control: When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. (Luke 11:21-22,ESV)

A federal judge has halted New York officials from enforcing the state’s ban on carrying firearms in places of worship. In a 44-page order on Thursday, Judge John L. Sinatra Jr., a Trump appointee, said the restriction — which makes it a felony to carry a gun at a church or religious institution or event — runs afoul of the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent, “impermissibly infringing on the right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense,” the judge wrote in his injunction.

Lawlessness: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Thessalonians 2;7)

  • As God’s hand of restraint is gradually lifting, spirits of lawlessness are stirring up lawlessness which will increase all the more as the end-times ramp up.

A new study reveals that local Democratic officials and prosecutors in cities and counties are responsible for the rising violent crime rates in otherwise red states. The study debunks recent claims by Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, that rising crime rates are due to policies pursued by Republican or “Trump” states. “The Blue City Murder Problem,” a study published Friday by the Edwin Meese III Center for Judicial and Legal Studies at the Heritage Foundation, found that, of the 30 American cities with the highest murder rates, 27 have Democratic mayors and prosecutors.

From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, children are ganging up to commit crimes like robbery and carjacking. In Washington, D.C., one 13-year-old has already filled out his rap sheet with 11 counts of armed robbery, carjacking, and assault. Big cities, small cities, suburban areas — the uptick in juvenile crime does not discriminate, it’s happening all over the country. From August 22 to September 8, juveniles committed three murders, five other shootings, six robberies, and eight carjackings in Prince George County, suburb of the nation’s capital. Through August, PG County had arrested 430 juveniles for the year, including 84 for carjacking.

  • Experts blame the breakdown in the family, particularly the lack of fathers serving as good role models. Virtually none of the PG Juveniles arrested and strong family support. Another factor is that penalties for juveniles are not tough enough to discourage such criminal behavior, authorities say.

U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, wrote a letter to top postal officials last month, urging them to do something to keep mail and mail carriers safer. The senator blamed the Postal Inspection Service for no longer allowing postal police officers to patrol mail carrier routes. Brown cited an internal USPS memo saying there’s been a 400% increase in postal robberies since 2019. That’s an increase of more than 7,000 reported violent crimes against postal employees. The president of a national union for the postal police force has called it a “mail theft epidemic.”

Big Tech: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., met with the Committee on Foreign Investment to investigate Saudi Arabian Twitter investors just days after Elon Musk attained control of the platform. The Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud released a statement on behalf of Kingdom Holding Company, announcing its sizable investment in Twitter. “KHC & PO are jointly the second largest investor after Elon Musk,” wrote the prince, who used the acronym “PO” to denote himself. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, operated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also owns 16.9% of KHC. “We should be concerned that the Saudis, who have a clear interest in repressing political speech and impacting U.S. politics, are now the second largest owner of a major social media platform,” Senator Murphy said.

  • Elon Musk, Twitter Inc.’s new boss and Tesla CEO, revealed on Friday that people whose accounts were suspended for “minor and dubious reasons” will be reinstated. “Anyone suspended for minor and dubious reasons will be freed from Twitter jail,” Musk posted Friday evening. He did not disclose when suspended accounts might be reinstated but indications are within the next couple of weeks.
  • Elon Musk began layoffs at Twitter Friday. It is expected that 25-50% of the staff will be let go. A class-action lawsuit was reportedly filed against Twitter on behalf of workers claiming the company’s intended layoffs violate a federal law requiring 60 days’ notice for employees.
  • “Twitter has had a massive drop in revenue, due to activist groups pressuring advertisers, even though nothing has changed with content moderation and we did everything we could to appease the activists,” Musk tweeted on Friday. “Extremely messed up! They’re trying to destroy free speech in America.”

The U.S. should ban the video-sharing app TikTok to protect the private data of American citizens, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said Tuesday. Carr, one of the five commissioners who lead the FCC, argued in an interview with Axios that there is no way to have “sufficient confidence” that Americans’ data on the app is not being sent back to Beijing and the Chinese Communist Party. TikTok is owned by the Chinese tech giant ByteDance, and Chinese law mandates that companies share their data with the CCP upon request. TikTok is currently litigating with the U.S. Council on Foreign Investment to determine whether it is possible to divest the app from ByteDance and allow it to operate in the U.S., something former President Donald Trump pursued before leaving office.

Racism/Discrimination: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

The racial gap among inmates in state prisons has fallen 40 percent since 2000, fueled by a large decrease in Black imprisonment rates, according to a new report by the Council on Criminal Justice, a think tank. The decline in racial disparities is a remarkable reversal of policies now widely seen as unfairly punishing Black people. “It’s a tremendous drop,” said Thaddeus Johnson, one of the report’s authors.

Judgmentalism: Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:1-3)

A survey from left-leaning British media outlet Channel 4 has revealed that Generation Z is less open-minded and more intolerant than older generations. Defined as people aged 13-24, Gen Z were more likely to believe that people should be “canceled” for their views and held less acceptance of different opinions than older generations. Chief Executive Alex Mahon noted, “These are progressive people in that they support the freedoms won by earlier generations who changed social attitudes toward issues such as sexuality and equality… but, young people could be said to be less liberal because they are less tolerant of the views of others than their parents and grandparents.”

Marriage/Family:  “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

HR 8404 will legalize every perversion of marriage you can think of. Going far beyond same-sex marriage, this bill forces every state and territory to give legal recognition to the crazy marriage laws of any other state—including California’s sick child bride laws that allow pedophiles to marry children. But it is even worse than that. “Any church, business, nonprofit organization, school, adoption center or even a private person will be forced to comply and participate in the madness—or face Department of Justice investigations and massive civil lawsuits designed to bankrupt Christians who insist on God’s plan for marriage,” notes Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel. “Several Republicans appear ready to cave to the LGBTQ agenda. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) intends to pass this bill this month.” Pray hard and often, please.

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

In what is being described as a purely “political” move by the Centers for Disease Control, which is supposed to monitor and advise on health issues, the agency has scrubbed the word “women” from its recommendations for flu shots. Instead of “women,” it now makes recommendations for “pregnant people,” a move that the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons described as without “logical scientific reason.”

  • It’s all part of Joe Biden’s agenda to push the transgender ideology onto Americans at every opportunity. But following the science reveals that people can use chemical treatments and body-mutilating surgeries to make them look more like the gender they are not, but actual gender changes from male to female or vice versa are just not possible. There are many other differences in brains, hormones, musculature, skeleton, etc.

A Vermont high school violated the constitutional rights of a student when it suspended her for “misgendering” another student and then pressuring her to change her beliefs by attending a “restorative” session with staff, according to a new federal lawsuit. The school also suspended the student’s father from his coaching position, according to the lawsuit.

Christians who reject transgender ideology could virtually be barred from serving as police officers in the nation’s largest state, thanks to a series of laws and guidelines rolled out under California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) – policies that experts say may lead officers to make more dangerous decisions and would chill free speech. State officials have said police departments should scour applicants’ social media profiles for “disqualifying bias,” such as calling a man who identifies as female a male.

Washington, D.C. Public Schools are surveying students as young as age 11 about their “sexual identity” and “transgender” status, using a questionnaire from a firm owned by the U.S. Attorney General’s son-in-law. “As in previous years, the survey asks students in grades 6-12 about their gender and sexual identity,” an email to parents reads. “These questions help the district promote equitable treatment for all students in accordance with our Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Policy Guidance.”

  • Absolute insanity.

Election Integrity: He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become knownThe integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. (Proverbs 10:9,11:3)

U.S. Marshals in Houston, Texas, on Monday arrested True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht and board member Gregg Phillips for contempt of court in a defamation case against them after they refused a federal judge’s order to release the name of a confidential source for their ‘2000 Mules’ documentary about election fraud. True the Vote says that at a meeting it received evidence Eugene Yu, the CEO of the Michigan-based, election software company Konnech, was improperly storing the personal data of U.S. poll workers on servers in China. The allegations have proven true, but nonetheless the court wants to know their source.

A federal judge on Friday rejected a civil lawsuit seeking to block grassroots volunteers who mobilized to monitor absentee ballot drop boxes in Arizona. The civil lawsuit accused defendants Melody Jennings, the founder of the Clean Elections USA (CEUSA) website, and a group of grassroots volunteers of purported voter intimidation at Arizona’s two outdoor ballot drop boxes in Maricopa County. Two non-profit organizations, Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans and Voto Latino, filed the civil suit.

  • On Thursday, a judge said ballot-box watchers must stay 250 feet away and are prohibited from taking photos and harassing voters.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered counties to not count any ballots that are in undated or incorrectly dated envelopes in the upcoming Nov. 8 elections, siding with national and state Republican groups in a lawsuit filed just over two weeks ago.

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

A massive group of illegal migrants Monday crossed into the U.S. waving a large Venezuelan flag and, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), attacked Border Patrol agents before being pushed back into the Rio Grande River as agents fired pepper balls near them to control the crowd. The agency said one of the protesters assaulted an agent with a flagpole while another threw a rock at agents, injuring one in the process. That in turn led Border Patrol to initiate crowd-control measures.

Supply Chain: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19))

Ford saw its October U.S. sales slump 10% over the last year as the company continued to battle supply chain difficulties. The company said in September that it could not finish assembling between 40,000 and 45,000 large SUVs and pickups as it did not have all the required parts. Shortages and the rising cost of supplies raised Ford’s expenses by about $1 billion in the third quarter.

Food Supplies: Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. (2Corinthians 9:10)

Wright County, Iowa, reported its first bird flu case this year, hitting a commercial egg-laying facility that will result in 1.1 million chickens being destroyed to contain the highly contagious and deadly virus, the Iowa Department of Agriculture reported Monday. It’s the second case of highly pathogenic avian influenza this fall, likely sparked by millions of migrating birds that can carry the deadly virus. Earlier this month, officials reported a positive test in a Dallas County backyard flock with 48 birds. It was the first reported outbreak in Iowa since May 2.

Energy Supplies: He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. (Isaiah 44:14-15)

President Joe Biden complained that oil companies were not drilling enough for oil, despite his long history of trying to block oil and gas production in the United States. Biden has leased fewer acres for oil and gas in his first two years than any other administration at the same point in time since the end of World War II, according to the Wall Street Journal. In January 2021, Biden also issued an executive order freezing oil and gas leases, a decision that has been tangled up in the courts. He also suspended oil production leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, after former President Donald Trump opened up the vast oil reserves for production. Biden also ordered the halt of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would have moved 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to the United States.

America’s oil reserve has shrunk to its lowest level since 1984 under President Joe Biden, reports Axios. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve was established in the 1970s after OPEC refused to sell oil to America. Since Biden took office in 2021, the reserve has fallen from 638 million barrels to 400 million and is expected to go lower. Biden in mid-October announced that he would authorize the release of 15 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a way to bring down gas prices, a move some called “dangerous” and said places the United States at great risk. The drawdown to achieve short-term price reductions not only reduces our capacity to protect ourselves in case of a true emergency in the future, but also increases America’s reliance on the politically volatile countries that currently provide most of our oil.

President Biden attacked major U.S. oil companies at a White House press conference on Oct. 31, instructing them to invest more into boosting domestic oil production and to lower consumer prices—or else face a windfall tax penalty. The White House used as leverage last week’s record quarterly profit reports by major American oil companies to pressure the industry, as high energy prices cause concern for the Democrats. The American Petroleum Institute responded in a press release, saying, “Rather than taking credit for price declines and shifting blame for price increases, the Biden administration should get serious about addressing the supply and demand imbalance that has caused higher gas prices and created long-term energy challenges. Oil companies do not set prices—global commodities markets do. Increasing taxes on American energy discourages investment in new production, which is the exact opposite of what is needed.

Mansfield Energy issued the alert Friday stating there was a developing diesel fuel shortage in the southeastern region of the United States. The company speculated that the shortage could be generated from “poor pipeline shipping economies” and a historically low supply of diesel reserves. States expected to experience serious effects of the shortage include Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Homelessness: Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:19-20)

A homeless man in Los Angeles has built a small wooden house with wheels on busy Hollywood Boulevard amid frustrations with the city asking him to take down his tent. The man, who goes by “Q,” told Fox Los Angeles he constructed a house on wheels using wood tossed away from construction sites and help from friends. He was offered temporary housing from the city but declined, saying he prefers a makeshift home over a temporary stay at a hotel. “It kind of gives me empowerment,” he said. The 10×8 foot home is propped up by metal carts and batteries with potted plants and a tapestry on the outside. He said he uses a generator placed on the outside of the home for his electrical needs. So far authorities say they are powerless to do anything about it.

Work/Labor: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Global burnout rates were up 8% between May and August, according to a new report from Slack’s Future Forum consortium. The number of burned-out employees is especially prevalent in the U.S., where more than 2 in 5 workers say they’re burned out.    Burnout, a syndrome caused by chronic workplace stress, can lead to feelings of exhaustion, increased mental distance from a job and reduced professional efficacy, according to the World Health Organization.

Business: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)

The outlook for consumer spending may be dimming if you glance at some of the recent earnings reports from some of the nation’s largest companies. Ecommerce giant Amazon.com and gadget maker Apple raised eyebrows with disappointing sales outlooks going into year-end holidays. Both companies expect sales growth in the final quarter to slow as inflation eats into consumer spending.

Lyft on Thursday said it will lay off 13% of its staff, or nearly 700 employees, as it rethinks staffing amid rising inflation and fears of a looming recession. Uber, however, reported strong revenue growth, fueled by demand for rides and meal deliveries.

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point Wednesday for the fourth time in a row, putting the central bank’s benchmark rate between 3.75% and 4%. That’s the highest it has been in 15 years. The Fed hinted it might slow the pace of interest rate hikes. Many economists expect that the next interest rate hike, predicted to be in December, will be half a point, rather than three-quarters of a point.

  • The Bank of England also raised interest rates by three quarters of a percentage point on Thursday, the biggest hike in 33 years, as it tries to contain soaring inflation even as the UK economy slides towards a recession. The central bank made its eighth interest rate hike in less than a year, taking its benchmark rate to 3%, the highest it has been since November 2008.

The cost to finance America’s growing mountain of debt is rising rapidly as the Fed scrambles to put out the inflation fire by raising interest rates. During fiscal 2022 alone, the federal government made $475 billion in net interest payments, up from $352 billion the prior year, according to the US Treasury Department. For context, that’s more than the government spent on veterans’ benefits and transportation – combined. And it’s nearly as much as the $677 billion spent on education – just to pay interest on debt.

Employers added 261,000 jobs in October despite high inflation, rising interest rates and growing recession fears, but down from a revised total of 315,000 in September. Job growth has downshifted from an average monthly pace of more than 400,000/month for most of this year to an average of about 290,000 the past three months. The unemployment rate rose from 3.5% to 3.7%, the Labor Department said in a separate report Friday.

The number of available jobs in the United States increased in September, surprising economists who had expected the total to fall amid the Federal Reserve’s aggressive action to cool the economy. Job openings totaled 10.7 million, up from a revised 10.3 million in August, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Tuesday.

The average home buyer in the United States is older, while the number of first-time home buyers is experiencing a major decrease, according to a newly released survey.  According to the National Realtors Association’s 2022 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers released Thursday, the typical first-time buyer was 36 years old, an age increase of three years from last year as the age of repeat home buyers was 59, both all-time highs. The share of first-time home buyers fell to 26%, the lowest level since the association began collecting such data more than 40 years ago due to increased home  prices and high mortgage rates, currently at 6.95%.

Millions of low-income Americans, including many with poor credit scores, are the targets of the predatory loan industry, which offers quick, small-dollar loans with triple-digit interest rates to consumers who are unable to get money from mainstream banks or credit unions. critics and supporters agree that they are becoming common across the country. Driving the trend is the staggering level of inflation gripping low-wage earners who need help paying for purchases for food and necessities over several installments.

European inflation has accelerated to a new record high as energy and food prices in the region continue to skyrocket. Prices across the 19 countries that use the euro increased at an annual rate of 10.7% in October, up from 9.9% in September, according to initial estimates released Monday. Energy prices jumped by nearly 42% year-over-year, while the cost of food, alcohol and tobacco increased by more than 13%.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

At least three police officers were wounded in a terrorist stabbing attack at an entrance to the Temple Mount Thursday morning. Police officers shot and killed the terrorist. The attack occurred adjacent to the Iron Gate, near the Muslim Quarter on the western side of the holy site. According to initial reports, an Israeli police officer, roughly 40 years of age, was wounded in the attack. Two more officers, approximately 30 and 25 years of age respectively, were also wounded in the attack. All three are reportedly in light-to-moderate condition by the hospital.

Benjamin Netanyahu will return to power, thanks to the rise of Israel’s far right, which won a majority of parliament seats in Tuesday’s election, according to near-final results released Thursday. The rise of religious parties ousted the establishment left-wing party for the first time since 1992. 

With an overwhelming 152-5 majority, a UN committee devoted to world security called on Israel Friday to renounce its nuclear arsenal and put all its nuclear-related sites under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC, or First Committee) resolution, submitted annually by Egypt for years, demands that Israel join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), even though Jerusalem never acknowledged possession of nuclear weapons. Arab countries at peace with Israel besides Egypt sponsored the resolution, including Jordan, Bahrain, the UAE and Morocco, as did the Palestinian ambassador, Riyad Mansour. The “State of Palestine” was granted non-member observer State status in the UN in 2012.

  • Iran, a member of the NPT, has openly said it is enriching uranium to near-weapon’s purity, and according to the IAEA, the Islamic Republic began producing uranium metal last year although it has no civilian purpose. This was not mentioned in the resolution.
  • The five countries that voted against it were Israel, the United States, Canada, Micronesia and Palau. There were 24 abstentions, including all member states of the European Union.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

Russia/Ukraine: United States Military personnel have been deployed to Ukraine to keep track of weaponry and ammunition supplied at the expense of the American taxpayer, the Pentagon says. In order to alleviate concerns that American military equipment will end up on the black market, a U.S. “defense attaché” of military personnel has been sent under the command of Brig. Gen. Garrick Harmon to conduct arms inspections of weaponry supplied to the Ukrainians.

As the U.S. rushes nuclear warheads to Europe, Russia said Saturday the deployment of modernized U.S. B61 tactical nuclear weapons to NATO bases in Europe would lower the “nuclear threshold” and Russia would take the move into account in its military planning. Russia has around 2,000 working tactical nuclear weapons while the United States has around 200 such weapons, half of which are at bases in Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belgium and the Netherlands.

  • The Biden administration has quietly reduced the role of nuclear weapons in American defense strategy by eliminating a decades-long policy of using nuclear arms as a hedge against future threats. The policy shift comes as China and Russia are increasing the size of their strategic arsenals and upgrading their doctrines on when to use nuclear weapons in a future conflict.
  • After weeks of apocalyptic atomic innuendo, Russia issued a bland statement Wednesday reaffirming its long-standing policies on the use of nuclear weapons — a possible sign that the Kremlin is trying to cool the escalatory rhetoric it used throughout October. “Russia is strictly and consistently guided by the tenet that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” said the statement.

Iran is reportedly preparing to send about 1,000 additional weapons, including short-range ballistic missiles and more attack drones, to Russia to use in its war against Ukraine. Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat told Ukrainian media that the Kremlin is buying the Iskander ballistic missiles from Iran because Russia is running out of them. “It is theoretically possible to shoot them down but very difficult with the means we have at our disposal,” Ihnat said. “We have air defense, not missile defense.”

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that North Korea is shipping a “significant number” of artillery shells to Russia. Kirby said North Korea is secretly sending them through the Middle East or Africa and that the United States is tracking whether the shipments are received. North Korea exporting arms would be a violation of United Nations resolutions that ban the country from importing or exporting weapons. Kirby said that while it is a significant number of shells, they are unlikely to change the direction of the war in Ukraine.

Russia last week pulled out of the UN brokered deal allowing shipment of Ukraine grain, but on this Tuesday they said they would rejoin the deal. No explanation was given.

Russia’s defense ministry Saturday said British navy personnel blew up the Nord Stream gas pipelines last month, directly accusing a leading NATO member of sabotaging critical Russian infrastructure. The defense ministry did not give evidence for its claim and Britain’s defense ministry declined comment.

Russian strikes hit critical infrastructure in Kyiv and other key cities across Ukraine, officials said Monday. Ukraine officials are warning its citizens of blackouts and water shortages. The barrage comes two days after Ukrainian drone strikes damaged Russian warships in the Crimean port of Sevastopol. An estimated 80% of Kyiv is out of water.

Fifty-three Starlink satellites were launched into low-Earth orbit Thursday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California last weekend. The launches come after a senior U.S. official confirmed less than two weeks ago that billionaire Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, asked the government to pay for his Starlink satellites’ services to Ukraine, which include providing internet for crucial Ukrainian battlefield communications. Musk tweeted the next day: “… even though Starlink is still losing money & other companies are getting billions of taxpayer $, we’ll just keep funding Ukraine govt for free.”

  • Russian media outlet TASS quoted Konstantin Vorontsov, a deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry, as saying that Russia might be able to legitimately target commercial satellites being used to assist Ukrainian forces.

North/South Korea: Air raid sirens sounded on a South Korean island and residents there evacuated to underground shelters after North Korea fired more than 20 missiles Wednesday, at least one of them in its direction and landing near the rivals’ tense sea border. South Korea quickly responded by launching its own missiles in the same border area. The launches came hours after North Korea threatened to use nuclear weapons to get the U.S. and South Korea to “pay the most horrible price in history” in protest of the ongoing South Korean-U.S. military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal.

Ethiopia/Tigray: Tigray is a region of Ethiopia that has been fighting a civil war Representatives from both governments confirmed the terms of the agreement on Thursday—terms that include a quick disarmament of Tigrayan forces and restoration of Ethiopian control in all federal facilities in the region. Tigray’s lead negotiator described the agreement as containing “painful concessions” for his country. Ethiopia and Tigray have fought a civil war for the past two years—one that is believed to have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Tigray’s lead negotiator said that not only have bullets killed his people, but lack of food and medicine has killed many of his people, as well. The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross said they had not yet resumed the delivery of humanitarian aid to Tigray.

  • Though Tigrayans, as an ethnic group, constitute around 6% of the total Ethiopian population, from 1991 till 2018, Ethiopia was ruled by a Tigray People’s Liberation Front coalition. The Tigray-based TPLF was the main political force back then. But in the wake of a massive uprising, TPLF was removed from power in 2018 and it was restricted to the Tigray region only. Since then tensions have been simmering between the Ethiopian Federal Government and the TPLF-led Tigray regional government, which led to the start of armed confrontation in November 2020.

Terrorism: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me… But You, O God,  shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:4-5.23)

Kenya’s President William Ruto on Wednesday officially deployed troops to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to join an East African regional force aiming to end decades of bloodshed. The seven countries of the East African Community (EAC), which Congo joined this year, agreed in April to set up a joint force to fight militia groups in Congo’s east. The Kenyan troops will join a contingent from Burundi. Despite billions of dollars spent on one of the United Nation’s largest peacekeeping forces, more than 120 armed groups continue to operate across large swathes of east Congo, including the M23 rebels, which Congo has repeatedly accused Rwanda of supporting. Kigali denies the claims. Uganda has already sent troops into Congo as part of separate deployment to chase down an Islamic State-linked armed militants, one of the warring groups in eastern Congo.

A United Nations official said more cases of crypto use in terror-financing are being detected amid stepped up scrutiny of such practices. A couple of years ago 5% of terrorist attacks were viewed as crypto-financed or linked to digital assets, but “now we’re thinking that it may reach about 20%,” Svetlana Martynova, senior legal officer at the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, said in a recent interview.

At least 100 people were killed Saturday in Somalia by two car bombings at a busy junction in the capital and the toll could rise in the country’s deadliest attack since a truck bombing at the same spot five years ago killed more than 500. Nearly 300 other people were wounded. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets the capital and controls large parts of the country, claimed responsibility, saying it targeted the education ministry. It claimed the ministry was an “enemy base” that receives support from non-Muslim countries and “is committed to removing Somali children from the Islamic faith.”

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

Although driving an electric car puts little additional carbon into the air, producing the electricity to charge its battery adds plenty. Most of America’s electricity is produced by burning natural gas and coal. Just 12% comes from wind or solar power. “You have to mine, somewhere on earth, 500,000 pounds of minerals and rock to make one battery,” notes physicist Mark Mills of the Manhattan Institute.

The Interior Department and its dam managers at the Bureau of Reclamation said Friday they will complete an environmental review of options for keeping water in Lake Mead and Lake Powell, both of which in recent years have sped toward the point of losing hydropower production or even failing to flow through their respective dams. The review could lead to even more cuts in water distribution in the southwest.

Delhi, India, is battling dangerous levels of air pollution. Indian authorities on Friday shut factories and construction sites, restricted diesel-run vehicles and deployed water sprinklers and anti-smog guns to try and reduce the unhealthy haze and smog.

The European Union struck a deal Thursday to ban the sale of new combustion engine vehicles in the 27-country bloc by 2035. The report comes after the U.S. states of California and New York already moved to halt new sales of fossil fuel-reliant cars and trucks by the same deadline, with over a dozen other states expected to follow suit.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

The mega-drought in the U.S. southwest has mitigated to some extent from summer rains, but very unevenly across the states. Overall, the proportion of the West experiencing severe to exceptional drought has declined from 71% at the beginning of the year to 47% as of 11/1. California has not declined as much, only going from 97% three months ago down to 92%, while Nevada remained at 99.5% and Utah only declined from 99.6% to 93.9%. In contrast, Arizona declined from 60% to 13% over the past three months while New Mexico decreased from 71% to 20%.

Denver’s first snow of the season Thursday led to crashes across the city, including one pileup involving at least 100 cars. Sixth Avenue was closed in both directions between N Klamath Street and N Federal Boulevard early Friday as about 100 cars crashed into each other. Some motorists had been taken to a hospital. Cars were being towed to Empower Field.

Signs of the Times Update: October 28, 2022

October 28, 2022

 “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Paleontologist Günter Bechly had been “a 150-percent atheist and materialist” for almost forty years before he embarked on a journey that ultimately led him to belief in God. He says he had no life crisis, no epiphany, and no spiritual experiences at all. His conversion was the result of rational, scientific, philosophical, and historical arguments that gradually changed his mind as a scientist.

A Christian baker has won a legal victory in her battle for religious freedom in California. This week, attorneys from the Thomas More Society secured a First Amendment win in their defense of Cathy Miller, owner of Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, CA. Miller was exonerated on charges that followed her religious objection to creating a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Last Tuesday afternoon in a Pennsylvania court, Father Christopher “Fidelis” Moscinski was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges, but not guilty of a felony trespass and a misdemeanor resist, after he had entered a Planned Parenthood on August 27, 2021, with red roses and pro-life literature ready to hand out to women to help persuade them to choose life for their children. Having the felonies overturned was seen as a “major victory” for those recently arrested for praying and counseling outside abortion clinics.

Joseph Kennedy, the Washington state public high school football coach who was suspended seven years ago for praying with players after games, is set to be reinstated according to a report from ABC News. In June the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kennedy 6-3. The conservative justices were in favor of Kennedy while the liberal justices opposed him. Kennedy is to be reinstated to his previous position as assistant coach of the Bremerton High School football team on or before March 15, 2023 according to a joint stipulation filed in Washington state district court Tuesday by attorneys representing Kennedy and lawyers for the Bremerton School District.

A Scottish event center discriminated against Franklin Graham and an event planned by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) when it arbitrarily canceled a valid contract to use the building, according to a new court ruling. The Glasgow Sheriff Court ruled that the cancelation of an event that had been booked by the BGEA in the SSE Hydro of the Scottish Event Campus for 2020 was because of opposition to the Christian views that would be expressed. The dispute arose at a time when the BGEA was arranging a number of events across the United Kingdom to share the Christian message. The plans infuriated the nation’s pro-LGBT activists who argued that any message but their own should be suppressed.

In the final settlement of a 2020 lawsuit, a city in North Carolina has admitted it discriminated against pro-life sidewalk counselors when enforcing COVID-19 regulations. The city of Greensboro conceded to accusations of violating the First Amendment rights of a group of pro-lifers from the organization Love Life, admitting in a lawsuit settlement that it wrongly arrested members of the group for praying and counseling outside an abortion mill under the guise of enforcing COVID measures.

A federal judge won’t block Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R-Fla) “Parental Rights in Education” bill, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. U.S. District Judge Wendy Berger refused to block Florida school districts from carrying out a new state law that restricts instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation in classrooms to young children. This is the second time in less than a month that a federal judge has blocked cases that attempt to challenge the controversial law. The law wasn’t targeting LGBTQ+ people, but rather ending all sexual instruction to young children in our public schools.

A Waukesha County jury announced Wednesday that it had voted to convict Darrell Brooks on numerous murder and reckless endangerment charges over an attack carried out last year in which he plowed his SUV through crowds at a Christmas parade, killing six people. The Black Lives Matter supporter and repeat offender represented himself at trial and frequently displayed erratic behavior.

The New York Supreme Court overruled the Big Apple’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Monday, ordering the reinstatement of city employees who’d been fired for not getting the shot. Backpay was also ordered. In a 13-page decision, Staten Island Judge Ralph J. Porzio said that the city’s decision to fire roughly 1,400 unvaccinated workers rather than place them on administrative leave proves it was never about stopping viral spread. “The vaccination mandate for city employees was not just about safety and public health; it was about compliance,” Porzio stated. “If it was about safety and public health, the health commissioner would have issued citywide mandates for vaccination for all residents.

  • The city has filed an appeal challenging the decision, arguing the mandate that saw roughly 2,000 employees fired for vaccine refusal is “firmly grounded in law.”

A federal appeals court late Friday issued an administrative stay temporarily blocking President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel billions of dollars in federal student loans. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued the stay while it considers a motion from six Republican-led states to block the loan cancellation program. The stay ordered the Biden administration not to act on the program while it considers the appeal. The order came just days after people began applying for loan forgiveness.

A New York Supreme Court judge on Monday struck down New York City’s vaccine mandate for all city workers, finding the rule to be unconstitutional, arbitrary, and capricious. The ruling strikes down the mandate that saw over 2,000 city workers fired for not getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Judge Porzio said there was “no reason” they couldn’t have been allowed to keep working while submitting to COVID-19 testing.

Bank of America was penalized a total of $225 million by federal regulators for “botching the distribution of state unemployment benefits at the height of the pandemic.” In separate decisions, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency fined the bank $125 million in addition to the $100 million fine imposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the company. “Bank of America automatically and unlawfully froze people’s accounts with a faulty fraud detection program, and then gave them little recourse when there was, in fact, no fraud,” said the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Hobby Lobby founder David Green announced through an Oct. 21 op-ed at Fox News that he’s giving up his company, and that he “chose God” over wealth. Green credited his faith and higher power as the “true source” of his success, noting that “God was the true owner of my business,” and felt that passing the company down to his children and grandchildren would’ve been the wrong move because “Wealth can be a curse and, in most cases, if you drill down on it, wealth is a curse in terms of marriage, children, and things of that nature.”

The Metropolitan Police in London has apologized for falling “below standards” in the case of a Christian evangelist who was wrongfully arrested twice while preaching the Gospel at the city’s Speakers’ Corner. The police arrested Tash, the director of the ministry Defend Christ Critique Islam, in May 2021 and December 2020 at Speakers’ Corner, a traditional site for public speeches and debates.  Hatun Tash, who critiques and debates the Quran and Islam at Central London’s Speakers’ Corner, has received £10,000 (about $11,304) in compensation and costs, the Christian Legal Centre announced Friday.

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem concluded its week-long Feast of Tabernacles celebration on Sunday (16 October) with a solidarity visit to the western Negev to show support for Israeli communities living under constant rocket threat along the Gaza border area. Over 700 Christians from 50 nations around the world took part in a solidarity rally held in the spacious courtyard of the Sha’ar HaNegev high school, located on the campus of Sapir College.

Pseudo Christianity: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (Matthew 15:8) They claim to know God, but they deny him by what they do. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit to do anything good. (Titus 1:16)

Americans are twice as likely to say the government is responsible for creating “meaningful change” in the nation than they are to say the same about the church, according to a new Barna survey. The poll, released this week, found that 52% of U.S. adults believe the national government is “responsible for creating meaningful change,” while only 25% believe that about Christian churches. Asked to name which persons are “responsible for creating meaningful change,” Americans listed “individuals” (48 percent) and “myself” (46 percent) above the president (44 percent) and politicians (42 percent). Yet even there, religious leaders (26 percent) and Christian leaders (26 percent) ranked low.

The Vatican has unveiled the document to guide the next stage of the Synod on Synodality, which presents calls for more inclusion of the divorced and “re-married,” LGBT groups, and proposes a “female diaconate (i.e. deacons).” The 45-page document was presented at a press conference at the Holy See Press Office, October 27. The document drew from the various diocesan reports to refer to groups of people who felt “neglected and excluded.” Among those who “feel a tension between belonging to the Church and the experience of their own affective relationships,” the document listed: remarried divorcees, single parents, people in polygamous marriages, LGBTQ people, etc. “All in need of a more welcoming Church,” the document stated.

In recent weeks, religious and lay affiliates at a Catholic university have shown dissident support for transgender ideology in direct opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church. The conservative youth organization Young America’s Foundation (YAF) has drawn attention to St. Louis University (SLU), a Jesuit-founded institution, for pro-LGBT views and hosting a drag show despite protests from members of the school’s community. On October 17, YAF posted a recording of a conversation in which a nun and a priest affiliated with SLU express personal support for gender ideology and suggest that the Catholic Church could also evolve into accepting transgenderism.

New World Order – One-World Government: It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:7-8) The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. (Daniel 7:23)

In a closely watched speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday railed against the U.S. and its allies and said they are playing a “dangerous and bloody” game in hopes of dominating the globe. Putin, who spoke at a conference of international policy experts one day after overseeing a nuclear training exercise, seemed to downplay Russia’s losses in its war with Ukraine. The Russian leader also said the world order of the West that it imposed since the Soviet Union’s collapse is “coming to an end,” according to a transcript by The Telegraph.

  • The West is trying to implement progressive secular humanism on the world and Putin and China propose communism as an alternative. Lord Jesus, please come back soon.

“Let’s be clear,” said Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.” Having children is why you’re worried about your price for gas. It’s why you’re concerned about how much food costs,” she told “Morning Joe” viewers on Wednesday. The question was: “What could you do as governor to alleviate the concerns of Georgia voters about those livability – daily, hourly – issues that they’re confronted with?” Her answer: more abortion.

  • Population reduction is an important part of the one-world government strategy of ecological sustainability.

More than half a century ago, Planned Parenthood produced a memo that compiled strategies for population control, including “restructuring the family,” encouraging homosexuality, tax-funded abortion and sterilization. The “proposed measures to reduce fertility” included: Restructure the family: a) Postpone or avoid marriage; b) Alter image of ideal family size; Compulsory education of children; Encourage increased homosexuality; Educate for family limitation; Fertility control agents in the water supply; Encourage women to work.

  • These proposals, largely accomplished now, were aligned with those of the New World Order elitists.

Pope Francis is trying to unite the predominant religions in the world— Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism totaling over 5 billion people.  He also wants to include pagan followers, and all those who worship Satan, snakes, snails, and the sun.  At a religious conference consisting of Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists, he warned against “the temptation to fundamentalism” or the tendency for each group to be true to their foundational truths. This represents end-time movement toward the one-world religion prophesied in Revelation 13:11-12:

  • Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast.

The Demise of America: The first was like a lion (Britain) and had eagle’s wings (America). I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7:4)

After nearly two years in power, the Biden administration has pushed forth regulations that will cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars and require an army of bureaucrats to crunch the related paperwork, according to a tally kept by the conservative American Action Forum. His new regulations will cost nearly $310 billion to put into practice. Obama’s increases were estimated to cost just above $200 billion and Trump’s were estimated to cut costs by about $3 million.

In the wake of the Supreme Court rulings in June in favor of religious liberty and the rights of states to limit or end abortion, a Heartland Institute poll found that: 53% of Democrats and 54% of people ages 19 to 39 said they support abolishing the Supreme Court and replacing it with justices elected directly by the people. The high court is fundamentally a racist and sexist institution, according to these people. The strength of the U.S. Constitution was in establishing three separate branches of government to counterbalance each other and prevent dangerous politically motivated maneuvers. Abolishing the Supreme Court would undermine the constitutional process.

  • While the left accuses the right of fascism, they are inexorably moving the U.S. into socialism.

National security analysts, scholars, and a federal indictment reveal that threats from left-wing extremist groups in the United States are more dangerous than right-wing and “MAGA Republican” groups recently cited by the Biden administration as “threats to democracy.” According to the U.S. government, some of the left-wing groups are being funded by Russian influence operations to “sow discord, spread pro-Russian propaganda, and interfere in elections within the United States.” “From at least December 2014 until March 2022, Aleksandr Viktorovich Ionov, a resident of Moscow, together with at least three Russian officials, engaged in a years-long foreign malign influence campaign targeting the United States” the indictment alleged.

A New York Times/Siena poll that reveals among voters who believe democracy is under threat, 84% say the “media” is the biggest threat. With 59% saying the press is a major threat and another 25% say it’s minor. Comparatively, 60% say Joe Biden is a threat, with 38% calling him a major threat” and another 22% calling him a minor threat. The poll also revealed that 70% view Trump as a threat to democracy, with 45% describing that threat as major and 25% minor.

  • The overarching revelation here is that people feel Democracy is severely threatened, but Americans are both divided and confused as to the greatest source of such threats.

