Signs of the Times

­­Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:10-12)

500,000 Students Participated in Bring Your Bible to School Day

More than half a million students from across the United States will join the Bring Your Bible to School movement on Thursday, Oct. 3, reports Breaking Christian News. The annual student-led event, now in its sixth year, provides a unique opportunity for young people to share about their faith by highlighting its source—the Bible. This year, NFL Saints quarterback Drew Brees partnered with Focus on the Family to promote Bring Your Bible to School Day. “I took my Bible and sat it in my desk all day. I had a few kids… ask me about my faith and it was a great conversation. But I think the best experience I had was when my favorite teacher and I had a very awesome in-depth conversation about faith that didn’t turn into an argument but it ended up something we both agreed on. I plan on carrying my Bible with me every day at school now,” said 17-year-old Savvy.

Judge Hands Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Major Victory

In a stunning decision, a federal judge has ruled that officials at the University of Iowa violated the law when they kicked InterVarsity Christian Fellowship off their campus and that they are personally responsible for costs incurred by InterVarsity in defending its rights. InterVarsity had been on the University of Iowa campus for over 25 years. But in 2018, the University expelled the group from the campus for insisting that anyone in leadership must affirm its Christian beliefs. The University claimed that requirement was discriminatory. In the ruling last Friday, the court held that the University’s religious discrimination was so egregious that the officers involved—and possibly even the University’s president—would be personally accountable for any money InterVarsity lost fighting to stay on campus. “No group—religious or secular—could survive with leaders who reject its values,” noted the Becket Fund, the religious liberty law group who defended InterVarsity.

$33.6 Million of Planned Parenthood’s Funding Allocated to ‘Legitimate Health Care Groups’

The Trump administration has officially sent some of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding this past week to legitimate health care groups that provide tangible health care instead of abortions. Planned Parenthood refuses to follow a new Trump administration rule that requires it to segment out its abortion business from legitimate health care if it wants federal funding under the Title X program. Because the abortion giant is withdrawing from Title X, the $60 million in taxpayer dollars it received annually can be redistributed to groups that engage in legitimate women’s health care. “Today, the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) announced $33.6 million in fiscal year 2019 funding awards to 50 current Title X grantees in order to supplement their family planning services… Today’s awards prioritize unserved and underserved jurisdictions and low-income individuals.

Legislators/Parents Fight Back Against Graphic Sex Ed for Kindergartners

“I dare you… Hold up the textbook in front of the camera and show them a picture of what 10-year-olds are going to be asked to see.” That was Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers’s (R) challenge to reporters, when they asked him about his fierce response to the radical Left’s sex ed. He pointed to a book, called It’s Perfectly Normal, that isn’t normal at all – “unless you’re one of those rare individuals who think teaching anal sex to five-year-olds is a good idea,” notes Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. “I couldn’t even read the manual to you over the radio,” State Senator Sylvia Allen (R-Ariz.) told Perkins on “Washington Watch” Monday. “When [they] talk about comprehensive sex education,” she warned, “that’s exactly what they mean. It’s very comprehensive, very detailed—they leave nothing out… the only reason for that is because you are… giving them information to help sexualize them.” Outside groups like Planned Parenthood and GLSEN are trying to strip the state’s ban on “abnormal, deviate, or unusual sexual acts and practices” — and parents on both sides are furious. “These programs are going against the vast majority of parents—and what parents want taught to their children about this subject,” Senator Allen says. “In Arizona, we have local control over curriculum. So that means parents have got to be active in their school district to see what their school district might want to propose on this subject.” These outside groups “are counting on parents’ ignorance to push this agenda through,” notes Perkins. In Minnesota, hundreds of parents rallied against a new sex education proposal that is being considered in their state, which Planned Parenthood was promoting.

  • Planned Parenthood has been boasting lately about being the largest sex education provider in America.

