Signs of the Times Update: August 15, 2022

August 15, 2022

 “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

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)

More than 100 million people worldwide have received the Gospel through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s internet evangelism ministry known as “Search for Jesus,” according to new data from the organization. The Search for Jesus ministry, launched in 2012 as a way to reach people with the Gospel online, marked its 10th anniversary this month with new data: 100 million people have visited the ministry’s PeaceWithGod.net websites, and more than 3 million have indicated a decision for Christ and received follow-up. Internet users receive a gospel presentation and are matched with one of 1,400 trained volunteers who answer questions and chat with users online, live. PeaceWithGod.net websites are offered in seven languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, American Sign Language and Russian.

Private religious schools won’t be required to comply with the Biden administration’s gender mandate to qualify for student-lunch funding under a newly released exemption. The Agriculture Department issued a fact sheet Friday stating that all religious schools will be automatically exempted from its May 5 guidance linking the National School Lunch Program to the administration’s gender-identity requirements on hiring, restrooms, sports and dress codes. The clarification came after the Alliance Defending Freedom sued the Biden administration last month on behalf of the Grant Park Christian Academy in Tampa, Florida, alleging that the USDA guidance required the school to “violate its religious beliefs or stop providing lunches to children.”

  • However, non-religious charter schools will still suffer the loss of lunch money if they don’t comply with the LGBTQ+ directives.

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)

Idol worship is not only in the form of carved images; modern-day idols can be benign-looking desires. U.S. Protestant pastors have identified at least eight such idols that are negatively influencing church members, according to a new study by Lifeway Research. On the top of the list of those idols is “comfort,” which about 67% of pastors said is significantly influencing congregations. The next on the list is “control or security,” which 56% of pastors believe is an idol. The others include “money” at 55%; “approval,” 51%s; “success,” 49%; “social influence,” 46%; “political power,” 39%; and “sex or romantic love,” 32%. The study found that younger pastors are more likely than older pastors to identify several of these modern-day idols in their churches, particularly political power, money and control or security..

The August edition of the American Bible Society’s “State of the Bible: USA 2022” report shows that 40% of Generation Z adults ages 18 and over attend church “primarily online.” Churchgoers 77 and up slightly trailed the younger demographic at 36%. The report suggests that around two-thirds of Gen Z and Millennials who have made a meaningful commitment to Jesus do not attend church in person or online at least monthly. While 54% of all adults up to age 57 said they have “made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in your life today,” less than one-third of those in the three youngest generations who have made that commitment are “practicing” Christians. Practicing Christians were defined as those who identify as Protestants or Catholics, consider their faith very important to them and attend religious services at least once a month. In contrast, non-practicing Christians identify as Christians but fall short in at least one of those categories.

  • Per the survey’s definitions of “practicing” versus “non-practicing” Christians, nearly half of all American adults (46%) fall into the non-practicing category.

A Texas megachurch has voted to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church due to the mainline Protestant denomination’s ongoing support of homosexuality. Over 200 more churches in the Lone Star State are also considering disaffiliation for the same reason. The Woodlands Methodist Church, a congregation with approximately 14,200 members located in Woodlands, Texas Over 96% of those who voted supported disaffiliation. Although theological liberals within the denomination have failed to change the official rules, many of them in positions of leadership have refused to enforce the existing rules highlighted in the UMC Book of Discipline, causing much frustration among theological conservatives. Across the United States, many congregations have left or are considering disaffiliating from the UMC. Many have joined the Global Methodist Church, a newly created conservative Methodist denomination.

The U.S. Justice Department announced that it is investigating the Southern Baptist Convention over alleged mishandling of sexual abuse. The Southern Baptist Convention, the second-largest faith group in the country, said the investigation involves “multiple” arms of the denomination and is related to years of alleged mishandling of sexual abuse cases. The organization said it will “fully and completely” cooperate.

Throughout Church history, church attendance and overall religiosity have been higher among women than among men, reports Breakpoint. That seems to be changing, especially for younger generations. According to new data, the long-existent church gender gap, which shows up in both religious affiliation and church attendance, has now flipped. However, the headline is not that more men are connecting with the Church. The story is that more women are disconnecting from the Church. A number of factors have contributed to this demographic shift, not least of which are recent scandals of sexual impropriety and abusive leadership among prominent pastors and Christian leaders. “Among white respondents,” a recent Christianity Today article summarized, “women are 9 percentage points more likely to say that they have no religious affiliation compared to white men,” but “there’s no real difference in the share of male and female nones among Black, Asian, and other racial groups.” 

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 school board in Fargo, North Dakota, has voted to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before their biweekly meetings, ruling that the Pledge does not align with the district’s diversity code, reports Breakpoint. The board’s vice chairman explained that the problem is two words: “Under God,” which were added to the Pledge in 1954 by a joint resolution of Congress and have withstood numerous legal challenges over the years. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, upon signing the bill, stated: “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.” How many of our leaders today believe that “spiritual weapons” are “our country’s most powerful resource?” Breakpoint asks. The Fargo school board certainly does not.

  • In fact, the board’s president recommended that members replace the Pledge of Allegiance with a “shared statement of purpose” which she thought was more appropriate for their work. In other words, rather than being “one nation under God,” they will be “one nation under us,” the religion of secular humanism.

The pandemic spawned a tsunami of scams — likely the largest fraud in world history. Government employees stand out as particularly egregious cases. U.S. Postal Service workers stole stimulus checks and unemployment benefit cards straight out of the mail, city workers billed for pandemic-related services they never delivered, and Social Security and unemployment agency employees used their access to Americans’ identities to write and in some cases approve bogus benefit applications. “It’s a travesty that government employees took advantage of the gaps and weak spots to game the system for personal gain,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of OpenTheBooks.com, a spending watchdog.

It was the height of the chaotic U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan one year ago, and first lady Jill Biden’s office went outside the normal channels and begged veterans groups to help find a way to evacuate people having trouble navigating the process. So did Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, top Defense Department officials and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, according to a report released Sunday by House Republicans that details the depths of the Biden administration’s failures during the last days of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. The fact that President Biden’s own circle had to go outside his process to get help underscores just how badly the administration planned and executed the U.S. retreat, concludes the report, released by Rep. Michael T. McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “There was a complete lack and failure to plan,” Mr. McCaul told CBS’s “Face the Nation” as he revealed the report. “There were so many mistakes.”

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 U.S. House of Representatives passes the climate, healthcare and tax bill that the Senate passed earlier this month, sending it now to President Biden to sign into law the centerpiece of his economic agenda. The Inflation Reduction Act passed with only Democratic votes, as Republicans remained unanimously opposed. The move caps more than a year of false starts and intense debate and negotiations among Democrats to advance a slimmed-down version of Biden’s sweeping plans. The bill would reinstate a long-expired tax on oil companies to help cover the cost of cleaning up some of the nation’s most toxic sites.

A federal judge released documents Friday showing the FBI’s search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate cited a potential violation of the Espionage Act. The warrant said the FBI was also investigating the former president for removal or destruction of records and obstructing an investigation. The property receipt, which is a record of what FBI agents took, shows Trump possessed 11 sets of classified documents—some marked top secret. The court records did not detail what was in the documents. The Justice Department requested that U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, the same judge who signed the warrant, unseal it and the property receipt Thursday.

  • Trump said that the records found in his Florida home were declassified and that he would have turned them over without a warrant. Presidents have the power to declassify documents when in office. It is unclear when or if the documents were declassified. Trump said Sunday that privileged material was taken during the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago property and demanded it back.
  • Trump said Monday he has offered the Biden Justice Department to “do whatever I can to help the country” to lower the anger among his supporters over the FBI raid of his Florida home. “If there is anything we can do to help, I, and my people, would certainly be willing to do that,” Mr. Trump told Fox News Digital. “I will do whatever I can to help the country.”
  • The Department of Justice is opposing a request from former President Donald Trump’s attorneys seeking an independent special master to review records that were seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate, even though that process would allow it to appear more impartial following the raid, one of the former president’s attorneys, Alina Habba, said on Newsmax Monday.
  • The FBI is warning of calls for civil war and a dirty bomb threat against its D.C. headquarters following its raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. In a leaked bulletin, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security said they have seen an increase in “violent threats” against law enforcement, government officials and judges in the week since the agents executed the search warrant at Mr. Trump’s residence.

President Biden on Tuesday signed Congress’ $280 billion technology spending bill aimed at boosting domestic semiconductor manufacturing and spurring scientific research, lauding it as a “once-in-a-generation investment in America itself.” Bided said, “America invented the semiconductor,” during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. “And this law brings it back home.” The House gave final passage to the bill, which includes a $52 billion payout to semiconductor manufacturers, in a 243-187 vote last month, one day after the Senate passed the measure 64-33 in a key legislative win for the administration.

  • Proponents of the bill, which includes more than $50 billion in the next five years for chip manufacturing and a 25% tax credit through 2026 for new chip production, say it will reduce America’s dependence on China and resolve a major supply chain issue that has contributed to high inflation.

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

Grant Park Christian Academy of Tampa, Fla., will retain access to a federal lunch program for low-income students despite initial concerns that it would be barred in the wake of new LGBT discrimination policies enacted by the Biden administration. The school sued government officials last month to secure its access to the National School Lunch Program, which provided lunches to more than 50 low-income students enrolled at its school. Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Grant Park, announced the approval of the school’s application to continue receiving funds on Monday, with ADF Legal Counsel Erica Steinmiller-Perdomo saying it “shouldn’t have taken a lawsuit to get the government to respect religious freedom.”

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)

Famed author Salman Rushdie is recovering at a hospital after he was repeatedly stabbed on stage Friday in front of a New York audience in an attack that left him with severe injuries, his family said. The family of the 75-year-old author – who has for decades lived under Islamist threats because of his writings – said he was in critical condition Sunday after the attack, which ended with the assailant held down by staff and guests and Rushdie airlifted to a hospital. Rushdie was taken off a ventilator over the weekend but was still being treated for injuries including three stab wounds to his neck, four stab wounds to his stomach, puncture wounds to his right eye and chest, and a laceration on his right thigh.

  • Iran, which once offered a $3 million reward to anyone who killed Rushdie, denied involvement in the attack. However, Iran’s state-backed media is warning that former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are the next likely targets for an attack following the stabbing of Rushdie.

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 Covid-19 cases in the U.S. are down 17% over the past two weeks, while hospitalizations are down 3%. However, deaths are up 12% perhaps reflecting that there are many cases that go unreported due to home testing. Cases have fallen by 20 percent or more this month in more than a dozen states. In California, daily case counts were nearly twice as high a month ago as they are today.

The CDC said Thursday that people no longer need to stay 6 feet away from others or quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with someone who tests positive for the virus. The changes come after the CDC estimates that 95 percent of Americans 16 or older have developed some immunity to COVID-19, either through vaccination or through infection, according to a survey of blood donations. The agency still says that those who test positive for the virus should self-isolate for five days. Children will no longer need to quarantine after being exposed to coronavirus in the classroom. Instead, they will be asked to wear well-fitting masks after an exposure while continuing with in-person instruction.

If you were exposed to COVID-19, take three home tests instead of two to make sure you’re not infected, according to new U.S. recommendations released Thursday. Previously, the Food and Drug Administration had advised taking two rapid antigen tests over two or three days to rule out infection. But the agency says new studies suggest that protocol can miss too many infections, and could result in people spreading the coronavirus to others, especially if they don’t develop symptoms.  The new guidance applies to people without symptoms who think they may have been exposed. People with symptoms can continue using two tests spaced 48 hours apart.

Pfizer’s CEO has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Aug. 15. Albert Bourla, 60, reported experiencing mild symptoms. The CEO is isolating and has begun taking a course of Paxlovid, Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill.  “We have come so far in our efforts to battle this disease that I am confident I will have a speedy recovery. I am incredibly grateful for the tireless efforts of my Pfizer colleagues who worked to make vaccines and treatments available for me and people around the world,” Bourla said.

Polio:

The polio virus was discovered in wastewater samples in New York City, showing the once-eradicated and potentially paralyzing disease is circulating farther than places in Rockland and Orange counties where it already had been found, state and New York City health officials announced on Friday. As of Aug. 4, the state Department of Health had said the polio virus had turned up in 11 sewage samples taken in Orange and Rockland counties in June and July. Rockland County officials announced on July 21 that a young adult had been diagnosed with polio. The person was no longer contagious, officials said, but had suffered paralysis as a result of the illness. The polio patient had never been vaccinated against the virus, officials 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)

Data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that relatively few children between the ages of six months to four years old have received one or more doses of the experimental coronavirus vaccine since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration obtained its emergency use authorization for Moderna’s and Pfizer’s jabs on June 18, The Epoch Times reported. According to the CDC, about 862,100 children under five years old have gotten the experimental injection. That’s just 4.1% of children from 6 months to 4 years old.

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)

An unidentified man reportedly set his car on fire by driving into a U.S. Capitol barricade early Sunday morning. He then exited his vehicle and began firing a weapon indiscriminately before shooting himself, police say. “At this time, it does not appear the man was targeting any Members of Congress, who are on recess, and it does not appear officers fired their weapons,” Capitol police said in a statement.

A man accused of ramming a car through an event in eastern Pennsylvania that killed one, injured 17 also allegedly beat a woman to death. The vehicle struck a crowd gathered at a Pennsylvania bar for a fundraiser for victims of a house fire that killed 10 earlier this month, authorities said. The suspect took off, but was taken into custody after authorities received a call about an assault in nearby Nescopeck. Responding troopers found a woman dead.

Hundreds of Mexican troops arrived in the city of Tijuana on Saturday after more than a dozen vehicles were hijacked and burned by gangs as part of escalated violence in the area. Approximately 350 National Guard troops were flown in to support the thousands of federal troops already in the state of Baja California, Reforma reported. There were no reported injuries in the Tijuana hijackings that tangled up traffic throughout the city and temporarily blocked access to the busiest U.S. border crossing. U.S. government employees were instructed Friday evening to shelter in place and avoid traveling to the city after reports of increased violence.

Flags flew half-mast in Montenegro on Saturday as the country declared three days of mourning following a shooting rampage that killed 11 people on Friday, including the gunman.

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

A fire ripped through a packed church during morning services in Egypt’s capital on Sunday, killing at least 41 worshippers and injuring 14. The church quickly filled with thick black smoke, and witnesses said several trapped congregants jumped from upper floors to escape. The cause of the blaze in the Abu Sefein church in the working-class neighborhood of Imbaba was not immediately known. An initial investigation pointed to an electrical short-circuit. Some wonder whether it was a deliberate Islamist attack.

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 federal jury has found that a Democratic super political action committee (PAC) defamed Roy Moore, a former Republican sheriff and U.S. Senate candidate, in a television ad during his failed 2017 U.S. Senate bid in Alabama. The Senate Majority PAC made a false statement about Moore that was defamatory, the verdict, returned on Aug. 12, states. The PAC also published the statement despite knowing it was false or acting “with reckless regard” as to whether the statement was false, the jury said. Jurors also found that the Senate Majority PAC invaded Moore’s privacy. They awarded Moore $8.2 million. “I feel this is vindication and I give thanks to Almighty God and the jurors in this case for a great victory over our corrupt political system,” Moore said in a statement. The PACs lawyers said they would appeal.

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 U.S. Army is expected to fall nearly 40,000 troops short of its recruiting goals over the next two years, on track to be the Army’s worst recruiting results in almost 50 years. The Army plans to circumvent the problem by offering $1 billion for its recruiting program and placing more emphasis on the use of its reserve units. The Epoch Times reached out to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command for comment, and Maj. Charles Spears of the Combined Arms Center, who said “only 23 percent of American youth are qualified to serve without a waiver, [noting that] obesity, addiction, medical, and behavioral health are the top disqualifiers for service.” What’s more, he said, “Wokeism combined with bad policies are destroying the military and if we don’t course correct soon, it could cause irreparable harm, in my opinion.”

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

“Defund the police” supporter Rep. Ilhan Omar’s city is experiencing a sharp increase in most crimes, data shows. The spike comes just one year after she backed a failed campaign to dismantle and replace the Minneapolis Police Department. Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, which encompasses the city of Minneapolis. So far this year, citywide crimes have spiked in nine of 14 categories over the same time period last year, according to a Fox News Digital review of crime statistics.

Healthcare:  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)

The Inflation Reduction Act is getting the most attention because of its measures dealing with climate, but it also has important new policies affecting healthcare. The bill sets out to reduce Americans’ medical costs in two main ways. First, it uses federal subsidies to reduce the cost of both health insurance and prescription drugs. Second, the bill gives Medicare officials the power to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, which will likely reduce the price that the companies charge for those drugs. The bill’s benefits will flow overwhelmingly to poor, working-class and middle-class families. Its costs will be borne by increases in corporate taxes.

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 Governor DeSantis has signed an order that will allow veterans to become instructors as the state faces massive teacher shortages. Some educators are concerned that this will undermine standard qualifications.

Schools in a rural North Carolina county will now stock an AR-15 assault rifle as officials beef up security measures in the wake of May’s deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Madison County Schools and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office came to the decision together and will provide a safe for each school to stow the semi-automatic rifle, extra magazines and breaching tools to break through an attacker’s barricade, according to the Asheville Citizen Times. Superintendent Will Hoffman also noted in a Monday statement that the school system will fund school resource officers for each of the district’s schools — which include three elementary schools, a middle school and two high schools.

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)

Particularly “in the LGBTQ+ community, it’s not uncommon to find a substitute family, colloquially known as a chosen family, Dani Blum recently wrote in an article in The New York Times. According to Blum, a “chosen family” refers to the “intense, intimate relationships … people form apart from their biological relatives; it is the kinship you create outside of a traditional family structure.” Chosen families are becoming more frequent in an age quick to write off foundational relationships as “toxic.” “Relationships were designed by God to be a gift of His common grace. Certain relationships, like the intimacy between a husband and wife or the bond between parents and children are distinct in purpose and unique in function, irreplaceable in their roles as building blocks of society,” notes Breakpoint.

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.

LifeSiteNews is running a series of articles with the stories of former transgenders who regret having done so. Walter Heyer who runs a website called sexchangeregret.com and he used to live as a woman. He has commented that transitioning caused him “emotional, psychological, and eventually… sexual child abuse.” Commenting on an effort by President Joe Biden and others to make puberty blockers and transgender surgeries more widely available, Heyer stated: “Now we have the government … actually promoting institutionalized child abuse. It’s destroying children, it’s destroying families, and it’s actually destroying much of society today.”

  • ‘Scott’ Newgent, a woman who went through transgender surgeries to appear as a man, has frequently warned about the harms she faced after ‘transitioning’ “I have suffered tremendously, including seven surgeries, a pulmonary embolism, an induced stress heart attack, sepsis, a 17-month recurring infection, 16 rounds of antibiotics, three weeks of daily IV antibiotics, arm reconstructive surgery, lung, heart and bladder damage, insomnia, hallucinations, PTSD, $1 million in medical expenses, and loss of home, car, career and marriage,” Newgent said.
  • Helena Kerschner began ‘transitioning’ soon after turning 18, taking testosterone injections at Planned Parenthood. She no longer is gender-confused and has warned that online communities and social pressure influenced her decision. “The gender ideology is very prominent there [on Tumblr],” she said. There are a lot of “social incentives” to change pronouns and embrace gender ideology to stay in those online groups. “There are people in these communities who will say, if you don’t like your body, that’s a sign of gender dysphoria, if you don’t fit in with other girls, that’s a sign of gender dysphoria, if you don’t like the way your voice sounds in a recording, that’s a sign of gender dysphoria.” 

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has reportedly finalized rules that prevent health care providers from billing the state’s Medicaid program for gender-changing medical treatments. Politico reported on Thursday that the agency added new language to Medicaid program rules stating that it would not cover services for the treatment of gender dysphoria, including sex reassignment surgery, puberty blockers or hormone therapies.

LGBTQ+ Agenda: Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness. (Isaiah 5:20)

State universities are indoctrinating future teachers in controversial transgender, racial, and political theories – and instructing them to teach these principles to children beginning in preschool, a new report has found. “There’s a huge amount of liberal indoctrination going on,” the report’s author, Will Flanders, told “Washington Watch” guest host Joseph Backholm on Monday. “We found it across every public university in the state that has an education program.” The 44-page report found that many of these courses begin by defining biblical morality as beyond the pale – i.e. outside the limits of acceptable behavior or judgment. Once the university changes students’ personal morality, it instructs them to begin introducing radical gender theory to children as young as three. At UW-Whitewater, students read a chapter titled “Just Another Gay Day in the Campus Three-Year-Old Room,” which tells students to include LGBTQ “lessons with a three-year-old day care center.”

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)

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has been elected as the country’s next President, the electoral commission announced Monday. Ruto won with 50.49% of the vote, narrowly defeating veteran opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who was contesting his fifth election. He will become Kenya’s fifth President since independence, winning the seat on his first attempt. Ruto’s party, the Kenya First coalition, has won a majority of seats in Kenya’s senate, the second highest in the National Assembly. During a speech Monday, Ruto said: “It was God that brought us here … my team and I will make sure that the sacrifices made by many Kenyans is not in vain … we will not let them down. I am confident that this country will come together, and we can move forward as one democratic nation.”

  • Earlier Monday, his rival Odinga’s coalition rejected the election results before they had even been announced by Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The national tallying center briefly descended into chaos shortly after Odinga’s coalition rejected the results, with fighting breaking out and chairs being thrown in the building. The country’s electoral commission was split, as four officials disowned the commission’s chairman Wafula Chebukati’s results, officials said at an earlier press conference. The IEBC’s vice chair Juliana Cherera was among those disputing the results but provided no evidence of irregularities.

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)

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Thursday, requesting for the second time that 150 D.C. National Guard members be deployed to the nation’s capital to assist with the arrival of migrants. Thousands of migrants, some of whom have been bused from Texas, have arrived in Washington, D.C., in recent months. Buses carrying migrants from Texas to New York at the direction of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has set off a firestorm of condemnation from Democratic leaders. Gov. Abbott says the Northeast Democrats should call on President Biden to secure the border and remedy the immigration crisis.

There are two sides to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the policy that allows immigrants who were brought here as children to stay and work. Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the nonprofit Center for Immigration Studies, which promotes stricter controls on immigration, says “It incentivizes sending kids illegally here with smugglers, puts them in danger and undermines our legal immigration system.” But ten years after DACA became law, many beneficiaries live in fear. One woman fears being returned to the Middle East after living most of her life in Florida. A North Carolina man moved to Mexico rather than live under the constant threat of deportation. Another woman needs a lifesaving kidney transplant but cannot qualify for one without a green card. If DACA is eventually revoked, special consideration is needed for those who’ve already Benn in the U.S. for years.

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 Congressional Budget Office’s latest report, “The Demographic Outlook: 2022 to 2052,” suggests that net immigration will likely account for all of the United States’ population growth in the next two decades despite an expected uptick in fertility rates. The report, which predicts that the U.S. population will rise from 335 million today to 369 million in 2052, forecasts that U.S. population growth will be entirely driven by net immigration by 2043 due to the number of deaths in the country exceeding the number of births beginning at that time. The senior population (65+) is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the working-age population between 25-54, which could impact the U.S.’s ability to maintain its social safety net for older Americans, Medicare and Social Security, with the number of working-age Americans decreasing while the number of seniors seeking to obtain such benefits rises.

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

Numerous flights are still being delayed and canceled on Friday, marking more than a week of heightened disruptions, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. As of 10 a.m. ET on Friday, more than 1,000 flights in, out of and across the U.S. have been delayed, according to FlightAware, which tracks flight delay and cancellation statistics in real-time. Another 100-plus flights were canceled.

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)

A ship carrying Ukrainian grain, one of several to leave the Black Sea ports, arrived at its destination in Turkey on Monday. Twelve ships—ten outbound and two heading to Ukraine—have been authorized to pass through the Black Sea under the agreement, which was mediated by Turkey and the United Nations. About 322,000 tons of corn and other crops have left Ukrainian ports. Ships leaving Ukraine are checked by officials from Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey. Four of the ships that have left Ukraine already are due to dock in Istanbul on Monday evening for those inspections.

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)

A new U.S. Census Bureau report on affluence and the wealth gap highlights what richer Americans have in common. Attending college is increasingly expensive, but people with higher educational achievements do tend to earn more. They also tend to have higher net worths. Married couples had a median net worth of $269,000 in 2019 compared to $50,160 for single men and $36,600 for single women. “Households that can afford to purchase a home are also more likely to have the resources to invest in other wealth-generating assets,” the Census Bureau 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)

Hotel owners in Los Angeles are becoming increasingly worried as residents are expected to vote on a proposal that would mandate housing the homeless in vacant rooms across the city. President of the Northeast Los Angeles Hotel Owners Association Ray Patel said, “It’ll hurt us badly. The value of the hotels will go down and tourism and corporate travel will be affected in the city of Los Angeles.”

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 who earn less than $75,000 per year are slated to receive 60% of the additional tax audits expected under Democrats’ new spending package, according to an analysis released by House Republicans. The analysis, which is a conservative estimate based upon recent audit rates and tax filing data, shows that individuals with an annual income of $75,000 or less would be subject to 710,863 additional Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits while those making more than $1 million would receive 52,295 more audits under the bill. The legislation, the Inflation Reduction Act, would roughly double the IRS’ budget to increase enforcement and, therefore, federal tax revenue. 

An automotive group representing carmakers including Ford, General Motors and Toyota said most electric vehicles will be ineligible for a tax credit proposed under the new Inflation Reduction Act. The group says the reason many vehicles would automatically lose eligibility are requirements in the Clean Vehicle Credit that include sourcing critical materials for the battery from North America or a U.S. free trade partner. The value of the credit also will depend on which components of the vehicle’s battery were built in North America. John Bozzella, president and CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation said 70% of the electric vehicles available to buy in the U.S. would become immediately ineligible once the bill passes, and none of the vehicles would qualify for the full credit. Bozzella called the requirements in the credit unattainable and punitive to consumers.

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)

Millions of Americans are burned out after logging excessive hours or duties during COVID-19. Now, many are resolving to meet their job requirements but not go beyond. No toiling late into the night. No calls on weekends. And no pushing themselves to the brink even during regular business hours. Their determination to stick to their job descriptions has been made possible by widespread labor shortages that have given workers unprecedented leverage over employers. “Employees are saying, ‘I’m not going to define myself by traditional markers of career progression and success,’” says Mark Royal, senior client partner for Korn Ferry, a recruiting and human resource consulting firm. “I’m going to put a box around work.” Some have labeled this “quiet quitting.”

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 workers in the U.S. has continued to shrink as businesses struggle to find employees for their openings. According to Labor Department data, the number of workers in the U.S. has fallen 400,000 since March and about 600,000 smaller than it was in early 2020, right before widespread COVID-19 restrictions plunged the economy into a recession. The labor shortage has raised fears that the economy will not achieve the “soft landing” many hoped for as restrictions have been lifted, with some economists saying the imbalance between labor supply and demand represents the largest threat to the U.S. economy.

U.S. consumer sentiment climbed more than expected in August as gas prices dropped nationwide, but Americans’ confidence in the economy remains near a record low. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index rose to 55.1 in August – up from the July reading of 51.5 and above economists’ forecasts. That is still more than a 21% drop from just one year ago, when the gauge was at 70.3.

Many of the global prices for food, fuel and fertilizer that spiked when Russia invaded Ukraine have returned to their pre-war levels, defying the most dire forecasts even as policymakers warn of the continued risk of famine and financial crisis in the developing world.

The average American is shelling out an extra $717 a month because of the hottest inflation in decades, according to a new analysis from the Joint Economic Committee Republicans. The financial squeeze stems from the rising cost of a number of everyday goods, including cars, rent, food and health care. While the rapid pace of price increases eased slightly in July, the consumer price index still climbed 8.5% from the previous year – hovering near a painful, four-decade high, the Labor Department reported on Wednesday.

  • Falling gas prices are helping to curb the recent surge of inflation. Inflation in July was still up 13.1 percent from a year ago, the fastest annual pace since 1979. In July, breakfast cereal prices rose 16.4% from a year ago. Chicken cots increased by 17.6% and eggs shot up 38% from a year ago.

Months after gas prices reached all-time highs, drivers are feeling relief at the pump with the national average under $4 per gallon for the first time in five months. The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. was $3.99 on 8/11, according to AAA. Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson, said three things have factored into falling prices: first, the cost of oil; second, less demand for gas; and third, a “band aid” from the Biden Administration releasing oil from the strategic petroleum reserve. The biggest factor, however, was crude oil prices, which have dropped over 20 cents/barrel since July 4th.

Online prices declined by 1% year-over-year in July, snapping a string of nearly two years of persistent inflation, according to a report released Tuesday by Adobe. The shift is even more pronounced on a month-over-month basis where online prices dropped by 2% in July, Adobe said. Walmart, Target (TGT) and Best Buy (BBY) have all recently warned of an inventory glut that is eating into profits and prompting price cuts.

Despite rising mortgage rates that dampened sales, home prices continued to climb higher in the second quarter of 2022, with many more cities seeing double-digit price gains than in the first part of the year. The median single-family existing home price in the second quarter was $413,500 – the first time this quarterly price has ever risen above $400,000. Home prices for the quarter were up 14.2% from a year ago, slightly slower than the 15.4% year-over-year price increase experienced in the first quarter.

In the latest sign of turbulence in the US economy, New York-area manufacturing suffered a large and unexpected setback in August, according to a survey released on Monday. The New York Federal Reserve said its Empire State Manufacturing Survey plunged by 42 points in August to -31.3. That marks the second-largest monthly decline on record for this closely watched gauge of economic activity. The biggest drop was recorded in April 2020, when the economy was ravaged by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

International Economy:

Nearly one-third of UK households, about 10.5 million, will be in fuel poverty for the first three months of next year, according to estimates from the End Fuel Poverty Coalition (EFPC) published on Tuesday — meaning that their income after paying for energy will fall below the poverty line. The UK government defines poverty as household income of less than 60% of the UK median, which stood at £31,000 ($37,500) in 2021, according to official statistics. The predictions are based on new estimates from research firm Cornwall Insight, also published Tuesday, which show that the average household energy bill is expected to hit £3,582 ($4,335) a year from October, and £4,266 ($5,163) from January — equating to about £355 ($430) a month.

Argentina’s central bank raised the benchmark interest rate for the 28-day term to 69.5% from 60%, a rate the bank set just two weeks ago when it hiked the rate by 800 basis points and the government shuffled its cabinet to install a new economy “superminister.” New inflation data on Thursday underscored the urgency driving economic policy: Prices rose 7.4% in July, above expectations and pushing annual inflation to a 20-year high of 71%.

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

At least eight people, including five Americans, were wounded in a shooting attack targeting a bus near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday morning. Around 1:30 am local time Sunday, police said that a “terrorist armed with weapons shot at a bus and vehicles in a parking lot near the Old City of Jerusalem.” At least two of the Americans injured were tourists.

Nineteen people suspected of terror offenses were captured by Israeli troops, with one suspect killed, during widespread arrests in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority-controlled enclaves in the Judea and Samaria region. The anti-terror sweeps, which occurred overnight Sunday, came on the heels of a terror attack in Jerusalem targeting unarmed Jewish civilians, which saw seven people wounded.

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)

Multiple drones strapped with explosive devices attacked an American-run compound in Syria on Monday. The U.S. military says American and allied forces at the compound suffered no injuries or damage. No group has claimed responsibility yet for the attack which hit the al-Tanf base in south-central Syria. U.S. forces are deployed to the area to assist Syrian opposition forces. The military says troops stationed at the base shot down one of the drones before it could enter the base. Another one flew inside a building and detonated but caused no injuries. The al-Tanf base has been the subject of similar attacks before with drones striking the base in October 2021 as well.

Israel launched a missile attack on western and central Syria Sunday night, killing three soldiers and wounding three others, the Syrian military said in a statement. The Syrian army said the IDF targeted several positions in the coastal province of Tartus and suburbs of the capital Damascus. The military said the missiles were fired by warplanes flying over neighboring Lebanon, adding that they caused material damage as well. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, said the Israeli strike targeted a Syrian army air defense base in the area of Abu Afsa. It added that Iran-backed fighters are usually in the base.

The head of the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group warned Israel on Monday that more rocket launches will occur if the Jewish State does not release prisoners affiliated with PIJ within the next week. “If the enemy does not carry out its obligations according to the [ceasefire] agreement, we will not hesitate for a moment to resume the fighting, and then Allah can do with us as He wills.”

The Palestinian death toll from last weekend’s fighting between Israel and Gaza militants rose to 48 Thursday after an 11-year-old girl and a man died from wounds they suffered during the worst cross-border violence in over a year. Meanwhile, two wounded Gaza children, ages 8 and 14, were fighting for their lives in a Jerusalem hospital. In all, more than 300 Palestinians were wounded over the weekend when Israel struck Islamic Jihad targets across Gaza and the militant group fired hundreds of rockets at Israel. The death of 11-year-old Layan al-Shaer at Mukassed Hospital in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem brought to 17 the number of children killed in the fighting.

In preparation for the September gathering of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Palestinian leadership is conducting extensive lobbying to achieve full UN recognition for the “State of Palestine.” Such recognition would necessitate a positive recommendation of all five of the permanent members of the UN Security Council that would be followed by the approval of two-thirds of the UNGA. To further this goal, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian representatives have been in contact and raised the subject with world leaders and UN officials.

The leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon issued a warning to Israel about attempting to tap offshore gas reserves in disputed waters between the two countries, further complicating U.S. attempts to mediate the dispute. “The hand that reaches for any of this wealth will be severed,” Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon, said during televised remarks in Beirut Tuesday. The warning comes as the U.S. has intensified efforts to resolve the maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon, two countries that have been in an official state of war for over 70 years. Tensions between the two countries have flared over the summer, with Israel reporting that it had shot down three drones launched by Hezbollah that were reportedly bound for the Karish gas fields.

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 is ready to supply military equipment to allied countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa and Moscow is open to training foreign fighters, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the “Army-2022” opening ceremony on Monday. “Russia sincerely cherishes historically strong, friendly, truly trusting ties with the countries of Latin America, Asia, and Africa. We are ready to offer our allies the most modern types of weapons, from small arms to armored vehicles and artillery to combat aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles,” Putin said during opening remarks.

Russia/Ukraine:

Concerns that a nuclear catastrophe could take place at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia plant were on the rise Sunday after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pledged to target Russian soldiers using Europe’s largest nuclear facility as cover to shell nearby cities. The two nations have blamed each other for rocket attacks near the Russian-occupied plant. Ukraine says Russia is shelling nearby regions from the plant and storing weapons there – and that Russia’s latest attack last week damaged radiation-monitoring equipment at the plant’s fire station.

The Russian military took over key administration buildings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Enerhodar on Monday, Enerhodar Mayor Dmytro Orlov posted to telegram. Thirty-three workers refused to cooperate with the Russian military and will not go to work tomorrow, he said. “The occupiers continue to seize objects and enterprises in Enerhodar, establish their own rules, and pressure workers,” Orlov wrote. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is the largest nuclear power facility in Europe, is located in the town of Enerhodar. Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief warned that the fighting near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant “could lead to very serious consequences.”

The Ukrainian government says its demining forces have detected and defused more than 180,000 explosive devices since the beginning of Russia’s invasion in February. Yevhenii Yenin, the first deputy interior minister, said on Ukrainian television Monday that “one-fifth of the territory of Ukraine was contaminated with shells, mines and aerial bombs that did not explode. In the Kyiv region, 1,000 explosive objects are still being defused every day,” he said.

China/Taiwan:

A second delegation of U.S. lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a two-day trip during which they will meet President Tsai Ing-wen, the second high-level group to visit while there are military tensions between the self-ruled island and China. Beijing, which claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory, has conducted military drills around the island to express its anger over U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei in early August. The de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei said the delegation is being led by Democratic Senator Ed Markey, who is being accompanied by four House lawmakers on what it described as part of a larger visit to the Indo-Pacific region. Markey chairs the Senate Foreign Relations East Asia, Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Subcommittee.

Taiwan’s foreign minister last Tuesday warned China is using its aggressive military drills around the island as part of a broader plan for what it fears is an impending invasion. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters, “It is conducting large-scale military exercises and missile launches, as well as cyber-attacks, disinformation, and economic coercion, in an attempt to weaken public morale in Taiwan. After the drills conclude, China may try to routinize its action in an attempt to wreck the long-term status quo across the Taiwan Strait.”

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)

An Iranian national plotted to assassinate at least two former Trump administration officials, the Department of Justice said, in what it described as a likely retaliation for the 2020 killing of a prominent Iranian general. A criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday said Shahram Poursafi, 45 years old, of Tehran, tried to kill one of former President Donald Trump’s national-security advisers, John Bolton, by offering to pay an individual in the U.S. $300,000. Agents affiliated with Mr. Poursafi conducted surveillance on Mr. Bolton. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also notified that he was an intended target.

“The threat from the Islamic State extremist group is growing by the day in Africa and the continent could be “the future of the caliphate,” an African security expert warned the U.N. Security Council last Tuesday. Martin Ewi said the Islamic State “has expanded its influence beyond measure” in Africa, with at least 20 countries directly experiencing the extremist group’s activity and more than 20 others “being used for logistics and to mobilize funds and other resources.” “They are now regional hubs, which have become corridors of instability in Africa,” said Ewi, who coordinates a transnational organized crime project at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa’s capital Pretoria and was previously in charge of the African Union Commission’s counter-terrorism program. He said the Lake Chad Basin — which borders Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon — is the extremist group’s biggest area of operation, and areas in the Sahel are now “ungovernable” while Somalia remains the IS “hotspot” in the Horn of Africa.

  • A recent attempt to take over or destabilize Uganda failed, but Ewi said an IS affiliate, the Allied Democratic Forces, “remains a serious threat.” In addition, he said, the Islamic State Central Africa has made some regions of Congo and Mozambique “human slaughterhouses.”

A top leader of the Pakistani Taliban militia was reported killed Sunday in southeastern Afghanistan, potentially dealing a serious blow to peace talks being negotiated between the extremist group and Pakistani officials with assistance from senior Taliban leaders in Afghanistan. An aide to the Pakistani militia leader, known as Omar Khalid Khorasani, said in a tweet Monday morning that he died in a bomb blast in southeastern Afghanistan. The reported death of Khorasani followed months of talks that began shortly after Afghan Taliban forces took power in Kabul one year ago. Numerous delegations have met in Afghanistan since then to help end the years-long conflict between Pakistani forces and hard-line Pakistani militants.

In Haiti, ammunition rounds bounced off an armored vehicle, as police carried a limp civilian to the sidewalk – another victim of the brutal, daily shootings that plague the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area. Here, inside the gang-held territory of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti’s SWAT team has driven into a gunfight that has already torn up a civilian bus. In the preceding 72 hours, police killed a leader of the 400 Mawozo gang and rescued six hostages from them, they say. But the gang – one of dozens terrorizing the capital – have not been dislodged from these streets. In the area of Cité Soleil, ten days of violence in July left more than 470 people dead, injured or missing, according to the UN, after the G9 gang tried to expand its reach in the area, taking territory from rival gangs.

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)

The climate bill’s provisions are mostly a collection of subsidies for energy that does not emit any carbon, like solar, wind and nuclear power. Without those subsidies, polluting fossil fuels are often still cheaper. The subsidies try to give cleaner energy an edge. “I don’t mean this as an exaggeration: This really changes everything,” said Jesse Jenkins, a climate policy expert at Princeton University. “It is effectively going to shift the financial case away from dirty energy toward clean energy for everyone.” For consumers, the subsidies will reduce the prices of electric vehicles, solar panels, heat pumps and other energy-efficient home improvements. You can claim the subsidies through tax filings; as a separate rebate if you don’t file taxes; or, in some cases, immediately when you make a purchase.

Grasslands and savannas have come to be viewed merely as “run-down forests,” areas that surely could be improved by planting trees upon them. That view is not only ecologically wrong—true grasslands are distinct ecosystems—it overlooks their natural value, say ecologists. Grasslands are gigantic reservoirs of carbon. Scientists estimate that, worldwide, they contain about a third of all the carbon stored on land, mostly in their soils. Old-growth grasslands take just as long as old-growth forests to attain that status, around 150 years. Tree forests do so “more impressively” with their giant trees, but the grasslands evolve into complex systems in their own right, above and below ground. One recent analysis based on global climate models estimated that, in the long run, grasslands and savannas may save more carbon than forests lose through fire.

It’s now unsafe to drink rainwater around the world because of the growing presence of “forever chemicals,” a new study indicates.  In the study, published Aug. 2 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers point to the dangers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. PFAS are a family of human-made chemicals used in countless products today, from food packaging to waterproof clothing. They can spread in the atmosphere and are now found in every corner of our Earth – including rainwater, snow and even human blood. PFAS are dubbed “forever chemicals” because they can last “thousands of years,” Clean Water Action notes. A host of possible serious health consequences has been associated with PFAS, including cancer, infertility and pregnancy complications, immune system problems and increased cholesterol, according to researchers at Stockholm University and ETH Zurich. According to the EPA, most uses of PFOA and PFOS were “voluntarily phased out by U.S. manufacturers,” but some products still use them.

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)

After a series of earthquakes, a volcano about 30 miles outside of Reykjavik, Iceland, erupted on August 12. Fagradalsfjall Volcano, which erupted for months last year, is once again spewing magma.

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 wildfire in France burned an area equivalent to 12,000 football fields in one night during an epic heatwave.

A large wildfire in a rural area of Hawaii’s Big Island has burned more than 15 square miles, as of 8/12. It is not threatening any homes, but high winds and extremely dry conditions are making it difficult for crews to contain the blaze.

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)

High tide flooding events fueled by sea level rise along the nation’s coastlines continue to become more common and will increase even more in the coming years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s latest annual high tide flooding outlook. Scientists say sea level rise is fueled by ocean warming and higher atmospheric temperatures that cause ocean water to expand and glaciers and ice sheets to melt. In the next 12 months, some areas around New York City are expected to have between 10 and 15 days of high tide flooding. That compares to about nine days over the last year. Coastlines along the northern Gulf of Mexico could see between five and 20 days, while one part of Washington State could see up to 16 days. Record high tide flooding isn’t predicted overall for the rest of this year since the Earth is in a position farthest away from the moon. King Tides, high tides that happen a couple of times a year during a full moon, can bring flooding.

The robust monsoon rains in recent weeks have reduced drought levels in the Southwest – as well as the Intermountain West – to those not seen in many months. Most locales in Arizona, New Mexico, the California deserts, southern Nevada, and a few other scattered areas have measured at least 200 percent of normal (rainfall) over the past 2 months. Strong winds and heavy monsoonal rains in Arizona required local fire officials to conduct several rescues in Scottsdale, both on the ground and by air, of people trapped in cars by floods or downed power line.

Flash floods swept the iconic Las Vegas strip for the second time in weeks last Friday, causing water to seep into casinos and flood parking garages. Videos on social media captured a bus wading through an intersection that floodwaters turned into lagoon and a car battling against strong currents of downhill flooding near the strip. After the floodwaters receded, Clark County Fire Department reported that two lifeless bodies were found in the city’s flood channels. All the occupants of numerous stalled vehicles were evacuated safely. 

Record rainfall in South Korea that began last week killed at least nine people, destroyed buildings, and spurred recovery efforts. Up to 17 inches of rain fell in the hardest-hit Dongjak district in the capital city of Seoul. Korea’s meteorological agency said some areas received the heaviest rain in 80 years. Nearly 50 cities faced landslide warnings this week as many roads remained closed. Government workers and military troops joined in cleaning up debris in several neighborhoods. The downpour also extended to North Korea, which issued heavy rain warnings in the southern and western regions.

Europe is in its fourth heat wave of the summer sparking extreme heat and drought conditions. Wildfires are burning across southern France as historic rivers in the UK and Germany are running uncommonly low hampering the movement of ships and barges of food and commodities. Europe’s ongoing drought could signal the death of river cruising as rivers get too shallow.

There have historically been heat waves in the past. For example, in 627, the heat was so great in France and Germany, says the London Standard, that all springs dried up; water became so scarce that many people died of thirst. In 879, work in the field had to be given up; agricultural laborers persisting in their work were struck down in a few minutes, so powerful was the sun. In 993, the sun’s rays were so fierce that vegetation burned up as under the action of fire. So this current period of ‘global warming’ may just be another heat wave. But combined with other end-time prophesies (e.g. Israel formed ‘in a day’ in 1948, pestilence (Covid), increasing floods, winds, wildfires, and ‘evil called good’ in the LGBTQ+ movement), we must ‘keep watch’ and ‘be ready.’

  • Watch therefore, for youknow neither the day nor the hourin which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:13) Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:44)

Signs of the Times Update: August 8, 2022

August 8, 2022

 “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:8-12)

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)

After five years of litigation and a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Christian flag finally flew on the Boston City Hall Plaza public forum flagpole Wednesday as an enthusiastic crowd cheered to celebrate the first day free of unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination. In 2017, Shurtleff and Camp Constitution filed a permit application with the City of Boston to celebrate Constitution Day in September. Boston had a longstanding practice and policy to open a flagpole for private speakers to temporarily raise a flag during their events. In the city’s own words, Boston created a “public forum” open to “all applicants.” But after 12 years, 284 applications, no denials and virtually no review, Boston censored Camp Constitution’s application because of one word in the application – Christian.

The Georgia Department of Revenue has announced residents can now claim unborn children as dependents on their tax returns amounting to a $3,000 benefit. It’s all due to the “Living Infant and Fairness Equality (LIFE) Act” which has now taken effect in the aftermath of the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. “The Department will recognize any unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat…as eligible for the Georgia individual income tax dependent exemption,” the guidance read.

Three Nigerian Christian women kidnapped as teenagers by Boko Haram Islamist terrorists from a school in Chibok eight years ago have been found. They and their three children were recovered with their children by the Nigerian Army during operations against Boko Haram in Borno State. Boko Haram abducted 276 girls, mostly Christian, from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in April 2014. Around 165 girls have subsequently escaped, been rescued or released.

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)

Two GOP senators have urged the Department of Defense (DoD) to immediately investigate whistleblower allegations that hundreds of Afghan evacuees who appeared on official watchlists were not properly vetted before they were released into the United States. According to the DoD whistleblower, the Biden administration failed to properly vet 324 Afghan evacuees who appeared on the DoD’s Biometrically Enabled Watchlist (BEWL), which includes known suspected terrorists, said U.S. Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Thursday.

Our nation’s power grid is fragile. Much more so than most Americans know, or that the government is disclosing, reports Intercessors for America (IFA). Recently IFA hosted experts on the threats and vulnerabilities of the grid on a Pray With America’s Leaders webcast. What they shared was astounding. The threats against the grid are many: hackers, solar flares, sabotage, and an EMP.

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)

Last-minute changes to a package of economic spending bills won over key votes Sunday, like that of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. The Senate passed Democrats’ omnibus spending, prescription drug, and climate bill along party lines. The budget reconciliation process allowed the bill to avoid a GOP filibuster, and Vice President Kamala Harris broke the 50-50 tie. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he wants the House to vote on it when Congress reconvenes next week.

  • Contradicting claims from Senate Democrats, a report from the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) indicates that the measures in the $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) would have a marginal to negative impact on inflation.
  • Republicans say this bill includes $740 billion in funding to hire 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents, which they say will target Americans. However, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said, “These resources are absolutely not about increasing audit scrutiny on small businesses or middle-income Americans. As we have been planning, our investment of these enforcement resources is designed around Treasury’s directive that audit rates will not rise relative to recent years for households making under $400,000.”

Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for U.S. national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Wednesday’s 95-1 vote — for the candidacy of two Western European nations that, until Russia’s war against Ukraine, had long avoided military alliances — took a crucial step toward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its 73-year-old pact of mutual defense among the United States and democratic allies in Europe. Formal approval from all member nations — currently, 30 — is required.

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)

For the fourth time in nine months, a Muslim man has been found shot to death in Albuquerque. The man killed Friday night was in his mid-20s and from South Asia. Police, who discovered his body after receiving a report of a shooting, declined to say whether the killing was done in a way similar to the other slayings, which have shaken the Muslim community in New Mexico and drawn condemnation from President Biden. “There is reason to believe this death is related to those shootings,” Police Chief Harold Medina said in a news conference Saturday.

Back in May, 20 Nigerian Christians were brutally martyred by the Islamic militant group ISIS. In June, 40 more Christians died in Owo, Nigeria, in a terrorist attack against a church. Though it is not clear who is responsible for that attack, what is clear is that Christians continue to be severely persecuted in this West African nation. The persecution, which has been ongoing for years, is part of a long history of conflict with Islam. In 1953, Christians made up only 21.4% of the population in Nigeria. Today, about half of the country’s population, about 96 million people, are Christians. To put that number in perspective, Germany, the largest country in Europe, has a total population of less than 84 million.

Muslim extremists on July 29 came to the home of an evangelist who had held open-air events in eastern Uganda and killed him, Christian Headlines reports. Sozi Odongo was killed in a knife attack at his home in Omorio cell, Agule Town Council, Pallisa District, while his wife and four children hid in a room. Odongo was 45. The previous week, sources said, Odongo had received threatening text messages, including one from Nasuru Ongom, a Muslim sheikh (teacher) in Palissa town, that read, “Please stop preaching to our people using the holy Koran, or else you risk your life.”

The prosecution of four Christian converts from Islam under an apostasy law abolished two years ago seems to confirm concerns about a return to Islamism by the government in Sudan. The four young men were charged with apostasy from Islam under Article 126 of the Sudanese Penal Code, and could now face the death penalty in line with sharia (Islamic law). Sudan’s apostasy law was abolished in July 2020 by the reforming government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The government formalized separation of religion and state two months later. Now it seems that the reforms that had improved the lives of Christians – and especially Muslim-background believers – are being rolled back and these four Christian converts face the death penalty.

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 continue at justices’ homes, in violation of state and federal law! On Wednesdays, Justices Kavanaugh and Roberts were targeted; Thursday, Justice Barrett; Friday, Justice Thomas; and Saturday, Justice Alito. Organizers call the scheduled events ‘resistance marches’ and also organize pop-up events at random times, which they call “surprise home demo” (most recently at Justice Gorsuch’s house). These random events circumvent the authorities–they advertise that they have 10 minutes before cops will show up. Some of these justices have young children at home. Can you imagine how distressing this is for them?

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

Just as the surge of terrorism and hate crimes against pregnancy resource centers (PRC) and churches appeared to be slowing down in recent weeks, two more churches were targeted in Lawrence, Kans. over the weekend. With this ongoing violence and with the rhetoric surrounding PRCs continuing to heat up on Capitol Hill, pregnancy center staff are increasingly finding themselves having to divert valuable resources away from helping vulnerable women in need in order to bolster security measures for their buildings.

President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that laid the groundwork for Medicaid to enable women to travel to another state for an abortion. This is his second pro-abortion executive order since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The first created the so-called Reproductive Rights Task Force on July 12. Wednesday’s order also encourages healthcare providers to provide data to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kansans voted last Tuesday against an amendment to the state constitution that would have allowed lawmakers to protect unborn babies either completely or partially. The referendum failed by about 20 percentage points. The state Supreme Court ruled in 2019 that abortion is a “fundamental” right. The amendment would have said the constitution does not protect the right to abortion, giving lawmakers the ability to pass more pro-life laws.

  • This was a real shocker in a state which Trump carried by 15% in 2020.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act 1 into law last week, banning most abortions in the state. It is the first state to do so since the United States overturned Roe v. Wade in late June. The new law provides exceptions for cases of rape, incest, lethal fetal deformity, and serious health emergency for the mother.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday against Idaho’s law that protects babies in every case except to save the life of the mother or in the case of rape or incest. The new law, which is scheduled to go into effect Aug. 25, makes performing an abortion without proof that it was one of these cases punishable by two to five years in prison. This is the first major action by the DOJ challenging a state law protecting babies since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The DOJ said the Idaho law conflicts with the federal 1986 Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act that requires medical facilities that accept Medicare to stabilize and treat any patient. That treatment includes providing abortions, the department argues.

Three pro-life activists, including a Catholic priest, were sentenced to three months in jail yesterday following a rescue effort at an abortion facility during which they counseled women to choose life for their preborn children. The three men were given the maximum sentence by White Plains City Court Judge John Collin for the misdemeanor charge of third-degree criminal trespass. The men spoke to the women inside the abortion mill, offering each a red rose, which had a Miraculous Medal and a note attached that read, “You were made to love and be loved … Your goodness is greater than the difficulties of your situation. Circumstances change. A new life, however tiny, brings the promise of unrepeatable joy.”

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

The European Court of Human Rights rejected an urgent legal application from the parents of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee Wednesday to delay the removal of their son’s life support. In a letter sent to Battersbee’s parents, ECHR stated it would not interfere with the decision of previous judges who agreed with the hospital’s assessment that removal of care was in Archie’s “best interests.” The boy’s mother, Hollie Dance, said the news was another “heart-breaking development” in her son’s case and questioned why he couldn’t be given a chance if doctors in other countries are willing to treat him. The parents have now submitted an application to a United Kingdom high court seeking to move their 12-year-old son to a hospice so he can receive palliative oxygen. However, the boy died shortly after life-support ended.

  • Once again, the culture of death wants to take life and death decisions out of the parents’ hands.

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 cases of Covid-19 per day in the U.S. over the past two weeks has dropped by 8% down to 117,564/day. These are reported cases, not including those who test positive at home and don’t report it. Hospitalizations remained flat at 42,275 with deaths climbing 11% to 494/day.

One in eight people who get coronavirus develop at least one symptom of long COVID one of the most comprehensive studies on the condition to date suggested on Thursday. A new study published in The Lancet journal asked more than 76,400 adults in the Netherlands to fill out an online questionnaire on 23 common long COVID symptoms. Between March 2020 and August 2021, each participant filled out the questionnaire 24 times. About 12.7 percent of those who had COVID — around one in eight — suffered from long-term symptoms, the study said. It found that common long COVID symptoms include chest pain, breathing difficulties, muscle pain, loss of taste and smell, and general fatigue.

Monkeypox: The Biden administration declared a public health emergency for monkeypox on Aug. 4 in a bid to unlock funding and more powers to deal with the virus, which officials say is primarily spreading among homosexual males. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra issued the declaration, saying in an Aug. 4 conference call with reporters that the move will allow for quicker distribution of the monkeypox vaccine. In the United States, there are “1.6 to 1.7 million” people who are at the “highest risk” of contracting monkeypox, according to the CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. She reiterated that homosexual men, namely those who are HIV-positive, appear to have the highest likelihood of getting monkeypox. So far, 95% of the cases are gay men.

  • If we follow God’s laws, we don’t have to worry about Monkeypox, AIDS and STDs.

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 trove of documents released last week by America First Legal obtained from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked with Big Tech companies to censor what the agency deemed “misinformation” about COVID vaccines. The documents show emails between the CDC and officials from Twitter, Facebook and Google in which the CDC flagged what it deemed as “misinformation”. The emails also show that the CDC coordinated with the companies for the suppression of any dissent from the mainstream COVID narrative and had regular meetings about “misinformation” related to the vaccines. The CDC also helped to develop language used to control the narrative around the vaccines.

A recent study available in the prestigious Lancet peer-reviewed journal reveals COVID-19 vaccine booster shots may be harmful to the immune system and cause significant adverse reactions. The study also shows that eight months after a two-dose regimen, the injected have lower immune function than the unvaccinated. Dr. Kenji Yamamoto, a cardiovascular surgeon who has authored or co-authored thousands of papers available on NIH’s PubMed website, highlighted not only the well-known waning effectiveness of the experimental coronavirus gene-based injections, but that the shots may actually cause harm to their recipients’ immune systems as well.