Politics: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. (Romans 13:1-2)

Hillary Clinton has become an election denier… again. The former presidential candidate has warned her supporters that Republicans have made a plan to steal the 2024 presidential election. Defeated by former President Donald Trump in the 2016 race, the former secretary of state has said in the past that the 2016 election was “stolen from her.” And yet Democrats continue to accuse Trump and his followers of being election deniers.

Democrats are framing popular Republican candidates such as Arizona gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake as “election deniers” who pose a “threat to democracy.” On the campaign trail this week, a reporter brought up the issue, and Lake was prepared. “Let’s talk about election deniers,” she said. “Here’s 150 examples of Democrats denying election results.” Lake, noting Democrats have been challenging the legitimacy of election outcomes since 2000.The list had quotes from Hillary Clinton, Stacey Adams and, most recently, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre saying, “remember Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams.”

Democrats who run the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) have blocked a freshman Latina Republican lawmaker from joining the group. Mayra Flores, who flipped a long-held Democratic House seat along the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year, said she was refused admission by the CHC because of her party affiliation. “As the first Mexican-born American Congresswoman, I thought the Hispanic Caucus would be open to working together,” said Flores. “This denial once again proves a bias towards conservative Latinas that don’t fit their narrative or ideology.”

A group of 30 House liberals is urging President Biden to dramatically shift his strategy on the Ukraine war and pursue direct negotiations with Russia, the first time that prominent members of his own party have pushed him to change his approach to Ukraine, reports the liberal Washington Post. “The letter, obtained by The Post, could create pressure on Biden as he tries to sustain domestic support for the war effort, as the region is heading into a potentially difficult winter and Republicans are threatening to cut aid if they retake Congress,” the Post reports.

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday walked back President Biden’s remarks questioning Pakistan’s ability to keep its nuclear weapons safe. Biden went as far as to call the South Asian nation, nominal an ally of America’s, “one of the most dangerous nations in the world.” Biden made the offending comments at a Democrat Party event at a private home in California last week. Offering disorganized remarks commenting on nuclear weapons generally, Biden mentioned Pakistan amid boasting yet again, that he has a close personal relationship with dictator Xi Jinping of China. “I’ve spent more time with Xi Jinping than any person in — any head of state in Amer- — in the world,” Biden rambled, again making the dubious claim that he had traveled 17,000 miles with the genocidal leader, which even the liberal Washington Post branded as a lie last year.

  • This week, Biden claimed that gas prices were over $5 when he took office… they actually were about half that. Later, he also said that his student loan forgiveness program passed congress “by a vote or two.” Congress never voted on it because it was an executive order.

A new report from the New York Times detailed how the First Lady has been stepping in for her husband in key battleground election races. The report also contained new information as to the depths she goes through to control not just Joe Biden, but also his infamous handlers, the ones who are charged with herding the press away from him, cleaning up his rhetorical messes, and who also work hard at limiting his public appearances so as to avoid any more embarrassing gaffes. One commenter went as fat to say that Jill Biden is the unofficial acting President of the U.S.

Classified papers at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound contained U.S. secrets on Iran’s missile program as well as intelligence on China, people familiar with them say. The documents are considered among the most sensitive the FBI has recovered to date in its investigation of Trump and his aides for possible mishandling of classified information, obstruction and destruction of government records, said anonymous sources to the Washington Post, a very liberal newspaper. If shared with others, they say this information could expose intelligence-gathering methods that the United States wants to keep hidden.

The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol announced on Friday that the panel has officially sent a subpoena to former President Donald Trump as it paints him as the central figure in the multi-step plan to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. The committee issued the subpoena to try to compel Trump to sit for a deposition under oath and to provide documents. The panel is ordering Trump turn over documents by November 4 and “one or more days of deposition testimony beginning on or about November 14.” Ignoring the subpoena could result in legal action against Trump which he will, of course, appeal which might eventually wind up on the docket of the Supreme Court.

  • Stephen Bannon, the former head of Infowars, was sentenced to 4 months in prison and fined $6,500 for contempt of Congress in the Jan. 6 probe. The right-wing podcaster and political strategist for former president Donald Trump was convicted by a federal jury in Washington on two misdemeanor counts for ignoring a subpoena from the House panel investigating the 2021 Capitol attack. This follows two trials where Bannon was found guilty of defaming Newtown parents by calling the Newtown school shooting a ‘false flag’ operation of the FBI. Bannon’s legal team has made clear that they intend to appeal his conviction.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned Thursday, bowing to the inevitable after a tumultuous, short-lived term in which her policies triggered turmoil in financial markets and caused a rebellion within her own party that obliterated her authority. She is now the shortest-serving PM in UK history at 44 days. Making a hastily scheduled statement outside her 10 Downing Street office, Truss acknowledged that “I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party.” Hers is the third resignation by a Conservative prime minister in as many years and leaves a divided party seeking a leader who can unify its warring factions.

  • The Conservative Party elected former U.K. Treasury chief Rishi Sunak as Britain’s next prime minister on Monday. Sunak will be the first person of color to be UK prime minister. He is a Hindu of Indian descent. The 42-year-old is also Britain’s youngest prime minister in more than 200 years. He said he will focus on curbing inflation rather than cutting taxes. 

Surveillance State: So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. (Luke 20:20)

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Monday that two Chinese intelligence officers are accused of trying to bribe a U.S. official who was working as a double agent for the FBI. Garland said the two tried to pay tens of thousands of dollars in digital currency along with cash and jewelry to the official to steal confidential information about the United States’ prosecution of the Chinese tech giant Huawei. In addition to the two men on Monday, 11 other Chinese nationals have been charged with offenses in the past week, including harassment of people in the United States.

Censorship: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Landry announced that the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana has granted Missouri and Louisiana’s request to depose top-ranking officials in the federal government. The lawsuit was filed against top-ranking Biden Administration officials for allegedly colluding to suppress freedom of speech. The list of Biden officials who will get grilled by the GOP AGs includes: Dr. Anthony Fauci, former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Director of White House Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, CISA Director Jen Easterly, and FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan.

  • “After finding documentation of a collusive relationship between the Biden Administration and social media companies to censor free speech, we immediately filed a motion to get these officials under oath,” said Attorney General Schmitt. 

Persecution: Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. (Matthew 24:9) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

According to RevelationMedia, Nigeria is the most dangerous place on earth to be a Christian. Last year alone, 4,650 Christians were martyred in Nigeria, and thousands more were kidnapped. Torture is common among those who are kidnapped, and women and children are not excluded from this fate. Churches and Christian schools have also been targets of arson, leaving a trail of burned buildings where Christians once gathered.

Police in New York City are investigating an antisemitic attack on three Jewish teenagers as they stood outside a yeshiva in the Midwood section of Brooklyn on Monday night. The three students were targeted by five teenagers who screamed “Free Palestine” as they carried out the assault, punching one of the students in the face and pelting the group with eggs.

Eva Edl is 87 years old. She survived imprisonment in a concentration camp during World War II. Eva later came to America and settled in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee—near Nashville. The land of the free, home of the brave. But now Eva may spend at least a year in prison. She is facing federal charges for praying and singing hymns outside an abortion clinic.

Security footage shows three vandals dressed in black approach the Church of the Resurrection in Lansing, Michigan, on foot. The individuals can be seen scribbling slogans in red paint on the sidewalk. The phrases “abort the court” and “death to Christian nationalism” were written, among others. The incident in Michigan marks the latest in an ongoing string of attacks on houses of worship. Not a single arrest has been made in more than a dozen attacks on pro-life organizations across the country claimed by left-wing pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge.

A dual U.S.-Saudi citizen was sentenced to 16 years in prison in Saudi Arabia earlier this month for what his family claims were 14 tweets he made while in the U.S. that were critical of the Saudi government. Saad Ibrahim Almadi, 72, has been tortured since receiving the hefty sentence on Oct. 3, which carried an additional 16-year travel ban, Almadi’s son, Ibrahim Almadi, told The Washington Post. His son also claimed the U.S. State Department bungled his father’s case. “I told the State Department his hearing was set for Oct. 3, and they should attend,” Ibrahim said. “Afterward, over the phone, they said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry we forgot to tell the embassy.’ I feel like they are just careless.”

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Although numerous polls show a faltering economy and skyrocketing inflation top voters’ concerns, President Biden promised Tuesday to make signing a law legalizing late-term abortion nationwide his first priority next year — a vow Family Research Council President Tony Perkins called “wicked,” reflecting a “demonic agenda.” Congressional  Representative. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) agreed. “Absolutely wicked.” ” President Biden also said that he would “absolutely” support the use of federal funds to improve abortion access for Americans and ease some economic costs for those seeking such services, he revealed in an interview.

A growing army of abortion activists are funneling thousands of abortion pills from Mexico into states that have restricted abortion. The pipeline has made the illegal abortions of today simpler and safer than those of the pre-Roe era, remembered for its apocryphal back alleys and coat hangers, though chemical abortions face both legal and medical risks.

  • A society with a culture of death will find ways to circumvent not only God’s laws but man’s laws as well.

Suicide/Assisted Suicide: No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. (Ecclesiastes 8:8 ESV)

Seventeen-year-old Shanti De Corte was waiting to board a plane headed to Italy for a school trip in 2016 when an explosion went off in the Brussels Zaventem Airport. A second bomb went off a few minutes later. Thirty-two people were killed in the airport and the corresponding attack at a metro station that day, both claimed by ISIS. Though she did not sustain any physical injuries, the trauma of the Brussels terror attack event proved too emotionally difficult for her. De Corte had previously been admitted to a psychiatric hospital before the attack and had battled a few bouts of depression, which intensified in 2020. She eventually requested to be euthanized, citing a mental health problem. Initially, doctors denied this request. When De Corte approached a pro-euthanasia activist group, they helped her find two psychiatrists who signed off on her request to die. She was euthanized in Belgium on May 7, 2022.

  • Now this controversial case in Belgium is sparking increased scrutiny on Belgium’s euthanasia law. With broad legal justifications for euthanasia, Belgium’s skyrocketing numbers should come as no surprise. More than 27,000 people have died from euthanasia in Belgium since it was legalized in 2002. In 2021, it was estimated that nearly one-in-five people euthanized were not likely to die naturally in the immediate future.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

Covid-19: The number of new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. is down 3% over the past two weeks, but nearly flat over the past week. Hospitalizations are up 1% over the past two weeks while deaths are down 5%. However, cases are up in 18 states, with Arizona leading the way up 101%. Washington D.C. is up 135%.

A flurry of new Covid-19 variants appears to be gaining traction globally, raising fears of a winter surge. In the United States, these are BQ.1, BQ.1.1, BF.7, BA.4.6, BA.2.75 and BA.2.75.2. In other countries, the recombinant variant XBB has been rising quickly and appears to be fueling a new wave of cases in Singapore. Cases are also rising in Europe and the UK, where these variants have taken hold. Lumped together, the variants accounted for almost 1 in 3 new Covid-19 infections nationwide last week.

Stanford University medical scientist Professor John Ioannidis has contended for more than two years that data indicate the risk of death from COVID-19 for the vast majority of people is nearly zero, making comprehensive lockdowns, school closures, and vaccine mandates unnecessary. Ioannidis examined 36 studies along with an additional seven preliminary national estimates, breaking down the infection fatality rates for certain age groups: 0–19: 0.0003 percent; 20–29: 0.003 percent; 30–39: 0.011 percent; 40–49: 0.035 percent; 50–59: 0.129 percent; and 60–69: 0.501 percent. All substantially less than 1%.

On Friday, Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tested positive for the coronavirus. In a statement, the agency said she is “experiencing mild symptoms” and per CDC guidelines “is isolating at home and will participate in her planned meetings virtually.” Walensky, who signed off on the latest omicron-targeting booster in September, received her bivalent vaccine Sept. 22.

A National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases official said the agency will further evaluate a controversial Boston University-commissioned preprint study that developed a COVID-19 hybrid that killed “80 percent” of lab mice, saying the team involved didn’t clear the work with the federal agency. Speaking to STAT News, Emily Erbelding, the head of NIAID’s division of microbiology and infectious diseases, suggested that BU researchers did not properly disclose what their study would entail and did not say they would carry out that specific work. The grant proposal, Erbelding stated, also didn’t make it clear that scientists would be possibly enhancing a COVID-19 strain in reports that were handed to NIAID, the agency headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Flu: The flu is walloping the U.S. earlier than usual and is more severe so far than it has been in 13 years, the CDC says. The severity of flu so far this season is the highest since 2009, underscoring the potential for a perilous winter of respiratory viruses with covid-19 and RSV. There have already been at least 880,000 cases of lab-confirmed influenza illness, 6,900 hospitalizations and 360 flu-related deaths nationally, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Monkeypox: The overwhelming number of Americans who had severe cases of monkeypox also had HIV, according to a Wednesday report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC looked at 57 adult patients who were hospitalized for their monkeypox infections during the organization’s study period of Aug. 10 through Oct. 10. Of those patients, 47 (82%) had an HIV infection, 17 patients (30%) were placed in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 12 (21%) of them died, the report said. Monkeypox was either the cause of death or a contributing factor in five of those deaths, and wasn’t a factor in one of the deaths. Another six deaths are still being investigated to see if monkeypox was a causal or contributing factor.

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

More than a dozen states so far have announced they will not comply with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC’s) decision last week to add COVID-19 vaccination to the 2023 childhood immunization schedule for enrollment in public education, including 10 Republican and 2 Democratic governors. The Republican-led states are Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia. The Democrat states are Colorado and Connecticut.

A new pre-print study has concluded the virus that causes COVID-19 has a unique “fingerprint” indicating it originated in a laboratory rather than in nature. Dr. Alex Washburne, a mathematical biologist, worked with researchers in the U.S. and Germany who studied the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequence and compared it to previously discovered coronaviruses. They detected “peculiar patterns” they concluded were the hallmark of a manufactured virus, describing it having a “synthetic fingerprint.” Meanwhile, Jeffrey Sachs, chairman of The Lancet COVID-19 Commission, a task force that investigated the origins of COVID-19, has also concluded after 22 months of study that SARS-CoV-2 probably was laboratory-generated and that the technology likely came from gain-of-function research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

COVID-19 mRNA drug manufacturer Pfizer will increase the price of its injections by as much as 400% as it scrambles to meet revenue projections amid a major shortfall in booster demand, Reuters reported Friday. Pfizer will charge $110 to $130 for a dose of its COVID-19 vaccine once the U.S. government stops buying the shots. Pfizer executives said the commercial pricing for adult doses could start early next year, depending on when the government phases out its program of buying and distributing the shots. The drug maker said it expects that people with private health insurance or coverage through public programs like Medicare or Medicaid will pay nothing. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover many recommended vaccines without charging any out-of-pocket expenses. A spokesman said the company also has an income-based assistance program that helps eligible U.S. residents with no insurance get the shots.

  • The price would make the two-dose vaccine much more expensive for cash-paying customers than annual flu shots. Those can range in price from around $50 to $95, depending on the type, according to CVS Health.

A major Indian vaccine manufacturer was forced to toss out 100 million expired booster doses of its COVID-19 shots due to unexpectedly low vaccine uptake. Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine producer, has been making India’s version of AstraZeneca’s mRNA COVID shot. While roughly 298 million doses of the booster shots have been administered in India since the initial rollout, another 100 million doses in stock expired in September and had to be destroyed

At a conference for medical professionals in Sedona, Arizona this past weekend, several speakers–all physicians–commented on a disturbing trend: an increase in otherwise healthy people dying in their sleep. Sudden unexplained age-inappropriate deaths seem to be happening more than usual, both in the United States, where these medical doctors practice, and in several other countries in the industrialized world. The data shows that “deaths are 16 percent higher than we would expect,” Dr. Campbell said in a recent video, “and the vast majority of these are not COVID deaths.” According to Dr. McCullough, the most scientifically responsible assumption by our regulatory agencies must be that the unusually high number of excess deaths occurring in the United States and other countries since the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines are caused by the vaccinations themselves.

An alarming spike in the deaths of young Canadian doctors since the COVID-19 vaccine was mandated for health-care workers’ demands an investigation, a physician and cancer researcher told the Canadian Medical Association. Dr. William Makis, a nuclear medicine physician with more than 100 peer-reviewed research publications, also called for an immediate end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Canadian health care, the Gateway Pundit reported. “Our analysis shows Canadian doctor deaths under age 50 in 2022 will be 2-fold higher compared to 2019-2020,” he wrote. “Shockingly, doctor deaths under age 40 are 5-fold higher, and doctor deaths under age 30 are 8-fold higher.”

Researchers at Tel Aviv University revealed two antibodies that are so effective at neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 — and all of its variants — that they believe the antibodies could serve as an “effective substitute for vaccines.” The antibodies — TAU-1109 and TAU-2310 — bind to a different area of the spike protein than other antibodies, one that doesn’t undergo many mutations. TAU-1109 is 92% effective at neutralizing the omicron strain and 90% effective at neutralizing the delta strain. TAU-2310 has an efficacy rate of 84% at neutralizing omicron and a 97% efficacy rate against the delta variant. The researchers believe that with effective antibody treatment, “we will not have to provide booster doses to the entire population every time there is a new variant”

Health: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2)

Public health experts were alarmed to see a surge of common sexually transmitted diseases – now referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – during the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even more concerning, those rates have continued to rise. On a global level, more than 131 million people are infected with chlamydia, 78 million with gonorrhea, and 5.6 million with syphilis each year. In the U.S. alone, there has been a significant increase in the rate of almost all STIs according to recent data from the CDC. Between 2016 and 2020: Gonorrhea cases increased by 45%; Syphilis cases increased 52%, their highest level since 1991.

  • Only cases of chlamydia declined, by 1.2%, during that timeframe. However, this is likely due to underreporting since chlamydia infections can be asymptomatic and go can unnoticed; whereas both gonorrhea and syphilis cause painful symptoms prompting patients to seek medical care and be tested.

Violence/Murder: When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was attacked by an intruder with a hammer Friday morning in his home in San Francisco, The Democratic speaker’s office said in a statement he was attacked early in the morning by an assailant who broke into his house. Paul was rushed to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The assailant is in custody and a motive is being investigated. Nancy Pelosi was not in San Francisco at the time.

A Florida Republican canvasser clad in a Marco Rubio T-shirt and a Ron DeSantis hat was brutally attacked in a Hialeah, Fla., neighborhood by Democratic residents, Senator Marco Rubio tweeted Monday morning.     “Last night one of our canvassers wearing my T-shirt and a DeSantis hat was brutally attacked by 4 animals who told him Republicans weren’t allowed in their neighborhood in #Hialeah #Florida,” Rubio wrote. “He suffered internal bleeding, a broken jaw, & will need facial reconstructive surgery.”

A gunman killed two and injured at least seven in a St. Louis school shooting. He died after ‘exchange of gunfire’ with police. Eight people, including the shooter, were transferred to a hospital after the shooting at the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. The attack Monday at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School – at least the 67th shooting on U..S school grounds this year.

  • The gun used, an AR-15 style rifle, had been previously removed by police from his home at the request of his mother, authorities said. How it got back into his hands is unknown at this point.

Chicago recorded another bloody weekend in which more than two dozen people were shot and nine murdered, including a 13-year-old boy at a park and an 87-year-old woman in a wheelchair, authorities said. The eruption of violence occurred throughout the city. In total, there were 26 shooting incidents and 31 shooting victims.

Law Enforcement: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

The mass exodus from the New York Police Department continues, as pension fund data shows 3,054 officers have filed retirement paperwork putting it on a pace for more than 4,000 to leave the NYPD this year. “We keep ringing the alarm bell louder and louder, and every month the numbers get worse,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch told the Post. “We have gone from a staffing problem, to a staffing crisis, and now to a full-blown staffing emergency.”

A superior court judge has ordered the New Mexico Civil Guard, an armed paramilitary group, to cease publicly acting like a law enforcement agency or an unauthorized military force. Experts say it’s the first example nationwide of a nongovernmental so-called “militia” group being banned by the courts. The civil case stems from the NMCG’s activity during protests in 2020, when members of the group showed up armed and in fatigues to “protect” a statue of Juan de Oñate, the Spanish conquistador and colonial governor of New Mexico, in Old Town Albuquerque.

Lawlessness: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Thessalonians 2;7)

  • As God’s hand of restraint is gradually lifting, spirits of lawlessness are stirring up lawlessness which will increase all the more as the end-times ramp up.

The popular convenience store chain Wawa is shutting down two locations in Philadelphia because of “safety and security challenges,” which is but another symptom of the crime epidemic that has propelled law-and-order issues to the top of voters’ minds in this year’s midterm elections.

As concerns mount over Portland’s homelessness issue spiraling out of control, members of the city’s police department uncovered a cache of loaded guns from a convicted felon’s tent, who was living on the streets with an open warrant for a parole violation in connection to a second-degree assault charge. He was arrested and charged with three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, failure to register as a sex offender stemming from a first-degree rape charge, a felony warrant parole violation and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

  • When are we going to stop releasing these dangerous people back onto the streets after they are captured?

A caught-on-camera assault shows what appears to be several juveniles and possibly some adults shoving a woman off a Metrobus in Washington, D.C. Victim Kyla Thurston said she had just given up her seat after a woman with young children got on the bus. “After that, the kids were cursing,” she said. “I was just like, ‘You know, can you all stop the foul language?’” At that point, she said the “kids” became unruly and started being disrespectful while throwing objects at her. In the video clip a group can be heard berating a woman for nearly a minute as she stands near the back door of the bus. After telling the lady to “get off the bus” multiple times, the video shows the driver come to a stop, doors open and the woman was pulled, shoved and thrown off the bus. The video was taken by another woman who wishes to remain anonymous for fears of retaliation.

Protests: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has called for a U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Iran after nearly 200 protesters, including at least 23 minors, have allegedly been killed in the crackdown on anti-government protests. Weeks of unrelenting protests were spurred by the killing of Mahsa Amini, a young woman arrested by the Iranian “morality police” for not properly wearing a hijab last month and later died in police custody.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Paris on Sunday in protest over the rising cost of living, a shortage of key supplies, and fears that their circumstances will only get worse as winter looms just over the horizon.

The latest environmentalist protest trend is here: pouring out milk in grocery stores. All across the United Kingdom, teenagers concerned about the environment are doing “milk pours.” The new trend involves going into grocery stores, picking up cartons of cow-produced milk, and pouring out their contents, according to the animal rights group Animal Rebellion. Videos that have popped up on social media show teens pouring milk onto the floor, over sales counters, and elsewhere in the store. “The dairy industry is incredibly environmentally destructive. The world’s top 5 meat and dairy corporations are now responsible for more GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions than Exxon, Shell or BP,” the organization said in a tweet Saturday.

Justice (or lack thereof): Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. (Jeremiah 23:5)

Three more men were convicted of aiding and abetting a 2020 plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D), a case that deepened fears about right-wing extremism. Joseph Morrison, Paul Bellar and Pete Musico were found guilty in state court of providing material support for terrorist acts, possessing a firearm while committing a felony and being members of a gang. They face up to 20 years in prison. The case intensified concerns about potential violence directed at politicians. In August, two other men, Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr., were convicted on federal charges of plotting to kidnap Whitmer.

A Texas man accused of beating his girlfriend to the point where their unborn child died, will serve no jail time after taking a plea deal with the Travis County District Attorney’s office last Monday. The unborn child died due to blunt force trauma. Johnny Charles Ebbs V’s plea deal comes with eight years of deferred adjudication on a third-degree continuous family violence assault charge, meaning that he has not been found guilty at the time of sentencing and will have his offense dismissed if he doesn’t violate his probation.

  • Once again, violent predators released into our communities.

Military: Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. (Psalm 144:1-2)

An annual ranking of U.S. military strength has ranked the nation’s armed forces as “weak” for the first time. American armed forces are “at growing risk of not being able to meet the demands of defending America’s vital national interests,” assessed the Heritage Foundation’s 2023 Index of U.S. Military Strength, the Washington Examiner reported. “This is the logical consequence of years of sustained use, underfunding, poorly defined priorities, wildly shifting security policies, exceedingly poor discipline in program execution, and a profound lack of seriousness across the national security establishment even as threats to U.S. interests have surged.”

Retired U.S. generals and admirals are taking top jobs in Saudi Arabia. Hundreds of veterans have also taken lucrative jobs with Saudis and other repressive governments, which U.S. officials approved — but fought to keep secret.

Military research groups in China — many on a U.S. export blacklist — are purchasing a range of specialized American software, including products developed by firms that have received millions of dollars in grants and contracts from the Pentagon, the investigation found. The Post mapped more than 300 sales since 2019 of U.S.-origin technology to dozens of entities involved in China’s hypersonic or missile programs by analyzing contract solicitation and award documents.

Fraud: “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? (Acts 13:10)

At least 400 officials at 50 leading government agencies, including the Pentagon and the Treasury, bought and sold stocks of major U.S. companies that were the most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, The Wall Street Journal reports. Their timing was “exquisite,” particularly with respect to top-level information about the origin of the pandemic, its spread and the government response in the form of trillions of dollars in COVID-19 relief and the stabilization of the financial markets. That’s the conclusion of the Journal’s analysis, based on a timeline of official COVID-19 events, financial disclosure forms and emails obtained through public record requests.

Cyber Security: He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. (Psalm 40:2)

Calling it “probably the largest data breach in United States history,” Los Angeles County prosecutor Eric Neff said Chinese contractors working for a Michigan-based software company had direct control over U.S. election data through an app for poll workers called PollChief. The prosecutor, describing the volume of data in the breach as “astounding,” was commenting on the criminal case against Eugene Yu, the CEO of Konnech, for allegedly storing Los Angeles election worker data on servers based in China. The security breach through the Konnech software was discovered by the election integrity group True the Vote. They disclosed that their team had notified the FBI, and the agents with whom they communicated were alarmed by the potential national security implications.

Big Tech: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)

The Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit against Google on Friday, for allegedly sending its emails to users’ spam folders. The political committee accuses the tech giant of “discriminating” against it by “throttling its email messages because of the RNC’s political affiliation and views,” according to a lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of California. “Google has relegated millions of RNC emails en masse to potential donors’ and supporters’ spam folders during pivotal points in election fundraising and community building,” the RNC said in the lawsuit.

As of Thursday evening, Elon Musk is now officially in charge of Twitter. Musk reportedly plans to reduce the workforce by as much as 75 percent. Several executives including CEO Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal, and Vijaya Gadde, head of legal policy, trust, and safety, were immediately fired. In an open letter Musk posted to his Twitter account, he reassured advertisers that Twitter should be a space for free speech, but he wouldn’t allow it to become a “free-for-all hellscape.”

Drugs: And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries [Greek: pharmakeia, i.e. pharmacy, drugs].

Parents are advised to be extra vigilant this year in checking what their children bring home on Halloween after agents in Los Angeles seized around 12,000 fentanyl pills packaged in bags of candy, the latest incident of the deadly drug being disguised as something innocuous. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau Detectives and Drug Enforcement Agency agents assigned to the airport discovered the pills inside boxes of Sweetarts, Skittles and Whoppers. “If you find anything in candy boxes that you believe might be narcotics, do not touch it and immediately notify your local law enforcement agency.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported over 71,000 overdose deaths from synthetic fentanyl in 2021, up from 57,000 deaths in 2020.

  • More than half a million fentanyl pills were nabbed by Arizona Customs and Border Protection officials in one port of entry over the past weekend in Nogales, Arizona. On Saturday CBP stopped three loads of fentanyl, including 114,800 pills in a dashboard and 297,000 pills stashed in a car coming across the border. On Sunday, agents stopped two more loads — including 134,200 pills found in the rocker panels of a car.

Allergy medications like antihistamines can provide relief during autumn, but a new study suggests they may be lethal to victims of the opioid epidemic. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified approximately 92,000 drug overdose deaths in 43 states and D.C. between 2019 and 2020, and found at least 18% involved or tested positive for antihistamines. More than 71% of those deaths included diphenhydramine, commonly known by its brand name Benadryl, according to the study published last week in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Only 90 deaths – fewer than 0.1% – involved antihistamines as the sole drug, while more than 82% of the deaths co-involved opioids.

Next year, when consumers in Florida pick up a soda, chips or a candy bar when they load up for gas at Circle K gas station stores, they’ll be able to add another new item – licensed medical weed. Circle K, a Canadian convenience store and gas station operator, is teaming up with a leading cannabis packaged goods company, Green Thumb Industries, to sell marijuana at a limited number of locations in 2023.The rollout of the pilot with begin with 10 locations where Green Thumb will set up its RISE Express dispensaries adjacent to the Circle K convenience stores. Circle K has 600 locations in the state. Customers can buy a number of cannabis products, including flower (smokable cannabis buds), pre-rolls, gummies and vapes at the dispensaries.

Education: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

An analysis of the nation’s test scores, via the National Assessment of Educational Progress released Monday, shows scores in math and reading for both fourth- and eighth-grade students have fallen sharply since 2019, the last time the assessments were given across the U.S. Average math scores for eighth-graders in 2022 dropped to 274 out of a possible 500, falling 8 points from 2019. Reading scores declined 3 points, to 260.

In addition to a chronic teacher shortage that has left Arizona relying on long-term substitutes and loosening certification requirements for classroom educators, there is a parallel struggle in school districts: finding non-teaching staff, including hallway monitors, classroom aides and bus drivers. The shortage is complicated by potential budget cuts, competition for workers and parent concerns about CRT, transgenders and explicit sex books in school libraries.

Marriage/Family:  “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

The Democratic-led U.S. Senate leadership promised a vote on the misnamed Respect for Marriage Act. All 50 Senate Democrats and four Republicans are on board. The bill already passed the House. The Senate vote will be very close. “But we can—we MUST—stop it!” writes Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel. HR 8404 will do all the following: Impose same-sex marriage at the federal level; Expand child bride marriages; Open the door for polygamy and polyamory; Establish a national public policy that gender is irrelevant and not biological; Expand the LGBTQ agenda; Target churches and religious organizations for unlawful/hateful policies.

Pornography: But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Mathew 5:28)

Utah residents have submitted hundreds of complaints to the Utah Department of Education over age-inappropriate books in schools across the state, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. About 280 book complaints have been filed in nine of the state’s 41 school districts since May, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. In May, the state’s HB 374 became law, prohibiting books with pornographic and sensitive content, including sexual stimulation and “partially denuded figures,” in schools.

Homosexuality:  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:26-27)

A California day care teacher was fired for refusing to read picture books promoting same-sex marriage to children. Now she has sued her former employer, alleging a violation of her religious freedom. The lawsuit accuses the international day care network of violating several laws on religious discrimination, faith-based harassment and wrongful termination.

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

In a meeting with a transgender activist, Joe Biden said that he does not believe that states should have the right to ban so-called “gender-affirming care” and called such action “immoral.” “As a moral question and a legal question – that’s just wrong. I feel very strongly that you should have every single solitary right including use of your gender identity bathrooms in public.” Biden said this despite the fact that countless studies have shown the dangers of “gender-affirming care,” which includes gender-reassignment surgeries, puberty blockers, and cross-sex hormones.

If the “Transgender Bill of Rights” (H.Res. 1209) passes both the House and Senate, Christian counseling for those suffering from gender confusion and unwanted same- sex attraction will be illegal everywhere. A new study reveals that more than half of persons identifying as “transgendered” were sexually abused as children, with most of the abuse happening before they were 13. And 77% reported other forms of abuse, indicating the deep emotional wounds carried by these individuals, reports Liberty Counsel. These people need Biblically based counseling and prayer.

According to new research published in JAMA Pediatrics, childhood mastectomies have increased by 389 percent from 2016 to 2019. About 100 children underwent chest reconstruction surgeries, such as double mastectomies, in 2016. In 2019, however, that number surged to 489. Ages

The Court of Appeals of Indiana on Friday affirmed a trial court decision removing a 17-year-old minor from the custody of his parents for their refusal to affirm him in a female gender identity. The case displays the messy, personal qualities in a gender identity crisis, as well as the disastrous implications of permitting the transgender ideology to gain a foothold in law.

In Virginia, “the Pride Liberation Project (PLP) is organizing resources to help confused minors whose parents are not supportive of their gender and/or sexual identity experimentation to run away from their homes to stay with a ‘queer-friendly’ adult.”

Beauty retailer Ulta’s attempt to broaden the conventional definition of gender and beauty backfired, resulting in calls for consumers to ditch the company for making a “costume” or a “feeling” out of womanhood. By featuring a transgender-identifying person on their podcast to discuss “The Beauty of… Girlhood,” many accused the beauty brand of being out of touch with its consumer base by choosing a biological male to represent women.

Election Integrity: He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become knownThe integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. (Proverbs 10:9,11:3)

A whistleblower, former Orange County Commission candidate Cynthia Harris, has outlined in a detailed complaint a years-long Democrat operation to harvest ballots in Florida, and now a state agency has investigated, and forwarded the details to authorities to determine what prosecutions should take place. She charged that there is a years-long ballot harvesting operation in Florida’s black communities of “politically important central Florida.” Harris’ affidavit accused Democrats of having liberal leaning organizations dispatch ballot brokers into black communities “to pressure voters to turn over their ballots.” The brokers have been paid $10 for each ballot they collect, the charges allege. But, the report explained, “the collection and delivery of ballots by third parties is illegal in Florida.”

Pennsylvania state lawmakers are seeking answers after nearly a quarter of a million ballots were mailed to state voters without verifying their identity. According to a letter sent to Secretary of the Commonwealth, Leigh Chapman, lawmakers found 240,000 ballots were not verified. According to the letter, led by State Rep. Frank Ryan, a House State Government Committee member, problems began arising due to a 2018 directive that instructs “counties to register voters without verification of identity.” But according to a September guidance by the state, mail-in ballots must be verified before they are sent out to a voter.

A judge in Wisconsin on Wednesday rejected a request to allow election officials to count mail-in ballots with incomplete addresses on them. Dane County Circuit Judge Nia Trammell refused a request from the League of Women Voters, a group that sought a temporary injunction and argued it “would upend the status quo and not preserve it,” “frustrate the electoral process by causing confusion,” and said her court doesn’t want to “add to the confusion” by issuing a temporary injunction with just two weeks to go before the 2022 midterms

Cybersecurity firm Mandiant said Wednesday that a pro-China cyber group waged an aggressive influence campaign online that discouraged Americans from voting in the midterm elections and promoted clashes with the U.S government. Mandiant said it previously saw the “DRAGONBRIDGE” threat group trying to mobilize protesters in the U.S. and has now witnessed the group sowing division, plagiarizing and altering news articles, and adopting false personas on social media to spread disinformation.

A network of conservative grassroots groups has recruited thousands of poll watchers and poll workers to staff election precincts across the country on Nov. 8. Saying they are motivated by a desire to avoid a repeat of the mistrust of the 2020 election results, the activists organized election-integrity county task forces in 10 battleground states, training volunteers on voting laws and procedures. In Pennsylvania alone, organizers estimate that they will have more than 10 times as many poll watchers on the ground on Election Day than for the 2020 election.

Days after Maricopa County officials warned people to stop taking photos of voters and election staffers at ballot drop boxes, the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office continues to refer complaints to the Department of Justice. Two new complaints filed this week with the office allege that small groups of people are filming voters and capturing photographs of their license plates as they drop off their early ballots. County officials said Wednesday that their attorneys and the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office are currently evaluating what the legal limits are for ballot drop box observers and what activities may constitute voter intimidation.

Early ballots are arriving in Arizona voters’ mailboxes, with some confusion and corrections trailing in their wake. From a possible error in a few thousand voter registrations that could affect which ballot those voters receive, to a re-do for 550 ballots in Cochise County, to confusion over a ballot insert in Yavapai County, the biannual exercise of ballot bewilderment has started. While issues with voter registration and ballots happen every election cycle, there is heightened voter sensitivity to election procedures, given the enduring suspicions stoked by false claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.

Arizona’s Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs, who is running in the state’s gubernatorial race as a Democrat, said Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal, that her office sent out the wrong ballots to about 6,000 voters who were incorrectly registered as “federal only” voters. Federal only voters are not registered to vote in state elections, such as the one for governor. Ms. Hobbs, according to the Journal, said that the affected voters, who didn’t receive the full ballot, will be notified and given one.

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19) You shall not move your neighbor’s boundary mark, which the ancestors have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the Lord your God gives you to possess .(Deuteronomy 19:14)

More than 2.3 million illegal immigrants have crossed the border in fiscal year 2022, breaking the Biden administration’s record high set a year ago by 37%. The total of the two record-setting years of illegal migration under the Biden administration is now 4.7 million. That figure includes 3.8 million illegals apprehended by Customs and Border Protection and more than 900,000 known gotaways that have escaped Border Patrol. That suggests the number of illegal migrants coming to the U.S. under Biden is likely higher than even his administration reports, border officials say. A record-breaking 856 migrants died at the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2022.

  • CBP’s numbers also show that there were 20 known or suspected terrorists arrested at the southern border in September, bringing the total terror watchlist arrests at the border for the fiscal year 2022 to 98. The number of terror watchlist arrests at the border for the previous five years combined was 26.

New census numbers indicate that 1.8 million illegal immigrants have settled in the U.S. since President Biden took office – that’s a population larger than the size 12 states, including West Virginia, Hawaii, New Hampshire and Maine.. The Center for Immigration Studies says there are now 47.9 million immigrants — legal and illegal — now in the U.S. That’s 14.6% of the total population. All told, some 2.9 million more immigrants now live in the U.S. than did in January 2021, when Mr. Biden was sworn in.