Images of Child Sex Abuse Double on the Internet

Last year, tech companies reported over 45 million online photos and videos of children being sexually abused — more than double what they found the previous year. Each image documents a crime. More than a decade ago, when the reported number was less than a million, the proliferation of the explicit imagery had already reached a crisis point. Tech companies, law enforcement agencies and legislators in Washington responded, committing to new measures meant to rein in the scourge. Landmark legislation passed in 2008. Yet the explosion in detected content kept growing — exponentially. As with hate speech and terrorist propaganda, many tech companies failed to adequately police sexual abuse imagery on their platforms, or failed to cooperate sufficiently with the authorities when they found it, reports the New York Times. FBI Director Christopher Wray said Friday that Facebook’s proposal to encrypt its popular messaging program would turn the platform into a “dream come true for predators and child pornographers.”

Teacher Fired over Transgender Pronouns Sues School

West Point High School French teacher Peter Vlaming is a soft-spoken man who was well loved by his students. He wasn’t looking for a fight. He was just looking to do his job. But when the school demanded that he use male pronouns for a biological girl student who had decided to identify as a transgender boy, Mr. Vlaming was faced with the choice: follow his beliefs and potentially lose his job — or violate his beliefs and keep it. Mr. Vlaming explained to the school that, as a Christian, he believes that God made humans male and female, and that a girl cannot become a boy. He tried to work with the school. He even agreed to call the student by her new masculine name. The school board fired him by unanimous vote. For insubordination. Now, he’s suing the school for wrongful termination.

U.K. Doctor Fired Over Transgender Pronouns

A seasoned British doctor lost his government job as a medical assessor after more than three decades because he refused to renounce his Christian belief that gender is determined at birth. Dr. David Mackereth, 56, a National Health Service employee, was fired from his post at the Department for Work and Pensions in July because he would not use a transgender pronoun, saying he believes “gender is defined by biology and genetics” and the “Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female.” This week he lost his case before an Employment Tribunal in England, where the judge ruled his beliefs were “incompatible with human dignity.”

Gender Dysphoria Proving Deadly To Thousands

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has documented thousands of deaths linked to the puberty-blocking drugs now increasingly given to children who claim to suffer from gender dysphoria (i.e. the condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity to be at variance with one’s biological sex). Between 2013 and June 2019, FDA recorded 41,213 adverse events, including 6,379 deaths and 25,645 “serious” reactions in patients who took the hormone blocker known as Lupron. Lupron, is clinically approved for treatment of prostate cancer in men, endometriosis in women. Lupron is also being used — without formal FDA approval — as a puberty blocker on the increasing number of children and adolescents who are being diagnosed in the U.S. and the U.K. with gender dysphoria. This is being done — with the support of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society — despite the fact there is no evidence that such hormonal treatments actually benefit children and adolescents. Complications related to the drug’s use include malignant tumors, cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and blood clots, suicidal behavior and other psychological disorders, brittle bones and painful joints, and sterility. In 2017, AbbVie, which produces Lupron, sales of the drug were $669 million in the United States alone.

  • Once again, drug companies win at the expense of human lives – but this time, they are also messing with God’s biological order of creation.

Johnson & Johnson Settles Opioid Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced it had reached an agreement worth more than $20 million with two Ohio counties, becoming the latest company to settle a lawsuit to get out of the first federal trial over the nation’s opioids crisis. The deal with Cuyahoga and Summit counties comes a little more than a month after an Oklahoma judge ordered the health care conglomerate to pay $572 million over its marketing of opioids in that state, It was announced less than three weeks before the scheduled start of the first federal trial over the opioid crisis. Four other opioid makers also have reached settlements in recent months and won’t be defendants in the trial, scheduled for federal court in Cleveland. Like most of the others, Johnson & Johnson still faces some 2,000 other lawsuits related to the nation’s opioids epidemic.

Vaping is Destroying Lungs

Doctors still aren’t sure exactly what has caused a spate of vaping-related deaths and illnesses around the country—but they know it is doing horrific damage to people’s lungs. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say tests of lung tissue from 17 patients show a pattern of injury that looks like “toxic chemical exposure” of the kind seen in victims of chemical weapon attacks or industrial accidents, resembling mustard gas attacks exposure. The Mayo Clinic study found that “toxic chemical fumes,” not oils, may be to blame for the illnesses. “Their lungs and airways have been torched.” surgical pathologist Brandon T. Larsen told some patients, and they “will not recover and will end up dying,” Others are likely to suffer chronic respiratory problems.