A researcher who queried the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) discovered a 10,661.4% increase in cancer reports as a result of experimental COVID-19 gene-base vaccines as compared with all FDA-approved vaccines over the last 30 years. Brian Shilhavy, who is the editor of Health Impact News, also made note of the significant number of the cancer cases in the database that were of young people, from age 12 up through many young adults in their 20s. Last October, a Swedish lab study found that the spike protein associated with the COVID-19 illness, and its experimental vaccines, enters the nucleus of cells and significantly interferes with DNA damage-repair functions, compromising a person’s adaptive immunity and perhaps encouraging the formation of cancer cells.

  • In March 2021, board-certified pathologist Dr. Ryan Cole reported that he was seeing a massive “uptick” in various autoimmune diseases and cancers in patients who have been COVID-vaccinated.

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)

Crime, murder and mass shootings have dominated headlines this year. Just over the weekend, a shooting in Cincinnati wounded nine people, and another in Detroit killed one and wounded four. Overall, however, nationwide shootings are down 4% this year compared to the same time last year. In big cities, murders are down 3%. If the decrease in murders continues for the rest of 2022, it will be the first year since 2018 in which they fell in the U.S.

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

A thunderstorm passed over a Cuban crude oil storage facility and lightning caused fires and explosions, killing at least one firefighter and injuring more than 100 people. Crews from three countries worked to battle the blaze. A second tank collapsed and another explosion rocked Cuba overnight Sunday as the Matzanas oil farm fire worsened.

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 father and son who are serving life in prison for Ahmaud Arbery’s murder were again sentenced to life in prison Monday on federal hate crime charges. Travis McMichael, who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery, will serve his federal sentence of life plus 10 years. His father, Gregory, will serve life in state prison plus seven years. They both will serve the federal sentences concurrently with the state time. The family of Arbery, a young Black man shot in 2020 while on a neighborhood jog, had asked that the men be sent to state, rather than federal, prison. Legal experts say the outcome of the second trial marked a historic moment in Georgia in acknowledging racist motivations.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th Judicial Circuit due to neglect of duty. The Governor has the authority to suspend a state officer under Article IV, Section 7 of the Constitution of the State of Florida. The Governor has appointed Susan Lopez to serve as State Attorney for the period of suspension. She has most recently been serving as a Judge on the Hillsborough County Court. “State Attorneys have a duty to prosecute crimes as defined in Florida law, not to pick and choose which laws to enforce based on his personal agenda,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. Warren had said he would not prosecute abortions despite it being state law.

  • This is the first time a liberal State Attorney (or Attorney General) has been removed from office because of allowing criminals back onto the streets with no bail. There’s been far too much of this in the U.S.

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

Four officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death have been charged with federal crimes two years after the fatal shooting occurred in Louisville. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that four current or former Louisville police officers have been charged. The charges include falsifying information on the search warrant that led to the raid in which Taylor was killed and attempting to cover up the false information after the fact. Garland said the alleged wrongdoing “resulted in Ms. Taylor’s death …. Breonna Taylor should still be alive.”

Over 1,000 New York City police officers have filed to leave the department in 2022, raising doubts about the city’s ability to maintain a substantive police force and maintain safety and security. Many officers are joining in the exodus and leaving before receiving their full pensions. Former NYPD detective Jason Caputo says the city is “steering away” from encouraging officers to apprehend criminals, adding that city and NYPD leaders are “putting victims and police in jeopardy.”

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)

More than half a century after the Fair Housing Act was signed into law in 1968, not only is the homeownership gap between white and Black Americans wider than it was in 1960 , the homeownership rate of Black Americans is expected to be lower (40%) in 2040 than it was in 2020 (41%), according to a study by the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C., based research organization focused on upward mobility and equity. Issues including financial education and awareness can still limit homeownership for lower-income households (a disproportionate share of whom are Black and Hispanic) or trap them into exploitative transactions.

A racist text message sent by a police officer has prompted officials in Vincent, a small Alabama town to disband their police department and fire the police chief and assistant chief. There was only one other officer in the department. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office condemned the two officers’ actions and said Friday that it stands with the city “in providing emergency law enforcement related service to the citizens (of Vincent) at this time.”

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)

A daily hamburger might raise the risk of developing heart disease, but not necessarily for the reasons people often think, new research suggests. The study of nearly 4,000 older Americans found what many have before: People who ate a lot of red meat had a heightened risk of heart disease and stroke. But there was no evidence that the link was due to a traditional culprit: elevated blood levels of “bad” cholesterol. Instead, researchers traced the risk, in part, to particular substances produced by the gut microbiome — the trillions of bacteria that reside in the digestive tract. When those bacteria digest red meat, they produce a chemical called TMAO, which can spur inflammation and blood clotting.

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)

In the past two years, a mass exodus of over 1.2 million students has left the public-school system as parents seek alternative education routes, such as public charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling, especially in large cities. New York City is experiencing “massive hemorrhaging of students,” according to Mayor Eric Adams. Having lost upward of 64,000 enrollments since the start of the pandemic, the city is forecasting the loss of an additional 30,000 students this upcoming fall semester. Michigan is 56,000 students shy of its pre-pandemic public school enrollment numbers. Orange County, Denver, Kansas City and Chicago, are just a few of the many more cities around the country realizing nose-diving numbers.

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 abusive “child bride” situations in the U.S. will be unleashed if the U.S. Senate passes the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act.” “HR 8404 will do SO MUCH MORE than just codify the Supreme Court ruling on marriage, notes Mat Staver, CEO of Liberty Counsel. Our team has been shocked by what we have learned. We were unaware of the large number of tragic child bride cases. I am sure many members of Congress are also unaware, and that’s why we must educate them about the impact of HR 8404. What is happening now with little girls being abused in child bride ‘marriages,’ if this bill passes, also will happen to little boys who will be ‘married’ off to homosexual pedophiles. Suddenly, it would be legal for a 50-year-old man to ‘marry’ a 15-year-old boy in Mississippi. A 14-year-old boy in North Carolina. Or a boy of any age in California!”

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)

Members of a community, described as “politically conservative,” voted to gut the library’s funding because the library promoted an “LGBTQ-themed” graphic novel. Voters in Jamestown Township, a politically conservative community in Ottawa County, Michigan, rejected renewal Tuesday of a millage (mill rate, or property tax) that would support the Patmos Library. That vote guts the library’s operating budget in 2023 — 84 percent of the library’s $245,000 budget comes from property taxes collected through a millage. Without a millage, the library is likely to run out of money sometime late next year, said Larry Walton, library board president. “I wasn’t expecting anything like this,” Walton said.

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)

An election official from an Arizona county has resigned after allegations of voter irregularities and a ballot shortage on primary elections day. The Pinal County government confirmed that “David Frisk is no longer in the position of Elections Director and is no longer employed by Pinal County” in a statement on Thursday–two days after Arizona’s primary election day—after a shortage of ballots on primary election day and thousands of early ballots were sent to the wrong voters leading up to the primaries. Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer was asked if the volume of ballots were sufficient to impact any results of the race. Volkmer said it is a “difficult question,” noting that only 10 votes separated winners and losers in some municipal races.

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 weeks now, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been dispatching buses loaded with illegal aliens to Washington, D.C., because it is government officials in that location who could take action to prevent the crisis that Joe Biden’s policies have created at the southern border. Now he’s started sending them to New York City, too, as that city’s mayor, Eric Adams, had boasted about the “sanctuary city’s” services and housing programs. So the mayors of those two cities are now crying out for help. Washington’s mayor, regularly “championed accepting migrants entering the country illegally as a human rights issue,” but she now wants the D.C. National Guard activated on a continuing basis to help with the “humanitarian crisis” of illegals in town.

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

Airline delays and cancellations continued Monday after a weekend full of weather-related issues. As of noon Monday, more than 2,000 flights in, out of and across the U.S. have been delayed, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware. Another 500 flights were canceled. Although airlines are still batting staffing issues, delays and cancellations were particularly heavy all weekend due to extensive thunderstorm activity and weather ground stops.

British flight attendant Kris Major serves as chair of the European Transport Workers Federation’s Joint Aircrew Committee, representing European flight attendants and pilots. He says flight crew are struggling. “It’s completely unsustainable as a job.” As global travelers return to the skies in droves after a pandemic-enforced pause, airlines and airports across the world are grappling to match supply with demand. The result is flights canceled left right and center, luggage mislaid, and travelers losing confidence in the aviation industry as a whole.

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

In June, Toyota issued a warning to owners of its BZ4X electric SUV that they should stop driving the vehicle and have it transported to a dealership because of a severe problem: the wheels could fall off while driving even after just a short time on the road. Toyota did not know why this was happening, but the automaker said it would investigate and have the problem corrected once engineers understood why the wheels were coming loose. Now, over a month later, Toyota has not yet identified the issue and is offering to simply buy back the SUVs from customers who no longer want to wait for the problem to be resolved.

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)

The Earth is spinning ever so slightly faster. A report at Phys.org confirmed that scientists at the National Physical Laboratory in England recorded the shortest day ever on June 29 – nearly 1.5 milliseconds shorter than usual. While that’s barely noticeable, they are concerned about the cause. Speculation includes melting or freezing glaciers, winds triggering shifts in the Earth’s weight, earthquakes pulling the Earth’s mass toward its center, or the molten core actually shifting.

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)

U.S. employers added a booming 528,000 jobs in July as the labor market now has recovered all 22 million jobs lost in the pandemic and continued to defy soaring inflation, rising interest rates and a slowing economy. The unemployment rate fell from 3.6% to 3.5%, matching a 50-year low reached just before the pandemic began in early 2020. July’s payroll increases were broad-based. Leisure and hospitality, which includes restaurants and bars, the sector hit hardest by COVID-19, led the job gains with 96,000. Professional and business services added 89,000 jobs; health care, 70,000; construction, 32,000; manufacturing, 30,000; and retail, 22,000 jobs. Federal, state and local governments added 57,000 jobs.

  • However, 384,000 of the jobs are part-time, according to WND.com.

Last week, initial jobless claims – a gauge of layoffs – rose to the highest level since November based on a four-week moving average. Tech giants such as Oracle, Amazon, Netflix and Robinhood have all announced significant job cuts recently. Also, hiring has been expected to downshift now that the U.S. has recouped all 22 million jobs lost in the health crisis.

  • More jobs added, but more jobless claims. It appears the economy is quite a confused state right now. If we are indeed in the early stages of the end-times, the economy will tank. If not, business as usual.

U.S. household debt increased to a record $16.15 trillion in the second quarter, driven mostly by a $207 billion jump in mortgage balances, with credit card and auto loan debt also rising as consumers lifted their borrowing to deal with soaring inflation. The New York Fed said credit card balances were up 13 percent in the second quarter of 2022, compared with 12 months earlier, the biggest increase in more than 20 years.

Gas prices have been trending downward for more than 50 consecutive days, giving drivers some much-needed financial relief at the pump. Prices at the pump might be lower now – the average cost of a gallon of gas is down almost a dollar since the June peak – but the longer-term outlook for oil suggests low inventories that will keep prices elevated. “Russia-Ukraine is a factor but… we had tight supplies coming into this,” said Rob Haworth, senior investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. The unwillingness – or inability, according to some oil analysts – of members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to significantly increase production is limiting how much additional oil is coming onto global markets.

International Economy:

In Lebanon there are long queues to buy bread, and cooking oil is virtually unobtainable. Fuel is so costly that some dare not eat food items which require lengthy cooking. People have died because they could no longer afford the medication they depended on.

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 IDF has successfully eliminated the Islamic Jihad’s senior commanders in the Gaza Strip, a major achievement of Operation Breaking Dawn, because the terror organization had continued its attacks on Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv and the Jerusalem area. However, a 5-year-old Palestinian girl was also killed in two initial air strikes on Friday, which injured 44, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The attacks followed several days of days of threats from militants in Gaza after Israel arrested an Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank earlier in the week. Over 1000 rockets were fired at Israeli cities in the south and then towards Holon, Rishon Lezion and Bat Yam in the center of the country. About 95% of the rockets fired at Israeli population centers were destroyed by Israel’s Iron Dome defense. One projectile struck a family home in Sderot, whose inhabitants had secured themselves in a shelter and were uninjured. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis who live within 50 miles of Gaza were ordered to remain in their homes within close proximity to bomb shelters. The IDF called up 25,000 reserves to assist in the military effort.

  • A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants took effect late Sunday in a bid to end nearly three days of violence that killed dozens of Palestinians and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis. The flare-up was the worst fighting between Israel and Gaza militant groups since Israel and Hamas fought an 11-day war last year, and adds to the destruction and misery that have plagued Gaza for years.

Israeli forces made nearly two dozen arrests overnight in Gaza as the death toll in the West Bank rose to 32 on Sunday. All those arrested were allegedly members of the Islamic Jihad militant group, which has lost two of its senior commanders to Israeli strikes in recent days. The Palestinian Ministry has also alleged that Israeli airstrikes have killed 32 people, including six children. The IDF argues the children were killed by rocket attacks from Gaza militants that fell short of their targets in Israel, however.

The Turkish government has stepped up its lethal drone attacks against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria ahead of a threatened full-scale invasion. On Sunday, a Turkish drone attack was reported to have killed 4 people in a town on the Syria-Turkey border. The latest attack drew criticism from the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), a U.S. allied force that helped defeat ISIS. The force is predominantly made up of Kurds. Last week in a joint statement after a four-hour meeting between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, the two strongmen “reaffirmed their determination to act in coordination and solidarity in the fight against all terrorists organizations” in Syria.

  • This is now the second ‘proxy’ war between the U.S. and Russia, with the U.S. supplying weapons and guidance to the Syrian Kurds and to Ukraine.

The Biden administration has approved on Tuesday massive arms sales in two separate deals with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The weapons that were approved for the sales are meant for defensive purposes, as the two Gulf nations have faced recurring rocket attacks against their territories from Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The approved sales can provide Saudi Arabia with weaponry worth about $3.05 billion and the UAE with weaponry worth about $2.245 billion.

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 Biden administration will send another $1 billion in ammunition, weapons and vehicles to Ukraine, the Pentagon announced Monday. The latest military aid package includes ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, that Ukraine has used to destroy Russian ammunition depots and command posts dozens of miles behind the front line in eastern Ukraine. Defense officials have credited the weapon and stiff Ukrainian resolve with slowing the Russian advance there. The package also includes conventional artillery ammunition, armored ambulances and anti-tank weapons.

The Russian-appointed leader of Ukraine’s occupied Zaporozhye region on Monday signed an order to hold a referendum on “reunification” with Russia that could take place as soon as next month. Russian combat losses include 42,340 killed or wounded troops, 1,811 tanks and 4,070 armored vehicles destroyed the Ukraine military estimated. Neither combatant releases its own losses.

“Suicidal” shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear plant must be halted and international inspectors must be granted access to ensure its safe operation, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday. Moscow and Kyiv blamed each other for a series of rocket attacks at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station that the International Atomic Energy Agency said has created “the very real risk of a nuclear disaster.” Ukraine’s state nuclear power company, said that the plant was still operational, and no radioactive discharges had been detected. Two of the six reactors are still operating.

China/Taiwan:

Amid heightened tensions following the visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei, the communist Chinese regime on Thursday fired ballistic missiles over Taiwan’s northeast and southwest coasts. At least five missiles landed in Japanese territory to the north and east of Taiwan, according to the Japanese Ministry of Defense. It’s the first time a Chinese missile has struck inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, which affords exclusive rights to fishing and other enterprises.

  • A furious China has announced that it will cut all communications with the U.S. on numerous international issues including climate change, military issues and anti-drug trafficking systems as a direct consequence of Pelosi’s “reckless” one-day visit to Taiwan this week.
  • Taiwan officials said Chinese aircraft and warships rehearsed an attack on the island on Saturday, another part of Beijing’s retaliation for Pelosi’s visit. China’s military announced fresh military drills on Monday in the seas and airspace around Taiwan – a day after the scheduled end of its largest ever exercises.

Nuclear Warfare:

The United Nations chief warned the world Monday that “humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gave the dire warning at the opening of the long-delayed high-level meeting to review the landmark 50-year-old treaty aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and eventually achieving a nuclear-free world.

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 al-Shabab extremist group has exploited Ethiopia’s internal turmoil to cross the border from neighboring Somalia in unprecedented attacks in recent weeks that a top U.S. military commander has warned could continue. The deadly incursions into Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country and long seen as an anchor of security in the Horn of Africa, are the latest sign of how deeply the recent war in the northern Tigray region and other ethnic fighting have made the country more vulnerable. Ethiopia has long resisted such cross-border attacks by the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, in part by deploying troops inside Somalia, where the extremist group controls large rural parts of the country’s southern and central regions. But the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and its security forces have struggled with unrest at home especially since the Tigray conflict began in late 2020. Experts say al-Shabab, also emboldened by instability under Somalia’s previous administration, is seizing the chance to expand its footprint and claim the killing of scores of Ethiopian security forces.

The Biden administration is touting the CIA operation that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri as a monumental strike against the global terror network responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001. But there’s a downside, too. The drone strike also is putting into stark relief the mounting evidence that after 20 years of America’s military presence — and then sudden departure — Afghanistan has once again become an active staging ground for Islamic terror groups looking to attack the West. The operation spent at least six months monitoring movements by al-Zawahri and his family. The strike came just weeks before the one-year anniversary of the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from the country.

  • The Biden administration is making the case that the operation shows Americans at home and allies abroad that the United States hasn’t lost focus — or the ability to strike terrorists in the region — and validates its decision to end two decades of fighting in Afghanistan with its withdrawal. The Taliban claimed they were not aware that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was residing in the capital of Kabul, which is extremely unlikely.
  • In the aftermath of the drone strike that killed al-Zawahiri, a report from Foreign Desk News says that Biden has paid, over the last year, about $1 billion to the Taliban. “Now,” the report said, “humanitarian aid to the Afghan people is lining the pockets of the Taliban at the expense of innocent Afghans and American taxpayers alike.”

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)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it will conduct “flyovers” of the Permian Basin region in Texas and New Mexico to “survey oil and gas operations to identify large emitters of methane” amid the Biden administration’s climate policy initiative. “The flyovers are vital to identifying which facilities are responsible for the bulk of these emissions and therefore where reductions are most urgently needed,” said Earthea Nance, an EPA official, in an Aug. 1 news release.  The flyovers, which will use infrared cameras, will be conducted until Aug. 15, the agency said.

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 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines last Wednesday morning damaging buildings and causing landslides. At least four people are dead with dozens more injured.

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 amount of area in the U.S. that has experienced wildfires through 8/8/22 has grown to 5,847,353 acres, up from 3,540,703 acres in 2021 over the same time period, and way up from 2,288,770 acres in 2020. The actual number of fires is not up much, but the acres per fire has increased from 90 acres per fire in 2021 to 145 acres so far this year.

  • The number of fires in Alaska has decline from 56 a couple of weeks ago to 27 as of 8/8/22

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)

Precipitation in the U.S. West continues to lessen the severity of the longstanding megadrought. The percent of the West in severe to exceptional drought has decline over the past three months from 73% to 55%, according to the weekly Drought Monitor. However, the relief differs widely on a state by state basis. California has actually gotten worse, with 97.5% now in severe to exceptional drought, up from 95.2% three months ago. Utah has also worsened slightly, up from 99.4% to 99.6%. Nevada is down just a tad from 100% to 99.5% and Arizona declined a little from 62% to 60%.  However, New Mexico improved from 96% to 71%, while Colorado improved from 48% to 30%.

  • In the Northwest, Oregon improved from 69% to 54%, while Washington did even better and is now down to 0% from 24%, although 30.5% still have moderate drought. Idaho improved a lot from 57% to 17% while Montana also had a big drop from 66% to 15%, with 39% still in moderate drought. Wyoming declined from 56% to 25%.

Some of the world’s richest men are funding a massive treasure hunt, complete with helicopters and transmitters, on the west coast of Greenland. Greenland’s ice is melting down at an unprecedented rate, which – in a twist of irony – is creating an opportunity for investors and mining companies who are searching for a trove of critical minerals capable of powering the green energy transition. A band of billionaires, including Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates, among others, is betting that below the surface of the hills and valleys on Greenland’s Disko Island and Nuussuaq Peninsula there are enough critical minerals to power hundreds of millions of electric vehicles.

Two people are dead following lightning strikes near White House Thursday night, police say. Two others remain in critical condition. The lightning strike occurred in Lafayette Square.

Death Valley is known for heat and virtually no rain. However, record rainfall Friday trigged flash floods at Death Valley National Park that swept away cars, closed all roads and stranded hundreds of visitors and workers. There were no immediate reports of injuries but roughly 60 vehicles were buried in mud and debris and about 500 visitors and 500 park workers were stuck inside the park. The park near the California-Nevada state line received 1.46 inches of rain at the Furnace Creek area. That’s about 75% of what the area typically gets in a year and more than has ever been recorded for the entire month of August.

Climate change isn’t a partisan issue in many countries. In general, both right-leaning and left-leaning parties favor policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, even if they fight over the specifics of those policies. This consensus allowed the European Union to cut emissions sharply over the past few decades, as the threat of global warming became clearer. In the United States, however, climate is a partisan issue. Nearly all elected Democrats favor actions that slow climate change. Almost no Republicans support such policies.

Signs of the Times Update: August 1, 2022

August 1, 2022

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)

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 month has passed since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Washington state football coach who knelt at midfield to pray and was joined by student-athletes. The court wrote, in a 6-3 decision, that Bremerton High School assistant coach Joseph Kennedy’s prayers were protected by the Constitution’s guarantees of free speech and religious exercise, and that the district was wrong to discipline him for what the majority saw as a private act. In response, families, teachers and activists are preparing to push prayer back into public schools nationwide. In at least three states, Illinois, Alabama and Oregon, school officials have said they are reviewing their policies on employee prayer.

  • “Our nation has lost its way in having lost a belief of a higher power,” said Christi Fraga, a Miami-Dade school board member who in May successfully proposed establishing an annual day of prayer in her district. “So in my community, there has been a cry for help — a cry to allow prayer in our schools.” Fraga added of the court’s ruling: “I hope it brings back our country to its foundation.”

After two weeks in solitary confinement for conducting a Pink Rose Rescue earlier this month, Lauren Handy and Joan Andrews Bell were released from custody in Alexandria. When asked why she continues the pro-life work that has repeatedly landed her in prison, Joan replied, “because babies keep dying. And I hope, please God, that soon they’ll stop dying. That’s the only reason.” She has been arrested over 200 times in defense of the unborn. Lauren Handy has been arrested 30 times for her mission of saving unborn babies. However, time in jail does not dissuade her from pursuing the mission. “Rescue is the past, present and future of our movement,” she told LifeSiteNews.

Air Force officials were ordered on July 27 not to discipline airmen who are seeking religious exemptions to the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. U.S. District Judge Matthew McFarland, a Trump appointee, entered a preliminary injunction against the military branch. McFarland two weeks earlier issued a temporary restraining order. He asked the military to make its case as to why he shouldn’t enter a preliminary injunction, a longer-lasting measure.

A $10 million settlement has been announced by Liberty Counsel, which brought a class-action lawsuit against NorthShore University HealthSystem on behalf of workers who were forced during the pandemic to take the experimental COVID-19 shots. Officials with the legal team said NorthShore will pay $10,337,500 “to compensate these health care employees who were victims of religious discrimination, and who were punished for their religious beliefs against taking an injection associated with aborted fetal cells.” The class action case was on behalf of more than 500 current and former NorthShore workers.

A state judge in Wisconsin has ruled that the Department of Corrections broke the law when it decided to give lawyers and bureaucrats and even reporters and dog trainers access to inmates during COVID, but refused to provide any procedure for clergy to visit. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty cited the summary judgment from Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge William Hue that found state officials violated the law and Wisconsin Constitution with their restrictions. The organization had acted on behalf of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in bringing the case over clergy access to prisoners.

Twenty-two state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for threatening to withhold funds for the National School Lunch Program from schools that do not comply with the Biden administration’s LGBT ideology. The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service announced on May 5 its intention to interpret “the prohibition on discrimination based on sex found in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972” to include “discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The state of Florida has instructed public schools to ignore a Biden administration Title IX executive action that would force schools to open girls’ showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and dormitories to members of the opposite sex, and to let males compete in women’s sports. As the state’s officials noted, since the federal government admits guidances do not – and cannot – carry legal weight, the latest transgender document “should not be treated as governing law.”

A court of appeals in Alberta, Canada, recently ruled that the arrest, jailing, and fining of a Christian pastor for resisting a Chinese coronavirus inspection of his church by police officers in April 2021 were illegal. Alberta authorities punished Pawlowski, along with his brother and another local community leader, with an injunction, censorship, and fines. A Calgary judge convicted the Pawlowski brothers of contempt of court in June 2021. The Pawlowski brothers later appealed this contempt of court charge and won their appeal on July 22. The Alberta court of appeals ruled that all of the punishments endured by the Pawlowskis over the past year were illegal and that they should be reimbursed for the fines they were forced to pay.

A study published in the Review of Religious Research has found that engaging with digital religion – such as chat groups with pastors, online sermons and religious content on social media – has made millennials’ faith experience richer. The research, which was based on data from the 2019 Millennial Trends Survey, also suggested that some non-churchgoers have found religion in digital spaces. “They are the first truly digital natives in North America, in that they were raised since childhood with the digital world at their fingertips,” the study’s author, University of Waterloo sociology professor Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, said of the findings. The research also found significant differences between Canadian and U.S. millennials. While around 29% of Canadian millennials in the study reported consuming religious or spiritual digital content at least once a month, 41% of U.S. millennials reported the same.

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 Biden administration’s radical push to redefine “sex” has reached a new low: Taking lunch away from poor kids. The administration is reinterpreting Title IX to redefine “sex” to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, Nikki Fried, is poised to block schools—including religious schools—from school lunch funding if they don’t comply with this radical redefinition, which includes a rule that school children can choose what school facilities (e.g. bathrooms, showers and locker rooms) to use based upon their perceived gender.

Right now, adult men in California are allowed to marry a “child bride” of any age, reports Liberty Counsel. And frequently these men are many decades older than the little girls. Some of these “marriages” are forced. Now, Congress wants to foist this child abuse on all other states. The so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” has already passed the House as HR 8404. If it passes the Senate (S 4556), every “state, territory, and possession of the United States” will be forced to accept and endorse the marriages of “minor attracted persons,” (the new euphemism for pedophiles) to children.

“The avalanche” of nearly $200 billion in COVID-19 funding intended to help kids during the apex of the novel coronavirus’ pandemic was used, in part, to fuel the agenda of the “union political machine,” according to a Tuesday report. “This massive flood of funding has left public schools awash in cash, while students and taxpayers are left to deal with the…  disaster unleashed by the union-prescribed COVID policies,” The Goldwater Institute, a conservative public policy think tank, said. In the span of a single year, Congress allocated $190 billion of federal funding into K-12 education. However, about half of the $190 billion in federal funds were classified by state education agencies as “other,” according to an October 2021 report from ProPublica. Such reporting provided “no insight into how the funds were allocated.”

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 Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office announced early Sunday morning that she plans to visit at least four Asian countries during her trip to the region, but a stop in Taiwan was notably left out, after China made threats against Taiwan if she went there.. Pelosi is leading a Congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region that includes stops in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. The trip will center on mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance in the Indo-Pacific region, her office said in a press release.

  • Pelosi will visit Taiwan, despite threats from China, CNN reported Monday morning. China and the United States both deployed military forces to the region around Taiwan following Chinese threats of a military attack in response to Pelosi’s proposed visit to Taiwan.

Democrats control both Congress and the presidency, and yet they had been unable to agree on a package of climate policies to accelerate the use of clean energy and reduce emissions. Senator Joe Manchin had been blocking any deal, and the Senate is so closely divided that the Democrats cannot afford to lose a single vote. However, on Thursday, Manchin appeared to change his mind. He announced that he had agreed to include hundreds of billions of dollars for climate and energy programs in a bill that would also reduce prescription drug prices, raise taxes on the affluent and shrink the federal deficit.

  • An independent analysis of President Biden’s proposed Inflation Reduction Act finds it won’t reduce inflation at all. The Penn-Wharton Budget Model found that the proposal, which includes $433 billion in new spending on climate and other items, “would very slightly increase inflation until 2024 and decrease inflation thereafter.”

CNN poll results Tuesday showed that 75% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents said they don’t want Biden as the party’s nominee in the next presidential election. An op-ed by the liberal Washington Post maintained that President Biden should not seek a second term, and then the Post published a list of the “top-nine Democratic Presidential hopefuls. The author of the Post’s list, Aaron Blake, ranked the candidates from one to ten, with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg first, followed by Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA), Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), Governor Roy Cooper (D-NC), and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

  • For Christian conservatives, this is a pretty scary list.

White nationalism. For many on the left and among their allies in the press, the emergence of a new generation of pro-Jesus, anti-woke Republicans is cause for alarm. The movement is “potentially violent” and “insidious,” said CNN producer John Blake. “A threat to our democracy,” wrote MSNBC’s Dean Obeidallah. The media has rushed to equate it with racism and violence. And gleeful Democrats can’t wait to use it as a club to bash GOP candidates with in the fall. But Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says it’s a rebranding that Republicans should embrace. For conservatives such as Mrs. Greene, the outspoken first-term congresswoman from Georgia, being a Christian nationalist is nothing for which to apologize.

  • While a Christian government would be welcome, it should not just be for white people.

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 on July 28 imposed a blockade on all content from The Epoch Times without explanation, raising further concerns about freedom of speech on the platform and drawing fire from three U.S. senators. “The link you are trying to access has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially spammy or unsafe,” the warning stated, citing Twitter’s URL policy. The platform has not responded to multiple requests from The Epoch Times for clarification. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), vice chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who serves on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who serves on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs,  decried the move as an act of censorship.

  • On Saturday, Twitter halted its censorship of content from The Epoch Times following a flood of public criticism.

Moms For Liberty co-founder Tina Descovich said on Friday that Twitter is “against truth” after their account was shut down for criticizing a California gender-transition bill. The offending tweet called gender dysphoria a “mental disorder” and she also claimed that it is being normalized by “predators” across the U.S. “We haven’t heard anything. We’ve appealed the tweet. We’ve decided that Twitter hates truth because gender dysphoria is a mental health issue that’s plaguing our children across the country right now. It’s something that needs to be discussed and addressed, and certainly it needs to be discussed in the town square of Twitter. But Twitter is against truth,” she said.

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 Yeshiva University student who was viciously attacked on a New York subway train and required medical treatment said Jews no longer feel safe in the city. This man was violently attacked yesterday on the NYC subway because he was Jewish just hours after @AmericansAA released its report showing that NYC District Attorneys are derelict in their duty to prosecute violent criminals. “There must be consequences for violence, or it will get worse!” said the recovering student.

A Christian in eastern Uganda died from head injuries sustained in an attack by Muslim extremists the previous week, sources said. Robert Bwenje had accompanied Assistant Pastor Ambrose Mugisha of Elim Pentecostal Church in Nyamiringa village, Kapeke Sub-County, Kiboga District, to an open-air debate about Christianity and Islam in Sirimula village, Kyankwanzi District. Following the debate, eight Muslims including two women put their faith in Christ, said Pastor Mugisha, 25. “This angered the Muslims, but they could not attack us because we had tight security from the police,” he said. As the assistant pastor and Bwenje returned, Muslims from Sirimula village ambushed them while they were crossing a swamp, he said.

Two Christian brothers have been sentenced to death in Pakistan for their faith. Amoon and Qaisar Ayub were falsely accused of “blasphemy”—framed for supposedly posting disparaging comments against the Prophet Muhammad online. The insidious abuse of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws to persecute Christians is rampant in Pakistan. There was no evidence that either brother did anything they were accused of. Yet their conviction and execution sentence have been upheld in court. The American Center for Law & Justice is mobilizing its international affiliate—the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ)—and its partner in Pakistan to appeal directly to Pakistan’s Supreme Court to have this miscarriage of justice overturned.

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

A new “fact check” report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute pushes back on a mainstream narrative about pro-life states and finds that the 23 states with the strongest pro-life laws allow for abortions to save the mother’s life. “Abortion advocates are spreading the dangerous lie that life-saving care is not or may not be permitted in these states, leading to provider confusion and poor outcomes for women,” the report says. “A plain reading of any of these statutes easily refutes the false and dangerous misinformation being spread by pro-abortion activists,” coauthor Mary E. Harnedsaid.

Kansas primary voters on Tuesday, August 2, will be the first in the country to decide statewide on the right to abortion since the Supreme Court’s June decision overturning Roe v. Wade, putting abortion access at risk in one of the few midwestern states that allows the procedure. A state constitutional amendment on the primary ballot asks voters whether they want to preserve the right to an abortion in Kansas, a right protected in a 2019 state supreme court ruling. The vote is not just a crucial test for Kansans, but a possible bellwether across the country as Americans look to decide the future of abortion rights after the Supreme Court overturned the nearly 50-year precedent of Roe v.Wade this year.

Missouri’s Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Louis after it passed a measure funding out of state abortions. On July 15, Democrat Mayor Tishaura Jones signed Board Bill 61 (BB61), allotting $1.5 million federal dollars to establish a “Reproductive Equity Fund” to fund out-of-state abortions, according to a statement from Schmitt’s office. In response, on July 21, Schmitt filed his lawsuit against the bill. “My Office today filed suit to put a stop to Mayor Jones and the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s blatantly illegal move to spend Missourians’ hard-earned tax dollars on out-of-state abortions,”

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)

President Biden tested positive for coronavirus again this weekend and was diagnosed with a “rebound” case, his physician said. The president is feeling well and will continue to work from the Executive Residence at the White House while he continues his isolation, the White House said. Rebound cases – where a person tests positive after recovering from symptoms and testing negative – can occur, especially among people who take the antiviral drug paxlovid, which the president took shortly after he first tested positive.

Over the past two weeks, new Covid-19 cases per day in the U.S. are down 5%, while hospitalizations are up 7% and deaths up 2%. If the downward trend in cases continues, lagging hospitalizations and deaths will also begin to show declines. New cases, though, are substantially undercounted due to at-home testing that doesn’t get reported. Cases are increasing modestly in about half the states and are decreasing modestly in the other half.

Patients with a Vitamin D deficiency have as much as a 50% higher probability of death from COVID-19, according to a study by researchers in Israel and Russia. The study, published in the Israel Medical Association Journal, analyzed published clinical trials showing patients with low vitamin D levels are more prone to infection from COVID-19, and severe illness and death from the disease, the Jerusalem Post reported. The boost to the immune system from Vitamin D can be found in supplements as well as foods such as egg yolks, fatty salmon, sardines, herring, canned tuna, beef liver, fortified milk, cereals, yogurt and orange juice.

The Beverly Hills, California, City Council voted unanimously not to enforce a Los Angeles County mask mandate should one be adopted. The vote came as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has publicly weighed the possibility of adopting an indoor mask mandate in the county, which has seen a steady rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The mandate was reportedly set to go into effect Friday, but Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told reporters cases in the country may be leveling off and “we are likely to want to take a pause on moving too quickly on universal indoor masking.”

San Francisco on Thursday declared a local monkeypox emergency effective Aug. 1, while the state of New York declared an imminent threat to public health, retroactive to June 1. San Francisco now has more than 30% of the 799 total cases in California. New York has recorded 1,247 cases. Neither San Francisco nor New York are implementing behavior restrictions, despite the WHO advising men who have sex with men to temporarily reduce their number of sexual partners in declaring a global emergency. With 4,907 confirmed cases nationwide as of this writing, the Biden administration is considering whether to declare a national emergency.

  • Government is far too anxious to declare emergencies which give it more power and control. Monkeypox is not a threat to the overall population because there is no ‘community spread.’

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)

According to one recent investigation, 42 percent of women with regular menstrual cycles said they bled more heavily than usual after vaccination, reports LifeSiteNews. Other recent research has found the Pfizer COVID shot impairs semen concentration and motile count in men for about three months. Miscarriages, fetal deaths, and stillbirths have also risen after the rollout of the COVID shots. In November 2021, Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), delivered 13 stillborn babies in a 24-hour period, and all of the mothers had received the COVID vaccine. Many countries are now reporting sudden declines in live birth rates, including Germany, the U.K., Taiwan, Hungary, and Sweden. In the five countries with the highest COVID vaccination uptake, fertility has dropped by an average of 15.2 percent, whereas the five countries with the lowest COVID vaccine uptake have seen an average decline of just 4.66 percent.

Researchers examined municipal data on vaccinations and deaths in the Netherlands. They found a “vaccination-correlated mortality rate” of about 5%, meaning that 5% of deaths of deaths overall reflected vaccination rates. The lead researcher, Andre Redert, said the result is “alarming and calls for more research on the effect of current Covid vaccines on all-cause mortality.” He explains in the paper, which has not been peer reviewed, that the pattern does not prove the vaccinations caused the excess deaths. But the study does show a correlation that has been observed since the summer of 2021 in countries with a high rate of vaccination. Highly vaccinated countries, Berenson wrote, generally posted non-COVID death increases of 5% to 10%.

A national survey by Zogby Strategies has found 17% of adults who received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine say they were diagnosed with a new condition within weeks to several months after getting the shot. The figure was 15% for those who had received at least one shot. Among those who were medically diagnosed with a new condition, the top conditions were blood clots (21%), heart attack (19%), liver damage (18%), leg or lung clots (17%), and stroke (15%).

The Biden administration said Friday it secured 66 million doses of a reformulated COVID-19 shot from Moderna ahead of a fall booster campaign that will further place America on a path toward managing the virus like the seasonal flu. The purchase adds to the 105 million doses the U.S. government secured from Pfizer of its “bivalent” booster that targets both the original strain of the virus and the BA.5 variant that is ripping through the country. The variant has been able to evade certain immune defenses in people who were infected previously or received the vaccine. Government officials this year opted to reformulate the shots in the hope of producing a better antibody response.

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)

The shooting that left two dead and five injured at a Los Angeles park Sunday, 7/24, took place at a weekly softball game that had for years worked to peacefully and safely bring together members of different Los Angeles-area gangs. The league was organized about five years ago by a local nonprofit organization. Sunday’s game—which took place weeks after the founder of the league died in a car accident—was between two Compton teams. “It broke my heart,” said Skip Townsend, a gang interventionist who often attends the games.

The accused female shooter at Dallas Love Field Airport has a lengthy criminal record and had previously told police that she was “God’s prophet” and was married to R&B singer-songwriter Chris Brown.  But in many of those incidents, judges deemed her incompetent to stand trial, she was referred to either or both inpatient or outpatient mental health services, and the cases were dismissed. Before she allegedly changed clothes in the airport bathroom, pulled out a gun near a ticketing counter and opened fire into the ceiling at about 11 a.m. Monday, court records show Odufuwa had allegedly pulled a gun on a hotel front desk clerk in April 2021 at a time when she was homeless. The woman provided the address of rapper Chris Brown’s mansion to police after the incident, but Dallas County Judge Kristin Wade dismissed the false report case even though Odufuwa “did not successfully complete the program” when deemed incompetent to stand trial, according to county court records.

  • Another failure by our so-called justice system that provides more protections to the accused than to the public that has to endure the threat of violence anywhere at any time.

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 have erupted in Buenos Aires over the past 90 days and continue to build inside the capital as residents battle with their center-left government over sizeable amendments to social programs midst a 43% unemployment rate. Cuts to subsidies in the energy sector based on household income already began in June. Other subsidies, including the country’s notorious welfare program, are also on the chopping block, triggering thousands of angry residents to take to the streets. State-sponsored aid for civilians has soared in the past 20 years, leaving 22 million Argentinians dependent on some form of government assistance.

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)

House legislation to ban semiautomatic assault rifles for the first time in many years squeaked by on Friday through a vote mostly delineated by party lines. Advocates say the measure is a reasonable response to recent horrific mass shootings. But it is expected to make little to no headway in Senate. Many reports say that it’s doomed to fail. The legislation was approved by a 217 to 213 vote in a Dem-majority House. Five Democrats broke with party lines to oppose it. Just two Republicans, one representing the Buffalo, N.Y., district where a mass shooting left 10 dead in May, voted in favor.

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 first Jan. 6 Capitol defendant convicted at trial received the stiffest sentence yet: more than 7 years in prison for leading a mob while armed. The judge declined to apply a terrorism sentencing penalty that prosecutors had requested for Guy Reffitt. He was the recruiter for the Three Percenters wand as found guilty of five felonies, including obstruction of Congress, interfering with police, carrying a firearm to a riot and threatening his teenage son who turned him in to the FBI.

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.

Walgreens and Rite Aid have said that the problem of organized retail crime – rings of criminals that steal products from stores and then often resell them on online marketplaces – is causing them to lock more products up and close some stores. Locking up their shelves is a last resort for stores, but it has never been more widely practiced. It’s also become a growing irritation for shoppers and a source of frustration for some employees who must walk around the store with keys at the ready.

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)

The first authorization of NASA funding to pass Congress in more than five years will include an extension to the Moon to Mars Program, Space News reported on Friday. Tucked within the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act was the much smaller NASA Authorization Act of 2022, permitting an extension of several of the agency’s programs without revealing specific dollar amounts. “This act shows continued bipartisan support of NASA’s many missions, including our Moon to Mars approach, as well extension of U.S. participation in the International Space Station to 2030,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson wrote in a statement.

Russia announced Tuesday that it will withdraw from the International Space Station after 2024, and plans to construct its own. The announcement was made by Moscow’s new space chief, Yuri Borisov. It was one of the last remaining areas of cooperation between Russia and the United States. The announcement does not appear to alter a deal cut this month between NASA and Roscosmos for astronauts to continue riding Russian rockets and for Russian cosmonauts to catch lifts to the International Space Station with SpaceX beginning this fall.

  • China is also currently working toward building their own space stations as well. Sigh. War in space will soon no longer be Star Wars fiction.

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)

A Twitter data breach has allowed a hacker to get access to the personal information of 5.4 million users, the social media company has confirmed. The data, including phone numbers and email addresses, has been offered for sale on a hacking forum for $30,000, Restore Privacy said. Twitter has since patched the vulnerability, which was reported in January. The outlet added that the bug was specific to Twitter’s Android client and occurred with the social media platform’s authorization process. There currently is no way for Twitter users to find out if they were affected by the data breach.

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)

Congress passed a $280 billion package to bolster the domestic chipmaking industry. The bill will increase the production of essential computer chips in the U.S. to prevent future supply chain issues midst increase competition from China. Right now, 90% of our chip come from Taiwan.

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)

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, the philanthropic part of the American Board of Internal Medicine, which certifies physicians and funds the development of their curriculum, has, according to an association of medical professionals known as Do No Harm, “gone woke.” John Sailer wrote: “ABIM’s push for [diversity, equity, and inclusion] has found its way into the most basic function of the organization, which is the certification of internal medicine practitioners. Internists must pass ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification Exam every 10 years. As of April 2021, ‘health equity’ questions are now included on all exams.”

Many health-care professionals across the nation have been punished for their views on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Now, a Houston physician has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the hospital that suspended her privileges. Dr. Mary Bowden charges that Houston Methodist Hospital published defamatory statements about her to news media and social media platforms. “The way they came after me was unprofessional, unprecedented against the spirit of bylaws of their bylaws,” said Bowden, who resigned from the hospital last November after her privileges were suspended.

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)

It appears that perverts are infesting our schools. At least 181 K-12 educators, including four principals, were arrested on child sex-related crimes in the U.S. in the first six months of 2022, ranging from child pornography to raping students. An analysis conducted by Fox News Digital looked at local news stories week by week featuring arrests of principals, teachers, substitute teachers and teachers’ aides on child sex-related crimes in school districts across the country. Arrests that weren’t publicized were not counted in the analysis, meaning the true number may well be higher.

With inflation at a four-decade high of 9.1%, a Morning Consult poll found in May and June that the share of consumers expecting to shell out more than $500 on school-related purchases rose to 25% from 7% last year.

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)

Oxford sociologist J.D. Unwin in 1939, published a landmark book summarizing his research, reports Breakpoint. Sex and Culture was a look at 80 tribes and six historical civilizations over the course of five millennia, through the lens of a single question: Does a culture’s ideas of sexual liberation predict its success or collapse? “Just as societies have advanced [and] then faded away into a state of general decrepitude, so in each of them has marriage first previously changed from a temporary affair based on mutual consent to a lifelong association of one man with one woman, and then turned back to a loose union or to polygamy. ” Unwin concluded that the whole of human history does not contain a single instance of a group becoming civilized unless it has been absolutely monogamous, nor is there any example of a group retaining its culture after it has adopted less rigorous customs.

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 federal court upheld a decision that struck down laws that ban counseling minors to reduce or overcome unwanted same-sex attractions and behaviors or gender confusion in Florida. On July 20, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal from Palm Beach County and the City of Boca Raton to review the laws, which were struck down in 2020 after they were found to violate the First Amendment right to free speech, as reported by Liberty Counsel. “This is a huge victory for counselors and their clients to choose the counsel of their choice and be free of political censorship from government ideologues,” Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver said. 

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.

An elementary school principal issued an apology Friday after promoting a book about a transgender child to students as young as five years old. Stacy DeCorsey, principal of Excelsior Elementary School in Excelsior, Minnesota, suggested kindergarten through second grade students read “Jack (Not Jackie),” a story about a young girl who realizes she prefers to act like a boy, according to a YouTube video. DeCorsey then issued an apology on Facebook for suggesting the book after it “struck a nerve in the community,” and since deleted the original video.

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)

More than 500,000 immigrant “got aways” may have been be released into the United States since the beginning of fiscal 2022, the New York Post reported last Monday. A senior Department of Homeland Security officials told Fox News that an average of 55,000 migrants evaded capture from border agents per month. According to Customs and Border Protection data, the total number of southwest land border encounters for fiscal 2022 as of May was 1,536,899, with 239,416 encounters that month alone. In all of fiscal 2021, the total number of encounters was 1,734,686.

  • Despite these glaring numbers, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has maintained that the border is secure. Many people today are under the very kind of delusions prophesied in 2Thessalonians 2:9-11 – people on the extreme left as well as the extreme right.

Now that they are being affected by the hordes of illegal immigrants, two Democratic cities are crying out for relief. Democrat mayors Eric Adams of New York City and Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C., are pleading for assistance with illegal migrants now that it is now affecting them, despite once looking past Biden’s border policies. They are now blaming Arizona and Texas for sending illegal immigrants to their cities. However, Republicans argue that the Democrat-run cities are dealing with the side effects of their own party’s immigration policies. Describing his city has being “overburdened,” Adams called out Texas and Arizona leaders by calling them “cowards.” “In some instances, families are arriving on buses sent by the Texas and Arizona governments, while in other cases, it appears that individuals are being sent by the federal government,” Adams said.

Officials found more than $2 million in methamphetamine hidden in a vehicle at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry in Texas, US Customs and Border Protection say. CBP officers from the Rio Grande City International Bridge discovered it Sunday in a 2012 Dodge that arrived from Mexico. The $2.1 million in alleged liquid meth, totaling 110 pounds, was found by officers using imaging systems and a dog team. The driver – an unidentified 41-year-old US citizen – was turned over to agents with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

  • More than 5,000 pounds of meth was seized earlier this month after authorities in San Diego County tracked and intercepted a truck that crossed the border from Mexico. Four men were charged in what federal prosecutors described as one of the largest meth busts in San Diego County.

“Not another foot. “Those were the words Joe Biden used as a mantra throughout his 2020 presidential campaign regarding the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. But on Thursday, the Biden administration approved a plan to complete a section of the border wall near Yuma, Arizona.  The plan includes filling four major gaps in the wall.

As illegal immigrant children surge across the southern border, the Biden administration says it’s making sure it places pregnant teens in states where they can still get abortions in the wake of this summer’s Supreme Court ruling. Even though bed space for the kids is at a premium, the administration revealed in court documents that it is reserving some to make sure pregnant juveniles have a landing spot in a licensed facility in abortion-friendly states — even if it means other kids end up in unlicensed facilities.

President Biden’s administration has confirmed a plan that would give identification cards to illegal immigrants. The pilot program from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is aimed at modernizing “documentation provided to some noncitizens.” “Currently, noncitizens receive paper documents from the federal government about their immigration status. Paper documents pose a security risk, are easily lost, and degrade rapidly in real-world use, creating inefficiencies for the government and noncitizens. Moving to a secure card will save the agency millions, free up resources, and ensure information is quickly accessible to DHS officials while reducing the agency’s FOIA backlog,” an ICE spokesperson said.

Nearly a thousand illegal immigrants who were released by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have been allowed to use copies of their arrest warrants as proof of identification to board aircraft, Town Hall reports. Senator Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) tweeted “The head of TSA admits the Biden Administration has let nearly 1000 illegal aliens use arrest warrants as ID to get on planes this year.”

Food Supplies: 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)

U.S. cattle producers are sending higher numbers of breeding stock to the sale barn, and some are liquidating their herds entirely, signaling a trend that analysts say will likely push already-elevated beef prices even higher in the not-too-distant future. The latest cattle report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows the market has contracted to levels not seen in years, with total inventory dropping 2% to 98.8 million head since July 2021. But it’s not just the reduction in cattle overall that is of concern. There is a notable boost in calf-producing females getting sold for processing in addition to steers, which are typically favored for consumption.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy suggested that his nation’s grain harvest this year could be half of its typical amount due to its ongoing war with Russia. Mr. Zelenskyy tweeted Sunday morning that the harvest “is under the threat to be twice less.” The Russian invasion has taken a lot of farmland and farmers out of play.

A ship carrying nearly 30,000 tons of corn set sail on Monday and received widespread press in the process. That’s because it’s the first ship carrying Ukrainian grain to leave the country under a deal with Russia brokered by the UN and Turkey and designed to ease the global food crisis.

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 European Union announced Tuesday that it will reduce its gas consumption by 15 percent between August and March to store enough for winter in case Russia cuts off its supply. In 2021, the EU got about 40 percent of its natural gas from Russia, according to the International Energy Agency. The EU member countries plan to voluntarily share and ration gas, but if their goals are not met, the member states will discuss mandatory regulations.

The White House announced Tuesday that the Department of Energy will be issuing a notice to sell 20 million more barrels of oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of the Biden administration’s effort to bring gas prices down. This makes the fifth such sale that President Biden has authorized. The White House continued to blame “disruptions posed by Russia’s invasion” for the high prices while claiming that the Biden administration’s actions are making a tremendous difference. A State Department official is drawing criticism after tweeting that he prefers high gas prices because it means less driving and less carbon emissions to fight climate change.

  • While gas prices are down significantly since a recent national average price of more than $5 per gallon in June, the average as of Tuesday was still $4.327, compared to $3.156 from one year ago, and approximately $2.39 when Biden first took office in January 2021.

The Biden administration is unveiling new proposed rules for replacing the roughly 260 million barrels of oil that it plans to sell from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to blunt high gasoline prices. The administration does not expect to begin restocking the SPR, typically reserved for emergencies and national security purposes, for more than a year. The Department of Energy wants to immediately begin making deals with oil companies to buy barrels at fixed prices but hold off on the purchases until after the next fiscal year, or Sept. 30, 2023. Entering price agreements at a time when oil remains relatively high — around $100 per barrel — could mean taxpayers end up spending more than they otherwise would have if prices continue to drop. Senior administration officials argued that this approach would “encourage greater near-term investment in supply but will not raise demand for barrels now or in the near future.”

  • Current regulations allow the administration to enter into contracts for future delivery but require that the price reflect market prices when the oil is delivered.

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 vast majority of Americans will pay more in taxes as a result of Democrats’ inflation bill despite President Biden’s pledge not to raise taxes on those making under $400,000 per year. The Inflation Reduction Act — unveiled Wednesday by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and endorsed by Biden — would increase tax revenue by $16.7 billion from Americans earning less than $200,000 a year, according to a nonpartisan analysis from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) published Friday. Nearly every tax bracket would pay more in taxes with those making below $10,000 per year seeing the largest uptick, the analysis showed. In his 2020 campaign, Biden repeatedly pledged that Americans earning less than $400,000 per year would not experience any tax increase during his presidency.

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

While gasoline prices soared to record highs, conditions for Big Oil companies haven’t looked this good in years. Exxon made nearly $17.9 billion in profit between April and June, almost four times what it earned during the same period in 2021. Apple, for comparison, reported a profit of $19.4 billion last quarter. Chevron booked a profit of $11.6 billion, while Shell earned $11.5 billion, both up substantially from the prior year.

One-hundred-seventy companies reported second-quarter results including Microsoft, Alphabet, Meta Platforms, Apple, and Amazon. Results were mixed, with many companies warning about inflation and slowing growth in the future. Still, markets managed to end the week and month higher.

It’s been a worrisome few weeks for Google, as profits dipped for the second quarter in a row and hiring was temporarily paused. Now, CEO Sundar Pichai has put out an alert to employees, seeking ideas to boost efficiency and up productivity and warning of an economy that doesn’t look to be improving anytime soon.

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 raised its key short-term rate by three-quarters of a percentage point for a second straight month Wednesday in a bid to corral soaring inflation, matching the largest increase since 1994. It puts the federal funds rate – which is what banks charge one another for overnight loans – at a range of 2.25% to 2.5%, close to the Fed’s 2.5% long-run, or neutral rate. That’s the rate intended to neither stimulate nor curtail economic growth. Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank must “move expeditiously” to that neutral level and then likely beyond it to cool the economy and bring inflation under control.

The U.S. economy shrank at a 0.9% annualized rate in the second quarter, fueling fears that America is entering a recession. The new figures, released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, come at a tumultuous time for the economy. Inflation has been high, and the unemployment rate has remained low. The economy shrank in the first three months of the year, and many economists believe a second quarter of contraction means a recession is inevitable.

  • A slowdown in inventory accumulation contributed to a large chunk of the economic contraction between April and June, removing two percentage points from economic output.

U.S. home prices fell 0.7% during the four-week period ending July 10 after reaching a record high in June. Plus, housing supply finally picked up in July for the first time since August 2019. While a dip in home prices and an uptick in housing inventory are both very positive developments, the reality is that many buyers are likely to remain priced out of the market for quite some time because of the historic rise in home prices.

Americans grew even more pessimistic about the U.S. economy over the past month, according to the latest survey on consumer attitudes, intentions and expectations from The Conference Board. The consumer confidence index for July slipped to 95.7 from June’s revised reading of 98.4, which was adjusted downward by 0.3 points. It’s the lowest index reading since February 2021, when levels were 95.2. However, the July number remains considerably above the deeply pessimistic readings during the Great Recession in 2008, when the index fell as low as 25.3. Anything below 100 indicates a pessimistic view of economic conditions.

The personal consumption expenditures price index – the Federal Reserve’s go-to barometer – rose 6.8% in June. That’s the biggest 12-month increase since January 1982. Economist Rachel Greszler, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, says inflation has made the average worker $3,400 poorer this month than in January 2021.

Inflation is a global phenomenon right now, and the U.S. has actually fared better than other countries in recent months. In June, consumer prices in the U.S. increased 9.1 percent over the previous year; they increased 9.6 percent across the European Union. The U.S. spent more to prevent economic catastrophe during the pandemic than most of the world did. That led to a stronger recovery, but also to greater inflation initially that was more than the EU. But in Europe, supply has played a bigger role. The five-month-old war in Ukraine was a more direct shock to Europe than it was to the rest of the world, because it pushed the continent to try to end its reliance on Russian oil and gas. That prompted Europe’s recent jump in inflation.

  • So now, the U.S. is trying to cool down the economy by raising interest rates, but that’s not the answer in the EU which is more dependent on what happens with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In March, the FAO Food Price Index from the United Nations jumped to its highest level since it was created in 1990, feeding fears that a global food crisis was rapidly taking shape. Yet in the months to follow, wheat prices — along with the price of other agricultural products — dropped. Wheat is down 45% since March, and 25% since the beginning of May. The FAO Food Price Index has declined for three consecutive months. Is the threat of famine, protests and distress from higher food prices behind us? Not quite, according to Tracey Allen, agricultural commodities strategist at JPMorgan Chase. She thinks wheat prices could jump another 20% and 30% just to reflect actual supply and demand conditions in the market.