The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs refused Wednesday to remove shipping containers that fill in gaps in the border wall. Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation told Arizona officials the containers are illegal. But Arizona officials said they’ll leave them in place until they see plans to finish the wall. Last summer, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey ordered more than 100 double stacks of shipping containers to fill the gaps in the border wall. This week he ordered more.

Supply Chain: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19))

Water levels in the Mississippi Rivers are at record lows, and barges along the Mississippi River are getting stuck and are backing up in long lines unable to reach their destination even with lesser cargo. These barges carry lots of goods and are a vital component of the nation’s supply chain, so these delays in movement will show up in months ahead as product shortages. About 60 percent of grain and 54 percent of soybeans for U.S. export rely on barges for delivery to foreign and domestic markets, according to FreightWaves.

Food Supplies: Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. (2Corinthians 9:10)

Fewer tomatoes were grown this summer in California as rising interest rates, inflation and the crushing drought squeezed farmers who saw their margins shrink. While the cost of growing tomatoes continues to rise, it’s ultimately hitting consumers in the wallet as well. Ninety-five percent of the processed tomato products consumed in the United States come from California’s Central Valley. Overall production is estimated now to be 14% lower than expected.

Famine:Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. (Ezekiel 14:13)

“Our efforts have been fruitless,” said a Christian farmer in northern Kenya, “due to wild animals invading our farms and eating everything – hippos, elephants and buffalos. Families have been struggling with nothing to eat.” Wild animals devouring what little the farmers have managed to grow is yet one more problem to add to the prolonged drought, which is biting ever deeper. Crops fail, livestock perish, and the all-important water source, the Tana River, dwindles and dries up. Children in northern Kenya have already begun to die of hunger.

Energy Supplies: He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. (Isaiah 44:14-15)

America’s largest oil company ExxonMobil set a profit record for the second-straight quarter as oil and gas prices remained high. No. 2 U.S. oil company Chevron also posted much-better-than-expected results. ExxonMobil earned $18.7 billion, up 6% from the second quarter results and up 177% from a year ago. Chevron the nation’s second largest oil company, also reported a huge jump in income that easily topped forecasts. Adjusted earnings of $10.8 billion were nearly double the $5.7 billion it made a year ago.

“Saudi Arabia said Thursday that the U.S. had urged it to postpone a decision by OPEC and its allies — including Russia — to cut oil production by a month,” the Associated Press reported. “Such a delay could have helped reduce the risk of a spike in gas prices ahead of the U.S. midterm elections next month.” It is rare for Saudi Arabia to issue such a statement, preferring to do things in private. But in response to Biden’s bashing them over their reduction in oil output, they wanted everyone to see that Biden asking for a one-month delay was purely a political move to influence the mid-term elections.

Data provided by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that diesel stockpiles are at their lowest level for October in records that date back to 1993, according to a Bloomberg News analysis. EIA data show that the United States, as of Oct. 14, has 25.4 days of supply—down from 34.2 days of supply from a month ago. Diesel is the fuel used by freight trains and long-haul truckers to transport goods and food.

President Biden will release 15 million more barrels of petroleum from the nation’s strategic reserve, aiming to ease gas prices. The move, announced Wednesday, comes after the OPEC Plus nations said they would slash oil production by 2 million barrels per day. “This sale will complete the historic, 180-million-barrel drawdown the President [Joe Biden] announced in the spring, which has helped to stabilize crude oil markets and reduce prices at the pump,” a White House fact sheet states.

  • While the U.S. is still the top producer of oil, Saudi Arabia and OPEC-friendly Russia combined produced more than the U.S. in 2021. The OPEC+ move to cut oil production by 2 million barrels a day will boost Russia’s oil revenue, helping Russian President Vladimir Putin continue to wage his war in Ukraine.

President Joe Biden said Wednesday that 20 companies in 12 states will get $2.8 billion in grants to boost domestic manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles. Biden said he wants to counter China’s allegedly unfair subsidies and trade practices that are undercutting U.S. manufacturing. He said right now, China manufactures 75 percent of the world’s batteries for electric vehicles. The grants are funded by last year’s $1 trillion infrastructure law. The plants that are receiving grants from the White House are mostly in the South and Midwest.

  • BMW said Wednesday that it will invest $1 billion in a factory in Spartanburg, S.C., to start building electric vehicles. It also said it will spend $700 million to build a battery plant nearby.

A German energy company is dismantling a wind farm to allow for an adjacent coal mine to expand its operations, officials said. The German coal mine Garzweiler, operated by energy company RWE, admits the situation appears to be “paradoxical” — sacrificing one energy source for another — but defended the decision as necessary to strengthen supplies amid the ongoing energy crisis, Oilprice.com reported.

French President Emmanuel Macron called a crisis meeting with senior ministers on Monday to address crippling strikes at gas refineries that has caused fuel pumps to run dry. Lyon is one of the worst hit regions of the country, with almost 40% of gas stations out of at least one fuel on Sunday. The government ordered strikers at two fuel depots in Feyzin, near Lyon, to return to work for several hours on Monday or face criminal charges, according to France’s energy minister, Agnes Pannier-Runacher. French unions called for a nationwide strike on Tuesday, expanding a weeks-long refineries strike that has caused fuel shortages and miles-long lines at gas stations. Workers, who now also include teachers, are asking for higher salaries amid rising living costs.

  • Only about half the trains on regional and intercity lines were running Tuesday in France and Eurostar canceled some services between London and Paris, as a strike by energy workers spilled over into other sectors of the economy.

Debt:  The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. (Proverbs 22:7) Owe no one anything except to love one another, (Romans 13:8)

President Biden officially kicked off the application process for his student debt cancellation program, announcing that 8 million borrowers had already applied for loan relief during the federal government’s soft launch over last weekend.

Homelessness: Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:19-20)

According to a new study by the Discovery Institute, the overall number of homeless people across the country is approaching 1.2 million, far greater than the half-million figure typically cited by media outlets. Even before COVID-19, homelessness was on the rise despite huge increases in government welfare spending, the report says.

Taxes:  He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Luke 20:25)

The IRS is raising income thresholds for all tax brackets because of inflation. The Internal Revenue Service also announced an increase to the standard deduction on Tuesday. Taxpayers will see the new figures reflected in withholding statements on paychecks beginning in January, with workers securing more take-home pay.

The IRS on Friday announced a record increase in contribution limits to 401(k) and other tax-deferred retirement plans for 2023. Starting next year, you will be allowed to contribute up to $22,500 into your 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans or the Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees. That’s $2,000 – or roughly 9.8% – more than the current $20,500 federal contribution limit. The jump is largely due to inflation, to which the contribution limits are indexed.

Business: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)

U.S. business activity contracted for the fourth straight month in October, and the economic downturn “gathered significant momentum,” S&P Global said on Monday. The S&P Global flash U.S. Composite PMI Output Index, which tracks the manufacturing and services sectors, fell to 47.3 this month from a final reading of 49.5 in September. A reading below 50 indicates private sector contraction.

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

The U.S. economy grew 2.6% in third quarter, reversing a six-month slump. The latest report on gross domestic product before the midterm elections shows solid growth from July to September, according to new data by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. However,78% of economists say that this improvement likely marked a reprieve ahead of next year’s projected recession rather than the sign of a brighter outlook, since inflation and interest rates are still high with more Fed rate hikes coming, notes the USA Today.

The average American family has lost $6,000 thanks to President Joe Biden’s soaring inflation, a Heritage Foundation study revealed over the weekend. The loss represents a $1,800 increase from September, when American families had lost $4,200 under Biden. “People are just absolutely being crushed,” Heritage fellow E.J. Antoni told Fox Business. “It’s not the price of caviar and yachts that are driving these numbers. It’s necessities, it’s staples. It’s things like eggs, milk, flour, soup. These are things that are up 20 or 30 percent year-over-year.”

  • Nearly half of U.S. households rely primarily on natural gas for heating, and they are forecast to spend about $930 this winter, 28% more than they spent last winter, the Energy Information Administration said.
  • Candy prices rose an average of 21% in September from a year ago leading into the Halloween season, with non-chocolate treats taking the biggest hit, according to the retail data collection firm Datasembly.
  • September’s inflation report showed a 21% annual increase in all foods. The price of many Thanksgiving staples rose at the highest pace ever: turkeys are up 20.6%, butter 32%, and flour 24.2%.

Even the liberal New York Times is now admitting that U.S. inflation was caused by too much stimulus money which increased demand too much while supply was shrinking due to a lack of workers due to Covid. And then, they acknowledge, the Federal Reserve and Biden administration thought the initial inflation was a temporary phenomenon, so they didn’t raise interest rates early enough. Now, they are raising rates with historic increases trying to catch up even as the Russia invasion of Ukraine is driving up energy prices due to decreasing supply, exacerbated by OPEC cutting oil production by 2 million gallons a day.

  • Recession and possibly a depression is at the doorstep. If it’s the end-time depression, it will be severe.

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week and remains historically low even as the U.S. economy slows in the midst of decades-high inflation. Jobless claims for the week ending Oct. 15 declined by 12,000 to 214,000 from 226,000 the week before, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Mortgage rates have hit 7% percent for the first time in two decades. This week’s data from Freddie Mac shows the average fixed rate for a 30-year loan at 7.08 percent, the highest since early 2002. A year ago, rates were less than half that, but the Federal Reserve’s push to fight inflation has sent mortgage costs soaring.

Climbing mortgage rates continue to slow the housing market, with both home sales and listings falling rapidly. Existing-home sales declined for the eighth consecutive month in September, falling 1.5% from August. The median existing-home sales price of $384,800 is 7% lower than the historic peak price of $413,800 in June. New single-family home purchases fell 10.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 603,000 units, the Commerce Department reported on Wednesday.

Home prices continue to be higher than they were a year ago, but they are contracting at the fastest pace on record, as the housing market struggles under sharply higher interest rates. Prices in August were 13% higher nationally compared with August 2021, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index, but down 2.6% from July. Pending sales, a measure of signed contracts on existing homes, plunged for the fourth straight month, down 10.2% in September. Year-over-year, pending transactions plunged by 31%, according to the National Association of Realtor’s

Depending on who you ask, experts believe there is a nationwide housing shortage of between 2 million to nearly 6 million newly built homes. The National Association of Realtors estimates there’s a shortage of 5.5. million homes. Cities both big and small are dealing with severe underbuilding, but the more severe underbuilding is happening in major cities. Los Angeles is among the most underproduced housing market in the U.S. with a shortfall of nearly 400,000 homes or about 8.4%.

The Biden administration on Wednesday said it was going after “junk fees” charged by banks that largely target low-income residents and people of color. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued guidance to end two junk fee practices that it says are unfair and unlawful. One of them is a “surprise depositor fee” This occurs when a consumer deposits a check that bounces, resulting in a bank charging a fee of $10 to $19 to the depositor. The other is a” surprise overdraft fee up to $36, which can occur when a customer doesn’t reasonably expect that their actions would incur that fee.

More Americans are turning to buy now, pay later apps to afford everyday necessities, but an increasing share of consumers aren’t making payments on time, a trend likely to accelerate as the U.S. economy inches closer to a recession.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

During a Tuesday raid, Israeli troops killed the apparent leader of the Lion’s Den terrorist group as well as four other gunmen, and they also destroyed a bomb factory. Four senior operatives affiliated with the Nablus-based terror group surrendered to Palestinian Authority security forces late Wednesday evening. Earlier this week, another prominent member was killed in an explosion attributed to Israel. Lion’s Den has claimed near-nightly attacks on troops and Israeli civilians in the Shechem area in recent months.

Middle East: When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. (Luke 21:20-22)

Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) sent a massive supply of Iranian attack drones to its proxies in Syria, according to an Oct. 23 report by the Syrian opposition website Euphrates Appeal Media Network. The shipment entered northeastern Syria through the Al-Hari border crossing on the Iraqi border, according to the opposition website. It was handed to the IRGC in Deir Al-Zour and positioned at the Saker Island base. An Iranian drone expert led a large team of technicians who arrived along with the shipment, the report continued. Following the convoy’s arrival, the Iranian militias in the Al-Bukamal sector along the Syria-Iraq border went on high alert for fear of Israeli strikes on their facilities, while Israel braced for drone attacks.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

Russia/Ukraine:

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu called his counterparts in several Western countries on Sunday to say that Ukraine was planning to detonate a “dirty bomb.” He said the attack would be a false flag attack—that Ukraine would detonate the bomb and claim that Russia was responsible. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday night that it was Russia that was planning to attack his country with a dirty bomb, not the other way around. Britain, France, and the United States said they rejected Russia’s claims and backed Ukraine’s account.

Hundreds of thousands of people in central and western Ukraine woke up on Saturday to power outages and periodic bursts of gunfire, as Ukrainian air defense tried to shoot down drones and incoming missiles. Russia has intensified its strikes on power stations, water supply systems and other key infrastructure across the country, the latest phase of the war as it nears the eight-month mark.

Russian-installed authorities in Ukraine told all residents of the city of Kherson to leave “immediately” Saturday ahead of an expected advance by Ukrainian troops waging a counteroffensive to recapture one of the first urban areas Russia took after invading the country.

A group of “elite” Iranian troops have stealthily entered Ukraine to help the Russian armies along the front lines of battle, according to an exclusive report from The Daily Mirror. The report reveals that up to 50 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps specialists were deployed to Ukraine, with the intent of training Russian forces in how to use so-called “kamikaze” drones. Waves of explosive-laden suicide drones struck Ukraine’s capital Monday, setting buildings ablaze and sending people scurrying for shelter or attempting to shoot down the kamikazes — a week after Russia unleashed its most widespread strikes.

  • Ukraine’s military is getting better at shooting down Iranian-made Russian drones – up to 85% of them are now being taken out, the British Defense Ministry reported Monday.

The United States agrees with British and French assessments that Iran supplying drones to Russia violates a U.N. Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six powers, U.S. State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said on Monday. Ukraine has reported a spate of Russian attacks using Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones in recent weeks. Iran denies supplying the drones to Russia, while the Kremlin has not commented. On Thursday, the EU sanctioned the company that made the explosive drones, Shahed Aviation Industries, and three generals in the Iranian military for supplying the drones to Russia for use in Ukraine.

Russia/Moldova:

Moscow is working to subvert the pro-Western government of Ukraine’s neighbor Moldova. A trove of sensitive materials obtained by Ukrainian intelligence and reviewed by The Washington Post illustrates how Moscow continues to try to manipulate countries in Eastern Europe even as its military campaign in Ukraine falters. The FSB, Russia’s security service, has funneled tens of millions of dollars from some of Russia’s biggest state companies to cultivate a network of Moldovan politicians and reorient the country toward Moscow, the documents and interviews indicate.

China/Taiwan:

Chinese leader Xi Jinping was elected by the Chinese Communist Party to an historic third term as he concentrates power to a degree unseen since Mao Zedong. Xi will continue as general secretary and head of the Central Military Commission, and he packed all leadership roles with loyalists. His predecessor was forcibly removed from the assembly further securing Xi’s hold on absolute power.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Sunday vowed to steer China through grave challenges toward national rejuvenation, advancing a nationalistic vision that has put it on a collision path with the West. Speaking at the opening of the 20th Party Congress, where he is poised to secure a norm-breaking third term in power, Xi won the loudest and longest applause from the nearly 2,300 handpicked delegates inside the Great Hall of the People when he spoke about Taiwan again later in the speech. He said China would “strive for peaceful reunification” — but then gave a grim warning, saying “we will never promise to renounce the use of force and we reserve the option of taking all measures necessary.”

Hsinchu is known as Taiwan‘s “Silicon Valley,” but increasingly identified as ground zero in a widening new Cold War between the United States and China. More than 400 of Taiwan’s highest-level private tech firms are located in Hsinchu and several of America’s most iconic and influential brands — including Apple, Intel, Microsoft and Lockheed Martin — are either deeply invested in and or heavily reliant on the advanced microchips made here. As China’s threat to absorb Taiwan and force it under the control of the Chinese Communist Party intensifies, Taiwanese officials cite the chip manufacturing sector as the linchpin of the island democracy’s strategic relevance — a major piece of the argument over why should Americans care about the fate of what might otherwise seem like a far-off geopolitical fight for Washington to avoid.

Terrorism: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me… But You, O God,  shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:4-5.23)

Islamist militants have advanced further into eastern Mali in recent days, seizing territory, killing hundreds of civilians and forcing thousands to flee. Hundreds have been killed since March, mainly civilians, as jihadists have battled their way into Menaka and the neighboring Gao region. The gains by the militants highlight Mali’s struggle in Western Africa to fill the vacuum following the departure of French and other European forces, while relations with neighboring Niger have deteriorated, preventing joint military operations near the Niger and Burkina Faso borders. Heavy fighting between Tuareg separatists and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara group has been reported in Menaka region, where Malian forces took over a French military camp in June.

At least ten soldiers were killed and about 50 wounded in a militant attack early Monday on an army base in Djibo, in northern Burkina Faso, the army said in a statement. Islamist militants, some with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State, have been waging an insurgency in northern Burkina Faso since 2015. The worsening violence spurred soldiers last month to overthrow the government in the second coup this year. Burkina Faso is also in western Africa adjacent to Mali, where Islamic militants have been very active.

At least 15 people were killed and 10 others were injured Wednesday in a “terrorist attack” at the Shahcheragh Shrine in the city of Shiraz, southern Iran, according to state-run IRNA news. Two children were among the victims. “Three armed men entered the shrine and opened fire on worshippers this evening,” according to IRNA. Two people have been arrested and efforts to arrest a third person are continuing, according to state-aligned Tasnim News.

  • The attack took place on the same day that clashes broke out throughout Iran as thousands of people came to the burial site of Mahsa Amini in Saqqez, a city in the Kurdistan province, to mark 40 days since her death, semi-official Iranian state news agency ISNA said. It’s unclear if the attack was related to the protests. Protests have swept through the Islamic Republic following the death of the 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman, who died on September 16 after being detained by “morality police” and taken to a “re-education center,” allegedly for not abiding by the country’s conservative dress code.

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

Data from a NOAA eastern Bering Sea survey shows a 92% decline in overall snow crab abundance from 2018 to 2021, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Last year’s snow crab harvest was 5.6 million pounds, the smallest in over 40 years.  Causes of the population crash are likely stresses from the warmer water and increased threats from predators.

Emperor penguins, the species seen in March of the Penguins, are marching toward extinction due to habitat loss caused by climate change, scientists warn. The birds, the biggest species of penguin, were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act on Tuesday. The designation means the species, which spends much of its time on Antarctic sea ice, is likely to become endangered in the near future.

Climate-warming methane emissions are rising faster than ever, raising concerns about humans’ ability to limit them any time soon. The findings come as a separate study showed that the world’s governments haven’t committed to cut enough climate emissions, putting the world on track for a 2.5-degree Celsius increase in global temperatures by the end of the century, climate experts say.

Earthquakes: And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7b) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12)

The San Francisco Bay area was rattled by a 5.1-magnitude earthquake Tuesday morning. The earthquake hit at 11:42 am, having its epicenter in San Jose, California. It was felt throughout the Bay Area, as far north as Fairfield, as far east as Stockton, and as far south as Salinas. This quake is now the largest to hit the area since 2014 in Napa, which damaged buildings and injured more than 100 people. However, there have been no reported injuries or damage as of now. The quake was followed by a 3.1-magnitude aftershock.

Wildfires: The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. (Revelation 8:7)

There were 10 active wildfires burning in Washington state last week. The Nakia Creek Fire exploded to 2,000 acres in a matter of hours over the previous weekend and forced thousands of evacuations. The six large fires burning just to the east of Seattle created the worst air quality of the season over last weekend. The Bolt Creek fire along US 2 is over 14,000 acres at this point and is positioned where the bulk of the smoke gets sent into Seattle. Powerful winds and warmer than average temperatures were part of a recipe that aided the Nakia Creek fire in Washington State to explode in size Sunday.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

Tower Rock – a massive island in the middle of the Mississippi River south of St. Louis – is typically surrounded by water and only accessible by boat. But as severe drought spreads across the Midwest and pushes river levels to near-record lows, people can now reach the rock formation on foot.

  • The US Army Corps of Engineers has launched construction on a 1,500-foot-wide underwater levee in the Mississippi River to prevent saltwater from pushing up the river amid record-low river levels and flow rates.

Real estate values for properties in parts of New York City that sit in areas designated as high risk for flooding have risen 44% since Superstorm Sandy hit a decade ago, according to a new report from the city’s comptroller that says progress to protect vulnerable areas are moving too slowly. New waterfront developments have helped push the rise in values, the report says, with properties in the city’s 100-year floodplain now estimated to be worth more than $176 billion.

  • Humanity’s short-term memory continues to astound. Waterfront property is increasingly subject to strong storm surges as  Sandy showed ten years ago and that  more recently were confirmed by Hurricane Ian, but people seem to think it will never happen to them.

Only 0.15 inches of rain had fallen in the normally moist Seattle since June, making it the driest July through September on record. San Diego got more rain than Seattle during the same period. Fifty-six percent of Washington state is now in drought, up from just 8% three months ago, according to the US Drought Monitor.

Nigeria’s worst flooding in a decade has affected at least 27 of the country’s 36 states. Emergency authorities say the disaster has left more than 603 people dead and displaced 1.3 million others. The damage extends to homes and farmlands and has prompted calls for more support to avoid a larger crisis. In the meantime, some churches are stepping in to bolster the government’s support. Federal officials on Sunday said the floodwaters affected more than 200,000 homes and more than 800,000 acres of farmland, sparking concerns about a food shortage. Forecasters have said heavy rainfall will continue until the end of November in some states.

Signs of the Times Update: October 14, 2022

October 14, 2022

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls. (Joel 2:28-32)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

More than 90 percent of Americans who read the Bible say its message has transformed their lives, according to new research by the American Bible. The study, released Thursday, found that 92 percent of Bible users – defined as those who read Scripture three or four times a year apart from church – say that “the message of the Bible has transformed my life.” “Ultimately, Bible Use isn’t only about opening a book or an app,” an American Bible Society analysis said. “It’s about interacting with God. And when people connect with God in Scripture, their lives change, their attitudes change, their values change.”

A report from Christianity Today found that more millennials are attending church now than prior to the pandemic. According to a Barna group survey of 13,000 adults, roughly 16 percent of regular churchgoers have not returned to services at all in 2022, but weekly attendance among those born between 1981 and 1996 has risen from 21 percent to 39 percent this year. “The trend can be partly explained by life stage,” the report adds, noting that attendance is typically “highest when people have young children” and drops off for “empty nesters,” only to increase again “when friends start to pass away.”

A federal judge in Texas has issued a ruling that prevents federal mandates from imposing pronouns and unisex bathrooms on employers. In State of Texas v Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Matthew Kacsmaryk, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas in Amarillo, declared the March 2, 2021 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights Guidance and June 15, 2021 EEOC guidance unlawful. However, the court stopped short of granting the state’s request for injunctive relief. Kacsmaryk’s ruling stops the EEOC from imposing pronouns and forced acceptance of co-gender bathrooms on any employers that don’t want to do so.

Federal Judge Allen Winsor dismissed a challenge to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law last Tuesday on the grounds that the “harms” claimed by the LGBT activists who filed the lawsuit could not be traced to enforcement of the law itself. Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law, which bans schools from teaching children in kindergarten through third grade about transgenderism and other sexuality-related issues, limits discussions of sexuality for older children to “age appropriate” content and requires parents to be informed of any changes that could affect their child’s physical, emotional, or mental well-being.

A federal court ruled last week that a Catholic school in Indiana rightfully fired a guidance counselor who violated her contract by living a homosexual lifestyle contrary to Catholic teaching. Shelly Fitzgerald shared about her same-sex “marriage” months after she had been hired by Roncalli Catholic High School. The school then dismissed her on the grounds that she was violating her contract, which retains the right to fire employees if the Catholic faith is not lived out in personal lives. Fitzgerald proceeded to file a discrimination lawsuit against the school and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Pseudo Christianity: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (Matthew 15:8) They claim to know God, but they deny him by what they do. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit to do anything good. (Titus 1:16)

According to a 2021 survey, more than 60% of people aged 18–39 who said they were born-again Christians believe that Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed can all lead us to the path to salvation, notes Greg Lauire of Harvest Ministries. “What this says to me is that they don’t understand what the Bible says. Jesus stands apart from every other religious leader and every prophet and guru. Acts 4:12 tells us, “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (NKJV) Jesus said it so clearly: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”” (John 14:6 NLT)

During its children’s sermon, a United Methodist church in Florida featured a drag queen in a slit sequin dress who goes by “Ms. Penny Cost.” Only two children came forward when the pastor, Andy Oliver, announced it was time for the children’s sermon Oct. 2 at Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg. The pastor, referencing Romans 12:2, told the children “one of the things I think is great about Ms. Penny Cost is she reminds us that we follow a God who calls us not to conform to things of this world.” The drag queen, Isaac Simmons, is undergoing the process to become ordained in the United Methodist Church.

  • This is so wrong on so many levels, but the worst is twisting Scripture to justify sinful worldly ways.

The Demise of America: The first was like a lion (Britain) and had eagle’s wings (America). I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7:4)

A report issued last year by the watchdog group Open The Books, “The Militarization of The U.S. Executive Agencies,” found that more than 200,000 federal bureaucrats now have been granted the authority to carry guns and make arrests – more than the 186,000 Americans serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. “One hundred three executive agencies outside of the Department of Defense spent $2.7 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment between fiscal years 2006 and 2019 (inflation adjusted),” notes the report. “Nearly $1 billion ($944.9 million) was spent between fiscal years 2015 and 2019 alone.”

Chinese police stations are in the U.S. Safeguard Defenders, a pan-Asian human rights organization, published an investigation last month detailing a Chinese campaign to combat “fraud and telecom fraud” crimes committed by its citizens living abroad. The report indicated that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has established at least 54 police stations across 30 different countries, including the U.S. According to the research, most of the police stations are situated in Western Europe, but four are in North America, including one in New York City. “I think it shows how brazen the CCP is getting and how little regard they have for other governments,” Laura Harth, Safeguard Defenders’ campaign manager said.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says internal memos reveal at least 665 FBI employees who were under investigation for sexual misconduct left the agency from 2004 to 2020 before facing disciplinary action. Grassley said he obtained the records from a whistleblower.

  • The appalling decline of Biblical morality in America is undermining our institutions from the inside out, rotting the foundations of our nation, as well as other countries around the world,

Politics: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. (Romans 13:1-2)

A group of Democratic lawmakers wants the U.S. military out of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates following the announcement from OPEC that it would cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day. Reps. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, Sean Casten of Illinois and Susan Wild of Pennsylvania this week introduced the “Strained Partnership Act” that mandated the removal of all U.S. troops from both countries along with missile defenses such as the Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system. “Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s drastic cut in oil production, despite President Biden’s overtures to both countries in recent months, is a hostile act against the United States and a clear signal that they have chosen to side with Russia in its war against Ukraine,” the lawmakers said in a statement.

Democratic operative Charles Dolan Jr. testified Thursday that he lied to Igor Danchenko in 2016 when he claimed to have information from a GOP insider about why Paul Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign. The false claim actually had been pulled from a cable news talking head, Mr. Dolan said at the federal trial of Mr. Danchenko, a Russian analyst who was the primary subsource for the so-called Steele dossier. The accusation ultimately found its way into that salacious unverified dossier of anti-Trump accusations compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele and attributed to “an American political figure associated with Donald Trump.” Special counsel John Durham has charged Mr. Danchenko with five counts of making false statements to the FBI about how he compiled information that was used in the report.

Shortly before the 2016 election, the FBI offered retired British spy Christopher Steele “up to $1 million” to prove the explosive allegations in his dossier about Donald Trump, a senior FBI analyst testified Tuesday. The cash offer was made during an overseas October 2016 meeting between Steele and several top FBI officials who were trying to corroborate Steele’s claims that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia to win the election. FBI supervisory analyst Brian Auten testified that Steele never got the money because he could not “prove the allegations.”

  • The political weaponization of the FBI started years ago and ramped up for the 2016 election.

New UK Prime Minister Liz Truss has fired finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng and ditched a big part of her discredited economic strategy in a desperate bid to rescue her month-old premiership. Truss said she was scrapping plans to reverse a rise in business taxes. It was the second climbdown on a key policy this month: On Oct. 3 the government ditched its plan to slash the top rate of income tax, just over a week after it was announced.

Censorship: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

Nearly 50 new government defendants have been added to the lawsuit that alleges the government induced censorship of state officials and others on social media. The second amended complaint in the case, Missouri v. Biden, includes six new agencies, bringing the total to 13, and 41 new individual defendants, bringing the total to 54.Altogether, 67 officials or agencies are accused of violating plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights by participating in a “censorship enterprise” through pressuring Big Tech firms like Facebook, Google, and Twitter to take action against users offering alleged misinformation.

PayPal on Oct. 8 sent out an update to its terms of use, or acceptable use policy (AUP). It included a shocking addition. It reserved the right to confiscate $2,500 from people’s accounts if they spread “misinformation.” It was a clear announcement of what many already suspected: PayPal has enlisted in the information war. This comes weeks after PayPal blocked several important accounts in the UK, including Toby Young’s personal account, the Free Speech Union, and the DailySceptic. These are hugely important venues for the English-speaking world in countering the COVID propaganda narrative. It was no accident that they were targeted.

Persecution: Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. (Matthew 24:9) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

On the heels of a massive FBI raid to arrest a pro-life sidewalk counselor in Pennsylvania, the Biden Justice Department has arrested activist Paul Vaughn at gunpoint over his participation in a peaceful “rescue” protest in which they blocked access to an abortion clinic in Tennessee. The dramatic arrest Wednesday was captured by his wife, who can be heard pleading with four heavily armed agents for an explanation. She wanted to know why they had come to their home with guns drawn in the early morning hours, banged on the door and put her husband in handcuffs in front of their children.

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Nearly two out of three women who had a medication abortion say they would have benefited from talking to someone about the trauma of their abortion experience, but only 24% sought out help, according to a study of 14,000 women conducted by the group Support After Abortion. The gaping disparity may reflect the fact that 82% of post-abortive women did not know where they could find post-abortion counseling. “Many were traumatized by medication abortion, an experience they said was far more painful, physically and emotionally, than they had imagined,” the survey noted.

In 2020, just two states — California and New York — collectively committed well over 264,000 abortions — or nearly 30% of all abortions reported in the United States. California committed the highest number reported among all states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) in the nation, with New York coming in a close second.

The self-professed Catholic governor of New York on Wednesday announced spending of $13 million in taxpayer cash to bankroll abortion access. The move comes as the state’s Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, like California Gov. Gavin Newsom, has pledged to expand access to abortion even as pro-life states across the country pass laws protecting the preborn. “I will not stand by and allow women to be subjected to government-mandated pregnancies,” she added.

In a shocking statement, Joe Biden’s secretary of education, Miguel Cardona, said that college students must have access to abortion to succeed in life. Cardona said: “Students need access to [abortion] to thrive in school and in life.” As education secretary, he said colleges must not consider enacting policies that restrict abortion.

Abortion giant Planned Parenthood announced plans this week to circumvent state pro-life laws via a new “mobile abortion clinic.” NPR reported that the “clinic,” set to roll out later this year, will consist of a small waiting area, lab, and two examination rooms inside of an RV. At first it will dispense abortion pills up to 11 weeks of pregnancy, but Planned Parenthood intends to eventually use it for surgical abortions, as well. The initial plan is to operate the RV within left-wing Illinois, where legal abortion-on-demand remains secure, and travel to locations around the borders with neighboring pro-life states, reducing the time and distance for abortion seekers to travel.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

The federal government on Thursday extended its COVID-19 emergency for another 90 days despite President Joe Biden declaring the pandemic “over” weeks earlier. U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra confirmed the extension of the emergency in announcement posted on its website. No other details were provided. He said that “a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide,” and it will continue to remain in effect.

New daily Covid-19 cases in the U.S. are down 19% over the past two weeks with hospitalizations and deaths both down 7%, as of  Friday, 10/14. Reported cases are at their lowest point since April and hospitalizations are below 30,000 for the first time since June. Home testing likely causes an undercount of cases, but not hospitalizations and deaths. Only six states are showing increases, led by Nevada at +23%, with New Mexico up by +21% and Kansas up by 16%. Maine is up +7% while Wisconsin is up +4% with Vermont at +3%.

Another wave of COVID-19 infections may have begun in Europe as cases begin to tick up across the region, the World Health Organization and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said on Wednesday. WHO’s regional data showed that only Europe recorded a rise in COVID-19 cases in the week ended Oct. 2, experiening an increase of 8% from the prior week.

The COVID-19 drug Paxlovid can have dangerous interactions with common medications used to treat cardiovascular disease, including certain statins, warned doctors in a new review paper. A paper published Wednesday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows the combination of nirmatrelvir and ritonavir, or Pfizer’s Paxlovid, can interact with a number of commonly prescribed cardiovascular medications. The review paper said interactions between Paxlovid and some blood thinners can cause a higher risk of bleeding, and interactions between Paxlovid and cholesterol medications, like statins, can be toxic.

Cholera:  Haitian officials confirmed a cholera outbreak on Sunday. The Haitian government said at least eight people have died in the first recorded cholera deaths in three years. Aid groups are now rushing to work with Haitian authorities to prevent a more deadly scenario, difficult at best given the country’s unstable situation. Ongoing protests and gang violence have worsened the already limited access to basic amenities like clean water and medical care in the restive country. Some hospitals are closing or reducing schedules because many staff can’t get to work safely.

Monkeypox: A few months ago, monkeypox regularly made headlines as a major new disease outbreak. Since a peak in early August, reported monkeypox cases in the U.S. have fallen more than 85 percent through 10/12. Ultimately, monkeypox in the U.S. has been contained to a narrow demographic, mostly gay and bisexual men with multiple partners. It was never very deadly; there were just 28 confirmed deaths globally out of more than 72,000 reported cases. Apparently gay and bisexual men became more careful, including getting vaccinated.

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

Insurance giant Kaiser Permanente – which is also a health-care provider –commissioned a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the mRNA vaccine against the dominant omicron subvariants. Kaiser discovered that people who are triple-vaccinated not only are more likely to be infected with COVID-19, they are more likely to suffer severe illness and die from the disease, reported investigative journalist Daniel Horowitz. A chart on page 30 of the preprint study shows vaccine efficacy against the omicron subvariants dropping significantly 14 to 30 days after a shot. The efficacy continues to fall in the following months then reaches negative territory after five months, meaning the recipient is more likely to get COVID than if he or she had not been vaccinated.

Twitter blocked and then unblocked Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo’s post regarding a study indicating that COVID-19 mRNA vaccines have caused increased deaths among young men ages 18 to 39. “This analysis found that there is an 84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination,” a press release from the Florida Department of Health read. “With a high level of global immunity to COVID-19,” Florida’s Department of Health continued, “the benefit of vaccination is likely outweighed by this abnormally high risk of cardiac-related death among men in this age group. Non-mRNA vaccines were not found to have these increased risks.”

Undermining the premise for mandates and “passports,” a Pfizer executive admitted to the European Parliament on Monday that her company’s vaccine was never tested during clinical trials for the ability to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Janine Small, Pfizer’s president of international developed markets, was asked by Dutch MEP Rob Roos if the pharmaceutical giant had tested the vaccine “on stopping the transmission of the virus before it entered the market.” She confessed, “No” referring to how fast they need to move to get it to market. Roos later posted a video on Twitter of Small’s response and added his own comment. “This is scandalous!” he said. “Millions of people worldwide felt forced to get vaccinated because of the myth that you do it for others.”

Children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster aimed at both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants. As of late September 2022,[10] 38% of American children aged 5 to 11 had received one initial dose and 31% have received two doses.[11] In the 12- to 17-year-old age group, 67% have had one dose and 57% two doses. Those with two doses are likely the only ones who will be eligible for the bivalent booster, if authorized.

  • As of September 16, 2022, the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) had logged 55,733 reports of injuries and deaths in children under the age of 18 following vaccination.

Violence/Murder: When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

Three Philadelphia police officers were shot and wounded and a suspect was killed early Wednesday when a SWAT team tried to arrest a man wanted on a homicide charge. The 19-year-old was wanted for a homicide that occurred in August. One officer was shot in the hip, while another had a leg wound. A third officer was hit in the chest by a bullet that ricocheted off of his Kevlar vest. All three were taken to a hospital and were listed as stable.

Two Connecticut police officers were fatally shot and one seriously injured after a shooting Wednesday in the suburban city of Bristol, police said. The officers, members of the Bristol Police Department, were responding to a fake domestic violence call involving two siblings around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when they were confronted by a man outside the home. Shots were fired, and one officer was pronounced dead at the scene, Jelteman said. Two other officers were hit by the gunfire. One died in a hospital and the other was seriously wounded. Police say the 911 call was meant to to lure police into an ambush.

A 15-year-old suspect was in critical condition Friday after a shooting in North Carolina that killed five people, including a police officer and a 16-year-old boy. Two other people were injured in Thursday’s shooting. Officers searched for hours before locating and arresting the suspected shooter. The suspect first fired shots in the streets of Raleigh’s Hedingham neighborhood, Patterson said Friday. The shooter then fled toward the Greenway Trail, where he shot at more people. No motive is known yet.

Law Enforcement: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

The National Fraternal Order of Police on Thursday morning, before the North Carolina shooting, released a scathing criticism of modern law enforcement protocol, calling the nation “lawless.” “Since Monday, at least 12 police officers have been shot,” the organization said Thursday. “The spewing of anti-police rhetoric by some political and media figures as well as the failed policies of rogue prosecutor and judges are placing our officers in greater danger,” the organization continued, adding, “This culture of lawlessness must stop!”