Trump’s Immigration Agenda Suffers String of Losses

In just a span of several hours, a judge in California ruled against the administration’s plan to detain migrant families indefinitely, another California judge blocked ICE from relying solely on  databases when issuing detainer requests, and shortly before midnight, a Washington judge barred fast-track removals of illegal aliens. All three federal judges were appointed by former President Obama, revealing the heavy weight judicial appointments play in the fight over immigration policy. The Trump administration hit back hard against the string of rulings. “For two and a half years, the Trump Administration has been trying to restore enforcement of the immigration laws passed by Congress. And for two and a half years, misguided lower court decisions have been preventing those laws from ever being enforced—at immense cost to the whole country,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement over the weekend.

Percent of Foreign-Born in U.S. at Record High

Confirming the largest ethnic shift in more than a century, the U.S. Census Bureau released a survey finding a record 13.7% of the U.S. population, about 44.7 million people, were born in another country. It found that about 22 million of the foreign-born residents were not U.S. citizens. The majority of the non-U.S. born residents came from Latin America. The foreign-born resident rate has surged in California, Texas, Florida and New York, about 15% higher than elsewhere in the country. In 2018, the Trump administration proposed restoring the citizenship question, arguing it was “necessary for the Department of Justice to protect voters.” The Supreme Court dealt the administration a setback, ruling the Department of Commerce had failed to provide an adequate reason for restoring the question.

Immigration Court Backlog Exceeds 1 Million Cases

The immigration court backlog now exceeds 1 million cases, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks immigration court data. Immigration courts, which fall under the Justice Department and decide whether to deport immigrants, have been bogged down over the years as more cases are added to the docket that can be addressed at any given time. President Trump has repeatedly criticized the nation’s immigration system, specifically taking issue with the practice of releasing immigrants while they await their court dates. To remedy that, his administration has sought to hire more immigration judges in the hopes of unclogging the court. Even so, the number of cases has continued to tick upward. The American Bar Association has previously proposed a major overhaul of the US immigration system, calling the courts “irredeemably dysfunctional.”

No Climate Emergency, Hundreds of Scientists Tell U.N.

Lost amid the coverage of Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg at last week’s U.N. Global Climate Summit were the 500 international scientists, engineers and other stakeholders sounding a very different message: “There is no climate emergency.” The European Climate Declaration, spearheaded by the Amsterdam-based Climate Intelligence Foundation [CLINTEL], described the leading climate models as “unfit” and urged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to pursue a climate policy based on “sound science.” “Current climate policies pointlessly and grievously undermine the economic system, putting lives at risk in countries denied access to affordable, reliable electrical energy,” said the Sept. 23 letter signed by professionals from 23 countries. “We urge you to follow a climate policy based on sound science, realistic economics and genuine concern for those harmed by costly but unnecessary attempts at mitigation,” the letter said.

European Court Forces Facebook to Remove Content

The top European court has ruled Facebook and other internet companies can be forced to remove certain content worldwide. The case revolves around an Austrian politician, Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, who sought to have Facebook remove disparaging comments about her that had been posted on an Irish person’s page. The European Court of Justice ruled that Facebook must remove that information as well as block access to that it worldwide. . Europe has fewer guarantees of free speech and much more restrictive laws related to privacy. This is not purely a European issue for internet companies such as Facebook and Google, since the ruling demands worldwide compliance. Social media platforms are under increasing attention and criticism for the role they play in spreading false information, especially as it relates to elections and political discourse. There have been hearings in Washington DC and even calls to break-up major tech companies

Half of Californians Want to Leave

Just over half of California’s registered voters have considered leaving the state, with soaring housing costs cited as the most common reason for wanting to move, according to a new poll. Young voters were especially likely to cite unaffordable housing as a reason for leaving, according to the latest UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times. But a different group, conservatives, also frequently suggested they wanted to leave — and for a very different reason: They feel alienated from the state’s political culture.