ExxonMobil and Chevron both reported record massive profits thanks to record gasoline prices during the quarter. Exxon’s profit, excluding special items, came to $17.6 billion in the second quarter, nearly double what it made in its very profitable first quarter as oil and gas prices started to soar in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Second-quarter profit was up 273% from the same period a year ago. Chevron earned $11.4 billion excluding special items, up 74% from the first quarter and 247% from a year ago.

If you’ve noticed that products you’ve recently purchased are coming in boxes, cartons and other packaging that appear smaller, lighter in weight and decorated with less flashy colors, it’s because they actually are, CNN reports. Just as inflation hitting a 40-year high is forcing households to pay more for everyday purchases, companies that make those products are having to spend much more on production and packaging for items such as lipstick, breakfast cereals, cookies and toys. Industry experts say tweaking packaging is one way that businesses are trying to control costs.

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

Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Sunday aired drone footage of Israeli ships in a disputed gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, highlighting the tension at the center of U.S.-mediated maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel. The footage was aired as the U.S. energy envoy, Amos Hochstein, was landing in Beirut to mediate ongoing talks between Lebanon and Israel over their sea borders. Lebanon claims the Karish gas field is disputed territory under ongoing maritime border negotiations, whereas Israel says it lies within its internationally recognized economic waters.

Israeli forces conducted raids on 39 homes of suspected members of Hamas in Judea and Samaria overnight Sunday/Monday. The lack of Palestinian Authority security forces has allowed the Hamas terror organization to flourish in Nablus and Jenin.

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 Palestinian Authority is rewarding terrorist murderer Oma Al-Abed with a salary increase for slaughtering Yosef Salomon (70) and his two adult children, Chaya (46) and Elad (36), by stabbing them to death while they were eating dinner in their home in Halamish, a town in the Binyamin region. Having now completed five years in prison, the PA will raise the salary of the murderer from 2,000 shekels (appr. $643) per month to 4,000 shekels ($1,286) per month, which will go to his family.

A dispute between Iraq and Turkey over a recent deadly attack in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region escalated at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. Iraq’s foreign minister demanded the withdrawal of all Turkish troops from his country, while Turkey’s deputy ambassador said his government will keep pursuing fighters it considers terrorists who take refuge in Iraq. The Iraqi government sought the meeting after the July 20 artillery attack that killed nine Iraqi tourists and injured 33 other people. Its foreign minister, Fuad Hussein, said the government has “proofs” that Turkish armed forces were responsible. Turkey has denied it was behind the attack and blamed fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara and the West. It has for decades waged an insurgency against the government in Ankara and maintains hideouts in Iraq’s mountainous north.

Supporters of the Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr took over the country’s parliament building in the capital Baghdad’s high-security Green Zone to protest against a rival bloc’s nomination for prime minister on July 30, 2022. – The protests are the latest challenge for oil-rich Iraq, which remains mired in a political and socioeconomic crisis despite elevated global energy prices. Sadr’s bloc emerged from elections in October as the biggest parliamentary faction but was still far short of a majority. Nine months of deadlock persists over the establishment of a new government.

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)

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new naval doctrine that targets the U.S. as Russia’s top global adversary. “The strategic policy of the USA to dominate the world’s oceans” threatens Russia, Putin said. Putin went on to claim that a number of warships will soon be equipped with hypersonic weapons. Hypersonic weapons fly in the upper atmosphere and reach incredible speeds of up to Mach 5, or more than 3,800 miles per hour, and they can avoid radar detection at low altitudes. The U.S. has none ready to go.

  • China also successfully tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile last year in a shock to U.S. watchdogs. The Chinese fired the missile in August, and it circled the globe before striking at its target, missing by roughly 24 miles. The test shocked U.S. leaders realizing how far behind we are with this technology, with our latest test maintaining hypersonic speed for only 300 miles.

Russia’s goal now is to unseat Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, according to a speech given Sunday by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at an Arab League summit in Cairo. Russia hopes to “liberate” Ukrainian citizens from “this absolutely unacceptable regime,” he said. The remarks are a stark contrast to what Russian officials said earlier in the war: that they wouldn’t try to topple Zelenskyy’s government.

Russian forces on Thursday launched massive missile strikes on Ukraine’s Kyiv and Chernihiv regions, areas that haven’t been targeted in weeks. Russian forces in Donetsk have continued to utilize artillery shelling on towns and villages as a part of what Ukrainian regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko called “scorched-earth tactics.” A Russian missile strike on Sunday killed and injured civilians in the Black Sea port city of Mykolaiv, including one of the wealthiest couples in Ukraine.

Russia launched a barrage of missiles at Ukraine’s capital Kviv from neighboring Belarus early Friday At least 20 missiles were fired from Belarus, Moscow’s key ally in its 5-month-old invasion of Ukraine, striking an apartment block in the Chernihiv region and buildings outside the country’s capital.

Across Russia, volunteer battalions are being formed to deploy to the war in Ukraine, joining the so-called “special military operation” declared by President Vladimir Putin in February. From Murmansk in the Arctic Circle to Perm in the Urals and Primorsky Krai in the Russian Far East, the call has gone out, appealing to both the patriotism and the wallets of Russians. In all, analysts assess that more than 30,000 volunteers might be mobilized to supplement Russian ranks depleted by five months of combat.

Ukraine has recently used its new long-range artillery to damage at least three of the bridges across the Dnipro River – bridges Russia relies upon to supply the areas under its control, the assessment said. “Russia’s 49th Army is stationed on the west bank of the Dnipro River and now looks highly vulnerable,” the Thursday assessment said. Thursday. Kyiv’s counteroffensive in the crucial city of Kherson also appeared to be gathering momentum. Ukrainian forces in the east, bolstered by U.S.- and Western-supplied weaponry, were poised to launch the first major counterattack of the war, aiming to reclaim land taken by Russian forces and their separatist allies around the strategic city of Kherson.

A drone attack at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet wounded six people and shut down a festival marking Navy Day in the Crimean Peninsula city of Sevastopol, the mayor said Sunday. Sevastopol is about 100 miles south of the Ukrainian mainland and has been under Russian control since 2014. Russian forces also control much of the mainland coast area along the Black Sea. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has vowed to take Crimea back from Russia, along with the eastern cities seized since the war began in February.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he’s ready to use his nuclear weapons in potential military conflicts with the United States and South Korea, state media said Thursday, as he unleashed fiery rhetoric against rivals he says are pushing the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war. Kim’s speech to war veterans on the 69th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War were apparently meant to boost internal unity in the impoverished country suffering pandemic-related economic difficulties

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 leader of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group said this week that Hezbollah’s missiles can reach all of Israel, including land and sea areas. The threat comes as Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the terrorist group, voiced his opposition to Israel extracting natural gas from the Karish gas field in the eastern Mediterranean. Israel says the gas field is within internationally recognized waters. Lebanon says the seas there are disputed.

Nigeria’s northern region is at the center of insurgent attacks and mass kidnappings blamed on armed criminal gangs. But Nigerian clergy are reporting targeted kidnappings this year that extend beyond the regular pattern of attacks in the North. Nigeria’s Daily Trust newspaper tracked 32 clergy kidnappings between January and July this year across 12 of Nigeria’s 36 states. Eighteen of them were Catholic priests. A priest who survived a kidnapping said his abductors explained that clergy are “soft targets.” A Methodist prelate kidnapped in May in southeast Abia state and later released after church members paid a ransom identified his abductors as Fulani herders. Samuel Kanu-Uche said the gang leader explained he joined the kidnapping business to provide for his family after losing his parents.

Since the Taliban returned to power almost a year ago, it has barred about 850,000 girls from school to maintain the tradition that girls stay at home until they are married. Only a fraction of those girls attend secret schools or cobble together their education by other means, such as religious schools and tutoring centers.

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)

Acute food insecurity will afflict over 50 million people across Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda this year, reported the Intergovernmental Authority on Development last week. “Conflict, climate extremes, economic shocks, rising costs and now the impact of the conflict in Ukraine on food and energy prices are pushing millions towards starvation,” said Michael Dunford, the World Food Program’s regional director for Eastern Africa.

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)

The result of the so-called planned obsolescence of digital devices, combined with a limited number of options to repair older devices over the years, is a tsunami of electronic waste, also known as e-waste. People now expect to get a new computer every three or four years, a new phone every two years,” said Jim Puckett, executive director of the Basel Action Network, a Seattle-based e-waste watchdog group. “It’s a mountain that just keeps growing.” The most recent United Nation’s data indicates the world generated a staggering 53.6 metric tons of e-waste in 2019, and only 17.4% of that was recycled. The burden and harm of e-waste often fall upon developing countries. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that an “undetermined amount of used electronics is shipped from the United States and other developed countries to developing countries that lack the capacity to reject imports or to handle these materials appropriately.”

The elected officials responsible for defending the Amazon Rainforest are often the ones accused of destroying it, a Washington Post investigation found. In Brazil, there’s little political cost to razing the rainforest. The Post has identified nearly 1,200 elected officials who have been cited for environmental wrongdoing. Their electoral successes have undermined efforts to safeguard a natural resource that scientists say is necessary to avert catastrophic climate impacts. The trees absorb CO2, a greenhouse gas.

The American Prairie, a conservation project in Montana, has quietly scooped up more than 450,000 acres of land with the help of its billionaire donors. The little-known project aims to create the largest “fully functioning ecosystem” in the continental U.S. by stitching together about 3.2 million acres of private and public lands. “We’re not asking the federal government to create anything, we’re not asking the federal government for any money,” said Pete Geddes, vice president and chief external relations officer. “Instead, we’re engaged in private philanthropy and voluntary exchange by buying ranches from people who would like to sell that to us.”

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 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines Wednesday morning damaging buildings and causing landslides. At least four people are dead with dozens more injured.

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 Sakurajima volcano erupted Sunday night on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, prompting evacuations. The country’s meteorological agency raised the alert level to the highest possible for just the second time in history.

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 grass fire apparently sparked by a mower swept about 300 yards across a tinder-dry open field to a suburban Dallas subdivision Monday, burning through wooden fences and torching as many as 20 homes, officials said. The blaze in Balch Springs was the latest in drought-stricken North Texas, which has been vulnerable to explosive wildfires for the past three weeks. The mower was being used in the open field to trim the brush when its blade struck some debris and generated a spark that ignited the blaze,

  • Meanwhile, firefighting crews held the Chalk Mountain Fire in North Texas in check at 10 1/2 square miles on 7/26, since last week. It destroyed 16 homes and damaged five others so far.

The McKinney Fire is growing rapidly in northern California. This fire in Klamath National Forest is currently the largest of the year so far. Fire personnel found two bodies inside a burned vehicle parked in a residential driveway west of the Klamath River community Sunday morning. Numerous residences and infrastructure are threatened. Evacuations, road and trail closures are in effect. As of Monday morning, 8/1, the fire has consumed 52,498 acres (86 sq. miles) and is 0% contained. No structures have yet been destroyed or damaged.

With the sheer number and size of wildfires over the past few years, it’s impossible for land managers to catch up with efforts to restore lost habitat. Reforestation efforts need to start within a year of a burn, but agencies are falling behind. Conservative estimates for reforesting are anywhere from $600 to $800 per acre. Residents and recreation enthusiasts impacted by fires often call agencies asking when their view will shift from brown hillsides back to green forests. “It’s not going to happen in their lifetime. It’s not going to happen in their kids’ lifetime,” says Annabelle Monti, a silviculturist with the U.S. Forest Service.

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)

People were evacuated from their homes and rescued from their vehicles in floodwaters across the St. Louis metro area last Tuesday after storms dumped a historic amount of rainfall on the area in just a few hours. More rain fell in St. Louis over a six-hour period than usually falls in a typical July and August combined. The highest rain total reported so far is 12.35 inches near St. Peters, northwest of the city. Dardenne Creek in St. Peters rose 21.4 feet in 7.5 hours. Typically, water levels in the creek are only 1 to 2 feet. The creek is near one section of I-70 that’s closed due to flooding.

Deadly and destructive flooding was ongoing Thursday in Kentucky and other parts of Appalachia as up to 9 inches of rain fell over the area in a short period of time. The life-threatening situation is very similar to the widespread flood disaster in St. Louis earlier this week only it’s happening over mountainous terrain that makes it even easier to flood the communities that line the valleys below. Hundreds of homes were destroyed. At least thirty people died, including six children. Hundreds of people remained unaccounted for. More deaths are expected. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said this is some of the worst flooding in the state’s history. The National Guard estimates about 400 people have been rescued by helicopter.

Rescue crews in Virginia and West Virginia also worked to reach people in places where flooding had blocked up roadways. Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in six West Virginia counties, and Gov. Glenn Youngkin did the same, freeing up more resources to fight floods in Virginia. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service said rainfall of 1 to 2 inches per hour is possible Monday in some of the same areas swallowed by flash floods last week.

Flash flooding has impacted the iconic Las Vegas Strip as well as several of its casinos. Videos posted to social media show standing water along Las Vegas Boulevard. Video posted on social media showed several casinos dealing with flooding and leaking ceilings. Strong storms have been moving through the Las Vegas area. A flash flood warning and severe thunderstorm warning were issued for the Las Vegas Valley early Friday morning.

Signs of the Times Update: July 25, 2022

July 25, 2022

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress; I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:5-8)

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)

Crisis pregnancy centers saved 800,000 unborn lives during a five-year span from 2016-2020 and provided hundreds of millions of dollars in free services to pregnant women, according to a new study that is being widely cited by pro-lifers in light of attacks on the centers by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Hannah, a believer in Jesus in Northeast Nigeria, couldn’t believe the “unexpected grace…” Her parents had been murdered at the hands of Boko Haram militants, who’d nearly burned their village to the ground. As Hannah felt the devastation of her grief, she knew she needed to find a way for her and her siblings to survive. That’s why she was overcome by the kindness of a Muslim Cleric who offered to care for them. But the “unexpected grace” was merely a smokescreen to lure Hannah in. The food he offered, financial help, it was all a cover up. The Cleric was more of a monster than a man, and eventually demanded that Hannah denounce her faith in Jesus, convert to Islam, and become his wife. Hannah was just 18 years old. When Hannah refused, e then cast Hannah before the Sharia Court — demanding her execution with accusations of cheating him and apostasy.

  • When Hannah was locked up, Alliance Defending Freedom International stepped up. And when Hannah’s accuser got word that she had a legal team representing her case, he quickly disappeared. Failing to show up for hearings, the Sharia Court finally dropped Hannah’s case and cleared her of any wrongdoing. Today, Hannah is free.

Advisers to the U.S. Homeland Security Department said there was no need for the Disinformation Governance Board created by President Joe Biden’s administration earlier this year. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., a member of the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees, called the board “unconstitutional.” “DHS decides today there was no need for its unconstitutional Disinformation Board after all,” Hawley tweeted.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Biden administration cannot reinstate a policy of limiting immigration arrests and deportations. The Court will hear merits of the case in December. Republican states had challenged the policy, and a federal judge in Texas said the Homeland Security secretary’s guidance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel violated federal law.

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)

On the front of one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the country, the Church of the Covenant in Boston, hangs a large banner on which is written: “And God said…”Protect Abortion Access 4 All. Ensure Black Lives Matter. Honor Bodily Autonomy. Defend LGBTQ+ Rights. End Voter Suppression.  Turn Guns into Plows. Abandon Fossil Fuels. Provide Sanctuary. Abolish Prisons. Disarm Hate. Speak Truth. Breathe. In other words … Love”

Pope Francis, in Canada on Monday, July 25, apologized for the “evil committed by so many Christians” in residential schools for Indigenous children. Francis on Monday asked for forgiveness for the role of church members in Canada’s “catastrophic” system, in which Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and communities to be educated at boarding schools where they were forbidden from speaking their native languages or practicing traditional customs. The apology, in which he lamented the actions of individuals, not the church itself, echoed a statement he delivered at the Vatican in April — remarks that some school survivors then said didn’t go far enough.

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)

The 2030 Agenda is a plan of action devised by the United Nations (U.N.) to achieve 17 sustainable development goals (SDG). The goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were adopted by all UN member states in 2015. Then-Secretary General of the U.N. Ban Ki-moon called the 2030 Agenda “the global declaration of interdependence. The 2030 Agenda “covers every element of human life, every element of the economy,” including global wealth redistribution not only within the nations but also among the nations, Newman commented. The Agenda “specifically says that we need to change the way that we consume and produce goods.”

Goal number two on the 2030 Agenda deals specifically with food. In September 2021, the U.N. held the Food Systems Summit, which emphasized the need “to leverage the power of food systems” for the purpose of achieving all 17 sustainable development goals by 2030, according to a U.N. statement. Everyone, everywhere, must take action and work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes, and thinks about food,” the statement said. Newman thinks that a war is taking place against farmers and ranchers, especially those who are independent or those who are not part of the system. “They want to remove small farmers, even medium farmers, from their land, and they want to bring it all under the control of these… fascistic public-private partnerships.”

  • This explains why China and Bill Gates are buying up large swaths of farmland in the U.S. and why farmers in Europe are protesting against climate measures that are driving them out of business.

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)

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, appointed by Barack Obama, has claimed at a conference that the court must follow “public sentiment” in its decisions or it risks losing its legitimacy. And she was immediately schooled on the fact that “public sentiment” should have nothing to do with the court’s decisions, as they are supposed to be based on the Constitution. Many pointed out, to Kagan, “That’s not how it works.”

  • Secular humanistic globalists will do and say anything to enact their own agenda, calling anyone else’s agenda partisan and misguided.

One of President Biden’s latest judicial nominees serves on the board of a group that backed calls to defund the police and has called to abolish prisons. Biden nominated Roopali Desai, a litigation partner at the law firm Coppersmith Brockelman, to the 9th Circuit Appeals Court bench last month. Desai serves on the board of Just Communities Arizona (JCA), a self-described “abolitionist organization” that envisions “a world in which prisons and jails are unnecessary.”

  • Such an ideal world where prisons and jails are unnecessary isn’t possible until Jesus returns for His thousand-year reign on the New Earth in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21)

A new California bill that allows the state to take custody of out-of-state children whose parents oppose transgender treatments could have a major impact on parental rights across the nation, opponents are warning. The bill, S.B. 107, would make California a so-called “refuge” for minors whose states restrict transgender treatments or whose parents oppose such treatments. The bill also gives courts custody – at least temporarily – of minors who make the trip without their parents. Opponents of the bill say minors are not mature enough to make such decisions.

  • Socialistic secular humanism wants to take ownership of children away from parents, contrary to God’s laws establishing family as the foundation of society.

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 U.S. House of Representatives passed the Respect for Marriage Act, Tuesday, a measure that would codify same-sex marriage into law. Forty-seven Republicans joined all Democrats in support of the legislation that also would protect interracial marriage and repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. It now goes to the Senate.

House Democrats on Friday rejected a resolution condemning recent attacks on churches, anti-abortion centers and groups. The resolution noted that “since the May 2, 2022 leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, individuals professing anti-life views have targeted, destroyed, or vandalized numerous pro-life facilities, groups, and even churches to further their radical cause.” According to the Catholic News Agency, 77 incidents of vandalism have been recorded.

The White House announced Thursday morning that President Biden had tested positive for COVID-19, despite the fact he is vaccinated and has had two booster shots. The White House’s statement says Biden is experiencing “mild symptoms” and is now taking Paxlovid. They assured Biden will work remotely to “carry out all of his duties.” As of Monday, 7/25, his condition has “improved.”

President Biden is infamous for his verbal gaffes and blunders. But now he’s unleashed something that probably should be explained: That he has “cancer.” Biden says that his mother using windshield wipers to “get literally the oil slick off the window” is “why I and so damn many other people have cancer.” He was in Massachusetts to announce that he plans to tackle climate change through executive orders since Congress has failed to act.

Surveillance World: 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)

Since at least 2017, federal officials have investigated Chinese land purchases near critical infrastructure, shut down a high-profile regional consulate believed by the U.S. government to be a hotbed of Chinese spies and stonewalled what they saw as clear efforts to plant listening devices near sensitive military and government facilities. Among the most alarming things the FBI uncovered pertains to Chinese-made Huawei equipment atop cell towers near U.S. military bases in the rural Midwest. According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, the FBI determined the equipment was capable of capturing and disrupting highly restricted Defense Department communications, including those used by US Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear weapons.

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

Media Matters, a left-wing activist organization, is urging Twitter to censor the word “groomer,” which it characterizes as anti-LGBT. The term “groomer,” which describes an adult who befriends a child without proper boundaries in order to prime them for sexual abuse, has been used by conservatives to criticize child drag events and lessons on sexuality and gender identity targeting young children. Media Matters argued that the word is being used to smear LGBT people as sexual predators and urged Twitter to crack down on the term.

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 fight has erupted in the United Kingdom over the speech rights of individuals after a candidate for mayor was fired from her post with a housing organization for expressing biblical views on marriage. The case involving Maureen Martin, 56, from Lewisham, London, is being handled by the Christian Legal Center. Her lawyers explained she was fired from her post with a housing association, L&Q, for “gross misconduct.” The case apparently is the first of kind to see a political candidate fired from her employer over her Christian faith.

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

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Thursday enshrining into federal law the right to contraception, including medications used to induce abortion, with the support of eight Republicans. In a 228-195 vote, lawmakers passed the Right to Contraception Act after limited debate and no amendments. The legislation is unlikely to pass the 50-50 Senate.

With Roe v. Wade overturned, many of the most intense battles over abortion access will involve the mailing of pills into Republican-run states, notes the New York Times. Some pregnant women in these states will travel to states where abortion remains legal. But travel can be expensive and time-consuming, making it especially difficult for lower-income workers. That’s why both sides of the abortion issue are now gearing up for an extended fight over what’s known as medication abortion — and specifically over whether women who live in red states will be able to order abortion pills through the mail, even if it’s illegal. Abortion rights advocates are hoping to protect mail services from legal challenges and trying to spread the word that medication abortion is both safe and effective. Abortion opponents are thinking about how to prevent the mail from becoming a loophole that undermines their newly created bans.

At least five states – California, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana and Vermont – will include ballot proposals about changing the state’s constitution over abortion rights in the November elections. And several other states are gearing up to include an abortion initiative in 2023 or beyond. In California and Vermont, voters will decide to enshrine access to abortion, while in Kentucky and Kansas, voters will decide against protecting access to abortion in the states’ charters. In Arizona, a ballot measure to protect abortion access failed to meet the requirements for the November election. But activists in Michigan and Colorado are attempting to get an initiative included in the November election. 

The Mississippi abortion clinic that was at the center of the US Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade ended a lawsuit Tuesday in which it had sought to block the state from enforcing a law that bans most abortions. Jackson Women’s Health Organization dropped its litigation a day after clinic owner Diane Derzis told the Associated Press that she sold the facility and had no intention to reopen it, even if a state court allowed her to do so.

A judge in the state of West Virginia on Monday blocked the enforcement of the state’s 19th-century ban on abortion. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Tera Salango has granted a preliminary injunction in the case of the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, which is currently the only abortion provider that exists in the state. Salango went on to say that the injunction was granted in order to help patients “impregnated as a result of a rape or incest” who she said were “suffering irreparable harm.”

Pharmacy customers are using the hashtag #BoycottWalgreens on social media platforms like TikTok and Twitter to highlight being denied birth control or condoms because of the cashier’s moral or religious beliefs. Walgreens says it “allows pharmacists to step away from filling a prescription for which they have a moral objection. In responding to customer inquiries on Twitter, the company added, “At the same time, they are also required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager on duty to meet the patient’s needs in a timely manner.”

Sweden has unveiled its latest plan to target Africans for the proliferation of abortion. Africa is the region of the world with the most number of countries,” said Rebecca Oas, director of research for C-FAM, explaining the significance of the initiative in an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews. “Also, we know that Africa is the region of the world that still has above-replacement fertility — it has the highest fertility in the world. So obviously for those who are concerned about population growth, it has long been a target.” Sweden’s push for abortion on the continent is not new. The country fancies itself a global leader in advancing “sexual and reproductive health and rights.”

  • Now they finally say it out loud. Abortion is a population control measure. The globalist elites want to rid the world of all the poor folks who make the world ‘unsustainable’ and claim it all for themselves.

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 U.S. COVID-19 cases per day continue to rise slowly, increasing by 19% over the past two weeks, while hospitalizations are up 15% and deaths up 38%. The death rate can no longer be accurately calculated because so many cases now go unreported because of home testing. The number of those who home-test positive but don’t require hospitalization is completely unknown, but anecdotal evidence suggest that these numbers are now quite high across the U.S.

  • The impacts of this slower surge are being felt differently across the country. In California, known cases are higher than they have been in almost six months. In New York, more people with Covid are hospitalized today than at the height of last year’s Delta wave. Reported cases in Colorado are up 68% while in Nevada they are down 15%.

Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who have higher blood viscosity are at greater risk of dying from COVID-related complications, the researchers found. COVID-19 increases the risk of blood clots, particularly among people with thicker blood.

A new study reveals that as COVID-19 variants mutate and evolve, so do the common symptoms. A recently updated Zoe Health Study conducted in the U.K. found that symptoms of the current omicron variant are predominantly a sore throat and hoarse voice. This was true in both vaccinated and unvaccinated patients. And these people were less likely to be hospitalized compared to those who became infected with the earlier delta variant. Symptoms also lasted for shorter periods — an average of 6.87 days, compared to 8.89 days.

Monkeypox

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a global emergency Friday as infections soar. The. move is expected to marshal funding and make governments act. WHO labeled the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the highest level of alert the global health agency can issue. More than 16,500 cases of monkeypox have been reported globally. wo children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with monkeypox, health officials announced last week. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 1,814 confirmed cases across the country as of 7/22.

The first major peer-reviewed study of monkeypox infections has found that the virus is primarily being transmitted through the sexual activity of gay and bisexual men in the United States and around the world. The Journal of New England Medicine on Thursday published a study that 95% of the cases studied were suspected to have been transmitted through sexual activity among gay and bisexual men, and 4% of them also had HIV.

  • “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he 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)

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. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator at the time the vaccines were developed and rolled out, said in an interview Friday she wasn’t surprised that people who were quadruple vaccinated, including Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci, contracted the disease. “I knew these vaccines were not going to protect against infection and I think we overplayed the vaccines,” Birx said. She said that during the current wave, the Pfizer drug Paxlovid is what “is going to save you now. But once we get through this wave, during the lull, you should get vaccinated, because we do believe it will protect you [from severe illness], particularly if you are over 70,”

Second coronavirus booster shots for people younger than 50 are on hold as the Biden administration tries to accelerate the campaign to make omicron-specific boosters available. Officials hope the newly formulated vaccines, which target the now-dominant omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, can be offered by early to mid-September ahead of a possible spike in cases in the fall. If the omicron-specific boosters are ready that soon, officials probably will not authorize a second booster of the original vaccine formulation.

A federal judge tossed a lawsuit challenging a policy that requires unvaccinated employees at the FBI, CIA and other national security and defense agencies to take weekly coronavirus tests. The judge said that the employees should have pursued administrative grievances instead of a lawsuit, and noted that the weekly tests were an effort to keep the agencies’ workforces safe.   

The antibodies triggered by COVID-19 vaccines are interfering with people’s immune systems as newer virus variants emerge, said Dr. Harvey Risch, an epidemiology professor at the Yale School of Public Health. The two most widely used vaccines in the United States, produced by Pfizer and Moderna, both work by sending messenger RNA into muscle cells, where they produce a piece of the spike protein from the virus that causes COVID-19. The spike protein triggers the production of antibodies, which are believed to help prevent infection by SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, and fight illness if one still gets infected. “The vaccines only make a very narrow range of antibodies to the spike protein,” compared to the broader exposure experienced when one gets infected,” Risch said.

In the first five months of the year, England’s “fully vaccinated” population accounted for more than 90 percent of the deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to official government data. The U.K.’s Office for National Statistics, or ONS, recently published its data for the period of Jan. 1 through May 31, which show that deaths rose among the vaccinated month by month while falling among the unvaccinated.

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)

Police bodycam video of an officer shooting a 13-year-old Black boy appears to show the boy raising his hands in the air a moment before shots were fired, according to an attorney for the boy’s family. The May 18 shooting on Chicago’s West Side left the boy paralyzed. The video is from the body camera of an officer running after the 13-year-old believed to have been a passenger in a stolen car. The footage is from another officer involved in the chase. “Let’s be clear,” said Andrew Stroth, an attorney for the boy’s family. “What the video shows is an unarmed Black boy, running away from the police, puts his hands up, obeying what he heard from the officers, and without cause or provocations is shot.”

A man drove his vehicle into a family as they walked near Glacier National Park then got out and began shooting at them with a shotgun, killing one man and mortally wounding a toddler before one of the victims managed to kill the assailant after he ran out of ammunition, authorities said Tuesday. The assailant had been in a prior relationship with the woman who killed him and had mental health issues, according to the Glacier County Sheriff’s Office. After running out of ammunition, Madden used a knife to attack and critically wound Christina Siau, 30. But she fought back and fatally wounded Madden, who died at the scene.

Authorities searched for clues Sunday into a shooting of a couple and their young daughter at an Iowa campground that left their 9-year-old son as the sole survivor — an attack one family member called “completely random.” A suspect, Anthony Sherwin, 23, was found dead Friday in a wooded area of the park with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.

A man brandishing a sharp object attacked U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin as the Republican candidate for New York governor delivered a speech in western New York. The attacker, David G. Jakubonis, was subdued and has been charged with attempted assault. Although dragged to the ground, Rep. Zeldin was not injured. Lee Zeldin says black belt training helped him fend off attacker who tried to stab him. Jakubonis was released from police custody within hours of his arrest under New York’s crime laws.

  • Released? How can any justice system believe that allowing a demonstrably violent man back into society makes any sense whatsoever? These are evil, deluded end-times we live in. Fortunately, the Feds stepped in and arrested Jakubonis since it’s a federal crime to attack an elected official.

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)

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a gun control bill into law that will allow private citizens to sue anyone who manufactures, sells, transports or distributes illegal “assault weapons and ghost guns.” The measure was modeled after the Texas abortion ban that prohibits the procedure once a heartbeat was detected and allows private citizens to sue physicians, drivers or anyone else who aids a woman in receiving an abortion for $10,000. The California gun law would grant $10,000 in damages per weapon to private citizens who sue. Citizens could also be awarded the same amount if they file a lawsuit against someone who illegally sells firearms to people under 21 years of age.

A fleet of 52 yellow school buses in a mobile procession protesting gun violence visited the residence of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. The mile-long convoy to Cruz’s office was led by gun control advocacy organization Change the Ref, stopping first at Cruz’s Houston home in the protest dubbed, “The NRA Children’s Museum.” According to a press release from Change the Ref, the buses contained 4,368 empty seats, a reference to the number of children who were killed by gun violence in 2020. The release states that supporters of Change the Ref said they want Cruz to implement universal background check legislation for those who want to buy a gun.

  • They targeted Cruz because he recently gave a speech at the National Rifle Association’s convention.

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)

About 2 in 3 Americans say they favor term limits or a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court justices, according to a new poll that finds a sharp increase in the percentage of Americans saying they have “hardly any” confidence in the Court. The poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 67% of Americans support a proposal to set a specific number of years that justices serve instead of life terms, including 82% of Democrats and 57% of Republicans. Views are similar about a requirement that justices retire by a specific age. In the prior poll, conducted in April before a draft of the court’s Roe v. Wade decision was leaked, 27% said they had hardly any confidence in the Court. Now, 43% say they have hardly any confidence.

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)

Facing what a top general called “unprecedented challenges” in recruiting, the U.S. Army expects to have 28,000 fewer soldiers over the next two years than previously projected. Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Joseph Martin, the Army’s No. 2 officer, told a House Armed Services Committee panel Tuesday the military branch likely be understrength by at least 7,000 soldiers on Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year, the Military Times reported. By the end of fiscal 2023, he anticipated the Army will be 28,000 soldiers short of the 473,000 that originally was projected. The paper said the Army is running out of short-term ideas to fix the problem.

Fraud/Bribery: “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 federal agent has testified that Georgia labor officials were bribed by an alleged criminal organization accused of subjecting farmworkers to forced labor and degrading living conditions, including housing dozens in a single-room trailer without safe drinking or cooking water. In sworn testimony, the Homeland Security Investigations special agent said the bribery was related to farmworker housing inspections. Passing the inspections can be a key requirement of federal approval to bring seasonal farmworkers to the U.S. on temporary visas.

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 is reportedly planning to slow hiring and spending for some of its teams as tech companies brace for a potential economic recession rise, according to Bloomberg. Meanwhile, Facebook parent company Meta and Amazon have pulled back on office expansions in New York. Several other tech companies have already taken steps bracing for a possible recession prior to Apple’s reported moves, including Netflix, Microsoft, Paypal and Coinbase.

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)

Swastika flags and antisemitic signs sound like a scene from Germany in 1939. Except this isn’t Germany pre-Holocaust. It’s Tampa, Florida, in 2022. White supremacists waved swastika flags and spewed Jewish hate on the streets of Florida, on July 24th, in a state that is home to many Jews as well as Holocaust survivors.

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

Border Patrol agents seized 250 pounds of fentanyl, enough to potentially kill everyone living on the west coast of the country, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Using the DEA’s metric that one kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people, the seizure contained over 56 million doses. The seizure has an estimated street value of $3,679,000 announced Monday. The border agents confiscated the drugs after pulling over a U.S. citizen driver of a 2015 Black GMC truck near Campo, California, where a drug sniffing dog found multiple packages of fentanyl hidden in the car’s spare tire and its gas tank.

Car crashes and deaths are on the rise in U.S. states that have legalized recreational marijuana, a new study finds. After marijuana legalization, the rate of car crashes with injuries increased by nearly 6%, while fatal crashes rose by 4%. No increase in crashes was seen in states that hadn’t legalized marijuana. “Marijuana, like alcohol and just about every other drug, changes how you feel and how you behave. That’s the purpose of a drug. And that changes how you drive. We all need to realize that driving after using marijuana is a bad idea,” said lead researcher Charles Farmer, vice president for research and statistical services at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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)

New York City charter school enrollment is booming while public school attendance is tanking. According to the NYC Independent Budget Office, public school enrollment dropped more than 8% from 2020-2022 while the charter school population grew by nearly 7% in the same period. In 2019, there were 81,000 applications for charter school seats, but only 33,000 available spots.

America’s public schools are struggling with a wave of departures by COVID-fatigued teachers just weeks before the first day of class. In Maryland, Montgomery County Public Schools has 400 teaching vacancies. According to the school system, 1,070 teachers resigned or retired between Sept. 1 and July 7, a 38% increase from 775 during the same period in 2020-21. In Georgia, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has called on school systems to recruit more teachers from the military and from historically Black colleges. The Memphis-Shelby County Schools on Friday held interviews for retired teachers looking to return to the classroom.

In 2004, more respondents to a Gallup poll were satisfied with K-12 education in the U.S. than dissatisfied. Now, just 28% say they are satisfied with the public-school system. “Trust has fallen sharply since the all-time high of 62% in 1975, though it briefly rebounded to 41% in 2020. In 2021, the rate of trust fell nearly 10 percentage points to 32%, and dropped again to 28% in 2022,” Gallup reported.

A poll from Hart Research Associates has found that by a more than 2-1 margin, respondents indicated that they were “dissatisfied” with “the way students are taught about racial issues and the role of race in America” (60%) than “satisfied” (27%). Similarly, 58% of participants told pollsters they were “dissatisfied” with “the way students are taught about issues related to sexual preference and gender identity” compared to just 23% who were “satisfied.”

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 17 radical pro-abortion members of Congress, including U.S. Reps. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, were arrested Tuesday during a pro-abortion protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. that involved planned “civil disobedience.” The arrests have been widely panned on social media as a publicity stunt, with many conservative commentators pointing out that the House members appeared to pretend to have been handcuffed when they were actually only escorted away by police.

South American countries are bracing for an autumn of discontent, as spiking global fuel prices threaten to provoke more protests in the upcoming months. Rising fuel prices have already brought about protests in Argentina, Ecuador and Panama. Their neighbors could be particularly susceptible to rising prices at the pump, because the region lacks alternative means of transportation, such as railways and waterways that are more common in Europe and North America.

Marriage:  “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)

New research finds that the lowest divorce rates are among religious adults who married in their 20s and did not cohabitate. The research by W. Bradford Wilcox and Lyman Stone for the Institute for Family Studies found that religious men and women who married in their twenties without cohabiting first … have the lowest odds of divorce in America today,” Separate research by the Institute for Family Studies found that couples who cohabited were 15 percent “more likely to get divorced than those who did not

Last Monday, Democrats in both chambers of Congress introduced a bill to redefine marriage in national law, which they have dubbed the Respect for Marriage Act. The bill would prevent any state from exclusively protecting the natural family in law, in the (unlikely) event the Supreme Court overturns Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 opinion which created the constitutional “right” to same-sex marriage. Voting will take place this week.

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)

In 2016, psychologist Dr. Peter Langman compiled biographical data on 56 American school shooters. He found that 82% had grown up in dysfunctional family situations, usually without two biological parents at home. The trend has sadly continued. The shooter in Uvalde, Texas, hadn’t lived with his father in years. The Sandy Hook shooter hadn’t seen his father in the two years leading up to that massacre. Last month, new research from the Institute for Family Studies demonstrated, once again, how important fathers are, especially for boys. For example, boys growing up without their dads are only half as likely to graduate from college as their peers who live with dad at home. Strikingly, those numbers remain steady even after controlling for other factors such as race, income, and general IQ. Boys without a dad at home are also almost twice as likely to be “idle” in their late twenties, defined as neither working nor in school, and are significantly more likely to have been arrested or incarcerated by the time they turn 35.

  • “These are only a few of the data points which demonstrate that fatherlessness is one of the most pressing crises our culture is facing. Why doesn’t our culture talk more about this?” asks Breakpoint.org

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 message was posted online by a Twitter account calling itself “Gays Against Groomers.” The post said, “This is the heartbreaking reality of what the woke activists have done to our community with their push to sexualize & indoctrinate children. So many of us feel this way. Had we known this is what our fight for equality would have led to, we wouldn’t have fought for it at all.” A woman, known online only as Carol, said in a video, “If I would have understood when I was younger that fighting for my rights as a lesbian would mean allowing children to drag shows, attaching child molesters to our community, and allowing children to change their sex before they even know what their favorite color is, I would have never done it.”

The University of Pennsylvania has nominated transgender swimmer Lia Thomas for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year award. Prior to this season, Thomas had competed against men with a ranking of #462. Competing against women, Thomas achieved a #1 ranking in the U.S. Sixteen UPenn teammates wrote a letter noting that Thomas “holds an unfair advantage over competition in the women’s category.” If guidelines now in place had been enacted at the start of the season, Thomas would not have been permitted to compete.

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 sailboat carrying150 migrants was intercepted off of Boca Chita, Florida Thursday morning by U.S. Coast Guard officials and local law enforcement. The Coast Guard reported all individuals on the boat were safe. No details regarding where the migrants are from have yet been released. 

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

American and United airlines both reported their first operating profit since the start of the pandemic, as strong demand for air travel and high fares allowed the carriers to overcome rising fuel prices. The amount passengers paid to fly each mile on the airlines in the quarter was up just over 20% compared to 2019, by far the highest per-mile fares paid since the start of the pandemic.

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 Nord Stream 1 pipeline restarted Thursday after a 10-day maintenance pause despite fears it would not come back online amid tensions with Russia. The pipeline, linking Russian energy suppliers directly to German and Western European customers, is delivering gas at only 40% of its capacity. A second completed-but-inactive Nord Stream 2 pipeline also linking Russia and Germany appears to be sidelined indefinitely because of the Ukraine war.

  • On Monday, just days after reopening its Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Russia says it will reduce gas to Germany, keeping Europe in state of uncertainty. Russia’s Gazprom said it would only supply gas at 20 percent of capacity this week — half of where it had been.

The price of diesel fuel has skyrocketed in recent months — much more even than regular gasoline. Diesel fuel is averaging $5.50 a gallon nationally 0n 7/21 — up a scorching 68% from a year ago, when it was selling for just $3.27. By comparison, a gallon of regular gasoline is averaging $4.47, up 41% from a year ago. All the goods consumers buy — from cereal and orange juice to Amazon deliveries of diapers — are delivered by trucks, trains or ships that run on diesel. Those inflated prices are then passed on from company to company until they reach consumers in the form of costlier goods.

The U.S. Postal Service is increasing the total number of electric vehicles in its next-generation delivery fleet. Under an adjusted environmental proposal, USPS plans to limit its order of next-generation delivery vehicles (NGDV) to 50,000 and raise the minimum percentage of NGDV battery electric vehicles (BEV) to at least 50%. USPS will also purchase 34,500 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) vehicles over a two-year period. Of the total 84,500 NGDV and COTS vehicles, at least 40% will be battery electric vehicles. The new next-generation delivery vehicles are expected to start servicing postal routes in late 2023.

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)

Stress among global workers reached an all-time high in 2021, with 60% reporting they felt emotionally detached from their jobs, reports the Christian Post. The findings come as part of Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace: 2022 Report. The analytics firm also noted that many workers reported not feeling hopeful about the future. Some 44% of employees reported experiencing stress a lot the previous day. Just 21% of the world’s workers reported being engaged with their work, however, figures varied significantly by region. While 33% of employees reported that they are engaged with their work in the United States and Canada, just 14% of employees reported the same in Europe. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of those in Australia and New Zealand reported that they are thriving, despite just 17% reporting that they are engaged. Some 60% of U.S. and Canadian workers also reported that they were thriving.

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)

Home prices hit a new all-time high in June, even as home sales declined for the fifth straight month as a lack of affordability continues to push buyers out of the market. The median home price was $416,000 last month, up 13.4% from one year ago, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. It marks more than a decade of year-over-year monthly price gains. Sales of existing homes – which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – were down 5.4% in June from May and 14.2% from a year ago. June saw the weakest sales figure since June 2020, which was artificially low due to the pandemic.

International buyers purchased $59 billion worth of U.S. residential properties from April 2021 to March 2022, an 8.5% increase from the previous year that broke a three-year streak of declines, a report by the National Association of Realtors found. 

U.S. homebuyers are backing out of purchases at the highest rate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to real estate broker Redfin. Jessica Lautz, the National Association of Realtor’s vice president of demographics and behavioral insights, said the market is not balanced – yet – but some homebuyers now have a better chance of getting their preferred choice than a few months ago.

In June, the national median rent hit a new record high of $1,876 a month, up 14% from a year ago, according to Realtor.com’s rental report. While June marked the 16th consecutive month of record highs, it is the fifth straight month of moderating growth, retreating from a 17% year-over-year rent increase in January.

Buy now, pay later (BNPL) apps have quickly risen in popularity – accounting for $142 billion in e-commerce transactions last year, according to a report from WorldPay. But some customers have reported that it can be difficult to get a refund if something goes wrong with the purchase, according to Charla Rios, deputy director of research at the Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit organization that educates the public about financial products. In letters to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, a watchdog agency that is looking into whether more regulation is needed in the BNPL industry, consumer advocates are urging more protection for buyers in the event of fraud or canceled purchases.

Many retailers are moving exclusively to digital coupons. According to Pew Research Center, 39% of people 65 and over do not own a smartphone, and 25% don’t use the internet. Additionally, 24% of adults with household incomes below $30,000 a year don’t own a smartphone, while 41% don’t have a computer. This means that millions of older and low-income shoppers — the people who often depend on coupons the most to stretch their dollars — are shut out of deals only available to digital shoppers.

Ford Motor Co. is getting ready to eliminate up to 8,000 jobs in the coming weeks to help fund its push into electric vehicles. Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources familiar with the plan, said Wednesday the cuts will come largely in the newly created Ford Blue unit that produces gasoline-powered vehicles, as well as “other salaried operations throughout the company.” 

The European Central Bank surprised markets Thursday by raising interest rates by half a percentage point to fight inflation. The ECB’s first rate increase in 11 years came after officials signaled for weeks that they intended to raise rates by one-quarter of a percentage point.

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

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid instructed the country’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday to prepare a series of political measures against Russia to be implemented in the event it liquidates the Russian branch of the Jewish Agency, a non-profit organization that promotes immigration to Israel. Although Moscow gave no reason for shuttering the agency’s offices, officials have said it is possibly due to Israel’s stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Lawmakers met on Saturday to discuss the matter, during which some even suggested that Jerusalem should change its policy on the war altogether. Nevertheless, others stressed the approach should not only be “sticks,” but also “carrots.” An Israeli delegation that was supposed to travel to Moscow on Saturday to try to intercede with Russian authorities did not depart as planned as Russia had not yet confirmed their visas

The IDF and other Israeli security forces conducted counterterrorism activities on Wednesday night in several locations in Judea and Samaria, during which they captured Abdel Halim Ezz El-Din, the commander of the Islamic Jihad in the Jenin area. The IDF stated that its forces conducted operations in multiple locations, including in the city of Jenin, and the villages of Hawara, Salem, Bir Zeit, El Yamun, and Enabus. They also arrested three wanted persons suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, including Adel Zakarna, whose brother Muhammad was killed in a clash with Israeli forces in April.

The Biden administration has decided to resume financial aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, even though the Palestinian school books continue to incite violence against Israel and even erase Israel’s existence from their maps. This means that U.S. taxpayer money is now once again going directly to an international agency that promotes messages of hate against Israel and denies its right to exist.

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)

Syria blamed Israel for missile strikes near Damascus on Thursday night. Syria’s state-controlled SANA news agency reported three soldiers were killed and another seven people were injured. It also claimed that the Syrian military shot down a number of the missiles. Opposition news sites reported that a warehouse belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and a drone factory — both south of the capital — were among the sites targeted. Other unconfirmed reports said that Hezbollah operatives were among the injured. In a rare Israeli confirmation, Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai told Israel’s Kan Reshet Bet radio station on Friday morning, “The IDF operated in Syria last night. We continue to protect our security interests.” Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria to prevent Iran and its proxies from entrenching themselves and transferring weapons.

Iran rolled out the red carpet Tuesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin stepped out of a plane and onto the tarmac in Tehran. The Iranian oil minister met him there, and then Putin went to a meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Raisi and Putin talked about increasing their ties in energy, transportation, and trade, the IRNA news agency reported. The White House has alleged that Iran is supplying Russia with drones for its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, but Iran has not directly responded to the allegations. Iran and Turkey also signed preliminary agreements over investments and business.

  • Turkey is the only country in NATO that has not placed sanctions on Russia. Turkey has sent drones to Ukrainian forces, but it also is relying on Russian trade to uphold its currency amid inflation. President Erdoğan has also tried to broker talks to get grain out of the 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)

Russian missiles hit Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa hours after Moscow and Kyiv signed deals to allow grain exports to resume from there. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry denounced Saturday’s strike as a “spit in the face” to Turkey and the United Nations, which brokered the agreements. U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget A. Brink called the attack “outrageous” and condemned Russia for continuing to “weaponize food.” The port’s infrastructure was hit by two Russian Kalibr cruise missiles and Ukrainian air defenses brought down two others. The report didn’t specify the damage or say whether the strike caused casualties.

  • Russian officials Sunday insisted the country’s missile airstrike on the Ukrainian port of Odesa this weekend hit only military targets.

Russia is no longer interested in occupying only Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Russian state media published Wednesday. After the U.S. said it would give Ukraine more long-range weapons, Lavrov said that would force the Russian objectives to change. “Now the geography is different. It’s not just Donetsk and Luhansk, it’s Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and a number of other territories. And this is an ongoing process, consistent and insistent.” He said Russia would need to push further into Ukraine, specifically to the country’s south, in order to create a buffer between it and the new weapons.

Cluster bombs struck a medical facility, bus stop, and residential buildings among other things on Thursday in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, the National Police in Kharkiv said. The city’s mayor said the bombs struck one of the most crowded areas of the city leaving burned-out cars and buses pierced with shrapnel. Russia also shelled nearby wheat fields which caught fire, the region’s governor said.

  • Russia’s use of cluster bombs, if the report is accurate, violates international law. The Convention on Cluster Munitions is an international treaty that prohibits all use, transfer, production, and stockpiling of cluster bombs, a type of explosive weapon which scatters submunitions (“bomblets”) over an area.

The Biden administration is planning to bolster U.S. arms production to sustain the war in Ukraine and to support Taiwan in preparing to fend off a future Russian-style invasion from China, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Friday. Mr. Sullivan also said the administration is urging Taiwan’s political and military leaders to purchase arms better suited to fighting the Chinese military if it were to launch an invasion of the democratically ruled island. Due to the need to produce more weapons faster, the Pentagon is working on ways to increase the capacity of the American defense industrial base, as well as allied defense industries.

  • Taiwan held widespread air raid drills on Monday as China doubled down on warnings to the U.S. against allowing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit the island. Pelosi defended her planned trip to the island, a region that China has long claimed as its sovereign territory. The Chinese foreign ministry warned that the trip could have “serious consequences” for the U.S.

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 killed two members of an al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Somalia in the first major action by American forces in the East African nation since President Joe Biden sent Special Operations troops back there in May. U.S. Africa Command said it conducted the strike in coordination with the government of Somalia on Sunday after the al-Shabaab terrorist organization “attacked partner forces in a remote location near Libikus, Somalia,” according to a statement. “Violent extremist organizations like al-Shabaab present long-term threats to Somali, regional and US interests.”

In South Sudan, 209 people were killed and 33 were wounded over the month of June, according to CEPO, a civic group based in the country’s capital. The wave of violence could threaten the country’s upcoming elections, which are scheduled for 2023. A fragile peace pact was assembled in 2018 between President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar, but the vice president has said that the country cannot hold elections amid such violence. A United Nations panel in May said that the 2018 agreement was faltering. Soldiers are sometimes outnumbered by civilian attackers in a country flush with small weapons. On June 25, gunmen killed 30 soldiers in Tonj North, a county in the president’s home state of Warrap.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Afghanistan since the Taliban overran the country nearly a year ago, even though security on the whole has improved since then, the United Nations said in a report Wednesday. The report also highlighted the poor situation of women and girls since the Taliban takeover and how they have been stripped of many of their human rights under Afghanistan’s current rulers.

Al-Qaeda-linked militants attacked four towns near the border between Somalia and Ethiopia, the first major assault by the Islamist group since Somalia appointed a new president in May. Towns including Aato and Yeed were targeted in the raids by the al-Shabaab group. Dozens of members of an Ethiopian paramilitary police unit, known as the Liyu, were killed in the raids. The office of Somali Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre met with senior members of an African Union-led armed force fighting al-Shabaab in Somalia and said he would help launch a new offensive against the militants in order to reach those in need of humanitarian assistance.

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 U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced Friday a deal to end the Russian blockade of Ukrainian grain, amid global shortages and soaring prices. Guterres said the accord, brokered by the U.N. and Turkey, will open the way for significant volumes of food exports from three Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea. The deal comes amid growing fears that tens of millions of people are facing acute hunger because of the war in Ukraine.

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 on Wednesday stated he will use his executive power to take government action against the “emergency” of climate change. “Climate change is an emergency,” Biden said during a speech at Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts. My message today is loud and clear: Since Congress is not acting on the climate emergency, I will. And in the coming weeks my Administration will begin to announce executive actions to combat this emergency.

Migrating monarch butterflies have fluttered closer to extinction in the past decade – prompting scientists to officially designate them as “endangered,” the International Union for the Conservation of Nature announced on Thursday.

A landslide in Peru engulfed 150 homes, covered a town in dust and displaced many households. Government officials are working to provide aid and rehome those who were affected.

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)

Japan’s Sakurajima volcano, located on the island of Kyushu, erupted on Sunday, prompting evacuations in the region. The Japan Meteorological Agency announced a Level 5 alert – the highest level – calling for people to evacuate. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Japan’s nuclear regulators said that no irregularities had been detected at the nearby Sendai nuclear power plant. Sakurajima is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes, having erupted on several occasions in recent decades.

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)

Multiple wildfires raged in the U.S. over the weekend, causing deaths, evacuations and damage to structures. One of California’s biggest wildfires this year exploded to over 21 square miles Sunday, forcing thousands to flee remote mountain communities as the blaze near Yosemite National Park burned out of control amid sweltering temperatures and low humidity. The fire, which remained 0% contained Sunday morning, began Friday in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The fire has destroyed at least 10 structures and damaged another five.

Authorities announced that two pilots in a firefighting helicopter had died after the aircraft crashed amid a blaze in Idaho. The two pilots who died in the crash were contracted to help fight the Moose Fire as it burned about 21 miles north of Salmon, Idaho.

The Texas A&M Forest Service blames 110-degree heat, 10-20 mph winds, and drought conditions in 99% of Texas for the outbreak of a record 24 new wildfires. Two fires, the Chalk Mountain and Possum Kingdom Lake fires, have by themselves burned at least 21 homes. The wildfires have scorched more than 7,000 acres in central and eastern Texas.

The London Fire Brigade had its busiest day since World War II on Tuesday, battling several fires that started in grassy areas and then engulfed neighborhoods in and around the city. More than 40 homes and businesses were destroyed. The fires came as the normally cool, damp U.K. saw its hottest day ever on the heels of weeks of drier-than-usual conditions.

The heat wave has also fueled several wildfires across Europe that have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes. Fires were still burning in other parts of Europe Wednesday. France, Spain and Portugal have been hit particularly hard by wildfires in recent days, but all reported improved conditions as the heat subsided.

Greece is struggling to contain four major wildfires within its borders as firefighters are stretched thin and homes are evacuated. The newest fire began Saturday morning on the island of Lesbos, forcing local authorities to evacuate hundreds from homes and an exclusive resort. Authorities relocated 450 people for that fire alone, while three others continue to burn on the Grecian mainland. The remaining fires are in Western Macedonia, the Southern Peloponnese region, and in the northeast Dadia national forest near the Greece-Turkey border. The latter is the largest blaze, requiring a herculean effort to contain. While another fire had threatened the ancient city of Athens earlier this month, authorities announce the blaze was under control last week.

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 megadrought in the U.S. West continues to slowly improve, but with two states getting worse. Overall, the percent of the West in severe to exceptional drought dropped from 81% three months ago to 63% on July 21. However, California worsened from 95% to 97% while Arizona increased from 60% to 68%. Utah and Nevada remained the same at just under 100%. New Mexico improved from 93% to 85%. In the Northwest, Washington improved from 27% to 0% while Oregon decreased from 72% to 53% and Idaho dropped from 67% to 17% with Montana declining from 83% to 15%.

Boston broke a daily record high temperature Sunday and New York City and Philadelphia may follow suit as an “extremely oppressive” heat wave intensified in the Northeast, leading to at least two heat-related deaths over the weekend. More than 85 million Americans faced excessive heat warnings and advisories Sunday from the Southern Plains to the Northeast. A cold front approaching the Northeast on Monday and Tuesday should bring some less oppressive temperatures, but there is also the possibility of severe weather in the form of thunderstorms and high winds.

Britain’s heat wave is now in the record books. The temperature reached 102.4 degrees last Tuesday, surpassing the all-time high set in 2019, reports the AP. After 363 years of recording temperature data, this is the highest ever recorded. Then on Wednesday, temps set another record at 104 degrees.

Scotland has seen a new provisional record temperature, after 34.8 degrees Celsius (94.6 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded in Charterhall in the Scottish Borders on Tuesday. The previous record of 32.9 degrees Celsius (91.2 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded in Greycrook, in the Scottish Borders, on August 9, 2003.

One of the United Kingdom’s largest airports suspended flights on Monday after high temperatures damaged a runway. An “essential runway repair” was required “after high surface temperatures caused a small section to lift,” the airport said on Twitter. Full operations resumed just after 6 p.m. in London.