Lawlessness: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Thessalonians 2;7)

  • As God’s hand of restraint is gradually lifting, spirits of lawlessness are stirring up lawlessness which will increase all the more as the end-times ramp up.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections 2022 report on recidivism, 40% of prisoners released from department custody commit crimes again within a year of their release, and 64.7% do so within three years. Since 2000, the rate of re-arrests has climbed, and since 2010, the rate of re-convictions has increased for all offenses, including robbery, murder, rape, and violent assault.

A Portland, Oregon minority-owned coffee shop owner had to clean up after masked vandals shattered her store’s windows and spray-painted inside ahead of a “Coffee with a Cop” event. Friends, family, and neighbors volunteered to help clean up the broken glass and mess left by the vandals. Loretta Guzman, owner of Bison Coffeehouse, said she’s hosted coffee with a cop three times before, but this time the feedback from customers was mostly negative when she advertised it on Instagram.

A 15-year-old in Florida is facing charges after video shows him body slamming a school resource officer who was attempting to break up a fight between two other students. St. Cloud police said SRO Ball was trying to break up a fight between two male students at St. Cloud High School when a third male student grabbed the officer around the torso and slammed him to the ground. The student and the officer ended up in a physical altercation where the student continued to fight and resist arrest until bystanders helped get him under control.

Tragedy: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Homeowners insurance policies typically don’t cover flood damage, and most people living in Ian’s path across Florida didn’t have a separate flood insurance policy. Inland areas that experienced historic rainfall and catastrophic floodwaters were especially unprepared, according to a CNN analysis of FEMA flood insurance data. About a fourth of single-family homes in coastal Lee County, where Ian came onshore, are covered by federal flood insurance. The coverage rates are higher in some of the hardest-hit areas of the county, like Sanibel Island, where about half of homes are covered. But further inland, only about 4% of single-family homes in Seminole County, 3% of homes in Orange County and 2% of homes in Polk County are covered by flood insurance. All of those counties have reported significant flooding during Ian.

Protests: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

Climate protesters threw soup over Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” in London’s National Gallery on Friday to protest fossil fuel extraction, but caused no discernible damage to the glass-covered painting. The group Just Stop Oil, which wants the British government to halt new oil and gas projects, said activists dumped two cans of tomato soup over the oil painting, one of the Dutch artist’s most iconic works. The two protesters also glued themselves to the gallery wall.

As the Iranian protests have spread to dozens of cities over the past three weeks, the government has blocked internet connectivity in Iran. There have been mass arrests of students, journalists, activists, artists, sports figures and celebrities who have, at great personal risk, expressed a range of social, economic and political grievances with Iran’s hard-line government.  Official government tallies claim fewer than 20 people have been killed in the unrest, but human rights and opposition groups say the true figure is around 185 so far, including children..

  • Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded publicly on Monday to the biggest protests in Iran in years, breaking weeks of silence to condemn what he called “rioting” and accuse the U.S. and Israel of planning the protests. Khamenei said he was “heartbroken” by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran’s morality police, which set off the nationwide protests. However, he sharply condemned the protests as a foreign plot to destabilize Iran.

Gun Control: When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. (Luke 11:21-22,ESV)

A judge has ruled that a federal law banning guns that have had their serial numbers removed is unconstitutional. The law at issue prohibits any person from transporting a gun with the serial number “altered, obliterated, or removed,” across state lines. It also prohibits them from possessing such a gun if it has ever been transported across state lines. Serial numbers were first required by the federal Gun Control Act of 1968 to allow guns to be traced. They were adopted in an effort to prevent illegal gun sales.

Justice (or lack thereof): Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. (Jeremiah 23:5)

Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz will be sentenced to life without parole for the 2018 murder of 17 people at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, after the jury said Thursday that it could not unanimously agree that he should be executed.

The Supreme Court rejected Thursday an emergency plea from former President Donald Trump to intervene in the Justice Department’s federal investigation of the classified documents that were seized by the FBI from his South Florida Mar-a-Lago estate.

A Connecticut jury ordered Alex Jones to pay nearly $1 billion to families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Jones told millions of listeners on his Infowars show the shooting was a hoax and the victims were crisis actors. He was sued in multiple states. Jones was combative in court saying at one point, “Is this a struggle session? Are we in China? I’ve already said I’m sorry hundreds of times and I’m done saying I’m sorry.”

A 31-year-old New York City man who was arrested and released without bail last month after terrorizing McDonald’s patrons with an ax was arrested again this week for graffiti, stealing a bike and evading police, and was again released without bail. Michael Palacios was charged with grand larceny, two counts of criminal mischief, possession of stolen property, making graffiti and possession of graffiti instruments. Palacios was also charged for the graffiti incident in June. And released with no bail.

  • The progressive agenda of releasing criminals with no bail is making our communities more dangerous.

Big Tech: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)

Spam and fake accounts are more prevalent on Twitter than on comparable social platforms, according to a data analysis firm hired by Elon Musk as part of his legal battle with Twitter. In Cyabra’s first public interview since conducting a study commissioned by Musk, they reported that spam and bot accounts make up an estimated 11% of Twitter’s total user base.

A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked Texas’ controversial censorship social media law from taking effect as tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s YouTube petition the Supreme Court to hear the case. H.B. 20, which forbids large platforms from “censoring viewpoints” and allows Texas residents and the attorney general to sue social media companies over their content-moderating decisions, passed in September but has been contested since.

Health: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2)

New data from the Medicare startup Chapter shows the cost of prescriptions can vary widely from one state to another and even from one zip code to another. For seniors with chronic medical conditions, a difference in geography could mean paying thousands of dollars more per year out-of-pocket for the same medicine. The analysis found that one person receiving the same treatment may spend $1,113 for insulin at their location over a four-month period while another person might pay $10,689 for the same insulin as a result of inconsistencies in geographic access and coverage. There are currently dozens of websites, including free tools from the federal government, that allow seniors to see how geography influences what they will pay for drugs under Medicare Part D.

Education: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

The country’s 2022 graduating high school class produced the lowest average ACT score in more than 30 years, according to the organization that administers the standardized college readiness exam. The national average ACT composite score for the class of 2022 was 19.8, the first sub-20.0 score since 1991, ACT said in a release. The four ACT test sections – English, math, reading, and science – individually are scored on a scale of 1 to 36. “This is the fifth consecutive year of declines in average scores, a worrisome trend that began long before the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has persisted,” ACT CEO Janet Godwin said.

A new survey finds that most U.S. adults view a four-year college education as “unaffordable,” including the cost of attending an in-state public university. In the Morning Consult survey, released Tuesday, 72% of respondents called an undergraduate degree at a for-profit private school “not affordable,” and 66% said the same of not-for-profit private schools. About 66% described out-of-state public universities as unaffordable, while 52% said the same of in-state public universities.

Two-hundred-sixty-nine public-school educators were arrested on child sex-related crimes in the U.S. in the first nine months of this year, ranging from grooming to raping underage students. The 269 educators included four principals, two assistant principals, 226 teachers, 20 teachers’ aides and 17 substitute teachers, reports Fox News Digital.

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

A website pushing sex, gender surgeries, and the occult is being promoted to underage kids by our own government, reports Intercessors for America. “The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is pushing “Q Chat Space” and it is part of the CDC’s LGBT Health Youth Resources page, run in partnership with Planned Parenthood. It is designed to be hidden from parents, and targets tweens and teens with messages about sex, gender changes, activism, the occult, and polyamorous relationships–paid for with your tax dollars. Children are shown on the site how they can hide and mask their communication and information from their parents. ”

Montgomery County, Maryland, with the largest school district in the state, is well-known for its leftist ideologies. So it’s not really surprising that the public schools there have reported a staggering 582% increase in the number of students who claim to be non-binary over just the last two years, reports the Washington Stand. Public school indoctrination centers are working overtime to corrupt our impressionable children.

An analysis of U.S. insurance claims shows a shocking rise in gender transition treatments for minors between 2017 and 2021. The study was performed by health technology company Komodo Health and commissioned by the left-leaning, international wire service Reuters. Komodo reports that 42,167 patients aged 6-17 were diagnosed with gender dysphoria in 2021 up from 24,847 minors in 2020, 21,375 in 2019, 18,321 in 2018 and 15,172 in 2017.

  • The increase is undoubtedly due to the emphasis on gender dysphoria in the media and public schools toward highly impressionable minors.

“It’s ironic that Sexual Revolutionaries harangue us about men being violent predators of women, yet give them access to women changing clothes,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., President of the Ruth Institute. Members of Vermont’s Randolph Union High School girls volleyball team objected to the presence of a ‘trans female’ while they were undressed. The students said the biological male was staring at them and making inappropriate comments. Morse noted: “The school told the team that the male student had every right to be there and is now investigating the females for harassment of him. The girls must change in a bathroom with a single toilet stall, while what used to be their group changing room was turned over to the ‘trans’ student.”

‘Chloe’ was put on testosterone at 13. Her breasts were removed at 15. Now an adult, Chloe says she was a victim of “medical violence” perpetrated by doctors and therapists more interested in ideology and money than science and health. Now living life as the biological woman God created her to be, Chloe does not know if she will ever be able to bear children … or if she will manage to avoid the horrific side effects that her doctors and therapists failed to mention, reports Liberty Counsel.

Election Integrity: He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become knownThe integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. (Proverbs 10:9,11:3)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling that had allowed the counting of undated mail-in ballots in a local Pennsylvania election. The 3rd Circuit’s decision had set aside Pennsylvania’s law requiring mail-in ballots to be dated and signed, allowing potentially 257 undated ballots to be counted in the election race of David Ritter, a Republican, who ran for a county judgeship position on the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

Colorado has “accidentally” sent out 30,000 voter registration cards to non-citizens. That’s according to a report from Colorado Public Radio. According to the outlet, the 30,000 cards were sent to non-citizens because of a mix-up with the formatting of the query involving DMV records. In Colorado, illegal immigrants are able to obtain a driver’s license, which was apparently the source of the problem. The postcards were mailed to residents last week who had non-citizen Colorado driver’s licenses.

The Chinese Communist Party is conducting influence campaigns with the apparent intent of increasing political polarization among Americans and damaging the reputations of people running for Congress who have been critical of the regime, according to a report published on Oct. 13 by intelligence firm Recorded Future.

Refugees: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2)

More than 200,000 Russians have streamed into Kazakhstan following Putin’s conscription announcement, according to the Kazakh government. They arrive from cities across Russia: Yaroslavl, Togliati, St. Petersburg, Kazan. When asked why they have left they all say the same thing: Putin’s mobilization of civilians to fight in the Ukraine war..

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

For years, Texas’ crime data has been used to argue that illegal immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than the general population. A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies says it’s all wrong, and when the data is considered more broadly, rates of serious crimes such as homicide and sexual assault are substantially higher among illegal immigrants than native-born and legal residents. In 2012, for example, the overall population recorded three homicide convictions for every 100,000 people in the state. The rate among only illegal immigrants is 30% higher, at 3.9 for every 100,000 people. For sexual assaults, the rate among illegal immigrants is roughly double that of the general population, the Center for Immigration Studies found.

Unaccompanied migrant children arrived on flights into a rural New York community and local officials said Friday they were given no advance notice by the Biden administration. Montgomery Mayor Steve Brescia said, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” Montgomery is located in the Hudson Valley, about 75 miles north of New York City. Montgomery police chief Paul Arteta said officials don’t know where the parents are, but the children continued on to other areas of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency Friday in response to the continued arrival of illegal migrants from southern states. More than 17,000 migrants have been bused to the city since the spring, a small fraction of the migrant encounters at the border over that timeframe. Eight more buses arrived Friday, after nine arrived Thursday. Adams said that one in five people in the city’s shelter system is a migrant, which is creating the “crisis.” Adams wants $1 billion in assistance from the Federal Government and the state of New York. “Our city is doing our part and now others must step up and join us …. We need those to come through.”

The Democratic-led city of El Paso, Texas has sent far more illegal migrants to New York City than Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) has, to showcase the crisis at the border. El Paso has bussed 7,000 migrants to Manhattan while about while 1,800 migrants were bussed to Chicago since August. According to Reuters, El Paso’s leaders claim they have coordinated with northern cities and the immigrants are voluntarily traveling, adding that being in contact with the destinations is key. “If there’s not coordination, you’re dropping penniless people who don’t speak the language in an unknown city and saying, ‘Fend for yourself,'” Theresa Cardinal Brown, a managing director with the Bipartisan Policy Center said.

Department of Homeland Security agencies have issued 255,602 smartphones to illegal aliens during fiscal year 2022, according to data on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website. The phones are trackable and the alien is responsible for checking in with ICE on a regular basis, often by sending in a geo-tagged photo of themselves. The cost for the 255,602 phones and their accompanying technology is $245,377 per day. Over a year, that’s $89.5 million.

Travel: The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121:8)

The websites of multiple U.S. airports were taken offline on Monday morning, with a pro-Russian hacking group claiming responsibility. The group, known as KillNet, launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack, making the affected airports’ websites unavailable. The affected airports include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The attack does not appear to have impacted operations at the airports themselves.

Supply Chain: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19))

About 56% of the track maintenance workers represented by the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division union opposed a mediated five-year contract even though it included 24% raises and $5,000 in bonuses. Union President Tony Cardwell said the railroads didn’t do enough to address worker concerns about the lack of paid time off – particularly sick time – and demanding working conditions after the major railroads eliminated nearly one-third of their jobs over the past six years. The prospects for a railroad strike have risen again, threatening to exacerbate an already fragile supply chain just before holiday shopping ramps up.

Food Supplies: Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. (2Corinthians 9:10)

Prepare for a holiday season butter shortage. Cow feed has grown more expensive as the price of corn has risen due to global supply chain disruptions and inflation. While overall grocery prices went up 13.5% in August over 2021, butter prices went up an astonishing 24.6% making it the ingredient that suffered the biggest price hike. In addition, overall supplies of butter in storage are down to 282 million pounds from 362 mp a year ago.

Energy Supplies: He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. (Isaiah 44:14-15)

Many cars were destroyed by Hurricane Ian in Florida, but the storm has also impacted electric vehicles in a way that’s proving difficult for rescue workers in the state to manage. EV batteries, corroding from water damage, are now catching on fire, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said on Twitter. “There’s a ton of EVs disabled from Ian. As those batteries corrode, fires start. That’s a new challenge that our firefighters haven’t faced before. At least on this kind of scale,” he said, sharing video of firefighters in Naples surrounding a smoking Tesla.

The French government has ordered staff at an ExxonMobil refinery to return to work, taking the extraordinary measure after a weeks-long strike led to fuel shortages, with drivers lining up for miles to refill their tanks. Under French law, workers who ignore such an order could face a €10,000 ($9,700) fine or six months imprisonment. The rarely used measure can be imposed by the government when the country’s national security is at risk because of strike action.

The gold rush is back, but this time the focus is on “white gold” lithium – a major player in the world’s shift toward green energy. The metal has been referred to as “the new gasoline” because of its use in electric vehicle batteries, but you can also find it in smartphones, laptops, Airpods, electric toothbrushes, smartwatches, e-cigarettes, pacemakers and other devices. The metal is in the midst of a boom. Prices have surged roughly 500% year over year, triggering a global race to find and extract more. While there’s an abundance within the U.S.  – billions of dollars’ worth of the metal is believed to be contained in just one mine in Nevada – the country relies on imports.

  • Just like gasoline, we could be oil-independent if we would boost not curtail oil production in the U.S. Now, it seems like the same story is playing out with lithium.

Homelessness: Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:19-20)

Earlier this year, The Economist reported that America’s homeless population had risen by a rate of just under 6 percent nationwide to a total of more than a half million. In cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, that rate is much higher. In fact, according to some estimates, half of America’s unsheltered homeless population live in California.

Metro Phoenix eviction filings climbed again in September. Landlords filed to evict 6,685 renter households last month, according to Maricopa County Justice Courts. That’s up from 6,574 in August and is the highest monthly tally since 2008, the beginning of the Great Recession.

Taxes:  He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Luke 20:25)

The IRS intentionally destroyed 30 million active taxpayer documents last year and didn’t bother to tell anyone about it. And now it refuses to explain how and why the destruction occurred. The IRS has in its possession an internal memo that explains its decision to destroy the documents. But it will not share this document with congress. Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee are conducting oversight but congressional Democrats are letting the IRS stonewall the investigation.

Work: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S. from abroad. Factories are humming, and manufacturers are scrambling to find workers as the pace of hiring hits levels not seen in decades. Friday’s September jobs report showed US manufacturers added another 22,000 workers in September, increasing employment in the sector by nearly 500,000 over the course of the last 12 months. The nearly 13 million workers employed in US factories make up the industry’s largest workforce since the Great Recession caused employment in the sector to plunge more than a dozen years ago. There are about 800,000 job openings, but manufacturers are having trouble finding willing workers.

Business: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)

The number of Americans setting out to start a business hit a record level last year, at 5.4 million, according to a White House announcement in the spring. But inflation is taking a heavy toll on entrepreneurs, according to an August survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. Inflation, which has been hovering near a 40-year high, is the top challenge for 29% of small businesses, the survey found. Some are turning to microloans to keep going. 

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

Consumer prices rose 8.2% in September, compared with a year earlier, the government said Thursday. The cost of housing and other necessities intensified pressure on households, wiping out pay gains that many have received.  It also ensured that the Federal Reserve will keep raising interest rates aggressively. The annual core rate that excludes volatile food and energy prices rose 6.6%, a fresh 40-year high. The biggest increases in that core rate were shelter (mortgage, rent) and health care costs.

  • The food at home index, a proxy for grocery store prices, increased 0.7% in September from the month prior and 13% over the last year. Fruits and vegetables surged 1.6% for the month, while cereals and bakery products rose 0.9%.Meats, poultry, fish and eggs rose 0.4% over the month and beverages increased 0.6%.
  • Energy costs rose the most: Gasoline was up 18.2% over last year, erasing recent declines; Fuel Oil was up 58.1%, and electricity was up 15.5%.

U.S. producer prices increased more than expected in September amid strong increases in the costs of services and goods, suggesting inflation could remain uncomfortably high for a while. In the 12 months through September, the PPI increased 8.5% after advancing 8.7% in August. Since the PPI measures price increases before they get to consumers, October and November will continue to see increases at or above 8% for consumers.

Social Security payments will rise by 8.7 percent next year, the largest increase in decades, to keep up with inflation. The Social Security Administration announced the cost of living allowance increase as high prices eat away at the value of the retirement benefits.

Mortgage rates in the U.S. rose again this week — inching even closer to 7%. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.92% in the week ending October 13, up from 6.66% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. That’s the highest average rate since April 2002.

Employers added 263,000 jobs in September, according to Labor Department data, down from August and way down from July as employers cut back on hiring and wage growth slowed after months of solid growth

The number of Americans submitting new claims for jobless benefits increased more than expected last week, jumping 29,000 to a seasonally adjusted 219,000 for the week ended October 1, the Department of Labor said last Thursday. The rise in new unemployment filings was the highest in four months.

Nationwide, roughly 64,000 home-purchase agreements fell through in August, equal to 15.2% of homes that went under contract that month, hovering around 15% for the past three months. Existing home sales fell 0.4% in August, marking the seventh straight month of declines and sliding 20% from the same month a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors. Meanwhile, the median home price fell 6% in the past two months, although it still is 6% higher than a year ago.

  • As mortgage rates rise, and more houses for sale sit, buyers are increasingly asking for fixes and even closing costs before they make a deal.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

The number of Jews visiting the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest site and Islam’s third- holiest, after Mecca and Medina – has increased significantly over the past several years. The number of Jewish visits to the holy site since the beginning of the Jewish year surpassed 50,000 for the first time in modern Jewish history, a 95% increase from last year. “What has changed,is that there are more and more Jews who want to fulfill the mitzvah (Torah commandment) of visiting the Mount, and we are doing everything we can to make this possible,” explained Israel’s police commissioner.

A Wednesday night of violent rioting in Jerusalem included Arab rock-throwers attacking the mayor’s car, widespread clashes between police and locals in the neighborhood of Shuafat, multiple acts of arson and the near-lynching of a Jewish family. Right-wing politicians are calling for the government to take serious action to clamp down on the unrest.

An right-wing Israeli lawmaker drew his personal firearm after he came under a barrage of rocks during Arab rioting in eastern Jerusalem Thursday. The incident occurred Thursday evening when an Arab mob rioting in the Shimon Hatzaddik (Sheikh Jarrah) neighborhood of the capital attacked Jews as they sat in a sukkah (booth, hut) to mark the ongoing festival of Sukkot. Two teenagers were injured in the stone-throwing attack and had to be hospitalized. “The political echelon is tying the hands of our police officers,” said MK Itamar Ben-Gvir, chairman of the Otzma Yehudit party “It is inconceivable that Arabs are throwing rocks near the police and the police do not respond by opening fire. It’s time to stop the lawlessness,” he said following the attacks.

A new Palestinian terror group called the Lions’ Den is emerging as responsible for a number of shooting attacks in Samaria. The Palestinian Authority has been unable to rein in the Shechem (Nablus)-based group while Hamas is actively trying to co-opt it. The Lions’ Den most recently claimed responsibility for the murder of 1st Sergeant Ido Baruch in a shooting attack near Shavei Shomron on Tuesday. Terrorists carried out 23 attacks in Judea and Samaria on Tuesday.

Middle East: When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. (Luke 21:20-22)

Israel and Lebanon have reached an ‘historic’ agreement over the disputed maritime borders between the countries.Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, who made the announcement on Tuesday, explained that the deal would “strengthen Israel’s security, inject billions into Israel’s economy, and ensure the stability of our northern border.” Lebanese President Michel Aoun confirmed the news of the agreement on social media. “The final version of the offer satisfies Lebanon, meets its demands and preserves its rights to its natural wealth,” Aoun tweeted. The Biden administration praised the deal which they say will boost natural gas extraction for both countries and stabilize the region.

  • Commenting on the revised agreement, Eugene Kontorovich, an expert on International Maritime Law and director of International Law at the Jerusalem-based Kohelet Policy Forum, which petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court against the original deal, noted that “this is the first time Israel has ceded territory over which it has declared sovereignty — unlike Sinai, Gaza, etc. This is the first time an Israeli government gives away territory without the support of the Knesset, and the first time a minority government does so.”

In October 2019, then-President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria. Three years later, the nation has quietly become one of the U.S. military‘s hottest and most dangerous war zones. Fewer than 1,000 U.S. troops are stationed in the country, but those men and women have come under repeated drone and rocket attacks from Iran-backed militias, prompting regular retaliatory strikes from American personnel. What’s more, U.S. forces just this week carried out two major attacks on Islamic State leaders hiding in Syria, the latest in a string of missions to take out high-value terrorist targets who sought sanctuary in the country and view it as the globe’s most fertile recruiting ground for jihadis. Ensuring the lasting defeat of the Islamic State, or ISIS, remains the Pentagon‘s stated goal for keeping troops in Syria, even though the once-mighty extremist group was declared “territorially defeated” more than three years ago.

  • The U.S. military said late on Saturday that unidentified forces fired a rocket at a compound in Syria hosting U.S. troops and partnered local forces, but failed to cause any injuries or damage.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to condemn Russia’s “attempted illegal annexation” of four Ukrainian regions and demand its immediate reversal, a sign of strong global opposition to the seven-month war and Moscow’s attempt to grab its neighbor’s territory. The vote in the 193-member world body was 143-5 with 35 abstentions.

  • An assembly of representatives drawn from 46 national parliaments across Europe voted overwhelmingly in favor on Thursday for a resolution calling on European countries to declare the current Russian regime as a terrorist state. A total of 99 out of 100 members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted in support of the resolution. Only a Turkish MP from the Republican People’s Party abstained.

President Biden said Thursday that the risk of nuclear “Armageddon” is at the highest level since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, as Russian officials speak of the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons after suffering massive setbacks in the eight-month invasion of Ukraine. Biden’s warning surprised senior U.S. officials and was not based on any new intelligence about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions or changes in Russia’s nuclear posture, multiple the officials told CNN.

  • The Biden administration is spending $290 million to purchase a drug supply to treat radiation sickness, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. The HHS purchase parallels state and local governments as they have begun public awareness campaigns alerting citizens to the dangers of nuclear fallout and how to react to such an emergency.

Russian missiles rained down on Ukrainian cities on Monday, including the capital of Kyiv. Vladimir Putin said the onslaught was retaliation for a truck bombing Saturday on a 12-mile-long bridge connecting the disputed Crimean Peninsula to Russia. Two of the bridge’s sections partially collapsed, snarling and slowing traffic along a crucial supply route for Russian forces fighting in Ukraine. No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Putin blamed Ukraine. Three people died in the explosion.

After the barrage of Russian missile strikes on several Ukrainian cities Monday, two of Russia’s biggest allies, China and India, are calling on President Vladimir Putin to “de-escalate” the eight-month long conflict. “All countries deserve respect for their sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Mao Ning, a spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry, told reporters at a briefing Monday. “Support should be given to all efforts that are conducive to peacefully resolving the crisis.” India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Arindam Bagchi that New Delhi would offer support for efforts to calm the fighting. “India is deeply concerned at the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, including targeting of infrastructure and deaths of civilians,” Bagchi said.

A fresh barrage hit civilian targets across Ukraine on Tuesday, following an assault of air, missile, and artillery strikes the day before. The strikes hit power plants, causing outages across much of the country. Ukraine says Russian forces are taking out their frustration over losses on the ground with airstrikes on Ukrainian civilians.Russian missiles struck apartment buildings in Zaporizhzhia, near the now-deactivated nuclear plant in Ukraine’s south last Thursday. Authorities said the missiles damaged more than 40 buildings, killing at least three people and wounding 12 more. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described the attacks as “absolute meanness, absolute evil.” The city is about 125 kilometers, or 77 miles, from the nuclear power plant.

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko is a puppet, and Russian President Vladimir Putin is pulling the strings, Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said Wednesday. Russia has been using Belarus as a staging ground for troops and a place to launch missiles into Ukraine since early in the war. Now, Putin and Lukashenko are trying to legalize the constant and increasing deployment of troops into Belarus, Tsikhanouskaya said. Lukashenko has been ruling the country for 28 years. 

North Korea:

North Korea has for decades been testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of international demands to stop. North Korea’s authoritarian leader, Kim Jong-un, has picked up the pace this year, testing a record number of missiles so far. The North fired 12 in the past two weeks alone, including two Saturday. Last week, one flew over Japan, the first such launch since 2017, setting off alarms and panicking residents.

Terrorism: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me… But You, O God,  shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:4-5.23)

The U.S. military announced on Thursday that it had conducted two raids in Syria within a day of each other, killing two key ISIS targets and their associates. According to U.S. Central Command, American forces conducted an airstrike in northern Syria on Thursday that targeted and killed Abu-Hashum al-Umawi, a deputy wali, or governor, in Syria, as well as “another senior ISIS official associated with him,” whom the military did not name. “This strike will degrade ISIS’s ability to destabilize the region and strike at our forces and partners,” said Army Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla.

Famine:Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. (Ezekiel 14:13)

Catastrophic drought and a global food shortage have collided to create a life-or-death hunger crisis Somalia and throughout the Horn of Africa. Children are the hardest hit, as they are the most vulnerable to malnutrition. The first to suffer, the first to die. Today, as 1.5 million children in Somalia fight to survive, World Concern is suppying Nutripackets to Somalia—a quick way to deliver desperately needed nutrients. It’s a peanut-buttery food that releases all the vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and other nutrition a child needs to satisfy their hunger and restore their health. It only takes $12 to provide a month’s worth of Nutripackets for a hungry child—but now a special grants, will be double donations. So every $12 you give today will rush emergency nutrition to two children for an entire month—and equip families to feed themselves long-term—in Somalia and beyond. World Concern is an accredited charity, meeting all standards for charitable accountability.

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced new federal regulations to reduce greenhouse gases in the U.S. “With today’s announcement, we are taking an important step forward in tackling transportation’s share of the climate challenge, and we don’t have a moment to waste. Our approach gives states the flexibility they need to set their own emission reduction targets, while providing them with resources from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to meet those targets and protect their communities.” President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes available more than $27 billion in federal funding to help State Departments of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organizations meet their declining GHG targets.

  • The new rule would have two primary objectives: 1) Establish a national framework for tracking state-by-state progress; 2) Create a flexible system under which state would set their own declining targets for on-road greenhouse gas emissions from roadway travel.
    • It’s the ‘declining targets’ that critics are concerned about, eventually forcing gas-powered vehicles off the road in favor of electic vehicles.

Wildfires: The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. (Revelation 8:7)

A forest fire that ripped through part of Easter Island this week has charred some of its towering iconic carved stone figures, Chilean officials reported. The blaze broke out Monday, 10/4 and swept through at least 247 acres of the Rapa Nui National Park, which covers a little less than half of the island. “The damage to some of the giant head statues is “irreparable and with consequences beyond what your eyes can see,” Ariki Tepano, director of the administration and maintenance of the park, wrote on Facebook last Wednesday. Located more than 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile, Easter Island is one of the world’s most isolated inhabited islands. It’s famous for the enormous stone statues known as moai, which were erected between the 10th and 16th centuries by the Rapa Nui people.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

The unusually low water level in the lower Mississippi River is causing barges to get stuck in mud and sand, disrupting river travel for shippers, recreational boaters and even passengers on a cruise line. Lack of rainfall in recent weeks has left the Mississippi River approaching record low levels in some areas from Missouri south through Louisiana. The U.S. Coast Guard said at least eight “groundings” of barges have been reported in the past week, despite low-water restrictions on barge loads.

Scientific evidence shows many Atlantic hurricanes are carrying more rainfall than in the past. It also shows a greater percentage of hurricanes are growing stronger faster, reports the USA Today. Sea levels that already have risen 7 to 8 inches are making coastal properties more vulnerable. But it’s not yet been fully determined whether human-induced greenhouse gas emissions and global warming have an effect on hurricane intensity and frequency.

  • Preliminary analysis of Hurricane Ian’s deadly storm surge suggests the Gulf of Mexico pushed as high as 15 feet above normally dry ground on Fort Myers Beach as it made landfall, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday.

Homes were flooded in Melbourne and other cities in Australia’s southeast with rivers forecast to remain dangerously high for days following extremely heavy rains. In Victoria, about 500 homes were flooded and 500 more have been isolated by the floodwaters.

Signs of the Times Update: October 6, 2022

October 6, 2022

 “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:30-32)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

More than 50,000 people heard the Gospel during evangelist Franklin Graham’s six-city “God Loves You” Tour, which concluded on Sunday in Rochester, Minnesota. The tour, which is an outreach of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), started in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in late September and continued across 1,000 miles, including stops in York, PA; Youngstown, Ohio; Flint, Michigan; and Waukesha, Wisconsin. More than 970 churches across all six cities partnered with BGEA because they wanted to hear the Word of God preached in their communities.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) signed a bill on Tuesday “to prevent gender transition services for minors at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health.” The move could serve as a harbinger of legislative intervention, as state lawmakers become aware of the pervasive gender transition activities performed on minors at hospitals across the nation.

A GOP senator has introduced legislation to curtail the potential overreach of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the wake of the Democrats’ vast expansion of the bureau’s tax collection budget and their plan to hire tens of thousands more agents. The news comes as a report surfaced of five IRS agents embezzling $400,000 of funds meant for COVID relief and spending the money on vacations and luxury items.

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields certain immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children from deportation, is illegal. The ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirms a decision in July 2021 by a Texas federal judge. The appeals court left the DACA program intact for current beneficiaries, which means current DACA recipients can continue to file renewal applications.

While Hurricane Ian delivered a deadly destructive blow to Florida, the response of the federal, state and local agencies as well as many non-governmental agencies have achieved some remarkable progress in just a week’s time. More than 3,800 people were rescued, 5,000 miles of roadways have been cleared,100,000 homes were searched and 97% of lost power has been restored. On Wednesday, a temporary repair to the Pine Island causeway restored access for residents, supply trucks, power crews and emergency workers. Road access to Sanibel Island, where another bridge was destroyed, is expected later this month.

Pseudo Christianity: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (Matthew 15:8) They claim to know God, but they deny him by what they do. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit to do anything good. (Titus 1:16)

Depending on who you ask, Christian nationalism is either a grave threat to the nation or a label used by secular humanists to demonize people of faith, notes Breakpoint. For critics from within the Church, Christian nationalism combines the cross of Christ with the stars and stripes, largely abandoning the Christian’s heavenly citizenship for worldly causes, efforts, and allegiances. And some critics see Christian nationalism as nothing less than white nationalism dressed up in religious garb.

  • Christians participating in political causes is okay as long as the cross of Christ comes first. Some Christian patriots seem to put the stars and stripes first, abandoning Christ-like attitudes and behavior.

A church-sponsored LGBTQ pride event in Kentucky is advertising “kid’s activities” and “drag shows” in the state’s capital this weekend. Capital Pride Kentucky is hosting a festival on Saturday at the Old Capitol Lawn in Frankfort According to Capital Pride Kentucky’s website, Saturday’s event is sponsored by at least three churches: Bridgeport Christian Church in Frankfort, First Christian Church in Lawrenceburg, and South Frankfort Presbyterian Church.

The Demise of America: The first was like a lion (Britain) and had eagle’s wings (America). I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7:4)

John Stonestreet and Kasey Leander of Breakpoint write: “Since the 1990s, fatherlessness has soared while median earnings for men have declined. Boys represent 70% of all D’s and F’s given out at school and are twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. They spend time in juvenile detention at over five times the rate of girls. There will be, on average, two women who graduate college for every male, over the next five years. As NYU marketing professor Scott Galloway mentioned recently on Bill Maher’s show Real Time, “The most unstable nations in the world have one thing in common. They have too many lonely, broke [men].” And yet that’s exactly the type of person modern culture is producing.”

Billionaires are opening their wallets wide – very wide – to support political candidates and causes as a crucial election nears that will decide control of Congress for the next two years. A USA TODAY analysis found billionaires contributed nearly $675 million so far this election cycle. That’s more than 10% of the total pumped into the political system, a gigantic proportion compared to their miniscule share of the population. The top Democratic giver is George Soros who has contributed $128.5 million so far. On the Republican side is Richard and Elizabeth Uhilein at $54.2 million.

  • The wealthy have a vastly disproportionate impact on elections, with “dark money” from political action groups also making the contributions from ordinary citizens virtually meaningless.

Politics: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. (Romans 13:1-2)

House Democrats have introduced H. Res. 1209 that is the equivalent of the “Equality Act 2.0.” Unfortunately, this version is worse than the original “Equality Act,” as it not only seeks to impose the LGBTQ agenda everywhere and on everyone, but also seeks to impose abortion protections on the states that are far more radical than Roe v. Wade. The bill is designated H.Res. 1209, the so-called “Transgender Bill of Rights,” and it already has 97 sponsors and co-sponsors! Free speech, social media, websites, church, schools, day care, work, insurance plans, medical care and more will be affected by this abominable law.

Thirteen Republican members of the House Oversight Committee have written a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland urging the Justice Department to investigate cyberattacks on pro-life websites. The lawmakers expressed concerns about recent attacks on Christian websites and charitable donation portals “due to their support of conservative values and causes” and inquired about the Justice Department’s efforts to “enforce federal law related to these politically-motivated cyberattacks intended to chill the speech of religious and conservative Americans.”

During CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell clarified that the agency will “support all communities” impacted by Hurricane Ian. Criswell’s comments came in response to Vice President Kamala Harris’ remarks two days earlier that the Biden administration believes aid should be distributed “based on equity” – i.e. poorer neighborhoods first, which are primarily people of color.

Censorship: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

Amid further revelations of the Biden administration’s collusion with media and Big Tech to suppress viewpoints that counter its narrative on the COVID-19 pandemic and issues such as climate change and election integrity, a top United Nations official boasted that the global elites now “own the science,” acknowledging the world body is partnering with Google in an information war. Melissa Fleming, the U.N.’s under-secretary for global communications, was speaking at an event hosted by the World Economic Forum. “We own the science, and we think that the world should know it, and the platform themselves also do.”

The Republican National Committee says Google is suppressing get-out-the-vote and fundraising emails by sending millions of GOP election emails to users’ Gmail spam folders, with party leadership threatening to explore legal options to “put an end” to what they call a “clear pattern of bias.” Gmail has “suppressed” more than 22 million RNC emails, they reported.

Persecution: Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. (Matthew 24:9) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

At the end of August, militants shot and killed Lyop Dalyop as she was cleaning her church building in preparation for Sunday morning worship. This violence is yet another disturbing example of what Christians regularly face in Nigeria. Islamic extremists continue to target Christian individuals and families throughout Nigeria. And while government officials turn a blind eye to the bloodshed, radicalized groups like Boko Haram, the Islamic State-West Africa Province, and other militants are given unchecked freedom to unleash unimaginable horrors against Christians.

As pro-life organizations and churches face a crescendo of physical attacks, cyberattacks have become an emerging threat, and it’s getting the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, Republicans on the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting a DOJ investigation into the attacks, saying that they have a “chilling effect” on the free speech rights of citizens. “Direct attacks against religious people deserve no place in our society and undermine the ability of citizens to express their viewpoints without fear of harmful retribution. Citizens in this country should be free to exercise their rights without fear of malicious cyberattacks.”