World Trade Organization Authorizes $7.5B in Tariffs Against EU

The World Trade Organization has authorized President Trump to impose tariffs on roughly $7.5 billion worth of European goods, capping a 15-year transatlantic dispute over illegal subsidies to aircraft maker Airbus. The ruling opens the door to a major escalation in a broader trade war between the White House and the European Union  The record award from the WTO green-lights the Trump administration to slap countermeasures on the 28-member EU bloc. However, WTO arbitrators are expected to rule next year on how much the EU can impose in tariffs following a separate decision that went against Boeing. The U.S. has already announced plans to impose tariffs on EU cheeses, olives, whiskey, as well as aircraft and aircraft parts.

Trump’s Tariffs on China Bring in $35 Billion

President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on Chinese products over the Asian superpower’s “unfair” trade practices has brought in tens of billions of dollars, prompting Republican lawmakers to propose ways to pass along the windfall to American taxpayers. Special levies on China, known as Section 301 duties, have brought in about $35 billion since they were imposed in July 2018 to combat Beijing’s “harmful industrial policies.” “We used to get most of our revenue from tariffs. But it’s very unusual because for the last 80 years tariffs have been a declining source of revenue, so this is the first time [in recent history] it’s been a rising source of revenue,” said Marc Goldwein, senior vice president at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Economic News

The unemployment rate fell from 3.7% to 3.5%, the lowest since December 1969, the Labor Department said Friday. However, hiring slowed in September as employers added 136,000 jobs, doing little to ease recession concerns and at least opening the door to another Federal Reserve rate cut as early as this month. Partly offsetting the weak showing: Job gains for July and August were revised up by a total 45,000. July’s additions were upgraded from 159,000 to 166,000 and August’s from 130,000 168,000. Average hourly earnings edged down 1 cent to $28.09, pushing down the annual gain from 3.2% to 2.9%.

U.S. manufacturing activity contracted for the second month in a row in September, falling to a level not seen in 10 years. The Institute of Supply Management’s closely-watched manufacturing index dropped to 47.8 in September, its lowest level since June 2009. The index measures month-to-month changes in the industry. A reading above 50 denotes growth in the sector. “Global trade remains the most significant issue, as demonstrated by the contraction in new export orders that began in July 2019,” said Timothy Fiore, chair of the ISM’s manufacturing business survey committee.

The retail apocalypse over the past several years has devastated America’s department stores, chains and mom-and-pops. Stores are closing at record levels. U.S. retailers this year have already announced more than 8,200 store closings — well above the previous record of 6,700 in 2017, according to Coresights Research. By year’s end, the annual tally could reach 12,000. And all of that has happened at a time when the economy was strong. But if the United States slips into a recession, as many economists fear it will sometime next year, the problems plaguing retail could get far worse. Store closings could accelerate and layoffs in the sector — a major provider of American jobs — could spread.

  • Many non-retail companies have also been announcing layoffs, including HP (Hewlett Packard), Ford Motor Company, Uber, John Deere, Bayou Steel, Daimler Trucks of North America, Genesis Healthcare and many others.

The federal government has once again dramatically expanded its exposure to risky mortgages, echoing concerns from before the Great Recession. Federal agencies have taken steps over the past four years that have cleared the way for companies to issue home loans that many borrowers might not be able to repay in a downturn, reports the Washington Post. This risk is the direct result of pressure from the lending industry, consumer groups and political appointees, who clamored for the government to intervene when homeownership rates fell several years ago.

The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline slipped by 1.9 cents per gallon last week to reach $2.64, according to industry analysts at GasBuddy. That price remains well above the $2.56 average just before the drone attack on two major Saudi Arabian processing plants but down from the peak of $2.68 reached following the attack.

Knifing Attacks in France & Finland

A French law enforcement official went on a knife rampage at police headquarters in Paris on Thursday, killing four officers and injuring others before being fatally shot. The 20-year police employee worked as an administrator in the intelligence unit and had not posed known problems until Thursday’s rampage. The attack came one day after thousands of French police officers joined a “march of anger” in Paris to protest what they claim are poor working conditions and to draw attention to an increase in suicides. The attacker was a recent convert to Islam.