Hurricane Darby, which weakened into a tropical storm as it passed under the islands, brought “historic” swells to south-facing Hawaiian shores which were rocked this past weekend by the “highest south shore surf in more than 25 years.” Waves at Honolulu’s Diamond Head reached heights of 25 feet on Sunday. The high surf caused coastal flooding in Lahaina on Maui, road closures on Kauai, with waves crashing into and over condos in Kailua-Kona.

Several days of unusually warm weather in northern Greenland have triggered rapid melting, made visible by the rivers of meltwater rushing into the ocean. Temperatures have been running around 60 degrees Fahrenheit – 10 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year. The amount of ice that melted in Greenland between July 15 and 17 alone – 6 billion tons of water per day – would be enough to fill 7.2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools – enough to cover the entire state of West Virginia with a foot of water.

In Europe, the costs of a winter and spring with little rain and an intensely hot summer are mounting. Water levels along Germany’s Rhine river, which is crucial for transporting chemicals, coal and grain, are so low that shipping has been disrupted, threatening to further scramble supply chains. Water flows at the Kaub gauge, located to the west of Frankfurt, are at 45% of average levels for this time of year.

Signs of the Times Update: July 18, 2022

July 18, 2022

I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:1-3)

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 has blocked a Title IX directive from President Joe Biden’s administration that allowed transgender workers and students to use school restrooms matching their gender identities. It also allowed transgender athletes to join sports teams corresponding with their chosen genders. The directive was blocked by Judge Charles Atchley Jr. of the Eastern District of Tennessee, a Trump appointee, after a coalition of 20 Republican attorneys general sued last year, Reuters reported. The plaintiffs argued the federal directive clashed with state laws and prevented states from enforcing their own laws that banned transgender school bathroom use.

A federal district court in Ohio has temporarily blocked the Biden administration from enforcing the COVID-19 vaccine mandate on thousands of U.S. Air Force service members who remain unvaccinated after having opposed the shot on religious grounds but have had their religious exemption applications denied. U.S. District Court Judge Matthew McFarland, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump in late 2019, issued a temporary restraining order filed on Thursday preventing the Biden administration from taking any action for at least 14 days against any Air Force member who opted not to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • The judge’s ruling also grants the case “class status,” which means the temporary restraining order will grant relief to all 12,000 members of the Air Force who submitted a religious accommodation request from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate but had their requests denied or not yet acted upon. 

A New York Supreme Court judge this month ruled that regulations mandating that people infected with or exposed to highly contagious communicable diseases be quarantined are a violation of state law, declaring them null and void. The Isolation and Quarantine procedures, known as Rule 2.13, were enacted in February

The margins of support for Florida’s new legal provisions protecting children from being sexualized in school at a very young age are quite large, reports the Republican Daily on 7/16. Poll results show respondents favoring the new law by a margin of 27 points, saying that schools should be banned from teaching sexual orientation and gender identity to kids in kindergarten through third grade. By 28 points, they said transgender athletes should be banned from competing in girls’ sports.

A Virginia school district accused of covering up “transgender” student rape failed this week to convince a judge to impose an injunction against the state’s Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares investigating the matter. The school board members are accused of covering up the rape of a female student by a “transgender” student in the girls’ bathroom. That situation, along with another student sexual assault claim, intensified protests against the district’s leadership, including a student walkout and contributing to Democrats losing the Virginia governorship and House of Delegates. The 15-year-old perpetrator of the first rape was sentenced to probation at a residential treatment facility and placed on the sex offender registry, but serious questions remain as to LCPS’s handling of the case, prompting Miyares to launch an investigation..

A federal jury in Texas has awarded a former Southwest flight attendant more than $5 million after the airline fired her over her stance on abortion in a lawsuit dating back to 2017. The reward in combined compensatory and punitive damages comes after the Transportation Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 556 union and Southwest fired Charlene Carter for her religious stance on abortion, which she publicized on social media. “Today is a victory for freedom of speech and religious beliefs. Flight attendants should have a voice, and nobody should be able to retaliate against a flight attendant for engaging in protected speech.”

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is directing teens to an online chat platform run in part by Planned Parenthood that discusses sex-change operations, polyamorous relationships, the occult and other topics. Significantly, the site – called Q Chat Space – is designed so that users can quickly hide it from parents, reports Breitbart News. Among the topics are “Drag Culture 101,” “Sex and Relationships,” “Having Multiple Genders” and “Gender Affirmation Surgeries.” And there are chats on “self-discovery in astrology” and “Queering Tarot,” which is about the tarot cards used in occult practices.

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)

A new poll done by Rasmussen Reports in conjunction with the Heartland Institute reveals that Democrats not only want to expand the Supreme Court so that President Biden can appoint more liberal members (53%), but 39% of Democrats said they would also like to give the United Nations veto power over Supreme Court decisions. Fifty-six percent of Democrats say the Supreme Court now “is a fundamentally racist institution.” And 67% of Democrats say the court “is a fundamentally sexist institution that favors men over women.” There are currently 3 women and 4 men serving on the Court, with one Black and one Hispanic, much more diverse than it used to be.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Monday released a position paper that said lowering fossil fuel use with higher prices is necessary to reduce carbon emissions was necessary as the world faces two global crises — “climate change and the decline of democracy.” The WEF’s paper said democracy can be saved as long as consumers stop burning coal, oil, and gas in exchange for green renewables. “For the past 15 years, democracy has been in decline worldwide. To protect and promote freedom, leading democracies must strengthen their economies and safeguard liberty.

  • This is a specious argument. Globalists run the WEF and what they call ‘democracy’ has nothing to do with freedom or individual rights or the will of the people. To them, a democracy is when all the masses are cajoled or coerced to line up with their agenda for climate change, sustainability, LGBYQ+, abortion, etc.

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)

 Oberlin College, a liberal bastion in higher education, is racking up $4,300 a day in debt for a libel judgment delivered by a jury, approved by a district court judge, and endorsed by an appeals court. The school has accumulated more than $4 million in interest charges for delaying payment of the judgment awarded to the owners of Gibson’s Baker, which the school falsely accused of being racist. It’s because the school wants the Ohio Supreme Court to cancel the debt, a move being opposed by the lawyers for the bakery. No date has been announced for the court to hear the case.

  • What business is it for a university to be labeling a bakery anything? Stick to education instead of political engagement. But most colleges and universities have become higher-level indoctrination centers for the religion of secular humanism, continuing the training process begun in our public-school system.

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)

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, on Thursday dealt a devastating blow to Democrats’ hopes for sweeping legislative action this year, telling Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and his staff “unequivocally” that he won’t support the climate or tax provisions of a Democratic economic package, two sources familiar with the talks tell CNN. The two had been negotiating for months, and Schumer, a New York Democrat, had made a number of concessions to pare back the climate provisions to appease Manchin, whose support is critical in an evenly decided Senate.

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)

Amazon has provided Ring doorbell footage to law enforcement 11 times this year without the user’s permission, a revelation that’s bound to raise more privacy and civil liberty concerns about its video-sharing agreements with police departments across the country. The disclosure came in a letter from the company that was made public Wednesday by US Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat. Ring has said before it will not share customer information with police without consent, a warrant, or due to “an exigent or emergency” circumstance. The 11 videos shared this year fell under the emergency provision, Amazon’s letter said, the first time the company publicly shared such information.

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

A report from Lifeway Research shows that more than half of all Americans say religious tolerance for Christians is on the decline, yet more than a third also believe Christians complain too much about how they are treated in society. The survey of a thousand Americans showed that nearly 60% agreed that “Christians increasingly are confronted by intolerance in America today.” Those who attend a worship service at least four times per month are more likely (64%) to believe religious liberty is on the decline in the U.S. than those who attend less than once per month (53%). The religiously unaffiliated, or “nones,” were the least likely (40%) to agree religious liberty is on the decline.

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 suspended the group responsible for publishing the home addresses of several conservative Supreme Court justices on Thursday. The group, Ruth Sent Us, published the addresses of the six conservative Supreme Court justices in May following leaks indicating the court would soon overturn Roe v. Wade.

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)

Another Christian in Pakistan has been handed a death sentence for alleged “blasphemy” against Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, reports Barnabas Aid. This latest case is particularly troubling, as Ashfaq Masih made no reference to Muhammad or to the Islamic religion. Ashfaq’s alleged crime was to say that he believes Jesus Christ to be the only true prophet. Last month two brothers, both Christians, Qasir and Amoon Ayub, saw their death sentence for “blasphemy” upheld by an appeal court in Rawalpindi. In January this year Zafar Bhatti, a Christian appealing against a sentence of life imprisonment for “blasphemy”, received a death sentence. In each of these cases, Christians have been the victims of spurious accusations from Muslim neighbors.

Troops affiliated with Myanmar’s military junta have burned down at least 132 religious buildings since the military coup began in February last year, according to residents and rights groups. The list includes 28 Buddhist monasteries targeted in Sagaing state, while troops destroyed at least 66 churches in Chin state alone. At least 20 churches and one mosque were destroyed in Kayah state. Religious leaders have said the attacks are deliberate. Aung Myo Min, minister for human rights for the shadow National Unity Government, called on residents to document the destruction for future prosecution.

Outraged over the newly received formal legal recognition of a church in Egypt, Muslims in large crowds attacked and damaged the homes, shops and vehicles of many area Coptic Christians, according to a persecution watchdog, the U.S.-based International Christian Concern. The local Christians had been waiting for years for the legal approval of the church, which was originally built in 2003. Throughout the process, Muslims in the area have rejected the legitimacy of the new church, asserting that the construction or restoration of a church contradicts Islamic law. The Conditions of Omar, thought to have been written by Caliph Omar I, is one Islamic text that they refer to, which dictates that no churches should ever be built or repaired, and that Christians must make do with pre-existing churches only, ICC said.

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

A new Fox News survey of registered voters about the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade was released Sunday, and found that 61% oppose the demise of Roe. That includes majorities of Democrats (83%) and independents (67%). However, just 36% of Republicans oppose overturning the case. Overall, only 35% of voters support the reversal of Roe.

  • The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 64% of likely U.S. voters want abortion providers to be required to notify parents before performing abortions on girls under age 18. About 25% opposed parental notification and 11% were unsure.

Three words in the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade redefined the battle over abortion. “Unborn human being” is the term Associate Justice Samuel Alito used, supplanting the phrase ‘potential life’ in the Roe ruling. Legal experts are declaring that a ‘game-changer.’ Critics claim that this “erases whole groups of people who have different religious beliefs.”

The U.S. House on Friday passed two bills pushing abortion access to women in conservative states and protecting out-of-state abortion providers. These new bills (HR 8296 and HR 8297) are now headed to the Senate where it seems unlikely they will be able to bypass the 60-vote filibuster rule. Earlier this year, Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) said they oppose abolishing the filibuster rule. So did Republican Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK). But all four have said they want to codify Roe v. Wade as federal law, so pray hard against these two bills and the upcoming votes.

In a June 7 letter to President Joe Biden, before Roe was overturned, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 24 other Democratic senators suggested placing abortion services on federal lands. Warren also suggested to the Washington Post that the Biden administration could establish Planned Parenthood stations on the outskirts of national parks. Federal lands, or federal enclaves, refer to buildings or land within a state that are under the federal government’s control. In many cases, federal enclaves are subject to federal jurisdiction exclusively, meaning that state governments can’t prosecute crimes on that land. In theory, clinics within federal enclaves could provide a loophole for abortion access in states with restrictive abortion laws in place. But in practice, legal experts say placing and operating abortion services on federal lands is complicated.

A southern California school board will consider an agreement Monday for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles to open a clinic at a local high school. The seven-member school board of the Norwalk-LaMirada Unified School District will vote during a meeting Monday evening on allowing Planned Parenthood to open and operate a clinic for reproductive health care at John Glenn High School in Norwalk. Abortions and gender-affirming hormone therapy are not listed as services that will be provided at the on-campus site, but clinic staff will be permitted to make referrals to other Planned Parenthood centers “for services not offered” at the school, according to the proposal.

  • Parents are protesting loudly. “Families and taxpayers should be horrified that the Norwalk-La Mirada USD is considering a partnership with Planned Parenthood,” Nicole Neily, the president and founder of Parents Defending Education said.

Dozens of pro-life centers have been targeted across the country since a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion signaled Roe V. Wade would be overturned in May, followed by the nation’s highest court ultimately ruling as such in June. For one pro-life organization in Ohio, it has been targeted twice since last month. A pro-life women’s medical clinic in California has spent $150,000 to boost its security in the face of overwhelming violence. Threatened by violence, the clinic has been forced to hire 24-hour on-site security.

It is not only domestic terrorist groups like Jane’s Revenge which are declaring war on pregnancy crisis centers. It is also senior elected officials who are trying to shut down these life-giving clinics. In the words of Senator Elizabeth Warren, “With Roe gone, it’s more important than ever to crack down on so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ that mislead and deceive patients seeking abortion care.”

  • “Crack down” on these centers? “Stop” their “harmful practices”? Unlike killing unborn babies, pro-life pregnancy centers do nothing but affirm life. Warren is stirring up even more violence.

The same surgical procedure that is used to treat a miscarriage is also used for terminating pregnancies. New Texas anti-abortion laws have doctors nervous to perform procedures for miscarriages, forcing a woman to carry her dead fetus in her womb for two weeks. Law of ‘unintended consequences’ at work here.

The Department of Health and Human Services sent a guidance on Wednesday to 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, warning their employees of stiff, legal “corrective action” against anyone who refuses to comply, including filling orders for abortion drugs. The guidelines say, for instance, that if a pharmacist refuses to fill an order for mifepristone or misoprostol “because these medications can also be used to terminate a pregnancy – the pharmacy may be discriminating on the basis of sex.”

A man was charged with impregnating a 10-year-old Ohio girl whose travel to Indiana to seek an abortion led to international attention and became a flashpoint in the national furor over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Nearly all abortions after the detection of fetal cardiac activity became illegal in Ohio last month after the high court’s ruling. The story of a young girl traveling across state lines to receive an abortion went viral. Gerson Fuentes, 27, an illegal immigrant whose last known address was an apartment in Columbus, was arrested Tuesday after police said he confessed to raping the child on at least two occasions. He’s charged with rape, a felony of the first degree in Ohio, and is being held in jail on a $2 million bond.

A federal judge in Phoenix on Monday blocked a 2021 state “personhood” law that gives all legal rights to unborn children and that abortion rights groups said put providers at risk of prosecution for a variety of crimes. U.S. District Judge Douglas Rayes said in his written ruling that the groups that sued to block the law are right – it is “anyone’s guess,” as the state acknowledged, what criminal laws abortion providers may be breaking if they perform otherwise-legal abortions. “And that is the problem,” Rayes wrote. “When the punitive and regulatory weight of the entire Arizona code is involved, Plaintiffs should not have to guess at whether their conduct is on the right or the wrong side of the law.”

  • It is unclear if abortions – that have been halted in Arizona since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that women do not have a constitutional right to abortion – would restart.

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 up 15% over the past two weeks, with hospitalizations up 20% and deaths up 10%. Cases are rising in more than 40 states. With home-testing, this is definitely an undercount, but no one knows by how much. These increases come as the BA.5 variant, believed to be the most transmissible variant yet of the coronavirus, is emerging as the country’s dominant virus strain. Hospitalizations are rising at a rate similar to hospitalization surges seen earlier this summer in countries where BA.5 first began to circulate. The proportion of total hospital admissions into ICUs is lower than in previous surges.

  • The BA.5 variant is threatening a fresh wave of infections even among those who have recovered from the virus fairly recently.

Dr. Ashish Jha, President Biden’s COVID-19 coordinator, voiced support on Sunday for Los Angeles County preparing to bring back its mask mandate, as the area has seen a surge in coronavirus cases driven by the BA.5 variant of the omicron strain. Los Angeles is on pace to bring back its universal indoor mask mandate on July 29, unless the county drops below the CDC’s “high” transmission threshold by that point. The CDC has also recommended that people in states like Arizona, where cases are rising rapidly, should start wearing masks indoors once again.

  • Many studies have shown that most masks offer little to no protection. When will the CDC start following the science?

The culprit this time in another Covid surge is yet another Omicron offshoot, BA.5. It has three key mutations in its spike protein that make it both better at infecting our cells and more adept at slipping past our immune defenses. In just over two months, BA.5 outcompeted its predecessors to become the dominant cause of Covid-19 in the United States. Last week, this subvariant caused almost 2 out of every 3 new Covid-19 infections in this country. “We do not know about the clinical severity of BA.4 and BA.5 in comparison to our other Omicron subvariants,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said last Thursday.

Long-Covid is the new pandemic. Long-Covid has affected many millions of people regardless of whether they were asymptomatic, very ill, young or old, vaccinated or not. Victims usually have a large number of debilitating symptoms affecting their behavior, organs and cognitive capabilities. All the medical world is doing is sending victims to many specialists who only try to address their symptoms. But there are no cures. In many ways the new pandemic is worse than the original one because victims have little reason to be hopeful of regaining their normal lives. They may suffer for years.

Another super contagious omicron variant has been detected in the U.S. Dubbed “Centaurus,” the BA.2.75 variant was first detected in India in early May and is now spreading rapidly there. “It’s still really early on for us to draw too many conclusions” but “it does look like, especially in India, the rates of transmission are showing kind of that exponential increase,” Matthew Binnicker, the Mayo Clinic’s director of clinical virology says. In India, BA.2.75 is quickly overtaking BA.4 and BA.5, which are said to be as transmissible as measles and together make up more than 70% of COVID cases in the U.S.

Other Pestilence:

Dangerous superbug infections and deaths rose during the pandemic, according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of antibiotic resistant infections rose by 15 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, undoing years of progress in combating one of the most worrisome public health challenges in modern medicine. Sicker patients and antibiotic overuse early in the pandemic, along with staffing and supply shortages, fueled the rise in superbug infections, the CDC said. 

Health care and LGBTQ leaders are warning monkeypox will continue to spread among gay men and other Americans if more isn’t done to address vaccine shortages and help health professionals combat the virus. They are demanding more testing kits, vaccines and additional health workers to limit the outbreak. Some LGBTQ critics have accused government officials of being slow to tackle the outbreak because it is primarily affecting LGBTQ men, a community that has long faced discrimination and limited care when it comes to health crises. They also worry non-LGBTQ people who might be vulnerable to monkeypox will not get adequate information about the virus if it is only seen as an LGBTQ illness.

International:

The Chinese territory city of Macau shut down all its casinos and other businesses on Monday for the first time in two years. Macau, also known as the world’s gambling hub, is battling COVID-19. The territory of 700,000 has recorded more than 1,500 infections in the latest outbreak. Residents are ordered to stay indoors unless they are buying essential items. Authorities marked more than 30 zones in the city as high risk and placed them under lockdown.

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)

White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci conceded that COVID-19 vaccines do not protect “overly well” against infection, he said Tuesday in an interview, but they do help prevent hospitalization and death. “One of the things that’s clear from the data [is] that even though vaccines – because of the high degree of transmissibility of this virus – don’t protect overly well, as it were, against infection, they protect quite well against severe disease leading to hospitalization and death. And I believe that’s the reason, Neil, why at my age, being vaccinated and boosted, even though it didn’t protect me against infection, I feel confident that it made a major role in protecting me from progressing to severe disease.”

Just when things were getting back to normal, for the most part, President Biden’s director of the Centers for Disease Control, Rochelle Walensky, has unleashed a new demand – for seniors to get their second booster shot against COVID-19 “right away.” “Many Americans are under vaccinated, meaning they are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines. Not all people over the age of 50 have received their first booster dose.” she said. Of those over 50 only 28% have gotten their second booster after lining up to take their first, she said. Those over 65 are even worse. “So my message right now is very simple: It is essential that these Americans … get their second booster shot right away.”

The effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses dropped well under 50 percent after four months against subvariants of the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 2-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines provided just 51 percent protection against emergency department visits, urgent care encounters, and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 during the time BA.2 and BA.2.12.1, subvariants were predominant in the United States. After 150-plus days, the effectiveness dropped to just 12 percent. A first booster upped the protection to 56 percent, but the effectiveness went down to 26 percent after four months, according to the study.

The first hospital in America to mandate a COVID-19 vaccine for all employees is now facing a staffing shortage from infections. Houston’s Methodist Hospital has hundreds of employees out of work because they tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. At the same hospital in 2021, 153 staff members who refused to get vaccinated quit or were fired. Now Methodist leadership is trying to avert a crisis.

The U.S. is getting another COVID-19 vaccine choice after the Food and Drug Administration cleared Novavax shots for adults. Novavax makes a more traditional type of shot than the three other COVID-19 vaccines available for use in the U.S. – and one that’s already available in Europe and multiple other countries. For now, the FDA authorized Novavax’s initial two-dose series for people 18 and older. The Maryland company hopes its shots can become a top booster choice in the U.S. and beyond. Tens of millions of Americans still need boosters that some experts call crucial for the best possible protection as the coronavirus continues to mutate.

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)

Violent crime in Portland, Oregon, has drastically risen over the last three years since 2020 and the George Floyd protests. “This report confirms the unfortunate reality of what we already knew – that gun violence is on the rise in Portland and that it is being driven by a very small percentage of our population,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a statement Saturday following the release of the crime data. Researchers for the California Partnership for Safe Communities compiled crime data from the city, specifically examining homicides and non-fatal shootings from 2019 to 2021. The data found that there was a 144% increase in homicides from January 2019 to June 2021 while non-fatal shootings increase by 241% from January 2019 to December 2021. 

Also in Portland, an 82-year-old Portland man died Thursday of injuries he suffered last month when he was brutally beaten during an unprovoked attack at a bus stop, authorities said. Pierce and a second elderly victim, described as an 88-year-old man, were at a bus stop in downtown Portland just before 8:30 p.m. on June 25 when a man attacked them without provocation. Officers spotted the assault in progress while on another call in the area. The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Keffer J. White, was immediately arrested at the scene.

New York City witnessed 11 separate shooting and stabbing incidents within a six-hour time frame after Democratic Mayor Eric Adams promised Sunday to “turn this crime thing around” in the Big Apple. In spates of violence stretching across all five boroughs, at least 12 people were shot, and two people were stabbed Sunday night. Two people died as a result of the violence.

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

A 5-year-old child in Jefferson County, Arkansas, accidentally shot and killed his 8-year-old brother with an unprotected firearm. The 8-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say they believe the shooting was an accident. “This is a tragic incident that could have been avoided.  I can’t emphasize strongly enough that guns need to be well secured and kept out of the hands and away from children at all times,” said Sheriff Lafayette Woods. 

A newborn baby boy died tragically on Friday, when a pack of monkeys stole him from his parents and threw him off a roof. Nirdesh Upadhyay of Bareilly, India, was standing on his third-floor roof terrace with his wife and the child when the animals landed and surrounded them. Nirdesh reportedly tried to run away from them with the 4-month-old, when the baby fell out of his hands to the ground and one of the monkeys grabbed him before he could pick him back up and threw him over the side. The child died immediately.

A second shark attack was reported off the coast of New York on Wednesday – the fifth such attack off of Long Island in two weeks. In a news conference, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone stressed the importance of swimming near lifeguards and called these attacks the new normal. While shark attacks are usually rare, more sharks are being spotted off Long Island. Scientists cite warming ocean temperatures and a resurgence of bunker fish for the shift in frequency of sightings and attacks.

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)

A series of farmer-led demonstrations against a government climate rule in the Netherlands could be the beginning of a global movement. The Dutch government issued a plan in June laying out nitrogen emission reductions, largely targeting the nation’s agriculture industry which produces an outsized shared of such emissions. The government acknowledged that “there is not a future for all” farmers to continue their business under the proposal. Dairy farmer Martin Neppelenbroek says that the new environmental regulations will require him to slash his livestock numbers by 95 percent. He thinks he will have to sell his family farm. In response to the new regulations, farmers throughout the country have taken to the streets in recent weeks, blocking roads to airports and deliveries to food distribution depots.

  • Farmers in Italy, Spain and Poland have joined Dutch farmers in protest of ‘green’ government regulations that will decimate the industry by forcing them to reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizer compounds. “We are not slaves, we are farmers,” said Italian farmers, who drove tractors through the streets of Milan and blocked city traffic. In Spain, farmers in Badajoz, Granada and Albacete paraded their tractors down the street in solidarity with the foreign farmers. And in Poland, farmers came to Warsaw last weekend to protest against inflation and other government actions.

The president of Sri Lanka fled the country early Wednesday, days after protesters stormed his home and office and the official residence of his prime minister amid a three-month economic crisis that triggered severe shortages of food and fuel. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his wife, and two bodyguards left aboard a Sri Lankan Air Force plane bound for the city of Male, the capital of the Maldives and then onward to Singapore. Rajapaksa tendered his resignation in a letter sent by email Thursday.

  • Sri Lanka, a country in Asia, an island off the southern tip of India that is technically known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is now a case study in the failure of socialism and Big Government planning. Senator Rand Paul said: “It tells you that we should be very wary of central planning, of allowing any kind of central government to make the decisions for the entire economy.”

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)

Authorities are expressing their gratitude to an armed bystander after he shot and killed a gunman who opened fire in a shopping mall food court in Indiana. The mass shooting took place Sunday evening at Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, leaving three dead and two injured, including a 12-year-old girl who suffered a minor injury. Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers credited the man with saving several lives by killing the shooter, saying they were grateful for his “quick action and heroism.”

  • Critics, however, are lashing out, arguing the man should not be called a “Good Samaritan” as a justification for killing someone.

A survey, conducted by the Trafalgar Group on behalf of Convention of States Action, asked likely voters across the country about their confidence in local law enforcement and government officials’ ability to prevent mass shootings, as well as what group they think would best protect them in the event of one. Respondents were asked, “What do you believe would best protect you and your family in the event of a mass shooting?” The results: 41.8% said armed citizens offered the best protection; 25.1% said local police; 10.3% said federal agents; 22.8% said none of the above.

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)

Muhammad Aziz spent 20 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of the 1965 assassination of Black civil rights leader Malcolm X. Now, Aziz is suing New York City and the officials involved in the investigation for $40 million. The suit comes just months after Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, another man who was also wrongfully branded as one of Malcolm X’s killers, were exonerated in November 2021 – more than half a century after their 1966 murder convictions. The now 84-year-old Aziz is suing for the violation of his constitutional rights, including the denial of his due process rights, malicious prosecution and law enforcement negligence.

A former CIA programmer was convicted Wednesday of federal charges in connection to the massive Vault 7 theft of secret information provided to WikiLeaks in what the Justice Department describes as “one of the most brazen and damaging acts of espionage in American history.” Joshua Adam Schulte was once a CIA programmer “with access to some of the country’s most valuable intelligence-gathering cyber tools. When Schulte “began to harbor resentment toward the CIA, he covertly collected those tools and provided them to WikiLeaks, making some of our most critical intelligence tools known to the public – and therefore, our adversaries.

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

Law enforcement experts who viewed a newly released video showing the delayed law enforcement response to the Uvalde school shooting called police action “disastrous” and “inexcusable.” The video shows in excruciating detail what police were doing as they waited to take action and stop the shooter: checking their cellphones, texting, looking at a building map, pacing, aiming their weapons and then putting them down, bringing ballistic shields. Former Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said the hallway video suggests that police were more concerned about themselves than the safety of children and teachers inside the classroom. “There are cops that had vests, had helmets on, and shields, and they waited for an hour and 17 minutes to assault those classrooms. That has to be the most incompetent response that I’ve ever seen. It’s not defensible,” Acevedo said.

Jayland Walker, who was killed by Akron police last month, had 46 gunshot wounds or graze injuries on his body, according to a “summary of findings” from the autopsy released by Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler on Friday. Twenty-six bullets were recovered from Walker’s body. Walker, a 25-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by police on June 27 as he ran away from a traffic stop. Walker’s funeral on Wednesday followed two weeks of protests and unrest in downtown Akron as demonstrators demand justice and accountability for the eight officers involved in his death.  

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.

Starbucks is planning to close 16 locations across various cities, citing safety concerns. “After careful consideration, we are closing some stores in locations that have experienced a high volume of challenging incidents that make it unsafe to continue to operate,” a spokesperson told CNN Business in an email. The stores are in Seattle; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Washington, DC, and Portland, Oregon. They will be closed by the end of July. Employees are “seeing firsthand the challenges facing our communities — personal safety, racism, lack of access to healthcare, a growing mental health crisis, rising drug use, and more,” Starbucks said.

  • These are all ultra-liberal cities who sought to defund the police, but they’ve wrought lawlessness instead.

Two people were killed during a string of armed robberies at southern California 7-Eleven stores on Monday, July 11, the day on which the convenience store chain gives out free Slurpees to mark the “7/11” date. The robberies took place in at least six locations in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties in the early morning hours, and police are searching for the same suspect in three of those: Santa Ana, where a man was found fatally shot in the parking lot after a 3:23am robbery; Brea, where a store clerk was fatally shot during a robbery around 4:18am; and La Habra, where an employee and a customer were shot during a robbery around 4:55am.

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)

Nancy Pelosi’s office responded to her husband’s controversial $1 million computer chip stock trades ahead of Congress’ coming vote on the semiconductor industry. “The Speaker does not own any stocks.  As you can see from the required disclosures, with which the Speaker fully cooperates, these transactions are marked ‘SP’ for Spouse. The Speaker has no prior knowledge or subsequent involvement in any transactions,” Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, said in a statement.

  • And Nancy didn’t tell him about the upcoming vote? Not likely.

Federal officials sentenced the former mayor of a Georgia city to almost five years in prison Wednesday, on charges that he used pandemic relief funds to pay multiple personal expenses, including his lakefront home’s mortgage and an associate’s political advertising costs.

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 they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

Amid low morale fostered by “bad science,” frustrated and alarmed experts with the NIH, CDC and FDA are quitting, creating serious staffing shortages, reports Johns Hopkins University professor Dr. Marty Makary. Leadership of the agencies is being questioned, with the authorization, for example, of COVID-19 vaccines for children 4 years old and younger. Pfizer’s trial data found no statistically significant evidence that the shots provide benefit for young children. Other decisions by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration that have hurt morale among employees include support for masking in schools and the closing of schools during the pandemic. “It’s like a horror movie I’m being forced to watch, and I can’t close my eyes,” a senior FDA official told Common Sense. “People are getting bad advice and we can’t say anything.”

Technology: 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 most advanced category of mass-produced semiconductors — used in smartphones, military technology and much more — is known as 5 nm. A single company in Taiwan, known as TSMC, makes about 90 percent of them. U.S. factories make none. The situation has the potential to cause a national security crisis: If China were to invade Taiwan and cut off exports of semiconductors, the American military would be at risk of being overmatched by its main rival for global supremacy. For these reasons, a bipartisan group of senators and the Biden administration negotiated a bill last summer that included $52 billion to jump-start the domestic semiconductor industry, as well as other measures to help the U.S. compete economically with China.

A lawsuit filed Wednesday against Uber includes 550 women passengers alleging sexual assault, kidnapping and other attacks at the hands of drivers from the company’s ride-hailing service, a law firm announced. The civil action suit – filed in San Francisco County Superior Court – includes claims from women in multiple states. An additional 150 claims against the company are being actively investigated. Attorney Adam Slater alleges Uber’s business model prioritized company growth over customer safety.

A serious dilemma is coming for thousands of mechanics across the country whose livelihoods have been built around cars powered by gasoline and diesel fuel. Muffler repairs, spark plug replacements and oil changes were some of the jobs that kept almost 704,000 automotive service technicians and mechanics working in the United States in 2020, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. But many of those staple tasks of grease-stained garages won’t be needed in an EV future where cars rely on electric motors rather than internal combustion engines. EVs don’t use pistons or many of the other parts seen in a gas-powered car, and they don’t have tailpipes.

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)

Police are looking for three Black suspects accused of beating a White woman on public transport in what is being described as a racially-motivated attack. New York City investigators say the three suspects, all women, got into an argument with a 57-year-old MTA bus passenger. The interaction escalated, and the three suspects allegedly began hitting the unnamed victim over the head with an unidentified object. The assailants reportedly made aggressive racial remarks to the victim, and said that they “hate white people” and “hate the way they talk.”

A Seattle man has been arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal. The 48-year-old, Brett Forsell, lives half a mile from the congresswoman, is in jail with a bail of $500,000 after being arrested for suspicion of a hate crime outside Jayapal’s residence with a revolver in his possession. A neighbor told police that Forsell yelled, “Go back to India, I’m going to kill you.” He had been driving past the house several times shouting obscenities.

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 Tennessee parents group filed a lawsuit challenging curriculum it says teaches age inappropriate critical race theory to elementary students, a violation of state law. Tennessee in May banned K-12 public schools from teaching ideas linked to CRT, although the bill did not cite the theory by name. Material taught to students works to “promote a skewed and racist view of history,” said Patricia Lucente, one of the parents who started the group. “You’ve got our smallest littlest children seeing the most violent parts of what was slavery,” she said. “Obviously, that’s a part of our nation’s history, and they do learn that, and they will learn that at some point, maintaining that the material age-inappropriate.

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)

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the COVID-19 pandemic may have reversed years of progress combatting antimicrobial resistant in the U.S. While deaths from antimicrobial resistance decreased nearly 27% from 2012 to 2017, they increased at least 15% in 2020, the report shows. One particular “superbug” – carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter – saw a 78% increase in infections. During the first year of the pandemic, more than 29,400 people died from antimicrobial-resistant infections commonly associated with health care. Nearly 40% of those patients became infected while in the hospital.

American roads are being plagued with a perplexing uptick in deaths, including increasing pedestrian fatalities. But new data shows those deaths are disproportionally affecting Black and Hispanic American pedestrians and bikers. Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on June 7, a recent study found that mile-for-mile, walking and biking are drastically more deadly activities for Black and Hispanic Americans compared to white Americans. Cycling is 4.5 times more deadly and walking is 2.2 times for Black people on American streets as compared to white people, the data says. The study did not probe the causes behind this disparity.

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

Researchers from the Coalition for Applied Modeling for Prevention (CAMP) used a combination of federal surveillance data and published research that calculated the rate of overdoses among people who injected drugs. The study estimated nearly 3.7 million people in the U.S. injected drugs at one point during 2018 – a fivefold increase from the most recent estimate in 2011.

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)

A Democratic polling firm found that more voters trust Republicans than Democrats to handle the issue of education, a sea change in public opinion. In 2017, Democrats enjoyed a 19-point lead over the GOP on education. Hart Research Associates — which polled registered voters in seven swing states on behalf of the American Federation of Teachers — also found 60% of voters were dissatisfied with the way schools taught racial issues, and 58% opposed the schools’ focus on sexual orientation and transgender ideology. In all, 86% believe America’s educational system needs changes, with 39% calling for “major reforms” or “a complete overhaul.”

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)

About 18 percent of Americans live in multigenerational households, according to a study from Pew Research Center. Such arrangements have quadrupled in the United States since the 1970s.

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 transgender woman incarcerated at a women’s only prison in New Jersey has been moved to another facility after impregnating two female inmates earlier this year, according to a local report. Demi Minor, 27, was moved after the local paper reported in April that Sperrazza said it appeared two women at Edna Mahan became pregnant after “consensual sexual relationships with another incarcerated person.”

As abortions dwindle, Planned Parenthood is also working to give minors transgender hormone treatment, reports the Intercessors for America. Planned Parenthood is providing transgender hormone therapy across the country, with certain locations even serving minors who are attempting to change their sex.

The Church of England has now gone on record saying it has “no official definition” of a woman.

“Increasingly, detransitioners are coming forward to tell their stories and warn of the physical and psychological dangers of so-called gender transitioning,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., president of the Ruth Institute. Chloe Cole, a California teen who formerly identified as “transgender,” recently testified at a Florida hearing on a rule that would allow the state to restrict Medicaid funding for drugs and procedures that interfere with the natural functioning of the body. Now 17, Cole, who decided she was “transgender” at 12 and underwent a double mastectomy at 15, told the hearing, “I was unknowingly physically cutting off my true self from my body, irreversibly and painfully.” “I don’t know if I’ll be able to fully carry a child, and I might be at increased risk for certain cancers, mainly cervical cancer,” Cole testified. “And because I do not have breasts… I’m not able to breastfeed whatever future children I have.”

  • Follow the science. Biology shows that there are vast differences between women and men – brain, musculature, bone structure, hormones, with and without a uterus, different genitalia, etc. Chopping off body parts and taking hormones does not change many of the other compositional differences. A trans can call themselves the opposite sex all they want, but science proves they are still the same sex they were born into.

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)

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Monthly Operational Report shows high levels of border crossings continued in June, including a record-setting number of terrorist sightings and an increased number of unaccompanied children and illegal drugs found at the U.S.-Mexico border. The CBP said there were more than 207,416 encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border for the month of June. While the overall number of border interactions is down from May’s all-time high of 239,000, it is the fourth month in a row of more than 200,000 encounters. Of those total encounters, 26% were seeking to enter the U.S. after having “at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months,” the CBP said. Also, 68% were single adults, without children or accompanied family members.

  • Border Patrol agents arrested six terrorism suspects as well as multiple child sex offenders, gang members, and other criminal aliens after they illegally crossed from Mexico into the U.S. Rio Grande Valley Sector agents arrested five criminal aliens and four gang members over a five-day period ending on July 11, according to Border Patrol officials.

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 United Nations Population Division forecasts that the global population will grow to 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050, and 10.4 billion in the 2080s. India is projected to overtake China as the world’s most populous country by next year. The report says most of that growth will be concentrated in India, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Tanzania.

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

A staffing shortage that has caused a service meltdown at Heathrow in recent weeks has now been dubbed “airmageddon.” Airport authorities have responded to the canceled flights and massive lost baggage complaints by telling airlines they must cap the number of passengers at one of the world’s busiest airports to 100,000 a day.

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)

OPEC expects to increase oil output in 2023 by nearly 1 million barrels per day due to rising global demand. Year over year, world oil demand is anticipated to rise by 2.7 million barrels per day (bpd), and overall demand is projected to reach 103 million bpd, OPEC said in its report. Non-OPEC supply is expected to increase by 1.76 million bpd in 2023, with OPEC having to chip in an additional 940,000 barrels daily. In total, OPEC production is expected to be at 30.1 million barrels per day in 2023, up from 29.2 million barrels in 2022.

Oil prices extended gains on Monday, boosted by mounting concerns over gas supply from Russia and a lower dollar, offsetting demand fears brought on by a possible recession and China lockdowns. Brent crude futures for September settlement were up $4.37, or 4.3%, to $105.53 a barrel by 12:30 p.m. EDT Monday, having gained 2.1% last Friday.

Clean energy proponents have touted the use of solar and wind power in oil-rich Texas, but a summer heat wave is showing the limits of renewables in sustaining a major power grid. Temperatures have climbed into the 100’s this month and Texas energy companies are sending urgent messages to customers to warn of rolling blackouts. They also are asking customers to conserve by raising thermostats, cutting back on using dishwashers and washing machines and limiting electric vehicle charging. Despite producing more oil than almost anywhere else in the world, the Lone Star State falls far behind many parts of the country when it comes to the reliability of its energy grid. Critics blame a system rigged around the inconsistent performance of renewables — mainly wind — which have been increasingly woven into the Texas grid.

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)

Shelters across the U.S. are reporting a surge in people looking for help, with wait lists doubling or tripling in recent months. The number of homeless people outside of shelters is also probably rising, experts say. Some of them live in encampments, which have popped up in parks and other public spaces in major cities from Washington, D.C., to Seattle since the pandemic began. Inflation is compounding the problem: Rent has increased at its fastest rate since 1986, putting houses and apartments out of reach for more Americans.

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

Google plans to slow its pace of hiring for the remainder of the year in the latest sign of tech companies rethinking staffing amid a market downturn that has hit Silicon Valley particularly hard. Spiking inflation levels, rising interest rates and fears of a looming recession have led a slew of tech companies to recently announce that they are slowing hiring or cutting staff.

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. annual inflation rate climbed to 9.1% in June, topping May’s year-over-year rate of 8.6%. This is the highest level since November 1981. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the consumer price index (CPI) rose 1.3% month-over-month. The core inflation rate, which removes the volatile food and energy sectors, eased to an annual rate of 5.9%. On a monthly basis, the core inflation rose at a higher-than-expected pace of 0.7%. Food prices rose 10.4%, while the energy index soared 41.6% Gasoline surged 59.9%.

Inflation at the wholesale level climbed 11.3% in June compared with a year earlier. Wholesale prices precede consumer prices, as they are generally passed on to consumers a month or so later.. Last month’s jump in wholesale inflation was led by energy prices, which soared 54% from a year earlier. But even excluding food and energy prices, which can swing wildly from month to month, producer prices in June jumped 8.2% from June 2021.

The average new vehicle price hit a record $48,043 in June, Kelley Blue Book reported, up 12.7% from the same month a year ago. Monthly car payments exceeded $1,000 for 12.7% of consumers who financed a new vehicle bought in June, Edmunds.com said. It was the highest level ever recorded, having risen from 7.3% in the same month last year. For some, car payments are now exceeding their mortgage.

U.S. employers say they expect the average raise to be 4.1% in 2023, which would be the largest hike in 15 years, according to a survey of more than 1,400 organizations from advisory firm Willis Towers Watson. But that extra money won’t go far. In fact, it won’t even keep up. That 4.1% is less than half the rate of inflation.

Mortgage rates are on the rise again after a dramatic drop last week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.51% in the week ending July 14, up from 5.3% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. That is significantly higher than this time last year when it was 2.88%. Rates rose sharply at the start of the year, hitting a high of 5.81% in mid-June. Mortgage rates continue to be volatile as the U.S. economy slows and the Federal Reserve raises interest rates in order to cool inflation, said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

Confidence among builders in the U.S. housing market plunged more than expected in July to the lowest level since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as scorching inflation and rising borrowing costs forced buyers to pull back. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, which measures the pulse of the single-family housing market, fell for the seventh consecutive month to 55, the lowest level since May 2020. It is the second-biggest, one-month decline in the survey’s 37-year history. 

U.S. gasoline prices have dropped for over 33 consecutive days as of Monday, 7/18, helping out drivers at the pump after prices reached averages of more than $5 per gallon last month. The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. hit $4.52 on Monday, according to AAA. Although current gas prices have dropped from last month, they are still up from the national average a year ago – $3.15.

The median monthly rent paid by a tenant for a condo or coop in Manhattan climbed to $4,050 in June, up nearly 25% from a year ago and setting a new record high for the fifth month in a row. The overall average monthly rent for all domiciles was even higher at $5,058 in June.

While the private sector has quickly rebounded in attracting workers and recouping losses linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public sector is still struggling at the local level. Hundreds of thousands of state and municipal government workers who were furloughed early in the pandemic didn’t come back because they retired early or found better private-sector jobs. Since then, others have left due to COVID concerns, burnout and other factors.

The 100 largest public pension funds in the United States had been funded at just 78.6% of their total obligations at the close of the second quarter, down from 85.5% at the end of 2021 according to analysis by Milliman, an actuarial and consulting firm. The funds lost a whopping $220 billion between March and April alone as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine roiled markets.

The U.S. dollar is worth the same as the euro for the first time in two decades. The dollar has strengthened markedly this year as the Federal Reserve has launched an aggressive campaign to raise interest rates. The shift, which is good for U.S. importers but bad for exporters, could have major ripple effects around the globe. The euro is the common currency in 19 European Union member countries.

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

A Presbyterian Church (USA) committee passed resolutions this week calling Israel an “apartheid” state and designating May 15 as “Palestinian Nakba Remembrance Day” – a day on which Presbyterians can state their “solidarity” with Palestinians “suffering under occupation.” The apartheid resolution passed the PCUSA’s Committee on International Engagement in a 28-3 vote and says Israel’s laws and practices “regarding the Palestinian people fulfill the international legal definition of apartheid… Apartheid is legally defined as inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them,” the resolution says.

The Israeli defense establishment and Finance Ministry are operating a secret, extra-budgetary fund, through which money is transferred to the Palestinian Authority. The fund’s existence was revealed in the state’s response to a petition filed with the High Court of Justice by the Kohelet Policy Forum. An extra-budgetary fund is not a common tool used by the government and that creating and managing one requires special approval from the Finance Ministry’s Accountant General. Although aid agreements between Israel and the PA are supposedly strictly economic in nature, the state insists on not revealing them to the public.

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)

Just hours after President Biden concluded his three-day visit to the region, the Israeli military carried out airstrikes on what it said was a Hamas-run Palestine enclave, made in response to a pair of rocket attacks. The Israel Defense Forces said on Twitter it targeted a Hamas underground facility used for the production of rocket materials after two rockets were launched at the Israeli city of Ashkelon around 1:00 a.m.

President Biden sought to use his first Middle East tour in office to reassert Washington’s influence but emerged without a single diplomatic breakthrough. On issues ranging from energy prices to human rights and Israel’s role in the region, Biden could point only to small — if any — gains after four whirlwind days of meetings and speeches. The Saudis would not commit to an increase in oil production to help alleviate gas prices.

President Biden’s meetings with Israeli leaders on Thursday delved into divisions over how to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear power. The president acknowledged that he and Lapid discussed his administration’s desire to revive a nuclear deal with Iran, brokered by the U.S. and other world powers in 2015. “There will be no nuclear Iran. This is not only a threat to Israel, but to the world,” Biden said. But at a news conference later, Lapid lectured Biden on the issue. Lapid said no amount of words or diplomacy would stop Iran from further developing its nuclear program. “The only way to stop them is to put a credible military threat on the table,” Lapid told Biden.

President Biden on Friday restated his continued support for “two states for two peoples” but acknowledged that the “ground is not ripe” for reviving stalled talks aimed at achieving an elusive peace between Israelis and Palestinians. His comments came during a joint appearance in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, where he announced $201 million for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees. However, Palestinian Authority officials were furious at Biden’s remark that negotiations for a Palestinian state will not happen any time soon, calling it a “self-defeating” approach.

President Biden left Saudi Arabia without a deal to increase oil supply, despite a hard push to get the oil-rich country to pump more crude amid record high gas prices. The only progress was Saudi Arabia’s offer to open their airspace to Israeli flights which Biden labeled a “big deal.” However, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister denied that the decision was a step towards normalization with the Jewish state. “No, this has nothing to do with diplomatic ties with Israel,” said Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan at a press conference on Saturday. “The issue of overflights is a decision we took… in the interest [of] providing connectivity between countries in the world, and we hope that it will make some travelers’ lives easier.

Biden said he raised the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the beginning of his meeting with Crown Prince Mohammad, who U.S. intelligence officials say orchestrated his death. The president also said that the crown prince denied any personal responsibility for the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was an outspoken critic of the Saudi government. Crown Prince Mohammad said he took action against those responsible for Khashoggi’s death. The Saudi foreign minister said he did not hear Biden raise the issue at all. Biden says he’s a liar. Biden has been caught lying so many times in the past, hard to believe him now.

Nine European Union countries said they would continue funding six Palestinian organizations that Israel designated as terror groups last year, saying Tuesday that there was a lack of evidence to back up the claim. The six groups – Addameer, al-Haq, Defense for Children Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Bisan Center for Research and Development, and the Union of Palestinian Women Committee – funneled donation monies to terrorists and were bent on the “liberation of ‘Palestine’ and the destruction of Israel,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said last October. After Gantz’s announcement, watchdog group NGO Monitor said that the six groups were “deeply involved in political warfare against Israel.” The statement sparked a backlash from the U.S., UN and several rights groups, as well as from the Palestinian Authority, which said it constituted an “unprecedented assault” on Palestinian society.

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’s spirited defense, aided by NATO weaponry, has set back Russian plans for swift victory. About 50,000 Russian soldiers that have either died or been injured in this conflict, Britain’s top military official said Sunday. Still, Putin’s regime is viewed as stable and the Russian president continues to easily quash opposition, said Admiral Sir Tony Radakin.

Russia is preparing for the next stage of its offensive in Ukraine, a Ukrainian military official said, after Moscow said its forces would step up military operations in “all operational areas.” As Western deliveries of long-range arms begin to help Ukraine on the battlefield, Russian rockets and missiles have pounded cities in strikes that Kyiv says have killed dozens in recent days. The Ukrainian military said Russia appeared to be regrouping units for an offensive toward Sloviansk, a symbolically important city held by Ukraine in the eastern region of Donetsk.

Russian missiles struck civilian structures in the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia far behind the frontlines last week in an attack which Ukrainian officials called a war crime and said had killed at least 23 people, including three children. The strike, which Ukraine said had been carried out with Kalibr cruise missiles launched from a Russian submarine in the Black Sea. The Russian defense ministry denies deliberately targeting civilians.

As Russian troops pressed their offensive in Ukraine’s east, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired his state security chief and prosecutor general on Sunday, citing more than 651 criminal proceedings into treason and collaboration by people within their departments and other law enforcement agencies. “In particular, more than 60 employees of the prosecutor’s office and the SBU (state security service) have remained in the occupied territory and work against our state,” Zelensky said.

The U.S. provided another $1.7 billion to ensure the Ukrainian government can continue to provide essential services such as health care. The U.S. contribution was made possible by “generous bipartisan support” from Congress, the U.S. Agency for International Development said. To date, USAID has provided $4 billion in direct budgetary support to the Ukraine government for core functions such as keeping electricity on for hospitals, schools and other critical infrastructure, as well as paying for humanitarian supplies and the salaries of health care workers, civil servants and teachers.

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. and Iraq agreed on Saturday to increase security ties in order to eliminate a potential ISIS comeback. The agreement was announced in a joint statement issued after talks between US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi in Jeddah, where Saudi Arabia is hosting a summit that brings together leaders of the U.S., GCC states, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan.

Iran is technically capable of manufacturing a nuclear bomb, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei told the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network on Sunday, adding that Tehran is undecided about whether to follow through. “Iran has the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb but there has been no decision by Iran to build it,” Kamal Kharrazi said, according to a translation of his remarks by the Reuters news agency. “In a few days we were able to enrich uranium up to 60% and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium,” Kharrazi, who is the head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations.

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)

A growing malnutrition crisis in northwestern Nigeria is still receiving insufficient attention from humanitarian workers and local authorities, Doctors Without Borders said last week. The aid group said it has treated more than 50,000 children with acute malnutrition, including 7,000 who were hospitalized across the region’s five states since January. Militias and bandits have intensified killings and kidnappings in recent years, leaving many in the region unable to farm.

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)

Four people were killed after a sheriff’s helicopter crashed in New Mexico on Saturday night, authorities said. The helicopter was being used to help fire officials with the East Mesa Fire by providing bucket drops and other air logistics needs to fire crews on the ground.

Wildfires are scorching parts of France and Portugal and temperatures in the U.K. could top 102 degrees for the first time on record as extreme heat takes over much of Europe. Two wildfires in the Bordeaux region of Southwest France had chewed through more than 27 square miles and forced the evacuation of more than 10,000 people as of Friday afternoon. Some 1,000 firefighters battled the flames. Fires are also burning in Portugal where 160 people have been hurt by the wildfires and hundreds have been forced to evacuate. Spain is also battling several wildfires, including two that have burned about 18,200 acres and caused around 3,000 people to be evacuated..

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)

Nine weather disasters with at least $1 billion in damage have hit the U.S. so far this year, from drought to derecho to hail to tornadoes. The past two years saw record numbers of billion-dollar disasters, thanks largely to drought plus devastating wildfires and hurricanes in the second half of the year.

Globally, 188 all-time heat records have been broken so far in 2022 (with more than 50 of those occurring in the past week), compared with just 18 cold records, according to data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A “flash drought” has occurred in parts of the South and Northeast, according to the US Drought Monitor, in states including Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Massachusetts. Flash drought is defined by the rapid onset or intensification brought on by abnormally high temperatures, sunny conditions and wind, which together can dramatically alter the local climate in a matter of days. Flash droughts can quickly cause extensive damage to agriculture, economies and ecosystems, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Residents from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast will likely be cleaning up for days after severe storms knocked over trees, damaged homes and left thousands without power last Tuesday. A cold front moving through the region helped trigger the storms which caused wind gusts greater than 80 mph. The winds were responsible for damage from West Virginia to Maine, with areas around the nation’s capital appearing to be the hardest hit.

Devastating flooding in Virginia’s Buchanan County destroyed or damaged over 100 homes. Heavy rainfall started last Tuesday, causing flash floods, landslides, power outages, and other issues that lasted into early Wednesday in the far western part of the state. Significant damage was estimated in about 10 miles worth of the county, leaving roads, bridges, and infrastructure damaged or destroyed. There were currently no confirmed deaths.

Six people have died after a dust storm fueled by wind gusts topping 60 miles per hour caused a 21-car pileup Friday evening on Interstate 90 in Montana.

Central Chile’s Peñuelas Lake has nearly vanished after a winter of below-average snowfall and 13 years of ongoing drought. It is the main water supply for the area.

Temperatures in the UK are expected to soar to all-time highs early this week, prompting the British government to issue a “red” heat warning for the first time and note the dangerous health impacts the weather could have. The warnings, in place for Monday and Tuesday, cover much of southern England, where temperatures could reach 40 degrees Celsius – or about 104 degrees. “Nobody alive has seen a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius in the U.K.” weather.com senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman pointed out. The current record high temperature for the U.K. is 38.7 degrees Celsius – about 102 degrees Fahrenheit – set on July 25, 2019. Similar highs are expected across parts of France. In Spain, 237 deaths have occurred due to high temperatures this month.

  • Ireland on Monday recorded 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit) at Phoenix Park in Dublin, the country’s highest-ever recorded temperature in over a century and a new record for the month of July, the Irish Meteorological Service said. Air conditioning, while more common in hotter parts of the world, is exceedingly rare in UK homes since temperatures there are typically cool in the summer.

Signs of the Times Update: July 11, 2022

July 11, 2022

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. (1Corinthians 1:26-27)

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 co-founder of a satanic movement in South Africa is telling his personal story about choosing to leave the cult after his heart was overwhelmed with the love of Jesus. Riaan Swiegelaar, a former reverend at the South African Satanic Church, stepped down from his position in May. He took to Facebook on July 4 to share his testimony. I’ve never known unconditional love in my whole life and up to today, there’s only four Christians in my whole life that have shown me what unconditional love is. I want to thank those four people. Words cannot express what you have done for me. To show someone love is everything. It is not a simple thing. You have showed me everything. You have showed me the love of Christ. I have seen it in you.”

President Biden’s administration cannot ignore federal law that says authorities must arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens convicted of certain crimes and/or aliens who are ordered deported, an appeals court has ruled. Federal law says the attorney general “shall take into custody,” “shall detain,” and “shall remove” illegal aliens convicted of certain crimes and aliens who are ordered deported. But the Biden administration has attempted to prevent the holding and removal of some illegal immigrants convicted of those crimes. That has led to a sharp drop in criminal aliens detained by the Department of Homeland Security, illegally said a panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. DHS is trying “to claim it acts within the bounds of federal law while practically disregarding that law,” the Court said.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Mitchell Beckloff, has ruled in favor of the father of a 12-year-old student who challenged the Los Angeles Unified School District’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, finding it clashes with state law and also clashes with the state health and safety code by not allowing exemptions for personal beliefs. The father argued that the vaccine could irreparably harm his son, who had already contracted and recovered from the coronavirus and may have strong natural immunity. The father feared that the vaccination could overexcite his immune system and antibodies. According to the Los Angeles Times: “The ruling, however, has no immediate effect within the LA Unified School District, because the district in May postponed its mandate until at least July 2023.

A coalition of organizations, including the Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Policy Alliance, Colson Center, and the Heritage Foundation, teamed up to issue a Promise to America’s Parents. As the website states, “Local, state, and federal government policies are imposing ideologies that divide children by race and promote the falsehood that a boy can become a girl or vice-versa. Some schools are treating children as if they are the opposite sex without the permission of parents. Medical professionals are performing harmful experiments on children who are emotionally distressed about their bodies. To protect children, parents need laws that protect their rights.” No government entity should usurp the place of parents. In too many classrooms, progressive ideas are forced on children, targeting their hearts, minds, and identities.