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, several U.S. cities have pledged to increase support for the abortion industry through their taxpayers. While several states have passed laws limiting abortion, a handful of major cities are instead using tax dollars to promote or expand abortion access and even assist women in states with abortion restrictions in paying for their abortions. Among the bunch: New York City, Seattle, Chicago and Fresno, California.

Suicide/Assisted Suicide: No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. (Ecclesiastes 8:8 ESV)

The suicide rate in the United States increased in 2021, following two years of decline, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of suicides increased to 47,646 in 2021, up from 45,979 in 2020. That’s 14 suicides for every 100,000 people, up from 13.5 per 100,000 in 2020. But that’s still lower than the peak in 2018.

Thoughts of suicide are often a first reaction to a diagnosis of dementia before age 65, a new British study suggests. Suicide risk is highest in the first three months after the dementia diagnosis and if the patient already has a psychiatric disorder. For those younger than 65, suicide risk was nearly seven times higher than in patients without dementia.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

New daily cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. declined by 23% over the past two weeks, while hospitalizations were down 11% and deaths declined by 8%. With unreported home testing, the total number of cases represents an undercount of undetermined magnitude. The 7-day average of new cases, 43,149, is the lowest since April 23, 2022. Ten states and Puerto Rico are still showing increases led by Kansas at +45% and New Hampshire at +38%. On the low end, Connecticut was up only 1% and California 3%. Most Northeastern states have seen cases increase of 10% or more in the past two weeks.

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

Around two-thirds of adults in the United States do not plan to get updated COVID-19 booster shots soon, according to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a health policy nonprofit organization. Only a third of adults polled said they either already received the updated shots or plan to get the booster as soon as possible, the poll found. The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Inc shots, updated to target more recently circulating omicron subvariants of the coronavirus as well as the original strain, were authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late last month.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is refusing to release the results of autopsies conducted on people who died after getting COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA says it is barred from releasing medical files, but a drug safety advocate says that it could release the autopsies with personal information redacted. The refusal was issued to The Epoch Times, which submitted a Freedom of Information Act for all autopsy reported obtained by the FDA concerning any deaths reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System following COVID-19 vaccination.

Newly obtained emails show the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the CDC made false statements three times this year on Proportional Reporting Ratio analyses, initially saying PPRs were outside the agency’s purview, then saying the analysis was performed starting in 2021, then saying the analysis did not begin until 2022. The newly obtained emails show that an official falsely said the CDC does not perform PRR analysis to an editor in 2021. Previously obtained emails showed CDC officials lying two times earlier this year.

An analysis by The Expose on VAERS data also indicated an uptick of cancer after COVID-19 vaccines by 143,233 percent. In addition to cancers relapsing, there are also cases of sudden cancer development in previously cancer-free people after vaccination. When something goes wrong inside a cell’s DNA, the cell fires a signal that tells other cells, “I’ve gone bad. Please kill me.” This early warning helps the immune system stop cancer cells from multiplying. It stops a virus from replicating. So it’s a very important early response tool that works across the whole body. Recent studies suggest that COVID-19 vaccines may be damaging this early warning system, and fundamentally, they’re changing how our immune system reacts to cancer cells and new infections. We still don’t know if that’s a temporary change, writes Dan Skorbach in Frontline Health.

President Joe Biden personally called and thanked a Coast Guard rescue swimmer on Friday for saving lives in the wake of Hurricane Ian, even as the guardsman expects to be booted from the military soon due to Biden’s own COVID vaccine mandate.

Violence/Murder: When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

A disgraced former police officer in northeastern Thailand killed at least 36 people, most of them children, in a shooting and slashing rampage Thursday that started at a day care center and ended at his own home where he killed his family and himself, authorities said. The Bangkok Post reported that Panya Kamrap, 34, was apparently under the influence of drugs at the time of the attack. The Post reported that Panya was expelled from the police force in June and that he faced charges related to possession of methamphetamine pills.

Tragedy: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Panic and a chaotic run for exits after police fired tear gas at an Indonesian soccer match left at least 75 dead, most of whom were trampled upon or suffocated, making it one of the deadliest sports events in the world. Attention immediately focused on the police use of tear gas, which is banned at soccer stadiums by FIFA. Riots broke out after the game ended Saturday evening with host Arema FC of East Java’s Malang city losing to Persebaya of Surabaya. Disappointed with their team’s loss, thousands of supporters of Arema, known as “Aremania,” reacted by throwing bottles and other objects at players and soccer officials.

Protests: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

Protests continued in several cities across Iran on Thursday over the death of young woman in police custody, state and social media reported, as a human rights group said at least 83 people have been killed in nearly two weeks of demonstrations. Mahsa Amini, 22, from the Iranian Kurdish town of Saqez, was arrested this month in Tehran for “unsuitable attire” by the morality police that enforces the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women. Her death has sparked the first big show of opposition on Iran’s streets since authorities crushed protests against a rise in gasoline prices in 2019.

Iran’s protesters, and their supporters, are defiant. For weeks, a nationwide protest movement has relentlessly gathered momentum and appears to have blunted the government’s decades-old intimidation tactics. Slogans against the clerical leadership echo throughout the city. Videos of schoolgirls waving their headscarves in the air as they sing protest songs in classrooms have gone viral, as have images of protesters fighting back against members of the formidable paramilitary group Basij. These are scenes previously believed to be unthinkable in Iran, where the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei rules with an iron fist.

Gun Control: When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. (Luke 11:21-22,ESV)

The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not hear a challenge to the federal ban on bump stocks, which classifies the devices as “machine guns.” In two cases, the high court was asked to review the Trump administration’s 2018 action to consider firearm accessories like bump stocks equivalent to machine guns, which Congress banned from civilian ownership in 1986. It’s not the first time the high court has rejected these types of challenges. In 2020, the justices also refused to weigh in on an appeal over the bump stock limitations.

A federal judge temporarily blocked parts of New York state’s new gun law in order to allow the Gun Owners of America (GOA) to pursue a lawsuit challenging the legislation. Chief Judge Glenn Suddaby of Northern District of New York state in Syracuse ruled that the GOA have a legitimate case for lawsuit against the new state law complicating the process to obtain a gun license. The decision will not go into effect for three days to allow the New York government to appeal Suddaby’s ruling to a higher court.

A new report from the Crime Prevention Research Center argues that the FBI’s data contains “massive errors,” undercounting how often armed citizens have thwarted active-shooting situations over the last eight years. “Although collecting such data is fraught with challenges, some see a pattern of distortion in the FBI numbers because the errors almost exclusively go one way, minimizing the life-saving actions of armed citizens,” the report states.

The market for concealed-carry insurance is booming because Americans are worried about rising crime rates and the Supreme Court forced blue states to loosen strict restrictions on who can pack heat in public. Gun carriers obtain the insurance in case they end up using their weapons and find themselves facing legal fees or need to pay for an attorney because of criminal accusations.

Justice (or lack thereof): Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. (Jeremiah 23:5)

Pro-life groups are calling for the impeachment of U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland. Pro-life activists, led by Terrisa Bukovinac of the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, held a press conference outside the Justice Department Wednesday, less than two weeks after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania arrested Mark Houck, a pro-life activist, for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE). Bukovinac cited the raid on Houck’s home as the latest example of the DOJ’s targeting of pro-life activists “while allowing violent pro-abortion extremists to terrorize churches and pregnancy centers across the country.”

  • In a display of awe, gratitude and affection, a West Philadelphia couple shared the profound impact pro-life councilor Mark Houck has had on their lives due to his last-minute intervention on the sidewalk just as they were entering Planned Parenthood to undergo an abortion last year. Markeem and Jadda explained how Houck gave them great confidence in their ability to give birth to their daughter and the support that he and the pro-life community in Philadelphia could provide them.
  • Eleven pro-life activists, including 87-year-old concentration camp survivor Eva Edl, were hit with federal charges this week for their involvement in a peaceful 2021 pro-life rescue at a Nashville, Tennessee abortion facility, which has since been forced to stop committing abortions to comply with current state law.

A judge “threw the book” at a man who shot and killed retired police captain David Dorn during the BLM riots. A jury found Stephan Cannon, 26, guilty of first-degree murder in July. On Wednesday, Judge Theresa Counts Burke sentenced him to life in prison without parole. Dorn’s widow, Ann Wood-Dorn, said: “He became a victim of the very thing he fought against.” Dorn’s daughter, Lisa Dorn, said he was “murdered by the type of young man my father tried to save.”

A Proud Boys leader on Thursday became the first of that group to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Jeremy Bertino was part of the top inner circle of the right-wing group accused of planning violence to oppose Joe Biden’s inauguration. The plea could give the Justice Department a potential key witness against longtime Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio and four other Proud Boys set to face trial in December.

Military: Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. (Psalm 144:1-2)

The Army fell about 15,000 soldiers — or 25% — short of its recruitment goal this fiscal year, officials confirmed Friday, despite a frantic effort to make up the widely expected gap in a year when all the military services struggled in a tight jobs market to find young people willing and fit to enlist. While the Army was the only service that didn’t meet its target, all of the others had to dig deep into their pools of delayed entry applicants, which will put them behind as they began the next recruiting year last Saturday. The worsening problem stirs debate about whether America’s fighting force should be restructured or reduced in size if the services can’t recruit enough, and could also put added pressure on the National Guard and Reserve to help meet mission requirements.

  • Critics blame vaccine mandates and ‘woke’ policies for the recruitment shortage.

Big Tech: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)

Google has agreed to pay $85 million to Arizona to settle a lawsuit about how it collects and uses people’s data. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the settlement this week, resolving a case he branded as one of the biggest consumer fraud lawsuits in Arizona history. The tech giant had been misleading consumers about its use of people’s location data via tracking smartphones, including people who disable location history settings. A Google spokesperson said the company changed its policies at issue in the case several years ago.

Drugs: And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries [Greek: pharmakeia, i.e. pharmacy, drugs].

President Biden announced Thursday that he will pardon all federal offenses of simple marijuana possession. The president is urging all governors to do the same on state offenses of civil possession of marijuana. He is also asking Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Attorney General Merrick Garland to review how the drug is treated under federal law.

More than 2.5 million middle and high school students vape despite federal efforts to crack down on a new generation of flavored products that appeal to underage users, an annual survey of underage electronic cigarette use shows. The 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey showed 14.1% of high school students and 3.3% of middle school students used these nicotine-delivering devices at least once over the past 30 days. A year ago, the survey showed 11.3% high school and 2.8% middle school students reported past-month vaping. While the figures remain far below 2019, when more than one quarter of high school students vaped, anti-tobacco groups urged federal regulators to step up efforts to eliminate flavored vaping products popular among teens.

Education: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

The Biden administration quietly issued an update to its student loan forgiveness plan on Thursday, drastically scaling back eligibility on the same day that six Republican-led states filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden, claiming his student loan forgiveness plan is illegal. As of Thursday, borrowers who have federal student loans that are owned by private entities and not by the U.S. Department of Education will no longer qualify for the relief program.

Marriage/Family:  “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has denounced a New York judge’s polygamy ruling that “the time has arrived” for non-monogamous relationships to be given legal recognition. Last month, Judge Karen May Bacdayan of the New York City Civil Court ruled in the case of West 49th St., LLC v O’Neill that nonmonogamous relationships should be treated equally to marriage under the eyes of the law. In a commentary published by The Washington Stand on Tuesday, Perkins said the decision showed that conservatives’ claims about a same-sex marriage slippery slope were correct. “The media laughed off the conservative movement’s concerns about the slippery slope when Democrats pushed to sexualize the military 20 years ago … Now, almost two decades later, with American parents in the fight of their lives over transgenderism and judges paving the way for ‘plural marriage,’ it, unfortunately, proves we were right.”

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed one of the most radical bills in U.S. history. California’s SB 107 makes it legal in California for that state to take emergency custody of children from every state in the nation. For what purpose? To provide so-called “transgender care.” That means a child from any state could be taken to California by anyone or on their own, given puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones and even surgery in an effort to change their gender – all without parents having a say; all without parents even knowing about it, reports Cathi Herrod, President of the Center for Arizona Policy.

Planned Parenthood released an advertisement for puberty-blocking drugs aimed at minors. The ad says, “There are medicines you can take to delay puberty for a while, they’re called puberty blockers and they work like a stop sign.” It goes on to incorrectly claim that “puberty blockers are safe and can give you more time to figure out what feels right for your body and your gender identity.” Planned Parenthood’s website says, “Your gender identity is real, and there are medical treatments you can use to help your body better reflect who you are.” The website also specifically cites leuprolide acetate, also known as Lupron, as a drug that is used to block puberty. Lupron, which is produced by AbbVie, has been used to chemically castrate sex offenders.

One of the top school psychologists in the country, part of the National Association of School Psychologists’ special committee for LGBT youth, has participated in internal discussions held by the Pride Liberation Project, which offers to “re-home” LGBT kids who want to leave their parents and even suggests “false documentation” to conceal their whereabouts. The Daily Wire documents that Amy Cannava, who chairs the NASP’s “LGBTQI2-S Committee,” “is participating” in the PLP organization, which openly advises “students who are facing familial rejection or need to leave their home” to contact her.

The Transportation Security Administration is implementing a “gender-neutral algorithm” for its body-scanner operators to use at airport security checkpoints in response to complaints from transgender people. “Body scanners, used by TSA at airport checkpoints, require the operator to select a “male” or “female.”

Election Integrity: He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become knownThe integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. (Proverbs 10:9,11:3)

Following a True the Vote investigation, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced Tuesday an arrest in connection with an investigation of sensitive election worker data being held on servers in China. Eugene Yu, the CEO of the software firm Konnech, is accused of stealing personal data from LA County election workers. He is currently in custody in Michigan. “Data breaches are an ongoing threat to our digital way of life. When we entrust a company to hold our confidential data, they must be willing and able to protect our personal identifying information from theft. Otherwise, we are all victims,” said Gascón.

Despite declarations of safe and secure elections, history shows that past Pennsylvania elections were host to corruption. For example, former U.S. Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers, a Pennsylvania Democrat, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond to 30 months in prison, three years supervised release, and ordered to pay $100,000 in fines for orchestrating schemes to fraudulently stuff ballot boxes for specific Democrat candidates in Pennsylvania elections held from 2014 to 2018.

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

Even fellow Democrat and former President Bill Clinton is criticizing President Biden over the out-of-control southern border. Clinton said: “There is a limit to how many migrants any society can take without severe disruption and assistance, and our system is based much more on an assumption that things would be more normal.”

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, said Monday that he is sending two Army National Guard units to the southern border for a one-year deployment to help handle the chaos of the current migrant surge. Mr. Sununu becomes the latest to announce a deployment, signaling agreement with fellow Republicans in what has become a deep dividing line in American politics. He labeled the border an “ongoing humanitarian crisis.”

As the record-breaking Fiscal Year 2022 for migrant apprehensions along the southwest border ended last week, a subset of those with criminal convictions also rose significantly compared to prior years. Although the criminal arrests constitute a minority, their numbers have increased nearly 350 percent between 2020 and 2022. According to Customs and Border Protection, arrests by Border Patrol agents of migrants with prior criminal convictions rose from 2,438 in 2020 to 10,778 in 2022.

Millions of unauthorized Latino immigrants came to the United States when they were young, able-bodied and hopeful, seeking better livelihoods than they could find back home. They worked in construction, agriculture and landscaping; they staffed kitchens and bars or cleaned houses. Now, as their bodies age and they head into years when many others are pondering retirement, older undocumented immigrants have few resources to rely on. A report from New American Economy, a bipartisan nonprofit, estimated that undocumented workers generated a surplus of $100 billion in Social Security program funds in the decade leading up to 2018 and $35 billion in the Medicare Trust Fund from 2000 to 2011, none of which they are eligible to get back in benefits.

Population Growth: After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying… “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” (Genesis 15:1,5)

The global fertility rate has decreased by half since 1960. In countries responsible for 85% of the world’s gross domestic product – the United States, Germany, Japan, even China and India – births have fallen below the “replacement rate,” meaning that unless offset by immigration, population will begin to decline as older generations depart. In a world where economies are designed around growth and social systems depend on the young supporting the old, futurists are beginning to wonder what comes next. As concern over having too many mouths to feed has waned, an opposing one has risen: too few people to work.

  • To maintain a steady population without immigration, a nation has to achieve a fertility rate of 2.1 children per woman, experts say. But the fertility rate is just 1.7 in China and Brazil, 1.5 across the European Union, and 0.8 in South Korea, the lowest of any country, according to the World Bank. The rate is 1.6 in the United States, where the population is still rising only due to longer lifespans and immigration

Energy Supplies: He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. (Isaiah 44:14-15)

The OPEC+ alliance of crude-producing countries agreed Wednesday to deep cuts in oil output, providing a likely floor to falling prices and delivering a blow to U.S. President Joe Biden’s pleas for the cartel to boost production to help quell soaring inflation. The cuts came as little surprise to markets, which had been expecting the cartel to slash output even as the White House reportedly launched a last-ditch effort to persuade OPEC to not go ahead with the cuts. OPEC’s move was an effort to stem the decline in oil prices, which hit about $120 per barrel during spring but have since slumped to roughly $90 per barrel on fears of an economic slowdown.

  • The Biden administration’s dependence on foreign oil supply, rather than boosting domestic output, means that OPEC’s decision will lead to U.S. drivers facing higher costs at the pump.

The Biden administration is turning to Venezuela for help after accusing OPEC+ of siding with Russia in its decision to make the largest cut in oil production since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. has proposed a deal that would unfreeze hundreds of millions of dollars of Venezuelan state funds held up in American banks. In exchange, the socialist dictatorship will allow Chevron to produce oil on its lands, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the agreement. The White House said that in response, President Biden would release an additional 10 million barrels of oil from the United States Strategic Oil Reserve in November in an effort to stem price hikes.

European security officials reported seeing Russian Navy ships earlier this week in the vicinity for the Nord Stream pipeline leaks. Russian submarines also were seen in the area last week. Underwater explosions likely caused leaks to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines from Russia to Germany, Denmark and Sweden. European Union leaders have denounced the incident as sabotage by Russia.

A failure in Bangladesh’s national power grid plunged much of the country into a blackout on Tuesday, officials said. Officials of the state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board said that power transmission failed somewhere in the eastern part of the country. All power plants tripped, and electricity was cut in the capital, Dhaka, and other big cities, said Shameem Hasan, a power department spokesman. Engineers were trying to determine where and why the glitches happened and it could take hours to restore the system, he said.

In response to Joe Biden’s insistence that the fossil fuel industry be eliminated entirely, California officials already have set in motion their plan to ban the sales of new gasoline powered vehicles in their state in a few years. New York is moving the same direction. But Americans aren’t, reports WND.com. A new poll shows that only less than 2% of voters “believe eliminating gas-powered cars and moving to electric vehicles is the best solution.” The poll is from Convention of States Action, which worked with The Trafalgar Group, on the new results. The polling was done September 17-20 and included more than 1,000 likely 2022 election voters.

Treasure: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21) Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38)

Dr. Anthony Fauci and his wife’s net worth grew by $5 million during the COVID-19 pandemic as thousands of US residents struggled financially, according to a government spending watchdog group. The combined wealth of the 81-year-old retiring director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and his bioethicist wife, Christine Grady, soared from $7.5 million in 2019 to $12.6 million at the end of 2021, according to a report from the non-profit OpenTheBooks. “He is the top-paid federal employee, his first-year golden parachute retirement pension is the largest in federal history, and he’s accepting $1 million prizes from foreign non-profits,” said OpenTheBooks CEO Adam Andrzejewski.

Debt:  The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. (Proverbs 22:7) Owe no one anything except to love one another, (Romans 13:8)

The federal student debt relief announced this summer is about to kick into high gear with applications set to drop this month. Borrowers who earned $125,000 or less in either 2020 or 2021, and households that make up to $250,000, can receive at least $10,000 in relief.  And those who had Pell Grants, the tuition assistance typically available for lower-income students, can get up to $20,000 in federal loan forgiveness.  

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

America’s national debt has climbed above $31 trillion for the first time, a milestone that comes at a time of historically high inflation, rising interest rates and growing economic uncertainty. The US government went on a borrowing spree during the Covid-19 pandemic to help shore up the nation’s economy as the deadly virus upended lives, labor markets and supply chains. Outstanding debt has climbed nearly $8 trillion since the beginning of 2020. The outstanding public debt was $10.6 trillion when former President Barack Obama took office on January 20, 2009; $19.9 trillion when former President Donald Trump took office on January 20, 2017; and $27.8 trillion when Biden took office on January 20, 2021, Treasury Department data shows.

Wall Street closed out a miserable September on Friday with the S&P 500’s worst monthly skid since March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic crashed global markets. The benchmark index ended the month with a 9.3% loss and posted its third straight losing quarter. As of Friday, it was at its lowest level since November 2020 and is down by more than a quarter since the start of the year. The main reason that financial markets continue to struggle is fear about a possible recession, as interest rates soar.

  • This week, Monday and Tuesday rebounded a bit, but fell back again Wednesday and Thursday as they digested the news about OPEC’s cuts in oil production.

U.S.-based employers announced nearly 30,000 job cuts last month, a 68% increase from a year earlier and a 46% increase from the previous month, according to a report Thursday from Challenger. While retail companies usually spend this time of year ramping up staffing for the holiday season, the report from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. found year-to-date hiring plans in the sector were down 37% compared with the year prior. The top-five industries for job cuts were Automotive, Health Care, Technology, Retail and Services.

  • Amazon said Thursday it plans to hire 150,000 new employees across the United States to meet demand ahead of the busy holiday shopping season.

U.S. job openings fell by the most in nearly 2-1/2 years in August. Job openings, a measure of labor demand, dropped 1.1 million to 10.1 million on the last day of August, the Labor Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey on Tuesday. Companies are tightening up in anticipation of a recession.

Gas prices hit record highs in many parts of California on Wednesday, with greater Los Angeles seeing an unprecedented average of $6.49 per gallon for regular. Prices in some southern California locations spiked at more than $8.00 per gallon. Meanwhile, the national average rose to $3.83, according to AAA, up from $3.39 just a few weeks ago.

Millions of low-income Americans have been targeted for so-called “rent-a-bank” loans – loans for purchases of a few thousand dollars that carry triple-digit borrowing rates, according to consumer watchdog groups. This unsecured debt means it doesn’t require collateral like houses or cars, can include lump-sum loans or lines of credit. Those who make these predatory loans say they are providing cash to borrowers, including some in desperate need, who can’t borrow from traditional banks or credit unions because they have such low credit scores and are considered high risk. But the high interest rate makes it almost impossible to ever pay it off in full.

The Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening policy has led the U.S. dollar to appreciate to multi-decade highs, squashing currencies around the world. Now, a United Nations agency wants the Fed and other central banks to pause further interest rate hikes. The UN warned that these actions risk pushing the global economy into recession. The UN agency called the Fed’s actions an “imprudent gamble” with the lives of those less fortunate.

International

The British pound strengthened and borrowing costs for the U.K. government fell after the new, embattled government of Prime Minister Liz Truss abandoned plans to cut income tax rates for top earners, part of a package of unfunded cuts that had set off turmoil in financial markets and sent the pound to record lows.

Eurozone inflation has set another record, hitting 10% in September. Large increases in energy and food prices pushed inflation in the nineteen countries that use the euro to the highest level since the euro was created in 1999. In mid-2020, inflation hovered around zero,.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

U.S. officials at the White House, State Department and United Nations expressed concern on Wednesday over ongoing clashes in Judea and Samaria. The comments were made in response to operations by Israeli security forces, who have arrested more than 2,000 terror suspects and prevented hundreds of terror attacks since launching Operation Wave Breaker in May. The near-nightly counterterrorism raids began following a wave of attacks in the spring that killed over 20 Israelis. While State Department spokesman Ned Price acknowledged the “more than 20 Israelis and other civilians” who “have been killed in terrorist attacks,” his comments to reporters focused on the “more than 100 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank and more than 30 in Gaza.”

Prime Minister Yair Lapid has made major concessions to Hezbollah in maritime border talks with Lebanon. Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) accused the White House Sunday of pressuring Israel to give in almost totally to Lebanon on the parameters of the maritime boundaries between the two countries. “I am deeply troubled that Biden Officials pressured our Israeli allies to hand over their territory to the Iran-controlled terrorist group Hezbollah,” he tweeted. Hezbollah is a formal partner in the Lebanese government, although it is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel and other Western countries. Hezbollah’s terror chief Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday said that Lebanon would be the ultimate decision-maker regarding the U.S.-drafted agreement,

Middle East: When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. (Luke 21:20-22)

Four rockets fired from eastern Baghdad on Thursday landed around the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone, home to government buildings and foreign missions, police said, as political unrest intensified. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the strikes and no claim of responsibility, two police officers said. A number of Shi’ite Muslim militant groups have offices and supporters in eastern Baghdad. A similar attack on Wednesday wounded seven members of the Iraqi security forces in the Green Zone, and appeared to add a new dimension to a contest among power-hungry politicians. Rocket attacks on the Green Zone have been regular in recent years but they are normally directed at Western targets by Iran-backed militia groups, but none in recent weeks.

Israel’s combined security services have recently arrested six residents of the city of Nazareth on suspicion that they intend to carry out terrorist activities on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Israel, the Shin Bet announced Sunday. The cell members all have Israeli citizenship with at least one of them known to the security forces for past activities related to ISIS.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

Ukraine:

The Biden administration says it will impose “swift and severe costs” on Russia for the widely discredited referendums earlier this week that resulted in the claimed annexation of four Russian-occupied regions of eastern Ukraine. A thousand new sanctions target Russian lawmakers and bankers, advisers to Russian President Vladimir Putin and companies that feed Moscow’s military supply chains, the White House said. Officials said their efforts are supported by fellow Group of Seven nations and should serve as a stark warning: “There will be costs for any individual, entity or country that provides political or economic support to Russia as a result of its illegal attempts to change the status of Ukrainian territory.”

Russia said Saturday its troops had withdrawn from the town of Lyman in eastern Ukraine to avoid being surrounded by Ukraine’s army. Ukraine’s capture of Lyman, which has served for months as a logistics and transport hub for Russian operations, marked a major defeat for Moscow, a day after President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the annexation of four Ukrainian regions. These include Donetsk, where Lyman is located.

Ukrainian troops on Tuesday accelerated their recent military advances, pushing Russian forces into retreat in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions to the east and in the Kherson region to the south. In Moscow, despite the setbacks, the upper chamber of Russia’s parliament rubber-stamped President Vladimir Putin’s increasingly far-fetched annexation claims.

Andrii Yusov, spokesman for the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, said that the ministry’s hotline has received many calls from Russians who had recently been called up and who are now asking how to surrender to Ukraine. Russian forces have experienced a high desertion rate since the start of the war, and these newly conscripted soldiers are even more eager to get out.

Russian troops abandoned a key Ukrainian city so rapidly that they left the bodies of their comrades in the streets, offering more evidence Tuesday of Moscow’s latest military defeat as it struggles to hang on to four regions of Ukraine that it illegally annexed last week.

Two Americans captured in Ukraine say the Russians subjected them to physical and psychological abuse: ‘I actually prayed for death’ said one of them. In their first extensive interview since being freed, Alex Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh recount being beaten, interrogated and made to fear they would be killed.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday Ukraine was formally applying for fast-track membership of the NATO military alliance and that Kyiv was ready for talks with Moscow, but not with President Vladimir Putin. “Ukraine is ready for negotiations, but with a different Russian president,” Zelenskyy said.

North Korea

Japan urged its residents to “take shelter immediately” after North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile Tuesday, saying that a North Korean missile was headed toward the northern part of the country. The missile appears to have landed in waters to the east of Japan, the Japanese government stated later. This missile launch comes as a U.S. carrier strike group is holding joint military exercises with Japan and South Korea.

South Korea’s military scrambled about 30 jet fighters Thursday after a dozen North Korean jets and bombers were spotted flying in formation near the border, military officials in Seoul said. It was just the latest escalation of tensions on the divided peninsula as a string of recent North Korean missile tests have many convinced Pyongyang is on the verge of a new nuclear weapons test.

Terrorism: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me… But You, O God,  shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:4-5.23)

A U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed an al-Shabaab militant leader on Saturday in coordination with the Somali government, US Africa Command said in a statement. The US said the initial assessment of the strike was that an al-Shabaab militant leader had been killed and there were no civilian casualties. Although the statement did not identify the militant, the Somali Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism said on Twitter an operation on Saturday with international partners killed Abdullahi Nadir.

A suicide bomber struck at a center of Taliban power Wednesday, setting off a blast at a government ministry in the Afghan capital of Kabul and killing at least four people. The explosion went off in the afternoon as workers and visitors were praying inside a mosque of Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry, which is responsible for security and law enforcement in the country. At least 25 worshippers were injured, a Taliban official said.  The attack inside a fortified compound dealt a serious blow to the Taliban, who have been trying to project control and strength since they seized power in August 2021. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the extremist group Islamic State, the main Taliban rival, has carried out a series of attacks, including in mosques, as part of a long-running insurgency.

A suicide bomb attack on an education center in Kabul has killed at least 25 people with dozens of people injured, most of whom are believed to be young women. The students were largely members of the Hazara ethnic group, which is part of the country’s Shiite minority. Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate did not immediately claim responsibility for the attack, but it has targeted Shiite groups and that particular neighborhood for years. Islamic State has also increased its attacks since the Taliban took over the country last year..

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

Toxic chemicals found in deer and fish are prompting health advisories in several parts of the country, especially warning hunters to avoid eating wild game. Wildlife agencies have found high levels of PFAS – or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – that are often tabbed “forever chemicals” within deer in states including Michigan and Maine, where hunting buck this time of year is a regularity. PFAS are industrial compounds used in numerous products, such as nonstick cookware and clothing, and can negatively impact the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched an effort last year to limit pollution from those chemicals because they’re linked to health problems such as cancer and low birth weight. In June, the EPA released new health advisories around PFAS in drinking water, too – and now over 20 states have proposed or adopted limits.

The Federal Reserve Board has announced plans for a pilot program that will involve six huge American banking corporations – and will analyze how they can measure financial risks from “climate-relate” issues, as well as how they manage them. Online, the agenda was being described an as “ESG social credit score system.” ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance and is an agenda that weighs all factors for businesses on the scale of climate change and climate engineering attempts.

Wildfires: The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. (Revelation 8:7)

The number of U.S. wildfires and the acreage burned so far in 2022 is up over 2021. There have been 54,863 wildfires of 100 acres or more compared to 47,072 last year, and 6,933,854 acres have been consumed, up from 6,428,559 in 2021. While summer rains in the southwest have kept wildfires down to just a few, there are 27 wildland fires in the northeast that are still burning. The Double Creek fire in Oregon is the largest, and has burned 171,505 acres so far, but is now 89% contained. The Moose fire in Idaho has consumed 130,119 acres and is 80% contained while the Cedar Creek fire, also in Oregon, has scorched 120,926 acres and is 39% contained. The lone wildfire in California is the Mosquito fire near Tahoe, having burned 76,788 acres, but is 95% contained. Alaska had been a hotbed of over 50 fires in the early summer, but now has none.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

Over the past three months, the proportion of the U.S. West experiencing some level of drought has increased from 85% to 95%. However, the overall severity of drought has lessened due to summer monsoon season rainfall. The proportion experiencing exceptional drought (the highest level) declined from 6% to 3%, while those in extreme drought decreased from 26% to 17%. The proportion in severe drought remained about the same 27.5% versus 28.1%.

Insurers are bracing for a hit of up to $57 billion as they try to assess the damage from Hurricane Ian in Florida and South Carolina, risk modeling firm Verisk said Monday. The industry projection includes estimated wind, storm surge, and inland flood losses resulting from Ian’s landfalls in the two states, Verisk said.

Researchers who study flooding, development and climate change were horrified by the emerging images from Hurricane Ian’s attack on the U.S., but they were not surprised. For years, they have warned that sprawling development in Florida and other coastal states wasn’t sustainable, especially with the warming climate supercharging hurricane rainfall. Florida is known for its coastal views, and that’s where much of the population growth is happening, said Stephen Strader, a geography professor at Villanova who studies the effects of natural disasters. But the state’s ocean sunsets come at a price, he said. “In Florida that growing and spreading means … we are putting more people in the path of these tropical storms.”

A grueling two-year drought in Kenya has wiped out 2% of the world’s rarest zebra species and increased elephant deaths as well, as the climate crisis takes its toll on the east African nation’s wildlife. Animal carcasses rotting on the ground – including giraffes and livestock – have become a common sight in northern Kenya, where unprecedented dry spells are chipping away at already depleted food and water resources.

Signs of the Times Update: September 29, 2022

September 29, 2022

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that federal school mask and vaccine mandates cannot be enforced because “liberty interests of individuals … outweigh any interest generated by the mandatory administration of vaccines.”

New York City police officers scored a big win in their fight against the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate that cost some their jobs, with a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruling on 9/23 that the mandate—as it applies to members of the Police Benevolent Association—is “invalid” and fired cops must be given back their jobs.

Pseudo Christianity: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (Matthew 15:8) They claim to know God, but they deny him by what they do. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit to do anything good. (Titus 1:16)

Every two years, Ligonier Ministries works with LifeWay Research to evaluate the theological temperature of the American church, reports Breakpoint. For context, the survey defines “evangelical” as a Christian believer who meets four criteria: that the Bible is the highest authority for what someone believes, that it is important for non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their savior, that Jesus’ death on the cross is the only sacrifice that removes the penalty of humanity’s sin, and that only those who trust in Him alone receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.

  • Nearly half of evangelicals agreed that God “learns and adapts” to different circumstances, in stark contrast to the biblical doctrine of unchanging nature, or immutability; 65 percent of evangelicals agreed that everyone is “born innocent in the eyes of God,” denying the doctrine of original sin, and with it, the very reason that people need salvation in the first place.
  • Some 56 percent of evangelicals agreed with the idea that “God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam,” in contrast to Jesus’ words in Matthew that without Him, “no one knows the Father.”
  • The most stunning result had to do with the topic of Jesus Christ’s divinity. When asked whether they agreed that “Jesus was a great teacher …but not God,” 43 percent of American evangelicals answered yes. That number is up 13 percent from just two years ago.

Outside a drag bingo event hosted by a pro-LGBT church in Texas, a microcosm of America’s culture war played out with liberals and conservatives screaming at each other across a boulevard on Saturday. About 300 Texas conservatives lined an entire block to protest the First Christian Church in Katy, which sponsored a sold-out family drag bingo event to raise money to benefit its “Transparent Closet.”

The Demise of America: The first was like a lion (Britain) and had eagle’s wings (America). I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7:4)

The so-called “Equality Act” is back in another form, but this version is even worse. This “bill” is now called the “Transgender Bill of Rights” and has grown to include nearly 100 co-sponsors in the U.S. House. The H.Res. 1209 would seek to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “This resolution goes far beyond destroying religious freedom. It will harm parents and children, employers, landlords and every person in America by forcing them to celebrate and even prefer LGBTQ behaviors and abortion,” reports Liberty Counsel.

A new report details how China is recruiting scientists from the top government-sponsored research laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, to bring their knowledge and experience to help China build missiles and drones for their war machine – knowledge and experience paid for by American tax dollars.

Hundreds of Homeland Security employees were paid unemployment benefits during the pandemic despite staying on the job, the department’s inspector general revealed Thursday. The Homeland Security inspector general identified nearly 2,400 claims from department employees and found about 600 of them were clearly eligible. Roughly 900 others were deemed “potentially” ineligible, and the remaining 900 or so were definitely ineligible

Politics: Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. (Romans 13:1-2)

Several House Democrats on Wednesday slammed Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) over her claim that supporting “Israel’s apartheid government” is incompatible with “progressive values.”

Former President Donald Trump maintained that a president can declassify documents just by even “thinking about it.”

A federal appeals court sided with the Justice Dept. in the Mar-a-Lago investigation, allowing them to use the roughly 100 classified documents seized from former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence and club, enabling the criminal investigation to move forward without restrictions.

The U.S. judge in charge of disputes over records seized from former President Donald Trump’s home on Sept. 22 blocked the special master she appointed from viewing records with classified markings taken from Mar-a-Lago.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced the GOP’s “Commitment to America” package on Friday as a unified basis for Republican election campaigns. The agenda includes a slate of general policy recommendations in four broad categories: “An Economy That’s Strong;” “A Nation That’s Safe;” “A Future That’s Built on Freedom;” and “A Government That’s Accountable.”

CNN called President Biden out for making false claims about gas prices and the unemployment rate during a speech at a Democratic National Committee event last week. The president said prices at the pump are down “$1.30 a gallon,” and claimed the average price is “less than $2.99” in 41 states and Washington, D.C.

  • It’s rare for liberal CNN to fact-check Biden. New CEO might be reducing bias.

International:

The Brothers of Italy party won the most votes in the parliamentary election with about 26 percent. Party leader Giorgia Meloni will likely become the country’s first female prime minister when the three-party conservative coalition forms the government in a few weeks. Brothers of Italy has drawn criticism for its neo-fascist roots, but Meloni said during the campaign that “the Italian right has handed fascism over to history for decades now.” Meloni started the Brothers of Italy party in 2012. Her campaign slogan was “God, fatherland, and family,” and she campaigned for traditional family values and an anti-immigration platform.

Surveillance State: So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. (Luke 20:20)

According to the Washington Times, the U.S. Postal Service has been caught tracking the communications of 2nd Amendment advocates. The report said the USPS “monitored protesters across the country, snooping on Americans focused on issues involving guns and President Biden’s election.”