A knife-wielding man, also armed with a gun, killed at least one person and injured 9 more Tuesday afternoon during a “violent attack” at a mall in central Finland, Authorities in Kuopio detained one person, described as a Finnish national. The knifing attack that took place at the Savon Vocational School, which is located inside the Hermann shopping center. Local media reported that the man was believed to be a student at the school.

Middle East

The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Monday that destroying arch-rival Israel has become an “achievable goal” thanks to his country’s technological advances. “This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer… a dream (but) it is an achievable goal,” Major General Hossein Salami said, quoted by the Guards’ Sepah news site. Four decades on from Iran’s Islamic revolution, “we have managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the imposter Zionist regime”, he said.

The conflict between Iran and the U.S. has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East. Now, the effect are also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening Lebanon’s country’s economic crisis. The Trump administration has intensified sanctions on the Lebanese militant group and institutions linked to it to unprecedented levels, targeting lawmakers for the first time as well as a local bank that Washington claims has ties to the group.

Iran

Iran will continue reducing its commitments under its 2015 nuclear deal until it reaches the “desired result,” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, according to his official website. “We will continue the reduction of commitments,” Khamenei said in a meeting with commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guards. “The responsibility is with the Atomic Energy Organization and they must be carry out the reduction …in a precise, complete and comprehensive way and continue until the time we reach a desired result.”

Syria

American counterterrorism officials are voicing increased alarm about a Qaeda affiliate in Syria that they say is plotting attacks against the West by exploiting the chaotic security situation in the country’s northwest and the protection inadvertently afforded by Russian air defenses shielding Syrian government forces allied with Moscow. The rise of this latest Qaeda branch in Syria, as well as the operations of other Qaeda affiliates in West Africa, Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, underscore the terrorist group’s enduring threat despite the death of Osama bin Laden and being largely eclipsed in recent years by the Islamic State as the terrorist group of choice of global jihadis. The new Qaeda branch, called Hurras al-Din, emerged in early 2018 after several factions broke away from a larger affiliate in Syria.

Afghanistan

The Taliban launched a multi-pronged attack on a district headquarters in a remote district in northern Afghanistan early on Tuesday, killing at least 11 policemen. Taliban attacks have continued unabated even as Afghanistan held presidential elections on Saturday and the U.S.-Taliban talks over a peace deal collapsed last month. There were at least 68 attacks by the Taliban across the country during election day, most of them rockets fired from distant outposts.

North Korea

North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the sea Wednesday, South Korea’s military said, in a display of its expanding military capabilities hours after saying it would resume nuclear diplomacy with the US this weekend. South Korean officials said the missile was fired from North Korea’s eastern waters, suggesting it may have been submarine-launched. North Korea has confirmed that its latest missile launch involved a new kind of ballistic missile that was launched from a submarine. North Korea having the ability to launch missiles from submarines is alarming because such weapons are harder to detect in advance. Japan said one of the missiles landed inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. The North had not fired a weapon that reached inside Japan’s EEZ since Nov. 2017 at the height of an unusually provocative run in nuclear and missile tests. The launches, which were the North’s ninth round of weapons tests since late July, came hours after a senior North Korean diplomat said North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume working-level nuclear negotiations this weekend.

China

Trucks carrying weapons including a nuclear-capable missile designed to evade US defenses rumbled through Beijing on Tuesday as the Communist Party celebrated its 70th anniversary in power with a military parade that showcased its emergence as an increasingly ambitious global power. The military showed off China’s most advanced weapons, some being shown for the first time, as rows of soldiers marched in lockstep past President Xi Jinping and other leaders on Tiananmen Square, the country’s symbolic political heart. Thousands of spectators waved Chinese flags and fighter jets flew low overhead. The event marks the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 1949, announcement of the founding of the People’s Republic of China by Mao Zedong following a civil war.