  • The promise states, “Children belong first and foremost to their families. In the words of the U.S. Supreme Court, they are not “mere creatures of the state.” The unique and intimate relationship between a parent and a child creates a duty and a corresponding natural right. Parental rights are fundamental rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. However, courts have not consistently protected parental rights against government interference and invasion as they should.”

Primary and secondary schools run by American dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church have seen a dramatic upswing in enrollment in the past year after decades of decline. The schools’ 2021-2022 roster of 1.69 million students showed a 3.8% increase over the previous year. Part of the growth is due to Catholic schools being open for in-person learning before their public-school counterparts, analysts and those inside the parochial system found. Also important is the focus on educational basics and moral teachings, instead of so-called woke lessons many parents have opposed in public schools.

Snowflakes embryo adoption program, a division of Nightlight Christian Adoptions, says there are more than 1 million frozen embryos in storage throughout the United States. The program works with fertility clinics throughout the U.S. to help people place remaining embryos with families looking to adopt. Almost 2,000 people have donated their embryos through Snowflakes, and over 950 babies have been born to adoptive parents, according to the program’s website. Snowflakes’ Kimberly Tyson explained to The Christian Post, “We’re managing both sides of the equation. We are attracting people who want to donate their embryos to an adoptive family, and we’re attracting adoptive families who would like to give birth to those embryos.”

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)

Fewer Americans than ever before believe that the Bible is God’s inerrant word. According to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, only 20% of American adults believe that the Bible is the inspired, word of God. In 2017 when this poll was last released, 24% of Americans held to the Bible’s inerrancy. In 1980 and 1984, 40% of Americans believed that the Bible was the actual word of God. According research released by George Barna last year, only 6% of Americans have a biblical worldview. Instead, many have traded out the previously predominant Judeo-Christian worldview for “Syncretism” — a worldview phenomenon that Barna describes as “an inconsistent conglomeration of convenient and comfortable views, rather than a coherently organized religious system.”

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)

Dave Kubal, CEO/ President of Intercessors for America, posted, “Hell’s strategic planning team has come up with a genius plot to destroy America by placing a growing army of radical prosecutors in key locations around this nation… They are using their power to replace God’s design for government with an advocacy of chaos. Hidden in plain sight, at last count 75 radically “progressive” prosecutors, with campaigns funded by the Hungarian national George Soros, serve in key cities and communities. The results after just a few years are clear and measurable: increased crime and murder. Scripture clearly describes the role of government to protect the innocent (Romans 13). Yet the “soft on crime” policies of these hand-picked radical prosecutors primarily protect the guilty. Not only are they soft on crime, they are also creating a climate of lawlessness.

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)

Around the world, our government is funding (with taxpayer dollars) projects that export “American values.”  However, the values they claim to be American include LGBTQ and Trans ideology, abortion, and anti-Christian messaging. Now there is a new project underwritten by the State Department that is giving half a million dollars to promote atheism and humanism abroad under the banner of religious freedom. “It grieves our hearts to know that these evil messages are being spread around the world under the banner of American ideals,” notes Intercessors for America.

  • The globalist New World Order elitists want to establish secular humanism as the worlds unifying religion, with President Biden following their orders in lockstep obedience.

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 Gallup poll found that confidence in 15 of 16 major American institutions has dropped since this time last year. The yearly poll asks respondents to share how much confidence – ranging from “a great deal, quite a lot, some or very little” – they have in a list of American institutions. On two institutions scored over 50% confidence: 68% said they have confidence in small businesses, while 64% said they have confidence in the military, although this is a two percent and five percent drop in confidence in these groups, respectively. The Supreme Court dropped eleven points from 36 percent to 25 percent, and the presidency lost fifteen points from 38 percent to 23 percent. Gallup conducted the poll before the recent Supreme Court decisions on abortion, gun rights and environmental protection, so those don’t factor in as yet.

  • One uniting factor in the poll is Americans’ near-complete distrust of Congress. Only 7% of Americans have confidence in Congress, a drop of five points since last year. This put Congress at the bottom of the list, with television news, big business and the criminal justice system just slightly higher.
  • The “church or organized religion” also saw a steady drop in confidence this past year. In 2021, 37% of Americans had confidence in the church, but the number dropped to 3% this year. Confidence in the church among Republicans dropped from 52% to 46% and among Democrats from 27% to 26%., and confidence in the church dropped ten points among Independents, from 35% to 25%.

The so-called “Equality Act” is back, but this version is even worse, reports Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel. Introduced last week in the U.S. House, the “Transgender Bill of Rights” already has 86 co-sponsors. Res. 1209 would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and also include abortion. “This will not just infringe on religious freedom—it will completely obliterate it. This 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 and abortion… Your speech, social media, websites, church, schools, day care, work, insurance plans, medical care and more will be affected,” unless this bill is defeated.

More than $77 billion of the unemployment insurance program’s total of $413 billion in payments in 2021 were made improperly, according to a report from the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General. That’s 18.7% of the total amount given out. Additionally, DOL published an unknown payment rate of 0.21%, which resulted in estimated unknown payments of $865 million. The improper payment rate for the previous year was 9.17%, equal to about $37.8 billion. The rate at the end of the first year of Trump’s tenure was 12.1%. The rate increased to 12.63% the following year, but then plunged to 10.21% in 2019.

A new report from two officers of the Federal Reserve has concluded that the vast majority of the billions of dollars spent for the Paycheck Protection Program went ‘astray.’ The program, involving hundreds of billions of dollars, “was poorly targeted, as almost three-quarters of its benefits went to unintended recipients, including business owners, creditors and suppliers, rather than to workers,” they wrote.

  • Our bloated government is not the answer to the nation’s ills. It is the problem. U.S. government is so broken only God can fix it, but this is the time when God is removing His hand of restraint as we plunge ahead into the end-times, so Daniel’s prophecy of having its wings snipped off is coming true before our eyes.

The San Francisco Unified School District used over half a million dollars in funds meant for facility improvements to fight lawsuits over its decision to cover a mural of George Washington. “I want them to put the money back,” Citizens Bond Oversight Committee Chairman Rex Ridgeway said of how the school district spend the money, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “They’ve been using this as a slush fund as far as I’m concerned.” At issue is the district spending $525,000 in a battle to cover up a mural at Washington High School of the nation’s first president, which the school board claimed is “offensive and demeaning to Native Americans and African Americans.”

  • The cancel culture is a costly exercise in absurdity.

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)

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020, the economies of states that lean Republican have outperformed Democratic states by many measures, according to the Wall Street Journal. The pandemic changed the dynamic of migration from job-based moves to “a flight to lifestyle,” the paper said, with individuals who can work from home “choosing where to live.” A steady stream of workers and employers moved from the coasts to the middle of the country and Florida. An analysis of Labor Department data by the Brookings Institution found that over that time, red states have added 341,000 jobs while blue states were still short 1.3 million jobs as of May.

The White House managed to lose more than 80 staffers in just the first year of the Biden administration, which is well above the number that left during the same amount of time former President Donald Trump was in office. According to Newsmax, “A report released by the White House this month shows that as of July 1, 474 people are currently employed by the Executive Office of the President, including 16 who do not receive a salary. The equivalent report from 2021 showed 560 employees, with 41 unpaid.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared caught off guard by a backlash against his vacation this week in Montana, one of 22 states subject to California’s ban on official travel based on those states’ “discriminatory laws” against the LGBTQ community. Newsom’s communications team quickly revved into gear after reports that the governor was spending his downtime in the Big Sky State, telling a number of reporters that the California prohibition only applies to state-paid travel, and this was a private family affair not subject to the ban. Many others called it blatant ‘hypocrisy.’

Democratic governors are fueling fears of a red-state crusade targeting women for criminal prosecution who travel out of state to terminate their pregnancies, but legal experts say such draconian scenarios are highly implausible, even “silly.” “A state could not constitutionally prosecute a woman for leaving a state for an abortion. Such an action, even if attempted, would fail in a rapid and spectacular fashion in federal court,” said Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School.

Scandal-ridden Boris Johnson announced Thursday he is quitting as British prime minister after he dramatically lost the support of his ministers and most Conservative lawmakers, but said he would stay on until his successor was chosen. Bowing to the inevitable as more than 50 ministers quit and lawmakers said he must go, an isolated and powerless Johnson said it was clear his party wanted someone else in charge, but that his forced departure was “eccentric.” “Today I have appointed a cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place,” Johnson said, making no apology for the events that forced his announcement.

  • Johnson’s hold on power has been weakening for months amid a cost-of-living crisis exacerbated by Britain’s departure from the European Union, known as “Brexit,” which Johnson championed. His resignation also comes after days of turmoil triggered by his evolving explanations of what he knew about a sexual misconduct scandal involving one of his allies and parties during the pandemic that violated government-imposed mandates. Two of Johnson’s top Cabinet ministers quit earlier this week, followed by more than 30 others who said they could no longer serve under his leadership and who urged him to step down.

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 progressive, pro-abortion group has put a bounty on the six conservative Supreme Court justices. “DC Service Industry Workers … If you see Kavanaugh, Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, Coney Barrett or Roberts DM us with the details!” ShutDownDC tweeted Friday morning, “We’ll venmo you $50 for a confirmed sighting and $200 if they’re still there 30 mins after your message.” The group’s post was attached to a retweet of news that Justice Kavanaugh had been forced to leave a Washington, D.C., restaurant by a back door after pro-abortion protesters showed up while he was eating Wednesday.

Across today’s increasingly violent world, Christians who are persecuted for their faith can be numbered in the hundreds of millions, reports The Washington Stand. Most of them live in poverty and constant uncertainty, yet they continue to pray, praise, and openly worship. There are vicious abuses of converts to Christianity in Iran, ongoing massacres in Nigeria, and violent assaults on Afghan Christian believers. In fact, on July 5, International Christian Concern (ICC) announced their 2022 “Persecutor of the Year” awards. And the three worst persecutors they have “awarded” are, in fact, Iran, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. But those are hardly the only ones. Open Doors annually publishes a World Watch List, focusing on the world’s 50 worst persecuting countries, identifying them in the order of their brutality. At the time of the WWL’s 2022 release, over 360 million global Christians were experiencing high levels of persecution and discrimination.

Two church ministers are reported to have been killed in Nigeria in separate attacks only 24 hours apart. Vitus Borogo, 50, was killed as he worked on his farm in Kujama, Kaduna State on June 25, and Christopher Odia, 41, died after being kidnapped in Edo State on June 26. Concerns over rising insecurity in Nigeria were highlighted at Vitus Borogo’s funeral on June 30 by more than 700 church ministers who staged a peaceful protest. Archbishop of Kaduna Diocese, the Most Reverend Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, called on the government to do more to protect vulnerable communities from attacks, which have included deadly raids on Christian villages and the abduction of church leaders in the state.

A church in Egypt found itself under violent attack by Muslim extremists – precisely because the church had been granted a license to worship freely. Prior to being licensed, the Christians in al-Halla village near the city of Luxor had worshipped without any harassment for nearly 20 years. The Christians, however, said that official recognition of the church by the Egyptian government had enraged the Muslim community. “The incident serves as a reminder that in some countries Christians are persecuted more by the non-Christian communities around them than by the government,” notes Barnabas Aid.

In Eritrea, the government restricts the freedom of religion of faith groups. The only groupings permitted are the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church and Islam. Everyone who is caught at a meeting of believers outside these four official religious groups, even in a private house, can be arrested, tortured and put under pressure to renounce his faith. Thousands of Christians are being held at police stations, in containers, at military bases and in prisons. Even though many of them have been held for years, none of them has had a trial. In many cases, Christians are also beaten or abused in some other way.

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

Facing pressure from his party to act more aggressively to safeguard abortion rights, President Biden on Friday announced new steps his administration is taking, including protecting access to medication and making legal representation available to women who choose to travel out of state for the procedure. Advocacy groups have been pressing for strong action, such as a declaration of a public health emergency and leasing federal property to abortion providers, since the recent Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Biden has so far resisted the moves.

A Florida law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy was reinstated last Thursday after a judge blocked it this week. Leon County Circuit Court Judge John C. Cooper issued an order on Tuesday temporarily blocking the abortion ban due to state constitutional concerns. According to The Christian Post, the legislation went back into effect, however, because the state government’s appeal of the ruling triggered an automatic stay on the order per state law. The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Florida, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the law firm Jenner & Block are currently challenging the abortion ban.

According to Operation Rescue’s first-hand investigation, as of 7/6, over 49 abortion clinics have either halted abortions or have been forced to close their doors altogether since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. More abortion mills will close in the coming days and weeks as state laws go into effect. Although efforts are being made in some states to block pro-life laws, the Supreme Court has already begun to bring correction. Last Thursday, the Supreme Court threw out three cases wherein lower courts had ruled to block enforcement of state pro-life laws passed in Arkansas, Arizona, and Indiana. The lower courts were instructed to reconsider those decisions in light of Roe’s overturn.

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

Dutch health minister Ernst Kuipers has introduced a proposal to parliament that would allow euthanasia for young children aged one through 12 who “are expected to die in the foreseeable future,” without any recourse for relieving their suffering. The Netherlands already boasts some of the most relaxed euthanasia laws in the world, including allowing death for children who are over the age of 12, and for babies under age one who are thought to be terminally ill. The medical community appears to be behind the idea — Kuipers made the proposal after an appeal from a group of pediatricians — while Euro Weekly reports that the “vast majority” of 72 doctors surveyed said they were in support of euthanasia for children who were experiencing acute suffering.

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 cases of Covid-19 in the U.S. have declined from its omicron peak of 137,103 per day on June 6 compared to 107,533 on 7/11. However, of the past two weeks, there has been a slight 5% rise from 102,818. Hospitalizations are up 18% over the past two weeks while deaths are down 7% to 322/day. Case numbers are considered to be undercounted because of home testing that is not reported to government agencies.

  • Eighteen states reported more cases in the week of June 30-July 7 than in the week before, according to Johns Hopkins University data. That has led to a rise in hospitalizations, with hospitals in 40 states reporting more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier.
  • CDC data shows the omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant strain in the country, making up more than 54% of sequenced COVID-19 cases. Health experts say symptoms of BA.4 and BA.5 align closely with symptoms from other variants, including cough, fatigue, headache and muscle pains. A loss of taste and smell, however, is becoming less common.
  • Some epidemiologists think there could be as many as 1 million new cases a day, and one expert called BA.5 “the worst version of the virus that we’ve seen.” The latest subvariant is taking over quickly because it can easily dodge immunity from prior infections and vaccines, increasing the risk of reinfection.

Repeatedly catching Covid-19 appears to increase the chances that a person will face new and sometimes lasting health problems after their infection, according to the first study on the health risks of reinfection. The study, which is based on the health records of more than 5.6 million people treated in the VA Health System, found that, compared with those with just one Covid-19 infection, those with two or more documented infections had more than twice the risk of dying and three times the risk of being hospitalized within six months of their last infection. They also had higher risks for lung and heart problems, fatigue, digestive and kidney disorders, diabetes and neurologic problems.

Another new study proves once again that mask mandates were entirely ineffective at stopping the spread of Covid-19 throughout the pandemic. The new study focuses on North Dakota schools, but it reinforces the conclusions of more sweeping studies, such as one published at “The Lancet” in May. “While observational studies of school mask mandates have had conflicting results, randomized studies have failed to detect an impact of masking on participants under 50 years of age,” the report concludes.

The World Health Organization on Thursday reported a 77% weekly increase in the number of lab-confirmed monkeypox cases, to more than 6,000 worldwide, and two more deaths in parts of Africa where the virus has circulated for years. Most of the cases were reported in Europe and Africa. The U.N. health agency said the mysterious outbreak continues to mainly affect men who have had sex with men, and that other population groups showed no signs of sustained transmission. It’s a variant of smallpox and has symptoms that include fever, headache, rashes, and exhaustion. Illness typically lasts 2 to 4 weeks. The virus spreads from person to person through the transmission of bodily fluids, although individuals can get it from being scratched by animals.

  • New York City is opening a second monkeypox vaccine location as the city health commissioner says New York is the ‘epicenter’ of the U.S. outbreak.

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)

Over the past two weeks, Dr. James Thorp, a maternal-fetal medicine expert, painstakingly analyzed and verified the most recent Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) data related to COVID-19 vaccines and compared them to the influenza vaccines. “COVID-19 vaccines compared to the influenza vaccines are associated with increases in menstrual disorders, miscarriage, fetal chromosomal abnormalities, fetal cystic hygroma, fetal malformations, fetal cardiac arrest, fetal cardiac arrhythmias, fetal cardiac disorders, fetal vascular mal-perfusion abnormalities, abnormal fetal surveillance testing, abnormal fetal growth patterns, placental thrombosis, and fetal death,” Thorp told The Epoch Times last week. Abnormal uterine bleeding (menstrual irregularity) is 1000-fold greater than for the unvaccinated population; Miscarriages are 50-fold greater; Fetal chromosomal abnormalities are 100-fold greater; Fetal cardiac arrest is 200-fold greater; and many other abnormalities with substantially greater occurrence after 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)

Across the U.S., neighborhoods that contained just 1.5 percent of the population accounted for 26 percent of gun homicides, a 2017 analysis by The Guardian found. There are several factors behind the concentration of violence. A major one is poverty. In Chicago, violence and poverty closely overlap, notes the New York Times. “It is difficult to talk about gun violence without talking about race, because Black Americans are most likely to be the victims of shootings. Poverty explains part of the disparity, since Black people are more likely to be poor. But Black Americans are also less likely to live in communities with strong institutional support.”

Emerging data shows that killers like the accused gunman in Monday’s Independence Day parade attack in Highland Park, Illinois, 21-year-old Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, are a lot younger on average than they used to be. And researchers are scrambling to understand why, in a desperate effort to stop the next one. Just a decade or two ago, most mass shooters in the United States were disgruntled employees who shot up their workplace or killed acquaintances or family members after they snapped from anger or stress. Today, research is showing that the most pressing threats comes from angry young males who live with family and spend hours online with a community of others with shared grievances and an admiration for bloodshed.

The weapon suspect Robert Crimo III used in the deadly parade shooting was “legally obtained,” but only because Crimo’s father co-signed the gun application. Crimo’s mother had a troubled past marred by abuse allegations against her ex-boyfriend and other run-ins with the law, according to court documents. Denise Pesina, 48, also allegedly left Crimo in a hot car when he was a toddler and completed 100 hours of community service for driving under the influence in 2012.

  • Police reports show that officers were regularly called to their home over domestic disputes between Crimo and his wife. An individual reported to Highland Park police in 2019 that Crimo III attempted suicide, according to Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force. In a second incident, Crimo threatened to “kill everyone,” according to a family member. Police removed 16 knives, a dagger and a sword from Crimo’s residence, but there was no probable cause to arrest him, Covelli said.

A group of seven teenagers attacked and killed a 72-year-old man in Philadelphia last month with a traffic cone according to video footage released by the Philadelphia Police Department Friday. The video shows James Lambert attempting to walk away from the group at around 3 am. Males and females repeatedly attacked him. The incident was filmed by other members of the group who also appeared to be smiling and laughing throughout the attack. The police said Lambert was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.

  • Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time. (Revelation 12:12)

Just hours after Molly Cheng’s husband died by suicide over the holiday weekend, she drowned her three children in a Minnesota lake and then killed herself, officials said. The children, ages 3, 4 and 5, were found in a lake in suburban Minneapolis. That afternoon, one of Cheng’s relatives called police to say she planned to kill her children and herself, the department said, which resulted in a welfare check. Deputies eventually tracked Cheng’s cellphone to Vadnais-Sucker Lake Regional Park. Searchers recovered all four of the family’s bodies over two days.

Two illegal immigrants were arrested before they could carry out a mass shooting plot at the Richmond, Va. July 4th celebration. Two illegal immigrants, 52-year-old Julio Alvarado-Dubon and 38-year-old Rolman Balacarcel, were arrested based on a tip to police by someone they would only refer to as a “hero citizen.” Police investigated the claims and found Alvarado-Dubon was in possession of two rifles, one handgun, and 223 rounds of ammunition. He was arrested on July 1, while Balacarcel was placed under surveillance and eventually arrested on the same charges on Tuesday.

International:

World leaders are expressing sadness, shock, and outrage at the assassination of a man many of them knew personally—Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. Abe, who resigned in 2020, was fatally shot while delivering a speech at a campaign event in western Japan Friday. A suspect is in custody. Tetsuya Yamagami, who hails from Nara – where the 67-year-old Abe was gunned down while making a speech – told police Friday that he was dissatisfied with the ex-leader and wanted to kill him, but not over his political beliefs. The shooting stunned the largely gun-free nation, given the rarity of gun violence in a country with some of the world’s strictest rules on guns. Guns have been regulated in Japan since the mid-16th century, according to an analysis by the Library of Congress. The suspect built his own gun, a ‘ghost’ gun.

  • Japan’s Firearm and Swords Control law says that “in principle, the possession of firearms and swords is prohibited.” Only shotguns, air guns, guns with specific research or industrial purposes, or those used for competitions, are legal in Japan.

At least 19 people were killed, and eight others were injured in a pair of shootings at two separate bars in South Africa late Saturday night. The first shooting took place at roughly midnight local time, with gunmen targeting patrons at a bar in Johannesburg, killing 15 people and injuring an unknown number of others. The second shooting saw two men enter a bar in Pietermaritzburg and randomly open fire on patrons, killing at least four and injuring eight. A high caliber firearm was used, and the gunmen were shooting randomly, officials said.

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)

Jacob Blake’s father and Breonna Taylor’s aunt were among those arrested Wednesday night amid mounting protests of the police killing of Jayland Walker. Blake and Taylor were also victims of a police shooting. The two high-profile national critics of police violence were arrested in Akron, the northern Ohio city where police shot Walker, 25, dozens of times as he fled a traffic stop last week.

Chinese authorities on Sunday violently dispersed a peaceful protest by more than 1000 bank depositors, who sought in vain to demand their life savings back from banks that have run into a deepening cash crisis. Since April, four rural banks in China’s central Henan province have frozen millions of dollars’ worth of deposits, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of customers in an economy already battered by draconian Covid lockdowns. Anguished depositors have staged several demonstrations in the city of Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan, over the past two months, but their demands have invariably fallen on deaf ears.

Protesters broke into the private residence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and set it on fire, according to the prime minister’s office. Wickremesinghe was not in the residence at the time it was breached. He had been moved earlier to a safer location, his office said. Thousands of anti-government demonstrators also broke into the Presidential residence and office and protested outside a stadium in Sri Lanka’s southern coastal city of Galle during the country’s Test cricket match against Australia on Saturday, demanding the President’s and Prime Minister’s resignation over the dire economic conditions. Wickremesinghe tweeted Saturday that he accepts the recommendation of party leaders to resign. 

  • Sri Lanka is in the middle of a full-scale collapse after the president announced the nation is “bankrupt,” having run out of both money and energy. Sri Lanka’s government has been implementing ESG policies (environment, social, and governance) for years, following the lead of the World Economic Forum. That includes banning agrochemicals such as fertilizers in an effort to lower nitrogen emissions. the same thing is currently playing out in The Netherlands. As RedState reported, farmers are protesting after their leaders signed onto a European Union deal to dramatically reduce nitrogen emissions.
  • The resultant deaths of thousands due to these seemingly misguided policies are not an accident nor unexpected by the New World Order elitists who want to massively reduce the world’s population just as the Bible prophesies: By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. (Revelation 9:18)

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)

Over a million federal background checks on those seeking to buy a gun from a licensed dealer took longer than the allotted three business days in 2020 and 2021, according to NBC News. The network noted that federal law allows licensed gun dealers to sell weapons after the third business day while the background checks are pending. NBC News attributed its information to a 33-page, FBI report released last month. The news outlet said the delay in background checks potentially puts guns in the hands of those who can’t legally own a weapon because of mental illness or criminal background.

As missed warning signs pile up in investigations of mass killings, New York state is rolling out a novel strategy to screen applicants for gun permits. People seeking to carry concealed handguns will be required to hand over their social media accounts for a review of their “character and conduct.” It’s an approach applauded by many Democrats and national gun control advocacy groups, but some experts have raised questions about how the law will be enforced and address free speech concerns. Some of the local officials who will be tasked with reviewing the social media content also are asking whether they’ll have the resources and, in some cases, whether the law is even constitutional.

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

Some of the liberal prosecutors accused of going easy on criminals are now refusing to enforce state abortion laws taking effect after the fall of Roe v. Wade. Ninety left-tilting attorneys general and district attorneys have signed a joint statement pledging not to pursue criminal charges for violations of abortion statutes. The prosecutors come from 29 states, one territory and the District of Columbia. They represent a total of 91.5 million constituents, including 28.5 million in 12 states “where abortion is now banned or likely to be banned,” said Fair and Just Prosecution, which organized the statement.

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.

In yet another senseless act of crime to hit New York City, three women trashed a French fry restaurant because of a minor price dispute. The three women — identified as Pearl Ozoria, Chitara Plasencia and Tatiyanna Johnson — became enraged at Bel Fries restaurant in New York City because of the price of extra sauce. In a video captured by Chef Rafael Nuñez, the women can be seen throwing items at a plexiglass barrier, destroying restaurant property and jumping onto the counter. The women screamed and showed their middle fingers as a group behind them laughed and cheered on their crimes.

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)

Seeking maximum impact, the heads of the FBI and Britain’s MI5 stood together Wednesday to warn of the danger of Chinese espionage. Western technology companies are especially at risk of losing intellectual property, the two told chief executives at Thames House, headquarters of the British domestic security agency, in London, the BBC reports. “The Chinese government is set on stealing your technology—whatever it is that makes your industry tick—and using it to undercut your business and dominate your market,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray in the rare joint appearance. “They’re set on using every tool at their disposal to do it.”

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)

They’re being called the “Uber Files.” The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a nonprofit network of investigative reporters, scoured internal Uber texts, emails, invoices, and other documents to deliver what it called “an unprecedented look into the ways Uber defied taxi laws and upended workers’ rights.’ The files reveal the extraordinary lengths the company undertook to establish itself in nearly 30 countries. The company’s lobbyists—including former aides to President Obama—pressed government officials to drop their investigations, rewrite labor and taxi laws, and relax background checks on drivers, the papers show. The investigation found that Uber used “stealth technology” to fend off government investigations. The company, for example, used a “kill switch” that cut access to Uber servers and blocked authorities from grabbing evidence during raids in at least six countries.

  • The consortium also reported that former CEO Kalanick saw the threat of violence against Uber drivers by aggrieved taxi drivers as a way to gain public support. Uber also channeled money through Bermuda and other tax havens. Mark MacGann, the public face of the company’s tumultuous European expansion, said he leaked the Uber Files to make up for his role in its aggressive practices: “We had actually sold people a lie.”

The parents of children who died last year while trying a Blackout Challenge on TikTok have sued the popular social media platform. The complaints contend TikTok’s algorithm continually made Blackout Challenge videos appear on the girls’ ‘for you’ pages where users see random videos they might like based on what they’ve previously watched. The lawsuit claims TikTok knows many of its users are under 13, and that it markets to people under 13, despite user terms purporting to limit the app’s use to those 13 and older. Young users’ incomplete brain development makes them more susceptible to becoming addicted to using TikTok, and scrolling through videos designed to retain their attention for longer periods of time, according to the lawsuit.

  • Arriani Jaileen Arroyo’s father, Heriberto Arroyo, found his 9-year-old daughter hanging inside their Milwaukee home in February 2021 after her younger brother reported she wasn’t moving. Arriani got a phone at age 7 and soon signed up for TikTok. At first, she watched and made videos about dancing. She took ballet at school. Then she discovered challenges. “TikTok has specifically curated and determined that these Blackout Challenge videos – videos featuring users who purposefully strangulate themselves until losing consciousness – are appropriate and fitting for small children,” the lawsuit states. 

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)

Less than 7% of U.S. adults are in good cardiometabolic shape, and a new study warns the trend is only getting worse. Cardiometabolic health is an umbrella term that includes blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, weight and/or the presence of heart disease. Tufts University researchers found the steepest declines in the percentage of Americans with healthy weights and blood sugar levels, but noted that “the lack of good health and well-being across the board is truly devastating.”

A new CDC study that found weedkilling glyphosate in 80% of U.S. urine samples. The study used 2,310 samples from a group representative of the U.S. population, nearly a third of them children. Detectable amounts of the chemical, the active ingredient in herbicides including Roundup, was found in 1,885 of them. Children are primarily exposed via the food they eat; glyphosate has been found in many popular food items, including baby food, made using crops that have been sprayed with the herbicide. Roundup maker Monsanto and Bayer, the company that bought it in 2018, maintain that the weed killer is safe, but a unit of the WHO declared glyphosate a probable human carcinogen in 2015. In the U.S. the EPA claims it’s not likely to cause cancer, but last month a federal appeals court ordered the agency to take a closer look at the risks to humans and the environment.

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

Nine people died over the holiday weekend in Gadsden County, Florida, in what officials are calling a “potential mass fentanyl poisoning event.” The ages of those impacted ranged from 34 to 67. Seven of the deaths are confirmed to be linked to the apparently bad batch of drugs and two others are suspected to be linked, but are still under investigation. In one case, a passenger died after the driver of a car passed out from using drugs and crashed.

More than 1.1 million seniors in the Federal Government’s Medicare program could die prematurely over the next decade because they will be unable to afford the increasing high prices of their prescription drug medications, reports the West Health Policy Center, a nonprofit and nonpartisan policy research group. West Health predicts that, with the continuation of current drug-pricing trends, the inability to afford prescription drugs with become “a leading cause of death in the U.S. ahead of diabetes, influenza, pneumonia and kidney disease by 2030.

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)

Governor Ducey’s signature on the nation’s most expansive educational freedom bill puts Arizona at the top of states that offer families options to meet their children’s educational needs. The measure gives students and parents the full range of educational options, including an Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) to help them pay for the educational environment that best suits them and their children. The expansion, sponsored by Representative Ben Toma, means all students are eligible to receive about $7,000 a year to help pay expenses at a private school, homeschooling, or other educational services. All while saving public schools money on each student transfer and increasing per-pupil funding.

A new poll from USA TODAY and Public Agenda found that a little more than half of Americans agree that the benefits of a degree outweigh the costs. However, younger people, who historically have made up the majority of the college-going population, are increasingly dubious of higher education’s value. Many say the American economy is rigged in favor of the rich and influential who can easily afford the costs. About 3 in 4 Americans say it’s a problem that employers require a college degree for jobs that don’t need them; 60% say getting a degree is “too time-consuming and expensive for working adults” and 83% say the cost of college makes it difficult for low-income students to get an education.

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)

Multiple times already, various judicial authorities have brought criminal charges against those drag queen personalities who frequently are given the run of public libraries, or even schools, to read stories of sexual deviance to children. Now, a case has appeared that involves “one of Pennsylvania’s popular drag queens,” according to a report at The Gateway Pundit. The report said the state attorney general’s office has accused a “community organizer,” Brice Williams, who performs under the stage name Anastasia Diamond, of child pornography by downloading dozens of illegal photos and images. Police accused him of having at least 49 photos and 25 videos “of naked, prepubescent boys.”

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 National Education Association proposed a resolution that would change the word “mother” in contracts to “birthing parent” for the purpose of being inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community. NEA’s resolutions are called new business items (NBI). The resolution on the language change – NBI 63 – was ultimately not brought to a vote. It takes 50 delegate sponsors to bring an NBI to the floor for debate and then to a vote.

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)

Lawmakers in as many as ten states have considered legislation to require voters show proof of citizenship – a requirement that drew a federal lawsuit this week and that voting access advocates worry could disenfranchise millions of voters. A new Arizona law that Gov. Doug Ducey hailed as a victory for “election integrity” – and that could be a model for similar restrictions across the country – now is being challenged as a “textbook violation” of federal law. The Justice Department on Tuesday sued the state to stop the law requiring voters to provide documented proof of citizenship from going into effect in January 2023, saying it could disenfranchise thousands of voters.

Voters casting absentee ballots this fall for the highest state offices won’t be able to return their ballots in upcoming elections by using drop boxes following a ruling Friday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s conservative majority. The 4-3 ruling, coming four weeks before statewide primaries Aug. 9, is a win for Republicans who now oppose the longstanding use of ballot drop boxes after their use proliferated during the coronavirus pandemic. Writing for the majority, Justice Rebecca Bradley said state law does not permit drop boxes anywhere other than election clerk offices and only state lawmakers may make new policy stating otherwise — not the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which issued guidance to clerks allowing them. 

Refugees: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2)

After the collapse of Afghanistan, the U.S. government evacuated more than 76,000 Afghans, including many high-level former government officials who wielded power and privilege in their homeland. Now, many are struggling to start new lives from scratch in the U.S. While learning a new language and adjusting to a new culture, they also feel the constant despair of Afghanistan, where the economy is in freefall and life under the Taliban’s rule is increasingly dangerous. “Physically, I am here but mentally I am still in Afghanistan,” says Humaira Qaderi, formerly a member of Afghanistan’s educated, middle class. “My days start with my mother’s tears and the problems my family is going through. It starts with news of explosions and bloodshed in Afghanistan. I am not okay, and I cannot pretend to be okay.”

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 ever, a governor has directed state military troops and police forces to arrest illegal aliens and transport them back to a port of entry at the southern border. In an executive order, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday authorized Texas National Guard soldiers and Texas Department of Public Safety officers to make the arrests, the Washington Examiner reported. Abbott explained he decided to issue the order after 5,000 noncitizens were apprehended illegally crossing the border over the July 4 holiday weekend.

Border Patrol agents didn’t whip or strike Haitian migrants last year, a lengthy internal affairs investigation concluded Friday, but it did find that some agents used excessive force by positioning their horses in the Rio Grande to try to keep the migrants from reaching the U.S. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton demanded on Friday that the Biden administration apologize for accusing four mounted Customs and Border Protection agents riding with split reins of whipping Haitian migrants. The U.S. Border Patrol agents who were falsely accused of striking illegal immigrants have had their careers “ruined” by President Biden, the head of the agency’s union told The Epoch Times.

An average of 441 unaccompanied children will cross the U.S.-Mexico border into border patrol custody every day this year, according to estimates from the Department of Homeland Security. DHS is reportedly expecting between 148,000 and 161,000 unaccompanied minors to cross the border in the fiscal year 2022. according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner. DHS is responsible for placing many of these unaccompanied minors into homes. U.S. law states that such minors cannot be sent back across the border unless their country of origin is either Canada or Mexico.

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

Flights at U.S. airports appeared to be returning to normal on Monday after another difficult holiday weekend for passengers caused by a rash of canceled flights. Tracking service FlightAware showed about 2,000 flights to, from, or within the United States canceled between Thursday and Sunday, or 2% of scheduled flights. There was a peak of 657 flights canceled on Saturday. Bad weather played a role once again, but staff shortages throughout the airline industry also fed into the problem. Airlines don’t have the staffing, especially among pilots, to adjust when bad weather causes delays.

Supply Chain/Shortages: 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)

The Food and Drug Administration announced plans Wednesday to help allow foreign baby formula manufacturers to stay on the U.S. market with long-term authorization as the Biden administration attempts to diversify the industry in hopes of preventing future shortages. The FDA aims to provide a path for overseas producers that have already sent supplies to the U.S., under temporary emergency approval, to stay on the market by meeting existing requirements. The plans also will make it easier for new importers to navigate the FDA’s regulatory review process.

Global supplies of chickpeas could dip as much as 20% this year, according to data from the Global Pulse Confederation. Weather and war have hurt supplies of the protein-packed bean, driving up food prices and creating headaches for food manufacturers. Chickpeas are made into hummus, flour, soups, stews and curries. While they are growing in popularity in the United States, they have long been key to the diets of people in India and the Middle East – places that are already struggling to cover rising costs of food imports. Farmers in the United States – the No. 4 chickpea exporter – planted fewer chickpeas this year as poor weather bogged down spring planting and they prioritized more lucrative commodity crops like wheat and corn, government data shows.

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)

Reuters reports that more than 5 million barrels of oil that were part of the release ordered by Biden were exported to Europe and Asia last month, including the sale of 950,000 Strategic Petroleum Reserve barrels to Unipec, the trading arm of the China Petrochemical Corporation. That company, which is commonly known as Sinopec, is wholly owned by the Chinese government. The Biden administration claimed the move would “address the pain Americans are feeling at the pump” and “help lower energy costs.” Huh? How?

  • The Biden administration also claimed the Unipec sale would “support American consumers and the global economy in response to Vladimir Putin’s war of choice against Ukraine” and combat “Putin’s price hike.” But as the war rages on, Unipec has continued to purchase Russian oil, Bloomberg reported, which helps fund Russia’s ongoing war.

Recently, President Biden flew into Iowa—our country’s leading corn-producing state—to announce to appreciative farmers that the Environmental Protection Agency will require American motor-fuel refiners to increase the amount of corn-based ethanol (CBE) that must be blended into motor fuels this year. The new regulations include authorization for the production and consumption of more E15 (fuel that is 15 percent, rather than the usual 10 percent ethanol content). Normally, the EPA bans the refining and distribution of E15 in the summer months because burning that much ethanol in the summer heat causes smog. The Biden administration has apparently shelved that restriction, attempting to get gasoline prices down at the cost of the environment.

Crude oil prices tumbled last week (as of 7/7), spurred by fears of a looming recession that could tamper demand. The U.S. benchmark crude oil was trading below $100 for the first time since May, which should allow for some relief at the pump. However, prices have creeped above $100/barrel as of 7/11. Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, believes the national average price for regular gas could fall 25 to 50 cents per gallon in the coming weeks.

Europe’s energy woes escalated Tuesday as Norwegian oil and gas workers went on strike, shutting three fields in the North Sea and causing a spike in natural gas prices. Norway was the second largest supplier of natural gas to Europe last year, after only Russia, according to Eurostat data.

A major gas pipeline from Russia to Germany shut down for annual maintenance Monday amid German concern that Russia may not resume the flow of gas as scheduled. The Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Germany’s main source of Russian gas, is scheduled to be out of action until July 21 for routine work that the operator says includes “testing of mechanical elements and automation systems.” The operator’s data showed the gas flow dropping as planned on Monday morning.

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)

Massachusetts leaders say they plan to dole out tax rebates of $250 to individual tax filers and $500 to married couples as part of a nationwide scramble by Democrats to ease the pain of inflation. The commonwealth is expected to have a budget surplus, so leaders decided to join the ranks of states finding ways to spread cash around to families struggling with everyday costs. Persons must have earned a minimum of $38,000 while the maximum income for those eligible will be $100,000 for individual filers and $150,000 for joint filers.

  • California announced a similar tax rebate in a budget deal Gov. Gavin Newsom reached with lawmakers last month. Persons earning less than $75,000 per year will receive $350 as part of tax refunds in the $17 billion agreement while couples making less than $150,000 who file jointly are eligible for $700.

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

Thirty-three percent of all U.S. small businesses could not pay their May rent in full and on time, up from 28% in April, according to a survey from Alignable, a small-business referral network. And 52% said rent has increased over the past six months.

Twitter, Inc. on Thursday confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that it had laid off 30% of its talent acquisition team. The news came amid a report that Elon Musk terminated his $44 billion deal to buy the company appeared because the Tesla CEO’s team could not verify the amount of fake Twitter accounts. In response, Twitter is suing Musk. “The Twitter Board is committed to closing the transaction on the price and terms agreed upon with Mr. Musk and plans to pursue legal action to enforce the merger agreement. We are confident we will prevail in the Delaware Court of Chancery,” Taylor wrote on Twitter.

  • According to the filing with the SEC on April 25, the deal calls for Musk to pay Twitter a $1 billion breakup fee if he terminates the deal. And Twitter may be able to force Musk to complete the deal.

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)

U.S. employers added 372,000 new jobs in June, the Labor Department reported Friday. Job growth remained strong, though it continued to slow from earlier highs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.6 percent. The economy has now recouped 21.5 million, or 97.6%, of the jobs lost during the recent pandemic.

Initial jobless claims rose to 235,000 for the week ending July 2, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, up slightly from 231,000 the previous week. The total number of people receiving unemployment benefits during the week ending June 25 is about 1,375,000. Jobless claims currently are the highest they have been in six months. For months, they have hovered near lows set 50 years ago.

As of the last business day of May, employers posted 11.3 million job openings, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday. That’s down from April’s number of 11.7 million, which was down from 11.9 million in March. High-profile companies such as Tesla and Netflix are announcing impending layoffs. Still, there are nearly two jobs for every unemployed person.

Zillow reports the median home value in the United States has grown by 20.7% over the past year to $349,816, an all-time high. As of 2021, the average millennial with a mortgage owed $255,527 in mortgage debt, according to the Experian report. This is up by 10% over the 2020 average and by 16% over 2019 levels.

  • Mortgage rates dropped for the second week in a row, notching the largest decline since December 2008. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.30% in the week ending July 7, down from 5.70% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. That is still significantly higher than this time last year when it was 2.90%. Analysts say the decline was due to economic concerns and fears of recession.

When it comes to prices during inflation, what goes up, doesn’t always come down. When talking about inflation, it’s important to remember that inflation is a rate that measures how fast prices are rising. If the consumer inflation rate drops from its 40-year high of 8.6% in May, prices are still rising – just not as fast. Consumers won’t feel immediate relief even as the inflation rate slows because many of those elevated prices are likely here to stay, said Michael Ashton, managing principal at Enduring Investments. Only a negative inflation rate would cause prices to drop.

  • The rate of inflation on used cars has fallen significantly. At one point, year-over-year used-car inflation was more than 40%, but recently it’s dropped to around 20%. However, that doesn’t mean the price of a used car is going down anytime soon.

Buy Now, Pay Later installment plans have become popular among consumers seeking to spread out the cost of big-ticket purchases. But now, rising prices have some cash-strapped shoppers reaching for these alternative payment methods for everyday purchases, such as their daily coffee, gas station fill-up or grocery run, as well. That’s a concern for economists and consumer advocates, who say the surge in the use of these services, coupled with a lack of transparency and little regulatory oversight, leaves them wondering just how much debt Americans are actually getting into.

From city centers to rural communities, many U.S. child care providers are raising the price of tuition to combat inflation, adding yet another strain for families. Inflation is only one part of the problem. There are 11.2% fewer child care workers in the industry than before the pandemic. A study found as of March 2021, nearly 16,000 child care programs had closed during the pandemic — roughly 9% of the industry’s licensed programs — creating longer waitlists and steeper tuition for parents.

Americans are applying to fewer jobs, but they are securing more offers than at any time in recent memory, according to surveys by online job sites. The dynamic is giving candidates more leverage to negotiate for higher pay and benefits and forcing employers to snap them up quickly or lose out to rivals, experts say. With the labor market projected to slow significantly later this year, there may be no better time for workers to make a move.

Over 300 of Virginia state employees have resigned in the last two months since Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced a new telework policy that pushes employees back into the office in the wake the pandemic. These state employees chose to resign over losing the flexibility and benefits that working from home affords.

International:

Turkey’s annual rate of inflation hit almost 80% in June — its highest level in about two decades. Consumer prices increased by 78.6% last month compared to June 2021, driven by the soaring cost of food and drink and transportation. Food prices have almost doubled in a year, while the cost of transport was up 123%, according to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute.

Sri Lanka is in the grip of its worst economic crisis for seven decades, with general inflation running at nearly 60% and food inflation at 80%. Fuel shortages are so severe that the schools were closed last week.

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

In recent weeks, a delegation of senior Canadian military personnel has been documented patrolling in uniform in Area C in Judea and Samaria, and patrolling an illegally built structure, the Regavim organization reported Thursday. Area C is under full Israeli security and civilian control, as per the 1993 Oslo Accords. The illegal building that the Canadian delegation visited was erected during the night within a few hours, in Area C on land designated for agriculture and belongs to the nearby Israeli community of Maon. “Is Canada planning to start a war with Israel? A senior military figure from a foreign country who encourages criminals who have invaded the country’s lands under the auspices of the PA is utterly insane and a blatant and rude move against the State of Israel,” said Meir Deutsch, Regavim’s Director-General.

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 announced Sunday that it has begun enriching uranium up to 20% (a technical step from weapons-grade levels of 90%) using sophisticated centrifuges at its underground Fordo nuclear plant, state TV reported, an escalation that comes amid a standoff with the West over its tattered atomic deal. Centrifuges are used to spin enriched uranium into higher levels of purity. Tehran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers had called for Fordo to become a research-and-development facility and restricted centrifuges there to non-nuclear uses. The talks have been at a standstill for months. Iran insists its program is for peaceful purposes, though U.N. experts and Western intelligence agencies say Iran had an organized military nuclear program through 2003.

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)

Cities and villages in seven Ukrainian regions were shelled Wednesday, Ukraine’s presidential office said in its Thursday morning update. Russia’s unrelenting shelling of eastern Ukraine killed at least nine people and wounded six others Wednesday. Rescuers raced on Sunday to reach more than 20 people feared trapped under the rubble of an apartment block in eastern Ukraine that was hit by a Russian rocket attack in the night, killing at least 15 people, officials said. The five-story building in the town of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region was struck by rockets late Saturday. More missiles struck civilian targets, killing three people, on Monday as Russia pounded the Kharkiv region in what Kharkiv regional Governor Oleh Syneihubov called “absolute terrorism.”

  • Moscow appears to have given its soldiers a break to regroup, analysts say, relying on their missiles to keep pounding Ukraine in the meantime.

Ukraine now has eight U.S.-made HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems) to help fight off Russian invaders and will be receiving four more as part of a just-announced $400 million military aid package. But even that relatively modest number of systems is reportedly having an outsized impact on the battlefield. “HIMARS have already made a HUUUGE difference,” tweeted Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov. Ukraine has used the HIMARS in a campaign to take out Russia’s key military structures, including destroying vital ammunition depots. In the past four weeks, about 20 have been hit or completely destroyed in the disputed Donbas region and other Russian-occupied areas in Ukraine, according to the Kyiv Independent newspaper.

The Air Force sent six radar-evading F-35 Lightning II jet fighters to South Korea to conduct combined flight operations and training missions with their South Korean counterparts, officials said Tuesday. The deployment of the stealth aircraft based at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska comes as Seoul and Washington are ramping up their security cooperation over concerns that North Korea may soon conduct nuclear tests, ratcheting up tension between the divided Koreas.

The head of the United Nations nuclear agency gave a sharp warning Tuesday about growing nuclear risks, saying that Iran’s activities risked a regional nuclear arms race and that Russia’s occupation of Ukrainian nuclear sites threatened to imperil the agency’s ability to ensure nuclear material wasn’t being misused. In a wide-ranging speech at the Australian National University in Canberra, Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, warned that “we are reaching a defining moment for global nuclear nonproliferation,” in which the risks of the spread of nuclear weapons “pose a problem for everyone.”

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)

“Many domestic terrorism cases now have an international component, as would-be killers are “egging each other on” and drawing inspiration from racist or neo-Nazi attacks overseas, the head of the FBI and his British counterpart said Friday. “Travel and technology,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said, “have really blurred the lines between foreign and domestic threats.” Wray said the frequently cited expression of “connecting the dots” to stop a terrorist attack has taken on a new kind of urgency for many investigators because attackers can mobilize so quickly and often are not part of a large, well-established network.  In many terrorism cases, Wray said, “you’re talking about largely lone actors, maybe one or two other people who don’t have to do a lot of plotting, who don’t need to have a lot of money … don’t need to do a lot of training, and whose targets are pretty much everywhere.”

Taliban supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada said Wednesday that Afghan soil will not be used to launch attacks against other countries, and he asked the international community to not interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs. The Taliban say they are adhering to an agreement they signed with the United States in 2020 — before retaking power — in which they promised to fight terrorists. “We assure our neighbors, the region and the world that we will not allow anyone to use our territory to threaten the security of other countries. We also want other countries not to interfere in our internal affairs,” Akhundzada said.

The U.K. announced Thursday it had seized “sophisticated” Iranian missiles from smugglers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this year in what officials have pointed to as proof Tehran is supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen. In direct violation of a 2015 arms embargo enforced by the UN Security Council, the smugglers were found to have been carrying “dozens of packages” containing surface-to-air missiles and engines for land-attack cruise missiles. The British embassy also noted that the land-attack cruise missile, which has a range of over 620 miles, is regularly used by Houthi rebels in strikes against Saudi Arabia. 

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)

World hunger rose for the second consecutive year in 2021 after remaining relatively stable since 2014, the United Nations reported Wednesday. About 2.3 billion people experienced moderate or severe hunger, and the number of those unable to afford a healthy diet rose by 112 million to almost 3.1 billion. Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean were the most affected.

There have been over twenty fires and accidents in recent months at U.S. food processors. Some claim a conspiracy while a lot of other ‘fact-checkers’ say it’s just random chance. But now, in addition to these ‘accidents’ comes news that China has been buying up U.S. farmland, around 200,000 acres so far (not the million acres that some have said). And some say that China is buying up farmland because it knows the America’s ability to produce so much food is a major strategic advantage and wants to blunt that advantage. We’ll have to wait and see whether coincidence or conspiracy is at work here.

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)

This week there are even more large (over 100 acres) wildfires in Alaska than in last week’s report – 56 now, up from 41 on 7/4. The fires have consumed 2,398,961 acres, up from 1,932,000 last week.

The Washburn fire began burning in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Friday, July 8. The wildfire is threatening the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite. It more than doubled in size in a day, and firefighters were working in difficult terrain Sunday to protect the iconic trees and a small mountain town as the U.S. weathers another very active year for fires.

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 megadrought in the U.S. continues to ease, but much more so in the northwest than the southwest. Overall, the proportion of the West in severe to exceptional drought has declined over the past three months from 81% to 65%. In the Northwest, Washington decreased from 30% to 0%, while Idaho dropped from 67% to 16%, with Montana declined from 83% to 20% and Oregon decreased from 76% to 53%.

  • However, in the Southwest, California increased from 94% to 97%, while Nevada remained at 99.5% with Utah also the same at 99.6%, while New Mexico increased from 92% to 95% and Arizona increased from 60% to 70%. Colorado is considered a ‘High Plains’ state by the Drought Monitor and, like the northwest, declined from 60% to 26%.

Utah’s Great Salt Lake has hit a record low water level for the second time in less than a year, a troubling sign amid historic drought conditions across the western United States. Due to its shallowness (an average of 14 feet deep and a maximum of 35 feet deep), vast areas of lakebed have been exposed.

Before severe weather swept through South Dakota on Tuesday, residents around Sioux Falls witnessed a hauntingly rare phenomenon: a green sky. If a thunderstorm occurs during a time of red light, like a sunset, water particles in the air can make it appear as if the sky is green in color. The National Weather Service confirmed that a derecho (a widespread, long-lived wind storm) barreled through much of South Dakota – as well as Minnesota and Iowa – on Tuesday, leaving thousands without power for hours after the “destructive,” long-lasting wind storm.

Thirty-thousand residents of Sydney, Australia, were told to evacuate last Tuesday after getting 6 feet of rain in a 24-hour period, causing roads to flood and dams to overflow. This was the fourth major flood in Sydney in the past 18 months. The city of 5 million endured three days of torrential downpour, and rain was forecast for the rest of the week.

Signs of the Times Update: July 4, 2022

July 4, 2022

“But as for me, I keep watch for the Lord, I wait in hope for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord’s wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his justice.”  (Micah 7:7-9)

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)

Buffer Insurance condemned “secular” companies’ response to the end of Roe v. Wade by pay expenses for employees to get an abortion. Buffer vowed instead to support female employees who get pregnant and even cover the costs of giving birth. The Texas-based company vowed to offer maternity and paternity leave to employees who have children, as well as cover the costs of their female employees giving birth. The company also promised to help out employees seeking to adopt children.

Facebook’s parent company, Meta, has labeled militant pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge as a terrorist organization. On June 25, the day following the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, an internal bulletin from Meta Platforms Inc., which owns Instagram and Facebook, recognized Jane’s Revenge as a terrorist organization, subjecting it to the company’s most strict censorship policies. The group is responsible for multiple arson and vandalism attacks on pro-life institutions, having publicly bragged about them, trusting in their anonymity.

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)

A few years ago, an inter-faith group of 10,000 people met at the Vatican in Rome, reports Open Doors in Standing Strong Through the Storm. “The group included the Pope, the Dalai Lama and Muslim Imam W. D. Mohammed. An outspoken Hindu woman was quoted as saying, “It was refreshing to note that the idea that all religions have universal truths, and are merely different paths to the same goal was accepted as a given from the outset by all delegates without a single dissenting voice.” The same delegates also endorsed a general condemnation of “aggressive” proselytizing. This is the prevailing thinking of our day and age. Satan will do all he can to cause this thinking to even invade the church and individual Christian thinking and action.”

“Satan has led many quasi-religious groups to unite around a mixture of religious teachings and then brand honest Christian believers as bigots for clinging to salvation in Christ alone.  An outgrowth of the postmodern era in which we live is that many people no longer believe in absolute truth. A natural extension of this lack of absolutes is the widely held view that there is good in every religion and all roads lead to heaven. Individuals can then pick and choose the elements they wish from whatever faith and mix them all together.” This is syncretism, and it is abhorrent to LORD God Almighty, Yahweh el Shaddai, and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  • “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.”  Romans 1:21-22

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)

U.S. White House economic adviser Brian Deese suggested the pain at the pump was a price Americans had to pay for the “future of the liberal world order,” in a CNN interview on Thursday. CNN Newsroom host Victor Blackwell asked Deese how the White House would respond to Americans worried that they won’t be able to survive paying close to or over $5 a gallon, potentially for “years” to come. Deese answered, “This is about the future of the liberal world order, and we have to stand firm.”

Turkey dropped their opposition to Finland, Sweden joining NATO, paving way for alliance to grow. The leaders of the three countries on Tuesday signed a memorandum confirming Turkey’s support for the membership bids by Helsinki and Stockholm. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine pushed Finland and Sweden to join the alliance.

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)

Leftists on Twitter don’t seem too inclined to celebrate Independence Day this year. Ahead of the July 4th holiday, several prominent liberals on Twitter expressed their disgust for America and indicated they will not be celebrating our independence as a nation. For most of them, the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, has sullied the celebration. Left-wing members of news and entertainment media claimed that women in the country are no longer free as a result of the ruling, arguing there’s no point in July 4th this year. TV personality Brandi Glanville tweeted, “I’m not celebrating Independence Day because I don’t like I live in a free country anymore.” One of the tweeters of the bunch actually expressed a desire to “blow up” the country on its biggest holiday.

  • In Arizona, the Tucson Women’s March, was promoted by the Pima County Democratic Party on Twitter. “F— the Fourth. See you at Reid Park,” the tweet stated.

The Internal Revenue Service has been up to some questionable stunts in recent years, like the time during Barack Obama’s presidency that officials there targeted Christian and Tea Party groups. But now several members of Congress have a larger concern about the IRS: the fact that it buys thousands of rounds of ammunition every year. Rep. Matt Gaetz discovered that this year alone the IRS has spent $725,000 on ammunition. A 2018 report by the Government Accountability Office showed that heading into 2018, the IRS had 4,487 guns and 5,062,006 rounds of ammunition in its inventory. Several Congress members want to prohibit the IRS from acquiring any ammunition.

  • The IRS says it buys guns and ammunition for its Criminal Investigation Division.

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)

Ketanji Brown Jackson is officially the newest Supreme Court justice, taking her oaths at a swearing in ceremony Thursday. Justice Jackson is now the first Black woman on the high court. Jackson was sworn in a few minutes after noon, which was when the retirement of her predecessor, Justice Stephen Breyer, became effective. Breyer himself helped lead the ceremony, which took place in the Court’s West Conference Room. Breyer administered the judicial oath, and Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath, both of which are required for all justices. Jackson’s husband Patrick Jackson and their two daughters were in attendance.