Persecution: Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. (Matthew 24:9) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

The latest victim of an armed FBI raid is Mark Houck, founder, and president of “The King’s Men,” a group that promotes healing for victims of pornography addiction and promotes Christian virtues among men in the United States and Europe. He’s also a pro-life activist and on Wednesdays, he sidewalk counsels people in front of a Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia. According to Mark Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, 25-30 agents surrounded their house, pounded on the door, yelling with guns drawn at 7:05 a.m. on Friday. He was charged with pushing two people to the ground and causing injuries. He denies it. Even a criminal with a long track record would not have incurred such a massive show of force.

  • President Biden has weaponized the FBI. Messages of support from thirty former FBI agents defended suspended whistleblower Steve Friend, who alleges political bias at the agency over its handling of the Jan. 6 Capitol breach probe.

After a series of comics on corporate wokeness, Dilbert creator Scott Adams was informed by newspaper owner Lee Enterprises that his comic was being pulled by 77 newspapers. Apparently, it’s okay to make fun of Christians, God, and church, but not the Left’s woke religion.

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Planned Parenthood has changed the information on its website about fetal heartbeats in the face of a public debate between the pro-life and pro-choice communities on the issue. According to internet archives using the popular Wayback Machine, the PP website formerly said that a “very basic beating heart and circulatory system develop” during weeks 5-6 of pregnancy. The Wayback Machine screenshot was taken on July 25. Several states, including Georgia, have passed laws prohibiting abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

  • But the website was changed recently and now claims that during weeks five and six of pregnancy, “a part of the embryo starts to show cardiac activity. It sounds like a heartbeat on an ultrasound, but it’s not a fully-formed heart – it’s the earliest stage of the heart developing.”

An Indiana judge on Thursday blocked the state’s abortion ban from being enforced, putting the new law on hold as abortion clinic operators argue that it violates the state constitution.

An Arizona Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a 1901 ban on nearly all abortions in that state can be enforced, a decision that is likely to see an appeal.

Nobody has been charged by the DOJ for the nearly 100 attacks, including firebombs and vandalism, on pro-life pregnancy centers.

An 84-year-old volunteer canvasser in Michigan was shot following an argument while distributing pro-life pamphlets door-to-door in her community about a state abortion ballot proposal. As the volunteer was leaving the residence, she was allegedly shot in the back shoulder by a man who hadn’t been a part of the discussion.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

New daily cases of Covid=19 are down 22% over the past two weeks as of 9/29. Hospitalizations are down 14% with deaths down 12%. Cases are mostly likely higher because of unreported home testing. However, fifteen states show increases over the past two weeks, ranging from Montana at +75% and Washington at +46% on the high end to Wyoming and Minnesota at +4% on the low end.

The seven-day average of new cases in England and Wales rose 13% for the week ending September 17 over the week before. The seven-day average of hospitalizations was up 17% in the week ending September 19 compared to the previous week. The recent rise in coronavirus cases in the U.K. isn’t due to a new variant say experts, but rather a signal that the predicted fall surge is upon us. Some experts say that the is a precursor of a fall surge in the U.S.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a change to its guidance late last week and will no longer require nursing homes and hospitals to require masking in areas of low community transmission rates. Recent CDC data indicates that about 73 percent of counties in the United States are seeing “high” community transmission of COVID-19, so only 27% can make masking optional.

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

Dr. Paul Offit, a current member of the FDA’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, startled the left after his warning about the newest COVID booster. “A healthy young person is unlikely to benefit from a booster dose… If there’s not clear evidence of benefit, then it’s not fair to ask people to take a risk,” Offit said during an appearance on CNN.

An analysis of reports in a database run by the CDC and the FDA found 648 cases of side effects in breastfed infants whose mothers received the COVID-19 vaccine, including three deaths. Health authorities in the United States, Israel and around the world recommended the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for pregnant and lactating women despite the lack of clinical studies or animal safety studies for that demographic.

International:

Official statistics compiled by the European Union show a massive increase in excess deaths among children since the EU approved the experimental COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups.

Violence/Murder: When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

 A 41-year-old North Dakota man has admitted to running over Cayler Ellingson, an 18-year-old a teenager, explaining that the victim was part of a “Republican extremist group.” Making matters worse, the man is already out on a paltry $50,000 bail.

A gunman killed 13 people, including seven children, and wounded 21 other people in a school in central Russia on Monday, authorities said. Russia’s Investigative Committee said the shooting took place in a school in Izhevsk, a city about 600 miles east of Moscow in the Udmurtia region.

The poster boy for bail reform in New York City was arrested for attempted murder Monday police said after a warrant had been issued. Pedro Hernandez, 22, was taken into custody by the NYPD around 2 p.m. and taken to the Midtown North Precinct.

Protests: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

At least 41 people have been killed and more than 1,200 have been arrested during anti-government protests in dozens of Iranian cities in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who was arrested by the Iranian “morality police” for not properly wearing a hijab earlier this month. Authorities claim she died of natural causes, but critics are skeptical.

Military: Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. (Psalm 144:1-2)

U.S. troops serving overseas may find that government schools are indoctrinating their children and teaching them to keep secrets from their parents. According to a report from the Claremont Institute, classes from the Department of Defense Education Activity teach children radical activism, gender ideology, and hiding gender questions from families.

Law Enforcement: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

Democrat New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell faces a very tough situation with skyrocketing crime along with not enough police officers. New Orleans is the newly crowned murder capital of the U.S.. As a result, a new initiative is being launched that will send civilians to crime scenes. Additionally, they will re-deploy ranking officers to the streets who were previously working in administrative, specialty, and detective capacities.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has stripped 47 deputies – 10% of the force – of their guns and arrest powers because they failed psychological exams in the wake of a fatal double shooting allegedly committed by a former deputy. The move came after the Sheriff’s Office conducted an internal audit of deputies’ psychological examinations from January 2016 to the present.

Lawlessness: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Thessalonians 2;7)

  • As God’s hand of restraint is gradually lifting, spirits of lawlessness are stirring up lawlessness which will increase all the more as the end-times ramp up.

City police in Asheville, North Carolina, released new statistics that show violent crime in the Democrat-led tourist town increased 34% year-to-date compared to last year and 29% in 2021 over 2020.

Carjacking crimes erupted in cities across the country in 2020 as society was upended by coronavirus lockdowns and calls to defund the police echoed across the nation. Two years later, some cities are seeing even more drastic surges in carjackings, mostly by youth as young as twelve.

Scammers stole $45.6 billion in pandemic unemployment aid, the Labor Department watchdog said Wednesday. Applicants got aid using dead people’s Social Security numbers and names of people serving federal prison terms. About 1,000 people have been charged with fraud.

A nationwide spike in organized retail thefts has prompted nearly half of U.S. small businesses to raise prices to offset losses, the Chamber of Commerce reported Thursday.

Dozens of people entered a Wawa convenience store in Philadelphia and began ransacking the place on Saturday. Footage shows people throwing food and standing on furniture as employees are helpless to stop the chaos. The aftermath saw trash and products littering the store’s floor as throngs of people milled about outside. The video is only the most recent example of a string of smash-and-grab style crimes, which see organized groups stealing goods from stores with near impunity.

Fraud: “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? (Acts 13:10)

An inspector general report released Thursday estimated that $45.6 billion in unemployment benefits were fraudulently received during the COVID-19 pandemic. The finding comes as the White House is requesting Congress to add $22.4 billion more for COVID-19 aid in the next government funding bill, a request that flies in the face of President Joe Biden’s “pandemic is over” remarks last weekend.

Cyber Security: He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. (Psalm 40:2)

Facebook parent company Meta announced Tuesday it had detected and shut down two separate networks of fake accounts engaged in covert influence operations run from China and Russia. The vast Russian campaign pushed pro-Kremlin narratives about the war in Ukraine, included thousands of accounts and pages across multiple social media platforms and spent more than $100,000 on ads on Facebook and Instagram. The Chinese footprint was much smaller, posing as conservative Americans and liberals living in Florida, Texas, and California, according to Meta.

Science: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. (Psalm 19:1) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so the are without excuse… who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator. (Romans 1:20,25)

On September 12, 2022, President Biden signed the “Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Bio-manufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe and Secure American Bioeconomy.” Specified in that order is the development of genetic engineering technologies and techniques “to be able to write circuitry for cells and predictably program biology in the same way in which we write software and program computers,” as well as genetic technologies to “unlock the power of biological data” using “computing tools and artificial intelligence.” This executive order “establishes a fast-tracked pipeline of mRNA shots and other gene therapies that will further the transhumanist agenda to create augmented humans and bring us into a post-human world,” writes Joseph Mercola, an American alternative medicine proponent and osteopathic physician.

Racism/Discrimination: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

Anti-Jewish flyers were found Sunday morning on the eve of the Jewish New Year holiday in several neighborhoods of Ann Arbor, Michigan, including those of students who attend the nearby University of Michigan. Plastic baggies containing several pages of antisemitic propaganda were thrown onto lawns and driveways. Some of the propaganda, such as accusing Jews of being behind the Covid-19 “agenda,” had also been included in a rash of incidents in states from Florida to Texas to California over the past year. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the white supremacist Goyim Defense League group is responsible for at least 74 incidents in 2021.

Drugs: And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries [Greek: pharmakeia, i.e. pharmacy, drugs].

In the U.S., synthetic opioids are the primary driver of drug overdose deaths. accounting for nearly two-thirds of more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2021. Most of it is manufactured in Mexico and comes illegally over the southern border.

Education: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

The cost of canceling student loan debt will be roughly $400 billion over 10 years, according to Congress’s nonpartisan scorekeeper, the Congressional Budget Office.

Homosexuality:  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:26-27)

The Hallmark Channel will break new ground this Christmas season with its first-ever movie featuring a same-sex storyline as the plot’s primary focus. Although the Hallmark Channel has included LGBTQ characters in its films, this is the first one to feature a same-sex couple at the center of the story.

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

The governor of Tennessee is calling for an investigation into Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Pediatric Transgender Clinic following viral tweets exposing that “Vanderbilt drugs, chemically castrates, and performs double mastectomies on minors” at great profit.

Refugees: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2)

Houston, Texas, was seen as one of the cities most equipped to care for the massive numbers of Afghans granted parolee status in the U.S. after the August 2021 withdrawal. However, the resettlement system has all but collapsed under the weight of their needs, volunteers told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Many overwhelmed case officers assigned to help individual families with resettlement have abandoned their charges, turning the Biden administration’s federal welcome program to a herculean volunteer effort to stave off poverty and isolation, volunteers said. None of the five nonprofit agencies responsible for resettling displaced Afghans were prepared for the massive influx of refugees, even with partial government funding.

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

A top U.S. immigration enforcement official has acknowledged that President Joe Biden’s administration is detaining and removing fewer illegal immigrants than earlier administrations. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) only detained 45,680 illegal immigrants in 2021, about half as many as it did in 2020. And in 2022, the agency has only detained about 48,200 illegal immigrants.

Venezuela is deliberately releasing prisoners, among them violent criminals, and has them travel to the U.S. southern border, a development that prompted 14 House Republicans to write to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, saying this has put the United States “in grave danger.”

Two more busloads of migrants arrived in New York City from Texas on Thursday. Mayor Eric Adams announced the city will soon be opening humanitarian relief centers to aid the hundreds of asylum seekers, who arrive in the city daily.

Food Supplies: Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. (2Corinthians 9:10)

There has been another suspicious fire in the nation, and this one took one of the largest egg factories in America. The egg factory in Minnesota was torched Saturday night and it is just the latest in a long series of fires set to food manufacturing facilities all over the nation this year. A Forsman Farms spokesperson said that over 200,000 chickens were killed.

Energy Supplies: He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. (Isaiah 44:14-15)

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said three leaks were detected Monday in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines that carry natural gas under the sea from Russia to Europe. The Swedish national police said the leaks were “gross sabotage.” Bjorn Lund, a seismologist with Uppsala University in Sweden, said two explosion were recorded off the Danish coast. Europe had hoped to receive some natural gas via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline this winter. Now, the two pipelines are unlikely to be able to carry any fuel even if there was political will to operate them, analysts at the Eurasia Group said.

  • Officials suspect Russian President Putin ordered the sabotage in retaliation for Denmark, Sweden and Finland voting to join NATA.

Taxes:  He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Luke 20:25)

Due to a record budget surplus, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced a proposed tax relief package that would provide $1.1 billion in tax relief to Florida families, including provisions to make necessary baby items like diapers, cribs, and strollers permanently tax exempt.

Gov. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., who is seeking re-election in the midterms this November, announced that she will eliminate the sales tax on all grocery purchases in South Dakota.

Business: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)

Bank of America was penalized $225 million by federal regulators for “botching the distribution of state unemployment benefits at the height of the pandemic.” “Bank of America automatically and unlawfully froze people’s accounts with a faulty fraud detection program, and then gave them little recourse when there was, in fact, no fraud,” said the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Bank of America must now compensate customers whose accounts were blocked.

Hertz has agreed to purchase up to 175,000 electric vehicles from General Motors over the next five years. This follows earlier announcements that Hertz would buy 100,000 electric cars from Tesla and another 65,000 from the Volvo spin-off brand Polestar.

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

In his much-anticipated remarks on the economy following the Fed’s policy meeting that saw another jumbo interest rate hike to tame soaring prices, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said inflation was “running too high,” contradicting President Joe Biden’s recent assertion that prices had risen “just an inch, hardly at all.”

A key economic gauge from the Conference Board dropped for the sixth month in a row, signaling recession on the horizon. The Leading Economic Index for the U.S., which is a forward-looking gauge made up of 10 individual indicators, fell by 0.3 percent in August, and 2.7% over the past six months.

Consumer confidence rose for a second straight month in September, as moderating gas prices and the hope that inflationary pressures might be easing helped lift the nation’s collective mood. The Conference Board reported that its baseline index rose to 108 from a revised 103.6 in August, the highest it has been since April.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average became the last of the major U.S. stock indexes to fall into what’s known as a bear market Monday as the market deepened its slump amid growing fears of a global recession. A bear market is defined as being down at least 20% from their peaks

Due to inflation, “The average American has lost $4,200 in annual income since President Biden took office — entirely wiping out gains made under the Trump administration,” a report from the Heritage Foundation says.

Consumers are changing their behavior due to rising food costs, dining out less often, buying less meat, buying chicken instead of beef, looking for deals, switching to generic brands and giving up splurges.

In August, existing home sales fell 0.4%, marking the seventh straight month of declines and down 20% from the same month a year ago. Meanwhile, the median home price fell 6% in the past two months. After reaching a record all-time high of $413,800 in June, it dropped to $389,000 in August.

New home sales bounced back in August despite high prices and rising mortgage rates that have pushed some buyers away. Some 685,000 new homes were sold last month, at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, up from a revised 532,000 in July. A year ago, 686,000 newly constructed homes were sold.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.70% in the week ending September 29, up from 6.29% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. That’s the highest level since July 2007.

International

Just a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve hiked interest rates by three-quarters of a point, the Bank of England on Thursday raised its key interest rate by half a percent to its highest level in 14 years. The Swiss National Bank followed the Fed on Thursday with a three-quarter-point hike of its own. The British pound crashed to a record low or $1.03 against the U.S. dollar on Monday on growing fears about the stability of UK government finances.

On Friday, UK finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng announced a set of tax cuts, including scrapping the top rate paid by the highest earners and reductions in duties paid on house purchases to spur the economy. The UK Treasury estimates that the cuts will wipe £45 billion ($48 billion) off annual government revenues over the next five years. That’s the biggest tax cut in half a century which critics say will only benefit the rich.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid announced his support for the establishment of a Palestinian State during his speech to the UN General Assembly on Thursday. The surprise endorsement marks the first time an Israeli prime minister has called for the two-state solution at the UN. Just a day earlier, President Biden made the same appeal for an independent Palestinian state in his own address to the Assembly.

On Wednesday morning, IDF soldiers and Border Police officers entered the Palestinian Authority-administered city of Jenin in northern Samaria, encircling the home of Ra’ad Hazem, the terrorist responsible for the deadly attack in Tel Aviv this April in which three men were murdered. The Israeli military said it was attempting to apprehend Hazem’s brother, Abd. The terrorists opened fire on the IDF forces. Israeli security personnel returned fire, killing four terrorists, including Abed Hazem. IDF forces reportedly used a small anti-tank missile during the gun battle, in order to clear the Hazem home where the terrorists were holed up.

The delivery of five red heifers to Israel has sparked a worldwide debate about its significance in biblical prophecy, particularly among Christians who believe a third temple will be built during the end-times. The five heifers arrived in Israel from Texas last week after being approved by Jewish rabbis as red in color and unblemished – two requirements in the Mosaic law for sacrifice according to Numbers 19.

Middle East: When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. (Luke 21:20-22)

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday they fired missiles and drones at militant targets in the Kurdish region of neighboring northern Iraq, where authorities said 13 people were killed and 58 injured. Iranian authorities accused armed Kurdish dissidents of involvement in unrest now shaking Iran, especially in the northwest where most of the country’s population of over 10 million Kurds live. Iraqi Kurdish sources said drone strikes targeted at least 10 bases of Iranian Kurds near Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan on Wednesday morning

Pro-Iranian forces including Hezbollah have begun to withdraw from Syria as a result of ongoing Israeli airstrikes in recent weeks, a senior IDF officer told reporters on Thursday.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

Large numbers of Russians rushed to book expensive one-way tickets out of the country while they still could Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of military reservists for the special military operation in Ukraine. Russia’s airports, train stations and highways were jammed as draft-age men fled the country. Some are pooling their resources to pay for a private plane. Video Tuesday showed a 10-mile long line of vehicles waiting to get into Georgia from Russia.

Across Russia, demonstrators spilled into the streets this week in the country’s first nationwide anti-war protests since Russian troops invaded Ukraine back in February. Thousands of activists marched in Russia’s major cities, chanting: “No to war!” “No to mobilization!” “Russia without Putin!”

Pro-Moscow administrations of all four occupied regions of southern and eastern Ukraine said Tuesday night that their residents voted to join Russia in five days of Kremlin-orchestrated balloting. According to Russia-installed election officials, 93% of the ballots cast in the Zaporizhzhia region supported annexation, as did 87% in the Kherson region, 98% in the Luhansk region and 99% in Donetsk. President Vladimir Putin will sign documents on Friday proclaiming Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions, as Moscow rushes to lock in territorial claims that the Ukrainian army is threatening to reverse on the battlefield.

  • Ukraine and Western countries say the votes were phony referendums staged at gunpoint on Russian-held Ukrainian territory, and have been rejected in the West as illegal seizures of land captured in war.

The Biden administration will provide approximately $1.1 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine as part of its commitment to support the country’s long-term defense needs amid its war with Russia.

Russian troops intentionally launched Iranian drones over Uman, aiming specifically at Hasidic Jews who were celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, in the Ukrainian city. Despite warnings from Ukraine not to make the annual pilgrimage to Uman this year for safety reasons, tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews went to pray at the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles Thursday just hours after Vice President Kamala Harris left South Korea, where she had toured the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone which divides the peninsula. The Thursday launch is Pyongyang’s third in five days, continuing the nuclear-armed country’s record-breaking blitz of weapons tests this year. Speaking at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) earlier Thursday, Harris decried North Korea’s “brutal dictatorship, rampant human rights violations and an unlawful weapons program that threatens peace and stability”. She said that the US commitment to South Korea’s defense was “ironclad.”

Terrorism: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me… But You, O God,  shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:4-5.23)

A suicide bombing by al-Qaeda-linked militants killed at least 11 people at a Somali army training camp, the latest assault to rock the capital as the president vows to stamp out a years-long insurgency. The blast at the facility in Mogadishu on Sunday occurred during the recruitment of new troops. Another 18 people were wounded.  Al-Shabaab, the Islamist group that’s been fighting Somalia’s government for the past decade, took responsibility for the bombing.

Eleven soldiers have been found dead and about 50 civilians are missing after an attack by Islamist militants on a 150-vehicle convoy under military escort taking supplies to a town in northern Burkina Faso on Monday, the government said on Tuesday. Twenty-eight people were wounded in the attack, including 20 soldiers. The assault took place in the commune of Gaskinde in Soum province, where jihadists linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have escalated attacks and seized territory since 2015. Militants have blockaded several areas, so government convoys and air drops have delivered essential goods to trapped civilians. Burkino Faso is in West Africa.

Famine:Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. (Ezekiel 14:13)

It is estimated by a group of more than 200 NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that one person dies from malnutrition every few seconds, a statistic that again highlights the scale of the ongoing global food crisis. They calculated that around the world between 7,756 and 19,702 people die from hunger each day, which they say is a conservative estimate. “Fifty million people are now just one step away from starvation,” said an open letter signed by 238 organizations.

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

Twenty-five years ago, aerosol chemicals were eating up the ozone layer, causing a massive hole in earth’s protective shield from the sun’s radiation. In September 1987, the United States and dozens of key nations signed the Montreal Protocol, a binding agreement to phase out ozone-depleting substances, particularly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halons. Three decades later, emissions of the substances have dropped more than 99%, their presence in the atmosphere has halved, and the ozone hole is on track to fully heal by 2070.

Earthquakes: And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7b) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12)

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Michoacan state in Mexico last Wednesday, killing at least two people. It was centered just miles from where a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck on Monday.

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Taiwan caused widespread damage. A ceiling in a sports center was seen collapsing on camera. No official word yet on deaths, injuries or extent of damage.

Volcanoes: Bow down Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. (Psalm 144:5); The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord, (Psalms 97:5)

The Central Tonga Islands welcomed the birth of a new baby – a baby island, that is. The new baby island emerged in the southwest Pacific Ocean where a submerged volcanoes awoke on September 10 and began forming an island out of lava, mud and ash. By 9/20, it was around six acres in size.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

Hurricane Ian made landfall near Fort Myers, Florida, Wednesday killing at least fifteen people. The storm dumped a foot of rain on some cities, caused severe flooding and knocked out power for 2.6 million people across the state. Ian shredded the roof of a Port Charlotte intensive care unit, flooding the hospital ward and turning a stairwell into a waterfall. About 40 Florida nursing homes have been evacuated due to Hurricane Ian. In Fort Myers, a 10-foot storm surge tossed boats and cars around like bath toys and left them smashed up in the street along with some sharks. The catastrophic hurricane turned cities into lakes and left a trail of destruction that “defies imagination” one responder said. Many stranded residents had to be rescued from rooftops.

  • At least three sections of the Sanibel Causeway were washed away by storm surge from Hurricane Ian, severing the Sanibel and Captiva islands’ only connection to Florida’s mainland. Ian washed away roads and structures that could not withstand what Governor DeSantis said was a “biblical storm surge.”
  • Ian became a tropical storm early Thursday morning, but regained hurricane strength as it churned toward South Carolina with ‘life-threatening flooding, storm surge and strong winds’
  • Stronger storms are becoming more common in the Atlantic Ocean, as its surface water has warmed. Ian rapidly transformed from a relatively weak storm into a strong one, another phenomenon that has become more common. Through the 1980s and 90s, there was an average of one Category 4 storms in the Atlantic Ocean. Starting in the 2000s, the average has moved up to three Category 4 storms.

Hurricane F​iona smashed into Atlantic Canada with record-setting intensity, washing entire homes into the ocean and downing countless trees and power lines that left hundreds of thousands in the dark. T​he storm’s Saturday morning landfall was the strongest on record for any storm in Canada.

The U.S. government allocated more than $3 billion for hazard mitigation after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. But few projects had gotten underway and Hurricane Fiona wipe out the electrical grid once again.

Swiss glaciers have recorded their worst melt rate since records began more than a century ago, losing 6% of their remaining volume this year. The melt has begun uncovering ground that has remained buried for millennia. At one site, bodies and even a plane re-emerged.

Signs of the Times Update: September 21, 2022

September 21, 2022

“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” (1Peter 4:12-13)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Franklin Graham preached the Gospel to over 17,000 people in the first-ever evangelistic event in Mongolia. Hundreds of people surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. Over 250 Mongolian local churches worked together to bring about the “Festival of Joy,” which was the first time that the local church in Mongolia had held an event of this magnitude.

The Kendrick Brothers pro-life movie Lifemark has been extended in theaters one more week thanks to an impressive opening weekend that saw it land at No. 4 in the United States on its first night. After a solid week, the film was renewed in theaters for another week.

Apparently signaling a lack of support, Senate Democrats on Thursday postponed voting on a bill that would officially declare same-sex marriage the law in all 50 states. The bill’s sponsors admitted last week it may require an amendment to assure the bill does not allow polygamy.

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has ruled in favor of a Texas law that seeks to rein in the power of social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to censor free speech. “Today we reject the idea that corporations have a freewheeling First Amendment right to censor what people say,” U.S. Circuit Court Judge Andrew Oldham wrote in the opinion.

A New York Police Department officer can’t be fired for not having been vaccinated against COVID-19, a judge in Manhattan has ruled. “It’s a precedent-setting case,” said attorney James Mermigis, who represents Deletto.

At a press conference, Officer Grady Judd of Polk County, Florida, reported that the department’s recent “Fall Haul” sting operation was a rousing success, arresting 160 individuals connected to human trafficking. The profiles of those arrested ran the gamut, including public-school staff, married men, law enforcement officers, undocumented migrants, career criminals, a Domino’s pizza chain operator, and several Disney employees.

A GoFundMe fundraiser created to support sex-trafficking victim Pieper Lewis has raised more than $480,000 from more than 13,200 donations. Lewis, 17, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and willful injury for stabbing to death a man she says raped her multiple times in 2020, when she was 15. She received five years’ probation and was ordered to pay $150,000 in compensation to the rapist’s family.

New World Order – One-World Government: It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:7-8) The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. (Daniel 7:23)

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to forge closer ties during a summit in Central Asia on Thursday that included a discussion of Chinese support for Russia’s troubled invasion of Ukraine and Russian support for Beijing’s claims to Taiwan.

The Demise of America: The first was like a lion (Britain) and had eagle’s wings (America). I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7:4)

Less than half of Americans can name the three branches of the federal government — executive, legislative and judicial — according to an annual survey of civics knowledge conducted for the Constitution Day holiday on Saturday. Respondents to the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s survey also had little understanding of the impact of a Supreme Court ruling, and few could enumerate the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The Biden administration has agreed to spend $80 million on a contract that provides for tracking of illegal aliens after they are released into the United States, reports Washington Free Beacon. But it specifically bans the use of GPS, a technology that would make tracking their locations very easy. Our inept federal government is at it again, one boondoggle after another.

Politics:  Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1Timothy 2:1-2)

President Joe Biden said last Thursday that a tentative railway labor agreement has been reached, averting a strike that could have been devastating to the economy before the pivotal midterm elections. What resulted from the back and forth was a tentative agreement that will go to union members for a vote after a post-ratification cooling off period of several weeks.

The Justice Department said last Monday that it was willing to accept one of Donald Trump’s picks for a Special Master (an independent arbiter) to review documents seized during an FBI search of the former president’s Florida home last months.

The Department of Justice has issued a flurry of over 30 subpoenas to aides of former President Donald Trump. The Justice Department also seized phones from two top Trump advisers in the investigation, which aims to probe Trump’s claims of a rigged 2020 presidential election. 

In a marked expansion of its probe into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, the Justice Department subpoenaed about 40 of Donald Trump’s aides last week. Department of Justice officials last week seized the phones of two top Trump advisers.

New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing former president Donald Trump, three of his grown children and executives at his company of flagrantly manipulating property valuations to deceive lenders, insurance brokers and tax authorities into giving them better rates on bank loans and insurance policies and to reduce their tax liability.

Fifty-eight percent of Canadians polled by Ipsos just a few days after the Queen Elizabeth’s death said the time has come for Canada to hold a referendum on ending its formal ties to the British throne. The Commonwealth, an association of 56 countries that include the 14 in which the British monarch remains their head of state, are also rethinking their affiliation with Britain.

Surveillance State: So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. (Luke 20:20)

Facebook has been monitoring users’ private messages and informing the Justice Department of people who have questioned the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, the New York Post reported. The social media giant also has alerted the department of users expressing anti-government or anti-authority sentiments during the past 19 months,

Persecution: Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. (Matthew 24:9) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

Nearly half of Evangelical leaders said in a new survey that they have been disinvited, blacklisted or excluded because of their point of view or “guilt by association,” according to the National Association of Evangelicals, saying that they have been “canceled” by others “as a way of expressing their disapproval for their point of view.”

.CVS accommodated Paige Casey’s religious beliefs about not prescribing abortion drugs up until January 2022 when they told her she’d have to begin doing so. Because she refused to act against her beliefs, Paige was fired a few months later, just two days prior to receiving a merit-based raise.

An Ohio school allowed students to hang gay pride flags all over campus but when teen girl, Gabby Helsinger, responded by sharing bible verses she was slapped with severe punishment. Gabby was yanked from her class and issued ISS (in school suspension) for sharing encouraging messages from the bible.

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

Despite having hundreds of thousands of fewer customers, Planned Parenthood committed a record-breaking number of abortions and received an historic amount of funding from U.S. taxpayers in 2021, according to its newly released report. Planned Parenthood’s affiliates averaged 1,050 abortions a day for a total of 383,460 during the 2020-2021 fiscal year — an increase of 28,589 over 2019-2020 levels. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America received a highest-ever $633.4 million in taxpayer funds, a $15.3 million increase over 2020. That made the American taxpayer Planned Parenthood’s largest source of income and produced $133.7 million in profits and boosted PPFA’s net assets to $2.14 billion.

California launched a publicly funded website earlier this week to promote the state’s abortion services for undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens living inside and outside of California. The website features information on different types of abortion and how to obtain one. The site also has a section for out-of-state residents and undocumented immigrants, explaining that federal policies keep immigration officials out of health care facilities. A list of clinics is included on the website, along with links to help with travel expenses and lodging. Additionally, there is a section informing teenagers in other states that they can get an abortion in California without parental consent.

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom last Thursday misapplied the words of Jesus from Mark 12:31 in support of abortion, “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these.” The billboard campaign advertises California abortion in seven pro-life states – Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas. Because we love everyone, unborn babies included, Jesus’ words are actually pro-life.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that he had signed a bill into law that prohibits nearly all abortions except in certain medical situations or in cases of rape or incest. West Virginia is the second state to pass a restrictive abortion bill after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade..

Suicide/Assisted Suicide: No man has power to retain the spirit, or power over the day of death. (Ecclesiastes 8:8 ESV)

In a disturbing example of propaganda directed at children, a new activity booklet published this year in Canada teaches impressionable young minds about assisted suicide, painting it in a positive and desirable light. Published by Virtual Hospice Canada and partially funded by Canada’s health ministry, the book is titled, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Activity Book and is available online.

  • The culture of death is expanding beyond abortion into euthanasia.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

New Covid-19 cases in the U.S. are down 27% over the past two weeks as of 9/20, with hospitalizations and deaths both down 13%. In a recent interview, President Biden declared the pandemic over, but the White House and others like Dr. Fauci were quick to say that what Biden really meant is that the situation is much better now but is still a major problem and everyone still needs to get boosted because a fall surge is likely coming.

  • New cases are still up in 9 states, with Pennsylvania up 72%, Connecticut up 53%, New York up 42%, New Jersey up 32%, New Hampshire up 23%, Massachusetts up 3%, and Delaware and Vermont both up 1%. These states are all in the northeastern sector of the U.S.

In the Lancet Commission published Wednesday, renowned experts detailed “massive global failures” that led to more than 6.9 million reported Covid-19 deaths and ultimately an estimated 17.2 million deaths, as reported by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. They found widespread failures in prevention, transparency, basic public health practices, and a lack of international cooperation and solidarity.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged publicly for the first time that the agency gave false information about its COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the agency’s director, said in a letter made public on Sept. 12 that the CDC did not perform Proportional Reporting Ratio analyses on adverse event reports at all in 2021, despite the agency previously saying it started to do so in February 2021.”

The former director of the CDC said that he believes White House adviser Anthony Fauci misled Congress about controversial gain-of-function research. Dr. Robert Redfield asserted in a new interview that “everyone had to agree to the narrative” pushed by Fauci and other health officials that the virus came from a “wet market” in Wuhan in 2019 and not the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

There are millions of Americans suffering from long COVID-19 – life-altering symptoms that endure for months or even years after an initial infection. “We don’t know how to treat long COVID. We are only beginning to know what it is,” said Dr. Clifford Rosen, a professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and a senior scientist at the Maine Health Institute for Research.

It is generally known that exercise can bring more blood flow to the heart, lungs, and even the brain. However, many people do not know that regular aerobic exercise can also promote the regeneration of brain nerve cells in adults. This is important for long-Covid victims because studies have shown that the attack of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on neural stem cells leads to the destruction of the mechanism of neural cell regeneration in the brain.

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

A study published in late August found that 345 people in England died of myocarditis in one year, all vaccinated with one of three COVID-19 vaccines. The publication of the study’s findings in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, marked the first time in the medical literature that researchers have confirmed that myocarditis associated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines can result in death..

Liberty Counsel reports that a recent investigation of the COVID shots found the Pfizer jab had 40 times more deaths, Moderna had 81 times more deaths, and Janssen had 152 times more deaths than all influenza vaccinations given during a similar two-year period. The investigation found that not only were the shots not properly tested, but also the doses and formulations in each lot are not consistent. The Epoch Times also reports that some lots of COVID-19 shots are associated with very severe side effects and death, whereas other lots have very few or no adverse events associated with their use..

Houston Methodist Hospital, the first hospital in the United States to mandate all its health care workers get the COVID-19 vaccine has quietly decided not to require the updated booster shot after facing staffing shortages, according to an internal email obtained by The Epoch Times. The hospital fired hundreds of employees who refused to get the original vaccines, and later mandated booster shots.

The Pentagon’s official watchdog says the Department of Defense is in “potential noncompliance” with standards for reviewing and denying religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to an internal memo by the Pentagon’s Acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

Violence/Murder: When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

New Orleans has overtaken St. Louis as the murder capital of America as the city sees a 141% increase in homicides when compared to recent years. According to data from the Metropolitan Crime Commission, an organization that tracks crime, there have been 52 homicides per 100,000 residents in New Orleans as of Sept. 11. In St. Louis, there have been almost 45 homicides per 100,000 residents as of Sept. 17. By comparison, there have been around 18 homicides in Chicago per 100,000 residents and 3.5 in New York City.

Justice (or lack thereof): Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. (Jeremiah 23:5)

A Virginia man who stabbed a stranger more than 50 times, allegedly believing that he was a werewolf, was released from a mental health facility after just three years. Then he made an online dating profile describing himself as “an easy-going adventurer” who recently got back from “two years of travel.”

On January 1, 2023, the state of Illinois will allow an additional group of criminals access to the state’s existing cashless bail policy. The ironically named SAFE-T Act would end cash bail for a list of 12 additional offenses. The first offense on the list is aggravated battery. Gun battery is also included and as long as no shots are fired.

  • Too many criminals and insane individuals are being released into communities all over the U.S. as well as flowing over our southern border.

The Justice Department has charged 47 defendants of the theft of $250 million, in the largest alleged fraud targeting pandemic financial aid to date. Defendants used fake names of nonexistent children to take cash meant to pay for meals that they instead put toward houses, cars and other luxury goods, prosecutors said.

Military prosecutors and defense attorneys are negotiating potential plea deals that could take the death penalty off the table for five defendants charged in connection with the 9/11 attack – and some families of victims are upset by the news. The five defendants are all held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Military: Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. (Psalm 144:1-2)

The Defense Department ordered an investigation into how it conducts clandestine information warfare in attempted manipulation of foreign attitudes. The Pentagon’s action comes after major social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, identified and took offline fake accounts, suspected of being run by the U.S. military, in violation of the platforms’ rules.

Law Enforcement: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

The Defund-the-Police agenda launched across America only a few years ago has had some serious impacts already. Crime sprees, neighborhoods overrun by gangs, no response to 911 calls and more. But police chiefs, retired, say it’s even worse than that: It’s left police forces overstretched, burned out, and without enough applicants to maintain the ranks. And their response times are longer.

The liberal city of Seattle is losing police officers amid a major spike in crime. In total, 122 officers have left the Seattle Police Department in 2022. Since the city council voted to defund the police department in 2020, nearly 500 police officers have left the force and there’s another 350 officers that will qualify for retirement at the end of the year. The city experienced 11 homicides in August, the deadliest single month on record.

FBI agents arrested about 6,000 alleged violent criminals and gang members across the United States over the past four months and have seized more than 2,700 firearms and large quantities of fentanyl. It comes as the average murder rate across the United States hit 6.9 murders per 100,000 people in 2021, the highest figure it’s been in more than 20 years.

Lawlessness: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Thessalonians 2;7)

  • As God’s hand of restraint is gradually lifting, spirits of lawlessness are stirring up lawlessness which will increase all the more as the end-times ramp up.

A California man pleaded guilty last week to threatening “to shoot up and bomb” dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster’s offices over its inclusive gender definitions and making similar threats to various other people and institutions, federal prosecutors announced.

  • It’s one thing to be opposed to all the gender confusion, but it’s another thing entirely to threaten or commit violence. This is what gives the conservative opposition a bad reputation and designations of extremism.

McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski has big concerns about surging crime in Chicago, where the fast food giant is based, saying it is impacting the company’s 400 city restaurants and making it harder to recruit corporate talent. “We have violent crime that’s happening in our restaurants … we’re seeing homelessness issues in our restaurants. We’re having drug overdoses that are happening in our restaurants,” he said.