Hong Kong

As Beijing marked 70 years of Communist Party rule with a massive military parade, black-clad protesters in Hong Kong declared National Day to be a “Day of Grief.” A crowd estimated by organizers at 100,000 defied a protest ban Tuesday and marched through the city center, RTHK reports. Protesters tore down Chinese flags and banners marking the anniversary. They defaced photos of China’s President Xi Jinping. Tear gas was fired in at least four districts and much of the city’s subway system was closed down. Protesters in some areas barricaded roads, set fires, and threw Molotov cocktails at police. Police fired shots in locations, hitting one protester in the chest, who is now in the hospital in critical condition. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Friday that her government would use emergency powers to ban face masks in public in a bid to end the city’s protests. Hong Kong also shut down all train service on Friday as part of an emergency declaration aimed at stopping the massive protests that have flooded the streets for four straight months.

Taiwan

A towering 460-foot-long arch bridge over a bay in eastern Taiwan collapsed Tuesday, sending a burning oil tanker truck falling onto boats in the water below. An air force helicopter, fishing vessels and more than 60 military personnel, including divers, were searching for possible victims. Six people are believed trapped on one of the fishing boats, the National Fire Agency said. Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung told reporters about five people were feared to have been on the bridge when it collapsed. Ten people were sent to hospitals, six of them with serious injuries.

Wildfires

The Decker Fire burning outside Salida continued to grow rapidly Thursday. In an update published about 8 p.m., officials estimated the fire at 5,348 acres, up from 3,746 acres on Wednesday. At 7 a.m. Thursday, a Type 1 Incident Management Team took over command of the fire which is burning “dangerously close” to several housing subdivisions. Evacuations have been ordered and several roads are closed. The fire was started by lightning on Sept. 8th.

Environment

In fast-thawing Siberia, extreme warming is warping the ground, upending agriculture and spurring an exodus of climate refugees. The permafrost that once sustained farming is in the midst of a great thaw, blanketing the region with swamps, lakes and bizarre bubbles of earth that render the land virtually useless. A Washington Post analysis found one eastern region has warmed by more than 3 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times — roughly triple the global average. For the 5.4 million people who live in Russia’s permafrost zone, the new climate has disrupted their homes and their livelihoods. Thousands are leaving the countryside for the regional capital.

Slow-moving convoys of tractors clogged up nearly 700 miles of major highways in the Netherlands on Tuesday, as farmers inched toward The Hague to protest what they claim is an attempt to blame them over nitrogen pollution. About 10,000 farmers participated in the protest to argue they are unfairly being blamed after a court ruling found that the Netherlands is violating European emission rules. The morning protest caused the worst morning commute in Dutch history, ANWB, a road and drivers’ organization, said. The idea that farmers are behind the bump in nitrogen pollution has prompted at least one political party official to suggest the country reduce the number of live animals it produces to cut down on the emission. In addition, a proposed package of measures to tackle the increase in pollution includes a plan to grant financial aid to farmers who want to stop operations or adopt more eco-friendly agricultural practices.

A gigantic iceberg broke off from the Amery Ice Shelf in East Antarctica on Tuesday. The iceberg, named D-28, is over 600 square miles in size, which is bigger than the city of Los Angeles. It’s equal to about 27 Manhattan Islands. The last major calving event on the Amery Shelf was in 1963-64. “We don’t think this event is linked to climate change. It’s part of the ice shelf’s normal cycle, where we see major calving events every 60-70 years,” said Scripps’ Institute of Oceanography professor Helen Amanda Fricker.

Weather

Extreme weather caused by a wavy jet stream has kicked off the first 10 days of fall across the United States, leading to a series of record-breaking and unusual weather events to start the new season. Daily record highs were set on several days during fall’s first week in the South. More than a dozen cities in the East, from upstate New York to the Florida Panhandle, set all-time October record highs on Tuesday. Meridian, Mississippi broke the Mississippi state record high for October when it hit 101 degrees on Tuesday. On the opposite end of the spectrum, record cold temperatures have gripped parts of the Northwest to begin fall. Tuesday’s low in Great Falls, Montana, was just 9 degrees. A historic snowstorm in September’s final days blasted parts of the northern Rockies with heavy, wet snow and high winds, leading to power outages and tree damage. The top snow total from the storm was 52 inches about 10 miles south of the Canadian border in Babb, Montana.

  • End-time weather will continue to grow more extreme (Daniel 9:26b, Ezekiel 38:22, Luke 21:25, Revelation 8:7, 11:19, 16:8,11)

 

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