President Biden, speaking on the world stage Thursday, decried the U.S. Supreme Court for “outrageous behavior,” pointing to its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last week, which he characterized as “destabilizing.” Biden said he would support an exception to the Senate’s filibuster rules to make it easier to pass legislation protecting abortion rights and ensuring other privacy protections. However, Biden’s proposal to temporarily lift the Senate “filibuster” was rejected by Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, leaving Biden without enough votes to do so.

Amidst predictions of a political “red wave” in the upcoming mid-term elections, an economic wave has been building for years with no end in sight as companies flood out of blue states and into red states. Caterpillar and Citadel, which in June announced their exit out of Illinois, are only the latest firms to leave high-tax, high-regulation states. Tesla, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, and Remington are also among the hundreds of companies flocking out of California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey to business-friendly places like Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Tennessee.

  • And as a result of its political divisions, America appears to now be dividing itself into prosperous, high-growth states and states that are suffering a chronic decline. But Democrat-run states believe their abortion policies could be a key factor in attracting companies back.

George Washington University insisted Tuesday that they will continue to employ Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as an adjunct professor. The letter came in response to a petition for the university to fire Thomas over “the recent Supreme Court decision that has stripped the right to bodily autonomy of people with wombs.”

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

Book bans are on the rise. When a book is successfully “banned,” that means a book has been removed from school curriculums and/or public libraries because a person or group has objected to its content. The American Library Association (ALA) keeps track of challenges and bans across the country. In 2021, the ALA recorded 729 book challenges targeting 1,597 titles. That’s more than double 2020’s figures and the highest number since the organization began recording data in 2000. A recent analysis by PEN America found that many challenged books focus on communities of color, the history of racism in America and LGBTQ characters. In fact, one in three books restricted by school districts in the past year featured LGBTQ themes or characters.

Flag maker James Staake told Newsmax he has been banned from advertising on Facebook after he made a hand-painted American flag with the image of former President Donald Trump on it. Staake, the CEO of Your American Flag Store, made his comments on the Newsmax show, “National Report” during a Friday interview. “Apparently, we made a flag with the image of President Trump on it,” he said. “My wife hand-painted a full color portrait of President Trump on a flag.” He said a customer posted an image of the flag on Facebook and tagged the flag store in it. “Facebook got wind of that, and that’s where everything started,” Staake said. He claimed Facebook was “very vague” in its reason behind the ban. Staake said the social media giant maintained his company violated the platform’s community standards.

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 suffering and persecution of the world’s Christian population remains all-but-invisible. Believers in Nigeria, the world’s deadliest nation for Christians want Americans to know their spiritual brothers and sisters “are going through Hell. You need to pray for them.” And, they say, the Biden administration needs to place Nigeria back on its list of the worst offenders of religious liberty. Although seldom classified as one of the worst nations for religious freedom, Nigeria accounts for 80% of all Christian murders in the world, according to Open Doors USA. Multiple homicides and kidnappings have taken place within the last month. “The American church needs to know that, look, your brothers are going through hell. You need to pray for them,” said Gloria Puldu, a Nigerian Christian and president of the LEAH Foundation, which focuses on the persecution and enslavement of Christians.

Seattle police arrested a street preacher on charges of being a risk to public safety for reading his Bible aloud at a public park near an LGBT pride event. Matthew Meinecke, who identifies himself as The Seattle Preacher on Twitter, was surrounded by Seattle police officers as he was reading his Bible and was subsequently arrested and fingerprinted at a police station before being released. “SPD has enough resources to send 10 police officers to arrest a preacher reading his Bible in a public park. Because it’s such a horrible crime now!” Meinecke wrote on Twitter, posting a video showing his arrest.

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

  • If everyone lived by God’s rules – no sex outside marriage and a lifetime commitment to the marriage – there would be no need for abortions.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued an open letter to her Democratic colleagues last Monday, outlining the next steps the party needs to take in fighting to promote abortion access after the overturn of Roe v. Wade. First, she said that the Democratic party should work on legislation that “protects women’s most intimate and personal data stored in reproductive health apps,” because of fears that pro-life legislators might attempt to use data in health-tracking apps to find women who may be pregnant and/or abort. Next, Pelosi suggested that lawmakers should push legislation that “Makes clear that Americans have the Constitutional right to travel freely and voluntarily throughout the United States.” But no one has even suggested banning travel in the U.S. Finally, she reaffirmed her support for the Women’s Health Protection Act, radical legislation that would enshrine the right to abortion into the law as a right throughout all nine months and for any reason. It failed the Senate in February.

  • The U.S. Constitution makes no mention of abortion as a ‘right’ but abortion-supporters point to the 14th Amendment and it’s so-called ‘right to privacy.’ Here’s what the 14th Amendment says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” No mention of abortion or a ‘right to privacy’ but no mention of lots of things that might fall under ‘life’ and ‘liberty’ so it’s a gray area. It has been used to overturn the criminalization of sodomy and was considered a foundation of the Roe v. Wade decision back in 1973. But now that foundation has been removed. Ultimately, it needs to be codified into law, which is what states are doing now, both pro and con.

Louisiana “trigger laws” designed to bring in a near-total ban on abortions as soon as the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade have been blocked by a district judge, meaning abortions at the state’s three clinics can resume. Orleans Parish Civil District Judge Robin Giarusso ruled in favor of abortion rights supporters who filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that the laws were “unconstitutionally vague.” A second so-called “trigger law” banning abortion was temporarily blocked by a judge Monday, this one in Utah. The 14-day ban will allow the court to hear challenges to the law. Meanwhile, a South Carolina “heartbeat” abortion law was allowed to go into effect. It does include exceptions for rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger.

  • Some Texas abortion clinics resumed normal operations without the threat of criminal prosecution, under a temporary restraining order granted by a judge on Tuesday. But the Texas Supreme Court late Friday blocked a lower court order issued days earlier that allowed abortions to resume in the state on a temporary basis, the latest twist in the ongoing legal battle over abortion rights in Texas.
  • A Florida law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy has been blocked by Leon County Circuit Judge John C. Cooper, who granted a temporary injunction against the law, which was due to take effect Friday. The state is expected to appeal.
  • According to Operation Rescue’s first-hand investigation, over 49 abortion clinics have either halted abortions or have been forced to close their doors altogether.
  • As of Monday, 7/4, most states are continuing abortions as usual. This results in the deaths of more than 2,500 children every day in our nation.

The Biden administration’s top health official announced that the federal government plans to make abortion pills more readily available in light of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. “Increasing access to this drug is a national imperative and in the public interest,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said during a press conference in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Fifty-six companies announced abortion assistance, but hundreds more Stayed silent. While some CEOs have rallied alongside pro-abortion supporters, the bigger story is the hundreds, even thousands of businesses who haven’t. It’s been an unusually quiet weekend for several of the country’s major brands, who’ve had almost two full months to consider their response. Is it cold feet from Disney’s cautionary debacle where their support of the LGBTQ+ agenda has cost them dearly?

  • Within minutes of the SCOTUS announcement, Dick’s Executive Chairman Ed Stack paraded the company’s decision to provide up to $4,000 in travel expenses to any employee, spouse or dependent who chooses to get an abortion. When asked if Dick’s would also be giving $4,000 to employees who decide to carry their babies to term, and either keep them or put them up for adoption, Stack and his company refused to answer the question.

Recently in The Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley asked a provocative question, “Why Won’t the Left Talk About Racial Disparities in Abortion?” In it, he describes how the “black abortion rate is nearly four times higher than the white rate,” how more black babies in New York City are aborted than born, and how “nationally, the number of babies aborted by black women each year far exceeds the combined number of blacks who drop out of school, are sent to prison and are murdered.” Even books on racism by Christian publishers, for example, Jemar Tisby’s How to Fight Racism, never mention the significant racial disparities that exist when it comes to abortion, even while spending significant time on other disparities, such as student achievement, incarceration, wealth, and healthcare in general, reports Breakpoint.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said California would be a “sanctuary” for people traveling from other states for abortions, but he cannot use public money to fund their travel. Once women are in California, they will have government assistance for the procedure itself. Residents can get public money for their in-state travel for abortions. California’s budget includes $40 million in abortion assistance.

Limited abortions will continue at U.S. military facilities even in states that ban the practice, Pentagon leaders said in a memo Tuesday. Military officials said that the Defense Department will continue providing abortion services in limited cases to military personnel regardless of state law. “Federal law restricts the department from performing abortions or paying to have them performed unless the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term, or unless the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest,” Gilbert Cisneros, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said in the Tuesday memo.

The wording of some states’ anti-abortion laws is raising questions about the fate and legal status of fertilized embryos, especially if conservative states pursue what are known as personhood laws, giving legal rights to embryos and fetuses. Oklahoma, Louisiana and Nebraska, in particular, have already considered anti-abortion laws specifically granting protections to fertilized eggs, and other states’ proposed “personhood” laws could do the same. Some of the issue is driven by religious beliefs: The Catholic Church opposes IVF entirely, although many other religions permit it. Other anti-abortion groups specifically oppose IVF, with the group Illinois Right to Life arguing that “in vitro fertilization threatens and disregards the dignity and value of the human person.”

  • The Bible says that “life is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11-14), which forms within the first 15-16 days in the womb. Fertilized embryos have not developed blood (life) as yet.

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 increased in the U.S. by 12% over the past two weeks, but only 2% over the past month as cases/day have remained relatively flat. Hospitalizations were up 11% and deaths 23%. In most of the Northeast, cases have decreased continuously throughout the month of June. In the South, many states have seen cases double or triple over the same timeframe. Fatality data has been volatile in recent weeks because of delays in reporting after holidays. Still, reports of new deaths remain below 400 a day, down from more than 2,600 a day at the height of the Omicron surge.

Count Anthony Fauci among the victims of so-called “rebound” COVID. The 81-year-old doctor initially experienced “minimal” symptoms when he was infected with the coronavirus, but when they started getting worse, he was prescribed Paxlovid due to his age. After the five-day course of the antiviral drug, Fauci tested negative for three days, but tested positive again on day four. He said, while speaking during an online global health summit Tuesday, his symptoms at the beginning of the rebound were “much worse than the first go-around,” and he ended up taking Paxlovid again. By Tuesday (day four of the second five-day course), he said he felt “reasonably good.” Fauci said. Paxlovid “did what it was supposed to do” by keeping the most severe symptoms at bay.

The Chinese government is expanding its COVID-19 lockdown measures as more clusters of cases were discovered in the country’s eastern region. Officials in the city of Wuxi have closed down in-person dining and many other indoor activities. Authorities are also encouraging residents to work from home and not leave the city. Officials say roughly 40 asymptomatic cases were diagnosed in the city this weekend. That potential outbreak comes as the Anhui province has also reported nearly 300 cases. China’s “zero COVID” approach to the pandemic means even small outbreaks result in widespread lockdowns. The policy has led to unrest in Shanghai, where lockdowns lasted for months and access to food and other daily goods became severely strained.

  • Government officials touted that Shanghai was COVID-free in early June, but hundreds of thousands of residents remained in lockdown nevertheless.

The World Health Organization’s Europe chief warned Friday that monkeypox cases in the region have tripled in the last two weeks and urged countries to do more to ensure the previously rare disease does not become entrenched on the continent. WHO Europe chief Dr. Hans Kluge said in a statement that increased efforts were needed despite the U.N. health agency’s decision last week that the escalating outbreak did not yet warrant being declared a global health emergency. African health authorities said they are treating the expanding monkeypox outbreak as an emergency, calling on rich countries to share limited supplies of vaccines to avoid equity problems seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 Biden administration signed a new agreement with Pfizer and partner BioNTech on June 29 for 105 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine for a fall vaccination campaign, in a deal valued at $3.2 billion. The contract includes doses for both adults and children, as well as supplies of a retooled Omicron-adapted vaccine that’s currently pending approval by federal health authorities, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a statement.

Deborah Birx, the infectious disease specialist who was a fixture of the federal government’s pandemic response at the start of the pandemic in 2020, made a stunning admission this week when she said she could not confidently rule out that the government last year was lying about COVID-19 vaccination efficacy, reports Judicial Watch. Multiple Biden administration officials, including President Joe Biden himself as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, indicated repeatedly last year that individuals who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 could not contract the virus. Asked by Rep. Jim Jordan during a congressional hearing on Thursday whether government officials were “guessing or … lying” by making those claims, Birx bluntly responded: “I don’t know.” 

The Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging New York’s COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers on the grounds of religious liberty. But Clarence Thomas’s dissenting opinion is making headlines. The high court justice wrote that the health care workers who brought the case “object on religious grounds to all available COVID-19 vaccines because they were developed using cell lines derived from aborted children.” While cells obtained from decades-old elective abortions were indeed used during the testing phase of the vaccine development process, no COVID vaccines used in the U.S. contain any fetal cells, Axios reports.

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 gunman opened fire inside a busy shopping mall near Copenhagen, the Danish capital, on Sunday, killing three people and wounding others, four critically, police said. A 22-year-old Danish man was arrested, but a motive hasn’t been determined. The Guardian reports police were aware of the suspect, but “only peripherally,” The shooting took place in late afternoon at Field’s, one of the biggest shopping malls in Scandinavia, located on the outskirts of Copenhagen. Danish police now believe the mall shooting was not terror related. They said Monday that the gunman acted alone and appears to have selected his victims at random.

Gunfire and chaos shattered a Fourth of July parade in the affluent Chicago suburb of Highland Park on Monday as onlookers fled in terror amid reports that multiple people had been shot. At least six people were killed, and 24 others were hospitalized. The suspect remains at large. The gunman was shooting from a rooftop. The situation is still considered ‘active.’

  • Violence in Chicago continued to escalate over the long July 4th weekend, with 54 people shot, 7 of them fatally, as of mid-day Monday.
  • Violent crowds in Chicago attacked police cars with fists and fireworks in at least two incidents this weekend, injuring one officer. Monday morning saw a crowd shooting fireworks at patrol cars, which reversed away slowly as the crowd kicked and punched the vehicle. In another incident, a crowd jumped on top of a patrol car, kicking and punching the vehicle until the windshield broke. One officer was injured.

The former boyfriend of a 20-year-old woman gunned down on a New York City street while pushing her 3-month-old baby in a stroller has been arrested. Isaac Argro, 22, was arrested in the shooting death of Azsia Johnson who was shot in the head Wednesday night on the Upper East Side. The baby was not injured. 

A San Antonio man was arrested after people at his job reported him for allegedly saying he was planning a mass shooting. Rodolfo V. Aceves, 19, was apprehended after San Antonio Police responded to an Amazon Delivery Station, where the teenager worked, at around 10:30 a.m. on June 27. Officers talked to several people who reported hearing Aceves say he was planning a mass shooting at the facility. Police detectives were then notified and they “acquired credible information” to believe the comments were taken as a “legitimate potential mass shooting threat.”

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

Thunderstorms hampered Monday the search for more than a dozen hikers who remained unaccounted for a day after a huge chunk of an Alpine glacier in Italy broke off, sending an avalanche of ice, snow and rocks down the slope. Italy’s state TV said another body was recovered, raising the known death toll to seven. Nine others were injured when the avalanche was unleashed from the Marmolada glacier Sunday afternoon.

At least four people are dead after an Amtrak train collided with a truck on the tracks and derailed Monday afternoon in northern Missouri. At least two people in the train and one in the truck died. At least 40 had been transported to local hospitals aboard at least six medical helicopters at the crash site. The train was carrying more than 240 passengers.

A crane loading chlorine tanks onto a ship in Jordan’s port of Aqaba on Monday dropped one of them, causing an explosion of toxic yellow smoke that killed at least 13 people and sickened about 250, authorities said. About 200 people were hospitalized.

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 followed up its June 23 landmark ruling that for the first time recognized a constitutional right to carry firearms in public for self-defense, by issuing a series of rulings on June 30 reversing federal appeals court decisions that upheld gun restrictions in California, New Jersey, Maryland, and Hawaii. In unsigned orders, all four cases were remanded June 30 to lower courts “for further consideration in light of” the Supreme Court’s June 23 decision in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen. In that 6–3 ruling, the high court invalidated New York state’s tough concealed-carry gun permitting system. The Supreme Court has been strengthening Second Amendment protections in recent years. In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court held the amendment protects “the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation,” and in McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010), that this right “is fully applicable to the States.”

On June 27, the California Department of Justice admitted that it “accidentally” exposed the personal information of hundreds of thousands of legal gun owners residing in the state. In effect, the State of California doxxed gun owners. The state’s Attorney General, Rob Bonta, condemned the action. “This unauthorized release of personal information is unacceptable and falls far short of my expectations for this department,” he said in a written statement. “The information was available on a publicly accessible spreadsheet for less than 24 hours until the agency shut down the website on Tuesday morning,” The Guardian reported. Enough time for researchers to make copies of the information if they had been given a heads-up before the disclosure.

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 team searching a Mississippi courthouse basement for evidence about the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till has found the unserved warrant charging a white woman in his 1955 kidnapping, and relatives of the victim want authorities to finally arrest her nearly 70 years later. A warrant for the arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham—identified as “Mrs. Roy Bryant” on the document—was discovered last week by searchers inside a file folder that had been placed in a box. Documents were kept inside boxes by decade, but there was nothing else to indicate where the warrant, dated Aug. 29, 1955, might have been. The search group included members of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and two Till relatives: cousin Deborah Watts, head of the foundation; and her daughter, Teri Watts

California Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said he is “infuriated” after two men who were arrested for possession of 150,000 fentanyl pills were subsequently released without his knowledge. He is now sounding the alarm on the state’s “failing” justice system and calling for accountability. Drug traffickers Jose Zendejas and Benito Madrigal, both from Washington, were released on their own recognizance via a court order just days after they were arrested last week. “This assessment was done behind the scenes, basically without ever contacting me as the sheriff or even asking me what I believe the risk to our public safety would be.” Boudreaux said criminals need to be held accountable for their actions in order to keep the community safe, but he said there’s nothing he can do when soft-on-crime leaders and legislators allow for people like drug traffickers to be released.

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

A third police officer has died after a shootout in a small Eastern Kentucky town on Thursday evening. The fatal shootings of two officers were announced the morning after the incident, but another officer who had been in critical condition succumbed to his injuries Friday night. Four officers were attempting to serve a warrant to 49-year-old Lance Storz at his home on Main Street when he opened fire with a rifle. About three hours later, Lance Storz, 49, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of murdering a police officer, five counts of attempted murder of a police officer, one count of attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault of a service animal. four other officers were injured along with an emergency management director.

The Akron, Ohio, police department released video footage of officers shooting an unarmed Black man dozens of times after he fled a traffic stop. Police fatally shot Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man, while he fled a traffic stop Monday. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations will handle the probe, the Akron mayor and police chief said in a news conference Sunday afternoon. Police Chief Stephen Mylett said that Walker’s body was hit 60 times, but that “We do not know exactly how many rounds were fired.”

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.

U.S. postal service officials have sounded the alarm over at least six armed robberies on mail carriers that happened in Maryland and Washington, D.C., over a two-day period. U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokesman Michael Martel said the suspects are taking personal property as well as “a wide variety of items that the postal service provides their carriers to do their jobs on a daily basis,” though he does not believe they have stolen any mail at this time. In two of those cases, the carriers were also assaulted and struck in the face or head.

An Atlanta suburb is aiming to secede from the Peach State’s capital as violent crime plagues the city’s streets. Buckhead City Committee CEO Bill White says, “This is murder and mayhem… We are dealing with a mayor who voted to defund the police. It’s obvious that police officers do not want to come work for a mayor or a city that does not back them, so Buckhead wants to take things into its own hands.”

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)

A hacker claimed to have stolen one billion Chinese residents’ records from Shanghai police in what would rank as possibly the biggest data breach in the country’s history. A post on the hacker hot-spot Breach Forums listed the information “on one billion Chinese national residents and several billion case records” for sale to the sum of 10 Bitcoin, or roughly $200,000. The poster, using the name ChinaDan, on Sunday said the trove of information included “name, address, birthplace, national ID number, mobile number, all crime/case details.” The post remains unverified, but it has drawn immense interest within China and abroad.

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 tech industry is bracing for a potential recession. Several companies, including Netflix, Microsoft and PayPal, rolled out layoffs and hiring freezes, anticipating a downturn in the economy. Netflix will lay off about 300 employees, its second round of layoffs this year. In May, Netflix laid off 150 employees. Other tech companies have cut workers as worries over a recession linger: Coinbase, the cryptocurrency trading platform said this month it plans to cut 1,100 jobs, about 18% of its global workforce. Microsoft said it will slow down hiring to better align its resources. PayPal, the payment processing company, laid off dozens of employees at its corporate headquarters in San Jose, California, as well as offices in Chicago, Nebraska and Arizona.

Lawmakers in 34 states have introduced more than 100 bills this past year in a push to regulate how social media companies handle user posts. These legislative moves are setting up First Amendment court battles between the governments and companies like Facebook and Twitter, according to an analysis of data from the National Conference of State Legislators. Just three of the bills have become law, including in Texas and Florida, where statutes have been approved to punish platforms that Republicans say censor conservatives, reports Politico. The federal courts have blocked those laws from taking effect. In May, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Florida’s law was largely unconstitutional. Further, the Supreme Court blocked the Texas law and an appellate court is considering a challenge from the industry against the statute.

  • It’s not only red states that are joining the fight against social media. Democrats in blue states are pushing social media companies to set up policies for reporting violent content, misinformation, and hate speech.

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)

Since the beginning of 2021, a federal law has required hospitals to post prices and establish a consumer-friendly price list for 300 common procedures and services. But a new study finds more than half of U.S. hospitals have failed to meet either of the two main requirements of the federal Hospital Price Transparency law, which aims to give consumers an opportunity to shop for prices before getting non-emergency medical care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued 352 warnings to hospitals about their failure to comply with the price transparency law. Only two hospitals have been fined. On June 7, CMS fined Northside Hospital Atlanta $883,180 and Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton, Georgia, $214,320. Although CMS issued corrective action notices to 157 hospitals that were warned but had not yet corrected shortcomings, some consumer advocates say the agency hasn’t been aggressive enough in ensuring hospitals follow the federal law.

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)

Capitol Police arrested 181 abortion activists last Thursday for blocking First Street and Constitution Avenue outside the Senate office building in Washington, D.C., including Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif. Capitol Police tweeted they had given second and third warnings before conducting the arrests of unlawful protesters. “We arrested 181 people for Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding (inconveniencing), and blocking the intersection of Constitution Avenue, NE and First Street, NE,” the tweet from the official Capitol Police Twitter account read.

The Republican governors of Virginia and Maryland have responded to a letter from the Supreme Court’s top-ranking security official calling on them to utilize police and law enforcement to prevent picketing at the homes of justices. “The governor agrees with the Marshal that the threatening activity outside the Justices’ homes has increased,” Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said. Youngkin also called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to “do his job” by “enforcing the much more robust federal law.” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also received a letter from Curley requesting that the “Maryland State Police, in conjunction with local authorities as appropriate, enforce laws that prohibit picketing outside of the homes of Supreme Court Justices who live in Maryland.”

  • Last month, 26-year-old Nicholas Roske arrived at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Maryland home with designs on killing Kavanaugh and then himself, prosecutors say. Roske ended giving himself up without harming anyone.

Local and federal authorities are investigating after a Molotov cocktail was thrown through the window of a pro-life pregnancy resource center in Tennessee on Thursday. No one was injured and the cocktail did not ignite. The governor labeled it terrorism.

A church in Madison, Wisconsin, was vandalized with abortion graffiti messages, the Madison Police Department said. Authorities said the front entrance of St. Bernard Catholic Church was spray-painted with “pro-abortion’ and anti-police” messages on Sunday. The graffiti messages included profanity and referenced the deaths of Native American children.

On Saturday, a large group of around 100 people wearing white masks, tan khakis and blue shirts, reportedly of the white supremacist group The Patriot Front, marched through the heart of downtown Boston. Before conducting their “Freedom Trail Independence” March, the ‘Patriot Front’ demonstrators were confronted by activists as they came off of a train at Oak Grove Station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The police protected the ‘Patriot Front’ members as the activists taunted the ‘white nationalist’ group. The ‘Patriot Front’ members otherwise marched and distributed flyers at the Boston Public Library. No injuries were reported.

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 British man plans to sue the National Health Service for pushing him to undergo a sex-altering surgery without considering his battle with mental illness. In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Ritchie Herron from Newcastle shared that he struggled with depression and gender dysphoria before considering a body-altering procedure as the answer to his problems. After undergoing surgery in 2018, Herron lamented that the procedure was “the biggest mistake of my life” since it rendered him infertile and incontinent.

An upcoming episode of a popular Disney children’s show features the transgender flag and an androgynous character shopping for tampons, promoting the idea that men can have periods, too. A clip from the show, “Baymax,” which airs on Disney’s streaming platform Disney+, was posted on Twitter by researcher and activist Christopher Rufo. The puffy robot character receives advice on tampon products from another transgender character, among others.

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 State Department is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information on foreign interference in U.S. elections. The department’s Reward for Justice program, administered by the Diplomatic Security Service, seeks information leading to the identification or location of any foreign person or foreign entity that “knowingly engaged or is engaging in foreign election interference,” it was announced last Tuesday in a press release.

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)

Inside an 18-wheeler in San Antonio, Texas, authorities discovered a horrific sight: at least 46 dead bodies, and another 16 people still alive but in dire shape. Shortly before 6pm Monday, a worker in the area called police after hearing a call for help from the truck. Authorities arrived to find a body outside the truck and many more inside; in addition, some bodies were found strewn alongside a several-block area—authorities believe they tried to escape the situation inside the truck by jumping out. The victims ranged in age from teens to adults. The tractor-trailer’s refrigeration did not appear to be working, and it appeared that the people had access to water, so many were likely too weak to escape the vehicle. The local temperature hit 100 degrees Monday. It is believed that these are all undocumented immigrants.

  • The driver of a truck carrying 67 illegal immigrants pretended to be one of the passengers before he was arrested, U.S. and Mexican police said Wednesday. Two more people who were in the back of the semitrailer died, bringing the death toll to 53.

The U.S. southern border migrant crisis has produced the world’s deadliest land crossing, a United Nations organization said. “More than 1,238 lives have been lost during migration in the Americas in 2021, among them at least 51 children,” the International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project reported. “At least 728 of these deaths occurred on the United States-Mexico border crossing, making this the deadliest land crossing in the world, according to the data.” Nearly 500 migrants who died last year remain unidentified. Of those who have been identified, Mexicans (154) make up the largest group, followed by Guatemalans (129) and Venezuelans (94), the report said.

The Supreme Court cleared the way for President Biden to shut down the Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy for migrants seeking asylum in U.S. At issue were the Migrant Protection Protocols, put in place by the Trump administration, requiring some asylum seekers who enter the country illegally to return to Mexico while they await a hearing. The Supreme Court had expedited its review of President Biden’s plan to get rid of the policy after a lower court said the administration had not provided sufficient justification for ending it.

Another migrant caravan is on its way to the U.S. Some 2,000 migrants, mostly Venezuelans, walked out of the southern Mexican city of Tapachula early Friday en masse to pressure authorities into allowing them to continue to the U.S. border.

California is set to become the first U.S. state to guarantee that illegal immigrants and non-citizens can receive ‘free’ healthcare insurance provided by the state at taxpayer expense. The move will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at a projected cost of around $2.7 billion a year. The health insurance provision was included in the $307.9 billion operating budget that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law. Undocumented Californians make up the largest group of the state’s uninsured, with the University of California Berkley’s Labor Center projecting nearly 1.3 million individuals under the age of 65 are uninsured in 2022 alone.

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

Flight disruptions have become the new norm this season as the airline industry battles several headwinds, including and most notably, ongoing staff shortages as well as weather and air traffic control constraints. In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, Airlines have already canceled and delayed thousands of flights. As a result, some passengers may feel inclined to nab insurance as added protection. However, travel insurance experts say that while insurance might work in some cases, it’s not always necessary. If you do opt for the added protection, experts also say it’s vital to read the fine print first because certain policies might not always cover what you’d expect. This includes policies offered through the airline’s website as well as through third-party companies.

In a safety report released Thursday covering 2019 and 2020, Uber said sexual assaults in its ride-share vehicles were down but still quite high at 3,824 incidents “across the five most severe categories of sexual assault and misconduct” on its U.S. platform. In addition, 20 people were killed in assaults and 101 died in crashes. Sexual assault and misconduct incidents were down from 5,981 in 2017 and 2018, but Uber said it logged far fewer trips in 2020 because of the pandemic – 650 million compared with 1.4 billion in the year prior. Deaths from assaults were nearly identical to the previous period, as were fatal vehicle wrecks, which killed 107 people in 2017 and 2018, Uber reported.

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)

Europe is experiencing a mustard shortage and there’s concern that it might hit the U.S. as Americans descend on grocery stores to stock up for their Fourth of July cookouts. “The mustard shortage results from drought conditions realized across the majority of western Canada and northern U.S., which is the primary growing region for mustard seed,” Allen Sass, president of Wisconsin Spice, told USA TODAY. Because there are fewer mustard plants, yielding fewer seeds, production has dropped by as much as half and mustard producers are being forced to pay a premium for available seeds.

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)

Every area of the U.S. could be in danger of experiencing power outages this summer amid a push to convert to renewable energy sources while taking traditional sources of power offline. “I think the entire country is incredibly vulnerable, because the entire country is facing a huge energy shortage and I don’t think there is any place that is truly safe,” Daniel Turner, founder and executive director at Power the Future, told Fox News.

The Biden administration has announced plans to block all new offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, while potentially letting a handful of new leases go ahead off the coast of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico, charting a different course from a Trump-era plan that sought to expand offshore drilling to bolster America’s energy security. The draft plan, released on July 1 by the Interior Department, lays out several options for public input as to how many offshore oil and gas lease sales should be held over the next five years, ranging from nearly a dozen new leases to zero.

The Biden administration published its annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report Tuesday, showing large fossil fuel industry job losses. The Department of Energy (DOE) report found that the fuels technology sector experienced job losses totaling 29,271 jobs in 2021, a 3.1% year-over-year decline, with the majority coming in the fossil fuel industry. Onshore and offshore petroleum companies shed 31,593 jobs, a 6.4% decline, the coal industry lost 7,125 jobs, down 11.8% year-over-year, and fossil fuel extraction jobs declined by 12%.

Fourth of July travelers got some relief at the pump, although gas prices are still at levels never before seen for the holiday weekend. The national average for a gallon of gas is $4.86, according to AAA. That is 26 cents more than Memorial Day weekend prices, but it reflects a decline in prices in recent weeks.

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)

AP News says churches are using spare land to build tiny home communities to accommodate the homeless. On vacant plots near their parking lots and steepled sanctuaries, congregations are building everything from fixed and fully contained micro homes to petite, moveable cabins, and several other styles of small-footprint dwellings in between. More than half a million Americans were homeless in 2020, and the number has likely climbed as shelter costs of renting or owning have exploded, triggering the worst ever housing affordability crisis on record. A tidal wave of evictions could be ahead with 8.4 million Americans, or about 15% of all renters, behind rent payments. Of that, 3.5 million said they could be evicted within the next two months.

Rising housing costs, combined with persistent inflation for basic necessities such as gas and food, have left more Americans newly homeless and millions more fearing they’ll soon lose their homes. Shelters across the country are reporting a sudden increase in numbers of people looking for help as they struggle to cover basics. Inflation has reached 40-year highs just as many vulnerable families are readjusting to life without a boost from government stimulus or protections to keep them from being evicted, reports the Washington Post.

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

Bed Bath & Beyond – one of the first companies to stop selling Mike Lindell’s MyPillow products because he challenged the result of the 2020 presidential election – now is curbing the air conditioning in its stores to compensate for slumping sales, according to a report from Bank of America. The nationwide retailer’s decision in January 2021 to quit selling Lindell’s products was met with a boycott. Later that month, shares of Bed Bath & Beyond plunged 36.4%, the biggest one-day loss since going public in June 1992.

  • Earlier this month, Walmart discontinued Lindell’s MyPillow product at its stores. In January, Lindell said one of the nation’s largest banks move to dump the nine businesses and charities he has founded in the wake of his success with MyPillow.

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)

U.S. manufacturing activity fell in June more than expected, as new orders contracted for the first time in two years, according to a survey from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). ISM’s manufacturing figures dropped to 53.0 in June from 56.1 in May, the weakest results since June 2020, but the ISM index is well above the 43.1 level that would signal a recession. American manufacturing, which accounts for 11.8 percent of the U.S. economy, is currently doing better in comparison to the industries in Europe and Asia. The slowdown in production is partially reflected in a shift in consumer spending from goods to services in the second quarter.

The S&P 500 stock index has posted its worst first half in more than 50 years, dropping 20.6% during the first 6 months of 2022. The S&P 500 suffered its worst half-year since 1970, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its largest first-half drop since 1962 and the Nasdaq tech-heavy index had its largest percentage drop ever. Markets this year have been roiled by a number of unfriendly headwinds: Russia’s war in Ukraine, Covid-19 lockdowns in China, surging inflation and aggressive rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. All of these factors have fueled investor fears of a recession, causing a rush to the exits.

Real gross domestic product declined at an annualized rate of 1.6% from January to March, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis final report issued 6/29. Previously, the advance estimate released in April showed a contraction of 1.4%. Adjusted for inflation, May consumer spending fell 0.4% and April spending was revised sharply lower to up 0.3% from up 0.7%.  With these adjustments, most economists now fear that a recession is closing in faster than expected.

U.S. home prices ran hot again in April, notching another month of more than 20% year-over-year gains, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case Shiller US National Home Price Index data, released Tuesday. Home prices rose 20.4% in April from the year before, compared to a 20.6% rise seen in March and a 20% annual increase posted in February, according to the report. All 20 cities tracked by the index showed double-digit increases for April, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Fertilizer prices continue to rise. Liquid nitrogen, potash and phosphorus, three of the world’s most commonly used fertilizers, have more than doubled in price in the past two years. Scott Stickley manages roughly 1,900 acres of corn and soybean fields in western Ohio. “Last year, nitrogen (which is used as a fertilizer) was around $170 a ton, and this year at the local dealer it was around $600 a ton,” he said last week. The fertilizer price increase added roughly $50 per acre to the farmer’s total costs, he said. The price hike, in concert with rising costs for other items Stickley depends on such as diesel fuel, has the farmer worried he might not be able to pass the farm to the next generation.

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

The deputy U.S. ambassador to the United Nations slammed Israel for what he charged is an “escalation” in settler violence towards Palestinians while speaking to the U.N. Security Council on Monday, some two weeks before President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel. “We…deplore the escalation of settler violence against Palestinians, including the death of Ali Hassan Harb, a Palestinian in the West Bank who was killed on his family’s agricultural land,” said Richard Mills. Notably, Mills did not mention that Hamas terror group publicly claimed Harb as a member of the organization, nor that an Israeli man was immediately arrested for the fatal stabbing, which is being investigated by the Shin Bet.

Forensic tests conducted on the bullet which fatally wounded an Arab American journalist in Jenin nearly two months ago have failed to provide determine conclusively whether the fatal shot was fired by Israeli soldiers or Islamic Jihad terrorists, the IDF and US State Department both said Monday. While the Palestinian Authority initially refused to transfer the bullet which is claimed to have killed Akleh, on Saturday the Palestinian Authority agreed to transfer the bullet to American officials. The PA has said their analysis proved that Israel fired the kill-shot.

  • U.S. officials have concluded that gunfire from Israeli positions likely killed Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh but that there was “no reason to believe” her shooting was intentional, the State Department said Monday.

British consumer goods giant Unilever announced Wednesday the end of an anti-Israel ice cream boycott that drew heavy criticism, triggered sanctions by some U.S. states, and even provoked a lawsuit. In a statement, Unilever said it has secured a “new arrangement” for the sale of its Ben & Jerry’s brand ice cream “throughout Israel and the West Bank”. The ice cream will now be sold exclusively under its Hebrew and Arabic names. The move effectively ends the boycott of Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria the company imposed in July 2021.

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)

An Israeli security official publicly confirmed for the first time that Israel successfully thwarted an Iranian cyber-attack on its water supply, though hackers from the Islamic Republic nearly succeeded in sickening hundreds of civilians, last Wednesday. The deputy chief of IDF cyber Unit 8200, identified only as Colonel U, said a cyber security conference that an “adversary [Iran] attacked water facilities in Israel. We saw this attacker attempting to poison the water in an attempt to claim human lives. We mitigated that threat far in advance. “Another adversary attacked Israel, and we also found that they were attempting to target U.S. power plants as well,” he said. The attack has served as a major wake-up call for Israel that its civilian infrastructure is not off-limits in the ongoing shadow war between Jerusalem and Tehran.

Israeli forces intercepted and destroyed an Iranian air defense system in transit in northern Syria over the weekend, according to a report by Israeli television. An airstrike was reported Saturday morning in the northwestern Syrian town of Al-Hamidiyah, south of the port city of Tartus and just north of the Lebanese border. Syria’s state-controlled media outlet SANA said the Israeli air force was responsible for the strike, and claimed it destroyed poultry farms, injuring two civilians. But according to a report by Channel 12, the airstrike targeted an Iranian air defense system, which given its proximity to the port of Tartus, had recently been offloaded from a ship. The report called the air defense system a “game changing” advance for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces deployed in Syria.

  • Also on Saturday, the IDF intercepted three Hezbollah aerial drones over the Mediterranean heading towards Israel’s Karish gas field.

Indirect talks between Iran and the U.S. on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal ended without a breakthrough Wednesday, with no date set for negotiations to continue. The two-day talks in Doha, Qatar, the first since multilateral discussions in Vienna stalled in mid-March, represent the latest setback for diplomatic efforts to roll back Iran’s nuclear program, damping already low expectations that the 2015 agreement can be restored. The failure of the discussions raises the prospect that the diplomatic process could collapse.

An operations base for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) near Tehran was rocked by a mysterious explosion on Saturday, according to Farsi-language media outside of Iran. The Iranian government has not officially confirmed the blast, which allegedly occurred in the early hours of the morning, and was first reported by Iranian dissidents living in Europe. The extent of the casualties and damage caused by the explosion is unknown.

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 claimed Sunday to have overwhelmed the last major city in Ukraine’s Luhansk province as it continues its assault on the battered nation’s eastern Donbas region. Ukrainian defense ministry spokesman Yuriy Sak, however, told the BBC that the city of Lysychansk is not under the “full control” of Russian forces. But he acknowledged the Russians were attacking the city non-stop and that “sometimes we may retreat from certain areas so that we can retake them in the future.” Lysychansk’s misery comes one week after the sister city of Sievierodonetsk came under complete Russian control following a brutal, weekslong struggle. Completing the invasion of Luhansk would allow Russia to turn its attention to Donetsk, the other province in the industrial Donbas region. Russia already controls more than half of Donetsk as well.

The western Ukrainian city of Lviv is preparing for a possible attack from Belarus, as Russia continues its war in eastern Ukraine. Evidence of a likely attack came in the form of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko claiming on Saturday that Ukraine had tried to strike military facilities on Belarusian territory three days before, but all its missiles had been intercepted.

An advanced rocket system provided to Ukraine by the United States is making a substantial impact in the country’s ongoing war against Russia, American and Ukrainian officials told The New York Times on Friday. Four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems have deployed to the front lines of Ukraine’s counter-offensive in the Donbas, with Ukrainian officials claiming they require nearly 300 more to combat the Kremlin. “Because it is such a precise, longer-range system, Ukrainians are able to carefully select targets that will undermine the effort by Russia in a more systematic way … than they would be able to do with the shorter-range artillery systems,” a Pentagon source said.

  • This makes us more than just a bystander in the ongoing war, we are now a shadow participant with our weapons causing Russian deaths and destruction. Prepare for retaliation.

NATO faced rebukes from Moscow and Beijing on Thursday after it declared Russia a “direct threat” and said China posed “serious challenges” to global stability. The Western military alliance was wrapping up a summit in Madrid, where it issued a stark warning that the world has been plunged into a dangerous phase of big-power competition and myriad threats, from cyberattacks to climate change. NATO leaders also formally invited Finland and Sweden to join the alliance.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin warned he would respond in kind if the Nordic pair allowed NATO troops and military infrastructure onto their territory. He said Russia will have to “create the same threats for the territory from which threats against us are created.”

The Biden administration banned Russian gold imports to the U.S. on Tuesday as part of a wave of further sanctions from America and allied nations over Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The U.S. Treasury announced its Office of Foreign Assets Control now prohibits the importation of gold from Russia, a move President Biden said was coming after the Group of Seven leaders agreed each nation would ban Russian gold from coming into their countries with the aim of further punishing the Kremlin.

  • President Biden also announced an increased U.S. military presence in Europe in response to Russia’s war in Ukraine. At a NATO summit in Madrid, the president announced a permanent headquarters in Poland, two additional F-35 fighter jet squadrons for Britain and additional rotational combat brigades in Romania, among other moves.

President Vladimir Putin has raised the stakes in an economic war with the West and its allies with a decree that seizes full control of the Sakhalin-2 gas and oil project in Russia’s far east, a move that could force out Shell and Japanese investors. The decree creates a new firm to take over all rights and obligations of Sakhalin Energy Investment Co, in which Shell and two Japanese trading companies Mitsui and Mitsubishi hold just under 50%. There are 15 major global oil and gas companies, including Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Shell, that do business in the Sakhalin Islands in the far reaches of northeastern Russia.

  • Although it may not seem like it, America is at war economically with Russia. Unlike World War II, economies and businesses have become global and are now inextricably intertwined.

While the Russian forces have withdrawn from Snake Island in the Black Sea, it may be “too early” for Ukraine to establish an outpost there, said the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Military’s Southern Command, Natalia Humenyuk. Humenyuk reported the island remains engulfed in heavy smoke as explosions continue. Although the Ukrainian military saw Russian troops evacuate using speedboats, Humenyuk said investigation needs to take place into possible “diversion tools left behind” before claiming back the island.

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)

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, a renewed surge of terrorism has been unleashed against churches and pregnancy resource centers, with at least 25 attacks occurring across the country over a seven-day span, reports the Washington Stand. Notably, 17 out of the 25 attacks occurred in predominantly liberal cities and states. The latest rash of onslaughts are part of a much broader pattern of terrorism against churches, pregnancy resource centers, pro-life organizations, and individuals that erupted after Politico published a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion of Dobbs on May 2. In all, TWS has found evidence of at least 92 violent incidents in 60 days.

U.S. forces killed a senior terrorist leader in an airstrike in Syria last Monday, according to military officials. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said the target of the strike, Abu Hamzah al Yemeni, was a senior leader of an al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group known as Hurras al-Din. The leader was riding alone on a motorcycle in Idlib province at the time of the attack, CENTCOM said. Violent groups like Hurras al-Din pose an ongoing threat to the U.S. and its allies, according to the statement. “The removal of this senior leader will disrupt Al Qaeda’s ability to carry out attacks against U.S. citizens our partners, and innocent civilians around the world,” the statement said. An early review showed no sign of civilian casualties, according to the U.S. military. The strike came 10 days after a rare ground raid by U.S. forces in northwestern Syria captured a top ISIS leader.”

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)

Farmers and government officials are battling an explosion of cannibalistic insects ravaging crops from Montana to Nevada in an effort save livelihoods and land. Mormon crickets are not new to Oregon. Native to western North America, their name dates back to the 1800s, when they ruined the fields of Mormon settlers in Utah. But amidst drought and warming temperatures – conditions favored by the insects – outbreaks across the West have worsened. Mormon crickets are cannibalistic and will feast on each other, dead or alive, if not satiated with protein. In 2021 alone, Oregon agricultural officials estimate 10 million acres of rangeland in 18 counties were damaged by grasshoppers and Mormon crickets.

  • The Oregon Legislature last year allocated $5 million to assess the problem and set up a Mormon cricket and grasshopper “suppression” program. An additional $1.2 million for the program was approved earlier this month. But some environmental groups oppose the programs, which rely on the aerial spraying of pesticides across large swaths of land.

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)

The Supreme Court on Thursday handed down a 6-3 decision in West Virginia v. EPA that denied the EPA’s authority to enact sweeping regulations for greenhouse gases that would “decarbonize” American energy under the Clean Air Act. In a blow to Democrats and climate change activists, the opinion said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its unelected bureaucrats could not use portions of the Clean Air Act to make rules limiting how the United States generates electricity and uses energy — such as ending the use of coal-fired power generation. The legal mess decided by SCOTUS Thursday arose from the Obama administration’s attempt to wage war on fossil fuel energy sources.

India banned some single-use or disposable plastic products Friday as part of a federal plan to phase out the ubiquitous material in the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people. For the first stage, it has identified 19 plastic items that aren’t very useful but have a high potential to become litter and makes it illegal to produce, import, stock, distribute, or sell them. These items range from plastic cups and straws to ice cream sticks. Some disposable plastic bags will also be phased out and replaced with thicker ones. Thousands of other plastic products—like bags of chips or bottles for water or soda—aren’t covered by the ban. But the federal government has set targets for manufacturers to be responsible for recycling or disposing of them after their use. Plastic manufacturers had appealed to the government to delay the ban, citing inflation and potential job losses. But India’s federal environment minister Bhupender Yadav said at a press briefing in New Delhi that the ban had been in the pipeline for a year. “Now that time is up,” he said.

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)

South Carolina was shaken this year by an unusual swarm of earthquakes, but experts say there’s no cause for alarm. A swarm is a group of earthquakes, typically small in magnitude, with no identifiable main quake associated with them. Since Dec. 21, the U.S. Geological Survey has recorded about 40 earthquakes in central South Carolina ranging in magnitude from 1.3 to 3.6. Five were magnitude 3.0 or higher. The strongest happened last Wednesday near the town of Elgin, which is an area where all of the recent stronger earthquakes have happened. Earthquakes smaller than 4.0 typically don’t cause damage, according to the USGS. The agency says earthquakes in central South Carolina aren’t unusual, but so many of them in such a short period are.

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)

Rain, higher humidity, lower temperatures and less wind helped firefighters to gain control of all the wildfires in the U.S. Southwest. However, Alaska is struggling with 41 large wildfires (over 100 acres) that have consumed 1,932,000 acres of land. Over the last three months, Alaska has gone from no drought at all to 46% in mild to moderate drought as of 6/30.

A fast-growing California wildfire near South Yuba River State Park grew to more than 900 acres in four days, prompting evacuation orders for hundreds of residents of nearby communities, fire officials said. The blaze, named the Rices fire, is in Nevada County about 70 miles northeast of Sacramento. As of late Thursday, firefighters had about 20% of the blaze contained.

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)

Rain in the U.S. southwest last week has made a small dent in the western megadrought. The percent of the western U.S. in severe to exceptional drought has dropped from 75% three months ago to 65% last Thursday, 6/30 according to the weekly Drought Monitor. However, California worsened to 97% from 94% three months earlier, with Utah worsening slight from 99% to 100%. However, over the past week Arizona improved from 78% down to 71%, while New Mexico improved from 97% to 95% and Nevada improved slightly to 99% (from 100%).

  • The northwest continues to show the most improvement, with Oregon dropping from 26% three months ago to 0% on 6/30 and Washington State declining from 74% to 53%.

Italy’s Ministry of Health put twelve Italian cities on red alert on Tuesday as temperatures pushed past 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

A landslide in Peru engulfed around 150 homes causing extensive damage and displacing hundreds of residents. The large landslide occurred in Chavin de Huantar and buried at least 150 houses and killed at least one person June 30. Reports indicate that the hillside above Chavin de Huantar suddenly collapsed into the town. Authorities have deployed rescue teams to evacuate the residents. The cause of the landslide is unclear.

Signs of the Times Update: June 27, 2022

June 27, 2022

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5

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)

Friday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions that decriminalized abortion in all 50 states, and resulted in the deaths of over 63 million children in the womb. The vote was 6-3 in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade. “For the first time in nearly 50 years, Roe is no longer the law of the land. “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority.”

  • A great injustice has been corrected, and that gives us new hope for our nation and a reason to rejoice,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Half the states will now become abortion free and millions of innocent lives will be spared from the barbaric practice of abortion.” Thirteen states have “trigger bans” in place to criminalize abortion now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned. Several other states are likely to enact similar laws.
  • Alveda King, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr., has been a prominent leader in the pro-life movement for decades, maintains that the new civil rights movement is for the right to life of the unborn. King thanked God for the court’s decision Friday in Dobbs v. Mississippi as an affirmation of a 50-year struggle to persuade the nation that life in the womb is sacred.

The Supreme Court ruled last Wednesday that Maine cannot prohibit parents from using a state tuition program to send their children to religious private schools. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, finding that “a State violates the Free Exercise Clause when it excludes religious observers from otherwise available public benefits.” First Liberty, the largest legal organization in the US dedicated exclusively to defending religious liberty, brought the case with the Institute for Justice. In response to the ruling, First Liberty President, CEO, and Chief Counsel Kelly Shackelford wrote, “We are thrilled that the Court affirmed once again that religious discrimination will not be tolerated in this country. Parents in Maine, and all over the country, can now choose the best education for their kids without fearing retribution from the government. This is a great day for religious liberty in America.”

A high-school football coach fired by his district for his brief, solitary prayers following his team’s football games has won his free speech fight at the U.S. Supreme Court. Coach Joe Kennedy’s case to the high court charged that Bremerton was “hostile” to his faith and prayers, which happened after the field had cleared after the end of games. Kennedy had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the school’s punishment and decisions by lower courts. The 6-3 ruling saw the six conservative Justices voting for the coach while the three liberal Justices voted against him. The court’s majority held, “The Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment protect an individual engaging in a personal religious observance from government reprisal: The Constitution neither mandates nor permits the government to suppress such religious expression.”

  • “The Supreme Court has become the most pro-religion it’s been since at least the 1950s, and it appears to include the six most pro-religion justices since at least World War II,” notes the New York Times. “Since John Roberts became chief justice in 2005, the court has ruled in favor of religious organizations in orally argued cases 83 percent of the time. That is far more than any court in the past seven decades — all of which were led by chief justices who, like Roberts, were appointed by Republican presidents.”

New York Judge Ralph Porzio ruled on Monday that New York City’s extension of voting rights to non-U.S. citizens violated the New York Constitution, the state’s election law, and the Municipal Home Rule Law. As the order from Judge Porzio explains, the “New York State Constitution expressly establishes voting qualifications for local elections” and is “defined as a right of ‘citizens.'” A bill creating the new class of non-citizen voters — potentially numbering as many as 900,000 new voters in New York City municipal elections — was passed by the New York City Council in December 2021, but not vetoed or signed by former Mayor Bill de Blasio. After 30 days without action from de Blasio, the bill was considered adopted under the council’s rules.

Hollywood was stunned when the can’t-miss blockbuster “Lightyear” sputtered in its opening weekend at the box office, but not conservatives, who blamed the animated film’s failure to launch on Disney’s ongoing lurch to the left. The Disney-Pixar feature failed to dislodge Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion” from the No. 1 box office slot after grossing $51 million in its domestic debut, well below projections for the spinoff of the hugely popular “Toy Story” franchise. Entertainment analysts attributed the lackluster showing to factors such as the movie’s “confusing premise” (Variety) and competition from the Disney+ streaming service (Deadline), while those on the right described the film as the latest casualty of corporate wokeness.

Five British men held by the Taliban have been released, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office said in a statement Monday. The men were arrested nearly six months ago on charges of “violating Afghan law and the Afghan people’s traditions,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, tweeted. Mujahid did not provide any further details on the charges against the men or their time in detention. Arrests of foreigners by the Taliban began late last year and continued for months as its leadership cracked down on activists and journalists accused of working in the country without proper documentation. “An understanding was reached following a series of meetings between the British government and Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” Mujahid said.

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

Abortion “trigger” bans on the books in at least 13 states all across the country — from Alabama to Wisconsin — have automatically gone into effect with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision. In Alabama, the state’s three abortion centers ceased performing abortions, even as women sat in their waiting rooms—some of whom had traveled from as far away as Texas for the procedure. Planned Parenthood Great Plains—which services Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas—also announced it was shutting down access to abortion services. In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an end to the procedure. West Virginia’s only abortion center began placing calls to scheduled patients letting them know their appointments were canceled.

  • According to Operation Rescue, 40 abortion facilities have halted abortions or are no longer scheduling appointments at all since Friday. And more are scheduled to follow suit by July 24, when statutory 30-day enactment delays of abortion restrictions or bans have been fulfilled. In some states where laws are unclear, such as Arizona and Wisconsin, abortion providers have ceased offering procedures as a precaution to avoid criminal liability.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a grave warning to pro-life Catholic churches and pregnancy centers, instructing them to prepare for a “Night of Rage” by pro-abortion activists who have been pledging “extreme violence” on the evening of the long-awaited Dobbs decision. “This is the most coordinated & aggressive domestic terrorism in our nation today. All because extremists are angry that they may not get to kill children in the womb, on demand, without limit,” tweeted pro-life organization Live Action’s founder Lila Rose. She called out President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as mainstream media groups, for the Democratic leadership’s “virtual silence” on the matter.

Nearly twice as many evangelical Protestants (63%) oppose legal abortion compared to mainline Protestants (33%), according to the most recent survey of abortion views by faith performed by Pew Research Center. Three-quarter of Jehovah’s Witnesses and nearly as many Mormons (70%) say abortion should be illegal. In contrast, 83% of American Jews and 55% of American Muslims say abortion should be legal. American Catholics are largely split, with 56% supportive of legal abortion and 42% opposed, a 2019 Pew Research Center survey found. Overall, about 49% of Americans said abortion should be “legal and accessible,” according to a USA TODAY/Ipsos poll published in April.

Abortion Protests

Vandals targeted a pro-life center in Lynchburg, Virginia, with threatening graffiti and broken windows. “If abortion ain’t safe, you ain’t safe,” red graffiti states on an entrance area of the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center, photos posted by local police show. Authorities are investigating a fire that was set at a pregnancy center in Longmont, Colorado, early Saturday morning as arson, police said. The building sustained “fire and heavy smoke damage.” Officials also said the front of the building was vandalized with black spray paint. “If abortions aren’t safe, neither are you,” a spray-painted message near the front entrance reads “If abortion isn’t safe, you aren’t safe.”

The head of a Portland family and pregnancy support center said Monday that the nonprofit was mistakenly targeted and damaged by protesters angry over the Supreme Court decision to reverse Roe v. Wade. Mother and Child Education Center executive director Maura White said that the organization is not “anti-abortion,” as protesters believed. “The violence was horrible,” said White. White said despite having insurance, the organization is likely going to be left to pay for the damages, which totaled more than $10,000.

Law enforcement officers in Phoenix, Arizona used tear gas to break up a sizable group of protesters outside the state’s Senate building following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade. The situation escalated into a “hostage” situation as lawmakers were instructed not to exit the building. The Republican Caucus of the State Senate later called the protest an attempted “insurrection.” Law enforcement officers then deployed tear gas to disperse the crowds and regain control of the building.

The Vermont Statehouse is another one of several buildings hit with vandalism and pro-abortion threatening messaging across the country following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The Montpelier Police Department released a photo Saturday showing graffiti at the front entrance of the Vermont State House reading: “If abortions aren’t safe, you aren’t either” – the calling card of the pro-abortion militant group known as Jane’s Revenge.

An historic Catholic Church in West Virginia burned to the ground this weekend, and police are now investigating the incident as arson. St. Colman Catholic Church was already a smoldering ruin when firefighters from the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene Sunday morning. The church was built in 1878 and was declared an official historical site in 1984. The alleged attack comes as Catholic Churches across the U.S. and in Canada have faced a spate of vandalism and arson attacks in recent years. Some say the arsonists are motivated by the Catholic positions on abortion, marriage and contraception.