  • Starbucks too, has noted similar problems at some of its stores. Over the summer, the coffee chain announced it would close 16 locations in Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Portland, Oregon over crime and safety concerns.

Human Trafficking: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:18-19)

A new study shows about 28 million people were in forced labor and 22 million were in forced marriages at the end of 2021. Those numbers jumped by 25 percent since the last Global Estimates of Modern Slavery report five years ago. About 65% of forced marriages are found in Asia and the Pacific. The highest prevalence was in Arab States, where 4.8 out of 1,000 people are in forced marriages. High income countries have over half of the forced labor.

Cyber Security: He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. (Psalm 40:2)

It is estimated that global cybercrime will reach $10.5 trillion by 2025, an amount larger than every economy in the world except the U.S. and China. Cybersecurity threats are escalating against the U.S. water industry, the U.S. healthcare system, and industrial infrastructure, including electricity grids, oil and gas facilities, and manufacturing plants.

The Justice Department announced charges last Wednesday against three Iranian individuals are alleged to have launched cyberattacks against the U.S. and global critical infrastructure. The individuals are still at large and believed to be in Iran. The State Department is offering a $10 million reward for information on the three men, alleging that they have carried out ransomware and other cyberattacks since at least 2020.

Big Tech: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)

Spies from China and India infiltrated Twitter and the social media company ignored a warning about insider threats, the company’s former top security official told lawmakers on last Tuesday. Peiter “Mudge” Zatko said various countries have wormed their way inside the company. Last month, a federal jury found former Twitter employee Ahmad Abouammo guilty of spying for Saudi Arabia. Twitter fired Zatko for alleged poor job performance.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday he had signed a bill into law requiring transparency of social media companies, a move that could draw criticism from tech firms and industry groups. The law, AB-587, will require social media companies to publicly post their policies regarding hate speech, disinformation, harassment and extremism on their platforms, and report data on their enforcement of the policies. Last year, the governor of Texas signed a bill prohibiting social media firms from restricting users or their posts based on their viewpoint. The Supreme Court in May blocked the law, after technology industry groups sued.

South Korea’s Personal Information Protection Commission said Wednesday that it fined Meta $22 million and Google $50 million. Officials agreed that the companies’ business practices could cause serious privacy violations. The fines are the biggest penalties that South Korea has ever levied for privacy violations. According to the commission, Meta and Google did not adequately inform users about—or obtain consent for—how they would track users’ online behavior. Meta has indicated that it might challenge the fine in court.

Health Care:  Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored? (Jeremiah 8:22)

Some nurses have abandoned a workplace where conditions have become harder to endure, with impossibly high patient loads and even a shocking uptick in workplace violence. Others have quit their jobs to become travel nurses, staffing bedsides around the country on a temporary basis, and for as much as triple their usual pay. Colleges and universities are turning away tens of thousands of qualified aspiring nursing students every year, primarily due to a lack of qualified instructors who make far less income than practitioners.

Health: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2)

According to the latest statistics, life expectancy in the United States dropped precipitously in 2020 and 2021. In 2019, the average life span of Americans of all ethnicities was nearly 79 years. By the end of 2021, life expectancy had dropped to 76 — a loss of nearly three years. Aside from COVID, causes of death listed as contributors to this loss of life expectancy include accidental deaths, drug overdoses, heart disease, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.

  • As you might expect, the idea that the COVID vaccine shots might have something to do with it is completely dismissed.

Sharply rising cases of some sexually transmitted diseases — including a 26% rise in new syphilis infections reported last year — are prompting U.S. health officials to call for new prevention and treatment efforts. Infections rates for some STDs, including gonorrhea and syphilis, have been rising for years. HIV cases are also on the rise, up 16% last year. And an international outbreak of monkeypox, which is being spread mainly between men who have sex with other men, has further highlighted the nation’s worsening problem with diseases spread mostly through sex.

  • This is the consequence of loosening sexual morality. If everyone adhered to God’s ordained order of sex only between a married man and woman, these problems would have largely been avoided.

Since the 1990s, researchers say, cancers have been rising in many countries among people under 50. And while the reasons are not fully clear, it’s likely that changes in lifestyle and environment — starting early in life — are playing a role. These cancers are most likely related to factors like poor diet, obesity and inactivity, new research finds. For certain cancers, increased screening may partly explain the rising incidence.

The percentage of adults getting mental health treatment increased from 19.2% in 2019 to 21.6% in 2021, the CDC reported in data published this month. Those more likely to have received treatment were younger adults, those aged 18 to 44, especially women in that age group, according to findings from the National Health Interview Survey.

Drugs: And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries [Greek for sorceries is pharmakeia, i.e. pharmacy, drugs].

Dr. Rahul Gupta, the first physician appointed U.S. drug czar last October, says an average of two drug victims die every 10 minutes. Gupta made it a top priority to meet with officials in Mexico City, considering the bulk of illegal drugs that killed more than 108,000 Americans in 2021 come from two global powerhouses: the Sinaloa Cartel and the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación, known as CJNG. Gupta has settled on two overall strategies, drug interdiction and harm reduction, which includes: increased availability to the opioid antidote naloxone; preventative programs for youth; and expanded access to addiction treatment.

Education: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

The Virginia Department of Education issued new guideline Friday, which say that students’ participation in certain school programming and use of school facilities like bathrooms or locker rooms should be based on their biological sex. The policies also say that students who are minors must be referred to by the name and pronouns in their official records, unless a parent approves the use of something else. The guidelines say schools may not encourage teachers to conceal information about a student’s gender transitions from his or her parents. And they say parents must be given an opportunity to object before counseling services pertaining to gender are offered.

Over the last year or so, books were banned at least 2,500 times by more than 130 school districts across 30-plus states, according to an analysis published Monday by PEN America, a free speech and literary organization. The unprecedented trend escalated throughout the spring and into the summer. The most targeted title, by far, is Maia Kobabe’s graphic novel Gender Queer: A Memoir, which was banned in 41 school districts this past year. George M. Johnson’s All Boys Aren’t Blue comes in second place, banned in 29 districts.

Across the country, dozens of schools went on lockdown. Students and teachers hid in classrooms. Police searched campuses. Parents panicked. Each time, there was no threat. Officials say there’s been a wave of false reports of school shootings and threats of violence over the last several days. USA TODAY found at least 30 active shooter false alarms and threats made at schools last week. Authorities haven’t publicly said the incidents are related, but experts say these intentional false reports have similarities.

Protests: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

Thousands took to the streets of Port-au-Prince for the second day in a row to protest yet another gas hike. The government announced the increase as citizens are already struggling with high fuel prices, unemployment, and widespread violence. Official fueling stations are largely closed, and the price of gas on the black market is currently $18 per gallon. Protesters are also calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

  • Two Haitian reporters, identified as Tayson Latigue and Frantzsen Charles, were fatally shot and their bodies were set on fire Sunday. The reporters were part of a group of seven journalists investigating worsening gang violence in the Cite Soleil district of Port-au-Prince.

Family:  Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12) But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1Timothy 5:8)

A new study done in the United Kingdom shows that 44% of the children born during 2000-2001 did not live with their biological parents throughout their childhood. The study also said 23% of U.K. families are single parents, 10% higher than the European average of 13%. It also revealed that single parent families are more likely to have financial problems, and in 2020, 49% of children living with a single parent were in relative poverty, compared to 25% of children living in married families.

Homosexuality:  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:26-27)

Organizers of the September 9-11 Boise Pride Festival cancelled a “Drag Kids” performance after public pressure prompted multiple sponsors to pull their support. The event advertised drag performances by children “from ages 11-18.” Idaho Republican Party Chairwoman Dorothy Moon blamed those who believe “it is not only okay but laudable to encourage children to engage in public displays of sexuality.”

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

On September 16, reports surfaced that the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, a leading organization that advocates for transgender medical procedures, had removed all age guidelines regarding the appropriate time to start puberty blocking drugs and undergo surgeries to remove healthy organs. The revelations come as news emerged Monday that a South Carolina clinic may have dispensed cross-sex hormones to children as young as four.

Montana health officials on Friday made permanent a rule that blocks transgender people from changing their birth certificates even if they undergo gender-confirmation surgery. The move comes just days before a court will hear arguments over the legality of a similar rule that’s been in effect on an emergency basis since May. The ACLU of Montana has asked state Judge Michael Moses to strike down the emergency rule.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday backed an LGBTQ student group seeking recognition at orthodox Yeshiva university in New York, temporarily requiring the school to allow the group to meet on campus while the litigation continues, overturning a lower court ruling. Four conservative justices – Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett – dissented from the decision last Wednesday.

  • Yeshiva University has abruptly suspended all student club activity in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this week that ordered the school to recognize — for now — an LGBTQ student group.

Election Integrity: He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become knownThe integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. (Proverbs 10:9,11:3)

A new U.S. intelligence review found that since 2014, Russia has secretly given more than $300 million to foreign political candidates in an effort to influence elections. The review found evidence of the money being funneled to more than two dozen countries across four continents; it did not address whether similar Russian activities have taken place in the US, but officials say the US is indeed “vulnerable” to such activities.

Refugees: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2)

By land and by sea, more than 230,000 Cuban and Haitian migrants have attempted to reach the United States this year to seek asylum. U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered more than 175,000 Cubans at the Southwest border this fiscal year through July. In the same time period, border agents encountered 42,230 Haitians. Through Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard had stopped 5,545 Cubans and 7,173 Haitians at sea this fiscal year, a nearly 370% jump from last year. Both Haitians and Cubans are repatriated to their home countries if picked up at sea. 

Reverse Migrations: Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. (Genesis 12:1)

Many San Francisco, California, residents are preparing to leave the city after growing frustrations due to homelessness and public safety, according to a poll by SF Next. Approximately two-thirds of respondents say the city “has gone downhill” since when they first moved there. Nearly 40% of San Franciscans say they will move out of the city. Those most likely (54%) to leave are between the ages of 18 and 34 years old. Between April 2020 and July 2021, 20% of San Francisco residents between the ages of 25 and 29 left the city.

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

For the first time in U.S. history, more than two million illegal border crossings took place in one year at the southern border. Border Patrol agents experienced 203,597 illegal border encounters in August, bringing the total number of illegal border crossings this fiscal year to a record-breaking 2,150,639. Although there is another month before the fiscal year comes to a close, that number already exceeds the previous record of 1,734,686 illegal encounters set by the Biden administration last year.

U.S. taxpayers are paying over $20 billion each year to meet the needs of illegal aliens who entered the country under the Biden administration, according to a new cost analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. The immigration group said it “conservatively estimates” that American taxpayers will end up paying each illegal alien $9,232, or an overall $20.4 billion burden a year to support the population. It comes in addition to the $140 billion existing annual cost of providing benefits and services for long-term illegal immigrants.

The governor of Illinois on Wednesday issued an emergency disaster proclamation after several hundred illegal immigrants were bused from the U.S.–Mexico border to Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, issued an executive order to send 75 members of the state National Guard to assist in making sure “all state resources are available to support asylum seekers arriving nearly daily to Chicago from the state of Texas.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has joined the Republican governors of Texas and Arizona in relocating illegal immigrants. He sent two planeloads to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, which quickly pulled together to assist the confused and tired group. The migrants, who mostly appear to be from Venezuela and don’t speak English, indicated through interpreters that they started their day in San Antonio, Texas. The migrants will be temporarily housed at a military base on Cape Cod, according to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

  • Keith Chatinover, a progressive commissioner for Dukes County, Mass., where Martha’s Vineyard is located, said in 2021, “I would love Martha’s Vineyard to become a haven for new immigrants to this country.”

Gov. Abbott of Texas sent two busloads of illegal immigrants to VP Kamala Harris’ doorstep, dropping them off at a bus stop nearby Harris’ residence in the Naval Observatory residence in Washington, D.C. That came just days after the vice president had proclaimed the border “secure.” A Fox reporter was there and asked the immigrants whether the border was closed. “The border is open… It’s open because we enter. We come in, free, no problem…We came illegally.” They were sent voluntarily north because border towns in Texas are completely overwhelmed and simply do not have the resources to care for these people.

  • Six more buses also arrived in New York City, as Texas continued to pressure sanctuary cities amid a surge of migrants crossing the southern border. The six buses were from El Paso. Another bus carrying illegal immigrants arrived near Vice President Kamala Harris’s home in Washington D.C. early on Sept. 17. Another six buses arrived Sunday morning.

Supply Chain: He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. (2Corinthians 9:10)

It has been reported by multiple outlets that at least 43% of the nation’s stock of baby formula has disappeared. Retailers like Target, Walgreens, and others are being forced to ration formula because stocks are low, and the shelves are empty unless you are at a detention center at our southern border. Thanks to photos from a whistleblower Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) has discovered that truckloads of baby formula have been sent to the border for illegal immigrants.

Energy Supplies: He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. (Isaiah 44:14-15)

An oil subsidiary in Germany previously controlled by a Russian oil giant is now under the control of the German government, it announced Friday. The German government said it took control of Rosneft Deutschland GmbH and RN Refining & Marketing GmbH, two companies owned up until now by multinational oil and gas company Rosneft. The government said the move would ensure continued oil production as the international community looks to cut its oil dependence on Russia.

Poverty: Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. (Proverbs 19:17) Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:16) Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you.” (Matthew 26:11)

A million more seniors age 65 years and older fell into poverty last year, boosting the percentage in poverty to 10.3%, from 8.9% in 2020 and the highest level since 2002, according to the latest Census Bureau data. That’s in stark contrast to the 4.5-percentage point drop in child poverty to a record low 5.2%. Older adults are the only age segment that experienced an increase in poverty. In total, almost 6 million older adults live below the poverty level. And it’s only likely to get worse because the data is from before inflation skyrocketed this year.

Work: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)

The pandemic largely is over, and many of the millions of workers who worked from their family rooms or kitchens during that time are back in the office at least for part of their work weeks. But more than 1,300 employees of the New York Times say they won’t do that. Their reason is inflation. It would mean they would have to spend more money on “gas, mass transit, clothing and lunches,” according to a report in the New York Post which calls the dispute “bitter” and said 1,316 workers “had signed a pledge not to return to the office.”

Business: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)

FedEx’s top executive, who took over the role at the beginning of this year, said that declining worldwide cargo volumes were the primary factor in the company’s unsatisfactory performance – and that means a recession is coming. FedEx Express results were particularly impacted by macroeconomic weakness in Asia and service challenges in Europe. “We are a reflection of everybody else’s business, especially the high-value economy in the world,” he concluded. FedEx will close 90 office locations, close five corporate office facilities, defer hiring efforts, reduce flights and cancel projects.

Economy: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

The Federal Reserve made history on Wednesday, approving a third consecutive 75-basis-point hike in an aggressive move to tackle the white-hot inflation that has been plaguing the US economy. The supersized hike takes the central bank’s benchmark lending rate to a new target range of 3%-3.25%. That’s the highest the fed funds rate has been since the global financial crisis in 2008.

Compared to a year earlier, consumer prices in August were up 8.3%, which is extremely high by historical standards, though below the annual figures of 8.5% in July and 9.1% in June. Prices rose 0.1% in August from July, according to the Consumer Price Index. Most analysts had forecast a decline of 0.1%. Investors were hoping for a sign that inflation had peaked. But instead of declining, prices actually rose in August.

The average American income was essentially flat last year at $70,784, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday.  The 2021 income report follows a 2.9% drop in 2020, the first significant decline since 2011. The flat income in 2021 didn’t keep pace with inflation, so overall it means that American earners lost purchasing power.

  • The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area leads all major cities with a 13% inflation rate over the past 12 months, followed by second-place Atlanta at 11.7% and 11.2% in the area around Tampa, Florida. Miami and Baltimore round out the top five.

Food costs spiked 11.4% over the past year, the largest annual increase since May 1979, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Egg prices soared 39.8%, while flour got 23.3% more expensive. Milk rose 17% and the price of bread jumped 16.2%. Chicken prices jumped 16.6%, while meats rose 6.7% and pork increased 6.8%. Fruits and vegetables together are up 9.4%. Overall, grocery prices jumped 13.5% and restaurant menu prices increased 8%.

Consumers are increasingly using buy now, pay later apps to cover the cost of rising food bills. An estimated 1 in 5 people who use BNPL services now say they’ve used the pay-over-time model to cover the cost of groceries, said Hugh Tallents, senior partner at management consulting firm cg42. Half of them do so regularly. Almost $46 billion in buy now, pay later transactions were made online in 2021, up from $15.3 billion the year before. Defaults and bankruptcy are like to rise as well. 

Surging rent prices are now hitting consumers hard. Rents rose 0.7% in August from July and marking the fastest monthly pace since January 1991. Annual rent inflation rose 6.7%, also the highest rate in almost 40 years, and industry experts say they will continue to rise.

Mortgage broker Freddie Mac said on Thursday that the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage had reached 6.02 percent, nearly double what it was nine months ago. The rapid increase in borrowing costs comes after the Federal Reserve launched an aggressive campaign to raise interest rates in order slow inflation.

August housing starts, a measure of new home construction, jumped 12.2% from July, but were down 0.1% from a year ago, according to the US Census Bureau. After a big drop earlier this spring, housing starts had been holding relatively steady up until last month’s big increase. The majority of the gain in housing starts in August was in multifamily properties, buildings with five units or more, which were up nearly 30% from July.

  • However, a survey released Monday found home builder confidence fell in September for the ninth-straight month to the lowest point since 2014. The sentiment dropped as higher mortgage rates, continuing supply chain problems and persistently high home prices continued to make homes less affordable for buyers.

Home sales declined for the seventh month in a row in August as higher mortgage rates and stubbornly high prices pushed prospective buyers out of the market. Sales of existing homes – which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – were down nearly 19.9% from a year ago and down 0.4% from July.

The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell again last week, setting a new three-month low and showing that employers are still reluctant to let go of workers despite some economic slowing. Initial claims for unemployment insurance were 213,000 for the week ended September 10, down 5,000 from a total of 218,000 claims in the prior week. That is the lowest level since May 28. Continuing jobless claims for the week ended September 3 were 1.4 million, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week’s level.

International Economy:

While gas prices have declined in the United States in recent weeks (although they still remain more than 35% higher than when Biden took office) they have remained shockingly high in Europe – more than $5.50 per gallon in the U.K., Germany, and France. At the same time, Europe has experienced a catastrophic rise in electricity costs. Manufacturers are furloughing workers and shutting down lines because they can’t pay the gas and electric charges, reports the New York Times.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

An Israeli strike on the Damascus International Airport and nearby military posts south of the Syrian capital killed five soldiers. According to Syrian state media,. the strikes happened after midnight Friday, causing “material losses” as well. It added that some of the Israeli missiles were shot down before reaching their targets. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, confirmed that the strikes killed five Syrian soldiers and two members of Iran-backed groups. The Israeli army declined comment.

Middle East: When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. (Luke 21:20-22)

The new Iranian “Arash 2” suicide drone has unique capabilities that were developed specifically for targeting Haifa and Tel Aviv, Commander of Iran’s Army Ground Force Brigadier General Kioomars Heidari said on national Iranian TV. He noted that the Arash 2 drone was specially designed for attacking Haifa and Tel Aviv, and that it is “a unique drone made for that purpose and awaits the command to start operation.” Israel said that the Iron Dome defense system has been upgraded and can now contend with drone threats as well.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear ofwars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; forall these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Fornation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

The Russian-controlled regions in southern and eastern Ukraine on Tuesday rolled out plans to start voting this week on whether to formally become part of Russia. Western countries are unlikely to recognize the referendums as legitimate. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called the votes a sham and said that Ukraine would liberate its territories. Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy head of Russia’s Security Council and former president of Russia, said Russia would enshrine the new territories in its constitution so no future Russian leader could hand them back, and that they would be defended by any means necessary.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a mobilization of 300,000 reservists in Russia, in a measure that appeared to be an admission that Moscow’s war against Ukraine isn’t going according to plan after nearly seven months of fighting. It’s the first mobilization in Russia since World War II and comes amid recent battlefield losses for the Kremlin’s forces.

The Russian leader, in a seven-minute televised address to the nation aired on Wednesday morning, also warned the West that he isn’t bluffing over using all the means at his disposal to protect Russia’s territory, in what appeared to be a veiled reference to Russia’s nuclear capability. Putin has previously warned the West not to back Russia against the wall and has rebuked NATO countries for supplying weapons to help Ukraine.

Nuclear operator Energoatom said Monday that Russian missiles landed within 300 meters of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant. None of the facility’s three nuclear reactors suffered damage. The plant is the second largest of four nuclear power plants in Ukraine, smaller only than the one in Zaporizhzhia. Vladimir Putin pledged Friday to step up attacks against Ukrainian infrastructure.

Ukraine has retaken thousands of miles and more than 300 villages and towns this month. The Ukraine Defense Ministry said Russian troops fleeing the Ukraine advance are massing at the Belgorod border, where other Russian troops are keeping them from crossing over. “They have no communication with the command,” the ministry said in a statement. “There is no supply of food and ammunition.”

Terrorism: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me… But You, O God,  shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:4-5.23)

Border Patrol agents along the southwest border with Mexico apprehended 78 migrants listed on the Terrorist Screening Dataset during the first 11 months of Fiscal Year 2022. This is three times the total of the last four years’ apprehensions of potential terrorists combined. The report from CBP stated that in previous years, 15 were apprehended in all of FY21, three in FY20, none in FY19, six in FY18, and two in FY17. The numbers could be significantly higher if the more than 580,000 migrants “got-aways” were counted.

The Taliban have summarily executed dozens of members of a resistance group fighting against their harsh rule in Afghanistan. In a move that echoes ISIS’s social media strategy, Taliban shared their battlefield atrocities online to spread fear among their enemies. The executed fighters are members of the National Resistance Front, a new group operating mainly out of the Panjshir Valley in central Afghanistan. 

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth,for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced a sweeping package of what he called the country’s “most aggressive” climate measures to “accelerate the state’s transition” to non-conventional energy sources. The package includes 40 bills of new green rules affecting large-scale industry as well as the family home and private and public transportation. Newsom’s office said his sweeping package of measures will create four million new jobs over the next 20 years, cut air pollution by 60 percent, and reduce state oil consumption by 91 percent. How this would be achieved was not explained in the governor’s news release.

Yvon Chouinard started the outdoor clothing retailer Patagonia 50 years ago and built it into a $3 billion company. On Wednesday, he announced he’s giving it away. Patagonia and all of its voting stock are now held by a trust charged with protecting the company’s values. All nonvoting shares go to a nonprofit, the Holdfast Collective, that will fight environmental crises and protect nature. “Earth is now our only shareholder,” a company statement said. Patagonia, which sells more than $1 billion in merchandise a year, will remain a for-profit company and expects to make donations to environmental causes of about $100 million a year.

Earthquakes: And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7b) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12)

A​n earthquake and an aftershock caused minor damage in a Northern California community and were felt across the highly populated Bay Area last Tuesday night. The 4.4-magnitude quake and a 3.9-magnitude aftershock struck just after 6:30 p.m. local time and were centered in Santa Rosa, California, around 50 miles north of San Francisco along the Rodgers Creek fault line, a part of the San Andreas fault system. The Santa Rosa Fire Department said that they had to respond to some reports of gas leaks, but that no one was injured.

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the sparsely populated southeastern part of Taiwan on Sunday, derailing train cars, causing a convenience store to collapse and trapping hundreds on mountain roads. The weather bureau said the epicenter was in Taitung county, and followed a 6.4 magnitude temblor on Saturday evening in the same area.

A​ 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific coast of Mexico Monday afternoon, not far from the town of Aquila, killing at least one person. The USGS said the quake struck at 1:05 p.m. local time at a depth of about 9 miles. Near the epicenter, buildings shook, and structural damage was reported in Michoacan state. In Mexico City, some 400 miles east of the epicenter, buildings were evacuated as a precaution and power was knocked out in some areas.

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

Mudslides last Monday, 9/12, in Forest Falls, California, obliterated and damaged several homes. The mudslide was triggered after as much as 2.5 inches of rain fell around Forest Falls, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County, sending debris down steep hillsides marked by wildfire burn scars. Mudslides, more formally called “debris flows,” are an especially dangerous and fast-moving type of landslide. T​he county installed barriers on some homeowners’ property to protect them from mudslides after wildfires, but they didn’t hold up to the flow. One owner’s jeep was found thirty feet downhill with a tree laying on its roof. Many other cars were trapped in window-high mud.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared a state of disaster Saturday as a powerful storm battered the coast over a 1,000-mile span, causing widespread flooding in several communities. Remnants of Typhoon Merbok brought on the worst storm in the state’s recent history. At least five communities — Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay, Golovin, Newtok and Nome — have been impacted as of Sunday due to high water levels. Initial damage reports have shown erosion, electrical issues and power outages. Homes were moved off their foundations and one house in Nome floated down a river until it got caught at a bridge.

Hurricane Fiona hammered the Dominican Republic Monday after carving a path of destruction across Puerto Rico Sunday that included damaged homes, landslides, flooded roadways and a total blackout of the island’s power grid. A​t least one person was killed in the Dominican Republic by a falling tree. Two persons were also killed in Puerto Rico, where flooding continued, and millions of people remained without power or running water. Strong winds ripped roofs off homes and the heavy rain also caused landslides in Puerto Rico. Rain totals have reached 12 to 20 inches in most areas, but some locations have seen up to 35 inches.

  • The storm strengthened to a Category 3 storm Tuesday with sustained winds of 115 mph. The hurricane was moving north-northwest at 10 mph, and was centered about 10 miles off the coast of Grand Turk Island. Hurricane conditions were occurring over the Turks and Caicos Tuesday.

Floodwaters triggered by heavy rainfall swept through several towns in a hilly region of central Italy early Friday, leaving 10 people dead and at least four missing. Dozens of survivors scrambled onto rooftops or up trees to await rescue. The flooding left the 1,300 residents of Barbara without drinking water and with spotty telephone service. Some 50 people were treated at hospitals for injuries.

A massive typhoon roared across Japan’s southwestern region of Kyushu on Sunday, forcing 8 million residents to flee and pounding some areas with unprecedented winds and waves. The Japan Meteorological Agency said it was “raining like never before” in neighboring Miyazaki, where some areas saw more than 15 inches of rain in the 24 hours through Sunday afternoon. Power lines tumbled and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were dark as the storm slowly rolled northward over Kyushu.

Signs of the Times Update: September 12, 2022

September 12, 2022

 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:31–32)

Praise Reports: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Queen Elizabeth was well-known for her deep faith in God in both her public statements, including her eloquent Christmas messages, and actions. One of Queen Elizabeth’s title was “Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.” Queen Elizabeth II often knelt before Jesus Christ in prayer and worship. In doing so, the queen pointed not just her subjects but the entire world to their Savior, reports WORLD News. In her Easter message in 2020, shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, she said: “Easter isn’t canceled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever. The discovery of the risen Christ on the first Easter Day gave his followers new hope and fresh purpose, and we can all take heart from this. … As dark as death can be—particularly for those suffering with grief—light and life are greater. May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future.”

It was only a little more than a year ago that the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that a Philadelphia foster and adoption agency could operate by its Christian standards, irrespective of the city’s so-called non-discrimination demands to promote the LGBT ideology. Now a federal district court has ruled that the state of New York cannot shut down a faith-based provider of adoption services over its religious beliefs. The state had threatened to order the organization to phase out its adoption program over the service’s standard of prioritizing the placement of children in homes with a married mother and father. The court ruling ordered that the state be banned from enforcing its demands “insofar as it would compel New Hope to process applications from, or place children for adoption with, same-sex couples or unmarried cohabitating couples.

On Wednesday, the Miami-Dade School Board, which represents the nation’s fourth-largest school district, voted against a measure that would have recognized October as “LGBTQ history month.” The vote follows an August 23 school board election in which Miami-Dade was flipped to a conservative majority. The vote also comes as Americans’ satisfaction with the U.S. education system reached its lowest point in two decades, with a newly released Gallup poll finding that just 42% of adults are “satisfied with U.S. education.”

Yeshiva University in New York City will not have to recognize an LGBT student club, at least not for the time being, according to an emergency ruling the U.S. Supreme Court issued late on Sept. 9, temporarily blocking a lower court order forcing such recognition. Founded in 1897, the Orthodox Jewish university describes itself in court documents as “the world’s premier Torah-based institution of higher education.” The word “yeshiva” itself refers to a traditional Jewish religious school. Recognizing the LGBT student organization would violate its religious teachings, the school argues. The new ruling came as the high court has become increasingly protective of constitutionally guaranteed religious rights in recent years.

The faith-based, adoption-themed movie Lifemark opened at No. 7 in theaters over the weekend, marking the sixth straight time that a movie made by filmmaking brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick opened in the Top 10. The film, which is in theaters for one week only through Thursday, grossed an estimated $2.2 million to notch the seventh spot. Lifemark finished even higher in per-theater average ($1,444) at No. 3. On the popular movie website RottenTomatoes.com, it received an impressive audience score of 97 percent. The pro-life film features a nearly aborted baby who is adopted and later reconnected with his birth mother.

A private Christian school in North Carolina is apologizing after it baptized more than 100 children without notifying parents. Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, N.C., announced on its Facebook page Thursday that it had “over 100 middle and high school students spontaneously declare their faith and get baptized” earlier that day. Although most comments on the Facebook page were positive, the school acknowledged that parents may have wanted to attend. “Several students had given their lives to the Lord during Spiritual Emphasis Week, and they were scheduled to be baptized this morning. But the Spirit of the Lord moved, and the invitation to accept the Lord and be baptized was given, and the students just began to respond to the presence of the Lord.”

  • Even if the Spirit moved, they should have taken down the students’ names, gotten parents’ permissions and scheduled another baptism. Leaving parents out of school decisions has been a growing problem in the secular world. Let’s not have the Christian world adopt their practices.

The Pakistani Supreme Court has issued a highly significant and welcome ruling, which includes the declaration that the preaching of Christianity “is not a crime, nor can it be made into one.” The nine-page ruling is a clear and comprehensive denunciation of the way in which “blasphemy” laws are misused in Pakistan. The court raises issues such as false and malicious accusations, the lack of credible evidence in many cases, and the mob violence with which the accused person is often threatened. The Supreme Court of Pakistan in Islamabad has granted bail to three Christians charged with “blasphemy” in separate cases. The bench of two judges ruled that the accused should be protected until the allegation was proved and the state has a special responsibility to ensure protection of those accused of “blasphemy.”

Satanic Deception: 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)The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where[a] the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10)

The Walt Disney Company, through its FXX Network, is releasing an animated sitcom series called Little Demon, which a film industry website describes this way: “After being impregnated by the Devil, a reluctant mother and her Antichrist daughter attempt to live an ordinary life in Delaware.” According to One Million Moms (OMM), the show carries graphic violence and nudity and “makes light of hell and the dangers of the demonic realm.” OMM adds that the series “is introducing viewers, including children who might stumble across the series, to a world of demons, witches, and sorcery. Along with the demonic content of the series, the minds of younger viewers will also be inundated with secular worldviews that reflect the current culture.”

The Demise of America: The first was like a lion (Britain) and had eagle’s wings (America). I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7:4)

America’s government debt is on the verge of eclipsing $31 trillion for the first time ever, even as COVID-related federal spending slows. In 2020, when COVID led to a sharp economic downturn and a dramatic spike in new federal spending, the government spent a record-high $3.1 trillion more than the revenue it collected. In 2021, the budget deficit fell just a bit to $2.8 trillion, and it’s expected to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 trillion by the end of the current fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. The budget deficit hit a recent low of around $400 billion in 2014, rising to $1 trillion in 2019. In the early 2000s the deficit averaged around $250 billion, and there was even a surplus of about $100 billion in 2001.

Senate Democrats last Wednesday crammed a bill to codify same-sex marriage into a continuing resolution to fund the government past September 30. Funding bills bypass the filibuster rule which requires 60 of 100 Senators to vote to close the filibuster and move the bill along to a simple majority vote, i.e. 51 out of 100. While this is a legal move, it is just another example of why Americans no longer trust Congress.

Surveillance State: So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor. (Luke 20:20)

Police are using a new technique – geofence – to solve crimes that’s raising privacy issues. Geofence creates a virtual geographic boundary, defined by GPS or RFID technology, that enables software to trigger a response when a mobile device enters or leaves a particular area. Police can then get a warrant to find out what cellphone crossed the geofence at a particular time. Just as when police want to search a home or business for evidence of a crime, geofences and other electronic seizures require a warrant – and the number of warrants granted is on the rise. This has been employed to catch hit-and-run drivers and other crimes, but the practice also raises concerns about invasion of privacy and questions about how frequently geofence actually solves crimes.

  • Google’s own statistics show geofence warrants now represent more than a quarter of the 40,000 search warrants received by the company each year, nearly all of them from local law enforcement. That’s about a fourfold increase since 2018. Facebook fielded 64,000 search warrants last year from U.S. law enforcement. 

Civic/Religious Freedom: Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:36)

An Irish school teacher who was suspended over his refusal to use transgender pronouns and names has been jailed after he refused to obey a court order. Enoch Burke, a secondary school teacher and a Christian at the Church of Ireland-operated Wilson’s Hospital School in Westmeath, Ireland, had been suspended with pay in August following a controversy during which he declined to use the preferred name and pronoun (“they”) of a transgender-identifying student. Burke, though, continued to try and teach. The school responded by obtaining a court order prohibiting him from setting foot on the property. After Burke breached the court order, he was arrested Monday and committed to Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. Burke says the school is abandoning its Christian heritage. The school’s request, he said, is “contrary to the work of God.”

Censorship: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, and other top Biden administration officials who were resisting efforts to obtain their communications with Big Tech companies must hand over the records, a federal judge ruled on Sept. 6. U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty, a Trump appointee, ordered the government to quickly produce documents after it was sued by the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri over alleged collusion with Big Tech firms such as Facebook. The initial tranche of discovery, released on Aug. 31, revealed that more than 50 government officials across a dozen agencies were involved in applying pressure to social media companies to censor users. But some of the officials refused to provide any answers, or answer all questions posed by the plaintiffs. Among them: Fauci, who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.

Independent Journalist Alex Berenson was banned from Twitter for supposedly violating their COVID policy. His crime? Citing official data from Israel showing that the mRNA vaccines did not stop transmission of the coronavirus and that the protection waned over months. Berenson sued and won. He was immediately reinstated on the social media platform, and the judge granted him discovery. Berenson’s legal team discovered that the Biden administration had demanded he be removed from the social media platform. Internal documents showed the White House pressed the social media company to ban Berenson for four months.

Persecution: Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. (Matthew 24:9) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

A former California fire chief is ratcheting up his fight against a city official’s decision to fire him from his job for attending a Christian leadership conference. His case is being appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a district judge ruled against him. In 2010, a deputy city manager in Stockton, California, told Chief Ron Hittle and his staff to attend training. Knowing that budget cuts limited their options, Hittle ruled out several out-of-state training opportunities, and instead, focused on trainings closer to home. That’s when he came across Willow Creek Church’s Global Leadership Summit in a business magazine. The event had great reviews, and the fact that it was broadcast to sites around the world—including Hittle’s home church—made it an affordable choice for Hittle and his team who paid for the conference themselves. Hittle logged the event on the city calendar so all were aware of the plan.

Abortion: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. (Jeremiah 1:5)

A Michigan election board placed a pro-abortion amendment proposal on the state’s Nov. 8 ballot on Friday. Pro-abortion groups earlier this year collected a record-breaking 750,000 signatures in a petition drive to get the proposal on the ballot. Abortion is the top issue motivating citizens of Michigan to vote in November, according to a poll by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV.

The Biden administration has announced its plan to allow the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide abortion access for veterans at its medical facilities nationwide, even in states that have imposed restrictions on the procedure. In a statement released Friday, the department announced its submission of an interim final rule to the Federal Register that will allow VA hospitals to provide access to abortion and abortion counseling in cases of incest, rape and life-threatening emergencies.

Pestilence (Covid and other diseases): For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7)

Covid-19

The number of known daily new cases of Covid-19 fell 25% over the past two weeks. Hospitalizations were down 9% and deaths declined 22%. While the hospitalization and death numbers are probably fairly accurate, the number of new cases could be off a lot due to home testing. Only if a person goes to the hospital do they become a statistic. Only three states showed an increase in cases over the past two weeks: South Carolina was up 14%, Missouri increased by 8% and Texas was up 1%. Tennessee saw the biggest decline at -61%, with Arizona at -57% and New Mexico at -53%.

The U.S. has recently averaged about 320 new Covid-19 deaths per day, far below pandemic peaks, including levels above 2,500 a day during the Omicron wave early this year. But the country hasn’t matched lows closer to 200 a day reached during a lull last year. Roughly 85% of people who died from Covid-19 through mid-August this summer were 65 or older, a Wall Street Journal analysis of death-certificate data show. The rate is similar to 2020 peaks, before vaccines were available. Covid-19 is on pace to be the third-leading cause of death for the third straight year, said Dr. Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Since 2020, it has trailed only heart disease and cancer.

  • A significant number of those who are dying have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, as well as at least one booster shot, but overall the vaccines seem to have reduced Covid mortality even as they cause additional deaths and health issues.

From 2019 to 2021, Native American’s life expectancy fell from 71.8 years to 65.2. Covid was largely to blame. Typically, experts start to worry when they see drops in life expectancy that measure in just tenths of a year; Native Americans lost nearly seven years. The drop erases the equivalent of more than four decades of American life expectancy gains. And the average Native American person is now expected to live as long as the average American did in 1944.