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)

The 27-nation European Union mustered a unanimous vote Thursday granting Ukraine candidate status in its bid to join the bloc. Ukraine had applied for membership a few days after Russia invaded its borders, and the EU fast-tracked its candidacy. Joining the bloc, though, is a process that can take years to complete. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Ukraine was now on the path to membership: She said its electoral system is fair, its schools are well developed, and its economy was strong before the war. The EU also gave Moldova, a small country on Ukraine’s border, candidate status Thursday.

When talking to reporters Thursday, President Biden said his administration needs more funding for not just COVID-19 vaccines, but to plan for another pandemic. “We do need more money,” Biden told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. “We don’t just need more money for vaccines for children eventually. We need more money to plan for the second pandemic. There’s gonna be another pandemic.” He did not elaborate.

  • Do the globalist elites already have another pandemic (pestilence) lined up to further clobber the world into submission?

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)

According to Pew Research, only 2% of Americans trust the federal government to do what is right “just about always.” Another 19% trust the government “most of the time.” That’s a total of just 21% who trust the government to some degree. In 1958, by contrast, about three-quarters (75%) of Americans trusted the federal government to do the right thing almost always or most of the time.

Churches are closing at a record pace in the U.S. as less than 50% of Americans are saying they are members of a church. Many churches have closed in recent years due to fewer and fewer Americans opting for membership. Small-town churches have been particularly hard hit by the trend, having previously served as the cultural center of small communities that have since declined or been consolidated into larger metropolitan areas in recent years. “You can’t have a church with eight people,” said a pastor who recently closed his church.

  • Yes, eight people can have a church – a home-based church which doesn’t have to pay high real-estate costs for a separate building. The home church movement will grow over the next few years as government becomes more intrusive into what the 501c3 tax-exempt churches can or cannot preach.

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)

President Biden does not favor expanding the Supreme Court and hasn’t changed his stance on eliminating the filibuster, the White House said Saturday, throwing cold water on steps some liberal Democrats have called for in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling stripping the nationwide right to abortion. However, President Biden “is going to continue to find solutions” to ensure abortion rights, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Saturday, though she declined to offer details on potential executive actions the administration is weighing to do so.

A political shift is taking hold across the U.S. as tens of thousands of suburban swing voters who helped fuel the Democratic Party’s gains in recent years are becoming Republicans. More than 1 million voters across 43 states have switched to the Republican Party over the last year, according to voter registration data analyzed by The Associated Press. This phenomenon is playing out in virtually every region of the country — Democratic and Republican states along with cities and small towns — in the period since President Joe Biden replaced former President Donald Trump.

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)

EU states may only gather the airline passenger data strictly necessary to combat serious crime and terrorism, Europe’s top court said on Tuesday, and banned the use of machine learning to harvest the data. The Passenger Name Record Directive (PNR), adopted in 2016, allows police and justice officials to access passenger data on flights to and from the EU to combat serious crimes and maintain security in the 27-country bloc. Rights groups however said data retention even by law enforcement and other authorities is an invasive and unjustified encroachment on fundamental rights to privacy and data protection. In 2017, Belgium’s Human Rights League (LDH) and other rights groups challenged the PNR at a Belgian court, saying it allows the collection of too much data and could lead to mass surveillance, discrimination and profiling.

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)

Islamist militants raided a Christian village in Memba, Nampula province, northern Mozambique on June 17, beheading one resident. The raid by terrorists linked to Islamic State (IS – also known as ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) is the first in recent years in Nampula province. IS has also claimed responsibility for the “beheading of several Christians” in raids across Nangade, Cabo Delgado province, to the north of Nampula.

Gunmen attacked two churches in the Kajuru community of northern Kaduna state on Sunday, killing three and kidnapping thirty-six. They are demanding more than $242,000 in ransom. The armed men targeted worshippers at a Catholic and a Baptist church. A spokesperson for the community’s Southern Kaduna People’s Union said the region has paid kidnappers more than $9 million annually in ransom payments since 2020. The Kaduna attack came two days after Christians in southwest Ondo state buried some 22 people killed during worship at a Catholic church.

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 cases of Covid-19 cases in the U.S. declined slightly over the past two weeks, from about 106,801/day to almost 102,8180/day, a decrease of 3.8%. However, hospitalizations were up 7% to 31,650 hospitalized as of 6/26, and deaths were up 5% to 348/day. Hospitalizations and deaths lag cases, so these numbers may reflect the earlier peak. In the Northeast and Midwest, known cases have been declining for weeks. In the South and West, however, cases are increasing. Cases in Mississippi have more than doubled since the start of the month.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reportedly admitted to a senior European politician that the virus that causes COVID-19 most likely came out of a Wuhan lab. The Daily Mail reports that Tedros made the admission citing a catastrophic lab accident. The disclosure comes on the heels of a WHO investigative report that was published earlier this month, concluding that the pandemic may have started at a Wuhan lab and that Chinese authorities have been blocking access to crucial data. At the same time, Jeffrey Sachs, leader of the Lancet Commission on COVID-19, now says that he is convinced that the pandemic started in a lab and that SARS-CoV-2 was created with the aid of U.S. biotechnology.

Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 appear to escape antibody responses among both people who had previous Covid-19 infection and those who have been fully vaccinated and boosted, according to new data from researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, of Harvard Medical School. The levels of neutralizing antibodies that a previous infection or vaccinations elicit are several times lower against the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants compared with the original coronavirus, according to the new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. “We observed 3-fold reductions of neutralizing antibody titers induced by vaccination and infection against BA4 and BA5 compared with BA1 and BA2, which are already substantially lower than the original COVID-19 variants,” said Dr. Dan Barouch, an author of the report.

Cases of monkeypox are increasing across the U.S., and as health officials maintain the threat to the general population is low, efforts to vaccinate those at risk have begun. In the U.S., there have been more than 200 cases of monkeypox reported in 25 states as of Friday, 6/24, the CDC says. Since May 2022, there have been more than 4,100 confirmed cases of monkeypox reported – and one death – in 47 countries across Europe and South America. Earlier this week, the Biden administration began shipping monkeypox tests to commercial laboratories including Aegis Science, Labcorp, and Quest Diagnostics to expand testing capabilities. The disease, which is rare, typically starts with flu-like symptoms including fever before muscle aches, chills and fatigue. It can progress to include a rash, often on the face and genitals.

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)

Having two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine has been linked with negative protection against symptomatic infection with the disease, scientists say, while a previous infection without vaccination offers around 50 percent immunity, according to a study analyzing the Omicron wave in Qatar. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 15, examined the Omicron wave in Qatar that occurred from around December 2021 to February 2022, comparing vaccination rates and immunity among more than 100,000 Omicron infected and non-infected individuals. The study found that individuals who received two doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine but had no previous infection exhibited ‘negative immunity’ against both BA.1 and BA.2 Omicron subvariants, indicating a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 than the average person.

Pfizer announced Saturday that tweaking its COVID-19 vaccine to better target the omicron variant is safe and works — just days before regulators debate whether to offer Americans updated booster shots this fall. The first vaccines targeted the original coronavirus strain and their effectiveness against infection dropped markedly when the super-contagious omicron mutant emerged. Now with omicron’s even more transmissible relatives spreading widely, the Food and Drug Administration is considering ordering a recipe change for the vaccines made by both Pfizer and rival Moderna in hopes that modified boosters could better protect against another COVID-19 surge expected this fall and winter.

  • It seems unlikely that vaccines can keep up with the rapidly mutating variants, which appear to be less virulent, relegating the risk of infection probably no greater than the flu. And the flu shots often missed the mark in what flu variant they target, sometimes rendering the shots less than 50% effective.

Roughly 60,000 Army Reserve and Army National Guard soldiers remained unvaccinated a week before the deadline to bring soldiers into compliance with the military-wide vaccine mandate. Those soldiers have until Thursday to receive the vaccine, seek an exemption or face discipline that could include removal from the service. The Army has struggled more than other branch to get reserve members vaccinated, despite having a deadline seven months later than any other division of the military.

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 gunman opened fire in Oslo’s night-life district early Saturday, killing two people and leaving more than 20 wounded in what Norwegian security service called an “Islamist terror act” during the capital’s annual Pride festival. Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, was arrested after opening fire at three locations in downtown Oslo.

Gunmen killed two Jesuit priests inside a church in Cerocahui, Chihuahua, on Monday. The Society of Jesus in a statement said Revs. Javier Campos, 79, and Joaquin Mora, 80, were trying to protect a man who sought refuge in the church from a local crime boss. Both priests were known for their social work and advocating for social services in the indigenous Raramuri communities where they served for decades. The Catholic religious order called for justice and asked the attacker to return the priests’ bodies.

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 on Thursday struck down a New York law that requires state residents to have “proper cause” to carry a concealed handgun, a decision that could make it easier for millions of Americans to arm themselves in public as the nation is reeling from a string of mass shootings. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the opinion for a 6-3 majority. The case was among the most closely watched this term on a docket full of culture war issues such as abortion, religious freedom and climate change. The decision had the potential to shift the landscape on Second Amendment rights at a time when Americans remain divided over access to guns.

  • President Biden called on Americans “to make their voices heard on gun safety” following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling. Biden said he is “deeply disappointed” by the ruling which is viewed as a major victory for gun rights advocates.

The Senate on Thursday easily approved a bipartisan gun violence bill that seemed unthinkable just a month ago, clearing the way for final congressional approval of what will be lawmakers’ most far-reaching response in decades to the nation’s run of brutal mass shootings. The AP reports the $13 billion measure would toughen background checks for the youngest gun buyers, keep firearms from more domestic violence offenders, and help states put in place red flag laws that make it easier for authorities to take weapons from people judged dangerous. On Friday, the House passed the bill and sent it on to President Biden who signed it into law Saturday.

A New York Times guest essay argued that American gun culture has been made all the more fanatical because of its ties to Christianity. It also claimed that Christianity makes mass shootings more possible. Author Peter Manseau, a religious author, wrote in his Thursday piece, “But many of our fellow citizens don’t just own guns, they believe in them. They believe the stories told about guns’ power, their necessity, their righteousness.” Manseau theorized that this is what has happened at the intersection of American Christianity and the Second Amendment. The author attempted to poke a hole in the narrative offered by many religious, Second Amendment supporters, that the problem with mass shootings in America “is not guns, it’s hearts without God.” 

  • Christianity will become more and more reviled and ridiculed as society becomes more and more ‘progressive’ and the end-times get closer and closer to Jesus’ return.

A Florida woman shot and killed a man after he broke into her bedroom while she was asleep and attacked her Tuesday morning, authorities said. The woman called 911 around 8:45 a.m. from inside her Clearwater home in the 1600 block of Flagler Drive as she struggled against the intruder, Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter told reporters. Slaughter said the dispatcher heard the scuffle before the woman was able to grab her lawfully purchased gun and fire at least one shot, FOX13 Tampa reported.

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

Hundreds of prosecutors in New York City are quitting the district attorneys’ offices amid left-wing criminal justice reforms. Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s office this year has hemorrhaged 65 assistant district attorneys, which is about 12% of the staff. Bragg released a memo on his third day in office, ordering prosecutors not to seek prison sentences for a number of crimes and to downgrade charges – including for robberies and commercial burglaries. Manhattan’s situation mirrors that of Brooklyn, where 67 prosecutors — approximately 13% — have resigned from DA Eric Gonzalez’s office as of June 17, with three more leaving last Thursday alone, according to the New York Post. In 2020, 84 resigned, and 94 left office in 2021. Fifty-nine prosecutors have quit in the Bronx beginning this year through May.

LGBTQ people are three times likelier to be incarcerated than the general population and more than twice as likely to be arrested compared to straight people. Rates are even higher among LGBTQ people of color and those with disabilities, according to the findings of a comprehensive national report released Friday. The report, commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation, cites a number of reasons for the disparities, including family rejection of LGBTQ youth, general bias and discrimination and the economic difficulties propagated as a result.

  • It might also be due to the instability of leading a lifestyle out of sync with God’s laws. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. (Galatians 6:8)

Texas Public Safety chief Col. Steve McCraw testified Tuesday that there were enough officers on the scene of the shooting at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24 to storm the school three minutes after the shooter entered. McCraw outlined a lack of communication, poor preparation, and bad decision-making. “The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering Room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children,” McCraw said. But just hours later, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin slammed the DPS’s lack of transparency and accused its director, Col. Steven McCraw, of intentionally minimizing his agency’s mistakes.

  • NBC News reported that Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin told the city council Tuesday that the Robb Elementary School will be demolished. “You can never ask a child to go back or a teacher to go back in that school ever,” Mr. McLaughlin said at the meeting.

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)

The Department of Homeland Security recently warned that the threat from foreign terrorist organizations and cyberthreat from adversaries like Russia, including election interference, will likely increase in 2022 according to an intelligence analysis obtained by ABC News.

A hacker or hackers stole approximately $100 million worth of cryptocurrency from Horizon, a block-chain bridge, in the latest heist. The developers of Horizon, Harmony, tweeted Wednesday night that the theft occurred in the morning and they are working with “national authorities and forensic specialists to identify the culprit and retrieve the stolen funds.”

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)

A new survey from the Anti-Defamation League says people are still reporting alarmingly high rates of hate and violence on the world’s most popular online hangouts. Nearly two-thirds of women, people of color, Jews and others from marginalized communities report experiencing harassment on social media because of their identity, according to the survey, LGBTQ+ respondents were more likely than any other group surveyed to experience harassment: 66% versus an average of 38%. Asian Americans reported a dramatic increase in harassment, from 21% in 2021 to 39% in 2022, mirroring the rise in anti-Asian hate incidents offline. Jewish respondents were more likely – 37% compared to 14% – to attribute harassment to their religious identity. Women were more than twice as likely to report ever experiencing sexual harassment online as men.

A GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) study found that 70% of LGBTQ Americans surveyed said discrimination toward the community has increased within the last two years — in the workplace, on social media, in public accommodations and even within the family. That marks an 11% increase from last year and a 24% jump from 2020.

  • Jesus says that unconditional agapao love is required of Christians, for God first and then for all other human beings whether we approve of them or not. He even says we have to love our enemies. (Matthew 5:44) It is a sin to discriminate or attack any other person.
  • If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? (1John 4:20)
  • My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. (James 2:1)

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)

About 28% of Americans say insomnia is taking a toll on their daily lives, and about 64% say they take sleep aids to help them fall asleep or stay asleep. Of the nearly two in three taking sleep aids, 23% use prescription medications, 27% use melatonin and 20% use marijuana or CBD (cannabidiol). About 37% said their use of sleep aids had increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Chronic insomnia is a dangerous public health problem,” said Jennifer Martin, a licensed clinical psychologist and president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. When left untreated, chronic insomnia can lead to a range of long-term health issues, including depression, Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes and more, and can impact nearly every aspect of your life,” Martin said.

Balancing on one foot for ten seconds is a good indicator of life expectancy. You’re twice as likely to die in the next ten years if you’re not able to balance on one foot for 10 seconds, says a peer-reviewed study by Brazilian researchers published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. If you are younger than 70 years, you are expected (as the majority of those at that age) to successfully complete the 10 seconds, says the report. “For those older than 70 years of age, if you complete it, you are in better static balance status than your age-peers.”

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

The FDA ordered Juul e-cigarettes off the market in the most dramatic effort yet to crack down on youth vaping. The Food and Drug Administration denied Juul’s applications to continue selling e-cigarette devices and pre-filled cartridges in menthol and tobacco flavors. Use of the products by youths had sparked concerns among regulators and activists. In 2020, the FDA prohibited sales of sweet and fruity e-cigarette pods, which Juul had already stopped selling. A federal court in D.C. granted the e-cigarette company’s request to temporarily pause the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on Juul products issued Thursday, which Juul characterized as “extraordinary and unlawful” in its lawsuit. 

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 Arizona Legislature just passed the largest school voucher program in the nation, a move that opens the door for all Arizona students to use public funding to finance private school. An expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Account vouchers means that all students who reside in the state and could enroll in a public school are eligible to get public funding to pay for private school tuition, online curriculums or tutors. Fewer than 12,000 students currently receive vouchers. The voucher expansion comes after a legislative agreement that promised $1 billion in new money for K-12 education in next year’s budget.

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)

An Alabama church’s Scripture-inspired sign about the sin of pride sparked a backlash among some who thought it had targeted LGBT Pride Month. The church marquee sign in front of Wares Ferry Road Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., read “God detests pride,” an apparent reference to multiple verses in the Bible on the subject. Proverbs 8:13, for example, reads, “To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance.” Similarly, Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” The sign, though, led to a brief demonstration by a lesbian couple and a news story by the local CBS affiliate. The pause gives the court until at least July 12 to assess the FDA’s claim that the company didn’t include enough information about its health risks in its application. 

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 University of California San Francisco (UCSF) children’s hospital is offering puberty blockers and sex hormones to patients as young as age 3, making the claim that all treatments are “fully reversible.” UCSF’s Child and Adolescent Gender Center “offers comprehensive medical and psychological care, as well as advocacy and legal support, to transgender, nonbinary and gender-expansive kids,” according to its website. “We bring together experts from within as well as outside UCSF to promote gender health and support positive outcomes for children and adolescents exploring gender identity and expression.”

  • Despite the center claiming treatments are fully reversible, UCSF’s Transgender Care page admits that care for children categorized as “transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth” lacks solid evidence in some facets and even “lends itself to controversy among professionals.”

Transgender and non-binary footballers (soccer players in the U.S.) can now decide themselves whether to play for a men’s or women’s team instead of being bound by personal identification data, the German Football Association said on Thursday. At its core this ruling says that players with a personal (gender) status that is ‘diverse’ or ‘no reference’ and players who change their gender can take their own decision whether they will be issued an eligibility to play for a men’s or women’s team.

  • This will decimate women’s football (soccer) if more transgender men declare for the women’s teams.

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)

The latest Biden administration data show that in May, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released 95,318 migrants who had been encountered at the U.S.-Mexico border. That brought the total of southern border migrant releases under the Biden administration to 1,049,532, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) said. Add to that total the number of “got-aways” — migrants who eluded capture or did not turn themselves in to Border Patrol — and unaccompanied minors, and that total comes to 1,946,252 migrants that crossed over the southern border and into the U.S. under Biden “None of them had visas or other permission to do so — they just came right in, often with DHS or ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] metaphorically holding the door,” CIS resident fellow in law and policy Andrew Arthur wrote.

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 Biden on Wednesday proposed a three-month suspension of the 18.4-cent-per-gallon federal tax on gasoline and the 24-cent-per-gallon tax on diesel. He will also urge states to pause their gas taxes, many of which are higher than the federal rate. However, Democrats on Capitol Hill are revolting over the proposal which requires Congressional approval to temporarily suspend the federal tax that drivers pay at the gasoline pump. The opposition from many within the president’s own party, including congressional leaders, offered a reality check to the White House that there are no easy solutions to lowering fuel costs and shielding themselves from criticism ahead of the midterm elections. Peter DeFazio, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said it was a “well-intentioned but ill-conceived policy.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, has previously characterized the idea as a public relations stunt.

Gov. Andy Beshear took action Thursday to combat any signs of price gouging at the pump, touting it as a consumer protection measure amid sky-high gas prices straining Kentuckians’ budgets. The Democrat governor signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in response to gas prices hovering close to $5 per gallon. His action activated Kentucky’s price gouging laws. Kentucky consumers can now report suspected price gouging at the pump to state Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office.

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

After the Supreme Court ruled on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, corporate giants from a range of industries pledged to provide support and financial assistance for employees — and, in some cases, their dependents — seeking abortions. People seeking abortions could soon be forced to travel across state lines to access the procedure, adding to the cost of an already often expensive healthcare service. Companies such as Citigroup (C), Salesforce (CRM) and Match Group (MTCH) first promised financial support to employees seeking abortions in affected states. Many more followed suit on Friday, including Microsoft, Apple, Yelp, Meta (Facebook, Instagram), Disney, Netflix, Levi Straus, Warner Bros., Comcast-NBC, JPMorgan Chase, Nike, Starbucks, Kroger, Goldman Sachs and Alaska Airlines.

The richest person in Illinois announced Thursday he’s moving his hedge fund firm’s headquarters from Chicago to Miami, Florida, because crime in the Windy City is far too high. Griffin has provided more than $600 million in gifts to educational, cultural, medical, and civic organizations in Chicago over the years, his spokesman, Zia Ahmed, told the Wall Street Journal.

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)

Federal Reserve officials predicted last week that unemployment would begin creeping up by the end of the year, but that inflation would remain elevated at 5.2 percent. The Fed is trying to bring inflation back under control by raising interest rates, which sets off an economy-cooling chain reaction. Higher interest rates increase the cost of business borrowing, which slows growth and translates into less hiring. As the job market weakens, paycheck growth slows, which further tamps down buying. The challenge for many working families is that their wages might slow down before price increases do. That means that consumer buying power is likely to erode, after several months in which wage growth has already failed to keep up with rising prices.

  • At the same time, rising rates have unsettled markets and prompted stock prices to plummet, chipping away at many household nest eggs. Higher mortgage costs are slowing the housing market and could lower home values, further cutting into wealth, because for many families real estate makes up a big chunk of net worth.
  • When investors get their quarterly 401(k) statements in the next few weeks they’ll be hit with some bad news. The S&P 500, the broadest measure of U.S. stocks, is down 21%, the Nasdaq nearly 30% and the Dow 16% so far this year, and Americans are seeing the value of their retirement accounts decline. Retirement plans have collectively lost upwards of $3 trillion since the beginning of January.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.81% in the week ending June 23, edging up from 5.78% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. This time last year, rates averaged 3.02%, and the last time rates were this high was in the winter of 2008.

U.S. consumer confidence tanked in early June, reaching the lowest level ever recorded as soaring inflation batters Americans’ budgets and fuels concerns for the economy at large. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index released Friday shows the index plunged to 50 this month, a 14.4% drop from May and the lowest reading since the survey began in the late 1970s.

Pending home sales unexpectedly broke a six-month streak of declines in May, climbing 0.7%. However, Contract signings fell 13.6% compared to May 2021. Economists surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting a monthly decline of 3.7%. On a regional basis, contract signings jumped 15.4% month over month in the Northeast, increased 0.2% month over month in the South, fell 1.7% month over month in the Midwest and contracted 5% in the Midwest.

When consumers receive their homeowner and auto insurance renewal contracts this year, they’re likely to find their rates have risen significantly.  Analysts estimate the average increase will range between high single-digit to low double-digit percentages. A couple of things are combining to push homeowners’ insurance rates higher, including the rise in extreme climate events over the past five years and inflation, which has soared to a 40-year high, substantially raising the cost of home building and remodeling. Auto insurance rates are also rising due to more road trips instead of flying and the higher costs of repair labor and parts.

Many people who eat out, particularly in cities with high tourist volume, are leaving smaller tips, servers and bartenders told USA TODAY. Diners say that’s because the price of a meal has gone up so much that they can’t afford the usual tip. And that’s making it even more difficult for restaurant workers to cope with inflation. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers late Sunday announced a budget deal that will provide “inflation relief” payments of $200 to $350 per person for most state residents. Persons earning less than $75,000 per year would receive $350 as part of tax refunds in the $17 billion agreement while couples making less than $150,000 who file jointly are eligible for $700. Families in those categories with a dependent can qualify for another $350, meaning some families could see up to $1,050. Millions of California tax filers are expected to see payments through direct deposit or debit cards by October.

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

The U.S. Senate on Thursday morning voted not to advance the Biden administration’s nominee to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Brazil to a full vote, less than a day after the Washington Free Beacon reported on the candidate’s past antisemitic remarks. Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, a longtime diplomat and Democratic Party insider, was shot down by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by a party-line vote of 11-11.

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 has defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the Bolshevik revolution more than a century ago, CNN reported Monday, 6/27. Moscow failed to pay about $100 million in interest on two bonds during a 30-day grace period that expired Sunday, the White House said the default showed the power of Western sanctions imposed on Russia since it invaded Ukraine. Russia denied it was in default, saying the payments had been made, in dollars and euros, on May 27 and the money was stuck with Euroclear, a settlement house based in Belgium.

Russia launched 60 missiles into Ukraine over the weekend in a barrage that killed many civilians and destroyed and damaged apartment buildings. Russian missiles struck a residential building and the compound of a kindergarten in central Kyiv on Sunday, killing one person and wounding five more, officials said, as Moscow stepped up its air strikes on Ukraine for a second day. Russia’s defense ministry said it had used high-precision weapons to strike Ukrainian army training centers in the regions of Chernihiv, Zhytomyr, and Lviv. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on Group of Seven countries holding a three-day summit in Germany to impose further sanctions on Moscow and to provide more powerful weapons.

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday that Russian airstrikes have hit a crowded mall where there were more than a thousand civilians, leaving a number of victims “impossible to imagine.”

Ukrainian forces will have to be withdrawn from Severodonetsk, which had been the largest city in the Luhansk region still under partial Ukrainian control, according to regional governor Serhiy Haidai. The outcome is a symbolic and territorial victory for Moscow. The Kremlin has long signaled that it would try to capture the entire Donbas region, which includes Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk.

Ukrainian forces claimed late Tuesday they launched airstrike attacks on Snake Island in the Black Sea that resulted in “significant losses” to Russian forces. The New York Times reported the military said it destroyed a Russian air defense system as well as vehicles on the island. Meanwhile, the Russian defense ministry said on its Telegram channel that Ukraine made “another crazy attempt” to reclaim the island and that Russia had undermined the attack and “destroyed all enemy weapons” aimed at the island.

  • It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on in the war, but one thing is abundantly clear. Even if Russia eventually is able to claim the Donbas region, it is a massive failure for its vaunted military that it couldn’t get the job done in a few weeks, not the four months and counting that have already transpired.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said his country is ready for some form of retaliation by Russia after it banned the transit of certain goods subject to European Union sanctions across its territory and into the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. He said he does not believe Russia will challenge Lithuania militarily because his country is a NATO member. Nauseda defended the decision to block the passage of some goods, saying they’re implementing what was decided on a European Union level.

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 200 people died in a weekend attack in Ehtiopia’s Oromia region. The attack targeted mostly members of the Amhara ethnic group as ethnic tensions continue to flare in the country. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission linked the violence to fighting between government forces and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) rebel group. OLA has denied the allegations. Ethiopia’s ethnic tensions are rooted in historical grievances and political unrest. The country is facing a humanitarian crisis triggered by the war between the federal government and Tigrayan rebels.

Two people died and 21 were wounded early on Saturday in what police called an “act of Islamist terrorism”. The shootings were in and near the London Pub, a popular LGBTQ+ venue, the Herr Nilsen jazz club and another pub. Norway’s prime minister told the BBC the suspect was questioned in May, but was not deemed a threat at the time. Eyewitnesses said the suspect took out a gun from his bag and started firing, forcing terrified people to either throw themselves to the ground or flee. The attacker was arrested by police officers – who were helped by bystanders – minutes later. Two weapons were retrieved at the crime scene by police, one of them a fully automatic gun. The authorities later said the suspect was a Norwegian national. Oslo’s annual gay Pride parade was due to be held on Saturday, and was formally cancelled on police advice.

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)

Russia has repeatedly targeted key bridges for grain and sunflower exports and bombarded Ukrainian ports. About 20 tons of grain are sitting in Ukraine without a safe means of export. Farmers are concerned they will not have enough storage space to keep harvesting. Russian missiles hit the Canadian agribusiness Viterra and U.S. grain trader Bunge Ltd. in Ukraine on Wednesday morning.

Droughts in the Great Plains and heavy rain in Minnesota and the Dakotas have slowed the production of wheat this year. Fertilizer costs have spiked as a result of the war. And the farming calendar presents another problem: Seventy percent of wheat in the U.S comes from a winter harvest – planted in the fall but not harvested until the spring, putting it off track with the immediate crisis in Ukraine.

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 powerful earthquake struck a rural, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing more than 1,000 people and injuring 1,500 more, according to a state-run news agency. Officials warned that the already grim toll would likely rise. Information remained scarce on the magnitude 6.1 temblor near the Pakistani border, but quakes of that strength can cause severe damage in an area where homes and other buildings are poorly constructed and landslides are common. Rescuers rushed to the area by helicopter, but the response is likely to be complicated since many international aid agencies left Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover of the country last year and the chaotic withdrawal of the US military from the longest war in its history.

  • A second quake shortly afterward further shook the area and probably will cause deaths and injuries to increase.

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)

Rain and humidity in the southwest have enabled firefighters to gain control over the large fires that had been burning primarily in Arizona and New Mexico.

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)

Houston is asking its more than 2 million residents to conserve water amidst moderate to severe drought conditions. The Texas city activated a plan on Tuesday calling for “Stage One” conservation measures following the drop in rainfall and higher-than-normal temperatures. “During the past month, the City of Houston has had record-setting high temperatures above 90 degrees and a significant decrease in rainfall,” Houston Public Works said.

Intense droughts and poor planning have reverted one of Mexico’s most prosperous cities into a water-scarce area. Monterrey began restricting water access back in March as the three reservoirs supplying the city started to dry up, and the city stopped water services Tuesday. The shutdown could last weeks. According to the North American Drought Monitor, almost 60 percent of all of Mexico is also suffering from some level of drought.

The first storm of the 2022 hurricane season caused dozens of collapses in Havana, Cuba, and damaged homes that were already in poor condition, highlighting one of Cuba’s main social problems: a shortage of quality housing.

Temps in Japan usually hover below 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the month of June, but a heat wave that’s descended upon Tokyo and surrounding areas has led the government to plead with 37 million residents to switch off their lights to avoid power outages. The BBC reports that the “lights out” initiative is happening from 3pm to 6pm local time on Monday, when people are expected to turn off any lights they don’t need, though they’re advised to keep the AC running if they have to so that they don’t get overheated.

Signs of the Times Update: June 20, 2022

June 20, 2022

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold, who has created these, who brings out their host by number? He calls them all by names by the greatness of His might, for He is strong in power; not one is lacking…Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow weak nor weary? There is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the weary; and to him with no vigor; He increases strength. (Isaiah 40:26,28-29)

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 group of ex-LGBT Christians rallied in the nation’s capital recently to share their testimonies of how they’ve found healing and freedom in Jesus Christ. Members of the Freedom March group have been touring the country for years, sharing the Good News with others, and offering hope to anyone else who might be seeking salvation from LGBT lifestyles. The Freedom March was started in 2018 by Jeffrey McCall, a former transgender. “Jesus died for them and loves them and wants to give them a new life,” McCall told CBN News

Eleven nations are banning Disney’s new movie Lightyear from being shown in their country’s theatres over LGBTQ+ grooming scenes. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are among the countries that will ban the movie. Additionally, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Jordan and Lebanon denied release certificates for the movie, which is a spinoff of the popular Toy Story franchise.

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday cleared the way for lawmakers to severely limit or even ban abortion in the state, reversing a decision by the court just four years ago that guaranteed the right to abortion under the Iowa Constitution. The court, now composed almost entirely of Republican appointees, concluded that a less conservative court wrongly decided that abortion is among the fundamental privacy rights guaranteed by the Iowa Constitution and federal law.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued subpoenas last week to seven school districts that allegedly employ student surveys—created by education companies Panorama and Project Wayfinder—that gather data about parents’ political beliefs and income levels, as well as racial identity, sexual behaviors, and mental health. “The contracts with these companies are public record, so they’re supposed to be approved during school board meetings, but the surveys are happening without parental consent and parental notification.”

Intercessors For America has shipped 2 million meals to Ukraine. Each 500,000 meals packed in Florida fills 3 shipping containers. They then are shipped to Romania and to be distributed to Ukrainians from there.

Like many large employers are doing post-pandemic, Yale University gave its clerical, food service and maintenance workers a choice: Get a routine health check or pay a $25 weekly fee. Workers alleged in a federal lawsuit that the university’s participate-or-pay employee wellness program violated two federal laws. In a preliminary settlement approved Tuesday by U.S. District Court in Connecticut, the university agreed to pay nearly $1.3 million to workers and attorneys and won’t assess the $25 weekly fee for four years, or until federal law or regulations change to allow such a program.

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)

Mat Stave of Liberty Counsel reports, “Surrounded by witches and warlocks openly performing their dark craft, our team has been on Capitol Hill praying over the High Court as it prepares to deliver its much-anticipated ruling on abortion. Despite decades of pro-life work around the country and at the U.S. Supreme Court, we’ve never witnessed such hostile and demonically inspired evil directed at the Justices and the judicial system…The pro-abortion crowd began cursing the Justices, the people praying and, yes, vehemently cursing God Himself.”

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)

Fewer Americans than ever believe in God, a new Gallup poll reported Friday morning. The new figure of 81% of Americans who say they believe in God is down 6 percentage points from 2017 and 11 points from a 2011 poll. But fewer than half of those who say they believe in God — 42% according to Gallup — say that God hears and responds to prayers. Some 28% of all Americans say God hears a person’s prayers but “cannot intervene,” and 11% say God neither hears nor answers prayer. The 2022 survey, conducted between May 2 and May 22, revealed that 17% of Americans said they don’t believe in God.

  • A 2021 Gallup survey showed a new love of just 47% of Americans are members of a church, the first time that number has fallen below 50%.

Data from the United States Census Bureau shows that nearly 18.5 million children grow up without their fathers, which has in return led to the United States owning the title of the world’s leader in fatherlessness. Approximately 80% of single-parent homes are led by single mothers; therefore, leading to nearly 25% of our youth growing up without a father in the home, said Rep. Burgess Owens, Rep. Byron Donalds and Jack Brewer on Fox News. This has not only destroyed God’s ordained family structure, but has devastated communities across the nation. For example, 85% of children and teens with behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes, and over 70% of all adolescent patients in drug and alcohol treatment centers originate from homes without fathers. 

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)

In a stunning electoral upset further presaging a massive red (Republican) tsunami coming in November, a pro-life Mexican-born candidate won a special election in south Texas, the first time the area has chosen a Republican over a Democrat in more than 150 years. Republican Mayra Flores defeated Democrat Dan Sanchez on Tuesday in Texas’ 34th congressional district, which had voted for Joe Biden over Donald Trump by a margin of 13 points in 2020. The district’s population is 84% Hispanic.

A spate of resignations by high-profile aides to President Biden has left the remaining White House staff frustrated as they toil with a crumbling domestic agenda, sky-high inflation, the war in Ukraine and dimming prospects for Democrats in the November elections. The high turnover at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, critics say, is a sign that those surrounding Mr. Biden are increasingly worried about a Democratic bloodbath at the polls and the prospects of Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

A record 81 black candidates are running for Congress as Republicans this year, an increase of more than 50% over the 2020 election cycle, according to the National Republican Congressional Committee. Black convention speakers recounted Trump’s accomplishments for the black community, including the lowest unemployment rate ever, the prison and criminal sentence-reforming First Step Act, the “opportunity zones” that incentivize investment in poor areas, permanent funding for historically black colleges and universities, and promoting school choice.

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

According to a new report, Christians who find it difficult to freely express their beliefs in society due to secular intolerance are practicing “various forms of self-censorship.” The report, titled “Perceptions on Self-Censorship: Confirming and Understanding the ‘Chilling Effect,’” was put together by the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, the Observatory of Religious Freedom in Latin America and the International Institute for Religious Freedom. The study features case studies from France, Germany, Colombia and Mexico. “Secular intolerance has a chilling effect on Christians, which directly affects their capacity to express their faith freely in society and is leading to various forms of self-censorship,” the study said. “Some people do indeed fear being subjected to legal proceedings or being criminally sanctioned on charges of discrimination, while others fear being subjected to disciplinary proceedings in their work or places.”

  • “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

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

The violent Jane’s Revenge pro-abortion group posted a second statement Tuesday trying to incite vandalism and destruction of pro-life centers. In its earlier statement, Jane’s Revenge gave a 30-day ultimatum that said pro-life centers had to close their doors or else face attacks. Now, they said the 30 days are up, and pro-lifers should expect violence. Jane’s Revenge has claimed responsibility for 16 acts of vandalism and violence so far, including throwing firebombs into an empty pregnancy center in Buffalo, N.Y., last week.

  • The FBI is investigating recent attacks on pregnancy centers ahead of a Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade as potential acts of domestic violent extremism, the bureau said Friday. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, said Thursday that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland should resign over the Biden administration Justice Department’s inaction on more than 50 attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers and churches in recent weeks purportedly carried out by Jane’s Revenge.

Pro-abortion disruption is being unleashed in churches, malls, sports stadiums and public areas by the radical RiseUp4AbortionRights group, with the latest target a Church in Detroit, Michigan. Their activists disrupted the Ala Moana Shopping Center and Food Court in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 14, and conducted a “die in” at Bellevue Square Mall in Washington on June 10. They also unrolled a large banner at Progressive Field in Cleveland which read “Overturn Roe? Hell no!” during the Cleveland Guardians baseball game. Activists disrupted Sunday Mass at the St. Veronica Parish in Eastpointe on June 12, disrupted a WNBA game on June 8, aid unfurled a large banner during the LA Dodgers’ game on June 5, among other incidents.

After a 30-year decline, abortions in the United States rose by nearly 8% from 2017 to 2020, according to new data from abortion rights group Guttmacher Institute. In 2020, there were 930,160 abortions in the U.S., up from 862,320 abortions in 2017, according to the survey released Wednesday. Abortion rates had been falling steadily since a peak in 1981. Experts have said access to better birth control was one of the main reasons for the previous decline. The study also found that in 2020, 1 in 5 pregnancies ended in abortion, an increase in the abortion ratio – the number of abortions per 100 pregnancies – of 12% since 2017.

  • Meanwhile, in 2020, birth rates fell by 4%, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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 new Covid-19 cases in the U.S. over the past two weeks has plateaued at about 100,000 new cases per day. However, hospitalizations are up 5% and deaths are up 18% because they lag new cases and still reflect the earlier omicron surge. Cases are declining in roughly half the states, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest. In the past two weeks, parts of New England have seen cases fall by 30% or more. In the South and West, however, cases and hospitalizations are increasing substantially. Daily new infections have nearly doubled this month in Arkansas and Kentucky, and in Wyoming, they are four times higher than they were two weeks ago.

  • Fatality data has been volatile in recent weeks because of delays in reporting after Memorial Day. Still, reports of new deaths remain low. Fewer than 350 deaths are being reported each day, down from more than 2,600 a day at the height of the Omicron surge.

The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday that President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, tested positive for COVID-19. Fauci, who has directed the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, took a rapid antigen test, the government agency said. “He is fully vaccinated and has been boosted twice. He is currently experiencing mild symptoms,” said the NIH statement, noting Fauci will “isolate and continue to work from his home.” The NIH added that Fauci has not recently been in close contact with President Biden or other senior government officials.

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 Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization to Moderna’s and Pfizer’s vaccines against COVID-19 for young children on Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) followed up Saturday by recommending the shot, which could be shipped out in the United States by Monday or Tuesday. Pfizer’s shot is for children younger than 5 and uses three shots of one-tenth of the adult dose. Moderna’s is for children younger than 6 and uses two shots of a quarter of the adult dose. Both can be given to children as young as 6 months old. Moderna plans to study its shots for children as young as 3 months.

A White House official on Monday, June 20 made a false claim about COVID-19 vaccines while encouraging parents to get their young children vaccinated. Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, said that “there have not been any serious side effects of these vaccines,” which is not true.  Well-documented cases of severe allergic reactions, blood clotting, heart inflammation, and paralysis are among the serious side effects linked to the three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States.

One day after the nation learned Dr. Fauci had tested positive for COVID-19, the government’s quadrupled-boosted pandemic adviser was confronted in a Senate hearing by his nemesis, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Pressed on the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines, Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted Thursday there were no studies to support the claim that booster shots would reduce the risk of hospitalization and death in children.

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)

Five major U.S. cities are currently on pace to break their homicide totals from last year, continuing a violent trend that started in 2020. Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Atlanta have all seen homicide numbers outpace their mark from 2021 halfway through this year, with Milwaukee seeing the largest spike of the group. Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Atlanta have all seen homicide numbers outpace their mark from 2021 halfway through this year, with Milwaukee seeing the largest spike of the group. The numbers continue a trend that has plagued the country since 2020, when homicides in the U.S. increased nearly 30% compared to 2019.

Violent crimes have surged in Minneapolis and St. Paul, with a combined record 135 homicides last year. While violent crimes in the suburbs of the Twin Cities have not reached the same levels, data compiled by the Star Tribune examining 50 of the largest suburbs over the last five years finds that homicides have begun to increase in some suburbs, and residents are getting nervous. A combined 51 homicides were recorded in 2021 across suburban areas. Nearly all suburbs saw increases in property crimes, such as car and catalytic converter thefts.

  • The rising crime rates in Minnesota follow the ‘defund the police’ movement there after the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent violent protests.

A single gunman opened fire inside a suburban Alabama church Thursday evening, killing two people and wounding a third at a small group meeting before being taken into custody, authorities said. The attack occurred at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills. The 71-year-old gunman was an occasional attendee of the congregation who is believed to have acted alone. The two fatalities are 84-year-old man and a 75-year-old woman. An event attendee subdued the suspect until law enforcement arrived and arrested him.

A man with an “edged weapon” attacked passengers inside a San Francisco International Airport terminal Friday, leaving three with cuts and scrapes before he was arrested, authorities said. The man drove to the airport, went into the International Terminal, “walked around the departure terminal and pulled out an edged weapon” before attacking three men at about 6 p.m. The travelers were in the pre-security area when they were attacked.

An early Father’s Day barbecue in San Antonio, Texas, turned deadly Saturday night when a drive-by shooting took place as guests were gathered in the front yard of a home. Two men, ages 45 and 46, were killed; five others, ages 19 to 44, were injured.

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)

Starting July 1, the sale of ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds will be banned in Washington state. Importing, manufacturing and distributing them will be outlawed, too. The only magazines allowed for sale and importing will be those with a maximum capacity of 10 cartridges under a measure pushed through by Democrats and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this year. Washington residents can continue buying larger magazines until the law takes effect. Any owned as of July 1 are unaffected by the law.

After some optimistic signs for Democrats hoping to reach a bipartisan Senate agreement on a gun control package, progress in the negotiations stalled. Lawmakers failed to reach a final agreement on the legislative text on Thursday. On Thursday, when some lawmakers hoped they could reach a final text on the package, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters that negotiations had fallen through and would need more time.

  • The Epoch Times reports that 97.8% of mass shootings occur in “gun-free zones,” because the perpetrators know legally armed citizens won’t be there to stop them.

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)

Simone Gold, M.D., J.D., founder of the advocacy group America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLD), was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in prison for being present during the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Gold, a former emergency room doctor, was charged with one misdemeanor count of “entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds.” Gold’s attorney, Kira Anne West, stated that her client pleaded guilty to standing “with a crowd outside the East Rotunda door, where she eventually entered shortly after about 2:27 p.m. along with her co-defendant John Strand. She remained inside the Capitol for a little over half an hour. Around 2:55 p.m., she gave a speech at Statuary Hall stating her opposition to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and government-imposed lockdowns,” MedPage reported.

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)

Automakers reported nearly 400 crashes of vehicles with partially automated driver-assist systems, including 273 involving Teslas, according to statistics released by U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday. Tesla’s crashes happened while vehicles were using Autopilot, “Full Self-Driving,” Traffic Aware Cruise Control, or other driver-assist systems that have some control over speed and steering. The company has about 830,000 vehicles with the systems on the road. The next closest of a dozen automakers that reported crashes was Honda, with 90, but Honda says it has about 6 million vehicles on U.S. roads with such systems. Subaru was next with 10, and all other automakers reported five or fewer.

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)

New documents exclusively obtained by Fox News Digital reveal that the U.S. Army is teaching West Point cadets critical race theory (CRT), including addressing “whiteness.” Fox News Digital exclusively obtained the documents from government watchdog group Judicial Watch, which had to sue the military twice under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to get the information. “Our military is under attack – from within,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in the press release. “These documents show racist, anti-American CRT propaganda is being used to try to radicalize our rising generation of Army leadership at West Point.”

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)

Private equity investors, with their focus on buying cheap and reaping quick returns, are moving voraciously into the U.S. health care system; investments increased twentyfold from 2000 to 2018, and have only accelerated since. Financially distressed rural hospitals are targets, putting vulnerable communities at the mercy of firms whose objective is profit, rather than patient health. A recent report found that 441, more than 20%, were at risk of closing or losing services.

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

In November 2020, 58% of Portland voters passed Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, which decriminalized possession of small amounts of hard drugs such as heroin, meth, cocaine and fentanyl. The new law made possession of those substances no more than a Class E violation, the equivalent of a traffic ticket punishable by a maximum $100 fine. But the fine is dismissed when someone who is fined calls a help hotline, Lines for Life, and completes a health assessment. Now, the streets of downtown Portland, Oregon, resemble an open-air drug market. Heroin, meth and fentanyl use is rampant and often visible on city streets. Portland police officers drive by homeless addicts buying and using hard drugs. 

  • Drug overdose deaths in Portland hit an all-time high in 2021 with 1069, a 41% increase from 2020. And very few people are getting into treatment, according to the Lund Report.
  • Synthetic opioids, primarily illicitly manufactured fentanyl, have become the primary cause of overdose deaths in the U.S., especially among teens, who increasingly are buying them through social media contacts. Deaths linked to fentanyl among adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 have skyrocketed, representing 77% of all adolescent deaths among teens last year.

Nearly half a million counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl were seized after a two-year investigation by the DEA and other agencies. In addition, about 112 pounds of methamphetamine, 22 pounds of cocaine, 10 pounds of powder fentanyl, 9 pounds of heroin, and about $230,000 in assets. Twenty-six suspects, 17 of which have been arrested, are facing various charges, including international drug smuggling, drug trafficking, and conspiracy. 

Supermarkets in the Czech Republic got a little more than they bargained for in their banana shipments last week: $83 million worth of cocaine. Police were alerted after grocery workers started discovering blocks of pressed cocaine in with the fruit; ultimately, 1,851 pounds were found.

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)

Former Vanderbilt University professor Dr. Carol Swain argued on Friday that wokeness in America’s universities is turning them classrooms into “indoctrination centers.” “That is chilling in the sense that the universities have been destroyed. The university is over. The university is not a marketplace for ideas. It is an indoctrination center,” Swain told “Fox & Friends.” “And the persons, the teachers who have come out of the university system. They have come out woke. And if they have a degree in teaching education, their mission is to indoctrinate your children.”

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 “Queering the Bible” project, a ministry tied to the Presbyterian Church (USA), has launched a sixteen-part study which looks at the gospel of Mark as a way of “learning about how we experience God as queer folk, and how we experience Scripture as queer people. They are also producing new TV shows such as Queerly Beloved” and “Quirky, Queer and Wonderful.”

  • It is hard to understand how they ignore Scripture that states clearly God created us in his image as male and female (Genesis 1:27) and defines marriage as the covenant of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6).

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.

Even as an increasing share of Americans report familiarity with and tolerance for transgender people, most oppose allowing transgender female athletes to compete against other women at the professional, college and high school level, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll. The poll finds 55 percent of Americans opposed to allowing transgender women and girls to compete with other women and girls in high school sports and 58 percent opposed to it for college and professional sports. About 3 in 10 Americans said transgender women and girls should be allowed to compete at each of those levels.

FINA, swimming’s international governing body, faced backlash over the new “gender inclusion policy” that was approved Sunday setting the standard for transgender athletes’ participation in the sport. The “gender inclusion policy” will only permit swimmers who transitioned before the age of 12 to compete in women’s events. LGBTQ+ rights groups and other swimmers said the policy would hurt transgender athletes.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is facing criticism after she suggested there should be “a drag queen for every school.” Nessel is the first openly gay person voted into statewide office in Michigan. “Drag queens make everything better,” she tweeted. “Drag queens are fun. A drag queen for every school.”

Five members of the Proud Boys group are the subjects of a “hate crime” investigation in California for shutting down a drag-queen reading event for children at a local library. The sheriff’s office said in a statement that the men “began to shout homophobic and transphobic slurs at the event organizer. “The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office responded Saturday to a report of a disturbance at the San Lorenzo Library where a “Drag Queen Story Hour” was taking place in front of children, parents and other community members.

Refugees: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2)

Nearly 37 million children were displaced in 2021, the highest number of kids from their homes since World War II, according to UNICEF. Some 22.8 million of those children were displaced within their countries due to conflict and violence, and 13.7 million of the children are refugees and seeking asylum, the statement reads. The figures don’t include children displaced by climate or environmental disasters, or kids displaced by the war in Ukraine, according to UNICEF. In March, UNICEF said that 4.3 million children were displaced due to the war – more than half of the country’s estimated 7.5 million child population.

The influx of Ukrainian refugees into the European Union could gradually ease labor shortages in the Eurozone as some of those fleeing the war are likely to settle permanently, the European Central Bank said on Monday. Around seven million people, mostly women and children, have fled Ukraine so far since Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24, and more are leaving each day, with many hoping to find durable employment opportunities in the 27-nation EU.

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)

In reverse migration, thousands of Californians are moving to Mexico to escape rising living costs amid rampant inflation. CNBC reported Saturday that Californians are adding Mexico to the list of destinations — including Texas, Washington and Arizona — where they can live more cheaply while maintaining high salaries by working remotely or commuting. More than 360,000 Californians left in 2021, the news outlet reported. As of 2020, 800,000 U.S. citizens are living in Mexico. Only one-quarter of California households could afford the median asking price for a home in the state — about $797,470 — during the fourth quarter of 2021.

The Biden administration is planning to bus migrants from overwhelmed border towns to other areas around the country, some only hours away from the border. An internal DHS document obtained by NBC News indicates plans to bus migrants to Los Angeles; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Houston; Dallas; and other cities. Busing migrants from border towns to other communities “will relieve some of the pressure off of the border communities, but then it’s going to create a problem in other communities,” said Robert Beau Nettleton, a county commissioner in Val Verde County, Texas.

Border Patrol agents nabbed 15 illegal immigrants in May whose names are flagged in Homeland Security’s terrorism screening database, according to data released by Homeland Security this week that showed the free-for-all at the southern border continues unabated. All told, 50 people on the terrorism watchlist have been apprehended by agents as they sneaked in through the southern border this fiscal year. Overall encounters with illegal immigrants in May set new records with 239,416 people nabbed — 222,646 of them caught by Border Patrol agents as they sneaked across, and the rest by officers at ports of entry.

  • CBP doesn’t report its estimate for how many migrants are evading capture, but agents say it’s more than 1,000 a day.

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

Travel issues piled up for fliers over the weekend as flight delays and cancellations topped 10,000 – and travel could still be snarled on Monday. On Sunday alone, more than 5,800 U.S. flights were delayed and 918 were canceled, according to FlightAware. It was a tumultuous weekend for holiday travel blamed on staffing shortages, packed planes and the ripple effects from previous bad weather. Experts say to expect travel woes to continue throughout the rest of the year.

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)

Russian hostilities in Ukraine are preventing grain from leaving the “breadbasket of the world” and making food more expensive across the globe, threatening to worsen shortages, hunger and political instability in developing countries. Together, Russia and Ukraine export nearly a third of the world’s wheat and barley and more than 70% of its sunflower oil and are big suppliers of corn. Russia is the top global fertilizer producer. Weeks of negotiations on safe corridors to get grain out of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports have made little progress, with urgency rising as the summer harvest season arrives.

  • UN World Food Programme director David Beasley described “frightening” food shortages worldwide due to Russia’s war in Ukraine while speaking in Ethiopia’s capital Thursday.

Many Americans seeking to buy a newly constructed home are now playing the waiting game as supply chain slowdowns and a lack of labor are adding more months before buyers can move in. It now takes about eight months or longer to build a new home, compared to about four to six months before the COVID-19 pandemic, said Robert Dietz, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders. “There’s a lack of lumber, appliances, cabinetry, electrical transformer equipment, land to build on, and workers,” Dietz said.

After severe storms barreled through the Midwest this week, Abbott Nutrition halted production of EleCare infant formula at its plant in Sturgis, Michigan due to flooding, the company announced on Wednesday. Production and distribution of new product would likely be delayed for several weeks – but there is currently enough supply to meet demand until production begins again, Abbott said.

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)

Are electric vehicles (EVs) the answer to ending air pollution and climate change? Engineer and energy expert Ronald Stein points out that a typical EV battery weighs 1,000 pounds, contains 25 pounds of lithium, 60 pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds of cobalt, 200 pounds of copper and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel and plastic. Inside are over 6,000 individual lithium-ion cells. “It should concern you that all those toxic components come from mining,” he writes. “For instance, to manufacture each EV auto battery, you must process 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper. All told, you dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth’s crust for just one battery.”

President Joe Biden told oil producers by letter on Wednesday to immediately cut costs for Americans as gas prices exceeded $5 a gallon in some parts of the country. The letter to the heads of top oil and gas companies said Russia’s war against Ukraine is only partly responsible for the “sharp rise in gasoline prices” and asked them to work with his administration to increase the supply of gasoline to Americans. “I understand that many factors contributed to the business decisions to reduce refinery capacity, which occurred before I took office,” Biden wrote. “But at a time of war, refinery profit margins well above normal being passed directly onto American families are not acceptable.” Biden also threatened to employ emergency powers to enforce cooperation.

  • Biden now urging more oil refining contradicts his longstanding goal of reducing the usage of fossil fuels.
  • Exxon Mobil responded to President Joe Biden’s letter saying, “the federal government “can promote investment through clear and consistent policy that supports U.S. resource development, such as regular and predictable lease sales, as well as streamlined regulatory approval and support for infrastructure such as pipelines.” The Biden administration has canceled potential lease sales and pipeline development.

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)

Millions of people struggled to pay their rent during the pandemic. But that hardship fell disproportionately on renters of color, those living with children and people renting in the South, according to an exclusive new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The number of renters that fell behind on rent peaked at 15 million in January 2021, the report showed. Since then, federal aid programs – including billions of dollars in rent relief and an eviction moratorium – plus a recovering economy, have reduced that number. But there remained 10.4 million renters who said they are not caught up on rent as of March. At the January 2021 peak, 33% of Black renters were behind on rent, compared with 25% of Latino renters and 12% of White renters. By March 2022, the overall share of renters in trouble had dropped, but it still remained higher for Black and Latino renters than White renters.

  • A national eviction moratorium was put in place from September 2020 to August 2021, which helped prevent 1.55 million eviction filings, according to estimates from the Eviction Lab. Also, $46.55 billion of rental assistance was made available to struggling renters and their landlords. But that money is expected to be exhausted by the end of this year.

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

Revlon, the 90-year-old cosmetics giant, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because of its crippling debt and mounting celebrity competition. Revlon in recent years lost shelf space and sales to startups backed by celebrities, such as Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics and Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty. It has also been hit by supply issues, made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic. Resulting product shortages were another major factor in tipping Revlon into bankruptcy, and analysts have said they were unlikely to be resolved in the near-term.

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 raised interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point on Wednesday in an aggressive move to tackle red-hot inflation that is plaguing the economy. It’s the largest rate hike since 1994, and will affect millions of American businesses and households, pushing up the cost of borrowing for homes, cars and other loans in order to force a slowdown in the economy. The Fed’s actions will increase the rate that banks charge each other for overnight borrowing to 1.5%-1.75%, the highest since before the pandemic hit the United States.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said last Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan rose to 5.78% from 5.23%, the latest in a series of rapid increases and the biggest one-week jump since 1987. The rate is well above the 2.93% recorded just one year ago and marks the steepest level since November 2008. 

With demand for homes outstripping supply, the inventory of homes for sale had been consistently declining year-over-year during the pandemic housing boom. But in May the inventory started moving in a different direction, according to Realtor.com’s data, and the most recent week saw active listings up 13% from last year.

American workers have seen their wages climb faster than at any time since the mid-1980s. But inflation has risen so fast that workers have actually been handed a pay cut instead. Wages are up 5% on average, while the latest report for May showed an inflation rate of 8.6%, so net worker income is effectively down 3.6%.