New Zealand was touted as having some of the world’s strictest pandemic protocols. Now, after 2½ years, the country has dropped its coronavirus requirements. In a news conference Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the government would no longer require masks and would roll back vaccine requirements. “With high vaccination rates now coupled with high numbers of people having had the virus itself, it’s now safe for them to conclude,” she said.

Vaccines – Harbinger of the Mark of the Beast: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

  • The vaccines are not the Mark of the Beast, much as polio, measles, tetanus shots are not either. The Mark must be on the hand and/or forehead and will be required to buy and sell. However, the vaccines are a precursor in that they prepare the masses to follow government orders when the true Mark comes.

Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top U.S. health officials said that COVID-19 vaccines will likely be administered yearly, similar to the annual flu shot, unless a “dramatically” different new variant of the virus appears. At a White House press briefing Tuesday, officials said that one COVID-19 shot will be made available in the fall, once a year, that will be updated against the original strain of the virus and whichever strain is the dominant circulating strain that year. The announcement came after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized new updated booster shots that are designed to combat the most prevalent Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5. The FDA and the CDC recommend these new booster shots for all Americans ages 12 and above, although they have never been tested on humans, just like the annual flu shots.

Mainstream media “fact checkers,” relying on the CDC, typically have slapped a “misinformation” label on reports that the COVID-19 vaccines are associated with a significantly high rate of myocarditis, potentially causing blood clots, heart attack or stroke. But the CDC’s own analysis of its Vaccine Safety Datalink surveillance data shows the incidence of myocarditis after vaccination is three to five times higher for young men than what the agency was reporting at this time last year. In August last year, for example, the CDC reported 42.6 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis per million males ages 12-15 males after vaccination. Now, the CDC says the rate is actually 150.5 per million, which aligns with health experts the media maligned as purveyors of misinformation.

A team of nine experts from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and other top universities has published paradigm-shifting research about the efficacy and safety of the COVID-19 vaccines and why mandating vaccines for college students is unethical. This 50-page study, which was published on The Social Science Research Network at the end of August, analyzed CDC and industry-sponsored data on vaccine adverse events, and concluded that mandates for COVID-19 boosters for young people may cause 18 to 98 actual serious adverse events for each COVID-19 infection-related hospitalization theoretically prevented.

More embalmers report they have seen the emergence of bizarre “fibrous” clots in a substantial portion of their cases since the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines. In February, as WND reported, a veteran funeral director in Alabama, Richard Hirschman, said he and more than a dozen colleagues in the industry had been noticing the clots. Now, the Epoch Times, which has spoken to others who are observing the same phenomena, reports preliminary research suggests the clots are produced by spike proteins in the body. And some believe there could be a relationship to the COVID-19 vaccines.

Three Italian surgeons conducted a study analyzing blood from 1,006 people who developed symptoms after they got a Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna mRNA injection and found 94 percent of them to have “aggregation of erythrocytes and the presence of particles of various shapes and sizes of unclear origin,” one month after inoculation. Erythrocytes are a type of red blood cell that carries oxygen and carbon dioxide. “What seems plain enough is that metallic particles resembling graphene oxide and possibly other metallic compounds … have been included in the cocktail of whatever the manufacturers have seen fit to put in the so-called mRNA ‘vaccines,’” the authors wrote in the study’s discussion and conclusions.

International:

Australia’s state of Victoria is known for particularly rigid COVID-19 restrictions on its population of 7 million. About 95% of the state’s adults have received COVID vaccines and most are boosted with mRNA shots. Yet, Victoria’s official government data shows deaths in August soared to the highest level in at least 13 years, reports investigative reporter Alex Berenson. He noted that Victoria’s database is better than most, with state law requiring physicians and funeral directors to report deaths online. In 2022, so far, Victoria has registered 32,533 deaths overall, which is 20% above its average for the same eight-month period from 2017 through 2021. And COVID deaths have spike since the introduction of the vaccines. More than two-thirds of Victoria’s COVID deaths have occurred in 2022.

  • Meanwhile, British government data indicates adults aged 40-74 who have received mRNA booster shots are twice as likely to be hospitalized as those who haven’t recently been boosted. Similarly, in June, an analysis of Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccine trials by British Medical Journal Editor Dr. Peter Doshi and other medical scientists found the mRNA shots are more likely to land a recipient in the hospital than to provide protection Covid-related infection.

Health Care:  Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored? (Jeremiah 8:22)

A majority of adults in the U.S. say that health care is not handled well in the country, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Only 12% say it is handled extremely or very well. Overall, the public gives even lower marks for how prescription drug costs, the quality of care at nursing homes and mental health care are being handled, with just 6 percent or less saying those health services are done very well in the country.

“Medical deserts” are widespread and expanding across the U.S. Closed pharmacies and hospitals, severe doctor shortages, and a lack of medical infrastructure are leaving over 30 million Americans stranded and forced to deal with inadequate healthcare that could mean the difference between life and death. Rural areas are disproportionately affected, as these areas seen the disappearance of essential medical services. The steady closure of rural hospitals has left Americans, specifically in places like Vermont, Arkansas, and Alabama, to travel greater distances to hospitals. The pandemic has worsened the already severe crisis, as 20 rural hospitals were forced to close in 2020, a record number. Even before the pandemic, which strained rural healthcare even further, 101 rural hospitals closed between 2013 and 2020, a Government Accountability Office report found.

  • When 87-year-old veteran Jim Motley experienced a stroke, his son Nicholas got him in a car to drive to the nearest hospital in West Virginia. After driving for over an hour, past two shuttered hospitals, Jim Motley had passed away.

Health: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3John 1:2)

MRSA is on the rise again. MRSA, which stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is one of the well-known superbugs, which are bacterias that are resistant to most antibiotics. Prior to the pandemic, laboratory-identified cases of MRSA infection had been significantly decreasing. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the United States, hospitals have experienced an increase in the number of MRSA infections. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the national MRSA bacteremia standardized infection ratio was 34 percent higher than that of 2019. Several states reported even greater increases in 2020, such as Arizona with an 80 percent increase and New Jersey with a 99 percent increase.

Drugs: And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries [Greek: pharmakeia, i.e. pharmacy, drugs].

Much like the argument back in the day that kids would experiment no matter what, so they needed to be taught “sex education,” the administration of Joe Biden is suggesting harmful behavior will happen anyway, so it wants “harm reduction” kiosks to provide various items like drug needles. It is the Washington Free Beacon that is reporting the Biden administration is spending $3.6 million “to deploy vending machines filled with drug supplies in rural Kentucky.” The goal is to “reduce stigma for drug users,” the report explains.

Violence/Murder: When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)

A 16-year-old and a 22-year-old were injured Thursday night in a shooting at Uvalde Memorial Park, a hard hit for the community that lost 19 children and two teachers in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in May. Thursday’s shooting was suspected to be gang-related, and anyone with information was asked to get in touch with authorities. Four suspects allegedly connected to Thursday’s shooting were taken into custody after arriving at a hospital seeking medical help. The shooting is believed to have occurred after a physical altercation between rival gangs. Governor Abbott said he is deploying the state’s Department of Public Safety to target the five gangs that operate in the city, and that six additional state trooper units will also work with city authorities to target the gangs.

At least 11 mass shootings occurred nationwide during Labor Day weekend, killing at least 15 people, according to Gun Violence Archive. Mass shootings occurred in cities including Saint Paul, Minnesota, Charleston, South Carolina, Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland. The weekend’s deadliest mass shooting occurred in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where three people died and two others were injured. Another mass shooting killed two people and injured three in Philadelphia. At least nine people were killed and an additional nineteen were injured by gunfire in Philadelphia overall during the weekend, according to Metro Philadelphia. Forty-six people were shot and seven wounded during the weekend overall in Chicago.

Even before he and his brother allegedly stabbed 28 people a week ago Sunday in Saskatchewan, Myles Sanderson’s criminal record contained a history of violence. He began drinking and smoking marijuana at the age of 12 (he would soon graduate to cocaine). In 2017, he barged into an ex-girlfriend’s home, punched a hole in the door of a bathroom where his two kids were hiding in the tub, and threw a cement block at a vehicle parked outside. On Wednesday afternoon, police caught up with Sanderson near the town of Rosthern, Saskatchewan. He reportedly surrendered after officers rammed his vehicle. Sanderson, 32, told parole officials that substance abuse made him out of his mind in the past. Many of his past crimes happened while he was intoxicated. But court records also show that his childhood was marked by violence and neglect.

Authorities said a man who drove around Memphis, Tennessee, shooting at people, killing four, during an hours long rampage that forced frightened people to shelter in place Wednesday has been arrested. The Memphis Police Department identified the suspect as Ezekiel Kelly, 19, after receiving reports of a person shooting and posting live videos on Facebook. Four people were killed and three others were wounded in seven shootings across Memphis. In April 2021, Kelly was charged with attempted first-degree murder but pled guilty to a downgraded aggravated assault charge. Kelly was sentenced to three years in prison, but was released in March 2022 after serving just 11 months of his sentence.

  • Why are progressives so intent on releasing violent criminals back on the streets?

Tragedy: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

The death toll from a fire at a karaoke parlor in southern Vietnam has risen to 32 and some parts of the building remain inaccessible more than a day later. The fire began late Tuesday and trapped workers and customers inside the multi-story venue in Thuan An city in Binh Duong province. The fire was brought under control quickly but smoldered into the next day. At least one karaoke room and one storage room have not been accessed because the temperature remained too high. Some people were injured from asphyxiation and others suffered broken limbs when they jumped from upper floors to try to escape the fire, reports said. Firefighters using ladders from their trucks managed to rescue others.

Justice (or lack thereof): Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. (Jeremiah 23:5)

Juul has agreed to pay $439 million in a settlement with states over their marketing their e-cigarettes to teens. Under an agreement reached with 34 states and territories, Juul will also have to stop advertising on public transportation, paying influencers or depicting anyone under 35 years old in ads.

Military: Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. (Psalm 144:1-2)

Applicants to the incoming freshmen classes at West Point and Annapolis were down sharply this year as the country’s prestigious service academies struggle with the same recruiting crisis hobbling the rest of the U.S. military. The Air Force Academy said it received 8,393 applications for the Class of 2026, compared to 11,599 for the Class of 2025, a 28% decline. The U.S. Naval Academy saw a 20% decrease from 16,265 who had applied for the Class of 2025.

Big Tech: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)

Irish regulators are slapping Instagram with a big fine after an investigation found the social media platform mishandled teenagers’ personal information in violation of strict European Union data privacy rules. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission made a final decision last week to fine the company 405 million euros ($402 million). The penalty is the second-biggest issued under the EU’s stringent privacy rules after Luxembourg’s regulators fined Amazon 746 million euros last year.

  • Instagram parent Meta, which also owns Facebook, said that while it had “engaged fully” with regulators throughout the investigation, “we disagree with how this fine was calculated and intend to appeal it.”

Education: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

Florida has topped The Heritage Foundation’s inaugural “Education Freedom Report Card,” with the conservative public policy think tank declaring it is the most parent-friendly jurisdiction in the union, followed by Arizona, Idaho and Indiana. New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia rounded out the bottom of the list. The report card is comprised of four categories—school choice, transparency, regulatory freedom and spending—and utilizes 30 “discrete factors” to determine each state’s score.

Students in Seattle this Monday will miss a fourth day of school as teachers strike over pay and classroom support for students with special needs and learning disabilities. The school district Sunday afternoon announced the cancellation of Monday classes and said negotiations with the union were ongoing. The Seattle Education Association said 95% of its voting members approved the strike. The strike began Wednesday, what was supposed to be the first day of school for the approximately 49,000 students in the district.

A report compiled by Do No Harm, a nonprofit pushing back against the enforcement of woke theology in the medical field, reviewed the admissions process at a number of medical schools and found that they appear to be screening out potential students based on their political views. The authors wrote: A review of the admissions process at 50 of the top-ranked medical schools found that 36 asked applicants their views on, or experience in, DEI efforts (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). Many were overt in asking applicants if they agreed with certain statements about racial politics and the causes of disparate health outcomes. This focus on identity politics is not limited to elite medical schools. Schools outside the top-ranked tier are also probing for information about candidates’ attitudes toward race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and more.

LGBTQ+ For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:26-27)

The California State Senate passed a bill that would allow courts in California to take custody of minors from out of state who come to the Golden State seeking gender transition surgeries and cross-sex hormones, even if these actions go against the wishes of the minors’ parents. Legal experts and children’s advocates warn that the measure, which awaits Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature to become law, is almost certainly unconstitutional, would cause severe harm to the health and wellbeing of children, and would egregiously violate parental custody rights.

A California teacher in the Capistrano school district boasted and posted about a “queer library” in her classroom that was filled with over 100 books – some of which contained sexual imagery, information on orgies, sex parties and BDSM (whatever that is). The teacher at San Juan Hills High School, identified on the school’s website as Danielle Serio, is known as “Flint.” Flint posted repeatedly on TikTok about books in the “queer library” and said it was available to students and has been active for five years.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Washington’s conversion therapy ban for LGBT minors is constitutional, rejecting Christian therapist Brian Tingley’s claims that the ban violated his free speech rights to counsel patients with unwanted same-sex attraction. Circuit Judge Ronald Gould authored the panel opinion, stating that the law “does not violate the First or Fourteenth Amendments” because the state has the power to regulate medical practices.

Gender Confusion: Male and female He created them. (Genesis 5:2)

  • Gender confusion is being promoted because it undermines God’s ordained family structure, giving secular government more control over people, particularly our youth.

Nightingale-Bamford School, an all-female preparatory school in Manhattan, New York, is recommending books on transgenderism for kindergartners on its school library website. The recommended reading for parents and their students include picture books such as “When Aidan Became A Brother,” a story about a biological girl believing she is a boy as her new sibling is born. The school also recommended “Julian Is A Mermaid” by Jessica Love, about a boy, Julian, who wants to be like the women he saw dressed up as mermaids and eventually reveals his change in gender identity to his grandmother, who helps him transition.

  • Whether you call it ‘grooming’ or ‘indoctrination,’ it is an abomination to subject very young children to sexualized themes of any kind, let alone gender dysphoria.

Refugees: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2)

Homeland Security failed to fully vet some of the Afghan evacuees whom it brought into the U.S. during last year’s airlift, the department’s inspector general said in a new audit Tuesday that warned some people who pose “a risk to national security” may have been let in. One evacuee was cleared to reach the U.S. despite having been just liberated from prison by the Taliban. Another reached the U.S. and was released, only to have the FBI conclude three months later that the evacuee “posed national security concerns.” The evacuation was so hastily constructed that the department didn’t have formal policies on how to vet the Afghans, and screening decisions were made “on an ad hoc basis,” the audit said.

Immigration: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. (Deuteronomy 10:18-19)

Homeland Security on Thursday announced it has adopted a new lenient policy on legal immigrants’ use of welfare, tossing a Trump-era green-card policy that would have been far stricter. Under the new system, known as the “public charge” rule, immigrants will only be penalized for potential welfare use if the government believes they will eventually become “primarily dependent” on government payments. Living in government housing, using Medicaid for health coverage or accepting food stamps wouldn’t count against an immigrant. Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the new rule will deliver “fair and humane treatment of legal immigrants.”

The number of migrant encounters at the southern border has smashed through the two million mark this fiscal year, breaching the already-historic 1.7 million encounters last year – but those numbers by themselves do not state how have been released into the U.S., or account for hundreds of thousands of others who have slipped past Border Patrol.

  • Vice President Kamala Harris twice declared the U.S. southern border is “secure” during an interview Sunday, despite the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who routinely cross into the country every month.

The mayor of the city of Washington D.C. has declared a public emergency over the influx of illegal immigrants into the nation’s capital. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the emergency on Sept. 8. The city has received some 9,400 illegal aliens from the states of Texas and Arizona, according to her office. The declaration enables the mayor to establish a new office, the Office of Migrant Services, specifically to help the illegal immigrants arriving from the border states. The office will receive an initial $10 million to establish the office, which will help nonprofits and others greet, house, and feed the illegal aliens. The city hopes to either use federal funding or be reimbursed for the spending.

A group of over 100 migrants bused up from the southern border were moved to an Illinois suburb after being welcomed in Chicago – an action that is reportedly frustrating local officials. The migrants are staying at a Hampton Inn in Burr Ridge and a Holiday Inn in Countryside. An estimated 300 migrants have been bused from Texas to Chicago in the past two weeks.  While Chicago is a sanctuary city and Cook County is a sanctuary county, the migrants at the Burr Ridge Hampton Inn are in DuPage County. The county’s sanctuary status is unclear. However, Burr Ridge Republican Mayor Garry Grasso previously said he would work to secure the border and “defund sanctuary cities.”

Energy Supplies: He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. (Isaiah 44:14-15)

The United Kingdom on Thursday confirmed plans to subsidize energy bills for households and businesses, joining other European governments in a costly race to protect their economies from freezing up this winter as Russia cuts off supplies of gas. The UK plan could cost as much as $172 billion, analysts said. Add that to recent similar announcements by Germany, Austria and other EU governments, and the region’s bill for drawing the sting of rising prices is already more than $500 billion.

Newly elected U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss ended England’s ban on fracking Thursday, opening the door to domestic shale gas production amid a European energy crisis. The return of fracking is just one piece of a larger energy and economy plan Truss is pursuing in her first weeks since gaining office. Her administration also announced a national freeze on household energy prices, a plan that will cost the government tens of billions. Under Truss’s plan, household energy costs will be limited to $2,900 per year after ballooning to $4,100 in 2022. The U.K. originally banned fracking in 2019 but could restart domestic production as early as March 2023.

A group of West Virginia coal miners rescued a couple after their electric vehicle died, pushing the car to a charging station at the coal mine. “It was pretty ironic… to be plugged into a coal mine,” State Sen. Smith said. The couple was headed to a weekend getaway when their electric vehicle ran out of power in an area known for traffic from 18-wheelers. “That’s just not a good place to be, so we had to figure out a way to get them out,” miner Daniel House said. The group did not talk politics with the couple, but gave them a “Friends of coal” license plate souvenir, so they would not forget the memorable rescue mission. 

Poverty: Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. (Proverbs 19:17) Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:16) Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you.” (Matthew 26:11)

More than one-third of U.S. families working full-time, year-round do not earn enough to cover a basic family budget, said a report from Brandeis University’s diversitydatakids.org program at the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy. It’s even worse for Black and Hispanic families. More than half cannot afford basic needs, according to the report.

Homelessness: Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:19-20)

Portland residents are outraged, blaming far-left politicians for the homeless crisis and crime surge fueling an exodus from the city. The Fields Bar & Grill owner Jim Rice said small businesses in the area have taken a particularly significant hit battling the crises. “Our business has been burglarized five times in the last year,” he said. “U.S. Outdoor, which is only maybe about six blocks from us, they have been burglarized 17 times. They finally had to close their doors because they just could not afford being burglarized as many times as they are.” Total crime has spiked nearly 25% according to the Portland Police Department. Motor vehicle theft has increased by 51%, burglary by 19% and robbery by 42%.

Overrun with homeless camps, many sidewalks in Portland, Oregon, have become impassible for disabled people, charges a class action lawsuit. The city, states the complaint filed in federal court, is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, which bars discrimination based on disability and requires accessible sidewalks. The 10 plaintiffs, who use wheelchairs, walkers or canes, explain that the tents on sidewalks prevent people prevent them from passing without difficulty. They want a judge to order the to clear the sidewalks and provide shelters for the displace homeless people.

Residents of Seattle’s Chinatown are fighting back against city officials over their plan to build a homeless megaplex in the center of their neighborhood. The King County Department of Community and Human Services is planning to spend $66.5 million to construct a 24/7 homeless shelter that will house more than 500 people, according to the King County press release. Thousands of Chinatown residents attended a rally Thursday to protest the construction of the homeless shelter.

Taxes:  He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Luke 20:25)

Americans in 2021 paid more in taxes than they did on food, shelter and healthcare combined. according to Table R-1 in the BLS’ Consumer Expenditure Survey, American “consumer units” spent an average of $15,495.28 on food, clothing and health care combined, while paying an average of $16,729.73 in total taxes to federal, state and local governments. “A consumer unit,” the BLS says in the glossary for its Consumer Expenditure Survey, “comprises either (1) all members of a particular household who are related by blood, marriage, adoption or other legal arrangements; (2) persons living alone or sharing a household with others or living as a roomer in a private home or lodging house or in a permanent living quarters in a hotel or motel, but who is financially independent; or (3) two or more person living together who use their income to make joint expenditure decisions.”

President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive federal student loans raised a new question: Will recipients have to pay taxes on the amount forgiven? Although the plan is exempt from federal taxes, some states could levy taxes on those borrowers who take advantage of the forgiveness plan. Arkansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina and Wisconsin are among the states where borrowers seeking loan forgiveness may have to consider a higher tax bill.

Work: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Hundreds of thousands of women are streaming back to the workforce after leaving during the pandemic. In August, the share of women age 25 to 54 working or looking for jobs jumped to 77.2% from 76.4% the prior month, topping its pre-COVID mark of 76.9% for the first time since the health crisis began in early 2020, the Labor Department’s latest jobs report shows. That’s nearly half a million women in that age bracket who joined the labor force last month, the most since June 2020.

Advanced Energy Economy, a trade association headquartered in Washington, estimates the creation of 23 million full- or part-time jobs in green technologies stemming from this summer’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and last year’s infrastructure bill. A recent Department of Energy labor report found energy sector job growth is already outpacing the overall U.S. average, with huge gains in technologies like electric vehicles and solar outpacing losses in oil and gas. Whether the U.S. will be able to fill those positions is an open question. The Inflation Reduction Act provides billions of dollars to build and retrofit U.S. homes with highly efficient, next-generation cooking and HVAC equipment, like heat pumps and induction stoves. But the deployment will hinge on the availability and training of home contractors in the new technologies.

Many blue-collar workforces are turning gray. The average age of electricians, home contractors, and other hands-on professionals is ticking up as workers retire faster than young people replace them. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council predicts a severe job crisis as exponential job growth in fields like solar takes place over the next decade with not nearly enough workers available. The new clean-energy jobs will also require specialized training. “Do we have workforce to get this done? No, we don’t right now,” warned Gretchen Cantali, director of advanced program and apprenticeship development for the Home Builders Institute.

United Parcel Service said Wednesday it plans to hire more than 100,000 extra workers to help handle an increase in packages during the critical holiday season. UPS said the openings will be for full- and part-time seasonal positions, and they are primarily package handlers, drivers and driver helpers. Holiday-season volumes usually start rising in October and remain high into January. The hiring plans come as online shopping has slowed after a pandemic-induced surge, but the online market is still well above pre-pandemic levels.

Personal Finances: Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. (Proverbs 11:28) Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 11:4)

If you haven’t used that credit to go shopping or get a meal, you aren’t alone. A new survey from CreditCards.com found nearly half (47%) of Americans have one unused gift card, voucher or store credit, totaling $21 billion nationwide. On average, a person has $175 in unspent gift cards, vouchers and store credit, a $61 jump from 2021. The survey results also showed younger people are letting the credit go to waste more: 52% of millennials and 51% of Gen Z have at least one unused gift card around. On average, millennials have $226 in credit, and Gen Zers have $149.

Business: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8)

California legislators signed a nation-leading measure giving more than a half-million fast food workers more power and protections, despite the objections of restaurant owners who warned it would drive up consumers’ costs. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law on Monday, creating a 10-member Fast Food Council with equal numbers of workers’ delegates and employers’ representatives, along with two state officials, empowered to set minimum standards for wages, hours and working conditions in California. The law caps minimum wage increases for fast food workers at chains with more than 100 restaurants at $22 an hour next year, compared to the statewide minimum of $15.50 an hour.

  • Restaurant owners moved Wednesday to at least temporarily block a nation-leading new California law giving more power to fast food workers. The owners want the state’s voters to ultimately decide the law’s fate. A coalition calling itself Protect Neighborhood Restaurants filed a referendum request with the state attorney general. If they get enough signatures, the law that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed on Monday, Labor Day, wouldn’t take effect unless it’s supported by a majority of voters.

More than 6 in 10 small businesses are not hiring because they cannot take on the additional costs, according to a new survey, up 18 percentage points from July. Alignable, a network for small businesses, said 63% of surveyed businesses are unwilling to hire and 10% of that share is laying off people. Alignable dubbed it a “quite significant” change that is also impacting Canada, where 59% of businesses say they cannot hire and 4% are doing layoffs.

Cineworld Group — the world’s second largest movie theater chain and owner of Regal Cinemas — said Wednesday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The British company, which owns more than 500 movie theaters across the United States, said that it commenced Chapter 11 proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas to shed company debt. It also expects the action will “strengthen its balance sheet and provide the financial strength and flexibility to accelerate, and capitalize on, Cineworld’s strategy in the cinema industry.” Cineworld also said in the filing that it “expects to operate its global business and cinemas as usual throughout this process.”

Economy – Depression/Shortages: When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:5-6)

The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell by 6,000 to 222,000 for the week ended September 3, according to Department of Labor data released Thursday. Continuing jobless claims for the week ended September 3 increased by 36,000 to 1.47 million, the highest level in nearly five months, according to the Labor Department. The nation’s labor market has remained strong despite slumps in other areas of the economy, but has shown hints of deceleration. Following a blowout monthly job gain of 526,000 in July, a more moderate 315,000 jobs were added in August, representing the second-lowest monthly total in 16 months.

The U.S. dollar can’t be stopped. Fueled by the Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening policy, the value of the greenback is appreciating to multi-decade highs and squashing currencies around the world. Normally, it’s emerging-market countries that shoulder the burden of a strong dollar. But atypically, the dollar is currently appreciating more against the currencies of rich economies than it is against those of emerging markets. The Euro is at a 20-year low against the dollar, and the British pound is at its lowest level against since 1985.

Mortgage rates reached their highest level since 2008, inching closer to 6% this week, as it became clearer to investors that aggressive rate hikes from the Federal Reserve would continue. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.89% in the week ending September 8, up from 5.66% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. That is significantly higher than this time last year when it was 2.88%.

Climbing mortgage rates have been dampening the red-hot pandemic housing market for a few months now. Sellers are slashing prices while buyers are sitting on the sidelines, home sales are falling through, contingencies are back, and bidding wars have become more of an exception than the rule. The most recent evidence of a cooling housing market comes in the form of mortgage loan applications: they were down 23% the week ending September 2 than the same week a year ago, according to the Mortgage Brokers Association.

Prices for manufactured goods are starting to moderate. Unfortunately, inflation could stay high because the cost of services is still climbing. Housing and medical services are among those that will keep inflation higher, forcing the Fed to keep bumping up interest rates to slow them down. And that could mean consumers end up paying more.

International Economy:

The European Central Bank hiked interest rates by a record three-quarters of a percentage point on Thursday and promised more to come as it scrambles to contain the inflationary fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing energy crisis. The move will take the benchmark rate for the 19 countries using the euro to 0.75%. It follows the central bank’s first hike since 2011 in July, when rates were increased to zero after years in negative territory. Eurozone inflation hit 9.1% in August, driven by the soaring cost of energy and rising food prices.

Israel: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

Israeli police have been called to investigate after suspected Christian extremists posted a call Saturday directly on the site of a religious freedom group for assassins to kill its members, with a bonus for its Jewish leader. “$5,000 will be payed [sic] to anyone who beh3ads [sic] an MRFF member. A thousand more if they are a kike,” said the threatening message found in the Comments section of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) website. The founder and head of MRFF is Mikey Weinstein, who is Jewish. According to the foundation’s website, both he and his group have been targeted often by “white Christian nationalists,” with death threats having “escalated over the summer.”

In recent years, antisemitism in the U.S. educational system has been primarily associated with the demonization of Israel at institutions of higher education. Now, efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state are now moving from higher education to K-12 public schools. Attempts to falsely label Israel an “apartheid state” and promote similar forms of defamation are being aided and abetted by teachers unions including the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.. Last year, California became the first state to pass a law mandating that public-school students must complete an ethnic studies course before receiving a high school diploma. The Wall Street Journal reported that embedded in the Consortium’s materials are references to Israel as a “colonial settler state” founded “through genocide.”

Middle East: When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. (Luke 21:20-22)

A Palestinian terrorist armed with a submachine gun and two bombs was arrested by officers in the Arab-Jewish coastal city of Jaffa on Thursday, on his way to committing a major terror attack in Tel Aviv, police said. The 19-year-old resident of Nablus, who crossed the green line illegally, aroused the suspicion of officers from the Yassam special forces unit near Jaffa’s clock tower who then arrested him. He was carrying two pipe bombs filled with nails, police said, as well as a Palestinian manufactured ‘Carlo’ submachine gun, a weapon of choice for terrorists from Judea and Samaria, since they are untraceable.

On Wednesday, a Palestinian terrorist identified as Yunis Ghassan al-Tayeh tossed an explosive device at Israeli troops in the town of Tubas in Samaria. Israeli security forces have launched a massive campaign called Operation Wave Breaker to stop terrorists like al-Tayeh, who are incited by groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which receive their funding and marching orders from Iran. IDF soldiers fired on the group with whom the terrorist was operating, eliminating him before he could continue his attack.

The talk about an imminent revival of the nuclear deal between Iran and the Biden administration and other Western countries not only worries Israel, but it has also raised serious concerns among many Arabs nations. They state that they are especially worried about the billions of dollars that Iran’s mullahs will receive once the deal is done. The Arabs say they have no doubt that the money would be used by the mullahs to promote more terrorism and violence and expand Tehran’s terrorist proxies in the Middle East, including Hezbollah, the Houthis, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and various militias in Iraq. Iran has already been sponsoring attacks against Saudi Arabia from Yemen.

Wars & Rumors of Wars: And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6-7a)

Ukraine took several more northeastern villages Monday as the invaded nation’s counteroffensive gained momentum, forcing Moscow to withdraw overwhelmed troops from the region. The Ukrainian Armed Forces have retaken over 2,500 sq. km of Russian-occupied Ukraine, right up to Russia’s border. And they have done this by punching a hole through thinly guarded Russian front lines east of Kharkiv, and severing the Russian lines of logistics, forcing the withdrawal of large contingents of Russian soldiers from multiple locations, but most importantly Izyum and Kupyansk. Ukraine’s offensive has surprisingly come with no opposition, advancing fifty miles in two days toward Kupiansk, which the Russians have apparently abandoned. As Ukraine forces retook Izium Saturday, Russia announced that they’re leaving the Kharkiv area “temporarily. “Russia attacked power stations and other infrastructure Sunday with mortar and rockets, causing widespread outages across Ukraine

Deputies from 18 municipal districts in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kolpino have called for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s resignation, according to a petition with a list of signatures posted on Twitter on Monday.     “We, the municipal deputies of Russia, believe that the actions of its president Vladimir Putin are detrimental to Russia’s and its citizens’ future. We demand Vladimir Putin’s resignation from the post of the President of the Russian Federation,” said the petition

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unscheduled visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, last Thursday as the Biden administration announced major new military aid worth more than $2 billion for Ukraine and other European countries threatened by Russia. Blinken said the Biden administration had notified Congress of its intent to provide $2 billion in long-term Foreign Military Financing to Ukraine and 18 of its neighbors, including NATO members and regional security partners, that are “most potentially at risk for future Russian aggression.” Pending expected congressional approval, about $1 billion of that will go to Ukraine and the rest will be divided among eighteen other countries.

The Russian-held Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine has halted operations as a safety measure, according to a Sunday statement from Energoatom, the state agency in charge of the plant. The plant is “completely stopped” after Energoatom disconnected the number 6 power unit from the grid at around 3:40 a.m., the statement read. “Preparations are underway for its cooling and transfer to a cold state,” the agency said.

Terrorism: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me… But You, O God,  shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. (Psalm 55:4-5.23)

At least six people were beheaded and an Italian nun killed, three kidnapped, six terrorists captured and dozens of houses torched last Tuesday by Islamic State-linked insurgents in Mozambique’s Nampula province. Speaking in the resort town of Xai north of the capital Maputo, President Filipe Nyusi said the insurgents unleashed a killing spree as they fled from soldiers from Mozambique, Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community sent to tackle the violence. The insurgency is concentrated in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado and has claimed thousands of lives since it broke out in 2017, disrupting multibillion-dollar natural gas projects.

Albania on Wednesday pulled the plug on diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over a major cyberattack carried out by Tehran nearly two months ago on Albanian government websites. Albania now joins the United States, Canada, Israel and Morocco in slashing ties with Iran’s regime due to its alleged nefarious activities. “The deep investigation put at our disposal undeniable evidence that the cyberattack against our country was orchestrated and sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran which had involved four groups for the attack on Albania,” said Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama said. Albania’s decision to kick Iranian diplomats out of the southeastern European country comes amid continuing efforts by the Biden administration to reward Tehran with as much as $275 billion in economic benefits as part of a new Iran nuclear deal. 

Famine:Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. (Ezekiel 14:13)

The United Nations said Monday it will likely declare famine in the Southern Bay region of Somalia. UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths told reporters that he was shocked during a recent visit at the sight of starving babies too weak to cry. Over 850,000 people reside in areas affected by a historic drought, and more than 1 million have been driven from their homes to stagger through the desert in search of assistance, often burying family members along the way. The Horn of Africa has witnessed four straight failed rainy seasons—a phenomenon unseen in over half a century.

Environment: And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)

Environmental groups lambasted Democrats’ side deal to green-light a West Virginia natural gas pipeline, saying such a provision would be a “betrayal.” The groups argued that the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a 304-mile West Virginia-to-Virginia natural gas pipeline that is under construction, would mark a setback for federal environmental and endangered species protections. The $6.6 billion pipeline is mostly completed, but has faced a series of permitting setbacks from federal agencies and courts. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., agreed to support the Inflation Reduction Act, the $739 billion climate and tax package President Biden signed last month, in exchange for Democratic leadership’s support of a permitting reform deal that would make it easier to approve energy projects including fossil fuel pipelines. Under the deal, which is expected to be included in the upcoming government funding bill, the MVP pipeline would be given broad federal approval.

Earthquakes: And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. (Matthew 24:7b) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. (Revelation 6:12)

At least seven deaths have been reported after a massive earthquake struck Papua New Guinea in the Southwest Pacific. The magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck at 9:45 a.m. local time Sunday about 50 miles northwest of the city of Lae at a depth of about 38 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey. It was felt around the country, including in the national capital Port Moresby, where moderate to severe shaking was felt for over a minute. Reports on social media also showed falling structures, lots of debris and damage to hospitals, homes, roads and highways. A second earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 happened at 10:42 a.m. local time Sunday, about 45 miles northwest of the epicenter of the previous quake.

An earthquake rattled parts of southwest China last Monday, leaving more than 45 dead and dozens of others missing or injured. It was a 6.6-magnitude earthquake in China’s Sichuan province. Rescuers used ropes to carefully evacuate residents of a landslide-hit area after the earthquake caused extensive damage across the region.

Wildfires: The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. (Revelation 8:7)

Across the American West, including the states of Idaho and Montana, dozens of large fires are burning. Many of the fires are fueled by the recent heat wave that plagued many parts of the west. There are 14 large (over 100 cares) fires currently burning in Washington, 11 in Oregon, 35 more in Idaho and 21 in Montana. In addition, there are 12 large fires in California. The largest fires are the Double Creek Fire in Oregon, (154,380 acres), the Moose Fire in Idaho (126,252 acres), the Mosquito Fire in Northern California (46,587 acres), the Lightning Complex also in Northern California (41,540 acres) and the Fairview Fire in Southern California (28,307 acres).

End-Time Weather Will Continue to Grow More Severe: (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

Olive oil producers in Spain have been hit hard by a prolonged heat wave and extreme drought. Kyle Holland, a pricing analyst for oilseeds and grains at Mintec, a commodities data company, expects a “dramatic reduction” of between 33% and 38% in Spain’s olive oil harvest that begins in October. In July, temperatures broke records, hitting over 104 degrees Fahrenheit across parts of France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. By early August, sweltering heat and a lack of rainfall had pushed almost two-thirds of land in the European Union into drought conditions, according to the European Drought Observatory.

As a historic heat wave hit the U.S. West, it shattered numerous temperature records and strained California’s electricity grid, Thousands of people were left without power last Wednesday. Sacramento hit 116 degrees Tuesday, the hottest day on record for the state capital, according to the National Weather Service. Records were also broken all over the Bay Area, with some cities shattering previous daily records by more than 10 degrees. The heat wave will be the hottest and longest on record for California for September. California residents have for days been urged to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher – despite the heat – as well as avoid using major appliances, and turn off all unnecessary lights between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest utility, has notified about 525,000 customers to prepare for potential rotating outages.

Typhoon Hinnamnor killed at least six people and dumped 3 feet of rain on part of South Korea on Tuesday before heading back out to sea. It made landfall near the port of Busan. About 89,000 residents lost power, but it was restored for most people within hours. The death toll could have been much higher, officials said, but communities were warned early and schools were closed. At least five people remained missing Tuesday. Emergency personnel tried to get to the worst hit areas in armored vehicles. They waded through thigh-high water into basements with ropes tied to them where people were trapped. Flash floods triggered landslides that took down power lines.

A huge melt event occurred on Greenland’s ice sheet last weekend, when temperatures rose above freezing, even at an elevation near 10,000 feet. At the same time, warmer water temperatures – as much as 9 degrees above normal in parts of the northern Atlantic Ocean – helped fuel creation of Hurricane Danielle much farther north than typical. Within just two months, a mountain pass at Les Diablerets in western Switzerland, ice-covered for several thousand years, became ice-free.