The monthly report on retail sales showed a 0.3% drop in May compared with April, the first decline in spending since December. With higher prices, it was expected that spending would have come in higher, not lower, indicated an even sharper downturn in number of purchases. Consumer spending is responsible for about 70% of the nation’s economic activity, and the retail industry overall has more jobs than any other business sector.

Anticipating home sales cooling nationwide and more increases in interest rates, two major real estate firms laid off hundreds of workers Tuesday. Property technology companies Redfin and Compass announced the layoffs that total more than 900 staffers in separate announcements. “mortgage rates increased faster than at any point in history. We could be facing years, not months, of fewer home sale,” said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman.

  • Another indication the hot housing market is cooling off? New residential construction and the number of permits issued for building homes both fell in May. The number of housing starts fell for the second month in a row in May, dropping 14.4% from April.

On Thursday, President Biden claimed, in an interview with the Associated Press, that the inflation rate “in every other major industrial country in the world that inflation is higher” that in the U.S. However, the latest figures on inflation show Germany at 7.9%, France at 5.2%, Japan at 2.5%, India at 7.04%, Canada and Italy at 6.8%, and Saudi Arabia at 2.2%. Meanwhile, data released last week showed that U.S. inflation rose in May to a four-decade high of 8.6%.

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

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett – along with his key coalition ally Foreign Minister Yair Lapid – has agreed to submit a bill to dissolve parliament. This would trigger a general election later in the year. A short statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said the move came “after attempts to stabilize the coalition had been exhausted.” A bill would be submitted to parliament at some point next week, the statement added. If it is passed, Lapid will be set to take over from Bennett as Prime Minister, in line with the original coalition agreement struck last year. Among other things, that would mean Lapid would be Israel’s leader for the planned visit of U.S. President Biden next month.

A group of Israeli tourists were whisked to safety in Istanbul, Turkey, by Israeli security, narrowly avoiding the clutches of an Iranian hit or kidnap squad, Channel 13 reported on Monday. According to the report, the tourists received a telephone warning from an Israeli security official telling them to stay at the market they were in and not to return to their hotel, where an Iranian cell was waiting for their return. The report said a bullet-proof vehicle took the tourists to the airport, directly onto a flight back to Israel, with their luggage remaining behind in the hotel due to the urgency of the situation.

A cyber-attack that targeted civilian companies which provide public announcement services to the cities of Jerusalem and Eilat set off alarms in areas in the two cities, falsely alerting the residents of a pending rocket attack. Sirens went off in several neighborhoods in Jerusalem and Eilat on Sunday evening, sending residents to seek shelter ahead of incoming rockets. In the video, Shakir alleges, “If you look at the recent escalation that took place in May of 2021, it started over discriminatory efforts to force Palestinians out of their homes in occupied East Jerusalem as part of this larger policy.” In April 2019, an Israeli court upheld a deportation order against Shakir, giving him two weeks to leave the country. Israel’s interior minister ordered Shakir’s deportation in May 2018, calling him a “boycott activist.”

Ben & Jerry’s is requiring all new employees to watch four videos about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all of which appear to be biased against the Jewish state, the Jewish Insider reported. Featured in one of the videos is anti-Israel activist Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine director. Shakir advocates for a one-state solution to the conflict – meaning an end to the Jewish state.

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)

Ahead of a planned visit from U.S. President Joe Biden in July, the White House is reportedly pressuring Israel to make a series of concessions to the Palestinians. The concessions reportedly pertain to construction plans for the Jewish town of Ma’ale Adumim, a thriving community a few miles east of Jerusalem. The U.S., represented by Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf, wants Israel to cancel a hearing four days after Biden’s trip on construction of over 3,400 new homes for Israelis in Ma’ale Adumim. Israeli officials reportedly rejected the demand to cancel the hearing, noting that the new homes are desperately needed due to a housing crunch in the Jewish state.

The Israeli ambassador to Russia was summoned by Foreign Ministry officials in Moscow for a dressing down over an airstrike last week that caused major damage to Syria’s main international airport. Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov had a stern conversation with Israeli Ambassador Alexander Ben Zvi, in which he said that Russia was not pleased with the strike on Damascus International Airport. The airstrike is believed to have been triggered by Iran using the airport in order to smuggle weapons to its proxies in the region, including Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah.

  • Russia and Iran (Persia) are allies in the end-time war against Israel (Ezekiel 38-39)

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)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared the end of “the era of the unipolar world” in a combative speech that lambasted Western countries at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. “When they won the Cold War, the US declared themselves God’s own representatives on earth, people who have no responsibilities – only interests. They have declared those interests sacred. Now it’s one-way traffic, which makes the world unstable,” Putin told the audience. “They live in the past on their own under their own delusions … They think that … they have won and then everything else is a colony, a back yard. And the people living there are second-class citizens,” he said.

  • The much-hyped speech was delayed by more than 90 minutes because of a “massive” cyberattack. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack. Ukrainian IT Army, a hacker collective, named the St. Petersburg Forum as a target earlier this week on its Telegram channel.

Cracks are widening across Europe over how to handle the Russia-Ukraine endgame, according to new data released Wednesday, as a growing number of Europeans are coming out against the continuation of a hard-line anti-Russia stance that’s defined Western policy since the start of the war nearly four months ago. Former NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Europe has hit a “fork in the road” with respect to the war in Ukraine. He acknowledged that rifts have emerged as the fighting drags on, casualties mount, and food and fuel prices skyrocket around the world. Other former NATO officials warned some European leaders — presumably those in Italy and Hungary, the most vocal proponents of an immediate cease-fire — against pushing Ukraine “into a bad peace” and offering any concessions to the aggressor, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

More than 900 kids have been killed or injured since Russia began its war against Ukraine in March, Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said on Telegram Saturday. Some 323 children were killed and 583 injured, with most casualties occurring in the Donetsk and Kharkiv regions. The prosecutor general’s office cautioned that those numbers aren’t final and are likely lower than the actual figure, as death and injury counts where there is active fighting cannot be taken. 

Russia used long-range missiles to destroy a depot in the western city of Lviv that held ammunition for NATO-supplied weapons. Ukrainian and Western officials said the Donbas region will be a deciding factor in the war and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said they need more weapons to keep Russia from taking it. President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the U.S. will send $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine in the single largest weapons package since the war began.

  • NATO members are meeting Wednesday and Thursday to discuss bids by Ukraine, Sweden, and Finland to join the group. 

The leaders of France, Germany, Italy, and Romania arrived in Kyiv last Thursday in a show of collective European support for the Ukrainian people, marking the highest profile visit to Ukraine’s capital since Russia invaded its neighbor. The French president’s office said that President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Italian Premier Mario Draghi, representing the three largest economies in Europe, traveled to Kyiv together on a special overnight train provided by the Ukrainian authorities

Bureaucratic red tape is significantly slowing the ability of the United States to get weapons to Ukraine, despite the urgent need. Politico reported Tuesday that defense industry executives, lobbyists, and technology experts at the Pentagon are frustrated that the system set up to acquire weapons, and ship them to the war-torn country, is taking too long, creating a “huge lag time” between the time the money is approved and when the gear arrives. “Industry can move very quickly when given a clear signal,” Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning, a former secretary of the Army, told Politico. “It’s usually the government that’s the slow side of the partnership.”

Two U.S. military veteran are missing in Ukraine and feared captured by Russians, their families say. Alexander J. Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh, both of Alabama, went missing near Kharkiv, according to loved ones. Neither has been heard from since June 8.

Taiwan has spent more than seven decades under the threat of an invasion: China sees the island as a breakaway part of its territory. In the months since Russia invaded Ukraine, Taiwanese citizens have come to view a Chinese incursion as a more serious possibility than ever.

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)

Older Black adults are three times more likely to die of air pollution than older white adults, according to a new study. The findings are part of a data analysis released this month by Industrial Economics, a consulting group commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund. Researchers analyzed Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. census data, health and mortality statistics of Medicare recipients, as well as findings from peer-reviewed studies on older adults’ exposure to air pollutants, to determine who is most at risk and by how much. They found rates among people of color disproportionate to their share of the U.S. elder population, 65 and older because they tend to live nearer to industrial pollution.

A private company that uses satellites to spot sources of methane emissions around the globe said Wednesday that it detected one of the largest artificial releases of the potent greenhouse gas ever seen, coming from a coal mine in Russia earlier this year.

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)

Firefighters are working to contain and extinguish a large wildfire that has burned thousands of acres of a state forest in New Jersey. The Mullica River Fire broke out Sunday afternoon in Wharton State Forest in Washington Township. The fire exploded in size in one day, according to officials. As of Sunday night the fire had consumed 2,100 acres, but by Monday afternoon that grew to 7,200 acres and is only 45% contained. Several roads have been closed while firefighting efforts continue.

As of 6/17, 30,449 wildfires have burned 2,990,255 acres in the U.S. This is significantly higher than the average over the last ten years at this same time of 23,535 fires and 1,168,762 acres. Six wildland fires remain burning in Arizona, having already consumed 65,777 acres while four wildfires in New México have charred 672,417 acres. The two largest fires in New Mexico history were both accidently started by the Forest Service.

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)

In the middle of a prolonged, water shortage-inducing megadrought in the U.S. West, one area, Yellowstone, was overwhelmed by drenching rainfall and rapid snowmelt that – instead of replenishing the ground over a matter of weeks or months – created a torrent of flash flooding that ripped out roads and bridges and caused severe damage to one of the country’s most cherished national parks. In the meantime, drought conditions persisted in the Southwest, where water is desperately needed to replenish the country’s largest reservoirs, and provide relief to regions tormented by record-setting wildfires.

A sprawling heat dome has wandered around the West this summer sending temperatures skyrocketing. A heat dome occurs when the atmosphere traps hot air like a lid or cap. This heat dome is the result of a strong change in ocean temperatures from west to east in the tropical Pacific Ocean during the preceding winter, according to the National Ocean Service. The warm air coming from the west part of the Pacific Ocean gets trapped in the jet stream as it approaches land. When that hot air arrives over land, the atmosphere traps it. Winds can move the heat dome around, so it is also referred to as a heat wave.

  • The heat dome has slowly moved eastward. More than 25 million people in over a dozen states are under heat alerts Saturday. From the northern Plains to the Southeast, temperatures will be in the upper 90s, with heat index levels well into the triple digits. The heat wave comes on the heels of another record-breaking heat wave over the last week, which impacted many of the same regions about to be affected by the second wave. From Lincoln, Nebraska, to Fargo, North Dakota, temperatures reached triple digits over the weekend. The Northern Plains were 20 to 25 degrees above normal. The “heat dome is expected to push eastward Monday. Temperatures will be in the 90s from the Great Lakes south to the Gulf Coast early in the week
  • More than 320,000 customers were without power in at least a dozen states from Wisconsin through Georgia early Saturday. Temperatures near or above 100 degrees across much of Kansas, particularly in the western part of the state, resulted in extreme stress levels for livestock, and thousands of cattle died.

Central Chile’s Peñuelas Lake has nearly vanished after a winter of below-average snowfall and 13 years of ongoing drought. It’s the main water supply for cities and towns in the area.

At least 18 are dead in northeastern India and Bangladesh after the monsoon brought heavy rain and flooding to the region earlier this week. Nine people were killed due to flooding and another nine from lightning strikes. Millions of homes are underwater. Some parts of the region saw rainfall totals in excess of 2 feet last week. “The volume of rainfall has been unprecedented,” Sanjay O’Neil, an official at the meteorological station in Gauhati, the capital of India’s Assam state.

A sprawling 3,400-year-old city emerged in Iraq after a reservoir’s water level swiftly dropped due to extreme drought. The archaeological site, Kemune, is believed to be the Bronze Age city Zakhiku, a major hub of the Mittani Empire that reigned from 1550 to 1350 BC.

Signs of the Times Update: June 13, 2022

June 13, 2022

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

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)

A legal opinion given by a justice of the Delhi High Court that conversion from one religion to another is perfectly lawful comes as a welcome development, reports Barnabas Aid. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva gave his opinion during a hearing on June 3 that “conversion is not prohibited in law.” “Every person has a right to choose and profess any religion of his/her choice,” he continued. “It is a constitutional right. If someone is forced to convert, then it’s different issue but to convert is a person’s prerogative.” The court was hearing a petition to outlaw in the National Capital Territory religious conversions obtained through intimidation, threats or deceit. A further hearing is scheduled for July 25.

Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, is defending five members of the Tampa Bay Rays who refused to wear gay pride logos on their uniforms. In a Facebook post on Monday, Graham commended the players for being bold for their beliefs while still following the second most important commandment in all of Scripture; love thy neighbor. “Followers of Jesus Christ must love everyone, but also stand with the truth of God’s Word and share that truth with a lost and dying world.”

A federal judge tossed out Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ policy limiting ICE’s targets for enforcement actions, ruling Friday that the government has a general duty to try to detain and deport illegal immigrants who have significant criminal records or who have been ordered removed by an immigration judge. Judge Drew B. Tipton said evidence produced in the case showed that under Mr. Mayorkas’ policy, migrants whom the law demanded be detained were in fact being released, including many with serious drug offenses, assault with a firearm, or sexual battery.

A judge has dismissed the complaint of a former employee who claimed that The Home Depot violated workers’ rights by refusing to let them wear “Black Lives Matter” on their uniform aprons. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint, filed last year, argued that Black Lives Matter should be exempted from the home improvement retailer’s uniform policy, which bans political or religious messages “unrelated to workplace matters” from workers’ aprons and clothing. Administrative law Judge Paul Bogas ruled Friday that NLRB lawyers failed to show that the BLM slogan was relevant to improving employees’ working conditions.

A unanimous panel from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals has dismissed a school’s attack on the speech rights of a pro-life sidewalk counselor, Larry Cirignano. The organization sued Cirignano “after he peacefully stood on a sidewalk one time near a Planned Parenthood abortion facility situated in between an elementary and middle school in the District of Columbia,” Liberty Counsel explained. “Today, the court ruled in favor of Cirignano and dismissed the case brought against him. Liberty Counsel will now return to court to assess attorney’s fees and costs against Two Rivers Public Charter School for its unlawful lawsuit intended solely to thwart the First Amendment right to free speech,” the organization reported.

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)

Last fall more than 130 nations signed on to an agreement to eliminate the world’s tax havens and enact a global minimum tax. The agreement was designed to increase taxes substantially on many large corporations and to end an international fight over how technology companies are taxed. But legislators in both the U.S. and Europe are now struggling to pass the laws. In the U.S., the central problem is that Senate Democrats cannot agree on the spending proposals — on energy, drug prices and other issues — that would accompany the tax changes. Republicans are not opposed to all of the tax provisions, but they show little sign of voting for any bill.

President Biden and the World Health Organization (WHO) wasted no time their Pandemic Treaty suffered a setback last month. At their annual meeting. Now they’re back—this time with a new Pandemic Treaty that will be even worse than Biden’s proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR) that members voted down. WHO is still pushing for global Vaccine Passports. “Allowing WHO any more power through a Pandemic Treaty or future amendments to the IHR will crush freedom and the independence of the medical profession. WHO will dictate what doctors can prescribe and which medications you can receive. Worse, WHO will dictate what substance must be injected into your body,” notes Liberty Counsel.

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)

On March 9th, President Biden signed an executive order to promote digital money which sounds the death knell for cash. Biden and the New World Order globalists want total control over our money which they can do when it’s all digitized. That executive order piggybacks off of Senator Sherrod Brown’s [D-OH] pro-digital dollar draft. Senate Bill 3571 – Banking for All Act. Forbes, a global media company, focusing on business and investing, wrote, “Digital Money to be Ultimate Financial Censorship Tool.” And as NBC reported, “If the cash is electronic, the government can just erase two percent of your money every year,” quoting David Yermack, professor and chair of the finance department at New York University.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a new terror alert Tuesday warning that anger over the chaotic U.S.-Mexico border or a looming Supreme Court decision on abortion rights could lead to more mass violence. The department pointed to recent mass shootings and said the threat environment is “dynamic,” with a number of future events that could serve as focal points for those intent on carrying out attacks.

  • While there is some risk that a mentally disturbed person might be triggered to commit violence over these issues, there is also a larger risk that politicians will use this as an excuse to harass citizens who are merely expressing their heartfelt opinions.

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)

President Joe Biden’s Summit of the Americas will get off to a rocky start this week after Mexico’s president announced he would not attend the gathering, a major snub for a high-profile event that seeks to convene leaders from North, Central and South America. The summit, which kicked off last Wednesday in Los Angeles, was touted as a chance to address “core challenges.” But Mexican President Andrés Manuel LópezObrador’s boycott of the summit – and threats from another leader to do the same – overshadowed the agenda. The boycott came after the White House decided to exclude Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from the event because of their autocratic governments.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin ran on a platform in 2019 to end cash bail, reduce mass incarceration and crack down on police misconduct. The former public defender was part of a wave of progressive prosecutors who embraced left-leaning activists and their demands to reimagine public safety. But those criminal justice reform efforts weren’t enough to overcome a severe backlash against Boudin, who was removed from office on Tuesday by voters in arguably the country’s most progressive city.

  • On the same night, voters in the overwhelmingly progressive city of Los Angeles signaled their unease with Democrats’ handling of crime and homelessness by elevating billionaire shopping mall magnate Rick Caruso into a runoff race to replace term-limited Mayor Eric Garcetti. Six-term US Rep. Karen Bass was once viewed as the frontrunner in the mayor’s race, but Caruso mounted an unexpectedly strong challenge against her, spending $40 million to push the argument that city leaders have failed to keep people safe and have proven inept in finding solutions to house some 41,000 people living on the streets.

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)

Plans by the city of Houston to require businesses to install surveillance cameras – and then give police access without a warrant– has drawn a warning letter from a second civil-rights organization. The Rutherford Institute, a civil and religious rights organization, said the city’s “Exterior Security Cameras Ordinance” is nothing more than a “thinly veiled attempt to evade oversight and accountability for Fourth Amendment violations.”

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

The Supreme Court Monday again prolonged the wait for its opinion which is expected to overturn the federal right to an abortion. The ruling is likely to occur on one of the next two Mondays or Wednesdays before the current court recesses at the end of June.

In an effort to slow the catastrophic plunge he’s seen in his approval rating from American voters – now under 40% — President Biden took to the television stage on comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s show this week. And he threatened to use “executive orders” to reverse a Supreme Court opinion that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

A man has been arrested outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home. He had a gun and told police he was there to kill Kavanaugh. those familiar with the investigation are saying the would-be assassin specifically cited the leaked draft overturning Roe v. Wade as his motivation. The man had a weapon but also burglary tools, which suggests this wasn’t just some crazy person walking around running his mouth. Apparently, he had a plan to enter Kavanaugh’s home to kill him, and law enforcement intervened before the plot was carried out.

  • Before his arrest, he had called 911 after arriving near Kavanaugh’s house. In addition to threatening the justice, he said he was having suicidal thoughts, prosecutors said.

Attorney General Merrick Garland is facing growing political pressure to enforce a federal law that prohibits picketing outside of Supreme Court justices’ homes for the purpose of influencing a decision. Federal U.S. code 1507, states that any individual who “pickets or parades” with the “intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer” near a U.S. court or “near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer” will be fined, or “imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”

The underground pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge appeared to claim responsibility for vandalizing CompassCare, a pro-life Christian pregnancy center in Amherst, N.Y., and throwing firebombs into the building Tuesday. The CompassCare CEO said the fire was reported around 3 a.m. and had left the building temporarily unusable. Graffiti spray-painted on the building read “Jane was here.” Pregnancy center services will resume Wednesday at an undisclosed location.

A WNBA game between the New York Liberty and Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday night was briefly interrupted by pro-choice activists. Some women were topless when they ran onto the court while others held up a banner that read, “Overturn Roe? Hell no!” Another banner read, “Abortion on demand & without apology.” Earlier, women attending a service Sunday at Pastor Joel Osteen’s church stripped down to their underwear, held us sings, and also chanted, “Overturn Roe? Hell no!”

A survey from Gallup has revealed that 52% of American respondents believe abortion is “morally acceptable,” with a record low share (38%) characterizing abortion as “morally wrong.” This is the first time a poll conducted by Gallup has found that more Americans view abortion as “morally acceptable” than “morally wrong.” In an interview with The Christian Post, Michael New, a pro-life scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute and a professor at the Catholic University of America, attributed the finding to an increase in “moral acceptability of a range of issues that pertain to sexuality” and “sexual conduct.” He pointed to the acceptance of premarital sex and same-sex marriage as examples of this phenomenon.

Little Rock Family Planning, an abortion business in the capital city of Arkansas, that performs abortions up to 21 weeks gestation, continues its pattern of calling on medical professionals to pick up the pieces of failed abortions – delivering injured women by ambulance to a nearby emergency room. On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 911 was called and an ambulance was dispatched at 12:51 p.m. to transport a patient to UAMS Medical Center. This was the 69th documented medical emergency that required an ambulance since 1999, reports Operation Rescue.

  • For the third time in less than four months, Trust Women Wichita, located in Wichita, Kansas, has called an ambulance for a woman seriously injured during an abortion. This comes as Kansans prepare to vote on a state constitutional amendment that would affirm there is no right to an abortion in the Kansas Constitution.

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 new Covid-19 cases is down 6% over the past two weeks to an average of 103,193 per day. Hospitalizations, though, are up 10% to 29,672/day while deaths are down 11% to 331/day. As conditions improve in the Northeast and Midwest, the South and West have begun to emerge as new hotspots. Cases have more than doubled over the past two weeks in Wyoming and Oklahoma. Officials believe cases numbers are undercounted because of widespread home testing.

With the rise of new coronavirus variants, the symptoms of COVID-19 have also evolved. At the onset of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed the most common symptoms including fever, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and new loss of taste and smell. Then, with omicron, the symptom guidelines changed to include cough, congestion and runny noses. Now, according to Medical Daily, there have been reports of some strange side effects, including skin lesions, Covid nails, hair loss and hearing loss. Experts believe these unusual symptoms may be the result of inflammation, our body’s natural defense system against invading pathogens.

Covid’s racial gaps have narrowed and, more recently, even flipped. Over the past year, the Covid death rate for white Americans has been 14 percent higher than the rate for Black Americans and 72 percent higher than the Latino rate, according to the latest C.D.C. data. During Covid’s early months in the U.S., the per capita death rate for Black Americans was almost twice as high as the white rate and more than twice as high as the Asian rate. The Latino death rate was in between, substantially lower than the Black rate but still above average. The vaccination rate for both groups is slightly higher now than it is for white Americans, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s surveys. Earlier in the pandemic, Black and Latino rates were substantially lower.

Diabetes increases the odds that a COVID-19 infection will be severe, and may be up to four times more likely to cause long-lasting symptoms, new research suggests. Though more data is needed, some early studies suggest that diabetes may be a risk factor for long COVID.

International travelers flying to the United States will no longer need to show proof of a negative coronavirus test before boarding their flights, the Biden administration said Friday, ending one of the last pandemic-related travel requirements. The requirement will end at 12:01 a.m. Sunday

Respiratory viruses such as those that cause the flu and the common cold have been acting strangely during the pandemic. Pathogens that typically surge during fall and winter have been unexpectedly sending children to the hospital in the spring and summer instead. Scientists are investigating what is causing a shift in the seasonal patterns of common viruses – and they’re looking at the coronavirus’s possible role as well as changes in behavior such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

In Australia, where nearly everyone is vaccinated, the government reported deaths this year were 10% above normal, excluding COVID-19. That alarming statistic in the government’s May 25 report is consistent with figures in the United States spotlighted by insurance industry executives as well as analysts who point to the correlation with the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns. Former Wall Street executive Edward Dowd and an insurance-industry analyst with whom he has teamed have compiled CDC data indicating the Millennial generation suffered a “Vietnam War event,” with more than 61,000 excess deaths from March 2021 to February 2022.

  • The biggest rises in deaths in Australia were from diabetes and dementia, both almost 30% above normal. In the United States, the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, or VAERS, run by the CDC and the FDA, have cases of severe diabetic dysregulation following the mRNA shots.

Monkeypox:

Known U.S. cases of monkeypox have more than doubled in the past week, reaching 45 in more than a dozen states, though federal scientists do not believe the virus is spreading easily through the air. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said the nation is ramping up testing so it can diagnose people who show up at the doctor’s office with rashes or blisters. So far, there have been no deaths from the infections, which are spread across 15 states and D.C.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky says that the virus that causes Monkeypox is not airborne. Walensky says the disease is spread mainly through face-to-face or skin-to-skin contact with bodily fluids or sores of an infected person.

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)

Unlike many less developed countries, the U.S. has enough doses to vaccinate everyone as well as the necessary infrastructure to support the rollout. However, not everyone wants the shot. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48.7% of people over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated and received at least one booster dose in the U.S. That is a lower rate than in other countries with similar access to vaccines. For example, 69.6% of people over the age of 12 have been boosted in the United Kingdom and 55.5% in Canada. Across the 27 European Union countries, 62.6% of adults have been boosted.

  • Many U.S. citizens are aware of several studies that say the vaccines have an intolerable level of complications that can cause severe problems, even death, feeling that the risks of the shot outweigh the limited protection of the vaccines.

The FDA on Sunday posted its analysis of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5, announcing that the kid-sized doses do appear to be safe and effective. The agency posted a similar analysis of Moderna’s vaccine for the youngest age group last week. The FDA will vote on whether to approve the vaccines for the young children at its meeting on Wednesday.

  • With the death rate for youngsters almost miniscule, and with growing reports of severe reactions to vaccination, there’s no need to do this – but the New World Order folks want to get the mRNA in everyone.

The latest drop of pages from the secret Pfizer documents reveals that the pharmaceutical giant was fully aware that its Covid-19 vaccine would cause 90% of pregnant women to lose their babies. This is a shocking figure that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) apparently did not think care about when granting Emergency Use Authorization to the vaccine. “Pfizer states in the document that by 28th February 2021 there were 270 known cases of exposure to the mRNA injection during pregnancy,” reports Exposé News. “Forty-six-percent of the mothers (124) exposed to the Pfizer Covid-19 injection suffered an adverse reaction. “Pfizer states in the document that by 28th February 2021 there were 270 known cases of exposure to the mRNA injection during pregnancy,” reports Exposé News. “Forty-six-percent of the mothers (124) exposed to the Pfizer Covid-19 injection suffered an adverse reaction.””

A report that healthy young people are dying suddenly and unexpectedly from a mysterious syndrome has caught the eye of epidemiologists and analysts who have documented an alarming rise in excess deaths they believe is connected to the COVID-19 vaccines. DailyMail.com reported Wednesday that in Australia, where some 95% of the population has been vaccinated for COVID-19, people under the age of 40 are being urged get their hearts checked because they may be at risk of what is being called Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, or SADS.

Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday backed a more traditional type of vaccine. Next, the FDA must decide whether to authorize the protein vaccine made by latecomer Novavax as the nation’s fourth coronavirus shot for adults. It’s made with more conventional technology than today’s dominant Pfizer and Moderna shots and the lesser-used Johnson & Johnson option. Novavax shots are already available in Australia, Canada, parts of Europe and multiple other countries, either for initial vaccinations or as mix-and-match boosters. But U.S. clearance is a key hurdle for the Maryland-based company.

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 10-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday after authorities say she fatally shot a woman who was arguing with her mother, according to the Orlando Police Department. The child was placed in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to police. In a statement following the shooting, State Attorney for Orange and Osceola Counties Monique H. Worrell said her office has begun reviewing the case and will “consider all of the facts, including the age of the child, and all of the surrounding circumstances, when making a charging decision.”

Investigators were working Friday to figure out why a gunman opened fire at a manufacturing facility in Northern Maryland, killing three people and injuring two others. The gunman, a worker at the factory who was also injured, was in custody. A Maryland State Police trooper was also injured after exchanging shots with the suspect. The shooting happened Thursday afternoon at Columbia Machine, a factory in Smithsburg, about 75 miles northwest of Baltimore near the Pennsylvania border. Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of West Virginia, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder and 19 other counts in connection to the shooting at Columbia, Machine, Inc. The investigation so far has revealed the suspect reported to work Thursday for his normal shift and worked through the day. At some point before 2:30 p.m., he “exited the building, retrieved a weapon from his vehicle, and reentered the business. The suspect proceeded to the area of the break room and begin to fire upon employees.

A teacher died and more than dozen people were injured when a man drove a car into a group that was on a school trip Wednesday, according to authorities. The teenage secondary school students were visiting Berlin from the state of Hesse in central Germany. Six of the injured were in life-threatening condition, and three were seriously hurt, according to a fire department spokesperson. Police said that the driver was a 29-year-old German Armenian man who lived in the city. Authorities believe the incident was an “amok act by a really seriously psychologically impaired person.”

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 House voted Wednesday 223-204 to pass a wide-ranging package of gun control legislation called the “Protecting Our Kids Act,” after lawmakers faced intense pressure to act in the wake of recent mass shootings. Five Republicans voted for the bill: Reps. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Fred Upton of Michigan, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Chris Jacobs of New York. Two Democrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon — voted against it. The measure is not expected to pass the Senate, however, amid widespread GOP opposition to stricter gun control. A bipartisan group of senators is engaging in talks in an attempt to find common ground on gun policy, but it is still unclear what, if anything, will come of the effort.

U.S. Senators agreed to a bipartisan gun deal, heralding a potential breakthrough, but falling short of the tougher measures sought by President Biden. Under the tentative deal, a federal grant program would encourage states to establish “red flag” laws, while federal criminal background checks for gun buyers under 21 would include a mandatory search of juvenile justice records for the first time. If enacted, the gun provisions set out in the framework could represent the most significant new federal firearms restrictions enacted since the mid-1990s, though they do not include some tougher measures President Biden sought.

  • Notably, the agreement doesn’t include a provision that would expand background checks for all firearm sales or transfers in the country. Currently, background checks are not required for gun sales and transfers by unlicensed and private sellers. Also left out is a federal ban on military-style assault weapons, another measure Democrats have been pushing in recent years. Additionally, the agreement doesn’t include a change to the age at which a person needs to be to purchase an assault-style weapon. Democrats, including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, the chamber’s most conservative Democrat, have said the age to purchase assault weapons must be raised from 18 to 21.

Thousands of gun control advocates rallied across the country Saturday in nationwide March for Our Lives protests to demand action on gun laws after a spate of deadly mass shootings. Up to 50,000 protesters were expected in Washington, D.C., for a march against gun violence, according to a permit from the National Park Service. Several hundred marches were planned across the country, including in New York City, Las Vegas and Chicago. It marks the latest widespread move by March for Our Lives, which was founded by teens after 17 people were killed in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2018. That year, the group rallied more than 1 million people in the nation’s capital and hosted sister rallies around the country and world, ramping up public pressure to change gun laws that – four years later – have largely still not been addressed.

The U.S.’s rate of firearms homicides is 4.14 per 100,000 people, the highest among wealthy nations with a population of 10 million or more, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a health research organization based at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Firearms homicide rates in the U.S. are 22 times greater than in the 27 countries combined that comprise the European Union. Chile is the next highest at 1.82, Canada is third at 0.5, with Germany at 0.08 and the UK at 0.04.

International:

Just weeks after a lone gunman in 1996 killed 35 people at a cafe in the tourist town of Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australian authorities – despite fierce opposition from the gun lobby – passed strict gun control legislation, including a ban on semi-automatic rifles and semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns. As part of the reforms, thousands of unlicensed firearms were surrendered. All licensed gun owners were required to take a safety course. Some 650,000 firearms were confiscated and destroyed. There were 13 mass shootings in Australia in the 18 years before the legislation was adopted, resulting in more than 100 deaths. There were no mass shootings for 14 years after the laws were passed.

One of Britain’s deadliest mass shootings took place on March 13, 1996, when 16 children aged five and six were targeted, along with their teacher, by a former Scout leader in the Scottish town of Dunblane. In direct response to the incident, British lawmakers effectively banned private ownership of all handguns in mainland Britain, giving the country some of the strictest anti-gun legislation in the world. Authorities also introduced a firearm amnesty, resulting in the surrender of thousands of guns. Members of the public are allowed to own rifles for sports and shotguns, provided they are licensed to do so. There have been no reported shootings in schools since.

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 GOP Michigan gubernatorial candidate, Ryan Kelley, was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor charges related to his involvement in the Capitol breach on January 6, 2021, according to the Justice Department. The Detroit FBI field office confirmed Kelley’s arrest and said his home was searched on Thursday morning. Kelley’s arrest adds another twist to an already chaotic Republican primary fight.

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

The ongoing surge in gas prices could now even put communities in danger. New reports have revealed Isabella County Police Department in Michigan has advised officers to handle all non-urgent calls by telephone due to the fact of the rising gas prices. According to County Administrator Nicole Frost, the Isabella County Police Department has already used 96% of the Sheriff’s Office’s fuel budget. “We have exhausted what funds were budgeted for fuel with several months to go before the budget reset,” the sheriff said Tuesday as the state-wide average rose above $5.20 a gallon.

A program in Denver sending in healthcare clinicians instead of the police for certain 911 calls led to a 34% reduction in low-level crimes, a study Wednesday found amid a growing wave of cities changing their responses to mental health crises. The Support Team Assistance Response, or STAR, pilot program, prevented nearly 1,400 crimes during its six-month pilot launched in June 2020, the results showed. Advocates urge removing police from 911 calls related to mental health crises, substance use disorders, homelessness and other social welfare issues. More than 1 in 5 people fatally shot by police since 2015 had a mental illness, according to a Washington Post database of fatal shootings by on-duty officers.

Lawmakers and school leaders across the country are talking about having more armed guards, also known as school resource officers, stationed on campus. However, a 2021 JAMA Network study examined the presence of armed officers on the scene and the occurrence and severity of mass school shootings from 1980 to 2019. The data suggested “no association between having an armed officer and deterrence of violence in these cases” and no significant reduction in rates of injury. Another 2021 study by RAND Corporation, a nonprofit think tank, and University at Albany used national school-level data from 2014 to 2018 to evaluate the impact of school resource officers. It found officers reduce “some forms of violence in schools,” such as physical attacks and fights, but “do not prevent school shootings or gun-related incidents.”

  • The RAND study also said school resource officers intensify the use of suspensions, expulsions, police referrals, and arrests of students. And Black students, male students, and students with disabilities disproportionately bear the brunt of punishments.
  • A man described by police as “suspicious” has been shot and killed by a school resource officer after attempting to enter an Alabama elementary school Thursday morning, reports say.

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 arrested 31people aligned with the Patriot Front group. They were charged with planning a riot near LGBTQ event in Idaho. Many of those arrested were wearing logos for the Patriot Front, a white-supremacist group whose founder was among those detained. Authorities had received a tip about a “little army” loading into a U-Haul truck and found an “operations plan” to riot near a Pride event in a Coeur d’Alene park. The men had what appeared to be a homemade riot shield and some protective equipment, KTVB reported. It was not immediately clear why the truck was stopped.

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)

Kids born in the COVID era are lagging in certain skills and are more prone to challenging behaviors. Experts say their parents need more support. Emerging evidence reveals an uptick in developmental delays and challenging behaviors in children belonging to the so-called “COVID generation.” Born during or shortly before the pandemic, many of these children are talking, walking and interacting later and less frequently. They’re also more prone to certain behaviors, like outbursts, physical aggression and separation anxiety. 

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

According to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), the number of forensic drug reports testing positive for fentanyl has skyrocketed in recent years from under 20,000 in 2015 to 117,045 in 2020. A recent study from the National Institutes of Health found that the number of individual fentanyl pills seized by law enforcement increased nearly 50-fold from the first quarter of 2018 to the last quarter of 2021. Fentanyl overdoses are soaring across all ages and racial lines, with dramatic increases in black, Native American, Alaska Native and Hispanic communities across the nation. There were an estimated 105,752 overdoses in just the 12-month period ending October 2021.

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 announced that any state or local agency that received funding from the Food and Nutrition Services of the Department of Agriculture must align with the Administration’s interpretation of Title IX  which now includes gender identity and sexual orientation. Title IX was originally created to give girls and women protection against discrimination in educational settings, including sports. Now, the Biden Administration is adding its own interpretation to include sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) language. This forces schools to adhere to SOGI ideology and policies on school systems across the nation in order to receive school lunch funding.

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 FBI warned Friday that it will not “tolerate violence, destruction, interference with government functions, or trespassing on government property” after an armed man was arrested earlier this week near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home. In a joint statement issued by U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves and Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Steven D’Antuono, they said the agencies are “committed to protecting the First Amendment rights of all Americans to express their views peacefully during demonstrations that take place on a regular basis in the nation’s capital, including at the Supreme Court.”

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.

Nearly half of the 1.6 million Americans who identify as transgender are teenagers or young adults, and some of the highest rates of youth transgenderism occur in blue (Democrat-led) states, according to a new study. The percent of youth who identify as transgender had doubled since its last estimate, while transgenderism in adults had remained stable. Nearly a fifth of the total transgender population is aged 13-17, according to the study. The study, conducted by the University of California Los Angeles Williams Institute, found that transgenderism rates varied between states, with New York seeing a 3% rate among youth compared to roughly 0.6% in Wyoming.

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 former U.S. congressman has pleaded guilty to several election fraud charges, including bribery and falsification of voting records. Former Rep. Michael Myers (D-Pa.), 79, admitted to bribing an election judge in Philadelphia, Domenick Demuro, to illegally add votes for certain candidates, including candidates for federal and state officers. Myers and Demuro, both Democrats, supported fellow Democrat candidates. Myers would receive payments from the candidates, by cash or check, and send a portion of the funds to Demuro. The judge of elections for the 39th Ward, 36th Division in South Philadelphia would then add fraudulent votes for Myers’s clients.

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)

President Joe Biden and other leaders announced a plan at the end of the Summit of the Americas on Friday to create more legal pathways for migrant workers and refugees to enter countries. The Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection would also give aid to communities most affected by migration, promote humane border management, and coordinate emergency responses. Leaders hope to have the declaration signed by the United States, Canada, Spain, and most Latin American countries.

The United Kingdom’s controversial plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda as early as next week was green-lit on Friday, after the High Court in London denied an injunction to block the first flight. Britain’s government announced in April that it had agreed a deal to send asylum-seekers to the East African country, in a move that it insisted was aimed at disrupting people-smuggling networks and deterring migrants from making the dangerous Channel crossing to England from Europe.

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)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigated more infant deaths than initially reported among babies who consumed powdered formula from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan, plant before it was forced to close down and precipitate the shortage in baby formula. According to a Freedom of Information Act request obtained by eFoodAlert, FDA received reports of nine infant deaths between December 1, 2021, and March 3, 2022. In addition to the deaths, there were 25 reported consumer complaints classified as a “Life Threatening Injury/Illness” and 80 identified as “Non-Life Threatening Injury/Illness.” The five illnesses reported on Feb.28 resulted in hospitalization, four from Cronobacter sakazakii and one from Salmonella Newport, with the former infection possibly having contributed to death in two patients.

  • The plant is now operational and presumably free of contamination, with supplies due to hit supermarket shelves in a couple of weeks.
  • Lower-income women rely on formula more than other mothers. Formula is often the only option for women, disproportionately Black and Brown, who are concentrated in lower-paying jobs that may not provide the space or flexibility to pump breast milk while at work.

The latest household supply shortage? Tampons. The sanitary protection product has been harder to find for months, especially popular brands. Like any other product, tampons are affected by consumer demand. Sanitary protection products are considered essential by the majority of the menstruating population. Manufacturers and retailers say there are no production and distribution glitches, so it must be due to increased demand resulting from rumors of shortages, like toilet paper.

Time to find an alternative hot sauce, Sriracha lovers. Huy Fong Inc., one of the world’s largest producers in the Asian hot sauce market, says it anticipates a major shortage of its beloved Sriracha. “Unfortunately, we can confirm that there is an unprecedented shortage of our products,” the company said in a statement. “We are still endeavoring to resolve this issue that has be caused by several spiraling events, including unexpected crop failure from the spring chili harvest.”

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 Biden administration took another step in its campaign to transition more Americans to electric vehicles on Thursday when it released proposed standards for a network of charging stations across the country. President Biden has pledged to have 500,000 public charging stations for electric vehicles in place by 2030. The administration is providing more than $5 billion to states over the next five years to build a network of charging stations along the nation’s interstates. The proposed standards, which will be published next week in the Federal Register, dictate that a charging station be located every 50 miles along the interstate and no more than a mile off the highway. Stations would be required to maintain a minimum number and type of chargers capable of serving multiple customers.

Electric vehicles are supposed to be the next big thing. So, why did one Wall Street Journal reporter, after taking a road trip with one, say that the fumes of expensive gasoline “never smelled so sweet”? In a piece published by the Journal on Friday, Rachel Wolfe described charging a Kia EV6 for more time than she spent sleeping during a trek from New Orleans to Chicago. Wolfe’s opening statement, which should serve as a portent to anyone who thinks the charging infrastructure or the capabilities of electric vehicles are there yet: “I thought it would be fun.” Despite the fact that the EV6 is a hot new vehicle and the fact Wolfe had made several long trips in her antediluvian 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, the experience turned into a nightmare of public-charging infrastructure frustrations and waiting around.

  • Wolfe wrote that she “plotted a meticulous route” using an app that showed public chargers along the 2,000-mile round-trip route. Most of the chargers, however, were only Level 2, which means they would take eight hours for a full charge. Fast chargers can get the car to 80 percent of its full charge in roughly a half-hour.

One of the problems leading to higher gasoline prices is that there isn’t enough refineries, which break down crude oil into gas and other common products, to keep up with demand. When COVID-19 struck and world economies closed, demand plunged for oil and gas so many companies closed their plants. Others were hit by bad weather. Some companies stopped investing in refineries because of uncertainty over how the transition to green energy would affect their business. When Russia invaded Ukraine, more refineries in Russia were taken offline.  Existing refineries are operating at near-maximum capacity, but they haven’t been able to keep up with demand.

Over the last month, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices have surged nearly 20 percent to around $120 per barrel. Despite soaring energy prices, U.S. output is still below pre-pandemic levels. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), domestic production totaled 11.9 million barrels per day (bpd) in the week ending May 27. This is unchanged from the same time in the previous month, and it remains under the peak of 13.1 million bpd in February 2020. There has not been enough cash via private equity to begin drilling across the U.S., said Campbell Faulkner, the senior vice president and chief data analyst at OTC Global Holdings, the world’s largest independent institutional broker of commodities. “Inflation and labor shortages have also greatly crimped the ability for shale firms to even modestly expand their capital expenditures (CapEx) while experiencing robust cash flows.”

A key Texas petroleum refinery that produces 268,000 barrels of fuel per day is facing a premature shutdown that could increase pressure on domestic fuel supplies. The Houston, Texas, facility — which is operated by LyondellBasell Industries, spans 700 acres and was built in 1918 — is scheduled to permanently close by the end of 2023, but could shut down earlier if a “major equipment failure” spreads to major units.

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)One of

The net worth of households and nonprofit organizations dropped $0.5 trillion to $149.3 trillion in the first quarter, according to Federal Reserve Bank data released Thursday. That’s a notable turnaround from the robust gains in wealth that began in mid-2020, fueled by skyrocketing prices of homes and equities. The first-quarter decline reflects the swoon in the stock market earlier this year, which slashed $3 trillion from the value of directly and indirectly held corporate equities. The total value of these holdings was $46.3 trillion in the first quarter, making it one of households’ largest assets. The Dow and the S&P 500 each dropped nearly 5% in the first three months, while the Nasdaq plummeted nearly 9%. It was the worst quarterly performance for the markets since the first quarter of 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic upended the US economy.

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

Smithfields Inc., the largest pork packer in the United States, is leaving California due to high operational costs and red tape. Instead, the company will serve California customers with its Farmer John brand and other brands and products from current facilities in the Midwest. “Smithfield is taking these steps due to the escalating cost of doing business in California,” the company explained. The company, owned by Hong Kong-listed WH Group Ltd., said that workers at the plant will be offered financial and transition assistance, including the option to relocate to other Smithfield facilities.

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)

U.. S stocks plunged into bear market territory Monday morning as Wall Street investors grew increasingly nervous about the prospect of even more harsh medicine from the Federal Reserve to take the sting out of inflation. The S&P 500 is now down over 20% which triggers the ‘bear market’ moniker. The Dow was down 876 points Monday after being down over 800 last Friday.

Inflation hit a new 40-year high in May as gas, food and rent prices surged, underscoring that its anticipated decline could be painfully slow. The consumer price index increased 8.6% annually, the largest rise since December 1981, the Labor Department said Friday. On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 1%, compared to a 0.3% rise the prior month. Gas prices increased 4.1% monthly and 48.7% annually while grocery prices rose 1.4% monthly and 11.9% over the past year. Russia’s war in Ukraine continued to curtail global supplies of oil, wheat, corn and other commodities and to extend supply chain troubles.

  • Last month, prices rose 3.1% for cakes, cupcakes and cookies and 2.2% for fish. Egg prices increased 5% following a 10.3% jump in April and chicken costs advanced 3% for the second straight month. Rent climbed 0.6% over April and 5.2% over the past year. Rents in Manhattan hit a record high in May for the fourth consecutive month. Median rent for an apartment climbed to $4,000 a month, surging 25% from a year ago — and that’s before the peak summer season for lease signings.

The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. reached $5 Thursday, according to fuel analyst GasBuddy. GasBuddy noted that it’s the “first time ever” that U.S.-wide gas prices hit $5 per gallon. “Gas prices have surged in recent weeks as U.S. gasoline inventories have fallen over 25 million barrels, or over one billion gallons, since the start of March amidst a global decline in refining capacity,” said the firm.

According to Moody’s Analytics senior economist Ryan Sweet, inflation is costing the average American family more than five thousand dollars a year, far more than any wage gains that have taken place over the course of the Biden regime.

Consumer sentiment slumped to a record low between May and June, according to preliminary survey data released by the University of Michigan on Friday. Record gas prices helped push down the consumer sentiment index from 58.4 in May to 50.2 in June — the lowest recorded level since the university started collecting consumer sentiment data in November 1952. The preliminary reading is comparable to the trough reached during the 1980 recession when the index reached its previous low of 51.7 in May, 1980.

The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.23% in the week ending June 9, up from 5.09% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. The rate remains well above the 2.96% average from this time last year. “After little movement the last few weeks, mortgage rates rose again on the back of increased economic activity and incoming inflation data,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

The housing market continues to sag under the weight of record-high home prices and higher mortgage rates. Mortgage applications have dropped, with weakness in both purchase and refinance applications pushing the market index down to its lowest level in 22 years. Buyers of median-priced homes are looking at a monthly mortgage payment that is 53% higher than it was a year ago, adding an extra $670 to their monthly expenses.

As households around the globe struggle with rising energy bills, some of the world’s leading oil giants reported record profits for the first three months of this year. Profits for Exxon Mobil, Shell and more also rose by billions despite significant costs of exiting operations and/or investments in Russia amid war in Ukraine. Home heating bills and electricity prices also inflated worldwide – as natural gas prices climbed from $3.50 per million British thermal units to about $5.60.

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

Two policemen and a civilian who made a wrong turn into the Arab neighborhood of Issawiya in eastern Jerusalem on Wednesday night were viciously assaulted by ab Arab mob which attempted to lynch them. One of the rioters managed to snatch the weapon of one of the officers who was in the vehicle. The other policemen, who felt their lives were in danger, fired in the air to drive away the attackers who fled the scene. Police forces were called to the scene and began searches and operational activities to locate the rioters and the stolen weapon. The weapon was subsequently “found” and returned to the police officer.

A new report from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) placed the blame for Palestinian terror on the actions of Israel, delving into a plethora of alleged Israeli human rights violations and war crimes. “The findings and recommendations relevant to the underlying root causes [of the Arab-Israeli conflict] were overwhelmingly directed towards Israel, which we have taken as an indicator of the asymmetrical nature of the conflict and the reality of one state occupying the other,” stated Navanethem Pillay, who is heading the UN’s Commission of Inquiry investigating Israel. Israel’s alleged preferential treatment towards Jews and its creation of a “repressive environment” for Palestinians “is feeding increased resentment among the Palestinian people” and “is fueling … an endless cycle of violence,” the report said. The U.S. and 21 other countries denounced the UN Human Rights Council’s bias against Israel.

  • This ruling flies in the face of numerous declarations by Hamas and other terrorist organizations that their intent is to wipe Israel off the face of the map.

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)

Syria announced Friday that it has temporarily closed its international airport after alleged Israeli airstrikes in the pre-dawn hours, June 12, caused “sizeable” damage to its sole civilian runway. The government’s Transportation Ministry said that it was suspending all flights due to the fact that the runway had been damaged “in several locations” and “some technical equipment stopped functioning at the airport.” One civilian had been injured in the attack, it said. Satellite images published by Israeli company ImageSat International showed three craters on the northern civilian runway, and three on the southern military runway. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR), a British-based opposition group, says the latter had not been yet put back into service since alleged Israeli airstrikes hit it last year because the damage was so extensive. According to various Syrian sources, this was the third Israeli attack in the country within a week.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) attacked targets near Damascus in Syria on Monday, June 6, the country’s state media reported, causing damage to the targets. SANA news reported that the Syrian army’s air defenses “confronted an Israeli missile aggression that targeted some sites [in the] Damascus southern countryside and downed most of the hostile missiles.” Only material damage was caused by the attack, the report claimed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the IAF targeted military sites in the al-Kiswah area, in which the Lebanese Hezbollah terror organization and the Syrian army are deployed. These targets have previously been bombed by Israeli forces.

The head of the United Nations atomic energy watchdog said Thursday that Iran is removing 27 cameras used by the agency to monitor the country’s nuclear sites, a move that he warned could deliver a “fatal blow” to the stalled international negotiations to restore a 2015 nuclear deal. The removal of the cameras followed the passage of a resolution Wednesday by the watchdog’s board censuring Iran for not cooperating with an investigation into uranium traces found at three undeclared nuclear sites. Only Russia and China voted against the resolution.

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)

Russian forces are now in control of most of Severodonetsk, the epicenter of the bloody battle for Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. Street fighting continued to rage on Saturday in the eastern city, where Russian soldiers and Ukrainian troops are still locked in battle. Severdonetsk lies in the heart of Donbas, a sprawling industrial region in eastern Ukraine that has seen intermittent fighting since 2014, when Russian-backed separatists seized control of two territories there — the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic.

Russia is massing more troops and could soon dispatch fresh battalions for its major ground offensive in Ukraine‘s eastern Donbas region, foreign intelligence officials said Sunday, while Russian rocket attacks on the opposite side of the country reportedly injured more than 20 Ukrainians. The attack on the western city of Chortkiv on Sunday offered a grim reminder that Russian forces still have the capability to strike virtually anywhere in Ukraine, despite focusing the bulk of their resources on the Donbas campaign.

The ripple effects of Russia’s audacious invasion of Ukraine will wipe out 15 years of their recent economic gains by the end of 2023, a global banking trade group reported Wednesday. The Institute of International Finance estimated the Russian economy will shrink by 15% this year and another 3% in 2023.

Mariupol is now under Russian control and the bombardment of civilian buildings has ended—but death is still a constant presence in the Ukrainian port city. Petro Andryushchenko, an aide to the city’s mayor, says many wrecked buildings in the city hold 50 to 100 bodies each and they are being taken in an “endless caravan of death” to landfills and other places.

Two Britons and a Moroccan were sentenced to death by firing squad Thursday by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine for fighting on Ukraine’s side. The Supreme Court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic found the  men guilty of working toward a violent overthrow of power, an offense punishable by death in the republic recognized only by Russia. The men were also convicted of mercenary activities and terrorism. The UK government is “deeply concerned” with the sentencing of British citizens by a pro-Russian court, the British prime minister’s deputy spokesperson said Thursday.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense claimed on Tuesday that it had opened a land corridor to Russian-occupied Crimea, allowing civilians and goods to pass through the eastern Ukrainian territory now under its control. defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, said in a conference call on Tuesday that the military, working with Russian Railways, had restored 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) of train tracks and opened roads to allow “full-fledged traffic” between Russia, eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region and Crimea, the peninsula annexed by Russian forces from Ukraine in 2014. The supply of water through the North Crimean Canal — a lifeline for Crimea — had also resumed, Shoigu said.

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)

Malnutrition treatment centers in Somalia have recorded at least 448 deaths this year alone, according to a report by aid groups and local authorities this week. Aid groups are warning of the repercussions of one of the worst droughts in the Horn of Africa in at least four decades. Ethiopia and Kenya also report spikes in cases of severe malnutrition. The United Nations’ children’s agency on Tuesday warned “an explosion of child deaths” is imminent in the region if the world doesn’t broaden its concern beyond the Ukraine war.

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 wildfire north of Flagstaff, Arizona burned about 4,000-5,000 acres on Sunday and triggered evacuations, The U.S. Forest Service is battling the fire in the area near Sunset Crater National Monument. The fire is in the area of Haywire Crater just east of Sunset Crater Road. After consultation with the U.S. Forest Service resources managing the fire, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office ordered a “GO” evacuation of the area north and east of that area, commonly known as Alpine Ranchos. There are very strong winds forecasted for Monday, which will adversely affect the rate of spread for the Haywire Fire.

Mandatory evacuations are in place after a wildfire expanded steadily in Southern California’s Angeles National Forest on Sunday. The Sheep Fire grew from 35 acres Sunday morning to 775 acres by the afternoon, according to InciWeb. The fire is only 5% contained. “Law enforcement is going door-to-door with a mandatory evacuation for Desert Front Road and Wild Horse Canyon,” the latest fire update said. “Wrightwood is under an evacuation warning. There is a road closure from Hwy 138 to Lone Pine (Highway 2),” officials said.

Twenty-three wildland fires were burning in Alaska as of Saturday, 6/11. The fires have scorched 196,567 acres with all of them showing 0% containment. Only 17 structures have been damaged so far.

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)

An historic heat wave in the West was forecast to roll eastward this week after Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver joined a plethora of cities and towns posting record temperatures and more than 50 million Americans sweltered under heat advisories. Weekend temperatures in California’s Death Valley climbed above 120 degrees while in Phoenix, a man grilled burgers and baked a cake on his dashboard in the 114-degree heat. In the east, temperatures will range from 10 to 30 degrees above normal for this time of year come Wednesday.

Seven people were taken to hospitals after multiple calls for medical aid related to the heat during a University of California graduation ceremony. Officials at the University of California – Davis campus said they received 36 calls from people requesting help during the university’s outdoor graduation. Most were heat related. The ceremony was called off about halfway through.

More than 4,500 warm temperature records were broken at weather stations across the country in May, according to records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In Millinocket, Maine, a record high of 90 on May 13 was 14 degrees higher than the previous record. In Wallace, Kansas, an overnight low of 70 on May 12 was 15 degrees warmer than the 119-year-old previous record.

Seven people were taken to hospitals after multiple calls for medical aid related to the heat during a University of California graduation ceremony Friday as a dangerous and potentially deadly heat wave grips much of the Southwest and Southern Plains. Officials at UC-Davis campus said they received 36 calls from people requesting help during the university’s outdoor graduation. The ceremony was called off about halfway through.

  • Sacramento was one of several cities from California through southern Nevada and into Arizona where highs soared to triple digits Friday. Cooling centers were activated in several areas through the weekend, including Las Vegas, where it hit a record daily high of 109 degrees Friday, and Phoenix, where Saturday’s lowest temperature was expected to be 90 degrees.

The megadrought in the U.S. West eased a bit last week, but mostly in the Northwest. Overall, the proportion of the West in severe to exceptional drought dropped to 70% from 74% a week ago. Washington state dropped to 0% from 17% the prior week after strong precipitation. There were slight drops in Oregon and Idaho, but California remained at 97.5%, Nevada at 99.5%, Utah at 99.9%, New Mexico at 97.2%, Arizona at 77.9% and Colorado at 23.9%.